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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.

Visit Arizona-Part 4

An incredible tourist attraction.



The Barking Lot (05/01/10)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY: Sunny and windy. high of 69  "A"

SUNDAY:  Morning showers, High of 64.  "B"

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

Ever since I was a young dog owner, I liked to imagine what was going on inside our pet’s minds.  Did they think the room was too hot like we did?  Did they want a belly rub or an ear scratch?  Did they want a drink of water or a treat?  Did they think my outfit looked OK?  Did they wish I’d just leave them alone to have a nice puppy dream?


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Week-ends (05/01/10)


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


Miroslav "Steve" Zilberman

Rupert Thornloe

Meredith Iler

Friends of a hero

Harry McCullough

Amy Palmiero-Winters

Teddy Atlas

Hugh Hefner

Will Allen



Illegal aliens.....and their sympathizers.

Anitra Hunter

Bored Idaho teen

Dr. Brett Mills


Boy, that Timberwolf was one sh**tty deal...How much of that sh**ty deal did you sell to your clients? ...You knew it was a sh**y deal!”
U.S. Senator Carl Levin at a Congressional hearing.

Arizona seeks only to enforce the nominal immigration policy of the United States. Perhaps the federal government should try it sometime.”
Conservative columnist Rich Lowry

America is the only developed nation that has a 2,000-mile border with a developing nation, and the government's refusal to control that border is why there are an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona and why the nation, sensibly insisting on first things first, resists ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform. Arizona's law makes what is already a federal offense -- being in the country illegally -- a state offense. Some critics seem not to understand Arizona's right to assert concurrent jurisdiction."
Columnist George Will

"I was really supporting strongly to have more change in the governance of the schools. I think this is a good bill. I think it moves us forward."
Governor Doyle on the bill he signed into law giving the state superintendent more power to intervene in failing schools and districts.

"There's a section in there that gives the teacher a million excuses for not performing .I don't think this would be in the bill if these were white kids."
MPS superintendent William Andrekopoulos reacting to the bill Doyle signed into law.

“Eighteen years ago, I was going door to door, store to store and town to town in Wisconsin trying to grow my family’s business. Eighteen years ago, Russ Feingold was given a great opportunity to help Wisconsin. I did my part; Russ has not done his. Not even close.”
Former Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel attacking his Dem opponent for U.S. Senate.

You're a vulture, that's what I think.”
State Rep. Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls), blasting a TV reporter on his way to report to his 45-day jail sentence for a December 2008 OWI arrest.


Baby boy
survives nearly two days after abortion.


Buddy was all the rage and rightfully so. But the media missed a chance to perform an important public service.


Sandra Bullock is getting a divorce.


to replace a toilet????!!!!

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

Recommended Reading (05/01/10)

Recommended reading


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

Why Arizona drew a line

The arguments we’ve heard against it either misrepresent its text or are otherwise inaccurate. As someone who helped draft the statute, I will rebut the major criticisms individually….”

Standing up for Arizona

“For where Arizona has made it a misdemeanor to be in the country illegally, in Calderon’s country it is a felony that can get you years in prison. Where illegal aliens in America regularly protest under Mexican flags, no foreign resident of Mexico may demonstrate against the regime.”

Illegal immigrants really are abused ------ in Mexico

“While moonbats shriek about the atrocity of expecting Mexican criminals to prove they're in the country legally, here's how illegal aliens are treated south of the border…..”

Tell establishment media a dog died on the border

Arizona state Sen. Frank Antenori spoke on CNN of the grisly crimes committed by illegal aliens in the counties he represents.

In response to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux's concern that the Arizona immigration-enforcement law, SB 1070, has made ‘a lot of people very angry, very upset’ (a life-threatening condition, apparently), the upstanding Antenori demanded: ‘What about my constituents whose homes are ransacked? What about the ranchers who're shot at while patrolling their fence lines; whose cattle are being slaughtered – there are millions of dollars of economic damages – what about them? What about their civil right?’

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Franklin votes to kick in $$$$ for Drexel Interchange

At a special meeting of the Franklin Common Council this afternoon, a vote to spend $500,000 toward the construction of a Drexel Avenue Interchange was approved. Here is an e-mail the  City Attorney sent to the state Department of Transportation (DOT):

Mr. Christopher Klein

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Drexel Interchange policy, process flawed

How Not to Govern 101

There are just so many things about today’s tie vote by the Franklin Common Council, broken by Mayor Tom Taylor to approve funding for a Drexel Avenue Interchange.

Let’s start with the policy.

Is the interchange even necessary? Proponents in my view have not made a solid case it’s needed.

Job creation? Supporters have claimed thousands of jobs will be generated from the project. Sounds like Doyle-ese to me. Our governor made fast and free forecasts about thousands and thousands of jobs that would be created from the high speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. The real # is 55 permanent jobs.

Where is the fact-based data, where is the cost-benefit analysis that shows economic impact including jobs specifically for Franklin?

The entire project would be located in Oak Creek.

I honestly believe that some aldermen fell for the, HEY, IT’S TAX INCREMENTAL FINANCING (TIF) money. HEY, IT WON’T KICK IN UNTIL 2013.


Pushing our spending out into future years is the kind of foolish budgeting trick that has gotten my employer, the state of Wisconsin, in deep, deep fiscal trouble.

And I’m sorry but I just don’t see the groundswell of support for this project. Have people been knocking down the doors at City Hall screaming, “BUILD THE INTERCHANGE!! BUILD THE INTERCHANGE!! LET’S BAIL OUT OAK CREEK!!

The process

Most often the average citizen doesn’t care. He/she just wants results. I think that’s changing, however.

Remember, Franklin officials had months to figure this out and take a stand prior to today’s DOT-imposed deadline. So what did they do?

They noticed today’s meeting on a gorgeous, sunny, 80-degree late-April afternoon. Who was paying attention? Who cared?

They met on a beautiful 70-degree SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Again, who was paying attention? Who cared?

I’m told a little over a dozen private citizens attended today’s special meeting. The rest were highly concerned Oak Creek officials.

Hmmmm. Ramming through key legislation at the last minute. Haven’t we read that headline a lot the past couple of weeks?

It’s interesting that today I spoke with real estate agent who said it’s common knowledge in the market and industry that Franklin is over-taxed. You know why? Because we can’t say no when it comes to spending.

Hopefully I am wrong about the Interchange and Franklin will benefit greatly. At the moment, call me skeptical.

Despite my disappointment, having said all that, city officials are still light years ahead of the deer in headlights bunch at the Franklin School Board.

The Growing Spill

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Visit Arizona-Part 5

Baseball's All-Star Game WILL be played in Phoenix next year.

Tickets, of course, will be difficult to get your hands on, but,  as reports:

"The All-Star Game isn't just about one baseball game. There are several days of events associated with this celebration of bat and ball. Even if you don't end up with a ticket for the All-Star game itself, you'll be able to participate in another event, like the FanFest, the Home Run Derby, the Future's Game, featuring the game's top prospects, and a celebrity softball game."

Photos of the Week (05/02/10)

Photos of the Week

President Barack Obama, second from left, and vice president Joe Biden, left, watch as West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III walks with a relative of a miner as they place a helmet on a cross during a memorial service for the miners killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Beckley, W.Va., Sunday, April 25, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Henry and Wanda Sandoz spend a moment at the cross off Cilma Road in Cilma, California. The cross has been in Cilma since 1934 and is a tribute to veterans. In a significant shift away from church-state separation, the Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a Christian cross on government land to honor the war dead, saying the Constitution does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

An April 25, 2010 satellite photo provided Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by NASA shows the oil slick from the 42,000 gallon-a-day oil leak from a well in the Gulf of Mexico following and explosion at the the Deepwater Horizon platform on April 20. The Mississippi Delta is at image center, and the oil slick is a silvery swirl to the right. (AP Photo/via NASA)

A boat makes its way through crude oil that has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico on April 28, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dr. Erica Miller, right, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work to help a Northern Gannet bird, covered in oil, normally white when full grown, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La., Friday, April 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Amaria Lopez, of Phoenix, protests at the Arizona Capitol on Sunday, April, 25, 2010. Activists called on President Barack Obama to fight a tough new Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants, promising Sunday to march in the streets and invite arrest by refusing to comply if the measure goes into effect. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told about 3,500 protesters gathered at the state Capitol that the Obama administration can help defeat the law by refusing to cooperate. The law requires Arizona police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion they're in the country illegally, saying it would undoubtedly lead to racial profiling. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A couple holds up a sign in support of illegal immigrants on April 27, 2010 outside of Federal Plaza in New York City. Following the state of Arizona's passage of a new immigration law which requires individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to show proof of legal residence when asked by law enforcement, immigration supporters have been protesting across the country. The law has become increasingly divisive with Mexico's president issuing a travel warning to Mexican citizens in Arizona. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A woman waits with others to be processed by Mexican authorities after being deported from the US in Nogales, Mexico, Wednesday, April 28, 2010. The Mexican government warned its citizens Tuesday to use extreme caution if visiting Arizona because of a tough new law that requires all immigrants and visitors to carry U.S.-issued documents or risk arrest. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Eduardo Pina holds a crucifix during a rally outside Wrigley Field before the start of the Cubs' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks April 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Dozens of people demonstrated outside the park calling for a boycott of the series to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

From left, Arturo Olivas, Terri Koob, Barb Heller and Edwina Olivas stand outside the Maricopa County Sheriff's office in support of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona's new immigration law Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

While the new Arizona immigration law drew protests, news conferences and court lawsuits, a drop house was raided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety along with other law enforcement jurisdictions including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, yielding nine suspected illegal immigrants, shown here, and three suspected human smugglers Thursday, April 29, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In this April 29, 2010 photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to protesters after a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio launched his latest crime and immigration sweep on Thursday, this time in west Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)

Nick Meza, of Phoenix, protests Arizona's controversial new immigration law at the Arizona Capitol Saturday, May 1, 2010 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Anti-immigration demonstrators hold signs at an immigration rally in Dallas on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Large crowds were expected in Dallas after a new Arizona law passed requiring authorities to question people about their immigration status if they are suspected of being in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

A riot policeman jumps over metal railings after being set on fire by protesters throwing petrol bombs in Athens on Saturday May 1, 2010. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Athens and other Greek cities Saturday for May Day rallies fueled by anger at expected harsh austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for near-bankrupt Greece. (AP Photo/Evi Zoupanou)

University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau shrugs her shoulders as Elaine Graham holds a blanket to prevent Simoneau from showing her breasts during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine. The demonstration called attention to the double-standard that it's acceptable for men, but not women, to go bare chested. When it comes to state law, though, there's no discrimination. It's perfectly legal for women to go topless in public. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A Jewish settler argues with a Palestinian holding a flag, as as they stand next to a tent built by the settlers near the West Bank village of Tubas near Jenin, Wesnesday, April, 28, 2010. Jewish settlers and Palestinians scuffled over land ownership in the West Bank Wednesday, after settlers set up a tent next to a Bedouin tent. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A woman prays beside the tomb of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his home village of Ouja, near Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Supporters visited the tomb Wednesday to mark Saddam's birthday. (AP Photo/Bassem Daham)

Unemployed construction worker Jesus Torres, 41, asks for money with a sign that reads "I'm hungry" in Pamplona, Spain, on Friday, April 30, 2010 as a person walk past carrying a bread. Torres has been unemployed since Feb. 2009 and has two children. Spain's jobless rate has surpassed 20 percent for the first time since 1997, the government said Friday as it offered more dismal news for a recession-plagued economy that is being dragged into Europe's debt crisis.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Oak Creek police get ready to search a building where a suspect crashed his car in Caledonia, near Racine, Wis., Monday April 26, 2010. A man who led officers on a highway chase was fatally shot by police in Racine County. (AP Photo/ Rcaine Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

Dave Dupuis wears a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he barbecues at a gun-rights rally Sunday, April 25, 2010 at a park in Portland, Maine. Portland used to put limits on carrying guns openly in public, but the state Legislature later prohibited communities from regulating firearms. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

A man lies dead next to a gun In the street after a gunfight broke out with municipal police in Guadalajara, Mexico, early Sunday April 25, 2010. According to the police, two men opened fire after being stopped by two police officers to inspect their car. One police officer was shot dead, one gunman was killed and three other was injured. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

An Israeli border police officer sprays colored pepper spray in the eyes of a handcuffed a Palestinian protester as Israeli security forces scuffle with Palestinians during a demonstration against the construction of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Walajeh, outside Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A Bangkok resident hands a soldier a rose in appreciation as he stands guard on Convent Road in Bangkok on April 30, 2010 in Thailand. Soldiers and police are deployed throughout the city. The anti-government protest that has closed much of central Bangkok's commercial district is now in its seventh week. (Photo by Andy Nelson/Getty Images)

Vera Toptunova, the mother of Leonid Toptunov, who was a senior reactor control engineer at the Reactor No.4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant when it exploded on April 26, 1986, mourns over his grave at Mitino cemetery in Moscow, Monday, April 26, 2010. Hundreds of people came to Mitino cemetery, where those who died in the Chernobyl catastrophe are buried, to pay tribute to loved ones who perished in the world's worst nuclear accident 24 years ago. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

A boy poses in front of a sand sculpture depicting a famous 1945 photo of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, not seen, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, partially seen and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, which was taken during the Yalta Conference, displayed the VVts, All Russian Exhibition Center, formerly known as VDNKh, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 1, 2010, to mark the upcoming 65th anniversary of the victory of WWII. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A boat works uses a protective boom to collect oil that has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico on April 28, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


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Obama's Welcome Wagon

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy


"Authorities searching for drug smugglers who shot and wounded an Arizona sheriff's deputy in the desert south of Phoenix said they captured 17 suspected illegal immigrants Saturday, including three who may have been involved in the incident.

The violence 'should show the rest of the country what we Arizonans have known for too long -- the unsecured border poses a very real and very immediate danger,' said U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose district includes part of Pinal County."


You have to score to win

Not a good weekend for Milwaukee sports fans.

First, the Bucks.

From about 7:15 Friday night to 2:25 this afternoon, the Bucks went dead, being outscored by the Atlanta Hawks, 147-109. You’re not going to win a playoff series scoring 18 points per quarter.

The Brewers.

In their four game series against the Padres in San Diego, they were outscored 21-2. So much for the vaunted Brewer offense.

Now Milwaukee heads to Los Angeles that has very good pitching, and then to Arizona that has been tearing the cover off the ball.

Milwaukee is 5 games under 500, 7 games out of first place in the Central Division, tied for fourth place with lowly Pittsburgh. At the end of the current West Coast road trip, the numbers could be even worse.

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Culinary no-no #164

Culinary no-no's

We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again.

Most of the loopy, dippy, weird, bizarre, wacko, loony ideas in this country originate in….



The sad state of liberalism has sunk to even more ridiculous depths as brain-dead supervisors in Santa Clara County, poster children for the nanny state, have voted to ban happy meals.

Yep. Those no-gooders masquerading as do-gooders are going after your kid’s toy.

Forbidden: Happy Meal toys, like above, have been banned in California

Photo: London Mail

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If we sue them....

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Visit Arizona-Part 6 has issued its list of the top 10 American cozy places to stay.

At # 8…..the Canyon Wren Cabins of Sedona, Arizona

"What Arizona Must Live With"

Mark Steyn has an excellent column about the fear Arizonans deal with so close to a porous border and illegal immigrants:

“To the coastal commentariat, ‘undocumented immigrants’ are the people who mow your lawn while you’re at work and clean your office while you’re at home. (That, for the benefit of Linda Greenhouse, is the real apartheid: the acceptance of a permanent ‘undocumented’ servant class by far too many ‘documented’ Americans who assuage their guilt by pathetic sentimentalization of immigration.) But in border states, illegal immigration is life and death. I spoke this week to a lady who has a camp of illegals on the edge of her land: She lies awake at night, fearful for her children and alert to strange noises in the yard. President Obama, shooting from his lip, attacked the new law as an offense against ‘fairness.’ Where’s the fairness for this woman’s family? Because her home is in Arizona rather than Hyde Park, Chicago, she’s just supposed to get used to living under siege?

Read the entire piece.

Top 10 dumbest things said about the Arizona immigration law

1. “The statute requires police officers to stop and question anyone who looks like an illegal immigrant.”

There are nine more from the Washington Examiner.

Those lovable illegal immigrants....

Riots break out on May Day.


May I see some ID?

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

"It's a HAPPY invasion"

Lefty Eleanor Clift of Newsweek  just LOVES the idea of illegal immigrants pouring over our southern border.

From the McLaughlin Report:

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The latest WRTL News You Can Use

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

Hear the Planned Parenthood Director Who Rocked the Nation When She Quit and Joined the Right-to-Life Movement

There aren't enough abortions

That’s the radical view of the left-wing extremists at the Daily Kos who’ve been called out by the Culture and Media Institute.

Another article cited has the the author suggesting what having a pregnant woman view her fetus before receiving an abortion is like.

These outrageous views do little to build support for the abortion on demand crowd.

Read it all here

"We'd be better off if less people voted"

Last month’s spring elections brought out…….hardly anybody. Editorial writers around the state were wincing and cringing at the low voter turnout. Proving how irrelevant many of those opinionated folks are, Wisconsinites ignored their preaching from the same hymnal about how they had to go out and vote, it was their duty, it was their obligation......and stayed home.

Yours truly is on record, and it’s well-documented that low voter turnout is not the end of the world. It can actually be for the best. Think about it. You probably know a whole busload of knuckle-dragging individuals that should never be entrusted with pulling any levers. They’re just plain too stupid.

The fewer voters, the more powerful each individual vote. The more passionate, astute, politically savvy voters, the better.

My unorthodox thinking to some earned me what I consider is a coveted Jerk of the Week Award from the sense of humor-less commies at that bastion of outstanding journalism, the Shepherd Express. I mean, let’s face it, if that bunch starts loving me, I say just shoot me right then and there.

Lo and behold I am proud that conservative columnist John Hawkins, one of my favorites feels the same way.

In all honesty, we'd be better off if less people voted. If the only people voting were well informed, highly motivated people who paid income taxes, I guarantee you we'd have a much better government and a much better country,” Hawkins writes.


UPDATE: Culinary no-no #164

This week’s Culinary no-no
dealt with a decision by Santa Clara County supervisors in California to ban Happy Meals.

Today, conservative columnist Mike Gallagher writes about his live on-air debate on this very issue with a supporter of the Make Kids Unhappy proposal who, in typical liberal fashion could not debate using facts, resorted to calling Gallagher an “ass.”

Gallagher writes, “
As the parent of four grown boys, I asked her if she was a parent, too. She sarcastically told me that she was quite capable of reproducing (this was not a very pleasant lady), and that yes, she did have two children. At that point, I suggested that she might consider doing what my wife and I always did when our kids wanted something, and perhaps ponder the reaction of millions and millions of parents since the beginning of time -- say no. That prompted a most interesting reply on her part: ‘Oh, don’t be an ass, Mike’.”

You can see it all unfold here.....

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Boycott isn't the right word

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Visit Arizona-Part 7

It’s the scene of the most famous gunfight in history.

Witness the dramatic events that made Tombstone famous: the silver boom, the great fire, the O.K. Corral® gunfight, the assassination of Morgan Earp, and more. Actor Vincent Price narrates this exciting multimedia history of Tombstone from Geronimo's Apaches to modern times.”

Immortalized in film.

And you can see it when you visit Arizona.

A Baby's First Months... Infinite Possibilities

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Former WTMJ now MSNBC bubblehead sorry Times Square suspect wasn't white

Of course I'm talking about Contessa Brewer.

Vital Tax Relief Needed



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Notice To All Climate Change Advocates, All Members of the "Go Green" Army

Working its way around the Internet....good stuff:

Notice To All Climate Change Advocates, All Members of the "Go Green" Army

All of you out there in America and across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, you know ....that bogus god you worship of "Climate Change" or "global warming" ....well, I feel it is necessary to inform you of some bad news. It really does pain me to have to bring you this disappointing information.

Are you sitting down?

Okay, here's the bombshell. The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash this past week, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet.

I know, I know.... (group hug)'s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, going on vacation to a city park instead of Yosemite, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the past four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in the past four days has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.

I'm so sorry. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the brush fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about two months and those fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two years.

But hey, grab a Coke, give the world a hug and have a nice day!

Copy machines = identity theft

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the good, old-fashioned copy machine. But, as CBS' Armen Keteyian reports, advanced technology has opened a dangerous hole in data security.


"SB 1070 is wrong because it targets illegal immigration when the real problem is....."

Fascinating stuff from Gus Van Horn at Pajamas Media.

He makes a valid argument.

Visit Arizona-Part 8

Montezuma Castle


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The United State of America

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Happy Cinco de Mayo 2010!

Get out the chips and salsa. And you might want to move the furniture around a la Rob and Laura Petrie and cut a rug.

Let's start out big and brassy with the Jerry Costanzo/ Mike Carubia Big Band.

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Dave Obey: Pompous and arrogant to the bitter end

During his, “I quit before I get booted out in November” speech today, Wisconsin’s no-class Congressman Dave Obey proceeded to blast Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Republicans in general.

Gracious he was not.

Democrats are acting like His Royal Majesty has expired.

National Public Radio, during its “All Things Considered” broadcast today rattled off at least a half dozen sound bites of the cranky Obey, maybe more with nary a Republican retort. Can’t do that. Why, that might remotely approach…….



Obey was right about one thing today: his time to go has come. Forty plus years of this tax and spend liberal is a big reason our country is in the mess it is today.

Rep. Obey Understands the Power of Grassroots


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Great news for the unborn

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

UW Abandons Late-Term Abortion

Plan at Madison Surgery Center

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Obama’s Boys Call in Riot Cops on Tea Party Protestors (Chavez Would Be Proud)"

Conservative columnist extraordinaire Doug Giles strikes again. Here’s an excerpt from his latest column about the recent use of SWAT-like teams. It is vintage Giles:

“Riot police were sent out to two different locales on two completely different types of crowds.

The first mob that riot cops were called out for was the one in
Phoenix comprised of thousands of out-of-control illegal Mexicans who were POed at the fact that Arizona
finally wants to treat them like they’re illegal. Imagine that.

Yep, I get why the SWAT dudes from PPD rolled out for that melee. The mass of protesting Mexicans were out of whack, grabbing their crotches in defiance of our laws, smearing refried bean swastikas on government windows, flipping American patriots off, trashing and destroying property, and cursing in TexMex at the Arizonans who want our immigration laws upheld and who are sick of the costly mayhem these illegals have brought to their beautiful state.

Let’s see, what else did the criminal aliens do to solicit the Phoenix PD’s riot police presence? Man, I know there was something else they did. What was it?”

Of course, you know you want to
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This is a great idea

is passionate about youth baseball and needs to get this done.

Let me get this straight. Under the gun, Franklin aldermen met on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and quickly approved spending $500,000 on an Interchange with little, if any data that it will reap economic benefits, but when confronted with building youth baseball fields on empty land that will cost nothing and benefit the entire community, some aldermen are saying, well gee, I don't know if this is the right thing to do or if this is the right location.

Alderman Tim (I couldn’t wait to vote Yes to spend that $500,000 the city doesn't have on an Oak Creek interchange) Solomon: Some friendly, respectful advice. If you want the ball fields as bad as you claim you do, then work hard to find another location if you have problems with the spot where the potential buyers want to go. It's that simple. Just make sure your ideas jive with the buyer's, or we risk losing the whole deal.


Economic development in Franklin. It's kind of like The 3 Stooges meet the Keystone Kops.

Top 10 Democrat Party Slogans

Take a look.


Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

False alarm, everybody!

Political Cartoon by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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Visit Arizona-Part 9

Pizzeria Bianco
has the best pizza in America!


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


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Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


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

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Dear Residents,

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"Is this how Franklin taxpayers are treated?!" Sadly, yes

The following e-mail was sent Tuesday from Christopher and Beth Mantoan of Franklin to all Franklin School Board members, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor and Franklin Alderman Steve Olson:

Dear Franklin School Board members, Mayor Taylor and Alderman Olson-

When I returned from work today, we had this wonderful surprise in our front lawn.

We are hoping that included in the highly-discussed budget that was passed, allowing the almost- $1 million fiber optic project to move forward, was money to reimburse our family for a new front lawn (professionally seeded and re-graded, not a 20-minute patch job) and for the first application of our lawn care service that also occurred today. We realize this may (and I'm being generous) be Franklin's property, but Franklin did not install, nor pay for, our professional landscaping job 7 years ago, nor does Franklin water or mow our lawn, or take care of the general upkeep of our yard.

We would have appreciated some notice, as we could have at least prevented the lawn care service from coming out today. We would appreciate this monstrosity removed from our front lawn immediately and a written letter stating all reimbursements as requested above will be made from the Franklin budget. 

We are appalled after paying over $8000 in taxes this past year this would be allowed to happen.

Please contact us to discuss prompt resolution of this matter.


Christopher and Beth Mantoan

Alderman Olson replied:

I'm sorry for the trouble that you and others are experiencing with this project.

Be aware that this project is being paid for and run by the Franklin Public Schools without notice to the homeowners affected.

I'll be happy to help in any way but at this point suggest that you address your immediate concerns to your school board members and the district administration.

The City of Franklin was not involved in the planning or execution of this project. 


There's more.

lson got a phone call Wednesday night from a very angry former Franklin alderman, accusing the city of cutting power to the house. Workers had cut a cable through a hole that's marked for power. This is happening at many Franklin properties as part of the school district's wasteful, whopping $800,000 fiber optic project that was approved in their latest tax-increase budget.

Lawns are being ripped up and destroyed and power is being cut off and to make matters worse, no Franklin taxpaying homeowners were notified that workers with heavy equipment would be descending upon their properties.

$800,000 and not a single penny to send out a letter, e-mail, or telephone call warning of the impending destruction.

This is not a city endeavor. This is a SCHOOL DISTRICT matter. Once again, this school district that I have been extremely critical of in the past has created a huge mess.

To complain, call the school board members. (Note the quote from Board Member Janet Evans:
"In order for success to be realized, open communication between citizens, the Board, and the administration is essential").  Also call Superintendent Steve Patz. Given their record of complete lack of concern for taxpayers, I can't wait to hear their cockamamie excuse for this major blunder.

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