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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.

Franklin High School - An Underperformer

Milwaukee Magazine’s new study of 33 Milwaukee-area school districts examined K-8 and high school performance by factoring in standardized test scores, ACT results and AP test scores.

Franklin ranked 16th out of 33. Franklin High School was listed as an underperformer.

Not to worry. Nothing a spanking brand new multi-million dollar auditorium can’t fix.

A big weekend at the Fischer household

It was bound to happen. People have been asking me for the longest time.

When are you going to do it? When? When? When???

I finally broke down and the Fischer household has a new addition: a soft-coated Wheaton terrier named Frisky because, well, he is. That little guy is already loving his new home and the girls are crazy nuts about him.

Why now? Because I’ve always wanted a dog and I’ve been doing a lot of research about breeds and timing of the purchase, especially when you have a toddler.

In the end, I think I was swayed by the immortal words of the famous pet author, Edgar Vetman who said, “Every home should have a dog, period. It would be un-American not to have a dog, or any other pet for that matter, when there are children. They want and need pets. If you have any doubt, get a pet. You’ll be glad you did.”

After I read that powerfully persuasive stuff, I gotta tell you, I was sold.

Jennifer wanted to hold off a bit longer until Kyla was older. I was insisting we get a dog and get one soon. Finally, I just took the puppy by the paws.

We’re so overjoyed and want to share our happiness that we’re thinking of having a “Come Meet Frisky” Franklin open house.

Dogs. They’re so neat.

Photos of the Week (04/01/12)

Photos of the Week

A line of people hoping to be allowed in to watch legal arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court stretches around the corner in Washington March 26. Two years after President Barack Obama signed into law the healthcare overhaul, the Supreme Court on Monday took up a historic test of whether it is valid under the country's Constitution. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

2) Emergency workers tend to a JetBlue captain that had a "medical situation" during a Las Vegas-bound flight from JFK International airport, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas. Passengers said the pilot screamed that Iraq or Afghanistan had planted a bomb on the flight, was locked out of the cockpit, and then tackled and restrained by passengers. The pilot who subsequently took command of the aircraft elected to land in Amarillo at about 10 a.m., JetBlue Airways said in a statement. (AP Photo/Steve Douglas)

3) This series of handout frame grabs from video, provided by House Television shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., taking off his jacket to wear a hoodie and sunglasses as he speaks on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. (AP Photo/House Television)

4) Policemen arrest an Occupy Wall Street movement supporter while they were marching from Zuccotti Park to Union Square to protest perceived police brutality in New York, March 24, 2012. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

5) Protester Kernel Moses holds his sign during a Occupy Portland sleepover that protests a camping ban and sidewalk rules Monday, March 26, 2012, outside Portland City Hall in Portland, Ore. Several protesters slept in sleeping bags on the concrete outside City Hall overnight. No arrests were reported Monday morning. The rally started at Terry Schrunk Plaza before moving to City Hall. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

6) Macedonian paraplegic athlete Mile Stojkoski pushes himself on a highway during a marathon from his native town of Krusevo to the London Olympics, in Belgrade March 28, 2012. Stojkoski will travel from Macedonia to Britain in a marathon that covers a total of 2175 miles to raise awareness on people with disabilities. Photo: Marko Djurica / Reuters

7) GRAPHIC PHOTO: A Tibetan man screams as he runs engulfed in flames after self-immolating at a protest in New Delhi, India, ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the country Monday, March 26, 2012. The Tibetan activist lit himself on fire at the gathering and was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries, reports said. Photo: Manish Swarup / AP

8) A man looks for food in a trash bin in Madrid Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Many stores throw out food when they close every night and people often gather to look though the garbage bins. A one-day trade union-sponsored general strike took place Thursday March 29, 2012 to protest austerity measures permitting less costly worker hirings and firings. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has only given hints about the next round of fiscal pain he'll invoke for Spain, battered with highest unemployment rate among the nations that use the euro as it lurches toward its second recession in three years.( AP Photo/Pedro Acosta)

9)  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum reacts to a fellow bowler's shot while bowling at South Lanes Bowling and Pizza during a campaign stop on March 28, 2012 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

10)  U.S. President Barack Obama, left, gets a reaction from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, after jokingly covering up his microphone as they attend the opening plenary session at the Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Sitting in the center is South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

11) Rep. Donna Sheldon, center, throws paper into the air next to Thomas Allison after the House Majority Leader, Rep. Larry O'Neal yelled, "Sine Die," to end the 2012 Legislative Session at the stroke of midnight on Legislative Day 40 at the Capitol Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., March 29, 2012. Allison is the son of Rep. Stephen Allison, who sits next to Sheldon. Photo: Jason Getz / Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP

12) Pope Benedict XVI is helped with a sombrero, as a crowd greets him on his arrival at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Mexico. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP - Getty Images

13) Images of Pope Benedict XVI, by the French-Italian artist Gaspare Di Caro, are projected on the facade of the cathedral in Havana, Cuba, Sunday March 25, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

14)  In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

15) Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz and workers remove notes from the cracks of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 28. Rabbi Rabinovitz headed a team on Wednesday that cleaned out the cracks and made room for more paper notes that Jews believe are notes to God, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover which begins on April 6. Photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters

16) President Barack Obama greets U.S. soldiers and family members before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base in Osan outside Seoul on March 27, 2012 after attending the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images

17) Tight: US servicemen inside a military plane before their departure to Afghanistan from the US transit center in Manas, 30 km outside Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on March 27, 2012. Photo: Getty Images

18) Sergeant First Class Paul Brady of the 182nd Infantry Massachusetts National Guard embraces his daughter Regan, 6, during a welcome home ceremony at Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts, March 28, 2012. The 182nd Infantry Regiment, one of the original units in the United States Military, returned from a year long deployment in Afganistan. Photo: CJ Gunther / EPA

19) Cleaners prepare to clean windows outside the 101st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center March 26, 2012. More than 30 workers on the window-cleaning team of the skyscraper work in pairs every day. The cleaners have to obtain a license for high-rise operations and must not have high blood pressure or a fear of heights. They are not allowed items which could fall, such as cell phones or wristwatches, and must stop working in heavy winds. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

20) Computer video projections of a passenger and a crew member are displayed in a recreation of a first class cabin at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on March 27, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic Belfast Experience is a new £90 million visitor attraction opening on March 31, 2012. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

21) Gee, I guess I missed observing this one. Volunteers of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) place candles amongst about 5000 candles to picture the globe prior to 'Earth Hour' in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Saturday, March 31, 2012. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight the global climate change. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

22) Russian sculptor Vladimir Kurayev works on the sculptures of the storytelling brothers Jacob, left, and Wilhelm Grimm during the third sand sculpture festival in Binz on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, Saturday, March 31, 2012. More than 150 figures and scenes from 34 European fairy tales will be presented during the festival. (AP Photo/dapd, Jens Koehler)

23) Slender and arboreal, vine snakes can reach lengths of six-and-a-half feet and range in color from bright green to rusty brown. Slow moving, they depend upon camouflage for protection. Found in the jungles of Central and South America vine snakes blend with the thick vegetation, often appearing to be just another vine. Photo: Robin Moore / Nature's Best Photography

24) A caretaker bathes a white elephant in Naypyidaw on Tuesday, March 26. Kings and leaders in the predominantly Buddhist nation have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances in the country are believed to herald good fortune, including power and political change. Photo: Soe Than Win / AFP - Getty Images

25) A polar bear family takes an afternoon nap cuddled up together in Manitoba, Canada. Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen / Nature's Best Photography

26) A Humboldt Penguin dives off a board as a heron stands in the background at London Zoo in London March 29, 2012. The diving board has been installed to coincide with 'Inspired by 2012' London Olympic program. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters

27) A paper kite butterfly lands on a newly arrived pentas flower on March 18 at the San Diego Zoo. Once a year, guests at the zoo's Safari Park are enchanted and spellbound as thousands of butterflies flitter around them in a walk-through aviary. The Butterfly Jungle will be open from March 24 through April 15. Photo: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo via AFP - Getty Images

28) Flags of the United States and Japan are carried during the opening ceremony of the American League season opening MLB baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

29) Kentucky forward Terrence Jones (3) slam dunks over Louisville guard/forward Wayne Blackshear (25) during the second half of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky won 69-61. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

30) Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass the ball around Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 and Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half of the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, in New Orleans, La. Photo: Chris Steppig / Getty Images

31) Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) celebrates with Kansas guard Christian Garrett at the end of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game against Ohio State Saturday, March 31, in New Orleans, La. Kansas won 64-62. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP

32) Models display creations in the Hempel Award International Young Designer contest fashion show held for China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 25, 2012.   You know you want another one. Same fashion show, different models. (AP Photos/Ng Han Guan). OK, one more. A model presents a creation by designer Hu Sheguang during the China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

We're not done yet.

33) A model presents a creation made of chocolate at a fashion show on the occasion of the 'Salon du Chocolat' in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Photo: Steffen Schmidt / EPA

34) Models present creations made of chocolate, at a fashion show on the occasion of the 'Salon du Chocolat' in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Steffen Schmidt / EPA

35) Doves are seen inside a dress made of chocolate. Photo: Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Could the weather people have been more wrong this weekend?

60 on Saturday, but cooler near the lake.

Low 70’s on Sunday.

Those were the predictions. Not even close.

Just once I’d like one of these guys to come on camera and say he’s sorry for totally messing up.

Franklin alderman Steve Taylor having a hissy fit is not breaking news

But it is news.

Vote for Ken Gehl for Milwaukee County Supervisor.

A newsletter from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm


Due to the election, both meetings will be held Monday evening. The Whole meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will contain the Quarry monitoring discussion. The Council meeting will follow. For complete agenda items visit

Review of the Quarry monitoring proposal will be discussed. The scope of work will consist of periodic blasting and air quality monitoring by an outside consultant. Funding for the monitoring would come from the quarry operators and is based on language in a previous agreement. The new proposal includes the opportunity for citizens to participate in monitoring on their property. You should attend this meeting particularly if dust and blasting is a concern at your location.

51st STREET & WALKWAY- This item is a request to authorize staff to hold an informational meeting for the reconstruction of 51st St. NORTH of Rawson Ave and construction of the walkways. If approved by the Council as presented, an informational meeting on the proposed street and walkway design would be held on April 18th . The road design is expected to include turn lanes and include the locations of the previously approved west walkway from the school to Princeton Drive and an east walkway from the sidewalk stub near Andy’s to Xavier Drive.

VICTORY CREEK/PLEASANT VIEW NEIGHBORHOODS – Monday evening also includes a request from the Trail Committee to proceed with an application to fund trail(s) south and east of Pleasant View School. If approved, a grant application would be sent to the DNR for consideration of shared funding to assist with trail development. Mulitple trail locations are being presented to the Council. Previous public meetings have determined that a properly placed trail in this location appeals to many residents, meets family values, and could provide a safe, off street route to school. The final location of the trail is unclear at this time.

S. 37th PLACE - Authorization to proceed with private property inflow and inflitration funded by the Milwaukee Sewerage District. This item pertains to repairs to leaky sewer laterals for homes along 37th Place. A letter to residents and a meeting will take place to provide additional details on the project.


Most 3rd District voters already are familiar with some candidates based on the February primaries. Ballots will include Presidential Preference, several Judicial seats, County Comptroller, Executive, and Supervisors for Districts 9 and 11, Franklin Judge, School Board and the County Referendum questions on the compensation and number of County Board representative. and are two sources that have candidate information. You can view sample ballots at

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Franklin voters: Reminder

Re-elect Janet M. Evans  - Franklin School Board


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Franklin voters: Another reminder

Culinary no-no #271

Culinary no-no's

The biggest food controversy as of late swirls around the so-called “pink slime.”


It’s another clear example of a journalistic-created over-reaction resulting in hysteria and economic loss. Dan Gainor of writes:

“Some journalists aren’t content with covering the news; they have to make it, too. That’s been ABC’s strategy as the network has led the charge against USDA-approved beef. That agenda has put at least 600 jobs in jeopardy as the targeted company suspended operations in three separate plants.

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The Barking Lot doesn't have a CARTOON OF THE WEEK

But if it did...

Mother Goose and Grimm/Mike Peters

Lenten math

What’s with this malarkey that Lent is 40 days long? (Sorry, God).

My brother broached the issue recently making what seemed to be the legitimate counter that Lent is not 40 days, that it’s actually longer.

Lent is bad enough but does it have to be even longer what we’ve been told in the Bible, in Catechism classes, by Catholic school teachers and priests at pulpit all our lives?

Holy fish sticks, the answer is yes.

Lent starts every Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. This year, Ash Wednesday was on February 22. Easter is April 8.

So let’s do the math.

February 22-29 this year is 7 days. March has 31 days so 7 + 31 = 38. Eight more days until Easter = 46 days.

I repeat. Holy fish sticks! Lent should have been over on April 3, allowing me all kinds of meat at Opening Day on April 6.

There’s gotta be an explanation.

Here goes, but God, I better get extra blessings this year.

Tax Day Rally in Madison Saturday, April 14th


Join AFP-Wisconsin for our Tax Day 2012 rally at the State Capitol! Fox News Contributor, James T. Harris, and Conservative Talk Show Host, Vicki McKenna, will be among our headliners helping push the message of limited government, lower taxes, and economic freedom in Wisconsin. Please join us Saturday, April 14th at 11:30 p.m. at the State Capitol (East wing of Capitol and King Street) as we make our voices heard around the state.

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The latest pro-life news (04/02/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin
and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
Monday, April 2, 2012
Important Right To Life Links
Presidential Primary Election Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3 - Where Do The
Candidates Stand on Life?
Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, Wisconsin residents will go to the polls to vote in
the Presidential Primary election. 

Where do the candidates stand on the vital life issues?

Click here to find out.

Unborn Children in Jeopardy in Upcoming June 5 Recall Elections - Your
Vote is Their Only Voice!

Collective bargaining and public employee benefits....these are  issues that have
ignited a flurry of recall elections throughout Wisconsin.  Four pro-life state senators
were targeted in recall elections last  summer.  And now, the governor, lieutenant
governor and four more state senators will face recall attempts sometime this summer.
Wisconsin Right to Life  takes no position on collective bargaining or public employee
benefits. We will be playing  an active role in the upcoming recall elections, just as we
did last summer.

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A Victory Over Unions?


Dear Conservative,

As the duly elected Governor of Wisconsin I have been steadfast in my beliefs that limited government and fiscal responsibility should be the cornerstone of putting my state back on the road to prosperity.

I am facing a recall by the big-government public employee unions and their minions who are threatened by the voters actually being in charge of where their tax dollars are being spent.

In November of 2010, the majority of Wisconsin voters resoundingly said enough-is-enough to the status quo and put me in charge of a state that had been beholden to big government special interests with a tax-and-spend mentality that created a $3.6 billion deficit.

In less than a year we were able to eliminate this deficit and provide the freedom of choice for public employees. Our reforms are allowing them to decide if they would like to spend more than a thousand dollars a year in union dues or keep their money. We put a stop to the unions’ railroading of the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.

What we need now is your help in telling the unions we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal at the reins of power in Wisconsin. You can do this by contributing $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford by clicking here.

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The This Just In...Official Special Voters Guide for April 3, 2012

If you a) signed the Walker recall petition and b) tried to hide it, please don’t vote.

If you a) signed the Walker recall petition and b) didn’t try to hide it, please don’t vote.

If news of Wisconsin gaining jobs the last two months made you sad or angry, please don’t vote.

If you’ve ever picketed outside an official’s private residence, please don’t vote.

If you think paying 12.5% toward your health insurance and 5.6% toward your pension is an outrageous burden, please don’t vote.

If you get all tingly when someone says, “Light rail,” please don’t vote.

If you have ever blown a vuvuzela, please don’t vote.

If you have ever gone without bathing for more than four days, even when you had opportunity to do so, please don’t vote.

If you are totally oblivious to the FOR SALE signs in your neighborhood, please don’t vote.

If you think the taxpayers constitute a bottomless pit, please don’t vote.

If you have any of the stickers displayed on your vehicle: Obama ‘08, Feingold, Kloppenburg, Gore/Lieberman, Make Love Not War, Free Tibet, or Co-Exist, please don’t vote.

If you have ever been interviewed at night on a street in Los Angeles by Jay Leno, please don’t vote.

If you believe America has 57 states, please don't vote.

If you felt sorry for Chelsea in a video that’s gone viral when she was asked by her husband, "If you are traveling 80 miles per hour, how long does it take to you to go 80 miles?" and she couldn’t answer, please don’t vote.

If you get your news from FM Radio, please don’t vote.

If you read the Shepherd Express religiously, please don't vote.

If the first section you read in the Journal Sentinel is the editorial page(s), please don't vote.

If you think America is headed in the right direction, please don't vote.

If you are pro-choice but capital punishment disgusts you, please don't vote.

If photos of Occupiers get you teary-eyed, please don’t vote.

If you think $4 gas isn’t that bad because it’s more expensive in other countries, please don’t vote.

If you thought George Zimmerman was guilty the first time you heard about him, please don’t vote.

If you believe kids as young as ten should be taught comprehensive sex education, please don’t vote.

If Joe Biden doesn’t sound embarrassing to you, please don’t vote.

If you believe Michelle Obama should choose what you eat, please don't vote.

If you say “Right On” when Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speak, please don’t vote.

If you are one of the ten folks who used to watch Keith Olbermann, please don’t vote.

If you think Spike Lee is cool, please don’t vote.

If you think Michael Moore is a hero, please don’t vote.

If you idolize George Clooney, please don’t vote.

If you think Joel McNally’s laugh is cute, please don’t vote.

If you do not run to the refrigerator during Rick Horowitz’s commentary on InterCHANGE, please don’t vote.

If you complained about the warm weather in March, please don’t vote.

If you want to see one more huge snowstorm, please don’t vote.

If you watch DWTS strictly for the dance steps, please don’t vote.

If you can’t wait to ride the downtown Milwaukee streetcar, please don’t vote.

If you believe in unbalanced state budgets, please don’t vote.

If you love the concept of a structural deficit, please don’t vote.

If you believe taxes and fees in Wisconsin aren’t high enough, please don’t vote.

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

If all you do is whine all day, every day about how tough a job you have, even if it’s only 9 months out of the year, please don’t vote.

If you think the answer to high taxes is to move to another municipality, please don’t vote.

If you think a brand new high school swimming pool will turn “C” students into “A” students, please don’t vote.

If you think a new high school auditorium will have people moving into your community in droves, please don’t vote.

If you think bloggers are evil and the cause of all our problems, please keep reading, but please don’t vote.

If you're dumb enough to make a bomb threat...

You're going to get caught.

Santorum endorses Wisconsin Personhood Amendment

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UPDATE: The This Just In...Official Special Voters Guide for April 3, 2012

Previously on This Just In…

The update is a flashback: There used to be a time you had to know what you were doing when you voted.

This one from our vaults is worth repeating.

Yes I went to the polls

A sticker is stuck on a Washington, DC resident's jacket after he cast his votes at a polling place in Washington, DC on April 3, 2012. Voters in Washington DC headed to the polls today to pick a Republican presidential nominee and to vote in Democratic primaries for DC Council seats.

My picks:


Mitt Romney

Circuit Court Judge Branch 17

Nelson Phillips

Circuit Court Judge Branch 23

Lindsey Grady

County Comptroller

Kristie Bunting

Franklin School

Janet Evans

Aimee Schlueter

I voted yes on both referendum questions pertaining to compensating the Milwaukee County Board on a part-time basis and reducing the number of Milwaukee County Supervisors to 9.

If I could have voted for Milwaukee County Board Supervisor, I would have voted for Ken Gehl in District 9

Act 10: State Benefit Packages Still More Lucrative Than Private Sector Offerings

MacIver Institute

[Madison, Wisc…] Even after the labor reforms ushered in by Act 10, Wisconsin taxpayers pay more than surrounding states to provide insurance to state employees, according to a new study released today.

Charts Courtesy HCTrends

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MUST SEE VIDEO: At Jauch Town Hall Meeting, Constituents Angry Over Mining Bill's Demise

State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) held a town hall meeting in Hurley on March 31, 2012. It was his first in the area since the mining modernization bill was defeated.
Jauch got hammered, again and again, by his own constituents.


EXPLOSIVE VIDEO: Double standard in Trayvon Martin case

The commentator is AlfonZo Rachel:

Related reading:

Philly mayor says bad spinach gets more national attention than black-on-on-black violence.

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UPDATE: Recommended Reading (04/01/12)

Previously on This Just In...

Now there's plenty in there to keep you occupied but I want to include a couple I missed:

1) WI manufacturer says he has jobs, but nobody wants them.

2)  And Doug Giles rips Spike Lee:

"But what do I know? I’m just a goofy gringo."

Tuesday's election could shake up the Franklin School Board for the better

Ever since I moved into Franklin in 1992, the complacency about local politics has been painfully obvious. In order for Franklin residents to be outraged and actually moved to compassionate participation, the issue at hand had to be cataclysmic. That’s only occurred less than a handful of times since I’ve lived here:

1) The recall of controversial alderman Basil Ryan.

2) A proposed smoking ban that tore apart the city.

3) The planned dumping by the state of numerous sexual predators in Franklin.

4) The $78 million school referenda questions. If they were rejected, some students would be forced into trailers we were told.

Unless the sky is falling, the vast majority of folks here simply yawns, leans back, and changes the channel on the remote.

Since I started blogging, I’ll say this that as the lone voice against those referenda, in that chapter I made a difference.

But even when the business manager at the Franklin Public Schools, Jim Milzer intentionally misinformed the school board levy were voting on a 5% property tax levy increase when it was actually around 12% (I have e-mail correspondences as evidence), the scandal caused an uproar for less than a day before it quickly subsided. Franklin homeowners, I surmised, were so accustomed to being screwed that even in this egregious injustice, they were once again willing to just sit back and take their lumps.


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And what about the Franklin facilities referendum?

I’m not suggesting it’s dead, but after Tuesday’s results, it could be in trouble.

4TH UPDATE: Culinary no-no #164

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…

The common sense update.

I think I love that woman


Is Katy Perry.

And this…

Is Katy Perry.

Perry has released a music video about a woman breaking up with her boyfriend who then turns to the military.

Liberals in the entertainment world are livid. Feminist
critic Naomi Wolf (WHO?) described the video as "shameful" and "propaganda for the marines", and also encouraged people to boycott Perry’s music.

That kind of criticism leads me to want to run out and buy Perry’s latest CD.




Seems to me I've heard that song before

You will never guess which liberal groups are demanding ID

STUNNING: Ripple Effect of Diversion of Police to Keep Peace at Capitol Occupation

The diversion of police resources to keep the peace at the 2011 Capitol Chaos impacted communities across the state, but perhaps nowhere was that impact felt as significantly as the City of Madison.

In this report we show a Madison police detective, on video, testifying under oath at trial that he didn't follow up and question two armed robbery suspects in February of 2011 because he was on protective duty during the labor union protests/capitol occupation.

The two suspects in the robbery in question allegedly went on to commit a murder later that year ...and are now residents of the Dane County Jail.

Goodnight everyone, and have a holy weekend!

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

Pope John Paul II

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.

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year for Christians.

Tonight, sounds of the season.

1969 was an incredible year for popular music. Not only was there great quality, there was a wide variety of chart toppers.  Here’s just a sample…

Proud Mary/CCR

I Can’t Get Next to You/Temptations

Pinball Wizard/The Who

My Way/ Frank Sinatra

The Thrill is Gone/B.B. King

Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond

A Boy Named Sue/Johnny Cash

Lay Lady Lay/Bob Dylan

Sugar, Sugar/The Archies

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head/B.J. Thomas

Hawaii Five-0/The Ventures

In 1968, Edwin Hawkins took a young gospel choir he founded and recorded eight songs, including an old  gospel hymn Hawkins would later admit that it “was not our favorite song to perform.”

One year later, a San Francisco DJ played “Oh Happy Day” on the radio. Dorothy Morrison sang lead vocal:

Oh, happy day
When Jesus washed
oh when he washed
he washed my sins away!

Just a few years ago, jazz piano legend Ramsey Lewis recorded his own version...

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


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The Barking Lot (04/07/12)

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:  Early risers will wake up to chilly temps. We will warm up under mostly sunny skies. High of 61.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Sunny.High of 59. "B"

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

From the beginning of time, the reading of a will has been an emotional final “good-bye” from a loved one.  Throughout history, people have left fortunes to the people they cared for.  These readings, some factual and some soap opera fiction, have also been the source of additional drama, stress, and fighting.


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Week-ends (04/07/12)


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...



Helen Collins

Christy Henry

Clara Almazo

Garrett Woller

Babysitting grandma

Ryan Gosling


Six juveniles

Tyrone Woodfork

Bill Ayers

Is she for real?

Park Slope parents

Stupid parents

David Richards


"We wouldn't have the capacity to enforce the laws that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the food that we eat. Cuts to the FAA would likely result in more flight cancellations, delays and the complete elimination of air traffic control services in parts of the country. Over time, our weather forecasts would become less accurate because we wouldn't be able to afford to launch new satellites and that means governors and mayors would have to wait longer to order evacuations in the event of a hurricane. That's just a partial sampling of the consequences of this budget."

President Obama on Paul Ryan's budget

"I seem to have three certainties in my life - death, taxes and bitter partisan attacks from President Barack Obama. Unfortunately it's just something we're getting used to because he lacks an agenda to actually fix this country’s problems."
Paul Ryan's response to Obama

The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the 'Help Wanted' signs can be dusted off and we can start again.
Mitt Romney
after sweeping three more primaries, which brought him closer to clinching the Republican nomination.

There are no marching bands. We're hitting the field. The clock starts tonight.
Rick Santorum
saying his presidential campaign will continue despite losses to rival Mitt Romney in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

“He gets full credit or blame for what's happened in this economy and what's happened to gasoline prices and what's happened to our schools and what's happened to our military.
Mitt Romney speaking about President Obama

“I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
President Obama issuing a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul.

“…if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars. The fact of the matter is it’s a fiction and this started a war against the Vatican that this president pursued. He still hasn’t answered Archbishop Dolan’s issues with Obama world and Obamacare.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus rejecting the notion that Republicans have waged a war on women.

“It's just another sad day in my city.
Larry Reid, city council president in Oakland, Calif., on the shootings at Oikos University; alleged gunman One Goh, 43, a former student, killed at least seven and wounded three in the attack on Monday.

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go.”
Marion Berry

"If Trayvon Martin had been white, or George Zimmerman had been black, or had both been black or both white, there would have been no outrage: 94% of murdered blacks are killed by other blacks, to almost no national outcry. Just this past Friday in Florida, fourteen were gunned down (two killed) to silence (at a funeral parlor, no less), as the protestors of the single Martin fatality went ahead with further demonstrations. Whites are far more likely to be murdered by blacks than vice versa, despite the latter comprising only 11-12% of the population — again to no national outcry."
Victor Davis Hanson

“It sounded like a bomb hit. And we hit the floor, and everybody was praying.
Patti Gilroy, resident of Arlington, Texas, on the tornadoes that pummeled homes and left thousands without power across North Texas on Tuesday.

"Oh, God, no!"
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, when asked whether he read The New York Times every day.

“At one point she didn't even want the wingman to go up. She said, 'Don't you guys think I could do this on my own? Don't you have confidence in me?' She had it totally under control.
Pilot James Collins talking about his 80-year-old mother, Helen Collins, landing a plane after her husband died while flying the twin-engine Cessna.


Visiting probation agents didn't search basement where girl was being starved.


The actual truth about Paul Ryan's budget.


It's the Masters...and Tiger Woods.


Love letter proposing marriage is a bit late.

"Texting lanes" just for laughs.

Life can be hell when you're so beautiful.

That's it for Week-ends. Thanks for stopping by.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

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Thomas Kinkade and Elvis


Thomas Kinkade died Friday.

Yes, there's an ELVIS connection:

MUST SEE VIDEO: Jeremy Feldbusch photo

This week saw Major League Baseball celebrate Opening Day in stadiums across the country.

The best Opening Day moment came in Pittsburgh, supplied by a blind Iraq War veteran.


Recommended Reading (04/08/12)

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 Walker appeal: To conservatives, Wisconsin's governor is a godsend (The Capital Times)

"On the other side are Walker opponents. Most but not all are politically liberal; many are public-sector union members whose lives were upended a year ago when Walker and fellow GOP legislators abruptly revoked most public workers' collective bargaining rights. The anti-Walker forces are maintaining an active opposition, generally centered in Madison,  that casts the governor as a dangerous villain who is plunging the state into a right-wing dystopia.

After protest rallies at the Capitol a year ago that drew 100,000 people, opponents pulled off a historic grass-roots petition drive to force a June 5 recall election in hopes of booting Walker from office.
But so far, the evidence suggests they have not successfully made their case to a majority of the electorate."

KF NOTE: This is an amazing article from, of all places, the left-wing Capital Times. Fellow conservatives, please share with your friends.

Walker says his sons "targeted on Facebook"

"Now, thankfully for every one of them, there's ten fold people that come up to me at a factory or a farm or small business and say, hey Governor, me and my family are praying for you. That never makes the news.”

How the lazy are hurting the needy

"With the economy improving and more companies hiring, people who are desperate to find a job finally have some opportunities. Yet there's still a generous government safety net in place for the unemployed, including federal programs that extend jobless benefits for up to 99 weeks. And now, there's growing anecdotal evidence that people who might be able to get jobs are choosing to live on the dole rather than work."

Even government employees agree

"A full 66 percent of Americans believe that the private sector works harder than the public sector."

Ignore conservative ideas at your own peril

"The tendency of liberals to treat conservative views with contempt rather than engagement has been a gift to the Right. In 2010, liberals' dismissal of the Tea Party, as a band of Astroturf Neanderthals longing for a return to the days of Bull Connor, not only annoyed fair-minded Americans who shared the Tea Party's concerns, but also prevented the liberal establishment from generating an effective counter to its ideas. After all, if your only answer to legitimate concerns about the growth of government is 'You're racists!' then citizens who share those concerns have little choice but to go elsewhere."

What Happened to Black Pride?

Our forefathers would be embarrassed at the outcome of the black community, and the fact that by now we have not overcome being the "black race" and risen to the level of being part of the ‘human race.’ Our forefathers pictured an America where faith in God, family, love of country, education and work-ethic were the core of what represented the black community. They expected by now that black people would represent the greatness of America, a country that despite its problems offered those once deemed lowest to rise to the top.

Instead of celebrating America's first recognized black president and all the strides black people have made however, there are those in the black community who want to make sure that black pride remains a thing of the past.”

KF NOTE: Sorry, libs. The author is black.

Few short words make the difference

esperate and unexpectedly pregnant last February, Mareza, a high school senior, went to Affiliated Medical Services with Joseph’s father, with plans to abort the pregnancy.As she walked toward the doorway of the clinic, she passed the man who would change her life and ultimately save Joseph’s life.

At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Dan Miller, a member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Milwaukee, is an imposing figure who was hard to miss."

The Ten Commandments of Business Golf

“This weekend, golf is once again on our minds as the Master’s—perhaps the premiere golf tournament in the country—enters its second round of play. The other day, in an interview with a national newspaper, 2011 US Open champ Rory McIllroy was briefly embarrassed when his phone rang, an awkward moment on a course where handheld devices are strictly forbidden. However, it’s a good reminder, for all of us weekend duffers who are taking our clubs out of the closet for the first time this year, how important etiquette and good manners are to the game.”


Six points of view on government work

Enjoy these cartoons:

Cartoon by Bruce Plante

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Photos of the Week (04/08/12)

Photos of the Week

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating the Palm Sunday mass in St Peter's square at the Vatican, on April 1. Palm Sunday marks the start of the holy week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images

2) A Christian pilgrim kisses the Anointing Stone inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 5. Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP

3) Catholic clergy walk holding candles during the Holy Thursday procession of the Washing of the Feet inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 5. Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP

4) Hundreds of people follow 'Jesus' played by Paul Cattanach as he drags a cross through Pitt Street Mall as part of the Wesley Mission's Good Friday, Way of the Cross Procession in Sydney, Australia, on April 6, 2012. Photo: Dean Lewins / EPA

5) A boy looks at the palm of a penitent nailed on a wooden cross during a reenactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday in Barangay Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga in northern Philippines, April 6, 2012. Photo: Erik De Castro / Reuters

6) Volunteers dressed as Roman Centurions drive nails through the palms of a Catholic devotee in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. More than two dozen Catholic devotees have themselves nailed on the cross on Good Friday, a practice rejected by the Catholic Church but one that has become a tourist attraction. Photo: Bullit Marquez / AP

7) Pope Benedict XVI, holding a tall, lit, white candle, enters a hushed and darkened St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Saturday, April 7, 2012, to begin the Vatican's Easter vigil service. Except for the twinkle of camera flashes, the basilica was almost pitch-black as the thousands of faithful in pews awaited Benedict's arrival through the rear entrance Saturday night. Christians on Easter joyously mark their belief that Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion. Praying at the start of the service, Benedict said Easter brings hope to the faithful. On Sunday morning, he will lead Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

8) An election worker puts up a clock above voting booths in Saukville, Wisconsin, on April 3.  Voters went to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington to make their choice in the Republican presidential primary election. Photo: Jeffrey Phelps / EPA

9) Former Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a town hall style meeting at Wisconsin Building Supply on April 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

10) Presidential candidate Rick Santorum reacts while signing a cheese head during a visit to Simon's Specialty Cheese Retail Store in Appleton, Wis. Photo: Darren Hauck, Reuters

Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) hand out sandwiches to supporters at Cousins Subs on April 3, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mitt Romney was making one more appeal to voters on primary day in Wisconsin. Photo: Getty Images

Rhode Island National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, right, presents a flag to Dennis Weichel , left, father of guardsman National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. on April 2, 2012. Weichel Jr., was struck and killed by an armored vehicle March 22 after moving an Afghan boy to safety who was trying to retrieve something under the vehicle. Photo: Stew Milne / AP

13) Major John Phillips who served as a bomb disposal expert and lost his left arm during the Falklands Conflict looks up the names of fallen comrades after a chapel service at The National memorial Arboretum on April 2, 2012 in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Monday was the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict which saw 255 British and 650 Argentine troops die in the battle for the South Atlantic islands. A permanent memorial to the conflict is due to be completed in May at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

14) Two jets with the US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., execute a survey flight over the Statue of Liberty on April 2, 2012. The two F/A-18 Hornets flew practice runs to familiarize and evaluate a potential flight course for the upcoming US Navy War of 1812 commemoration during this year’s Fleet Week celebration in May. Photo: Julio Cortez / AP

15) Oakland Police cover bodies near Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 2, 2012. A gunman opened fire at Oikos University in California Monday, killing at least seven people, law enforcement sources close to the investigation said. Police say they have a suspect in custody. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

16) Homes in Lancaster, Texas lay destroyed by a tornado on April 3. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.Photo: Khampha Bouaphanh / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via AP

17) Patricia Daugherty searches for her belongings after her home was destroyed by a tornado on April 3 in Arlington, Texas. Multiple tornadoes touched down across the Dallas/Fort Worth area causing extensive damage. Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

18) A trailer flies through the air during a tornado in the Dallas area, in this still image captured from video. Credit: NBC News

19) Sakdawut Hamsiri holds a knife to his wife Thawee Naiyanit's throat on a street in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 5, 2012. A policeman talks to Hamsiri during the standoff. Police electroshock Hamsiri with a Taser to bring the incident to an end. Photos: Sakchai Lalit / AP

20) A man who identified himself as Mohawk Gaz, sports an image of Trayvon Martin on his hair during a rally to protest his killing in Miami, Florida April 1, 2012. Thousands of protesters gathered in a downtown bayfront park on Sunday demanding the arrest of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in central Florida a month ago. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

21) A burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet lies smoldering after crashing into a residential building in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, April 6. Media reports indicate the two aviators were able to eject from the jet before it crashed. They were being treated for injuries that were not considered life threatening. Photo: Kandice Angel / AP

22) A Kenyan navy officer takes photos of an old bomb discovered and retrieved from the sea by fishermen diving for lobsters in the underwater of the Indian Ocean near Fort Jesus, on April 3. The live bomb is said to have been used in the Second World War and to weigh a half-ton according to police officials in Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa. It will be detonated in the ocean as it is still capable of causing damage. Photo: Stringer / AFP - Getty Images

23) In an undated photo provided Wednesday by the Orleans County Sheriffs Dept. a truck is partially buried in a sand pit at Country Construction in Murray, N.Y. Photo: AP Photo/Orleans County Sheriffs Dept, via The Batavia Daily News

24) Inmates play chess as part of a new chess program being implemented at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Monday, Monday, April 2, 2012. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart introduced the new chess program in hopes the inmates can learn a thing or two from a game that rewards patience, responsibility and problem solving. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-TImes, Brian Jackson)

25) This combo of photographs shows how Charles Manson has looked over the years from 1969 up to the most recently released photo in 2011. The California Department of Corrections released two new photos of the convicted murderer on Thursday in advance of his latest parole hearing. Photos: AP

26) Individually packaged hand-knitted uteri are placed on a countertop at the lobby of the State Capitol in Phoenix, Thursday, April 5. Critics of an Arizona proposal to limit birth control gave more than a dozen state lawmakers the personalized gift. The packages were delivered each in a clear plastic bag, labeled with a lawmaker's name and containing a letter from a Tempe woman asking legislators to oppose the measure. Photo: Terry Tang / AP

27) A view from the pilot's seat in the cockpit of of space shuttle Endeavour is seen during a media tour at Kennedy Space Center Friday, April 6, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo: John Raoux / AP

28) A student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon Schoolchildren's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. Photo: David Guttenfelder / AP

29) Nina Padmanabhan and Murray Waugh shelter from the cold in a red telephone box following a sledging trip on April 3, in Braemar, Scotland. Snow has returned to parts of Scotland just a week after the country experienced record high temperatures for March. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

30) A French Customs agent stands beside a stuffed polar bear seized at Charles-de-Gaulle airport outside Paris on April 5, 2012. The stuffed bear is one of hundreds of protected species or items made out of endangered species intercepted at the airport in recent weeks. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach / AFP - Getty Images

31) A cleaner, known as a fluffer, inspects the train tracks on the Victoria Line near Highbury and Islington station in London March 30, 2012. Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for the majority of London's transport system, including the London Underground, expects to see an additional 500,000 passengers on the tube during the Olympics, a number that has seen many voice their concerns over whether the system can cope with the influx. Photo: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

32) Jenna Talackova, a would be Miss Universe contestant, shows her Canadian passport, as a proof that she is a female, during a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on April 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, Talackova, 23, was disqualified as a finalist from the upcoming Miss Universe Canada last month because she was born male. The Miss Universe Organization reversed their decision April 2, 2012, allowing a transgender contestant to compete as long as they meet the legal Canadian gender recognition requirements and standards that are established by other competitions held internationally. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

33) People view the giant record-breaking Easter egg created by 44.858 colored eggs in Bludov, North Moravia, Czech Republic, on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Eggs are hung on 4.2 meters high construction. The last record of this local tradition was 30.658 eggs in 2007. (AP Photo/CTK/Ludek Perina)

34) In this handout image provided by SeaWorld, Clyde, an Asian water monitor went on an early Easter egg hunt, with the help of SeaWorld trainer Caroline Smith at SeaWorld San Diego on April 6, 2012 in San Diego, California. He gobbled up several eggs on the grassy area of Animal Connections, where he often can be seen as part of impromptu encounters. Asian water monitors, native to marshes and riverbanks throughout southern Asia, are good climbers and sometimes feed on eggs from bird's nests. They also eat birds, fish and other small animals. (Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld via Getty Images)

35) A duckling climbs a curb near Ellis Lake in Marysville, Calif. (David Bitton/Appeal-Democrat via Associated Press)

36) Principal James Hale kisses a pig during an assembly at Forge Road Elementary School in Palmyra, Penn., on March 30. Hale challenged the students to read 3,000 books during the month in March for Read Across America, and if they met this challenge he would kiss a pig. Holding the pig is Michael Knauer. (Ashley Walter/Lebanon Daily News via Associated Press)

37) Shutter-happy cherry blossom viewers take pictures of two cats in a tree at Tokyo's Ueno Park. It's springtime in Tokyo and time to stop and appreciate fragile pale pink blossoms in full bloom all over the nation's capital. Hanami, the mass flower-viewing so prevalent in springtime, was subdued last year in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Photo: Natsuki Sakai / AFLO via Zuma Press

38) The St Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers stand for the playing of the National Anthem during Opening Day at Miller Park on April 6 in Milwaukee, Wis. Photo: Mike Mcginnis / Getty Images

39) Miss America Laura Kaeppeler throws out the first pitch on Opening Day at Miller Park Friday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

40) Lindsey Hubbard, 15, smiles at Mr Red, one of the Cincinnati Reds mascots, during the Reds Opening Day baseball parade in downtown Cincinnati, Thursday April 5, 2012. The Reds open the season against the Miami Marlins later in the day. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Kentucky players celebrate at the end of the NCAA Final Four tournament on Monday night. The Wildcats beat Kansas, 67-59. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP

42) NFL players stand in their new uniforms during a presentation in New York on April 3. The league and Nike showed off the new look in grand style with a gridiron-styled fashion show at a Brooklyn film studio. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

43) A group of spectators in matching golf attire watches first round play in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. on April 5. Photo: Brian Snyder / Reuters

44) Dr. Leila Denmark examines a child in the 1990s, in Athens, Georgia. Denmark died 01 April 2012 at the age of 114. Denmark, a pediatrician, practiced medicine for more than 70 years, until she retired in 2001 at the age of 103. Photo: Lynn Johnson/ handout via EPA

45) Dutcher Stigora, 15 months, makes a face as Zelino Vici, 97, gives him his first haircut on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Dutcher's dad, Jason, had his first haircut by Zelino Vici over thirty years ago. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Warren Ruda)

46) Child models eat scones as they pose with waxworks of Britain's royal couple William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on April 4, 2012. Photo: Peter Dejong / AP

47) In this handout image provided by Universal Orlando Resort, "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman was hosted at Universal Orlando Resort, where she encountered another famous TV housewife - Marge Simpson on April 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. After an enthusiastic greeting, the award-winning actress encountered the rest of America's favorite animated family on The Simpsons Ride and visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Huffman recently received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is vacationing in Orlando with friends and family. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images)

48) People take part in a pillow fight flashmob at the Brandenburg Gate that was organized over Facebook in Berlin, Germany, April 7. Photo: Thomas Peter / Reuters

49) You call that art?  People view a fly-covered cow's head, part of an artwork by Damien Hirst entitled 'A Thousand Years' in the Tate Modern art gallery on April 2, 2012 in London, England. The Tate Modern is displaying the first major exhibition of Damien Hirst's artworks in the UK, bringing together the collection over 70 of Hirst's works spanning three decades. Live butterflies sit in a bowl of fruit in an installation 'In and Out of Love' by Damien Hirst in the Tate Modern art gallery on April 2, in London, England. The Tate Modern is displaying the first major exhibition of Damien Hirst's artworks in the UK, bringing together the collection over 70 of Hirst's works spanning three decades. The exhibition opens to the general public on April 4, 2012 and runs until September 9, 2012. Photos: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

50) A model wears a creation from Pierre Cardin at his Palais Lumière - the City of Light fashion show at the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Sunday, April 1, 2012. Photo: Ng Han Guan | AP


I couldn’t find a photo of this so I’m posting the video. Friday at the Masters, Tiger Woods tees off, literally and figuratively at the 16th hole.

Culinary no-no #272

Culinary no-no's

Today is Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection.

And what would Easter be without…

Could Easter candy be a killer?

CBS' 60 Minutes posed the question, "Is Sugar Toxic?"


In case you missed them over the Easter weekend...

Don’t miss “The Walker Appeal” in Recommended Reading.”

Culinary no-no #272

Photos of the Week (04/08/12)

Recommended Reading (04/08/12)


MUST SEE VIDEO: Jeremy Feldbusch

Thomas Kinkade and Elvis

Week-ends (04/07/12)

The Barking Lot (04/07/12)

The latest pro-life news (04/09/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and
Wisconsin Right To Life.

Sign Up Now for the Tax Day Rally in Madison!


It’s time for the “Silent Majority” to make their voices heard!

Join us on Saturday, April 14th, at the State Capitol for our annual Tax Day Rally. We have a formidable line-up of conservative leaders that will help us send the message that we want less government, lower taxes, and economic freedom. 

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8TH UPDATE: The recall process in WI needs dramatic change

Previously on This Just In…

The update: In Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, my friend Christian Schneider writes a guest column that the paper gave this headline:

“The original supporters of the recall mechanism expected that it would be used rarely and would be a check on money in politics.”

Schneider writes, “…a review of documents and press accounts from the time the recall constitutional amendment passed shows that the current use of the recall is far different from what the original drafters had envisioned.”

As always, Schneider offers great stuff.

Here's an answer for Milwaukee's co-sleeping deaths

How about some tough punishment.

Instead, we get...



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MUST SEE/READ: We need Voter ID 10 minutes ago (PS: There is no voter fraud)

Before we go any further, this is the current embarrassment of a US Attorney General, Eric Holder...

And this is James O'Keefe...

James O'Keefe

One is obviously black.

One is obviously white.

Now that we have that straight, watch...


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UPDATE: Something stinks: Wisconsin's Vehicle Inspection Program

Previously on This Just In… (January of 2011 to be exact)

The update:

Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wisely editorialized (Yes, I criticize but when they get it right, I compliment) that it’s “
Time to change the rules on reformulated gasoline. With cleaner regular gasoline and vehicles that emit less pollution, the benefits from using reformulated gasoline aren't as dramatic.”

The editorial states:

the federal requirement to use reformulated gasoline may have outlived its usefulness. Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency need to revisit the issue. It may be time to lift the regulation, which adds to the cost of gasoline and has been controversial as a fuel for small engines.”

One day later, Monday’s paper, page one, above the fold reports:

“In a major triumph in the fight against pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to conclude that the metropolitan Milwaukee region is meeting a new national standard for ozone levels.

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Ban on open burning in Franklin

The details.

The story the MJS buried today

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Media Trackers Finds Milwaukee DA Staff Signing Recall Petitions

MILWAUKEE – Today, Media Trackers is confirming in an exclusive report that 43 employees of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office signed the Walker recall petition. No less than 70 names from the District Attorney’s March 26th staff roster match up with names found on Walker recall petitions, but as of Monday morning Media Trackers was only able to confirm with certainty that 43 individuals had indeed signed the petitions.

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Tommy Thompson's new website

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I am thrilled to announce the launch of our new online headquarters,  

Please take a few minutes to visit our new website and share it with five of your friends.

The website provides Wisconsinites with valuable tools to learn more about my campaign for U.S. Senate and my plans to RESTORE America. You can also watch videos from the campaign, sign up to be on Team Tommy, and link to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+.

Just yesterday, I outlined my plan to fundamentally reform America's tax code to make our nation more competitive and allow families to keep more of what they earn. You can read the sweeping reform plan here.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit and remember to 'like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. With your help, we can and will get America back on track.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Your friend,
Tommy Thompson

PS - Be sure to look for friends and family in the photo section of We have been travelling across Wisconsin and have shared all the photos from the campaign trail.
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UPDATE: MUST SEE/READ: We need Voter ID 10 minutes ago (PS: There is no voter fraud)


Previously on This Just In…

The update.

How NBC edited racism into the Trayvon Martin story

No surprise, Franklin's not on the list

From Governor Walker’s office:

Governor Walker’s office released the results of all the school district surveys done in the last decade and a comparison to this year’s Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) survey data.  Previous surveys were conducted by WASDA and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)


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"We'll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check"

NJ Governor Chris Christie speaking at the Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth in New York on Tuesday...

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Hidden Annual Survey Results Show That Layoffs, Class Size Increases Not Surging Because of Act 10

By Christian D’Andrea

MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

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For Scott Walker, "victory is all but assured"

Ask columnist Neal Boortz.

Tommy Thompson: Help Our Governor

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Since the misguided recall election against Governor Scott Walker has formally begun, I am writing to urge you to do all you can to make sure we reelect Governor Walker.

Governors are elected to make tough decisions, and Governor Walker has made plenty of them during a short time in office. Among other things, he had the courage to take on public spending, eliminating a $3.6 billion deficit without raising a penny in taxes. He should be applauded for his bold leadership, not recalled.

So whether you're a campaign volunteer veteran, or new to the political scene, please get involved with Governor Walker's campaign. Make phone calls. Walk door to door. Donate. Do whatever you can to soundly defeat the recall election against Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and the four courageous state senators.

Thank you for continuing to fight the good fight. To learn about more ways to get involved with Governor Walker's campaign, visit his campaign website,

Your friend,
Tommy Thompson
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Memories, misty watercolor memories, of the way we were (in March)

Even if you don’t remember what you ate for breakfast, I’m sure you recall the beautifully unseasonable warm days of March. For the record, here were some high temperatures:

March 6:  63 degrees. The average high: 39

March 7: 66 degrees. The average high: 39

March 11: 66 degrees. The average high: 40

March 12: 60 degrees. The average high: 41

March 13: 66 degrees. The average high: 41

March 14: 78 degrees. The average high: 42

March 15: 72 degrees. The average high: 42

March 17: 74 degrees. The average high: 43

March 18: 79 degrees. The average high: 43

March 19: 72 degrees. The average high: 44

March 20: 80 degrees. The average high: 44

March 21: 84 degrees. The average high: 44

March 22: 74 degrees. The average high: 45

March 24: 60 degrees. The average high: 45

March 25: 61 degrees. The average high: 45

March 27: 71degrees. The average high: 46

March 28: 64 degrees. The average high: 47


Of course those tantalizingly warm days are fresh in your memory. Play along with me, This Just In fans. What were you feeling all those days I’ve just documented as Shangri-La?

Were you happy?






I’m guessing most of you experienced positive rather than negative feelings.

No doubt that you in some form or fashion enjoyed those warmer than normal temperatures. You did not suffer. You did not become depressed. You did not grumble or swear about the obviously strange meteorological circumstances.

You had fun. You smiled. You welcomed the temperature climb. That is, if you were normal.

Who could possibly throw cold water on such warm, sunny days?

Meet Jerry Meehl, climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Earlier this week, Meehl said the following, warning that the record temperatures in March may be a sign of global warming.

“Everybody has this uneasy feeling ... You're out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it's not a good thing.

Really, Mr. Meehl?

People were…uneasy?

They rushed out to the March warmth and thought, hmmmm, this isn’t good?

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Mark Belling on Franklin's Steve Taylor: An "obnoxious sellout to conservatives"

The Milwaukee County Board meets next Monday to swear in members that won in the recent elections and select their leaders including Milwaukee County Board Chairman.

This organizational meeting is incredibly important. Five Milwaukee County supervisors are running for County Board Chairman to replace the ethically-challenged bully Lee Holloway. The new chairman will have great influence over Milwaukee County proceedings and will have a major platform when it comes to media attention.

One of the new supervisors is Franklin alderman Steve Taylor. I have exposed him as a phony conservative for the longest time. Even so, because he runs as a conservative and he’s not, he has hornswoggled enough voters to keep his aldermanic seat and now win a seat on the Milwaukee County Board.

As I feared, area voters have elected this phony who cares nothing about conservatives or their values but only himself.

His first vote next week will be to elect a County Board Chairman. Granted, all the contenders are liberals. But Taylor has pledged his support to Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic. She is the liberal’s liberal, the most liberal member running for the top leadership position on the Milwaukee County Board.. She is also strongly anti-Scott Walker. Making matters worse, she has the reputation of being anti-suburb.

Needless to say she has promised something to Taylor in exchange for his vote. Even before he’s in office, Taylor has abandoned conservatives, their values, and the people he represents, a very solid conservative populace.

Please don’t fall for any excuses he might offer, like he’s been promised a spot on an important committee. The guy’s as phony as a $3 bill.

With all due respect to anyone who voted for Taylor in the recent election, you’ve been had. You’ve been screwed. And you screwed the rest of us.

Taylor intends to keep his aldermanic job and his new County Board job. He stunk at one. He’ll stink at both. It’s impossible to do well at both. One or both jobs will suffer.

As I prepared to write this blog, I had no idea Mark Belling would shish-kebob Taylor on the air today. Belling rightly called Taylor an “obnoxious sellout to conservatives” who didn’t even wait until he was sworn in before he started screwing the people he represents.

Belling said “Steve Taylor may be setting the record for speed with which he sold out his constituents.”

The Belling podcast from Thursday.

And just remember, I told you so.

UPDATE: Taylor has also entered his name in contention for one of the two Vice-Chair positions on the board.

UPDATE: Mark Belling on Franklin's Steve Taylor: An "obnoxious sellout to conservatives"

Previously on This Just In...

The update: Mark Belling reported today that he was contacted by Steve Taylor who adamantly denied that he has pledged his support to Marina Dimitrijevic for Milwaukee County Board Chairman. Belling said others he’s talk to have denied Taylor’s denial.

Taylor says that he is now undecided.

But in the end he may still vote for Dimitrijevic.  If that happens, Belling says he considers Taylor's “protestations a lot of BS.”

Sure took Taylor a long time to make his denial.

Wow. Taylor has just taken about five sides on the issue. That’s why he can’t be trusted. Did he say yes to Dimitrijevic and mean it? Did he say yes and not mean it? Did he tell people about his support for her and is he now lying about it? Is he now undecided because he’s feeling the heat? Would he really change his mind and go back on his word which politically could be even worse?

The word slimy comes to mind.

The Belling podcast from Thursday.

AUDIO from Belling’s Friday show: belling_4-13-12_4_1334357346_17074.mp3

The segment about Steve Taylor is 10:07 into the podcast.

Goodnight everyone, and have a jazzed up weekend!

“It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.”

Herbie Hancock

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, selections from a musical heavyweight.

Some people never make it for all their trying into the music business. Many that do are around for the blink of an eye.

Tonight’s featured artist has been performing for five decades and has amassed a nearly endless resume and list of awards.

Pianist, composer, and American jazz icon Herbie Hancock turned 72 this week.

From his bio on his official website:

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.”

Miles Davis asked Hancock to be in his quintet in 1963 and after five years, Hancock went solo.

In the 70's he formed his own band, The Head Hunters. Their debut album of the same name was the first jazz album to go platinum.

One of Hancock's best-remembered pieces was on the head Hunters' second album, "Thrust" in 1974. 

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Twenty years later, Hancock did his own remake of "Butterfly."


In the mid-70's, Hancock released "Man-Child" during the height of the disco craze. Hancock would stay true to his roots.


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


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The Barking Lot (04/14/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 69.  "B" (But if we get what's predicted, real close to an "A")

Watch out for thunderstorms in the evening.

SUNDAY:  There is the potential for severe weather. Strong storms and winds. Follow weather reports closely. High of 73.  "B"

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

My first Barking Lot appeared on This Just In on April 19, 2008.  Except for a “maternity leave” and an occasional family commitment that kept me away from the computer, I’ve been writing on Kevin’s blog weekly for four years.  I never thought I’d keep at it this long, and I also never thought I’d later start my OWN blog.

I have learned a lot through my research for various topics; I have cried at stories from fellow dog lovers/owners.  Every week Kevin’s Dogs In The News segment highlights stories that show how truly amazing these animals are.  We can thank canines throughout history for keeping us company, saving us from disasters, entertaining us, and loving us unconditionally.  There aren’t a lot of things I say that the world is better because of, but dogs are certainly in the top two.

Honestly I don’t quite remember what inspired my topic for my first ever Barking Lot, but I do know it was about Smoky.  You can read her story here, but due to changes in, my original blog can’t be linked to.

I would like to thank everyone who reads and comments on The Barking Lot.  I have truly enjoyed these last four years and I hope that I have reached my goals of offering insight, humor, information, and entertainment from the world of dogs.  If there is ever a topic you’d like covered leave a comment!  And as Kevin always says, tell a fellow dog lover (or ten!) about us.

Here’s to another four years, and here’s to OWNING a dog soon!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

The truth is that years ago, I told Jennifer that she should turn her passion for dogs into a regular blog. It's amazing. She actually listened to me.

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

Our first story needs some explanation. For the longest time, I'd include horrific stories about abuse of dogs. My reasoning was that people needed to know about these crimes and the criminals needed to be severely punished. But then I realized such stories were not the real reason people tuned into The Barking Lot. So we posted fewer of these types of articles and only those that truly warranted in our view attention. Our opening story is one that contains graphic photos. We post because of the urgent nature. A dog is in need of desperate and immediate financial help. Please give if you can.

Puppy set on fire.

Ohio man arrested after six puppies found in suitcase.

Schoolgirl tells of horror at police for using Taser on pet dog and shooting it dead after it 'nipped' two people.

f your dog is missing, what's wrong with a "My dog is missing" sign?

Will you adopt the amazing Dartanian?

RI bill would shoo dogs from drivers' laps.

DeeDee Ellison says don't do what I did.

Dog rescues drowning puppy.

8-year-old finds dog stolen in carjacking.

Hawaii turns to dog shrinks.

Military career skills program for spouses under scrutiny...yes, there's a dog angle.

The Titanic and dogs.

LA dog rescue rooted in efforts to reach homeless.

Should you get a dog in college?

A vacation home for the family dog.

Remodeling gone to the dogs.

How did this happen?

Jacob D’Aniello has an odd job.



Wichita firefighter Jason Nelson searches for an opening underwater where a dog disappeared during a storm in Wichita, Kan. , on Thursday afternoon April 12, 2012. After 2 and half hours of searching and cutting through concrete, firefighters found the dog safe and sound.

Wichita firefighter Jason Nelson searches for an opening underwater where a dog disappeared during a storm in Wichita, Kan. , on Thursday afternoon April 12, 2012. After 2 and half hours of searching and cutting through concrete, firefighters found the dog safe and sound. AP Photo.

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Week-ends (04/14/12)


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...


Jeremy Wuitschick

Cory Booker

Jose Moran

Military kids

The governor of Vermont

Thomas Andrews


Jessica Vega

Jacob Hartley

Brooke Burke

Cemetery thieves

Fuel thieves

Medical staff at Argentine hospital

South Greensburg, PA


“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life."
Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen insulting Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.She should have come to my house when those five boys were causing so much trouble.It wasn’t so easy. My career choice was to be a mother. And I think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. Other women make other choices to have a career and raise family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself. I respect that, that’s wonderful. But you know, there are other people that have a choice, we have to respect women in all those choices that they make.”
Ann Romney responding to Hilary Rosen. Romney has multiple sclerosis and survived breast cancer.

"Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected."
Michelle Obama

"My personal feeling is that, as a young kid that was beat on by a bully, that was pretty much singled out—the guy [Zimmerman] stalked him, didn't follow instructions from a superior officer, when they said, 'Stop following the kid.' That tells you everything right there. But my all-around perspective, I wasn't there, I don't know what happened. But it's just so widespread and overt what happened. Even though this is the best country in the world, certain laws in this country are a disgrace to a nation of savages. It's a majority versus a minority. That's the way God planned it. He didn't want to do something about it, He wanted us to do something about it. And if we don't, it's gonna stay this way. We have to continue tweeting, we have to continue marching, we have to continue fighting for Trayvon Martin. If that's not the case, he was killed in vain, and we're just waiting for it to happen to our children. He'll have gotten away with impunity. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been dragged out of his house and tied to a car and taken away. That's the only kind of retribution that people like that understand. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been shot yet. Forget about him being arrested--the fact that he hasn't been shot yet is a disgrace.”
Mike Tyson

"Let me tell you, the things that's about to happen, to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these ---- people. It has been long overdue. My prize right now this evening ... is gonna be the bounty, the arrest, dead or alive, for George Zimmerman. You feel me?"
Chief of staff for the New Black Panther Party Michelle Williams

"If my words, my words that I had to say out of anger will make the American people address this issue, let it be my time, Melanie. Let it be my time to address this issue with America, that we say enough is enough. We can't have any more killings. My words were out of anger. I did not incite, I did not promote, nor did I encourage anyone to go and pick up a gun."
Michelle Williams apologizing for her controversial statements.

“Given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won, he is far and away the most likely Republican nominee.
Newt Gingrich,
Republican presidential hopeful, referring to Mitt Romney.

"It's OK to be outspoken about your faith."
 New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speaking at the Easter service of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas.

"Some people say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. But the runaway taxes of our time are the price we pay for being gullible."
Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell

“He loved the fact that if he showed up for an interview, it made people nervous ... He knew that he was going to get to the truth. And that's what motivated him.
Jeff Fager,
CBS News chair and 60 Minutes executive producer, on the death of legendary newsman Mike Wallace


The Baby Afreen case.


Barrett and Falk refuse to answer tough question the local media won't ask.

Obama and the women on his staff.


George Zimmerman has not only been charged, he's been found guilty with calls to hang him.


TSA meets T & A.


Crawling helmets

That's it for Week-ends. Thanks for stopping by.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

What does Steve Taylor do now?

Sources told WISN’s Mark Belling that Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County Board supervisor-elect Steve Taylor had pledged he would vote for Marina Dimitrijevic as County Board Chairman when the new board meets for its organizational meeting this Monday. Dimitrijevic happens to be the most vocal opponent of Governor Scott Walker on the board. She is extremely liberal.


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Recommended Reading (04/15/12)

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).

Scott Walker can relax

"You’re right in wanting a little analysis here to go along with my prediction, and I’m only happy to oblige.  The problem the Wisconsin unions have in bringing about a successful recall election is ..."

"He lied to the people of Wisconsin"

"In an interview, an official with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin downplayed the importance of the anti-union provisions in Walker's 'budget repair' bill in the Democrats' broader recall strategy. "Collective bargaining is not moving people," says Graeme Zielinski, a Democratic Party spokesman. And in the party's new strategy memo for defeating Walker, there's little mention of collective bargaining or organized labor in the Democrats' messaging plans."

Confession: I couldn't hack it as a stay-at-home-mom

"I hold in awe moms who make the decision to work fulltime – for free – as homemakers. I tried and I couldn’t do it. It is, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and the fact that some women do it, and do it with grace and patience and kindness, blows my mind."

Why we need Voter ID laws now

"Attorney General Eric Holder is a staunch opponent of laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls to improve ballot security. He calls them 'unnecessary' and has blocked their implementation in Texas and South Carolina, citing the fear they would discriminate against minorities.

I wonder what Holder will think when he learns just how easy it was for someone to be offered his ballot just by mentioning his name in a Washington, D.C., polling place in Tuesday’s primaries."

20 Only in America ironies

"Only in America does airport security put its hands on your underwear....while you're wearing it."

Progressive Teacher Pustule: Pay Your School Taxes and Shut Up

“There are many great teachers – we work with a lot of them every day. But there are also a lot of people who don’t deserve the honor of teaching our children. Some simply have contempt for parents and taxpayers. School employees and education bureaucrats know best. Parents are the silly rubes who can’t figure out the very complex education system because they’ve never been in the classroom. They don’t know children (irony?).”

The Octo-Moocher

"We now have a winner for the strangest story of food stamp abuse."


Your coverage under ObamaCare

Photos of the Week (04/15/12)

Photos of the Week

1) A funnel cloud dips down from the clouds on Saturday, April 14, just southwest of Otis, Kan., as severe thunderstorms roll across the state. The funnel touched down briefly before the storm weakened. Supercell thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday. Photo: Steven Hausler / The Hays Daily News via AP

2) Husker football fans make their way out of Memorial stadium due to severe weather prior to kickoff ofthe annual Nebraska Red and White game Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Lincoln, Neb. The game was cancelled due to the weather. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Corey Perrine)

3) San Francisco photographer Phil McGrew says he has been trying to make a picture like this since he moved there two years ago. Thursday's violent storm finally allowed McGrew the opportunity to make the picture, but he says he made it from inside the window of his apartment because he didn't want to get his camera wet. Photo: Phil McGrew via Flickr

4) Several thousand tea party supporters turned out Saturday for a rally at the state Capitol in Madison. Check out the bumper sticker in the lower left-hand corner of the sign. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

5) Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference at the Gettysburg Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Santorum's three-year-old daughter, Bella, became ill over the Easter holiday and poll numbers showed he was losing to Mitt Romney in his home state of Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

6) The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (2nd-L) and Sybrina Fulton (3rd-R) hold hands as they watch a news conference on April 11 in Washington D.C. as special prosecutor Angela Corey in Sanford, Florida, announces charges against George Zimmerman. Photo: Evan Vucci / AFP - Getty Images

7) A lady shows her support for fallen soldier, U.S. Army Spc. David Taylor, as she and others wait for the funeral procession to arrive at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Henderson, Ky. Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/The Gleaner, Darrin Phegley)

8) Bataan Death March survivor, Walt Straka, left, of Brainerd MN. is helped to the Bataan Memorial by Sgt. Tony Magnan at the Brainerd Training and Community Center in Brainerd, Minn., April 9, 2012 , the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan and the beginning of the 60 mile Death March. Straka, who is 92 years old lives on his own in the Brainerd area. (AP Photo/BrainerdDispatch, Steve Kohls)

9) A Muncie Firefighter dives down to try and get a look at the car and women inside of it, which was submerged in Fudd's Lake Monday, April 9, 2012, in Muncie, Ind. Area rescue personnel worked to locate and free a women trapped in the car on Monday. The women, who was in the water for well over an hour, was finally brought out and rushed to the hospital in an unknown condition. (AP Photo/The Star Press, Kurt Hostetler )

10) Newark Mayor Cory Booker, second right, has a bandaged right hand in front of a home in Newark, N.J., Friday, April 13, 2012, as he describes the scene Thursday when he rescued a woman from her burning home. Booker said Friday he feared for his life as he helped rescue a neighbor from a fire before firefighters arrived. He described how he returned home Thursday night and saw his neighbor's home engulfed in flames. The woman Booker helped save is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

11) Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood poses on April 9 in front of some of his original artwork in an exhibit at the Symbolic Collection gallery in New York. The exhibit titled "Faces, Time and Places" is in recognition of Wood's second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, this time with the band The Faces. His first induction was with The Rolling Stones in 1989. Photo: Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images

12) Following his death on April 7th, 2012, flowers are placed on journalist Mike Wallace's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

13) A man casts a shadow on the sidewalk while walking past cherry trees in full bloom in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Monday April 9, 2012. The city is home to more than 40,000 cherry trees with most blooming in the month of April. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

14) Tourists take snapshots between the blossoming tulips in Lisse, The Netherlands, April 14. In about a week there will be a floral parade at the Dutch town. Photo: Koen Suyk / EPA

15) A perfectly preserved baby mammoth buried for 42,000 years under snow and ice has embarked on a tour across Asia. The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, is displayed in Hong Kong on April 10, 2012. Lyuba was found by a reindeer herder in the Yamal Peninsula in Russia in 2007. Photo: Aaron Tam / AFP - Getty Images

16) A zoo keeper holds a three-month-old baby white-handed gibbon named "Knuppy" at the zoo in the northern German city of Bremen on April 9, 2012. The animals are found in Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. (INGO WAGNER/AFP/Getty Images)

17) A three-day-old newborn giraffe stands next to its mother, named Tatu, on April 11 at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Madrid, Spain. The giraffes are Rothschild giraffes, which are listed as an endangered species in the wild. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images

18) Animal care and training specialist Mackezie Mueller working with The Georgia Aquarium's resident pregnant beluga whale Maris. Photo: John Bazemore / AP

19) Medics assist Livorno's Piermario Morosini laying on the turf of the Pescara's Adriatico stadium, central Italy, Saturday, April 14, 2012, after he collapsed during a Serie B soccer match between Pescara and Livorno. Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and received urgent medical attention on the pitch. A defibrillator was also used on the 25-year-old who was declared dead. The match was called off, with the other players leaving the field in tears. (AP Photo/Cristiano Chiodi, Lapresse)

20) People demonstrate outside Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. on April 10. The Miami Marlins baseball manager, Ozzie Guillen, was suspended for five games after he made favorable comments about Fidel Castro in a magazine interview.  Photo: Joe Skipper / Reuters

21) Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder points to snow falling during the eighth inning of a game April 10 between the Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park in Detroit. The flurries didn't last long as the home-town Tigers won 5-2. Photo: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

22) Toronto Blue Jay Brett Lawrie crashed hard into the third base wall while chasing down a foul ball with the Jays still holding a 6 run lead in the top of the 8th inning Tuesday night in Toronto.  The Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre April 10, 2012. Photo: Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star

23) A television cameraman catches a foul ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau during the ninth inning of the Twins' game against the Texas Rangers at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., April 14. Texas won 6-2. Photo: Eric Miller / Reuters

24) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sits beside Kermit the Frog during the New York Yankees home opener baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 13. Photo: Kathy Willens / AP

25) Luis Enrique Gonzalez and his wife Maribel Farradaz participate in Cuba's first national gathering in honor of the Harley Davidson motorcycle in Varadero, Cuba, Saturday April 14, 2012. Cuba's "Harlistas" are just as passionate as their American counterparts, but like the owners of rumbling 1950s Detroit classic cars that still prowl the streets of Havana, vintage Harley fans have had to get creative to keep their bikes road-worthy. Gonzalez and Farradaz won second place in a competition to place a drinking straw in a bottle while riding on their bike. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

26) Jacob French completed the over 3,100 mile trek from Perth to Sydney in a full body stormtrooper costume on April 11. Getty Images reports he raised over $100,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation in the process. French meets with patients Helena Kantarelis and Zak Brankstone at the Sydney Children's Hostpital on April 4, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

27) Christians attend a mass in celebration of The Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe at the Cathedral of St Peter on April 13, 2012 in Trier, Germany. The Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe runs from April 13 to May 13, during which hundreds of thousands pilgrims are expected to view the Holy Robe. The robe, said to have been worn by Jesus Christ leading up to his crucifixion, is housed by the cathedral and rarely displayed for public viewing. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

28) A Christian worshipper holds his daughter to a mosaic inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

29) The Rev. Tom Louis gets a hug from Lucille Lambruschi after she was baptized in the Gulf of Mexico following a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Fla. on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. (Scott McIntyre/Naples Daily News/Associated Press)

30) Riders sing as they parade on April 08, 2012 in Wittichenau, Germany. Sorbians, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, celebrate Easter with processions of mounted riders dressed in 19th-century outfits who travel from village to village to sing and announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

31) Young Slovaks dressed in traditional costumes throw a bucket of water at a girl as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km north of Bratislava on April 9. Slovakia's men splash women with water and hit them with a willow to symbolize youth, strength and beauty for the upcoming spring season. Photo: Samuel Kubani / AFP - Getty Images

32) A woman blows a giant bubble during a soap bubble festival at Palace Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

33) A person wearing an Easter bunny costume makes a wakeboard jump during a promotional event in Hamburg, Germany, April 8. Photo: Angelika Warmuth / AFP - Getty Images

34) Michael Nardi, left, and Eugene Lefkowitz pose for photographers in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral during the Easter Parade Fifth Ave., Sunday, April 8, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

35) President Barack Obama acts out a part of the story while reading from the book "Where the Wild Things Are" with first lady Michelle Obama (L) and his daughter Sasha (R) during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Win Mcnamee / Getty Images

36) A woman with long fingernails takes photographs of U.S. President Barack Obama during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people are expected to attend the 134-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


37) A note of remembrance is cast into the water at births 43 and 44 at Southampton Dock during a Centenary Memorial on April 10, 2012 in Southampton, England. The births mark the departure point of RMS Titanic when it set sail one hundred years ago today. The maiden voyage of the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic ended when she sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1911 with the loss of 1517 lives.  Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

38) A passenger in evening dress hurries as he goes to check in for the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise in Southampton, England, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise is set to depart Sunday from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic. Organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. Organizers said people from 28 countries have booked passage, including relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

39) Passengers walk around the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, prior to the gala dinner in the Atlantic Ocean, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, the cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise departed Sunday, April 8, from Southampton, England, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage and the 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With some 1,300 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic and organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

40) A light projection of the Titanic on a 500-meter-long iceberg in the Northern Polar sea of Greenland, during the night of 13 April 2012.  Here's another. Photos: Mike Kessler / Gerry Hofstetter Marketing via EPA

41) Actress Kate Winslet arrives at the 'Titanic 3D' UK film premiere on March 27 at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London. The 3-D version of the film has been released for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and comes 15 years after 1997's "Titanic" was a huge box office hit. Photo: Joel Ryan / AP

42) Passengers on a Titanic memorial cruise, chartered by Miles Morgan Travel, dance to music from a Belgian string band on April 9 after the ship's departure from Cobh, Ireland. Due to rough weather, an April 10 floor show was canceled over concerns about the safety of the performers. Photo: Chris Helgren / Reuters

43) A 1912 advertisement for the British luxury passenger liner Titanic, part of the White Star Line's fleet, announces an April 20, 1912, sailing. Ticket prices and berth descriptions are provided, but the ship never arrived in New York. The Titanic sank April 15, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passenger and crew members. Photo: Getty Images

44) A copy of the last message sent from the Titanic, which tells of passengers being put into lifeboats. Photo: Getty Images

45) Survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic approach the RMS Carpathia in this April 15, 1912, photo. The Carpathia rescued hundreds of Titanic passengers.  Photo: The New York Times / Redux Pictures

46) The front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 16, 1912, was devoted to the Titanic disaster. The paper gives the death toll as 1,302 and the number of survivors as 868. Later, official figures were corrected to 1,517 dead and 706 who survived. The main photograph is a montage, placing the Titanic against the Eads Bridge in St Louis, to give an idea of the ship's size. Photo: Getty Images.

47) Rescuers help Titanic radio operator Harold Bride off the Carpathia. Bride's S.O.S. call alerted rescuers to the Titanic's sinking. He stayed at his post until the captain released him as the boat deck started taking on water, according to Encyclopedia Titanica. He was washed overboard and made his way onto an overturned boat, but his feet were badly frozen and crushed. From the Carpathia, Bride continued to send messages and names of those saved to land. Photo: Time Life Pictures/ Getty Images

48) A replica of the grand staircase from the sunken Titanic is on exhibition April 2 at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum in Singapore. The exhibition features about 275 artifacts recovered from the Titanic.  Photo:

49) A computer-generated image shows the first-class accommodations that were available aboard the Titanic. The display can be seen at the newly opened Titanic Belfast attraction in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: AFP - Getty Images, New York Times

Culinary no-no #273

Culinary no-no's



For this week’s Culinary no-no, we travel south to…


Ahhh. Love Nashville.

Great music.

Great tourist attractions.

Great people. Everybody’s nice. Hello, Sir. How are you, Sir? Thank you, Sir.

And great food.

As I wrote in Culinary no-no #105:

My wife, Jennifer and I had just arrived at the incredible Opryland Hotel in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. The short flight from Milwaukee put us at our destination in the Volunteer State at about lunch time, so we meandered to the food court.

"Gotta have Corky's," I told Jennifer. Corky's at the Opryland was one of many locations based on the famed Memphis barbecue restaurant. This was strictly the stand in line and order variety of quick food stops.

We both ordered the barbecue sandwich, quite possibly the finest sandwich in the world. Yes, it's that good.

First, the perfect bun. Nice and soft.

Then, the young gal behind the counter piles on the luscious, picture perfect pulled pork. If Rembrandt did food, he would have painted Corky's pork.

And then, oh this isn't fair, out of nowhere appears a squeeze bottle with barbecue sauce, a tantalizing red hue, that cannot be duplicated anywhere else on this planet, and it is squirted lovingly in nice circles around and around on top of the mountain of pork.

Nashville also produces a great candy bar. Tough to find in these parts, but well worth the purchase if you do.

I prefer this variety...

Goo Goo Peanut Butter

The "goo" in Goo Goo Cluster stands for Grand Ole Opry.

So what are you saying, Kev? Are pulled pork sandwiches smothered in BBQ sauce and Goo Goo Clusters your no-no's?

Are you crazy?

Of course not.

But the no-no just happens to hail from Music City.

Alright. Time to bring in the great philosopher whom we've quoted in the past on Culinary no-no...

In an episode of “Happy Days,” Arthur Fonzarelli insightfully noted that ice cream and ketchup are terrific…when separate. Put them together? Yuckimundo.

One would imagine this is a relatively easy concept to grasp, However, when it comes to food, apparently for some, it's not so simple. 

Let's narrow our trip to Nashville to the well-known...

The following are being test-marketed at Burger King in Nashville:


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Obviously it's Scott Walker's fault

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel didn't make the list.

Thankfully, we are now spared the obligatory column in this Sunday's edition by a top manager telling us how great the paper is.

UPDATE: What does Steve Taylor do now?


Previously on This Just In...

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The latest pro-life news (04/16/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

You couldn't possibly have your nose bent out of shape about this...

Unless you're a tax and spend liberal.

2ND UPDATE: What does Steve Taylor do now?

Previously on This Just in…

The update:

On April 3, 2012, Franklin voters went to the polls to decide referenda concerning support for, or opposition to, reduction in the size and compensation of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Here are the questions and the Franklin results.

Question 1:  Do you support compensating the position of Milwaukee County Supervisor at a level that reflects the position being considered part-time in nature?

Yes:     5,542
No:       1,089

Question 2: Shall the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors be reduced from the current number of eighteen (18) supervisors to nine (9) supervisors?

Yes:     5,830
No:         856

There’s no way of truly knowing, but c’mon. New supervisor Steve Taylor, you just know he had to vote NO on both referenda.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council that will be attended by Aldervisor Steve Taylor, this will be on the agenda:

Mayor Tom Taylor has requested that the City Attorney address the following questions:

1. Can a Milwaukee County Supervisor at the same time hold the position of Alderman in the City of Franklin?

2. Can a Milwaukee County Supervisor hold at the same time the position of Acting Mayor in the City of Franklin?

Council action has been requested.


How will Steve Taylor vote if there are questions on the above?

Very interesting.

"I'm not gonna make any excuses"

Ted Nugent is a great American

UPDATE: Week-ends (02/25/12)


Previously on This Just In...Jeff Miller was a HERO OF THE WEEK.

The update.

UPDATE: Amanda Clayton is what's wrong with America

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

FranklinNOW's lowest moment

That would be Candace (I will never ever ever ask a tough question and believe everything anybody tells me) Romano and her embarrassingly glowing puff piece on Franklin alderman Steve Taylor.

It’s nauseating and pathetic, so incredibly void of journalistic standards that I refuse to link to it. A high school paper's editor would have tossed it in the trash.

Good Lord. Romano did everything but ask Taylor out.

Tommy on Tax Day

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Rarely is tax day a time to celebrate, and today is no different.  However, there is some positive news to share.

Last night, Senate Republicans voted down Tammy Baldwin's so-called "Buffett Tax" -- which is nothing more than a gimmick designed to distract voters from the $15.6 trillion deficit she helped create with President Obama.

The Buffett Tax would not balance the budget, create a single job, or fix the economy in any way. It was just more election year smoke and mirrors from a President and his top ally in Congress - Tammy Baldwin -- who are unwilling to do what is necessary to address our fiscal crisis and turn our economy around.

Our tax system is fundamentally dysfunctional and must be completely overhauled. Our current system is confusing, counterproductive, and devoid of any common sense. And the Buffett Tax would only make matters worse.

Last week, I unveiled my RESTORE America tax reform proposal which simplifies the tax code, reduces taxes on our families and incentivizes corporations to return trillions of dollars of foreign profits back home to boost our economy.

My proposal:
  • Makes the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • Phases in a flat tax
  • Exempts households earning less than $100,000 from capital gains taxes
  • Repeals federal taxation on Social Security benefits
  • Simplifies and lowers corporate income taxes
  • Eliminates taxation on foreign profits repatriated to the U.S. when those profits are used for investment in plant and equipment, job training, or research and development.
These common-sense steps will not only make our tax system more efficient, but also make our nation more competitive in the global marketplace

With your help, we will put an end to the tax-and-spend Washington culture enabled by the Obama Administration and liberal lawmakers such as Harry Reid and Tammy Baldwin.

I am a proven reformer who has the courage and conviction to finally do it.

My tax reform plan is just one element of my RESTORE America agenda. In the coming weeks, I'll continue to share more ideas for bringing America back by reforming entitlements, simplifying taxes and overturning regulatory excess. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

Your friend,
Tommy Thompson
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UPDATE: You couldn't possibly have your nose bent out of shape about this...

Previously on This Just In...

The update:

Today the Wall Street Journal editorializes:

"The public employee unions and other liberals are confident that Wisconsin voters will turn out Governor Scott Walker in a recall election later this year, but not so fast. That may turn out to be as wrong as some of their other predictions as Badger State taxpayers start to see tangible benefits from Mr. Walker's reforms—such as the first decline in statewide property taxes in a dozen years."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surrounded by the news media after speaking to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Springfield, Ill.Walker says he's using Illinois and its many problems as an argument for keeping him in office. The first-term Republican faces a recall election in June primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state employees.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surrounded by the news media after speaking to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. Walker says he's using Illinois and its many problems as an argument for keeping him in office. The first-term Republican faces a recall election in June primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state employees. AP photo

Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Janesville Make up over 42 Percent of State's Educational Staff Reductions

WHAT DPI and WEAC Didn't Tell You...

Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Janesville Make up over 42 Percent of State’s Educational Staff Reductions

By Christian D’Andrea
MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

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No, the sky isn't falling

“Let’s get the word out about what’s really happening in our schools…”

From WEAC’s website

I totally agree.

Scott Walker’s reforms, we were lectured by the left, would decimate our schools.

NEWS FLASH: Hasn’t happened.

I want to thank my dear friend, state Senator Mary Lazich for her most recent newsletter I received in the mail last week. Interesting stuff on schools in her state Senate district.

Whitnall School District added a net 19 employees, including 18 teachers.

Franklin School District replaced all 26 retired employees.

New Berlin School District added a net 5 teachers.

East Troy School District added a net 3 teachers.

Muskego-Norway School District hired 40 new teachers to replace 39.7 full-time equivalent employees, and will offer new electives beginning the 2012-13 school year.

Mukwonago School District replaced 41 of 44 retired teachers, did not increase elementary class sizes and student fees, and did not reduce sports or extracurricular programs.

Waterford United High School did not eliminate or reduce sports or extracurricular programs and did not eliminate core educational offerings.

God bless Rick Santelli


Playing tag with sea otters

Amazing what I now find fascinating!

E-mails, I get e-mails: Your daily dose of drama

Looks good to me

A man holds a hat prior to attending a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, April 19, 2012.

A man holds a hat prior to attending a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, April 19, 2012. AP photo


E-mails, I get e-mails: The new union logo

Now I'll run to the movie theater


It was 2:58 pm.

It was always 2:58 pm.

Didn’t matter if it was Monday.





It was always 2:58 pm.

School was to let out in exactly two minutes.


Inevitably, every kid in my class was standing dutifully in line for dismissal.

Would the teacher let us go one minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds earlier?

No way.

Every now and then, one of two simpletons would act up in line.

That’s when Ms. Impatience would threaten and then impose a punishment. We’d have to stand in line for another five minutes or as long as it took until things settled down.

Wonderful. Punish the entire class because of two idiots.

Meanwhile at home, the TV was turned on to one of only a handful of options. In this case, it was the ABC network.

At precisely 3:00, the Gothic daily soap opera “Dark Shadows” would be broadcast, complete with its array of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts and various supernatural beings.  Since it was a daily show, the previous day’s program ended leaving viewers with a cliffhanger. It was imperative to not miss, or miss very little, of the start of the next day’s show.

The 3:00 bell would ring.

Studious Catholic school kids would walk orderly to the exit doors. Then the ones who made a mad dash down the street were definitely “Dark Shadows” fans, rushing to see what happened to Barnabas or Quentin or any other of the characters who lived in a gloomy mansion in a gloomy town where it always seemed to evening, raining, thundering, and foreboding.

It never failed.

I burst into the Fischer household. Mom, who was also a fan, had the set properly tuned.


I’m sorry.


I never seemed to catch the critical beginning. Instead, it was the opening theme music or commercials.

Like any good mom, and mine was the best, she’d often immediately relax me by informing the first few minutes simply re-ran the ending of yesterday’s program.


For me, “Dark Shadows” was a natural progression in TV viewing. Years before, after school viewing was predominantly the “Mickey Mouse Club.”

Late night viewing on Saturdays (Thanks, Mom for letting me stay up and watch with you) was Shock Theater on Channel 18. Nothing cheesy. Just the classic Universal Studio monster classics.

By the late 60’s, “Dark Shadows” was not only cool. It was a must.

The history of pop culture says kids ran like wildfire to get home to watch “Dark Shadows.” It’s true.

Jonathan Frid was the star, playing Barnabas Collins, a centuries old vampire.

It was no "General Hospital."

Like Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, Frid developed a sympathetic character. Though he stalked and killed, viewers were steadfastly in his corner, desperately supporting his quest to rid his curse.

Jonathan Frid died, of course, last Friday, April 13, at the age of 87 just weeks before the opening of the new "Dark Shadows" film starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas.

First Dick Clark. Now Jonathan Frid. I'm getting old.

The Daily Mail has a lot more on the upcoming "Dark Shadows" movie including a cool trailer.

A STUNNING pronouncement from Franklin's school board president

Despite the results of the recent Franklin School Board elections where voters sent a strong message they demand fiscal responsibility and the sentiments of the vast majority of Franklin taxpayers, the arrogant, power-hungry Franklin Public School administration is hell bent on pursuing an obscenely expensive, unnecessary “Facilities Master Plan.”

A color, multi-page newsletter about the Master Plan has been sent to Franklin households. Mine came in the mail today.

Page One is a lengthy introductory message from Franklin School Board President (maybe and hopefully not for long) Debbie Larson. Larson informs that the Master Plan has been developed based on feedback from public workshops and listening sessions. The fact is the odds are overwhelming if you are from Franklin and are reading this, you didn’t attend or participate in any such workshops or listening sessions. Doesn’t matter to the tax and spend bunch currently running our school system.

Larson writes the main components of the Master Plan include remodeling the middle and high school, moving sixth-grade students to the middle school, creating facilities that enhance student learning in a safe environment (there’s no definitive data or proof how they’ accomplish this,) and creating flexible learning spaces that are cost effective, energy efficient, and utilize technology to support personalized learning.

Folks, the above are what are referred to as “glittering generalities.” It all sounds nicey-nicey, yet there’s nothing concrete to back up what they’re promising.

Now we get to the extremely revealing and shocking part of Larson’s pitch. Oh, this is good. She writes:

‘If the entire Master Plan was implemented at one time, the cost would exceed $100 Million.”


The $100 million-plus price tag is an item I blogged about on March 20, 2012.

OK. So Larson concedes to the astronomical cost. But being the tax and spender Larson is, she just can't help herself. This is very revealing. Larson continues, with faux concern:

"We realize that during these difficult economic times, it is not realistic to implement the entire Master Plan at one time."

Please. Like she really cares.

Larson goes on, and this is key. Read carefully:

"Therefore, our goal is to implement the Facility Master Plan in phases, based on the priorities of community AND willingness to financially support the project."

Larson obviously must think we're all a bunch of ignoramuses. 

It's painfully obvious the administration supports a full-blown $100-million plus facilities plan, whether it's all at once, or drawn out over time.

Who the hell are they trying to pull the wool over?

As always, they will use a  bogus survey to sell their scheme (Hey, we asked, this is what the public wants). It's interesting the survey questions ask participants to gauge their support for a particular component of the Master Plan: High, Medium, or Low. The option of ZERO, not going through with a particular component at all is not offered to anyone filling out the survey.

Readers are steered toward participating online. That is also interesting. It's been documented that a huge majority of Franklin residents do not have children attending our public schools. A lot of them might not have computers and might object to any or all of the Master Plan. Could this survey be set up to prevent this faction from weighing in?

Out of touch Debbie Larson has played her hand. She needs to be dumped as president at the next school board meeting. Then she and a few other board members need to be voted out of office next April.

We began to take back our school board and administration this month. We can't stop now.

Republican Party of Wisconsin's next Super Saturday Event is TOMORROW

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Tommy asked me to drop you this quick note to encourage you to participate in the Republican Party of Wisconsin's next Super Saturday Event, which will take place tomorrow, April 21st at Victory centers across the state.

Do you know the location of your local Victory office?  Click here to find out.

From 9 am to 9 pm, volunteers will be making phone calls to identify thousands of Governor Walker's supporters to make sure they get out and vote on Election Day, June 5.

The event will also allow the Republican Party of Wisconsin to test their Get Out the Vote model to ensure we have the highest possible turnout of Governor Walker's supporters at the polls.

The RPW even has some exciting prizes for the top callers!

Out-of-state big labor bosses are working around the clock to defeat Governor Walker on June 5th.  Don't miss out on your opportunity to defeat this unjust and misguided Recall effort!

Please click here to sign up for tomorrow's Super Saturday.


Ryan Burchfield
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Goodnight everyone, and have a clean-cut weekend!

“If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully.

Dick Clark

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.

This week, memories of...

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“Like the soap opera, American Bandstand represents the transference of a successful radio format to burgeoning arena of American television. Unlike the soap opera however, the radio broadcast format of playing recorded music developed as popular entertainers from radio migrated to the newer medium of television. Initially located in the margins of broadcast schedules, the format of a live disk jockey spinning records targeted toward and embraced by teenagers soon evolved into the economic salvation of many radio stations. For one thing, the programs were relatively inexpensive to produce. In addition, the increased spending power of American teenagers in the 1950s attracted advertisers and companies marketing products specifically targeting that social group. Not the least of these were the recording companies who supplied the records without cost to stations, often including economic incentives to disk jockeys to play their products. In effect, the recorded music was a commercial for itself. Given the convergence of these factors, the teen record party became entrenched as a radio format during the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, eventually developing into Top Forty Radio.

For these same reasons, this format became highly lucrative for local television stations to produce as well.

American Bandstand
first aired on the ABC network on Monday, 5 August 1957, becoming one of a handful of local origination programs to broadcast nationally. Initially, the program ran Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M., EST. Almost immediately, the show became a hit for the struggling network.

The foundation of American Bandstand's success rested with its ability to adapt to shifting musical trends while maintaining the basic format developed in the 1950s. As a result, Dick Clark helmed the longest running broadcast program aimed at mainstream youth to air on American network broadcast television.”
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Elvis never appeared on Dick Clark’s TV shows. But many other teen idols did, especially when Elvis was in the Army. We turn loose our musical trip this week with one of them, an Elvis-lite. Couldn’t really sing. Didn’t have great moves. Fabian was so bad that he was good. Loved him.

“Someone called, a friend of mine, and told me; and it’s like your heart stops. It’s just your heart stops for a second, because like my wife and I feel that you never think Dick Clark would ever leave us. It’s shocking.”

“It meant everything to do Dick’s show. This was a time when there was no youth culture — he created it. And the impact of the show on people was enormous. You knew that once you went down to Philadelphia to see Dick and you went on the show, your song went from nowhere to the Top 10.”
Paul Anka

FILE - In this 1957 file photo, Dick Clark is seen surrounded by fans during a television broadcast of "American Bandstand." Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82. Photo: File / AP

"He was laughed out of the studio. They said to him, 'Who wants to watch kids dancing in Philadelphia?'"
Music historian John Jackson on the reaction Clark got when he suggested his local TV show go national.

I’ve heard Frankie Avalon tell the story about his very first record. Avalon claims that he walked into the recording studio and held his nose, literally. Yes, the man who gave us "Venus," while voicing “De De Dinah,” was squeezing the proboscis. “A lot of parents held their noses, too,” Avalon joked.

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 1959 file photo, Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82. Photo: File / AP

"If you were on the Clark show with a new record, it was almost like Dick Clark giving his blessings and saying, 'This record is gonna be a hit.' "
Brenda Lee

"Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark.”
Tony Orlando

"If someone cannot fill your shoes, you are a legend. And Dick Clark was a legend."
Donny Osmond


“Nicknamed ‘America's oldest teenager’ for his fresh-scrubbed look, Clark and ‘American Bandstand’ not only gave young fans what they wanted, it gave their parents a measure of assurance that this new music craze was not as scruffy or as scary as they feared. Buttoned-down and always upbeat, polite and polished, Clark came across more like an articulate graduate student than a carnival barker.”
The LA Times


FILE - This July 26, 1960 file photo shows Dick Clark and Barbara Mallery with their son, Richard, 3, in their home near Philadelphia. Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year's Eve countdown from Times Square, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was 82. Photo: AP / AP

"He's my guy. We saw each other six weeks ago, and I can't even believe he is gone. When you get older you want to spend time with the people you are close to, and you keep putting things off because you always think you are going to have another day. You need to always tell your friends how much they mean to you. That is what I learned from this situation... I gave him a hug and told him everything I have and everything I am I owe to him."
Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders

That’s it for this week.

Have a great weekend.

And as Dick Clark always signed off, “For now, so long.”

 Rock and roll icon Dick Clark dead at 82.


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The Barking Lot (04/21/12)

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:  You will wake up to chilly temperatures. Don't let the abundant sunshine fool you. High of 49.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Afternoon showers. High of 49.  "D"

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

In my youth, I owned a Basenji mixed breed & Springer Spaniel mixed breed.  Neither were my personal choices.  I couldn’t pick out a particular breed when I was two years old (Basenji, Sugar, from parents) or when I was in fourth grade (“inheriting” my late grandfather’s dog, Springer Spaniel, Skippy.)  Both dogs were wonderful in their own special ways and I have said many times I would gladly own a Basenji again.  Sugar had the most amazingly agreeable personality and sweet demeanor PLUS she didn’t bark or shed; and Skippy was clearly smarter than a fifth grader despite grand amounts of drooling, shedding, and ear infections.

I don’t know how much of my pets’ appeal was due to breed, personality, or the fact that they were mine and I simply loved them.  My taste in breeds has changed somewhat through the years mostly because of dogs I have known and some education & insight along the way.  I have come to realize a few things about my future pet:  she will NOT be the kind to demand two walks per day; she will NOT visit the salon more often than I do; she will NOT fit in to my handbag; she will NOT be a breed that will increase our homeowner’s policy premium.  She WILL be noted for being great with kids; she WILL be large enough for me to see her before I step on her; she WILL have traits that allow her to be trained easily; she WILL be a dog everyone loves to be around.

With those broad generalities as guidelines, I’m pretty open to any sort of breed and regular readers of The Barking Lot know I clearly favor a rescue/mixed breed as my future adoptee.  So I’m not sure what that actually says about my personality and tendencies.

I like to think of myself as low-maintenance, no-drama, easy-going, easy to please, fun, and somewhat intelligent.  So, what kind of dog matches those descriptors?  I’m not really sure.  But I do know that I’ll want to see more of what Dr. Lance Workman has to say before I head to the shelter!  You can also read more here.
---Jennifer Fischer 

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Barking Lot update: The dog we wrote about last week has died. Here's hoping the attackers are found, prosecuted, and punished severely. 

Barking Lot update: Lex

9-1-1 caller gives wrong address,
police shoot man's dog.

Dangerous dogs are big problems for police.

Does Cisco deserve justice? Austin cops apologize.

Judge gives dog on death row a reprieve.

OK, what are you suing about?

Judge makes award in dog's death.

Senator pushes to speed up military adoptions.

The Department of Defense is testing canine therapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fallen officer's son gets service dog.

Dog lovers blast Ann Romney.

Paying the price of a fat pet.

Street dogs find homes.

Dog taking over your bed?


Malcom has a night job.

George has a dog's life.

Another update on a concept Jennifer blogged about a long time ago: Dog TV. 

The ten best Obama ate a dog images.



Captain Owen Beynon Brown of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery introduces his dog 'Lord Percy' to 'Tango' the horse prior to an inspection in Hyde Park in preparation for 2012 State Ceremonial on April 19, in London, England. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

That’s it for this week.

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Week-ends (04/21/12)

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...


Travis Mills

Richard Nappi

Georgina Cormack's medical team

Two pollsters

Kim Lee


Jamie Moyer

Dick Clark


Terri List

David Chaney

Michael Thomas

SeaWorld thieves



“(If Obama wins re-election) I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Rocker Ted Nugent commenting at the NRA Convention.

“When you are doing God’s work, the devils go berserk. That the enemies of America and freedom so despise me is a powerful sign I represent all the right stuff.”
Ted Nugent reacting to those blasting his NRA comments.

"Well, there’s a lot of people who didn’t like President [George W.] Bush and we didn’t have to cart them in front of the Secret Service."
Florida Congressman Allen West (R)

"President Obama released his tax returns. It turns out he made $900,000 less in 2011 than he did in 2010. You know what that means? Even Obama is doing worse under President Obama."
Jay Leno

“Very specifically, Mr. Mayor, I would like to know if you win the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, will you allocate state money to help subsidize the streetcar’s yearly operational costs? If your answer is ‘no,’ then I strongly suggest that you put the entire project on hold, as the new mayor of Milwaukee may be opposed to the streetcar project (and especially to its ongoing hefty operational costs!). If we get a new mayor, he or she may actually listen to the people of Milwaukee on this issue.”
Milwaukee alderman Bob Donovan in a letter to gubernatorial candidate, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett.

"A few years ago at a book signing in Seattle, a young guy asked me if I would sign his salami. I just looked at him like, 'Oh my God,' and then he pulled out a real salami from behind his back. It was cute. It was definitely a fraternity dare because all of his buddies were laughing in the background."
TV celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis

“You say that Head Start is a failure, you don’t know what the f— you’re talking about.”
Democrat strategist Bob Beckel on the Hannity show on FOX Monday night. His obscenity was broadcast live.

“Whoa! Bleep! What are you doing?”
Host Sean Hannity

“I just can’t stand right-wingers. They’ve just got their mouths running all the time.”

“I don’t apologize.”

“Yes you do. You just cursed on the air.”

“I’m not gonna apologize.”

“All right, I apologize for you.”

“I’m sorry about using that foul word, yes. But the intent about it is still there. And you should run your show a little better instead of having me get caught like that.”

“Now you’re blaming me for this.”

“Typical liberal. No personal responsibility.”
Tea Party activist Jennifer Stefano who was also on the panel show with Beckel


Take your pick: GSA, Secret Service.


"It isn't very newsworthy."


Ted Nugent. Where was the press when lefties called for the assassination of Bush and Cheney?


Worker injured during sex gets compensation.


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Don't forget, Sunday is Earth Day!


John Doe is a cesspool!

By Bob and Jean Dohnal
The Wisconsin Conservative Digest 

The Milwaukee John Doe fishing Expedition, run by John Chisholm, is a Cesspool of leaks, corruption and partisanship.  It is no wonder that there have been leaks; the great majority of employees are rank partisans, giving money to the Liberals and signing Recall Petitions.

Normally, John Doe investigations are aimed at one person or a group in one incidence.  Chisholm has used this as a massive fishing expedition in order to "Get Scott Walker.  It is so slow, it has gone on for two years, leaking information to the Journal, Shepherd Express, Isthmus, and Joel McNally.  It is a powerful political tool.

On the Charlie Sykes show, Brain Fraley of the MacIver Institute, correctly forecasted the time and entrance of Tom Barrett into the Governor's race.  He also predicted coming indictments by John Chisholm, to help his buddy Tom Barrett, in an attempt to elect Barrett, and his big spending, economy killing agenda, to the governorship.

In Milwaukee, these guys stick together and butter each other's backs.  What greater thing could John Chisholm do than indict Scott Walker, on some flimsy evidence, right before the election.  It has been said that a prosecutor can indict a Ham sandwich if he wants to do so.

We have had trouble with this office for years.  It has been a well known fact that the office, under Chisholm or McCann, would never go after any corruption of the elections by the democrats.  We presented them with 45 pages of evidence of double voting by a state senate candidate and they refused to touch it.

Media Trackers has exposed the fact that over 47 employees, and maybe as many as 70 in the actual DA's office that is investigating using public employees to campaign, passed out Recall petitions in the office.  The people involved in the investigation actually signed the petitions. This is just as illegal as calling to ask people to come to a dinner. Tons of employees made donations to the Liberals that are pushing the Recalls.  Is Justice really neutral?  I do not think so. In this case, it is partisan.

CRG exposed the fact, that Jeff Fleming, a PR guy for Tom Barrett, was doing election work in Barrett's office during work days.  He was exposed on the Charlie Sykes show and then disappeared.  Has he been dragged before the John Doe?  Do not think so.

This is Milwaukee justice, get Scott Walker and damn the torpedoes.

We need to demand a John Doe of the John Doe.  AG Van Hollen needs to step in, appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leaks and corruption in this dept.

Lastly, Republicans need to go on the offense on this matter. For too long, we have seen the GOP speechless and standing there taking these lumps.  You can never win if you play defense.

Everyone needs to send a letter and call their Representatives from both parties, the AG's office and the press.

Demand justice for the taxpayers of this state.

Do we need a John Doe for the John Doe?

By Tom Wolff 
Freedom Weekly

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RR---april 22

The battle for Wisconsin

"Sitting in one of his campaign offices later in the day, Walker considers whether he might have avoided a recall. 'If I hadn’t gone so far, would I face a recall? I don’t know,' Walker tells me. 'But if I hadn’t gone as far as I did, I wouldn’t have fixed it.' And fixing Wisconsin’s fiscal problems is what matters, he says. 'I’m running a campaign to win. And I aim to win. But I’m not afraid to lose'.”

Ted Nugent calls left-wing hysteria “laughable”

“By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone's life, or hint of violence or mayhem. Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people.”

A 50-state tax lesson for the President

“Republican governors in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Dakota, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and even Michigan and New Jersey are cutting taxes to lure new businesses and jobs. Asked why he wants to reduce the cost of doing business in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker replies: ‘I’ve never seen a store get more customers by raising its prices, but I’ve seen customers knock down the doors when they cut prices’.”

The mom versus the unions

"Democrats are terrified of her because she's effective. They're terrified of her because she represents America: the working mom who's tired of the Democrat men running her children's future into the ground and the GOP establishment fighting while lying down; a woman so fed up she decides to put herself on the ballot, announcing via a webcam from the kitchen table, and winning against all the odds."

"I can't afford to work"

"After factoring in the rising cost of child care, the daily commute and other work-related expenses, a growing number of mothers are figuring out that having a job just doesn't pay."

Dissecting phony 'war on women'

“All I can say about the ‘war on women’ is: WOW! Let's manufacture a phony ‘war on women’ and try to sell it to you and me. I'm not fooled, and you should not be, either, after reading about these common-sense protections of women.”

Why didn't media know Obama ate dogs?

“…that’s why this whole episode is such a hideous disaster for Team Obama, because now the one thing everyone will remember is that Obama ate a dog.  It’s hardly the sort of thing that will turn an election, and it’s not logically relevant to his performance in office… but the Obama campaign wasn’t planning on running with logic and facts.  Their entire effort is based on creating total public amnesia over the period 2009 – 2012, and making the election about ‘likeability,’ an area where Obama is thought to hold the advantage.”

The real Obama dog story

"Bo the Portuguese water dog is cute, fluffy, and has done well growing up in the White House limelight. But he also represents a broken campaign promise."

He gave us music---and memories 

"I was not a cool 13-year-old. Most 13-year-olds are not, but I was extra un-cool: Uncoordinated. Jheri curl. Bifocals thicker than the glass window at a check-cashing store.

I needed to know, pronto, what the cool kids were doing, the bands they listened to, the must-know dances, the top tapes on their Walkman playlist because I had no clue what they were.

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Earth Day is a joke

According to George Carlin.


Lots of bad language in Carlin's hilarious and on-the-money routine.

You've been warned.

There's profanity, but it's so funny.


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Recommended Reading (04/22/12)

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 battle for Wisconsin

"Sitting in one of his campaign offices later in the day, Walker considers whether he might have avoided a recall. 'If I hadn’t gone so far, would I face a recall? I don’t know,' Walker tells me. 'But if I hadn’t gone as far as I did, I wouldn’t have fixed it.' And fixing Wisconsin’s fiscal problems is what matters, he says. 'I’m running a campaign to win. And I aim to win. But I’m not afraid to lose'.”

Ted Nugent calls left-wing hysteria “laughable”

“By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone's life, or hint of violence or mayhem. Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people.”

A 50-state tax lesson for the President

“Republican governors in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Dakota, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and even Michigan and New Jersey are cutting taxes to lure new businesses and jobs. Asked why he wants to reduce the cost of doing business in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker replies: ‘I’ve never seen a store get more customers by raising its prices, but I’ve seen customers knock down the doors when they cut prices’.”

America's crisis of character

"I've long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it's also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.

Now I'd go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character -- who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.

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Photos of the Week (04/22/12)

1) Gary Gladwin looks over his wrecked property where he stored a 1937 Chevy, in Thurman, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 2012. A large part of the town in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night, possibly by a tornado, but no one was injured or killed. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius said about 75 percent of the 250-person town was destroyed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

2) Ottaway Amusement employee Chris Letterman walks around the Century Wheel in a parking lot near the corner of Kellogg and Greenwich in Wichita, Kansas, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Ferris wheel and another ride toppled over on Saturday night during the tornado outbreak. "You're looking at 2 million dollar, squished," Letterman said. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

3) Barbara Cline and her dog Daisy sit on the steps of her home in the Meadow Lake Beach neighborhood near 55th and Clifton, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The roof was blown off the home. More than 100 tornadoes had been reported across the region by daybreak, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

4) Rescue workers carry a survivor named Sandeep out from the rubble of a factory three days after it collapsed in Jalandhar, India, on April 18, 2012. Photo: Channi Anand / AP

5) A Pakistani soldier works with a sniffer dog to search for avalanche victims on April 18, 2012. Photo: Aamir Qureshi / AFP - Getty Images

6) George Zimmerman takes the witness stand, Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

The space shuttle Discovery, attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft, takes off headed for its final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 17. Photo: Joe Skipper / Reuters

People gather at the base of the Washington Monument to watch as the U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of a NASA 747 transport jet, flies over the National Mall on its way to its permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, April 17. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

9) The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, does a final fly-by over the White House as tourists an Washingtonians watch and take pictures in Washington, April 17. Discovery will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo: Jim Bourg / Reuters

10)  A beautiful prominence eruption shot off the east limb (left side) of the sun on Monday, April 16, 2012. Such eruptions are often associated with solar flares, and in this case an M1 class (medium-sized) flare did occur at the same time, though it was not aimed toward Earth. This event was seen by NASA’s SDO satellite. Photo: NASA

President Barack Obama sends off participants of the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. on April 20.  Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

John E. Brennan stands naked after he stripped down while going through a security screening area on April 17 as a protest against airport security procedures.  Photo: Brian Reilly / AP

The Weed Fairy smokes a massive marijuana joint right at 4:20 p.m. as thousands take part in the annual marijuana 420 smoke off at Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada on April 20. Photo: Nathan Denette / AP

14) An apprentice uses burning incense to drive bees away from She Ping's face during a world record attempt in Chongqing Municipality, China, on April 18, 2012. The Chinese beekeeper covered his body with 73 pounds (33.1 kg) of bees — that's an estimated 331,000 of the creatures. Photos: China Daily via Reuters

15) This year, for the first time, the University of Miami set up a "Fan Favorite" category for its underwater photo competition. Internet users could vote for their favorite among five pictures. Todd Aki's photo of a jellyfish took the prize, snaring 599 of the 1,221 votes cast.  

Yellownose gobies (Elacatinus randalli) peek out from a bolder brain coral near the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, in a photo taken by Todd Minthz. The picture took first place in the Macro category of the 2012 Annual Underwater Photography Contest, hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Marcello Di Francesco took third place in the Macro category for this picture of an Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator), taken in the waters near Indonesia's Ambon Island. The third-place photo in the Wide Angle category is this view of soft corals and anthias fish in Fiji's Bligh Water. The picture was taken by Bill Lamp'l, a Florida-based diver and photographer. Douglas Kahle took first place in the "Fish or Marine Life Portrait" category for his picture of a juvenile sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), as seen in the waters off the Caribbean island of Dominica.

17) A penguin dives into the water in a pond at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, April 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

18) Two dozen fox hounds from the Mill Creek Hunt Club in Old Mill Creek, Ill.pause during an exercise outing on the grounds of the 2012 Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wis., as presenters and participants prepare for the opening of the annual three day event on April 19. Photo: John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Self-portraits by 200,000 children are projected April 19 onto Buckingham Palace to form portraits of Queen Elizabeth in central London.  The portraits were collected by the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts to celebrate the nation's children in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Photo: Andrew Winning / Reuters

20) A woman rests next to an antique music player on display for sale at Panjiayuan flea market in Beijing, China, April 14, 2012. (Vincent Thian/Associated Press) 

21) Owen Cooksley, age 8 from Philadelphia, looks at the album in his father's hand on the fifth annual Record Store Day at Main Street Music, April 21, in Philadelphia. On Record Store Day, new and limited edition vinyl records become available for the first time drawing buyers to their local record stores. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

22) Singer Willie Nelson poses beside a statue of himself during its unveiling in downtown Austin, Texas April 20, 2012. The eight-foot bronze statue, which weighs about 2000 pounds, was created by sculptor Clete Shields. Photo: Julia Robinson / Reuters

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber, center, is mobbed by teammates after pitching a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners, April 21, in Seattle. The White Sox won 4-0. Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP

Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox catches a child running on the field before the start of the seventh inning during a game the Baltimore Orioles on April 19 in Chicago. Photo: David Banks / Getty Images

Garrett Chamberlain participates in the youth archery league at Targeteers Archery in Saddle Brook, N.J on April 13, 2012. In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery a month after the release of "The Hunger Games." Photo: Charles Sykes / AP

26) Tomofumi Takagi, of Japan, performs with his dough during the freestyle event, part of the Pizza World Championships, in Salsomaggiore Terme, northern Italy on April 18. Photo: Marco Vasini / AP

A model from the Boston Rock Gym "walks" face first down the face of the newly opened Revere Hotel Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2012. The vertical fashion show showcased the hotel's uniforms, which were designed in partnership with students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, as well as Spring/Summer 2012 looks from British designer label Ted Baker London.  Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI during the Pontiff's 85th birthday celebrations in the Clementine Hall on April 16 in Vatican City, Vatican. Numerous visitors joined Pope Benedict in the celebrations, including his older brother and the premier of his native German state of Bavaria. Benedict, who took that name following his election on April 19, 2005, was born as Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927 in the town of Marktl am Inn, Bavaria. Photo: Alessia Giuliani-Vatican Pool via Getty Images

Jeremiah Taleni, right, gives a Shaka, a Hawaiian greeting gesture, as he shares a laugh with the Dalai Lama after presenting him with a gift of a paddle from the Kailua High School student body. Photo: Pillars of Peace Hawaii via AP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a perfect perch for these lories, or Rainbow Lorikeets, during a visit to Vogelpark Marlow in one of her electoral districts in northern Germany. Photo: Franzi Zoger / AFP / Getty Images

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoys a relaxing moment at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 15. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

32) Dick Clark announces the week's top 10 most popular songs during a 1958 episode of "The Dick Clark Show." Like "Bandstand," it featured top musical stars lip synching their hits. Unlike "Bandstand," the audience sat in a more traditional theater setting. The "World's Oldest Teenager" died last week at the age of 82. Photo: Getty Images


On this Earth Day: "If I wanted America to fail"

Culinary no-no #274

Culinary no-no's



On January 30, 2012, a North Carolina mother sent her 4-year old daughter to pre-school with the following packed lunch:

Minute Maid®  Apple Juice Box

When the girl came home from school on the bus later in the day, her bag lunch had been untouched.

Why didn’t she eat it?

Was she ill?


A teacher, you know, one of the brainy ones with degrees coming out of the armpits, saw the homemade lunch pictured above and pounced before a single morsel could be digested because in the teacher's judgment, it wasn't healthy enough.

The teacher swooped in and replaced the bag lunch with that day’s particular school lunch:

Oh, and let's not forget the main entree....

Hey. Don't those nuggets contain the nefarious...

Pink slime?

OK. I'm not a nutritionist. But I play one on my blog.

Seems to me that the school lunch was less healthy than the one the mom packed at home.

News reports say the teacher involved "supplemented" the girl's lunch. I've got a better word. That teacher STOLE the girl's lunch from home.

Big bad teacher steals little girl’s sandwich. Of course the story exploded. I called it the worst Culinary no-no of the year in one of my bonuses on Culinary no-no #265 in February. Since the item first broke, I haven’t written about it. There are some important, newsworthy updates, quite a few actually, so hang on.

Needless to say, the girl's mother was upset.“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old, 'Oh, your lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”

Bob Barnes, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Hoke County schools, not surprisingly, offered a lame excuse.

“We are not the lunch bag police. We would never put a child in any type of embarrassing situation. But we are responsible to see that every child gets a nutritious meal."

Turns out that includes confiscating your child’s lunch and substituting with another selected by a teacher of school bureaucrat.

In today's highly charged political atmosphere, elected officials from both sides of the aisle rarely can stomach agreement. This incident, however, generated bipartisanship.

Almost immediately, U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-8th District sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that was co-signed by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District.

"This unfortunate and absolutely unnecessary event exemplifies the very definition of ‘government overreach’ and further perpetuates a growing reason of why the American people continue to hold less and less faith in our government.

“The content of a school lunch provided to a child by their parents should be governed only by the child’s parents, not another government bureaucrat. This event is an embarrassment and distraction from the hard work done by teachers and staff throughout our schools and preschools in North Carolina, and throughout our nation.

“With all of the work needed to be done to help fix our education system here in America, it is absolutely ridiculous that we are wasting both our time and resources with the inspection and disqualification of perfectly healthy school lunches — provided to a child by parents, at no cost to our state or federal government. This is completely unacceptable.

“While I do not know the parent involved, it is clear from news reports that the content of the lunch she provided her daughter would meet the very same standards and expectations for a healthy lunch that I, and many others, have known throughout time.

“I have packed similar lunches for my two daughters throughout their childhood. While I support efforts to provide more nutritious and healthier fresh food options in our schools, at no point should a government official be allowed to deny a 4-year-old child access to a parent-packed lunch or imply to a child that their lunch is wrong or there is a problem with the food provided to them by their mother or father.

(Kissell and Ellmers) “call for an immediate clarification of this ridiculously misguided provision and a refocus of the work done by those tasked with implementing it.

“The health and education of our children is [sic] far too valuable to be caught up in yet another example of government overreach and unwarranted involvement in the lives of our proud American families. We hope that you will take this matter seriously.”

That was February 15, one day after the story broke.

On February 17, USDA press secretary Courtney Rowe said in a statement that USDA establishes nutritional standards for school lunches.

 "In exchange for meeting those standards, USDA provides reimbursement and other resources to schools so that children get the nutrition they need to learn, thrive and grow. (USDA does not) "regulate sack lunches or any other food children bring from home to eat at school. That is a responsibility for parents, not the federal government. The incident in North Carolina involved local education officials and a State-run nutrition program, and USDA had no involvement."

I guess some folks have never seen Harry Truman’s desk.

Here’s a real stunner. According to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokeswoman Lori Walston, when the teacher swiped the girl’s dangerous turkey sandwich and “supplemented” it with a healthy cafeteria tray of chicken nuggets, she did not violate state policy.

“The rules require that the provider at least ensure the missing items are offered. It would not be a violation for a child to be provided more than what was needed. It is the provider’s choice as to their specific process.”

Translation: Though a school official conceded school officials are not the lunch bag police, that’s exactly what they are and are allowed to be. Your kid’s lunch bag is open to scrutiny each and every day in North Carolina. Michelle Obama might be smiling, but a lot of parents probably are not.

Demonstrating real class, the mom of the 4-year old defended the teacher, saying she was only following guidelines.

“It’s the government that needs to be reprimanded and changed. Teachers should not be put in a situation to overrule the parent’s lunch of choice.”

Teachers collectively love to moan and moan and moan and moan. They excel at it. One of their legitimate gripes is that they’re not baby-sitters. They’re also not Mom or Dad.

In March, the school lunch cop in question, teacher Margaret Maynor was suspended indefinitely.

Seems Maynor relished her role as school lunch cop. Three 4-year-olds in Maynor's class got cafeteria meals after the teacher said their homemade lunches failed to meet federal dietary guidelines.

Naturally, officials with the Hoke County school system, void of common sense, sided with Maynor, saying her actions were appropriate.

If so, then why did Maynor RESIGN shortly after being suspended?

The district's lawyer says Maynor was not suspended for the lunch incident, but because she gave contradictory and inaccurate statements about the situation to administrators.

Yeh, right. Because the teacher certainly isn’t capable of and would make a huge mistake.

This is what’s going on in our local schools and state governments. Policies are being set when hard-working families, not paying attention, are blind-sided by local school boards and sate legislatures enacting rules that give too much power to bureaucrats who lack any common sense.

Compare the botched episode in North Carolina to what transpired at about the very same time (February 18) in Austwell-Tivoli Junior High School in Tivoli, Texas.

Students were writing vocabulary words in history class when a certain word they had never heard threw them: boycott. The seventh-grade class came up with an idea: they’d put the newly discovered word into practice. So they decided the approximately 32 junior high students would boycott school lunch.

"We wanted more choice in what was served, as there was a lot of repetition in what was going on. All we wanted was for our voice to be heard and a chance at change," said 12-year old Mckenzi Simmons, president of the seventh-grade class.

We want something else! We want something else!

This conjures up images of Hawkeye causing a near riot on M*A*S*H when he had finally had it up to here with fish and liver. The result was a classic episode chronicling the quest to get a take-out order of Adam’s Ribs from Chicago.

Boycott? Why Not!

I would, too. Just look at this lineup:

EXAMPLE MENU at Austwell-Tivoli Junior High School

Monday: Fish sticks, buttered noodles, cooked, broccoli and fruit

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Neil Diamond and his manager, Katie McNeil

They got married over the weekend in Los Angeles.

He's 71. She's 41.

(AFP OUT) Neil Diamond and Katie McNeil arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the U.S. Department of State December 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama will host the five recipients of the 34th Kennedy Center Honors at a White House reception Sunday before attending the evening gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The 2011 honorees are actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins..
Getty Images photo taken December, 2011.


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Thank you, Governor Walker!

Thank you, a billion times, thank you.

And the hits just keep on comin'.

The latest pro-life news (04/23/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To LIfe.

An obit for Facts

Recommended Reading

Missed this one last week and it should have been included in Sunday’s Recommended Reading.

Rex Huppke writes in the Chicago tribune.

“A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world's most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue.

But for many, Facts' most memorable moments came in simple day-to-day realities, from a child's certainty of its mother's love to the comforting knowledge that a favorite television show would start promptly at 8 p.m.

Over the centuries, Facts became such a prevalent part of most people's lives that Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said: ‘Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.’

To the shock of most sentient beings, Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet. Though few expected Facts to pull out of its years-long downward spiral, the official cause of death was from injuries suffered last week when…”

Clever stuff.

Some are saying this could be the best op-ed ever.

No way.

I submit

We know school officials can be irresponsible ... and heartless, too

In this story, the school officials are the VILLAINS and the young student they to punish is a HERO.

The fight for Franklin taxpayers never ends

Janet Evans and Aimee Schlueter won seats on the Franklin school board earlier this month.

I believe Franklin residents like me could be forgiven for being giddy over the results.

Since I moved to Franklin in 1992, Franklin property taxpayers have been constant piñatas by heavy tax and spenders. Didn’t matter if it was mayors, aldermen, school board members, or school superintendents. They collectively ganged up on taxpayers to squeeze the fiscal life out of them.

Finally, On April 3, 2012, taxpayers demanded their freedom back, and may have gotten it.


That’s right.


The deck chairs for the first time in 20 or possibly even more years are stacked in favor of the over-burdened taxpayers.

I don’t discount what happened on the most recent Election Day. However, let’s be real. The new school board hasn’t done anything yet.

It’s possible, but not certain, that the likes of Evans, Schlueter, Linda Witkowski, and Tim Nielsen could be the new leaders on a board that in the past didn't care at all about the people who pay the bills.

Everything’s in the proper motion. But given that the school board could mess up a one-car funeral, I’m not holding my breath that this Wednesday’s organizational meeting will leave taxpayers who decided the recent election satisfied.

I’m confident about Evans. She does what she says she’s going to do.

Aimee Schlueter? We have nothing to go on except what she said during the campaign. I’ll take her word and hope she keeps it during what for me is an upcoming honeymoon period. It’s up to Schlueter to keep the faith and trust voter have placed.

Witkowski and Nielsen?

Sorry, but honestly, they disappoint. I wish they could be as strongly consistent and steadfast as Evans. Sadly, they’re not. My thought is that they share the “Go along to get along” sentiment on the board that is flawed. This isn’t a kumbaya festival. You’re there to do a job. I’m not sure they totally get or understand that.

So while all the arrows point in the right direction Wednesday night, I wouldn’t be surprised if things get mucked up. After all, it’s the Franklin School Board way.

And we've been burnt before.

Steve Taylor's brand new staffer once worked...for Democrats

Steve Taylor has officially begun his duties as a Milwaukee County Board supervisor and, of course, one of his first decisions was to hire help. According to a statement issued by Taylor, his new legislative assistant is a young man named Stefan Dostanic.

For the sake of our region of the county, I wish Taylor and Dostanic well. Here’s hoping that Taylor can somehow manage to at the very least perform better at the Courthouse than he has at Franklin City Hall where he's been a huge disappointment.

It appears Dostanic does have the credentials to assist in the office. He’s a paralegal, and did serve in the same legislative assistant role for ex-Supervisor Joe Rice who was a true, authentic conservative.

However, as a former legislative assistant myself, 15 years worth at the state Capitol, I was struck by the rest of Dostanic’s resume.

Before working for Supervisor Rice, Dostanic interned not only for Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, but for Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, both extreme liberal Democrats.

I certainly don’t begrudge Dostanic wanting to gain some valuable on-the-job experience in college. But I do know this from my time in Madison. When you choose to be an intern, you generally try to get inside the door of an elected official of your ideological ilk. Furthermore, once you’ve worked for, say, officials of one particular party, you tend not to move on to an office held by someone of the other party.

Again, here’s hoping the Taylor/Dostanic team works out. But Taylor, who’s been totally unconvincing in his claims to be a conservative, one more time raises eyebrows. Personally, when it comes to a right-hand man, I would have tried to hire someone who had ties to a Ryan or Sensenbrenner, especially if you're the conservative you say you are.  I see Moore and Kind references on a resume and out come the red flags.

I’m just sayin’.

Also, this is the type of announcement one is usually proud to make. Why didn't Taylor post on his blog that he hasn't updated since November 28?


When I worked at WTMJ, I had the privilege of interviewing William Lutz, the author of “Doublespeak.” writes:

In an increasingly Orwellian world, everyone should be armed with this hilarious, slyly subversive deconstruction of the slippery locutions of spinmeisters from all walks of public life. Doublespeak guru William Lutz (Doublespeak, The New Doublespeak) is uniquely qualified to bring you this supremely funny expos‚ of the juiciest ways THEY are trying to bamboozle you!

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"New Racism" charge by Leader after 4 Dem. Lawmakers Poised to Take Over Majority-Minority Districts


Media Trackers

MILWAUKEE – Media Trackers last week discovered that four incumbent white Democrat state lawmakers appear to be leaving their current Assembly districts and moving into newly drawn or redrawn majority-minority districts. The four lawmakers are Representatives Sandy Pasch, Josh Zepnick, Corey Mason, and Fred Kessler. Representative Kessler would not confirm or deny his impending move but sources indicated he was poised to move into a seat designed to give African-Americans another legislative district.

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A question for double-dipping Steve Taylor

Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor is now also Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor. He intends to keep both jobs. He’s not alone.

State Representative Dave Cullen (D-Milwaukee) is also a new county supervisor. He will keep both positions.

State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) was recently elected as the new city of Milwaukee Comptroller. But give Coggs some credit as he wrote the following in a statement:

“For at least until the end of the year, I will assume the duties of both State Senator and City Treasurer. After my financial obligations from the campaign are paid, I will be donating my Senate salary to charity.”

That raises a question for Steve Taylor. I wonder if he would be willing to donate his aldermanic salary to charity and if so, which one?

Taylor doesn’t have to, of course. But if he did, it would be commendable.

Franklin, you have a new school board president!

The Franklin School Board has complete new leadership that reflects the outcome of the recent school board elections. Here are the results of voting at tonight’s Franklin School Board organizational meeting.


Franklin, your new school board PRESIDENT is JANET EVANS! (Not bad for a blogger, huh?)

Franklin, your new school board VICE PRESIDENT is TIM NIELSON!

The school board treasurer is Melissa Klein.

The school board clerk is Linda Witkowski.


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In Franklin, we pass the shoebox

Bryan Maersch has posted his thoughts on the Franklin School Board meeting Wednesday that saw a complete flushing of the old school board regime. The blog includes a video of the vote for President and Vice President. Outgoing leaders Debbie Larson and Jeff Traylor looked like they had lost their best friends as they were replaced by Janet Evans and Tim Nielson.

The video in the blog shows a goofy, archaic system used to vote for Franklin School Board leaders. Write down your vote and pass the shoebox.


Can we please do it the way just about everyone else does? Each member must tell on the record who he/she is voting for.

Or don’t we want transparency?

What we DON'T get with our new Franklin School Board leadership

In case you haven’t heard, Franklin voters, you sent a message and it was heard at Franklin School Board organizational meeting Wednesday night.

School Board President Debbie Larson?  OUT!  Replaced by Janet Evans.

School Board Vice President Jeff (Could someone please tell me what ‘fiscal responsibility’ means?)  Traylor? OUT! Replaced by Tim Nielson.

The rejoicing you hear in the background is from beleaguered Franklin property taxpayers who finally had someone in a position to listen to them.

I’m not absolutely certain, but with new leaders at the helm, I believe we may no longer see the following:


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Important That You Vote May 8 for Gov. Walker

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

It is URGENT That You Vote For

Governor Scott Walker In The 

Recall Primary Election

on Tuesday, May 8

What "War on Women?"

Take that, Hilary Rosen!

This would be good for Franklin

Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is planning a 191,000-square-foot store in Franklin.

The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that Meijer is planning to open one of its huge big box stores in Franklin at the Crossroads site at Highway 100 and Loomis.

Meijer would provide Franklin consumers (who currently live in a desert of shopping options) another retail choice. The nearby Target would face competition. That's good news, not bad.

Franklin alderman Steve Olson has sent out the following e-mail:

"On MONDAY evening, 6:30pm in the Common Council chambers at City Hall, the Common Council will be presented with a CONCEPT for a development of a Meijer department store at the Crossroads (Hwy 100 and Loomis).

This CONCEPT REVIEW is an opportunity for the developer to present their preliminary plans to the Common Council to take comment and to determine if they will move forward in working with the city to develop the plan.

Like all meetings at the City, the meeting is open to the public.

The concept review is NOT a public hearing.  It’s a presentation by the developers to the Council for their comment.

I am attaching the preliminary submittal by the developer for your review.

Should the developer choose to proceed with an application, I will expect a public hearing on the matter along with a neighborhood meeting for property owners in close proximity to the development so that they may offer input and concerns.

Please remember that this will be the first opportunity for the Common Council to review this possible proposal and offer comment.  Knowing that, please be aware that the Council MAY OR MAY NOT allow for public comment at this meeting.  I am presenting this information to you for your thoughtful consideration and to allow you time to form good questions and opinions prior to a public hearing.

No decisions have been made.

As always, feel free to contact me with your questions."

Steve Olson
Alderman, 1st District
8091 S. Meadowcreek Ct.
Franklin, Wisconsin  53132

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend full of soul!

“If all I do in my life is soothe someone's spirit with a song, then let me do that and I'm happy.”
Gladys Knight

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.

The second-highest TV program in America these days is...

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This week's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" presented a Motown special with live performances from Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves throughout the evening.  Pictured above are Tristan McManus and Gladys Knight.

Many viewers were rooting for Knight, but deep down, they knew she was probably the next to leave the show, and she was. Still, she gets tremendous credit at 67 years old for enduring the rigorous demands of not only dancing, but competing while she's on tour (She performed at Potawatomi in Milwaukee last night).

Tonight, music from the Empress of Soul, with vocal assistance from the Pips.

From Gladys Knight’s bio:

"A talented singer and actress, Gladys Knight started out on the road to success at an early age. She made her solo singing debut at the age of four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1952, shortly after winning a prize for her performance on the televised Ted Mack Amateur Hour (see photo below), eight-year-old Knight formed the Pips with her brother and sister, Merald ('Bubba') and Brenda, and two cousins, Elenor and William Guest (another cousin, Edward Patten, and Langston George later joined the group, after Brenda and Elenor left to get married; George left by 1960). With young Gladys supplying the throaty vocals and the Pips providing impressive harmonies and inspired dance routines, the group soon earned a following on the so-called 'Chitlin Circuit' in the South, opening for popular acts such as Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.


The Pips didn't score a bona fide hit until they began recording with Motown Records in the 1960s, where they were teamed with songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield. In 1967, the Pips' version of Whitfield's ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ - later a huge hit for Marvin Gaye - crossed over from the rhythm & blues charts to the pop charts."

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

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The Barking Lot (04/28/12)

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:  Not a great weekend.  Rain and a high of 41.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. Still unseasonably cool. High of 52. "D"

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

I have suffered with seasonal (and some animal-related) allergies for most of my life.  I have taken prescription medications but have not needed to resort to regular shots to control the sneezing, itchy watery eyes, etc.  While it is something I have learned to live with from May until the first frost, it’s not always pleasant.  Kevin has never known what it is like to deal with this, and I sincerely hope little Kyla never learns either.


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Week-ends (04/28/12)


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...


Angie Porter

Awesome dad

Mom and daughter

Zita Staples

Marilu Henner

Paula Reid

Jeff Kellogg


Mansfield Frazier

Mickey Loomis

Cherry Hill School District (NJ) teachers

Judson Independent School District (TX)


The TSA again

Michael Hayward




“Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were ‘yes’ to those questions, then President Obama would be running for reelection based on his achievements, and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy, and we’re not stupid.”
Mitt Romney after sweeping five primaries Tuesday.

"We're headed in the right direction. Unemployment continues to drop and those people who are unemployed, they're not going to be voting for the party who wants to cut their benefits, cut access to food stamps, cut job training."
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said. It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. It’s a deterrent factor.”
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz in a 2010 video, admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.

“What exactly is Michelle Obama doing that requires her to take so many vacations? They’re up to what, 16 vacations in 3 1/2 years? That’s better than a vacation every 3 months. Is there anybody else alive who takes this much vacation time.  Apparently golf, basketball, and campaigning for reelection must really tire the President out. On the other hand, his wife must get worn out nagging people about what they eat, which is all she seems to do these days. Whatever the case may be, there are Americans who wish they could take that many exorbitant vacations, but they’re just too busy with work.”
Blogger John Hawkins

“This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is f***ing bull****, and I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat. What a f***ing a**hole. First they say … ‘You can do anything you want. Go for it.’ So then you go for it, and then you make it, and everyone’s like, ‘F*** you,’” Lovitz said. “[Obama] is the perfect example. He’s amazing. He had nothing … and the guy ends up being at Harvard. He’s the president of the United States. And now he’s like,  ‘F*** me and everybody who made it like me.’”
Comedian Jon Lovitz


Indoctrination as opposed to education.


Tom Barrett's jobs record as mayor.


Foul Bawl?


A new way to stuff a bra.

Boring and Dull.

That's it for Week-ends. Thanks for stopping by.

We close with NewsBusted:

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UPDATE: Week-ends (04/28/12)

Previously on This Just In…

The update.


MMSD: Do as we say, not as we do

Today, the ever-so environmentally conscious folks at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District (MMSD) sponsored another of their MEDICINE COLLECTION DAYS.

Please understand the MMSD says you should NEVER FLUSH OR POUR unused medicine down the drain. Why, that would be bad for Lake Michigan.

MMSD encouraged folks to bring prescription medication and over the counter medication to Miller Park as part of MEDICINE COLLECTION DAY.

Now if only the hypocritical MMSD would care about the billions of gallons of raw sewage they dump into the lake. Then I might be able to take this effort a bit more seriously.


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A Pro-LIfe Senator

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I just came from the Right to Life debate, where it was reaffirmed to me that Tommy Thompson is the strongest, most consistent defender of life in the U.S. Senate race.

As Wisconsin's pro-life community is well aware, Tommy is a leader among leaders when it comes to life issues.  As governor, he signed one of the nation's first partial birth abortion bans and ensured women were made aware of life saving alternatives to abortion.  As a result, Wisconsin saw abortion rates decline by 37%, while the adoption rate rose by 22%.  It would not be a stretch to say that Tommy Thompson is the most pro-life governor in our great state's history.

As a former speaker of the State Assembly, I had a chance to work shoulder to shoulder with Tommy to make sure that our state's precious unborn had a voice in our state's capitol.  While Madison could be a challenging place for pro-life leaders, Tommy never relented or backed down.  To the contrary, Tommy fought the radical left to defend life, making Wisconsin a trailblazer and national model for pro-life causes.  We were lucky to have him then, and we are even more lucky to have the opportunity to elect him now to the United States Senate.

This election offers a tremendous opportunity to send a rock solid pro-life leader - Tommy Thompson - to the United States Senate.  But we can't do it without your help.  Whether it's making phone calls, talking to neighbors or donating to Tommy's campaign, there are many ways you can lend a hand.  Please visit Tommy's website - - and learn about ways you can get involved with the campaign today!

Yours truly,

John Gard

PS - If you haven't done so yet, please visit Tommy's Facebook and Twitter pages to see what Tommy is doing today to promote the sanctity of life.
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Recommended Reading (04/29/12)

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).

Wisconsin's new aristocracy is on the ballot
KF NOTE: This is an outstanding piece.

“Our Founding Fathers carefully eliminated in American law every special legal privilege of the old aristocracies of Europe.  They strongly favored instead equality under the law, later enshrined in the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, which means not equality of result, but that everyone plays by the same rules.

A recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5.  But on the ballot that day will effectively be whether we should establish in law after all these years a new aristocracy in America, not subject to the democratic will of the people like everyone else, with special legal privileges, including the right to plunder the taxpayers with virtual impunity.  That new aristocracy is state and local government public employee unions.”

Stepp: Legislators threw jobs into the air like confetti

"...we had thousands of jobs in the palm of our hands. I mean, really good-paying jobs, good family-supporting jobs, and what we saw happen was just kind of the Senate Democrats and (GOP) Sen. (Dale) Schultz throw it up in the air as if it was confetti at a labor rally, and what's happened and what's falling onto the floor now are the futures of families for Wisconsin, and it's really devastating to the folks in this part of the state, and there isn't another way to say it."

For Illinois, the bills come due as reality closes in

"Since 2009, (Illinois Governor Pat) Quinn has spent more than $500 million in corporate welfare to bribe companies not to flee the tax environment he has created.

Quinn raised personal income taxes 67% (from 3% to 5%), adding about $1,040 to the tax burden of a family of four earning $60,000. Illinois' unemployment rate increased faster than any other state's in 2011."

Young Voters: Obama’s a Cool President, and You’re a Broke Clod Living with Mommy

“Isn’t the definition of ‘insanity’ voting for the same inept president and expecting a different result? Anyway ...

This means that if Romney is going to win the youth vote, given their adoration of pop culture and their ignorance of the fact that he can actually help them make money, his handlers had better bring him to hipster speed if he wants to capture this young demo’s ferret-like attention span.

Herewith are a few ideas I’ve sketched down for Mitt to get hip for the voting kiddos…”

Girlfriends, let's talk about how to convert a Democrat

“Think movie scene: a restaurant anywhere in America. A group of five female friends are sitting around talking — three are Democrats, two are Republicans. At a table with no salt shaker and a Michelle Obama-approved menu, the Democrats’ conversation starts like this:

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Photos of the Week (04/29/12)

Photos of the Week

1) A woman heads for the entrance of the basilica at Holy Hill Saturday before the Mass with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

2) Organist Annie Fredrickson leads the choir before a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

3) Cardinal Timothy Dolan greets people before a Mass of Thanksgiving Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

4) Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan (bottom foreground) is shown during the procession at the Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

5) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis., second from left), Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WIs.) and Gov. Scott Walker attended the Mass of Thanksgiving. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

6) Dolan (second from right) celebrates Mass. Dolan is the former archbishop of the Milwaukee archdiocese. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

7) Kelly Edwards, 54, who was laid off 4 years ago, holds a sign at a street corner in Pasadena, California April 25, 2012. Edwards has resorted to handing out resumes at street corners and accepting money from strangers to provide for his family. Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

8) A soldier in South Sudan's SPLA army looks up at warplanes as he lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona, near Bentiu, South Sudan, on April 23, 2012.  Photo: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

9) In this Tuesday, April 17, 2012 file photo, Halime Moussa, 3, receives treatment via a nasal feeding tube and has bandaged hands to prevent him from removing it, at the therapeutic nutrition ward of the town's hospital, which his mother Kaltouma Abakar, left, travelled 70km to reach, in Mao, capital of the Kanem region of Chad. Mothers with hungry and malnourished children are flocking to feeding sites and clinics in the Chadian desert by any means they can and where it is sometimes too late to save their babies' lives, with health and U.N. officials warning that more children will die if the international humanitarian assistance is not increased. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

10) A man weeps as he grips a stone monument to fallen soldiers that carries the name of a close relative at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel, on April 25, 2012. Photo; Abir Sultan / EPA

11) Russian veteran fire fighters lay flowers at Mitino Memorial to commemorate those who died after the Chernobyl 1986 nuclear disaster, in Moscow on April 26. Russians marked the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which was the world's worst ever nuclear accident. Photo: Ivan Sekretarev / AP

12) The widow of a victim holds a child during a ceremony, commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 26. On April 26, 1986 reactor number 4 blew apart at the Chernobyl power station. Facing nuclear disaster on an unprecedented scale Soviet authority tried to contain the situation by sending thousands of men into a radioactive area. Photo: Andrew Kravchenko / EPA

13) George Zimmerman walks out of the intake building at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility with an unidentified man, April 22, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman posted bail on a $150,000 bond on a second degree murder charge in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Photo: Brian Blanco / AP

14) Coelis Mendoza, from Ithaca, N.Y., who is opposed to Arizona's immigration law argues with Marietta Barbier Falzgraf of Bethesda, Md., a supporter, outside the Supreme Court on April 25, where the court held a hearing on Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

15) Dozens of American Airlines flight attendants and supporters picket in front of the American Airlines passenger terminal at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Monday, April 23, 2012. American wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs, about one in every four union workers, freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

16) Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, cruises by the Empire State Building as it makes its way to John F. Kennedy International Airport seen from Union City, N.J., Friday, April 27, 2012. Enterprise is eventually going to make its new home in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

17) Physicist Daniel Schildhammer wears the Aouda.X spacesuit simulator during a field test of Oesterreichisches Weltraum Forum (Austrian space forum) inside the Eisriesenhoehle (giant ice cave) at Dachstein mountain near the village of Obertraun, Austria, April 28. The Aouda.X is a spacesuit simulator for manned missions to Mars, which is being developed under the Mars Analog Research Program PolAres and allows the simulation of environmental conditions a real space suit would present on Mars. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters

18) President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are saluted by soldiers as they arrive at the Fort Stewart Army post, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Fort Stewart, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

19) Bernardo, 77, left, talks to a young woman during a meeting between men and women in the village of Candeleda, Spain, April 21. Sixty-eight women were bused in to the village to meet with the local men with the hope that some will form relationships and settle in the village, where the main population is male. Photo: Alberto Di Lolli / AP

20) Emergency medical technician Debra Lund, right, prepares to hang an IV bag as co-worker Stacey Kreitlow, center, inserts an IV catheter into the arm of a patient on the Hangover Heaven bus in Las Vegas on April 15, 2012. Picture made available April 23.
  A Las Vegas MD  opened the mobile treatment center - dubbed the 'Hangover Heaven' bus - for tourists who feel a little the worse for wear after drinking in all the nightlife Sin City has to offer. For a fee, they get a quick morning-after way to rehydrate, rejuvenate and resume their revelry. According to the Hangover Heaven website, a basic 'Redemption' intravenous hydration treatment comes in at $90. A premium 'Salvation' package adds vitamin supplements as well as anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory medications.Photo: Julie Jacobson/ AP

21) Police gather at the entrance to the Chaussee d'Antin La Fayette Metro station in Paris after a car accidentally drove into it, April 24, 2012. Photo: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters

22) A fan is tackled by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg during the game between Baltimore and Oakland at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Getty Images

A young Phoenix Coyotes fan is tossed in the air as fans around her cheer on their team as Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, stands in front of the goal during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

24) As spectators cheer the bride and groom, Sandra Parker and Andrew Keith, the couple finishes the last muddy leg of the Gladiator Rock N' Run. Photo: Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via AP

25) An army paratrooper is tangled in a tree on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on April 26, 2012. Lacey Fire District Three aided in the rescue of two paratroopers who were blown into trees during a training exercise. Photo: Lacey Fire District Three via AP

26) Wielding a blanket, Megan Aitken of the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue team bundles a young male that was hit by a car. Development in prime koala habitat makes such scenes inevitable, she says, while the government ignores the warnings: "If koalas aren't protected, we're looking at local extinction within five years." National Geographic Magazine reports, "The koala, cuddly symbol of a nation and one of the most beloved animals on the planet, is in crisis. Before Europeans settled Australia more than two centuries ago, about ten million koalas lived in a 1,500-mile-long swath of the east coast eucalyptus forests. Hunted for their luxurious fur, koalas were brought to the edge of extinction in the southern half of their range. In the northern half, Queensland, a million were killed in 1919 alone. After the last open season in Queensland was held in 1927, only tens of thousands remained." Photo: Joel Sartore/National Geographic

A bear that wandered into Williams Village dorm at the University of Colorado in Boulder falls from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials. University of Colorado police spokesman Ryan Huff said the bear was likely 1-3 years old and weighed somewhere between 150-200 pounds. Photo: Andy Duann

28) The dorsal fin of a wayward dolphin pops up at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Friday. Photos: Alex Gallardo / Reuters

29) Birds perch on a branch during a spring snowstorm in Pembroke, N.Y. on April 23. Photo: David Duprey / AP

30) Polar bear cub Anori explores the outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on Monday, April 23, 2012. Anori was born on January 4 and is becoming a visitor's highlight. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein

31) A Cadillac CIEL is on display at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 24 in Beijing, China. Photo: Alexander F. Yuan / AP

U.S. pop diva Lady Gaga waves upon her arrival at Gimpo International airport in Seoul, South Korea, late Friday, April 20, 2012. Lady Gaga arrived here one week before kicking off her third world tour with a Seoul concert. (AP Photo/Ilgan Sports, Yang Kang-sam)

33) South Korean Christians pray during a service as they call for the cancellation of a concert of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga at a church in Seoul, South Korea, April 22. Lady Gaga's April 27 concert in Seoul was banned to under-18s by the Korea Media Rating Board as the Gender Equality Ministry considers one of her songs to be performed at the show as "inappropriate" for minors. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP

34) A model shows her nails during the 5th German Nailart-Trophy 'Waterworld - The Deep Blue' at the BEAUTY FORUM and trade fair in Leipzig, eastern Germany, Saturday, April 28, 2012. BEAUTY FORUM 2012 is one of the most important cosmetic trade fairs in Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

35) Visitors look at a monumental sculpture by artist Robert Therrien in the newly opened Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland April 23. Photo: Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

36) Local volunteers Francis Aitken, right and Deborah Westmancote, left, place clay figures that make up Antony Gormley's "Field for the British Isles" art installation at the National Trust's Barrington Court on April 25 near Ilminster, England.  Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

37) NASA has released a photograph of a flaming meteor over Reno, Nevadathat unleashed a powerful sonic boom Sunday morning, April 22, 2012, rattling houses in California and Nevada when its disintegration released energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton explosion. Photo: Lisa Warren / NASA-JPL via AP

38) Incandescent materials, ash and smoke are spewed from the Popocatepetl volcano, seen from Santiago Xalitzintla, in the Mexican central state of Puebla, on April 24. Residents at the foot of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano no longer sleep soundly since the towering mountain roared back into action over a week ago, spewing out a hail of rocks, steam and ashes. The volcano, Mexico's second highest peak at 5,452 metres, started rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash and steam on April 13, provoking the authorities to raise the alert to level five on a seven-point scale. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP - Getty Images

39) A newly married man kisses his bride on the bank of a river in Prague during a warm sunny day on April 27. Photo: Michal Cizekmichal Cizek / AFP - Getty Images

40) Ooltewah Elementary School students duct tape Principal Tom Arnold to a wall in the hallway during their lunch hour on April 27 in Ooltewah, Tenn. Arnold made an agreement with the students that if they reached their walk-a-thon fundraising goal of $20,000, he would spend the lunch hour duct taped to the wall. Photo: Doug Strickland / Chattanooga Times Free Press / AP

41) While working the ropeline outside of a Boulder restaurant, a young woman spilled yogurt on the President. After realizing what had happened, the President was laughing and told the crowd, "Oh, you got me!" He asked the people around him for a towel and the woman started apologizing profusely. The President assured her she now has a good story to tell. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

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From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Walker and the Legislature had to fix liberal mess

By guest bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal

The Wisconsin Conservative Digest

Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature were faced with some very tough decisions after being elected in 2010.  Raise taxes and chase people and businesses out of state, as Jim Doyle, Wisconsin's worst governor in 100 years, as Illinois and California are doing, or to restore fiscal sanity to the budget for a generation.  They figured that they were going to have to break a few eggs.

Not wanting to see massive layoffs and big class sizes, across the state, they settled on the best possible answer, making public employees pay their fair share of pensions and health costs, as the rest of the state does.

Their results were good and they are working.  Some of the public employees were a little upset, with having to do with the same salary deductions as what the taxpayers are getting and so decided to completely engage in a civil war with the governor and legislature, upsetting the whole community and throwing the economy into a tailspin.

Few businesses want to work with these aggressive unions and their foul mouthed friends, so they have held back and watched.  The carryover from the bad decisions of the Doyle administration precluded a quick recovery, so Wisconsin continues to suffer under their obnoxious tactics.

With this Recall election, Wisconsin has two distinct paths to follow for their schools, either the path of our kids under the thumb of the union thugs or the path of more freedom for the families and local communities to plan for their own kids.  Already we have seen some amazing changes.

Or, we can take the path that Tom Barrett wants?  Do we want to take our road money and build silly little choo choo trains around the state that go nowhere?  Drop back to 19th Century technology with windmills and dammed up streams?  Maybe we can hook treadmills up to our TV sets at night to not only power them but get off the weight??

Fact is, without cheap plentiful energy societies will not move forward.  Energy is here to serve us, not for us to be it's slave.

If we revert to the policies of the Barrett, Falk and Doyle gang we will see property taxes sky rocket, there goes Granny's farm, there go Grandkids jobs.

Where is Illinois going?  California?  Greece??

They even ruined deer hunting.

In Brown Deer they have shown that minority kids can be taught to read while in Milwaukee, still under the thumb of the union thugs, thousands more kids will leave school with minimal skills, but the teachers’ pensions, health and salaries will remain intact.

If a kid can't read by 4th grade, he or she is pretty much lost.  

Why do you think kids are in trouble?  Poor family lives, uncaring school monopoly and unable to comprehend lessons put in front of them, they act up.  Thank God that CHOICE came along to give some of them hope, something that they have not had even with this HOPE AND CHANGE program voted in nationally. 

Scott Walker is a REFORM governor, sent in to clean up the mess made by Liberal Tom Ament and his leftists. They feathered their beds at the expense of the taxpayers, as have the other public employee unions around the state.  Now, having to deal with the mess left by the Leftists in Mad City, Walker and the Legislature made some tough decisions.  He dealt with Milwaukee County's mess and is now dealing with the mess in Mad City, and boy are they screaming.

"When you pull all of those noses away from the trough you sure do get a lot of oinking": Ronald Reagan.

Unions, faced with the loss of dues that they use to pad their fat salaries and further their leftist political power, have been the worst.

Tommy Thompson showed us the way in 14 years as governor.  He cut taxes, encouraged businesses, controlled spending, and kept a steady course to attract and grow businesses.

Walker is following the same path, while the dimwitted left wants to make enemies of those that start from scratch, work 60 hours per week, and grow their businesses to create jobs.  They need capital to do that and the more we take from them the less we get.

If you take money from productive people and give it to non-productive people, you get less production from both.

There is a reason that around 7,500 top income people have left this state and over 150,000 tax eaters have moved in and it isn't because of Conservative fiscal policy.

It might be nice to live in Mad City with the Universities, hospitals, and state government there, providing stable, high salaried jobs, but the rest of the state does not have that and we need private jobs to pay the way there. While the leftists, in Mad City, can stroll along the lake in their Birkenstocks puffing on a little pot while talking socialism and its goals, the rest of us have to work.

The Three-Year Embarrassment

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A lot has happened during the last three years; my granddaughter was born; the iPad was released; the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl; and Governor Scott Walker brought fiscal sanity back to Madison after years of Democrat mismanagement.

However, one important event hasn't occurred: the United States Senate has not passed a budget.  Check out my budget reform proposal here.

Unbelievably, the last time the Senate passed a budget resolution was April 29, 2009.

Since that time, another $39,000 has been added to the average family's share of the national debt.

It is unfathomable that throughout nearly all of my granddaughter's life, the United States has been operating without a budget.  No business in America could survive by being this irresponsible.

But Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a transparent game of political theater, has refused to bring a budget resolution to the Senate floor, further imperiling our already weak economy and contributing to the reckless spending that's driven our nation's debt to record levels.  The irresponsibility and lack of leadership by Senate Democrats is appalling.

If Senators fail to do their job, in this case a legal obligation to produce a budget resolution, they shouldn't get paid.  Period.

Earlier this year, I introduced a proposal through my RESTORE America plan which would hold the Majority Leader, budget committee chairmen, and rank and file senators personally accountable for failing to pass a budget resolution in the senate.  Senators will simply not get a paycheck if they can't do their most fundamental duty of acting on a budget.

It's critical that we hold Harry Reid and Senate Democrats accountable for their irresponsible and reckless political gamesmanship.  And it starts with this campaign.

As a United States Senator, I will bring this commonsense budget reform proposal to the floor regardless of which political party holds the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Through responsible budgeting and fiscal discipline we will get American back on track...cut government spending, reduce our nation's debt, and avoid the looming fiscal crisis forced upon us by the reckless spending of Harry Reid, Tammy Baldwin and Barack Obama.

We have a moral obligation to my granddaughter and the next generation to address America's debt crisis.  And I refuse to let our children and grandchildren inherit a nation that is less prosperous, less competitive and less free.

Thank you for your continued support,

 Tommy Thompson


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Defend Rebecca

Dear Patriot,
Rebecca Kleefisch And Herman Cain
The Wall Street Journal has called the Wisconsin recall election against Governor Scott Walker the most important election of 2012 - but that's only half the story. Because Rebecca Kleefisch is Wisconsin's Lt. Governor and she has stood by Governor Walker's side throughout all of the tough decisions and furious protests, the unions are trying to recall her too.  

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Barrett Discriminates, Pays Women $17K Less Than Men

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