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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.

Bill Clinton needs help understanding

 Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Weekend leftovers

The Barking Lot (10/30/10)

Week-ends (10/30/10)

Photos of the Week (10/31/10)

Recommended Reading (10/31/10)

There is no liberal media bias: Chapter 9,264


Obama calls fellow Americans "enemies" for opposing agenda


Can you believe that President Obama is actually using the word "enemies" to describe political opponents just before an election?
Our brave troops are fighting real "enemies" in Afghanastan and Iraq.  Terriorist "enemies" are constantly attempting to kill Americans on our home soil.
Yet, the President chooses to use the word "enemies" to describe fellow Americans opposing his agenda.
Does this outrage you?  It certianly infuriates me.
I still remember Speaker Pelosi calling us "un-American" in the USA Today for opposing the health care bill by holding tea parties, bus tours and turning out for town hall meetings to put pressure on members of Congress.
Harry Reid actually called us "evil-mongers" for daring to take on his liberal agenda.
You and I can do something about this.  We can re-double our efforts today and tomorrow to educate our fellow Americans on the disastrous big-government votes of these liberal members of Congress.
In fact, today I'm asking you to make at least 10 calls to key households in priority districts by clicking
And, tonight after 9pm eastern standard time, I'm giving you a huge opportunity to call into Nevada and California.
Using our database and your home or cell phone (with your home phone there is no long distance charge to you) You can call households in Nevada to let them know what Harry Reid has done and in California to let them know how Senator Barbara Boxer has voted on important issues.  
Remember, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to take our nation in a different direction.  Do not let it slip away. Make these calls today and tonight by clicking
This morning, Dianna Sharp from Granada Hills, California posted on my FAcebook page that she's making AFP Freedom Phone calls and then she wrote "I'm 64 years old and work 40 plus hours a week but I'm gladly giving up my 'free' time."
That's the kind of commitment it takes to change our great nation for the better!
Keep the faith.  Our policies are winning with the American people.

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"Six Good Reasons to Vote Republican"

Great column by Carol Platt Liebau. attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near Los Angeles. She’s the author of the new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)."

Liebau offers her reasons why she’s voting a straight GOP ticket Tuesday:

“1. I want to live in an America where economic success is celebrated – not penalized.

2. I want ObamaCare repealed.

3. I want the federal government to reverse its metastatic growth.

4. I want a House and Senate that respects the popular will.

5. I want to be able to disagree with Democrats without being slandered.

6. I want to be free.

Vote tomorrow for a freer, more prosperous America – one which respects its citizens and believes in its own exceptionalism. Vote Republican.”

Here’s Liebau’s entire column.



Franklin voters: Vote NO vs bigger government

All across America Tuesday, voters will be voicing their opposition to expanded government and larger bureaucracies. During a recession when paychecks and benefits are getting smaller and smaller, government is getting bigger and bigger.

Franklin voters, on Tuesday, join voters all across the country in taking a stand against bloated government growing more out of control.  Vote a resounding NO to the referendum asking if Franklin, a city of only 35,000 should have a full-time mayor. Tell City Hall and those who voted to put this senseless referendum on the ballot to get their priorities in order and keep the growth of government in check.

The vote on the Franklin referendum Tuesday is:


The November 2010 Official Voter's Guide

Regular readers know that unlike the sanctimonious, pompous, arrogant newspaper editorial writers around the state that beg and clamor for the utmost voter turnout, I personally don’t want a whole bunch of people voting, especially those who are …..well…....just too damn stupid.

Here is my traditional, official voter’s guide for Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2010:

If you plan to head to your polling place and walk in, still not knowing who the hell you’re going to vote for, please don’t vote.

If you do not know who’s on your local school board, please don’t vote.

If you think Wisconsin is not a tax hell, please don’t vote.

If you feel sorry that Jim Doyle didn’t run again, please don’t vote.

If you get all goose pimply at this question: Where in the world is Jessica Doyle?---Please don't vote. 

If you are excited to ride the $810-million train between Milwaukee and Madison, please don’t vote.

If you believe the top campaign issue during 2010 is global warming, please don’t vote.


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It's Election Day

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

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Election Day, Nov. 2, 2010: Thought for the Day

The polls are now open across Wisconsin.

“Vote for the Republican of your choice.”
A good friend, a wonderful gentleman, the late Chuck Mahaffey.


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Photos from the Jon Stewart rally


The MSM seemed to miss these.

One of Obama's faithful explains her disenchantment

I was a soccer mama for Obama.

And depending on the day and the kids in my car, I was a hockey mama or a baseball mama.

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"20 reasons Democrats are the walking dead"

Tonight is a referendum on everything Obama and the Democrat Party. America is poised to turn thumbs down.

James Pethokoukis, Money & Politics columnist for Reuters Breakingviews offers 20 reasons why.

And here's the listmeiser, John Hawkins with seven quotes that doomed the Dems.

Why are the Dems about to lose big? Dems ready to let excuses fly

From NewsRealBlog

As Tommy Thompson used to say....


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Get ready Franklin for ANOTHER tax increase!

Millions of Americans voted Tuesday against big government spending and higher taxes. Tonight, the Franklin Common Council will ignore that very loud, very clear message.

Franklin aldermen tonight will, just like the Franklin School Board, approve a property tax levy increase during a recession. They will approve a budget that increases spending. They will once again ignore you, the hard-working taxpayers. To them, you are nothing but a money pit, a never-ending, reliable resource.

Remember any alderman who votes for a big tax increase and don’t forget what he/she does to you come Election Day.

UPDATE: A clarification. The Common Council tonight recommended a 2.99% property tax levy increase. There will be a public hearing on the budget November 16 at 6:30. City Hall will be packed with city employees urging a tax increase. It's up to citizens to show up to demand fiscal responsibility. If that doesn't happen, aldermen, like mine, Kristen Wilhelm will cave and vote for a property tax increase. Following the hearing, aldermen vote on the budget and increasing your taxes. Unless you show up and fight, your city taxes are going up. My guess is there's a 99% chance the Common Council will raise your taxes.

Franklin alderman says 60% of electorate missed the point

The Franklin referendum asking for a full-time mayor went down in flames Tuesday, clearly showing how out of touch its main supporter, Alderman Steve Taylor is with our city.

Mark Schaaf’s article on FranklinNOW about this issue is quite revealing, demonstrating Taylor’s shortcomings as a city official. Schaaf writes:

Alderman Steve Taylor, who proposed the referendum, said he was not surprised the measure was defeated. But, based on the results for other races last night, he thinks voters missed the point of the referendum, which didn't detail the intent of his proposal.

He said last night's election, which saw Republicans win high-profile races for state governor and U.S. Senate, showed a strong push for smaller government and fiscal restraint. That was consistent with his proposal, which in exchange for making the mayor full-time would have eliminated the city's director of administration position.

The DOA job pays $105,720 annually and a full-time mayor would make less than that.

‘Voters felt government was getting too big and too intrusive,’ said Taylor, who believes the director of administration position ‘is another layer of government we could get rid of.’

He added he would not support any change that did not eliminate the director of administration.”

I’m sorry, but what a boob. The first comment on Schaaf’s article came from an individual that used the name, “Clear Thinker” who wrote:

“After reading this, I think the referendum question could have been worded differently to explain their logic.”

Ya think??!!

Alderman Taylor implies that you, the electorate, were just not smart or insightful enough to recognize how ingenious his proposal was. Again, Schaaf wrote, “He (Alderman Taylor) thinks voters missed the point of the referendum, which didn't detail the intent of his proposal.”

Well, golly gee, Alderman Smartypants, then you should have proposed a resolution to have the referendum wording ask if Franklin voters wanted to have a full-time mayor in exchange for eliminating the position of the city director of administration. It’s that simple! Don't blame or insult the voters because you botched the wording on your own proposal. But I guess you blew it again, Alderman.

By the way, even if the wording had been different, I believe this foolish notion would have been rejected. Under Alderman Taylor's idea of making the mayor full-time and eliminating the city DOA, what would the city actually save? $20,000? $30,000?

If Alderman Taylor is so concerned about the city saving money, where are his real proposals to cut spending? After all, he’s on the Finance Committee.

Finally, shame on Alderman Taylor’s colleagues on the Common Council who expressed apprehension about this referendum, but voted with Taylor anyway to put it on the ballot.

2nd update: Culinary no-no #164

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #164
dealt with nanny state liberals going after the toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals.
San Francisco officials Tuesday decided to forbid restaurants from offering toys along with meals that contain too much fat and sugar. The ban applies to McDonalds Happy Meals.
AP photo

Then there was an update.

And now we have another update.

There is common sense. There is reality. And then there is California.

Looking for something non-election related and totally cool, cute, and awesome?

Here it is.

Notice anything different about Milwaukee radio these days?

Just a few days ago we were celebrating…..

That means it must be time for…

Kevin, you are nutso!

No No No!

It is Christmastime.

Clouds out today. Rain falling. Dampness in the air. Flurries in the forecast. BRRR!

It is November 4, 2010. We are WAYYYYYYYY too late starting the Christmas celebration.

If you recall, last year, some Milwaukee radio stations started playing 24-hour Christmas music the day after Halloween. One station upon learning that a competitor was doing HO-HO-HO on November 1 changed their plans and put Christmas tunes on the airwaves on Halloween. I think we had close to 70-degree temps at that time as well making “Let It Snow” sound awfully strange.

Weird as it sounds, stations made the right move. Audience research shows overwhelming popularity for Christmas music, the sooner the better. Hell, Hallmark has been selling ornaments since Independence Day.

Why stations have this year decided not to go to Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby immediately after trick or treat came to a close, I have no idea.

But I know thousands and thousands and thousands of you WANT to hear CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

And if I was a radio station programmer, I definitely would have this on my play list.

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My wife and the astute Newstalk 1130 WISN audience

I think about my lovely wife.


Especially when I’m not with her.

There I was, buried in thick traffic on my way to Madison this morning.

My radio choices:

WUWM: That means public radio. Public radio is usually very, very good, or very, very bad. Most of the time, very liberal. This morning, I switched the station.

WTMJ: News headlines and weather I had already heard. Switch to WISN.

Jay Weber had an outstanding segment that made me think of my wife who less than 24 hours ago had asked me if Governor Scott Walker could do anything about the sweet deals Jim Doyle gave to the tribes on gaming compacts.  Jay asked his audience for a laundry list of agenda items the Governor and Republican-controlled Legislature should go after. All were great answers.

Listen to what his listeners had to say, or just read the following:

Helping build the agenda for Governor Scott Walker and the newly-elected Republican legislature

I asked my mostly conservative listeners to help build the agenda for Governor Scott Walker and the newly elected Republican legislature. Here is the amazingly long wish list.  I do not agree with and/or endorse all of these, but here is the list. It’s a Jim Doyle/Wisconsin Democrat left wing nightmare:

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November 2, 2010 = John, Paul, George and Ringo


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Goodnight everyone and have a heart filled with song weekend!


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, stylish music and lyrics from the Great American Songbook.

I recall the first time I heard Rod Stewart re-inventing himself. It was on WOKY, and Stewart was crooning “Moonglow.” Something just didn’t seem or sound right.

Then, on a visit to Mom’s house, she was watching a PBS special. Decked out in tuxedo, fronting a full orchestra, Stewart pulled out one oldie after another. My mother, of all people, was enchanted.

“I know you like these songs, Mom, but you like him doing them?”

A lot.

We bought her all of the Rod Stewart CDs. And he’s out with a new collection and sounding great. I have grown to thoroughly enjoy this version of Rod Stewart.

Tonight, a special one-man concert. So, sit back, relax, turn off the lights, and watch this appearance on the Home Shopping Network.

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The Barking Lot (11/06/10)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  A frosty morning, then mostly sunny. A high of 48.  Normal high is 51.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 58.  "B"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

OK, I admit it.  I am a “girly girl.”  I LOVE being pampered.  I truly enjoy going for massages, facials, pedicures, you name it.  Kevin has taken me to many amazing spas.  From the award-winning Sundara Spa in Wisconsin Dells to SpaHalekulani in Hawaii (honored with the coveted Mobil Four-Star rating, the highest bestowed in the Mobil Travel Guide, "America's Best Hotel & Resort Spas") I have been to some prime pampering places.  In a hectic and stress-filled world, I find it is important to relax and recharge on occasion.

Admittedly, a Golden Retriever doesn’t need to worry about his big presentation to a new client, and I’ve yet to hear about a Dachshund who is concerned about paying her mortgage.  Most Shih-Tzu’s are more focused on what is in the treat jar than what is in the checking account.  Still, don’t our four-legged family members deserve some pooch pampering?

I have read about many “doggy day spas” that cater to the S-P-O-I-L-E-D canine set.  Not just a place for Max to have a bath, these establishments offer amenities such as expert grooming, nail trimming (and yes, polish!) and tooth brushing.  Some offer heated floors, many offer gourmet treats.  

As a fan of pets AND capitalism I don’t have a problem at all with these places.  More power to the owners that can afford this lifestyle for their pets.  The latest in this realm of excess just might top everything:  a nightclub for dogs.  Yes, you read correctly, a nightclub.

In my opinion, the brief article in the NY Post does not begin to capture the essence of the Fetch Club.  Take a moment to peruse their website. It is written literally as if your dog is reading it.  It refers to “you” as though “you” is the Yorkie, not the Yorkie’s owner:  “At Fetch Club, we have urban canines like you in mind, and have created an oasis just for you and other like-minded canines to come together and take advantage of the various services and amenities we have to offer.”


Perhaps some over-paid marketing guru suggested to the owners that writing directly to the dog was unique and set Fetch Club far apart from its competitors.  And I’m sure plenty of nutty New Yorkers feel uber-superior just reading about the services and amenities. 

Pampering your dog?  Cool.  Springing for a spa?  Extremely cool.  Expecting Rocky to read the website?  Lame.
----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. Along those lines, Las Vegas is going to the dogs.

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

Lizabeth recovers from attack from alligator.

Dog missing for a year...  you know the rest.

Candidate skips campaign to care for sick dog.

Dog's condition so bad, dog named Ripley.

Vision impaired gain mobility with guide dogs.

Bomb-sniffing dogs show off.

teaches dogs to show off.

Dog food, or dogs as food?

Life lessons learned from a dog.

That's it. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

We close with our closing video. Would you stop a dog thief?


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Week-ends (11/06/10)


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...


Allen and Violet Large

Angel Villa Martinez

Jean Dyess


Howard Barton

Ed Gillespie

Tim Lesko


John Albert Gardner III

Kathleen and Daniel Harris


 "I'm not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night."
President Obama the day after the elections.

“I imagine that thrill is maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore.”
Michele Bachman to Chris Matthews

“Trust me. I'm going to make sure this health care bill is never, ever, ever implemented.”
John Boehner

“Every Republican who won a tightly contested election should be sending a thank-you note to Angle and O'Donnell for taking all the fire from the mainstream media and keeping the heat off of them.”
Ann Coulter

“The early returns and overwhelming number of Democrats who are coming out we're on pace to maintain a majority in the House of Representatives.”
Nancy Pelosi

“Republican gains are massive. And when I say Republican gains are massive, I mean tsunami.

No, the GOP did not take the Senate and some races are still outstanding, but the Senate GOP has moved to the right. More so, the Republicans picking up, in the worst case, seven seats is historically strong.

But consider that as you wake up this morning the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1948 — that is more than sixty seats. Ike Skelton, Class of 1976, is gone. Many, many other Democrats are gone.

That, in and of itself, is significant. But that’s not the half of it. The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.

There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.”
Erick Erickson, RedState

“I'd like to ask all of the people who thought trying to reach out to Republicans in a bipartisan manner would be a good idea - Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama in particular - how'd that work out for you?

Could the effort at bipartisanship over the last two years have been a bigger disaster? The Democrats allowed the Republicans to make their case for two straight years while Democrats laid down their arms. And it turns out the voters didn't know why they should vote for the Democrats. Surprise, surprise.”
Cenk Uygur of The Huffington Post

“I think a majority, not only party-wise, but a majority of people in the Legislature ... agree with me on the train and the need to make sure that we're not stuck with that in the future.”
Governor-elect Scott Walker on the proposed high-speed rail line from Madison to Milwaukee.

“In light of the election results, our agency will be taking a few days to assess the real world consequences, including the immediate impacts to people and their livelihoods, if this project were to be stopped.”
State Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi on the order to temporarily stop construction of the high-speed rail line.

“Until we establish a hard spending cap, it's not realistic that members of Congress are going to step up and start cutting spending.”

U.S. Sen.-elect Ron Johnson on his priorities in Washington after defeating U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

“I hope and I intend to continue to work with all of you in the future as much as possible, so it's on to the next life, it's on to the next battle, it's on to 2012, and it is on to our next adventure. Forward!”

Russ Feingold during his concession speech.


Tim Phillips of Americans For Prosperity said this week:

"Can you believe that President Obama is actually using the word 'enemies' to describe political opponents just before an election?

Our brave troops are fighting real 'enemies' in Afghanastan and Iraq.  Terriorist 'enemies' are constantly attempting to kill Americans on our home soil.

Yet, the President chooses to use the word 'enemies' to describe fellow Americans opposing his agenda."

This is right up there, too.


So, now the GOP is supposed to compromise?


Other important issues Election Night...


Couple gets comfy in hot tub.

Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me


ELVIS is a lifesaver


Trapped in a mine for 69 days, how did Edison Pena survive?

With help from the King.

The New York Post reports Pena appeared this week on the David Letterman Show:

He talked about finding solace in listening to Elvis on a specially-delivered MP3 player while being stuck for 69 days.”

The King lives on.

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Meet a Lame Duck Congressman

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Final score in football:

Franklin 45
S. Milwaukee 27

Next up for Franklin: Waunakee @ Kettle Moraine, 11/13/10 @ 6 p.m.

Waunakee defeated Franklin last year in the playoffs, 42-14 before going on to win the Division 2 Championship.



Thanks for the memories, Nancy

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My Most Popular Blogs (11/07/10)

As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.

The November 2010 Official Voters Guide

Notice anything different about Milwaukee radio these days?

3) Update from Pro-Life WI

4) Election Day Nov 2 2010: Thought for the Day

5) Franklin voters: Vote NO vs bigger government

Photos of the Week (11/07/10)

Photos of the Week

Governor-elect Scott Walker and family take the stage in victory at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. Journal sentinel photo: Michael Sears


Ron Johnson delivers a victory speech to supporters. Johnson defeated U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman

A Russ Feingold supporter sheds tears as Feingold announces he has called to congratulate Ron Johnson on his win. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


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Recommended Reading (11/07/10)

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).

Take your olive branch and shove it, Democrats!

"Here is an ironclad certainty: It’s too little too late for the antagonist-in-chief to paper over two years of relentless Democratic incivility and hate toward his domestic 'enemies.' Voters have spoken: They’ve had enough. Enough of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s rhetorical abuse. Enough of his feints at bipartisanship. Whatever the final tally, this week’s turnover in Congress is a GOP mandate for legislative pugilism, not peace. Voters have had enough of big government meddlers 'getting things done.' They are sending fresh blood to the nation’s Capitol to get things undone."

Solutions for America

"The voters decided to send to Congress men and women pledged to act upon the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Heritage has compiled this checklist of five overriding actions, representing the bare minimum required for Washington to fulfill its electoral mandate...."

Top 10 Democrats we're happy to see defeated

"Here are the Top 10 of these big-spending Democrats that we were happy to see take a beating from the American voters on Election Day."

What's so great about America

"Marco Rubio will have to write a new speech sooner or later, but he shouldn’t hurry up on our account. We still enjoy the one he’s been giving all year. He delivered it again to a national television audience on Election Night, after walloping not one but two formidable opponents in his campaign for a vacant Florida Senate seat. Along with his gift for wooing voters, the speech has made Rubio, according to a chorus of news accounts, a 'rising star'—even, said one Vanity Fair writer who should know, a 'matinee idol.' Republicans might want to ponder why.The theme of the speech, and the source of its power, is......"

The next two years

A congressional majority will mostly be limited to playing defense, to checking any further ill-considered legislative efforts to expand the size and scope of government, as well as presenting to the American people a strong and coherent alternative to the big government liberalism of the Democrats."

Why Palin petrifies progressives
"According to the Progressives, women cannot be 'real women' if they don’t fit the Progressives’ script. Yep, if a woman doesn’t march to the Left’s horse dung definition regarding what 'they' (whoever the heck 'they' are) have determined constitutes a real woman, she is illegitimate.  

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Thanks to Applebee's.


Culinary no-no #191

Culinary no-no's


America is too fat.

We know this is true because government says so.

Government is under the assumption because it is all-knowing that it is best-equipped to provide solutions to our expanding girth.

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Three days, three inspirational people

I’m unsure who first coined the phrase, “Attitude is everything,” but he/she was absolutely right.

No human life is immune from problems or difficulties. Just when you think you have it tough, someone else comes along to show you that maybe, just maybe, you don’t have it so bad at all. And they inspire.

On Saturday, I was the timer at the opening women’s basketball game of the season at Cardinal Stritch University. Sitting on the bench, but no longer coaching was longtime and highly successful coach Rich Panella.  We spoke before the game, and as always, he was in terrific spirits, though he had every right not to be.

On Sunday, I saw Joe. I only know him as Joe. He comes into Meyer’s Restaurant every Sunday with his family and we always chat. For the past several weeks, he hasn’t been showing up. His son told us he wasn’t feeling well. Later I found out Joe had contracted bone cancer.

It was good to see Joe Sunday. Sure, he had lost some weight and appeared weak, but he didn’t stop smiling. Never once did he complain.

Today I read about the death of my friend Chuck Ward, a legend at Milwaukee Irish Fest. I interviewed him many times when he was with the Brewers and Milwaukee County and Summerfest.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Ward died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 54:

“’He never asked, 'Why me?'  said brother Ed Ward. ‘His life the last 2 ½ years was a beacon of how to handle adversity’."

Attitude is, indeed, everything.

I’m glad to know Rich Panella and Joe, and I’m very glad I got to know Chuck Ward.

God bless them all.

"goose on steroids"

National Right to Work

Dear Concerned American:

“To those who say it’s dead, I say think again.”

That was Labor Committee Chairman Senator Tom Harkin talking about RAMMING the “Card Check” Bill into law during the “lame duck” session of Congress set to start soon.

And because all those new pro-Right to Work Congressmen and Senators won’t be sworn in until JANUARY, this could be our toughest test yet.

That’s why I have prepared a petition to your U.S. Senators for you to sign IMMEDIATELY.

The fact is, the union bosses know this could be their LAST chance to force their entire radical, economy-crushing agenda into law.

They’re not going to let it go to waste.

Worse, with the election come and gone, many Congressmen and Senators who were “on the fence” regarding “Card Check” think they simply have “nothing to lose” now.

Others, many of whom went down in flames on November 2, want REVENGE -- and they’ll do everything they can to give one last handout to their union boss pals.

That’s why your immediate action is so critical.

As you know, should “Card Check” pass, workers would lose the right to a secret ballot election when militant union organizers target their workplaces.

Instead, the union bosses would be able to intimidate workers one on one -- or three on one -- into signing so-called “union authorization cards” -- and BINGO -- a company is unionized automatically with no vote.

And with well over 90,000 recorded instances of union violence reported just since 1975, you and I both know union officials will stop at nothing to get a signature.

And what happens once these workers are forcibly unionized?

Well, if the union bosses can draw out negotiations for 90 days by making outrageous demands, Obama Administration bureaucrats will step in to “solve” the problem by imposing the terms and conditions of employment upon those workers.

Just as bad, union bosses and their cronies in the U.S. Senate have been working on a “Plan B Card Check” Scheme for months now to try and secure Senate passage.

They’ve successfully kept their scheme under wraps for now.

But you and I know one thing is for sure.

Whatever “final version” the union bosses and their cronies ultimately try to ram through will be designed to force millions of more workers under Big Labor’s thumb.

That’s why your IMMEDIATE help is so critical.

Please click here to sign the “lame duck” petition right away!

You see, “Card Check” isn’t the ONLY thing you and I have to worry about.

The union bosses have also been fighting tooth-and-nail to RAM the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill into law.

This radical bill is designed to force every police officer and firefighter in the nation under union boss control -- and is just the first step in forcing all public employees under Big Labor’s thumb.

This has been a train wreck virtually everywhere it’s been tried.

In places where Big Labor has control over public employees, union bosses insist on more government spending and block service improvements for taxpayers.

Then, public sector union bosses turn around and push for outrageous demands that no union boss forcefully “representing” workers in a competitive private business would dare to seek.

When lean times come, instead of shouldering cuts or taking blame, public sector union bosses threaten strikes!

Just in the past few years, you and I have seen that exact same scenario played out in states like California, Illinois and dozens of others where Big Labor has seized control of state and local government workers.

During these tough economic times, passage of the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill is the LAST thing we need.

That’s why I’m counting on your IMMEDIATE action.

Please click here to sign the petition right away!

You see, we simply don’t have much time.

These fights are going to move FAST.

And our only realistic chance of DEFEATING “Card Check” and the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill is in the U.S. Senate.

The good news is, Big Labor doesn’t think you’ll be ready.

They think that now that the election is over, millions of good folks like you from all across the country will just “shut off” and ignore what’s happening in the “lame duck” session.

That’s why if you and I can mobilize quickly and really start to turn the heat up on the U.S. Senate, Big Labor’s allies won’t know what hit them.

Already, I’ve launched a massive nationwide mail and e-mail program to opponents of forced unionism urging them to contact their U.S. Senators.

But more MUST be done.

Internet ads. Radio. Newspaper and TV ads, too.

None of this is cheap.

That’s why I’m counting on your IMMEDIATE support.

So, in addition to signing the petition to your U.S. Senators, would you consider chipping in with a donation of $10 or more?

It’s up to you and me to stop them.

So please sign the petition and chip in with a generous donation of $10 or more right away.

There’s no time to waste. Please act IMMEDIATELY.

Mark Mix
Mark Mix

P.S. The union bosses are doing everything they can to RAM through “Card Check” and the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill during the “lame duck” session of Congress.

And without your IMMEDIATE action, I’m afraid they just may succeed.

So please sign the petition to your U.S. Senators and chip in with a donation of $10 right away!

Example #4,127 why NPR should be de-funded

House Democrats Beg Pelosi to Step Down as Leader

"Things will get better!"

But they haven't for a young woman who was given that reassurance in handwriting by President Obama.

How much is a written note from the president worth?

Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?

Franklin coach Jeff Klemp looks on as his Sabers battle host South Milwaukee. Photo credit: Dave Haberkorn

South Milwaukee coach John Galewski encourages his team against Franklin. Photo credit: Dave Haberkorn

There’s a bit of a blog squabble going on in the comments section of the FranklinNOW article about Franklin’s 45-27 playoff victory Saturday against South Milwaukee. Dominated by typical rude and nasty comments when the posters are anonymous, there are two schools, if you will, of thought:

1) South Milwaukee fans (at least the ones writing in) think Franklin ran up the score.

2) Franklin fans (at least the ones writing in) think South Milwaukee wasn’t very classy and simply isn’t as good as the Sabers.

Regular readers of my blog know how much I hate piling on. I even dedicated a segment about the topic when I guest hosted at WISN this fall that drew emotional feedback from both sides.

I knew the day was coming when I might be moved to answer if the high-flying pass-oriented Sabers had run up the score.

Let’s review.

At halftime, Franklin led by only 17-14 against a team the week before had made a remarkable come from behind victory against Pius marked by a last second 52 yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Franklin struck through the air to take a 24-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Franklin scored on two more passes in the final period, then scored again on a long fumble recovery to make it 45-14. South Milwaukee then scrambled to score twice to make the final 45-27.

One of the few insightful comments made on the FranklinNOW article recapping the game comes from a writer identified as Coach Wood:

3:55 left in the game, Franklin leads 31-14 and it's their ball at midfield or so. They've clearly seized momentum and look to be running out the clock.

(Franklin head coach) Klemp calls timeout. Coming out of the timeout, QB hits a receiver streaking deep down the SM sideline for a touchdown.

Now, an argument could be made that they were afraid of SM coming back-- after all, that's exactly what happened against Pius the week before. I wouldn't buy that for a second, though.

I've seen a lot of football from the field, the sidelines, the box and the stands and you can tell when a game is won. Franklin had the ball, a three-score lead, and momentum. That timeout, followed by that deep ball, had ‘piling on’ written all over it.

High-school football should be about character, sportsmanship, and turning boys into men. That play was about none of those things.”

Another comment referring to Franklin:

“3:50 left...throw a bomb......CLASSLESS ALL THE WAY...........”

So, did Franklin run up the score or not?

If “Coach Wood” is factual in his comments above, that Franklin had the ball at midfield, up three TD’s with under four minutes to play and tossed a bomb down the sidelines, in my view, that was unnecessary and uncalled for. However, “running up the score” or “piling on” usually, not always, but usually involves a series of plays and scores. This was a single play that clearly in the scheme of the entire game does not meet the definition of a team rubbing it in. Franklin’s last score came on a turnover and Franklin did take knees at the very end after putting in subs.

Also, Franklin fans writing in to suggest South Milwaukee should not have tried to score at the end of the game to make the final more respectable are wrong. Of course South Milwaukee is trying to, if not win, make the game closer. Good for them.

South Milwaukee took timeouts when Franklin was taking a knee. That, too, fails the sportsmanship test.

Add it all up and you have the ugly, anonymous commentary on FranklinNOW. This is not what high school football is supposed to be about.

The BEST column of the year!

Kevin's favorites

I am not exaggerating. If anyone should disagree, please show me a better one.

Mike Banzet is not a quitter, though he says he quit.  After 22 years of active duty, Banzet retired this year as a major in the U.S. Air Force. The reason? Major Banzet was extremely displeased with the political leadership in America, i.e., the Democrats. Remember, this is a political party whose leadership despises the military.

Two days before the November mid-term elections, Major Banzet wrote a pointed letter to America's electorate that appeared in the Daily Inter Lake. Here are excerpts:

You’ve elected officials who, for partisan points, spoke openly that the ‘…war is lost.’ I happened to be in a dining facility in
that day, filled with the (mostly) young faces of (mostly) Army men and women. CNN was on the TVs, and things got very quiet when this elected official continued on, railing that the mission that some of these very people were here to do, had ‘…failed.’ Yet, they would be donning their body armor, strapping on med kits and weapons, mounting HMMVs or MRAPs and heading outside the wire, ensuring that the newborn democracy in Iraq, purchased with so many lives, would be safe another night. The newly re-invigorated insurgents would be waiting, teeth bared back in a hateful smile, gripping the IED detonator, the RPG launcher, or the AK-47s to ply their trade with new energy, because the Senate Majority Leader had said they were winning.

You elected officials who continually defame and berate military members, whether it is the observation that if you’re not too bright, you’ll get ‘…stuck in Iraq.’

You’ve elected officials in the role of commander-in-chief who ‘loathe’ the military, while using ROTC deferments and special treatment to avoid military service that the less ‘connected’ take as a responsibility.

On the basis of ‘change,’ you elected someone who had close, ongoing associations with people who were part of an organization that tried to kill us [
U.S. military] on our own soil.

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Any long-lasting effects from those nasty TV ads?

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy

Bank of Italy Bank Robber

I get hundreds and hundreds of e-mails.

This is one of the good ones:

A hooded armed robber bursts into the Bank of Italy and forces the tellers to load a sack full of cash. 

On his way out the door with the loot, one brave customer grabs the hood and pulls it off,  revealing the robber's face.

The robber shoots the guy dead without hesitation!

He then looks around the bank to see if anyone else has seen him.   He sees one of the tellers looking straight at him; the robber walks over and calmly shoots him dead.

Everyone by now is very scared and looking down at the floor.

"Dida anyone elsa see a my face?" calls the robber.

There follows a tense silence.

Then an elderly Italian gent, looking down, tentatively raises his hand and says:


"I tinka my wife caught a glimpse."

Special Video message from George W. Bush

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Any long-lasting effects from those nasty TV ads?

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy

The Great Communicator?

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

NaPELOSIan at Voterloo


Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

Hey,, too, can tinkle with the president

When former President George W. Bush visits Milwaukee today to be the keynote speaker for Teen Challenge, a Christian group that helps young people with substance abuse problems, Tim Townsend will be right there. Townsend is a friend of mine who is a local photographer, one of a handful chosen out of over 50 to capture this event on film.

Townsend has already been instructed by the Secret Service about proper protocol. He has received a special pin that he’s required to wear during today’s event. The pin shows the Secret Service that the photographer is allowed all access to President Bush.

“You can even follow the president into the men’s room,” Townsend told me he was informed by the Secret Service.

“Personally, we wouldn’t advise it,” Townsend was told. “But we wouldn’t stop you.”

Could be an interesting conversation.

Even so, Tim, please……don’t get thrown in the slammer, ok?

Well lookee here....the most ungracious loser in all of Wisconsin is none other than....

Joel McNally!

Pretty embarrassing stuff even for Joel who comes across sounding like someone he’s always criticizing: an angry old white guy.

What will Jim Doyle do about this?

The assault on Christmas has begun.

Later this month, the organization American Atheists will put up this billboard
near the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City:

The Catholic League is fighting back. Last week, it sent a gift of this Nativity Scene....

To all 50 governors. Catholic League president Bill Donohue writes:

"A letter to the governors alerting them that our gift was being sent in care of their chief of staff was first sent. We know they arrived because we already received a kind letter from one governor, Phil Bredesen of Tennessee. In my letter to the governors, I explained that it was our 'sincere hope that it [the crèche] will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda alongside secular symbols (e.g., a Christmas tree) this coming Christmas season'."

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What will Jim Doyle do about his lovely gift?

JesusReasonForSeason.jpg Jesus Reason for the Season image by jocelynkw

Ted Rall: The epitome of despicable

I first learned about Ted Rall during 2007. Rall is a lunatic hateful lefty cartoonist and columnist, the extremist’s extremist.

It’s impossible to describe how scummy this character is. The title of his new book says it all….

Rall is so vile and hateful he's advocating a violent revolt. Here's an excerpt from the above:

"We are here because the U.S. is going to end soon. There’s going to be an intense, violent, probably haphazard struggle for control. It’s going to come down to us versus them. The question is: What are you going to do about it?…

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The shot heard around public broadcasting today

A special commission appointed by President Obama today unveiled details of its proposal to cut $3.8 trillion from the federal deficit.

Take a look at item #32:

Cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s primary job is to fund NPR and its member stations (and other public radio stations) and PBS and its member stations. The current CPB funding level is the highest it has ever been. This option would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, saving just under $500 million in 2015.

Additionally, Congress should end two duplicative public broadcasting programs on President Obama’s termination list: The Public Telecom Facilities Grant Program (PTFP) and USDA’s Public Broadcasting Grants program. In recent years, PTFP has primarily provided funding to help broadcasters transition to digital broadcasts. In FY2010, PTFP received $20 million in appropriations. The President has twice recommended terminating USDA’s Public Broadcast Grants program for the same reason. This program received $5 million in FY10 to provide funding to public broadcast companies to convert to digital transmission as well – an obsolete task.”

Of course, this plan is far from being finalized. However, taxpayer funding for incredibly liberal public broadcasting is on the radar screen, and that should make a lot of people nervous.

On the other hand, if public broadcasting is of such high quality, it should have no trouble competing in the free market like everyone else.

Franklin, you are one week away from ANOTHER tax increase

Next week Tuesday, the Franklin Common Coucnil will vote on next year's city's budget. Like blind sheep, most of the aldermen will simply rubber stamp the nearly 3% tax increase proposed by Mayor Tom Taylor that is beyond the rate of inflation. 

Mayor Tom Taylor

Here are the aldermen making the list of those NOT FRIENDLY TO FRANKLIN TAXPAYERS.

We start with the taxpayers' biggest enemy, the faux conservative, president of the Franklin Common Council, Steve Taylor:

Alderman Steve F. Taylor

Alderman Tim Solomon

Alderman Tim Solomon


The most liberal member of the Common Council who never met a tax increase she doesn't like, Kristen Wilhelm.

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm


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Democrats' and Republicans' favorite TV shows?

The answers.......right here.

Ron Johnson off to a good start

Senator-elect Ron Johnson has agreed with other Senate Republicans to seek a moratorium on earmarks.


One of the finest conservatives in the Senate, Tom Coburn has an excellent column in the National Review about earmarks.


Beetle Bailey Cartoon for 11/07/2010 

Disabled Veteran Memorial....

Has its groundbreaking.

Thank you, and Happy Veterans Day to all our vets!


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More updates from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

NOTE: Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm has e-mailed me her latest updates. I will print an edited version that contains only the portion that relates to city of Franklin business or the community of Franklin. I have edited portions that do not meet these requirements, as is my prerogative as the proprietor of my blog.

I am not obligated to promulgate Alderman Wilhelm’s liberal causes put forth in her newsletters. If she wants to do that, I suggest she get her own blog. I won’t be her liberal spokesperson.

I would appreciate, from my alderman, a newsletter about how she, as a member of the Finance Committee is proposing cuts to the mayor’s proposed  budget that will get the budget closer to 0% increase budget. I have heard or seen nothing from her, par for the course, which is why she needs to go next April along with Steve Taylor. Neither is a friend to the taxpayer.

Here are the Franklin-related excerpts from Alderman Wilhelm’s newsletter I am happy to pass along:

Hello all,

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Senate Republicans refuse to ban earmarks?!?


It's only days after the November 2nd election but right now we've got two big challenges.  That's why AFP is hosting an important event at the U.S. Capitol this Monday.   (Our new web site has the details.)

First, the Senate Republican Conference meets on Tuesday.  They will vote on free-market hero Jim DeMint's motion to slap a two-year moratorium on pork-barrel earmarks.   Remember the "Bridge to Nowhere"?  Remember when Republicans last held Congress and earmarks exploded with all the accompanying waste, big spending, and corruption? Republicans said they learned their lesson.  Well, let's remind them that we're watching and that they need to prove it!

A new ally in this fight, Taxpayers Against Earmarks, has set up a page HERE to make it easy to see where your Republican Senator stands on this critical earmark vote, and to call with a simple message:  "End the pork barrel earmarks now by voting YES on the DeMint motion." Let's specifically ask each Senator to tell us if they are a YES on the DeMint motion to end pork-barrel earmarks in the Republican conference. Let us know how your call went by emailing with the subject line "Earmarks"
Second, the Pelosi/Reid "lame duck" session of Congress is set to begin this Monday.

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi actually held a party to "celebrate" the "accomplishments" of Congress under her leadership. This Monday, Pelosi is bringing Congress back to town for one last attempt to cram through as much of her big-government agenda as possible.  Of course, Harry Reid will have the Senate back in D.C. as well.  This "Zombie Congress" will have dozens of losers already rejected by the voters.  But it also will have many members up for re-election in 2012 scared of what happened to their colleagues.
Our goal for the "lame duck" is simple:

*Avoid a huge tax increase by extending the current tax rates for every American.  No compromise can be made on this issue.  No tax hikes on investors, retirees, small businesses, or "the rich" in a weak economy. No death tax. No alternative minimum tax.

*Do not pass any new legislation that supports or funds the Left's global warming agenda, the bailout for union pensions, funding for the Obama/Pelosi health care takeover or any other part of their agenda that was just repudiated by the American people in decisive fashion.
So, this Monday, November 15, at 12 noon Americans for Prosperity is hosting an event at our nation's Capitol with guests such as Michelle Bachmann to send these two crucial messages.  You can join the effort by either attending this event or joining the "virtual march" on
Now we have our first opportunity since the election to hold members of Congress accountable.  Let's make sure we do it!

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Friday night, it's InterCHANGE

Here are the topics Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – Walker Train Dispute.

Why do the media (primarily the Journal Sentinel) continue to act like Governor-elect Scott Walker is going to change his mind and decide to support the high-speed train?  He said every day during the campaign he would stop it, and he has repeated that nearly every day since the election.  Aren’t we way past the point of arguing whether the high-speed train between Madison and Milwaukee is a good idea?  If anything, won’t this issue just elevate Walker’s status statewide and nationally as a governor who does exactly what he says he’s going to do?

2 – Cigarette Labels.

The FDA has proposed some pretty graphic anti-smoking labels they hope to require cigarette-makers use.  One has a guy in a casket, one has a guy with a hole in his throat, one has a body in the morgue, one has a person with rotting teeth.  Is this a great move to continue to attack a product that causes so many health problems?  Or, is it another example of the government going overboard in addressing the problems that are caused by a legal product?  Or, should people be allowed to make their own decisions about whether they want to smoke or not? 

3 – Veterans Day.

Today is Veteran’s Day.  Do you think it means much to people anymore?  With all the World War Two veterans dying off, is Veterans Day becoming less important?  Are the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan veterans as admired for their service as the World War Two veterans were?  Is military service still considered an honorable choice, or is it simply something for those without any other options?

Pelosi unplugged

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden


And may we add.....

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

The voters were just too stupid

Political Cartoon by Robert Ariail

Another political cartoon that could be in the top 10 of this year

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Garfield goofs

Take a look at this.

Now, millions of people find Garfield lovable. However, some didn't like this edition because it appeared on Veterans Day.

To his credit, Jim Davis immediately responded.


How BIG is Franklin-Waunakee?

The national high school sports web site, ranks Saturday’s Franklin-Waunakee playoff as one of the top 10 games of the week in the country.

MaxPreps’ prediction:

Waunakee 35
Franklin 21

Goodnight everyone and have a Gris-Gris weekend

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, such a night!

I recall vividly an ABC program during the 1970’s, “In Concert.” Broadcast very late on Friday nights after the evening news and whatever late-night programming the network aired, “In Concert” showed live performances of the biggest acts.

I had never seen Dr. John in concert. I had only heard him on the radio. On TV, I saw him strut around onstage in New Orleans costume tossing over 20 pounds of glitter on the stage and into the audience.



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Michelle Obama goes shopping

Political Cartoon by Mike Lester

The Barking Lot (11/13/10)

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!

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

TODAY:  Showers. High of 54. The normal high is 48. Still, with that rain.... "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 43.  "D"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

Two years ago, Lifetime Network conducted a telephone survey of women to see how they feel about their relationships with their pets.  One question found that more than half of women aged 18-49 (59 percent) would risk their lives for their pet.  A blog that helps pet owners plan estates for their pets invites owners to ponder the same question:  “Would you risk your life for your pet?”  

Just this week, the Paw Print Post asked their readers if they'd follow a Gig Harbor, Washington, woman's lead to get between her dog and a brown bear that startled them on a walk.  I’m not surprised by the results. The brave owner and her pooch are both doing fine.

My own personal answer to that question (if asked right now) would be that I have a wonderful husband and daughter to live for.  While I would put myself in harm’s way to an extent and probably wouldn’t think about it, I would NOT say “Yes, I would sacrifice my life for my pet.”  On the contrary I have a dear friend who is the most dedicated dog lover I know.  (Yes, even more than me.)  It would come as no surprise if she answered without hesitation, “Of COURSE I would give up my life for my dog!!!”  And yes, she is a wife and step-mother.  And no, I wouldn’t ask her the same question about her other family members.

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Week-ends (11/13/10)


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...


Iraq veteran
, and all our veterans, like Todd Nicely.

These rats.

Larry Skopnik..........MORE

Crystal Corbin

that rescued Dick Van Dyke.


Tom Ament 
(He can't be serious)

Tameka Carr-Winding

Denair Middle School........the update.

Airport screeners

People who park like a**holes


“We didn’t lose the election because of me."
Nancy Pelosi in an interview with NPR. Think she got any hardball questions?

"Here’s, here’s the deal. Most new jobs are created by small businesses. Many small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax level because of how the are organized. For example, sub chapter S corporations or limited partnerships. Therefore, if you raise the top rate you’re taxing job creators....For 53 or nearly 53 weeks we had consecutive job growth. The longest period in, one of the longest periods in economic history. You gotta remember, let me put this, put this in perspective. I come to office, there is a dotcom bubble burst. Then 9/11 comes and the country is in severe economic hardship. The tax cuts, in my judgment, stimulated an economic vitality and a lot of jobs were created. Now the question is, how do we create them? And part of the debate is should government try to create the jobs or should the private sector try to create the jobs. My argument is keeping taxes low will encourage the private sector to create jobs."
George W. Bush

"Herb Kohl, Wisconsin -- Wisconsin flipped and became Republican this year. (Ron) Johnson beat (Russ) Feingold for the Senate.  (Scott) Walker, a Republican, replaced  (Jim) Doyle, a Democrat, as governor and the GOP picked up two house seats and majorities in the state legislature. Kohl should go back to his department stores."
Dick Morris

“(VP Joe) Biden, in his political career, has stacked up enough gaffes for a dozen politicians. Where to start? How about the time, during a 2008 campaign rally, when Biden stood at the podium and implored a local lawmaker to ‘stand up.’ The man in question was in a wheelchair. Or at a campaign rally when he said the opponent's plan would do nothing about ‘a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.’

More importantly, what about Biden's judgment? Shortly after he became senator in 1972, he voted to cut off funding the South Vietnamese in their war against the North Vietnamese invaders despite President Richard Nixon's promise to provide financial support and military airstrikes against a North invasion. The country's failure to make good on this promise led to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese ‘boat people’ and to the murder of an estimated 2 million Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge. Biden opposed the Reagan military buildup and the Strategic Defense Initiative, which even some Reagan-haters grudgingly concede hastened the demise of the Soviet Union. Biden called Reagan's pursuit of SDI ‘one of the most reckless and irresponsible acts in the history of modern statecraft.’

Biden opposed the first Gulf war, the ‘good’ one. He voted for the Iraq War and co-authored a Washington Post op-ed piece in which he warned that our involvement would take a decade and urged the nation to show patience. When the war went south, along with public opinion, Biden suggested breaking Iraq into three parts. Then Biden reversed his support, said he regretted his vote, and opposed Bush's successful ‘surge’."
Conservative columnist Larry Elder

"By the grace of God, I plan on being governor for the next four years. There is too much to be done, and I’ve invested too much time and effort, and I’ve got to get that goal of 250,000 jobs."
Wisconsin Governor-elect Scott Walker responding to a article that he's a VP candidate in 2012.

"We're not picking a fight. We are just asking the current administration not to take action on things that potentially would put us in a more challenging spot when it comes to the next budget."
Governor-elect Scott Walker asking Governor Jim Doyle to freeze his administration's push on high-profile issues ranging from the implementation of the federal health care law to a costly upgrade of a state power plant until Walker takes office on Jan. 3.

"What's going on now is unprecedented and in my own view it's inappropriate. Mr. Walker will become governor in January. He's not governor now."
Former Governor Tony Earl, a one-term Democrat who lost to Tommy Thompson. 

Great idea. Can't wait to see what other products our nanny regulators can label with graphic health warnings. Salt, sugar, coffee, beer, Coke, cheese, Twinkies, Milky Way, football helmets, skateboards, hockey sticks, mountain climbing equipment, horses' rear ends (Remember what happened to Christopher Reeves?). The list is endless.
Phillip Goldstein making an online comment about proposed graphic warning labels on cigarettes.


69 child prostitutes rescued, 99 pimps held


Could Scott Walker change his mind about the train, could he, huh, could he?


Voter fraud? There is no voter fraud!


Wanna get out of jury duty?

Man shoots burglar...burglar is his longtime friend.

Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me

Watching the Badger game today?

Indiana's Kevin Bush is quite a story... 

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10 reasons why feminists hate Sarah Palin


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Once again, Kirk Herbstreit is WRONG!

A few weeks ago, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit ridiculed the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, saying their defense played like a high school team.  That day, Notre Dame beat Boston College, 31-13.

This morning on ESPN, he made fun of the Irish again and predicted a Utah victory.  Today, the defense played even better as Notre Dame beat the 14th-ranked Utes, 28-3.

Kirk, I’d be embarrassed to show up in South Bend for awhile if I were you.

Congratulations Franklin on an outstanding season!

But it ended again with a playoff loss to Waunakee, 23-7. Franklin finishes 12-1.

My observations:

1) This game might have been lost at the coin toss. Franklin made, I believe, the foolish choice after winning the toss of deferring to the second half. You have arguably the most powerful offense in high school football in the state. TAKE THE FOOTBALL. Instead, Franklin kicked off, and though they held Waunakee on their first possession, a pattern of excellent field position for Waunakee began and held for the first half, allowing the Warriors some early scores that proved to be enough.

2) The trenches. For the second year in a row, Waunakee manhandled the Sabers.

3) Great defense by Waunakee. Lance Baretz had little time to throw, and how many of his passes were deflected at the line of scrimmage. Franklin was averaging 45 points per game. They scored 14 last year vs. Waunakee. This year?

4) If Franklin wants to advance in the playoffs in the future, they can’t be the kid on the beach getting sand kicked in their face by the bully.

Still, a great run, but after giving up 27 points vs.South Milwaukee last week, a victory against Waunakee seemed almost impossible this week.

Heads held high, Franklin. Even though they’re Division 2, Waunakee might be the best football team in the state.

The neanderthal TSA workers encourage foreplay

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

It's that time again, time to play FINAL JEOPARDY!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:


Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.

Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:


The correct question is:


My Most Popular Blogs (11/14/10)

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.

1) Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?

2) The BEST column of the year!
3) Franklin, you are one week away from ANOTHER tax increase

4) How BIG is Franklin-Waunakee?

5) Culinary no-no #191

Photos of the Week (11/14/10)

Photos of the Week

Gina Lotzer brushes snow off her car in St Paul, Minn., where the first snow of the season arrived early Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy King)

Emmet Rice, 11 jumps off a picnic table during Minnesota's first snow storm in Pearl Park in South Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Kyndell Harkness)

A Navy Seahawk helicopter from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier carries supplies towards the Carnival Splendor cruise ship during relief operations Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, in waters off Mexico's Baja Penninsula. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) delivers pallets of supplies to the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor November 9, 2010 off the coast California. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was diverted from its current training maneuvers to a position south near the Carnival cruise ship to facilitate the delivery of 4,500 pounds of supplies to the cruise ship which lost power and became stranded early Monday after a fire in the engine room. (Photo by Kevin Gray/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)


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Recommended Reading (11/14/10)

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).

Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

“I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit.

Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I feel like I’ve quit. And because I’m not a quitter, I feel I have to explain why — not that anyone is asking, but because perhaps they don’t know to ask. My last tour, on the ground in Iraq was where my heart started to be hardened towards you, the electorate, and culminated in this letter, written two days before our elections. And here’s why…”

Obama may face left-wing primary

"Democrats do not forgive defeat very easily. In the week after his 'shellacking' in the mid-term elections, Democratic approval of Obama’s performance as president dropped from 88% to 81% in the Zogby Poll, bringing his overall approval down to 43%. When a president starts to shed members of his own party, a vicious cycle has set in which can lead to a primary challenge.

Not from Hillary. At least not yet. She is far too cautious and intertwined with the Administration to be the first to move against Obama. Just as Bobby Kennedy needed a Eugene McCarthy to test the waters for a primary challenge to Lyndon Johnson in 1968, so Hillary Clinton will look to others to try out Obama’s vulnerability to a liberal challenge. As with Kennedy, if it works, she’ll probably jump in. If it doesn’t, she’ll stay on as Secretary of State.

There are three possible contenders who might enter Democratic Primaries against Obama......"

The MacIver Principles to Guide Wisconsin's Budget 

"What a mess.
Wisconsin’s last budget increased spending by $3.6 billion.
Wisconsin’s last budget included more than $2 billion in new taxes and increased bonding to $3.58 billion.
Wisconsin’s last budget left the door open for $1.5 billion in local property tax hikes.
Taxpayers are facing a structural deficit of $3 billion. How to get our state’s finances back on track….."

Liberal Lies about the Death Penalty

Steven Hayes was sentenced to death by lethal injection in a state that has only executed one person since 1960. For most people, the only shame is that his death won’t come quick enough. Not so for death penalty opponents, who spend more time bleating for monstrous criminals than for their victims. When Hayes is finally strapped to that gurney, there will no doubt be candlelight vigils, where criminal-coddlers will spout canards about capital punishment. We know what they’ll say. They’ll say the death penalty does not deter murder. We don’t know that, since it’s never actually been studied. This is a statement of personal belief, not fact."

Conservatives burn over light bulb law

"Rep. Fred Upton’s support for eco-friendly light bulbs could leave him in the dark in his bid to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are waging a campaign to show that the Michigan Republican isn’t conservative enough to chair the powerful committee that will be in the center over fight on health care and energy policy next year.

For proof, they’re pointing to Upton’s support for phasing out some incandescent light bulbs in favor of greener alternatives."

Children and Predators

"The modern world is filled with pools of electronic light, surrounded by a vast darkness in which too many children disappear.  Communities are thin.  People don’t always know much about their neighbors.  There are too many places for monsters to hide.  Children are surrounded by a confusing storm of data, and seductive whispers can slip past even the most vigilant mothers and fathers. has no business making the situation worse."

This could be the WORST Culinary no-no of all-time

Culinary no-no's



And don’t forget, Culinary no-no #192 comes your way tonight.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #192 is horrifying.

Culinary no-no #192

Culinary no-no's



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Obama on tour

Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

Ummm, neighbors of mine......

The deliveries came about the middle of last week.

Wrapped in yellow plastic bags, they were placed right at the foot of......

That was last week. Drive through my neighborhood and you'll still see plenty of bags lying on the ground. Homeowners have decided to let their feet do the walking right past their new phone books, over and over and over and over again.

Big deal or controversy? Of course not.

But how lazy can you be? And how many days does it take before the responsibility light bulb finally goes on?

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Obama White House Hands Out 111 Obamacare Waivers- Hides It on Website

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"If we're mugging random three-year-olds to provide security to air travel, we need to rethink our approach"

No kidding.

I'm no fan of TSA workers, finding them unfriendly, unintelligent, and ineffective, 

Our airport security is a joke.


Lori Ziganto writes:

“We go out of our way to ass kissily show that we are not ‘profiling.’ Which is why I now think that I’m giong to have to start putting my 7-year-old daughter in a burqa when flying.  It is clearly the only way that I can ensure that she won’t be groped by TSA.

The above video shows something else highly disturbing. Is the public so cowed by ‘government knows best’ strong arm tactics that they are now willing to let some low-level, government-employed flunky assault their children, as they merely stand by and film it?”

Actually, I'm glad a TV reporter captured the unnecessary manhandling of his 3-year old on video to clearly demonstrate what buffoons these TSA workers are and how senseless our security has become in our airports.

Read Ziganto’s entire piece.

More from NBC:

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God love Dennis Miller!

Miller appeared on Jay Leno's Veterans' Day special with an all-military audience.

Good stuff.


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If you really want an image on cigarettes that will keep kids from smoking......

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

I shed no tears for anyone on death row

I am a strong supporter of the death penalty.

Kevin, how can that be? You are consistently spewing your Catholic pro-life stance?  And yet you favor capital punishment? How do you reconcile one position with the other?

It is extremely simple. I advocate for the innocent life. I have no sympathy whatsoever for the life of the criminal that had no regard for human life. I, instead show sympathy for the victims of their heinous crimes. I have zero feeling for the evil, vicious criminal.

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Steven Hayes. This undated file photo provided by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Steven Hayes. On Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, in New Haven Superior Court, a jury voted unanimously to send Hayes to death row, after previously convicting him for killing the wife and two daughters of Dr. William Petit during a home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., July 23, 2007.

Steven Hayes last week was sentenced to be put to death for nearly unmentionable offenses. He deserves to die. He should die. If I could pull the lever or push the button to take him out, I would. Liberals and some lily-livered folks that call themselves conservatives will hold candlelight vigils and feel for Hayes. Don’t count me in that crowd. The sooner Hayes goes and the taxpayers stop feeding and housing him, the better.

One of my favorite columnists, Doug Giles explains what Hayes did to put himself on death row. Giles also writes:

“I know that as a Christian I’m supposed to hope that the murderers, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, ‘find Jesus,’ get forgiven for their sins and make it to heaven and blah blah. I’ve got to confess that as of now, though, I couldn’t give a rat’s backside whether or not these pigs ever receive forgiveness. Call me weird.  On the contrary, I hope these two oxygen thieves experience hell on earth from here on out and then tumble into an especially atrocious, concentrated dose of eternal damnation…..”

To Doug Giles, an ordained minister by the way, a big Amen!

I have researched this issue for many, many years and have won awards for my unbiased reporting on the subject. But in my mind, I wholeheartedly support the death penalty.

Forget the interminable appeals for scum like Steven Hayes. Get rid of them and Charles Manson and the rest. It’s called justice.

Franklin's tough sex offender provisions work

Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva has informed City Hall officials that registered sex offender Anquion M. Oliver was living in the 10500 block of W. Cortez Circle. Oliver was taken into custody on a warrant. He was presented a copy of Franklin’s strict sex offender ordinance and ordered to leave the premises.

Chief Oliva notes Oliver is the fifth sex offender kept out of Franklin in 2010 and the 16th since the ordinance has been in place.

The Top Ten Quotes You Will NOT Hear at Tonight's Franklin City Budget Meeting

10) Say, Alderman Taylor, how’d that referendum work out for ya?

9) We have to live within our means.

8) Cutting the levy? It can be done!

7) You know, there is a recession going on.

6) My constituents have told me they want a tax increase.

5) If the school board can raise taxes, so can we.

4) We do have choices besides raising taxes.

3) Franklin can survive without a tax increase.

2) Of course we can find other places to cut.

And the #1 quote you won’t hear at tonight’s city budget meeting in Franklin:

1) Franklin residents are taxed enough already.

This newly-elected Republican is off to a bad start

Andy Harris 
doesn't get it.

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #19

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

My November issue of Townhall magazine contains an article with this headline:

“Exposing the Liberal Lies Destroying the Black Community”

Featured is a young black woman named Vanessa Jean Louis, a middle-school guidance counselor in the troubled neighborhood of Irvington, New Jersey.

Growing up (she’s in her mid-20’s), Louis thought she was supposed to be a Democrat because Democrats care about minorities, the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed. But she witnessed how her students from single-parent families did poorly or just didn’t care about education.

Katie Pavlich writes in Townhall magazine, “Louis has seen firsthand the toll progressive liberal policies have taken on the black community, specifically through the promotion and vast acceptance of out-of-wedlock childbirth, abortion and dependence on the government as normal.”

Louis told Pavlich, “Liberals have mastered the art of using black people to advance their agenda,” and “The most overtly racist policy is the abortion policy in this country. Millions and millions of black babies have been killed under the euphemism of choice.”

A regular contributor to the blog, “Hip Hop Republican,” Louis wrote earlier this year, “Liberals seem to think that government can supplant a married mommy and daddy and the human capital that is produced when children are raised in said family. Just ask anyone whose worked in ‘the hood’ for years, like myself, and they’ll tell you that government cannot compensate for broken families that all too often produce broken people. The question for Republicans, especially BLACK Republicans is: What are we doing for the people in the hood? What are our policy proposals that will help bring jobs to people so they can get off of ‘government’? “

Then this fall, Louis wrote, “In 1960 almost 80 percent of Black children were born in wed-lock. Today almost 70 percent are born out of wed-lock and that number is as high as 90 percent in the inner cities. However, today, poverty is primarily a result of family structure. David Ellwood, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, notes the vast majority of children who are raised entirely in two-parent homes will never be poor during childhood. Conversely, the vast majority of children who spend time in a single parent homes will experience poverty as well as an increased chance of experiencing other social pathologies, namely, low self-esteem, involvement in the penal system, higher likelihood of not finishing high school, and a higher chance of repeating the same cycle.”

Smart, insightful, brave young woman.


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Ron Fournier

12) Jake Shafer

13) Bree McMahon

14) Keli Carender

15) Jessica Watson

16, 17 and 18)
Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman

19) Vanessa Jean Louis

Your body on parade for all of America

TSA workers at airports are Neanderthals. They walk on their knuckles. They have few, if any skills. If not working in our airports given the critical job of international security (How dumb is that?), they would be cleaning restrooms at McDonald’s.

They need to go.


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Political Cartoon by Dana Summers

Franklin city taxes going up

The Franklin Common Council as expected approved a property tax levy increase as next year’s city budget was adopted Tuesday night.

The increase is 2.6%.

There was no will on the Common Council to hold the line on spending, save Alderman Steve Olson, the lone NO vote.

Rush Limbaugh on the airport pat-downs

Happy Birthday Emma!

My Thanksgiving advice...

Stay home.

Thank God for government bureaucrats

Otherwise, how would be able to function without their supreme knowledge and instruction.


TSA urged to restrict searches of Muslim women

CAIR doesn’t care for the new airport pat-down procedures. CAIR is The Council on American Islamic Relations. In a travel advisory, CAIR suggests the new rules be modified for Muslim women Get this.

Special recommendations for Muslim women who wear hijab:

If you are selected for secondary screening after you go through the metal detector and it does not go off, and ‘sss’ is not written on your boarding pass, ask the TSA officer if the reason you are being selected is because of your head scarf.

In this situation, you may be asked to submit to a pat-down or to go through a full body scanner. If you are selected for the scanner, you may ask to go through a pat-down instead.

Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.

You may ask to be taken to a private room for the pat-down procedure.

Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.”

Excuse me???

Muslim women should be allowed to pat themselves down????? 

The TSA's response....

Sympathy for a convicted killer?

In 1982, I covered the murder trial of Lawrencia Bembenek for WUWM.  The former Playboy hostess was accused of killing her husband’s ex-wife, Christine Schultz.

Near the end of the trial, some of the reporters discussed amongst themselves the possible verdict. I was the only one who thought Bembenek would be found guilty. The others scoffed claiming all the evidence was circumstantial. Maybe, but many, many accused in Milwaukee were convicted on far less.

The day the verdict was announced, I found myself in a Milwaukee County Courthouse elevator with Bembenek and her attorney heading up to the courtroom. When the elevator doors opened, a nervous Bembenek, dressed just as conservatively as she was when she took the witness stand said, and I’ll never forget, “Do I really want to go out that door?”

Hmmmm. Not very confident about her innocence, I thought.

Bembenek was found guilty, imprisoned, escaped, fled to Canada, was captured, and somehow worked out a plea agreement to second-degree murder and was released. What a deal. I’m sure tons of Waupun inmates wish they were blonde and female.

Reportedly near death, Bembenek now wants to be pardoned. There’s no indication outgoing Governor Jim Doyle or his pardon advisory board is going to grant her wish.

I’ve never understood the cult following Bembenek has enjoyed and the fascination that has surrounded her, A jury sat and listened to all the evidence and testimony. Yet people yell, “Run, Bambi, Run,” without an ounce of compassion for the Bembenek’s victim or the victim’s family.

The prison system is filled with people like Bembenek, convicted muleteers who are sick and dying. The difference is they’re behind bars. Bembenek should consider herself blessed.

I have been sick and tired of hearing this story for close to 30 years. And now I see Milwaukee media fawning all over Bembenek in the most biased of reporting.

Bembenek should not be granted a last minute pardon. That would be a mockery of our justice system.

American hero speaks out against new airport procedures

Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III,

He was a hero.

Months later, he’s a hero again.

He testified today that the latest airport screening procedures are not an effective use of resources and expressed concerns about the radiation exposure.

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #94

Culinary no-no #94
(circa January 2009) included this video about a cleverly marketed Chandler, Arizona restaurant:

Now the update.

The bigger you are, the more you get at the Heart Attack Grill.


Girl accosted at airport is "last American"


You've probably seen the video that's gone viral of a TSA worker darn near molesting a 3-year old girl.

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Revealing picture on The Drudge Report

A TSA goon in all his glory....

Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs on passengers at DIA on Wednesday amid growing controversy about the screenings and full-body scanners, one week before Thanksgiving air travelers crowd airports. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)


Waunakee or Cedarburg?

I pose an interesting question to Franklin High School football fans.

The Division 2 state championship game is Friday at 1:00 at Camp Randall Stadium. Undefeated Waunakee, who knocked Franklin out of the title chase last week for the second year in a row, faces once-beaten Cedarburg.  It’s Cedarburg’s first trip to the championship.

Franklin fans, which team gets your allegiance Friday?

I’m sure many Saber supporters are plugging for Waunakee so they can feel some comfort in having lost to the eventual state champion. Personally, I think that’s kind of silly.

Think about a scenario of the Chicago Bears beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game. Would you then root for the Bears in the Super Bowl? I sure wouldn’t. That might not be the best analogy, but my point is I have a tough time turning around and cheering for the team that ousted us from the playoffs in a convincing fashion, again. And that’s despite the fact I have no animosity towards Waunakee. On the contrary, I think they have a marvelous coach, team, and program.

But imagine the excitement and pride in the Cedarburg community as their high school for the very first time plays in the big game.

They obviously are the underdog against a team that makes a habit of going deep in the playoffs.

And they’re from our area.

For those reasons, I say GO CEDARBURG!

The Official Franklin Tax and Spender Scorecard

In about a month or less, Franklin property taxpayers will be getting their annual Christmas present in the mail courtesy of the locally elected officials that have the power to tax and spend, even during a raging recession.

Six of the seven elected CITY officials supported a city budget that increases property taxes.

Four of seven elected SCHOOL BOARD members supported a school budget that increases property taxes. One member, David Works, was absent for the most important vote of the year. So, for our purposes and to be accurate, four of six elected School Board members present supported a school budget that increases property taxes.

That means that during this year’s budget cycle, 10 out of 13 elected city officials supported budgets that increase your property taxes, Franklin.  That’s 77% of your elected representatives voting to jack up your property taxes.

Let’s put this in some sort of perspective. Does anyone honestly believe that 77% of Franklin property taxpayers support property tax increases? I didn’t think so.


Our elected representatives are completely out of touch with the populace.

Despite whatever positive spin the taxers and spenders put on their budgets (they claim they're "responsible"), Franklin is a tax hell.

5 reasons body scanners are useless

From Discover magazine.

"The President and his family should voluntarily submit to one of the new invasive pat down procedures"


The TSA madness continues

"Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down"

UPDATE: Pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine.

Goodnight everyone and have a fun-filled weekend

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, something really different…….music with, for, or geared towards kids.

So, gather any little ones around the computer and enjoy together.

We begin in the early 1960’s. A young singer finds himself in the Germany in the Army. Out on a date with Juliet Prowse in a park, our young hero comes to the rescue.

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Seen at America's airports

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

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The Barking Lot (11/20/10)

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!

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of only 39.   "D"  It would have been an “F” if not for the sun.

SUNDAY:  Morning showers. High of 56.  "B"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

I have written about war hero dogs in the past, and Kevin has had SEVERAL Dogs In The News items about them as well.  We, like many people, feel that dogs provide an incredible service to our brave men and women in the armed forces.  Whether they are in combat zones or convalescing after a tour of duty, soldiers rely on dogs for safety, companionship, and many times as service animals due to injuries.

Thanks to organizations that reunite soldiers and their dogs there have been many happy stories.  Baghdad Pups “provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation requirements in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S.”  The mission of Hope For The Warriors  is “to enhance quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty.”  The first dog-related request for help to Hope For The Warriors came from Sgt. Chris Duke.

Sgt. Duke and 50 other soldiers feel they owe their lives to three dogs, Sasha, Rufus, and Target.  These dogs prevented a suicide bomber from killing all of them in their barracks.  Rufus and Target were nursed back to health; Sasha had to be euthanized due to her severe injuries.  After Sgt. Duke returned home, he contacted Hope For The Warriors asking that Rufus and Target be brought home to the United States.

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many, his wish was granted.  Sgt. Duke adopted Rufus and Target went to Arizona to live with Sgt. Terry Young and his family.

Last week, Target slipped out of the Young family’s back yard.  She ended up at the Pinal County Animal Care and Control Center.  (Quotations mine.)  Sgt. Young found out she was there but did not pick her up because he thought the shelter was closed for the weekend.  When he went Monday morning to get his dog, he was told she was accidently euthanized. 


Excuse me?  Seriously?  My question:  How does this happen???????

Total idiocy is my first answer.

But the best part?  The moron who euthanized this incredible animal – life saver, beloved family pet – was simply suspended.  SUSPENDED.  Not fired, suspended.  

To borrow a line from a dear church friend, when faced with absurdity, lunacy or other forehead-slapping moment:  “I can’t bear it.”

Well, someone at the shelter finally came to their senses.  On Friday, it was announced that the Mensa member of the Animal Care (again, quotes mine) facility was fired. 

Another question:  What took so long???
---Jennifer Fischer

Thank you, Jennifer. Well done. Yes, how can you make such a horrendous error. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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

Service dog Pepsi prohibited from attending school with autistic child.  A similar case is happening with Madison.

Blind Muslim student  uses guide horse instead of dog.

Woman walking dog raccoons.

Dog owner
can't forgive Michael Vick.

Paralyzed RuRu
needs help.

Dog needs to be rescued after chasing a sea lion.

Dog falls down cliff.

is saved.

Harley is a lifesaver.

Don't forget the  senior dogs.

Inside the science of how dogs think...

Naughty dog!
And let this be a lesson. The hell with Mexico! Honeymoon in the good ol’ United States!

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. We close with our closing video, and this week, it's plural.


Those nasty bedbugs have reached Chicago.

OK, Scooby, that's great.

But some question how accurate Fido really is in finding these nasty critters.

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Week-ends (11/20/10)


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...


Sal Giunta

John Tyner

John Mica

Dahir Abdullahi Kadiye

Dave Tally

Ann Tuttle

Jovarion Harris and Jordan Krupp


The TSA and Homeland Security

California Supreme Court

David Weaving

Jorge Paret and Anardo Battista

Cold-hearted crooks

Michael Wolfensohn


“If you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested.”
John Tyner

“I'm wildly excited that I can walk through a machine instead of getting my dose of love pats.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri

“[T]he populace is giving up more rights in the name of alleged security. These body scanners are a violation of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures ... There must be a better way to have security at airports than taking pornographic photographs of our citizens, including children, and then giving apparent kickbacks to political hacks.”
Rep. Ted Poe (Texas)

“If you've flown lately, the odds are good that you had a rubber-gloved Transportation Security Administration agent touch you in places that would otherwise result in the issuance of an arrest warrant for unwanted groping. Even so, despite years of imposing increasingly invasive new security procedures, the TSA has yet to catch one terrorist.”
The San Francisco Examiner

"If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?"
ABC’s Barbara Walters questioning Sarah Palin.

"I believe so.”
Palin answering Walters.

“There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”
Jay Rockefeller

“I’ve covered the Hill for about 16 years. The effect this place has, especially [on] men who come to Washington who are away from their families and the behavior you see at night is the behavior you often saw from our friends in college. Especially unattractive members of the Congress who have not had women show attention to them maybe since college. They come here. Power is an aphrodisiac. Suddenly they have women who are interested in them. It’s a temptation some can’t withstand.”
In a speech on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Politico‘s Executive Editor
Jim VandeHei shared what he has seen time and time again as a reporter covering Congress. He focuses a direct warning to new, unattractive members, namely, the temptation island of hell they could face if not careful.

What a splendid choice! Archbishop Dolan possesses all the right skills to lead the bishops' conference: he is brilliant, courageous and diplomatic. He'll get the job done and will not disappoint practicing Catholics who are loyal to the Magisterium. He's already won the support of New Yorkers—now Catholics across the nation will come to love him as well.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commenting on the news that New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected to lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“I think every area of state government is open to reform. There is no part of the state where I look at it and say, ‘It’s run perfectly’.”
Joint Finance Committee member Robin Vos (R-Rochester)

“We accomplished the goal of not raising taxes and not having a major deficit. It was the lowest increase spending in a decade, and we decreased government operations by about 25 percent. So while it’s a tough challenge, it’s one that can be done. If there’s a will there’s a way, and I think there is a will.”
State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) who has been on JFC since 2001 and co-chaired the committee during the 2003 budget deliberations. In 2003, the state was facing a $3.2 billion deficit. Darling will co-chair the JFC in the next legislative session.

“Understand, we don't believe this makes sense as a first bill or a last bill. It shouldn't be done, period. Voter ID even as low priority makes no sense. As top priority, it's lunacy.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board

"I get along pretty well with Steny (Outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) He's the only one we really talk to. I don't know Nancy Pelosi. I had a 30-second conversation with her about six years ago, and that's about it."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan during an interview on MSNBC.

“This is a very responsible budget."
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor about his support for a city of Franklin budget proposal that increased the property tax levy  by 2.6% during a recession.


TSA gropers.


Liberals freak out....

Even Jon Stewart says lay off.


Lame ducks take on food safety.


Bristol Palin advances, man shoots TV.

Sir, there is a camera in your head.

Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me

44 Ways to Describe TSA

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel considers it journalism

Isn’t it amazing when the entire country is up in arms about the sexual assaults being conducted by the apes wearing TSA uniforms that the Journal Sentinel couldn’t find one air traveler who was absolutely livid about the groping procedures?

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My Most Popular Blogs (11/21/10)

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.

1) Your body on parade for all of America

2) Culinary no-no #192
3) Photos of the Week (11/14/10)

 Recommended Reading (11/14/10)

5) God love Dennis Miller!

Photos of the Week (11/21/10)

Photos of the Week

Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs on passengers at DIA on Wednesday amid growing controversy about the screenings and full-body scanners, one week before Thanksgiving air travelers crowd airports. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

Fog envelopes Capitol Hill in Washington, at dawn Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, as Congress began its lame duck session following a long break for the midterm elections,. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) boards an elevator after leaving his House of Representatives ethics committee hearing in the Longworth House Office Building November 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. Rangel claimed that the proceeding was unfair because the subcommittee did not allow him time to hire a laywer or look over the evidence against him. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is holding the public hearing, where Rangel faces 13 allegations that his fund-raising and personal finances violated Congressional rules. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Iraq War Army Veteran, Lt. Dan Choi, who was discharged from the military for being gay, cleans the gravestone of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, at Congressional Cemetery on November 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. Sgt. Matlovich who died in 1988 was a Vietnam Veteran who a received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was later discharged from the Air Force for being gay. An inscription on his tombstone reads "When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." Some "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal advocates consider Sgt. Matlovich's gravesite to be a memorial to all gay veterans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lt. Dan Choi, center, falls as he is arrested for handcuffing himself to the fence outside the White House in Washington. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, during a protest for military gay-rights. The group demanded that President Obama keep his promise to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


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Recommended Reading (11/21/10)

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).

New Wisconsin Senate President says deficit can be solved

"There is a way to get out of this. First of all, you have to be honest with the public. There won’t be more of anything for the next two years. What we need to do is get rid of that debt and do it in one year.

To accomplish that, there are a number of things that are going to have to be done. Everybody’s going to have to take less. If you got a dollar in 2010-11, you may only get 95 cents in 2011-12. It may not be a permanent deal, but it’ll be for at least two years."

Tears (my own) and airport scanners

“Ok, so folks start through the old-fashioned screeners. Everyone. But when my turn comes, I’m motioned through the naked-scanner. I objected, asked why ('random selection') and shared that I preferred the regular detector. Oh no, not possible – it’s not my job or right to make a choice. Rather, I’d have to submit to a pat down. I asked for details and learned I would be patted under my breasts and up the inside of my leg until 'we feel resistance.' Oh my.

I asked for a supervisor. And then another supervisor. And then the gendarmes showed up. Three of them. Oh my."

Pat Me, Pat Me

"The other day a CBS News Poll found that fully 81 percent of Americans approve the use of the high-tech machines at the airport, but that means nothing to Drudge. How many more Americans would welcome a soothing pat-down midst the hurly-burly of travel at our nation's stress-filled airports I do not know, but count me in -- especially if the patter-downer is a cute little number on the order of, say, Sarah Palin."

Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening

“Did you know that the nation's airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice”

Obamaganda: Campaigning on your tax dollars

"The Department of Health and Human Services spent $700,000 on a TV commercial featuring the 84-year-old Andy Griffith, explaining to seniors why the Democrats’ health care overhaul was good for them and their Medicare.

In the ad, the star of the 'Andy Griffith Show' says, 'This year, as always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits. And with the new health care law, more good things are coming.'

The government bought airtime on CNN, the Weather Channel, Hallmark and Lifetime, considered the most popular networks for seniors.

He ends the ad saying, 'I think you’re gonna like it,' in the folksy Andy Griffith way.

The core problem with the ad is that it’s not true."

Should Illegals have drivers' licenses?

"You don't think these illegals with license are voting as well, do you? How much easier is it to vote when you have a driver's license? Completely unacceptable.

This story becomes more interesting when you consider it is the first female Hispanic Governor that will revoke the licenses."

Culinary no-no #193

Culinary no-no's

See this guy……

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, for some reason, rubs me the wrong way. I find him kind of cocky, so I'm not a fan.

Seems Flay has a bit of a problem with......

I don't know. Looks pretty appetizing to me. What could possibly be wrong?

Let's try another one.....

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Nope. Still not right.

Flay told the New York Times that if your Thanksgiving bird looks like this.......

“Something’s wrong. Something’s either overcooked or undercooked. I roast the meat until the breasts are done, and then cut off the legs and thighs. The breasts can rest, and you can cook off the legs in the drippings left in the pan.”

Chef Andrew Carmellini who runs a restaurant in TriBeCa, New York concurs. He recommends cooking the breasts in one oven and the legs in another.

“You have to break these birds down. It is literally the only way to get both the white meat and the dark meat done perfectly.”

Makes sense. But I would inform Messieurs Flay and Carmellini that I don't believe Mom, God rest her soul, or millions of Thanksgiving Day cooks for matter got it wrong all these years. Mom's turkey was always just right.

And observe this video from

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The weather folks are in full "scare the hell out of you" mode

Earth to everybody.

This is November.

This is going on late November.

This is going on late November in Wisconsin.

We’re not talking Miami.

So some inclement weather that pops up quickly is more or less expected, right?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel web site, that bastion of everything that is absolutely correct in the world is forecasting sloppy weather for Thanksgiving. The headline on a story written by Mike Johnson (and BTW, Mike, what did you ever do to draw the short straw to be given the assignment of writing a story about supposedly bad weather that isn’t all that bad in the first place?) reads:

Wintry mix likely for Thanksgiving travelers

At first glance, that sounds and reads like WOW, batten down the hatches, go to the grocery store and buy lots of  Wonder Bread.

Wintry mix to those pedestrians among us sounds like snow, sleet, rain, ice, the kitchen sink. But in the middle of Mike Johnson’s story, we read the following:

For Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin, (Chris) Kuhlman, (a meteorologist with the National Weather Service) said there's a chance of rain or snow starting Wednesday morning, but it will change to rain across the region in the afternoon as temperatures warm. During the day Wednesday, a high of around 40 is expected. As the temperature falls, it will be a rain-snow mix for southern Wisconsin that will end early Thursday morning, he said. ‘Even if we do get mostly snow, it's not expected to be a high amount,’ Kuhlman said. And it likely won't stick to the ground because soil temperatures in southern Wisconsin are still pretty warm at this point, Kuhlman said. ‘It's not very probable to have accumulations across southern Wisconsin,’ he said.

In other words, nothing, fellow hearty Wisconsinites, nothing to worry about. But we’ll over-hype the weather anyway, so much so that Grandma will be frightened to death to come out of her house, not to mention attempt to bake anything.

Shame on the local weather people. It’s bad enough being Grinch. Now we’re killing Thanksgiving, too.

A police line-up downtown

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy


Nearly four in 10 Americans think marriage is becoming obsolete

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Bill O'Reilly, Ann Couter debate TSA scanners/pat-downs

Culinary no-no's

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What happens to Nancy Pelosi's deluxe plane?

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"Help You Make It To Your Flight"

By Grammy winner Steve Vaus, AKA Buck Howdy....

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The TSA: Killers

Think about it.

With more and more Americans becoming boiled over the TSA’s manhandling of patients, out of frustration more travelers will opt to drive.

Life’s Little Mysteries writes, “
Calculating fatalities on a per-mile basis, the most dangerous part of air travel is getting to the airport. For flying to become as risky as driving in the United States, a packed commercial jet would have to go down once a month, yet that actually happens only about once every two years.”

So, if more people drive because they’re fed up with legalized sexual assaults at the airports, that means, according to one analyst, more highway deaths.


MUST SEE VIDEO FOR FRANKLIN TAXPAYERS (And other WI areas taxed enough already)

resident and blogger Bryan Maersch has an absolute must see entry filled with videos that expose the blatant tax and spend mentality that permeates Franklin City Hall.

EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN FRANKLIN, it’s a must see to demonstrate the extremely flawed local budget process that has made Franklin and so many other municipalities around the state of Wisconsin a tax hell.

Several issues and items to watch for as you go through Bryan's blog:

1) The complete and utter disregard for the taxpayers.

2) The condescending attitude of aldermen toward taxpayers, particularly Tim Solomon and especially Steve Taylor.

3) The lecturing done by the tax increasers.

4) Calling Alderman Kristen Wilhelm. Hello Alderman Wilhelm…

5) Alderman Ken Skowronski…..are you there? Any ideas at all, Ken?

6) Alderman Solomon pulls the oldest trick out of the book in liberal budget strategy against tax and spending cuts. I’ve been covering local politics since 1977 and I’ve seen this ploy played out countless times. The tax increasers scare taxpayers into thinking that if taxing and spending is to be held in check, devastating cuts would have to be made to valuable police and fire, and even garbage collection. These phonies realize they would never vote for such cuts because it would be political suicide. Their hope is that taxpayers will buy into their scare tactic and beg for increases. Alderman Steve Olson shot numerous holes in Tim Solomon’s misleading argument by proposing several amendments to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars, NONE that would have come from police, fire, or public works.

7) Alderman Steve Taylor, who is up for re-election next April, blasted taxpaying voters saying they don’t vote. To insult voters after record turnout in Franklin and all over America a few weeks ago is breathtaking. The password is……CLUELESS.

8) The property tax levy increase of 2.6% is being called “responsible.” 

OK. Are you paying attention folks? In a recession, responsible budgeting in Franklin means…..YOU KEEP TAXING AND SPENDING! Does that mean when there’s not a recession, a 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10% increase is “responsible”?

9) Kristen? Kristen? Are you there? Nope. No effort whatsoever to help the taxpayers. Lost cause. She’s too busy reaching for that rubber stamp.

10) Ken? Ken? Ken Skowronski? What about Alderman Doug Schmidt?  Oh, the video of Schmidt is a beauty. As you watch, keep in mind he’s in charge of millions of dollars in city spending. Scary.

The line of the night comes from Alderman Steve Olson: There’s no will on the Franklin Common Council to budget responsibly. Incredibly sad. Incredibly true.

Again, here’s Bryan Maersch's blog. Taxpayers, I urge you to please take the time to watch and listen as you are insulted, talked down to, and ultimately ripped off.

An insightful column on Obama's priorities

What does the Obamessiah care more about?

The rights of suspected terrorists or…

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If you give a Democrat a cookie....

Important Wisconsin product in the news

It is one of Wisconsin biggest industries….


Tart cranberries.

Tangy cranberries.

Healthy cranberries.


The TSA strikes again!

Do you know who this man is?

Not sure?

Sharif El-Gamal.

Name doesn’t ring a bell?

He is the CEO of SOHO Properties.

Oh, he’s also the developer of the Ground Zero Mosque.

And that's good enough to earn him plaudits from NBC.

Are you, by any chance, a guest this Thanksgiving Day?

Let’s suppose you're invited to someone’s Thanksgiving feast….

And let’s suppose you’d prefer that the bill of fare didn’t include gobs and gobs of fattening gravy and meat and marshmallows melting over sweet potatoes and rolls oozing with melted butter and desserts bursting with whipped cream.

Remember, you’re a guest.

Poor Joanne Camas. She finds this to be a true conundrum.

Camas is a regular contributor to and she's genuinely troubled. What is a health-conscious guest to do knowing he/she is walking into an homage to gluttony?

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Camas, I assume is an intelligent writer. Yet she can’t seem to come up with an answer to her self-invented dilemma. So Camas takes the easy way out by asking readers for help. After all, why stick her neck out. She writes:

"Should the hypothetical guest:

a. keep their mouth shut?

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I understand there's some big dancing TV show tonight......


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It's the big finale. You know, where conservatives across America conspire to take control of the phone lines.

Should Bristol Palin (pictured above) win, the suicide rate among liberals is sure to jump (no pun intended).

Across the pond, the BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing" this past weekend featured a great segment.
The cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS performed the amazing new version of Blue Suede Shoes from the Viva ELVIS album. Cast members flew the air and danced to the remixed classic rock song for the first time outside the United States at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in England.

Make sure to check out the footwear and enjoy!


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UPDATE: The Barking Lot (11/20/10)



How could last Saturday's Barking Lot  forget this?

Send a Thanksgiving Thank You meal to a severely wounded serviceman

Send a seriously wounded serviceman or woman a Thanksgiving Thank You Meal


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The latest from Rehorst



The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery
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Culinary no-no #140 from last year is worth seconds

Culinary no-no's

Holiday feasting officially begins Thursday, and Thanksgiving is a cornucopia filled with culinary no-no’s. We will explore, but first….

Mention Thanksgiving and what immediately comes to mind?

Well, of course….


That's just for starters.

Don't we need some.....

Looks good but for heaven's sake, would someone please toss some whipped cream on there!

Oh, yeh!

Much better!

And how about family getting together sharing quality time, a priceless, timeless image.


Hey, what's on TV?

In this file photo of  Nov. 22, 2007, the Dora the Explorer balloon moves down Broadway through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. Broadway becomes a pedestrian-only zone around Times Square and Herald Square this spring and officals are trying to figure out where to put those big balloons and floats come November.They are considering moving portions of the parade onto avenues just east or west of Broadway.

Dontcha just love a parade?

And then there's football in  Detroit....

Detroit Lions fans watch as the Lions are defeated by the Tennessee Titans during the second half of their Thanksgiving Day NFL football game in Detroit, Michigan, November 27, 2008.

Obviously a shot from last year's Turkey Day game.

OK. Thanksgiving automatically conjures up warm thoughts of:

Turkey with all the trimmings

Family huddled around the dinner table



Combing through the paper for sale ads



Yes, Sex.

The rather provocative website swears Thanksgiving is a sexy holiday and Thanksgiving dinner is a sexy meal.


YOU     GET      IN      HERE      RIGHT     NOW!!



That’s pushing the envelope, dear.




Dear, your blood pressure!
Now I’m sure what he wrote can’t be worth getting all hot and bothered over.

Besides, you e-mailed Mr. Maley, didn’t you?  


Let’s see what Mr. Fischer has to say…..

Here are some of the website’s claims:

Pumpkin pie is an aphrodisiac. The scent alone is enough to get you in the mood. Toss in some lavender and look out.

Oysters, how can I put this nicely, translate into stamina.

Figs boost Vitamin A that’s good for leading to, you know.

Sweet potatoes build up the sex drive in women, but you have to eat a lot. Chocolate will also do the trick. So ladies, if you want to feel amorous, skip the pumpkin and go right for the chocolate silk.

Eating celery, again, how can I put this nicely, makes men more interested in women. The same is true for women who eat fennel.

And red wine acts as a stimulant for women.

I’m not buyin’ it.

I tend to side with the person who left this comment on the Yourtango blog:

"Oh man, I don't know. Nothing makes me feel less sexy than slapping on my fat pants to eat extra stuffing."

If Thanksgiving was such a turn-on, wouldn’t we be ravenous for turkey and stuffing more than once a year?

And I know there are all kinds of ads on legitimate news websites promoting stores that sell sexy holiday costumes, but Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem to fit in.

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Though heaven knows they try.

Let's be real, ladies. How sexy can guys be when they're slumped back on the couch, falling asleep, belching, and moaning in pain?

Even so, you folks that were born in late August through early September....makes you wonder.

Here is the somewhat racy Yourtango entry.

Where ya goin?

We’re not done yet!

No way!

We have even MORE Thanksgiving culinary no-no’s.

The Etiquette Girls advise that you behave yourself:

“If you have a preference for a particular kind of turkey meat, that is all well and good, but do wait until the platter reaches you or until the person serving asks you if you would like white or dark meat. You are not allowed to ‘place dibs’ on a Drumstick, and, should you not get one, you are most definitely not allowed to Sulk or become Surly.”

Yvonne & Yvette Etiguette cautions hosts:

Be ready to receive guests, they shouldn't see you sweating over the bird. Don't make them feel compelled to help out with the dinner - they came to eat, not prepare.

Try not to give a blow by blow of the dinner's preparation. e.g. ‘I made the stuffing at midnight! I got up at the crack of dawn to boil the sweet potatoes.’

Try not to yawn in front of your company. This may look like you're bored or sleepy.”

Yvonne and Yvette Etiquette also cautions guests:

"Don't be late. There is no excuse.

If you've offered to bring a dessert, bring dessert not a platter of deviled eggs as a surprise.

Offer to help but don't barge into the kitchen and start doing things.

Turn off your cellphone.

Don't talk about how much you love dressing with oysters when there is no oyster dressing on the table."

What about dress codes?

Oooooohh, I love this. com warns women that they'll be eating lots food so they'll want to dress comfortably.

What's their idea of comfort? A $550 new wardrobe.

Finally, in my book, the simplest and best examples of Thanksgiving Culinary no-no's come from

Don't be creative with the menu, and don't even think of serving anything but turkey.

Thank you.

OK, this Thanksgiving blog is for me


Because I love the Rockettes. They perform every year at the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving Day. Gorgeous high steppers in sparkling costumes.

And I tend to miss them.

I’m either in the bathroom or basement or garage or outside or as the late Yul Brynner once said, “Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.”

So I post the dancers’ exciting performance from 2008 in case you or I miss this year's routine because we're out getting an Egg McMuffin (entirely plausible in my case).

And don’t forget, MPTV has a Christmas special featuring the Rockettes Saturday at 5:30 on Channel 10.

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A special message from the Elliot Institute

A Thanksgiving Message

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The Year of My Mother: As sad as we are, we gather together

The Year of My Mother


Mom was the absolute best every single day of the year. But the one day where she was the most amazing was Thanksgiving.

The first one up bright and early, Mom got busy while everyone else enjoyed more sleep. Responsible for all the planning and advance shopping, Mom now embarked on orchestrating the year’s most important meal which meant so much work, including the necessary tasks the days before.

Waking up, one could sense a special kind of warmness unlike that of any other holiday.

Then there was that immediate, one-of-a-kind aroma of dishes you just knew were going to be mouth-watering. Mom’s dressing was the ultimate. I know of no other that has ever come close. I’d watch her mold that glob of bread and celery and whatever else by hand and marvel how scrumptious it would eventually become all smothered with gravy.

Mom prepared everything. No matter how many guests arrived, Mom never insisted that anyone bring anything. She did it all. Dad? He just mixed the highballs. In between, Mom made sure breakfast and lunch were served.

The Macy’s Parade and football and holiday movies? No time for the unselfish chef. And I swear I recall Mom eventually sitting down and eating, but not before everyone else was taken care of and satisfied.

Post-dinner meant talking about and planning Christmas, and Mom was sure to turn on her radar-like hearing to pick up on what people were hoping to find under the tree. She’d then compose her own mental shopping list and surprise a lot of folks who couldn’t believe Mom knew what they really, really wanted.

And we’d talk about holidays past and holiday memories and good times. And Mom would love every minute of it as she finally got a chance to sit back, breathe and relax.

The Fischer household is quite sad this Thanksgiving, our first without our devoted, tender, loving mother and grandmother. We cannot hide our sorrow. However, we are thankful for so much time with such a great woman who always, always gave us strength and support. As I write this, snowflakes, like tears fall softly. We will find time to set aside our grief and gather for the holiday as a family and share lots of happiness. Because Mom would have wanted that.

Our first December without Dad, I recall saying to Mom, as if surprised, “We had a pretty good Christmas.”

“We always do,” she replied.

Right as always, Mom.

We always do.

1) God Bless You, Mom

2) Culinary no-no: The Audrey Fischer Edition

3) The Year of My Mother

4) The Year of My Mother - Jimmy Dean

5) The Year of My Mother - "The scarier the better."

6) The Year of My Mother: Erin Go Bragh

7) Goodnight everyone, and have a memorable weekend!

8) The Year of My Mother - Mother's Day

9) The Year of My Mother: The charming July 4th police officer

10) The Year of My Mother: Grandparents Day

11) The Year of My Mother: As sad as we are, we gather together

A Macy's Parade observation

I often tease my wife about her love of 80's music (I'm not a fan, AT ALL). Jennifer's knowledge of 80's music helped her notice a key omission by one of the performing acts in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday.


Jimmy Fallon - 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Jimmy Fallon attends 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Janet Mayer / PR Photos.

Fallon appeared on one of those big floats with a band called The Roots performing Band Aid's, "Do they know it's Christmas?"

Jennifer observed that Fallon cut the following words out of the song:

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Pumpkin pie facials?

Topics talked about on WISN

You bet.

And cranberry conditioners.

And mashed potato body scrubs.

I talked about them today on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

Shooting down photo ID opponents

Topics talked about on WISN

Wisconsin is going to have photo ID. The law will be signed by the end of January by Governor Walker after it is quickly approved by the Legislature.

The usual whining and crying about photo ID has erupted with the bogus claim that the requirement will “disenfranchise” voters.

Conservatives don’t want to stop people from voting. They want to stop fraudulent people from voting.

Here is the ultimate argument against photo ID opponents I discussed today on Newstalk 1130 WISN. The
Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University released a study in 2008 clearly showing photo IDs do not prevent people from casting ballots are not obstacles to voting. The study randomly sampled registered voters in Indiana (that has the toughest photo ID law in the country), Mississippi and Maryland. Here are some of the significant findings:

 Almost all registered voters have an acceptable form of photo ID available (e.g., driver’s license, passport, military ID or some combination of these documents).

About 1.2 percent of registered voters do not have a photo ID, but half of those have documents proving citizenship, and most of the states have provisional or absentee ballots or other exceptions that could permit people to vote.

Registered voters without photo IDs tended to be female, African-American, and Democrat. However, that number of registered voters in the survey was too small (24 of 2,000) to draw definitive conclusions about this group.

A much larger problem among poor and minorities is not registered voters without IDs, but those who are not registered.

More than 97 percent of all registered voters in the three states surveyed could produce proof of citizenship, either a birth certificate, a passport, or naturalization papers.

Nearly one-fifth of registered voters saw or heard of fraud at their own polling place, and an even larger number, 64 percent of all respondents - reported hearing of fraud elsewhere.

Nearly all, 96 percent of voters in this study said showing a photo ID would not make them less likely to vote.

Read the full report, Voter IDs Are Not the Problem: A Survey of Three States.

The most thankful person in America

Topics talked about on WISN


is a TIME magazine piece I discussed back on July 30 while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

Back again on WISN today, I devoted a segment to the most thankful person in America, giving my nod to young Afghan Aisha. Thanks to the Grossman Burn Foundation in California, Aisha is getting reconstructive surgery. Her willingness to pose for the cover of TIME tells the world of the evil of the Taliban and why American soldiers are at war in Afghanistan.

The Daily Mail headline tells it all.



Goodnight everyone and have a weekend to remember!

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 shortened work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday

Tonight, sounds of the season.

Hope your Thanksgiving was nice. And we now have less than 30 days until the biggest holiday of the year. Since it's beginning to look like Christmas, what are we waiting for!

Call me corny but I like this medley by the entire Osmond Family.


Confession time. I like Barry Manilow. Seriously. If you listen to his finely-arranged tribute albums to the big bands and Frank Sinatra, I believe you'd be not only pleasantly surprised but impressed.

My mother liked Barry Manilow, too. I told her and my wife, Jennifer (bigger Manilow fans than me) that the singer is more appealing to me if I don't have to see him in action. Mom and Jennifer would just roll their eyes. 

This next selection features Manilow from his Christmas album released in 2009, and just try not to tap your feet. I double dog dare you.


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Is Black Friday worth this?

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UPDATE: 9/11 hero facing demotion after policy violation


Back in October, I blogged about and discussed on Newstalk 1130 WISN the controversy surrounding, in my view, a bona fide, genuine, authentic America hero, Jose Melendez-Perez.

We now have an update on his status.


The Barking Lot (11/27/10)

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!

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

TODAY:  Sunny and cold. High of 32.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 45. "C"

After all that cooking the other day, Jennifer has the week off, so I get to do the honors.

Brrr, it’s cold out there. And remember, it’s still fall. Winter isn’t officially that far away and Fido needs special treatment when the temps drop.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has compiled a helpful list of winter care tips for dogs that include some you would  expect like don’t leave your dog outside too long,  dry off your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow, and don’t leave the dog alone in a car.

One of the AKC’s health tips reads, “Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.”

During the 2009-10 Wisconsin legislative session, the Legislature approved and Governor Doyle signed into law Assembly Bill 842 (AB 842) regarding bittering agents in certain engine coolants and antifreeze.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, about
10,000 animals get poisoned every year after ingesting ethylene glycol, a highly toxic ingredient used in antifreeze.

Under Wisconsin’s new law, a
ny engine coolant or antifreeze sold in the state that has more than 10% ethylene glycol must contain, as a bittering agent, denatonium benzoate in a concentration of not less than 30 parts per million nor more than 50 parts per million.

Manufacturers of engine coolant or antifreeze will be required to keep a record of the trade name, scientific name, and active ingredients of any bittering agent used in the product and make the record available to the public upon request. Manufacturers, processors, distributors, recyclers, or sellers of coolant or antifreeze covered under this law will not be liable to any person for any personal injury, death, property damage, environmental damage, including damage to natural resources, or economic loss that might be caused by the inclusion of denatonium benzoate.

Coolant or antifreeze containers with a capacity of 55 gallons or more are exempt.

Violators may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 90 days or fined not more than $1,500 or both.

The new law is expected to save many, many animal lives. It doesn’t go into effect, however, until January 1, 2012.

Here is more information on how you can detect antifreeze ingestion in your pet.

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

The story of the week: Which is smarter?   MORE.

Zelda wanders,
mourning her owner's death.

Pet owners on trips like to take pets along.  

Dog falls off a cliff and survives. Now comes the
bad news.

Colorado city
might loosen its ban on pit bulls.

is very lucky.

Shelby inspires.

Prison program helps inmates and dogs.


Lots of Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Healthy, Happy and Comfortable.

Is The National Dog Show like DWTS?

The book doesn't have the sexiest title, but great pictures and information.

Where is the first restaurant for dogs?

This dog dish costs a lot of $$$.

And yes, there is a naughty Thanksgiving dog story.

That’s it for this trip to The Barking Lot. We close with our closing video. And this week we have,  WOOF WOOF, two for you.

First, a Barking Lot update. You may recall Lex.  We have good news.


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Week-ends (11/27/10)


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...


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Bill Troxel

Anuradha Koirala

Bill Krissoff

Prince William

Sereniti Dixon

John Masson

Brian Sheets

Luwigie Moreno

Everyday heroes

Chorus Niagara

Two moms

Lance Baretz


Alisha and Pete Arnold

John Conyers

Whoopi Goldberg

Paul Begala

John Kerry

Parade rule violators in Appleton


It felt "pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November."
President Obama pardoning two turkeys in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, continuing a decades-old White House tradition.

“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”
Hillary Clinton saying she would not like to go through an airport security pat-down.

“The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations – male on male, and female on female. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes. They shot themselves in the foot.”
An unidentified House staffer in DC saying that  several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in a room of 200 people.

“The TSA should not be targeting all passengers equally. Instead, the TSA should be practicing’ that directs the most resources against the greatest risks. Programs like Secure Flight could be used to allow low-risk passengers about whom a great deal is known to pass through unmolested. Leisure travelers like families traveling together would receive cursory inspection. Then the TSA could focus the lion’s share of its resources on high-risk passengers about whom either nothing is known or there is specific negative information.”
The Heritage Foundation

"If he thinks this is an appropriate way for us to deal with security as he has defended, then I've said, 'OK, Mr. Obama, take your wife, your two daughters and your mother-in-law to Washington Reagan National Airport and have them publicly go through both the body scanner and the full enhanced pat-down in front of others. 'If it's OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then maybe the rest of us won't feel so bad when our wives, our daughters and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy.'"
Mike Huckabee blasting President Obama over controversial new airline security measures.

As long as the head of the TSA, Long Dong Silver, refuses to get rid of the intrusive, possibly dangerous airport searches, how about requiring members of Congress to go through the same security screening in order to enter hallowed congressional office buildings? Nancy Pelosi is more likely to engage in a terrorist attack on America than any grandmother or 8-year-old. Just look at what she did to our health care.”
Ann Coulter

"A TSA worker gave me a pat-down and found another TSA worker's hand."
Jimmy Fallon

"All the crap that TSA goes through actually seems pretty clearly directed at improving the security of air travel."
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones.

"I'm not endorsing the American voter.  They're pretty damn stupid.”
University of Wisconsin political scientist Charles Franklin when he was asked, at a recent forum on the November 2 election results, why Republicans emerged victorious in so many races. Political reporters often rely on  Franklin for expertise.  His insights have appeared in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Politico, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications along with taxpayer-supported Wisconsin Public Radio.


The TSA in action: Loaded gun magazine found on plane.


MPS close to expensive labor accord.


Sarah Palin's gaffe.


is no laughing matter.

The wrong dough.

Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me. 

Notre Dame fans, if you missed it Saturday night.....

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My Most Popular Blogs (11/28/10)

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.


2) Photos of the Week (11/21/10)

3) The weather folks are in full "scare the hell out of you" mode

4) TIE 

    UPDATE: 911 hero facing demotion after policy violation

    Send a Thanksgiving Thank You meal to a severely wounded serviceman

5) OK, this Thanksgiving blog is for me

Photos of the Week (11/28/10)

Photos of the Week

J.J. Watt carries a rose in his mouth - symbolic of the Rose Bowl - after Wisconsin's 70-23 victory over Northwestern Saturday at Camp Randal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

CAPTION ADDITION - INJURY US President Barack Obama (R) walks to his car with Secret Service Agents after a game of basketball with friends and aides on November 26, 2010 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Obama is holding a piece of gauze to his lip after he was injured during the game. Obama got 12 stitches in his lip after the game with Reggie Love and members of his family. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave the following statement: 'After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor's office located on the ground floor of the White House.' The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches.

US President Barack Obama (R) walks to his car with Secret Service Agents after a game of basketball with friends and aides on November 26, 2010 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Obama is holding a piece of gauze to his lip after he was injured during the game. Obama got 12 stitches in his lip after the game with Reggie Love and members of his family. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave the following statement: 'After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor's office located on the ground floor of the White House.' The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches. Photo: Getty Images

Shoppers wait in the cold Thursday outside the Toys "R" Us at 3900 S. 27th St., in hopes of being some of the first to get discounted prices at 10 p.m. when the store opened up to the public. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Abramson


Magic snow" falls from the ceiling of the rotunda at Mayfair Mall on Friday. The artificial snow evaporates before it hits the ground. Mayfair Mall will have a short "snow shower" every day through the shopping season, every hour on the hour from noon to 8 p.m.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


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Recommended Reading (11/28/10)

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).

A Redneck's Bitter and Clingy Thanksgiving List

"I’m thankful for the socialists, anti-theists, demons and those who despise freedom, family, faith and our nation’s flag. Yes, I’d like to thank you because you ramp up my mind, my attitude, my loyalty to God and Country, and my study of our nation’s history and founding docs. Indeed, you’re my reason to get up every morning, to write, to do my show and to produce videos with a vengeance. Without you and your wacked worldview, your screeching lesbians, your nightly news hacks, and your America-loathing rhetoric I wouldn’t have the resolve and the capital to auger for that which is holy, just and good."

Washington Post covers for Team Obama with body scanner poll-53% idiocy

"The Obama Administration is tone deaf as to what is going on with airport checkpoints."

Airport "Security"?

"No country has better airport security than Israel-- and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Israeli airport security people don't have to strip passengers naked electronically or have strangers feeling their private parts.

Does anyone seriously believe that we have better airport security than Israel? Is our security record better than theirs?"

11 Unusual Security Measures Employed By the TSA

"I wanted to give some attention to some of the TSA's lesser-known (and more peculiar) security policies. Here are 11 unusual security measures that the Transportation Security Administration currently has in place, all courtesy of their website."

Higher taxes won't reduce the deficit

"The claim here is that these added revenues—potentially a half-trillion dollars a year—will be used to reduce the $8 trillion to $10 trillion deficits in the coming decade. If history is any guide, however, that won't happen. Instead, Congress will simply spend the money."

Why letting tax cuts expire will hurt small businesspeople like me

"It’s said that small business owners work eighteen hour days for ourselves so we don’t have to work eight hours a day for someone else.  And often our income on a dollar/hour basis is less than the established firms we may have left to go on our own. Certainly this is generally true for those few scary years at the beginning when a myriad of mistakes are made and unanticipated events occur that prompt the principals to pay ourselves only after all other obligations have been met   So why do it?  Why take such risk?

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Culinary no-no #194

Culinary no-no's

On this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a veritable smorgasbord of Culinary no-no leftovers from deep inside the This Just In vault.

Want to be a famous chef some day? The odds are stacked against you.

he Center for Science in the Public Interest. The experts of the obvious. I really don’t need their lecturing.

The world’s greatest franks. But the atmosphere stinks.

The worst chain restaurant burger. So much fat and pork, “this should be the official sandwich of Congress."

Truth in advertising. It doesn’t exist at fast food chains. Big Mac? Hardly.

I’ve seen it at Sendik’s. But it never finds its way into my red bag.

Cooking gadgets. Who needs this junk?

And finally,

I love 
Chef Tim Love!

How much do those airport scanners cost?

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The U.S. says it plans to have 500 of the scanners, which cost $100,000 apiece, installed in airports by the end of this year, with another 500 installed next year.”

That means we are spending $100 million to probe, not for the terrorists, but for objects.

$100 million.

Number of terrorists the Rhodes scholars at the TSA has apprehended:



I know NPR's Scott Simon is a liberal, but he's a lot better than....


Rock solid Congressional conservative is flat out wrong

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is generally a champion of conservatism.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08:  U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) attends a news conference promoting the' 9/11 Health and Compensation Act' on September 8, 2010 in New York City. The legislation would provide $7.4 billion in federal relief for Ground Zero workers...

But nobody’s perfect.

King is comparing the many frustrated Americans that criticize the TSA and their invasive, assaulting, degrading guilty until proven innocent scanners and pat-downs to whiny, crybaby liberals. He argues that we need to let the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal TSA workers do their job so planes aren’t blown up.


William Teach writes,  Sorry, Pete, but groping Nuns, children, cancer survivors, women with awesome breasts, and people who are as far from being potential terrorists as possible will not protect your family, who, being a sitting Congress Critter's family, are doubtful to get a groping session from the TSA.”


Are you ready to play......FINAL JEOPARDY??

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:


Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.

Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:


The correct question is:

What is the most boring date in history?

A message from Mark Block-AFP

November 29 - 2010 Newsletter Events and Updates

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The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
In This Issue:
Important Right To Life Links

"Black Babies Are In Danger": Milwaukee billboards focus on racial disparity of Wisconsin's abortions

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The Music of Christmas: Jingle Bells


Today I begin highlighting Christmas music, a different Christmas song every day for 25 days from now until Christmas.

Put them all together and you have my musical Christmas card to you.

We open with a bang.

Who doesn’t know and love Jingle Bells!

Written by James Pierpont in 1857, that’s right, 1857, Jingle Bells isn’t really a Christmas song. It just became one.

Music historian Bill Edwards writes:

“James Pierpont was one of six children of the well known poet John Pierpont, and uncle of the well known fortune builder J. P. (James Pierpont) Morgan. During the Civil War he defied his abolitionist father's wishes and promoted the Confederate cause with anti-Yankee tunes. But that was later. Jingle Bells was allegedly composed as early as 1850. It was first published by Boston publisher Oliver Ditson in 1857 as The One Horse Open Sleigh. In the following two years it gained such popularity that it was reprinted with identical plates and a new cover sporting the title that the public had chosen for it, Jingle Bells. Not only did American music consumers and performers quickly adopt this song, but they collectively made editorial changes to the melody in the chorus, leaving the verse more or less intact. By 1900, the familiar melody we know today was well established.”

Another story has Jingle Bells being written by Pierpont as a Thanksgiving song. Pierpont composed the song in 1857 for children celebrating his Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving. The song was so popular that it was repeated at Christmas.

Jingle Bells trivia:

Bobtail, contrary to a continually perpetuated falsehood, is not the name of the horse. It refers to an animal, a horse in this case, with a bobbed or very short tail, desirable for pulling a sleigh with low tackle, thus avoiding tail entanglement.

Here’s a jazzy version of this Christmas finger-snapper from Canadian singer Diana Krall:


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Important updates from Franklin Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

I received an E-Newsletter today from Franklin Alderman Kristen Wilhelm. Here are some of the highlights:

The City of Franklin is updating the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and is seeking public input about outdoor recreation projects over the next 5-15 years. You are encouraged to fill out this survey by December 13. A workshop on the Comprehensive Plan for citizens is scheduled TODAY at Franklin City Hall at 5:00.

Welcome Stephen Hintz to the Franklin Police Department. Hintz was sworn in at 9:00 this morning at the Franklin Municipal Courtroom.

Tornado warning sirens were installed on November 21. Electric installation by We Energies could take 30 days meaning the sirens will be operative by the end of the year. The siren in Alderman Wilhelm’s district is located at the south end of the Prairie View Elementary School playground.

The city of Franklin is working with the state of Wisconsin, investigating a food borne illness that was discovered at a wedding reception. Here are more details.

There will be a flu clinic at Franklin City Hall December 1 from 2:30-4:45.

On College Avenue, Alderman Wilhelm writes:

“According to an email I received from Jack Takarian, Director of Milwaukee County Transportation and Public works, Milwaukee County required a resolution passed by the City of Franklin, City of Greenfield and or Village of Greendale in order for pedestrian access to receive proper funding, and further if Milwaukee County did not have a signed resolution by January, the full cost if desired later would be at the full cost of the local municipality.

There is NO QUESTION College Avenue needs repair. However, I have been informed the County is designing a 4
??? lane cross section (Hwy) to accommodate the 2035 speculated traffic count of more than 14,000 cars per day. You should be aware that this ‘2035’ design will double the size of the roadway all the way to 51st Street. This will greatly increase the construction costs and require the purchase of additional right???of???way from several property owners. The need for this right???of???way is speculative and based on this 25???year traffic projection. It these difficult economic times, and with the fiscal issues facing State, County and local budgets, I question if this is a wise expenditure. Construction of a smaller cross???section that accommodates pedestrians will solve the most pressing problem and save money while not compromising future expansion at the time it is needed.

I have been requesting the County provide public input on the project but it has yet to be scheduled. According to last years County Capital Improvement Budget, an appropriation of $2,103,000, including $3,000 in capitalized interest, was budgeted for the basic planning, design, and the right
???of???way acquisition. Financing figures listed included $1,680,000 in Federal funds, $421,000 in general obligation bonds, and $2,000 in investment earnings. Given the amount federal tax dollars for this 1.5???mile section of residential road, I will be providing updates as available from the County.”

On the DOT project on 27th Street, Alderman Wilhelm writes:

“WisDOT held a series of public meetings on the construction of 27th Street. The latest was at held on November 18th at St. James Church. Elimination of access points along (termed access management) was a concern of many in attendance. The DOT has provided to the City the set of plans, which were on display at the November 18th meeting. City staff has the plan on display in the Hearing Room. The project construction will extend west of 27th, partially down roads such as College, Rawson and Drexel. If you missed the meeting, please stop in to review the available plans as there may be proposed changes to your property. For example, the plans call for the elimination of the Mobil station at the intersection of 27th and Rawson, impacts to the veterinarian business parking lot and possible changes to the residential area retaining wall.”

Groundbreaking was held recently for the Dental Associates Clinic at 6833 S. 27th Street.

Any Lab Test Now! will open near Lowe’s at 27th and Rawson.

Inspire Salon will open at 7441 S. 27th Street.

Steinhafels will open a mattress store in the former Three Cellars location near Moondance Café on S.27th Street.

Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has received a letter that the Harley Davidson Franklin Distribution Center will close January 16, 2011 with 153 jobs affected.

Finally, Alderman Wilhelm provides this explanation for her vote in the favor of the city budget that increased the property tax levy by 2.6 percent:

“There is no perfect solution and while not perfect, this is a realistic budget that maintains quality services at a reasonable cost. With record unemployment and foreclosure rates, everyone across the system is feeling powerless in the face of a changing economy and the expanding impersonal complexity of the modern world. For some, there is a disconnect between expectations of services and the costs to provide them. It is easy to criticize. The fact is with decreased revenue and increased cost of services, either we cut services or work to strike a balance. When our tax bills arrive, please pay attention to the entire bill not just the (24%) City tax portion. In addition, in is important to note that when comparing different municipal tax rates, many communities have separate charges for water, sewer and garbage pick up. Franklin residents receive one bill. This is a time to realize that we are in this together and must pull together. Franklin has a high quality of life and the 2011 budget is a good compromise to maintain the services expected from our citizens.”

I may have more to say about that later. For now, I do sincerely appreciate the alderman’s newsletters, a great way to communicate with constituents.

The TSA lunacy continues

Check out Weasel Zippers.

Liberals (that includes MJS editorial writers), repeat after me: WI is NOT a tax hell

People do pay a lot of attention to taxes.

Seen just across the Wisconsin border.......

Thanks, Jim Doyle.

HT: Charlie Sykes

Gee Jennifer, like ONE BILLION other people, we should watch this on TV tonight because there is a dog angle


Not that!

Although it is worth tuning in.

And there’s probably a dog roaming around somewhere.

I meant this…..

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