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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.

"This is bad" - Actually, it's pretty good

Andrew Breitbart is dead


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When Mother Nature spoils

About a month ago...

Groundhog handler John Griffith holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil up to the crowd before Phil makes his annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 126th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog handler John Griffith holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil up to the crowd before Phil makes his annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 126th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter. Photo: Reuters.

What does he know!

"The groundhog's seasonal forecasting accuracy is somewhat low. Phil's Winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time."

Crocuses are covered with raindrops on Feb. 28 in Dresden, eastern Germany. First signs of spring come up across the country. Getty Images

Wasn't Germany just creamed with a ton of snow?


A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom in early spring at park in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 28. Reuters photo.

Then again...

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50 years ago today...what really happened

One of the greatest sports stories of all-time, with no live TV, no video, no e-mail, no Twitter, no Internet.


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Great news from the Franklin Police Department


If you haven’t read the latest city of Franklin newsletter it has a great article with some terrific news about our police department. Veteran officer Shawn Harrison has been appointed to the full-time position of Crime Prevention Officer.

This is very good news for the police department and the citizens of Franklin.

Congratulations, Officer Harrison and best of luck to you.

It’s noteworthy that Officer Harrison began his new full-time duties in August of 2011. At that time, the city of Franklin was in the process of deliberations over the 2012 city budget. Keep in mind that Franklin alderman Steve Taylor was strongly advocating that Franklin CUT its police department and CUT its fire department. I doubt Taylor is telling folks at the door, in his literature, or at his fundraisers about that.

What if he's elected county supervisor? Would David Clarke’s sheriff’s department be next?

Snow can be beautiful

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Goodnight everyone, and have an MFSB weekend!


“As always, we wish you love, peace and soul.”

Don Cornelius’ catch phrase on his TV show, Soul Train

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, the Philly Sound of the 70’s.

Last month, Don Cornelius shot himself to death. He was 75.

Cornelius was the host of “Soul Train,” the black version of “American Bandstand,” from 1970-1993.

The show featured a popular theme song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff who created the Philly Sound.”TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” opened the weekly program geared towards black music, fashion and dance. Performing the theme was MFSB, Mother Father Sister Brother, an ensemble of dozens of studio musicians. writes this about MFSB:

"Quality craftsmen were allowed to explore, expand a song's inner meaning while galloping from a smokin' jazz quintet to a 30-piece orchestra in a heartbeat. The group was velvet with a spine, a Love Unlimited Orchestra with grit. They consistently surprised with a theatrical flair."

Tonight, we feature some of their best instrumentals.

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A Searchable Recall Signature Database Coming Soon as Recall Timing Picture Remains Cloudy

MacIver Institute

MacIver News Service | March 2, 2012

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok


Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy


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The Barking Lot (03/03/12)

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:  Snow showers. High of 34. Snow-covered streets and sidewalks. "F"

SUNDAY:  A few show showers. High of 28. "F"

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

Long-time readers of The Barking Lot know that I have written about many aspects of canine psyches.  I find it fascinating to learn new insights into the animal that is truly our best friend.  Every week Kevin has news items highlighting how amazing, how noble, how incredible our pets are.  I’m sorry but you just never see a news item about how iguanas wake their families to save them from house fires or how a cat dialed 9-1-1 for its owner having an epileptic seizure.  Dogs are special.  Period.

I’ve blogged about the science of a dog’s brain; that dogs express emotions like humans; and wondered if your dog loves you.  Now a new book by author and pet behavior specialist Sarah Whitehead seeks to enlighten owners with ideas of what is going on in their dogs’ minds.

For pet parents scratching their heads at their fur-baby’s behaviors, Clever Dog could be just the thing they need.  Judged an insightful and easy read by customers in the UK, this book could finally explain why Lassie acts loopy or Rover gets rambunctious.

Monica Cafferky, a writer for the Mirror, took the book to the test with her own pooch Tilly.  She shares her own experiences here. 

Hopefully our dog won’t be a “head case” that mystifies our family.  I like my dogs like I like my people:  uncomplicated, low-maintenance and easy to be around.  But if Fischer’s Future Fido seems to have one up on us, I’m sure I’ll turn to a book like Ms. Whitehead’s.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

We begin with my good friend, Charlie Sykes, his wife, Janet, and Reggie.

Cuddle a dying pet? Think again.

Dog that mauled newborn is given reprieve.

WI officials revoke dog breeder's license.

Inmate allowed to publish book on aggressive dogs.

yelps for four days before rescue.

Well-trained dog keeps teen on top of her diabetes.

custody cases on the rise.

Can a
bad dog change its stripes?

New rules in California allow dogs to dine out. MORE.

Dog rescuers never give up.

Iditarod dogs go to the doctor. What's it really like out there?

An excerpt from,"Soldier Dogs."

Albuquerque dog
becomes registered voter...MORE.

Oreo was put in the trash last month. The update.

Can Dog TV make a profit?


What is America's favorite dog?

Americans spend a lot on pets.

Dog shows should be more like "American Idol."


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Week-ends (03/03/12)


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...


Andrew Breitbart

Frank Hall...MORE
...and MORE.

Dr. Mohammed Jawad

Michael King

Jessie Lee Donathan-Howard

Readers of the NY Daily News

AJ Hawk

Batman...I'm not so sure.


Liberals in celebration

California teacher (scumbag)

Adoptive father in Ohio

Jail managers in Texas


Dating sites

Adrian Kline

Jimmy Ray Goodall

The New Orleans Saints


“The system, we are told, worked. That's always the second-last refuge of scoundrels. The system, we were told after the Watergate scandal, had ‘worked,’ even though it hadn't, not fully. The system had been truncated by a cheap political pardon, thereby allowing the main miscreant to spend 25 years walking on the beach, fashioning his own myth of persecution and redemption. In the case of Ryan Braun, whose suspension for allegedly taking one of those drugs of which baseball disapproves was overturned by an arbitrator last week, the ‘system’ did not ‘work’ because there should never have been a system in the first place, and Braun does not have his own San Clemente in which to hide. He will have to go out in public at least 162 times this year and own somebody else's dreadful mistakes. I do not envy him that job.”
Charles Pierce, staff writer for

"An expert hired by Braun’s camp says a 'motivated' person could have easily interfered with those seals. Braun rather sinisterly claimed his legal team learned 'a lot of things' about the man who had possession of his urine for roughly 44 hours. The brain ponders what that man might have done. Put the sample in the fridge between curdled milk and leftover enchiladas? Left it next to a window cracked open?"
Lisa Olson of the Sporting News

On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that "there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened." Shortly thereafter, someone who had intimate knowledge of the facts of this case released my name to the media. I am issuing this statement to set the record straight.

I am a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and have received Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. My full-time job is the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and an athletic trainer, including performing volunteer work with Olympic athletes.

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The upcoming movie liberals will absolutely hate

October Baby opens March 23 at the Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and the Menomonee Falls Cinema in Menomonee Falls.

Recommended Reading (03/04/12)

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).

Braun's story flunks test, too

"We are apparently supposed to believe that the man who collected Braun’s sample went home, and began the process of altering it in what would have had to be a rather brilliant scientific way. Added synthetic testosterone to both A and B samples, resealed the sample without the lab detecting that he’d done that, then fooled lab testing as sophisticated as there is in sports. WikiLeaks wasn’t nearly this brilliant.  We keep hearing these vague suggestions that he, Braun, might sue somebody. He ought to make sure he doesn’t get sued himself by Mr. Laurenzi, and have to face the discovery phase of a trial like that."

How I came to admire Andrew Breitbart

Unlike many of Breitbart’s friends and admirers who initiated a relationship with him, I was forced to relate with him. And I don’t like being forced to do anything.

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My Most Popular Blogs (03/04/12)

Most popular

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



Photos of the Week (02/26/12)

Great news from the Franklin Police Department

Sometimes blog ideas fall like manna from heaven

Daddy, can we talk about Ryan Braun?

Culinary no-no #266

8) When Mother Nature spoils

9) "So much for that recall effort"

10) Week-ends (03/03/12)

Photos of the Week (03/04/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Students comfort each other as they leave the scene of a shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 27. Photo: WKYC

2) Doug Gasper, a ninth grader at Chardon High School, is hugged by his mother, Sandy, as they leave Maple on Feb. 27. Photo: Tony Dejak / AP

3) Alleged gunman T.J. Lane is escorted out of the Geauga County Courthouse Annex by deputies, Feb. 28, 2012, after his court appearance for shooting and killing three students and wounding two others at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. Another student has died from wounds suffered in Monday's shooting rampage at the Ohio high school, authorities said on Tuesday, as the shaken suburban Cleveland town prepared for a vigil for the teenage victims of the attack.  Photo: Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters

4) In this Thursday, March 1, 2012 photo, Chardon High School students form a heart with their hands as a Chardon player attempts free throws during a Division I sectional semifinal high school basketball game at Euclid High School, in Euclid, Ohio. The students showed their support for the victims of a school shooting Monday at Chardon. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, John Kuntz)

5) Steve McDonald stands in the debris of his mother-in-law, Mary Osman's home. Osman was killed after a tornado touched down on Feb. 29 in Harrisburg, Ill. Photo: Whitney Curtis / Getty Images

6) Tony Sherrard searches through debris that used to be his home for family keepsakes March 3, 2012 in Marysville, Indiana. The Sherrad family had planned to move into a new home today and most of his family's belongings were packed into boxes when yesterday's tornado obliterated the home. Dozens of people were killed as severe weather and tornados ripped through the South and Midwest yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

7) Robert Elliott sits in his damaged kitchen after a tornado struck his home in Harrison, Tenn., Saturday, March 3, 2012. Emergency crews desperately searched for survivors Saturday after a violent wave of Midwest and Southern storms flattened some rural communities and left behind a trail of destruction: shredded homes, downed power lines and streets littered with tossed cars. (AP Photo/Billy Weeks)

8) A school bus is crushed into a business on the east side of U.S. 31 in Henryville, Ind., after powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least eight people Friday, March 2. Photo: C.E. Branham / The News and Tribune via AP

9) A marijuana themed belt adorns the victim of an apparent drug-related execution in Acapulco on Feb. 29. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

10) A South Korean presidential body guard shoots a net at a "terrorist" during an anti-terror drill at the president's residence on Feb. 27, showcasing security preparations for an upcoming nuclear summit in Seoul. Photo: Kim Jae-Hwan / AFP - Getty Images

11) Nicholas Vollmann, a guide with BAM Marketing and Media, leads tour-goers down S. 2nd St. near National Avenue in Milwaukee describing the area where Jeffrey Dahmer used to find his victims. There were more protesters than paying customers. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood.

12) An aerial view of an eastbound VIA passenger train that derailed in Burlington on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, causing three reported deaths and numerous injuries. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

13) Passengers alight from the Costa Allegra cruise ship at Mahe port in Seychelles on March 1. Tired passengers left a crippled Costa cruise ship in the Seychelles capital Victoria on Thursday, ending a three-day ordeal without power in the Indian Ocean after a fire knocked out the vessel's main power supply. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

14) The village of Saint Nicolas Courbefy, in Limousin, France, on Feb. 28, 2012. The entire hamlet was put up for sale with an asking price of just $400,000, the cost of a studio apartment in Paris. Photo: Sarah DiLorenzo / AP

15) A famous portrait of Jack Nicholson adorns a fake ID with the name Joao Pedro dos Santos, a fake ID used by Brazilian Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros to open a fraudulent bank account. Needless to say, the man was caught by police. Handout image via AFP - Getty Images

16) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a dinner honoring Iraq War veterans on Wednesday night. Photo:Joshua Roberts / Reuters

17) Demi Hines kisses her husband airman Michael Hines on the return of the USS Stennis to Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton on March 2 in Bremerton, Wash. Airman Hines finished his first deployment aboard the ship.  Sailor Thomas Crawford greets his 6-week-old son, Casey Crawford, for the first time after arriving to the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton aboard the USS Stennis.Photos: Elaine Thompson / AP.

18) Makpal Abrazakova trains her golden eagle Akzhelke outside her home village of Aksu-Ayuly in central Kazakhstan. Photo: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

19) A wild turkey peeks inside a Bayside home on Saturday. Wild turkeys were reintroduced in Wisconsin in 1976 and have proliferated ever since, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

20) Strollers look at the green colored Grone creek near Goettingen, central Germany, on March 2. After a fire in a storage building in Goettingen's industrial district, chemicals were released and arrived at the creek together with the fire fighting water. Photo: Stefan Rampfel / AFP - Getty Images

21) The  northern lights shimmer over Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on Feb. 27. "Out for about two hours in -36 degrees Celsius until my fingers gave up, but what a nice show!" Andrei Penescu told "I didn't get out too far from the town, and had a lot of light pollution, but the aurora was very bright." Photo: Andrei Penescu

22) This view of the Orion Nebula, incorporating infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel telescope, highlights fledgling stars hidden in gas and clouds.

23) Backdropped by the historic Tower Bridge, a giant Olympic Rings floats on the River Thames in London in the run-up for the Olympic games, during its launch to mark 150-days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic games, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

24) New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez  poses for photographer Nick Laham on photo day during baseball spring training, Monday in Tampa, Fla. Interesting location for the photo shoot. Photo: Matt Slocum / AP

25) Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols signs autographs as fans push one another to get something signed by Pujols after he finished up with his workouts at spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

26) For all you leg men, actress Angelina Jolie arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo: Amy Sancetta / AP

27) Revellers celebrate Clean Monday by participating in a colourful "flour war," a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, some 125 miles northwest of Athens on Monday. Photo: Panayiotis Tzamaros / Reuters

28) A man lights his self-made cigar during a cigar rolling seminar at the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday.This year focuses on the Cohiba brand and its famous El Laguito factory and the Romeo y Julieta brand. International sales of luxury Havana Cigars rose 9 per cent in 2011 despite the world financial crisis and antismoking laws, according to Corporacion Habanos S.A.  A woman looks at the product of her efforts during a cigar rolling seminar during the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana. Photos: Alejandro Ernesto / EPA

29) Donald Driver rehearses for the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars" with dance partner Peta Murgatroyd. Driver joins other athletes who have competed on past shows, including Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This season's lineup of stars will perform either the foxtrot or the cha-cha for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere.  Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Rowell

30) Marquette head coach Buzz Williams leaps as his team plays Georgetown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

31) Base jumper Jeff Provenzano leaps off the top of the The Water Club hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. People were slated to jump off tall buildings all around the U.S. on Wednesday as part of an energy drink commercial. In Atlantic City, two parachutists jumped off the top of The Water Club, the Borgata's luxury hotel, and landed safely in the parking lot. Similar jumps were planned in Miami, Detroit, Las Vegas and other cities. Photo: Mel Evans / AP

32) People wait in beds during the The World's Biggest Breakfast in Bed Guinness World Record Attempt at Martin Place on March 2, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

33) Artist Ben Wilson paints on a piece of discarded chewing gum on the Millennium Bridge, in London on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Wilson has done this all over London. His works look like this.  Photos: Finbarr O'reilly / Reuters

34) From the New York Daily News: "Celebs love to experiment with their hairstyles, but there are some bad hair days that are so ridiculous, these stars will never live them down. From Mohawks to mullets and everything in between, take a look at the 'dos that will live on in infamy ... Ke$ha finally has a glam look ... sort of. In an attempt to prove that she's tougher than you, Ke$ha glued gold studs to the side of her head."

35) A model wears a creation for Comme des Garcons as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week, Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


Yuko Sugimoto looks at the damage caused by a tsunami and an earthquake in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture,  on March 13, 2011, two days after the magnitude 9 earthquake struck the area. Her son, Raito had gone missing. Where was Raito? Children and teachers from Ishinomaki Mizuho No.2 kindergarten take shelter on the roof of their school during the tsunami following Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Ishinomaki, northern Japan in this photo taken by head teacher Hiroaki Tsuda with his mobile phone on March 11, 2011. Next, Yuko Sugimoto and her son Raito stand at the same place she stood on March 13, 2011 after the area was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan. This photo was taken on Feb. 22, 2012. Photos, in order: Tadashi Okubo / Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters, file; Hiroaki Tsuda via Reuters, file; Yuriko Nakao / Reuters. Read Yugo Sugimoto's story.

And you've probably never heard of Stan Stearns, but no doubt you've seen his work.
Elementary School

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Culinary no-no #267

Culinary no-no's




Ahh. The avocado.

The wonder fruit.

All green and healthy.

And one of the handful of food items Kevin Fischer’s taste buds aren’t all that crazy about.

I mentioned this last December during Culinary no-no #255, a newly discovered Fischer factoid that caused some conversation amongst a few of my colleagues. One, whose name I won’t mention so I’ll just call her Dawn, was somewhat incredulous that I didn’t devour guacamole as gleefully and as often as she does. I also was the recipient of a mild, brief talking-to about how good avocados are for me (By the way, WORST possible argument to attempt to persuade me to sample something).

In my minute or so of research on the avocado, I learned that in some countries, it is mixed with chocolate to concoct…

That ain’t no grasshopper.

The same colleague whose name I won’t mention so I’ll just refer to her as Dawn insisted I try some of her Chinese last week, tofu dripping in brown sauce. It tasted like week-old french toast begging for flavor, any kind of flavor.

Little did she realize that she had served as inspiration for this blog at that least a baker’s dozen will be talking about Monday morning around the water cooler.

Play along with me, folks.



That is a quintessential culinary no-no. The naked hamburger. A complete and utter sacrilege.

Who eats a nothin' burger? Even my guacamole-lovin' colleague who I won't name so I'll just call her Dawn would never fathom such a meal passing her lips. You gotta load that lonesome beef up!

(Think you know where this is headed?)

Let’s see. In no particular order, I could easily adorn that bare beef with:





Onions (Raw or fried)




BBQ sauce




Fried egg

Hello, another burger

A brat patty

That great bastion of unbiased, common sense journalism, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its website engage readers with a poll called, "What's No. 5?" Recently, jsonline wrote:

When it comes to burgers, the perfect patty is crucial but really just a starting point.

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The latest pro-life news (03/05/12)

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

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Monday, March 5, 2012
U.S. Senate Shockingly Defeats Conscience Rights
Religions Unite in Opposition to the Obama Mandate
Swiss Assisted Suicide Deaths Increase in 2011
Register Online Now for Laura Ingraham!
2012 State Conference - Saturday April 28
Important Right To Life Links
U.S. Senate Shockingly Defeats Conscience Rights

Sign the petition to bypass Roe v. Wade

Dear Friend,

For 39 years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.

They have invented laws that condemned to painful deaths without trial more than 56 million babies for the crime of being "inconvenient."

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling forced abortion-on-demand down our nation's throat.

In the past, many in the pro-life movement have felt limited to protecting a life here and there -- passing some limited law to slightly control abortion in the more outrageous cases.

But some pro-lifers always seem to tiptoe around the Supreme Court, hoping they won't be offended.

Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over.

Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it.

That is why it's so urgent you sign the petition to your Senators and Congressman that I will link to in a moment.

You see, while the national media has talked a lot about the impact of economic issues on this past election, the untold story is just how well pro-life candidates did.

So it is vital every Member of Congress be put on record.

And your petition will help do just that.

Signing the Life at Conception Act petition will help break through the opposition clinging to abortion-on-demand and get a vote on this life-saving bill to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A Life at Conception Act declares unborn children "persons" as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, entitled to legal protection.

This is the one thing the Supreme Court admitted in Roe v. Wade that would cause the case for legal abortion to "collapse."

When the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Roe v. Wade decision, it did so based on a new, previously undefined "right of privacy" which it "discovered" in so-called "emanations" of "penumbrae" of the Constitution.

Of course, as constitutional law it was a disaster.

But never once did the Supreme Court declare abortion itself to be a constitutional right.

Instead the Supreme Court said:

"We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins . . . the judiciary at this point in the development of man's knowledge is not in a position to speculate as to the answer."

Then the High Court made a key admission:

"If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case [i.e., "Roe" who sought an abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment."

The fact is, the 14th Amendment couldn't be clearer:

". . . nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law."

Furthermore, the 14th Amendment says:

"Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

That's exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do.

But this simple, logical and obviously right legislation will not become law without a fight.

And that's where your help is critical.

You see, it will be a tough fight, but I believe with your signed petition it is one we can win.

Please click here to sign your petition right away.

By turning up the heat through a massive, national, grass-roots campaign in this session of Congress, one of two things will happen.

If you and other pro-life activists pour on enough pressure, pro-lifers can force politicians from both parties who were elected on pro-life platforms to make good on their promises and ultimately win passage of this bill.

But even if a Life at Conception Act doesn't pass immediately, the public attention will send another crew of radical abortionists down to defeat in the next election.

Either way, the unborn win . . . unless you do nothing.

That's why the National Pro-Life Alliance is contacting hundreds of thousands of Americans just like you to mobilize a grass-roots army to pass a Life at Conception Act.

The first thing you must do is sign your petition by clicking here.

They are the key ingredient in the National Pro-Life Alliance's plan to pass a Life at Conception Act. They'll also organize:

... Hard-hitting TV, radio and newspaper ads to be run just before each vote, detailing the horrors of abortion and mobilizing the American people.

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The Shady Bunch

Wisconsin, Your Voice is Needed: Contact Your Lawmakers Today!


Wisconsin’s 2011-2012 legislative session is quickly nearing its end. On March 15th, Legislators will drop the gavel signaling the end of perhaps the most successful free market reform session in state history. But, before our leaders leave Madison, there is still work that needs to be done. 
Two important bills hang in the balances and we need your help to support these bills that will make Wisconsin a better place to live and work.

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A radio talk show host calls a woman a "slut"

He's liberal talker Ed Schultz. It happened in May of 2011:


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Madison judge tosses photo ID law - What you won't read in our local paper

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Is voter ID racist?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in its coverage of a biased Dane County judge’s ruling temporarily striking down the photo ID law in Wisconsin writes:

“(Judge David)
Flanagan found the impact of the law hit disproportionately hard on the elderly, indigent and minorities.”


It’s really unfair.

A tremendous burden.

Totally discriminatory.

Not according to the American people.

Mamas don't send your babies to Georgetown to major in math

“Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception). Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school.”
Georgetown student Sandra Fluke testifying before a hearing called by Nancy Pelosi.

“Although Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke testified to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee last month that contraception can cost a law student $3,000 over three years and that some of her fellow students could not afford it, a Target store only 3 miles from the law school currently sells a month's supply of birth control pills for only $9 to people who do not have insurance plans covering contraceptives.”

Scott Walker - Promises kept

New ad tells what liberals and the news media would like us to forget: Under Jim Doyle, the state lost 150,000 jobs.

A radio talk show host mocks the deaths of tornado victims

He's liberal talker Mike Malloy.

The next time you're in ...

Look up.

Speaking of Disney...

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254 miles per gallon?

Good luck, Professor.

Amanda Clayton is what's wrong with America

A poster child for the entitlement crowd.

Verify The Recall Database is ONLINE NOW

Verify The Recall Online, Searchable Database  Is Live
Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Contact: Larry Gamble (414) 465-8683
March 7, 2012
Verify The Recall (VTR) has successfully tested a program that will become a publicly accessible, online, searchable database and the database is live and accessible at this time.
Data from the Lieutenant Governor recall is not included in the initial launch.
Searches may be conducted using a first name, last name, street address, city, zip code, municipality, signature date, or any combination thereof. Copies of original recall petitions can also be viewed.
This link will take you to the database:

UPDATE FROM KF: There is tremendous interest in this database, so much that the group’s two servers have been inundated (and that includes hackers) to the point they’ve taken all the requests they’re capable of handling.

UPDATE from Wisconsin State Journal

"After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?"

One of the recurring topics I’ve addressed while filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN has been what I see as the growing disturbing trend of a total disregard for human life. A new entry in the Journal of Medical Ethics clearly falls into this category.

It’s chilling, despicable, heartless, evil. Written by
Alberto Giubilini (Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Milan, Italy) and Francesca Minerva( University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia) the article’s title is outrageous enough:

After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?

After-birth abortion? That would be cold-blooded intentional murder.

Here are some excerpts:

Severe abnormalities of the fetus and risks for the physical and/or psychological health of the woman are often cited as valid reasons for abortion. Sometimes the two reasons are connected, such as when a woman claims that a disabled child would represent a risk to her mental health. However, having a child can itself be an unbearable burden for the psychological health of the woman or for her already existing children,1 regardless of the condition of the fetus. This could happen in the case of a woman who loses her partner after she finds out that she is pregnant and therefore feels she will not be able to take care of the possible child by herself.

“A serious philosophical problem arises when the same conditions that would have justified abortion become known after birth. In such cases, we need to assess facts in order to decide whether the same arguments that apply to killing a human fetus can also be consistently applied to killing a newborn human.

“An examination of 18 European registries reveals that between 2005 and 2009 only the 64% of Down's syndrome cases were diagnosed through prenatal testing. This percentage indicates that, considering only the European areas under examination, about 1700 infants were born with Down's syndrome without parents being aware of it before birth. Once these children are born, there is no choice for the parents but to keep the child, which sometimes is exactly what they would not have done if the disease had been diagnosed before birth.

“Euthanasia in infants has been proposed by philosophers for children with severe abnormalities whose lives can be expected to be not worth living and who are experiencing unbearable suffering.

“Also medical professionals have recognised the need for guidelines about cases in which death seems to be in the best interest of the child. In The Netherlands, for instance, the Groningen Protocol (2002) allows to actively terminate the life of ‘infants with a hopeless prognosis who experience what parents and medical experts deem to be unbearable suffering’.

“…people with Down's syndrome, as well as people affected by many other severe disabilities, are often reported to be happy.

“Nonetheless, to bring up such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care. On these grounds, the fact that a fetus has the potential to become a person who will have an (at least) acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting abortion. Therefore, we argue that, when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.

“In spite of the oxymoron in the expression, we propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide’, to emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.

“…it should also be permissible to practise an after-birth abortion on a healthy newborn too, given that she has not formed any aim yet.

“There are two reasons which, taken together, justify this claim:

1) The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus, that is, neither can be considered a ‘person’ in a morally relevant sense.

2) It is not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense.

“Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.
"Merely being human is not in itself a reason or ascribing someone a right to life.

“Although fetuses and newborns are not persons, they are potential persons because they can develop, thanks to their own biological mechanisms, those properties which will make them ‘persons’ in the sense of ‘subjects of a moral right to life’: that is, the point at which they will be able to make aims and appreciate their own life.

“It might be claimed that someone is harmed because she is prevented from becoming a person capable of appreciating her own being alive. Thus, for example, one might say that we would have been harmed if our mothers had chosen to have an abortion while they were pregnant with us or if they had killed us as soon as we were born. However, whereas you can benefit someone by bringing her into existence (if her life is worth living), it makes no sense to say that someone is harmed by being prevented from becoming an actual person. The reason is that, by virtue of our definition of the concept of ‘harm’ in the previous section, in order for a harm to occur, it is necessary that someone is in the condition of experiencing that harm.

“If a potential person, like a fetus and a newborn, does not become an actual person, like you and us, then there is neither an actual nor a future person who can be harmed, which means that there is no harm at all. So, if you ask one of us if we would have been harmed, had our parents decided to kill us when we were fetuses or newborns, our answer is ‘no’, because they would have harmed someone who does not exist (the ‘us’ whom you are asking the question), which means no one. And if no one is harmed, then no harm occurred.

“The alleged right of individuals (such as fetuses and newborns) to develop their potentiality, which someone defends,
is over-ridden by the interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being because, as we have just argued, merely potential people cannot be harmed by not being brought into existence. Actual people's well-being could be threatened by the new (even if healthy) child requiring energy, money and care which the family might happen to be in short supply of. Sometimes this situation can be prevented through an abortion, but in some other cases this is not possible. In these cases, since non-persons have no moral rights to life, there are no reasons for banning after-birth abortions. 

If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.

“…if a disease has not been detected during the pregnancy, if something went wrong during the delivery, or if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.”

David Pohlmann, a senior lecturer at the Christian Heritage Ciollege wrote a response, in part:

Dear Editor,

When I began to read this article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, I initially thought the authors were writing somewhat tongue-in- cheek. My intrigue turned to dismay when I realized that they were actually arguing that killing newborn babies is morally justifiable. Law would call post-birth abortion murder, infanticide, or possibly euthanasia, but the authors argue that
 such an act should not be referred to as infanticide, claiming it to be morally equal to abortion; and reject the term euthanasia because they are not necessarily interested in the well-being of the baby concerned. They argue that 'the moral status of [a newborn] is comparable with that of a fetus' , hence the use of the term after-birth abortion.

The authors accept that there are some arguments brought to bear by people who would oppose abortion. They admit that 'people with Down's syndrome, as well as people affected by many other severe disabilities, are often reported to be happy.' , but gloss over this as if it is not important to their argument proposing that some such people should die at birth. While not rejecting the truth of such reports of happiness in life, the authors simply regard this evidence as immaterial to their argument. When the authors state that "It might be maintained that 'even allowing for the more optimistic assessments of the potential of Down's syndrome children, this potential cannot be said to be equal to that of a normal child'" , they are allowing tyranny of the bell curve to guide their proposed behavior. After all, the concept of 'normal' is a statistical function of central tendency and in itself simply a statement of what is, not a means of proposing what should be. If we retrospectively implemented these kinds of ideas, the world would have been robbed of people like Helen Keller, Andrea Bocelli and Nick Vujicic simply because someone decided they weren't normal.

Surely value as persons is something that all humans are born with? The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights'. The US declaration of Independence claimed that 'all men (sic) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' Buddhism would teach that 'we should abstain from taking a life which we ourselves cannot give and we should not harm other sentient beings.'. Humanism '(a) affirm[s] life rather than [denies] it; (b) seek[s] to elicit the possibilities of life, not flee from them; and (c) endeavor[s] to establish the conditions of a satisfactory life for all, not merely for the few.' From my own Christian perspective, we humans have a responsibility to defend the weak including helpless children, welcoming them into this world, not killing them, because they have been attributed innate worth and value by their creator.

The authors state that 'in order for a harm to occur, it is necessary that someone is in the condition of experiencing that harm.', but they have proposed harm to these children as they purport to stealing their very future, and therefore all future experiences, good and bad, would be dissolved by those doctors, neurologists and psychologists informing the decisions of parents . It puts an enormous burden on the moral or ethical judgements of those, in whose power it is, to 'abort' newborn babies. The authors' thesis calls on such professionals to assume the role of 'god' by determining which humans have value and which ones don't-I personally wouldn't want that job! If, as Churchill is attested to have said, it is true that 'you measure the degree of civilisation of a society by how it treats its weakest members' what kind of society are the authors of this article proposing?

Jobs, the Mining Bill and the Pending Recalls

Schultz gets am earful.

E-mails, I get e-mails: British humor is different



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The St. Patrick's Day parade is...Saturday?

You read that correctly.

I admit I have no idea why the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade is on March 10, and not SATURDAY, MARCH 17, ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

But it's a great family event.

WTMJ TV, Channel 4 has a preview.

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Wisconsin Tea Party Reaction to the Mining Bill Debacle

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2012 Contacts: Kim Simac, 715.479.8784

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Defending the American Dream Summit Saturday, March 24th in Milwaukee



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The Liberal Double Standard

Rush Limbaugh's words have given the radical left the opening they needed – and they have pounced. Rush has apologized. But the radical left will never accept it because they despise him and want him off the air. To the left, this is simply an opportunity to put their attacks on religious liberty in a feminist frame, and an opportunity to try and shut down Limbaugh and end his career. It is all about censorship and hypocrisy.

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When I Was Called A Slut, Barbara Walters Laughed

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Stand With Governor Walker

Dear Conservatives,

Gov. Scott Walker is in the fight of his life right now in Wisconsin because he dared to stand up to the big labor unions and challenge the status quo. Now they are doing everything they can to see that he is recalled - in fact, they are already on television, running ads smearing Gov. Walker and his record. They are only just getting started.

This might be the most important race in America this year. If the Unions win and take down this good man, it will be a crushing blow to the cause of reform. What's more, it will be a generation before any Governor dares to take on these labor unions again.

Please check out the email below from Governor Walker describing the battle in which he is engaged. He needs our help.

For America,

Herman Cain

Dear Conservative,

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

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

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

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

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

I have been a man of my word to the voters of this state and have always led by putting the interests of Wisconsin taxpayers first. 

Since taking office, I have eliminated a bureaucratic and bloated budget mess left by the previous administration without raising taxes or laying off state workers. Thousands of Wisconsinites are back on the job, and statewide property taxes have decreased for the first time in years. Stand with me today with a generous contribution of $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford.

The people of Wisconsin deserve to see the bold and courageous choices I have made come to fruition. It is time to stop these out-of-state special interests in their tracks and let them know that our conservative values will not be taken lightly.

With your help, I will be the first Governor of Wisconsin elected twice in my first term.

Thank you for your support,

Scott Walker

P.S. Don't let the liberal elite and the Big Government Union Bosses control this election. Will you help Governor Walker spread his message of positive reform with a generous contribution today of $20, $50, $100? Thank you!

  Paid for by Friends of Scott Walker.


Models of the Week

This could be a regular feature on This Just In…but it won’t.

On occasion during Photos of the Week on Sunday mornings I’ll include what I call an obligatory model photo. These pictures are so, what’s the phrase, over the top, one can’t imagine someone actually attending a dinner party or walking down the street in such a get-up.

This week’s samples were especially outrageous, so if there was a Models of the Week blog, here’s what it would look like:

A model walks the runway during the John Galliano Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 4, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway during the John Galliano Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 4, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

A detail of a model is seen as she walks the runway during the John Galliano Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 4, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

A model wears a creation by French designer Jean Charles De Castelbajac for his Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori)


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Goodnight everyone, and have a real oldie but goodie Elvis weekend!

ELVIS, Nostalgia

“You learn a lot about people when you listen to the songs that mean something to them.”


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.

A few weeks ago I highlighted selections from Paul McCartney’s latest album. Sir Paul became the latest artist to delve into gems from ancient songbooks. The ex-Beatle’s treatment got me wondering what my favorite singer, Elvis would be doing had he survived to be 65, 70, or older. Would Elvis be putting his stamp on standards?

The King was ahead of his time. As a very young performer, Elvis did renditions of old songs, some that one would think a rocker would stay away from.

Tonight, we open the Elvis vault.

We begin with a track from the “B” side of the “Loving You” soundtrack. Side “A” featured all the songs from the film. Some were rather short, less than two minutes. So on the “B” side, Elvis sang some ballads. One of them was Cole Porter’s 1956 composition, “True Love.” Today, it’s a true classic standard.

This video features the vocal with added strings and scenes of Elvis with some of his leading ladies. See how many you recognize.



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Goodnight everyone, and have a real oldie but goodie Elvis weekend!


“You learn a lot about people when you listen to the songs that mean something to them.”


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.

A few weeks ago I highlighted selections from Paul McCartney’s latest album. Sir Paul became the latest artist to delve into gems from ancient songbooks. The ex-Beatle’s treatment got me wondering what my favorite singer, Elvis would be doing had he survived to be 65, 70, or older. Would Elvis be putting his stamp on standards?

The King was ahead of his time. As a very young performer, Elvis did renditions of old songs, some that one would think a rocker would stay away from.

Tonight, we open the Elvis vault.

We begin with a track from the “B” side of the “Loving You” soundtrack. Side “A” featured all the songs from the film. Some were rather short, less than two minutes. So on the “B” side, Elvis sang some ballads. One of them was Cole Porter’s 1956 composition, “True Love.” Today, it’s a true classic standard.

This video features the vocal with added strings and scenes of Elvis with some of his leading ladies. See how many you recognize.



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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Eric Alliezzzz

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The Barking Lot (03/10/12)

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:  Wake up to 30 degrees, then, a warm-up. Sunny and windy. High of 55.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 60. "B"

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

At the time my parents adopted our literally “free to a good home” Basenji-Cocker Spaniel mix her name was Charlene.  That didn’t stay long, as they asked me what I wanted to name her.  My response:  “Sugar.”  Hey, what did I know?  I was two.  Or maybe I did have some insight into the dog that would be by my side the next seventeen years.  She truly was the sweetest dog you would ever hope to meet.


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Week-ends (03/10/12)


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...


Stephanie Decker

Rachel Weeks and Amy McDonaugh

Jan Lisewski

Jonathan Corbett

Damian Lopez Alfonso 
...Alfonso will represent Cuba at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Vance West

Tanisha Andrade


Mike Malloy and Richard Cohen

Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, Ed Schultz...but especially Bill Maher

Anna Gristina

Sherrie Shorten

San Antonio Independent School District officials

Southwest Airlines


“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”
Rush Limbaugh

“Talk about a double standard. Rappers can say anything they want about women. It's called art. And they win awards.”
Rush Limbaugh, radio host, after saying his apology to the Georgetown law student he called a "slut" was sincere.

"Execute Rush, now!" and "Don't just drop sponsorship someone kill this pig now please!!!!"
Death threats on Rush Limbaugh's facebook page

"would be nice to see that fat douche taken down but I'm not holding my breath" and "crossing fingers for a huge heart attack."
Comments directed at Limbaugh on the LA Times Facebook wall

"Hate to defend #Rush Limbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout."
Bill Maher

“Tonight we are counting up the delegates for the convention and counting down the days until November.
Mitt Romney, Republican presidential frontrunner, on his getting closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination; Romney won six out of 10 contests on "Super Tuesday"

“Senate rejection of the mining reforms in Assembly Bill 426 sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message. GTac is ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine. We thank the many people who have supported our efforts.”
Statement by Gogebic Taconite, LLC President Bill Williams on the state Senate’s rejection of a mining bill.

"The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to 'please do not feed the animals' because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves."
Columnist Doug Giles

“By the way, have you noticed that many people from Obama’s past live in abject poverty? His half brother lives in a shack in Kenya, his aunt and uncle live on the dole in Boston illegally. And his childhood nanny who’s transgendered lives in a filthy slum in Indonesia…Pay no attention to the way Obama cares for his own extended family. He really cares about yours…”
The blog, American Glob

“As a Catholic myself, and a supporter of Catholic institutions, what Sandra Fluke is telling me is that her birth control needs trump the needs of my family. She wants my hard earned dollars to go not to pay for my kids’ braces, their college educations or my retirement, but to subsidize her sex life.”
Blogger Teri Christoph

I'm worried about this campaign. Too ugly. I really don't like it, and I think it's too bad, very much, for Mitt Romney. I think it's been the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life.”
 Former First Lady Barbara Bush 

“I thought about Malia and Sasha. And one of the things I want them … to be able to do is speak their minds in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names they’re being good citizens.”
President Obama invoking his daughters in the contraception controversy.

“You're alive, and you get to see your kids grow up.”
Joe Decker of Marysville, Indiana, addressing his wife, Stephanie Decker, who lost her legs protecting her children from the tornado that tore through Indiana March 2.

“It's better to be a dictator than gay.
Alexander Lukashenko,
President of Belarus, in response to a statement by Germany's openly gay Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, that Lukashenko's government was the "last dictatorship in Europe.”


'Keep working America, illegal aliens are depending on you."


Cardinal Dolan's letter to all bishops.


That no good rotten Rush.


Self-described sluts protest use of the word 'slut.'

By golly, it does look like George!

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

4TH UPDATE: Voting for Franklin School Board is very easy


Previously on This Just In…

The update: Franklin School Board candidates Donald Petre and John Thompson both signed the Walker recall petition. The choices for Franklin School Board are clear.

On Tuesday April 3, vote for:

Janet Evans

Aimee Schlueter

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Recommended Reading (03/11/12)

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).

Jauch, Wisconsin losers in missed mining venture

"With its ability to move forward thwarted by Wisconsin politicians, Gogebic is expected to take its $1.5 billion to neighboring Michigan, where it already has had positive talks with state leaders. Michigan’s gain could be Wisconsin’s loss."

Judge Flanagan must step aside in voter ID case

"While possibly legal under Wisconsin statutes, one has to question Flanagan's ethics for presiding over the case in the first place while keeping secret the fact that he signed the recall petition."

What if?

"This is the question pondered by prognosticators. And given the biggest political year in Wisconsin history, this is a question that will be asked again and again: What if?

What if recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and several GOP state senators go forward?

How will those recall elections impact an already important election year that features an open U.S. Senate seat for the first time since 1988, regular legislative elections and a pivotal presidential contest?

The most predictable thing is the unpredictability of the what-if scenarios and the political times we’re in."

The Rush Limbaugh boycott is a miserable failure

"Sandra Fluke and other liberals who were DELIGHTED by all the attention she was getting, pretended to be offended and started trying to get Rush’s sponsors to cancel. Soon, the claims about the numbers of sponsors 'cancelling' started to rise, Rush apologized, and liberals thought they had him on the ropes. This time Rush Limbaugh was over, done, finished, kaput. However, when you look a little closer..."

Cardinal Dolan's letter to all U.S. bishops

“We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans. We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it.

Of course, we maintained from the start that this is not a ‘Catholic’ fight alone. I like to quote as often as possible a nurse who emailed me, ‘I’m not so much mad about all this as a Catholic, but as an American.’ And as we recall, a Baptist minister, Governor Mike Huckabee observed, ‘In this matter, we’re all Catholics.’ No doubt you have heard numerous statements just like these. We are grateful to know so many of our fellow Americans, especially our friends in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, stand together in this important moment in our country. They know that this is not just about sterilization, abortifacients, and chemical contraception. It’s about religious freedom, the sacred right of any Church to define its own teaching and ministry.

So the important question arises: What to do now?

Perhaps the courts offer the most light.”

Ultrasound, ultra-truth

“The media speak of ‘women’ as a monolithic group who consistently subscribe to the liberal-secular line. But there are many women -- I have met a few -- whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard. These women either decided to give birth after seeing an ultrasound image, or regretted having had an abortion and would testify that if they had seen an ultrasound image before the procedure they would have made a different choice. Does not seeing an ultrasound image change the reality of abortion?”

I just found out Republicans are oppressing me

"...let's talk about Dr. Curtis Boyd for a second. He commits abortions (right here in Dallas) up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. By any standard, that is past viability. He famously told WFAA-TV, 'Am I killing? Yes I am.'

So forgive me if I am simultaneously yawning and rolling my eyes when Boyd acts concerned about women being "abused" by a sonogram probe. Okay, Boyd: if the probe is abusive to a woman, what is it when you jam things into her cervix and suck her baby out of her? It ain't no foot massage."

What if government treated eating the way it treats sex?

"It’s a useful distinction to consider.  A particular moral idea governs left-wing views on social and health matters, and the left’s purpose with political advocacy is to put the power of government behind that view.  By examining the left’s very different policy approaches to eating and sex, we can discern the features of the morality at work."

40 embarrassing things that America is the best in the world at

"The statistics that you are about to read are incredibly disturbing.  Most people that write these kinds of articles about the decline of America hate this country.  But that is not the case with me.  I was born and raised in America and I love this nation deeply.  It is time to realize that we will never be able to start fixing our problems until we take a really good look in the mirror and realize just how far we have fallen."

What you lose when you sign that donor card

The last time I renewed my driver's license, the clerk at the DMV asked if she should check me off as an organ donor. I said no. She looked at me and asked again. I said, ‘No. Just check the box that says, 'I am a heartless, selfish bastard.'

Becoming an organ donor seems like a win-win situation. But…”

How "springing forward" hits workers Monday

"The good news is the sun will be up longer in the evenings, giving you more time to do a post-work run or play catch with the kids. The bad news is you'll temporarily throw your circadian rhythm out of whack."


Sandra Fluke scores her first product endorsement

My Most Popular Blogs (03/11/12)

Most popular

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

1) Verify The Recall Database is ONLINE NOW

2)  Photos of the Week (03/04/12)

3) A radio talk show host calls a woman a "slut"

4) Jobs, the Mining Bill, and the Pending Recalls

5) Stand With Governor Walker

Culinary no-no #267

7) Scott Walker - Promises kept

8) Madison judge tosses photo ID law: What you won't read in our local paper

9) 254 miles per gallon?

10) Amanda Clayton is what’s wrong with America

Photos of the Week (03/11/12)

Photos of the Week

Two women cry after laying flowers where a house once stood in the tsunami devastated Yuriage district, Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 11. Japan marks the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that killed almost 20,000 people.  Photo: Franck Robichon / EPA

2) Wall of water: This combination photograph shows one of the most noted images from the March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami -- a defense wall in Miyako being overwhelmed by the wall of water thrown up by a magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake, one of the largest on record. The second photo was taken on Feb. 17, 2012. Miyako City, Toru Hanai / Reuter

3) A man holds a gun as Tulsa County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers surround him on the plaza in front of the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 7, 2012. Tulsa County sheriff's Sgt. Shannon Clark told NBC News on Wednesday that the suspect was in critical condition. The  23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he opened fire outside the Tulsa County Courthouse, police said. Three people were injured. Police said the man, identified as Andrew Joseph Dennehy, walked into the plaza outside the courthouse and Tulsa City-County Libraryand began firing into the air. A deputy fired back, police said. Photos: John Fancher / Reuters

4) Illinois gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

5) Paul Tennesen, of Madison, carries a recall Walker license plate at a rally Saturday at the state Capitol. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

6) Graves of British soldiers who fought and died during the North African desert battles of WWII were recently desecrated by a mob of angry Libyans. Local reports claimed that Islamists, angered by the recent burning of a Quran at a NATO military base in Afghanistan, are to blame. Photo: Manu Brabo / AP

7) Polling station officials clash with topless members of Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN at a polling station in Moscow. Written on the bodies of the radically anti-Putin protesters is the slogan "I steal for Putin", referring to their symbolic act of trying to steal votes. Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in Russia's presidential election last Sunday, exit polls showed, securing a new six-year term in the Kremlin and a mandate to deal with opposition protests after a vote that opponents said was marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

8) An Iranian war veteran who was exposed to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War waits in line to vote while carrying a tank of oxygen to breathe. The 9th 'majlis' or election of parliament was held March 2, 2012, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, engaged in a power struggle between conservative factions and anxious that a high turnout could bolster his legitimacy at home and abroad, said this was Iran's most important election ever. Pooyan Tabatabaei/for the Toronto Star

9) Hokom Al, a disabled woman, uses her foot to pour coffee which she prepared for neighbours at her home in a rural area near Khartoum, Sudan, on March 7, 2012. The 45 year old was born without hands. Here, she uses her mouth to hang clothes to dry in a rural area in Khartoum on March 7. Photos: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

10) The skeletal remains of Patty Robinson are seen at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas on Feb. 9, 2012. Robinson donated her body for research at the school. At the facility, forensic pathologists observe the decomposition process in natural surroundings to see how corpses react to sun and shade, whether they decay differently on the surface or below ground and what sort of creatures — from large to microscopic — are involved. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP

11) A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image, acquired on Feb. 16 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Univ. of Arizona

12) An aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 9. Photo: Marc Lester / The Anchorage Daily News via AP

13) People push a bottlenose whale in an attempt to save it at Colcura beach near Concepcion city, some 311 miles south of Santiago March 7, 2012. The bottlenose whale which was dragged to the sea with a fishing boat, according to local media. Photo: Jose Luis Saavedra / Reuters

14) A boy hugs a greyhound that will be placed in temporary foster care at his home in Los Angeles Feb. 11, 2012. Fast Friends, a greyhound adoption group based outside Los Angeles, is committed to finding homes for retired greyhounds from the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Erin Siegal / Reuters

15) Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground, in Wagga Wagga, Australia on March 6, 2012. Photo: Lukas Coch / EPA

16) A man displays a two-headed turtle 'Testudo horsfieldi' at National Museum of natural history in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 5, 2012. Besides the two heads, look again,  the reptile has six legs. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky / AP

17) Children and parents are dwarfed by a whale shark as it passes by inside a tank March 6, 2012 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. The whale shark is the largest living fish species. Photo: Don Emmert / AFP - Getty Images

18) A great gray owl perches on a branch in a neighborhood park on Friday, March 9, 2012, in south Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the owl's distinctive facial disk and its feathers help direct sounds toward its ear openings, and that it can hear mice and other rodents under two feet of snow. Bird watchers have reported repeated sightings of the normally reclusive great gray owl in Anchorage throughout the winter. Photo:Dan Joling / AP

19) A 3-week-old gray squirrel suffered bruising to her leg and was separated from her mother when she fell from a tree last week. The squirrel, named Violet, endured the ordeal when the branch that held her nest was cut down. Fortunately, the couple cutting down the tree spotted Violet and immediately phoned the Wildlife Aid Foundation for advice on what to do. The foundation, based in the English town of Leatherhead, took Violet in and have been feeding her a special milk formula, similar to what her mother would have provided. Photo: Tim Goode / Solent News & Photo Agency

20) Cash Hadley kisses a goat at the Miracle Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The event caters to special needs children and adults and helps to kick off the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo this weekend. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

21) Britain's Prince Harry, right, and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt run during a mock race in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday March 6, 2012. The Prince was in Jamaica as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II who celebrates 60 years on the throne. His visit comes as the new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has called anew for the severing of ties with the British monarchy. (AP Photo/Collin Reid). So who won the race? 

22) Britain's Prince Harry wins against Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, seen rear, by making a false start, Tuesday March 6 2012 at a mock race at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica. Harry is touring the Caribbean as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne.  (AP PhotoJohn Stillwell/PA)

23) A Nightlight's Thomas Taylor (2nd right) runs to head a goal as Philadelphia Killawatts' team members chase him with stun guns during an Ultimate Tak Ball (UTB) game in Bangkok on March 2, 2012. Photo: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters. Watch video.

24) Sisters Bailey Lessard (left),12, and Blake Lessard, 10, of Waterford said they loved dressing up and being able to cheer during the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's 46th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Michael Sears

25) Judge Roberto Castenega of Argentina, samples the aroma of one of the entries in the Semi-soft Goat's Milk Cheese category during the opening day of the World Championship Cheese Contest at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wis. on Monday, March 5, 2012. More than 2,500 entries were udged throughout the three day gathering, sponsored every two years by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

26) Bill Schlingsog, left, of Middleton, Wis., passes off the championship trophy to Peter Piersma, a judge and representing the Netherlands, at the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Madison, Wis. The top winning gouda was made by Freisland Campina company in Wolvega, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

27) Patrons sample cheeses during the final judging at the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Madison, Wis. As a growing number of foodies try to outdo one another in their pursuit of local, sustainable, organic and handcrafted fare, the artisan cheese competition has become a hot ticket for those looking to get their gouda on. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

28) A 30-foot replica of Michelangelo's David is parked in front of the Storefront for Art and Architecture on March 6 in the Soho area of New York.  The statue was in New York City for one day on its way to a museum in LouisvilleKentucky. Photo: Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images

29) Ananda Marchildon opens a bottle during a meeting with the press at her lawyers office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Marchildon, a former winner of the television show "Holland's Next Top Model" has won a lawsuit against Elite Model Management after she was dropped for having hips the agency considered too large. (AP Photo/Evert Elzinga)

30) Married actors William H. Macy, left, and Felicity Huffman share a kiss after a rare double star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The only other couple to be honored with stars on the same day were film producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner on October 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

31) A pregnant Jessica Simpson is pictured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Elle magazine. Photo: Carter Smith / Hearst Magazines via Reuters. The pose should look familiar.

32) An exotic dancer gets the attention of her audience as she performs during the 2012 Sex and Entertainment Expo in Mexico City on March 2. Photo: Alexandre Meneghini / AP

33) YIKES! Maria Jose Cristerna, a mother of four, tattoo artist and former lawyer, poses for a photograph in Guadalajara March 8, 2012. Cristerna, dubbed "Vampire Woman," prefers to be identified as "Jaguar Woman." Cristerna got her first tattoo when she was 14 and decided to physically transform herself after having gone through 10 years of domestic violence in her first marriage. Photos: Alejandro Acosta / Reuters

34) Freeze frame!


The Smithsonian magazine's 9th annual photo contest finalists have been chosen. The contest attracted over 14 thousand photographers from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Fifty finalists from 67,059 images were selected by Smithsonian editors. Those editors will also choose the Grand Prize Winner and the winners in each of the five categories which include The Natural World, Americana, People, Travel and Altered Images.

Take a look.

Elvis and the wx


From the 1965 musical romantic comedy ...




Heard and seen two doors down as I was grilling my burgers at 5:50 this afternoon...

A neighbor riding his mower.

I refuse to jinx us with any mention of an early you know what.

Franklin homeowners featured in MJS

Meet Carl and Alicia Marquardt...and their talented son.

Culinary no-no #268

Culinary no-no's



NOTE: This week’s segment is a combination of two previous Culinary no-no blogs.

St. Patrick's Day menus across America next Saturday will be dominated by corned beef and cabbage, potato dishes, stews, and fish and chips. Chicken and beef entrees will incorporate sauces from Guinness and Irish Mist.

I love it all but the fact is if you're hoping to re-create a traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day menu, none of that stuff will do.

The combo of corned beef and cabbage was concocted in America.

According to Nation's Restaurant News, "
In Ireland it's more common to eat 'boiler bacon,' which is brined pork shoulder, more like American ham. But when Irish immigrants arrived in New York, corned beef was the closest thing on hand."

If you're dining out on St. Patty's Day and order Irish stew, the odds are it won't be Irish stew even if it says Irish stew on the menu.

Nation's Restaurant News reports Los Angeles restaurateur and Ireland native Gerry Gilliland says a real Irish stew is greasy with a lamb bone boiled with potatoes and onions. In her restaurant, she uses beef that's been braised in Guinness with carrots, parsnip and rutabaga.

"What we do is not a traditional Irish stew because Americans wouldn't like that," she says.

Care for some black and white pudding?

Paul Wilson of Boston's Black Rose Restaurant and Pub says it's part of a popular, traditional breakfast in Ireland.

Barley, bread, and seasonings are used to make the white pudding along with bacon, onions and herbs.

What makes the pudding black?

Pig's blood.

Try asking for that at Mo's.

Wilson says if you want to prepare a traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, "
Don't go with the typical corned beef & cabbage or the 'boiled dinner'. Do something different. Get a decent piece of gammon (it's a cut of ham). Instead of doing chunks of cabbage, sautee it a little, put some mustard cream sauce over it. Instead of regular potatoes, try some colcannon."

Travel writer Stuart Buchanan MacWatt recalls a St. Patrick's Day dinner he had in Kilkenny, Ireland, distinctly remembering the steak and kidney pie. The ingredients include:

Two lbs. round steak of beef.
Half lb. beef kidney.
Two tbs. flour.
3 ounces lard or vegetable shortening.
Six medium sized onions.
Two tbs. brown sugar.
Six slices Irish or Canadian Bacon.
Four field mushrooms, or one Portabello mushroom.
One pint of Guinness, or Murphy's Stout.
A good sprig of fresh parsley, chopped.
Shortcrust pastry.
Salt and pepper to taste.
A well-filled glass of Irish Whiskey.

All of this traditional Irish fare may not sound all that appetiizing, but the fact is Irish cuisine is no longer bangers and mash and lamb casserole.

Vincent Fanari runs the Plough & the Stars in Philadelphia. He says some of the best restaurants in Ireland have calamari tabbouleh on their menus.

And again, from Nation's Restaurant News:

"Dublin has become a very, very cosmopolitan city," John Conolly, the 34-year-old chef and owner of Connollys Restaurant in Los Angeles, says of his hometown. "There's Indian food and Mexican food. When I was growing up, paprika was about as spicy as it got. All you did with garlic was kill a vampire. Now my brother in Ireland talks about using cilantro."

Whatever you eat on St. Patrick's Day, you certainly will be following Irish tradition if you down a Guinness and/or Irish whiskey. Some traditions never die.

And that beer on March 17.


Now sure and you're not gonna be goin' on your blog and be sayin' green beer on the holy day of St. Patrick's Day is taboo, are ya?

No, I'm not. At least not in this country.

In the year of 1992, me mother and I were in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day. My dear sweet mom, God bless her heart, had always wanted to see Ireland. Before I was about to get married (to my first wife as it turned out), I decided as a 1991 Christmas present to take the incredible woman to Ireland.

March 17th in Ireland is, to a much larger degree than in the good ol' USA, a sacred holiday. And I do mean holiday. Schools and most businesses are closed. The St. Patrick's parade that goes on and on for at least three hours or more, when completed and only then leads to the opening of the doors of pubs and restaurants.You won't find a single green beer to save your God-fearing soul.

Everyone who stumbles out of a Wisconsin pub on Sunday knows bloody well that the proprietor has slipped some green food coloring in to the cheapest beer on the premises. Does it really matter? Mother Macree, of course not. It's all in good fun.

But what about other concoctions? I'm talking about creative potables that are designed to be green.

In this day and age we have taken the martini and have turned the classic cocktail into alcohol's Baskin Robbins times twenty. Want a chocolate banana cherry watermelon pineapple upside down cake version, shaken not stirred? Coming right up.

Martini-palooza has turned out to be extremely popular. Why not do the same with Irish whiskey? Because there's something about messing with the stalwart Irish whiskey that is sacrilegious.

When I traveled to Ireland with my mother, I brought back bottles of 10-year old Bushmills for gifts for the guys who would stand up to my wedding.


Who would be so stupid as to fool with quality Irish whiskey in order to cocktail-ize it for an occasion like St. Patrick's Day? Idiot fool Americans, that's who.

In New York establishments and probably elsewhere as well, instead of just pouring this nectar as it was mean to  be served, straight up, mixologists are tossing in all kinds of garbage, even whole eggs. In Ireland, the natives have to be holding wakes.

On Saturday, everyone's Irish. That means, unfortunately, that poor bartenders will have to put up with amateurs insistent that they whip up something cool and neat as long as it's green or has Irish something or other in it.

Don't be dumb on St. Patty's Day. Have a green beer, some honest to goodness Irish whiskey, or some Bailey's with nothing, I mean nothing in it. 

agree with this New York Times writer: Wear the green but don't drink it.

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Should I Really Join Facebook?

A good laugh for the older crowd:

When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie, Twittererific, Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [its red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating."  You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead here comes the sarcastic remarks. Well, it was not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual."  Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."

P.S. I know some of you are not that old. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. We don't need any more gadgets.  The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

The latest pro-life news (03/12/12)

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

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Governor Scott Walker's Record on Life
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"We've gotten to the point in our culture where we're all sex addicts, literally"

The quote is from...

Apparently, many folks are still interested in my April 2010 blog, "I have always loved Raquel Welch." So, I've put in a timely update that elaborates on the above quote.


GAB slams Verify the Recall Effort

The GAB needs to be disbanded and eliminated.


Coming Tuesday: Another setback for the Walker recall crowd

A new report shows the reforms instituted by Governor Scott Walker are working. From Wisconsin Reporter:

Wisconsin school districts have realized significant savings either through the implementation of collective bargaining changes or the threat of them, according to an analysis by the Michigan-based Education Action Group Foundation, known as EAG, a nonprofit research organization promoting school spending reform.

‘I have to be honest with you, half the administrators I talked to for this said they were not happy with the governor’s budget cuts, but they appreciate the financial windfall they got out of Act 10,’ said Steve Gunn, EAG Foundation’s communication director and main researcher for the report on Act 10.

‘But they feel like, finally, for first time ever, they have control over their school districts so they can run their districts for the betterment of students, not for unionized labor,’ he said.”

We'll have more Tuesday.

UPDATE: The Report


Mad bomber walks the halls at Franklin High and Superintendent Patz doesn't know, care

residents, whether you have or don’t have children in the Franklin Public School System, you should be appalled by what you’re about to read.

On March 1, 2012, reported a pipe bomb was found in Franklin. Not surprisingly, the paper in its inept suburban coverage left out critical information such as: where was the pipe bomb found, who had it, and what, if any action (charges) was being taken.

As usual, it was left to conservative bloggers or conservative talk radio to flush out the story.

On Newstalk 1130 WISN today, talk show host Mark Belling reported the following.

He said he had a “contentious conversation” (off the air) with FPS Superintendent Steve Patz about the pipe bomb incident. Belling said Patz “doesn’t think he has any need to justify any actions they (the school system) need to take or don’t take.”

The following are details you won’t find in the Journal Sentinel or

After an investigation by the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad, Alex (17) and Matthew (20) Matecki were charged with multiple felonies.

Alex & Matthew Matecki
Alex (L) and Matthew (R)

The charges: possession of an improvised explosive device, delivery of a controlled substance , possession with intent  to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felony.

Found: a 6-8 inch pipe with a live electronic explosive device. The device contained an explosive powder. It was removed from the house and detonated several times

In case the ACLU is reading, with a search warrant, police recovered a large number of drugs, homemade guns, one pipe bomb and other bomb making materials.

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UPDATE: Mad bomber walks the halls at Franklin High and Superintendent Patz doesn't know, care


Previously, on This Just In… 

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E-mails, I get e-mails: From a Franklin resident

Other Franklin residents will understand immediately.

The e-mailer writes:

"We can only hope."

The larger issue in the Franklin 'pipe bomber' case

Sad but true, the current crop of Franklin Public School administrators is ineffective, incapable of efficiently managing and operating the Franklin Public Schools. Their inept bumbling of the “pipe bomb” incident clearly demonstrates what buffoons we have running our schools, even to the point of keeping parents in the dark for almost two weeks as they remained silent about a multiple-accused felon allowed to come to class every day.

Franklin, like any other school system has a clear dual function:

1) Educate students (There are no specific targeted goals. Basically, we tell our school district to just do it).

2) Educate students in a safe environment.

Educate students in a safe environment. Understood, no guns or explosives have gone off in any Franklin school. Even so, Franklin has failed miserably in this regard because it has given parents little if any satisfaction their children can be entrusted in the care of Franklin bureaucrats.

On March 1, Alex and Matthew Matecki were arrested. Alex is a student at Franklin High School. Media reports show they were charged with various, serious felonies on March 7.
If convicted, the Matecki brothers could face up to ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Yes, I’d say that’s serious stuff. Unless, of course, you’re a Franklin Public School administrator, like say the superintendent or the high school principal. If that’s the case, you  either…

1) Yawn and wonder what all the fuss is about, or…

2) Hide under the mattress, say absolutely nothing and pray the whole ordeal blows over.

Incredibly, Franklin school officials did both.

They literally kept unknowing Franklin parents in the dark for nearly two weeks about the potential danger stalking the high school hallways. When confronted by WISN’s Mark Belling, Franklin’s highly-paid superintendent Steve Patz showed how stupid an over-compensated guy with multiple degrees can truly be. He pooh-poohed the entire notion of safety in the schools he’s responsible for. Oh, those two kids! They did all their bomb and gun making off school property, thus, no big deal! What are you bothering me for?

Oh my. Not good. Not a very good response at all.

Patz compounded his astonishlingly foolish responses to Belling by not realizing Franklin is a conservative community and its residents listen to Belling by the droves. Even liberal Franklin parents want their kids safe in school.

Patz inserted both feet in mouth and Franklin High School principal Michael Cady was sent out a few hours after Belling made Patz look like the biggest buffoon since King Kong to do damage control. Cady responded with not one, but two lame, insincere, phony responses.

I love this line from Cady’s second e-mail to Franklin parents:

student safety and security is our priority.”

What an absolute joke.

Does he think we’re all stupid?

Clearly safety and security is NOT their priority. Their priority is their image. They didn’t give a damn about safety and security until AFTER they were caught, outed, BUSTED!

Michael Cady is a complete fool in this case. On Monday he was telling parents Franklin acted properly because the possession and weapon-making occurred off school property. Suddenly, less than 24 hours later, Franklin now found it was OK to get rid of bomb manufacturer Alex Matecki. Gee, what a wonderful Epiphany, Mr. Cady. Amazing how you can run that high school every day without help from conservative bloggers and talk show hosts!

Cady and Patz, a la Pontius Pilate, are thinking and hoping Franklin residents are too stupid to see what’s really going on and will swallow their attempt at damage control and move on. They are banking that residents/parents will forgive and forget. I don’t think so.

Patz has shown he wants out. Fine. Dump him. When his contract comes up, let him go.

Steve Patz controls a Franklin School Board, cowering over them and dicttating policy when it should be the other way around. Most school board members cow tow to Patz. That’s wrong and needs to be changed with a new superintendent and a new board filled with members who are education and taxpayer-friendly.

Clean house, Franklin.

Get rid of Business Manager Jim Milzer who once told the Franklin School Board they were voting for a property tax levy increase of over 5% when it was really close to 13%.  He lied and got away with it.

Franklin is telling us they’ll fund all kinds of wants when it comes to facilities. Just tell us what you want, they say. The approach is half-assed. The question should be what do we need, THEN how do we fund it. Franklin’s current power structure operates under the notion that if we spend other people’s money, we can build grandiose things and create better students, even though there is no evidence of the kind. Sadly, they’ve been able to persuade too many that can happen.

Over many years, Franklin has squandered incredible amounts of money supplied by generous property taxpayers that went to over-taxation, excessive spending, and personnel, not the classrooms.  Now we’re being told facilities are in desperate need. Excuse me?

Finally, for the staggering amount of tax money that has gone to Franklin Public Schools over the years, can anyone claim our system is a great school system? No one has to my knowledge.

What about student performance?

Can we honestly say the financial support for Franklin over the last 5, 10, 15, 20 years has paid off?

We need a complete new crew of folks running our schools from the top down, and that includes our school board. Janet Evans must be retained. Aimee Schlueter must be elected. Linda Witkowksi has never sold me. Tim Neillsen has underwhelmed.  Ultimately, Evans and Schlueter, if elected need far stronger support than I’ve seen from anyone else on the board.

We can change how our schools are run.

We must.

The “pipe bomb” case showed we have no choice.

A headline many never thought they'd see: Wisconsin Capitol Protesters Found Guilty

Capitol Protesters Found Guilty

From the MacIver Institute:

This video is hilarious and merits a bit by bit breakdown.

It reveals a lot about not only the Wisconsin union movement, but the Capitol Police policy and the anything goes mentality of Madison and Dane County.  Could also apply to the Occupy Movement as a whole, frankly.

The video.

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Recommended Reading: The 2012 March Madness edition

March Madness is underway!

Kevin Burwell #25 of the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils reacts after losing to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 59-58 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Recommended Reading

10 things NCAA basketball won't tell you

"With March Madness upon us, we look past the sidelines."

 May the most profitable team win

"What if the most profitable basketball programs won each match of the tournament? We wondered. Here's what we found."

Myths that can murder your bracket

"There's a lot of noise out there about the proper way to make bracket picks. Some of the most common March Madness beliefs, even a few that are widely considered sacrosanct, can have their soft spots. And yes, some of them are just plainly stupid. So here are the eight myths to avoid."

The 23 rules for winning March Madness

"There is only one certainty to filling out a March Madness bracket: You will lose to someone who has never watched an NCAA basketball game."

March Madness munchies

"We’ve come up with our own Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four to get you through the next three weekends of basketball intensity – 16 toppings for a serve-yourself chili bar, eight ways to top roast beef sliders and four recipes for wings."

And if you have to ask why they call it madness...

Recommended Viewing:

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Elderly Franklin man still missing

Dear Neighbors:


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There is no voter fraud: Tell that to Vermont

Look what has happened to the cost of ObamaCare

The news media has been awfully quiet.

UPDATE: Missing Franklin man

Franklin police tell me 81 year old Eugene T. Comiskey has been found and he is safe.

Petre attacks Evans at school board candidate forum

On Tuesday of this week the Franklin Education Association held a forum featuring candidates for the Franklin School Board. Current member Janet Evans could not attend because of a previous commitment. Candidates Don Petre and John Thompson are union-backed. Both have signed the Walker recall petition.

I have obtained notes taken by a Franklin resident who was in attendance. They are presented here in their entirety, unedited with the exception of just a few spelling corrections.

School Board Candidates Debate at School District Headquarters 13 March 2012

Candidates in attendance: Aimee Schlueter, Don Petre, and John Thompson

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A Time for Choosing


The following appears in the latest edition of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and is re-printed here with permission of the publisher.

A Time for Choosing
By Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

We only have nine months to defeat Barack Obama – nine months to reject his agenda of debt, doubt, and decline. And while defeating this President is necessary to getting America back on track, it is hardly sufficient.

Put simply, Americans deserve a choice – and it is our responsibility to offer them one. The American people deserve an opportunity, not just to divert from the President’s path of decline, but to affirm a reform agenda that restores our bedrock of founding principles. Now is the time to promote American exceptionalism, remove barriers to upward mobility for those in need, and put the nation back on a path to renewed prosperity for all.

While there is no doubt the President inherited a tough situation, rooted in decades of bad policies supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, the President and his administration made a bad

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