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

The MSM and the "N" word


Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Sen. Sullivan on sex offender ordinance repeal: "This bill is going nowhere"


The state Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing today in Madison on Senate Bill 548 (SB 548), a disastrous bill that would repeal over 100 local ordinances that restrict the whereabouts and residences of released sex offenders.

Following state Senator Mary Lazich’s testimony, committee member, state Senator Jim Sullivan  (D-Wauwatosa) whose district has communities that have such ordinances said several times, “This bill is going nowhere.”

Committee chair, state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and author of the bill replied, “I don’t know if that’s true.”

You can see and hear Sullivan’s comments about 50 minutes into this video of the committee hearing.

Also testifying against were Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva, Franklin Alderman Steve Olson, the Cudahy mayor, the Cudahy police chief, a Cudahy alderman, CudahyNOW blogger Randy Hollenbeck, and others.

Alderman Olson was quite passionate and even sparred with Senator Taylor. I encourage you to watch them at 2:42:30 into the video.

Alderman Olson did not read from his prepared statement. It was submitted to the committee and follows:


 

Testimony of Alderman Steve Olson, City of Franklin

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Did Jefffrey Dahmer kill Adam Walsh?


The Miami Herald
 
says there’s plenty of evidence, and authorities ignored it.

Muhammad Ali's daughter saved Hulk Hogan's life


I am a pro wrestling fan. Have been since I was a kid. Dad and I used to go to the Auditorium to watch the matches, the Arena for the really big cards.

In the late 80’s when Vince McMahon brought SummerSlam to then-Milwaukee County Stadium, I got the chance to meet Hulk Hogan and interview him a few days before the event for WUWM.

Public Radio? Pro wrestling?

Why not. I recall the CBC doing almost a half hour mini-documentary on Wrestlemania I.

I recall Hogan dwarfing me and at one point taking both hands and grabbing me by the shoulders (all in good fun) telling me that if he threw me into a nearby chain fence that it would probably hurt (Hogan was to wrestle Andre the Giant in a cage match at County Stadium).

My voice I’m sure went up three octaves.

Hogan was the star of stars at the time, completely on top of his game, and I’ve always liked him.

Twenty-some years later, he, of course, isn’t the same. The Hulkster has difficulty walking, his personal life is in shambles, and now he admits in a new book he almost committed suicide.

This Hulkamaniac hopes he gets things together.

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There's Bar Mitzvah and then there's Obamitzvah

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

There's Bar Mitzvah and then there's Obamitzvah

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Scott Walker supports restrictive sex offender ordinances


Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker becomes the first, and thus far, only candidate for governor to publicly take a position on the bills now before the Legislature that would repeal more than 100 local ordinances across Wisconsin that restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2010
For more information, please contact Fran McLaughlin (414) 278-4244, cell: (414) 235-6592

WALKER SUPPORTS MUNICIPALITIES ON SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR ISSUE

MILWAUKEE – County Executive Scott Walker supports the side of local municipalities to decide on the placement of sexually violent predators in their communities. The Wisconsin State Legislature is taking up 2009 Senate Bill 548 and 2009 Assembly Bill 759 that would nullify sex offender residency restrictions and child safety zone ordinances that local municipality’s have put in place and prohibit municipalities from creating new restrictions.

“The state should not override the concerns of the individual municipalities in Milwaukee County or elsewhere in Wisconsin,” Walker said. “Passage of this bill intrudes on the ability of cities and villages to decide what is best for their community.”

"Redshirting" priests

Topics talked about on WISN


Today
while filling in for Vicki McKenna on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I read from a column by Matt Towery about allowing Catholic priests to marry (I am open to the idea).  Towery writes:

“I am not a rebel within my church. In fact, I enjoy the more conservative interpretation of the scriptures. But we now live in an age when even the purest of heart are barraged by media with sexually charged material, or at least subliminally stimulating images and ideas about sex. This extends from entertainment all the way into everyday conversations.

It has now reached the point that the Church must confront the inevitable. Its demands of celibacy and unmarried church careers for its priests and others no longer constitute a tenable interpretation of the scriptures in the modern world. This may well result in a Church that refuses to face the devastating consequences of sexually frustrated clergy; a clergy that contains some who, try as they might, end up falling prey to temptation by trying to quench their natural passions by exploiting those most conveniently under their control -- children.”

Here is the entire piece.

It's the weekend so you know what that means.....


Bye bye nice weather.

Sunday does look nice, though.

Some would say the best sports event of the year takes place this weekend.....

The Final Four.

Yep.

Even better than the Super Bowl.

My bracket expired some time ago, so GO BUTLER!

Our weekend features on This Just In begin tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segue into Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a hint......
















Then Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog.

Also, Weekends, our weekly week in review including...........




Surprised mother gives birth to twins seven days apart




Also Saturday, Recommended Reading.

On Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no # 8623, and Photos of the Week.

Inquiring minds want to know......Will This Just In reader, Franklin resident Don Dorsan find a picture in this week's selection to get his undies in a bundle like last Sunday's posting? 

Gee, I'd hate to get him all upset on Easter morning.

Here's a photo that did NOT make the final cut.....



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Not every physician is embracing Obamacare


Remember when the president trotted out all those medicos at a news conference to show he had professional support for socialized medicine?





Not every lab coat has drunk the Kool-Aid.

I admire this guy’s courage, but he’s about to get filleted by the Obamessiah’s hired assassins in the mainstream media.

Anyone outraged by his actions needs to understand this is just the beginning. He's right. Awful ramifications from Obamacare are coming.

Goodnight everyone, and have a cute weekend!

Nostalgia


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, the cute one.

Paul McCartney hits the concert stage once more with no sign of settling down anytime soon.

Sir McCartney’s latest tour began last Sunday in Phoenix with this review from Arizona Central:

“With apologies to Ringo Starr, the Beatles' legacy couldn't have hoped to be in better hands at this late date than Paul McCartney's
Forty years after the breakup, the former Beatle most likely to pack an arena launched his latest solo tour in Glendale on Sunday night with a three-hour set at the Jobing.com Arena that found him more than willing and able to serve as the Beatles' ambassador to the 21st century.”

McCartney played the famed Hollywood Bowl this week and for the next two and half months, he will visit Miami, Puerto Rico, Dublin, the Isle of Wight, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London.

In keeping with the theme of our Friday night musical get together, the smooth side of Paul McCartney Live.



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The Barking Lot (04/03/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Showers. High of 55.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly Cloudy. High of 67. "B"


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

Imagine running to your local dog-and-cat-supply store for a bag of kibble.  Do you expect that there would be a warning sign posted at the front door that shopping there may be hazardous to your health and that you are shopping at your own risk?

 

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Week-ends (04/03/10)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Dennis and Jennifer Renz and their twins


Bill Donohue of the Catholic League



Jocelyn Ranger


14-year old Indianpolis boy


Eric Fullerton


Dr. Jack Cassell


Soldiers that read


A good friend of mine, Dick Koch.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Obamacare


Federal Judge Charles Clevert


Roberta Lund


Some troopers in some states.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“We are beginning to turn the corner. The worst of the storm is over; brighter days are still ahead. We’ve still got a long ways to go … eight million people have lost jobs over the last two years – that’s a staggering sum.”
President Obama, speaking in Charlotte about the economy.


“That’s not the federal government’s place. It’s tax dollars, my money, being used to prop up other businesses. They’re taking our money and using it as they see fit. Because it’s not market driven, it’s artificial.”
Steve Sweigart of Charlotte, a Marine Corps veteran who works in information technology, picketing President Obama’s visit to Charlotte. He expressed concerns about the stimulus package.


“Why is he lying to the American public? This law was crammed down the throats of the American public behind closed doors.”
Dr. James McGukin, a cardiologist from High Point clad in blue hospital scrubs, carried a sign with tea bags dangling from it outside President Obama’s Charlotte appearance. McGukin said he felt Obama’s health care reform plan could cripple Medicare.


Jews "know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms.”
Pope Benedict’s personal preacher, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa likened accusations against the pontiff and the Catholic church in sex abuse scandals in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.


“Shame on Father Cantalamessa. The Vatican is entitled to defend itself, but the comparison with anti-Semitic persecution is offensive and unsustainable. We are sorely disappointed."
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.


"There's no way the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment actually requires that taxpayers fund sex change operations for prisoners.”
State Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), a co-sponsor of the Sex Change Prevention Act, reacting to Federal Judge Charles Clevert’s ruling that the Act prohibiting hormone treatment and therapy and drugs for prison inmates seeking a sex change is unconstitutional.  Gundrum said he expects Clevert's ruling will be appealed.


"This ruling puts a higher priority on helping inmate Tommy become Tammy than protecting the pocketbooks of law abiding citizens.”
Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), another sponsor of the law, reacting to Clevert’s ruling.


"I'm not going to take a day and hold a hearing on this because whatever we do in committee, if it passes, fails, we do nothing, it will in the end be a waste of time, simply because it doesn't matter what we do here in this state."
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) who chairs the Senate Health Committee, telling dozens of Wisconsin residents he refuses to hold a public hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit any level of government from requiring Wisconsin residents to purchase health insurance.


"It's clear he has an agenda, and he has no intention of letting this bill go through."
Oriannah Paul of Sheboygan, reacting to Erpenbach.


 "I do not think he understands the issue, and I don't think he understands his responsibility as a senator."
Kirsten Lombard of Madison, also reacting to Erpenbach.


“What you folks are saying is, ‘we didn’t read the ordinances, we don’t know what you’re talking about, but we’re going to ban them anyway.“
Franklin alderman Steve Olson, testifying at a public hearing at the state Capitol in opposition to a bill that would repeal over 100 local ordinances around the state including Franklin’s that restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate. Olson also told the gabby chair of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), author of the bill, “Without being disrespectful, this is the first public hearing I’ve ever attended in 22 years in public office where the chair spoke more than the attendees. It’s very disheartening to me. I don’t think I am being represented or listened to when that happens. Quite frankly, I understand that you have made up your mind.”



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


1)  Bill aims to LOOSEN anti-fraud rules for child-care providers.


2) Sweeping election reform moving quickly through Legislature.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Apparently sex abuse only takes place in the Catholic Church and not in other denominations.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The continuing smear cmapaign against the Pope. Where's the proof?



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


British media
revel in April Fool's Day tradition.


Lucky # 7.


Rabbit costume traffic sting
draws criticism.


Linda Fischer vs. John Fischer.


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 (04/03/10)

Recommended reading


Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).


The Catholic Quandary

“A number of Catholics have left the church because of the priestly sins, but not me. From the beginning, in Sister Claudia's first-grade class, I understood that the Catholic Church was about Jesus, not Father Flannery. Believe me, I saw so many loons in my Catholic school days that I should be a Buddhist. But it is the theology, not the church leadership, that keeps me in the fold.”


How Easter Ended

“Dear Grandson: I risk writing you this letter in order to pass along some censored history. Today’s America of 2050, officially atheist by law, is a very different place from the ‘nation under God’ of my boyhood in 2010. When you take your first communion in Denver’s underground church on a spring morning once known as Easter, you need to know how this and other holy days disappeared from the American calendar.”


America’s Quiet Anger

“These quietly angry people gather in their churches while their religions are called divisive and their beliefs are labeled as bigotry, and they pray for a better day. They talk among themselves in their Main Street cafes, at the Rotary club or at their kids' softball games, seeking others who understand their frustration and will not respond with arrogant dismissal.

They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country's complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions, too selfish to share what they have worked for with everyone else who wants it.”


Red America, White Power

“No one was stabbed this March, no limp bodies dumped into the Anacostia River, no buildings burned. A few lunkheads broke windows (and if this is enough to provoke comparisons to Kristallnacht, the anti-globalization crowd must be the protest equivalent of the Einsatzgruppen) and one unidentified protester called Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) a ‘faggot,’for which he was rebuked by fellow protesters. Despite gleeful recitation by the media, claims of racial taunts directed at African-American congressmen have yet to be substantiated.

It isn't unreasonable to think that amongst the Tea Party protesters one can find the ignorant and hateful. Many of the protesters seem to believe that the president of the United States of America is a communist, demonstrating that they have a level of historical understanding on par with Frank Rich. But that critique is something rather different than imputing a racist motivation to anyone deeply concerned about an enormously expensive health care bill.”



Against Obamacare? You’re a Fascist Racist Hater

Idiots, wing nuts and haters exist — on both sides of the political spectrum — in a country of 300 million people. Those who threaten and engage in violence should be arrested and prosecuted. Those who use incendiary language should be denounced.

But which "hater" said the following, and where was the condemnation?”


Please don’t call it ‘state socialism’

"We're told that for some reason we're not allowed to call the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda ‘socialism,’ ‘communism,’ ‘Marxism,’ ‘state socialism’ ‘fascism,’ or anything else that might sound unpleasant.

‘Federalizing’ all these programs shifts money and employment from the private to the government-bureaucrat sector. Unionized government bureaucrats tend to belong to outfits like the SEIU, which actively back Democrat/socialists, while dispatching purple-shirted thugs to beat up black freedom-fighters handing out 'Don't tread on me' Gadsden flags outside rigged Democratic ‘town hall’ meetings.

The so-called ‘health reform’ bill authorizes $10 billion to field 16,500 more IRS agents to collect and enforce mandatory ‘premiums,’ which we're assured are not a ‘tax.’ Providing you're a ‘normal’ citizen with a job and house, of course. (Illegal aliens Get Out of Jail Free, as usual.)”


Should America Bid Farewell to Exceptional Freedom? (Paul Ryan)

In the coming watershed election, the nature of this unique and exceptional land is at stake. We will choose one of two different paths. And once we make that choice, there's no going back.

This is not the kind of election I would prefer. But it was forced on us by the leaders of our government.”


Palin Says “Reload” and the Liberals Have a Cow

My cow comment is clearly figurative because we all know Libs can’t have cows; it takes a cow to have a cow, duh. Which I guess means that Rosie O’Donnell could have a cow, Joy Behar could lay a mess of tsetse fly eggs, and Janeane Garofalo could spawn a ring-tailed lemur. Wouldn’t that be the bomb?

Oops, sorry. I forgot. I said bomb. Shame on me because I forgot that I can’t use any warfare terminology anymore in my prose since the thought police on the Left have put a moratorium on militaristic analogies (as such language will lead, according to ‘them,’ to Tea Party terrorists).”


Big Brother on Your Tail

"
Suppose I approached you with a request. I want you to carry a small gadget that will automatically transmit your location to the police, allowing them to track your every movement 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Chances are you would politely decline.

Too late. You already accepted.

That gadget, you see, is called a cell phone."

I have always loved Raquel Welch


And why not?

I mean, c'mon....




Raquel Welch photo


Gratuitous?

Hardly.

Just red-blooded American male honesty.

And now, to the point.

There's even more reason to love Raquel Welch....




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Franklin Aldermanic 1st District Race: THERE IS NO COMPARISON!


1st District Alderman — There’s No Comparison!


STEVE OLSON

Promotes economic development that solidifies Franklin’s tax base and reduces

the burden on citizens.

Promotes regional economic projects that benefit our city:

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Happy Easter 2010!



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My Most Popular Blogs (04/04/10)

Most popular


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

1) TIE

    
Photos of the Week (03/28/10)

    Like wow, man, just chill out, y'know it's just freakin' art

2) Scummy Internet trolls

3) Muhammad Ali's daughter saved Hulk Hogan's life

4) TIE

    
"Redshirting" priests 

     
Re-elect Franklin Alderman Steve Olson: THE REST OF THE STORY

5)  A Cleveland writer and Eugene Kane are definitely onto something

Photos of the Week (04/04/10)

Photos of the Week





People rally outside the Historic Utah County Courthouse for the Tea Party Express stop in Provo, Utah on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The Tea Party Express, which was kicked off last week by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is named after the Boston Tea Party. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Mark Johnston)


 



Serial killer Rodney Alcala, right, looks to a sheriff after his death sentence was pronounced by Judge Francisco Briseno in Santa Ana, California, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Judge Briseno's decision came several weeks after a jury recommended the death penalty for Alcala after convicting him on charges of slaying four women and a teenage girl in the 70s. (Pool photo by Michael Goulding/Orange County Register/MCT)






Jeanne Tiller, widow of slain abortion doctor George Tiller, hugs a family member during the sentencing of Scott Roeder in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, April 1, 2010. Roeder was convicted last January of murdering Tiller's husband, Dr. George Tiller. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, Pool)






This screen grab made Monday March 29, 2010 from the Christian militia group Hutaree's site allegedly shows training videos. Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then kill scores more by attacking a funeral using homemade bombs, federal prosecutors said Monday. The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the government, according to newly unsealed court papers. (AP Photo/Hutaree.com)






A tattered American flag is taped to the antenna of a van at the home of Thomas William Piatek Monday, March 29, 2010, in Whiting, Ind. Piatek is one of nine suspects tied to a Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist and are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral using homemade bombs in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday. The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the government, according to newly unsealed court papers. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because its members were planning a violent mission sometime in April. (AP Photo/(M. Spencer Green)






Vietnam veterans Jerry Turner, left, and Ray Hunziker hug at the funeral of Air Force Maj. Curtis Daniel Miller on Monday, March 29, 2010 in Dallas. The remains of a U.S. Air Force officer shot down during the Vietnam War are being buried in his native Texas. Maj. Miller, of Palacios, Texas, was buried Monday afternoon at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, with full military honors. His funeral comes 38 years to the day after his gunship was shot out of the sky over Laos. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)






Five-year-old Ashton Peterson welcomes home his father Sergeant Carl Peterson, of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), home as he returns from Afghanistan at Weeton Barracks on April 2, 2010 in Kirkham, England. 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) deployed from Lancashire to Afghanistan in September 2009 to begin its third operational tour in Afghanistan in five years. The soldiers of 2 YORKS have been operating throughout Helmand, including in Sangin, Musa Qalah, Lashkar Gar, Gereshk and Babaji. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)






Commuters on a subway train injured by a blast which took place at the Park Kultury subway station wait for medical care just outside the station shortly after the explosion, Moscow, Monday, March 29, 2010. Female suicide bombers blew themselves up Monday in twin attacks on Moscow subway stations packed with rush-hour passengers, killing several people and wounding many more, officials said. The carnage blamed on rebels from the Caucasus region follows the killings of several high-profile Islamic militant leaders there. (AP Photo/Egor Barbatunov)






Eric Croom of Metro Transit Police patrols with his canine Kota during a photo opportunity for the media at Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station March 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeri Lee said in a new release by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority that Metro Transit Police has conducted random station and rail yard sweeps throughout the day as part of heightened security associated with the terrorist attacks on subway stations in Moscow. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)






A woman walks past two heavily-armed counterterrorism officers stationed outside the turnstiles at Grand Central Station in New York, Monday, March 29, 2010. The officers represent "Operation TORCH," or Transit Operational Response with Canine and Heavy Weapons, funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security's grant to New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to help beef up 2,600 police officers who work for the New York Police Department's transit bureau. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority beefed up security as a precaution Monday following the suicide bombing in Moscow's subway system. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)






US astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson (middle), Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov (bottom) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (top) wave while boarding a Russian Soyuz TMA-18 rocket at Kazakhstan's Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on April 2, 2010 for launch to the International Space Station (ISS). YACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images






Lt. Brian Poland, of the East Providence, R.I., fire department, carries Phyllis Rego to dry land while helping rescue her from a flooded neighborhood in East Providence, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)






Nandintsetseg, 26, (L) feeds their son Munkhorgil, 18 months, before going to work, as father, Baigalnaa,39,(R) watches living inside the small sewer that the family calls home March 15, 2010 in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The family have been living underneath the street in their sewer for 5 years both working 9 hours a day barely making enough money to survive. Since 70 years of communist rule ended in 1990, Mongolia has become one of the most pro-business countries. While economic reforms have brought prosperity to Ulaan Baatar, there is still widespread unemployment, some used to work in the now defunct state industries. Approximately over 35% of Mongolians live below the poverty line, many unable to buy basic food needed to survive. Social problems include depression, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and crime. Mongolia suffers with a very high number of alcoholics, all consuming cheap Mongolian vodka that is readily available to the poor and the unemployed. Many Mongolians have migrated to the capitol city from the far away provinces seeking employment. For the homeless during the winter this means extreme hardship, for some homeless living in the sewers means warmth verses dealing with temperatures dropping as low as -25C mid- Winter. This year Mongolia has experienced the worst winter in 30 years. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)






Sister Tobiana Sobodka, at bottom right kneeling, who worked for late Pope John Paul II, prays during a memorial Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, Monday, March 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)






Polish Catholic pilgrims carry their church's statue of Madonna as they walk down the Mount of Olives to the Old City during the traditional Palm Sunday procession on March 28, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel. Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week, is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Jesus to Jerusalem the week before his death when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)






A Tamil Hindu devotee wears nailed footwear during a religious procession during the "Panguni Uthiram" festival in Bhopal, India, Monday, March 29, 2010. The Panguni Uthiram is an important Tamil festival observed in the Tamil month of Panguni (March Ð April), and celebrates the wedding of important deities in the Hindu religion. (AP Photo)






Penitents take part in the procession of the 'Cristo de la buena muerte' brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zamora, northern Spain, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)






Orthodox Christians immerse themselves in the Jordan River at a baptism ceremony, during Holy Week, at Qasr el Yahud near the West Bank town of Jericho, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The site is traditionally believed by many to be the place where Jesus was baptized. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)






A woman sunbathes on the beach as penitents of the Santisimo Cristo del Salvador y el Amparo brotherhood carry a figure of Jesus on a cross during an Easter Holy Week procession in Valencia, Spain Friday April, 2, 2010. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)






Little boys carry signs depicting the stigmata of Christ ahead of a Good Friday procession on April 2, 2010 in Lohr am Main, Germany. Several thousands of faithful took part in this 300-year-old Good Friday procession to commemorate the death of Christ. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)






American Christian pilgrims re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, the route tradition says Jesus carried the cross on which he was to be crucified by the Romans, during the Good Friday procession on April 2, 2010 in Jerusalem's Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world thronged the narrow cobblestone alleys as they retraced the footsteps of Jesus and the Stations of the Cross. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)






A Filipino penitent has his feet nailed to a cross during yearly religious rituals in San Juan village, San Fernando town, Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Friday April 2, 2010. Filipino devotees re-enacted Jesus Christ's suffering by having themselves nailed to the cross in yearly Good Friday rites frowned upon by church leaders in Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)






Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki kneels at the eighth station as he leads those attending the Outdoor Way of the Cross at the Basilica of Holy Hill. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff






Volker Kraft decorates a tree with thousands of Easter eggs in his garden in Saalfeld, Germany, Sunday, March 28, 2010. The Kraft family have decorated their tree for Easter for more than forty years. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)






Decorative "Sphere of Good and of Spiritual Renaissance" by Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas stands in front of Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra cathedral in Kiev during the opening ceremony on April 2, 2010. The sphere made with 3000 traditional Easter eggs made with wood and painted in traditional Ukrainian style was opened before Easter, main religious holiday of the Orthodox Church . SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images






Kids run after and pick up eggs at the start of an Easter egg hunt at the 11th Annual Egg Hunt and Festival Saturday, April 3, 2010, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)






Six-year old Will Culp of Peoria, Ill., swims past other children to gather plastic eggs at the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt in the pool at the RiverPlex in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday, April 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson)






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Culinary no-no #159

Culinary no-no's


Several years ago, my wife, Jennifer and I were having a blast in central Florida……


01_Universal Globe



At the Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando…..


 

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You are a Butler fan




So writes Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune. From a column he penned before the start of the Final  Four:

"If you were trapped down a mine shaft, and crews couldn't get to you, and you were running out of air, but somebody lowered a screen and DVD player down and  Gene Hackman was giving a pep talk to Hickory, you'd go, Hey, Hoosiers’!”

America isn't possibly rooting for Duke tonight. This is too good a story to be ruined by a Blue Devil victory.

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After Signing Healthcare Bill, Obama's Poll Numbers Continue to Plummet

I know it's only Game 1, but....


Brewer pitchers gave up 12 hits in their Opening Day loss today.

Does this year’s team have to win the 10-8 games to be successful?

If so, forget it.

My thoughts on Tuesday's election in Franklin


Aldermanic District #1

The clear choice is to re-elect Alderman Steve Olson who is overwhelmingly more qualified than his opponent. Olson is a conscientious, dedicated friend of the taxpayers, working families and their children.


Aldermanic District #5

Bryan Maersch would be a better ally of Franklin taxpayers than his opponent, Doug Schmidt. I don’t live in the district but if I did, my vote would be for Maersch.


Franklin School Board election

This is where voters hold their noses and cast their ballots.

My dream would be to have the entire Franklin School Board eliminated in one Election Day. That’s not going to happen.

Next on my wish list would be to see the incumbents up for election defeated Tuesday.

Five candidates, two incumbents and three others are up for three school board seats Tuesday. I will not vote for the incumbents, Debbie Larson and Jeff Traylor who, when it comes to fiscal responsibility, are clueless.

I will vote with confidence for Paul Rotzenberg, the only candidate who seems to understand fiscal realities. I have less confidence in Melissa Klein and a huge question mark about young Hugo Nguyen who talks publically a good game about our high school taxes, but has endorsed Greg “Super Taxer and Spender” Kowalski for alderman, just about killing his credibility.

We need to restore fiscal sanity to our School Board. The current members don’t get it and are the worst enemies of financially-strapped Franklin taxpayers.

Therefore, I will gladly vote for Paul Rotzenberg and hold my nose when I vote for Melissa Klein and Hugo Nguyen simply to oust the two incumbents who need to be sent packing. Hugo, if you win, I’m going to watch every move and vote you take like a hawk and you had better keep your conservative promises. Same goes for you, Melissa.

Check out the Franklin Voters Guide on FranklinNOW.com.

A note of thanks from Franklin alderman Steve Olson to voters


Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On Tuesday you’ll go to the polls to elect your district representative for the next three years. I will be honored if you again put your trust in me to provide leadership and experience on the Common Council on your behalf.

It is truly an honor to work for you on the Common Council. We have accomplished much over the past six years. Seemingly small tasks such as the clean-up of run-down buildings or junked cars and the protection of our families with our landmark sex offender residency ordinances have been my priority. Achieving the repair of Puetz Road and securing state funding for its’ reconstruction has been elusive until 18 months ago and is now finished. Forest Hill Avenue and Drexel now have new pavement after years of disrepair, and yes, we now have a trash hauler that actually cares about his work.

We now have a Sendik’s and a Target, both have been asked for for many, many years. We’re poised for more quality retail when the economy improves.

I continue to fight for reduced spending so we can hold the line and reduce taxes. We enjoy a strong working relationship with our neighboring communities, working together on development issues and collaborating on ordinances to protect our children from sex offenders. Together with our neighbors, we’re fighting state efforts to turn back our efforts.

These and many, many other issues need continued experienced leadership. I trust you’ll vote to retain me as alderman to continue this work.


STEVE OLSON

Married to Beverly for 26 years.

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"They had fewer points on the scoreboard, but they were champions tonight"


CBS's Seth Davis referring to Butler that lost 61-59 to Duke in tonight's NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Sometimes. the clock strikes midnight just a bit too soon.

Is Duke the best team in America?

You'll recall Wisconsin beat Duke earlier this year.

I think Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Syracuse, and Butler would beat Duke next week.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, the beauty of March Madness.

The mainstream media at work

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Take that, Obama and all your calorie counting food police


OK.

I know what's in it.

I know it's loaded with calories and cholesteriol that will send my doctor screaming.

Where, oh where can I buy one???!!!


Image: KFC's new Double Down sandwich


Take a look at the newest menu item from KFC,  the Double Down sandwich.



Image: KFC's new Double Down sandwich


MSNBC.com reports, "It consists of two white meat chicken breast fillets with a filling of bacon, Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese with Colonel’s Sauce (a spicy mayonnaise). "

Let's take a better look at Double Down.....


Image: KFC's new Double Down sandwich

 

Notice, fellow junk food lovers, there are no buns.

The buns are the breasts.

I love it. A Culinary no-no that's a Culinary yes-yes!

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It's my choice, Mr. President.

Yes!

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And this, in my view, falls under the category of Americana:






Jim Doyle must think everyone in Wisconsin is really stupid


Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel is resigning effective the end of this week.

Governor Doyle is quoted in the news release announcing Leinenkugel’s resignation:

“Since I took office, creating jobs has been one of my top priorities. My last budget created powerful new tax credits to help manufacturers create and retain jobs, new tools to help investors create start-ups, and new incentives to spur research and development. The Department of Commerce has put these to good use in a tough national economic downturn, which has resulted in attracting and retaining numerous businesses and creating thousands of jobs.”

Doyle must be using that same fuzzy math the Obamessiah twists and distorts when he tells his lapdogs in the media how many jobs he saved.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Wisconsin has lost over 163,000 jobs since the start of the recession during 2007.

According to a March 17, 2010 press release by Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, between January 2009 and January 2010, Wisconsin lost 113, 600 jobs.

Doyle’s phony take on our job situation would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.

Obama's new tax on...Rainwater!?

 
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Would President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency really force Americans to pay a tax on "rainwater runoff" from homes and small businesses?

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Greg Kowalski is no election handicapper


Franklin
blogger and aldermanic candidate Greg Kowalski wrote yesterday about his picks in today’s Franklin elections. His very first sentence raised my eyebrows:

“Every election year I've done my best to pick out those candidates who I believe will do their best in ensuring that the community will benefit from their service the most.”

He needs to try harder, much, much harder.


During the April 2008 elections, Kowalski supported ultra liberal state Senator Lena Taylor against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. That would be the same Lena Taylor who is fighting to destroy the city of Franklin’s successful anti-sex offender ordinances.

Let’s refresh your memory. Here’s how Lena Taylor fared in Franklin in that April 2008 election.

Kowalksi also supported the Franklin school referenda a few years ago. Let's check out those results:


Article by John Neville, FranklinNOW, April 6, 2007

The controversial $78.17 million two-question Franklin School District referendum sank at the polls April 3.

The referendum was set up so that to pass both questions required a majority of school district voters to say "yes." By a wide margin, voters said "no" to both questions.


Question 1:

No

3,811

Yes

2,495


Question 2:


No

3,851


Yes

2,365 



“Every election year I've done my best to pick out those candidates who I believe will do their best in ensuring that the community will benefit from their service the most.”

Thanks, but no thanks, Greg.

Love that new touch screen voting machine


Apparently they’ve been in Franklin a couple of years, but today was the first time I saw one and was encouraged to use it by a poll worker.


Pretty neat

I suggest others use it when they vote.

Pedophile priests and "rubber rooms"


They’re called “reassignment centers” but are most commonly referred to as “rubber rooms.” The New York Post recently reported:

"Two documentary filmmakers have infiltrated New York City's infamous ‘rubber rooms’ -- the eight disciplinary dens around the city where educators accused of wrongdoing while away months, or even years, at full pay -- to reveal teachers snoozing at their desks, holding jam sessions, playing board games, and breaking into fights.

These educators in limbo -- some still raking in six figures a year -- show up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a ‘work’ day that, in some cases, consists of holding book-club meetings and prayer sessions, repeatedly karate-kicking a file cabinet, or forming a musical duo complete with keyboards and vocals, according to the makers of ‘The Rubber Room,’ screening next month.

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A lesson in progressive civility


Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

A lesson in progressive civility

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

They were so wrong back in the 90's


I can still hear it, loud and clear, ringing in my ears, the chant of the Miller Park opponents during that entire emotional debate:

We don’t need a new stadium.

We don’t need a roof.

OK.



What if the PGA was more like MLB or the NBA?


Golf is, of course, the more genteel game.

 

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1950 vs. 2010

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

"How could this happen in the USA?"

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A Congressional liberal Democrat lies to her constituents about Obamacare


Read and watch.

What Will April Showers Bring in November?

 
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