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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.

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Week-ends

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Jeanna Giese

Anna Marie Wood and Mike Neufeldt

Dalton Carriker of Georgia’s Little League team.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Steven Hanke, for the moment, living in Franklin.

British judge (This story is from May, but Reason Magazine’s website just posted it yesterday. This judge would be a villain any week.)

Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel columnist Laurel Walker and her disgusting defense of sex offenders.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"I apologize to the young kids for my immature acts. What I did was immature and I need to grow up."
Michael Vick

"We've had to defend ourselves over and over again. We will be using all of our defenses to protect the women and children of our community."
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor. The city is filing a lawsuit to force a sex offender out of the city. (See VILLAINS OF THE WEEK)

"The (Dodge) County Fair is supposed to be a fun family event each summer, not a platform for juvenile personal attacks. There are deep differences between my views and the views of the Democratic Party. But that doesn't mean that we can't have a civil debate without resorting to crude innuendo and offensive behavior."
State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau called on the Democratic Party of Dodge County and Joe Wineke, executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, to apologize for a political stunt at the recent Dodge County Fair that apparently offended some fairgoers. Among the items for sale at the Democrats' booth at the Dodge County Fair was a button that read "F Scott Fitzgerald" with the "F" apparently intended to represent an offensive four-letter curse word.

“It is time for the grown-ups to emerge here, and it is time for the game-playing to stop.”
Governor Jim Doyle, urging lawmakers to approve a state budget.

"The fact is, you're going to see this thing deteriorate further unless the governor gets engaged. It is absolutely essential that he gets involved."
State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), one of eight legislators working to hammer out differences in the state budget. Fitzgerald is urging Governor Doyle to skip a Sept.7-18 trip to China and Japan to stay in Wisconsin to work on the budget.

"I don't think there's an exact date that you have to have it done, but I'm sure that as the kids go back to school and as we move into September here, some progress should be made."
Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) said that in the first weeks of September, when the new school year starts, lawmakers should begin to move from debating issues to making decisions for a new state budget.

“The only way” to deal with the Franklin School District budget is to raise taxes.
Franklin School Board member Sue (Tax you to the moon) Huhn at Monday’s school board meeting. This is the same Sue Huhn who called a 5.6% increase in the school tax levy, “reasonable.” It’s this kind of mentality that has made Franklin a tax hell.

"This is the most economically efficient way to do the work."
West Bend School Board President Charles Hillman, after the board unanimously approved placing a one-question, $119-million referendum on the November ballot, the largest referendum in the history of Wisconsin.(You see, Franklin, if they don’t win, they just keep coming back, asking you again and again and again for more of your hard-earned money).

“If you have not heard them already, you will soon. The chicken littles of the world will be running around telling you the sky is falling. I refer to the state budget and especially educational spending. The fact is the Republican Assembly budget has included a huge increase of $452 million dollars in new money for education. That is even more than requested by the governor. It’s strange the Democrats can’t agree to an increase. You might want to mention that when you hear them start their lament of somehow "the sky is falling" because of the Republicans’ increase in educational spending.”
Bob Geason of Burlington, in a letter to the editor of the Waukesha Freeman.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Monday’s Franklin School Board meeting. It was not democracy at its finest.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

There’s another side to that whole poverty in America story.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Idaho Senator Larry Craig.

Had Craig been a liberal Democrat, the press coverage would not have been as exhaustive, and the tone would have been much different: Isn’t he courageous? The attacks are mean-spirited. He needs our support, not criticism.

There’s a big difference between conservatives and liberals when it comes to political scandals. Conservatives say the guy’s got to go. Liberals back the bum to the hilt. (unless he's a conservative)


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Mrs. Tennessee is snake-bit.

Man loses his head……….in brain operation.

Couple has triplets…….again.

Week-ends

Week-ends

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Medal of Honor recipients who are in Green bay for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's annual convention.

Firefighters save the lives of four young children.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby

Tom Lovejoy

Lucien Hoffman

Michael Hernandez

Allenna Ward

Southwest Airlines


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

”Once and for all, it's time to fill the vacant police officer positions on the Milwaukee Police Department so our city doesn’t have to endure another holiday weekend where citizens are faced with dodging bullets whenever they venture out of doors. The sad reality is that despite all of the rhetoric about public safety coming from Mayor Barrett, officer vacancies in the police department are higher today than when the mayor assumed office more than three years ago.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan, after a violent Labor Day weekend in the city.

”If Governor Doyle really wanted to help the City of Milwaukee, he should stop coming here. We already have an over abundance of underperforming politicians. My advice to him is to stay in Madison and sign property tax relief legislation for our over-taxed residents. If the police are no longer able to guarantee the personal safety of citizens, then reconsider your opposition to allowing law-abiding people the means with which to protect themselves. Yes, Governor, that means carrying concealed handguns.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

"We're where we need to be right now. And that's one of the things I wanted to talk to you about. I'm running for President of the United States."
Fred Thompson, making his announcement to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.

"We will work with each of your families to make sure you can afford to go to college," Doyle said. "I don't want any ninth-grader in the state of Wisconsin to think they can't go to college."
Gov. Jim Doyle, campaigning in Appleton,to ninth-graders to sign the Wisconsin Covenant. Doyle asked an audience of 150 freshmen at Appleton East High School to pledge to finish high school, maintain a B average, take the classes they need to get into college and be good citizens as part of the covenant commitment. In return, he said, the state is ready to promise them that there will be a place for them in college along with financial aid.

"The cause is noble I just worry the governor may be setting the bar too high. He is putting a commitment on future legislatures and we don't know a lot of the costs and details. I'm not throwing cold water on it, but you've got to be careful. If you promise it you have to deliver … financial aid is not free money."
State Representative Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) on the Governor’s promise to ninth-graders. The Covenant doesn’t exist and there’s no funding appropriated for it.

“I apologize to anyone who was offended. Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard. In the family atmosphere of the telethon, I forget that not everyone knows me that well. That something like this would distract from the true purpose of the telethon pains me deeply. ... I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses.”
Jerry Lewis after dropping an anti-gay slur on his annual Labor Day Telethon that raised a record $63.7 million.

”I got lucky.”
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner snagged another $1,000 from the Wisconsin Lottery, after an identical win last spring.The Republican congressman from Menomonee Falls won a $250,000 jackpot on a $2 ticket in the District of Columbia lottery in 1997.

”ok to all the jealous girls out here
this is for you
i am not stupid
that question that i got at miss teen usa was not the easiest question and with ten million people watching me LIVE, i was nervous
yeah like you wouldn't be
so to you girls out there.
get a life and stop being so mean
i did not even have time to think about it
i am smart, not a dumb blonde like you think
kthanks”

Miss Teen South Carolina, Caitlin Upton, responding on her own website to people all over the country who ridiculed Upton for her less than stellar performance answering a question during the pageant. In case you’re one of the five people who didn’t see Caitlin’s performance, here it is. (Miss Teen South Carolina finished 3rd).


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Governor Doyle refuses to return campaign donations to a fugitive (who has since been apprehended).

What a surprise.

Remember Travelgate?


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

After a violent Labor Day weekend, the typical reaction from Milwaukee’s so-called leaders is to hit the snooze button. The lack of reaction didn’t get nearly the coverage it deserved.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Katrina


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Grandmother wants to get out of babysitting, so she gives 9-year old grandchild some gin.

Raw chicken spill on road causes a gooey mess, accidents in Minnesota.

Don’t believe everything you read in the paper.

Week-ends

Week-ends

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Everyone who attended a 9/11 memorial or commemorative event.

Bruce Ferraro

Merlin Harn

Ripped by other bloggers and some residents, and now being threatened with a lawsuit by an MMSD Commissioner who has defended the dumping of millions and millions of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Michigan, Franklin developer Mark Carstensen is one of the best corporate citizens our city has, maybe the best.

And....Mason Crosby:




VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Anyone who suggested that America needs to curtail remembrances of 9/11

Unpatriotic schools in North Carolina

Democrat Presidential candidate Dennis (Traitor) Kucinich

Moveon.org

Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Van Akkeren

The New England Patriots

Every catty woman around the world who, with envy, called Britney Spears, “fat.”



QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"I believe that we will be able to reduce our forces to the pre-surge level ... by next summer without jeopardizing the security gains we have fought so hard to achieve.”
General David Petraeus testified before Congress that President's troop escalation plan in Iraq had met its military objectives "in large measure."

”General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
A full-page ad in the New York Times that cost the liberal group MoveOn.org approximately $65,000. The ad accuses the general of "Cooking the Books for the White House" and asserts "General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts," citing optimistic statements the general has made about Iraq in the past.

"I really do think to accuse a general of the ‘willing suspension of disbelief,’ particular in the atmosphere that Moveon.org has created with these terrible attacks, I don’t know, I mean I think that’s not the way in a responsible way to go about , you know, forging the foreign policy of the United States and the military policy of the United States. I think this name calling, you know, saying to people, ‘willing suspension of disbelief,' and then saying the horrible thing they said about betrayal -- that is the last thing we need right now. What we need right now is a reasoned account, we need statesmanship not political venom."
Rudy Giuliani, blasting Hillary Clinton’s criticism of General Petraeus.

"You get that lift when (the jury) comes back with guilty, and you say, 'Good, we've got another sex offender off the streets,' and then minutes later you're told the case is being dismissed. I've done this for 18 years now. Not only has it never happened to me personally — a judge dismissing after a guilty verdict — I've never heard of it being done."
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco, after a judge overturned a guilty verdict for a convicted sex offender.

"I was appalled. I couldn't believe it. I feel very sorry for the girl. It's very upsetting to me that when 12 people make this decision that the judge turns it over. Kind of wasted our time and wasted everybody's time.”
Juror Gerald Dempski, 64, of Howards Grove, about Sheboygan Judge Timothy Van Akkeren’s ruling to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict in a sex offender case.

"This is a government-run health care plan. It is a top-down, government controlled takeover of the funding and financing of health care."
State Representative Leah Vukmir, on the Senate Democrats’ $15.2 billion universal health care proposal. Vukmir spoke at a debate sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club.

"That's the price you pay for making sure everyone is covered. We've got to be honest about this."
David Reimer, a proponent of universal health care in Wisconsin, admitting some businesses would pay more. He spoke at the Milwaukee Press Club debate.

“The bottom line is that going around the state and promising things that are not real is very sad and irritating. If he thinks he’s going to get billions in new spending to pay for this and his other programs out of the Republican Assembly, then he’s on some other planet.”
Senator Mary Lazich, on the Governor touting his Wisconsin Covenant, a program that does not exist. Lazich said the concept of helping students achieve and get into college is a noble idea, however, the governor’s plan is “trickery” and he shouldn’t be promising something that isn’t there.

"This is like sending in two box tops and you'll get a paper that makes you feel good. It's snake oil, that's what this is."
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau on the Wisconsin Covenant. Fitzgerald said he's worried that thousands of students and parents are being misled to believe there is already a program in place that will guarantee them the money and access needed for college.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The outrageous overturning of a guilty verdict for a sex offender on a technicality in Sheboygan


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The Wisconsin Covenant.

The news media reported on Governor Doyle and his wife, touring the state, signing up thousands of ninth-graders for the Covenant that guarantees admission into a state college if students graduate from a Wisconsin high school, get involved in the community and maintain a “B” average. The state also promises to help students get funds to pay for school. Friday was the deadline to sign up.

The media spent very little time reporting that this is nothing but a scam. Governor Doyle is a con artist, making empty promises he can’t keep to youngsters all across Wisconsin. It’s a scam because the program doesn’t exist. It was never enacted by the Legislature, never signed into law. The Governor is exploiting young children to score political points. The dog and pony show around the state is nothing more than a petition drive to shove signatures of kids in the faces of the Legislature to exert pressure to approve what is now a non-existing program.

Also, remember last year’s race for Governor, where Jim Doyle and his lefty supporters kept accusing challenger Mark Green of breaking the law by transferring money from his Congressional account to his gubernatorial account? Doyle ran smear ads against Green on this issue. Well, this week…


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Britney’s performance at the VMAs.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

City wants to ban dog-barking.

Inmates go on sausage temper tantrum.


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

Week-ends

Week-ends

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Randy Pausch

Ellenna Hudgins

Democrat Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly. With the state budget process in limbo, the Assembly exercised leadership by passing two bills that fund schools and local governments and place reasonable levy limits on property taxes. The legislation passed on a bipartisan vote of 70-27. The Democrat leaders of the Wisconsin Senate, on the other hand, intend to just sit back and do nothing, refusing to take up the Assembly bills.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

House of Horrors

Planned Parenthood

Tye Hilmo
High school students in Hanover, New Jersey

Sally Field

Tameka Hicks

The Pewaukee high school player who intentionally head-butted an opposing coach, and his parents, who thought about suing the coach.




QUOTES OF THE WEEK

” I believe a good, hard five days of work this week, we can get this budget done."
Governor Doyle, speaking on Monday, saying he was optimistic a state budget could be done by Friday. Well, today is Saturday….

"This is particularly disappointing as I have always given money to the cancer society and had assumed the money was being used for cancer research and such - not to defeat my Republican colleagues in the state Legislature. Does it bother you that the cancer society has decided to use its mailing list to drive up the negative perception of Republicans and become part of the coalition fighting for a Democratic majority in 2008?"
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) on the anti-Republican campaigning by the American Cancer Society. The ACS is upset Republicans do not support a huge increase in the cigarette tax.

“I want our students to be passionate and say, ‘Get out of there,’ but I won’t make them do it. It’s all about the student voice. Why aren’t there more protests about what’s happening there?”
UW-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam. Your tax dollar at work.

”I am all in favor of creative thinking and bold initiatives with regard to solving the health care situation in Wisconsin, especially within southeastern Wisconsin. However, "off-the-wall ideas" are not the same as "out-of-the-box thinking."
John Scheibel, the chief executive officer of Scheibel Hlaska Inc. in Milwaukee, describing the Senate Democrats’ $15.2 billion universal health care proposal.

"I'm probably one of the four or five best known Americans in the world.”
Rudy Giuliani, speaking to a small group of reporters at a posh London hotel as onlookers gathered in the lobby to gawk at actor Dustin Hoffman, who was on a separate visit.

“Enough about me. You can always tell when the Republicans are restless - because the Vice President's motorcade pulls into the Capitol. Darth Vader emerges. And honestly I’m not invited to their meetings. I don’t know what he says or does.”
Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in New York, describing VP Dick Cheney.


”The number of liberal readers who have written and told me of their conversion to conservatism after reading my arguments is small. Most liberals who write to me question the legitimacy of my birth, disparage my looks, pledge a campaign to censor me and promise never to read the column again. They do. They can't help themselves.”
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, who is syndicated in over 500 papers around the country.

''I didn't turn into a crummy coach overnight, my staff didn't turn crummy overnight and the players didn't turn crummy overnight either,'' he said. ''There's a whole bunch of problems that are all involved right there. I think we're going to be judged from where it goes from here. And let's face it, it doesn't get much lower than where you are right now.”
Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. The Fighting Irish are 0-3 and have the worst offense in college football.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

There were several:

Democrats who refuse to condemn MoveOn.org’s smear against General Petraeus.

New Berlin high school coach gets reprimanded in incident with opposing player; opposing player gets no punishment.

Brookfield residents turn out at a public hearing this week to criticize a proposal to restrict where sex offenders can live.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Wisconsin is a tax hell. Want more proof?


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The New Berlin high school football coach who was disciplined for pushing a player after he was head-butted by the player…..a much bigger story because it was captured on video.

Oh, and, of course, O.J.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Nebraska state Senator sues God.

TV weatherman makes suggestive gestures in front of a graphic of a female breast. He couldn’t be reached for comment because he reportedly is attending a “training session in Wisconsin.” Training for what?! This story drives home the sentiment that many TV viewers have: Just the forecast, please!

A la Dr. Seuss, judge admonishes inmate.


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

Admit it: We hate smokers

Wisconsin could see a huge increase in its cigarette tax, by $1.25.  Congress is also considering a federal increase in the cigarette tax.

A so-called “sin” tax, the cigarette tax is one that even those who hate tax increases can go along with if push comes to shove.

Why? Because people not only hate smoking, they hate smokers. A downtrodden lot in society, smokers have become pariahs, outcasts, a group to look down your noses at.

The disdain is so strong that one state wants to trample all over the individual rights of people who light up. (Remember, whether you like it or not, smoking is legal).

Tennessee’s cigarette tax has jumped from 20 cents to 62 cents. In an effort to stop bootleg cigarettes from coming into their state, Tennessee has just approved a law that if people buy more than two cartons of smokes outside of the state, their cars can be seized and they can be put behind bars. Tennessee revenue officials are reportedly spying on stores in other states to nab offenders.

Tennessee has already begun its surveillance of Tennessee residents sneaking across the border to buy cigarettes in other states where the cigarette tax isn’t as high.

According to a Knoxville newspaper, the idea is for the monitoring agent to spot a person buying cigarettes in volume at an out-of-state market, then departing in a vehicle with Tennessee license tags. Monitoring agents spotting such a suspect will call an arresting agent who will stop the car when it enters Tennessee. Conditions must be pretty rosy in the Volunteer state if government resources can be allocated to entrap cigarette purchasers.

David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times that smokers are, “generally much poorer than average Americans and much less educated. High school dropouts smoke at roughly three times the rates of college graduates. They are also among the most demoralized people in society. Recent sociological research shows that most Americans regard smoking as a sign of low-class, unattractive behavior — and most smokers see it this way, too. Research by Kip Viscusi of Harvard suggests that smokers actually overestimate the dangers of their habit; they believe they are killing themselves even faster than they really are.”

Harvard’s Viscusi contends smokers actually save taxpayers money. They tend to die earlier than nonsmokers, they do not consume as much health care in old age or draw on Social Security as much as nonsmokers do. In 1997, the New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study that determined that total health care spending would go up, not down, if everyone stopped smoking.

Society doesn’t care. They’re just nasty, evil, dirty smokers. Stick it to ‘em. And boy, have we.

Since 1994, the average cigarette tax (state and federal combined) has tripled, rising from 50 cents to $1.46, an increase of more than 100 percent in real terms. Because smokers tend to die earlier than nonsmokers, they do not consume as much health care in old age or draw on Social Security as much as nonsmokers do. Leaving aside Social Security savings, a 1997 study in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that total health care spending would go up, not down, if everyone stopped smoking.

Even if smoking does, on balance, increase government outlays, a 1994 report from the Congressional Research Service concluded that cigarette taxes in all likelihood already covered any external costs that reasonably could be attributed to smoking. Since then, the average cigarette tax (state and federal combined) has tripled, rising from 50 cents to $1.46, an increase of more than 100 percent in real terms. And that's not counting the price hike needed to fund the tobacco companies' settlement payments to the states.
No other federal tax hurts the poor more than the cigarette tax. That’s according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation in Washington D.C. that says, “The burden of (a) proposed cigarette tax hike on the lowest-earning 20 percent of households is 37 times heavier than it would be if the government raised the money with the federal income tax.”

The attitude on Capitol Hill and in statehouses all across America, including Madison seems to be, who cares?

They’re………….

only…………….. 

smokers!

Non-smokers should think twice about being so fast to slam smokers in the pocketbook. When government is through tossing smokers out on the street and stomping them out with their heels, who and what will be their next target?

Beer? 

Wine? 

Alcohol? 

Fatty foods? 

Red meat?

They never run out of ways to nail you. Someday, it could be you, non-smoker…

Your teen needs to know the dangers of STD's

Topics talked about on WISN

FranklinNOW.com is undergoing some major technical changes today. One of the kinks being worked on: some of my lengthier posts are being cut off before completion.

We're aware and are working to fix it.

Meanwhile, some readers have expressed interest in the teen sex piece I read on the air Wednesday while filling in for WISN's Mark Belling.

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Umpire cleared in South Milwaukee

The city attorney in South Milwaukee has tossed out the disorderly conduct charge issued against an umpire in an incident I talked about extensively on WISN and also blogged about.

A similar charge is still pending against the player who went after the umpire.

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Franklin still alive

As I mentioned last weekend, the Franklin High School football team must go undefeated the rest of the season to make the playoffs. They kept their slim hopes alive last night, knocking off Kenosha Bradford.

Moon over Madison

When the Badgers take on Michigan State this afternoon, the Spartans won't be a pushover. Like Wisconsin, they enter the game unbeaten and have a formidable tandem of running backs, including Jehuu Caulcrick.

Caulcrick knows what it's like to be tough. He was born in Liberia.

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Will the media cover this story?

Topics talked about on WISN

It is highly fashionable in the news meida to bash catholics and other Christians. has been for a long time.

Tomorrow, San Francisco will host one of the most disgusting, despicable displays of anti-Christianity.

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Week-ends

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, for proposing another no tax increase budget.

11-year old David Silva, honored by America’s Most Wanted.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK 

Columbia University and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost, whose inability to handle his pitching staff and day-to-day lineup along with his inexcusably bad decisions caused the Brewers to blow a sizeable lead in baseball’s worst division………to the Cubs.
    

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Democrats should run Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for president. He's more coherent than Dennis Kucinich, he dresses like their base, he's more macho than John Edwards, and he's willing to show up at a forum where he might get one hostile question -- unlike the current Democratic candidates for president who won't debate on Fox News Channel. He's not married to an impeached president, and the name "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" is surely no more frightening than "B. Hussein Obama. And liberals agree with Ahmadinejad on the issues! We know that because he was invited by an American university to speak on campus.”
Ann Coulter

"It obviously breeds distrust and cynicism when government policy has to be hashed out behind closed doors."
Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, as Governor Doyle and legislative leaders met at the Governor’s mansion this week to try to reach an agreement on the state budget. 

"It's not going away. We're going to push even harder because I really, truly think that building (the Capitol) needs a nudge on this issue.
"
State Senator Jon Erpenbach, on the Senate Democrats’ government health care plan, Healthy Wisconsin.

"For him to be able to get through his entire career without missing a football game to me is nothing short of miraculous."
Troy Aikman, who quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, on Brett Favre.    


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Senate Democrats, who are in the hip pocket of the state teacher’s union and who always claim to be big supporters of education, fail to schedule a floor session to adopt state Assembly bills to fund schools and local governments. They refused for political reasons and a key budget deadline has been missed. Now the door is open for huge property tax increases.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Remember that crazy judge in Sheboygan who overturned a jury’s conviction of a sex offender? Well…
 


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK 

Ayyyyyyyyyy……….but this hype, I didn’t mind.

  

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Franklin budgets

Question...

Are there any Scott Walker's in Franklin?

This week, the Milwaukee County Executive submitted his budget to the Milwaukee County Board, calling for no increases in taxes.

The Milwaukee County budget is one of the most difficult to craft, given that Walker's predecessor, the unscrupulous Tom Ament awarded himself and the rest of county government lavish pensions that Milwaukee County taxpayers will be paying for decades.

The politician that is Walker made a political promise. I will not raise taxes.

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The role of Milwaukee County government

It’s local budget time, and I have commended Scott Walker for doing what apparently no other local official wants to or can do: propose a budget without tax increases.

Evidently, folks in these parts have forgotten two critical pieces of local history:

1) Milwaukee County is suffering from the outlandish, diabolical pension scheme perpetrated by former Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament and other Milwaukee County elected officials.

2) Current Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker was swept into office on a tidal-wave of voter demand for fiscal responsibility. It is his job to fix the ridiculous mess he inherited.

All the while, some people want swimming pools, tennis courts, busses that go everywhere all the time (even if they’re empty), park grass sans weeds, service after service after service, program after program after program.

Guess what…..we might have the money for all these wonderful things except that it’s going to pay for your neighbor’s pension. You know who I’m talking about: the guy who couldn’t wait to retire as soon as possible when the Ament scandal broke.

Milwaukee County must and should provide courts and sheriff’s deputies and the airport. But a legitimate question is whether Milwaukee County should be in the business of running parks, and making sure you have a place to swim, or play golf.  Is that really its role? 

Don’t get me wrong. Quality of life is essential to a community. But you can’t live on a caviar and champagne diet when you can only afford Miller Lite and chicken.

A few years ago, former Milwaukee County Executive and Parks Director Dave Schulz wrote a fascinating and compelling piece on how to reinvent Milwaukee County government.

He had earlier proposed getting rid of county government altogether. Schulz even suggested the merging of suburbs. For example, Franklin would consolidate with Greendale and Greenfield.

It’s an interesting read even five years later. While I’m not endorsing all of his suggestions, they pose a significant question as to what the role of Milwaukee County government should really be.

Commenting on my blogs

As you probably know, some major changes have been here on FranklinNOW.com.  One of them is your ability to now comment on our blogs. I encourage you to take advantage of this new feature.

However, there will be a few simple, straightforward rules about commenting on my blogs. 

When I first started blogging, I wrote the following: “My blog approach will be very similar to what I have done throughout my broadcast career. In my reporting days, I covered the gamut of issues. The same holds true when I appear on a television or radio talk show and I’ll do the same on This Just In….

Topics I intend to explore will include local and state issues, business, sports, societal trends, just about anything. Some will be controversial. Others might stir emotion. My hope is that you find my blog to be interesting and insightful.”
 

So, I blog about topics that are interesting to me. The topics I choose when I’m on the radio are of interest to me. 

I view this blog as an equivalent to a radio talk show. If you want to comment on my blog, great! Disagree all you want. But consider commenting on my blog the same as calling in when I host a talk show.  

Give me your best stuff. 

Also, disagree all you want, but please stay on topic.

If you ramble, are incoherent, or make comments that have nothing to do with the particular entry, your comments will be removed.
 

Keep it clean. No obscenities or profanities.

If you make what you believe to be a factual statement, it better be accurate. If not, it will be removed or corrected.
 

That’s it. 

Keep reading and have fun!

 

The "Fonz" is bigger than a statue

Last week, the suggestion was made that Milwaukee find a location for a statue of the “Fonz.” 

The “Fonz,” as in Arthur Fonzarelli, best friend of Ritchie, Potsie and Ralph Malph.
Leather jacket, ducktail, motorcycle, Correctimundo. The suggestion spawned several news articles and columns.  We talked about it on Channel 10’s InterCHANGE Friday night and Sunday morning. Sticks in the mud Joel McNally and Kathleen Dunn scoffed at the idea. Host Dan Jones called “Happy Days” a “stupid” show. (I guess all those millions of TV viewers were clueless).  

The notion of a “Fonzie” statue had the snobs of Milwaukee scratching their noses against the ceiling. How gauche! After all, the “Fonz” in bronze would only perpetuate Milwaukee’s image of beer, brats, bowling, Laverne and Shirley, and people who walk on their knuckles. 

It’s the kind of image we in Wisconsin wince at when we see it portrayed in movies like, “Home Alone.”
 

Like it or not, that’s us. But it’s not the total package. 

Yes, we are brats. 

And beer. 

And “I don’t want her you can have her, she’s too fat for me….” 

We are also art museums and great restaurants and theater and pro sports and Lake Michigan.  The battle is to make sure people see the entire picture. 

There’s also the larger issue of Milwaukee being behind the times. 

As my farther used to say, “We’re always the last rose on the bush.” 

Every time someone makes a suggestion that is even slightly out of the box, visionary, adventurous, risky, I dare say, “cool,” everyone else rejects the idea outright. They don’t just say no, they go out of their way to humiliate and embarrass the poor sap who would even propose such a preposterous thought as a …………..”Fonzie” statue. 

The most glaring example is Miller Park.  That plan was debated and debated and debated for over a decade. Never mind that all other professional sports cities were building new ballparks and reaping the benefits of economic development. Milwaukee had to talk the idea to death. Saturday my wife and I were at the ballpark to see the Brewers play the Padres as part of he largest crowd to ever see a game at Miller Park, a stadium that is one of the best projects Milwaukee has ever undertaken. 

Another example doesn’t have the same happy ending. Back in the 70’s, plans were discussed to build a Liberace museum in West Allis where the great showman was born. The so-called “leaders” in West Allis wanted no part of it. Are you kidding? We don’t want all that traffic the tourist attraction would bring. Laugh if you will, but the Liberace museum in Las Vegas (that could have been ours) does better than an ok business. I

In my neighborhood, some people are just learning the Twist.
 

You get the point.

Innovators we are not. 

Good ideas are put on hold. Great ideas sometimes never make it. 

I say build that “Fonz” statue. 

And I’ve got a great place for it. 

Once we move the Di Suvero sculpture about a mile to the east, we’re in business.

So, did the media cover the Folsom Street Fair?

This weekend, I posed the question of whether the media would cover the utterly disgusting, anti-Christian Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

I said no, but if the media did cover the story, they would do so badly.

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Culinary no-no #19

Culinary no-no's

Want to go out to eat on a Monday night? 

Not a bad idea because the restaurant won’t be crowded, right? True, the restaurant won’t be as crowded as Friday or Saturday. But think again before you set foot out the door to eat out. 

Peter Francis has co-authored, “How to Burn Down the House.” The book is a tell-all about the schemes restaurants pull. One of them takes place on Monday nights. The restaurants simply serve up all the leftovers from the weekend. 

SmartMoney.com says, “Kitchens prepare food on a first-in, first-out basis, meaning whatever is oldest gets served first. It's a way to ensure that everything on the menu is as fresh as possible. The system works great most days, but it can run into a little glitch over the weekend. Distributors typically take Sunday off and make their last deliveries Saturday morning — which means that by Monday any food not used over the weekend is at least three to four days old. And it will be served before the same ingredients arriving in Monday's delivery.” 

OK, but you say your wedding anniversary falls on a Monday and you’ve just got to go out that night. What then? 

Then the best recommendation is to use reverse logic. Pick a restaurant that is always, always, always crowded. A busy restaurant that’s always open will have fresh ingredients all the time. 

PREVIOUS CULINARY NO-NO’S

1) Ketchup on a brat
2) Green peppers on pizza
3) The dirty martini
4) Fruity brats
5) A Bloody Mary after dinner
6) Women “manning” the grill
7) Eating pizza at Festa Italiana, brats at German Fest, or tacos at Fiesta Mexicana. (Be adventurous. You can have those items anytime).
8) Eating a cream puff as though it was a hamburger.
9) Taking your own bottle of sauce when invited to a barbecue.
10) Touching the grill if you’re a guest at an outdoor barbecue.
11) Coaching the host on how to grill.
12) Some regional flavored ice cream…..like black licorice.
13) Taking the husks off before you grill corn on the cob
14) Being afraid to chill red wine
15) Pizza on the grill
16) When serving exotic or strange dishes to guests, do not tell them exactly what it is. Instead, use a more inviting term (caviar) rather than being blunt (fish eggs).
17) In late summer and early fall, this time of year, don’t buy zucchini. Somehow, someway, you will find zucchini or zucchini will find you.

18) Showing disrespect to your restaurant server.

 

I'm on WISN Monday

I fill in for Mark Belling Monday, October 1 on Newstalk 1130 WISN from 3-6.

I will definitely have another take on the closing of Goldmann's, and we may find some time to talk about the Brewers' collapse.

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