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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.

Michael Jackson or the most decorated U.S. Marine Corps aviator in history?

A dear friend of mine received the following note from a retired Marine:

“If you had enough of the last tragic chapter in the Michael Jackson soap opera, you may find this item encouraging. Here’s a man whose legacy and name you should tell your children about instead: U.S. Marine Corps Col. Kenneth L. Reusser. R.I.P.”

Here’s the link the retired Marine attached.

We need to drop the whole birth certificate argument

The Honolulu Advertiser, November 1, 2008...

John Hawkins, the columnist of lists, nails it.

Let it go, people.

UPDATE: Sticking it to motorists

Earlier this year, I wrote about a nutty proposal to use GPS to charge motorists by their miles driven. 

The idea apparently is picking up some steam. Here's an update.

Kids really do say the darndest things

Should the school day be longer?

Should the school year be lengthened?

Watch this segment of Child Prodigy Pundit Pit on Fox.  It's clear one of the three prodigies has a definite career as a TV/Radio talk show host.

Where are the jobs?

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Why aren't more writing/talking about this?

of voters in Wisconsin April 2008 approved changing the state constitution (no small feat) to prevent Wisconsin governors from using the so-called “Frankenstein” veto.

So what does Governor Doyle do the first opportunity to use the gubernatorial veto since that vote? He violates the state constitution.

Oh, he didn’t mean to do it. It was unintentional!
Tell that to the judge the next time you get a speeding ticket.

Let’s go, Wisconsin editorial writers. You were all over this issue at one time.You, too, bloggers. It’s time to beat up on our power-abusing governor.

It took Jessica McBride to find out Ed Flynn's position on conceal-carry

In April of this year, I wrote the following in a blog questioning Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn’s political stripes:

I attended a meeting last year where Chief Flynn mentioned that in some parts of the city of Milwaukee, criminals feel their only way of survival is to have a gun.

Well, then, Chief, how about the rest of us?”

In what Channel 12 is billing as an exclusive, we get the answer, in one of those until-now private e-mails between the chief and Jessica McBride.


Canton, Ohio thinks they have a police chief controversy? Cue the laugh track

Here's the Reader's Digest version of the story:

Former police chief kisses part-time officer in front seat of patrol car.with a burglary suspect in the back seat.

You call that  news???

July 4th Tea Party Fact Sheet

July 4th Tea Party Fact Sheet

From Adam Radman on Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:23 PM
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As taxpayers gather in celebration of American Independence, ATR compiled a brief fact sheet on the federal government and the economy.

Number of employees at the IRS in FY 2010: Over 100,000 

Current IRS Budget: $11.4 billion

How many words does the IRS Code contain? The IRS Code is more than 3.4 million words

How many hours did individual taxpayers spend complying with income tax laws in 2009? Individual taxpayers alone spent an estimated 3.8 billion hours complying with various tax laws. This is up from 3.6 billion in 2008.

What is the origin of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? The IRS dates back to President Lincoln when he created the position of commissioner of the Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax during the Civil War. The income tax was repealed ten years later.

When was the U.S. Constitution amended to include the 16th Amendment? Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913 providing the necessary majority of states to amend the Constitution. The first form 1040 appeared the same year.

When is the Cost of Government Day (COGD)? In 2001, Americans finished paying off their share of the total cost of government on July 5th. Due to bailouts, the Stimulus Package, and President Obama’s budget, Americans will finish paying off their share of the cost of government somewhere between August 9 and August 19th. To read more about COGD, visit ATR’s Center for Fiscal Accountability.
How much more has President Obama increased spending over other Presidents? The 40 year average for federal spending as a percentage of GDP is 20.7%. Looking at President Obama’s budget, federal spending will account for 28.7% of GDP this year.

Are there any new taxes in President Obama’s proposed budget? President Obama's Budget contains over $1 trillion in tax increases.

How much would President Obama’s Cap and Trade tax cost Americans? It would cost each American family up to $3,100 in new energy taxes a year.

How many members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? How many U.S. Senators? 172 members of the U.S. House and 34 members of the U.S. Senate have signed the Pledge never to raise income taxes.

How many state legislators have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? There are 1,113 Pledge signers on the state level. 

Hours between releasing final version of “stimulus” bill and its passage: 16
Hours between releasing final version of “cap-and-trade” bill and its passage: 17
Number of members of Congress who read the stimulus bill before voting for it: Zero.
Number of Members of the House who read the “cap-and-trade” bill before voting for it: Zero. 

Have Congressional leaders committed to providing taxpayers with more time to read the health care reform bill? Not according to Speaker Pelosi.

The holiday weekend has arrived

Well, for many, but not all. A lot of people are still working today.

I am fully aware that blogs are low on your priority list, especially when we celebrate America’s birthday. This Just In will be open for business all weekend long, so I hope you’ll stop by.

Tonight, our regular Friday night musical feature, Goodnight everyone. Yes, it will deal with music that is truly American, but no, it will NOT be patriotic. That’s right around sundown, before the big fireworks.

Saturday is July 4th, but we’ll still have The Barking Lot, Week-ends, Recommended Reading, plus some 4th of July fare.

Sunday, it’s My Most Popular Blogs, Photos of the Week, The MJS Scorecard, and Culinary no-no # I lost track.

Look, I understand you’ve got lots going on. Have a super weekend. If you drop in, I’d appreciate it.

*BREAKING NEWS: Sarah Palin to resign*

This should take Michael Jackson off the front page.

UPDATE: The lefties in the media have already started their drumbeat.

70 years ago this Independence Day...

July 4, 1939.

More from the NY Times.


More evidence Wisconsin leaders are out of touch.

The UW wants to jack up tuition, and how!

The news comes the same week the governor signed a budget with billions of dollars in tax  and fee increases.

We are in a tax hell, plus, we're in a  recession.

They don't give a damn.


Goodnight everyone, and have a great American 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, music appropriate for this 4th of July holiday weekend, even though it’s not patriotic.

It’s been said the only true American art form is jazz. Let’s enjoy some American jazz classics.

His bio describes him as, “
American pianist who was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader. One of the originators of big-band jazz, (he) led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music.”


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The Barking Lot (07/04/09)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  UPDATED- Cloudy this morning with slight chance of isolated thundrdstorms this afternoon ending early this evening. High of 73.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 79. "A"


This week, we salute the All-American dog.

Earlier this year, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the American Kennel Club announced the ten most popular dogs in the United States. They are:


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Week-ends (07/04/09)


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...


Kevin Ryan

Bahia Bakari

Keith Zeier

Zach Boyd

Daniel Firpo

Jeff Suppan

Whoever made the decision at Channel 6 NOT to have three dueling anchors talking during last night's fireworks telecast. Just the fireworks! No inane babbling! Awesome!

US Bank for sponsoring the July 3rd fireworks downtown.


Lori Drew (one of the most evil women in America) and the federal judge who dismissed her case.

CNN's Rick Sanchez

CBS News

Jim Doyle
who signed the worst budget in Wisconsin history into law.

Yet another fine school teacher entrusted with educating our children.

Flag burning teens

Spokane dog attacker (may be difficult to watch for some)

Alfredo Dempkey

Boy who stole from an ambulance


“This decision has been in the works for awhile. I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual. She knows exactly when to pass the ball so that a team can win.”
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announcing she would resign in a few weeks, fueling speculation she will run for President in 2012.

"They ought to be hanging their heads in shame, Nixon didn’t try to do that. They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them. I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences. It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”
Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas, not exactly a conservative, ripping the Obama Administration for putting a plant with a planted question at a presidential news conference.

“Smile! Comedian gives Dems their super majority. Seems appropriate it should happen this way. Not the drawn-out, months-long court battle part, though that did cut into Franken’s term. The fact that it took Bozo* winning to make them theoretically filibuster-proof. Now, everytime they bulldoze something through, it will be because Minnesota sent in a clown.”
National blogger Jules Crittenden on comedian Al Franken being declared the winner of a U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

“In order to go from a freakish, anti-social, agoraphobic, reclusive, narcissistic, eccentric yet washed-up man-child to a totally normal, “just one of us,” friend-of-the-common-man, victimized-by-the-system, national hero in less than one week… all you have to do is die unexpectedly. Now, we know the secret.”
Local blogger Badger Blogger on Michael Jackson and the ad nauseum attention he’s getting.

"I dug myself deeper into a hole. I cannot offer you an excuse for my behavior, how can you excuse betraying thousands of investors. I don't ask for any forgiveness. I did not intend to do any harm, but I did a great deal of harm. I made an error of judgment. I could not accept the fact that for once in my life I failed. I left a legacy of shame. I turn to face you. I know this will not help. I am sorry."
Disgraced former financier Bernard Madoff at his sentencing hearing.

“Throughout this process, I have believed that the choices we make will reveal clearly who we are and what we value.”
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, signing the state budget into law.

I’ve received hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails about the budget over the last few months. Often the caller or writer will say something like ‘I just can’t take it anymore, our taxes are too high,’ ‘I can’t afford to live here any longer,’ or ‘I’ll be forced to leave this state if this budget becomes law.’  I’ve heard it, I’ve read it, but I’ve wondered how many people are going to actually do it? We have reached the point where businesses, which means jobs and people, are leaving Wisconsin because of what the Democrats have done and are doing in Madison. Unfortunately, when these companies do leave it isn’t going to be like General Motors; splashed over the front page of the newspaper. These businesses are going to quietly tip-toe out of town and the employees are either going to be out of work or moving out of state.”
State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), on the state budget signed by Doyle.


Congress' travel on the taxpayers' dime triples.

Political Cartoon by Wayne Stayskal

The Washington Post had planned an exclusive "salon" at the home of its publisher "where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to 'those powerful few' — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors."


What Doyle didn't veto.


Michael Jackson, of course. ENOUGH!

Political Cartoon by Dana Summers


New Zealand's airline security video shows naked staff.

More, as Radar O'Reilly once said, nakedidity on a plane. Bipolar and butt naked. (I think that also means no shoes). Not a good combination.

Church burglar falls the same church.

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 (07/04/09)

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).

Taxed Enough Already? Nationwide July 4th TEA parties scheduled

"As government spending has ballooned, along with the threat of much higher taxes, the Tea Parties’ attendees promise to surpass the number that turned out in the first round of protests on April 15 -- Tax Day -- when hundreds of thousands of Americans protested in over 800 cities."

The last best hope of Earth

"Terrorists and dictators hate the United States for its founding principles. They prefer to rob people of liberty, subjugate women, and spread their power by the sword. Yet America still has iron men and women who stand up to such tyrants. These iron men are now fighting on battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq."

This July 4th, remember the founders

“Certainly the United States would not be here without the Founders, the greatest generation in American history, but perhaps a better way of answering the questions is by simply considering whether the United States is the federal republic of the Founders’ design or has it been “remade” as Barack Obama continues to suggest.”

4th of July dialogue

“A 4th of July conversation between Dude - a teenager - and his Uncle Sam...

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"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July...

...but the Democrats believe every day is April 15." 
Ronald Reagan.

Happy 4th of July 2009!

I hope you enjoy these wonderful patriotic clips.

We begin with this recitation from a great American.


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Franklin filled with criminals

Plenty in my neighborhood the past few days.

They ignored city ordinances.

They defied state statutes.


Right out in the open.

Igniting fireworks.

Lighting up the sky.

I’m assuming no busybodies called the Franklin police to complain. There wasn’t a squad car armed with tickets in sight.

As it should be.

Honest Diamond Jim...

Strikes again.

My most popular blogs (07/05/09)

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) Franklin loses a Sendik's

2) Franklin All-Star snub is perfect example of what's wrong with Little League

3) "You might have a much bigger story here"

4) UPDATE: Franklin All-Star snub is perfect example of what's wrong with Little League

5) A very sad day for Milwaukee County liberals

The MJS Scorecard (07/05/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


Another View: Doyle failed county voters with a blatant political move

A liberal ripping a liberal. It goes in the “L” column because the author, Lee Holloway is upset that a tax increase was vetoed.

Job creation at core of budget

How can such a successful businessman write this malarkey?


Europe offers a bad model for Americans

Jonah Goldberg: Finding the wrong solutions 

Tom Still : Nuclear needs to be part of our energy mix 

Joe Farkas: Allow prayer to be among parents' health care choices 

This one was a tough call. While I don’t condone parents praying over a dying child rather than calling 9-1-1, I have a problem with liberal Democrats intervening and trying to inhibit or stifle prayer.


Bevan K. Baker : City Health Department will protect patients' privacy 

Motown West | John Gurda: How Milwaukee once made claim at being automotive industry's heart 


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-4

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-56, Conservative-55

Now we’re getting interesting,

Photos of the Week (07/05/09)

How did you spend your 4th? A U.S. Marine from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. takes up a defensive position as they cross a field on July 4, 2009 in Mian Poshteh, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of Operation Khanjari which was launched to take areas in the Southern Helmand Province that Taliban fighters are using as a resupply route and to help the local Afghan population prepare for the upcoming presidential elections. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. cross a canal as they conduct a sweep of a compound on July 4, 2009 in Mian Poshteh, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of Operation Khanjari which was launched to take areas in the Southern Helmand Province that Taliban fighters are using as a resupply route and to help the local Afghan population prepare for the upcoming presidential elections. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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The Brewers a better value than the Packers?

Yes, according to ESPN the Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings.”

The Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley reports the magazine, “
ranked all pro teams in eight weighted categories it says fans use to judge what they are getting in return ‘for all the time, money and emotion’ they invest.”

The Milwaukee Brewers rank #7 while the Green Bay Packers rank #13.

Such a scenario would have been unthinkable just a year or so ago.

By the way, the Bears rank #69 and the Cubs are at # 78.

Here is the ESPN the Magazine article and the complete “Ultimate Standings.”

Culinary no-no #120

Culinary no-no's

If you’re as old as I am, you remember the old A & P grocery stores.

Late in the 70’s and early in my broadcast career at WUWM, I was dispatched to an east side location to do a Q and A with customers about the upcoming closing of the A & P stores.

I think I developed an instant hate for this kind of story that day. This isn’t riveting, compelling, hard-hitting journalism. Do you know how many yutz’s you have to interview before you can get a reasonable sample of sound bites that is broadcast quality?

After getting permission from store management to comb the aisles, I recall shoppers either knew about the demise of A & P and were just plain sad, or were totally taken aback by the news and were shocked.

One of the stunned parties was an antique of a woman, frail and feeble. Should I approach her? Will she be frightened, intimidated, and just tell me to take a hike?

Why not? I could get one of two answers.

The elderly gem was a sweetheart, my best interview of the day.

For her, the closing of the A & P was more than just a business shutting down. This posed a dramatic and serious change to her lifestyle.

In a shaky and very old-sounding voice (remember, this was radio), the woman expressed deep sorrow and near pain.

How am I going to live, she asked directly into my microphone.

And then she referred to a specific product.

To her, an amazing elixir.

A life-saving liquid.

Eight O'Clock Coffee Original Whole Bean - 42 oz.


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The price of children

If you have not seen this slideshow that has made its way around the Internet for a couple of years, it is well worth a look.


As Hawkeye once said on M*A*S*H...

This gives "a whole new meaning to lights out."


All those in favor of legitimizing sexually deviant behavior please signify by voting aye...

Oh oh.

It must be Doug Giles time. The columnist has a real doozy this week.

Remember before the great Democrat tsunami that devastated republicans in the November elections of 2006 how we were told the liberal party would fix, ohhhh, just about everything?

One has to (always) wonder about their priorities.

Major case in point: the Ted Kennedy-sponsored Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Sounds awfully nice, doesn’t it? In reality, it’s just plain awful.

I’ve spent a great of deal of space on my blog blasting sex predators and pedophiles. Those scumbags and other perverts would be protected under Kennedy’s proposal as Giles illustrates in his usual two-by-four to the face style:

“Yep, with the Liberals in the house your deviant behavior—along with over 500 additional unmentionables—could potentially be legitimized and federally protected against anyone who says you’re a crazy bastard who should undergo chemical castration and have your frontal lobe scraped for your aberrant bents.”

Oh, there’s more. I suggest you read to learn more about those liberal Democrat priorities in Washington.

The government wants to control your life, and admits it

In today’s Wall Street Journal, research fellow Gabriel Roth writes that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has stated he wants to “coerce people out of their cars.”

Roth writes, “What does this mean? Most travel is not for its own sake. So reducing the total miles traveled -- whether the length or number of trips -- means people would have to reduce the activities they want and need to do. People would be ‘coerced,’ in effect, to live in less desirable places or work in less desirable jobs; shop in fewer and closer stores; see their doctor less frequently; visit fewer family members and friends.”

Of course, this blatant government intervention and control of yet more aspects of your life would end up costing you more.

Read how..

I proclaim Tuesday Turn Off Your TV day

National Turn Off Your TV Week is scheduled September 20-26.

I suggest Tuesday, July 7, 2009 be National Turn Off Your TV day.

Listen to radio, Read a book, magazine, some newspapers or some blogs. Do anything. Just leave the TV off to avoid the all-day ad nauseam wall-to-wall coverage of Jacko’s farewell.

Congressman Peter King of NY...

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All-Star snubs

The baeball All-Star roster has been announced for the National League.

AP Photo

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CRG commends MPS....honest!

CRG Network
 PO Box 371086 
Milwaukee, WI 53237      

July 5, 2009
For Immediate Release

CRG Network Applauds Milwaukee Public Schools for Publishing Online Spending Database

CRG Network applauds the decision by Milwaukee Public Schools to be one of the first governmental agencies in the state to publish an online, invoice level spending database.  The recently announced tool debuted on July 2, 2009 less than one year after CRG Network launched its Government Accountability in Spending Project (GASP) transparency initiative and published a similar MPS database obtained through open records.

The MPS database and web-browser-based interface is virtually identical to the CRG Network GASP system with several added features and usability enhancements.  Additionally, since it is continually updated by MPS, it offers the advantage of allowing users to review even the most recent expenditures.

CRG Network spokesperson Chris Kliesmet added, “We are pleased that MPS followed our lead and did so in such an expeditious manner.  It demonstrates they took the public outrage over spending seriously and have made this groundbreaking commitment to spending transparency.  We hope the combined efforts of CRG Network and MPS will set an example for all units of government to commit to applying innovation and technology to improve spending transparency.  It really is just this easy!”

For further information contact Chris Kliesmet at 414-429-9501.  The GASP website can be accessed from or directly at
The MPS website can be found at

That didn't take long; liberals cry slander over remarks made about Jacko

Earlier today, I included a You Tube made by NY Congressman Peter King who commented about the overkill in the media coverage about Michael Jackson.

Congressman King was DEAD ON!

I don't care if Michael Jackson could monn walk from here to China. His criminal behavior torpedoed his legacy. His body of work certainly doesn't deserve the worship he's receiving now.

But of course, here come the lefty, hand wringers,

Please, just go away, shut up, and if you must, play "Ben" over and over in the privacy of your own homes.

An open invitation to the Franklin Police Department


A year ago about this time, about a quarter mile up the road from my house, a neighbor placed a yard sign on his lawn where every passing motorist (bat out of hell) could see:


Motorists travelling west downhill, I repeat, downhill, could easily see the sign.


A sign that says


is like a yellow light at an intersection. Most idiots behind the wheel interpret it as, “Go as fast as you can.”

So, morons who passed their driver’s test see the


sign as they proceed westbound on my normally quiet street in my normally dullsville subdivision, and, if anything, speed up.

Regular readers of This Just In are cognizant of the fact that I fear nothing and no one. However, this past weekend, as I mowed my lawn and was at the edge of my grass on the street, I looked up to see a Matt Kenseth imitator barreling down on me.

I stopped mowing. He kept coming.

I slowed down. He didn’t.

All the way down the road to the sudden curve.

There they go.

The sudden brake lights.

Lucky the group of five or six kids in the nearby court weren’t riding their bikes into the street like they usually do.

Between now and the time the first snowflakes fly, I will shake my head many, many times. I don’t have to watch NASCAR or IRL. I see it on my own street all summer long.

Switch gears.

Every year, I receive the obligatory notice from my neighborhood homeowner’s association. Your dues are due.

I don’t know who is on the homeowner’s association. Worse yet, I haven’t a clue what they spend the money on. I suppose I could attend a meeting. And for what? Waste my time with the other three dingbats who didn’t have a life that night?

In recent years, my neighbors and I were told our dues helped pay for the annual block party.


Now I’m impressed.

I should go to a party and break bread when all my neighbors know the jerk three houses down from me spends his time flooding City Hall with complaints that neighbor so and so has too many weeds???

Sorry. I’ll grill my own brats, thank you.

If any Franklin homeowner association types are reading and have ideas other than just counting our contributions, how about buying SLOW DOWN signs for the neighborhood.

I’ll even play the liberal game.


Meanwhile, I know a city employee of some regard or two reads my blog every now and then. Though I’m not a fan of speed traps, I would relish seeing a Franklin squad positioned in the weeds in my subdivision, only to pounce on one of these Kyle Busch wanna-be’s.

I rarely, correct that, I NEVER complain to City Hall. But my street is nowhere near Indianapolis.

Newspapers blast Doyle trips

Statewide editorials are starting to jump on Jim Doyle and his latest escapade proving what a terrible governor he really is.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this past weekend:

"Gov. Jim Doyle and his staff failed to properly account for 145 travel expenses over two years, including a $5,200 business-class flight to Ireland and a $654-a-night stay in a London hotel.

Nearly three-fourths of the time in 2007 and 2008, Doyle and his staff didn't supply receipts as required under state travel policy. By comparison, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and her staff didn't provide receipts one-third of the time during the same period.

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Just play, Ryan

Ryan Braun (he now playing with the comfortable, fat contract) is criticizing his teammates in the media. Braun specifically called out Brewer pitchers for the way they performed in the recent 4-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.

Braun batted 5 for 19 in the series. Should Seth McClung tear into him?

Buy American?

Not on the 4th of July.

The Michael Jackson Memorial Orgy of Excess

The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes sums it up very well.

If this was happening during the school year, I bet classrooms would halt instruction, and many parents would even keep their kids home.


Diversity = inequality

In a well publicized case, the Supreme Court ruled in Ricci vs. DeStefano that that white firemen in New Haven, Connecticut suffered illegal discrimination when a promotional test that they scored well on was rejected because not enough blacks did well.

A group of 18 firefighters (white and Hispanic) rightly protested when they were passed over for promotions. They claimed discrimination as the city countered with the lame response that it feared legal action from blacks. The firefighters won, the city lost.

The U.S. Navy should take notice.

The Washington Post reports a Naval Academy professor is criticizing the push to diversify the midshipmen. The Post reports:

“(Bruce) Fleming said he was moved to raise the issue when he saw the dramatic rise in minority first-year students, or plebes, this summer. Fleming served on the academy's admissions board seven years ago and said he participated in a process that blatantly favored minority applicants.

To win the admissions board's approval at that time, he said, a white applicant had to present SAT section scores higher than 600 (out of 800); a transcript of A's and B's; and a strong background of leadership in sports and student life, reflected in a four-digit score called the whole-person multiplier. Black and Hispanic students were routinely admitted with SAT scores in the 500s; with B's and C's; and lower whole-person multipliers, he said.”

Fleming’s assessment: the current process is dumbing down the U.S. Navy.

Read the Post article.

Our country has two enemies

Here's a great piece written by a retired Marine Sergeant Major complete with a Wisconsin reference.

Vikings fans, wanna see Favre play against the Pack?

There's a catch.

College football needs a playoff system

But not this way.

Fuzzy Franklin School Board math

Did you catch some of the quotes made by Franklin School
Board President Dave Szychlinski tucked inside the FranklinNOW article about the board cancelling busing for private schools?

Szychlinski said, “Given the economy, we know that we can't go to the taxpayers and ask for an exorbitant increase in taxes."

I would have preferred that he said, “Given the economy, we know that we can't go to the taxpayers and ask for an increase in taxes." However, what he did say is absolutely right. The proposed school property tax levy is 3.8 %. That’s not exactly exorbitant, but during a recession and when the private sector is cutting salaries, benefits, and jobs, 3.8% could be considered too much.

Szychlinski also commented that the board hated to cut busing for private school students, then added, “But when a district is making cuts in its budget, we have to look at everything."

Making cuts in the budget?  Not so.

The Franklin School District plans to increase spending by $1,142,674 next year.

“We have to look at everything.” Oh, really?

In a classic case of a want vs. a need, at the last school board meeting, members approved spending $875,000 on a fiber optics cable purchase. That’s over three-quarters of a million bucks.

Szychlinski is talking the talk, and in the FranklinNOW piece made a few remarks that were right on the money, so to speak. Now it’s time to put those words into meaningful actions.

We can start by not claiming to make cuts when the budget increases spending by $1.14 million.

Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

My blogs about a young pitching sensation left off the Franklin Little League All-Star team generated great interest. You could even use the term, “controversy” to describe the story as WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes referred to the issue as, “Franklingate.”

The Little League is an exceptional organization. In some form or fashion, I’ve been involved in youth sports since 1965, so I have a strong affection for the Little League and wish it the very best. One of the beauties of the sport is parental involvement. Unfortunately, that is also one of its drawbacks.

It’s a pretty good bet that those responsible for slighting 12-year old Devin Baehr by keeping him off the Franklin Little League All-Star team never dreamed the story would appear on a community blog and then be discussed by the most popular talk show host on Wisconsin’s most popular radio station.

One of Charlie Sykes’ callers was Franklin High School varsity baseball coach Jim Hughes who has complied over 700 career victories. Hughes told Sykes and his vast audience he had seen Devin Baehr pitch in person and that he truly deserved All-Star honors.

Hughes’ assessment is more than good enough for me.

For whatever reasons or rationale they used, the people responsible for snubbing Baehr flat out messed up. There’s something terribly wrong when the kids of various managers make the All-Star team while a deserving youngster like Baehr does not.

So now the story goes public, and because there’s no defense for what happened, the strategy becomes to use diversionary tactics, to change the subject and point fingers elsewhere, like the young boy’s father.

Some negative remarks are made on my blog, several untrue, but that’s the danger of a blog’s comments section.

A sidebar grows out of Devin Baehr's admission to me that he stopped playing Little League ball after learning he didn’t make the All-Star squad. When he and his father talked about it during my interview with them, I winced because I knew the young boy’s decision, backed by his father would lose him support. I never used the “Q” word in my original blog, but young Devin was eventually labeled a “quitter.” Mind you, we’re not talking about a spoiled professional ballplayer, we’re talking about a 12-year old.

I told Devin’s father that I would have preferred Devin hold his head high and continue playing to illustrate the big mistake that had been made. Devin’s departure doesn’t take away from the fact the young boy got a raw deal. His father tells me that even some of  Devin's closer friends have shunned him since the story broke, and that's unfortunate.}

There might be some good to come out of all of this.

Carl Baehr and
David Bartels, the president of the Franklin Little League Board of Directors worked out some differences they had expressed on my blog.


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An update on one of the most evil women in America

I have been following the case of Lori Drew extensively here at This Just In…

Drew is one of the most evil women in America. Words fail to describe how despicable this woman truly is, posing as someone else on the Internet to try to manipulate a troubled young girl who eventually committed suicide.

Would anyone in their right mind do such a horrible thing? Go on the web, assume a false identity, carry on conversations with innocent people in an evil, sick, twisted, perverted manner?

Of course not. No one, as I said, in their right mind.

Here’s the background on the Lori Drew case.

She was scheduled to be sentenced recently, after a previous sentencing date was postponed.
The delay caused me to worry, and with good reason that the wrong judge would make the wrong ruling, and that’s exactly what happened.

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, here’s the outrageous update.

I can only hope that Lori Drew and the many like her in the world, and they’re out there, folks, will get theirs someday.

So tell me again why we need commuter or light rail?

Driving around Milwaukee is "smooth sailing."

I had no idea local school board member was a comedienne

Dear Lauren Furlong (of FranklinNOW):

I read with great interest your recent articles covering the Franklin School Board. I even linked to
one of them because I found the comments of the School Board President to be noteworthy.

I see where rookie Franklin School Board member Janet Evans had her feathers ruffled by your reporting and referred to you several times in one of her latest blog entries as, “intern.”  The label insinuates that you are young, inexperienced, and unreliable.

Where I work, we have several “interns,” and I always interject when I hear one of them say, “I’m just an intern.”

You are never, “just an intern.” If your talents and skills are being utilized, then you are important.

I linked to one of your pieces because I was interested in some of the direct quotes. I trust they were correct. Needless to say you should always strive for accuracy and I’m quite confident that was your goal.

Why Janet Evans went after you, I'm don’t know for sure. Maybe she feels only she can report on Franklin School Board issues on FranklinNOW. Maybe she didn’t like it that you chose to report on certain items that she ignored until AFTER you published your stories. She accused you of "selective reporting." Truth is, she's done it, too. Sometimes she "selects" not to report on what just happened with the School Board at all.

It’s strange. Janet Evans is fully aware of a young, local blogger who butchers the English language every five minutes, yet she never goes after him (anymore).

But what really made me laugh out loud about Janet Evans’ criticism of you (and thus, the title of this blog), is that she is guilty of dropping the ball covering the Franklin School Board, big time.

Before she ran for a board seat, as a blogger she attended School Board meetings and taped them. Nothing wrong with that. It was a great public service on her part. And we all knew because she told us about it over and over and over and over and over again.

I blogged the following on May 19, 2009:

Last August, I learned that the Franklin School Board quietly, without fanfare had approved big pay hikes for the superintendent and others at a June 2008 meeting (New school board member Janet Evans who attended that and many, many other board meetings and told us so must have had the pause button down on her recorder that night).”

It was the biggest School Board news, not just that night, but of the year and Janet Evans missed it. Hope she's paying better attention now.

So Lauren, don’t be discouraged. Do your best. Keep trying to improve.

And if an "intern" can get under a rookie elected official’s skin, how will she respond when the going really gets tough?

Best of luck to you!


Kevin Fischer

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Joe the Plumber is coming

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009
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The Orrin Bowl

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) used his beloved Utes to make a case Wednesday for a college football playoff system.

Even Wisconsin’s Herb Kohl got into the debate.

I believe, if there can be a playoff for Division III football and women’s lacrosse, then there certainly can and should be a playoff system for major college football. But Congress needs to keep its nose out of it.

The left keeps spewing hate vs. Sarah Palin

Check out  #4.

Real class.

White firefighter who was discriminated against to testify at Sotomayor hearings

I love this.

Our sad MSM

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez



With a new twist.

Stay tuned.

Franklin School Board: We will provide communications, except when we don't

From the Franklin School District website:


We will provide timely and continuous communication between the school district, parents and community organizations using current technologies, media outlets and printed correspondence. In order to accomplish this goal, we will:

  • Find new ways to communicate with all sectors of our community (parents and residents without children in the district)
  • Find ways in which we can engage the community in the activities and planning in our district
  • Consider emerging ways in which we communicate with families (i.e. emergency notification system)
  • Evaluate how parents use tools provided by the district (i.e. power school)
  • Foster a welcoming environment in all our schools."

From the same website, rookie school board member Janet Evans is the only member to mention communications:

“In order for success to be realized, open communication between citizens, the Board, and the administration is essential.”

As usual the school district says one thing, then does the complete opposite, as the school board has decided to make the district’s communications specialist a part-time rather than a full-time position.

Gotta pay for that $875,000 fiber optic purchase somehow.

This is starting to look like the worst Franklin School Board in recent memory.

BABIES, let the good times roll!

Now that the state budget has been approved and signed into law and the Legislature isn't in session until September, I'm finally able to take my leave time to spend precious moments with baby Kyla and my wonderful wife.

Knowing that I'm even more baby conscious than ever these days, a longtime friend sent me the following.

Way good!


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The Washington Post asks the question...

The answer is yes.

Counties that backed Obama getting more $$$

A vote for the Obamessiah means payback. The USA Today reports:

"Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President  Obama in last year's presidential election."

There's more:

"Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain  a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college."

The president's mouthpiece offers this laughable line:

"There's no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

Hope and change, if you voted for the donkeys.



Here's a novel idea...

How about giving it back to taxpayers?

More from the warm, fuzzy, compassionate left re: Sarah Palin

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White House honors Franklin teacher

Congratulations to Karen Nesbit, a science teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School in Franklin for receiving a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Here’s more from The White House.


Hands Off My Health Care

From Americans for Prosperity:

President Obama and big-government politicians in Congress have said they want Americans to have health care as good as they have. So why aren't they jumping to join the new public health insurance plan they're trying to create?

I know you're shocked to hear this ... but members of Congress are planning to keep their gold-plated, taxpayer-funded benefits packages while putting the rest of us into a government health care plan. If this new plan is supposed to be so great, why aren't they going to join it?

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MLB's biggest problem

It’s not steroids or bloated salaries. According to fans, and this isn’t surprising, it’s the cost. They feel taken when taken to a ballgame.

Here’s the story and the survey questions and results.

Commissioenr Bud Selig worried about the economy’s impact on the national pastime earlier this year in an interview with ESPN:

"I've been very sensitive about ticket prices. And a lot of clubs are offering discounts. We know that people can't travel as much. So I really hope that we can fulfill the needs of people who want to be entertained, who love our sport."

The Milwaukee Brewers do offer ticket deals.

It might be little consolation but historically, studies have shown MLB has been a better fan value than the NFL, NBA, or NHL.

We don't take the weekend off at This Just In...

We’ll have all our regular weekend entries starting tonight at sundown with our musical Goodnight feature that will have an ethnic flair.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot as my wife Jennifer returns from her blog maternity leave to write the main dog blog, plus DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Then it’s our week in review, Week-ends. Why do these two.....

...get a mention?

Who will be a hero? Who was a villain this past week?

Also Saturday, Recommended Reading….always good stuff.

Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs because what’s popular is popular. See the Photos of the Week. We’ll tally the MJS Scorecard. And Culinary no-no, too.

Plus stuff in-between.

Thanks for checking in.

Brewer wives teaming up to help UCP

It's always great to see those associated with professional sports working for a great cause.

The Brewer wives have some incentive.


Goodnight everyone, and have a Francais 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, some French pastry in honor of Bastille Days.

We open with something from today’s Smooth Jazz charts. No fancy video on this one, just a nice French touch (note the accordion) from the normally tropical sounding Rippingtons.

Give a listen to, “Paris Groove.”


Wasn’t that nice?

Next up, native New Yorker Peter Cincotti puts his stamp on an old classic.

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The Barking Lot (07/11/09)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Partky cloiudy. High of 82.   "A"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 82. "A"

Jennifer returns this week after her dog blog maternity leave. Welcome back, sweetheart! Take it away!

One of my favorite Dick Van Dyke episodes, naturally, has a plot that involves a dog.  Rob Petrie “borrows” a dog from the local pound for a sketch on the Allen Brady show.  Rob & Laura fall in love with the matted, shabby mutt they affectionately name “Horrible.”  Given Rob’s allergies they are not able to keep Horrible.  They want to make him as appealing as possible to a loving family to adopt him.  So they take him to the Puppy Palace, a dog grooming salon owned by Rexford Spaulding.  The best scene includes the following dialogue:

Rexford Spaulding: Do you know what we call a cross between a Schnauzer and a poodle?
Rob: No, what?
Rocky Spaulding: (Rex's wife cuts in) A Shnoodle!
(Both Rex and Rocky laugh riotously)
Rexford Spaulding: I, myself am a FREEK!
Rob: A W-w-what!?
Rexford Spaulding: A FREEK, one half French, the other Greek......FREEK!

Now, I’m not sure what hybrid name I would have given to my Basenji-Cocker Spaniel mix, Sugar.  Would I have called her a Bas-Cock?  A Cocka-Ji?  A Cocka-Bas?  Really, none of those names sound all that appealing.  But then again, I’m not aware of any specialty breeders that are clamoring to produce that particular mix.  (Although perhaps they should…  I have said many times I would take a dozen of “Sugar dogs” at once, she was so delightful and so easy to be the owner of).

This whole designer breed mixing craze amazes me.  A few nights ago, Kevin & I met Ziggy and Marley.  They were “brothers” rescued from the Wisconsin Humane Society when they bought out that disgusting puppy mill.  Ziggy and Marley were Cocka-Poo’s.  They were ADORABLE.  Extremely lovable, well behaved and extremely affectionate, these dogs were absolutely delightful.  But I wouldn’t have cared WHAT bred with what to make those darling animals.  And I wouldn’t have cared what they were called, either.

The American Canine Hybrid Club currently recognizes 588 designer breeds, from a mix of Affenpinscher x Bichon Frise = Affenchon to a mix of Yorkie x Shih Tzu =Shorkie Tzu.  Designer Doggies  shows Puggles, Cockapoos, and the fame of Dick Van Dyke, Schnoodles. asks a question, and offers one answer about designer breeds:  “What's the difference between a designer dog and a mutt? Generally, a mutt is of uncertain ancestry. A designer dog has documented purebred ancestry, and one knows for sure what it is.”  

Another website, has a different opinion:  

“So you want a dog and you have your heart set on one of the new "designer" breeds? Labradoodle? Pomchi? Have you been searching the internet for the perfect breeder from which to buy your perfect pooch? Let me break this to you gently: They're not "breeds", they're not "hybrids", and they're not new and trendy. 

They're MUTTS. 

The same mixes that have been making headlines lately have been turning up in our shelter system for years upon years. 

Why would you shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a dog you can adopt for anywhere between - or so from your local pound, rescue, or shelter? I know, I know. Your response is going to be "but those are just mutts, these are BRED to be just this way and look and act just like this. It's not the same!" 

My response? I have here 7 pairs of the most popular designer dogs around today. One of each pair is directly from a breeder. The other is a rescue or shelter dog of completely unknown origin. Try it out. Pick out which is which. I dare you. 

And if you're shocked by the results... think once more about buying from that breeder, and give the dogs at your nearby shelter another chance at life.”

There could be “something” to this specialty breeding.  There is a theory that “smart” designer dogs could be on the way.  I think that the concept of being able to genetically remove disease traits is remarkable.  I would hope that the breeders of pedigrees could learn from this.  It is well known that if pedigree breeding is done irresponsibly, it can end in some genetic disasters for the dogs.

I feel the same about adopting designer breeds as I do about adopting (paying for) a pedigree breed:  If that is truly what you want, and you are a caring, kind, compassionate, dedicated dog lover that is just fine.  But if your motives aren’t altruistic; if you just want a flashy, trendy, de rigueur puppy… consider the staple of, and quite possibly the inspiration for, a designer breed:  your local shelter.  I would never have been blessed with Sugar if it weren’t for a Basenji “falling for” a Cocker Spaniel (both pedigrees) and making those darling little puppies.
---Jennifer Fischer

Great to have you back, Jennifer!

My turn. It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Advocates still hoping for puppy mill legislation in Wisconsin.

Dogfighting raids were conducted in 6 states. The problem appears to be widespread.

He spray pianted a dog, but is he a criminal? The story.....the video.

Vandals refuse to leave dog statues alone in Indiana.

A coyote kills a celebrity's dog.

Richard Gere to star in movie about a legendary dog.

Pets are becoming accessories.

How about some inspiration? Here's a rundown of how dogs have helped humans throughout history.

Gracie is on a bedbug mission. The issue even caught the attention of the NY Times.

What happens when a  dog munches on some lunch meat, while it's still in a plastic bag? It ain't pretty.

From the I'M SORRY I MISSED THIS ONE file: Dog hair after a dog's death put to good use.

Don't forget, FEASTING FOR FIDO is next week!

That's it for this week. Thank you so much for paying a visit to THE BARKING LOT.

Our closing video this week looks at Cowboy, the genius dog.

Week-ends (07/11/09)


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...


Wendall Fugett

This boyfriend

Collin Guardiola

Owen and Finn Voorhees

KinderCare kids

Frank Ross Jr.

The Miami school district

Karen Nesbit


Sahel Kazemi

Oregon teenager

James DeGroff

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

David Shuster

Vito Congine Jr.

Robin Long

Paul Rosenblum


UW Regents

The Wisconsin DNR

Milwaukee Brewer relievers, especially Carlos Villanueva


"Don't know what the future holds. I'm not gonna shut any door. That -- who knows what doors open. I can't predict what the next fish run's gonna look like down on the Nushagak [River]. So I certainly can't predict what's gonna happen in the next couple of years.”
Sarah Palin in an interview with ABC News. She admitted many people are still confused about why she decided to leave office. "You know why they're confused? I guess they cannot take something nowadays at face value," Palin said.

"She had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people had been offering us and you know just run with it, say 'forget everything else.'"
Levi Johnston, 19, whose wedding to Bristol Palin was called off earlier this year, said he lived with the Palin family from early December to the second week in January. He claimed he heard the governor several times say how nice it would be to take advantage of the lucrative deals that were being offered, including a reality show and a book.

"It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills.”
Spokeswoman for Sarah Palin, Meghan Stapleton

“We misread how bad the economy was.”
VP Joe Biden

"Students of middle-class families have no net tuition increase, there's no caps on enrollment, there's no massive layoffs. I think we've got something here to hold the course, and there will be a bright future."
UW Regent Tom Loftus on the approval of the UW System's annual operating budget, which includes a 5.5 percent tuition hike at four-year campuses and 5.3 percent hike in dorm fees, but includes enough financial aid to hold students with family income of less than $60,000 harmless for the increased tuition.

"Democrats took care of low-income families at the expense of middle-class families who will now be forced to look at other post-secondary options for their sons and daughters."
State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), on the tuition hike.

You better pack a lunch when you travel with me. We don't stop places."
Governor Jim Doyle defending his reporting and spending on his state travel after a news report showed that he and others didn't properly disclose receipts for thousands spent on hotel accommodations and a business class flight to Ireland. Doyle insisted all of his travel is documented. 

"Clearly, our financial health has been on life support since 2003, and that $5,000 on an airplane ticket when he could have gotten a cheaper one shows a degree of arrogance.  I'm not saying for a second that the governor should have to hitchhike to Ireland, but common sense would dictate that if you are in hard economic times, you don't rent a Cadillac when you can get a Chevy Cobalt."
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) on Governor Doyle's travels.


Political Cartoon by Henry Payne


The real American heroes.


Michael Jackson, again.


Wussy MLB players

Former topless model
an escort for G8 wives. More.

Say ahhhhhh and
put your clothes on.

The Amora Sex Academy

That's not a tree. It's the Blessed Virgin.

Hey you, in the White House, it's

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 (07/11/09)

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).

What if Palin were President?

"Really, where would we be if a bumpkin like Palin were president? With her brainpower, we'd probably be stuck with a Cabinet full of tax cheats, retreads and moralizing social engineers.

If Palin were president, chances are we'd have a gaffe-generating motor mouth for a vice president. That's the kind of decision-making one expects from Miss Congeniality."

I still hate you, Sarah Palin

"If you had any sense, you would start using our tactics against us. Of course, you won’t. You’re too nice, too enamored of history and tradition to realize that the rules have changed. Remember, I live and work in a town where, 'Hello, he lied,' isn’t a joke; we men of the Left are perfectly comfortable lying, cheating, and stealing — hello, Senator Franken! — in order to attain and keep political power. Not for nothing is one of our mottos, 'By Any Means Necessary.' You see, we’re the good guys, and for us the ends always justify the means. We are, literally, shameless, which is why Bill Clinton is now a multi-millionaire and Eliot Spitzer is already on the comeback trail."

While King of Pop is memorilaized, seven lonely caskets return from Afghanistan

"As thousands of people filled a huge arena in Los Angeles this week, and millions more were glued to their television sets; as accolades unlimited were spoken about the late 'King of Pop,' my mind was on how seven other Americans might be honored."

The bankrupt party of porkulus

"Porkulus One was a massive payoff to special interests and political constituencies (and dead people!) disguised as a job generator. A General Accounting Office analysis this week revealed that stimulus dollars allocated to states and localities are not being spent on what they're supposed to be spent on. States are making up their own criteria for spending. The most economically distressed parts of the country are getting shortchanged. School and transportation bureaucrats are using the money to preserve their own jobs instead of 'stimulating' others. And assessments of the stimulative effect of the package are a joke."

Do we need a second stimulus?

"This would be a mistake. The truth is there hasn't been any stimulus to speak of so far this year. Moreover, what's being called stimulus is just a smoke screen for a permanent expansion of government. Let's start with some facts..."

The agenda and the moment

"President Barack Obama has made a tactical mistake, one that is characteristic of the man."

Gathering my thoughts

“Conservative pundits keep lecturing us about treating Barack Obama with respect instead of following the example of those nasty liberals who, not satisfied with trashing George W. Bush for eight long years, are still at it. To which I say, hooey! The way I see it, it makes no sense to respect a man whom I believe is single-handedly destroying the country simply because he won a beauty contest last November.”

Obama and Crew: Excellence versus nothing

"I know excellence when I see it, and unqualified when I smell it. If you're a good musician, you can't play in my band. Good sucks. My boys are the best there are. It's how we operate.

It is no wonder to me why President Obama believes and does what he does: he has zero experience in the private sector, zero executive experience, and even very limited experience in government."

What the Republicans will ask Sonia Sotomayor

"With confirmation hearings set to begin Monday morning, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are becoming increasingly concerned about Sotomayor's positions on gun rights."

Backers of Sotomayor: "Let's get the firefighter!"

"Supporters of Judge Sonia Sotomayor are stooping to a new low…"

How we'd shoot down a North Korean missile

"Within seconds of a North Korean missile launch, the United States would detect, track and determine whether it posed a real threat to U.S. territory or that of our allies."

Two new polls continue the trend that Governor Doyle and Dems are in serious trouble

"Governor Doyle’s disapproval rating is at 61% which is a two point increase from a poll conducted in late April.  When I took a look from all the polls Survey USA conducted this year when the first poll showed Governor Doyle with his approval at 48 percent to 46 percent disapprove, Governor Doyle has taken a sharp 15 point drop."

Crashes fuel debate over rules for older drivers

"As the U.S. population ages, the number of licensed drivers over 65 is projected to double to nearly 57 million by 2030, or a quarter of all drivers. For years, states have wrestled with how to weed out those whose cognitive or physical impairments make them a danger to themselves and others on the road."

The MJS Scorecard (07/12/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Ray Vahey: Advocates for immigrants, gays find common political ground 

Jim Draeger: Nuclear power: the fool's choice 


Thomas Hefty and John Torinus Jr.: Backward we go in Dairyland 


Daniel J. Steininger: A fresh idea on the Fresh Coast: How our beach was reclaimed 

L. Allen Phelps: Rigorous math, science education essential 

Neil D. Rosenberg : Bloodshed unneeded to keep wolves, dogs apart 


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-58, Conservative-56

My most popular blogs (07/12/09)

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)  Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

Franklin All-Star snub is perfect example of what's wrong with Little League

3)  Franklin School Board: We will provide communications, except when we don’t

UPDATE: Franklin All-Star snub is perfect example of what's wrong with Little League

5) Photos of the Week (06/28/09)

Photos of the Week (07/12/09)

Photos of the Week

A Walt Disney World monorail crash early Sunday killed cast member Austin Wuennenberg, 21. (WKMG-Local 6)

A Walt Disney World monorail crash early last Sunday killed cast member Austin Wuennenberg, 21. (WKMG-Local 6)


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The most outrageous column of the year, so far

The claim made by the author, the daughter of Robert Kennedy, is beyond absurd and ludicrous.


UPDATE: An e-mail from a frequent reader:

"This is almost too infuriating to read. I'm afraid there are too many Catholics, in places of influence, who believe this rot. The Kennedys have a lot to answer for, and not just Chappaquidick and a half dozen other egregious uglies. Sadly, there does not seem to be a brain among the whole clan."

Beyond the assasinations, it's difficult to sympathize with this dysfunctional famly.

The Brewers at the break

The Brewers enter the All-Star break with a record of 45-43. Last year after 88 games, their record was 49 -39. At the All-Star break in 2008, the Brewers were 54-43.

It doesn’t appear a CC-like deal is in the cards this season to propel the Brew Crew. If the Cubs keep surging, even wild card hopes might be out of the question.

All-Star break observation: Ken Macha is Ned Yost. Same questionable moves. Same lack of fire. Same deer in headlights look when a ballgame is falling apart.

Favre as a Viking


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked readers to submit their own photos under the theme, "Favre as a Viking." Just a few....



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Culinary no-no #121

Culinary no-no's

Unquestionably, we all have our favorite foods. Collectively, as a nation, designating those favorites isn’t a tough assignment. You’ve got our pizza and tacos and hot dogs and burgers, right? surveyed readers on this very topic:

“Fast food -- a little bit is great and a lot is even better (at least before it sets in your stomach). One could consider eating our true national pastime, and if the feedback we received is any indication, then move over baseball, because we only have one true passion, and food is it.'s faithful readers were asked about their favorite fast food in terms of quality, price and speed of service.”

Uhh, wait a minute, Kev.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiitttt a minute!

This is a no-no blog.

You’re the guy accused of being so bombastic and vitriolic all the time (Yes, I’m just an old meanie and a half), and now you come at us with a list of popular stuff. What gives?

Culinary no-no aficionados, relax.

You know that often there’s a buildup before the big bang (In more things than just one of my blogs).

We’re gettin’ to it.

We’re gettin’  to it!!

Now where was I?

Oh, yes.


You know, you just don’t get stuff half this good over on

Here are, according to, America’s Top Ten favorite Fast Foods:


The pepperoni pizza at Pizza Hut


Subway's Steak and Cheese sub


Arby's Roast Beef sandwich



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Franklin couple struggles one year after great 2008 flood

Read their story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Nice job by Channel 12 could have been nicer

It’s a Sunday ritual: reading the big morning paper, and that includes those who work in TV newsrooms.

Someone at Channel 12 saw this article in Sunday’s paper about 6-year old Sam Last of West Bend. He has a brain tumor, but thanks to the folks at Make-A-Wish Foundation, he lived his dream of singing the national anthem before a Brewer game at Miller Park.

A Channel 12 photojournalist was assigned to record Sam singing, and a portion, a short clip was broadcast on Channel 12’s 5:30 Sunday afternoon newscast with the promo that the entire national anthem could be seen on the Sunday night 10:00 newscast.

True to their word, Channel 12 did show Sam Last on the 10:00 news, but not until 10:50.

Would it have hurt to show the entire video on the 5:30 news? How about showing it earlier than 10:50 when most kids (including Sam) were probably asleep.

Here’s Sam singing.

One trillion dollars

One of those e-mails going around that’s really good:

What Does one TRILLION dollars look like?



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Voters trust the GOP on 80% of key issues

That's according to Rasmussen polling on the top ten electoral issues with the GOP gaining on the other two, normally Democrat-stronghold issues.


Like something out of Happy Days or Grease

It happened early Sunday morning on Milwaukee’s south side:
drag racing.

Thirty states, including Wisconsin actually stage legal drag racing with an unusual twist.  Racers compete against law enforcement officers. The goal is to provide an outlet that will prevent dangerous street racing.

The same day drag racers hit Oklahoma Avenue, ABC was reporting on
Beat the Heat.

"This represents the end of political blogging and free speech on the world wide web"

13-year old Megan Meier committed suicide because of a cute boy who never existed. Meier was befriended by 16-year old Josh Evans on the social network, MySpace. The one-time computer friend would become a cruel, bitter, insulting correspondent.

On October 16, 2006, Meier, who had a history of depression, a young girl who couldn’t understand why her friend had become so vicious and mean, hung herself in her bedroom closet.

Josh Evans was, in reality, Lori Drew, a sick, twisted, middle-aged woman. If not for Drew's despicable manipulations, Megan Meier is attending college today.

A jury and judge both had chances to swiftly impose tough punishment on Drew. Both failed.

This was bound to happen. A bill is now before Congress, named after the young girl, to prevent cyber-bullying and its sending chills through cyberspace. The fear is 1st Amendment rights will be infringed.

The legislation is broadly written. Here’s an excerpt:

“Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Unfortunately, there will always be evil individuals who use the Internet or blogs, not for productive purposes, but to cause serious damage and harm. And while I hate what they do (Drew needs to rot somewhere), I’m not sure a broad-based act of Congress is the answer.

Pamela Geller has some thoughts at Atlas Shrugs.

I repeat, I wish the Franklin School Board could be more like the one in....

New Berlin

Total tax increase over last year in New Berlin: 1.79 %

"Most school boards around the state will be levying to their maximum authority. That's typical of school boards. If we had a 'normal' school board here, you'd see a 5.7% levy increase,” said New Berlin board member Matt Thomas.

Thomas may as well have been referring to Franklin. Franklin likes to play the crybaby game of blaming the state, that the handout from Madison just isn’t big enough, so a big honkin’ tax increase is the only alternative.

The Franklin school district is expecting a 15.14% reduction in state school aid, so cue the violins. New Berlin is expecting a 15.21% drop in state school aid and still plans to produce a fiscally responsible budget during a recession.

In last Thursday’s paper edition of FranklinNOW, a Franklin resident wrote about the school board meeting where the decision was made to cut busing for private school students in Franklin. The writer mentioned that a suggestion was made, I assume by a school board member, to reduce the school property tax levy increase from 3.9% to around 2%, but the commendable idea was quickly shot down.

In New Berlin, school administrators listen to the people who pay the bills. They also read the papers and realize in this recession, people are being laid off.

In Franklin, faced with a huge reduction in state aid and the elimination of the QEO, our school district increases spending. That means there will be a big increase in property taxes. One of the expenditures is an unnecessary $875,000 fiber optic purchase. Will someone have the common sense to seek reconsideration and ultimately, rejection of that big ticket item?

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Important busing meeting for Franklin parents

The Franklin School Board recently voted to eliminate busing for private school students attending Saint Martin of Tours, St. Paul Lutheran and Hales Corners Lutheran schools.

Rookie board member Janet Evans wrote in her July 8th blog ripping a FranklinNOW reporter:

The element of the approved Franklin Public Schools budget draft regarding private school bussing will save you, the taxpayer, $90,000 in School Year 2009-10. “

Forgive me but I’m not impressed by that bit of bragging. Not when the same school board plans to increase spending by $1.14 million dollars while at the same time cry about how tough times are (Translation: We really hate to do this, folks, but we’re going to have to increase taxes).

Please don’t insult the taxpayers’ intelligence when you’re cutting $90,000 on one item but increasing total spending by over $1 million.

The Franklin School Board priorities are messed up. They are telling us a nearly $1 million fiber optic purchase is essential, but we can’t bus certain kids to school because, you know, they go to those….private schools.

The argument has been tossed around for some time that the entire Franklin school district is very dangerous for travel. Apparently to the Franklin School Board, the safety issue doesn’t apply to those……..private school kids.

There will be a meeting at 6:30 Wednesday night, July 15
in the church Narthex at St. Martin of Tours for concerned parents about this issue that Janet Evans swears is not about fairness. I wonder how that argument would fly at this meeting. Matt Kussow of the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association will attend to provide input.

I’ve also been informed by a local resident that hidden in the school budget is a provision to eliminate the liaison police officer at Franklin High School, yet another wise move in the interest of
safety for our students.

Ten Commandments For Liberals Who Want to Argue About Politics

Liberals have a certain air about them. Call it arrogance, pomposity. Only they are wise. Their intelligence surpasses that of everyone else by a country mile.

There is no justification for liberals to pontificate from their lofty high horses since they have no ability to reason or rationalize using clear thought, facts, and documentation.

Nowhere is this more evident than in talk radio. Liberal talk show hosts are uniformed, dull, boring, and rather unpopular. That’s no surprise because when you are solely in command of three hours of broadcast, there comes a time when you must offer substantive material beyond that found on a bumper sticker. Unsubstantiated opinion inspired by one’s feelings du jour doesn’t cut it.

Liberal callers to conservative talk shows are like fish in a piranha tank, easy fixing’s that are simply no match for a host that has command of the issue at hand. They can’t muster much once they’re done expressing anger or calling names.

Yet liberals act and feel as though they are intellectually superior when in reality they’re nothing without their crying towels.

Conservative columnist John Hawkins and his list-themed pieces often point out the shortcomings of the left.  In a recent column, Hawkins wrote:

“Liberals love to think of themselves as sophisticated, nuanced intellectuals, but the truth is they have a kindergartner’s view of the world. If it has been defined as ‘nice’ to people they like, they're for it. If it has been defined as ‘mean’ to people they like, they’re against it -- and that is about as deep as it gets. Unfortunately, that lack of adult perspective isn't so cute in political leaders who are making life and death decisions that may still have ramifications fifty years from now.”

In another column, Hawkins offered this:

“When liberals are losing an argument, they love to shift the discussion not to the facts at hand, but to the motivation of the person on the other side. That's because it's almost impossible to prove what someone's motive may be for a particular action.

Thus, liberals can claim that Charles Pickering, a man who went toe-to-toe with the Mississippi Ku Klux Klan in the sixties, is actually a racist or that George Bush invaded Iraq to try to steal its oil.

From the liberal perspective, the more shameless the lies, the better because the target of the scandalous accusation and his defenders will often waste inordinate amounts of time and energy fighting ridiculous, unfounded allegations that a certain percentage of uninformed
Americans will simply assume are true without evidence.”

All of this is a prelude to an outstanding blog by Morgan Freeberg at House of Eratosthenes entitled, “
Ten Commandments For Liberals Who Want to Argue About Politics.”

Commandment #1 (and this is really good, especially for those matzo-skinned lefties) reads:

“1. This is the First Commandment for a reason, because it is the most important: IN, or OUT. Your preference is to argue politics, or not to. One or the other; drop the ‘nuance.’ You aren’t a little girl on the elementary school playground, so you don’t get to punch, bite, hit, kick and then run screaming to the yard-duty teacher when someone returns fire.”

You can read all “Ten Commandments For Liberals Who Want to Argue About Politics” here.

Sotomayor concedes others wouldn't survive the comments she made

The admission comes during questioning  at the Supreme Court nominee's hearing today by Senator Lindsey Graham:


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Is it a hate crime when black mobs attack a white family?

Ohio authorities are clueless.

The details...

Legislative Democrats from Milwaukee...

Not unified and in total disarray.


That All-Star Game was mighty important

For the umpteenth time in a row, the American League came out on top against the National League last night. That means the American League champions will have home field advantage in this year's World Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had the best record in all of baseball all season, and still do. If they finish with it, they deserve the home field advantage if they get to the Fall Classic. That's what the season is all about.

Bud Selig and MLB need to change this goofy setup.

Oppose health care reform that expands abortion

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yes, those of us opposed to government health care are for real

I received the following e-mail from Tim Phillips of Americans For Prosperity:

Dear Kevin,


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I love the Little League

My first experience with Little League was via television. As a child, I watched, every year, the broadcast of the Little League World Series final game on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Chris Schenkel did the play-by-play, and the United States always seemed to lose to the Taiwanese.

In my latest blog on the Franklin Little League, I reiterated a comment I made earlier:

“The Little League is an exceptional organization. In some form or fashion, I’ve been involved in youth sports since 1965, so I have a strong affection for the Little League and wish it the very best.”

I have stated my wish for fairness in choosing Little League All-Stars and that it would behoove the Franklin Little League to try to improve their selection process.

I don’t know how much clearer I can be.

I welcome an honest debate or discussion on the merits of the issues I raise on my blog, radio, or TV. What I hate is being misquoted or having my views completely distorted and misrepresented.

I believed I had some cordial correspondences with David Bartels, the President of the Franklin Little League Board of Directors. Unfortunately, Bartels in the last day or so has made some negative comments on another blog about me that are completely untrue and out of line.

Bartels wrote that I took “
shots at a dedicated group of volunteers trying to provide the best Little League experience” they could.

That is a disingenuous interpretation of the facts. I know Bartels, who remains in denial, isn’t thrilled that I found out about the All-Star fiasco and wrote about it and now blames everyone but the parties involved. However, I wrote about the failure to award what I considered deserving All-Star status to a young boy and took issue with those responsible, nothing more, nothing less.

I did not attack the overall organization, its history, or its cadre of volunteers. I did not name names. I clearly stated my objections with one specific incident and many would agree. Anyone who can read and has clear judgment could discern that. Bartels knows that, too, but is apparently going around claiming I disparaged an entire organization. I could line up dozens and dozens of athletic officials I’ve worked with for decades who would say that any suggestion that I would possess ill feelings toward any Little League is preposterous.

So with all due respect, Mr. Bartels, please stop making these unsubstantiated accusations. The correct reaction is not to go after me, the messenger, or a player’s father, or anyone else who dares disagree, but to stop and reflect and ponder how the Franklin Little League can learn, grow and improve from this experience.

I once again wish the Franklin Little League the very best.

House Democrats put Obama in a box

It took them awhile, but House Democrats finally arrived at a decision on how to pay for their mammoth government health care boondoggle.

Really, it shouldn't have taken this long. The Democrats just went to page one of their one-page playbook and simply followed their own advice:


How will President  Obama react? The House Democrats' plan would force Obama to break a promise.

Please watch the following all-important videos

They’re important because I fear far too many Americans have sadly forgotten.

WARNING: Brief bad language...

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Sotomayor: Elitist snob

Can you imagine if a Republican nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court had said this? During a recession?

Would it be "difficult" for you to live on $200,000/year?

InterCHANGE this Friday night


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Black CEO lays the smackdown on Barbara Boxer (Dimwit-CA)

The Democrats never grow tired of playing racial politics.


Felony Franks

Another great talk radio topic.

An Illinois hot dog stand hires ex-felons.

No problem there.

But the name of the establishment?

That's another story.


At ease! Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

I love and respect our Armed Forces. Even so, I laugh uproariously at 107th rerun of certain M*A*S*H episodes that poke fun at that oxymoron, military intelligence, knowing the crazy stories family and friends who’ve served have told me.

Hard to believe, but officials were considering banning smoking in the military. Greta. These men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect us back home (many of whom, I’m sorry are arguably not worth it) and we’re telling them they can’t light up a legal product? What is this? Jim Doyle and the Democrat-controlled Legislature?


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What price to pay for the death of a child?

On this blog, on WISN, on TV, my opinion on leaving unattended children locked in hot or cold cars is well-documented.  I have zero sympathy for the offenders. ZERO.

Their actions are not some blunders or mistakes. They are serous crimes that require severe punishment. My sympathies lie with the dead child who has no second chance unlke the idiotic perpetrator.

Are there excuses for leaving a  child alone in a vehicle, even if for just a few minutes? None in my book.

And so I ask, is 15 months an appropriate sentence for leaving a child to die? Again, not in my book.

What a travesty.

It's the weekend on This Just In...

I hope you’ll stop by for our regular weekend entries beginning tonight around sundown with our themed Friday evening musical goodnight. Tonight’s is definitely far out.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot. My wife, Jennifer is back writing the main blog. The Barking Lot also has the weekend dog walking forecast and DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Then it’s our week in review, Week-ends. Also Saturday, Recommended Reading.

Sunday, watch for Photos of the Week along with a special edition and The MJS Scorecard and Culinary no-no.

And you never know what else might pop up.

As always, thanks for reading.

Yes, firefighters really do rescue animals from trees

Belated congratulations to the Franklin Fire Department.

I’ll just quote from a June 2, 2009 news release from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS):

“A majestic Great Horned Owl will be returning to the skies tonight after being rescued last week by the Franklin Fire Department and a volunteer from the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife. Frank had been caught in string and was trapped high in a tree and a Good Samaritan called for help. The fire department used their bucket lift to hoist a WHS volunteer, Patti Vollmer, to Frank’s rescue.

We don’t know how long Frank was tangled in the string, but he was found thin and weak after not being able to access food and water. The WHS team worked quickly to rehabilitate the Great Horned Owl. After receiving lifesaving care, staff performed a full exam. Luckily, Frank had not suffered from any tissue damage or broken bones. Today, thanks to the efforts of the Franklin Fire Department and WHS, Frank is fully recuperated and ready to be released back into the wild!”
Rehabilitation Center

The owl was released the evening of June 2nd at the corner of S.35th Street and Cypress Lane, just north of Rawson Avenue. Good work, everyone!

Do you know someone who is dying?

Over the past year to year-and-a-half, I have known about a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that have passed away. Most of them knew their time was coming to an end. Given the hand they were dealt, they could have spent their final days, weeks, or months feeling bitter, angry, confused, and frustrated. Instead, each and every one chose, with dignity, grace, and even style to use their last days productively.

One of those inspirational individuals was 28-year old Angie Wenzel. Angie had it all: a great husband, family, friends, career, wonderful promise, hopes and dreams, her youth. And then it all came crashing down when she was diagnosed a rare and one of the worst forms of breast cancer. Angie fought valiantly, but her incredible bravery and courage were no match. She died earlier this year.

If you read the blogs I’ve linked to, you learn that after her diagnosis, she wanted to tell her story via blogs to others to not only inform, but assure them they were not alone. Angie suffered daily and endured one medical appointment and treatment after another to try to alleviate symptoms and ailments too numerous to count. Through it all, she never lost her sprit, her smile, her fight.

I wish you could have met, Angie. It would be impossible to have known her and not be impressed with how she conducted herself. She never changed, refusing to let evil cancer dampen her enthusiasm even as she probably realized deep in her struggling heart that she was going to die. Angie could very easily have given up, but she chose a different approach, the positive use of her time to try to help others.

Angie’s gone, however her mission and those she left behind desperately need your help. Please read and consider this important message from her husband, Morgan Wenzel:


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 Saturday, July 18, 2009

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The Brewcity Bruisers represent ladies of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, attitudes, and skill levels. It is our goal to promote women's strength and self-esteem and to create a sense of camaraderie and friendship among our members that will also be extended to the community through support to local businesses, arts, and charities.

Goodnight everyone, and have a moon-filled weekend

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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


Full moon


 In honor of the 40th anniversary of man's first walk on the moon, some moon mood music.

July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. A few weeks later on October 9th on his television variety show, Tom Jones performed, “Fly Me to the Moon” that was also released on an album that year.

This homemade production weaves video from the TV show along with an appearance by Jones in 2007.

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The Barking Lot (07/18/09)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy skies early. A few showers later in the day. Temperatures well below normal. High of 70.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Clouds and sun early, then more clouds later in the day. High of 72. "B"

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

I have never needed to fly somewhere with a pet.  If I did, I would constantly be thinking “Will Muffy be OK in that cargo hold while I am asked, ‘Would you like a beverage?’”  I would, admittedly, have a very difficult time flying with my dog.  In fact, given the choice between flying and driving several thousand miles I could see myself choosing to drive the raging roads vs. flying the friendly skies.

There are, of course, vacationers who want Fluffy or Fido to join them.  There are also extended-stay business travelers and people who need to relocate due to job requirements.  In all these events I can only imagine the stress of trying to ensure the safety of your pet if you are both flying to your destination.  I am sure that hundreds, thousands, of travelers are extremely happy to see the new Pet Airways.  Only a pet owner and lover could dream up a concept like that.

In my absence, Kevin has blogged several times about how the downturn in the economy has affected pet owners.  There have been many stories about owners leaving their pets on the doorstep of an animal shelter, a note tied to their pet’s neck “Please take care of me, my owner can’t afford me any more.”  Pet owners have been quoted as saying they would give up ANYTHING to take care of their animals even in these toughest of times.  So you may wonder, “How on earth could an animals-only airline survive?”  It sounds like it could not only survive, but thrive.

I am sure that the burning question for any pet owner putting their four-legged friend on a plane is “Will my companion be safe?”  Statistics can be alarming.

Personally, I agree with any pet owner who is willing to pay a little extra to make sure their pal is taken care of.  The founders of Pet Airways are dog owners and lovers who endured the experience of needing to fly their dog in a cargo area.  So they new what pet owners would want, and what to do, firsthand. 

While there may be nay-sayers & doubters I completely support and hope for the success of Pet Airways.  Good luck to any entrepreneur who finds a new niche in any market!
---Jennifer Fischer

A dog sits in its crate near stuff toy pigs and pet food before the southern California maiden voyage of Pet Airways on July 16, 2009 in the Los Angeles-area city of Hawthorne, California. The new pets-only airline will make stops in Denver, Chicago, Washington, DC and New York. Pet Airways, based in Delray Beach, Florida, is operating a 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft in partnership with Suburban Air Freight with the seats removed to carry up to 50 pets in animal crates per flight. Despite economic hard times for most U.S. businesses, the airline expects to add service to Boston later this year and expand into 25 cities within two years. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Thanks, Jennifer. Great to have you back!

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

Police dog a police officer.

Police shoot dog. Was the shooting justifiable?

What's the fine for barking dogs?

Dog rescued
after spending a week in storm drain.

Dogs and fireworks....this story has a happy ending.

Winston, where the heck are you?

Let's visit the Ruff House pet resort in Neenah.

Dog looks after two red panda cubs in China.

Did Bo, the White House dog really write a coumn for the New York Times?

That's it for this week.

Thank you for visiting The Barking Lot.

Our closing video:

Smokey will be just fine.

Week-ends (07/18/09)


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...


Jamie Neale

Dustin Britton


Moshe Kai Cavalin

Isabelle Redford

Five men in a boat.....and a little 3-year old


Kurtis and Joshua Popp

Milwaukee County Judge Carl Ashley for imposing an incredibly light sentence for a child killer

Quincy Vanderbilt

Ryan Allen Grosnickle

Tony Stancl....
and the judge who lowered his bail.


“They were just being idiots. They didn't know it was going to get this far."
A woman who identified herself as the mother of Kurtis Popp and Joshua Popp, accused of launching a military flare that caused the Patrick Cudahy plant fire.

"There was no malicious intent. This was not an act of domestic terrorism. This wasn't a person who had a beef to pick with this plant. Kurtis and his family, they're all good people. They're good, hard-working people, longtime members of the community. They appreciate the gravity of what happened here, and that jobs have been lost and there's been a lot of property damage and lives were put in harm's way. Certainly from their the situation and they feel standpoint, they understand the seriousness of horrible that it occurred, too."
Kurtis Popp's attorney, Julius Kim

"We reap the seeds we sow. Since that victorious day last November, we have been our own worst enemies in the state Legislature. A greater interest has been shown in fighting amongst ourselves, rather than fighting together for the needs of our community. Over the course of the past six months, personal motives and a lack of common purpose led to major losses for all of Milwaukee. Little reflection is needed to recognize the damage done to our community."
State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) in a letetr to Assembly Democrats from Milwaukee, saying the city of Milwaukee fared poorly in the new state budget because her coleagues were not unified.

"A rhetorical flourish that fell flat. It was bad because it left an impression that I believed that life experiences commanded a result in a case, but that's clearly not what I do as a judge."
Sonia Sotomayor at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, referring to her 2001 comment suggesting that a "wise Latina" judge would usually reach better conclusions than a white man.

"My record shows that at no point or time have I ever permitted my personal views or sympathies to influence the outcome of a case."
Sotomayor in an exchange with Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

We do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. On the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility.”
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf addressing the Senate Budget Committee about President Obama’s health care reform.

"Most of those state workers -- I've arranged for them to get a $15,000 loan with no interest, so if they're paying off $6,000 worth of credit debt at 14 percent, they should put a statue of me up on their mantel place."
Democrat Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, claiming he’s doing more than Pennsylvania Republicans to save jobs.

“Mr. Obama chose to give a tongue-in-cheek cut to (Albert) Pujols, who was starting the All-Star game on his home field of Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

‘Home Run Derby winner!’ The President said as he saw (Milwaukee Brewer Prince) Fielder, then turned to Pujols.

'I'm just saying man, what happened? Hey Albert? This your home park? What's going on, man?’

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Recommended reading (07/18/09)

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).

Five Criticisms of George Bush That Could Be Better Applied to Barack Obama

"Most liberals in this country are intellectually dishonest which is why they don't have the slightest qualms about grotesque double standards. It's why Barack Obama gets a free pass for many of the same things that George Bush was criticized for doing."

Meet me in St. Booie

"I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at how little was said (as in nothing at all) about the reception President Obama received last night when he came out on the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the baseball all-star game in St. Louis."

The moon we left behind

"Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. We say we will return in 2020. But that promise was made by a previous president, and this president has defined himself as the antimatter to George Bush. Moreover, for all of Barack Obama's Kennedyesque qualities, he has expressed none of Kennedy's enthusiasm for human space exploration.So with the Apollo moon program long gone, and with Constellation, its supposed successor, still little more than a hope, we remain in retreat from space."

Salvation by moonwalking

"Let me see if I get this straight. If I live by Jacko’s rules:

• I can, as a 50-year-old man, sleep with a stack of little boys in my bedroom—a room, mind you, that is protected with advanced Maxwell Smart style alarm systems to alert me regarding a potential tickle party crasher intruding into my space and ruining my happy time?

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Joe Biden never disappoints

Just check out this whopper our Vice President blurted at an AARP town hall meeting this week as he discussed the ramifications if Congress doesn't approve President Obama's mega-government health care plan:

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation. Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?' The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you.”

No wonder Socialist America is sinking fast.

The story...


An abortion party?

In my weekly installment of "Recommended reading" today, I included a column about an abortion party.

Quite frankly, I had never heard of an abortion party until this week, and not surprisingly, it's yet another ridiculous liberal idea.

The author of the piece is a highly confused liberal male who spends much of his work bemoaning the less than participatory role of men in the decision to abort process instead of the obvious absurdities.

Sorry, but an upcoming abortion is nothing to celebrate or raise funds for, and if that makes me not cool, so be it.


Franklin woman charged with, and admits, stealing from Franklin Little League

59-year old Rosann Lewandowski of Franklin has been charged with three counts of theft by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, and has admitted to the thefts, one involving stealing $880 from the Franklin Little League. The theft was captured on video on a “nanny cam” installed in another Franklin woman’s home.

A criminal complaint says the thefts all occurred within a month between April 23 and May 21 of this year.


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My most popular blogs (07/19/09)

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) Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

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Franklin woman resigns from local commission

Rosann Lewandowski, charged with three counts of theft, including stealing from the Franklin Little League, has resigned from the Franklin Fair Commission. Her resignation came in a letter submitted to the Franklin City Clerk's Office late last week shortly after charges were issued. Lewandowski has admitted to the thefts.

Lewandowski’s resignation avoids what could have been a public removal procedure by the Franklin Common Council. According to statutes:

Chapter 17. Resignations, Vacancies, and Removals from Office
17.12. Removal and suspension of city officers

(1) General and special charter.
Officers of cities, except public officials, as defined in s. 62.51(1)(b), operating under the general law or under special charter including school officers, may be removed as follows:

(a) Elective. Elective officers by recall as provided in s. 9.10, or by the common council, for cause.

(c) Appointive. Appointive officers, by whomsoever appointed, by the common council, for cause, except officers appointed by the council who may be removed by that body, at pleasure. Officers appointed by any other officer or body without confirmation or concurrence by the council, by the officer or body that appointed them, at pleasure. The council may conduct a hearing thereon by a committee which committee shall proceed in such manner as may be determined by it and make full report to the council, which shall determine the question upon such appeal.

Photos of the Week (07/19/09)

Photos of the Week

Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sotomayor, an appeals court judge and U.S. President Barack Obama?s first Supreme Court nominee, will become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court if confirmed. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A protester is removed during the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor July 14, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, holds back a flag that was blowing onto her during the 9th Annual John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Awards ceremonies in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 13, 2009. The award is named in honor of Rice's late father, Dr. John W. Rice who was a former member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governor's. It is awarded annually to the individuals or programs that demonstrate outstanding contributions toward achieving diversity and equity within the community colleges. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


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The MJS Scorecard (07/19/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


The public's options | Tammy Baldwin: Public option: what Americans have dreamed of for years 

Frank Busalacchi: A new emphasis is needed on passenger rail 

Tom Cardella: A great state for business 

I respect Cardella and his company, but I could get him in touch with dozens of Wisconsin businesspeople who respectfully disagree with him on this one:

"Wisconsin has a good comprehensive strategy to promote and grow businesses here, and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, led by Dick Leinenkugel, has been successful in implementing that strategy. Let's be clear that under Gov. Jim Doyle, Wisconsin is committed to strong businesses and growing opportunities."

No way.


The public's options | Paul Ryan: Government puts itself, not patients, in control of care 

Brett Healy: A lesson in how not to budget 


Richard Wexler: Milwaukee does too little to preserve families 

George Will: 1959: The year the restraints all fell away 

Normally just about anything Will writes would be considered conservative. However, this is primarily a historical essay. Interesting that the MJS editors would run this Will piece today but rejected his column from last week. Could the title and subject matter have had anything to do with that decision?


TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-2

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-61, Conservative-58

Culinary no-no #122

Culinary no-no's

In the state of Wisconsin, motorists are prohibited from attempting to insert a Milli Vanilli CD while unwrapping a fast food breakfast sandwich as they are scolding a child or children in the back seat when windshield wipers are in motion.

Well, at least not yet.

All of the above would be considered driving distractions (especially that God-awful Minni Vanilli junk).

Cell phones while driving?

You see it all the time.

Reading the newspaper?

Sure thing.

Putting on makeup while waiting smack dab in the middle of a busy intersection to make a left turn?

Jennifer and I saw it last week at 60th and Layton (She just had to be a liberal).

From the, "The top three unbelievable acts while driving were submitted by readers of the Ezine AOL Money and Finance:

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Where were you on July 20, 1969?

That, of course, is the day man landed on the moon for the very first time.

While the world celebrated the monumental event, I was wishing my mother Happy Birthday.

But not everyone was able to share America’s pride because, believe it or not, they had no idea.

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The 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon

Photos of the Week



Astronauts (from left) Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. made up the crew of Apollo 11, the mission that landed the first man on the moon. (NASA photo)

In the desert outside San Angelo, Texas, Aldrin and Armstrong practice the techniques of gathering and photographing rock samples. One of the main purposes of the Apollo 11 mission was to bring back pieces of the moon for scientific analysis. (NASA photo)


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Mark it down: I agree with Sotomayor, Kohl, and Feingold...

On the following.



I could never forget your birthday, Mom. Not on this most historic of days.

I love you very much.

When I was just a kid, and I played around with the most primitive of tape recorders, hoping to be on the radio someday, I snuck and hid it so I could capture you on tape, singing along to some Ray Anthony or Mantovani album (I thought I was so clever).

Dad walked into the room, and he started singing, too.

Somewhere, buried in a stack of memories, that cassette is still around. I hope to find it someday.

In the meantime, she doesn’t sing it quite like you did, but here’s Diana Krall, for you, and Dad up in Heaven, too.

Happy Birthday and God bless you, Mom!

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Cartoon of the Day

Political Cartoon by Henry Payne

Do not smoke 'em, even if you live there

I have blogged and commented many times in the past that the zealous anti-smoking juggernaut won’t stop until you are not allowed to smoke in your own home.

It’s happened in Eau Claire


Reinventing Milwaukee County government

That’s some proposal being floated by Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway. The supervisor wants to abolish the office of Milwaukee County Executive.

In essence, Holloway wants to blow up one of the county’s three branches of government. Imagine someone suggesting we do away with the courts.

Holloway insists it’s nothing personal against Scott Walker. Of course not because it’s never personal or nasty with liberals who always, always tell the truth, especially one accused of some 90 ethics violations.

Even though Holloway’s idea is the wrong approach, the question of the role of Milwaukee County government is legitimate. I raised it on my blog
about two years ago.


Rosann Lewandowski's resignation letter

After being charged with three counts of theft, Rosann Lewandowski has resigned from Franklin's Fair Commission. Here is the text of Lewandowski’s handwritten resignation letter submitted to Franklin City Hall Friday morning, July 17, 2009. The spelling/punctuation errors are hers:

Mayor Taylor,


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Franklin Common Council will NOT address Lewandowski charges

After theft charges were issued against Rosann Lewandowski of Franklin, including one count of stealing hundreds of dollars from the Franklin Little League, Lewandowski quickly submitted a brief handwritten resignation letter to Mayor Tom Taylor.

End of story?

Court action needs to play out, but what about the involvement of Franklin City Hall?

Franklin Alderman Steve Olson believes the Common Council should address this issue with a strong and collective voice. There is also the concern that Lewandowski could, even though unlikely, rescind her resignation

Olson submitted the following item for consideration at Tuesday’s Franklin Common Council meeting last Thursday, one day before Lewandowski submitted her resignation letter:

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The most sweeping abortion provisions since Roe v Wade

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

U.S. House to Vote on Sweeping

Abortion Mandates in "Health Care
Reform" on or About July 29

U.S. Senate Will Soon Follow.



Monday, July 20, 2009

Malls in trouble

US News & World Report is out with its list of America’s Most Endangered Malls.

Southridge could easily have made the list, but didn't. Southridge, sadly, has been deteriorating for some time, sorely lacking the quality of Wisconsin’s best mall, Mayfair. I don’t see a quick turnaround.


The NPC tries to sandbag RNC Chairman Michael Steele

It didn't work.

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Ted Nugent talks 2nd Amendment

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The air is seeping out of the Great Liberal Hot Air Balloon

Great column by William Kristol....Kristol writes that Americans aren't  buying into the liberal concept of runaway big government.

Good  stuff.

UPDATE on 7/21:  Today's NY Times-Liberal Suicide March

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Basketball tournament in memory of former Franklin star needs your help

I have blogged in the past about Christine Rathke.

was a star basketball player at Franklin High School who was killed by an illegal immigrant in an automobile accident.

Once again this year, DJ Slater is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Rathke’s honor with funds contributed to the Christine Rathke Memorial Fund that her parents established in her memory.

The event takes place early next month, but it’s not too late for teams to enter. Here’s all the information for a great cause. 

Love basketball?

emember Franklin’s star guard Christine Rathke?

Play in her honor!

What: 3-on-3, co-ed basketball tournament, ages

17+ *all teams are allowed one sub for a total of 4


Franklin High School gym, 8222 S. 51st St.

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The latest news from Rehorst


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery      -Number 25-
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.
First Sale!

Our first ever sale of a bottle went to Dr. Douglas Cushing of Spartanburg South Carolina. Dr. Cushing selected a bottle of award winning Rehorst Gin. According to Dr. Cushing, his family tried our products at a local restaurant, were told about us by the bartender and they decided they had to find where it was made!

He, his wife Sharon and his parents were visiting Milwaukee and came to our distillery July 1st! The law changed just in time for them to take a bottle home!

Photo- Guy Rehorst & Dr. Cushing celebrating the free market!
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.
Every Thursday This Summer...
We are pleased to be a sponsor of Milwaukee's East Town Jazz in the Park music series. Imagine yourself enjoying 16 weekly concerts with a Rehorst cocktail in hand and listening to some great music in the ambiance of Cathedral Square Park!


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Congress: Read the bill BEFORE you vote on it!

Is that too much to ask, especially given the dramatic ramifications of the plan to socialize American health care?


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Think this book will get a review by the NY Times?

Cover Image

I doubt it.

Read the book's overview.

Congratulations Franklin Little League All-Stars!

The 12-year old Franklin Little League National All-Stars defeated the Franklin Little League American All-Stars Monday night for the Little League District 6 Championship.

The Franklin Little League National All-Stars now advance to the state tournament this Saturday in Bristol. They will play the District 4 champions at 1:30 this Saturday afternoon at Brighton Dale Park located at 830 248th Avenue, just off County Highway BB near Kansasville.

Congratulations to this great bunch of Franklin kids!

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Franklin National All-Stars is the team that Devin Baehr was not selected to represent. I have already received an e-mail about this and former Franklin Little League President David Bartels has left a comment on one of my blogs expressing vindication.

Again, this is a wonderful accomplishment on the part of these Franklin youngsters. Some friendly advice: I’d be really, really careful about that “I told you so” stuff so as not to be interpreted as another slight of, or jab directed at, young Devin Baehr.

It’s obvious the Franklin All-Star team is talented. Would it be even better if Devin Baehr had been selected?

Finally, David Bartels, who just can’t come to grips with the fact that not everyone agrees with him, is raising the irrelevant and silly question of what All-Star should be removed to make room
for Devin Baehr. That, of course, is not the issue at hand. No one has made, is making, or will make that crazy suggestion. It is an attempt to divert attention away from the real issue at hand, the snub of a deserving player and an All-Star selection process that could use some improvement.

Again, congratulations to the Franklin All-Stars! Go get ‘em at state!

And congratulations to the Franklin 9-year old All-Stars!

PS: Could someone in the LL please update your website?

More details...

Obama tells lefty bloggers health care reform is in trouble...

And asks for their help. 


Airline passengers trapped like prisoners


Is there any doubt the most ineffective, most screwed up business in America is the airline industry?

Even before the economy tanked, the airlines couldn’t do anything right. Today, it’s worse. The nightmare begins the minute you enter an airport. Not enough airline personnel, but just enough to ignore everyone because there are kiosks that can baffle even the most astute travelers.

Then you have to drag yourself through security and those mummified TSA workers who, if they even took a Dale Carnegie course, failed miserably.

If you board on time, you pray that you leave on time, arrive on time, and get your bags.

Have you even been trapped aboard an airline? The longest I’ve ever had to wait is about 90 minutes. That’s nothing compared to this or this.

As much as I hate government intervention in private business, I’m intrigued by the U.S. Senate considering legislation to require airlines to let airline passengers off planes after waiting three hours.  Personally, I think that’s one hour too long, but if it takes an act of Congress to hammer common sense into these brain dead people called airline employees who turn cabins into Gulags, then so be it.

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Ten most memorable Obama quotes from his first six months

From Americans For Tax Reform...

School choice works

The anti-school choice crowd, that would be the bunch that supports the failed public school monopoly, the folks that stand a la George Wallace squarely in the school door entrance denying education opportunities and alternatives to those they feign dedication to, are rejoicing in the Journal Sentinel report this week that only 3 out of 19 new voucher schools have been approved.

Yes, let’s stand and shout and clap our hands that more young minority students will not have a choice, the same choice President Obama has, and will be forced to send their children to some crappy MPS school. Can I hear a hooray!!!

That means we’ll spend about $13,000 per pupil in an MPS school where that student doesn’t have much chance instead of half that cost in a school that produces results. The liberal intelligentsia rejoices because what it all boils down to is not how well the young impoverished, minority student does, but how well the WEAC teacher does with the bank teller.

Yeh, but we gotta hold those choice and voucher schools accountable, Kevin!

Yeh, we do. Seems we never have to hold the MPS schools and their teachers accountable for the miserable track record they crank out, but by golly, those choice schools better be perfect, DAMN IT!

Sorry to disappoint the fighters for failure (MPS supporters) but
school choice works.

Must see video for Franklin, and everybody else

I’ve written a handful of blogs about Rosann Lewandowski (that’s the way it’s spelled on the criminal complaint), who has admitted to stealing from a friend of 20 years, twice, and stealing from the Franklin Little League.

Those blogs have been unusual for me in that I expressed no opinion. Well, of course what she did was disgusting and she needs to be punished, whether she’s 59 or 19.  She stole from children, for heaven’s sake.

Spare me any defense that she‘s sick, old, or both.

I’ve provided updates on my blog and I’m aware that TV newsrooms do check here every now and then. What’s surprising to me as an old 24/7 news hound is that no TV station seems interested in securing the video of a desperate Lewandowski stuffing hundreds of dollars of Little League proceeds down her bra.

Television is a visual medium. Is this not news? Is this not compelling (indicting) video? Why haven’t we seen this yet on the 10:00 news on 4, 6, 12, or 58?

I guess it’s just not as interesting as the usual robbery from some convenience store in the inner city.


Two prominent blacks, two encounters with police, two different results.

Government health care unraveling

Karl Rove lays out the case that President Obama’s dream of having Canadian-European style government health care is in jeopardy.

The highlights from his Wall Street Journal op-ed piece:


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Franklin School Board to taxpaying families....


As I've been blogging, they will spend almost a million dollars on fiber optics, but will cry the blues about a reduction in state aid and the economy to justify a cut of $90,000 for private school busing.

I’m told the School Board last night discussed how to spend stimulus money the district is getting. I'm guessing it won’t be on transportation safety for children.

One of the attendees at last night’s meeting e-mailed me the following:

“Perhaps more entertaining was the 15 minute discussion on whether or not the Board should meet with taxpayers prior to their regularly scheduled Board meetings to get input from those citizens who may not feel comfortable speaking in a large group during the open meeting.  The Board sought legal counsel on the issue.  This being hilarious in light of the fact one of the areas mentioned for cuts in the new budget is legal expenses!”

Fifteen minutes before a meeting, 15 minutes into a meeting, 15 minutes after a meeting, what’s the difference? This school board, despite all the talk about being your voice and listening, etc, etc, simply doesn’t care.

That's just "My Board's Eye View."

Our FranklinNOW blogging School Board member, I'm confident, would have gladly informed us on her blog about last night's school board meeting, but she ("I am your voice") was apparently too busy earlier this morning writing on her OTHER blog about Michael Jackson.

Priorities, folks. Priorities.

Is there a media double standard?

Of course there is.

Also making the rounds on e-mails, this sign seen on a highway near Durham, North Carolina:

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Friday night means InterCHANGE

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

1 -- Obama & Health-Care Reform

Did the president do himself any good with Wednesday night’s press conference? Or with his many other appearances on the topic over the past couple of weeks? Will he get what he wants before Congress’s August recess?  Is the reform effort in trouble? If so, is it the Republicans who’ve stalled it, or members of the president’s own party? Should Obama be taking a more active role -- even dictating the details he wants to see -- or is he smart to let Congress hash it all out first? 

2 -- “Blowing Up” County Government?

Lee Holloway calls for eliminating the position of Milwaukee County Executive and replacing it with an “Administrator.” Scott Walker, meanwhile, says Holloway’s proposal doesn’t go far enough: Walker wants the County Board eliminated, too! Is this a serious effort at reform, or simply political tit-for-tat? Is there a reason Milwaukee needs a County Executive? A County Board? Do their responsibilities overlap? Should everybody just tone it down until the Public Policy Forum study comes out later this year?

3 – School Voucher Standards

Two interesting aspects to this week’s Journal Sentinel article on school vouchers. First, the number voucher programs approved falls dramatically, as tougher standards are applied. Two, the moving force for those higher standards is Howard Fuller, who used to be a strong advocate for much more limited standards.


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Political cartoon of the year? Could be, it's that good


Americans making a difference in fight against Obamacare

Americans for Prosperity

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"I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion"

Last week I blogged about Angie Wenzel, a young woman who died of breast cancer at the age of 28.  I wrote:

“Over the past year to year-and-a-half, I have known about a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that have passed away. Most of them knew their time was coming to an end. Given the hand they were dealt, they could have spent their final days, weeks, or months feeling bitter, angry, confused, and frustrated. Instead, each and every one chose, with dignity, grace, and even style to use their last days productively.”

I am amazed and impressed at the phenomenal attitude by individuals who use their dying days working to help others.

Tomorrow, July 25, 2009 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Randy Pausch,
the Carnegie Mellon professor who became famous for his, “Last Lecture.”

During his speech that millions have now seen, Pausch talks openly about his battle with pancreatic cancer.

"So in case there is anyone in the room who wandered in and didn't know my back story, my dad always said, 'If there is an elephant in the room, introduce him. If you look at my [CT] scan, there are approximately 10 tumors in my liver. The doctors told me I had three to six months of good health left. That was a month ago so you can do the math.”

Pausch told ABC’s Diane Swyer in an interview, “I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn't matter. Life is to be lived." 

Facing adversity, Pausch told Sawyer the idea is to work harder.

"You know, life is a gift. Again, it sounds trite, but if you wait long enough, other people will show you their good side. If there's anything I've learned that is absolutely true. Sometimes it takes a lot longer than you might like. But the onus is on you to keep the hope and keep waiting."

Here is Sawyer’s interview and Pausch’s “Last Lecture.”



More trouble for the Wienermobile

First there was this...

An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile crashed into the home and outdoor deck of Nick Krupp in Racine, Wis. on Friday morning, July 17, 2009. According to a witness, the vehicle was parked in the driveway. The driver lurched the vehicle forward instead of backing out of the driveway, hitting Krupp's deck and cracking the foundation of his house. (AP Photo/Racine Journal Times, Tom McCauley)

This week, there's an effort to ban the famous the 50th state.


The weekend is just about here on This Just In....

Our weekend features start tonight around sundown with our smooth musical segue into Saturday and Sunday. Tonight, some "warm" music I hope you'll like.

Wake up Saturday to The Barking Lot as Jennifer poses a fascinating question. As usual, there are some great canine stories to share.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a summerific 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.

....summer nights.

Summer is fading fast, what little summer we've had. Temperatures have been nowhere near what they should be. Soon, fall and winter will arrive. I bet temperatures will be quite genuine then!

So let's enjoy what we have left.

We begin tonight with guitarist Nils (pronounced Neels).

Born in Germany, Nils idolized rock bands Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple

“But growing up in Germany, the chances to become a full time musician were rather slim, unless you wanted to play Top 40 or polkas. The schooling options were either a strictly classical Conservatory or a small private music school,” said Nils.

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The Barking Lot (07/25/09)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Partly cloudy with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible. A chance of rain tonight. High of 78.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms.  "B"

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

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

Additionally, an informal blog question posted on calls out to readers:  “Would you protect your pet with your life, stand between them and a vicious animal or oncoming vehicle?”  Here are readers’ answers.  

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

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Week-ends (07/25/09)


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...


Milwaukee firefighters John and Joel Rechlitz

The people who arranged this.

Willie Esper

Henry Allingham

Darrell "Shifty" Powers

Tom Watson

Ed Platzer


President Obama for his insult of police officers

Dale Neumann

Unknown perpetrators

Grandmother of the Year

Rosa Toledo


“Why, because I'm a black man in America? You don't know who you're messing with. Ya, I'll speak with your momma outside.”
Comments made by Harvard professor Henry Gates to a Cambridge police officer before being arrested for disorderly conduct.

“The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”
President Obama at a news conference referring to arrest of Henry Gates.

“I’ve heard about five different reports. If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut. I was shocked to hear the president making this kind of statement."
Bill Cosby on President Obama's remarks about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates.

"This is not about me or Scott Walker or Tom Ament. I'm not looking at it for advancement for myself.”
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway calling for the abolishment of the office of County Executive.

"Eliminating a layer of government and consolidating it with other governments is an idea whose time has come. County government largely overlaps municipal and state government. It can and should be consolidated into other areas."
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker calling for reform of county government.

"Everyone expects doctors to be free. People who pay $200 for a haircut are indignant if it costs more than a $20 co-pay to see a doctor."
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter

"The freshly alert and active amongst us still feel very vulnerable and are not digging the thought of their kids, grandkids, or themselves being on the receiving end of an Obama America. They like the old and superior Superbad America that's free, militarily strong, economically viable and at least semi-morally upright-not this rat cage, socialistic, Czar-laden, left of left, Tila Tequila, Liberals Gone Wild swill we're being Jim Jones'd into swallowing by Washingtonians who do not give a rat's backside regarding our nation's original intent. So, these newly awakened conservatives sit and yell at the TV as they watch the Obama gang dismantle America while their BS detectors ping more than the metal detectors at Islamabad International Airport."
Conservative talk show host/columnist Doug Giles


The Erin Andrews peep show

Also, this.


Sonia Sotomayor, pushed off the front page by Democrats who couldn't pass their own health care plan, and the arrest of a black professor who refused to cooperate with police.

That's one.  Another:

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Recommended reading (07/25/09)

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).

Race Baiter in Chief

"I am angry and I am offended.

As a former law enforcement officer who spent 26 years carrying a badge and a gun, when the President of the United States talks about law enforcement, believe me, I listen.

So when the president says something really ignorant – when he should know better - I am doubly disappointed."

Take two aspirin and call me when your cancer is Stage 4

"Isn't food important? Why not 'universal food coverage'? If politicians and employers had guaranteed us 'free' food 50 years ago, today Democrats would be wailing about the ‘food crisis' in America, and you'd be on the phone with your food care provider arguing about whether or not a Reuben sandwich with fries was covered under your plan."

What do our tax dollars pay for?

"On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Levin-McCain Amendment 58-40, striking 7 additional F-22 fighter planes from the Fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill. Here are a few modest proposals for cuts to federal spending that could save enough money to pay for the F-22s:"

Democrats' new worry: Their own rich voters

"A group of Democrats elected in recent years from some of the country's richest congressional districts have emerged as a stumbling block to raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for President Barack Obama's ambitious health-care overhaul just as the plan has begun to meet increasing resistance over its cost."

A wise Latina will add spice to the menudo of justice

"I would like to take this opportunity to clear up any lingering questions, and reassure the American public I will bring to the Supreme Court a jurisprudence borne of the intellect of Louis Brandeis, along with the spicy salsa rhythms of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. ¡Azucar! ¡Arriba!"

Countering liberal lies with conservative truths

"Our illustrious representatives address the constant vicious attacks in passing, but no one really seems to have the guts to really stand up for conservatism not only as an ideal but as a movement. Maybe it’s because they’re chicken, or maybe it’s because the majority of them have abandoned ship in favor of nice-guy politics; but either way, something needs to change."

A Conservative Looks at the Difference between Political Conservatism and Political Liberalism

“Liberals may indeed have a noble desire to help others, but the method of freely handing out assistance instead of spurring citizens to be productive chips away at the core of what provides people with initiative and dignity, namely, earning something.”

The Cronkite tragedy

"Walter Cronkite will be remembered for two things: a career that spanned six decades, during which he personified the 20th-century journalistic ideal of the newsman as an objective and authoritative purveyor of facts; and an incident in which he departed from that ideal, with far-reaching consequences for the country and the news business."

Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn't that a problem?

"When I began examining the political affiliation of faculty at the University of Oregon, the lone conservative professor I spoke with cautioned that I would 'make a lot of people unhappy'."

Have a stupid idea for a study? You can find money for it

“Recently, while on my daily commute to work, I heard a radio announcer laughing about the results of a recently completed study.

Before I tell you what the study was about I ask that all female readers put their torches and pitchforks in a locked closet and throw away the key.

I did not perform this study - I'm just telling our readers about it so they too can drive off the road while laughing uncontrollably.”

An inside look at Canadian health care...

From comedian Steven Crowder.

Lengthy, but very good.


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The Milwaukee Bucks will be....

One of the worst teams in the NBA next year.

So claims Fox Sports.

What is on my wife's mind?

Jennifer starts a new guest blog later today.

Will it be

Will it be

I have created a blogging monster.

My most popular blogs (07/26/09)

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) Congratulations Franklin Little League All-Stars!

2) I love the Little League

3) Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

4) Franklin School Board to taxpaying families...

5) Malls in trouble

Photos of the Week (07/26/09)

Photos of the Week

This image of Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his Cambridge home has earned more than $4,000 for the photographer and the agency he hired.

This image of Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his Cambridge home has earned more than $4,000 for the photographer, Bill Carter, and the agency he hired. Carter snapped the only known photograph of a handcuffed Henry Louis Gates Jr. Carter said Gates was “agitated’’ as police led him off to face a charge of disorderly conduct.(Bill Carter/ Demotix Images)



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Readers, I need your help

If anyone can provide information about Saturday's state Little League game involving the Franklin National All-Star team, can you please write in the comments section?

Thank you!

The state Little League website, as of this posting, has not been updated.

Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Lakeland (Salem) (District 6)
At Brighton Dale Park


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Taxpayer tea parties are working

AFP Wisconsin

Americans for Prosperity
Wisconsin Newsletter

July 26 - 2009  Events and Updates

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The MJS Scorecard (07/26/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


John Sweeney and David Newby: Minimum wage: A bailout for the little guy 

Reggie Bicha: A year old and at work protecting state's children  


Wake up, folks: It's a global economy

Joe Sanfelippo: Separating powers serves well 


Monica Murphy: Time for MPS to make good its debt 

Drs. Rieselbach, Frohna and Crouse: We must entice more doctors into primary care 


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-2

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-63, Conservative-60

Results from Day 1 at Wisconsin Little League Tournament

Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Lakeland (Salem) (District 6)
At Brighton Dale Park

Brighton Dale Park is located at 830 248th Avenue, just off County Highway BB near Kansasville.

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Day 2 at the Wisconsin Little League Tournament

Lowes Creek 11, Franklin National 8

Vince Hughes of Franklin took third in the home run derby that took place after today's games.

Welcome to Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer

Welcome to Kyla’s Korner – Musings of a Mother.  I’m sure readers of our Barking Lot feature have been wondering why I write about dogs and DON’T have one but DON’T write about babies and DO have one.  Well, wonder no more.  I’ll be writing about both from now on.

As with the Barking Lot, my goals are to entertain, enlighten, inform and occasionally cause you to stop and think.  No major controversies on my blog.  I leave the heavy hitting to my blogger-extraordinaire journalistic husband.  Kyla’s Korner will be similar to The Barking Lot in that I will walk down memory lane occasionally, offer observations and opinions, highlight something in the news and yes, brag about our beautiful daughter Kyla.  Honestly, how could I NOT brag about this beautiful face?

Since today is National Parents Day, I thought it would be perfect to debut this new special feature on This Just In.  Kevin & I waited a long time to be parents and we are so proud, and humbled at the same time, to be given this honor.  We had no idea things would be so amazing and we’ve only been at it for four months!  As any mom (new or veteran) knows, taking care of a baby/toddler/pre-schooler/etc. is a full-time job.  So, although I have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom, my days are busier than when I worked full time.  This means that Kyla’s Korner, although a regular feature, will be done when I have a spare moment or two to type.  Especially after managing to crank out another edition of The Barking Lot, I’m guessing it will be about every other week if I’m lucky.

Kevin and I are die-hard Disney fans.  It surprised no one that Baby Fischer’s nursery theme was Mickey Mouse.  Not just ANY Mickey Mouse, buy-a-bunch-of-knock-off-Disney-stuff-from-Wal-Mart Mickey Mouse but a very classic look, complete with an artist’s hand-painted mural of “Mickey Parts.”  I put as much thought into our baby’s nursery as we do our actual trips to the Mouse House.  Of course we won’t be going down there for awhile, but we are already day dreaming about what our first perfect trip with our daughter will look like.

We already agree on several things:  The first time to take her there (the Christmas season,) where we should stay (The Contemporary,) and how old she should be (five years old, just approaching her sixth birthday in March.)  Kevin and I both love dining out at fine places and Disney is a gastronomical wonderland for adults.  You don’t always have to eat burgers & corn dogs down there!  So naturally we talk and plan about all the fun places we can take Kyla to eat.  But we also talk about what she WON’T be allowed to eat:  anything healthy.

OK so that’s not quite true.  If she wants a fruit cup she can have one.  If she wants sorbet for dessert instead of a hot fudge sundae, she can have it.  What we have agreed on is that basically on her first trip to Disney she can have whatever she wants to eat.  And if that means a frozen Mickey-shaped ice cream bar at 10:00 am then that is what she will get.

Obviously our daily at-home routine will not mirror our Disney dining plans.  At home it will be three “squares” a day with healthy & nutritious snack options.  Soda will be limited; water will be the drink of choice.  But what ever happened to the “let a kid be a kid” idea, especially on vacation?

ow before all you granola-eating health nuts have a non-cholesterol-induced coronary, let me explain.  We will not intentionally stuff her full of sugary, non-nutritive junk the entire duration of our trip.  However, we will NOT be bringing this book along.  Nor will we be following ANY of the tips from this blog. Yes, we know the startling statistics about juvenile obesity in the United States.  We’re not talking about Johnny the Kindergartener who weighs more than I do.  We’re talking about an average child wanting an average amount of fun.

One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood is getting up Easter morning and St. Nick’s morning to a basket or stocking, respectively, brimming with chocolate confections.  And on those two very special mornings I was allowed to sit on the sofa and eat chocolate for breakfast.  Well, I had cereal later of course.  But I could shuffle out of bed with my eyes barely open and pop a piece of chocolate while muttering a very happy “Good morning” to my parents.  Somehow, I survived.  I had no more cavities than any of my friends.  I did not suffer from childhood diabetes.  I was not obese.  I did not wreak havoc on the house, strung out on a “sugar high.”

One of the events we are most looking forward to with Kyla is the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World.  This ticket-only event celebrates the holiday season with Mickey and his pals dressed in their holiday finery in special parades.  There are extra holiday performances on the stages.  It even SNOWS on Main Street (with the help of bubble machines hid out of sight from the rooftops of the buildings.)  And they hand out complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at designated areas.  You can go back for seconds (and thirds!) if you’d like.  How great is THAT?  But they even had to take the fun out of that opportunity by offering apple juice and apple slices at these events.  (Before anyone talks about the unfortunate kids who DO suffer from Juvenile Diabetes let me assure you they have long offered sugar-free cocoa.)

So if you happen to see us in Disney World in five years… or even the next time you see a happy, well-adjusted child at our Wisconsin State Fair:  If he or she is eating a caramel apple and already has a “moustache” of hot fudge and Mommy & Daddy are carrying a bag of cotton candy for the kid’s dessert, don’t assume that the child will weigh 300 pounds by the time they are in junior high school.  Don’t “tsk tsk” as you walk past and mutter something like “I wonder what is in their refrigerator at home?”  Don’t be a “Food Scrooge” and try to find the nearest fresh fruit stand for your little darling.  Step right up to the ice cream stand and watch that sweet innocent face smile up at you with eyes that say “You are the best parent in the world right now.”  Something tells me they will remember that WAY more than a bunch of chilled grapes.

Culinary no-no #123

Culinary no-no's

Famous Las Vegas Welcome Sign by WestCoast_Eden.

In Sin City, USA, where a thousand pretty women are waitin’ out there, there are even more restaurants. Try nearly three thousand.

Last year, one-fourth of the top grossing restaurants in America were located in Las Vegas.

Five-star restaurants. Gorgeous restaurants. Celebrity chef restaurants. Outrageously expensive restaurants. Restaurants with seatings excruciatingly difficult to snag.

But even here, where money exchanges hands constantly, the economic downturn is winning, and restaurants and their employees (by the thousands) are losing.

Earlier today, I tried an experiment. As a member of, the online restaurant reservation service, I attempted to make reservations at several swanky Las Vegas restaurants located on the Strip for tonight, just a few hours away.

I tried Emeril's Fish House...

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House


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Palin steps down

The Alaska coverage:

Palin resigns, with related links.

Doug Giles does the Fifth Dimension

One of my favorite columnists, Doug Giles invokes the lyrics of a 60’s classic to demonstrate that President Obama’s spin about his government health care has gone beyond misleading. Obama has downright lied.

Speaking of government health care, one of my most important blogs of last week may not get the attention it truly deserves because it involves a 20-minute video.

Please. Take the time to watch and see what a comedian did and explains clearly that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and all the rest couldn’t do. 

Want something more serious about how inept Canadian health care truly is? Here you go.

Democrat governors: Stumblin' fumblin' bumblin'

Columnist Michael Barone sees presidential problems trickling down to statehouses:

“With polls showing a drop in Barack Obama's job rating and sinking support for the Democrats' health care plans, there is evidence of collateral damage where you might not expect to find it: in the standing of Democratic governors.”

Barone mentions a number of “stumbling” Democrat governors, including Jim Doyle.


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A timeline of Obama tax promises

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Results from Day 2 at Wisconsin Little League Tournament

Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Lakeland (Salem) (District 6)
At Brighton Dale Park

Brighton Dale Park is located at 830 248th Avenue, just off County Highway BB near Kansasville.

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House Democrat asks why the hell should I read the health care bill

He is John Conyers who on this particular survey would be a  NO

Tigger and Pooh and democracy, too

I am always on the hunt to find outstanding young bloggers. It really is so refreshing to find a truly gifted young writer whose blog has
great content, insightful commentary, material that is well thought out with strong factual background that is provocative and compelling, with solid writing.

I’ve discovered another such writer who is coherent, intelligent, worth the read, doesn’t live with her parents, pays taxes, and actually knows what the hell she is talking about.

She writes the blog, “Dreams of an American Sweetheart” and this is her bio:

I am a 25 year old woman from Pittsburgh and a single mother of one. My little boy Jordan is my life. My sun rises and falls on him! I work for one of the largest banks in the US in their Wealth Management group. I love spending time with my son above anything. My interests include music, reading (anything I can get my hands on), watching a few sports, graphic design, and movies. I also help run a small web forum for conservative mothers/women. I plan on going back to school to obtain another degree so that I can teach middle school and high school US History and eventually I would like to teach a college course that would be a comprehensive, in depth study of the US Constitution.”

A recent blog of hers will be printed in the July issue of Townhall Magazine, a fascinating piece about how she found current events parallels in a 70’s Disney animated feature:

I saw so much in current events, I couldn't help myself but be completely absorbed in a children's movie in a way that no child would be. Kids understand the root of adult problems. They understand what is fair and what is not and could certainly come to those conclusions while watching this movie. But they may not understand the historical significance that I took away or the correlation to current events.”

Here is the entire piece.

Great news from the state Little League Tournament!

Earlier today, the Franklin National All-Stars beat Glendale, 17-9.

This was a critical game for Franklin in the tournament. Entering this contest, Glendale was 2-0 in the tournament while Franklin was 0-2.


An update from Michael Wright

The very latest:

Day 3 (Monday, July 27):
Lowes Creek 5, Appleton Lions 3
West Madison American 4, Wausau Northern 2
Franklin National 17, Glendale 9

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 28):
Lowes Creek 20, Wausau Northern 3 (4 innings)
Franklin National 16, Appleton Lions 6 (5 innings)
West Madison American 6, Glendale 5 (7 innings)

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 29):
Game 13 - Franklin National versus Wausau Northern (5:30 p.m.)
Game 14 - West Madison American versus Lowes Creek (5:30 p.m.)
Game 15 - Glendale versus Appleton Lions (5:30 p.m.)




West Madison American 4 0 10
Lowes Creek 3 1 21
Franklin National 2 2 33
Glendale 2 2 30
Appleton Lions 1 3 33
Wausau Northern 0 4 41

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How bout those Brewers!

I was wrong on InetrCHANGE a few weeks ago when I said the Brewers were an average .500 team. The Brewers are now below the .500 mark after last night’s embarrassing pummeling by the lowly Washington Nationals.

They are in 4th place in the division, desperately in need of pitching with no Sebathia-like deal in the works.


The picture doesn’t look good.

Hank Aaron goes 2 for 2

Pete Rose belongs in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Hank Aaron says so and I agree.

Rose has more hits than anyone in baseball history. But he gambled on baseball games and denied it for a long time. So while the hallowed Hall is filled with boozers, womanizers, and other assorted characters, Rose has been blackballed.

Back in the 60’s, Packer great Paul Hornung and Detroit’s Alex Karras were both suspended for a year by the NFL for gambling. They were both reinstated and are now in the NFL Hall of Fame. O.J. Simpson murdered two people and he’s in there.

Back to baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig’s strong affection and respect for the predecessor who banned Rose is a strong factor in Rose’s current Hall of Fame non-status. Would Selig at least reconsider, since Aaron is also a close friend? He should in my book.

Aaron also believes asterisks should be placed next to the names of Hall of Famers who used performance enhancing drugs. Better yet, don’t let cheaters in.

Here’s the story.

City of Milwaukee taxpayers about to get fleeced

Milwaukee aldermen are poised to approve the following increases:

Snow-and-ice fee: 24%

Parking meters outside the downtown area: 50%

Water rates: 28.5%

The Journal Sentinel reports several fees are going up.

Remember folks,  fee is just another word for tax.

Franklin's budget woes

Last month, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor told City Department Heads and members of the Franklin Common Council the city faces a $1.8 million revenue shortfall for 2009. That’s only half of the bad news.

Franklin also will confront a $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2010. I fear the shortfall could grow even larger.

The Common Council’s Finance Committee meets tonight and hopefully will address solutions to these major problems. There needs to be a sense of urgency.

Should smoking be banned at Summerfest and the ethnic festivals?

Of course, the answer is no. However, using the logic of the anti-smoking zealots, shouldn’t a ban be enforced at lakefront festivals?

Isn’t one of their first whines that they don’t want to be around smoke or smokers?

But Summerfest is outside.

I don’t want to be standing in a food line next to that stuff.

But Festa Italiana is outside.

I can’t stand sitting next to a smoker while I’m trying to enjoy a band.

And why should I have to walk past those stinky cigar booths?

But German Fest, Irish Fest, Fiesta Mexicana, they’re all outside.

That shouldn’t matter to the selfish anti-smoking crowd. Quite frankly, I’m surprised, as silly as this is, that such a notion hasn’t been proposed.  Watch out. With a statewide smoking ban set to go into motion next July 1, new targets are bound to surface. The anti-smoking (and smokers) movement isn’t about to rest.  

Putting them out of their misery

Lori Roman blogs a heartbreaking story that demonstrates the culture of life, sadly, continues to fade in America. It has become much too easy as a society to shun and look away from the sick instead of offering our heartfelt support. We choose simply not to deal with someone else’s problems. It’s just better that way for all involved. When it comes to the sanctity of life, our country is headed in the wrong direction.

Roman writes:

“I recommend that you seriously consider a ‘do not resuscitate’ order, said the seemingly nice man in the white coat. ‘He has had a good long life, but he has diminishing quality of life. If, for instance, he has an infection or illness we could just provide comfort care for him.’ 

This was my first introduction to government controlled ‘health care’.  The man he was suggesting unworthy of penicillin or CPR was my happy, loving father—a man who lit up the room with his smile and kind words, despite his dementia.  A man who served his country in WWII and lived an honorable life. A man who was otherwise healthy and active.”

You can read the entire blog here.

I blogged about Do Not Resuscitate orders in December 2007, one of the most controversial topics I’ve ever addressed.



10 questions for Obamacare supporters

Nationally syndicated talk show host, author, and columnist Dennis Prager poses the queries. Here are my two favorites:

1) Given how weak the U.S. economy is, given how weak the U.S. dollar is, and given how much in debt the U.S. is in, why would anyone seek to have the U.S. spend another trillion dollars?

2)  Contrary to the assertion of President Obama — "we spend much more on health care than any other nation but aren't any healthier for it" — we are healthier. We wait far less time for procedures and surgeries. Our life expectancy with virtually any major disease is longer. And if you do not count deaths from violent crime and automobile accidents, we also have the longest life expectancy. Do you think a government takeover of American medicine will enable this medical excellence to continue?

Trust me, these are too logical and thoughtful to receive any reasonable responses from liberals.

Read Prager’s column here.

"It felt like a horror film unfolding"- Nurse forced to assist abortion

She is Catholic, the niece of a Filipino bishop who came to America because she says she believed our country held religious freedom to be sacred. The Brooklyn nurse, Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo has filed a lawsuit, claiming Mount Sinai Hospital in New York forced her to assist in an abortion despite her religious objections.

Health care workers enjoy conscience protection. Federal law prohibits hospitals that receive federal fund to force any personnel to assist in any medical procedure.

The website writes the hospital knew of the nurse’s objections to abortion since 2004, but refused to find another nurse to replace her during the procedure:

The ADF reports details just how traumatic this experience was for the nurse:

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Sex offenders forced to live under a

One of the arguments against local ordinances that restrict where released sex offenders can live is where are they supposed to go?

Quite frankly, I don’t care. I couldn't care less because my sympathies are with the victims and the potential victims that are a sad possibility because these monsters are back out on the streets.

And it shouldn’t be the government’s responsibility to find these creeps housing. has published a puff piece detailing how tough offenders have it. This excerpt describes how offenders gather under a bridge in Miami:

“At the Julia Tuttle camp, the sex offenders begin trickling in around dusk. It is a squalid and dreary place. The air is thick and stifling, reeking of human feces and of cat urine from all the strays that live there. Overhead, the bridge drones and trembles with six lanes of traffic. Makeshift dwellings sprawl out in every direction--tents clinging to concrete pylons, rickety shacks fashioned out of plywood, a camper shell infested with cockroaches. There is no running water or sewage system; inhabitants relieve themselves in shopping bags and toss the sacks into a pile of refuse that they burn periodically. Some men fish along the shoreline, then gut and fry up the catch for anyone who's hungry. For diversion, there's a nightly dominoes game, or perhaps a bottle of booze sipped in solitude.”

Sorry. If that's supposed to move me to feel sorry, it doesn't.

The article focuses on a high-profile lobbyist in Florida who launched a personal crusade against offenders, but is now having second thoughts about the laws he helped shape.

Here in Franklin, the community that has been the most aggressive in combating sex offenders, those involved always say the fight is never over, the fight never ends.  The Newsweek piece is a perfect example. Despite the nationwide outrage against these sickos that prey upon innocent children, there is a larger than you’d believe faction that bleeds for the perverts.

Thank goodness for the leaders we have in our city. I can’t imagine for a moment anyone who was active in making changes at the state level or enacting Franklin’s tough sex offender ordinances that have passed Constitutional muster would for even a second have doubts about the outcome of their efforts.

NOTE: I haven't blogged about sex offenders for awhile. Usually when I do, the sex offender sympathizers who live in other states come out of the woodwork with their crying towels and phony studies.

Quietly, a Sendik's closes

It opened with a bang just a little over a year ago....


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Franklin, have we forgotten how DANGEROUS our streets are?

Those clever devils on the Franklin School Board would love to have you believe that overnight, they have suddenly turned into fiscal conservatives.


Because they cut (Oh my God, we really didn’t want to and it hurts, hurts, hurts so bad to do it, sob!) busing for private school students.

One school board member (I’d mention her name but then I’d be accused of bloody murder by raving lunatic bloggers) actually bragged on her bi-weekly blog that this move was saving (now hold your collective breath, Franklin taxpayers), a huge, whopping, incredible, substantial, sizable, gargantuan astonishing $90,000.


$90,000, huh?

Superintendent Steve Patz asks for that as a raise behind closed doors and the School Board nods like the blind sheep lemmings they are. Whatever you say, Steve!

The School Board isn’t about to change its mind on this private school busing deal, even though it puts many children in harm’s way. Yes, harm’s way.

Hey, whad’ya mean, Fischer, harm’s way?

The Franklin School Board voted to put lots of young kids out on the street without bus transportation despite a much-talked about report often cited by a couple of Franklin bloggers who have used that document to make Franklin sound like an absolute war zone for any child heading to school in anything less than a Sherman tank.

Background, por favor?

Si, si.

It all started sometime last year when a certain blogger, now School Board member (Gee, I’d mention her name but I don’t think she and her band of loco supporters understand that as an elected official, you are open to criticism, even if it puts you in the fetal position) attended a School Board meeting and recorded it and put clips up on her blog that used to be interesting.

On one of the clips, an unidentified School Board member mentioned a report by the Milwaukee County Sheriff that referred to the entire Franklin School District as unsafe territory for any freckle-faced adolescent who wasn’t accompanied by at least four bodyguards and a dozen St. Christopher medals.


That is all a couple of Franklin  bloggers needed for ammunition to argue that we need to pave everything with sidewalks that are 20 feet wide so our kids could get to school to escape all the carnage, yes, the carnage.

The blogger that made the most traction out of this bit of news that surfaced on a certain blogger’s blog who shall remain nameless so I am not accused of being, GASP!!!, a hippie (Ooooohh, that one really hurt. How do these people think up such gems so quickly?) was Franklin’s tree hugging, screw the people in their cars, pedestrians reign blogger, John Michlig.

It was giving a meal to a starving man. Michlig couldn’t contain himself. Over and over and over again, he kept referring to this report about Franklin’s deadly streets with blood flowing down the roads.

And he’d always bolster his blog with this picture:

"When did this become acceptable?

Pleasant View Elementary remains accessible by a single thin road with not so much as a shoulder to retreat to if you should attempt to walk or bike to the school. Another embarrassment."

From John Michlig's blog, Sprawled Out.

Oh, and he'll pull this one out of his collection, too.


Over and over and over again.

How dare we, Franklin.

Have we no shame, Franklin.

We actually allow our children to walk to school under these conditions.

OK, let’s get serious.

I have the aforementioned report by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. It was written….IN 1993!

On March 22, 1993, then-Franklin Superintendent Gerald Frietag “requested an opinion from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department regarding the degree of hazard presented by a traffic situation in his area.” Then-Sheriff Richard Artison response on May 24, 1993 was a report written by Lieutenant Mark Stieber, “TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS IN HAZARDOUS AREAS.” Stieber wrote:

“During the past several weeks I have been conducting a review of the student transportation plan as submitted by the Franklin School District #5. This review included observing all the schools listed, plus the approaches to each school, at various times of the day.

While doing my review I found most of the schools to be situated on either very busy roads with little or no shoulders and considerable blind spots. Additionally, traffic on the roads in front of most of the schools travel at or above the assorted posted speed limits with little or no regard for the school zone speed limits. Also there are few sidewalks throughout the district.

It is apparent from my review that these hazards along with several others make it extremely unsafe for children to walk to most of the schools. These hazards would be extremely difficult and very expensive to overcome at the local level. As a result I wholeheartedly agree with Franklin School District #5’s assessment of the hazards and their decision to provide transportation for all students within the district and attendance areas.”

Now, in case John Michlig or any School Board member reading this missed the key point, let me repeat:

“I wholeheartedly agree with Franklin School District #5’s assessment of the hazards and their

decision to

provide transportation for all students

within the district and attendance areas.”

There’s more.

The Franklin Public Schools’ Transportation Director R.A. Kucinski prepared the "TRANSPORTATION IN AREAS OF UNUSUAL HAZARDS PLAN" in February of 1993, preceding the Sheriff’s Department report. It said:

“The city of Franklin is experiencing rapid population growth. This growth presents certain challenges. One of these is to provide safety for children on the way to and from school. Because of the nature of the growth of the community, unusual hazards exist for children. Particularly because of the width of the roads, or lack of shoulders, ages of children, traffic patterns and lack of sidewalks.

In general, children have to walk in the streets, roads, or highways in order to reach their schools. Motorists hurrying to and from work present unsafe conditions. Sidewalk installations are rare or non-existent in rapidly developing or existing subdivisions.”

The report then goes on to specify the hazards surrounding every school in the Franklin district.

Has Franklin's growth leveled off since 1993? You betcha. But do the conditions and hazards outlined in the report still exits? Of course, they do.

Armed with this information, alluded to last year during a School Board meeting, the School Board votes to eliminate busing for a selective group of children.

I find it quite revealing that blogger John Michlig, who for the past year and more has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO concerned about poor children walking to school in this death trap we call Franklin hasn’t written one word in opposition to the School Board’s decision to get rid of private school busing.

Suddenly this picture, seen over and over and over again on Michlig’s blog…

has been tossed into one of Michlig’s drawers.

How come?

Doesn’t he, shouldn’t he care about kids walking in the 53132 Bermuda Triangle? Shouldn’t he be outraged? Shouldn’t he use his blog to speak out?

Well, yeh, if he wasn’t a bleeding heart liberal, and bleeding heart liberals are hypocrites. They try to come off sounding and appearing like nobody cares more than they do when in reality, their words are meaningless.

The truth is what I wrote a few weeks ago on this subject directed at the Franklin School Board, including ol’ what’s her name:

“Please don’t insult the taxpayers’ intelligence when you’re cutting $90,000 on one item but increasing total spending by over $1 million.

The Franklin School Board priorities are messed up. They are telling us a nearly $1 million fiber optic purchase is essential, but we can’t bus certain kids to school because, you know, they go to those….private schools.

The argument has been tossed around for some time that the entire Franklin school district is very dangerous for travel. Apparently to the Franklin School Board, the safety issue doesn’t apply to those……..private school kids.”

The silence is deafening, but the hypocrisy rings loud.

NOTE: Those who disagree shoud be prepared to explain why they're comfortable with compromising the safety of our children.

Franklin makes the semifinals of the state Little League Tournament

Host - Lakeland (Salem) (District 6)
At Brighton Dale Park

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Patients First bus greets Obama

Americans for Prosperity

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Leave a baby to die...

Get sentenced to one year.


Another inspirational friend

I’ve been writing as of late about my deep admiration about remarkable individuals who, despite their serious health problems use their time to be productive and help others.

Another example is Wayne Wankowski, a former West Allis resident now living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wayne, a good friend, has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This crippling disease has not dampened his spirits as he remains as active as possible and helps raise funds for ALS research.

Wayne, we miss you back in Wisconsin. Keep your chin up. And God bless you!



50 Greatest Coaches of All-Time

It's hard to argue with most that are on the Sporting News' list.

But where's Al McGuire?

Friday night/Sunday morning on InterCHANGE

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

1 – Executive Bonuses.


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Anti-Obama trinkets tossed out of mall

Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of business for the Free Market Warrior kiosk in the Concord Mills mall in Concord, North Carolina. The lease for the kiosk is not being renewed past July.


Because the proprietor of said kiosk has the unmitigated gall to sell bumper stickers and posters like this:

The mall also found this item to be offensive:

One busybody un-American walking by the kiosk managed to get her nose out of joint. Instead of just continuing on her way, huffing and puffing a bit, and moving on to some other stand that sells incense, beads or sandals, she complained to the mall using, guess what, the race card. And she also wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer.

The author was a recent UNC-Charlotte graduate (figures) named Jennifer Ibanez who wrote:

"Free Market Warrior, a kiosk located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops, specializes in memorabilia embellished with pro-confederacy statements as well as those opposing both the government and President Obama. In addition, these products support ideas such as racism, sexism, and even slavery. While freedom of speech is a Constitutional right it's difficult not to believe that something just isn't quite right here.

"I find it appalling that Concord Mills, North Carolina’s #1 visitor attraction, would condone such a message to be portrayed by their vendors and can't imagine how the outside visitors' perceptions of North Carolinians have been skewed by such an establishment.

"It’s hard to stay open-minded when such uncivilized and outdated ideas are endorsed on a daily basis. It's 2009; please, let's at least try to put this type of bigotry to an end."

That’s right, Ms. I just got out of college so I’m pretty damn sharp Ibanez, anyone who dares disagree with the Obamessiah is automatically, hands down a racist.

This reminds me a bit of the furor over the Victoria’s Secret window displays at Mayfair Mall. A woman didn’t like them and complained. She even came on the air with me on WISN and was, I’m being polite here, not very convincing.

Ask yourself, if this was a kiosk prior to 11/04/08 that contained merchandise bashing President Bush, would it have been shown the gate? Hell no because conservatives don’t cry to the mall manager or the editor of the paper. They just don’t patronize that business. It’s called the free market and personal choice at work, not some petty partisan childish whining.

The kiosk chain’s owner, Loren Spivack raises a valid argument in his defense:

"Nobody in that mall is selling anything from a conservative perspective. Plenty of people are selling things with a liberal perspective, with a pro-Obama perspective. Given that we are in America and not North Korea, we probably should have some stuff on the other side."

Ahhhh, but that would be………………..reasonable.

That would be……………………………fair.

Neither of those adjectives is ever used to describe liberals.

Here is more on the story, and because this is America, the yo-yo’s at Concord Mills can’t totally stop Spivack. He’s still selling his merchandise online. If you’re interested:

Check out his

Pall Mall

There oughta be a why isn't there?

When you think of sexy spots in America, let’s be honest, Rhode Island would not come to mind. And yet, our teeny tiniest state has a sex controversy on its hands that would make Las Vegas blush.

Beginning Friday, July 31, 2009,  based on an executive order from the mayor in Providence, Rhode Island, the city is barred from approving licenses for adult entertainment (do I need explain what that entails?) to any, AHEM, establishment (sleaze joint) that gives jobs to minors.


Seems to make sense.



End of story, right?


The problem is that in the quite, reserved, humble state of Rhode Island, clubs are using, legally, strippers under the age of 18.

Apparently because, like 99.999999% of Franklin, Wisconsin, the vast majority of Rhode Island is locked up for the night before the sun goes down, nobody noticed that teen age girls are taking off their clothes for smelly, dirty old men in the Ocean State.

According to the Providence Journal:

Rhode Island teens under 18 can’t work with power saws or bang nails up on roofs. But dance at strip clubs? Sure. Just as long as the teens submit work permits, and are off the stripper’s pole by 11:30 on school nights.”

Well isn’t that special. The strip clubs are concerned about the girls getting home in time to cram for exams.

Now this isn’t tough stuff, folks. I read the pamphlet, “How a Bill Becomes a Law” a long, long, long time ago.  You see a wrong, you try to right it. You see an obvious wrong, you try to right it ASAP.

The problem is that common sense doesn’t always (shocking!) prevail in state legislatures. What seems obvious (photo ID) becomes frustrating because you have a couple dozen oafs who walk on their knuckles on the other side, obstructing the views of 80% of the population.

To the issue at hand.

Can we all agree, yes, even you criminal-sympathizing libs, that a 16-year old dancing twirling herself like a gymnast around a pole on a smoke-filled stage at 11:00 at night while removing her top and maybe more is just wrong?

Reasonable people have within a split second reached the correct answer. This might be a tough one for liberals so let’s give them a little more time, shall we?

Uh one, Uh, two...(Please click the play button folks to keep the momentum here going)


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Later today...

Census officials will announce a new policy on how they will count legally married same-sex couples.

I can't wait.

Franklin loses in semifinal at Little League tournament

The Franklin National All-Stars lost to undefeated West Madison American in Thursday’s semifinals of the Wisconsin Little League Tournament, 8-7.  West Madison American faces Glendale today for the state title.

Congratulations to Franklin National for a great tournament run!

Why can't Paul Ryan be the future of the GOP?

Reason asks the question and includes an interview with Ryan who takes MSNBC anchors who read the Democrat talking points to school.

Taxpayer Tea Parties in Wisconsin this weekend


Americans for Prosperity
Wisconsin Newsletter

July 30 - 2009  Events and Updates

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New strategy by the Recall Doyle movement

CRG  Network has issued the following news release: 


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Rudy Giuliani rips Obama, but good


Some nice feedback about the Angie Wenzel Scramble

I’ve had some wonderful correspondences from people who want to help this year’s Angie Wenzel Scramble, a golf outing to raise funds for Inflammatory Breast Cancer research. It’s touching to receive kind thoughts from breast cancer survivors. Here is one of them, re-printed with permission:

A friend of mine sent me the article you wrote about people with cancer including the woman who died of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

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This Just In stops for no weekend

Around sundown tonight, our Friday Goodnight music feature will highlight some new talent I think you'll enjoy.

Wake up Saturday to The Barking Lot.

Last week, my lovely wife and co-author, Jennifer posed the compelling question, "Would you risk your life for your pet?"  This week, another challenging inquiry from Jennifer.

Also, last week we told you about that amazing story of the dog owner who saved his pet from the jaws of an alligator. This week, another incredible story that just might top that.

Then it's our week in review, Week-ends that brings you the HEROES and VILLAINS of the week. Which category does this fellow fall into?


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Goodnight everyone, and have a sultry 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....soft, smooth, sultry songs from some new young female vocalists to keep an eye on.

No fancy videos in this week's feature, just some lovely voices I think you'll enjoy.

Let's get started.

The Danish Daily News says Veronica Martell is a "great voice that instantly catches you." Her influences growing up were Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson.

What others have said about Martell:

"a winning combination of traditional stage presence and modern day charisma"
– The Danish Times.   

One of the hottest talents in jazz"
– Jazz Review   

"a remarkable vocal talent with an exquisite four octave range"

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