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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.

Kleefisch and Priebus to Join Racine TEA Party PAC Rally Saturday

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Contact: Nancy Milholland  262-994-0894                                                              June 1, 2012

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Reject the Recall-- Gov. Walker & Co. Needs our Help

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The important campaign for our next U.S. Senator must wait until we stop the far-left from recalling our Republican leadership.

Please help me get out the vote for Governor Scott Walker, the Lt. Governor, and the State Senators facing recall next Tuesday.

We need to support our courageous leaders in Wisconsin facing recall.  That's why I criss-crossed the state on behalf of our recalled State Senators last summer and participated in rallies across the state on behalf of Governor Walker and the recalled Senators.

We will host our volunteers and anyone else who comes into our offices to make turnout calls for Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and State Senators Scott Fitzgerald, Van Wanggaard, Terry Moulton and candidate Jerry Petrowski.

We need to make sure our family, friends and neighbors vote next Tuesday, and can't stop until the polls close--which is why I am opening up my campaign phone banks to supporters to help drive support. Sign up here to join our effort.

Our offices are located in Madison and Waukesha:

Madison Office:

3950 Commercial Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53714

Waukesha Office:

1701 Pearl Street
Waukesha, WI 53186

Together, we won't let this state be taken backwards.

 Tommy Thompson

P.S.  The team needs our help, and there's no time to wait--reject the recall--join us for GOTV calls and don't forget to vote on Tuesday.


Pro-Walker protester gets in the mix at Clinton's Barrett rally

Urgent update from Wisconsin


I’m rushing you this short note from our AFP tour bus, which has just stopped in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a trend-setting weekend!

 “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
Billy Joel

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, no special theme like we often do in this segment. Most of the time we wax nostalgic. And then on rare occasions we come back to the present. Like tonight.

New music just ahead.

Let's begin with Down to the Bone from their album, "The Main Ingredients."


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The best cartoons of the week (06/02/12)

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne


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The Barking Lot (06/02/12)

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 71.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 77. "A"

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

Last year at this time, I blogged about a wonderful organization called Dog Bless You.

The time between Memorial Day 2012 and Independence Day 2012 means a new campaign for them.  From their Facebook page:

“Attention Dog Bless You supporters: this is a call to action! From Memorial Day to Independence Day (July 4th), we will be donating up to 76 companion & service dogs to war veterans who need them. For every 1,000 new “likes” the Dog Bless You page receives, a companion or service dog will be donated to a war veteran.

1776 is the birth year of our nation's independence. In the Spirit of ’76, let's help our injured veterans gain the unparalleled freedom that comes with obtaining a service dog. Here's how you can help:

  1. Share this link on your timeline:
  2. Ask your friends and family to "like" Dog Bless You

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UPDATE: Bill Clinton to campaign for Tom Barrett in Milwaukee Friday?

MRCTV'S  Joe Schoffstall asks the question the liberal media wouldn't:

Let's compare records

Week-ends (06/02/12)


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...


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"I have a police department that arrests felons. He has a practice of hiring them."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett taking a jab at Governor Scott Walker at Thursday's debate.

"So everybody's clear, the mayor doesn't have a plan. All he's got is attacking me."
Governor Walker at the debate.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: Are there a few specific policies, though, that you would pursue or [bills to] send to the legislature? 

TOM BARRETT: I want to make sure that as we look at the tax code in particular that any tax incentives are actually tied to actual job growth, job creation. As mayor of Milwaukee, I've had many developers come and many businesses come and have asked for financial assistance from the city, and my questions have always been: how many jobs are we talking about and are these family-supporting jobs. So those are my opening questions: how many jobs are we talking about and are they family supporting jobs? 

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They said what?

I had the chance this week to chat with local developer extraordinaire Barry Mandel.  Mandel was the subject of a lengthy and glowing piece in Milwaukee Magazine in March that wrote about his tremendous success;

To date, the Mandel Group has developed and constructed more than $500 million in residential and retail developments, and financed, acquired or sold approximately $700 million worth of real estate. The Mandel Group boasts some $14 million in annual real estate taxes created by its developments, with $10 million of that annual impact in the city of Milwaukee. The boom in Downtown housing that Mandel helped create was measured by a DCD study, which found 18,000 people now live in the greater Downtown area, a 20 percent increase from the year 2000.

Here’s an interesting insight from Mandel:

And he misses the days of the Norquist administration: “It was always, ‘How can we get this done and make it better?’ ” Now, he says, the Barrett administration lacks such passion and fervor about development.

And I was surprised at some old comments made by my friend Eric Von who once worked for Tom Barrett’s campaign. His remarks (from 2007 but still interesting) came on the website

OMC: What grade would you give the mayor's current tenure?

EV: I don't live in the city (Von resides in the village of Brown Deer), so it's kind of difficult. I do, though, work in the city and I talk about the city all the time. I talk to people probably more than most people in this business. I talk to people who are affected by the things that City Hall does and doesn't do.

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Governor Walker on "Hannity"

Scott Walker for Wisconsin Governor/ Moving Wisconsin Forward

Recommended Reading (06/02/12)

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).

Democrats losing momentum in Wisconsin

"Win or lose, here are three lessons Democrats can take from declining enthusiasm in Wisconsin.

1) You can’t beat someone with no one"

Recall is not what democracy looks like

"Those who think that a successful recall effort will lower the divisions among the people of Wisconsin and bring peace and tranquility to Wisconsin politics are engaging in self-delusion of the most flagrant kind. A successful recall effort will have precisely the opposite effect. It will heighten tensions, not relieve them. It will increase frustration, not alleviate it. It will lead to a solidification of positions that will make it impossible for anything to be accomplished by State government. And it will solve nothing."

Let's get past recall, get back to work

"In normal times, which we are definitely not in, the average citizen would have a break from politics and the constant negative TV ads and mailings. They could concentrate on the important things in their lives. We all need that time to decompress and we feel robbed of that by groups that weren’t satisfied with the election results and wanted to press the 'redo' button. However, in real life, you don’t get to push a redo button and do it over."

A case for Scott Walker

"In an attempt to discredit him, liberals label Walker as 'too extreme.' I partially agree with them; Walker is extremely effective. Wisconsin was drowning in debt until the governor’s fiscally conservative measures erased Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit. Rather than adopting the Democratic Party’s “cure-all” prescription of raising taxes, Walker lowered them, signing a property tax freeze and lowering school property taxes. Wisconsin is expected to have a budget surplus by 2013."

How much should you pay?

"For most Americans, though, this (WI recall) vote is less about the parochial matter of who governs Wisconsin than it is about a question now raging coast to coast: How much should recession-weary citizens be asked to pay for how much government?

National polling continues to identify governments' spending and debt as issues that animate a big share of the electorate. Politicians often respond that Americans will change that tune when they see how budget reductions slash services. Tuesday's election will inform that debate: Voters will declare whether they do, or don't, regret electing an aggressive cost-cutter as their chief executive."

I will always call our fighting men and women "heroes"

"I know that not everyone of our fighting men and women fits the definition of 'hero.' I call them collectively heroes out of general, across-the-board respect and admiration for them, and out of deep gratitude for the sacrifices they make for our country."

What you hate most about waiting in line

"There are three givens of human nature that queuing psychologists must address: 1) We get bored when we wait in line. 2) We really hate it when we expect a short wait and then get a long one. 3) We really, really hate it when someone shows up after us but gets served before us."

Summer Day One: 2012

"Our season of frenzied leisure is too shortly destined to end on Labor Day, so hurry on out there and have one terrific summer full of long languid days and soft warm breezy nights. Go frolic and cavort and gambol and caper in a madcap series of wacky zany antics that you remember fondly. Always. And try to keep the sand off your hot dog. If you know what I mean. Gentlemen: Start your Webers."


Entitlements aren't rights

Photos of the Week (06/03/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Governor Walker gets a little help from Evansville Future Farmers of America Queen Emily Templeton (left) and Erica Ballmer, La Prairie 4H Queen at the Rock County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday morning in Evansville. Photo: John Klein

2) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett smiles for 9-month-old Alex Besler of Dresser, who was in the arms of his father, Bryan Besler, and chewing on a "Recall Walker" sign. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

3) A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, June 1, at the Closing Bell in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial average lost 277 points after the release of a disappointing jobs report.  Photo: Justin Lane / EPA

4) Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for his role in the killing of protesters during last year's revolution that forced him from power, a verdict that caps a stunning fall from grace for a man who ruled the country as his personal fiefdom for nearly three decades.(AP Photo)

5) Egyptians celebrate as they hear from a car radio the verdict on ousted president Hosni Mubarak outside the police academy courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. Mubarak's two sons — Gamal and Alaa — were acquitted on corruption charges.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

6) U.S. Navy Gunners Mate, Steven Joyce, puts his head in the lap of his wife, Damara, as he says good bye as his ship the USS Carr prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk en route to the Persian Gulf in Norfolk, Va., Friday, June 1, 2012. The ship is part of the group leaving with the floating special operations base ship USS Ponce for deployment to the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

7) The Washington Air National Guard says two nursing mothers were wrong to be photographed in uniform while breast-feeding their babies. The photos were posted on the Internet by a group at Fairchild Air Force Base that supports breast-feeding mothers. The group, Mom2Mom, said the photos were meant to promote World Breast-Feeding Week in August. Photo: Brynja Sigurdardottir

A woman holds an umbrella to make shade for an elderly woman laying on a bench after she was evacuated from a nearby hospital, in Mirandola, northern Italy, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people and left 200 injured Tuesday as it rocked a swath of northern Italy hit just nine days ago. Factories, warehouses and churches collapsed, dealing a second blow to a region where thousands remained homeless from the previous, stronger temblor. The 5.8 magnitude quake left 14,000 people homeless in the Emilia Romagna region north of Bologna, one of Italy’s most agriculturally and industrially productive areas. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

9) Winnie Pajcic, 9, holds on to a railing as she leans back in the wind during a visit to Stockton Park in Ortega, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on May 28. Photo: Kelly Jordan / AP

10) Jake Beaudoin, a U.S. Army Private of 508 BSTB, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area for setting up a check point in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 31. Photo: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

11) An aerial view shows a clandestine airstrip used for drug smuggling after it was destroyed in a military operation, approximately 22 miles from the border with Colombia, in the state of Apure on Thursday. Photos: Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

12) Fireworks explode over the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate its 75th anniversary on May 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

13) A nun irons a secondary altar prior to the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the holy mass of Pentecost Sunday at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on May 27. Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP - Getty Images

14) Pope Benedict XVI is presented with an AC Milan team soccer jersey reading "Benedetto" by AC Milan former defender Franco Baresi, second from left, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI is leading thousands of young people in a packed Milan soccer stadium in a pep rally to shore up flagging Catholic faith. Benedict on Saturday told the young faithful to keep their ideals high. He also is urging them to attend Sunday Mass regularly and to pray daily. The pope is on the second day of a three-day visit to Milan as part of Church activities aimed at showing support for families. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

15) Former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush speak during the unveiling of their portraits on Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images

16) Col. Jeannie Leavitt, right, salutes 9th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells after assuming command of the 4th Fighter Wing on Friday, June 1, 2012. Leavitt, the Air Force's first female fighter pilot, has now become the first female to take command of an Air Force combat fighter wing. Photo: Michael Betts / Goldsboro News Argus via AP

17) President Barack Obama presents rock legend Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

18) Joanne Gregory carries the Olympic torch on a hand drawn canal boat across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on May 30 in Llangollen, Wales. The Olympic flame is now on day 12 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

19) Sam Lowery, of Charlestown, Mass., spells his word in the air during round two of the National Spelling Bee on May 30, 2012 in National Harbor, Md. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

20) Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego is embraced by her brother Sujan Nandipati, after winning the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

21) The body of a dead whale, hooked on the bow of a cargo ship, is seen on June 2, in Marseille, France. The animal was hit by the vessel "Mont Ventoux" on the route between France and Tunisia and was discovered dead upon the arrival of the ship in the Seaport of Marseille. Photo: Boris Horvat / AFP - Getty Images

22) A wild leopard reacts after it fell into a green slimy water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Sangatram, some 30 kms from Siliguri, in West Bengal, India on May 28, 2012. The leopard escaped by climbing up a ladder put in place by the wildlife sanctuary team. Photos: Diptendu Dutta / AFP - Getty Images

23) A kite bird drinks water from a puddle in a public lawn in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 1, 2012. The weather in northern India has been extremely hot in recent days with temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees Celsius, or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

24) A baby otter that has been added to the Virginia Aquarium is shown in Virginia Beach, Va., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Virginia Beach facility says it is conducting an online contest to name the new addition. The male otter was adopted after it was found alone near St. George, S.C., apparently abandoned by his mother.

25) Police officers tackle a fan who invaded the field as Brazil played the U.S. in an international friendly soccer match in Landover, Maryland, on May 30, 2012. Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

26) A tourist has her photograph taken with a cardboard cut out of Queen Elizabeth II in The Mall on June 1, in London, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

27) Sean Farrell, 1, of San Diego, tries to sit on a section of the statue called, "Unconditional Surrender," as the artwork is dismantled from its' spot alongside the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum on May 30, in San Diego. Photo: Gregory Bull / AP

28) A fan of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga waits outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball concert to start on Monday May 28, 2012 in Singapore. Lady Gaga performed 3 shows in the city-state on the 28, 29 and 31 of May.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

29) Justin Bieber fans gather at the Norwegian Opera House. Photo: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

30) A Marine salutes as motorcycles drive past during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., May 27. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

31) Brittany Jacobs of Hereford, NC, hugs her 17-month old son Christian at her husband, Marine SGT Christopher Jacobs' gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day at in Arlington, VA, on 28 May 28, 2012. Photo: Pete Marovich / EPA

32) A child looks at the prosthetic legs of Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team members during a Memorial Day Parade in Binghamton, New York. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team members are U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who lost limbs during their time of service. Photo: Gary Cameron / Reuters

33) Ann Adams lies atop the grave of her son Army Sgt. Andrew Baddick at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington, Va. Baddick died while saving a comrade from drowning after a military vehicle rolled into a culvert in Iraq in 2003. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

34) President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama help Rose Mary Sabo-Brown place a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a Memorial Day ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Sabo-Brown is the widow of Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Obama earlier this month. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

35) Game to remember: US Air Force Master Sgt. David Sims, center right, of Centerville, Ga., is embraced by his wife Robin, and children, Bree Anna, 10, from left, Brittney, 13, and Dustin, 12, after surprising his family during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 28, in Atlanta. Sims returned home from his deployment in Afghanistan. Photos: David Goldman / AP and Erik S. Lesser / EPA

Culinary no-no #280



Sometimes material for Culinary no-no flows into This Just In like scriptures from the Bible, Psalm 78 to be exact:

“and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven.
Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance.
And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.”

A great big gigantic thank you for this week’s installment goes to…

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Again, let's compare

Wisconsin Family Council has put together an outstanding comparative analysis between Governor Walker and Mayor Barrett.

Take a look.

Very important points to ponder about Tuesday's recall

“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.”

“The Wisconsin recall is a farce???—???a childish, union-sponsored tantrum that will cost the state’s taxpayers an estimated $18 million. Perhaps the greatest irony is that Democrats rarely discuss its ostensible cause: collective bargaining. Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee who is seeking to replace Walker, did not use the phrase in the speech he gave celebrating his victory in the Democratic primary… There’s a reason the governor’s reforms have gone from being the center of the anti-Walker movement to a talking point to be avoided. They’ve worked. Walker took office with a projected deficit of $3.6 billion, and in two years he’s erased it. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue projected last month that the state will have a budget surplus of $154 million by the summer of 2013.”
The Weekly Standard

“Restricting public sector collective bargaining freed the state and local governments from the de facto veto unions could exercise over their budgets and allowed taxpayers to ask public employees to contribute more???—???in some cases to begin contributing something???—???to their own health care and pension benefits. Before the reforms, most public employee union members paid less than 1 percent of their salary toward their pensions and contributed 6 percent of the cost of their health care premiums. And in fact, Wisconsin public employees still have a good deal???—???with most contributing 5.8 percent of their salary toward their pension and up to 12.6 percent of their health care premium, well below the averages for the private sector.

In addition, the reforms brought an end to forced union membership. This means that public employees can opt out of the union and stop paying its dues. A teacher in, say, the suburbs of Madison who opts out will bring home an additional $1,100 a year.”

The Weekly Standard

“After all the yelling and screaming in Wisconsin, in the end these government workers were only required to contribute 5.8% of their salaries towards their pensions, which is matched by their government employers (taxpayers), and 12.6% of the costs of their health insurance, with the other 87% paid by taxpayers. This compares to private sector workers paying on average 21% of the cost of their company health insurance, with most private sector workers having no pension at all.”
The American Spectator

Take Milwaukee, where Barrett is the mayor. Even he has acknowledged that the reforms in Act 10, Walker’s early 2011 budget-repair bill, enabled his city government to balance its budget. Walker’s cuts in state aid to the city cost it $14 million, but it was able to come up with $30 million in savings, of which two-thirds came from the budget-repair law. The law required employees to pay a larger share of their insurance premiums, and it also made it easier for the city of Milwaukee to switch to more cost-efficient health-insurance plans.

As public-employee union contracts come up for renewal around the state, the savings will keep adding up, relieving local pressure to raise property taxes or cut back basic services. Indeed, this past year property taxes statewide actually declined for the first time in a dozen years.”

National Review

For school districts so far, the savings from this competitive bidding alone have amounted to $211.47 per student. Statewide that would add up to nearly $200 million in savings.

The state has also used this flexibility to halt fraudulent sick leave abuses that unions used to inflate overtime expenses. Workers had called in sick for their own shifts, and then worked the next shift on overtime pay. School districts have also been freed to pay teachers based on performance and not just seniority, and to keep better performing teachers rather than longer term time servers who have long given up caring about their job performance.”

The American Spectator

Which raises a question for those aghast at Scott Walker's budget: How much higher should taxes be in Wisconsin?

According to the Tax Foundation, in 2009, Wisconsin had the fourth-highest combined state and local tax burden in the country, with only New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut residents paying more. 2009 is the latest year available for this figure, but there's little reason to believe much if anything has changed. In 2009, the Tax Foundation found that Wisconsin residents paid 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes. The compared to 12.3 for New Jersey residents (the highest rate) and 6.3 percent for Alaskans (the lowest rate).

Wisconsin has historically been a high-tax state - in 1985 for instance, it had the second-highest combined state and local tax rate in the nation, at 12 percent - but it seems unlikely that increasing taxes to spend more money (or borrowing more money to be paid back later via tax revenues) is a smart way to boost a flagging economy.”

Walker is somehow a liar for not mentioning his plan while campaigning for governor in fall 2010. Walker’s proposal ‘went far beyond what anybody thought he would do,’ union leader Richard Abelson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in February. ‘He didn’t talk about it during the campaign.’

The Walker complainers have a more finely honed selective memory than people who remember the Titanic as a fine dining experience. Do they recall Walker’s predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle, campaigning on cutting the University of Wisconsin budget by $250 million and raising tuition 35% in two years to cover it? Was candidate Doyle in 2002 running around the state promising to raid the transportation fund and backfill it with debt? Of course not — but upon taking office, he thought he had to do these things to balance the budget.

In fact, the archetype of the lying politician is as ingrained in American politics as the sight of candidates kissing babies. Doyle promised never to raise taxes — yet he raised them by billions during his tenure. Candidate Barack Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility — yet under President Obama, there it remains, providing the government with the intelligence it needed to catch Osama bin Laden.

And yet Walker isn’t being excoriated for going back on a promise; he’s being criticized simply for something he didn’t say. (Incidentally, plenty of unions were telling their members during the campaign that Walker was going to roll back their ability to bargain.) “

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

As the Republicans folded together like Russian nesting dolls, the Democrats have been driven by conflicting interests. Labor unions pumped several million dollars into the losing campaign of Barrett’s primary opponent, and the national party has been tentative about going all in. Meanwhile, Walker’s allies built a state-of-the-art ground game to protect a politician so reviled by his opponents that they have taken to burning his campaign signs.  ‘They can protest,’ Wisconsin GOP communications director Ben Sparks says of the Democrats. ‘They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on’.”
TIME magazine

I'm a lifelong Democrat and a career educator. So I'm predictably appalled by Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has cut spending for schools and stripped teachers — and most of the state's public workers — of collective bargaining rights.

But I'm also appalled by the recall campaign against Walker by Wisconsin Democrats, who Tuesday chose Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to run against Walker in a June 5 special election — a rematch of the 2010 contest. The recall epitomizes the petty, loser-take-all vindictiveness of contemporary American politics.

As a liberal, I'm troubled by the prospect of voters unseating an elected official over taxes. Or abortion. Or gun control. If you can recall leaders for any political reason, sooner or later your own ox will be gored.

I'm also worried that the Wisconsin recall, which has drawn nationwide attention and money, will trigger a vicious cycle of partisan retribution. Your guy didn't win in November? No problem. Start a recall drive now.

Most of all, though, I fear that the recall threat will make our elected officials even more timid and poll-tested than they already are. Sometimes, great leaders need to take unpopular positions. And politically motivated recalls make that less likely…”
Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history and education at New York University. He is the author of "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory."

Why do unions lose so many certification elections after successful petition drives?  Put yourself in the place of an employee of a targeted company.   A union organizer or some fellow worker shoves a petition in your face and says something like: ‘You want to sign this petition, don’t you?  You don’t want to stand in the way of your fellow workers forming a union to protect their rights in the workplace, do you?’  If you decline to sign that petition at work, perhaps some of your pro-union colleagues will visit you at home to see if you’ve changed your mind!  There’s a rather nifty little way for them to remind you that they know where you live; and where your car is parked at night; and where your wife and children are when you’re at work.  So what do you do?  Well, since you know that you’ll be able to vote against the union on a secret ballot, you sign the petition.  You go along to get along.  The election comes, unions lose, and union leaders grit their teeth and bemoan the loss of all those wonderful union dues.  Unions know if they could just get rid of the secret ballot election and rely on their intimidation tactics to get a card signed by you -- with a check mark in the ‘Yes!  Let’s unionize!’ box -- they’re home free. 

Well that’s pretty much the same scenario citizens of Wisconsin faced while the unions were running about with their recall petitions.  That person shoving the recall petition in your face might have been a coworker.  Perhaps it was a neighbor.  Maybe it was your child’s teacher!  The scenarios are almost endless, but whatever the scenario you did not want to create a conflict or controversy with that person by not signing their precious recall petition.  You didn’t want a neighbor refusing to let his kid play with your kid because you’re “anti-union.”  You didn’t want a teacher retaliating against your child in your local government school.  You didn’t want your co-worker to be angry with you because you didn’t sign the petition her union husband sent to work with her.  Maybe you’re a business owner in Madison.  You know if you don’t sign the recall petition the union goons will brand you and your business as anti-union.  For every single one of these scenarios, the solution was the same.  Sign the petition, shut the goonion organizer up, and wait to have your true say when the recall election comes around.”

Wisconsin leapt to 20th place in our Best States/Worst States list this year from 24th last year, one of only eight states that enjoyed a rise of at least four spots. That followed a phenomenal 17-place leap in last year’s list, where it occupied the doldrums of 41st place. Wisconsin also fared well by other gauges last year, especially in how it treated entrepreneurs. The state ranked 4th last year in tax costs on new firms, as calculated by the Tax Foundation, and a Kauffman Center Index of Entrepreneurial Activity showed Wisconsin with the 7th largest rise last year among the handful of states that did better at all.

‘There’s now a keen focus on making sure we’re competitive to be a place where businesses can create jobs and wealth,’ said Mary Ellen Stanek, director of asset management for Milwaukee-based brokerage Robert W. Baird & Co. Stanek, who is a member of Milwaukee 7, a public-private, economic-development partnership of seven counties, points out that neighboring Illinois faces ‘big challenges in terms of tax rates and the overall climate for business’.”
Chief Executive magazine

“By virtually every objective measure, Walker has been an extraordinarily successful governor…So why is Scott Walker facing a recall vote? He hasn’t broken any laws. He hasn’t been charged with a crime. No one has accused him of accepting bribes or molesting children or any of the things most people think of when they think about recalling a sitting governor.

Walker is facing recall for one reason: His reforms have diminished the power of unions, and the unions want revenge.”
The Weekly Standard

Whether it's in Wisconsin, Illinois, California or the nation's capital, today's public sector workers expect to do little or no work (I'm not counting partying in Las Vegas as ‘work’), and then be lavishly compensated. Often, the only heavy lifting they do all week is picking up their paychecks.

When government employees mobbed the state capitol in Wisconsin last year, the upside was: They got to bully people. The downside: Voters finally found out what these public servants were being paid.

Their compensation included not only straight salary, but also lavish overtime benefits, pensions, health care plans, sick days and vacation time (most of which they spent protesting).

The unions thought they could fight back against Gov. Scott Walker's tiny rollbacks without anyone finding out the details. Most people saw what public employees were getting and assumed it was a misprint.

Two years ago, seven bus drivers in Madison, Wis., made more than $100,000 a year.”
Ann Coulter

“State and local government workers today are not exploited in sweat shop conditions for poverty wages as the workers in union lore of old. Today it is taxpayers who are the ones being exploited.”

Education is easily the most important social equalizer in our society, yet there is no evidence that Wisconsin's previous levels of retirement and health-care funding for teachers improved student performance. Many factors harm student performance—including that we don't fire our worst teachers and don't reward our best, thanks to union contracts that forbid merit-based compensation and block the dismissal of teachers except in rare circumstances.

Recalling Gov. Walker and reinstating collective-bargaining rights would guarantee a tax hike to pay astronomical, pre-Walker-level health and retirement benefits to union members. Local governments would have to continue fighting in front of arbitrators to exert any semblance of control over their workforce. And big labor would be able to exert more control over politicians and dictate reform on its terms—which is virtually no reform at all.

If politicians nationwide see Mr. Walker as a cautionary tale, what will happen on the inevitable day when we have to tell seniors that they must contribute more toward Medicare or wait until age 68 to receive Social Security? Will the AARP run those people out of office too?”
The Wall Street Journal

“If the American Dream is to remain available to working people, and not just bureaucrat aristocrats, then Scott Walker must survive the recall, and his reforms must remain intact.  That means patriots across America must respond to this Paul Revere moment with maximum possible support for the Walker campaign… Or what was won at Lexington and Concord 237 years ago will be lost in Madison this year.”


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AFP in action


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Heading towards the ring, making his way down the aisle, he stands 5' 10", he weighs 180 pounds, from Ryan, Oklahoma...

“The last thing Wisconsin and our republic need is another tax-and-spend liberal in charge of the state. And if the far left is able to recall Gov. Walker, it could open the floodgates, causing more such recalls to sweep the country.

That is why my wife, Gena, and I are encouraging everyone to vote for the incumbent, Scott Walker, for governor of Wisconsin.”

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"Why Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Will Win Big on Tuesday"

“Unions will lose big and GOP Governor Scott Walker will win big this Tuesday in Wisconsin. Here’s why.

Government employee unions are a real threat to national security, far worse than the unproven fraud called global warming. Government employee pensions threaten our children’s future. They will destroy the American Dream and wipe away our quality of life. America is doomed to follow Europe off the cliff, if we don’t dramatically reform public pensions…today.

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The This Just In...Official Special Voters Guide for June 5, 2012

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

If you have ever smoked marijuana inside the state Capitol, please don’t vote.

If within the past 16 months you have gone two or more days in a row without taking a bath, please don’t vote.

If you placed tape on anything inside the state Capitol within the past 16 months, please don’t vote.

If you requested a phony sick leave excuse within the past 18 months, please don’t vote.

If you gave out a phony sick leave excuse within th past 18 months, please don't vote.

If you have ever used profanity against someone brandishing a sign you disagreed with, please don’t vote.

If you have ever disrupted a ceremony honoring young disabled or special needs folks, please don’t vote.

If you have ever bothered the children of elected officials, please don’t vote.

If you are overjoyed that photo ID will not be required Tuesday, please don’t vote.

f the very sight of a blue fist makes you orgasmic, please don’t vote.

If you have ever defecated on a police car or any other place in public, please don’t vote.

If you have never paid a property tax bill, please don’t vote.

If you live with your folks, please don’t vote.

If you signed the Walker recall petition but are now upset it's gone public and everyone knows you did, please don't vote,

If you are unemployed and have not looked for a job for over a year and have collected benefits, please don’t vote.

 you think Herb Kohl is doing a great job running the Milwaukee Bucks, please don’t vote.

If you think a 9-month work year job is a hardship, please don’t vote.

If you think you should pay nothing towards your health care or pension, please don’t vote.

If you think a positive jobs report for Wisconsin is bad news, please don’t vote.

If you have ever made a death threat against an elected official, please don’t vote.

If you have ever made a sexual assault threat against a female elected official, please don’t vote.

If you have ever dumped a beer on a conservative, please don’t vote.

If you like high property taxes, please don’t vote.

If the old days of  Jim Doyle bring a tear to your eyes, please don't vote.

If your idea of economic development is a two-mile train that goes around in a circle, yet goes nowhere, please don’t vote.

If your idea of economic development is a whole bunch of wind farms, please don’t vote.

If you had anything to do with a political ad that flat out lied in the last few days before the election, please don’t vote.

If you’d prefer a budget deficit, please don’t vote.

If you’d prefer a budget deficit as opposed to a surplus, please don’t vote.

If you think it’s ok for a police department to consider an armed robbery for FBI data statistics as theft from individuals, please don’t vote.

If you hate economic progress, please don’t vote.

If you think special interests should run our state and country, please don’t vote.

If you think Tom Barrett actually has a personality, backbone or a plan, please don’t vote.


The latest pro-life news (06/05/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Also: Pregnant driver dies in Tippecanoe crash; child delivered and now under treatment

Long voter lines in Franklin

Check out the coverage from Channel 4.

FOX News projects a Walker victory


Matt Batzel, Wisconsin Spokesman 

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Today Wisconsin made a choice...a choice to keep our state moving forward.  I extend my appreciation and congratulations to my good friend Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefish and the recalled state senators on tonight's victory.

We are celebrating a victory for not only Gov.Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and the state senators who emerged from the attempted recall, but for the great state of Wisconsin.  Gov. Walker and his colleagues made tough choices that put our state back on the right track, they stood by the choices they made and tonight's election reaffirms the belief in the direction we're heading.

Walker Wins Wisconsin

Tonight we defeated out-of-state special interests and a return to out-of-control government spending--delivering a win for balanced budgets, job growth and local schools and governments seeking to maintain control of their own finances.  

There's another group who won't appear on newscasts tonight or in tomorrow's articles that deserves credit for tonight's win; those who've worked the long hours at call centers, knocked on doors, attended events or put up yard signs.  The hard work of dedicated volunteers made this Republican victory possible and I extend my appreciation for their courageous efforts.

Today we celebrate the Gov. Walker team and Wisconsin win, tomorrow we look ahead to our next battle....conservative control of the U.S. Senate.

Best Regards,

Tommy Thompson



Tonight, Wisconsin voters made a critical decision for the future prosperity of the state. Their
decision to reject the government union-led effort to recall Governor Scott Walker provides some crucial insights for the rest of our nation.

Click below to watch a short highlight video about how AFP educated Wisconsin residents about Governor Walker's
budget reforms!

First, elected leaders can take on and defeat the most powerful special interest group in the nation, government unions, if their reforms are truly bold.  Facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Walker tackled some of the most powerful government unions and saved over a $1 billion for Wisconsin taxpayers. And the result? Property taxes have decreased for the first time in 12 years, unemployment is falling, and school districts are flush with cash.

Remember when they said the sky would fall? Thanks to Governor Walker’s reforms, it’s sunnier than ever.

Despite the temper tantrums led by government unions, the truth is they are an entitled class with far bigger pensions, better health care, and far more job security than those who work in the private sector.  By requiring public employees to make a small contribution towards their generous taxpayer-subsidized health care and pensions — just like in the private sector — millions of taxpayer dollars have been saved in every corner of the state.

Tonight Wisconsinites made it clear they agree with Governor Walker and in order to stop the state from going bankrupt, it’s about time everyone chips in.

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I read the news today, OH BOY!




Walker will losing Democrats react?

The answer is right here.

Drudge 1, everybody else...


Don't forget these big winners in the recall elections

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Unborn Children Were Big Winners

in Recall Victories

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Franklin vote totals

Here are the preliminary city of Franklin results from Tuesday's recall election:


Scott Walker   10,877 (64.93%)

Tom Barrett       5,825 (34.77%)

Hari Trivedi            45 (0.27%)

Write-in                    6 (0.04%)

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OK, are you ready to play FINAL JEOPARDY?

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


Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

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

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.

Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:


The correct question is:

Who is?

May 23, 2012, 9:31 a.m., Reagan International Airport, Gate 38


Again, I love stories like this



Will he deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention?

Our Grassroots Victory for Freedom


Wisconsin has been at the forefront of a national conversation for the last 18 months. We have been firsthand witnesses to a battle that has been raging for years. The question that has been dominating discussions here in the Badger State has been the role of government and how much we are willing to bow down to its ever increasing influence. The reason we are at the center of this debate is because we have been able to see two drastically different approaches to government reign here in Wisconsin.

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UPDATE: Franklin Mayor Taylor may be on to something, but can he pull it off?

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Shortly after I wrote that blog in 2011 I happened to bump into Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke at an event who told me this issue is one of the most critical facing our area. I agree.

That’s why I was encouraged to see the recent comments of Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor. wrote about a new report:

Five southern Milwaukee County communities could save millions of dollars over the next five years if they consolidated their fire departments, a report by the Public Policy Forum says. Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek could save $1 million annually in operating costs and about $4 million over the next five years in vehicle replacement costs if they formed one fire department.”

Mayor Taylor’s response:

"I'm starting to put my budget together. I'm sure the other municipalities are doing the same. Every year it seems like we're working with less money. I think we're going to take a hard look at it.”


By all means, let’s take a tough, long, hard, serious look.

Franklin, do not stop the presses...we knew this was coming

It comes as no surprise and is not a Franklin news bulletin. We’ve been telling you for over a year that the Franklin Public Schools administration and the Franklin School Board are hell bent on jamming a school referendum down your throats.

Wednesday night, the board according to FranklinNOW voted 5-2 to place a building referendum on the November ballot. Board President Janet Evans and newly-elected board member Aimee Schlueter correctly voted NO. The others incorrectly voted YES.


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Can we please stop using the "S" word?


[ser-vahyv]  verb, sur·vived, sur·viv·ing.
verb (used without object)

to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live: Few survived after the holocaust.
to remain or continue in existence or use: Ancient farming methods still survive in the Middle East.
to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence: She's surviving after the divorce.

Headline writers all across the country are putting Wisconsin’s recall in a nutshell proclaiming Governor Walker “survived.”


He won big last time and won even bigger this time.

THIS is more like it.

Doing fine???

House Speaker John Boehner...


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I hope you've had a chance to watch our new video, "Stop".  If not, be sure to check it out below.  Stop is being aired via a heavy statewide cable and network buy with a strong supportive radio buy, best positioning Tommy for the 67-day sprint to the primary election.
Perhaps the most glaring example of Washington politicians being out of touch is found right here in Wisconsin.  We need to put a stop to the liberal agenda of Madison's own Rep. Tammy Baldwin.
Did you know she's been ranked as the most liberal member of the House? Tammy Baldwin is a classic tax-and-spend liberal, and her ranking as the most liberal member of the House puts her clearly out of the mainstream of Wisconsin voters.
Tommy Thompson's plan to RESTORE America gets it right; cut spending and then cap it. But Tommy doesn't end there - he's the only candidate in this race that's proposing a cap on revenues too. Tammy Baldwin is so out of touch she's among the few that don't think a repeal of Obamacare is absolutely necessary.  Tommy will lead the charge to repeal Obamacare and has a market-driven plan to reform health care.
We need to put a Stop to Washington politicians - starting right here in Wisconsin with Tammy Baldwin - who are spending and taxing America to the edge of a fiscal cliff.  Please help us "Stop" Tammy Baldwin by contributing $10, $25, $50 or more today:
Darrin Schmitz
Campaign Advisor

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From: Tommy 
Date: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Stop
To: Darrin Schmitz


Darrin,'s an easy concept, but Washington politicians just don't get it

Why is it that Washington has so few leaders willing to stand-up and make the tough decisions, like we have here in Wisconsin?  Leaders like the victorious Gov. Scott Walker who have the courage to put Wisconsin reforms to work for us.'s an easy concept, but Washington politicians just don't get it.

Our federal deficit is ballooning, yet the Democrats in Washington can't stop spending and taxing. Fortunately Rep. Paul Ryan stands in their way, offering his common-sense Pathway to Prosperity as the right choice to get our country back on-track.'s an easy concept, but Washington politicians just don't get it. 

I do...which is why I am running for U.S. Senate.  Today my campaign for U.S. Senate begins the aggressive 68-day march to victory on August 14th, with the launch of our latest ad, 
"Stop." Stop will be viewed statewide, on a strong network and cable buy.


Our problems in Washington are large and seemingly outnumber the politicians with the courage to fix them.  I have a plan to RESTORE America, and bring back the America we love. 

I've spoken at rallies, attended dairy breakfasts, visited countless businesses, walked parades and met with groups concerned with the direction of our country, and their message is clear:  Stop!

  • We need to cut and cap spending in Washington, stop politicians obsessed with raising taxes to pay for their out-of-control spending.  I will stop the huge Obama tax hikes coming next year.
  • I'll stop the government takeover of health care and repeal Obamacare, and fight for market-driven solutions that let patients choose their doctors, allow consumer-driven coverage plans and reform medical liability.
  • Our time to stop our dependence on foreign oil is long overdue.  We have the resources and the need to become energy independent.  
  • We need to put Wisconsin reforms to work in Washington, and stop the drain on taxpayers by putting federal employee pay and benefit plans in line with the private sector.  
  • Job killing regulations must stop if we are to start creating good jobs.  We need to get government out of the way and get our country back to work.

Together, we can stop Washington if we start working together today.  Please take a moment to watch my latest television ad, and forward it on to those that share my concern that we simply can't afford another day of business-as-usual in Washington.


Tommy Thompson

P.S.  Please consider a contribution of $15, $25 or $50, to help me continue to deliver my message throughout this campaign.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

P.S.  To learn more about my plan to stop Washington, please visit:  RESTORE America.
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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend fit for young lovers!

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.

James Russell Lowell

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted.

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

We’re now into the month of June, the month for weddings. June weddings are terrific. I know. I had one.

A Polish couple celebrates their wedding during an open air 'Summer Night' Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert backdropped by Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on Thursday. Photo: Samuel Kubani / AFP - Getty Images

For many years I helped my good friend, Jim Kaluzny who spun tunes at weddings as a side business. The most popular surefire selections to jam the dance floor were the slow numbers, the bumpers and grinders.

Tonight, music for the nuptials as we have some fun and get just a little naughty in the process.

We begin with what some "experts" consider the greatest country song of all-time. This Just In dedicates it to all the nervous grooms, sung here by the woman who made it famous.


Jewel Fay Smith was born in Orange, Calif., on Aug. 5, 1943. By the time she was 12, she was singing in clubs professionally. Three years later, she married for the first time. At the urging of friends in the music business, Smith moved to Nashville in 1967 and soon was signed to Columbia Records. She charted her first single -- "So Long, Charlie Brown, Don't Look for Me Around" -- in 1968. She charted twice more on Columbia but never rose into the Top 50 while recording for the label.

One of her early acquaintances at Columbia was the aspiring songwriter Kris Kristofferson, then working at the label as a janitor. He would later provide Smith her first and only ticket to No. 1.

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/09/12)

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:  Sunny. High of 86.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 87. "A"  Just keep the bowls of cool water handy this weekend. Here are other ideas.

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

 The sudden realization that shorts & swimsuit season is upon us can be quite a downer for most women.  So we do the Special K cereal thing, the cans of Slim Fast (give us a week, we’ll take off seven days) or some other form of dietary torture.  Clearly if you’ve been sedentary (a nice way of saying you’ve been laying on your derriere for the last six months eating bags of Doritos and Haagen-Dazs right from the carton) you’re most likely out of luck.  That itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot number should probably stay in the drawer.

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Week-ends (06/09/12)


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...


Scott Walker

Brave neighbor in China

Dawn Paulus

Lana Kuykendall

Yolanda Medina

Meghan Vogel


Occupy protesters in Milwaukee

Dennis Cimpl

Robyn Ereth

Idalma De Armas

Richard Wagner Jones

Nancy Snyderman

South Florence High School

Ross Sheppard High School

Heath and Deborah Campbell

Tim Ryan



"Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make the tough decisions.”
Governor Scott Walker after defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall.

“Spare me the spin. This was a whupping.”
Liberal writer Matthew Rothschild in the Isthmus about the recall, won by Scott Walker by 7 points.

"I think the Democrats are going to have a circular firing squad on their hands for about three weeks. Obama is going to show up in a month or two and say, 'Hey guys, remember me, you need to help me get re-elected.' I think a lot of Democrats around here are very disappointed in this president. They're going to look back at him, 'Thanks a lot, pal, we appreciate the help.’ Wisconsin has given their stamp of approval to Gov. Walker's successful reforms that balanced the budget, put people back to work and put government back on the side of the people.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

"Recalling a politician who didn’t abuse his office is crazy. Every day already feels like Election Day in America; if we’re going to start calling a vote every time a politician looks vulnerable or unveils policies that offend a particular interest group, every day actually will be Election Day in America. Personally, I have mixed feelings about unions, and a negative impression of Walker, but the people of Wisconsin hired the guy to do a job for four years, and if unions don’t like the way he’s doing it they should try to beat him in 2014."
Mike Grunwald, TIME magazine

“The private sector is doing just fine.”
President Obama

“And, I care about the long term debt of the country a lot. Remember me, I’m the only guy that gave you four surplus budgets out of the eight I sent.” 
Bill Clinton at a joint Obama/Clinton fundraiser

“You are not special. You are not exceptional. Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You've been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You've been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not.”
Wellesley High School (Massachusetts) teacher David McCullough, Jr., in a commencement speech to graduating seniors. You can read the entire speech here.


Liberal talk show host hates the national anthem.


So, WHO was behind that violent Occupy rally in Milwaukee the other night?


Wisconsin's recall...and rightfully so.


Ted Turner said WHAT?

You think you've heard about every crazy lawsuit? Try this one.

Big splash at the US Capitol.

It's been banned in Idaho.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

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Recommended Reading (06/09/12)

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).

Why Scott Walker won

Scott Walker won for a simple reason: He did what he promised to do as a candidate and it worked.”

What Wisconsin means

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Photos of the Week (06/10/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Neighbors display signs with opposite views on the Wisconsin recall election June 4, 2012 in Beloit, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the recall election scheduled for tomorrow. Opponents of Walker forced a recall election after the governor pushed to change the collective bargaining process for public employees in the state. Photo: Getty Images

2) Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker votes on June 5, in Wauwatosa, Wis. Photo: Morry Gash / AP

3) Gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett lines up to vote at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 5. Photo: John Gress / Reuters

4) Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks at his victory party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. Photo: AP

5) Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett delivers his concession speech with his wife, Kris at his side at his election night party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Milwaukee. Barrett faced Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Photo: AP

6) A sign offering to trade Illinois governor Pat Quinn for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker hangs from a building just over the Illinois state line June 5, 2012 in South Beloit, Illinois. Wisconsin voters are at the polls today deciding the outcome of a recall election for Walker. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican Walker in the recall election. Opponents of Walker forced a recall election after the governor pushed to change the collective bargaining process for public employees in the state. Photo: Getty Images

7) President Barack Obama pauses while talking about the economy, Friday, June 8, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Obama said "the private sector is doing just fine." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

8) People wait in line to speak to potential employers at a New York state jobs fair in the Harlem Armory on June 7, 2012 in New York City. The job fair was put together by the New York State Department of Labor and New York State assemblyman Keith Wright. The U.S. Department of Labor has coined the month of June as "Jobs Fair Month." (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

9) Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted from a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, June 7, 2012, for a pre-trial hearing. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

10) Navy personnel stand at attention during a ceremony and commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the U.S. Navy Memorial on June 4, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

11) WWII Navy veteran Josephine Bussard, 89, left, and her husband WWII Marine Corps veteran Murray Bussard, 88, of Springfield, Mo., who were married 67 years Friday and met during the war, kiss during a visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, on the 68th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

12) Wreaths are laid at the memorial of the Colleville American military cemetery in Colleville sur Mer, western France, on June 6 during the ceremony commemorating the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Photo: Remy de la Mauviniere / AP

13) Tens of thousands take part in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4, 2012 to mark the 23rd anniversary of the military crackdown of the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Photo: Tyrone Siu / Reuters

14) Deb Mirenda of Coatesville, Pa. and her son Vincent, 9, listen to a speaker, during a protest against the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage, at Independence Mall, Friday, June 8, 2012, in Philadelphia. The event was organized by Stand Up For Religious Freedom. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

15) Hail as big as golf balls was reported in the Denver area on Wednesday night, June 6, 2012. It swallowed these vehicles. Photo: The Weather Channel

16) Two rescued pangolins sit in a basket during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, June 7. Thai customs rescued 110 pangolins worth about $35,500 that they say were to be sold outside the country as exotic food. The animals, hidden in a pickup truck, were seized at a customs checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, south of Bangkok. These adorable, shy and defenseless pangolins are hunted for their meat which is regarded as highly nutritious and its scales which are prescribed for ailments ranging from skin diseases to lack of milk in breast-feeding mothers. In China, they believe pangolin can boost sexual prowess. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

17) Waldorf Astoria hotel culinary director David Garcelon uses a smoker to calm honey bees residing in hives on the hotel's 20th floor roof in New York, on June 5. The hotel, a favorite stopover for numerous presidents, plans to harvest its own honey and help pollinate plants in the skyscraper-heavy heart of the city, joining a mini beekeeping boom that has taken over hotel rooftops from Paris to Times Square. Photo: Kathy Willens / AP

18) Cody, a one-year-old Cockaweenie, bails during a surfing competition in San Diego sponsored by Purina. Photo: Gus Ruelas / Reuters

19) A grasshopper (Gomphocerinae) sits on a branch of a chamomile in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, on Friday June 8, 2012. The forecast predicts sunny weather and temperatures up to 32 degrees (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

20) A pair of giant pandas play in their enclosure at the Beijing Zoo on June 5, 2012 in Beijing, China. With an estimated 1,600 living in the wild, the endangered giant panda dwell in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

21) Police Service of Northern Ireland officers protect the Olympic torch as it is prevented from going down Guildhall Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

22) Olympic Torch bearers Clare Leahy and Denis Broderick carry the torch over the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, on June 4. The Olympic Torch relay started at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin. It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27. Photo: Peter Muhly / AFP - Getty Images

23) An undentified man peers into the mouth of a giant sculpture of a swimmer in front of the Mutual of Omaha building in Omaha, Neb., on Monday. The sculpture has been erected by Mutual of Omaha, a sponsor of USA Swimming, ahead of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials scheduled to take place in Omaha later this month. Photo; Nati Harnik / AP

24) Howard Berman, of Yonkers, N.Y., wears his I'll Have Another T-shirt before the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, June 9, 2012. I'll have Another scratched from the race Friday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

25) Dutch fans stand dejected after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between the Netherlands and Denmark in Kharkiv , Ukraine, Saturday, June 9, 2012. The Netherlands lost the match to Denmark 0-1. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

26) Pregnant Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi (R) talks to her husband Marhazli Mhotar after competing in the women's single 10m air rifle shooting finals at the 36th Southeast Asian Shooting Championship 2012 in Subang outside Kuala Lumpur June 5, 2012. When Suryani takes aim with her rifle at the London Olympics it will not just be nerves she will be attempting to control inside her. The 29-year-old from Perak, situated 124 miles north of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, is due to give birth to her first child on Sept. 2, less than a month after the Games end. Photo: Reuters

27) Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo, center, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, June 3, in Las Vegas, Nev. Photo: Julie Jacobson / AP

28) Betty White, at left, attends her wax figure unveiling at Madame Tussauds on Monday, June 4, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

29) Usain Bolt crashes into an unidentified flower girl after crossing the finish line with the year's second quickest 100m sprint - he also holds first and third place. Bolt tried to jump over the flower girl before crashing into her, but he was going too fast to avoid her. As Bolt slowed down he grabbed hold of the girl's arms and prevented her from actually hitting the floor.  Photos: The Daily Mail via Reuters and AP.

30) President Barack Obama receives a signed football and New York football Giants jersey from New York Giants players, from right, Eli Manning, left, Zak DeOssie, and Justin Tuck during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, to honor the Super Bowl XLVI Champions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

31) Milwaukee Brewers' Norichika Aoki (7) celebrates his walkoff home run off Chicago Cubs' Casey Coleman in the 10th inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Milwaukee. The Brewer won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

32) Senior military veterans, including World War II veteran Wayne Field, 86, (C), sing the national anthem before the swimming competition at the National Golden Age Games on June 4, 2012 in St Peters, Missouri. Almost 800 veterans between the ages of 55 and 101 from around the United States participated in the annual six-day event held by the Departement of Veterans Affairs this year in the St Louis area. The veterans competed in a wide range of sporting and recreational events, from swimming to dominoes, many of which were qualifying events for the 2013 National Senior Games. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

33) This combo picture made on Wednesday shows living statues depecting an Apache Indian, a sand man, Elvis Presley, a matador, the invisible man, the newspaper man, a bronze sweeper and Charlie Chaplin near the Puerta del Sol square. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in Spain, the number of living statues has increased in Madrid. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the industrialized world, with 24.44 percent of the workforce idle, according to the national statistics office Ine. Photo: Dominique Faget / AFP - Getty Images

34) Indian guitar players raise their instruments in unison after making a new Limca record for "largest guitar ensemble" in Guwahati, India, on June 3. Some 5,406 people made up the mass guitar ensemble for an attempt in the Limca Book of Records, a record book of Indian origin first published in 1990. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

35) Participants celebrate after creating the world record for the category of "Most Participants in a Multi-legged Race" in a riverside park in Taipei on Tuesday. A group of 450 tourists from Japan's Junior Chamber International and 152 Taiwanese youth jointly created a new world record in a 603-legged race. Photo: Pichi Chuang / Reuters

36) German bike designer Dieter Senft(L) sits with Emilia and Wiolenta from Poland on his selfmade tricycle that rolls on 100 footballs. Senft invented 5 bicycles and are seen in the exhibition until November in the city Pudagla. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN SAUER /AFP/GettyImages

37) Cyclists ride nude through central Madrid during the nude cyclist protest against the dangers commuter cyclists face, in conjunction with the World Naked Bike Ride on June 9, 2012. The protest calls on authorities to provide safer cycling routes and for drivers to respect cyclists. Photo: Paul Hanna / Reuters

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #280

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The bizarre update.

Culinary no-no #281

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The latest pro-life news (06/11/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

It's bad enough the mosquitoes are coming

That was some weekend. Lots and lots of sun. Warm temperatures. Little if any humidity. The kind of weekend we dream about from November through May.

Occasionally on Sunday there’d be enough clouds to cover the sun temporarily for some nice relief. Throughout my back yard and retention pond, there were enough birds to fill an aviary and form their own wondrous chirping symphony.

Late Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I gazed across the pond to the next street over. Sprinting like an Olympic racer was a beautiful deer. Seeing an oncoming car into the subdivision, it immediately left the road to take refuge under a tree. Once the vehicle sped past, the deer took off, headed to a very busy street.

About an hour later, another deer, this time accompanied by a much smaller fry could be seen, again, blazing down the same street and heading toward that same street sure to be filled with motorists.


Check the calendar, then check the roads.

They’re out there.

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OK, I just had to watch it again!


Kyla's Korner - Musings of a FATHER (06/12/12)

It’s a ritual many nights in the Fischer household.

Once the sun has set and the house is dark, Kyla implores Daddy to play "hide and seek." Mommy usually joins in.

No, I don’t feel at all silly waiting to be discovered while I stand in the shower or slip under the kitchen table.

We definitely play the game right, but I know we could probably
play it even better.

Grassroots leaders call out state Senator Larson

Grassroots Leaders Call-Out Chris Larson's Lack of Bi-partisanship

June 12 (Milwaukee) - In an initial step towards putting the recall elections behind us, Governor Scott Walker invited the Democratic Party legislators, the state senators and representatives along with their spouses and staffers to a "Brat Summit" cookout today. The "Brat Summit" serves as a venue to opening dialog between the legislators.

As Senator Larson's constituents in the state's 7th Senate District, we are extremely disappointed in his declining the Governor's invitation. According to a June 8 Associated Press article, Senator Larson casually dismissed the invitation as just a "great photo-op" for the Governor. He reaffirmed this position in a facebook posting on June 11th. He wrote, "If Walker truly wants to find compromise and work together on jobs, education, and health care, he will convene a special legislative session now that there is actually a check on his power in the state senate."

Those are not the words of a statesman who seeks common ground to move forward in an effort to collaborate with fellow legislators. These are the words of an arrogant, egotistical person who demands the other party yield to his ideology.

As a young leader of the Democratic Party and a key player in the "Capitol Chaos" of 2011, it is incumbent on Senator Larson to exert a greater degree of party leadership and to strenuously work to partner with the administration for the benefit of all Wisconsinites.

As grassroots movement leaders, we agree that Governor's "Brat Summit" can help move Wisconsin "Forward" by bringing legislators together where they can set aside differences for a while and focusing their attention on improving our economy which will bring jobs.

If Senator Chris Larson cannot accept the will of 53% of the people of Wisconsin and shift his focus to growing the economy for all Wisconsinites and if he cannot step "Forward" by attending this "Brat Summit," then perhaps it is time for him to step "Aside."

Chris Kliesmet, Citizens for Responsible Government                      
Orv Seymer, Citizens for Responsible Government 

Larry Gamble, WI Grandsons of Liberty
Tim Dake, WI GrandSons of Liberty

LibertyVention 2012 is this weekend


The State Tea Party Convention is this weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. LibertyVention 2012 will be held on June 15th and 16th at the Mead Hotel and will have a great lineup of speakers and training.

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The Biggest Lesson and Biggest Loser from the Recall

By Brett Healy
President, the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy

It is hard to believe that just one week ago today Governor Walker defeated Mayor Barrett in Wisconsin's historic recall election, 53 to 46. We Wisconsinites have become so accustomed to the perpetual recall season, the constant buzzing of vuvuzelas and the nonstop campaign ads on TV that the relative silence we are experiencing now seems to be unusual, not the norm. Don't worry, a few Leinie's by the water and we will all be good.

While there are a whole host of takeaways that everyone involved in the recall will point to for their own parochial purposes, the most important lesson to come out of this ordeal is for Big Labor and Big Labor only. It is a lesson about the very future of the public employee labor movement and one that will have ramifications across the country whether you choose to recognize it or not.

You, Big Labor, attempted a bloodless coup against Governor Walker for having the audacity to ask government employees to pay something towards their own platinum health and retirement benefits. You orchestrated sixteen months of chaos because someone finally had the temerity to say no to you.

You didn't care that this was an abuse of the recall process or that Governor Walker was just months into his first term. You couldn't wait until the regularly scheduled election in 2014. You believed so strongly you were in the right that you forced a general election in June, essentially a $20 million do-over, on the good people of Wisconsin.

You attempted to intimidate Governor Walker and lawmakers into backing down. You yelled, you screamed, you shouted and you sang. You surrounded the Capitol with your semi trucks. You stalked our politicians outside of their homes and at the State Fair. You brought in professional protestors from around the country. You were obnoxious and profane. You whipped your supporters into such a frenzy that some wished harm and even death on the Governor and his family. You stormed the Capitol and refused to leave. You closed down our schools for days, bringing students to the Capitol as pawns in your special interest chess game.

Then you lied and sought out a fake doctor's note so you could get paid to protest.

You attempted to sensationalize this debate. You took the rhetoric and hyperbole to levels we have never seen before here in Wisconsin. You compared Governor Walker to Hosni Mubarak and the struggle of the people of Egypt to be free with your own fight to keep a few more bucks in your pocket.

You said the sky would fall and schools all around our state would close. Some in your movement actually attempted to compare Wisconsin 2011 to Adolph Hitler and the rise of Nazism in Germany.

You turned this debate about the appropriate level of compensation and benefits for government workers into a crass and naked power grab.

But you failed.

The taxpayer prevailed. The lesson from Wisconsin 2011 is that taxpayers have had enough and will no longer be bullied into submissive silence by even the most powerful and deep-pocketed special interest groups.

And this must be the most frightening part of this lesson for you, Big Labor. If this can happen in Wisconsin, it can happen anywhere in this country.


There is finally hope for our country, awash in some $16 trillion dollars of debt and being driven to the brink of financial ruin by out of control government spending. Hope that taxpayers will unite and demand fiscal prudence to save the American way of life.

You had the nation's attention focused solely on this one state. You were able to focus all your vast resources and deploy your army of campaign operatives on little-old Wisconsin for more than a year. You spent sixteen months and over $40 million dollars here.

And you failed.

If this can happen in Wisconsin - the state that gave birth to government unions and the modern-day AFSCME - it can happen anywhere.

And it will.

If common sense can prevail in Wisconsin - a state with a rich progressive history, the home of Fighting Bob LaFollette and the first personal income tax in the country - it can prevail anywhere.

If this can happen in Wisconsin - a purple state if there ever was one, a state with a history of divided government, a state that has voted for Russ Feingold, Tommy Thompson, President Obama, John Kerry, David Obey, Paul Ryan - this can happen anywhere.

If, after all of your efforts to mislead the public about the impact of Act 10, 75% of Wisconsinites still support Governor Walker's fiscal reforms, this can happen anywhere.

And it will.

If a majority of voters in Wisconsin reject your fear mongering, the vandalism, the violence, the incessant public can happen anywhere.

Wisconsin taxpayers stood up to the bully. We've proven it can be done.

Now, the rest of the country can take from Wisconsin the strength and resolve needed to fix our problems. Our success can be replicated from coast to coast.

And it will.

MacIver Institute


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They undoubtedly thought this was brilliant.

In reality, another loopy liberal losing tactic.

You can't make this stuff up.

Om = W-A-C-K-O-E-S

How in the world did Governor Walker lose?

HT: Charlie Sykes

Are there days I miss working for Senator Lazich?

You better believe it.

On Tuesday, Governor Walker held his brat summit for legislators and staffers from both sides of the aisle.

Would have loved to have been in on these photos of our great Governor Scott Walker and Senator Lazich's staffer and my former colleague and always dear friend, Tricia Sieg.

Tricia, a simple love you personal e-mail will suffice.

For all you and the Senator do on behalf of three of your dear friends and constituents and everyone in Senate District 28, God bless you!

Tricia Sieg and Scott Walker at today's beer summit.

And please, Tricia, take care of all those bobbleheads, including Roscoe Raider from MSOE!

Coke + surveillance cameras =

A great new ad.

We now take you to the gymnasium of Mason Elementary School in Grand Blanc, Michigan


Welcome home dad: Sergeant Luis Bratic embraces his ten-year-old son Christopher at his elementary school in Michigan - who burst into tears after his father surprised him by coming home early from Afghanistan

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Wednesday night is Summer Rerun night at This Just In...

Beginning tonight and every Wednesday night throughout the summer, I’ll re-post some old blogs I thought were interesting and worth a second look.

It’s that time of year.

NOW photos

English teacher David McCullough caused quite a stir recently when he told graduates at their commencement ceremony they weren't special (I thought it was a great speech).

Yes, a dose of stark reality can be just what the doctor ordered.

Local property taxpayers need to be informed

Area property taxpayers got some great news recently when the Public Policy Forum released a report showing
southeastern Wisconsin property tax levies declined for the first time in at least a decade. It’s actually old news. Property taxpayers saw and felt the difference when they went to the mailboxes last December.

Liberal Journal Sentinel reporter Larry Sandler wrote that the drop was “partly”, yes, “partly" due to action by state government, i.e., Republicans.

The authors of the Public Policy Forum report gave a different assessment.

The report says, “
the relationship between valuations and taxes…is impacted considerably this year by legislative changes adopted as part of the 2011-13 Wisconsin State Budget placing stringent limits on local government levying efforts. The new levy limit for municipalities and counties is now generally defined as no more than the greater of (a) the previous year's actual levy; or (b) a percentage equal to the percentage change in equalized value due to net new construction. Consequently, local governments having zero net new construction in a given year now might be precluded from receiving any increase in property tax revenue in the following year. The state budget also lowered school district revenue caps by 5.5% in Fiscal Year 2011-12, which means that school districts that experienced an increase or only a small decrease in state aid were required to lower their levies. For FY 2012-13, school district total revenues (property taxes and state aid) are frozen at the 2011-12 level.”

In other words, very little, if any credit goes to locally-elected officials. Thank you notes, instead, go to Governor Walker and legislative Republicans who crafted and approved the current state budget.

Without the provisions in the state budget, you can bet property taxes would have continued to go upward. This is especially true in Tax Hell, USA, otherwise known as Franklin, Wisconsin. The Common Council is dominated by tax and spenders who would never seriously consider serious cuts and are not representative of the city as a whole. The School Board is even worse. Even after some positive development sin the spring school board elections, five out of seven school board members just voted to place a referendum on the November ballot that, if approved, could result in a tax increase of close to $50 million.

FranklinNOW reported on the school board action, omitting the rather important element of how each board member voted (Janet Evans and Aimee Schlueter correctly voted NO).  The board vote simply okayed a referendum.  Following the article were several comments posted from readers including this one from someone called Facts of Life:

“I don't live in Franklin so I really don't care what they do. My point is this is how it's supposed to work. Ask the taxpayers, through referendum, if they want to increase their taxes. If they vote in favor of it, great- if not, that's fine too.”

The comment is ho-hum, lame, and rather dumb, symbolizing why taxes are so high when the people who pay the bills display an attitude that they really don't give a ****.

The comment is also dead wrong. This is NOT “how it’s supposed to work.” Stunningly and stupidly, the school board voted to have a referendum without knowing its details, its cost, or its wording. They’ll just deal with those important elements later. Totally irresponsible vote.

This leads to a final point and a key lesson. While the April school board elections gave fiscally conservative Franklin taxpayers hope, there is no guarantee. Three board members, all up for re-election next year, will always suck up to the tax and spend crowd. Board members Linda Witkowksi and Tim Nielson, while somewhat more reasonable are also inconsistent and can not be trusted to always be there for the taxpayers.

Happy Flag Day!


On this Flag Day, I repeat my blog from one year ago today.

Please, take the time to take it all in.

God bless the USA and protect our glorious flag.

2ND UPDATE: Culinary no-no #280

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Tommy Thompson obliterates Tammy Baldwin in new poll

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Already, in the race for US Senate there's no shortage of overcharged political rhetoric coupled with big-spending self-funded campaigns. Yet there's one thing that just can't be bought: trust.

Today's Rasmussen Poll indicates our lead has only grown over liberal Rep. Tammy Baldwin. The new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Wisconsin finds Thompson with 52% support to Baldwin's 36%. Six percent (6%) favor some other candidate, and another six percent (6%) are undecided. (See the full results here)



The June 12th poll-taken after Governor Walker's recall victory-demonstrates post-recall momentum for Thompson, a trust grown with voters having delivered big bold conservative reforms that empowered people-not government. Tommy's conservative reforms turned this state around, and he's senate-ready day one to do it again for our country.

In just 61 Days we need to make sure we elect the strongest candidate to take on Tammy Baldwin and her well-funded liberal allies.  Tommy Thompson is the best candidate.

Tommy's ready to take back America and a U.S. Senate seat for state Republicans.  We need your help today.  Please take a moment to consider signing up to volunteer, there's no time to waste.

I ask that you also consider a donation to the campaign by clicking here.

The momentum continues to build, and we're looking forward to the election,

Ryan Burchfield
Campaign Manager

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Franklin Public Schools to taxpayers: "STICK 'EM UP!"

This is nowhere near a news flash but the same clueless Franklin Public Schools administration that may ask in referendum this November for a $48 million tax increase is proposing, for now, a 3.5% school property tax levy increase in the next budget.

Are they crazy? Brain dead? Are they not paying attention? Do they in their complete arrogance not care?

FPS Superintendent Steve Patz issued the draft budget proposal with a host of standard, obligatory statements in defense (spin) thinking the general public is too stupid and will fall for his tax and spend excuses.

I offer you some quotes from Patz in his 50-page draft budget document followed by my reaction.

“We are very conscious of the local economy and give it every consideration when planning our budget.”

No they are not and no they don’t.

“The Balance between taxpayer concerns and educational responsibilities is difficult to strike and the school district will always be fiscally prudent as it plans its budget.”

Past history proves otherwise.

"As our student population grows facility needs will need to be at the forefront of our planning in terms of building capacity. We have received significant community input and direction on this topic and feel confident our future needs can be addressed in an efficient manner.”

Translation: Franklin voters, please vote YES to a huge self-inflicted tax increase in November’s referendum.

”Not unlike previous years the district has planned the 2012-13 budget with an emphasis on being fiscally responsible, addressing the needs of our students and staff, and attending to operational issues that if left unattended could magnify the fiscal impact on their being brought up to standards in a significant way. Accountability to manage the budget has been and will continue to be strength of our school district. Community confidence needs to be earned and over the years we have provided that justification to the Franklin community by assessing our needs and addressing them in the most efficient way possible.”

Absolutely laughable.

“The District will continue to use a conservative approach to budgeting.”

Even more laughable.

There are the usual excuses, primarily that the usual pots of incoming money are either less or gone.  Yet somehow Business manager Jim Milzer has come up with a draft that includes an increase in spending during tough economic times of over $1.1. million dollars and a 3.5% property tax levy increase. Magician Milzer pulls the 3.5% figure out of his hat even though certain factors remain a mystery:

1. The assessed valuation has not yet been determined by the City.

2. The number of students for 2012-13 is unknown.

3. The amount of State aid has not been determined by the State.

Milzer, by the way, is an unethical hold-up artist I exposed on my blog in 2007. He’s still around, sticking it to taxpayers.

I urge you to read the draft budget report and see through all the spin.  It’s preliminary, of course. However, now is the time to speak out. The 3.5% increase is unacceptable, especially now and especially when a block buster referendum is being jammed down our throats.

The budget is in its early stages. They're pulling this crap hoping at the end of the school year and the advent of summer that no one is paying attention. Hopefully there’s time to dramatically revise.

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a FATHER (06/15/12)

Dear Kyla,

Daddy realizes he’s a gazillion years older than you.


However, that’s not a bad thing. You see, Kyla, it’s all about the length of your telomeres.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Prince of a weekend!

"I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin."

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.


Polish Fest runs this weekend at the Maier Summerfest Grounds on Milwaukee’s fabulous lakefront.

Bobby Vinton would be natural to perform at Polish Fest.

He’s not on this year’s entertainment lineup. In fact, he’s never played at Polish Fest. I don’t know why and I don’t know if attempts have been made to book him. Again, he’d be the quintessential headliner for this event.

Tonight, the music of the Polish Prince who isn’t ashamed of his deep faith.

Bobby Vinton was the focus of a recent article in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald that we will link to later.

At the tender age of 16, Vinton started his own big band. Raised in a musical family, the young man who would ride his voice to stardom could play six instruments.

Vinton talked to the Catholic Herald about his first hit song that was recorded in a church in New York City known for its acoustics.

Afterward, he walked to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to pray. He knelt before the statue of who he thought was St. Espanola. ‘Believe me, the record was awful; I couldn’t sing, nobody liked it, but I prayed to this saint Please, when it’s played on the radio, make it sound so great that people will think it’s a number one record. I know I can’t sing, I know it’s a dumb song, but please, I’m asking you for a miracle. And sure enough, that thing went to number one'.”

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/016/12)

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:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 85.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 83. "A"

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

Your morning rush-out-the-door ritual probably sounds something like this:

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Week-ends (06/16/12)

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...


Amber Thomas

Gus Hertz

Luke Pace

Texas father

Dawn Loggins

WI businesses

Junior Garcia

Nik Wallenda

Michelle LaPlante


Terry Turnage

Denver HOA

Greta Hawkins


"Well, you know, the truth of the matter is that as President of the United States I've got a lot of responsibilities, uhhh, I was supportive of Tom and, uh, had been supportive of Tom. Ahhh, but, obviously, uhh, I would like to have seen a different result…"
President Obama when asked by a Green Bay TV reporter why he didn't come to Wisconsin to campaign for Tom Barrett in the recall's final days.

"You’ve violated the public trust in my view by failing to perform the duties of your office. So, Mr. Attorney General it is with more sorrow than with regret and anger that I would say you leave me with no alternative but to join those who call on you to resign your office."
U.S. Senator John Cornyn to Attorney General Eric Holder at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“Over the next five months, this election will take many twists and many turns, polls will go up and polls will go down, there will be no shortage of gaffes and controversies that keep both campaigns busy and give the press something to write about. You may have heard I recently made my own unique contribution to that process.”

President Obama, speaking in Ohio

"This can't hurt. Is it the answer? Probably not. But I think it's a first step."
Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) talking about Governor Scott Walker's beer and brat summit.

"I refuse to be involved in what appears to be a media stunt," complained Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, who is running for Congress this fall in the 2nd Congressional District.Not to be outdone in opposing all things Walker, Rep. Kelda Helen Roys — also of Madison and Pocan's main competition for the 2nd District Democratic nomination — called for "meaningful compromise on policy rather than a photo opportunity."

The Wisconsin State Journal in its report on the summit.

“So technically, I could be caught with a joint in New York and be fined $100, but if I’m caught with a a Slurpee, it’s $200.”
Meghan McCain, referring to recent proposals from, respectively, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg


Spending off the hook.


No, I didn't know about it...and that's ok.


A reporter attempts to ask President Obama a tough question and is accused of heckling.


Man dials 9-1-1. Now for the strange part.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

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No, no, no! Do not do this on Father's Day!

No Dad that I know would approve.


Women, don't even give it a second thought. Either take Dad out or let him do the grilling.

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Recommended Reading (06/16/12)

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, an American hero

"The battle is over for now, but the war has just begun. Scott Walker has responsibly and successfully led duly-elected officials in an historic effort to permanently change this nation’s course. You don’t need a PhD. in math to understand that our government is headed toward fiscal Armageddon, principally because elected officials have made reckless decisions and promises whose effects on future generations were never considered. At last, we now have a genuine hope to regain America’s future."

Do we need more firefighters, police and teachers?

"In many places -- and, obviously situations vary -- the fact is that Romney is probably right."

Is June spelling doom for Obama?

"It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Barack Obama.

Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama, Mitt Romney is outraising him, Democrats and Republicans alike are complaining about a 'cascade' of national-security leaks from his administration, and he is now on record as saying that the 'private sector is doing fine.'

Could it get any worse?"

Palin blasts "old media"

"In a fiery speech to conservative bloggers, Sarah Palin accused 'old media' of not doing its job to vet Barack Obama before he became president and said it was up to 'new media' to tell the truth to prevent his re-election in 2012.

'Who's going to tell them the truth?' Palin asked Friday night, speaking to the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas. 'We must tell them the truth.'

Palin, the former governor of Alaska, said reporters were too busy trying to dig up dirt on her in her hometown of Wasilla, after Republican John McCain picked her as his vice presidential running mate in 2008.

She said if people believed everything written about her and her family, she would have been divorced from her husband, Todd, several times."

Young conservative letter to Obama

"President Obama,

Your recent claim that the private sector of the economy is doing ‘fine’ was one of the least presidential things I have heard in my short adult life. While I may not have lived to witness many other administrations directly, the lack of leadership qualities you and your administration have shown is downright depressing."

Obama loses baby girl vote

"There’s a good reason why abortion clinics across America post a photograph of Lila Rose on their walls.

Lila and her group Live Action, famous for exposing outrageous practices inside Planned Parenthood clinics, have done so again. In their latest series of undercover videos, Planned Parenthood employees in Texas and New York are shown advising clients on how late they can abort their babies if they find out they are girls."

Hey, Man-Hating, Nerve-Grating Feminists: Good Fathers Are Irreplaceable

"I have two twentysomething daughters who’re currently taking over the planet. When these female charges popped out of their mommy’s womb, this thing called 'responsibility for their upbringing' hit me like a Jackie Chan punch. 

I didn’t slough off my role in their lives onto my wife, my church, public school, day care, relatives, TV, or 'the village.' I didn’t expect any of the aforementioned to fill my boots chiefly because … they can’t."

Are dads worth less than moms?

"With Father's day around the corner, the last thing a father wants to hear is that he's valued less at home than mom. But according's 2012 Father's Day Index, a dad's home front contributions were valued at…"

When Dad says "don’t waste your time" on Father’s Day gifts, he means it

"Why is it that it’s so difficult to buy gifts for dads on Father’s Day? The answer, which many marketers and quite a few sons and daughters don’t want to hear, is that plenty of dads truly don’t want anything that’s bought in a store.

It’s at this time of year when lists of 'Great Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts' are in abundant circulation. The truth is that most aren’t great, or even good ideas, though. Many of these gifts, in fact, will leave dad in a state of discomfort..."

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Can you defeat dad on Father's Day?

"...whether it's a bike ride or H-O-R-S-E, every son or daughter who's fortunate to have his or her father around to play with may be asking a single, nagging, impolite question: Is it cool to beat my dad at sports? Here's a straight answer..."


 Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Photos of the Week (06/17/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Gov. Scott Walker poses with a bottle of beer while manning the grill at the brat summit Tuesday. He billed the bipartisan gathering as a way to heal political wounds following his first 18 months in office. Photo: Wisconsin State Journal

2) Gov. Scott Walker
works the grill at the brat summit. Photo: Chris Schrimpf

3) A man carries two bottles of
Sprecher root beer with custom labels produced for the brat summit. Photo: Wisconsin State Journal

4) Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky
walks into the Centre County Courthouse before the first day of his child sex abuse trial begins on June 11, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

5) Chris Combs, of Troy, left, and Stephanie Locke, of Clawson, cross the street in downtown Birmingham, Mich. while
participating in a protest by gun enthusiasts Monday, June 11. The protest is in support of eighteen-year-old Sean Michael Combs, of Troy, who was arrested in Birmingham on April 13 while carrying a rifle. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, disturbing the peace, and obstructing a police officer. Photo: David Guralnick /The Detroit News via AP

6) Nurasatilah Masae
stands in front of her bridegroom who was shot dead during their wedding in the Muslim majority province of Pattani, southern Thailand, on June 10, 2012. The groom was shot dead in the presence of his bride and more than 100 guests, and the gunman then fled, police said. Photo: EPA

7) On the second day of rescue efforts,
climbers skirt the edge of the debris field from a June 14 avalanche that may have buried four Japanese climbers on the West Buttress route of Mount McKinley in Alaska in this June 15 photo. Photo: Kevin Wright / National Parks Service

8) Rain clouds pass over a section of the
Great Wall at Jinshanling, Hebei Province on Sunday, June 10. According to a recent BBC News report, the wall, which is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick and rammed earth, was subject to a recent archaeological survey that found its total length to be 21,196 km or 13,171 miles. Based on a 2009 study, it was thought to be much shorter at 8,850 km. The Great Wall, which was built in 500 BC to protect China's northern border, is the world's largest manmade structure. Photo: Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images

9) U.S. ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy
holds the American flag during his speech for former U.S. President Ronald Regan at the U.S. embassy on June 12, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Murphy will install a Ronald Reagan Memorial Plaque near the Brandenburg Gate. Reagan's speech during the 750th anniversary of Berlin on June 12, 1987, 'Tear down this wall!' was the famous command to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

10) Former Presidents
George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, deliver remarks to the crew during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The Navy's newest aircraft carrier hosted the ship's namesake, along with his family and friends, for a promotion and reenlistment ceremony in the ship's hangar bay off the coast of Maine during a scheduled underway-training evolution. Photo: U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua D. Sheppard / U.S. Navy via AP

11) U.S. Army soldiers
react after their comrade was wounded at patrol by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan on June 12. Photo: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

12) Sgt. D'Angello Harris holds his daughter Dayana, 5, up to
kiss her mother Spc. Deshunda Harris before leaving Fort Gordon in Augusta Ga., to serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan on June 14. Photo: Emily Rose Bennett / The Augusta Chronicle via Zuma Press

13) An Egyptian boy yawns as he
watches a voter cast his ballot at a polling station in Zagazig, 63 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Egyptians voted Saturday in the country's landmark presidential runoff, choosing between Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister and an Islamist candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood after a race that has deeply polarized the nation. The two-day balloting will produce Egypt's first president since a popular uprising last year ousted Mubarak, who is now serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

14) An Egyptian woman
shows her ink-stained finger after voting, while others line up in front of their polling station during the first day of the presidential runoff, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Egyptians voted Saturday in the country's landmark presidential runoff, choosing between Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister and an Islamist candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood after a race that has deeply polarized the nation. The two-day balloting will produce Egypt's first president since a popular uprising last year ousted Mubarak, who is now serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

15) U.S. President Barack Obama
makes remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants in the Rose Garden at the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama said the administration will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who had come to the U.S. when they were at a young age. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

16) Neil Munro of the Daily Caller
listens to President Barack Obama as he responds to his interruption during an announcement, Friday, June 15, 2012, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

17) Supporters of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
listen to him speak during a campaign stop at Weatherly Casting Company in Weatherly, Pa., Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

18) Rosenann Capano
smiles after paying her respects at the War Dog Memorial during the annual memorial service for military working dogs at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery on June 10, 2012 in Hartsdale, New York. Thousands of dogs have served in American military conflicts since World War I, most recently in Afghanistan detecting roadside bombs and mines meant for U.S. troops. The cemetery, established in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States and serves as the final resting place for tens of thousands of animals. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

19) An attendee
looks at the new MacBook Pro on display at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2012. New iPhone and Mac software and updated Mac computers were among the highlights Monday at Apple Inc.'s annual conference for software developers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

20) Hungarian Istvan Puskas
poses with his wooden chopper in Tiszaors, 100 miles east of Budapest on Thursday. Puskas, a 52-year-old tractor driver, built his bike in two years from firewood. Photo: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

21) Third-place finisher James Hinchliffe, right, and second-place Tony Kanaan, left,
pour champagne down the back of winner Ryan Hunter-Reay after the IndyCar auto race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

22) Polish soccer fans
beat a Russian fan during clashes in Warsaw on June 12 ahead of the Euro 2012 championships soccer match between Poland and Russia. Police used water cannon and tear gas on unruly Euro 2012 fans in Warsaw as Poland geared up to play old foe Russia. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

23) Poland fans
cheer before the start of their Euro 2012 Group A soccer match against Greece at the national stadium in Warsaw, Poland on June 8. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

24) The Netherlands national soccer team
fans enjoy the atmosphere in the fan zone in central Kharkiv before their game against Germany. Photo: Kim Ludbrook / EPA

25) New York Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, right, watches as Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow
throw during NFL football practice in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

26) A general view of the
Tyne Bridge as the city of Newcastle prepares for the Olympic Torch Relay by displaying the Olympic rings on the famous landmark on June 13, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

27) Russian ex-spy Anna Chapman
walks a Turkish catwalk flanked by two men posing as secret agents at a fashion show in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: AP

28) A model wears a creation from the Cavalera summer collection during a Sao Paulo Fashion Week event
held in a junkyard in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

29) Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda
walks the high wire from the U.S. side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 15, 2012. Photo: Mark Blinch / Reuters

30) A man dressed up as the devil
jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during 'El Colacho', the 'baby jumping festival' on Sunday, June 10, in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos. Baby jumping (El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. The Colacho represents the devil who takes away the evil from the babies as he jumps over them in this medieval religious custom. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP - Getty Images

31) Revellers
play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Sutamarchan Province in Boyaca last Sunday. Photo: John Vizcaino / Reuters

32) Competitors
battle for a chair during the Musical Chairs World Championship in Amesbury, Mass., June 16. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

33) Check out the face of Jayden Kremin, 3, as she 
relaxes while taking in lots of sunshine in the kiddie pool her grandmother Paula Robarge bought for her last weekend. Jayden was joined by neighbors and playmates Dona Valadez, 7, (left) and her brother Dago, 2, on Monday at their townhouse on N. University St. in Waukesha, WI. The Valadez children’s mother, Natali, was keeping a watchful eye as the three cooled off. Photo: Angela Petersen

From Jason Thompson

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There's a special day on the calendar to remember our fathers. 

It's the day we set aside to remind children-of all ages-to remember their father in some way.  There are many ways we can demonstrate appreciation for the father in our lives, whether it be gifts, cards or favorite meals.  While all well-intentioned, I'd suggest there's perhaps a simpler way to express appreciation. 


Here's what I am going to do, later today I'm going to extend a hand to my father and look him in the eye and tell him, "I am proud and glad to be your son."  It's a few simple words, packed with the wisdom, courage, work ethic and enthusiasm shared during a lifetime.

To all fathers, enjoy this special day and, "Happy Father's Day."

Best regards,

Jason Thompson

The latest news from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Dear Residents,

The newsletter for June is attached.  Please note I am to select one individual to fill a position on the reinstated Quarry Monitoring Committee so I am looking for someone willing to serve in this capacity. Please contact me if you are willing to serve.

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Culinary no-no #282

Culinary no-no's


This week, it’s personal.

I’ve been very blessed during my professional career having worked at some exciting places with many talented individuals and I’ve had numerous opportunities to meet all sorts of fascinating people.

To some degree, I’ve always been involved in broadcasting dating back to May of 1978. From the start of my career until the early 1990’s, except for an annual stint hosting the Auction on Channel 10, I was primarily a radio person, and I was on the radio a lot.

Charlie Sykes changed things.

When my friend came to WTMJ and almost immediately started his own Sunday morning pundit panel roundtable discussion program. I’ll never forget when he came into my office at WTMJ and asked that I be a regular panelist. Not long after that, another good friend, Mark Siegrist who I hired at WTMJ Radio after his many successful years at Channel 12 told me Channel 10 was starting a panel discussion program and needed someone of my persuasion. And so I was on television every week, albeit for 30 minutes, and still am to this day.

Television is powerful, mighty powerful. Today, even with just a weekly gig at public television for half an hour (26 minutes actually), it’s rare that someone doesn’t recognize me when I’m out and about. I repeat, I’ve been blessed because everyone, I mean everyone that’s approached me has ranged from cordial and friendly to extremely supportive. No one, and that includes individuals I’ve criticized has ever been anything but nice.

Please don’t get me wrong. Most folks don’t know me from Adam. And a small minority react to me in such a way leaving me shaking my head.

Many people know there’s a bit of an age difference between my wife and me, more than 10 years but less than 20. My once thick brown hair now thin and grey makes it quite obvious. Before we were married and before we gave birth to beautiful Kyla, Jennifer and I often drew raised eyebrows and long glances. I tried not to notice, but being a keen observer, others’ reactions to us were nearly impossible not to catch.

I’m not quite sure what’s so weird or freak show-like about an older man with a younger woman (and we’re not talking an 80-year old with a  20-something), but in some plant life humanoids it  generates giggles, elbows to the side, guffaws, hands covering mouths to disguise whispering, snickers, even nasty frowns. This juvenile behavior goes way beyond the obligatory and expected pastime of people-watching.

Making the inconsiderate crowd look even more foolish is they act as though my wife and I are invisible, that we don’t see or even hear what’s going on, yes hear. Some of these critics have been an arm’s length away rattling off sarcastic jokes, not a least bit concerned if caught, if you will.

We don’t know these people. What the hell? If you get your jollies out of poking fun at others, wouldn’t you have the sense and decency to at least wait until they’re out of sight and earshot? I have always resisted the urge to walk up to these boobs and ask, "What's your problem?"

This under the microscope judgment more often than not happens in restaurants.

Scrutiny has let up a bit since we now are a threesome with Kyla, but it’s still there, just different. One elderly couple that patronizes a place we go to very often rifles icy long stares in our direction whenever we’re seated near them. Maybe they hate kids in restaurants, I don’t know. Even when I look over and see them frowning, neither makes an effort to even flinch. The daggers just keep comin’.

Here’s a rule to follow. If you really have no clue as to what the hell you’re talking about, why not just zip it.

Like all parents, Jennifer and I think we have the best in our Kyla. She steals the show whenever we’re out and we receive many wonderful comments and we’re deeply appreciative. Every now and then, a smiling onlooker has to approach and not just insinuate but flat out congratulate me for being the proud grandpa. Without hesitation, I proudly and happily set the record straight by informing that Kyla is my lovely daughter.

Universally, the gaffe is followed by an apology. I tell the red-faced individual it’s alright.

“I still got it.”

My comeback makes wiping away the omelet less difficult.

Sincerely, this stuff doesn’t bother me too much. I just don’t want my wife, and someday my daughter having to put up with this nonsense. It’s probably inevitable, though, because people are rude and ignorant, even when they have no business looking down their noses at anybody else.

On this Father’s Day, even though I do my very best to shrug off the imbeciles, anyone ridiculing my family when we’re simply out to enjoy ourselves is way out of bounds. There’s been a call for greater civility in our society. Hopefully that includes how supposed grown-ups act when out to eat.

There are times I do get the last laugh (“I still got it” for example).

When Jennifer and I were still courting (there’s a word you don’t hear much anymore), we dined one December evening at Mader’s. It was a weeknight, so it wasn’t as crowded as it could be. I was in a suit and tie, Jennifer was dazzling as usual. We tend to dress up when we go out.

We were seated in the middle of the restaurant, a few tables away from a group of about ten guys who were obviously from out of town, possibly here for a convention. They, of course, noticed my attractive wife in what I’m sure was something festive, and her geezer mate. I mentioned the elbows and the snickers earlier. These knuckle-draggers didn’t care if 60 Minutes was filming them. They let out the hoots and hollers loud enough to be audible at our table.

As we prepared to exit at the end of our dinner, we knew we had to walk past the losers. I told Jennifer to just follow my lead as she walked ahead of me.

Just as we got near their table, not a Rhodes Scholar was speaking. They did have ****-eating grins on their faces.

At that point, I made it  apoint to look at my watch and say something to Jennifer loud enough that the assembled bozos could clearly hear.

“I’ve got plenty of time. I told my wife I’d be home by ten.”

As I requested my car from the valet, I’m pretty sure Neanderthal jaws were still dropped at that suddenly quiet table.


Like Michelle, Barack is fully capable of a no-no.

Martha Payne also writes about culinary no-nos.

Hey kids, say it ain't so!

I don't care what's on it...$65 for a pizza?

I know why the fat lady sings

“Why did I get fat? Why was I eating until I hurt and regarding my own body as something as distant and unsympathetic as, say, the state of the housing market in Buenos Aires? Obviously, it's not wholly advisable to swell up so large that, on one very bad day, you get stuck in a bucket seat at a local fair and have to be rescued by your old schoolmaster, but why is being fat treated as a cross between terrible shame and utter tragedy? Something that—for a woman—is seen as falling somewhere between sustaining a sizable facial scar and sleeping with the Nazis?”

The latest pro-life news (06/18/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
Monday, June 18, 2012
Julia Holcomb (Former Girlfriend of Steven Tyler) Tells Personal Story of Abortion Loss at Wisconsin Right to Life Events
Open Letter to Abortion Clinic Workers from Abby Johnson
Romney Huge Target of Planned Parenthood
Brutality of Forced Abortion
You Can Help a Teen Go To Leadership Camp!
Important Right To Life Links

Julia Holcomb (Former Girlfriend of Steven Tyler) Tells Personal Story of Abortion Loss at Wisconsin Right to Life Events

Important Meijer news from Franklin alderman Steve Olson

Dear Neighbors:


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POTUS Interruptus

Stephen Colbert...


Wear purple on Thursday

Read why.

Tommy is a Sportsman

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Do you hunt and fish, or are you a shooting enthusiast? If so, we need your help!

Wisconsin's proud sporting traditions are deeply ingrained in our culture and heritage.  Thankfully, our "Right to Keep and Bears Arms" is enshrined in the state's Constitution, as well as our "Right to Fish, Hunt, Trap and Take Game."

But don't be fooled about the radical Left's desire and commitment to undermine our sporting rights.  In fact, Tammy Baldwin, the far left Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate, voted against Wisconsin's Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Baldwin voted against our Constitutional Amendment not once, but twice!  Is it any wonder Tammy Baldwin earned a "F" grade from the NRA?

Thankfully, we have a champion of our sporting traditions and rights that we need to support for the U.S. Senate - Tommy Thompson.

We're launching the "Sportsmen for Tommy" campaign because we need "one of us" in the U.S. Senate to protect and nurture our freedoms to hunt, shoot and fish.   We cannot stand still while the radical Left is trying to take our freedoms away.

Let's take a short break this summer from doing what we love - whether it be sitting around in a boat or meeting the boys afterwards for a round of fish stories over a cold beer - to get out and help send a committed and active sportsman, Tommy Thompson, to the U.S. Senate.


Our first request is simple: we need your help reaching out to our fellow sportsmen and women, helping us distribute our Sportsmen for Tommy brochures to all your friends at the gun clubs, shoots, rallies, gun shops, sporting good stores, gas stations, taverns and wherever else us "good old guys and gals" hang out.

When you look at Tommy's record as Governor, you'll see someone with an unequaled record of preserving our rights to hunt, fish, and shoot.

Tommy is personally endorsed by NRA President David Keene and NRA Board Member and 2nd Amendment activist Ted Nugent.  Listen to Ted Nugent's special message for sportsmen and women on behalf of Tommy.

We are actively recruiting 10,000 volunteers around the state to assist in distributing brochures - and we need you to help.

Click here to join Sportsmen for Tommy today.

If you are going to a big trap shoot, having a club meeting or just going to the range, I ask that you please take a moment to pass out the Sportsmen for Tommy brochure and recruit more people to help out.

Jean and I will be traveling the state this summer promoting the Sportsmen for Tommy campaign, and I hope we can count on your help.

Bob and Jean Dohnal
Sportsman for Tommy

P.S. I know if we send Tommy to DC he'll be guarding our freedoms and our rights.  That's what he did here in Wisconsin and that's what he'll do in DC.
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Please, no complaining

Enjoy today, June 20, the longest day of the year.

Winter 2011...

A car landed vertically in a snowbank in an accident involving several vehicles on Interstate 93 north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured. Photo: Tim Jean / The Eagle-Tribune via AP

Lake Michigan in Fox Point looks like a frozen barren landscape. A rare lakeshore flood warning was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday along Lake Michigan from Sheboygan south to the Illinois border with waves of 10 to 16 feet. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Sam Lozoff shovels out a delivery car Wednesday morning in front of the Jimmy Johns store on S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View. Journal Sentinel photo: John Klein

Walking was the only way people could get down many Milwaukee side streets Wednesday morning. E Bennett Ave had snow thigh deep making it impossible to move cars from the curb.  Journal Sentinel photo: John Klein

Snow wave. Photo submitted to jsonline by Erin, Milwaukee.


Canadian National Rail Road workers use blowers to clear a switch so a diesel locomotive can pass between Main Street & Arcadian Avenue in the City of Waukesha late Monday afternoon. Photo: Allen Fredrickson - Waukesha, WI

Cars sit in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive after accidents and drifting snow stranded the drivers during last night

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Thompson leads GOP primary by 18 points

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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2012
Contact: Darrin Schmitz 608-620-4848

Thompson Only GOP Candidate That Leads Tammy Baldwin

      [Milwaukee, WI...] Tommy Thompson for U.S Senate campaign consultant Darrin Schmitz today issued the following statement regarding the release of a new primary poll by Marquette University Law School that demonstrates Thompson enjoys an 18-point lead in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

      "Tommy Thompson's plan to balance the budget, cut spending and repeal Obamacare is clearly resonating with Republican voters.  He is the only candidate who has put forward a comprehensive, conservative plan to cap both spending and revenues in order to bring fiscal sanity to Washington," said Schmitz.

      The Marquette University Law School Poll, which accurately predicted Governor Scott Walker's margin of victory in the recent recall election, shows the following results in a head-to-head matchup in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate:
  • Thompson, 34%;
  • Neumann, 16%;
  • Hovde, 14%; and
  • Fitzgerald, 10%.
      Schmitz added Thompson's opponents are likely to respond to his lead in the polls by distorting the former's governor's record of 91 tax cuts, 1900 vetoes cutting $287 million in spending, welfare reform, School Choice and a historic 740,000 jobs created during his tenure.

      "Republican voters will soon see a flurry of negative and false attacks in an attempt to trash Tommy Thompson's record.  Desperate candidates will now resort to the same sort of lies that plagued the governor's race in 2010, but we are fully prepared to fight back and defend the governor's conservative record and his aggressive plan to restore America, " said Schmitz.

      Thompson's RESTORE America plan reduces the size and scope of the federal government by enacting a series of bold reforms that strengthens the private sector. Thompson's plan, which can found at, includes the following:
  • Revenue and spending caps;
  • Strict budget reforms to force the Senate to act on a budget;
  • A market-based replacement to Obamacare;
  • Entitlement reforms;
  • Massive tax overhaul including tax cuts for families and small businesses;
  • Job creating incentives;
  • A full plan for energy independence; and
  • Putting federal employee pay and benefits in line with the private sector.
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Keith is a good friend who I worked with in the state Senate. He also led both of Scott Walker's successful campaigns for Governor.

As we speak, Keith is down south.

That would be EPCOT where Keith is celebrating his birthday.

Keith is at Walt Disney World with...

Kristin Ruesch, the soon-to-be Mrs. Gilkes!

You can never go wrong popping the question in the Mouse House!

Congratulations Keith and Kristin!

Guys, make sure you hit the California Grill!

Wednesday night summer rerun: Are they crazy?


Admittedly, there’s stuff I simply don’t understand.


The need for the vehicle emission testing program.


Halloween celebrated on days that aren’t Halloween.

Barometric pressure.

Weekday mail arriving at 4:00, but around noon on Saturday.

Parking on a driveway and driving on a parkway.

Soccer riots.

Cars in the right lane at a stop light that are going straight.

Local radio announcers who insist on dropping their “Gs.”

These past few days in an outdoor furnace made me recall behavior that to me is strange, behavior I still see, and I don’t get it.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Uncool


  Bernard Gaines, right, describes how wide his window is as he shops for an air conditioner with the help of salesman Leon Blackwood at P.C. Richard & Son, an electronics and appliance store, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Temperatures are expected to approach or top 100 degrees Wednesday and Thursday in cities including New York, Philadelphia and Boston. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Bernard Gaines, right, describes how wide his window is as he shops for an air conditioner with the help of salesman Leon Blackwood at P.C. Richard & Son, an electronics and appliance store, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Temperatures are expected to approach or top 100 degrees Wednesday and Thursday in cities including New York, Philadelphia and Boston. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Gaines and millions and millions of others can thank this man:

Willis Haviland Carrier, the inventor of AC.

But not everyone believes Carrier's creation is cool.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Franklin could learn a lot from other schools


In Franklin for some time now there’s been plenty of discussion about adding or improving facilities at Franklin schools. The “I WANT” crowd with both hands extended has possessed no shame whatsoever in begging for and demanding anything and everything under the sun:




Football fields

Baseball/softball diamonds

Soccer fields

New tracks

New swimming pool


Dance studios

But why stop there?

The sky’s the limit to these folks, right?

Let’s go for badminton, lacrosse, tennis, racquetball facilities, and don’t forget an ice hockey rink.

The faction that puts “wants” far beyond “needs” has no regard for the actual cost or how we’re going to pay for it.

There seems to be a focus on athletics. Fine. I’ve been involved in high school athletics since 1965 meaning I recognize its importance. Would I love Taj Mahal-type facilities for our kids? You bet… IF they’re feasible, fiscally responsible, and at the right time. We strike out on all three counts.

Back in February I blogged that a neighbor of Franklin and another school used the proper approach to what they saw as a NEED and WANT, an approach I doubt anyone in Franklin seriously considered for even a moment.


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The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

Dear Friends,

Attached please find the first edition of my
e-Newsletter.  I will be sending one out on a monthly basis as means of keeping you informed about county matters and my activities as your representative on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.  I encourage you to forward a copy of this newsletter to anyone who may also find it informative.   You may also follow me on twitter:!/steveftaylor

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can be of assistance concerning any matter involving Milwaukee County.  

All My Best,

Steve F. Taylor
Milwaukee County Board, 2nd Vice Chairman
Milwaukee County Supervisor, 9th District
(414) 278-4267
(414) 223-1380 fax

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Moving Milwaukee County Forward

Tommy Thompson and Mitch Daniels: Two Bold Reformers, One Great Night

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I am proud to be part of a strong and proud tradition of conservative governors in the Midwest demonstrating bold leadership.  A tradition that includes Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who is headlining a special event for my U.S. Senate campaign on Monday evening.  

I wish to extend to you an invite to this special event.

Don't delay, RSVP today, space is limited.

Much like Governor Scott Walker, Mitch Daniels stood up for taxpayers and limited government to bring fiscal accountability to Indiana.  He shook up the status quo and won tremendous victories...and in the process became a national leader in our common goal of growing the private sector. His reforms included turning an $800 million deficit into a $300 million surplus, as well as cutting spending by $250 million.


Daniels is on Team Tommy

I've always believed it's conservative governors, like Mitch Daniels, who are the truly innovative leaders who understand how best to enact reforms that empower people and control government spending.  

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from a national conservative leader whose courage, innovation and leadership prompted a "Draft Mitch Daniels for President" movement.

Please join me in hearing his message.

Tommy Thompson
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The Franklin school property tax double whammy


Fellow Franklin property taxpayers, let’s put into perspective what the Franklin School District tax and spenders want to do to you hoping you:

A) Won’t notice

B) Will bend over and take it

Franklin School District officials are now working on next year’s tax increase, otherwise known as, “the budget.”

Follow along with me. The timeline is such:

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This weekend, don't forget this great Franklin...


Goodnight everyone, and have the Koolest weekend!

"So bring your good times and your laughter too, we're gonna celebrate your party with you!


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, a legendary musical group in a way you may not have heard them before.

In the state of Wisconsin for the past 30 years or so, you are not legally married unless the following are played or performed at your wedding reception:

1) A polka

2) “Celebration”

Kool & the Gang had been performing since 1964 and enjoyed success in the 1970’s. But their R & B and soul tunes never reached #1 until the group converted to a full-fledged disco sound (some would argue they sold out) in 1980 with “Celebration.” Before that anthem, there was “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging” and others. And before that, there was…….jazz? reports, “Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and his brother Ronald (or Khalis Bayyan) grew up in Jersey City, NJ and picked up the music bug from their father. A professional boxer, he was also a serious jazz lover and a close friend of Thelonious Monk. With Robert on bass and Ronald picking up an array of horns, the duo formed the Jazziacs in 1964 with several neighborhood friends: trombone player Clifford Adams, guitarists Charles Smith and Woody Sparrow, trumpeter Robert ‘Spike’ Michens, alto saxophonist Dennis Thomas, keyboard player Ricky West, and drummer Funky George Brown (all of whom, except Michens and West, still remained in the group more than 30 years later).”

Summerfest Invites Fans to Share Memories With 45th Anniversary Interactive Timeline

Kool & the Gang performs next Wednesday night, the opening night of Summerfest on the Miller Stage.

Mention Kool & the Gang today and “Celebration’” immediately comes to mind. But 26 years earlier, the band was playing material that would never see a top 40 chart. The Jazz Birds became the Jazziacs, and in their recent “The Hits: Reloaded” album, Kool & the Gang paid tribute to their roots.

Be honest. Have you ever heard Kool & the Gang like this?


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Brian Farrington

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

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Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/23/12)

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 80.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 82. "B"

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

Every year, I blog about the incredible, incomprehensible stupidity and cruelty of anyone leaving a dog or child in a hot car.  Sadly, no matter how much media attention is given to this repulsive problem it will never go away.  It’s like any other form of human or animal abuse…  People will continue to be morons; heartless and thoughtless actions won’t end because of a poster campaign.  

It makes me absolutely crazy when I read about dogs (and babies) left in sweltering cars “for just a few minutes” while whatever idiot driving the car “runs a quick errand.”  My annual blog isn’t going to stop it.  A Photoshopped picture of a dog in an oven isn’t going to stop it.  Humane societies all over the country issuing public service announcements  aren’t going to stop it.  Increasing the charge to a felony with immediate jail time isn’t going to stop it.

I’m sure that no person who leaves a dog or baby in a hot car would consider themselves an “abuser.”  These are owners of the dogs or parents of the children.  Would they ever strike their dog or child?  Starve them?  Lock them in a dark closet for hours or days?  Probably (hopefully) not.  Yet in my mind, abuse is abuse and leaving a completely dependant living being in a car in the summer is just as abusive, just as repulsive, as anything else.

Seriously…  if I had my way, anyone who does this would suffer the same fate and be locked in a car ‘til their insides bake.  End of story.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Here's what Jennifer is talking about.

TV writer pummels poodle to death.

Dog video bites Tennessee legislator.

Dead dog gets voter registration.

Woman with service dog asked to leave McDonald's.

Taxpayers on the hook for doggy glitter.

Some hospitals allow patients' own dogs to visit.

Having a dog may protect your children from this.

Dog-friendly beer catches on.

Look what the Italians have come up with

A victim of neglect, then car crash, this dog is now a star of the stage.

What your dog says about you to the opposite sex.

What if your dog was the boss?

You SAY your dog is well-behaved.

It's true. The dog ate the passport.

What's in a luxury dog park?

Mugly is the ...winner?



Steffanie Roberts gets kisses from her dogs Pink and Bear at her home on June 20, in Philadelphia. Temperatures climbed toward the high 90s along the Eastern Seaboard as an unusually early hot spell heralded the official start of summer. Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP

We close as we always do with our closing video, and this week, a Barking Lot first as we present not one, not two, but three videos.

Video #1: Hero dog prompts women's shelter to accept canines.

Video #2: Dog gives motorists a Kodak moment. 

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Week-ends (06/23/12)


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...


Lyna Gonzalez's doctors

Rick Clement

John Cena

Brandon Jacobs

The 9 Nanas


Jerry Sandusky

William Lynn

Dyrel Bartee

Lawrence O'Donnell



"President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States."
Roberto Unger, President Obama’s Harvard law professor.

"If you were 4 years old when your parents brought you here illegally and you have grown up here your whole life and don't even speak Spanish, and you are your high school's valedictorian, you have a lot to contribute to our future. It kind of feels weird to deport you."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), disagreeing with the president's move to bypass Congress on the issue, but also expressing unease about such deportations.

"Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive action. The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure."
Mitt Romney, speaking about what he would do, before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

“That’s a clown question, bro.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid, 72, responding to a question about President Obama’s immigration policy.

"I don't understand his vision for a second term, other than '[Republicans] suck.' "
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), arguing that President Obama has no policy ideas beyond opposing the Republican Party.

“I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, 'Oh, the person couldn't get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.' You know, I saw something the other day — it's like, another sob story, and I'm like, 'But what about what's happening to the country and the country as a whole?' That's going to devastate everybody."
US Senate candidate Eric Hovde in the Huffington Post.

“It’s unfortunate the Huffington Post took five seconds out of 14-minute speech to take out of context comments that were used for political gain. The reality is, these are very serious issues, issues that got Eric into race in the first place. We are heading for a financial cliff right now. If we do not get our financial system in order and reform entitlements, we are in trouble.”
Sean Lansing, Hovde’s communications director.

"There is a big difference between a bureaucratic failure and a bureaucratic plot.  There has been a bureaucratic failure, and to the extent I'm the chief bureaucrat, I'm responsible for that failure. The bottom line is, counting that bureaucratic failure into our crime data, the fact remains that the work of our officers has had an impact on crime and that impact has been favorable over the last six years."
MPD Police Chief Ed Flynn. Flynn told a Common Council committee this week more than 5,300 violent assaults have been misreported since 2006.

This is the highest error rate I have ever heard of. A genuinely independent audit of the department is necessary."
Samuel Walker, criminology professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha referring to the number of crimes that have been misreported.


School bus bullies harass elderly woman.  MORE.

Gay activists behave badly at White House.


54 arrests made at Juneteenth Day. Take all the ethnic festivals at the lakefront this summer, add them all up and you won't get anywhere near 54 arrests.


Is Ann Curry leaving the Today Show?


A promise is a promise.

Bucket list leaves couple broke.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


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Recommended Reading (06/23/12)

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).

Doug Giles' cure for the skinny punks who bullied the granny on the bus

Why didn’t Klein jump up and beat their narrow backsides? I guarantee if she would have called their bluff and started pounding one of the mouthy little metrosexuals he would have started squealing like a Bieber fan. The kid would have gone to the back of the bus to sulk and then called his lawyer. But he wouldn’t have continued his F-bomb laden diatribe. Look, I don’t care how old or infirm I get … if I have enough strength to swing a cane I’m going to clock the first gum-smacking punk who tells me to blank off."

Wisconsin's message: Voters want reform 

“It's hard to dodge downpours in a wet season, and it is proving remarkably wet for the Democrats and public sector unions. Since losing the big effort to recall the Republican governor of Wisconsin, they have been trying hard to explain away the 1,334,450 raindrops Wisconsin voters deposited on their pro-union campaigners.”

Top 10 labor union woes

Taxpayers are waking up to the scam of public workers shaking down politicians for lucrative benefits, and leaving the tab for future generations. The jig is up, as this list of labor woes makes clear.”

Wisconsin Senate primary a contentious four-way primary contest

"As it has been throughout the primary race, Thompson (who also served as secretary of health and human services under George W. Bush) is the candidate to beat. Wisconsin’s longest-serving governor is recognized as a leader in pro-business and pro-growth politics, a pioneer in the movement for school vouchers in the 1990’s, and in welfare reform.

But as known and beloved as he is, Thompson is felt by many to be a figure from the past."

Better schools, fewer dollars

"Here's what looks like a policy dilemma. To attain the economic growth that it desperately needs, the United States must improve its schools and train a workforce capable of competing in the global economy. Economists Eric Hanushek, Dean Jamison, Eliot Jamison, and Ludger Woessmann estimate that improving student achievement by half of one standard deviation—roughly the current difference between the United States and Finland—would increase U.S. GDP growth by about a full percentage point annually. Yet states and the federal government face severe budgetary constraints these days; how are policymakers supposed to improve student achievement while reducing school funding?

In reality, that task is far from impossible."

This embarrasses you and I*

"Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace. Many of them attribute slipping skills to the informality of email, texting and Twitter where slang and shortcuts are common. Such looseness with language can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors, many managers say. There's no easy fix."

Independence day: It gets worse

"Back in my days at Marshall County High School (Lewisburg, Tennessee), I was given the assignment of writing a futurist piece for the school newspaper. I threw something together out of thin air, with no research into scientific prototypes or looming demographic trends and no true extrapolation from current events. Older and wiser (and facing a relentless deadline), I’ve now assigned myself the task of picturing Independence Day 2017 for you."


Conservatives don't play the blame game

Paul Ryan for VP

Yes, it's possible.

This is news. When will the "local dead tree" get around to reporting it?

Photos of the Week (06/24/12)

1) A car fell into a huge sinkhole in Duluth, Minn. on June 20. Duluth Mayor Don Ness said he would declare a state of emergency after a deluge of 9 inches of rain that he said caused extensive damage to the port city of about 86,000. Photo: Bob King / The Duluth News-Tribune via AP

2) Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse Friday night and faces spending the rest of his life in state prison. Photo: Nabil K. Mark / AP

3) Monsignor William Lynn walks to the Criminal Justice Center before a scheduled verdict reading, Friday, June 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged and convicted  for allegedly helping an archdiocese cover up abuse claims. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

4) Cameramen shoot the back of Rodney King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in U.S. history, died Sunday. He was 47. King's fiancee called police to report that she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, was on display at the National Mall on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation's schools back on track. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

A couple sunbathes in front of the wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia near the harbour of Giglio Porto, on June 20. Salvage crews began preliminary work this week on preparations to refloat the half-submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner in what is set to be the biggest ever operation of its kind. Photo: Max Rossi / Reuters

7) Alec Baldwin, left, scuffles with New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos outside the Marriage License Bureau in New York on Tuesday morning. The dispute erupted early Tuesday when the actor walked out of the marriage office with his fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, and the two were met by photographers. Photo: New York Daily News

8) Photographer Brad Goldpaint captured this view of the northern lights over Crater Lake, Ore., early last Sunday.

9) Looking for more food, Fiesty, one of the two harbor female seals rescued from the street during the flooding in Duluth, Minn., peaks her head up from the her new habitat, Thursday, June 21, 2012 in St. Paul. Animal care experts say the move to Como Park Zoo is in the best interest of the animals while zookeepers in Duluth deal with flood issues. Four Como zookeepers drove to Duluth late Wednesday to retrieve the two harbor seals and polar bear. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Megan Tan

10) Kangaroo "Bernhard" is shown in this police hand out photo sitting in a garden in Lauenhagen, northwestern Germany. Police are asking for the help of citizens spotting "Bernhard". The one meter tall kangaroo will then be brought back to its owner, an experienced private animal keeper, who has difficulties to explain how "Bernhard" was able to overjump the two meters high fence of his enclosure. Photo: Getty Images

11) A young bull moose wandered into the skate park in Nederland, Colorado on Wednesday morning June 20, 2012. It had to be tranquilized before being carried off. Photos: Lois Ott / AP

12) The Right Reverend Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of New York, performs a second blessing over bees at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The Episcopal cathedral hosted its first Blessing of the Bees on Tuesday. Thousands of bees are now making their home on the cathedral grounds. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

13) Gannets nest on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth Monday, in Dunbar, Scotland. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

14) Farmers herd a flock of ducks along a street towards a pond as residents drive next to them in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China, on June 17, 2012. There were about 5,000 ducks, according to local media reports. Photo: China Daily via Reuters. Here's another look from the Daily Mail.

15) Long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) fly over the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszainoka, 84 miles southeast of Budapest on Wednesday. Millions of these short-lived mayflies engage in a frantic rush to mate and reproduce before they perish in just a few hours during "Tiszaviragzas" or Tisza blooming season from late spring to early summer every year. Photos: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

16) Roman, a two-year-old Mexican Hairless Mix, competes during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Roman didn't win. Photo: Stephen Lam / Reuters

17)  Mike Davis, right, of the USGA grabs a fan who disrupted the trophy presentation as Webb Simpson and Bob Costas look on after the final round of the 112th U.S. Open on June 17, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

18) Fans try to avoid a thrown bat by Seattle Mariners' Brendan Ryan against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Phoenix. Photo: Matt York / AP

19) LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat celebrate their win in the NBA FInals Thursday. The Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to win the championship. Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

20) The owner of Havana Connections cigar shop, George "Shorty" Koebel, holds a bunch of cigars at his store in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The Food and Drug Administration intends to regulate cigars under a 2009 law that gave it authority over the tobacco industry and cigar makers and aficionados are pushing to ensure their livelihoods and the products they enjoy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

21) Land art representing "Dueling Banjos," a reference to the movie "Deliverance", stands at the entrance to the Chattooga River Festival in Long Creek, S.C. on June 22, 2012. Communities along the Chattooga River are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie's release with the first-ever Chattooga River Festival. Some locals are unhappy with reminding the world to the area's connection to the movie. Festival organizers say they hope the event can be an annual draw that raises money to preserve the Chattooga River and promotes environmental stewardship. Photo: David Goldman / AP

22) Participants take part in a mass yoga class to mark the summer solstice on Times Square in New York, June 20. Yogis gathered on Times Square to celebrate the longest day of the year during the event which features four free mass yoga session at the heart of Manhattan. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images

23) In this Monday, June 18, 2012 photo, contenders walk during the Israeli 2012 fat beauty queen contest, in the southern city of Beersheba, Israel. In order to participate, contestants are required to weigh over 80 kilograms (176 pounds). (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

24) A spectator wearing an eccentric hat smiles prior to the Prix de Diane horse race, a flat horse race open to fillies, in Chantilly, west of Paris, Sunday June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

25) The Royal Ascot races are a definite highlight of Britain's fashion calendar, with race-goers stopping at nothing to get attention for their wacky dresses and hats. This year's new strict dress code requiring modest dress did little to dampen the spirit. Look here, and here, and here. Photos 1 and 2, EPA. Photo 3, Getty Images

26) Model Anneka Tanaka-Svenska wears a headpiece designed by Louis Mariette and a dress by Hanna Marie Hutchison at the Royal Ascot. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

27) Racegoers hold on to their hats during strong winds on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 22, in Ascot, England. Photo: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

28) Scott Yacyshyn, left, talks with Tegan Artho-Bentz as she smells a shirt during a pheromone party, June 15, in Los Angeles, Calif. The pheromone get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scents. Artho-Bentz had this reaction to a shirt. Photos: Mark J. Terrill / AP

29) When it came time to celebrate husband Eddie Cibrian's 39th birthday last weekend, LeAnn Rimes ordered a custom-made cake. Rimes tweeted a picture of the creation which featured the couple lounging in bed on the top layer. Also depicted on the dessert? Two little boys modeled after his sons, Mason and Jake. The cake was panned as being inappropriate.

Thailand's Ministry of Culture is investigating whether a TV talent show broke censorship laws after one of its contestants painted a canvas with her breasts, The European Pressphoto Agency reports. Duangjai Jansaunoi, 23, drew a yellow outline of a man on a canvas, stripped off her shirt, poured paint over her breasts and proceeded to fill in the picture. Two out of the three judges on 'Thailand's Got Talent', both of them men, voted in favor of Duangjai moving on to the second round of the competition. Here she is with her finished product. Photos: EPA

Two education stories within two days not a coincidence

Arguably, it was the most under-reported news story of last week.

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MJS plays class warfare in today's paper

If you didn’t see it, or don’t get the Journal Sentinel (I can’t believe everyone doesn’t subscribe to this incredibly objective newspaper), today’s front page headline read:

Wealth, tax payment  don’t always concur

2 Wisconsin billionaires pay no state income tax in 2010

The implication was clear. These two individuals and other wealthy people who did pay taxes who were cited by the paper… are bad people. Why? Because they make a lot of money. Thus, they are scorned upon by, as my good friend at WTMJ Radio from 8:30-NOON would say, the “local dead tree.”

Can we say, “Out of touch?”

A recent Gallup poll asked:

“Do you think the United States benefits from having a class of rich people, or not?”

Here are the results.

Apparently not everyone spits at the feet of the affluent.

What about this idea. About half of Americans don’t pay income taxes. Seems the Journal Sentinel is obsessed with numerical data. How about a database showing the Wisconsinites who don’t pay diddly but depend on the rest of us to pay their freight.

Not holding my breath.

Culinary no-no #283

Culinary no-no's



When I worked at WTMJ, clear directions were given to radio news anchors that they better deliver what they promise when promoting or teasing upcoming news stories.

For example, suppose just before going to a commercial break the news anchor read:

“Coming up: Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn throws an ugly tantrum at a news conference.”

After the commercial, you better broadcast a story with sound bite evidence clearly demonstrating and supporting what you told the audience. In no way should you have over-sold, exaggerated, or hyped a story simply to get listeners to stick around.

Naturally part of the business is holding on to an audience for as long as you can and that involves artful promoting. Artful and might I add, truthful.

“Coming up: Our next story is guaranteed to make you cry.”

That just might happen with some listeners. Even so, I’d use other wording.

Over a month ago I stumbled across an article in the Houston Chronicle that I thought might be useful for a future Culinary no-no. I can’t find the article but I did save a side-by side photo showing an item on the menu at a local Mexican restaurant.

Take a look. One picture shows the dish as advertised. The other shows the dish when it’s served. Care to guess which is which?

Granted, this deception is nothing new, not exactly news bulletin material.

However, when an unheralded restaurant in Texas does it, that's one thing.



...does it, that's a whole new ballgame.

As writes, "like Madonna, sometimes a boob slips out."



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Tammy Baldwin's policies are wrong for Wisconsin


It’s a new day in Wisconsin.

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The latest pro-life news (06/25/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

And check out this Gallup poll.

What did Scott Walker tell Chicago business leaders today?

Watch the video from WGN-TV that includes an utterly ridiculous sound bite from our in-over-his-head president.


"I wonder how she stays so fit. What's her secret?"


Death threats are against the law, unless...

Unless they're made against a conservative talk show host and a Democrat district attorney is involved.


Jim Brozina, you done good, or...The Streak

I stumbled across a nice piece by CBS Sunday Morning that would have been a great Father’s Day story. Actually, it’s a great story any time of year.

I can truly appreciate being a relatively new father of a beautiful young girl.

If you must, pretend it’s Father’s Day, though I don’t believe it’s necessary watching this report about a wonderful bond between Dad and daughter.

Obama flunks Rule #1 in public speaking: Know your audience

At a fundraiser in Boston, the president thanked the crowd for Boston's trade of Kevin Youkilis to his beloved Chicago White Sox.

Yes, Obama sympathizers, those are boos.


The video Tammy Baldwin doesn't want you to see

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Want a perfect example of why economic development is going nowhere in Franklin?

It's a bigger joke than the Keystone Kops.

But apparently we have a nice brochure.

Umm, Franklin, maybe you haven't heard but Wisconsin now has this law called "The Castle Doctrine"

FranklinNOW is reporting a Franklin man has been arrested for shooting at an intoxicated man outside his house. The article says:

“According to the Franklin police report:

The prowler, a 34-year-old Milwaukee man, was apparently intoxicated when he mistakenly attempted to enter a home in the 8200 block of South 100th Street at 9:15 p.m. June 21.

When the resident heard the prowler, he fired a shot at the man through the bay window of his home. His wife called police while the homeowner held the man at gunpoint.”

The article doesn’t say if the intruder was shot or suffered any injuries. Since this major element was left out of the story, I’ll assume the would-be intruder was not a shooting victim. The article concludes:

“The intoxicated man was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the resident was arrested for recklessly endangering safety.”

There’s the problem.

The uninformed might holler and scream that the intoxicated man was not inside the Franklin man’s home. Doesn’t matter.

Wisconsin’s relatively new so-called “Castle Doctrine” law took effect last December making Wisconsin the 49th state in the nation to have such a statute on the books. The law states that the actor using force is immune from civil liability if, and I quote from the statute:

“The person against whom the force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering the actor's dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, the actor was on his or her property or present in the dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, and the actor knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry was occurring.”


"...the court may not consider whether the actor had an opportunity to flee or retreat before he or she used force and shall presume that the actor reasonably believed that the force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself..."

I also take issue with the FranklinNOW reporter who wrote that the intoxicated man “mistakenly attempted to enter a home.” No way.

Two plus two = 5 is a mistake. Attempting drunkenly to break into a home that isn’t yours (he was from Milwaukee and is trying to bust into a Franklin residence) is a lot more serious.

My high regard for Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva and his department is well-documented. However, may I respectfully suggest the department re-examine Wisconsin’s current law.

Bravo to the homeowner protecting his household and family. The arrest made against him needs to be tossed, pronto.

Good for you, Mr. President!

Good for you, Mr. President?

There is nothing wrong with your computer, this blog, or this blogger.

You read correctly.

For Barack Obama, the last few days must have been extremely liberating, like having handcuffs removed.

Free to snack on whatever he desired, he took full advantage.

Take Tuesday…

PHOTO: President Barack Obama places an order at The Varsity restaurant, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Atlanta.

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The dreaded, evil double forward roll

As I watched the end of Tuesday night’s Brewers-Reds game, I knew there’d be some talk about the antics of Cincy relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. After shutting down the Brewers to preserve a 4-3 victory in the 9th, Chapman celebrated.


That’s Reds announcer Thom Brennaman expressing disbelief. Reds manager Dusty Baker along with Cincinnati players were not enthused. Brewer announcers were also shaking their heads. Bob Uecker today called the display "bush."

Meanwhile, Brewer players and coaches were pretty quiet about the whole affair, and wisely so.


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In case you missed it last week as I did...

Franklin might be a Tax Hell, but in one regard, at least we're not...

Menomenee Falls.

Taxpayers subsidizing a hotel?

From my friend in the Falls, Jefferson Davis:

The taxpayers of Menomonee Falls are now meeting the payroll for the Radisson Hotel.


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UPDATE: Umm, Franklin, maybe you haven't heard but Wisconsin now has this law called "The Castle Doctrine"

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, you can't possibly be serious

Culinary no-no's


On Father’s Day of 2007, I wrote a blog that turned into a series that has made this feature one of the most popular among all Wisconsin blogs. The Culinary no-no evolved from a friendly debate between my wife and me. She likes ketchup on brats. I don’t.

Almost 300 blogs and five years later, Culinary no-no continues even though some, I’m sure, wondered how long it could possibly last.

Culinary no-no is unpredictable. Some installments are quite simple and easy to digest. Others are far more serious.

With Independence Day right around the corner, let’s revisit what could be the most controversial  Culinary no-no of them all, from June of 2009.

The ObamaCare Irony

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Thompson - An Appeal to Repeal

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What others are saying about today's ObamaCare ruling

U.S. Sen. Johnson

U.S. Rep. Ryan

U.S. Rep. Petri

U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner

U.S. Rep. Ribble

AG Van Hollen

U.S. Rep. Duffy
Scott Walker for GovernorRep. StoneSen. Lazich

Pro-life reaction to today's Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Supreme Court ObamaCare Decision Gives New Impetus to Electing Mitt Romney As President

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A special SCOTUS edition of Recommended Reading (06/28/12)

Recommended Reading

This is a special edition of Recommended Reading based on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare.

Chief Justice Roberts: It's Not A Tax, It Is A Tax; It's Law, But It's Not 'Unlawful' to Break It

"In his deciding opinion in the cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), Chief Justice John Roberts first says the mandate in the law requiring individuals to buy health insurance is not a tax. Then he says it is a tax."

This election just became about ObamaCare

"Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, yes, Obamacare is hurting the economy. But the reason why this election is the most important since the Civil War is not because Mitt Romney would make a far better steward of the economy than President Obama (though he would). Rather, it’s because we are about to decide whether to put what will soon be one-fifth of our economy under the control of the federal government; whether to funnel previously unthinkable amounts of power and money to Washington; and whether this nation conceived in liberty will continue to prioritize liberty."

Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito Dissent: 'We Cannot Rewrite the Statute to Be What It Is Not'

"The dissenting Justices also argue that 'judicial tax-writing is particularly troubling,' since the Constitution requires tax bills to originate in the House of Representatives, 'the legislative body most accountable to the people, where legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election, which is never more than two years off'."

What health reform could cost you

“Among the promises of the health reform law -- now upheld by the Supreme Court -- is affordable insurance for millions of low- and middle-income Americans. But delivering on that promise won't be free. The federal government is set to spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to subsidize coverage and to expand eligibility for Medicaid. And to pay for it, the law imposes a slew of cuts in federal health care spending as well as a number of taxes, fees and penalties.”

Doctors: We could go out of business

"Doctors, especially those operating private practices, said their financial hardship is increasing, making it 'harder for them to earn a decent living,'according to a new survey of 673 physicians across 29 specialties by MDLinx, a medical reference website for physicians."

Court ruling a boost for Romney

"Soon after the Supreme Court handed down its decision upholding the landmark health care reform law -- including the controversial mandate that individual Americans purchase health coverage -- Mitt Romney's website blared: 'Obamacare upheld. Elections have consequences. Donate.'

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Goodnight everyone, and have a Hall of Fame deserving weekend!


"I started playing when I was nine years old because I saw Benny Goodman on The Ed Sullivan Show. I was a clarinetist to start with. I picked up the saxophone along the way and discovered that you could make a buck and get some girls playing a saxophone in a rock 'n roll band.”

Walter Parazaider, saxophonist in tonight’s featured group.

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 smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, music from a legendary band that performs at Summerfest this Sunday night.


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/30/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 89.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 90. "A"

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

Next Wednesday, July 4, 2012 will again be time to celebrate the independence of our wonderful country.  One of the best Wisconsin traditions is watching Bartolotta’s set off their finest down at the lakefront.  This spectacular display is enjoyed on the THIRD of July; then in many cases amateurs try to duplicate those colorful, gun-powder-and-mineral explosions in their own driveways to impress friends & family the next day.

How many people will include their canine companions in the festivities?  After all, dogs like hamburgers and the lazy days of summer too!  But have you stopped to consider that while you and your picnicking pals are “oohing” and “ahhing” at the Big Bang, Fido is less than happy about the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air?

Whether you are partying at Lake Michigan, in one of our beautiful county parks, or in your own back yard, there are ways to help your pooch cope with the patriotic partying. 

The loud sounds of fireworks are probably the most distressing to your pooch.  But there are other hazards to be aware of as well.  These tips can help. 

Please remember the sensitivity of your dog’s ears as you are celebrating our great country this July 4th.  That way, EVERY member of your family can enjoy this spectacular holiday.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

As we've often said, the dogs news isn't always good. Several news outlets had this story this past week. WARNING: Horrific images show caged dogs at restaurants in China where it is legal and acceptable to eat dogs.

Deadly dog disease spreading through SE Wisconsin.

Dukie survives crash on washed out Wisconsin highway.

How not to solve a neighborly dispute.

Thor was 10 minutes from death.

is a hero.

Yes, Mumzie, there are good people in the world.

is a first.

Study: Dogs at work
relieve stress.

"Hypoallergenic" when it comes to dogs? Not so fast!

You can prevent your dog from being bored.



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Week-ends (06/30/12)


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...


Medical team at Berlin hospital

Heather Town

Jackie Whiton

Military wives

Delroy Simmonds

Bryan Martin

Shane Hankins

Karen Grochowski 

Nadia Diaz


President Obama

The city of Greenville, SC

The city of Mineral Wells

Obese-only gyms


"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in his written opinion about the court upholding ObamaCare.

"It is true that if an individual does not purchase insurance, he or she affects the insurance market to a degree. But the Government's theory would make one's mere existence the basis for federal regulation. There would be no structural limit on the power of Congress. As a result, the Government's theory would change the relation between the citizens and the Federal Government in a fundamental way."
Justice Kennedy writing in the dissenting opinion.

"The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we will continue to improve on it where we can. It should be pretty clear by now that I didn't do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country."
President Obama reacting to the court’s ruling on health care.

"It actually settles nothing. By shifting the debate to the tax arena, and with a four-justice dissent, the decision guarantees only that the broader fight over a suitable national health policy will continue. In effect, the court decided this was too hot to handle. The focus will shift back to the political arena, where a deeply divided electorate will have to decide which policy path they want the country to pursue."
Richard Saltman, a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

"Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Today's decision does nothing to diminish the fact that Obamacare's mandates, tax hikes, and Medicare cuts should be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that lower costs and that the American people actually want. It is my hope that with new leadership in the White House and Senate, we can enact these step-by-step solutions and prevent further damage from this terrible law."
Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell

"I've been clear from the very beginning that I do not believe a one-size-fits-all health care program works for the entire country and that each governor should have the ability to make decisions about what works best for their state. Today's Supreme Court decision is disappointing and I still believe this is the wrong approach for the people of New Jersey who should be able to make their own judgments about health care. Most importantly, the Supreme Court is confirming what we knew all along about this law – it is a tax on middle class Americans."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

"I continue to oppose ObamaCare. One of my first acts as Governor was to authorize Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to add Wisconsin to the federal lawsuit opposing ObamaCare. Wisconsin will not take any action to implement ObamaCare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington D.C. later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level. If there is no political remedy from Washington and the law moves forward, it would require the majority of people in Wisconsin to pay more money for less healthcare. Additionally, it would increase the size and cost of government, decrease the quality of healthcare and, in our state, reduce access for those truly in need of assistance. The federal government should not tell individuals and families what to do with healthcare. The alternative is more transparency and a more active role by consumers, so we can truly control costs."
WI Governor Scott Walker

"it's constitutional. Bitches."
A tweet by DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, his initial reaction to the Supreme Court ruling.

"I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans."
A later tweet by DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard

"That was just confirmation, I looked at him during the reading of the verdict and just the look on his face, no real emotion. Just kind of accepting, you know, because, it was true.”
Juror in the Jerry Sandusky trial, Joshua Harper


A tax increase, and how!

The other Supreme Court ruling.


The recount in Racine.



And rightfully so, the Supreme Court and ObamaCare.


"A naked guy in Aisle 10 needs help with canned peas."
Which naked guy?

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

Help Fire Obama

Dear Fellow Conservative,

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Recommended Reading (06/30/12)

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).

ObamaCare- Upheld and doomed

"History will judge whether Mr. Roberts saved the reputation of the court or lost his nerve. Many conservatives obviously suspect the latter. Resolved: The government cannot make you eat broccoli, though it may levy a non-broccoli-eating tax on any who refuse."


"John Roberts, the man who gave us the Citizens United case has now, with a laughably inane ruling, told us we have to fight politically. The millions of people who joined the tea party in 2009 only to go back to their jobs and families after the 2010 election are now awake."

Low confidence in public schools is warranted

"Perhaps it was the rash of sexual-abuse cases on the part of public school teachers discovered during the 2011-2012 school year.

Or maybe it was the poor impression of educators left by Wisconsin teachers union members in the wake of protests against Gov. Scott Walker.

Or maybe parents finally took the time to go through their children’s backpacks and found the work product that passes for learning these days.

Whatever the reason, last week the Gallup Organization revealed a poll that indicates confidence in our nation’s public schools is at an all-time low."

What is a college degree worth?

"Melissa Bruninga-Matteau is a 43-year-old white single mother who teaches two courses in humanities at Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona.

She never expected to be on food stamps. Somehow she imagined her Ph.D. in medieval history was a guaranteed ticket to the middle class. Another college teacher in Florida is married with two kids. He's a graduate student in film studies at Florida State University.

Somehow he hasn't yet processed that a married father of two probably should not be getting an advanced degree in film studies. I'm not sure anybody should, actually."

The not-so-overworked American

"When you picture modern American life, certain phrases come to mind: Overworked, sleep deprived, stressed out. Perhaps we feel stressed out, but the first two are nowhere close to accurate. So, if we don't work that much, and sleep plenty, why is there such an echo chamber about overworked and sleep-deprived Americans?"

Crazy excuses to escape work

"In an era of high unemployment, when many are pounding the pavement desperate for work, it turns out many of those who do have steady employment actually feel miserable. So crummy that a recent survey found that one out of every two workers are ready to quit their job."

Dads: If You Don’t Want Your Daughter to Date Charlie Sheen, Lil Wayne, Beavis or Butthead, Read This

"Here are my 10 Commandments for my daughter’s potential boyfriends."


What Obama's next inauguration might look like...

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