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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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Goodnight everyone, have a great weekend, but don't eat the apple


“I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.”

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.

Last month was the 75th anniversary of the nationwide theatrical release of Walt Disney's biggest gamble:

Detractors howled. Who would or could possibly sit still for a cartoon that ran over an hour?

Let's bring in Walt one more time.

"We're not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public."

Snow White was a tremendous success on a couple of fronts. Disney proved animation could work. And the soundtrack album from the film was the first soundtrack album ever. Snow White paved the way, not just for future Disney animated classics, but for movie soundtracks (Can you say "Saturday Night Fever"?)

The beauty of Disney muisc, much like the compositions of the Beatles, is that it lends itself wonderfully to all musical genres. Tonight, a few examples. How about we open with a grand entrance.

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The best cartoons of the week (03/02/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/02/13)

The Barking Lot

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Week-ends (03/02/13)


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...


Billy Ray Harris

Rony Monzon

Antwan Moore

Jennifer Connor


Graeme Zielinski

Texas high school teacher

Dov Hikind

Lisa Traylor-Wolff


I had "moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven't been easy ... moments of turbulent seas and rough winds, as has occurred in the history of the church when it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."
Pope Benedict XVI during his farewell address.

“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses — over 170 million jobs that could be lost...”
California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters warned of job losses totaling 170 million if the sequester goes through. Waters’ warning comes at a time when there are estimated to be between 135 and 143 million jobs in the United States.

“Are any of these positions more important than an air traffic controller, a border patrol officer, a food inspector, a TSA screener, or a civilian supporting our men and women in combat in Afghanistan?”
Senator Tom Coburn in a letter to White House budget office acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and Congress' top waste-watcher, said the federal government can begin to control spending immediately. In his letter, Coburn pointed to job openings the government has advertised, including 10 slots for drivers at the State Department, at wages up to $26.45 an hour, and a Labor Department staff assistant to handle scheduling and screen phone calls, at a salary of up to $81,204 a year.


Obama's response to the sequestration is "the most cynical behavior I have seen during my time in Washington. Replacing the sequester would require the President to save $85 billion out of a $3,500 billion federal budget. One would think that any President would leap at the opportunity to make government more effective and responsive. But what does the President do instead? He says Republicans are ‘cutting vital services for children’ in order to ‘benefit the well-off and well-connected.’ This has been the strategy now for years: block any attempt to reform the government and then relentlessly attack the reformers. Does any lawmaker, reporter, or citizen believe that the only way to save taxpayer dollars is to hurt children, that every government program is effective and helpful and not one penny is wasted? While the White House operatives may think this attack is clever, it betrays an astonishing elitism: the federal government is perfect and requires no reform. That is why they have no plan to make our government leaner and more efficient. The President had 18 months to develop reforms to improve the government, but instead he announced furloughs of federal workers as a political cudgel. Yet, his golf weekend at the yacht club with Tiger Woods cost taxpayers over a million dollars—enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough.”
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

“I think you will regret staking out that claim. It was said very clearly, 'You will regret doing this.' I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you're going to regret doing something that you believe in.”
Veteran reporter Bob Woodward citing an e-mail he received from a senior White House official following the publication of a Woodward column critical of President Obama.

'In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be... and we tolerate that.”
Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin.

"Sounds like a bit of penis envy by Abele…Abele is not used to taking a back seat to anyone, especially some black conservative sheriff."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke responding to an email from Abele aide Brendan Conway to the Journal Sentinel for a column that ran about Clarke's stance on cutting the County Board.

Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act.

“If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men.”
Indie singing star Morrissey, to, an online publication for teen girls.


Sex offender Shawn Schulpius released from secure treatment.


The "Never Again" campaign.


The Sequester is falling! The Sequester is falling!


Would you have done it?

Let's get it on.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.


The Franklin girls basketball team beat Racine Park today, 84-48 to advance to face archrival Oak Creek at Greenfield in a sectional semi-final this Thursday night at 7:00.

Talk about a big (revenge) game.


Recommended Reading (03/02/13)

Recommended Reading

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).

Shed a Tear for those Under-Appreciated Bureaucrats Who Get Lavish Pensions and Live in $700K Homes

“Perhaps we can create a civilian version of the Medal of Honor, given to the bureaucrat who suffers the most because of the ‘sledgehammer’ cuts and those mean people on ‘web sites.’

“Indeed, I think we have our first recipient. But brace yourself before you read this passage. The anguish and suffering may haunt you for the rest of your life. This bureaucrat is enduring unimaginable hardship."

The right way to combat gun violence

“The problem with most gun control laws is that they impose a burden on the law-abiding that lawbreakers can usually evade. What is needed is an approach that focuses tightly on altering the behavior of criminals. There are proven steps that can hobble the dangerous without penalizing the harmless. What works in preventing violent crime? One remedy is simple, though not cheap…”

Double barrel Biden, rape whistle Salazar, and my AR-15 giveway

"Now, before I proceed, allow me to say that if I were a woman – and I’m not (but I do like Kate Hudson films) – but if were a lass, I’d tell gun-grabbing democrats to kiss my Pilates because they do not care about your person or family and would rather y’all be a sitting duck to demented perps. Oh well, what can you expect from a party that supports Planned Parenthood."

Why does anyone need to read about celebrities?

“…prissy Brit Piers Morgan thought he’d hit on a real showstopper with, ‘I don’t know why anyone needs an assault rifle.’ Of course, where he comes from, policemen carry wooden sticks.

“Since when do Americans have to give the government an explanation for why they ‘need’ something? If that’s the test, I can think of a whole list of things I don’t know why anyone needs.”

I'm committed to abstinence, virgin is not a dirty word

“ I haven’t had sexual intercourse in almost four years. Now, this is not to say I haven’t done anything I wouldn’t do if Jesus were in the room. I am not perfect. But for the past three and a half years, in the ball park of my love life, there have been no home runs.

“I simply made a choice, for ethical, moral, and religious reasons, not to engage in baby-making activities, and I have stuck to that decision for well over three years.

“You are probably asking yourself, ‘Self, why on earth is she telling me this’?”

It’s a Boy…Err...Girl…Err…to Hell With It, Who Knows

Journey back with me, if you will, to a simpler time. To a dark and ominous period known as American history up until now.

“An oppressive period when society actually believed the genitals you left your mother’s womb with determined your gender. A tyrannical time when parents actually parented according to the acknowledged moral standard of the universe, rather than enabling and validating their offspring’s unhealthy tantrums and desires.

“We are entering a brave new world.”

Dumbing down

“The report said people are getting dumber — at least I think that's what it said, but the big words kept throwing me off.”


Photos of the Week (03/03/13)

Photos of the Week

1) In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Benedict XVI gave his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter's Square, but sought to reassure the faithful that he wasn't abandoning the church by retiring to spend his final years in prayer. The 85-year-old Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

2) The full moon is seen above the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, early Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Benedict signed a legal document, issued Monday, with some line-by-line changes to the 1996 Vatican law governing the election of a new pope. It is one of his last acts as pope before resigning Thursday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

3) Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful for the last time from the balcony of his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo Thursday. Photo: Tony Gentile / Reuters  

4) In this image taken from video, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final message to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

5) A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI takes off from inside the Vatican on its way to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. A priest holds a placard in St. Peter's Basilica as the helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City. Photos: Reuters

6) A security contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), checks the mouth of a Honduran immigration detainee before a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Feb. 28, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. ICE operates four to five flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in Western states of the U.S. With the possibility of federal budget sequestration, ICE released 303 immigration detainees in the past week from detention centers throughout Arizona. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

7) Jeremy Bush places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed his brother Jeffrey in Seffner, Fla. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Jeffrey Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

8) Senior Cadet Mark Castelli stands next to a portrait of the late U.S. four-star Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf during Schwarzkopf's funeral service at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Photo: Reuters

9) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hugs former NBA player Dennis Rodman following a basketball game between the Harlem Globetrotters and North Korean University of Physical Education in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 28. Photo: KCNA via EPA

10) With chants of "Fill the gap!" protesters attempt to bring forward a styrofoam replica of a piece of the Berlin Wall in order to fill a gap created by construction workers in the East Side Gallery, which is the longest still-standing portion of the former Berlin Wall, as police try to block the protesters on March 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

11) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, left to right, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner attend the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013. Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in segregated Montgomery, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1955. Parks' act of defiance and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern civil rights movement. Photo: Oliver Douliery / Pool via EPA

12) Rosa Parks, famous for refusing to give up her Alabama bus seat in 1955, was honored last week by US President Barack Obama dedicating a statue of her in Washington. In this handout from The White House, US President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event April 18, 2012 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)

13) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (right), first lady Michelle Obama and tennis player Serena Williams (left) dance with school children during an event in Chicago to bring physical activity back to schools. Photo: Reuters

14) Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, left, runs into a fan and spills his drink while chasing a foul ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Dunedin, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

15) People wait for their names to be called to pay for and retrieve their towed cars Thursday at the city tow lot at 3811 W. Lincoln Ave. About 250 illegally parked cars were towed from snow routes between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, Department of Public Works spokeswoman Sandy Rusch Walton said. Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mark Hoffman

16) Surrounded by snow-frosted trees, a runner makes her way uphill Thursday at Lapham Peak State Park in Delafield. For meteorologists’ records, Thursday was the last day of winter. Photo: Milwauke Journal Sentinel, Mark Hoffman

17) A pair of deer wander through heavy snow Wednesday in Port Washington. Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mark Hoffman

18) Defending champion Dallas Seavey takes off Saturday, March 2, 2013, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, for the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race, which will take mushers and dog teams about a thousand miles across the Alaska wilderness, starts Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

19) A pair of gloved hands are dwarfed by the furry paws of Boris the Polar Bear at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Boris  underwent a full physical Saturday, at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal hospital in Tacoma, Wash., as a team of veterinarians, technicians and staff also performed a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 27-year-old polar bear. Photo: Dean J. Koepfler / Tacoma News Tribune

20) In this image made from video provided by the St. Charles Animal Control shelter, Biscuit, a 37-pound cat, looks at his cage in the shelter in St. Charles, Mo. At more than two-and-a-half times the size of a normal cat, the shelter says the morbidly obese feline has been put on a diet, but he needs an owner who will closely monitor what he eats.

21) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis eats popcorn in the audience during the Oscars last Sunday. Photo: Chris Pizzello / AP

22) The Racing Italian Sausage was missing, after being swiped from Cedarburg's Winter Festival and last seen barhopping in Cedarburg. The story raises a number of questions: Where else did the sausage go? What did he do? How do we get him back home?  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website asked readers to create their answer to this question using Photoshop, Paint or another editing tool. Here's an example.


Photographing survivors of sexual assault.

My baby, not my child.

When flying across the globe was a pleasure.

Culinary no-no #318

Culinary no-no's




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My Most Popular Blogs (03/04/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

1) Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, PR man 

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Previously on This Just In...

The update.

The latest pro-life news (03/04/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

See Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday, April 25 -- Online Registration is Now Available!

Join Wisconsin Right to Life at our Annual Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Thursday, April 25.

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With the snow coming, here's hoping the Franklin snow plow driver...

Doesn’t totally annihilate my mailbox the way he destroyed my next door neighbor’s last week.

Our Tax Hell dollars at work.

More evidence sex offenders are criminals that can't ever be trusted

Here in Franklin, we are deeply proud of our two local ordinances that restrict where released sex offenders can live or congregate.

We are proud that the ordinances survived a constitutional challenge.

We are proud the ordinances have served as models for similar ordinances in over 100 municipalities all across our great state.

We are proud of the hard work many in Franklin put in to get the ordinances approved, the support the entire city has provided, and the all-out effort to prevent the state of Wisconsin from building a sex predator house in our city that would have been home to dozens of creeps all under one roof.

Whenever I blog about the evil monsters sex offenders truly are, the floodgates are opened as misguided sympathizers for these sick, evil, pervert pigs crawl out from under their rocks  to defend those who would prey upon our vulnerable, beautiful children. They naively paint a picture of offenders as misunderstood choir boys who would never, ever re-offend and would never, ever pose a stranger danger.

Pin a medal on them for God’s sake.


They’re no damn good and can never be trusted. That’s why the fight to protect our families never ends.

Check out this investigation demonstrating that offenders are not the goodie two-shoes their bleeding heart followers would have you believe.

Why would they disarm those devices? Could it be they don't want to get caught when they attack again?


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Talk about a turnaround at Notre Dame


President Barack Obama receives an honorary doctor of laws degree in May of 2009 during the commencement ceremony in the Joyce Center of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.

Let's put this in perspective. One of America's most prestigious Catholic universities invited the most radical pro-abortion president to speak at its graduation.

The school “didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation,” said Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.


Fast forward to today.


Can you walk faster than a streetcar?

On Charlie Sykes' show this morning on WTMJ, Charlie interviewed Randal O'Toole.

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Putting armed officers in schools is too expensive? Guess again


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Believe me, I could have easily handled Mila Kunis

During my long journalistic career, I can think of only a handful of times when I was uncomfortable.

I went to a practice at the old Milwaukee Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers were in town to play the Bucks, and I wanted to interview former Buck, 7-foot legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

At the conclusion of the Lakers’ shoot-around, I asked Kareem for some time for a few questions. This was the same year that Magic Johnson was a rookie for the Lakers.

Kareem consented to the interview but wasn’t all that enthused about the whole idea.

I suggested we go sit down in one of the thousands of non-occupied Arena seats. No, said Kareem. Right here on the court would be just fine.

Not fine. Kareem stood the entire time.

Imagine yours truly, of average height. I extend my arm as high as it will go. I’m holding the very bottom of my microphone. It rises to the bottom of Kareem’s chin.

One of my questions was about the worth, the value that Magic brought to the Lakers. Kareem responded with the not-so sound bite of the year:

“Magic keeps teams honest.”

End of quote.

I think I’ll pack up and go home now.

Remember when the Brewers went to the World Series in 1982? They had to clinch the American League East title on the last weekend of the season in Baltimore. The weekend before, at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, the Brewers hurt their chances with losses to the Orioles.

That Sunday afternoon after a Brewer loss, I sprinted to the Orioles’ dressing room after getting Brewer interviews. Of course it was a happy visitor’s locker room, but you’d never know it from what I experienced. I immediately sought out Baltimore manager, the legendary and talkative Earl Weaver.

I apologized for being late, having been in the Brewers’ locker room and Weaver gave his OK.

The interview went well, but after I thanked Weaver and shut off my tape recorder, Weaver went off. As I put my stuff in my briefcase to move on, Weaver stood above me and shouted that there was nothing he had given me in the interview that could be used on-air and I knew it and was left with nothing.

Suddenly I decided not to interview any Baltimore players, that I really did have enough and had plenty for the next morning’s broadcast. So I high-tailed it out of there.

In the late 80’s the World Wrestling Federation held a huge outdoor wrestling show at the old Milwaukee County Stadium. Following a news conference to promote the show, I interviewed Hulk Hogan. To me, he appeared to be the size of Montana.

It didn’t matter. I was a pro wrestling fan and was having fun with the Hulkster, one of the stars of the upcoming show’s cage match against Andre the Giant.

Hulk Hogan versus Andre The Giant inside a steel cage at WrestleFest: July 31, 1988 
The Hulkster’s feud with the Giant didn’t end at WrestleMania III (March 29, 1987). The bad blood carried over to the next year’s WrestleMania and beyond, including a steel cage match at Milwaukee County Stadium in Wisconsin. And the WWE has uploaded the video of the match, which appeared on a Coliseum Home Video release called Hulk Hogan: Real American (read on to watch it), to YouTube.
The match itself featured a lot of choking. Andre choking Hogan with his hands. Andre choking Hogan with a Hulkamania T-shirt. Hogan choking Andre with his knee. It also has a preposterous but fun spot with Andre tying Hogan to the cage by the neck with the T-shirt. Announcer Sean Mooney sounds shocked that Hogan was able to escape. An even more absurd spot comes when Andre starts climbing the cage to escape. Mae Young could have climbed faster.
Despite getting busted open on an exposed turnbuckle, Hogan prevails (and Bobby the Brain Heenan takes the best bump of the match).
WWE actually uploaded the whole video, which includes two of Hogan matches from Saturday Night’s Main Event (vs. Nikolai Volkoff, October 5, 1985; and vs. King Haku, October 25, 1988) and a house show match against the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase in Houston, Texas (December 10, 1987). These aren’t great matches, but it’s cool to see WWE opening up its archive and sharing the old Coliseum Video releases. 

When Hulk firmly grabbed each of my arms and shoulders to make a point during the interview, I was momentarily shocked. The obvious increase in my octaves during the next question was evidence.

I was never petrified, scared, or terrified during an interview, not even during my youngest days in the business.

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It's parade time

Stand with Rand!

Stand with Rand and Say, "Thank You!"

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The Franklin girls basketball team upset Oak Creek 58-53!

They advance to face a talented Milwaukee Riverside team this Saturday in the WIAA tournament.

Congrats, girls!

Thoughtful views on same-sex marriage

The hot button issue of same-sex marriage is back in the news. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear the cases of Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor.

Hollingsworth challenges California’s Proposition 8 that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Windsor challenges President Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Rulings on both cases are expected prior to the high court’s recess this June.

Last October, Dennis Prager wrote a compelling piece about the opponents and proponents of same-sex marriage:

“Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?

“The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions.

“Proponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is keeping the definition of marriage as man-woman fair to gays? Opponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is same-sex marriage good for society?

“Few on either side honestly address the question of the other side. Opponents of same-sex marriage rarely acknowledge how unfair the age-old man-woman definition is to gay couples. And proponents rarely, if ever, acknowledge that this unprecedented redefinition of marriage may not be good for society.

“That is why proponents have it much easier. All they need to do is to focus the public's attention on individual gay people, show wonderful gay individuals who love each other, and ask the American public: Is it fair to continue to deprive these people of the right to marry one another?”

Prager continues on to make the case that same-sex marriage is not good for society because it perpetuates the war on gender.

This past weekend our church’s Sunday bulletin published a portion of another thoughtful piece written in January by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago about what’s at stake in the same-sex marriage debate. The state of Illinois is considering changing the legal definition of marriage:

“What is certainly at stake is the natural relationship between parents and children. Children, even if they are loved and raised by those who are not their biological parents, want to know who their parents are, who are their natural family. The fascination with genealogical tables and the opening of adoption records are evidence of this desire to find oneself in a biological succession of generations. No honest ‘study’ has disproved what we all know. Stable marriage between a husband and wife has safeguarded their children, surrounding them with familial love and creating the secure foundation for human flourishing. This natural desire, already weakened in a seemingly more and more promiscuous society, will no longer be privileged in civil law. It will be no more ‘normal’ than any other ‘family’ arrangement. If the nature of marriage is destroyed in civil law, the natural family goes with it.

“As well, those who know the difference between marriage and same-sex arrangements will be regarded as bigots. This is where the religious question does come into play. Including ‘religious freedom’ in the title of the proposed law (in Illinois) recognizes that religious teaching based on natural truths will now be considered evidence of illegal discrimination and will be punishable by law. The title of the law is ironic if not disingenuous. Those who know that marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the sake of family will carry a social opprobrium that will make them unwelcome on most university faculties and on the editorial boards of major newspapers. They will be excluded from the entertainment industry. Their children and grandchildren will be taught in the government schools that their parents are unenlightened, the equivalent of misguided racists. Laws teach; they express accepted social values and most people go along with societal trends, even when majority opinion espouses immoral causes.”

You can read the Cardinal’s entire column

The latest from Rehorst - March 2013



The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
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The Drunken Botanist
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Custom Mini Bottles
Taste & Learn Artisan Food Event
Thursday Night Live Music
Drink of the Month
Hold an Event at the Distillery

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*BREAKING NEWS: I'm a great-uncle...again!*

Mason John Fischer was born this afternoon.

Congrats to parents Jason and Amanda Fischer!

Goodnight everyone, and have a TOP weekend!

“The horn is perhaps the least efficient instrument of the brass family, but it produces the most beautiful sound of all.”
Barry Tuckwell

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, TOP, as in...

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The best cartoons of the week (03/09/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay


Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler



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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/09/13)

The Barking Lot

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!

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Week-ends (03/09/13)


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...


Rand Paul

The state of Arkansas

Florida high school student

Charles Ziegler

Laura Stachel

Dwayne Wade

Cassidy Hooper

Stephanie Decker



Hugo Chavez mourners

Colorado Democrat Evi Hudak

NY Mayor Bloomberg

Richard Hooten

John Banzhaf

Michigan elementary school


"On behalf of the unemployed skilled workers in our state who will benefit from the thousands of mining-related jobs over the next few years, I say thank you for passing a way to streamline the process for safe and environmentally sound mining in Wisconsin."
Scott Walker after the state Assembly approved a mining bill.

"There is a very good chance that this is going to end up in the court. But let's talk about what will happen if a mine does come - thousands and thousands of good jobs."
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on passage of the mining bill.

“I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
Senator Rand Paul (KY) beginning a 13-hour filibuster.

“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no.”
Attorney General Eric Holder issuing a terse response to the question Senator Paul raised during nearly 13 hours of talking on the Senate floor.

“Nobody in the Republican Party has dared take this president on. You did last night, and you’re alive today to talk about it, and nobody’s calling you names. You are, in certain ways, a hero to a lot of people today, and I hope this kind of thing continues.”
Rush Limbaugh to Senator Paul.

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., rebuking Paul the day after his filibuster.

“I’m not saying yes. I’m just not saying no.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, on joining the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had.”
Actor Sean Penn, after the death of Venezuela dictator Hugo Chávez.

“Many Republicans see this as a first down payment on their ultimate desire to just shrink the size of government, so much so, that you can drown it in a bathtub.”
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) on the sequester.

“I think they probably went over the top in terms of saying that the consequences were going to be horrible, especially because it’s happened and the lines in the airports aren’t long; the world hasn’t changed overnight.”
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, on White House warnings about sequestration budget cuts.

“He is a handful.”
Pflugerville, Texas mother Kimira Hysaw, on why she used a pink Taser stun gun on her son while his father held him down. Hysaw was charged with felony injury to a child.


She called 9-1-1. A nurse refused to perform CPR.

Casey Anthony supporters


DA says he doesn't have time to track his time.


Fawning over Hugo Chavez


BEYOND BIZARRE: Chantal Banks is obsessed with rats.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (03/09/13)

Recommended Reading

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).

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Photos of the Week (03/10/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to a waiting vehicle as he leaves the Capitol after his nearly 13-hour filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Thursday, March 7, 2013. Paul, who cited objections over the administration's policy regarding potential drone attacks on U.S. citizens, relinquished the Senate floor at nearly 1 a.m. ET early Thursday morning.  In the end, it was nature that called. "I've discovered that there are some limits to filibustering, and I am going to have to take care of one of those in a few minutes here," he said to laughter after thanking his supporters and staff. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

2) Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the U.S. arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall at the Vatican. Roman Catholic Cardinals decided on Friday to start their conclave to elect the next pope on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

3) 3-year-old Seth Byers looks at his father Chief Warrant Officer 3 Todd King, for the first time as more than 160 local soldiers from the 507th Engineer Battalion returned home during a homecoming event at Portage, Mich. Central High School's gymnasium, Saturday, March 9, 2013 after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Matt Gade)

4) Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez arrive to view his body in state at the Military Academy in Caracas. Venezuelans flocked to pay tribute to Chavez two days after he died of cancer. Photo: Reuters

5) Security Council members vote for tough new sanctions against North Korea for its latest nuclear test, during a meeting at U.N. headquarters. Photo: Associated Press

6) The wrapped bodies of two dead people hang from an overpass as three more dead bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo, Mexico. Three of the five male bodies were hanging from the overpass while two others were lying on the ground when they were found early Friday. Photo:  Reuters

7) Located within the 20-kilometer exclusion zone, Namie saw its coastal area wiped out by the tsunami and its inland zone contaminated by radiation. Most of the town's 21,000 former residents still hope to make a permanent move back in the future, but for now they are only allowed to return for a few hours to minimize their exposure to radiation. Wearing white protective masks and suits, Yuzo Mihara, left, and his wife Yuko pose for photographs on a deserted street in the town of Namie, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Photo: Franck Robichon / EPA

8) A child stands at the door of a shipping container serving as his accommodation in Shanghai on March 4. The containers, which house different families, were set up by the landlord, who charges rent of 500 yuan ($80) per month for each container. Photo: Aly Song / Reuters

9) Members of the San Antonio Living History Association fire muskets as they take part in a pre-dawn memorial ceremony to remember the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and those who fell on both sides, on March 6, in San Antonio, Tex. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

10) Audrina Cardenas smiles as a steady stream of doctors inspect her plastic heart protective shield a day before she was discharged from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Audrina Cardenas, was born with much of her heart outside her body, a highly unusual condition that's usually fatal within the first few days after birth. Photo: Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle via AP

11) The northern lights shimmer in the skies above Abisko National Park in Sweden on March 3. "In addition to the northern lights, you can also see a massive fireball streak across the sky," photographer Chad Blakley writes. "It was a fantastic night!" Photo: Chad Blakley / Lights Over Lapland

12) The planet Venus sparkles as a bright point of light, seen through the rings of Saturn, in this image from NASA's Cassini orbiter. Venus is the speck just above and to the right of the image's center. The picture was captured on Nov. 10, 2012. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

13) An Indian forestry worker walks past the body of a tusker elephant after it was struck by a Guwahati-bound Somporkkranti Express train inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve, some 12 km from Alipurduar, West Bengal, India, on March 5, 2013. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

14) Locusts land on a sand dune in Negev Desert, southern Israel, near the border with Egypt, March 5. A swarm of locusts crossed into Israel from neighboring Egypt Monday, raising fears that Israel could be hit with a biblical plague ahead of the Passover holiday. Israel sent out planes to spray pesticides over agricultural fields to prevent damage by the small swarm of about 2,000 locusts, said Dafna Yurista, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Ministry. The ministry also set up an emergency hotline and asked Israelis to be vigilant in reporting locust sightings. Photo: Ariel Schalit / AP

15) One month-old male triplet bilby joeys make their first appearance at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, on March 6. The Bilby, a nocturnal marsupial, is listed as endangered in Queensland and a vulnerable nationally. Photo: Dan Peled / EPA

16) A wild Pacific tree frog extends his vocal sack as he croaks his mating call while floating in a seasonal pond on a private farm near Roseburg, Ore., on March 2. Pacific tree frogs are also known as Pacific chorus frogs. Their "ribbit, ribbit, ribbit" song is a familiar evening sound along Pacific coast from northern California to British Columbia. Photo: Robin Loznak

17) A polar bear cub is photographed by the Buffalo Zoo on March 1.The cub was born on November 27th to mother Anana, sired by Nanuq, and has been hand raised by the Zoo’s veterinary technician and keeper staff. Though the cub is currently too small to go on exhibit for the public, she is visible within the zoo on a closed-circuit television. Photo: Kelly Brown / The Buffalo Zoo

18) A male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf swims with his mother, Kendall, at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, on March 4. The calf was born on February 25, and now weighs approximately 44 pounds and is 44 inches long. This is Kendall’s fourth birth and the 26th dolphin born at Discovery Cove since the park opened in 2000. Photo: Jason Collier/ Sea World

19) Gerald Sousa's team charges down the trail at the start of the Iditarod in Willow, Alaska, on March 3. Photo: Nathaniel Wilder / Reuters

20) Lindsay Knutson, left, plays in the heavy snow with her family dog, Aspen, and daughter Flora Bejblik, 4, cq, as her husband Bob Bejblik, rear left, shovels, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in southwest Minneapolis. The National Weather Service predicted a two-day snow total of 8 to 12 inches for much of southeastern and east-central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

21) Jason Smith clears the sidewalk in front of his home in Fort Wayne, Ind., before heading to work as his daughters Kylie (right) , 8, and Alexa, 7, make snow angels on their day off from school. Photo: Associated Press

22) Hunter Mason, left, and Olivia Murat, on spring break from the University of Indianapolis, relax on the beach Tuesday March 5, 2013 in Destin, Florida. Spring breakers from around the country have started to arrive in Northwest Florida, thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

23) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, talks to 3-year-old Ollie Axel during her visit to Humberside Fire and Rescue Station in Grimsby, England, on March 5. Her Royal Highness met people involved in a personal development course run by The Prince’s Trust and delivered in partnership with the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Photo: Bruce Adams / AP

24) Gwyneth, 6 months, and Randy Roest wear false mustaches as a crowd attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing false mustaches to kick off Gilda's LaughFest 2013 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: The Grand Rapids Press

25) Forty-four-year-old Cen Yingyuan combs her 6-foot-long hair at home in Zhanjiang, China, Feb. 23. Cen is only 5 feet tall, and has not gotten a haircut in 11 years. She uses beer to keep her hair black and smooth. Photo: Xue Qiao / EPA

26) The Germantown boys basketball team completed one of the great runs in state basketball history Saturday night, defeating Mukwonago, 57-28, at the Kohl Center in the Division 1 final of the WIAA state basketball tournament. The victory gave the state its first repeat champion in Division 1 since Oshkosh West did the trick in 2006-'07 .Germantown coach Steve Showalter hands off the gold ball to his team after the Warhawks beat Mukwonago for their second straight title. Photo: Joe Koshollek for the Journal Sentinel

27) Whitefish Bay Dominican's Duane Wilson slams home two of his 26 points. Dominican beat Auburndale 57-44 to win their second straight Division 4 title. Photo: Joe Koshollek for the Journal Sentinel

28) Franklin Coach Tony Kathrens celebrates with his players after defeating rival Oak Creek 58-53 during a WIAA Sectional Semifinal at Greenfield on March 7. Franklin was ousted from the tournament by Milwaukee Riverside on Saturday. Photo: C.T. Kruger

29) The Pittsburgh Pirates parrot mascot stretches out Lil Parrot's legs imitating Minnesota Twins center fielder Darin Mastroianni as he is stretched before an exhibition spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

30) The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s 47th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Milwaukee featured more than 140 units including local politicians and celebrities, floats, bagpipe and marching bands, and Irish and Celtic organizations. The parade was presented by Westown Association, The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and Killian’s Irish Stout. Carrying a pot of candy instead of gold, a man dressed as a leprechaun clicks his heels together as he marches in Milwaukee's St. Patrick's Parade Saturday downtown.  He later was seen giving candy to one Kyla Fischer of Franklin, WI during the parade. Journal Sentinel photo:  Michael Sears

31) Abigail Bennett (left), 8, of Fox Point and her brother Sullivan Bennett, 5, are not pleased as family members urged Abigail to give her brother a kiss while they took photos as they waited for the Milwaukee St. Patrick's parade to start. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

32) Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Fred Rosa hands out candy to children along the parade route. Other Milwaukee County Circuit Court judges also took part in the parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

33) Erin Kennon (from left), 11, of Oconomowoc, her brother Ben Kennon, 9, and Brandon Roder, 10, of Waukesha watch the parade along Wisconsin Ave. dressed in their Irish finery. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

34) Crystal Tuli of Milwaukee holds Priya Tuli, 4 months, for her first St. Patrick's Day Parade. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

35) Prior to the parade, Kyla Fischer, 3, of Franklin caught up with two of her pals, Paddy and Molly McFest from Milwaukee's Irish Fest. Photo: Jennifer Fischer

36) Kyla, a future Irish dancer, tried some moves during the parade. Photo: Jennifer Fischer



37) Kyla and another pal exchange waves. She also called across the street to tell Guido to be more careful next time. Photo: Jennifer Fischer



In Oakland, photojournalists becoming victims.

And, Before he was the King.

Culinary no-no #319

Culinary no-no


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Another local TV weatherman in the dark

Wanna-be comedian (Just give us the weather, ok, cuz you’re not at all that funny) WTMJ-TV meteorologist Brian Gotter wrote in the daily weather section in today’s Journal Sentinel that the sun would set at 6:52 tonight, "and it will remain light until almost 7:30."


Looked outside my window at 7:05 and it was completely dark.

And this guy is giving us 7-day forecasts?

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NBC said what? Obama's words rarely match his actions on campaign finance


Mining for Jobs

Photo: Wisconsin Public Radio

Today, Gov. Walker signed the mining bill into law in Rhinelander.

"Wisconsin's seal and the state flag both depict mining in our great state," Walker said in a statement after he signed the bill at Oldenburg Group Inc., a Rhinelander mining equipment manufacturer. "In light of our mining tradition, I'm thrilled to sign legislation into law protecting environmental safeguards, while providing certainty to the mine permitting process... . I am hopeful today's actions will result in the creation of thousands of private sector jobs in the coming years."

This blog from last May is worth another look.

My Most Popular Blogs (03/11/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, March 4-10:

1) More evidence sex offenders are criminals that can't ever be trusted 

2) Believe me, I could have easily handled Mila Kunis

3) Photos of the Week (03/10/13) 

4) Putting armed officers in schools is too expensive? Guess again 

5) Once a pedophile, always a pedophile

6) With the snow coming, here's hoping the Franklin snow plow driver... 

7) Thoughtful views on same-­sex marriage 

8) Stand with Rand! 

9) Culinary no-­no #318 

The Barking Lot­ - America's Finest Dog Blog (03/09/13) 

The latest pro-life news (03/11/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin
and Wisconsin Right To Life:

See Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday, April 25 -- Online Registration is Now Available!

Join Wisconsin Right to Life at our Annual Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Thursday, April 25.

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2ND UPDATE: Recommended Reading (02/09/13) or, Earth to the Left: Yes, there is voter fraud

Previously on This Just In...

The update:


UPDATE: Meijer rejection of Franklin brings out the rosy glasses

Previously on This Just In…

The update: In the blog I posted a few weeks ago, the Milwaukee Business Journal article I referenced was not available online. It is now.

You can read it here.

Liberals get kids hooked on marijuana

Dennis Prager writes a fascinating piece about what’s happening in Colorado. With recreational use of marijuana now legal, more and more teens are lighting up.

"When something desirable is made easier to obtain, more people will obtain it. It is difficult to imagine an exception to this common sense observation.

“So, legalizing marijuana is foolish because it leads to far more use of the drug and the availability of ever more potent forms. But the foolishness doesn't end there. Equally foolish is that as a society we have made peace with marijuana while making war on tobacco. This has been a classic example of upside down thinking, and we are reaping exactly what we have sown. We have produced a generation of young Americans who would never put a cigarette or cigar near their lips but who increasingly get high on pot.”

Prager then makes the case that given a choice, it would be less dangerous if young folks smoke cigarettes rather than joints. Oh, and that liberals have essentially wrecked America over the past 40 years.

It’s a great column.

Here’s the TV news segment Prager writes about.

Notre Dame fans, you have a championship team!

We Golden Domers have been hurting since Alabama’s convincing win over the Fighting Irish for the college football National Championship.

Thank goodness for the women’s basketball team.

If you missed it last night…


No way that could possibly happen

Real life drama…

sinkhole that golfer Mark Minhal fell into while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder. - Image credit:


Hank Martinez (top) Ed Magaletta (right) and Russ Nobbe look into an 18-foot-deep and 10-foot- wide sinkhole that golfer Mark Minhal fell into while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Photo:

One of my first reactions was, the guy only suffered a shoulder injury? He was lucky to survive.

My next reaction had me thinking back over 40 years ago 1972 and one of the very first TV episodes of Banacek starring George Peppard.


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One of the best college basketball teams in Wisconsin every year you probably never heard of

They play in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

They’re located in Fox Point, WI.

The men’s and women’s teams are called the Wolves.

They consistently are the elite of the conference.

They are Cardinal Stritch University.

I’ve had the privilege for many, many years of timing the men’s and women’s games at Cardinal Stritch. 

Despite the quality of their programs and their many season and conference titles, Cardinal Stritch victories garner only a few sentences in the daily sports section. Channels 4, 6, and 12 never send a cameraman to their gym to capture game film. The TV sports departments will argue they don’t have the on-air time to devote to Stritch highlights. This is baloney. Then you make time.

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ANOTHER snowstorm?


MacIver Institute update - Two Years Later, Scott Walker's New Crusade is Entitlement Reform

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Two Years Later, Scott Walker's New Crusade is Entitlement Reform (Click previous headline for video)


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Breaking News - Sequester Cuts To Hit Wisconsin's 2nd and 3rd Program for the Unemployed


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Recommended Reading - St. Patrick's edition 2013

St. Patrick's Day celebrates the role of all US migrants

"The Irish were the first ethnic group to achieve success in the US and the parades in honour of St Patrick were a powerful manifestation of that success.

"For the immigrants who succeeded them – the Italians, Jews, Greeks, Poles and others – on the long climb up the ladder of success, the Irish became a model of what could be achieved with determination, hard work and a belief in the American Dream.

"What St Patrick’s Day really became over time was a holiday that honoured all the diverse peoples that have contributed to the greatness of America."

How NOT to honor St. Patrick

"Our efforts at pretending to be authentically Irish were going well until Bergen ordered up a fresh round of Guinness. That’s when the disaster occurred."

From Chicago 2012...note the temperature.


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New commenting system on the blogs

It's about time.

PSST...have you heard Franklin's latest Einstein theory to boost economic development?

There was “the brochure.”

And now the latest ploy to generate economic buzz in Franklin…

Fewer roads.

More sidewalks.

Making people walk more.

The reporters at FranklinNOW may not win any Pulitzers, but by golly their material can be revealing, demonstrating how out of touch Franklin is, sorely lacking in innovation and creativity. But dumb ideas…they’ve mastered those.

The city’s Complete Streets and Connectivity Committee (now there’s a bureaucratic title that screams “royal waste of time”) is working on, according to FranklinNOW, “a smarter transportation grid” that will “boost economic development in the city.” At least that’s the goal of the committee chairman, John Michlig.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a green, green, green weekend!

"If it it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks."

Brendan Behan

 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, wonderful music to get you in the mood and primed for St. Patrick's Day.

We open with the tremendous Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart.

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The best cartoons of the week (03/16/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen


128724 600 New Popes role model cartoons


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/16/13)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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Week-ends (03/16/13)


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...


Charlie Blackmore

Iram Leon

David Tree

Tom Neathway

'Human chain'

Paul Marshallsea


Melissa Townsend


“May God forgive you for what you’ve done.”
Pope Francis toasting the Cardinals who had just elected him.

“I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan about the reaction when the Pope got the 77th vote needed to be chosen.

“It’s a huge gift for all of Latin America. We waited 20 centuries. It was worth the wait.”
José Antonio Cruz, a Franciscan friar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on the selection of Pope Francis, the first Latin American and first Jesuit to be pontiff.

“Ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide. It may be that, ideologically, if their position is, ‘We can’t do any revenue,’ or, ‘We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid,’ if that’s the position, then we’re probably not going to be able to get a deal…ultimately, it may be better if some Democratic and Republican Senators work together.”
President Obama on the federal budget negotiations with Republicans.

“Representative Paul Ryan, unveiled his 2014 spending plan: a retread of ideas that voters soundly rejected, made even worse, if possible, by sharper cuts to vital services and more dishonest tax provisions. The budget, which will surely fly through the House, was quickly praised as 'serious' and job-creating by the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, though it is neither. By cutting $4.6 trillion from spending over the next decade, it would reverse the country’s nascent economic growth, kill millions of real and potential jobs, and deprive those suffering the most of social assistance.”
The New York Times

The political class seems to be scandalized that Paul Ryan had the cheek Tuesday to propose another reform budget. Doesn't the House Budget Chairman understand that the 2012 election settled every political question in President Obama's favor? Er, no. The federal fisc is still a shambles—despite the tax increase on millionaires and billionaires that Mr. Obama said would solve everything and despite the modest sequester spending cuts he says are too painful to abide. Thus Mr. Ryan's proposal for fiscal 2014 is still an important document, even if it has no chance of becoming law this year, because it reaches for that elusive thing in Washington—realistic solutions to the country's problems.”
The Wall Street Journal

“I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn’t sleep after I watched it. I felt like I had a duty to expose it.”
Bartender Scott Prouty, who filmed Mitt Romney’s “47 percent video”

"Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored. This will be a fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."
Sarah Palin about her new book, "A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas," scheduled to be out in November.

“@taylorswift13 there is a special place in hell for women who don’t read their fan mail from other women” Tweet from a disgruntled Taylor Swift fan on learning that hundreds of unopened letters addressed to the pop star ended up in a trash bin.

“It was painful, but not as bad as listening to Justin Bieber.'”
Snake expert Johan Marais speaking from a hospital bed in Krugersdorp after he was bitten by a puff adder.


Handling of abused girl's case.


Obama: Your kids aren't safe at school.


There’s a new Pope. All of the coverage was a good thing.


Why are lesbians fat?

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Scott Walker, will you run for president? And the governor wows the CPAC

Here's Scott Walker's speech to CPAC:


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Recommended Reading (03/16/13)

Recommended Reading

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).

'Go and Repair My House'

“The Catholic Church in 2013 is falling into ruin. The church has been damaged by scandal and the scandals arose from arrogance, conceit, clubbiness and an assumption that the special can act in particular ways, that they may make mistakes but it's understandable, and if it causes problems the church will take care of it.

“Pope Francis already seems, in small ways rich in symbolism, to be moving the Vatican away from arrogance. His actions in just his first 24 hours are suggestive.”

Protecting the Constitution

“To Washington County Residents:

“Recent comments on gun control by Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn highlight, for me, a problem with law enforcement in this country. Too often, law enforcement leaders confuse all citizens with criminals, and see themselves as “kings” of their jurisdiction instead of employees of the people.”

Three Brilliant Black Leaders Tuning Out Obama

“…why do many blacks still choose Obama? Why does Obama have an 88 percent approval rating among African Americans while his overall approval sits at 47 percent? After all, what has Obama done to help African Americans?

“I am concerned and puzzled because the black community seems to be ignoring the wisdom of successful black leaders in business, medicine and journalism. Let me introduce you to three black leaders who are challenging the president’s policies.”

Note to union teachers

"Sadly, many of today’s public school teachers have embraced a hard-core mentality and defiant attitude toward anyone who disagrees with their demands or tactics. They have the influence of their union leaders to blame for that.

"The unions carefully arrange adversarial environments, pitting teachers against administrators. They constantly remind everyone that teacher 'morale is low,' and complain that realistic salary offers from cash-strapped school boards are a sign that teachers aren’t 'valued.'

"That often leads to childish behavior..."

How come we don't hear about 'conservative media bias'?

“Yes: The opinion media generally skew liberal on social issues related to abortion, gay rights, religion and maybe — maybe — guns. But that's about the extent of it.”

KF NOTE: What planet is this guy on?

What Does a Senator Cost These Days?

“To put the numbers into context, under the current federal guidelines,  the poverty level for a family of four is $23,550 of income per year, which is less than two days of fundraising for the average senator and slightly more than 10 days for a representative.”

How NOT to honor St. Patrick

"Our efforts at pretending to be authentically Irish were going well until Bergen ordered up a fresh round of Guinness. That’s when the disaster occurred."


Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013

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128754 600 LUCK OF THE IRISH cartoons

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Photos of the Week (03/17/13)

Photos of the Week

1) The inside of the Sistine Chapel, which has been prepared for the conclave voting by the cardinals, at the Vatican. Photo: L'Osservbatore Romano via AP

2) The Sistine Chapel stoves that will send up the smoke signal that lets the world know if a pope has been elected. Photo: L'Osservbatore Romano via Reuters

The vestments for the next pope, displayed in three different sizes, hang in the "Room of Tears" prior to the start of the conclave in the Sistine Chapel on March 12. Photo: L'Osservbatore Romano via Reuters

4) U.S. faithful hold placards asking for a U.S. pope as they wait for the result of the first vote during a papal election conclave at St. Peter's square at the Vatican.  Photo: Andreas Solaro, AFP/Getty Images

Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, in a still image taken from video at the Vatican March 12. Shut off from the outside world, the 115 cardinals will cast their ballots in a chapel which has Michelangelo's soaring Last Judgment on one wall, and his depiction of the hand of God giving life to Adam above them.  Photo: Osservatore Romano / Reuters

6) People watch on a video monitor in St. Peter's Square as Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, closes the double doors to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City on March 12, at the start of the conclave of cardinals to elect the next pope. Marini closed the doors after shouting "Extra omnes," Latin for "all out," telling everyone but those taking part in the conclave to leave the frescoed hall. He then locked it. Photo: Michael Sohn / AP

Cardinals in red, and faithful attend a Mass for the election of a new pope celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12. Photo: Reuters

Cardinals take an oath of secrecy inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, on March 12, before they start the conclave to elect the 266th Roman Catholic pope. Photo: L'osservatore Romano / AP

9) Cardinals from around the world gather in the Vatican to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Photo: Andrew Medichini / AP

10) White smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The white smoke indicates that the new pope has been elected. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

11) A nun reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on March 13, 2013. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

12) Paola La Rocca celebrates after hearing on the speakers at the Metropolitan Cathedral that Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as Pope in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Bergoglio is the first pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

13) A "cloud angel" rose over South Florida on the day that a new pope was named at the Vatican — resulting in snapshots and comments that multiplied like the biblical loaves and fishes. But experts say Wednesday evening's apparition is no supernatural miracle. Rather, it's a perfectly natural phenomenon that took on special meaning because of Pope Francis' selection. Several pictures came in to WPTV in West Palm Beach. Some saw a slim, winged figure in the cloud. "Wow, I wonder if Pope Francis ordered that!" one commenter, Thom George, said. Photo: WPTV

14) Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

15) Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio (L), elected Pope Francis I, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

16) Visitors take photos of Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on March 13. Photo: Michael Sohn / AP

17) Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, checks out of the church-run residence on March 14, where he had been staying in Rome. Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said. Photo: Osservatore Romano via Reuters

18) People watch Pope Francis on a big screen in St. Peter's square as he celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14. As the 266th pope, Francis inherits a Catholic church in turmoil, beset by the clerical sex abuse scandal, internal divisions and dwindling numbers in parts of the world where Christianity had been strong for centuries. Photo:
Oded Balilty / AP

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Shams Karim gets a kiss from her cousins in Baghdad, Iraq. It's been more than six years since a bomb killed her mother and left the 7-year-old Iraqi girl blind for life. Photo: AP

21) An immigrant inmate excercises while another sits on his bunk at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility. The tent jail, run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, houses undocumented immigrants who are serving up to one year after being convicted of crime in the county. Although many of immigrants have lived in the U.S for years, often with families, most will be deported to Mexico after serving their sentences. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

22) Comet PanSTARRS and the crescent moon loom over a mountaintop row of wind turbines near Mojave, Calif., on Tuesday night. The pairing of the comet and the moon made for one of the year's best opportunities for astrophotography. Photo: Mike Massee

23) The “Miharu Takizakura,” shown here at night, is widely considered one of the most magnificent cherry blossom trees in Japan and designated as a specially protected natural monument. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun

24) Bedouin children play as a swarm of locusts arrive over their village in the Negev desert near the Egyptian-Israeli border on March 12, 2013 at the Bedouin village of Bir Hadage, Israel. Egypt and Israel have been swarmed with millions of locusts over the past few days, causing widespread disturbance. Photo: Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

25) Tons of dead fish float on the waters of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, beside the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 13, 2013. Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images

26) A whale shark approaches a feeder boat off the beach of Tan-awan, Oslob, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu March 1.  Photo: David Loh / Reuters

27) Zurich soccer player Loris Benito tries to catch a marten during the Swiss Super League match between FC Thun and FC Zurich in the stadium in Thun, Switzerland, on March 10.  He dives.  And he's got him.  Photos: Marcel Bieri / Keystone via AP

28) Dustin Murley and Jessey Sisson race on their ostriches during the annual Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Ariz, March 10. Photo: Joshua Lott / Reuters

29) Wisconsin players celebrate as they leave the court following their win over Indiana Saturday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament semifinals, 68-56. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.

30) Milwaukee Riverside players hoist the gold ball trophy after defeating Mukwonago in the Division 1 championship game. Journal Sentinel photo: Corey Wilson

31) The violin that was played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the ocean liner sank is being auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son after extensive research into its authenticity. Photo: Associated Press

32) Civilian passengers of the Airbus A330 Zero-G, who are not astronauts nor scientists, enjoy weightlessness, on March 15, during the first zero gravity flight for paying passengers in Europe. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach / AFP - Getty Images

33) A child cries while getting a haircut in Huaibei, China, on Wednesday. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, getting a haircut on the second day of the second month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which fell on March 13 this year, will bring good luck.  Photo: Reuters

34) Bagpipers march in the 252nd Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York, on March 16, 2013. Photo: Peter Foley / EPA

35) Steven Anderson and Kimberly Anderson watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York on Saturday. Photo: Reuters, Carlo Allegri

36) Workers begin dying the Chicago River green to kick off the city's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday in Chicago. The dying of the river has been a tradition in the city for 43 years. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

37) A man dressed as a leprechaun entertains the crowd on a water propelled Flyboard while workers dye the Chicago River green to kick off the city's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday.  The dyeing of the river has been a tradition in the city for 43 years. Getty Images: Scott Olson

38) David Westerby of Kenosa, Wis., yells during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago on Saturday. With the holiday itself falling on a Sunday, many celebrations were scheduled instead for Saturday because of religious observances. Photo: Paul Beaty / AP

39) Firefighter Steve Ortiz of the Los Angels City Fire Department is kissed while marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Saturday in Savannah, Ga. Led by bagpipers in green kilts, the parade snaked through the streets with more than 300 floats, marching bands, military units marching in formation, and dignitaries in convertibles decorated with shamrocks. AP Photo: Stephen Morton

40) Buttons are seen on Dennis Dunn's sweater as he watches the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York on Saturday. Reuters: Carlo Allegri

41) Bev Kehayes, left, of Greensboro, N.C., gets her homemade hat pinned to her head by her friends Mary Parrish, center, and Sara Farnsworth, right, before the 189-year-old St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday.  AP Photo: Stephen Morton

42) People dance during a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday. Photo: Misha Japaridze / AP

43) Aidan Johnston, 7 months, watches Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York. Reuters: Carlo Allegri


Culinary no-no #320

Culinary no-no




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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #320

Previously on This Just In…

The update.  It’s not for me, but I concede this has the potential of catching on.

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It happened during Sarah Palin's speech to the CPAC


Stand and Fight

Stand and Fight

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The latest pro-life news (03/18/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Right To Life Wisconsin (WRTL):

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My Most Popular Blogs (03/19/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday.

1) PSST...have you heard Franklin's latest Einstein theory to boost economic development?

2) Photos of the Week (03/10/13)

3) Liberals get kids hooked on marijuana 

4) UPDATE: Meijer rejection of Franklin brings out the rosy glasses 

5) Photos of the Week (03/17/13) 

6) One of the best college basketball teams in Wisconsin every year you probably never heard of

7) Another local TV weatherman in the dark 

8) MacIver Institute update ­ Two Years Later, Scott Walker's New Crusade is Entitlement Reform

9) 2ND UPDATE: Recommended Reading (02/09/13) or, Earth to the Left: Yes, there is voter fraud

10) TIE

Johnny Mercer and WHO?

Culinary no­-no #319 

Here at This Just In... we support our friends at Palermo's


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The Packing House is a great choice for Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Tell them Kevin and Jennifer Fischer sent you!


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Will you help us reach one million?

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Now that's a great tie!

Sideline reporter Craig Sager has a cool NCAA basketball tournament bracket tie.

Photo: USA Today

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Why the media should hope Wisconsin goes a long way in the NCAA Tournament

Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz walks off the floor after a Big Ten Conference tournament win over Indiana. The Badgers received a No. 5 seed in the Big Dance.(Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports)

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Transforming a dump in Franklin

This is great.

Now c'mon, Franklin, let's not screw this up.

Help Us Stop the Negative Attacks


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I am not a prude, but you nudists will just have to move along

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has always been a target of great disdain, and rightfully so. The department is inhabited by a bunch of heavy-handed tyrannical regulators run amok who care nothing about wreaking havoc at the expense of good old’ common sense.

“Your pier is 1/8 inch too wide. That’ll be $500 or 90 days in jail or both.”

Conditions have improved under current Secretary Cathy Stepp.  Even so, a DNR ruling this week has head scratchers working overtime.

Wisconsin has a nude beach (Mazomanie) that features, of course, nudity, and lewd and lascivious behavior and illegal drug activity. The beach has largely been ignored for a long period of time. Now the DNR has stepped in but instead of lighting a match, it’s rubbing sticks together. 

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A coyote sighting in Franklin is NOT news

Tom Isaac, a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources told FranklinNOW he guesses there are probably a few dozen coyote in each suburban community in SE Wisconsin.

Sounds like dog bites man.

Indeed, my wife, Jennifer has seen one across our backyard pond. I’ve seen one outside our front door.


But if a coyote is seen AND PHOTOGRAPHED in Franklin…

A coyote strides through a backyard in Franklin.

Now you’ve got news.

Suppose photographed coyote got threatening and violent. Now what?

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School superintendents making out like bandits

I wrote about the salaries of school superintendents in 2008 and again in 2009.

That’s old news.

Not to pick on Franklin superintendent Steve Patz, but the latest data from the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) indicates Patz receives, courtesy of your very generous and downright fiscally irresponsible school board, a salary of:

$161, 558

Patz receives a benefits package of:

$61, 747

His total compensation amounts to:


Of course he deserves such a lofty windfall because the Franklin school district is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding in the state of Wisconsin. Uhh, no.

Scott Walker’s reported salary:


This is all relevant because Fox Business News is reporting:

“The housing market collapsed in 2008 -- but property tax bills didn’t. In fact, property taxes continued to rise in many parts of the country by 40% or more.

"Why? One big reason: Increasing school costs, including growing pay packages for school superintendents now at record levels, putting a strain on taxpayers and school budgets.

"A growing number of school superintendents are now the highest paid government employees in the country, earning gold-plated compensation in the mid-six-figure range. That pay is often ten times what their teachers get paid.”

The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor: March and February 2013

The March 2013 newsletter.

The February 2013 newsletter.

God Made a Democrat


Goodnight everyone, and have the fun weekend you've been waiting four!

“I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.”

Billy Joel

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.

On Monday, our little Kyla turns 4 years old. Can’t believe the time flew by so quickly.

Tonight, music with a theme of four. Don’t expect Barney. This will be fun.

Let’s get going!

The first time I heard this jazz standard performed it was by Milwaukee’s own Woody Herman. It was a signature piece for his band, the Thundering Herd. This version is by a successful vocal group that has been around for decades. They provide our rousing opening of music and musicians that fit our theme of four.


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The best cartoons of the week (03/23/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/23/13)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 35.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers. A high of 34.  "F"

Normally at this point, my lovely wife, Jennifer would offer this week’s main blog.

Jennifer has been very busy planning Kyla’s special 4th birthday party, so she has the week off. I’ll take this opportunity to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The Barking Lot that might be of interest to regular and new readers alike.

Q. Your blog is dominated by serious issues. What prompted The Barking Lot?
A. Jennifer loves dogs. How do I know this? She constantly talks about dogs and about getting one. Her face literally lights up when she sees one walking by. Several years ago I suggested that if she couldn’t have a dog just yet that she put her passion about dogs into a guest blog. It’s the same advice I’ve given to other bloggers: Write about what you’re interested in.

Q. So it’s been several years. Why haven’t you got a dog yet?
A. First came Kyla. Now Jennifer is saying we’re definitely getting a dog. But I also get asked about more children. My guess is we’ll get a dog someday. It all depends on the timing. I find it interesting that folks in Franklin most often ask me about Kyla and when I'm going to break down and purchase a pooch.

Q. Don’t you like dogs?
A. I love dogs.

Q. Really?
A. Yes, really. Ask Jennifer, my brother or my sister-in-law who’ve seen me interact with dogs.

Q. What’s holding you back?
A. I’ve talked with dog owners about this. While I love the joy and love a dog can bring to a home, I particularly find it unfortunately too temporary. The inevitable letting go would be extremely difficult. I don’t know how dog owners deal with that.

Q. As a rare husband-wife blogging team, how much do you collaborate with one another?
A. The Barking Lot is a 7-day effort. We work every day to some degree on each week’s installment. Jennifer writes her own blog and comes up with her own ideas, though I will make an occasional suggestion. The two of us both work on finding and contributing to the DOGS IN THE NEWS, photo, and video portions. We’ve also had readers submit stories and ideas. Like an editor I can be a nag, harping on Jennifer as the end of the week approaches. “Where’s that blog? How’s it coming along?” I believe the majority of Jennifer’s contributions are written when Kyla naps.

Q. Do you ever argue about the blog?
A. Hello.  I repeat. Like an editor I can be a nag, harping on Jennifer as the end of the week approaches. “Where’s that blog? How’s it coming along?” This doesn’t happen all that often, though. Only when there’s an “R” in the month.

Q. How do you decide on content?
A. Since Jennifer has dogs on the mind, she selects her own topics. They can be based on a news story, a trend, an observation, a brewing controversy, you name it. Jennifer is left to her own devices. I must say that if I wrote a dog blog, it might be a bit more edgy (no surprise there). For DOGS IN THE NEWS, the main criteria are that the news story, opinion piece, or helpful advice for dog owners must be interesting.  DOGS IN THE NEWS starts out serious and ends with lighter material. The blog has evolved in that a decision was made some time ago that certain stories would be left out. Every week there are news articles about dog abuse. Our feeling is that Barking Lot readers don’t check in to read about those grisly details. We’d include them to relate that these crimes occur and should be dealt with. However, we’ve more or less eliminated them. There will always be exceptions. The photos and videos can be tough because often times there are too many to choose from. We’ve just added ending each week’s blog with a photo of a very cute dog. The idea came after seeing photo after photo of cute dogs. So now we conclude with an AWWW moment.

Q. How do you get the weather details?
A. I won’t divulge my source. You could probably figure it out. I will say that it is very reliable and it’s not Channel 4, 6, 12 or 58. I toyed with the idea of asking a TV meteorologist to make a weekly contribution but decided against because they’re too busy, would probably not do it gratis, or would just send me to their station’s website. The forecast is based on the Franklin area.

Q. What do you base the letter grade for dog walking on?
A. The temperature, is it wet or dry, and sidewalk and street conditions.

Q. The Barking Lot. That’s cute. Who came up with the title?
A. The cute one of the duo. Let me clarify. Jennifer

Q. So are you saying that asking Jennifer to blog about dogs was your way of pacifying her while you keep her waiting on a dog purchase?
A. Very perceptive.

Q. What kind of dog are you thinking about?
A. Me personally? I’m not thinking about it at all.

Q. OK, Jennifer then…
A. She doesn’t want what she calls a Dog McNugget, but she doesn’t want a Guinness Book of World Record holder either.  Jennifer would be deliriously content with a Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier.

Q. Let’s say you do get a dog someday. Does that mean Jennifer will write about that dog 95% of the time?
A. Pretty much.

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

Woman desperately searches for stolen service dog.

The new Pope makes a first.

Iditarod dog dies. 

PETA is at it again.

Suspicious parents turn to drug-sniffing dog.

A mystery in Oklahoma as dog brings home a newborn baby.

New procedure repairs dog jawbones.

Quite the comeback for these Labs.

Losing weight...where does the dog come in?

First Dog gets a special invite.



Four year-old Mia York, left, walks her dog Howie, a Maltese, in the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on March 16.   Photo: Chris Polydoroff / AP

We close as we always do with our closing video that can be seen here.

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Week-ends (03/23/13)


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...


Lyle Francis Eagletail and Madison Leigh Wallace

Jamie Valentine and Staci Freeman


Bill Greenburg

Kristen Cunnane

Steve Davis

Janice Doughty

Former pro wrestler Chris Masters

Senator John Cornyn

Wayne Sutton


T.J. Lane



Green Street United Methodist Church

Joe Biden

The National Science Foundation

Niki Johnson



“Many people are frustrated with Republicans nationally … but go down the line of Republican governors and you’ll see leaders who are more optimistic, more relevant, and more courageous. We need to use language that is relevant to people—they’re concerned that their sons and daughters won’t have jobs, that their neighbor’s been out of work for six months, that their children and grandchildren won’t be able to afford this massive national debt. In Wisconsin, we were realistic about our challenges, but optimistic about solving our problems."
WI Governor Scott Walker

"We need to address our debt. And there's no tax increase in the world that will solve it. The only solution is a combination of fiscal discipline with rapid economic growth. If we can get the economy to grow at just 4% it would pull millions out of poverty and reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. One of the best ways to encourage growth is to engage in free and fair trade. We need to advance an energy policy that takes advantages of our God given resources and fully utilize all of the above in a responsible way.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that there is no tax available that can solve the nation's growing debt crisis, despite Democratic demands for a "balanced" approach of tax increases and spending cuts.

“Tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Obamacare is hurting young people. It’s hurting seniors. It’s hurting Hispanics. It’s hurting African-Americans. It’s hurting single moms. It’s hurting the economy. It should be repealed."
Texas Senator Ted Cruz

“What I like about what’s happening in 2014 is we can use statements that were said in 2010 by vulnerable Democrats. They said, ‘You could keep your doctor, and your insurance premiums won’t rise.’ Well, the rubber is going to meet the road in 18 months."
Rob Jesmer, who served as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008 and 2010, suggested Republicans might have an easier time making their case in the next election cycle than in 2010.

“I physically separated Justice Prosser and Justice Bradley with my own body and held onto Justice Bradley until she calmed down. I am not an unbiased judge (in that case)."

State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack during a debate with Marquette University law professor Edward Fallone. They argued over what rules should be in place to determine when justices must step down from cases because of real or perceived conflicts of interest. Roggensack said in the debate she was not participating in an ethics case against Prosser because she witnessed the incident and separated Prosser and Bradley.

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper. Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
A synopsis of the lesson taught at Florida Atlantic University by Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, was in the classroom and refused to participate — telling television station WPEC that the assignment was insulting and offensive. Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology.  The university also said the lesson will never again be used.

“Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from the back of a 32-year-old man. The knife had been in there for three years. Imagine that. Guy had a knife in his back for three years. So, he must have worked at NBC, too. Have you heard about this alleged feud that I'm having with NBC? Well, I think it's going to be okay. This is real. I had dinner last night, I did, I had dinner last night with a bunch of NBC executives. And to make up to me, listen to this, to make it up to me, what they did, they are sending my wife and I on an all expenses paid Carnival Cruise.”
Jay Leno during a monologue. NBC has indicated that it's going to be replacing Leno with Jimmy Fallon next year if not sooner.


Milwaukee County paratransit services problems.


About those green jobs...


March Madness...and rightfully so.


Incredible odds.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.