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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.

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2009: #1

TOP TEN FRANKLIN NEWS STORIES OF 2009


To many, the announcement came as a stunning surprise.

How could this happen?

How could this happen here?

How could this happen to a Sendik’s?

It had opened with a bang during the summer of 2008.....





A little over a year later, the Sendik’s on Highway 100 was preparing to close and re-open as a Pick ‘n’ Save.

I patronized both Sendik’s stores in Franklin and found them both to be of high quality. For many reasons, I found the Sendik’s experience at 51st and Rawson to be more pleasurable. I never dreamed the Sendik’s on Highway 100 would fold up, that it would always tough it out. That’s been the successful pattern of Sendik’s, a model for high quality and achievement. I respect the owners' decision to close.

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Never a Year Like '09

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (1/1/10)

 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a suite weekend!


It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived. Well, actually it arrived about two days ago. But as they say, the show must go on.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight,

Ummm.

Uhhh.

Well.

You see.

Christmas is over.

New Year’s Eve is over.

“What are ya doin’ New Year’s….”

NO, NO, NO.

That’s done with.

Not to worry,

We still have an appropriate Goodnight Friday Night feature for you (And you thought, like most other bloggers we were going to take the easy, lazy way out).

The holiday season continues. And we feature tonight undying music that transcends December 25.

Glenn Miller did it. Les Brown did it. The Carpenters sans the voice of Karen did it.

It’s perfect for this weekend and this night.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Happy New Year.

And enjoy that we can take such classics and make them memorable today.

(BTW: Don’t forget Saturday to wake up with The Barking Lot and week-ends. I’d appreciate it. Now I know you slipped away from the bowl games, and thank you kindly)

Ladies and gentlemen,

Who says my blog isn’t classical??!!



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Interrogation under Obama


Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

The Barking Lot (01/02/10)

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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!


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

TODAY:  Sunny with wind chills around -20. High of 12.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 17.  "F"

My lovely wife, Jennifer has the week off.


The Barking Lot examined a kennel’s worth of dog issues during the past year and some of those turned up in PurinaCare® Pet Health Insurance’s list of the top stories of 2009.

The Houston Chronicle has another list.

So does
PetMD.


And then there’s what one website calls “The best dog story……maybe ever.”

Watch.



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Week-ends (01/02/10)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jasper Schuringa..........MORE...............AND MORE


Kent Miller


Karl Pasco



Mike Burns


Jorge Orozco


Dan Eggleton



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Chris Matthews


Heather Ellis


Gregory Oras


Steven Clay Romero



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"What we are focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. And one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe, where this flight originated. So the whole process of making sure that we respond properly, correctly and effectively went very smoothly."
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on CNN after the botched bombing of Flight 253.


"If the “system” had “worked,” the U.S. consular officials who granted Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab a short-term visa last June would have revoked it immediately upon being informed by his father that he was a Muslim radical with al Qaeda ties.

If the “system” had “worked,” U.S. consular officials would have never granted Abdulmutallab — a rootless, young, single male — a visa in the first place……

If the “system” had “worked,” Abdulmutallab would have been barred from the U.S. like he had been barred from Britain.

The “system,” like Napolitano, was an epic fail.

And as predicted, Napolitano also played the “lone nut” card — dismissing the Christmas Day jihadist as a single operator not part of “anything larger” despite his own testimony to the contrary.

She’s Obama’s biggest joker. And there’s no Blame-Bush loophole to weasel through anymore."
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Why are we so bad at detecting the guilty but so good at our collective punishment of the innocent?



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The deficit no one told you about.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


New Year's resolutions. ZZZZZZZZZZ.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Merry Christmas, sweetheart!


REMEMBER: 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.

One Nation Under God


The most controversial painting pf 2009....

 

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I know it's ********* freezing out there...


But, do yourself a favor.

Bundle up, run outside, and take a look at that phenomenal full moon!

Then quickly run back inside, cuss Kevin Fischer for making you venture outdoors, and fix a hot toddy.

Recommended Reading (01/02/10)

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).

Terror 2010


“A day after the attempted murder of 288 passengers and crewmembers in the skies over Michigan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed Mr. Abdulmutallab failed because ‘when it came right down to it, the system worked.’ Two days later, Napolitano apparently received new "guidance" from the vacation White House in Hawaii.”


Warning, Satire Alert: Liberal Take on Terror!

“Gosh darn, I feel great to live in a country that gives full constitutional rights to a foreign national who, on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, was tackled by passengers and crew as he reportedly was trying to blow up the plane.”


Happy Tea Party New Year

“It’s not that our president is dumb: but he is what the good ol’ Soviets used to call ‘nekulturny’: uncultured in the sense of being willfully ignorant of too many things that make our country what it is.  And hostile to those things he doesn’t appreciate.”



Cultural Winners and Losers, 2009

"There were a few good moments sprinkled in with the outrageous and the tawdry in 2009. My choices for cultural winners and losers this year..."


Make Family Your New Year Priority

"As we begin the New Year it's time for America to face the fact that the modern American family is in crisis."

Ain't it the truth

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

My Most Popular Blogs (01/03/10)

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) Photos of the Week (12/27/09)

2) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2009: #4

3) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2009: #1

4) THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2009: #3

5) Culinary no-no #147

Photos of the Week (01/03/10)

Photos of the Week



This image made available by IntelCenter and taken from a Web site frequently used by militants to disseminate their messages, purports to show Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. In a statement posted on the WebsSite dated Saturday Dec. 26, 2009, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attack on a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day. In the statement, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group, an alliance of militants based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. (AP Photo/IntelCenter)





Passengers wait in line to check in at the Delta Airlines counter at Detroit Metropolitan Airport December 28, 2009 in Romulus, Michigan. Many passengers who failed to arrive early enough missed their flights due to long lines and increased security, caused by the failed Christmas Day attack of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)






Maryland Transportation Authority Police patrol the terminal at Baltimore Washington International Airport December 28, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. A passenger was detained after flying the previous evening from BWI to New York La Guardia Airport with a 4-inch-long firework. Security measures have been heightened at airports after a Nigerian man attempted a terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day in Detroit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


 



Los Angeles International Airport Police Officer Jerome Evans uses "K-9 Alda" to check baggage under increased security efforts in Los Angeles Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


 

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LEDs kill


Once again, a product/ concept trumpeted by the enviros as nothing short of amazing turns out to be a bigger bust than Dolly Parton.

Seven months ago, the New York Times gushed about light emitting diodes or LEDs claiming they could halt global warming:

“Studies suggest that a complete conversion to the lights could decrease carbon dioxide emissions from electric power use for lighting by up to 50 percent in just over 20 years; in the United States, lighting accounts for about 6 percent of all energy use. A recent report by McKinsey & Company cited conversion to LED lighting as potentially the most cost effective of a number of simple approaches to tackling global warming using existing technology.

LED lighting was once relegated to basketball scoreboards, cellphone consoles, traffic lights and colored Christmas lights. But as a result of rapid developments in the technology, it is now poised to become common on streets and in buildings, as well as in homes and offices. Some American cities, including Ann Arbor, Mich., and Raleigh, N.C., are using the lights to illuminate streets and parking garages, and dozens more are exploring the technology. And the lighting now adorns the conference rooms and bars of some Renaissance hotels, a corridor in the Pentagon and a new green building at Stanford.

LEDs are more than twice as efficient as compact fluorescent bulbs, currently the standard for greener lighting. Unlike compact fluorescents, LEDs turn on quickly and are compatible with dimmer switches. And while fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which requires special disposal, LED bulbs contain no toxic elements, and last so long that disposal is not much of an issue.”

Minor detail. LEDs are dangerous.

The lights don’t burn hot enough. So when a heavy snow blankets traffic lights that use LEDs, the snow doesn’t melt making then far more difficult to see. The result is a rash of traffic accidents around the country in cities that use LEDs in their traffic signals.

“As far as I'm aware, all that can be done is to have crews clean off the snow by hand," Green Bay police Lt. Jim Runge told the Green Bay Press Gazette.  "It's a bit labor-intensive."

I’ll bet.

Now the New York Times says the LEDs are hazardous.

Even so, bureaucrats who claim that even though it costs a whopping $515 to replace an LED that they still save money aren’t giving up on the lights.

Maybe serious consideration should be given to dumping LEDs because to breathlessly quote one of the liberals’ prime defenses, “If we could save just one life……”

2009 YEAR-END EDITION OF WEEK-ENDS

Week-ends

 

Every Saturday, I present Week-ends, a look back at the people and events that made news the past week.

This is a special Year-end edition of Week-ends.


HEROES OF THE YEAR


They came and assembled, young and old.

Hard working, taxpaying parents with children in strollers.

Senior citizens in wheelchairs.

Veterans of the Armed Forces.

Mocked and ridiculed by Democrats and the liberal news media, they exercised their constitutional rights, begging and pleading to get their country back.

Standing tall and proud, these are the HEROES OF 2009.

Jon Sanders and Doug Giles write great pieces about these true Americans.



VILLAINS OF THE YEAR


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) who insulted the aforementioned HEROES OF 2009  by writing in USA Today, August 10, 2009:

“These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views -- but of the facts themselves.  Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.” 



QUOTES OF THE YEAR


"You lie!"

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) to President Barack Obama as he addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama addressed the joint session to urge passage of his national health care plan.

 

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Culinary no-no #148

Culinary no-no's




Hopping into This Just In’s version of the Way Back machine, we set the time for December 21, 2008.

Culinary no-no #91 dealt with crummy airport food and the great promise that some and possibly more airports were dramatically improving the quality of their dining options.


Perhaps the nation’s airports should best worry about maintaining some level of quality and safety at the restaurants they already have.

Over the past year, USA TODAY carefully examined the inspection records of about 800 restaurants in 10 airports (Mitchell International was not one of them).

They found problems, folks.

Problems with.....







And with....







And I'm afraid to say....







YUCKIMUNDO!

One of the chief culinary no-no's in airports are those all too convenient and reasonably priced, already prepared turkey, chicken or tuna sandwiches.

What you don’t realize as you heed the airport’s instructions and Grab ‘n’ Go is that your turkey on wheat has been sitting in a cooler that’s nowhere near as cool as it should be.

Not cool.

Grab ‘n’ Go?  More like, hands off and keep going.

Workers aren’t washing their hands after handling raw meat and poultry. One of the reasons they’re not cleaning up: not enough soap.

And then, there’s the whole vermin problem, and we’re not talking famed Hollywood chef Remy.












According to USA TODAY, “42% of 57 restaurants reviewed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had at least one ‘critical’ violation. So did 77% of 35 restaurants reviewed at Reagan National Airport.”

This can all be explained by the spinmeisters who pull out all the usual excuses.

These are isolated incidents.

We’re doing an audit of our coolers.

Oh, not to worry, we got rid of the rodents.

And my favorite: The rodent problem isn’t as bad as it is with restaurants citywide.

When my wife Jennifer and I travel early out of Milwaukee, we have certain eating habits while we wait. Jennifer hits a Starbucks kiosk for one of those fancy hoop dee doo triple latte’s. I settle for juice.

We both hit the Burger King for a breakfast croissant.

Those should be pretty safe stops, right?  Well, how do we know for sure?

We’ve hit a Cousin’s the night before a flight and wrap the subs to take along the next day. Now those, I trust.

Just how safe is the food at Milwaukee’s airport? I don’t know. But I would sure love to find out.

Maybe some enterprising journalist could look into the matter.

Carol?


To close, I repeat how I ended Culinary no-no #91 just over a year ago:

“Culinary prognosticators swear airports will substantially upgrade their fare in 2009. I’ll believe it when I see it.

In the meantime, in one phrase, the New York Times sums it up nicely:  'No one likes to eat in airports.'

So unless absolutely, positively necessary, why the hell bother?”

About that botched bombing...

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez



You Go To War With The TSA You Have

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Cartoon of the Year-2050

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: 2009


Here are my selections for Photos of the Year for 2009:


20) THE BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER



Carrie Prejean


The face and body that had lefties apoplectic.

Carrie Prejean.

If you have to ask why she made the list.......



©Eric Jamison/AP


Another Prejean shot??!!!

Well, no.

That sure looks like her, though.

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Airports tighten security


The MJS Scorecard: The Final Analysis

MJS Scorecard

EVERY SUNDAY DURING 2009 I REVIEWED THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I KEPT TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEPT A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise was a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff were well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. The weekly compilation was an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.

Here is the final tally:

MJS SCORECARD:


YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-119, Conservative-89

The percentages:

Liberal- 57%

Conservative – 43%

If this was an election, it would be a blowout.

When I started this project as a year-end list that
many news consumers seem to lap up, it was suggested that, to be fair, I include the Journal Sentinel columnists and review the paper every day. I didn’t have the time to do it, but if anyone wants to conduct a local daily review of not just the paper but local radio and TV, a la the national Media Research Center or News Busters, that would be a worthwhile and popular resource.

Can you imagine if, as some critics of the scorecard proposed, that I toss into the equation writers like Ricardo Pimentel, Jim Stingl, Lauren Walker, and Eugene Kane? The liberal numbers would skew even higher. But it’s not just the sheer numbers that raise eyebrows.

My focus was on the invited guest columnists on Sunday. It was rare that the paper ran a blatantly liberal piece and paired it with a view from the opposite conservative side in the same edition. Generally, when Crossroads runs a conservative piece on a hot issue, the opposing view is published on the same page, adjacent to the conservative submission.

This is a major problem with the Crossroads section.
The last Sunday of 2009 was one of the most glaring examples. Liberal pieces included a defense of Planned Parenthood caught on video making horrendous claims to patients, a call for a think tank to set parameters for the election of the next governor, a blast against capitalism, and a former school board candidate’s claims that certain education reforms would reduce property taxes (they will not). The articles begged for rebuttal. There was none.

Editors at one point got lazy during 2009. I wrote that for several weeks, Crossroads was publishing conservative George Will’s nationally syndicated column. That was an easy way out to try to reflect some semblance of balance. After I wrote about it, Will disappeared from the Crossroads pages.

Editors of the paper boast it is not a liberal publication. I have some descriptions for that assertion: laughable, insulting, untrue.

One could certainly argue my year-long summary was merely a
fait accompli. My tracking is but one barometer. If some truly objective judge could be found, and please don’t suggest a journalism professor, to monitor the paper daily, the findings would be even more tilted.

The worst revelation in my view to take away from this exercise is that there is very little effort or intent to achieve balance. Many weeks there weren’t any conservative pieces at all in Crossroads.

I close with this. I was reading through
the Journal Sentinel’s editorial page policies and I saw this goodie:

We are conservative on fiscal issues. We believe that the power to tax must be vigilantly checked. The government that governs best is frugal and levies taxes reluctantly.”

Really!

I guess that’s why the fiscally conservative editorial board wrote this gem last year.

Great headline, guys!

They’re not conservative, but they sure are funny.

Think a big fat sales tax will do wonders for transportation?


Guess again.

Help stop a Washington takeover of the Internet

Americans for Prosperity

A couple of months ago I told you about the FCC's regulatory power grab, boosted by the radical left, to gain control of the Internet and potentially our whole communications system.  With Glenn Beck's help, we exposed the White House Czar charged with technology policy, Susan Crawford, and she was forced to resign.  Unfortunately, the left's effort to take over the Internet continues. The Federal 
Communications Commission is moving ahead with proposed "Open Internet" rules, which would give federal regulators vast new powers, and ultimately lead to government control of the Internet.

The stakes are huge, and will help determine outcomes on all the other issues we care about.  That's because as long as the Internet is free, we can use it to communicate, educate, and organize.  This is what's at stake as the FCC moves forward with its ridiculously misnamed "Open Internet" rulemaking.

Please click here to file official FCC comments opposing a Washington takeover of the Internet. Take action today - the deadline is fast approaching. 

"Open Internet" is the left's latest marketing language for what they used to call "net neutrality."  It is an outgrowth of the larger so-called media reform project of radical left-wing activists like Robert McChesney, the Free Press founder who explained his goal to SocialistProject.ca: "What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility."

"Open Internet" or "net neutrality" sounds simple - force phone and cable companies to treat every bit of information the same way - until you realize that modern networks are incredibly complex, with millions of lines of code in every router.  Making sure services like VoIP, video conferencing, and telemedicine (not to mention the next great thing that hasn't been invented yet) get priority may be necessary to make the Internet work, but the government is considering regulations that will make it illegal to prioritize traffic.

These networks cost billions of dollars to build and maintain, and if there is uncertainty about getting a good return on that investment, private investment will dry up.  And then government will step in, spending billions of our tax dollars on a government-owned and controlled Internet.

Although Susan Crawford is gone, the White House Internet power grab goes much higher, to President Obama himself.  He said on the campaign trail: "I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to Net Neutrality."

Please click here to file official FCC comments opposing a Washington takeover of the Internet. 

Thanks for all you do.

Phil Kerpen
Vice President and Director of Policy, Americans for Prosperity
Chairman, Internet Freedom Coalition

A different kind of aborted baby photo: Who took those pictures and how?


THANK YOU FOR CLICKING TO READ DESPITE THE NATURE OF THE BLOG TITLE.

One summer in the mid 90’s, I was out there every day covering the massive protests for WTMJ Radio.

Both sides came out in full force: the anti-abortionists from all across the country countered by almost as many in support of abortion rights. I had no trouble getting interviews. I was also scorned and verbally attacked by protesters from both persuasions.

The atmosphere was ugly: Crying, screaming, yelling, a total disregard for the police. Many pro-life protesters intentionally got arrested.

One middle-aged pro-life gentleman upon noticing me walked right up and stood directly in front of me, strategically placing his graphic sign with picture of aborted baby where I couldn’t help but see.

After acknowledging the man with a pleasant, “Good morning,” he looked around at his colleagues and yelled, “You see. You see. That’s the media for you. He won’t even take a picture of my sign.”

I calmly explained to the Rhodes scholar that the machine around my shoulder was a tape recorder. “I work for WTMJ RADIO,” I informed him, “So I would be more than happy to get your thoughts on tape.”

He walked away disgusted.

After several days of the same outrage, the same slogans, the same misuse of children, the same rush to get arrested, I had also become disgusted with both elements. I especially questioned the use of those familiar signs we had seen so many times and still see today, the gruesome pictures of aborted fetuses.

My view is that this graphic, in your face tactic on the part of the most passionate pro-lifers can and does backfire on the movement and the cause.

That was the middle of the 1990’s during a summer that pro-lifers around the country picked Milwaukee to stage huge vocal protests outside abortion clinics.

Now it’s 2009. Pro-life activist James Pouillon has been murdered and Damien Cave is covering the story for the New York Times. Pouillon sees the same horrendous pictures, and he wonders. He not only wonders, he tries to find out, and he inquires, where did these pictures come from? Who took them?

As he works on the story he meets Monica Miller, a key pro-life activist and organizer who is now Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society in South Lyon, Michigan.

Miller told Cave that she took about half of the pictures of aborted babies that can be found online.

Cave turned those photos into a front page story.

Think about that. The New York Times featured a front page story about the origin of aborted baby pictures seen at anti-abortion protests. Miller called it “a coup.”

LifeSiteNews.com reports,
To find the aborted babies Miller and her companions search through biohazardous waste, where they find the remains of the fetuses among bloody surgical papers, gloves, and surgical instruments. They also have found the medical records of women who have gone to the abortion mills, records improperly disposed of by the abortion facility itself.”

The New York Times reports, “The process was a challenge: the fetuses, hard to handle; the scent of the formaldehyde solution, enough to burn the nose. Shooting could only be done up close. She recalled renting expensive macro lenses to get within millimeters of the fetuses. She pointed to one of her snapshots showing a tiny hand with visible wrinkles. ‘In order to get that detail,’ she said, ‘you need to get a camera right on top of that’.”

Miller, who was arrested many times during her stint in Milwaukee and has appeared many times at Sunday Mass at my church defended the photos that make many wince.

"We photograph those babies because we needed to show their humanity. It should shock us.  It should completely outrage us that this is happening.  These are human beings we're talking about, thrown out in the trash,” said Miller.

But here is where the story takes an interesting twist. The focus and image of Miller’s photography has changed.

As LifeSiteNews.com reports, “Miller's latest photos have focused less on the gore of abortion and more on the fine details and features even the youngest aborted children have.  ‘I want to show there's beauty and humanity in the unborn child,’ she said. ‘There should be a sense of pity’."

While I commend Miller’s passion over the years, I’ve always been concerned about the beyond civil disobedience and yes, the pictures that can result in lost support. The latest move by Miller could very well garner more emotion and sympathy.

Read more in the New York Times and
LifeSiteNews.

Here comes the snow


Keep in mind folks, this is the NWS winter storm watch.

The Craig Koplein forecast is that snow totals could range anywhere from a trace to 15 inches.

BONUS CRAIG KOPLEIN COVERAGE:

Craig predicts the Packers will beat Arizona this weekend in the NFL playoffs IF the Cardinals don't win.

Craig says you can take his fearless prediction "to the bank."

"Breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 and earlier in high-risk patients"


So claims the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) in a brand new report that is sure to confuse women even more.

Read more details here.

Obama dreaming

 Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

 

Will we ever get airport/airline security right?


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God bless you, Mom


My mother, Audrey Fischer passed away this morning from complications that developed after her successful hip surgery.

To all who called, sent cards or flowers, prayed or offered support, on behalf of my family, I thank you very much.

My mother was an incredibly kind, sweet person who will be dearly missed.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The last two weeks have been very difficult, and while blogging was temporarily a therapeutic distraction, I will now be taking some time off from writing to tend to my lovely mother and our family.

Please continue to keep my mother in your thoughts and prayers.

I love you, Mom!


UPDATE: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Friday, January 8: Visitation from 4-8 pm
Max Sass Funeral Home
60th and Layton

Saturday, January 9: Visitation from 8:15 - 9:15 am  
Max Sass Funeral Home
60th and Layton

Funeral processional to St. Anthony’s Church, 9th and Mitchell
Mass of Christian Burial-10:00 am
Celebrant: Father Tom Wittliff

More details in Thursday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and online at the newspaper's website under obituaries: www.jsonline.com

UPDATE: The obit notice.  Please consider signing my mom's guestbook.


God looked around his garden and found an empty space.
He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered "Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

My Most Popular Blogs (01/10/10)

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) God bless you, Mom

2) Culinary no-no #148

3) Cartoon of the Year-2050

4) PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: 2009

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Photos of the Week (01/10/10)

Photos of the Week





State Sen. Lena Taylor and Rep. Pedro Colón (right) listen Tuesday to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett answer questions about their proposed MPS mayoral-control bill during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee at Milwaukee Public Schools’ central office. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Kristyna Wentz-Graff






Archbishop-designate Jerome E. Listecki sprinkles the congregation Sunday with holy water during a reception and solemn vespers at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo:  Benny Sieu





In this image released by the White House, President Barack Obama meets with his national security team in the Situation Room of the White House Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Washington about the failed attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)


 



U.S. Army National Guard Specialist Pedro Montero of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team holds his daughter Jaelyn Montero, 11mths, as they say goodbye to each other during a deployment ceremony on January 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ceremony, honoring the Florida National Guard?s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, is the first in a series of company-level and battalion-level deployment ceremonies taking place this week throughout the Florida. The event honored 600 of the nearly 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard's 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team who are being deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, the largest single-unit deployment of Florida National Guard since World War II. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

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Let's see how outraged the libs and race baiters get....


Over this.


MORE.

In today's MJS Crossroads section.....

The keys to today's big game...


From the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…

And the Arizona Republic.

Heard at my mom's funeral....


Father Tom Wittliff had already made a few serious references to the Holy Father at my mom’s funeral service Saturday before he made this final comment:

“The Pope is not going to be too happy with our Packers Sunday……….when they beat a bunch of Cardinals.”

Vintage Father Tom.

Aaron Rodgers coughs up 13 points and the ballgame...


On the first and last offensive plays of the game, Aaron Rodgers commits turnovers that lead to points (Though he was stupendous in-between).

And how about that vaunted Packer 3-4 defense??!!

Can't blame ol' #4 for this one.

(FYI: As you watch the video, keep in mind that p
rior to the 2008 season, officials were permitted to issue five-yard penalties for minor incidents where players illegally grabbed a face mask of another player. In 2008, the rule was changed to remove all incidental face mask penalties and only issue 15-yard penalties for major face mask violations).

 

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Culinary no-no: The Audrey Fischer edition

Culinary no-no's


I DEDICATE THIS INSTALLMENT OF CULINARY NO-NO TO MY DEAR MOTHER WHO PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY. THIS IS A RE-POSTING OF CULINARY NO-NO #138 FROM NOVEMBER 9, 2009.

I was filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN because he was having throat/laryngitis problems.  Pretty tough to handle a three-hour radio talk show when you are unable to speak.

Shortly after the familiar DUM DUM DUM……DUM Belling show open, I mentioned why I had been summoned to take over. And before getting into my first substantive topic, completely adlibbing, I began to talk about remedies for such ailments and some childhood memories.

When older brother Greg or I would start to have sore throats or even flu-like symptoms when we were kids, Mom (who by the way is the best Mom in the world and by no means was embarrassed when I mentioned her on the most listened to radio program during afternoon drive in the state of Wisconsin or now about the true story I’m about to tell) would scoff, laugh, and say, “No problem.” Actually, I think there might have been a mischievous chuckle.

Mom would rustle up a cereal bowl, yes, the same kind of bowl I’d eat my Frosted THEY’RE GREAT Flakes out of, and start peeling.

And peeling.

And peeling.

Uhh, Mom, what are you doing?

And peeling.

Excuse me. Mom. I’m not that sick.

And peeling.

Mom, why are you crying?

And peeling.

HEY! MOM! I FEEL BETTER!

Mom would take those onions and place them in the bowl.

Then sprinkle sugar and honey over them.

And then warm them for hours, overnight.

The next day, Mom fed the syrupy liquid by the spoonful to the ill son.

It had a sweet flavor, but the taste of onions was inescapable. To a young lad, this wasn’t  Hi-C or Bosco or a Coke or Pepsi. This was Mom’s medicine that God knows I had never heard of or seen anywhere else except on Mom’s stove.

For weeks after I mentioned Mom’s elixir, I heard about it wherever I went.

“How’s that onion juice?” a male voice boomed in the salad dressing aisle at Pick ‘n’ Save. The question was followed by a snicker and sinister laugh, as if to say, “My mother never forced that junk on me.”

Mom’s onion juice that she defended at a family get-together not long after the WISN broadcast and swears by to this day isn’t funny stuff.

Today, everyone is concerned about:

1) The flu

2) The swine flu

To get a shot(s) or not. That is the question.

What if I forego the shots.

Can I ward off the flu using remedies like my Mom’s that she probably picked up from her Mom, so it’s probably 90-100 years old?

Can I use family traditions, mythological cures, and rumored cures to get me through?

What about onion juice a la Mom Fischer?

Forget submerging an onion in everything but the kitchen sink. What about just a plain old onion all over the house?

How about garlic? You’ll keep the Bela Lugosi-type’s away but what about the flu?

What about herbs like elderberry?

Chicken soup?

My view:

Mom’s onion juice, because it was jazzed up wasn’t all that bad. Her chicken soup, with dumplings, not noodles, was the best in the universe. To this day, I rarely get more than some tonsillitis, making me available for when the phone rings: Mark can’t speak!

Onions, packed in sweet syrupy juice, chicken soup with huge dumplings, hot tea with brandy or lemon………don’t get me wrong.


They all taste good (they do).  They all feel good.

Problem.

They are administered AFTER the patient is already sick.

The experts all claim no matter how Mother Teresa-like your mom was, her remedies are just, like all those liberal solutions, feel good measures.

Once you’re sick, again, according to the experts, it’s simply a matter of time before you recover.


Message to this blogger: If you’re already feeling under the weather, onions soaked in 40-year old cognac won’t matter. Pass me the pizza and tacos, pass on Uncle Mortimer’s advice from the Civil War.

Don’t believe me?

Read more in the Wall Street Journal that reports:

"There is no scientific evidence that any herbal, homeopathic or other folk remedies have any benefit against influenza."

But try telling that to Mrs. Fischer.

You're so right, Al!






Global Warmists’ Mouths Frozen Shut


"Apparently the alarmists have gone into hibernation…perhaps because world-wide record breaking cold would expose errors so great that even the 'mainstream' news would have to call them out as full of (much needed) hot air."

 

Excuse me, but suddenly Halloween is a headache???


Yes, it’s a perennial problem.

The car or van pulls up in front of your house. Out jump several kids who make a beeline for your front door.

They’re not from your neighborhood, or the next neighborhood. Heck, they’re not even from your zip code.

Generally I have found this bunch to be mute and unappreciative.

Is this a big deal on Trick or Treat? To some, you bet who have complained to their suburban mayors and village presidents.

Last fall, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, residents in Hales Corners got slammed by these outsiders.

The problem was that Hales Corners was among a handful of municipalities that held Trick or Treat hours on an off day or time, in this case, October 25, 2009. Just about everyone else held their begging time on October 31, 2009.

That set off the light bulb in a lot of sly, and yes, greedy parents and kids who saw the wonderful opportunity to have not one but TWO Trick or Treat days, not in their own backyards, but in the more affluent neighborhoods. So they come by the car and vanloads. And I’m sorry, the words, “Thank you” never pass their Milky Way-eating lips.

While this practice has become common and quite noticeable, mark me down as one who does not get his nose bent out of shape. On my list of priorities, I can’t begin to pinpoint how low this is on the ledger.

But having licked all our tax, spending and unemployment problems, area officials plan to meet today to discuss a uniform Trick or Treat day/time.

Ideally, each municipality should, as it has in the past, be able to choose its own Trick or Treat hours that best suit the community.

I empathize with the elderly woman referred to in the Journal Sentinel that had to run out and buy more candy last year, but the solution is not to call the city or village hall and complain. The answer is buy more candy next time, and when you run out, you run out, and just stop answering the doorbell. The youngins from the big city will survive.

Finally, if suburban officials must come to an agreement on this most pressing issue, let’s hope they get it right and select the only true, appropriate time for Trick or Treat…… at night, October 31, every year.


UPDATE from jsonline

Was it a face mask or not?


The NFL says the no-call........





Was correct.

That will be of no consolation to heartbroken Packer fans.

In a nutshell, when you score 45 points, you should win just about any NFL game.

That is, unless your defense lays a colossal egg.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #78

Culinary no-no's


This
is wrong.

And now, it’s becoming a
trend.

"His statement was especially hurtful"


U.S. Senator Russ Feingold said the above, not about Harry Reid, but about Trent Lott at the end of 2002. From
The Patriot Room:

"Sen. Russ Feingold Thursday called on Sen. Trent Lott to resign as GOP leader over comments Lott made last week about Strom Thurmond's pro-segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. 'Given the tragic history of race relations in this country, and the role the 1948 campaign played in it, his statement was especially hurtful,' Feingold, D-Wis., said in a statement." ("Feingold Calls On Lott To Resign As GOP Leader," The Associated Press, 12/12/02)

So w
hat about it, Russ? Are you going to call for Harry Reid’s head, too?

Let's see what kind of non-hypocrite, maverick you really are.


Welcome to the Franklin School District! Survey says........SUCKERS!

Well, isn’t this special!

FranklinNOW.com reports the Franklin School District is sending out surveys to Franklin residents because……..are you ready for this......school district officials want to know how you feel.

My heart be still, would someone please hand me a box of Kleenex!

Oh, those wonderful, warm, compassionate school people! I mean, I ask you, is there no end to their kindness?

They love us so much they’re not sending out just one survey.

No, no, no, no, no!

They’re sending out at least three!

GASP!

OMG!


My word, I don’t even care how much it costs! The love everybody, the love, the caring for people in the district.

Where is that Kleenex!!!

FranklinNOW.com reports, “The initial survey is geared toward getting comments about school district programs. Results will help officials make decisions about budget and future programming, according to a news release. Two other surveys will be mailed out later this year focusing on operations, facilities and school district buildings.”

Franklin School Board member Janet Evans writes on her blog that the survey is coming, please take the time to fill it out, it’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO important, yada, yada, yada.

That’s the current form of Janet Evans blogging, the walk the line, toss out the school district talking points, that more or less the school district is all fine and rosy. I wonder what the old Janet Evans would have written, the Janet Evans who gave an honest, candid, insightful look behind the spin the district was and is now giving.

You get a more to the point assessment at Bryan Maersch’s blog who sees the surveys as merely a tactic by the school district to gather all sorts of ideas it can have on record to point to and suggest, look, look everybody, this is what the district residents want. By golly, that costs money! Translation: Big fat school tax increases.

My take follows.

These surveys have major flaws for two reasons:


1) THE TIMING

Excuse me. If you really wanted, as Janet Evans writes on her blog, “
responses (that) could have an impact on future decisions the District makes regarding 'fiscal, instructional, and operational planning and decision-making'......."


THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE SENT THE BLASTED SURVEYS OUT

BEFORE  YOU VOTED TO APPROVE A BUDGET IN A RECESSION

THAT  RAISED OUR PROPERTY TAXES!!!


2) THE INSINCERITY

Does the school district think we are really this stupid, that we can’t see through this entire charade? (The answer is yes, they do).

They’re trying to come across looking as though they really care about what you have to say and about communications between taxpayers and the district. If they really cared about what you felt, they would have had the guts to set up a table in City Hall at tax time and meet face to face with the people they screwed.

Fill out a survey, or three, or 300 and tell these deaf mutes you hate what they did to you and their merry tax and spending ways. Do you really, really, really think they are going to listen?

It’s insulting. It's an absolute joke.

My advice? Deposit this garbage where it belongs, in the trash, because that’s what it is. Phone and/or send these board members correspondences that you’re unhappy with their fiscal irresponsibility and if they don’t stop, you’ll vote for someone else.

Surveys? Polls? Gimme a break! They’re meaningless.

These stick up artists will rob you blind every chance they get no matter what you say on any non-binding questionnaire.

Don’t waste your time on this government waste. Toss the survey in the trash. Instead, give the School Board members a good, well-reasoned, thought out piece of your mind.

And then watch, and pay close attention to what these highway robbers do, and make them shake and shiver come election time.

What the body scan does not reveal

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Making President Obama keep his promise




 Americans for Prosperity


With back-room dealing and political payoffs at a fever pitch on the attempted Washington, D.C. health care takeover, we must remind President Obama of his promises to the American people to bring genuine "transparency" to this whole sordid process.  


So, I'm asking you to sign a petition to President Obama and Congress demanding that the secret negotiations end and that ALL health care meetings take place before the C-SPAN cameras -- just as President Obama promised during his campaign for President. 

CLICK HERE 


Our goal is simple:  show the Obama Administration and members of Congress that the American public is focused like a laser beam on the vote buying, political payoffs and secret negotiations rampant as Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama attempt to force their unpopular health care takeover on a nation that has clearly said "THANKS BUT NO THANKS!"
The mainstream media and the politicians in Washington, D.C. are working overtime to sell us on the idea of health care "inevitability" -- their spin that Congress is going to pass this legislation no matter what.  They're hoping that you and I will give up and move on.  

But think about this for a moment.  On Christmas Eve they held the supposedly "final" vote in the Senate on health care and they won it.  Well, we're now weeks down the road.  Still, the House and Senate versions of the legislation have not been melded into one package that's ready for the President's signature.  They still don't have the votes.  And, they know beyond any doubt now that the American people oppose this legislation -- poll after poll makes this fact clear.  That's why they're meeting in secret.  It's why they are desperate to make sure the details and the political giveaways do not leak out.

Our job is to force them out into the open.  You may remember former Sen. Everett Dirksen's motto that Congress does not "see the light until they feel the heat."  Let's make them feel the heat on this crucial issue of "transparency" by having tens of thousands of Americans sign this petition demanding that President Obama keep his promise by having all of the health care negotiations take place in front of C-SPAN cameras.  

By the way, here are two of President Obama's promises on the topic:

"That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors . . . and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process."  January 31, 2008

"I respect what the Clintons tried to do in 1993, in moving health reform forward, but they made one really big mistake, and that is they took all their people and all their experts into a room and then they closed the door. We will work on this process publicly. It will be on C-SPAN, it will be streaming over the net."  November 14, 2008

Clearly, the congressional leadership wants to keep their wheeling-and-dealing behind closed doors.  When asked about the President's promises, Speaker Pelosi said "there were a number of things he was for on the campaign trail."  The liberal Speaker of the House dissed a liberal President because he promised to let the American people see what their elected Congress was up to on an issue as important as health care.  Pretty amazing.

Let's hold their feet to the fire. 

Tim Phillips 

PS: 

It's fast and easy to sign this petition demanding President Obama and Congress keep their promises and let C-SPAN cameras cover the health care wheeling-and-dealing.

CLICK HERE 

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Bonfire for Taxpayers

 

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Making Pres. Obama keep his promise

Americans for Prosperity


With back-room dealing and political payoffs at a fever pitch on the attempted Washington, D.C. health care takeover, we must remind President Obama of his promises to the American people to bring genuine "transparency" to this whole sordid process.  

So, I'm asking you to sign a petition to President Obama and Congress demanding that the secret negotiations end and that ALL health care meetings take place before the C-SPAN cameras -- just as President Obama promised during his campaign for President. 

CLICK HERE 

Our goal is simple:  show the Obama Administration and members of Congress that the American public is focused like a laser beam on the vote buying, political payoffs and secret negotiations rampant as Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama attempt to force their unpopular health care takeover on a nation that has clearly said "THANKS BUT NO THANKS!"

The mainstream media and the politicians in Washington, D.C. are working overtime to sell us on the idea of health care "inevitability" -- their spin that Congress is going to pass this legislation no matter what.  They're hoping that you and I will give up and move on.  

But think about this for a moment.  On Christmas Eve they held the supposedly "final" vote in the Senate on health care and they won it.  Well, we're now weeks down the road.  Still, the House and Senate versions of the legislation have not been melded into one package that's ready for the President's signature.  They still don't have the votes.  And, they know beyond any doubt now that the American people oppose this legislation -- poll after poll makes this fact clear.  That's why they're meeting in secret.  It's why they are desperate to make sure the details and the political giveaways do not leak out.

Our job is to force them out into the open.  You may remember former Sen. Everett Dirksen's motto that Congress does not "see the light until they feel the heat."  Let's make them feel the heat on this crucial issue of "transparency" by having tens of thousands of Americans sign this petition demanding that President Obama keep his promise by having all of the health care negotiations take place in front of C-SPAN cameras.  

By the way, here are two of President Obama's promises on the topic:

"That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors . . . and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process."  January 31, 2008

"I respect what the Clintons tried to do in 1993, in moving health reform forward, but they made one really big mistake, and that is they took all their people and all their experts into a room and then they closed the door. We will work on this process publicly. It will be on C-SPAN, it will be streaming over the net."  November 14, 2008

Clearly, the congressional leadership wants to keep their wheeling-and-dealing behind closed doors.  When asked about the President's promises, Speaker Pelosi said "there were a number of things he was for on the campaign trail."  The liberal Speaker of the House dissed a liberal President because he promised to let the American people see what their elected Congress was up to on an issue as important as health care.  Pretty amazing.

Let's hold their feet to the fire.





Tim Phillips

 

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Just how bad was the Packer pass defense?


According to
ESPN.com:

Kurt Warner, Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger combined for in four games against the Packers this season: 99 completions in 138 attempts (71.7. percent) for 1,397 yards, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions. That works out to a passer rating of 140.2.

Should sex offenders be confined beyond their prison sentences?


During my years at WTMJ in the 1990’s, I reported extensively on state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and her Sexual Predator Bill to allow the state to continue to confine sexually violent predators after they have served their full prison sentences if they were deemed to still pose a dangerous risk to society.

Darling’s legislation was approved and signed into law making Wisconsin one of the few states at the time to have such a statute on the books.

The constitutionality of six state sexual predator laws was called into question and reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kansas vs. Hendricks. Kansas' Sexually Violent Predator Act created procedures for the civil commitment of persons who, due to a "mental abnormality" or a "personality disorder," are likely to engage in "predatory acts of sexual violence."

Leroy Hendricks had a long record of sexually molesting children and was scheduled for release from prison. At the time, Hendricks said the only way that he would stop attacking children would be if he would die. A state doctor determined that Hendricks suffered from pedophilia, was not cured, and harbored uncontrollable sexual desires for children when he felt stressed. A jury ruled Hendricks was a sexually violent predator and he was confined indefinitely after completing a 10-year prison term.

The State Supreme Court in Kansas invalidated Kansas’ Sexually Violent Predator Act. However, in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 ruling that
the Kansas law did not violate Hendricks’ rights to due process, and that the law did not violate the prohibition against double jeopardy.

"What is the state supposed to do, just wait until he goes out and does it again?" Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist asked.

Wisconsin’s law was safe (Today, 20 states have civil commitment laws for sex offenders).

Then in 2004, Senator Darling authored legislation (Senator Mary Lazich and Representative Jeff Stone were co-sponsors) that made changes to
Wisconsin’s Sexual Predator Law. The statute allowed for the involuntary commitment of sexually violent persons who have a history of sexually violent offenses and are considered likely to re-offend. The legislation signed into law changed the standard of dangerousness, allowing authorities to confine and treat sexually violent persons through civil commitment after they have served their prison sentences.

U
nder the previous law, prosecutors were required to demonstrate that a sex offender was "much more likely than not" to commit a sexually violent act if released. All too often, offenders were sent back onto the streets without having made the proper progress in treatment.

Under the law signed in April 2004, a court may not order that the sexual predator be placed on supervised release unless the offender has received treatment and made substantial progress. In addition, the state would be able to civilly commit dangerous sex predators who are likely to re-offend, placing into statute the standard of dangerousness used in other states.

Wisconsin houses sex offenders diagnosed to be too dangerous for release at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center near Madison. Treatment is voluntary and officials at the facility reportedly have admitted half of the patients are untreatable. The Wisconsin State Journal wrote in 2007, "Treatment providers must only reduce their risk of re-offense from worse than that of an average sex offender to the same as an average sex offender.”

So the patients are never really cured.

The cost of confinement for a sex offender is four times that of locking up a murderer in Waupun.

"Yeah, it's expensive, and yeah, it's difficult," said Senator Darling.  "But it's the right thing to do at this point in our history. These people are not considered safe to be on the street."

Sand Ridge Director Steve Watters considers the policies about sex offenders to be successful since he regards the public as opposed to the patients as its "main customer."

"We're here to try to make Wisconsin a safer place," Watters told the Wisconsin State Journal. |

Many offenders stay confined but many don’t. The State Journal examined state records and found that, “In 2006, 1,464 sex offenders about to be released from prison were eligible for commitments because of the nature of their crimes. Eligible offenses include first- and second-degree sexual assault and sexual crimes against children. But more than 90 percent of them instead were released into the community on supervision. Between 1997 and 2006, nearly 1,500 sex offenders specifically classified as high risk were released from prison after serving sentences for two or more commitment-eligible crimes.”

The newspaper reported that officials consider civil commitment to be “the best compromise between protecting the public while still offering treatment and hope of release to those who can be helped. And its legal basis seems firm, after a 1997 U.S. Supreme Court case out of Kansas defined the after-prison confinement as treatment rather than double punishment for the same crime.”

Fast forward to today.

Once again, the highest court in the country is reviewing civil commitment of sex offenders, but this time with a different twist. The feds are the focus of attention.

In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. One of the law’s provisions allows the federal government to civilly commit anyone in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons whom the Attorney General certifies to be "sexually dangerous." Thus, the person's confinement continues after the expiration of his prison term, without proof of a new criminal violation.

Graydon Comstock had been sentenced to 37 months for receiving child pornography. Six days before his scheduled release, the Attorney General certified Comstock as sexually dangerous. Three years later, Comstock remains confined in a medium security prison, as do more than 60 other similarly situated men in the Eastern District of North Carolina alone. Comstock and several others are challenging their confinements as going beyond Congress's constitutional authority.

So far, they have won in both the district and appellate courts. The United States successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case. At issue is w
hether Congress had the constitutional authority to enact law that authorizes court-ordered civil commitment by the federal government of  “sexually dangerous” persons who are already in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, but who are coming to the end of their federal prison sentences, and “sexually dangerous” persons who are in the custody of the Attorney General because they have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

CNN.com has more details on US vs.Comstock.

Sex offenders cannot be cured, rehabilitated or saved. When they are released, the odds are they will re-offend. Current laws have saved thousands of children from being molested.

This is an important one, folks, and I don't have to remind Franklin residents what a hot-button item this is. There is probably no issue more important than the safety of our most prized and most vulnerable possessions: our children. Supreme Court justices selected by the president will now consider this crucial case.

It is yet another important example that elections matter.

The media's guide to political parties

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Trent Lott has got to be shaking his head

"Master Racists Jackson and Al-Not-So-Sharpton will avoid this issue because Reid is a Democrat, which means you get an automatic free pass for making dumb comments.  However, had Reid been a Republican and made these dumb comments about Obama, Jackson and Sharpton would have called for marches, demanded he resign, been on all the talk shows, declared how America is still deeply divided and racist, and demanded new suits and per diem increases.   Jackson and Sharpton continue to be two-bit, racist punks on parade."

The Year of My Mother

The Year of My Mother


My mother died a week ago today. My father died 25 years ago today.

I have some comfort in knowing that finally, they are together again in heaven watching over us, protecting us, and guiding us so that we, too can rejoin them and share in their joy.

The outpouring of support for my mother and my family has been incredible and continues with an ongoing flood of e-mails, phone calls, and cards in the mail. God bless each and every one who took time to pay respect. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

The pain my family still suffers is excruciating. In addition to pictures and videos, I still have my mother’s voice on our answering machine that I will never erase. Our hearts remain heavy.

How do you repay the sweetest woman God ever put on this earth for her many years of selfless sacrifice and devotion? You don’t.

My blessed mother will never be forgotten, a notion so impossible because of the countless memories she left to her survivors.

For me, blogging has now become, at times, daunting. It is also essential therapy.

I am dedicating my blogging during 2010 to my lovely mom. Throughout the year, I will share stories and qualities about her I hope you will enjoy. As you know, I’m not a fan of daily diary-type blogging. I’m pretty sure people don’t care at all what I shopped for at the grocery store and what I intend to do with it. My goal with this yearlong series that will appear at random will serve a purpose of stirring emotion and inspiring, and rekindling sweet memories.

Trust me, she wouldn’t like all the fuss and attention.

Sorry, mom, and God bless you!

The latest from Rehorst

   
 

The Newsletter of Wisconsin's Oldest Craft Distillery (est.2004)      -Number 31-
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
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Cocktail Database
Be a Holiday Genius
Repeal Day
Recipe of the Month
 
American Distilling Institute

Something Special from Wisconsin
Great Lakes Distillery is the only distillery member of  the Wisconsin State Agriculture Departments "Something Special from Wisconsin" created to promote Wisconsin produced products.
 
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We've also begun "Distilled!" a blog where we spew about alcohol related topics a bit more frequently than the newsletter allows. Keep an eye on the blog for the latest products we may be working on, as well as cocktail recipe's and events.
 
 
Cocktail Database Now Online
 
Ever been thirsty but didn't quite know what you wanted? Got a bottle of our Pumpkin Spirit and looking for a unique recipe to enjoy it? Planning a party but can't come up with a drink to impress your guests? We've got the answer.

Great Lakes Distillery has gone live with our very own cocktail database!

Visit our cocktail database and we'll do our best to guide you. Anyone can view recipes in the database- no registration needed, but a simple registration will allow you to submit recipes as well.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a casual imbiber, you should check out the Cocktail Database.
     

Happy New Year!

In this issue we have a great Spirits Tasting to tell you about, we've expanded our tasting room hours and tour times and have a great recipe for you to try. 
 
Details below...



 
 
Madison Malt Society Tasting Thursday February 18th.
Thursday February 18th we'll be taking part in the 2nd annual  Madison Malt Society Celebration of American Distilling! Over 30 distilleries will be pouring their wares.
 
 
This is a tasting event featuring many small distilleries from Wisconsin and the US. The event is being held at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.
 
If you're in the Milwaukee area and you'd like to join us, we're selling tickets and we'll be renting a bus to transport us all to the event. Stop in for tickets at the distillery anytime between Noon and 6PM Monday thru Saturday.
 
Last years inaugural event was a huge success and we're looking forward to participating again next month. We hope you'll join us.
 
More Hours, More Tours.
 
With the new year we have now added additional tour times and extended tasting room hours.
 
We are now open Monday through Saturday from Noon to 6PM. With tour times daily at 2 and 4PM, and an additional tour at 6PM on Fridays.

Tours typically last 45 minutes and are free. A flight of our products is $3. Our tasting room is located right inside the distillery so you can see the distillery even if you can't make it to the regular tour.
 
Groups of eight or more and service industry member tours can be scheduled for any day of the week. Call to reserve a private tour 414-431-8683.
 

 
The French Bulldog
 
This month we're featuring a really tasty cocktail devised by distillery Mixologist Jason Neu. Jason created the French Bulldog for the release of our Amerique 1912 Absinthe. Since then it's proven to be quite popular at several distillery events.
 
 
 
1 1/2 oz Rehorst Gin
1 oz White grapefruit juice
1/4 oz Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte
1/4 oz Simple syrup
Fresh basil
 
Add gin, absinthe, grapefruit, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a bouquet of fresh basil and insert a short straw. Give it a try tonight!
 
More great cocktail recipes available in our
 
We hope you have a great 2010, and thank you for your support this past year. We intend to release some great new products this year including some brown spirits- the long wait is almost over! We also hope you'll join us for the Madison Malt Society Tasting next month. 

Sincerely,
 
Guy Rehorst
Great Lakes Distillery, LLC

Fox's New Face


In case you missed it....



Sen. Russ Feingold gets blasted at Wisconsin Town Hall meeting

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Franklin's sex offender ordinances continue to work


The Franklin Police Department recently received information that a registered sex offender moved into Franklin with a friend in the 6800 of W. Kathleen Ct. in violation of the city’s sex offender ordinances. Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva gave the offender a letter about the ordinances on Tuesday and instructed the offender to move immediately or face penalties.

The offender moved out of Franklin today back to his previous residence in Oak Creek.


Franklin’s ordinances, ruled to be constitutional are helping keep our city safe.

Once again, congratulations Karen Nesbit!

Once again, Rembert Weakland...


Just go away.

Please.

Shut up, and go away.


 

Next time, Harry....

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok



Harry Reid's Negro Problem


"Reid has also picked up an endorsement from the United Light-Skinned Negro College Fund. And Tiger Woods is considering endorsing him. He is the one light-skinned half-black guy right now who's thrilled with Reid's comments."

AFP Blasts Stimulus Waste


Americans for Prosperity
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14 2010

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Is your name Mikey Hicks?


You'd better change it, and fast.

The Vikings use "charm, shoe leather, a private jet, clever legal maneuvers and gobs of cash"






Two-thirds of respondents to a jsonline.com poll question say now that the Packers are out of the playoffs, they will not cheer for the Vikings and Brett Favre.

Probably not.

But Packer fans will watch the purple and gold with great interest. Mull this over during the Minnesota-Dallas game: How did the Vikings get to be so good?

The Wall Street Journal is responsible for the quote used in the title of this blog.

How about this?

The paper reports, “While most NFL teams have very few imported stars, half of the Vikings' current starters were drafted or signed by other teams.”

The Vikings are extremely aggressive in pursuit of players they want, so aggressive that at times they will pull out a little white, and I do mean white, lie:

“It never snows here.”

It’s an interesting read.

Candidate makes big spelling mistake


Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell


She is the poster child for how not to run a campaign.

Think this is no big deal? Guess again.

Remember, fellow taxpayers...


Wisconsin is NOT a tax hell!

Friday night, it's InterCHANGE


Here are the topics up for discussion on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 on Friday night at 6:30 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00. If I can shake this mammoth cold and cough I caught a few days ago, I’ll be on hand to discuss the following:

1 – Haiti.

The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti has left tens of thousands dead and an astronomical number homeless.  President Obama has promised at least $100 M in aid.  We are sending thousands of soldiers and navy ships as well.  Do we have a moral obligation as a country to send this aid? Should individuals feel a moral obligation to contribute above and beyond the level of tax dollars that our country is sending down there?  How much is too much?  Would the money be better spent on domestic problems here?

2 – Dying Babies.

Why are so many babies dying after “co-sleeping” with adults in Milwaukee?  What can and what should the city be doing about it?  What do you think when you read and hear some parents say it’s an acceptable, cultural, or even admirable practice?  If you sleep with your baby, and roll over on the kid and smother them to death, why shouldn’t that be considered murder?

3 – Mark McGuire.

So after many years Mark McGuire finally comes clean and admits using steroids.  Will the others (Sosa, etc.) come clean as well?  Do you admire McGuire for finally telling the truth?  Should his records stand?  How much are the fans who engage in athlete hero worship be blamed for the steroid era?  How much should major league baseball be blamed for encouraging it, or at the very least turning a blind eye toward the problem as attendance revenue skyrocketed?  Is the steroid era over?

Compared to the first Bush, Obama is Pinocchio X 100

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The Year of My Mother- Jimmy Dean

The Year of My Mother


"THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.

I wish you all could have met my mother. She was from what Tom Brokaw accurately described as “The Greatest Generation,” meaning she was just the best.

I will have a lot to say between now and the end of the year, but for now, I will simply begin by saying that my mom made a mean one of these….






There was something about it, almost like a masterpiece. The intricate preparation, the loving care as it was placed into the oven, the irresistible aroma that filled the house.

And then, the critical moment when oven door was opened and pie was delicately removed.

“Keep your hands off!” Mom yelled, like a proud artist refusing to see any harm done to her wondrous creation.

And finally, hours later, the pie had settled and cooled enough for greedy paws to dig in. It was marvelous, with just enough extra cinnamon. The crust was perfection.

The last few years, my mom loved the apple pies from Pick ‘n’ Save. That speaks highly for that grocery store bakery, or was it just that she didn’t have to toil and bake anymore?

In 1976, country star Jimmy Dean did a spoken word recording that became a big hit. 






Called I.O.U., it was dedicated to the beauty of moms and released just a few weeks before Mother’s Day. It sold millions.

For those who never had the extreme pleasure of meeting my mother, if I had to put it simply and concisely, I would point to that Jimmy Dean recording of over 30 years ago. He said, in part:


“And one thing, Mom,

I will never ever forget,

When there were only two pieces of apple pie and three hungry people,

I noticed that you were always the one that suddenly decided that you really weren't hungry any how ...”


That was my mother.

God bless you, Mom!



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The MJS Editorial Board needs more writers/thinkers like this


From the Your Opinion section in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


HARRY REID

Apologists

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Top 100 US liberals and conservatives


The Telegraph has the rankings, and a prominent Wisconsinite is quite high among conservatives.

Hateful lefty blogger continues to make a complete fool of himself


Goodness knows I could use a good laugh after the past two weeks and lo and behold, who comes through?






That would be hateful lefty attack blogger, union hack, Milwaukee County social worker and the biggest boob in the Wisconsin blogosphere Chris Liebenthal who has written a whole lot of trash about me and other conservatives.

Every time he writes, speaks, or is photographed....






(Isn’t the above a real beauty?), he completely embarrasses himself.

Last November, one of his constant targets, Charlie Sykes took the well-dressed, highly groomed Liebenthal to the woodshed for making incredibly cold and callous statements about Sarah Palin and her special needs child.

Then recently, Sykes and the Journal Sentinel’s Patrick McIlheran handed Liebenthal his hat for making yet another untrue smear against Scott Walker.

The comments made by readers on Charlie’s blogs are a riot.

Now Liebenthal is moaning and groaning on his blog because he has to start using his 12 furlough days and wants us to believe that it’s actually costing taxpayers to park his big fat can at home on the couch for awhile. The selfish moron doesn’t understand or care that people who pay his salary are getting terminated.

As a state employee, I must take 16 furlough days imposed by Governor Doyle before the end of this year. I stated on television and on my blog that I welcome this unpaid vacation because others have it much worse, taking pay cuts or pink slips.

For this guy….



To cry like a baby shows his total ignorance of the times.

He’ll never get it.

But at the very least he’s good for……





More than a few laughs.

Bad numbers continue for Obamessiah


"A year into his tenure, a majority of Americans would already vote against Pres. Obama if the '12 elections were held today, according to a new survey."

It didn't take long for the American people to figure out this guy is in way over his head.


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Bring on the weekend!


Looks like our sllloooooooooooooooowww January thaw continues.

And if you love football, the next two days are a pigskin smorgasbord.


Our regular weekend features return after some were pre-empted last week as we paid respects to my mom. They begin very soon tonight with our Friday night Goodnight musical segue into the weekend with a song-filled send-off that’s a week late, but still appropriate.

Wake up Saturday morning to The Barking Lot.

We’ll have the amazing story of this dog…



Also Saturday, our weekly week in review, Week-ends. Ryan Longwell of the Minnesota Vikings…







Will be mentioned in one of our highlighted stories.

Recommended Reading also comes your way Saturday.

On Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. This picture DID NOT make the final cut.





Entertainer "Detox" performs at the California Entertainer of the Year's "Heel" Hate, One Stiletto at a Time! event on January 12, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


WOW!

She (or he) is still a lot better looking than.....

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend fit for a King

ELVIS, Nostalgia


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.

We missed last Friday night because of funeral services for my mom. That happened to be the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley. So tonight, we pay homage to the King.

Elvis wasn’t just a rock ‘n’ roller. He was a master of the ballad.

Here he is with an obscure but lovely number from the film, “Spinout” singing to Diane McBain.



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The Barking Lot (01/16/10)

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:  Skies will turn partly cloudy. High of 37.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 37. "C"

Now that's above average for this time of year, but hey, it's still winter.


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

Bones, or a bowl of milk?  Bark, or meow?  Patch of grass/tree/fire hydrant or litter box?

So which are you…?  A dog person or a cat person?  Or do you consider yourself to be both?  For years I considered myself to be “both” because I grew up owning and loving dogs AND cats.  If it had four legs, a tail, and whiskers, I loved it; I didn’t care if it barked or meowed.  Now I consider myself a TOTAL dog person, no question!

In my single days, my apartment allowed cats but not dogs.  While that is common, it never made much sense to me.  I always felt a cat could cause just as much damage as a dog, just in slightly different ways.  Occasionally I would consider getting a cat or two but I never did.  Kevin isn’t a cat lover and I was more serious about being with him than being with a cat.  (Knowing we would get married “some day” I couldn’t imagine growing fond of my cat and then giving it up for adoption.)

My best friend Michele has liked only two cats, ever:  my sweet and obese Tommy from my childhood and her grandma’s Beaumont, another portly feline.  She considers cats to be slinky, sneaky, and unfriendly.  She is 100% a dog person.

A team of researchers at the University of Texas would find Michele’s pet preference far more interesting than mine or Kevin’s.  Why?  Michele is a warm-hearted, kind, gentle soul.  But she is quiet, does not like attention drawn to her at any time, and pretty much stays in the background.  She will tell you herself that she does not have a creative bone in her body.  It seems she does not quite fit the entire personality profile of a dog lover.

Part of the study at U of T included a questionnaire to measure personality inclinations, and matched those traits with pet preference.  I think studies like this are interesting but can’t help mutter “duh” at the basic generalization and conclusion that dog people are more outgoing and cat people are more neurotic.

While the above article does not mention it, I’m sure they also researched if dog people socialize with dog people, and cat people with cat people?  I would find those results quite interesting as well.  I can be, and AM, friends with both dog people AND cat people… just like I am friends with both Republicans and Democrats.  But I couldn’t marry a Democrat any more than I could marry a cat person!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.


It is time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past, in this entry’s case, the past TWO weeks.


Canine rescuers have converged upon Haiti.


Soldiers in Afghanistan want a UK home for dog.


Demand justice for Buddy.


Angel is a hero. Here's a video news report.


Another autistic child helped by dog, another school that won't allow the dog in class.


Roland was going blind, until....


Dog cancer vaccine to be marketed.


The trooper repeatedly kicked a drug-sniffing dog. Now he wants his job back.


Airport dogs fail the sniff test.


Homeless in California but they're top dogs in New York.


The need to adopt greyhounds is on the rise.


They thought  the dog was deaf. Turns out they weren't speaking to the dog in the right language.


Dog with plastic bag on head rescued by police.


Overweight owners tend to have overweight dogs.


Has your dog been acting strange lately? It might have...


Why do those dogs have wrinkles?


Even in recession, dog walkers' hands are full.


The world's oldest dog dies.


Elijah never barks at Mass.


These libraries are for the dogs.


O
UCH! A dog really shouldn't lick a shredder.


What happens when dogs never leave the home?


Seems lots of dogs love LAW AND ORDER.


That's it for this week.


We close as we always do with our closing video.


Thanks for stopping by!


Enjoy!

"Belles of the Brawl"

Nostalgia


For a typical Milwaukee sports fan, Saturday afternoon television in the early 70’s was paradise.

Dad and I would never miss the Pro Bowler’s Tour on ABC with Chris Schenkel announcing. Just before bowling, you could watch Roller Derby.

One of the big stars was Joan Weston, the “Blonde Amazon.” You had to tune in each week if just to see what color hair Weston’s nemesis, Ann Calvello was wearing.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a front page piece today proclaiming that “Roller Derby is back.”

Well, it’s been back for awhile and I’ve promoted the Franklin bouts every chance I get.

Enjoy this vintage footage of Weston and the fiery Calvello.


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Week-ends (01/16/10)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...



HEROES OF THE WEEK


Our country


Frank Thorp


Bree McMahon
 
(KF Note: If you read but one HERO story, make it this one about McMahon.......MORE)


"Dear Hero"


TJ Lyon


Jake Meinert


Jeff Seegmiller


Jacob Ratliff


Sukhwinder Singh


Miep Gies


Wynona Ward


Jeron Lewis


Sully


Dogs
 ....... and more dogs



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Rembert Weakland  and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee


Bradley Tucker


Steven Clay Romero


Michael Vick


Tiara Davis


The ACLU


Florida's legal system


NFL officials



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"They're gone. They're not there anymore."
Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate In Massachusetts Martha Coakley at a debate, claiming there are no terrorists left in Afghanistan.


He believed the nation was ready to elect a "light-skinned" black man "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a quote made during the 2008 presidential campaign captured in the new book, "Game Change" by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heileman.


"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans, for my improper comments."
A busted Harry Reid


"I mean you call here and ask, ‘Where do I get off suggesting that we don't donate to Haiti because we do in the income tax?’ and I tell you I said that, but I also said private donations are going to be much better than a government donation.  They're all going, go to the Red Cross, do other things, don't go through the government. It's just going to go through hands and bureaucracies and a dollar is going to end up being 30 cents by the time they get through with it.  I did not say, ‘Don't make donations.’  That's not a ‘whether or not’ thing. That's why you called."
National talk show host Rush Limbaugh to a caller about making donations to Haiti.


"And you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it.

“They were under the heel of the French, uh, you know Napoleon the 3rd and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil.

“They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.'

“True story.

“And so the Devil said, 'Okay, it's a deal.’

“And, uh, they kicked the French out, you know, with Haitians revolted and got themselves free.

“But ever since they have been cursed by, by one thing after another, desperately poor.

“That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti on the other side is the Dominican Republican.

“Dominican Republic is, is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etcetera.

Haiti is in desperate poverty.

“Same island.

“They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God and out of this tragedy I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable.”
Rev. Pat Robertson speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” about why he thought an earthquake hit Haiti.


“Your lives are not worth those of the lowest, meanest, poorest of those victims still lying under that rubble in Haiti tonight. You serve no good. You serve no god. You inspire only stupidity and hatred. And I would wish you both to hell but knowing how empty your souls must be, for you to be able to say such things in a time of such pain, I suspect the vacant purposeless lives you live now is hell enough already.”
MSNBC’s hateful lefty Keith Olbermann to Limbaugh and Pat Robertson.


"In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic."
Former presidential candidate John Edwards in a TV interview during August 2008 as reported in the new book, “Game Change.”


"They fought outside in the parking lot. Elizabeth was sobbing, out of control, incoherent. As their aides tried to avert their eyes, she tore off her blouse, exposing herself. 'Look at me!' she wailed at John and then staggered, nearly falling to the ground."
More from “Game Change” about John and Elizabeth Edwards and a fight they had at the airport in Raleigh in the fall of 2007as the National Enquirer was about to publish its first account of Edwards' affair.


"Top Ten Signs There's Trouble At NBC. 10) "Lineup has more holes than the Green Bay Packers defense."
David Letterman


“Good to see everybody. You know, it is good to be back. We were off for Christmas, and apparently so was the Department of Homeland Security.

I guess you heard about that kid that tried to blow up the plane on Christmas Day with a bomb he had hidden in his underwear. Before he could get the bomb lit, some hero passengers grabbed him. They dragged him into first class. See, I had no idea that’s how you got upgraded on Delta. I thought it was a point system.

He tried to detonate the bomb in his underwear. Fortunately, it didn’t go off and his underpants just caught fire. Al Qaeda calls that “a wardrobe malfunction.”

After it was announced that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry may go to Iran, the mullahs denied him an entry visa. See, that’s how international travel works. If your name is Senator John Kerry and you’re a former candidate for President of the United States, your travel is limited. If your name is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, you stow a bomb in your underpants, you pay cash for a one-way ticket after your father called the embassy and said, “My kid is an idiot,” ooh, you can go anywhere you want.

Rush Limbaugh is O.K. after being released from a Hawaiian hospital after a heart scare. Fox News sent flowers; MSNBC sent cheese fries.

Actually, no one knows what caused Rush Limbaugh’s chest pains. But if you’re Rush Limbaugh, it could have been a number of things. I mean, the economy’s getting better, the health care bill is going to pass; the Republicans are having trouble raising money. It could be any one of those things.

And scientists now say that within 40 years, robots will be doing most of the jobs we don’t want to do, especially illegal robots from Mexico.”
Jay Leno



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Obama-Praised Gay Activist Says God is a “Sinful Homophobic Bigot”


The No-Fly list.


Those scanners.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Unions, Obama cut backroom deal



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


I heard someone was leaving American Idol???



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


I bet you've always wanted to know this....


Men DO ask for directions.


Yes, criminals are very, very, very dumb.


R
EMEMBER: 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.

Obama's 1st year #'s


Compiled by the Associated Press.

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Recommended Reading (01/16/10)

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).


When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors

“Why in matters of stupid behavior do liberals and Democrats often get second and third chances from the media and general public not accorded to their conservative and Republican counterparts?”


Croakley

“Michael Barone, co-author of the Almanac of Americans Politics, wrote yesterday: ‘If Republican Scott Brown wins this election -- and every day his chances look better -- Democrats might conclude that Martha Coakley was a Republican plant’……”


Harry Reid's race problem

"I am having a difficult time determining what it was that Mr. Reid said that was so offensive."


The "Responsibility Tax"

"Mr. Obama's new 'Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee'—please don't call it a tax—is being sold as a way to cover expected losses in the Troubled Asset Relief Program. That sounds reasonable, except that the banks designated to pay the fee aren't those responsible for the losses."


Top Ten Best Things that Happened for Conservatives in 2009

Remember?


Top Ten Quotes from Barack Obama in 2009

“Since we're in the midst of such a historic presidency, it behooves us to actually catalogue some of the more notable utterances of our esteemed President in 2009.”


What airport security costs you

The federal government plans to beef up airport security, but that costs more than it might seem.”


Who was Pro Football's Money Player?

"Which player was most valuable in a monetary sense — performance per dollar of his salary?"

UPDATE: Dear Mom, thank you so very much--Sincerely, Tim


I invite you to read this blog of mine from May of 2008.

That heartwarming story will be made into a :30 ad/message to be broadcast during this year’s Super Bowl.

The details for now...

4 NFL playoff games = 42:52


NFL Playoff football galore this weekend.

Four, count ‘em, four big games.

You will sit, and eat, and watch, and sit, and watch, and watch, and watch, for what…….

The Wall Street Journal reports the numbers have been crunched and in an average NFL football game, there is actually only 10 minutes 43 seconds of real action.

That’s less than some pro wrestling matches.

The saddest part of this investigation is that when it comes to these…..
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My Most Popular Blogs (01/17/10)

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) Excuse me, but suddenly Halloween is a headache???

2) Sen. Russ Feingold gets blasted at Wisconsin Town Hall meeting

3) Welcome to the Franklin School District! Survey says........SUCKERS!

4) TIE

   Heard at my mom's funeral.... 

   Was it a face mask or not?

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Racine Bonfire Tea Party Draws 3,500



 Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."Abraham Lincoln

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release!                                        
Contact:  larryg@wisconsingrandsonsofliberty.com    
Phone: 414-465-8683

Final Tally for Racine's Bonfire Tea Party Estimate 3,500 in Attendance
 
Franksville, WI - With all parking lots filled to capacity and cars lining both sides of a country road, the Bonfire Tea Party in Racine county was a huge success!

Initial crowd estimates ranged from 2000 to 2500, but passenger counts from the buses used to shuttle the attendees indicate well over 3,000 people attended  the Tea Party.

Temperatures were in the high 20's all afternoon but that did not diminish the enthusiasm of the crowd.  People were still arriving at 3:55pm for an event that  was scheduled to end at 4:30pm. 


Read more in the Racine Journal Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

MORE.....


January 17 - 2009 Newsletter Events and Updates

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Photos of the Week (01/17/10)

Photos of the Week


CAUTION: SOME OF THIS WEEK’S PHOTOS MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS
 



This photo provided by Carel Pedre shows people running past rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area shook Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help. (AP Photo/Carel Pedre)






Cindy Terasme screams after seeing the feet of her dead 14-year-old brother Jean Gaelle Dersmorne in the rubble of the collapsed St. Gerard School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)






Bodies of earthquake victims lie outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)






A woman looks for a body among hundreds earthquake victims outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)






A couple of men look through the bodies scattered outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (Patrick Farrell - The Miami Herald via AP)






A man sits among the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)


 

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If you no longer like Brett Favre....


You'll appreciate this sports columnist's take from Montana.

As for me, I'm rooting for the Vikings today for three simple reasons:

1) The Packers are out.

2) I like Favre.

3) I hate the Cowboys.

It is so obvious that there needs to be a law


The only solution to this problem is government. There simply must be a ban instituted.


Because if we can just one life….

Culinary no-no #149

Culinary no-no's


POPULAR NATIONAL DAYTIME TV PROGRAM
: “Don’t you dare lie to me, Biff! I know you’ve been sleeping with my sister! And my mother!”

BIFF:  “Carmella, baby, forgive me. You know you’re the only….”

CARMELLA: “Shut up! Just shut up! I’m through with you!”

BIFF: “Calm down, precious.”

CARMELLA: “DO NOT CALL ME PRECIOUS!”

BIFF: “Listen, we need to talk this over. We can….wait a minute. What are you….What are you doing with that gun?  CARMELLAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

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Was MLK a conservative?




He sure spoke like one.

*MUST READ: MJS' MCILHERAN OFFERS STUNNER ABOUT STATE BUDGET*


Buried on the last page of Sunday’s Crossroads section in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a very revealing column by Patrick McIlheran.

The piece contains astonishing information about our state budget that belongs in a front page news article. Thanks to the efforts of McIlheran and his source, we get an incredible look at just how out of whack our state finances really are.

McIlheran refers to a report by Rick Chandler for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Follow along to see the 50-car pileup that is our state budget. McIlheran writes in blue:

Even if the state's tax revenue bounces back to its ordinary growth rate, and even if all spending is frozen but for schools, the university, Medicaid and prisons, and those four grow only at historically average rates, no catching up - then state government is still $2.2 billion in the hole at the end of the next biennial budget.”

Ok. What if tax collections soar?

“Assume faster tax growth: We're still $1.2 billion in deficit.”

Fine. How about we keep spending levels where they are?

“And we freeze all spending: Still a $775 million deficit.”

AHA! I’ve got an idea. Well, actually it’s not mine. It’s one out of the Doyle-Legislative Democrat playbook.  Let’s soak those no good wealthy people!

“Tax the rich? Doesn't close it. “

Cuts across the board?

“And cut all state agencies 5%? Still doesn't do it.”

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A tale of two cities' festivals

Last month while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I took calls on one of the bigger local news stories that broke that day: the decision by organizers to pull the plug on Riversplash in Milwaukee.

The spin was that bad weather kept crowds, and thus, revenue down. Most could see through the smoke screen. The free festival had trouble two years ago with gunfire and unruly crowds.

The question I posed to the audience was, “Did organizers make the right move?”  Reaction was mixed.

My take was that the city of Milwaukee and festival organizers and sponsors caved to the minority bad element and by minority I mean the few bad apples that came at night at the end of the festival with the sole purpose of causing trouble. They ruined a nice festival for the majority of folks who behaved themselves and had a good time.

The bad guys won.

Compare the decision to dump Riversplash with what’s going on in Greenfield.

At the popular Dan Jansen Fest last year, there was trouble, the kind you just wouldn’t expect at such an event. Dan Jansen Fest turned into Fistfight Fest. Dozens of arrests were made and one police officer got slugged in the face.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen threatened to have his name removed from the annual event if the festival didn’t take steps to make it safer.

No one panicked. No one caved. Cooler, calmer, wiser heads got together to act in a totally different manner than the city of Milwaukee and those associated with Riversplash: They worked to save their fest.

Apparently they have succeeded.

Tuesday, organizers of the Dan Jansen Fest will tell the Greenfield Common Council the changes that will be implemented to avoid a repeat of last year’s problems. I hope and expect the Greenfield Common Council will listen and approve a permit for this great festival.

Don’t let the hoodlums win. Don’t let the small minority of thugs kill a nice event for the vast majority who come and leave without causing a single problem.

I have every confidence Greenfield won’t turn its back on the Dan Jansen Fest. And that’s the right move.

Shhhhhh! If you listen carefully, you can hear Democrats squirming


Democrats all across America tonight are shaking in their boots. They are worried sick that the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts once held by the biggest, and I do mean biggest embarrassment of the Kennedy family, Ted Kennedy for the past 96 years will be won by a Republican.

If that happens, goodbye government health care.


What a shame. We’re not the USSR just yet.

What’s driving Democrats out of their lilly-livered liberal minds is that their candidate is a bloomin’ idiot who couldn’t make the cut to get on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

Martha Coakley is dumb.

She is really dumb.

She is soooooo dumb.

HOW DUMB IS SHE, KEVIN?

I’ll let one of my Whippersnapper Hall of Famers, Jillian Bandes answer that with:

“Coakley’s Top Ten”

Oh, there's more.

Martha Coakley on this MLK Day: The gift that keeps giving.

And there’s more

Coakley: Too immoral for Kennedy's seat

And even more...


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Yet another reason to hate the French


Here it is.


I swear, I wish some country would invade France and then see the French come  crawling and begging to the US, crying and squealing for help.

 

"WE NOW TAKE YOU LIVE TO CONGRESSIONAL TALKS ABOUT GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE"



Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell



Closed-door talks about health care are unhealthy (By the liberal Capital Times)

 

More bad news for the Democrats


They thought they owned the Internet.

Guess again.

OK, one more time......did Favre and the Vikings run up the score on the Vikings?


Let’s ask Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal. I love his response.

Cowboy partisans were miffed that Mr. Favre threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 34-3 lead with little time left. They considered it unnecessary and obnoxious, and they're right. Anyone who's taken a gander at the new, billion-dollar Cowboys Stadium, with its $40 million scoreboard, knows that if there's one thing that the Cowboys don't like, it's something unnecessary and obnoxious.”

Gay answers other pertinent NFL playoff questions
here.

The political cartoon of the year thus far....

Political Cartoon by Eric Allie

OBAMACARE IS DEAD!


FREEDOM



 

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Obama: The highest disapproval rating for a president entering his second year in office


One year ago today, Barack Obama was sworn into office. The theme of hope and promise enveloped the nation. Obama personally never had it so good.

The problem for Obama one year ago today is that he actually became president. The responsibility for governing the greatest nation on the planet was his. And he has failed ever since. He may never experience the high that the world witnessed on Inauguration Day.

Peter Wehner writes in CommentaryMagazine.com:

“Obama has lost a stunning 18 points among independents in just a year’s time. In November, Democrats suffered crushing defeats in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial campaigns — and if Republican Scott Brown prevails in his race against Martha Coakley in (Tuesday’s) Senate election in Massachusetts, it will rank among the most important non-presidential elections in our lifetime. It has been a staggering collapse by a president who entered office with enormous support and an unprecedented amount of goodwill.”

Just a community organizer whose only talent is winning elections. He is now so in over his head.

As Wehner writes about Democrats, “Having created a myth, they must now live with its unmasking.”


Obama Joker Poster Socialism

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The hateful left just can't seem to cope...


With Coakley's loss.


Announcing the I Am Free Enterprise Video Contest!

             


Today, the American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. campaign launched the "I am Free Enterprise" video contest. This is your opportunity to win $50,000 to build, grow, or enhance your business.

Are you America's next great inventor? Have you successfully launched a business or created a new product? Are you generating new jobs to help the economy? Are you making your dream a reality? If you have a great story to tell or idea to share, we want to hear it!

Entering is easy -- here's how:
  • Each contestant has until Friday, April 9, to create a three-minute video explaining what free enterprise means to them and upload it onto YouTube.
  • After that, a Blue Ribbon judge's panel will narrow the top 25 most-viewed videos to five finalists based on originality, innovation, power of story, viral popularity, and video creativity.
  • Finally, The American people will vote on their favorite video at www.FreeEnterprise.com from Monday, May 10, to Wednesday, June 2 to determine the winner.
Free enterprise means doing what you want to do, having the freedom to compete, and being able to shape your own future, all while contributing to our nation's growth and prosperity. It's our free enterprise system, led by American inventors, innovators, business-owners, dreamers and doers, that will create the 20 million new jobs America needs to grow for the long term.

Enter today for your chance to win $50,000, and help us celebrate the system that made America great!

For more information, visit our website at www.freeenterprise.com/video.

Sincerely,


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Coakleyquiddick

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden


Scott Brown Win ‘Stunning’? Only to Out-of-Touch Media

GOP candidates to speak in Franklin


Republican Party of
Milwaukee County
South West Suburban Branch Will host Rebecca Kleefisch and Terrance Wall

The Republican Party of Milwaukee County (RPMC) South West Suburban Branch is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2010. This event is open to the public and is being held at the Franklin Public Library, Fadrow Room B, 9151 W. Loomis Road, Franklin, Wisconsin, starting at 6:30 p.m., Rose Ann Dieck, Chairman of the South West Suburban Branch of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County said.

The purpose of the meeting is the monthly meeting which will also be the caucus for the branch prior to the RPMC County Caucus. If you want to hear candidates that are running for statewide office, please join us on Thursday evening. Rebecca Kleefisch who is announcing that she will be running for Lt. Governor and Terrance Wall who is announcing his bid for U.S. Senate against Russ Feingold will be speak at the meeting.

Details pertaining to the event can be found on the Face book page for the Republican Party of Milwaukee County on the GOP website, www.milwaukee.wisgop.info  or you can call 414-727-1220 for further information.

When: January 21, 2010

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The good news is we are freer than Denmark


The latest index of the freest nations in the world is out. The United States should be #1. It’s not.

It’s not #2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

The United States ranks #8. The good ol’ US of A dropped two spots from #6.

Why aren’t we as free as we used to be?

The Heritage Foundation says the reasons are, “the federal government’s interventionist responses to the financial and economic crises of the last two years, which have included politically influenced regulatory changes, protectionist trade restrictions, massive stimulus spending and bailouts of financial and automotive firms deemed ‘too big to fail’.”

The results: “Job losses, discouraged entrepreneurship, and unprecedented government deficits.”

Thank you, Obamanomics.

Read more about the Freedom Index here.

Why are so many American kids so doggone fat?


They need to get off their dead butts.

Obama is the "Kiss of Death"

Political Cartoon by Eric Allie


Obama's "Kiss of Death" in Massachusetts

“When Obama made the decision to lay it on the line and campaign in Massachusetts, the race was a statistical dead heat, with surveys showing Coakley ahead by one or two points. By the time Obama had returned to Washington, D.C., Brown had opened up a nine-point lead – a margin even Obama’s vaunted union volunteer army and ACORN-led ground game would be unable to erase.”


And let's not forget....


Barack and Michelle Obama (Pic:AFP/ Getty Images)


Olympic Chicago snub puts Obama's clout in question

UPDATE: A tale of two cities' festivals


From a few days ago.


The update.

Way to go, Greenfield!

Friday night on InterCHANGE...


Here are the topics up for discussion on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 on Friday night at 6:30 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:


1 – MASSACHUSETTS.

Does the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts tell you that the voters there liked him better than the democrat, or does it say that people are tired of President Obama and his agenda?  Was it really a referendum on the proposed changes to how health care in this country is provided?  Is it a harbinger of the elections that are to come across the country?  Is Feingold safe?  Does this help Scott walker against Tom Barrett?  Is Obama still an asset to democratic candidates?


2 – CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court pretty much puts a dagger in campaign finance reform. Court says that corporations and organizations can not be prohibited from spending whatever they want to get someone elected to federal office.  Is this a victory for free speech, or has the court just turned over all elections to that candidate who can gather the most corporate and union support.  Does the average person have any impact any longer?


3 – MILWAUKEE TRANSIT TAX.

Governor Doyle has proposed that Milwaukee County should be able to create its own Regional Transit Authority which would be funded by a half-cent sales tax, to support the Milwaukee County Transit System.  Good idea?  Should the system be subsidized by the taxpayer, or should it be fully funded by user fees.  Or, is this an idea to set the scene for raising additional money for high speed rail?


4 – CONAN O’BRIEN AND NBC.

NBC will pay Conan O’Brien more than thirty-million dollars to go away.  Would it have been wiser to show Leno the door?  Isn’t it interesting how the big executives completely misread what the viewers wanted on late night TV?  Has NBC ruined the decades long tradition of the the Tonight Show?  Is that format a dinosaur?  Is this another example of the lessening impact of network television?  Are any of these guys (Leno, Letterman, O’Brien) even funny?

Franklin, watch out! Prepare for an avalanche of economic development!!


Franklin Common Council President Steve Taylor wants to know why it takes so long to get anything developed in the city of Franklin and hopefully wants to streamline the process.

Commendable.

Not an original idea by any means (I wrote about this in my second blog on this website in January 2007).

 

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Massachusetts Milestones

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Abortion: What about the men?


THIS BLOG FIRST APPEARED ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF ROE VS. WADE

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Roe vs. Wade by the numbers


THIS IS A SLIGHTLY UPDATED BLOG I WROTE ONE YEAR AGO TODAY


During these catastrophic events in American history, there were the following number of deaths:

Hurricane Katrina fatalities: over 1800

Pearl Harbor: approximately 2350

9/11 victims: approximately 3000

American deaths in the Iraq War thus far: 4,287

American deaths in the Vietnam War: approximately 58,000

World War Two American casualties: approximately 418,500

There have been more than 51 million abortions in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 37 years ago today that abortion was legal.

All of these deaths were significant. All of the victims’ lives were important. All of these moments in history deserved massive attention.

So where is the news coverage about the millions of unborn children?

And when there is coverage, if it isn’t on C-SPAN2, are the stories objective and unbiased?

Back in 1990, the not-so-conservative Los Angeles Times wrote a four-part series on
a comprehensive study the newspaper conducted that found the press often favors abortion rights in its coverage, even though journalists say they make every effort to be fair.

Even though the study was done in 1990, I daresay the situation hasn’t changed. In fact, the coverage has probably become even more unbalanced.

Highlights of the LA Times series' findings:

  • The news media consistently use language and images that frame the entire abortion debate in terms that implicitly favor abortion-rights advocates.
  • Abortion-rights advocates are often quoted more frequently and characterized more favorably than are abortion opponents.
  • Events and issues favorable to abortion opponents are sometimes ignored or given minimal attention by the media.
  • Many news organizations have given more prominent play to stories on rallies and electoral and legislative victories by abortion-rights advocates than to stories on rallies and electoral and legislative victories by abortion rights opponents.
  • Columns of commentary favoring abortion rights outnumber those opposing abortion by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the op-ed pages of most of the nation's major daily newspapers.
  • Newspaper editorial writers and columnists alike, long sensitive to violations of First Amendment rights and other civil liberties in cases involving minority and anti-war protests, have largely ignored these questions when Operation Rescue and other abortion opponents have raised them.
  • Most media organizations, including the Associated Press , the world's largest news agency, use the label "pro-choice", the preferred label of abortion-rights advocates, but not "pro-life", the preferred label of those who oppose abortion. During the first nine months of 1989, the TV networks used "pro-choice" in 74% of their references to abortion-rights advocates and used "pro-life" in only 6% of their references to abortion opponents.
  • When the Supreme Court issued Roe, initial news accounts emphasized the part of the ruling that said a woman would be allowed to have an abortion without restriction during the first three months of pregnancy. Even now, some in the media write about Roe in terms that suggest it legalized abortion only during that first trimester, even though it made abortion legal for any reason throughout the first and second trimesters of pregnancy (and for broadly-defined "health" reasons even in the third).
  • The Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York is probably the single-most widely quoted source for studies and statistics on abortion, for example, but the media rarely point out that the institute is special affiliate of Planned Parenthood of America, a major leader in the battle for abortion rights.
  • The media is generally careful to include comments from abortion-rights advocates in stories about abortion protests, but coverage of abortion-rights activities sometimes fail to include balancing comments from abortion opponents.
  • When Roman Catholic bishops individually spoke out on abortion or, collectively, hired a public relations firm to aid them in the battle against abortion, some in the media grumbled about the church's intrusion into the political arena. Similar media lamentations were forthcoming when bishops criticized (and raised the specter of ex-communication for) public officials who refuse to oppose abortion. But no such criticism was levied at the bishops in earlier years, when they endorsed a nuclear freeze or opposed Reagan Administration economic policies.
  • The major media paid no attention to the discovery by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post that two justices who had played a major role in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion had conceded, in private memos, that they knew they were "legislating policy and exceeding (the court's) authority as the interpreter, not the maker of law," as Woodward wrote.
  • “When pro-choice candidates win, it is perhaps more easily accepted than it should be that their pro-choice position was the reason, and when pro-life candidates win, perhaps it is more easily accepted (than it should be) that that was really irrelevant to the race," says Douglas Bailey, an abortion-rights supporter who publishes the nonpartisan "Abortion Report," a daily compendium of news on abortion and politics. There have been a number of races in which the media said an abortion-rights advocate's victory showed the political strength of that movement when, in fact, most of the votes in the race actually went to anti- abortion candidates.


Here is the 4-part LA Times series, July 1-4, 1990, on a study of major newspaper, television and newsmagazine coverage over 18 months, including more than 100 interviews with journalists and with activists on both sides of the abortion debate that confirms that this bias often exists.   

Part 1. ABORTION BIAS SEEPS INTO NEWS

Part 2. ABORTION FOES STEREOTYPED, SOME IN THE MEDIA BELIEVE

Part 3. 'RALLY FOR LIFE' COVERAGE EVOKES AN EDITOR'S ANGER

Part 4. 'ABORTION HYPE' PERVADED MEDIA AFTER WEBSTER CASE



And from an editorial in the January 22, 2008 Washington Times:


"While politicians and activists have much debated the question of whether human life begins at conception, in the womb or outside it, we should give ear to former President Reagan, a convert to the pro-life movement, who in 1983 wrote that 'when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives — the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child... Anyone who doesn't feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.'


Indeed, we must guard life with the vigilance due to our most vulnerable population: the unborn."

Goodness, gracious, it's the weekend

All the regular weekend material begins tonight on This Just In with our regular Friday night Goodnight music post.

Tonight, Grammy, how I love ya, how I love ya..

OK.

I'll try not to get carried away.

Let's get serious.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS.
 
Then it's Week-ends, our weekly week in review. Also Saturday, Recommended Reading....... guaranteed good stuff.

S
unday, My Most Popular Blogs, the MJS Scorecard, and Culinary no-no #150.

We haven't done a Culinary no-no about this in a long time:







Also Sunday, Photos of the Week. Here is a photo that DID NOT make the final cut.:





A worker applies the green-black patina to an "The Actor" statuette at the American Fine Arts Foundry on January 19, 2010 in Burbank, California. The statuettes will be presented to honorees for outstanding performances in 2009 in five films and eight primetime television categories at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

 

Best of luck to Joel McNally


Joel McNally and I rarely agree.

For those of you that watch InterCHANGE, you have seen us yell and argue week after week after week.

Joel is my direct political opposite.

He is also a good friend.

As alluring and exciting as broadcasting can be, it is also a cruel business.

Joel lost his job today at WMCS Radio. In true broadcasting form, he was given the bad news after his on-air shift ended.

WMCS will go to more nationally syndicated programming with gospel music in the morning to replace Joel’s talk show.

More local presence on Milwaukee radio died today. After InterCHANGE, Joel and I commiserated. I’ve been there before, more than once.

It hurts now, but Joel will be just fine. The losers are radio consumers that want local voices.

Best of luck to my friend, Joel.

Goodnight everyone, and have an award-winning 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, recordings nominated for high honors.

The Grammy Awards take place on January 31 and have been an American music institution for over half a century. "Grammy" is short for "Gramophone" and the actual Grammy Awards presented are modeled after this historic record player.




Tonight, we present a few of this year’s Grammy Award nominees that fit into this blog’s smooth category.

We begin with the
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). This award goes to the arranger.

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Speaking of recessions...

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Does Brown’s Victory Mean Trouble for Obama’s Agenda ... and his Future?

"Americans are disillusioned with President Obama’s ambitious attempts to 'transform' our country — through government takeover of health care, his far left appointees, a massive liberal/socialist agenda and, especially, his plan to make taxpayers pay for abortions."

The Barking Lot (01/23/10)

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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!


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

TODAY:  .Very cloudy with occasional showers. High 38. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.  The forecast calls for wet conditions all day and night. Rain likely Saturday night. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a half an inch. "F"

SUNDAY:  Showers. High of 42.  "F"

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


For all my love of dogs, I have never had a canine-related career.  The closest I came was a brief stint at a volunteer for the Wisconsin Humane Society.  But then, I was in the Rabbit Socialization area and worked strictly with bunnies.  Sure, I’d love to work with the dogs some day.  But between my family responsibilities and the very good chance I’d bring home every stray, it’s not a good fit right now.

 

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MJS botches MPS hearing story


For years, Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN has accused the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of heavily inflating the attendance figures at the Great Circus Parade.

MJS reporters seem to consistently underestimate crowds at conservative events.

The paper has done it again. Bob Peterson had this letter published in Friday’s paper:



MPS

Majority at hearing were opposed

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Liberal talk radio goes down in flames


It’s been a very bad week for liberals, from the president on down.

The lefties have been very silent about the demise of Air America.

Liberal talk radio fails for two simple reasons:

1) It lacks imagination and substance.

2) It’s boring as hell.

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Week-ends (01/23/10)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Kind strangers


Vance Currie


LAFD


Doug Pierce's hero


Luke Day


"Hats for Haiti"


Oh, and this guy...



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Vera Morehouse and Milwaukee Child Welfare workers


Phony war heroes


TSA screener


PetSmart


Michael Wheaton and Sabrina Tomcho


The IRS 




QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“They can hear this cheering all the way in Washington, D.C. I hope they’re paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.”
Scott Brown after winning the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts.


“When I spoke to the president, the first thing I said was, would you like me to drive the truck down to Washington so you can see it?”
Telling the crowd he received a phone call from President Obama, Brown alluded to his campaign ads featuring his pickup truck, which the president mocked in a campaign stop Sunday.


“He actually just called me before I came onstage to say that we can’t win them all, and he knows that better than any, as he told me.”
Martha Coakley after losing to Scott Brown, telling her supporters about her call from President Obama.


"I can't think of anything more devastating to the public interest. The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections."
President Obama reacting to this week’s ruling by the U.S. Court that struck down restrictions on campaign finance.


"Stay awake. Don't fall asleep. Keep on going to your senators and representatives town meetings. Keep on sending us postcards and emails. Keep on bugging us. I like you folks to bug me, and the more you bug us, the more fights we will win, and we'll win this war."
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) speaking to anti-abortionists at a rally in Washington D.C. Friday to mark the anniversary of Roe. Vs Wade. He told the crowd to continue their opposition to proposed government health care.


"This is more serious than driving drunk because your eyes are off the road for just too long. Make no mistake about it: People are killed - killed - by people texting messages."
State Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) as the state Assembly voted to ban texting while driving.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Another example of a total disregard for human life.  



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


State's cost on green energy efforts higher than expected.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and problems at NBC.

Life goes on, folks.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Are these cameras racist?


Open and shut case.


Rocking out to John Denver is not recommended.


Another dumb criminal story.


Stand up or die.


And here's a Week-ends update: Remember the noisy sex woman?


REMEMBER: 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. 

Recommended Reading (01/23/10)

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).


The Meaning of Brown

"When Obama campaigned in Boston on Jan. 17 for Obamacare supporter Martha Coakley, not once did he mention the health care bill. When your candidate is sinking, you don't throw her a millstone."


Why the Great and Growing Backlash?

"If a liberal senatorial candidate can be defeated in Massachusetts, eleven months after the Obama hope-and-change blitzkrieg, it is hard to believe that any liberal seat is necessarily safe anywhere. So the real story is not a populist backlash, but a growing populist backlash, whose ultimate nature and magnitude are as yet unknown. What’s going on?"


The Lessons of Massachusetts

"Scott Brown’s bravery changed history in the most consequential special election of my lifetime."


A Richly Deserved Humiliation

"Obama richly deserves the rebuke from Massachusetts. Armed with a nation's fervent hopes a year ago, he spurned the unrivalled opportunity offered by economic crisis to do what he pledged: usher in substantive change. He's done exactly the opposite."
NOTE: The author is a liberal.


President  Obama vs. the Truth-O- Meter

"
Obama faced the Truth-O-Meter 56 times, and nearly half the time we found the statements were True or Mostly True."


Obama's First Year: A Year of Fuzzy Math

"There are so many examples of 'fuzzy math' when it comes to the 'stimulus' jobs data...."


Choosing Life, Despite the Fear

"Monica Rafie established the Web site Benotafraid.net. If you are a scared parent who has just returned from hearing a doctor's bad news about your unborn child, Rafie wants you to have alternatives."


Why Kids Don't Do Well in School

"The basic problem is the lack of fathers in the home."


When Late Night was Polite

"
Johnny Carson played in pain through divorces and depositions, deaths and tabloid whoppers—without whining."

How did that old Carole King song go?

The day ObamaCare died

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My Most Popular Blogs (01/24/10)

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) Racine Bonfire Tea Party Draws 3,500 

2) OBAMACARE IS DEAD!

3) Photos of the Week (01/17/10)

4)
 TIE

Obama: The highest disapproval rating for a president entering his second year in office


More bad news for the Democrats    

5)
 Shhhhhh! If you listen carefully, you can hear Democrats squirming

Awwwwwwwwwww!!!


In case you missed it, this past Wednesday was National Penguin Awareness Day.

Photos of the Week (01/24/10)

Photos of the Week



Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown holds up a copy of the Boston Herald announcing his victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston, Massachusetts January 19, 2010.

Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown holds up a copy of the Boston Herald announcing his victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston, Massachusetts January 19, 2010. Photo: Reuters




U.S. Senator John Kerry, D-Mass. , center, reacts as Democrat candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, right, concedes after losing a special election in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Massachusetts State. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, was elected defeating Coakley and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Kennedy.

U.S. Senator John Kerry, D-Mass. , center, reacts as Democrat candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, right, concedes after losing a special election in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Massachusetts State. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, was elected defeating Coakley and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Kennedy. Photo: AP






U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) (C) arrives on Capitol Hill for meeting with different senatorsJanuary 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. Brown won a come-from-behind victory last week to fill the seat Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy held for nearly 40 years. Brown has vowed to fight health care reform in Washington, a process that Republicans and Democrats have been battling over for the past year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)






Ron Kirby of Alexandria, Virginia, stands in front of the Russell Senate Office Building on Captiol Hill to show his support for U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) January 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. Brown won a come-from-behind victory last week to fill the seat Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy held for nearly 40 years. "We were hoping for a miracle," Kirby said. "And Massachusetts came through." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






People beg for food and water outside a supermarket in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Troops, doctors and aid workers flowed into Haiti on Monday even while hundreds of thousands of Tuesday's quake victims struggled to find water or food. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)


 



Looters fight for goods taken from collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the capital said popular anger is rising and warned authorities and aid organizations to increase security to guard against looting after Tuesday's earthquake. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)






Orestro Oclore, a 4 year old survivor who lost his hand in last weeks earthquake and has been refused food as he is to under go another operation pleads for nourishment at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince on January 23, 2010. More than 110,000 people have been confirmed as killed in Haiti's devastating earthquake, the Interior Ministry said, making it the deadliest on record in the Americas. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images


 

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"They Still Don't Get It"


Bob Herbert has a great column in the New York Times this weekend about our tone deaf politicians in Washington. Herbert writes that they are helpless in dealing with our current economic emergency and out of touch with struggling Americans.

A conservative by no means, Herbert takes a shot at Republicans, but reserves most of his frustration for Democrats in power.

“While the nation was suffering through the worst economy since the Depression, the Democrats wasted a year squabbling like unruly toddlers over health insurance legislation. No one in his or her right mind could have believed that a workable, efficient, cost-effective system could come out of the monstrously ugly plan that finally emerged from the Senate after long months of shady alliances, disgraceful back-room deals, outlandish payoffs and abject capitulation to the insurance companies and giant pharmaceutical outfits,” Herbert writes.


A reference is made to a new Brookings Institution study that concludes, “the largest and fastest-growing population of poor people in the U.S. is in the suburbs.”

That’s a sad fact that is lost on the vast majority of elected officials right here in Franklin who ignored the recession and turned their backs on hard-working families by jacking up their taxes again. That would include my alderman, Kristen Wilhelm who defended her vote in favor of the city’s tax-increase budget in a recent e-mail to constituents:

“Budget time was a challenge – it is much easier to balance a budget when the economy is in full swing. This has not been the case since I’ve been in office and we have had to face two very challenging budgets. I believe we did our best under the current situation, without cutting essential services.

With the increase in crime, I stood strong on not cutting the police budget. Despite the fact that Franklin’s population has increased significantly, no positions have been added to the police and fire departments in several years. We were able to maintain jobs and will add one additional police officer and firefighter while keeping the budget below a 3% tax levy. While a 0% levy increase is always ideal, placing people on the unemployment line, eliminating essential services such as salt, plow trucks, road repairs, garbage pickup, and other needed safety services, would have been even less of an ideal situation.”

Amazing spin, isn’t it? It would have been worse to freeze or cut government and give the people paying the bills a break than to increase taxes during a recession.

Back to Herbert’s column. He writes, “Democrats in search of clues as to why voters are unhappy may want to take a look at the (Brookings Institution) report. The Democrats still hold the presidency and large majorities in both houses of Congress. The idea that they are not spending every waking hour trying to fix the broken economic system and put suffering Americans back to work is beyond pathetic.”

Good stuff.


UPDATE....

Former DNC Chair Howard Dean says GOP won Massachusetts because Obama wasn't liberal enough.


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Culinary no-no #150

Culinary no-no's


ON THIS MILESTONE EDITION, I THINK BACK TO THE VERY FIRST CULINARY NO-NO THAT WAS INSPIRED BY A RATHER GENTLE, IF YOU WILL, SPOUSAL DISAGREEMENT I HAD WITH MY LOVELY WIFE, JENNIFER. “KETCHUP ON A BRAT” HAS BEEN PICKED UP BY AND REFERRED TO BY SOME IN THE BLOGOSPHERE. IT STARTED IT ALL, AND I’M AMAZED THAT THIS CONCEPT HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN ONE OF MY MOST POPULAR ENTRIES EACH WEEK. FITTINGLY, CULINARY NO-NO #150 INVOLVES AN EVER SO SLIGHT DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IN THE FISCHER HOUSEHOLD.

Let’s be clear from the very beginning.

Previous Culinary no-no’s have been outright outrageous: Food shortages caused by the ethanol craze resulting in people dying, topless waitresses at a coffee shop, government regulation of restaurant menus, eating insects, showing disrespect to your waiters.

This week’s no-no, on a scale of 1-10 admittedly is in that 1 or 2 range. This will not ruffle any feathers (at least, I don’t think so), and there’s no mention of death, sex, or politics.

Oh my God, I probably shouldn’t have said that. You’re probably wondering why the hell should I read any further.

BECAUSE IT’S CULINARY NO-NO, SILLY!.........the blog where I break the rule of burying the lead with the incredibly long set-up till we get to all the good stuff that has kept you coming back for the past 149 no-no’s.

Forward!

We haven’t talked about this for a long time on Culinary no-no:






Who doesn’t love pizza?

Because I consider this to be a quality blog, I’ve never delved into the common debates about pies, whether thick or thin, Chicago or New York, anchovies or not, etc.

The same holds true this week. I’m about to raise an issue about this Italian classic that I bet is on the minds of millions (ok, maybe hundreds) but has never been discussed in a public forum until now.

And again, it’s a topic of conversation discussion Jennifer and I have, but the disclaimer is that this is not World War III material, capiche?

It still warrants, in my book, a Culinary no-no.

Let’s say you’re going out for pizza. No problem. When Jennifer and I hit the town for Italian, we don’t need a menu.

Cheese, sausage, onions, mushrooms, black olives please.

Me personally? I don’t stomp my feet and insist on a certain crust. The toppings are what counts. For example, at Michaelangelo’s in Franklin, the crust is so breakaway thin that there is no crust. Does that bother me? Hell, no! Their pizza is great. I could care less that the crust isn’t as thick as the Franklin White Pages.

OK. So now Jennifer and I have selected our pizza. We always order the super jumbo humongous gigundo enormous version so we can take leftovers and raid the refrigerator later.

Here’s where real life turns into an episode of Seinfeld.

No need for menus, right. We know when we pulled out of our driveway what we here having, right.

We now order the pizza, hand menus over to the waiter/waitress, and suddenly out of the blue, the lovely Jennifer stares across the table at me and asks in that how can I refuse her tone, ”Can we get garlic bread?”


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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (1/24/10)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer, mother of darling angel, Kyla Fischer

Despite my degree from liberal arts Alverno College, I never had any desire to “climb the corporate ladder.”  I wouldn’t trade my education for the world.  College was a fantastic experience and helped shape me in to the person I am today.  But I just never wanted to be a “suit.”

My last job before having Kyla was for a well-respected and extremely large health care organization.  My boss was the most incredible person I had ever worked and will ever work for.  My position was a dream and I did exactly what I loved to do.  I worked with a phenomenal group of people who were more than coworkers, they were friends.  I made an excellent salary and had wonderful benefits.  My boss knew that I wanted to drop down to part time after our baby was born.  She even facilitated a transfer so that my office would literally be five minutes from our home.  I got to pick the days and hours that I wanted to work.  What more could I ask for?

The answer to that question came on my very first day back to work after my twelve weeks of maternity leave ended.  I wanted out.  Immediately.  I came home after just five hours away from Kyla and bawled.  Some might contribute it to hormones of a new mom, but I knew it was more than that.  I knew, just KNEW that I could not be away from my baby.  I will never forget sitting at the table with Kevin and, over dinner, sobbing about how I just couldn’t see myself working with that precious little bundle of ours out of my sight.  He knew my heart was breaking.  We talked at great length and decided that it was truly in the best interest of our family if I left my job.

So, the very next day, I was in my boss’s office.  She took one look at me and, without my saying so, knew exactly why I was there.  She was not the least bit surprised or upset.  She knew that my life’s greatest goal had been achieved:  I became a mom.  I was completely honest with her and said that all I wanted to do was be “Laura Petrie and wear my pearls to the market and volunteer for the PTA.”  Oh, if only my professors at Alverno could have heard THAT conversation!  It had taken me thirty six years to reach my dream, I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of me being a full-time mom.

So let’s look at the facts:  I have a bachelor’s degree from a college that is regularly recognized in national publications.  I earned a fantastic salary and enjoyed many benefits.  Anecdotally AND medically I was considered to be “of advanced maternal age” when I had my first baby.

I definitely do not fit the profile of a stay-at-home mom, according to geniuses supported by data from the US Census Bureau.  Colleen Carroll Campbell has a much different view of those of us who choose to stay at home with our children because WE WANT TO, not because we are too young and stupid (my words, not hers) to choose a better option.  You can read her entire column here.  

Kyla turns ten months old tomorrow.  Can anyone from the Census Bureau (or any critics of my choice) please tell me how I could recover those ten precious months if I had worked?  Do the math…  ten months of working 20 hours a week amounts to 800 hours that I would not have seen a toothless grin, heard a coo or giggle, fed a bottle, or held this beautiful baby in my arms until she fell asleep.  NOTHING could ever convince me I made the wrong choice.  Just look at her… and tell me I’m wrong.




 

Would someone willing to defend global warming please come forward




For Immediate Release
Contact: Kimberly Simac 715-479-8784 January 25, 2010

CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS TO DEFEND GLOBAL WARMING

(Eagle River) – Why won’t any scientists defend something they say is “settled?” That’s the question a group of Wisconsin Patriots is asking.

We attempt to offer the opportunity for a fair and balanced forum. We’ve invited students from over 220 Wisconsin and Upper Michigan schools to the first and only Anthropogenic Climate Change Debate. With controversy stirring worldwide on the data and an absence of scientists willing to defend their stance, the seed of doubt is sprouting on the real motives behind Global Warming hysteria.

“If I could just find one it would be a miracle!” said Kim Simac, promoter of a planned Climate Change Debate to be held January 30th at the Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Simac says for seven weeks and more hours then she would like to remember, she sat at her computer personally inviting hundreds of scientists who attest to believe in the data of manmade climate change, to come and discuss the controversy. Unfortunately, none have accepted and some responses were more insulting than enlightening.


“I had one say high school students weren’t smart enough to understand the debate, which was remarkably insulting to the young people who will attend,” Simac said, “Who ever heard of any subject that was not open to debate? If this science is so settled, come and prove it. Come educate these young people and defend your theory.”

Confirmed Panel Participants from the “skeptic” side include Dr. William Soon, Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a senior scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute. (The views expressed by Dr. Soon are strictly his and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, or the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.)

Our second panelist is Dr. David Legates, Delaware State Climatologist, Associate Professor of
Geography, Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware and the former director of. Climate Research at the same university. Dr. Legates is a senior scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute.

Scientists willing to defend global warming are encouraged to contact Kim Simac by e-mailing her at:
bk951@verizon.net

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Recommended Reading: Vikings-Saints Post-game


Jason Whitlock
 
wrote the following BEFORE Sunday’s Vikings-Saints game:

“Brett Favre reminds me of Muhammad Ali -- polarizing among fans, beloved and needed by the media, a legend who will be celebrated most fondly long after he leaves the game.

Everyone should be rooting for Favre in the NFC title game this weekend . His potential journey to the Super Bowl at age 40 should be a heartwarming story. Unfortunately, we, the media, ruined the Favre story. We focused so much attention on his retirements and un-retirements that football fans outside of Minnesota can't stand him and fear what would happen to Super Bowl coverage if Favre is in the game.

Will John Madden come out of retirement to call the game and remind viewers that Favre is a carefree, gunslinging kid just having fun out there?

The truth is a terrific defense, but no one wants to hear the truth about Favre anymore.

Has heavyweight boxing been the same since Holmes pounded Ali into retirement? No. Football fans don't know it yet, but they're going to miss Brett Favre. He's quit and come back like a boxer. He's a narcissistic self-promoter like Ali. And Favre floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

Ali performed before the 24-hour news cycle. If ESPN existed during Ali's time, The Greatest might have been the most hated man on the planet.”

Don’t blame Favre for Vikings coming up short

Poll: What was the Vikings’ biggest problem?

Blaming Favre is too SIMPLISTIC

A penalty that won’t soon be forgotten

Last week it was Massachusetts


This week, could it be Oregon?

 

Obama's proposed budget freeze...


MEANINGLESS!

UPDATE: Week-ends (01/23/10)


Last week on the floor of the state Senate during adjournment honors, state Senator Alan Lasee (R) paid tribute to the oldest person to ever bowl a perfect 300 game.

Turns out the guy is a constituent of Lasee’s, and his cousin, too. That's right. He's Fran Lasee.

He should have been mentioned as one of my HEROES OF THE WEEK this past Saturday.

One observation though. Senator Lasee, is it ok that your cousin is…............a lefty?

More Americans fear Obama's agenda

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Poll shows growing fears on helath care overhaul.

The Top Ten Statements You Will Not Hear at Tonight's State of the State Speech by Governor Doyle


10) Speaker Sheridan, Speaker Pro Tem Staskunas, President Risser, Majority Leader Decker, Constitutional Officers, Supreme Court Justices, tribal leaders, members of the Cabinet, distinguished guests, members of the Legislature, and fellow citizens of Wisconsin………At ease, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

 

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Was Sunday's NFC Championship a great game?


I say, despite the outcome, yes, clearly it was.

The Wall Street Journal isn’t so sure.

State of the Union - Weigh in Now

             
State of the Union:

Changing the Focus to Jobs -- Take Our Quick Survey


With the country watching, one of the Administration's top priorities, health care, has flat lined and the President and Congress are quickly pivoting to what Americans have been asking for all along: jobs.

Tomorrow's State of the Union address is critical both in and outside of Washington. All sides are anxiously awaiting the President's plan for the year ahead and what his top priorities will be.

What do you think is the most important issue for President Obama to address in Wednesday's State of the Union? Click here to participate in this important survey.



Thank you for taking our online survey.

We urge you to watch the State of the Union address this Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 p.m. EST to see if your issues are addressed.

We will follow up in the coming days to let you know how you can take action to help us in our efforts to champion Free Enterprise and create new American jobs.

Sincerely,


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

P.S. I'll be commenting during the address through my Twitter account. Follow me here.
 

The Video of the Year so far....

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Your first year, Obamessiah, was a complete dud

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok



State of the Union grade: "F"

"This Wednesday evening, you will give your State of the Union address. And millions upon millions of us are even now wondering if you will again sugarcoat the truth – if you will pad your performance over this past year or confess that the path Washington is taking is plummeting our country deeper into the abyss.

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Don't ask Democrats the cost of their global warming bill..... They don't have a clue

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What do Americans care about the most?


Global warming is dead last.

Great new business now open in Franklin


Gaia Micro Spa has opened a new location at the Shoppes at Wyndham Village in Franklin.

My lovely niece recently patronized Gaia and said it was fabulous.

Gaia is located near Ferch’s, just across from Target

Hmmmm. Pretty close to Target, hey.

A Franklin resident reminds me that Gaia sells shampoo.

Target sells shampoo.

My, oh my. I sure hope this doesn’t cause Gaia to go out of business.

Time to play Obama BINGO!


Use these cards during tonight's State of the Union.

Suddenly Obama's a fiscal conservative


From blogger John Campbell:

"Tonight, the President apparently will call for a freeze in non-defense so-called discretionary spending. That is about 15% of the total federal budget. It also was increased by $140 billion last year. So he is freezing spending after he increased it by 25% in one year. It’s a little like the guy who robs your house and then returns your toaster-oven and expects you to be happy about it."

Obama last year, Obama this year...

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez


Paul Ryan: A GOP Road Map For America's Future

We take you now to a therapy session at the Sex Rehab Clinic....

Political Cartoon by Glenn McCoy


Book Review: "The Politician" by Andrew Young

NFL OT rule needs to be changed


Yes, I know the NFC title game is history.

yes, I know the Vikings lost.

Yes, I know Brett Favre is done for this season.

Yes, I know the Super Bowl hype is soon to come.

But people are still talking and writing about the Vikings and the Saints.

LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke offers this:


“That great victory by the New Orleans Saints against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game Sunday night?

It wasn't fair.

It was fun, it was exciting, it felt right, but it wasn't fair.”


Why?


Because of the NFL’s overtime procedure.

I wrote a similar piece in 2007.

Brett Favre: "The future of the workforce"


From the Wall Street Journal:

"For several decades, starting in the 1960s, an early retirement became an entitlement–even as people lived longer.

That is so over."

Friday night on InterCHANGE


Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night at 6:30 on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:


1 – Obama.

In his State of the Union address Obama says he will stay the course and continue to push his agenda.  His approval ratings continue to fall, and some fellow democrats are distancing themselves from him.  Do the people want his to stay the course, or compromise?  Is he a lame duck president just one year into his term?  Or, is he the agent of hope and change that the majority of voters wanted when they elected him president?

2 – High Speed Rail.

Wisconsin wins some big bucks in the Obama Stimulus Plan.  We’re going to get $800 million dollars to build a high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and Madison.  Is there a demand for this link?  Do we need it?  Do the people want it?  Would the money be better spent fixing the roads?  Will this be Doyle’s legacy? 

3 – Whitefish Bay Drug Death.

The 23-year-old Whitefish Bay resident who allegedly gave 15-year-old Madison Kiefer the drugs that caused her death last year is expected to reach a plea deal today.  He presently faces up to 30 years in prison for second-degree reckless homicide, but a plea deal would likely result in a much shorter sentence.  If so, is this how we want the system to work?  Is he a killer, or just somebody that was present at an “accidental” death?  Does society want punishment, revenge, or a sentence which allows for treatment and rehabilitation?

4 – iPad.

First there was the iPod.  Then there was the iPhone.  Now, here comes the iPad.  Will this change the way we get our media?  Will this replace books and newspapers?  Is it better than a laptop?  Is it any different than the Kindle?  What’s coming next?

Last night's speech-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

             
State of the Union

Economic Recovery & Job Growth -- Results of Our Jobs Survey


During last night's State of the Union address, the President seemed to turn a corner, citing initiatives centered on economic recovery.

We appreciate a new focus on jobs, debt and economic growth -- but these problems can't be fixed with higher taxes, more spending and a massive government takeover of our health care system.

From our online survey earlier this week, it's clear that you agree. According to survey results, the top two issues you wanted the President to address in his speech were:
  • Decreasing government spending and cutting the deficit
  • Creating pro-growth policies to get America back to work



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A big night- Americans For Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity

Last night from Hot Springs, Arkansas I watched with over 300 grassroots activists at our Americans for Prosperity town hall meeting as President Obama attempted one of the more embarrassing political conversions in American history. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF AFP GRASSROOTS TOWN HALL MEETINGS ACROSS THE NATION.

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Franklin serial burglar gets slap on wrist.......for now


Remember Shawn Winters?

He was the Franklin man arrested in November, accused in a series of burglaries in the northeast section of Franklin.

Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva has informed Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor and Franklin aldermen that Winters was sentenced this week to one year in the House of Correction and an additional four years that was stayed.  Winters WAS out on bail and was scheduled to report to the House of Corrections next week.

The same day this week that Winters was slapped on the wrist at his sentencing, Oliva says DNA analysis results from a burglary on S. Carmel  on October 17, 2009 confirmed Winter's presence in the vehicle he stole from the victim's garage.  A new warrant was obtained and earlier today, Franklin police took Winters into custody for the Carmel St. burglary.

Winters has denied any involvement in any of the string of Franklin burglaries. It’s interesting that since Winters was picked up, the burglaries have stopped.

Oliva told the mayor and aldermen, “Hopefully this new arrest will put him (Winters) away for a longer period of time.”

In Sheboygan, it's Franklin 2007 déjà vu


To the north of us in Sheboygan, their school board voted this week 6-3 to approve a two-year, $7.1 million spending proposal. Sheboygan taxpayers will go to the polls in April to support or reject the referendum in the wake of a $7.4 million deficit and proposed budget cuts.

That was this week.

Now you can imagine that with a big budget hole to fill and talk of cuts, the Sheboygan public school intelligentsia has probably been running amok, filling as many residents as they can with horror stories about the carnage that will result if one crayon doesn’t make its way into a classroom next year.

And how does the public school intelligentsia react when faced with the possibility their grubby hands won’t get as greased as they have in the past?

You guessed it. They start resorting to highly questionable (i.e., illegal) tactics.

The Sheboygan Press reported last week that fliers in support of a referendum produced by Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) in the Stevens Point Area Public School District  “were distributed to teachers at school, who then placed them in folders students use to take messages home.”

The same newspaper’s editorial board wrote this:

"We do not object to the PTO's drafting and sending a pro-referendum letter. But the method of delivery -- stuffed into homework folders and shuttled home by students -- led the group into an ethical gray area..  It also is unclear whether teachers put these notes into the folders. If they did, was it part of the workday or was it on their own time? District employees are free to campaign on their own time but not when they are being paid by taxpayers. The incident also begs the question of what is and isn't acceptable material to be sent in homework folders that go directly into the hands of parents.”

Yep. There are all kinds of red flags on this one.

School officials should never use school time to lobby and campaign for or against an increase in your school taxes. Period.

Franklin went through the same problem during debate surrounding the massive $78-million referendum in April of 2007.

In an issue of Wisconsin School News put out by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards around the time of the election, Tom Joynt of the Administrative Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wrote about successful referendum strategies. The basis of his article is a 20-question survey that was mailed to the superintendents in all 70 school districts that had a successful referendum in 2005 or 2006. Forty-four completed surveys were returned, a response rate of 63 percent.

The survey was split into two sections: “Deciding to Hold a Referendum,” and “Strategies Used after a Decision Was Made to Hold a Referendum.”

In the “Deciding” section, the lowest-rated item was asking for student input on needs that were finally included in the final referendum. More weight was given to community input and opinions from staff.

After the decision was made to hold a referendum, there was a strong consensus to provide special information to parents and the media. I’m sure the Franklin School District got the word out to parents, but I can’t speak about their efforts to feed the news media. While the referenda garnered the obvious attention on this web site and in the community newspaper, it barely got a whimper in the Journal/Sentinel. To be fair, the Elmbrook referenda may have overshadowed our slightly smaller ballot questions. But it appears the school district needs to make major improvements in the media relations department.

The Wisconsin School News survey also generated strong support for providing district residents with estimates of the tax impact of a referendum. Here, I believe the Franklin School District dropped the ball back in 2007. It chose to concentrate on the owner of a $250-thousand home. The less expensive homeowner, according to supporters would only pay what they considered a small tax increase. In embracing that approach, the supporters never told the whole story that included Wisconsin’s outrageous tax climate. The argument that if you had a three-car garage and a huge front lawn that you surely could plunk down even more in taxes didn’t draw guilt………it made voters upset.

Another survey idea that received a high endorsement if you wanted to have a successful referendum was to send a brochure to all community residents explaining all accurate details. Maybe Franklin officials thought they could save money by holding meetings, producing a video, and using the Internet. I never received one piece of propaganda. Many people I spoke with also got nothing in their mailbox. Again, a possible strategy that never made it into the Franklin playbook, and we all know what happened. The referenda (There were two questions) failed overwhelmingly in the 60-40 range.

The survey respondents also highly recommended holding public forums. Now this, the Franklin school district did dozens of times. I can only surmise that whatever message that was disseminated at these public forums failed to resonate with those in attendance.

The personal comments on the survey are very, very interesting.

The superintendent in Oakfield, Joe Heinzelman warned, “Make sure you follow through on what you say will happen if a referendum fails.” The author of the article Tom Joynt writes, “Empty hyperbole and overstated claims before a referendum will haunt public officials for many years.” In Racine not too long ago, it was the threat of eliminating all high school athletics. (It never happened). In Franklin, the threat was that trailers would have to be installed. Did they mean it?

According to Joynt’s article, Sue Alexander, superintendent of Markesan “felt unity of the school board in supporting a referendum is significant.” Interesting. In Franklin, right before the election campaign, two incumbent school board members chose not to run. Three school board seats were filled on April 3 with all three candidates running unopposed, two of them opposed to the referenda.

Jamie Benson, superintendent in River Valley said the community-driven “yes” group was the “number one key to passing.” The NO vote had absolutely no organization. The YES vote did have an organized group, albeit it got in the game late and its effectiveness is highly questionable. Why wasn’t there a stronger organized COMMUNITY voice? That’s clear. The community never got behind this effort.

Superintendent David Wessel of Spencer offered this advice: “make sure you ask for enough,” but he also added, “don’t go overboard.”

And finally, Joynt writes, and this is where Franklin school officials need to listen up, that there were “cautions to school leaders not to take the outcome of a referendum personally, but to view the results as the voice of the people participating in democracy. One respondent observed, “It is really the responsibility of the community to decide what type of schools they want in their community.”

And so we have in Sheboygan a similar controversy that has played out in Franklin and many, many other school districts around the state: teachers engaging in politics and propaganda on school time.

Not very ingenious, Sheboygan, if you ask me. You need to at least utilize a different approach, much like Franklin did in 2007. It didn’t work, maybe because this blogger caught it and exposed it. But not a single law-abiding Franklin citizen bothered to file a citizen’s complaint. No heads rolled. And school taxes still jumped through the roof.

Forget stuffing the kids’ backpacks with your tax and spend propaganda. That’s old hat. Try what Franklin so cavalierly and arrogantly did.

The Friday before Election Day, April 2007, during school time, hundreds of Franklin High School seniors of voting age were taken to an Assembly and then drilled by school personnel about why they should vote for the referenda.

Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.

I wrote the following at the time:

The impropriety of this action by Franklin school officials is clear. The surprise Assembly on the Friday before the election should never have taken place. I’m not sure if the Assembly was illegal, but it certainly was extremely unethical.

It smacks of a desperate, underhanded, sleazy maneuver by folks who must be very worried about the outcome of the election. On principle alone, these referenda need to be resoundingly rejected.

Shame on the Franklin School District for this disgusting and despicable tactic!”

Later on April 2, 2007, just prior to the final vote, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:

“Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):

1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting---how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?

I have more questions to add but the most important one is:

When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?”

Sheboygan taxpayers, I strongly urge you to keep a vigilant watch over what teachers, the school district, and even parents do between now and the April vote. Those in support of a big fat tax increase can’t be trusted. They will try anything, ANYTHING to get the referendum passed because they don’t care, they feel they won’t get caught or punished, and they justify any violation of ethics or laws because it’s for the children.

Then on Election Day, go to the polls as you did in November 2009, and vote NO!

The State of Our Disunion

Obamanocchio


Remember that Obama speech to Congress last September?

"You lie!"

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) to President Barack Obama as he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama addressed the joint session to urge passage of his national health care plan.

 


Top 10 Best Quotes of 2009 Joe Wilson
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Wilson was right.

About that State of the Union speech Wednesday night? The Associated Press found that Obama wasn't all that truthful.



Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Let me get this straight....


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UPDATE: Reaction from the
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The Post Office delivers big time on this one


The United States Postal Service (USPS) has unveiled this as one of its new stamps this year…

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Those clever devils (and that is the appropriate noun) at the FFRF apparently forgot this:




This image is a larger version of the Christmas: Madonna and Sleeping Child by Sassoferrato product.




Seems to me if the Madonna lovingly holding the Christ Child is okay for a US stamp, then so is....




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It's the B-R-R-R-R wuh-wuh-wuh weekend!


That means you'll find  our regular weekend material beginning tonight on This Just In with our Friday night Goodnight music post.

Tonight, more Grammy award nominees.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS with the amazing story of this dog....




 
Then it's Week-ends, our weekly week in review. Also Saturday, Recommended Reading, always top notch material. 

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unday, My Most Popular Blogs, the MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no #150, and Photos of the Week. Here is a photo that DID NOT make the final cut.:..



Actress Anne Hathaway reacts as she is kissed by Clifford Murray, left, president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Derek Mueller, right, vice president, as they celebrate her as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Goodnight everyone, and have ANOTHER award-winning 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, as we did Friday, we feature recordings nominated for high honors. 

The Grammy Awards take place on Sunday and have been an American music institution for over half a century.

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onight, we present a few of this year’s Grammy Award nominees that you probably won't see on television Sunday night.

We open with a nominee for Best Americana Album. They are legends who came together to produce a popular album that launched a successful tour.

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel perform a track from “Willie and the Wheel.”



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Thelma and Louise 2

Political Cartoon by Brian Farrington

The Barking Lot (01/30/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Light snow in the morning will give way to partly cloudy skies during the day. High of 24. "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 22.  "D"

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

Last month, I blogged about a friend of mine and her boyfriend who were at odds with their pets and how they affected their relationship.  It seems this is a fairly common situation and I must admit it amazes me.  I truly don’t understand how loving your pet can come between loving your human soul mate.

I remember an acquaintance in high school who was having trouble with her boyfriend.  Who doesn’t at that age?  Believe it or not, they actually went to COUNSELING!!!!  I vividly recall thinking to myself (wisely, in retrospect) that dating in high school should be fun and casual and nice.  I vowed to myself right then and there, that if I ever found myself in a relationship that “needed counseling” I would be O-U-T.  (It had nothing to do with a pet, but my GOD, what 16-year-old kids need dating counseling???!!!!)

My beliefs haven’t changed that much as an adult.  I’m not saying I’d give up on a relationship.  I’m not saying relationships don’t take work, to some extent.  But why must things be so complicated?  Why must every other person I know need this guy? 

And why must PETS enter in to the “it’s all about me” equation?  Yeah, I want a dog.  Yeah, I want more than one.  But it is a DOG, for crying out loud!  I have made sacrifices for the pets in my youth, and I know I will do the same when we become dog owners in this family.  But the day I would put Fido before Kevin and Kyla, well, just have my head examined.

Perhaps I should have chosen a different major in college.  Seems I could have made a pretty penny delving into the minds of people like Joe and Ellen Lollman. 
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

It is time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

The U.S. troop surge has led to a dog surge in Afghanistan.


Trained dogs sniff out bombs in Afghanistan.


Dog that floated on ice floe for 75 miles joins the crew that saved him.


Dogs are ready to lend eyes to new partners.


Meet Echo, doing great work in Haiti.


Group tackles animal welfare in Haiti.


Buddy's painful death brings a demand for justice.


Do animals need laws protecting them from shelters? How to pick a shelter dog.


Brooklyn dogs and their owners are 'running' from egg attacks.


Dog genome researchers track paw prints of selective breeding.


Where is the greatest risk of dog flu?


This man will take your dog.


Wolf-dog freed from pipe after 7 hours.


Here's a Barking Lot UPDATE: Remember Jiffy?  


And another Barking Lot UPDATE on a story from last week.  Here's more.  And more.....saving the dog was the right thing to do.


Pets brighten up the biz for owners.


Make way for "Puppy Tweets."


Gunny has made quite a transformation to "The World's Most Amazing Dog."


Opee is a "Ruff Rider."


Marmaduke catches a wave.


Jay Leno had a dog named after who???


The AKC announces the most popular dogs in America.


That's it for this week's Barking Lot. We close with our closing video and we have two this time around:


1) Mouth to snout CPR

2) 101 minus 84 equals......

Are you ready to take the Doo Wop Quiz?


Given the Grammy Awards are Sunday night, I thought you music lovers would like this.......sent to me from an avid This Just In reader.....

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> 1. When did ''Little Suzie''  finally wake up?
> (a)    The movie's over, it's 2  o'clock
> (b)    The movie's over, it's 3  o'clock
> (c)    The movie's over, it's 4  o'clock
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> (a)    Rebel Without A Cause
> (b)    Blackboard Jungle
> (c)    The Wild Ones
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> (a)    Angel
> (b)    Mother
> (c)    Worm
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> (a)     Kansas City> (b)    Heartbreak Hotel
> (c)    Blueberry Hill
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> (a)    Mr. Sandman
> (b)    Earth Angel
> (c)    Dream Lover
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> (a)    Atlantic
> (b)    RCA
> (c)    Sun
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> (a)    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
> (b)    Charlie Brown
> (c)    Buster Brown
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> (a)    MacHeath
> (b)    MacCloud
> (c)    MacNamara
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> (a)    Good Golly, Miss Molly
> (b)    Be-Bop-A-Lula
> (c)    Tutti Fruitti
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> (a)     Dick Clark
> (b)     Wolfman Jack
> (c)     Alan Freed
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> (a)     Little Richard
> (b)     Frankie Lymon
> (c)     Tony Orlando
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> (a)     Brenda Lee
> (b)     Connie Francis
> (c)     Annette Funicello
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> (a)    Pete and Dick
> (b)    Don   and Phil
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> (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
> (b)    Roy  Harold Scherer Jr.
> (c)     Marion Michael Morrison
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> (a)     Carol Lynley
> (b)     Sandra Dee
> (c)     Natalie Wood
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> (b)     cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
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> (a)     heart
> (b)     dreams
> (c)    ding a ling
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> (a)    she's got the rabies
> (b)    she's my baby.
> (c)    she loves me, maybe
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> (a)     right here
> (b)     fifty cents
> (c)     just for you
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> (b)     pink leotards
> (c)     motorcycle boots
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> (b)     Gerri Mahoney
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> 4.    (c)    Blueberry Hill
> 5.    (a)    Mr. Sandman
> 6.    (c)    Sun
> 7.    (b)    Charlie Brown
> 8.    (a)    Mac Heath
> 9.    (c)    Tutti Fruitti
> 10.  (c)    Alan Freed
> 11.  (a)    Little Richard
> 12.  (c)    Annette Funicello
> 13.  (b)    Don and Phil
> 14.  (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
> 15.  (c)    Motown
> 16.  (a)    77 Sunset Strip
> 17.  (b)    Sandra Dee
> 18.  (b)    The Monotones
> 19.  (b)    Kissed
> 20.  (c)    Maybelline
> 21.  (b)    Bully
> 22.  (c)    peepin' in a seafood store
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Week-ends (01/30/10)

Week-ends


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...



HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jim Garrow


Helman Roman


Gary Benjamin


Brett Favre


Kelly Kulick



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Nancy Pelosi


"Ellie Light"


Pizza Man arsonist(s)



Debbie Miller


PETA


Freedom From Religion Foundation


California lawyers



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.”
President Obama in his State of the Union address.


I hope he recognizes the need to reboot on health care and work on making some progress rather than saying, 'My way or not at all,' because that approach has not been working very well.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, on the president's address.


"He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two."
MSNBC's Chris Matthews referring to the president.


"The problem we have sometimes is a media that responds only to slash-and-burn-style politics. You don't get a lot of credit if I say, 'You know, I think Paul Ryan is a pretty sincere guy and has a beautiful  And by the way, in case he's going to get a Republican . . . family.'  challenge, I didn't mean it. Don't want to hurt you, man."
President Obama at a meeting with House Republicans. Ryan and his family were in the audience.


"In some places I kind of felt like I was in my high school assembly being lectured by my principal. In others, I felt like he was listening."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan after the meeting with Obama.


"The President is gifted, articulate, well-spoken, and charismatic, and it's also clear that the policies he articulates so well will devastate the country if they are ever enacted."
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) after a meeting Obama held with House Republicans.


"We showed out desire for bipartisanship when 178 Republicans [in the House] and 64 Democrats voted for the unambiguous pro-life language in the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care bill.  But the President is against it because he doesn't want health care that bans any abortion funding.  He talks about one thing and does another."
Thirty-year Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)


"Last Friday, on a visit to my home state of Ohio, the President complained about this “buzzsaw” of opposition his health care bill faced.  But what you call a buzzsaw, Mr. President, I call the American people.  They’re saying ‘enough is enough’ to this big-government, job-killing agenda.  And they’re asking ‘where are the jobs?’  So we’re going to listen to the President, but we’re also going to continue to hold him accountable and offer our better solutions."
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)


"I am Quinn's father. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."
Confirming what practically everyone already suspected, John Edwards confessed Thursday he fathered the baby born to his ex-mistress, an admission that came just ahead of a bombshell book by a top aide to the former Democratic presidential candidate. Edwards had long denied the girl, Frances Quinn Hunter, was his, even after he admitted cheating on his wife with the child's mother, Rielle Hunter. Hunter had been hired before Edwards' 2008 White House campaign to shoot behind-the-scenes video of him.


“She said, ‘I’ve had it. I can't do this. I want my life back.’”
Elizabeth Edwards’ sister, Nancy Anania, in an interview with PEOPLE.


"Do I regret it? Sure I do. I wouldn't have to be taking this heat otherwise."
North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Monday he regretted comments comparing people who take public assistance to stray animals, but the incident continued to draw fire. In a speech at a town hall meeting in the Upstate, Bauer revisited instructions he said his grandmother had given him when he was a small child. Bauer said his grandmother, who was not highly educated, had told him to stop feeding stray animals. "You know why?" he asked. "Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a human ample food supply." Bauer later said his intent was to explain the government is "breeding a culture of dependency" with its social program, which he said has grown out of control and "amounts to little more than socialism, paid for by hardworking, tax-paying families ... against their wishes."


I will do everything I can to help our businesses create jobs and give our workers the opportunities to get those jobs. Nothing is more important.”
Governor  Jim Doyle laying out his top priority for his final year in office in this week's State of the State address.


The hypocrisy of the governor standing at the podium tonight talking about job creation and lowering taxes when the budget they passed raised taxes by over $4 billion -- it's just mind-boggling that he was able to say that this evening with a straight face.”
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)


I don’t see the Legislature doing it at this stage. I hope I’m wrong, but the eggs have been scrambled. The status quo has prevailed.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who had asked the school board to delay selecting a new superintendent while state lawmakers wrestle with a proposed change to MPS governance. 


“I want the teacher to be judgmental. I want them to say, ‘you know what, this stuff is right or wrong.’ Education is not just getting information, it’s helping you make decisions in life.”
State Senator Luther Olson (R-Berlin) speaking against a bill establishing standards for sex education in Wisconsin schools that is headed to Governor Jim Doyle’s desk. Republicans criticized the human growth and development legislation on a number of counts, including a provision which prohibits bias against sexually active students.


"I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don't give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don't think the guy with the sign that reads 'Need You're Help' is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.”
Former NBA star Paul Shirley in an online column
in response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti in which he criticized Haitian citizens and said he won't donate to relief efforts.


"Dear Haitians, First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure, and birth control should be applauded. As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it’s possible, could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?”
Paul Shirley, in a letter to Haitians.


"That's the guy that I watched play when I was in high school," he said, via the Star Tribune. "You can't say enough about him. His toughness and everybody knew that going in. In a game like this you could just see it in his eyes when he came back out there. Everybody looked at him and said, 'Hey, this guy is limping along. Let's do it.' "
Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson said Brett Favre's return to last Sunday’s NFC title game against New Orleans after injuring his ankle in the third quarter was an inspiration to his teammates.


“I, for one, really hope Brett Favre will come back next year. The guy is just amazing, and it's been so long since us Vikings fans have actually had a competent leader at QB. How refreshing. And let's face it, the guy is fun to watch. Nobody loves to play the game more than Favre. No way the Vikes would have gotten as far as they did this year without Favre. Brett didn't lose the game. People say he should have run instead of trying to pass (an interception), but he was crippled at that point by the totally dirty high/low illegal hit he took mostly from McCray (uncalled by the officials ... if they had thought of the Brady rule at that moment, the Vikes would probably have scored and would be going to the SB). Think about it: Brett could hardly STAND UP at that point, so how the hell could he have RUN? My hat's off to him that he was still on the field after that vicious hit. Most QBs would have been in the locker room. Brett is a real mensch. I feel awful that he took such a beating on Sunday, but I hope after his body and brain heal over the next month that he'll decide to come back for another go at it. He's a legend, and I love to watch him play.”
A comment from a reader on the USA TODAY website.




OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Novelist wants euthanasia booths on street corners.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Newsday
having trouble finding paid subscribers to its website.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The iPad.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Pork
is an aphrodesiac.



REMEMBER: 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. 

House Republicans take on Obama

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Recommended Reading (01/30/10)

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).



More Washington

“As my colleague Rich Lowry put it after the Massachusetts vote, the public thinks Obama doesn’t get it, and Obama thinks the public doesn’t get it. And as he’s got the microphone, he’s gonna keep talking at you until you do get it. The ever tinnier, more perfunctory sophomoric uplift at the start and finish can’t conceal the hope-killing, jobs-slaying, soul-sapping message in between, which is perfectly consistent, and has been for two years. As President Obama sees it, whatever the problem — from health care to  education, banking to the environment — the solution is more Washington.”



Let’s be Clear: It Was a Boring Speech

“Obama could have announced a plan to rein in these entitlements. That would have been a mission worthy of his boilerplate. Instead, he meandered for more than 70 minutes, ending up with a speech that seemed to be mostly about himself.”


Democrats’ Political Suicide Pact

“I'll leave the in-depth analysis to others, but here's the recap: Obama was Charlie Gibson and America was Sarah Palin. He looked down his nose, through the teleprompter, at the American people and in the most ‘me-centric’ way imaginable, said: ‘Electric trains are wicked-cool. America sucks. Capitalism sucks. The Supreme Court sucks. It's Bush's fault. Oh, yea – the jobs thing. I'll start my spending-freeze diet tomorrow. Give Perez Hilton a machine gun. Bama knows best. I'll never quit. It's Bush's fault. Hopey-changey. Peace-out’."


The Second American Tax Revolt

“As my father, Ronald Reagan, once said, 'Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive, it reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled.'

 I agree and that’s why I am enthusiastically now helping FairTax.org with pending legislation to replace the income tax entirely with a fair, progressive and honest national consumption tax aptly called the FairTax.”


Scott Brown: “People aren’t Stupid”

"People out there are disgusted," he says, shaking his head. "Especially with any one party dominating government and talking down to them. They want straight talk, no BS. A focus on jobs and what really creates them. They want problem solvers in office, and it helped me that I was able to show I could work with Democrats in the legislature."


The handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect: the scandal grows

 

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Will Supreme Court justices boycott next year's State of the Union?


Maybe so
after the not so statesmanlike and not so presidential snub made by the Obamessiah toward the Supreme Court this week.

It 
was an unprecedented move by a president at a State of the Union further showing how over his head this buffoon really is.

Just hang on, America!


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Are you ready to take the Doo Wop Quiz?


Given the Grammy Awards are Sunday night, I thought you music lovers would like this.......sent to me from an avid This Just In reader.....

Doo Wop Quiz
>
>
>
> Thirty great memories about music that caused our parents and teachers
> grief!  ~
> Take the quiz and see how you score as a true ''Oldies Fan.''
> Write down your answers and check them against the answers at the
> end.
> (Answers Below)
>
>
> 1. When did ''Little Suzie''  finally wake up?
> (a)    The movie's over, it's 2  o'clock
> (b)    The movie's over, it's 3  o'clock
> (c)    The movie's over, it's 4  o'clock
>
> 2. ''Rock Around The Clock'' was used in what movie?
> (a)    Rebel Without A Cause
> (b)    Blackboard Jungle
> (c)    The Wild Ones
>
> 3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint?   Earth _____
> (a)    Angel
> (b)    Mother
> (c)    Worm
>
> 4.  ''I found my thrill .. . ..''  where?
> (a)     Kansas City> (b)    Heartbreak Hotel
> (c)    Blueberry Hill
>
> 5.  ''Please turn on your magic beam, _____ _____ bring me a dream,'':
> (a)    Mr. Sandman
> (b)    Earth Angel
> (c)    Dream Lover
>
> 6.  For which label did Elvis Presley first record?
> (a)    Atlantic
> (b)    RCA
> (c)    Sun
>
> 7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?''  Who was he?
> (a)    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
> (b)    Charlie Brown
> (c)    Buster Brown
>
> 8. In Bobby Darin's ''Mack The Knife,'' the one with the knife, was
> named:
> (a)    MacHeath
> (b)    MacCloud
> (c)    MacNamara
>
> 9. Name the song with ''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.''
> (a)    Good Golly, Miss Molly
> (b)    Be-Bop-A-Lula
> (c)    Tutti Fruitti
>
> 10.  Who is generally given credit for originating the term  ''Rock
> And
> Roll''?
> (a)     Dick Clark
> (b)     Wolfman Jack
> (c)     Alan Freed
>
> 11.  In 1957, he left the music business  to become a  preacher:
> (a)     Little Richard
> (b)     Frankie Lymon
> (c)     Tony Orlando
>
> 12.   Paul Anka's ''Puppy Love'' is written to what star?
> (a)     Brenda Lee
> (b)     Connie Francis
> (c)     Annette Funicello
>
> 13.   The Everly Brothers are . . ....
> (a)    Pete and Dick
> (b)    Don   and Phil
> (c)    Bob  and Bill
>
> 14.   The Big Bopper's real name was:
> (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
> (b)    Roy  Harold Scherer Jr.
> (c)     Marion Michael Morrison
>
> 15.   In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., started a small  record company
> called...
> (a)     Decca
> (b)     Cameo
> (c)     Motown
>
> 16.   Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your
> Comb''. What
> TV show was he on?
> (a)     77 Sunset Strip
> (b)     Hawaiian Eye
> (c)     Surfside Six
>
> 17.   In 1960 Bobby Darin married:
> (a)     Carol Lynley
> (b)     Sandra Dee
> (c)     Natalie Wood
>
> 18.   They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of  Love'':
> (a)    The  Penguins
> (b)    The  Monotones
> (c)    The  Moonglows
>
> 19.   The Everly Brothers sang a song called ''Till I ______ You.''
> (a)     Loved
> (b)     Kissed
> (c)     Met
>
> 20.   Chuck Berry sang ''Oh, ___________, why can't you  be true?''
> (a)     Suzie Q
> (b)     Peggy Sue
> (c)     Maybelline
> 21.   ''Wooly _______''
> (a)     Mammouth
> (b)     Bully
> (c)     Pully
>
> 22.   ''I'm like a one-eyed cat . . . .."
> (a)     can't go into town no more
> (b)     sleepin' on a cold hard floor
> (c)     peepin' in a seafood store
>
> 23.   ''Sometimes I wonder what I'm gonna do . . .. . ..''
> (a)     cause there ain't no answer for a life without booze
> (b)     cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
> (c)     cause my car's gassed up and I'm ready to cruise
>
> 24.   ''They often call me Speedo, but my real name is .  .  . . . .''
> (a)    Mr. Earl
> (b)     Jack ie Pearl> (c)     Milton Berle
>
> 25.   ''You're my Fanny and nobody else's .....''
> (a)     girl
> (b)     butt
> (c)     love
>
> 26.   ''I want you to play with my . . . ''
> (a)     heart
> (b)     dreams
> (c)    ding a ling
>
> 27.   ''Be Bop A Lula ....''
> (a)    she's got the rabies
> (b)    she's my baby.
> (c)    she loves me, maybe
>
> 28.   ''Fine Love, Fine Kissing ....''
> (a)     right here
> (b)     fifty cents
> (c)     just for you
>
> 29.   ''He wore black denim trousers and . . .''
> (a)    a  pink carnation
> (b)     pink leotards
> (c)     motorcycle boots
>
> 30.   ''I got a gal named . . .''
> (a)     Jenny Zamboni
> (b)     Gerri Mahoney
> (c)     Boney Maroney
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Answers:
>
>
> 1     (c)    The movie's over,  it's 4 o'clock
> 2.    (b)    Blackboard Jungle
> 3.    (a)    Angel
> 4.    (c)    Blueberry Hill
> 5.    (a)    Mr. Sandman
> 6.    (c)    Sun
> 7.    (b)    Charlie Brown
> 8.    (a)    Mac Heath
> 9.    (c)    Tutti Fruitti
> 10.  (c)    Alan Freed
> 11.  (a)    Little Richard
> 12.  (c)    Annette Funicello
> 13.  (b)    Don and Phil
> 14.  (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
> 15.  (c)    Motown
> 16.  (a)    77 Sunset Strip
> 17.  (b)    Sandra Dee
> 18.  (b)    The Monotones
> 19.  (b)    Kissed
> 20.  (c)    Maybelline
> 21.  (b)    Bully
> 22.  (c)    peepin' in a seafood store
> 23.  (b)    cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
> 24.  (a)    Mr. Earl
> 25.  (b)    butt
> 26.  (c)    ding a ling
> 27.  (b)    she's my baby
> 28.  (a)    right here
> 29.  (c)    motorcycle boots
> 30.  (c)    Boney Maroney 

NFL admits officials missed a key penalty against Saints in Vikings loss last Sunday


Hmmmmm.

The penalty would have given a red hot Vikings team in that 3rd quarter the ball at the Saints 19 yard line, changing the entire complexion of the game.

Whether you like Favre or not, the Vikings were the better team last week. They should be playing the Colts, not the Saints.

My Most Popular Blogs (01/31/10)

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) Recommended Reading: Vikings-Saints Post-game

2) Let me get this straight....

3) Brett Favre: "The future of the workforce"

4) The Barking Lot (01/30/10)

5) TIE

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Photos of the Week (01/31/10)

Photos of the Week




Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says jobs will be at top of the agenda. 'I have a year left as governor, and I want to be very clear about my top priority." Doyle said during his final State of the State speech Tuesday. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


 

The U.S. Capitol is reflected in glass before U.S. President Barack Obama is to deliver the State of the Union address in the Capitol in Washington January 27, 2010.

The U.S. Capitol is reflected in glass before U.S. President Barack Obama is to deliver the State of the Union address in the Capitol in Washington January 27, 2010. Photo: Reuters




Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. , signs the Declaration of Health Care Independence the Republicans unveiled ahead of the State of the Union on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.

Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. , signs the Declaration of Health Care Independence the Republicans  unveiled ahead of the State of the Union on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. AP photo.




U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 27, 2010.

U.S. President Barack Obama  delivers his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 27, 2010. Photo: Reuters




U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) waves to the crowd with U.S. Federal Police Officer Kimberly Munley (L), of Fort Hood, Texas, during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2010. Officer Munley, a 34-year-old mother of two, became an instant hero when she opened fire on the Fort Hood gunman during his shooting rampage at the Army base last November.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) waves to the crowd with U.S. Federal Police Officer Kimberly Munley (L), of Fort Hood, Texas, during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2010. Officer Munley, a 34-year-old mother of two, became an instant hero when she opened fire on the Fort Hood gunman during his shooting rampage at the Army base last November.




A poster hangs outside a bar before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in Santa Monica, Calif. , Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.

A poster hangs outside a bar before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in Santa Monica, Calif. , Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Photo: AP




WASHINGTON - JANUARY 27:  Members of the news media photograph copies of President Barack Obama's FY2011 Budget as they are printed January 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The budget will be released on Monday.

Members of the news media photograph copies of President Barack Obama's FY2011 Budget as they are printed January 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The budget will be released on Monday. Photo: Getty Images






President Barack Obama holds up a document of Republican solutions given to him by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, before addressing Republican lawmakers at the GOP House Issues Conference, in Baltimore, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)






Rita Joulute cries and prays after Sunday mass outside the ruins of the National Cathedral, which was destroyed by the massive Jan 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. Haiti's government has declared an end to searches for living people trapped under debris, and officials are shifting their focus to caring for the thousands of survivors living in makeshift camps.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)






Pierre Rodrigue climbs atop rubble from last week's massive earthquake to hang an American flag in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. He said he was doing so because he had relatives in the U.S. and he was appreciative of America's assistance in response to the earthquake. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)






Demolition began Tuesday to clean up the rubble in the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the building that housed Pizza Man restaurant and other businesse. The building, which also housed apartments, was a total loss. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:: Kristyna Wentz-Graff



 


Shinwari tribal leaders eat lunch with U.S. and Afghan Army officials after a gathering at the Afghan Border Police compound in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. An eastern Afghan tribe has signed a pact to keep the Taliban out of their lands _ pledging to burn down the houses of those who shelter insurgents and force them to pay fines high as $20,000. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)






Jeanne Tiller, left, listens to testimony from Gary Hoepner during the murder trial of Scott Roeder on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 in Wichita, Kan.. Roeder is charged with the fatal shooting OF Dr. George Tiller. Hoepner, an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, testified Monday that he saw 51-year-old Scott Roeder walk into the church May 31, 2009 put the gun "point blank" to Tiller's head and pull the trigger. (AP Photo/Mike Hutmacher, Pool)






Prosecutor Ann Swegle, during closing arguments, demonstrates for the jury how Scott Roeder placed a gun to the head of Dr. George Tiller inside Tiller's church last year and pulled the trigger, Friday, January 29, 2010, in Wichita, Kansas. (Jeff Tuttle/Wichita Eagle/MCT)






An unidentified woman, hanging upside down inside her overturned vehicle, talks on a cell phone as she awaits to be rescued on Thursday Jan. 28, 2010 on the overpass of the New Jersey Turnpike along Hardenburg Lane in East Brunswick, N.J. (AP Photo/Home News Tribune, Mark R. Sullivan)


 



In this photo dated Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, provided by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management IMGW, a lonely dog is seen floating on ice floe 15 miles off the Polish Baltic Sea coast near Gdynia, Poland. The dog was rescued by sailors from the "Baltica" ship. (AP Photo/Ryszard Moroz/IMGW)


 

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Look what else Obama wants to interfere in....


Last October when President Obama  was awarded an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize, the Internet was immediately abuzz with other potential honors the Obamessiah could garner even without the proper credentials like… ..







What a joke, right?

Well, it's not so funny anymore.

Mr. Government Must Control Everything might be sticking his nose into
college football.

There should be a playoff syatem, but not one that evolved from federal government intervention.

Let's play FINAL JEOPARDY!

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



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?



Well then, let’s play!




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




THE GRAMMY AWARDS



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.




Ready.



Here’s your clue.








THE RECIPIENT OF THE MOST GRAMMY AWARDS.






Good luck.


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Watergate II?


The Washington Post reports:

“The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an alleged plot to tamper with the phones in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu
(D-La.).

James O'Keefe was among four men who created a ruse to enter the lawmaker's downtown office, saying they needed to repair her telephones, according to
court records unsealed Tuesday. O'Keefe used his cellphone to take pictures of two men, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who are accused in an FBI agent's sworn affidavit of impersonating telephone company workers. Stanley Dai is accused of aiding the Jan. 25 plot.

All four were taken to
a suburban New Orleans jail and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.”

Every tax money-sucking government program-loving liberal in America is in orgasmic glee shouting that O’Keefe, who partnered in a brilliant undercover series of videos demonstrating how beyond crooked ACORN really is, has lost credibility to the point that ACORN has been totally exonerated.

The liberal press has been more than ecstatic to pick up on that drumbeat. Their rush to hang has resulted in some erroneous reporting. Imagine that.

O’Keefe has issued a statement saying, “On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building.”

Very true. Felonies are serious business, no doubt about it.

In his defense, O’Keefe writes, “The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: "No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu’s office.  Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines.”

O’Keefe disguised himself as a pimp in the videos that all but brought down ACORN. Hannah Giles was the faux prostitute in the videos. Giles’ father, Doug, is a well-known conservative author, columnist, and radio talk show host. In his latest column, Giles attacks the ludicrous assumptions being made since O’Keefe’s arrest that ACORN is innocent and that O’Keefe’s actions are Nixonian:

"The Lame Stream Media (which failed to report on the ACORN corruption until after South Park and Sesame Street were spoofing it) had already turned O’Keefe’s charges into Watergate, Jr., found him guilty of JFK’s assassination and sentenced him to life in prison without food.

You’re kind of skipping a few steps, big mama. First of all, it was not wiretapping. Second, I’m not downplaying the serious accusations against James and his three amigos. Thirdly, even if James robbed a bank with a ski mask and Uzi purchased on Rupert Murdock’s personal black AmEx, it doesn’t mean that ACORN is innocent.”

I’ve listed O’Keefe as one of my Whippersnapper Hall of Famers. Whatever happens in this new case doesn’t, in my view, discount what O’Keefe was able to uncover with the help of the Hannah Giles. Steven Schier, a political science professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota told the Christian Science Monitor that O'Keefe's ACORN work was meritorious, revealing as reported by the Monitor “important and otherwise unknown information about an entity that has taken taxpayer money.”


We also have a concept in this country that you are innocent until proven guilty. The legal system must be allowed to play itself out. And liberals led by their henchmen in the press need to put their ropes away.

Culinary no-no: The Super Bowl Edition

Culinary no-no's


THE FOLLOWING IS A RE-POSTING WITH JUST A HANDFUL OF SLIGHT

EDITS OF CULINARY NO-NO #97 FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2009:


Are you going to or hosting a Super Bowl party next Sunday? If you are, you’re going to eat, and eat, and eat. When the game ends, Americans will have consumed 156 billion calories. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year. (Thanksgiving is #1).

Since everybody is watching their weight because of all those New Year resolutions (insert huge guffaw here), there are a kazillion websites encouraging healthy Super Bowl snacks. Take this one, for example, that opens with:


“Just because its Super Bowl time doesn’t mean you have to pig out on chicken wings and nachos.”

Excuse me, but yes it does!

“We here at Twirlit have got some great suggestions for the healthiest, tastiest and most recession proof snacks this Super Bowl Sunday:

1) Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps- You can’t go wrong with sweet-n-spicy chicken wrapped in a crispy lettuce bun.

2) Plain yogurt and fruit cups w/acai berry- Plain yogurt makes a great substitute for whipped cream and acai berries are the new diet superfood.

3) Veggie platter w/celery, carrots, broccoli and low fat dip- Substitute those greasy old potato chips and head over to the produce section for some healthy alternatives.”


My response?

Then there’s the food police and their all-knowing advice. Eat this but don’t eat that.

This could be the worst: Animal rights advocates masquerading as cancer sympathizers in an effort to get you to eat tofu during the game.

I congratulate Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research David Martosko who said, “Super Bowl Sunday is about watching football and eating food, not hugging cows and saving chickens. This phony-baloney Cancer Project group shouldn’t try to ruin the big game with a health scare. I’m throwing a flag on this whole nonsense campaign. Fifteen yards—personal foul for unnecessary buzzkill.”

Here are the details.

Wolfgang Puck says, “Live, love and eat!” I say eat, whatever the hell you want: cheese puffs, dips, meatballs, cheese, deli meats, sub sandwiches, nachos, pizza. Calories? Bring ‘em on!

Counting calories and adhering to a strict diet next Sunday is a SUPER culinary no-no.

Here’s another no-no dieticians and nutritionists lined up from Walla Walla to Miami would agree on.

I don’t care.

I want it.

I want it right now.

It has me drooling.

I have to have it.

Don’t lecture me about how it hardens the arteries,

Please carve off a slice for me pronto!



CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Dog hot pot is, indeed, animal abuse.  MORE from ABC News.



ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Wisconsin is a veritable smorgasbord of wonderful products that make special gifts.

For example, I’ve had the pleasure of receiving a basket of goodies from Patterson Orchards & Farm Market in New Berlin that included their high quality maple syrup.

Now suppose your Aunt Agnes is in town visiting from Miami. And you want to send Aunt Agnes home with something special from Wisconsin. And Aunt Agnes leaves the Badger State with some delicious maple syrup from Patterson Orchards & Farm Market in New Berlin.

Poor Aunt Agnes might run into a problem...................at the airport.

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