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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.

Back to school

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Graceland West

Las Vegas
wouldn't diss Mr. Las Vegas, would they?

Brett Davis in home stretch

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Help Scott Walker


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Join Us For a Primary Night Victory Celebration


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Chris Matthews: Obama needs to "get rid of that damn teleprompter"

I love this....


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Who turned down Dancing With The Stars?

Would you believe....

It's true.


Good for them!

The American Legion is holding its 90th annual convention in Milwaukee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the group today. Channel 4’s Mike Jacobs reported tonight that when Pelosi took the stage, many veterans in the audience got up and walked out.

Blame Bush, except....

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Friday night on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night at 6:30 on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – Iraq.

President Obama declares an end to the War in Iraq.  Though fifty-thousand troops will remain behind to assist Iraq in the transition, their role will not be combat related.  After seven years, is it about time?  Will Iraq fail in the attempt to establish somewhat of a democracy there?  Should we stay there for another few years?  The morning after the Obama speech, where he also said it was time to turn our attention to the American economy, the stock market shot up.  Is this exactly the news the American people wanted?  Is Obama keeping his word by ending this war now, on his timetable?  Is it wise for him to taker the same approach in Afghanistan, where a hoped for next summer draw down of troops will take place after a troop surge?   Is Obama a capable Commander-in-Chief?

2 – $1 Houses. 

What do you think about the proposal approved by the Milwaukee Common Council to give vacant foreclosed homes in Milwaukee to those folks whose homes had to be raised following the terrible flooding here this summer?  Would it be best for the neighborhoods and the city to have those homes occupied?  Do we have a responsibility to folks who lost their homes to flooding through no fault of their own?  Folks who didn’t have “flood insurance?”  Should we simply let capitalism determine how the marketplace will operate, and sell the homes for whatever they command?  Are we supporting the ongoing development of an entitlement mentality if we give these people new homes for just a dollar?  If they can’t afford to buy the foreclosed homes, will they ever be able to afford to bring them up to code and take care of them?  Or, is it a brilliant idea to keep neighborhoods stable, and to at least bring some property tax dollars in from these properties?


Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn will request from the Fire & Police Commission tonight approval to let retired MPD cops carry guns.  Hundreds of retired cops would be eligible.  Though Wisconsin is one of two states that ban the carrying of concealed weapons, those bans are overridden by a federal law which allows police agencies to certify retired officers to carry guns.  Good idea or bad idea?

4 – Strip Club.

A new “Gentlemen’s Club” is proposed for Old World Third Street, and another for the Walkers Point area.  Does Milwaukee need a big expensive strip joint downtown?  Would it help attract conventions? Would it help the downtown night businesses?  Would it hurt the image of downtown? Would it make Milwaukee look more like a big city?

Rather than apologize and admit he was wrong, Harry Reid makes a bigger buffoon of himself

Topics talked about on WISN

April 19, 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)...

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Ted Kennedy was the victim at Chappaquiddick

Topics talked about on WISN

A new biography of the late Ted Kennedy, written by his longtime friend, stunningly portrays him as a victim in the car crash that killed Mary Jo Kopechne 41 years ago.

The writer and Kennedy's then-mistress share the misguided belief that this was a simple car accident, that Kennedy should not be held responsible for anything that happened, and therefore his legacy should not be tainted in the least. 

Was he interested in Kopechne? No because she was far from a bimbo.

As for Kennedy’s extra-curricular activities, they were "amusements."

Talk about re-writing history.


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How should America observe 9/11?

Topics talked about on WISN

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1945 vs. 2010

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Scott Walker: Make it right

Brown Bag Movement


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Make It Right


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Who could that be getting sand kicked in his face?


Why, it's none other than Franklin alderman Steve Taylor, La Crosse's gain, Franklin's loss.

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Married couples in bed: Can't we just all get along?

Discussed today during my fill-in at Newstalk 1130 WISN:

“Rochelle Thomas has gotten so fed up with her husband's snoring over the years that she's created a ‘three strikes rule.’ Each time he wakes her up with his snorts, honks or shudders—shaking the mattress ‘like a cheap motel-bed vibrator’—she gives him a penalty.

Strike one: A nudge.

Strike two: A shove or kick.

Strike three: He's out—of the bed and down the hall to the guest room.

‘It prevents anger in the morning from lack of sleep,’ says Ms. Thomas, a sales representative from La Mirada, Calif. ‘And I think it just may have saved his life, because I am sure I would have killed him by now.’

Is it any wonder, then, that almost one in four couples sleeps in separate beds or bedrooms, according to the National Sleep Foundation.”

Read more from the Wall Street Journal.

Slow down

A guide to the speed traps.

It's a big three-day weekend!

We'll be here with all of our regular  This Just In weekend features beginning tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segment. Won't be too much "work"  to watch.

Saturday morning, wake up to our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot.

That looks like a nice story. Find out more in  DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Also on Saturday morning, Weekends, our weekly week in review.  

An Australian woman has told how she brought her 'dead' premature baby son back to life with two hours of cuddles, baffling doctors

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Goodnight everyone and don't work too hard this weekend

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….and this week, Monday.

Tonight, some work-related music to segue into the holiday weekend.

Let’s jump right into it with an old instrumental classic by a very popular artist. The theme is familiar and catchy. You might be old enough to remember that Channel 12 used it as their intro to Packer Preview on Sunday afternoons before every Packer game.

It’s “The Work Song.”

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The Barking Lot (09/04/10)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Sunny and very windy. High of 66.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 74. "A"

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 80.  “A”

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

Within reasonable limits, I’m all for spoiling your pet.  (Yes, even if you own a cat.  Indulge the feline too.)  Growing up, all our pets were pampered.  In fact more than one person had made the comment that when they died, they wanted to be reincarnated as an animal in our family.

Oh yes, they had special meals made for them… birthdays were celebrated…  Christmas presents were under the tree for them… our dogs had sweaters for the cold winter season… you get the picture.  Since doggy spas, doggy day cares and doggy day camps weren’t popular 25 years ago they didn’t enjoy any of those experiences.  But I’m sure they would have!  

All the love, pampering, and amenities offered to our family pets were at our own expense.  We didn’t expect anyone else to pay for treats & gifts.  I don’t think any reasonable pet owner would count on others to foot the bill for the paws in their family.

So why is this not only accepted but hardly mentioned in the mainstream press?  There is so much wrong with this situation that I don’t even know where to begin.  You’re reading The Barking Lot on This Just In so you’re obviously smarter than the average bear… you can come up with plenty of reasons on your own.

Doing a Google search, I could find no similar story about Barney taking a separate plane when he traveled with the Bush family.

I’m so glad the recession is over, there is a chicken in every pot, and every pothole is filled due to the stimulus package.  Now we taxpayers can make sure that Bo Obama is traveling in the luxe style he so deserves.
----Jennifer Fischer



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

Barking dog leads to Utah cop killer.

Dogs, their noses, and college football.

Service dog story leads to apology.

misidentified a dog for a coyote.

Woman given choice: Give up dogs or go to jail.

Katrina pets
find homes in Chicago..........MORE.

Good 'Girl' finds a home.

Certain exercises
are best for arthritic dogs.

Can your dog help your child with homework?

Imperfect dogs can make perfect pets.

Need a dog for a running buddy? Think outside the box.

Instant dog mom
: Say awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Here are the pet-friendliest hotels.

Essay: Dog ownership advice.....from a dog.

Seven Labor Day dog dangers to avoid.

And we close with our closing video. This holiday weekend, we have two.


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The POO Awards- Week 2

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award
to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62,
Whitewater 7

Side note: Pacelli scored 40 points against Milwaukee the 1st quarter!

Week 2
Little Chute 63,
Berlin 0

Side note: Observe the 39-yard pass after Little Chute had taken a 35-0 lead in the 2nd quarter.

New dynamic for Franklin football could mean a big year ahead

High School
's football team has always been known for its gunslinging, pass-happy offense. The Sabers were more than happy to outscore an opponent.

Oh, oh.

Look out.

It's early, but it appears Franklin can now play defense, too.

Great offense and solid defense?  That combo could signal a deep run into the playoffs this year.

Super job Friday night! 

Week-ends (09/04/10)


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


Phenomenal story: Kate and Jamie Ogg

Curtis Newman and the man he wants to find

World War II squadron


Martin Lugo

Woman fights back

Francis Lusk.......MORE.

Albert Pujols

Steven Stayner

Law enforcement in Illinois

Lisa's Booby Trap

Hero pooch


Professor David Marsland

School officials in France

Unidentified girl

Antonio Ross and his employer

Vanity Fair


“It's frustrating to see both the president and vice president jumping up and down saying, 'Look what we did, look what we did,' when if we actually followed the policies they were calling for ... we would have left early and we would have left in shame.”
Pete Hegseth,  an Iraq war veteran who now heads Vets for Freedom

“Asked about his 2007 comment in which he proclaimed ‘This war is lost’ while our soldiers were still in Iraq getting their heads shot at and before the so-called ‘surge’ even had begun, (Harry) Reid today said that his statement was actually a ‘successful’ ploy to force President Bush to refocus on political reconciliation.

What? Pahleeze! You have to read the whole thing to believe it. It's simply a fantasy explanation for what really happened and for it to be published on the day in which America transitions out of combat in Iraq, well, it simply makes the whole deal all the more icky.

The undeniable fact is Sen. Reid called it wrong on Iraq. He undercut our troops in the process. Bush called it right. The ‘surge’ worked and it (not Sen. Reid's ‘This war is lost’ statement) made today possible. That's the unvarnished truth and no amount of revisionist sophistry will change it.”

Sherman Frederick, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The nonsense about President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop. I rise to defend him from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously an atheist.
Ann Coulter

(Obama) will have plenty of time for vacations after his one term is up.”
David Letterman

“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the healthcare bill."
Senator Max Baucus

“According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they're ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans -- for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn't an ‘electoral wave,’ it's a temper tantrum.

In the punditry business, it's considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it's impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”
Liberal columnist Eugene Robinson.

Ever notice that the mainstream media only accuses the public of acting like ‘spoiled brats’ or of ‘throwing a temper tantrum’ when liberals get tossed out of office? For example, did you hear anyone in the MSM complaining about the public being angry, irrational, and childish when they voted Republicans out of office in 2006 or 2008? Of course, not.”
Conservative blogger John Hawkins, reacting to Robinson’s comments above.

I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion. I also agree that it  (the proposed mosque) shouldn’t be so close to the WorldTradeCenter. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion.”
Rima Fakih, the first Muslim winner of the Miss USA pageant.

In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America's eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take ‘risks for peace’.”
George Will


Another case of people that shouldn't be in America committing deadly crimes.

The greening of 9/11.

Revisionist history.


Paris Hilton and cocaine.


Combat in Iraq is not over.


A hero....for falling off a toilet?

Why was she found in a chimney flue?

A homeless man in a hot tub spells trouble.

Dead people save lives.

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

A postcard to you from the POTUS and VP

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Recommended Reading (09/05/10)

Recommended reading

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

Seriously, you people have a problem with restoring honor?

“The venom-mill has been churning in regard to this event for weeks now, but it’s been in overdrive today, and Glenn Beck and those who turned out for the rally are being mocked. No real surprise there.  Personally, I think anyone who can find anything to mock in the sentiment of restoring honor to our country and its leaders must be one sad sack of a person.”

Beware of the Obama tax increases

“Democrats want Americans to believe that by letting tax rates rise they have discovered religion as deficit cutters. But after a two-year assault on the federal trough in which Congress passed the notoriously wasteful stimulus and added a new health care entitlement, few Americans are even bothering to listen. In reality, the harm this tax increase will inflict on jobs and gross domestic product will strongly outweigh any presumed boost in tax revenues.”

How ‘brilliant’ can Obama be?

“What and where is the proof that Obama is such a sharp fellow? The recorded evidence is unavailable since his academic records, and test scores from three universities are sealed at his demand. Sure, he graduated from Harvard, But so did George Bush, who earned an MBA but is still pilloried by some as dumber than dirt. We shall have to examine Obama's performance and make our own assumptions based on observations.”

Obama’s Achilles Hell: He’s not African-American

“When Obama declared himself African-American, and not mixed race or biracial as some had hoped, the African American community celebrated with jubilee. To us, Obama’s bold assertion meant that he identified with the African-American experience.  It was proof that he’d accepted the chivalrous invitation of the African-American community and would soon glide into our open arms to meet our soft far embrace.  So far, much to our dismay, he’s proven to be a bit of a playboy.”

Our failing immigration courts


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My Most Popular Blogs (09/05/10)

Most popular

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


2) TIE

    Photos of the Week (08/29/10) 

    Week-ends (09/04/10)

3) Back to school

4) It's not about you, Tom Pipines

5) Culinary no-no #181

Photos of the Week (09/05/10)

Photos of the Week

Hurricane Earl is imaged in this picture from NASA and NOAA's latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-15. The satellite has successfully completed five months of on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service. The satellite has demonstrated operational readiness of its subsystems, spacecraft instruments and communications services. GOES-15 is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N-P Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. NOAA PHOTO

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock caught this image of the eye of Hurricane Earl as the International Space Station (ISS) passed just to the east on Friday Sept. 3, 2010. Wheelock compared the sight to "magnificent chaos", and called it "incredibly breathtaking". (AP Photo/NASA - Douglas Wheelock)

The owner of a small motel in Buxton, N.C. gives his opinion as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks Wednesday Sept.1, 2010. CHUCK LIDDY -  Charlotte Observer


Sea levels remain high throughout the morning Friday , Sept, 3, 2010 as Hurricane Earl lingers offshore of Nags Head, N.C. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Stephen M. Katz)

Kellie Maier laughs after getting splashed by a passing car while kayaking on water covered Hwy 12, on September 3, 2010 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Hurricane Earl was downgraded to a category 2 before brushing the Outer Banks early Friday morning causing minimal damage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


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Can you believe that she....

ELVIS, Nostalgia

Turns 70 today.

Raquel Welch

She made her film debut in 1964.

From a 1970 TV special....

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Culinary no-no #182

Culinary no-no's

This week, a holiday smorgasbord.

We begin with this.

If today’s federal government food Nazis were around circa 1970, these guys would have never seen the light of day:

hamburglar.gif hamburgerler image by ash77737

Mayor McCheese, Hamburglar, Officer Big Mac, Captain Crook, and Grimace were vile creations of nefarious marketers at evil McDonald’s, just one of many large, wicked corporations.

Never mind that these popular characters were loved by an entire nation. These costumed cut-ups were immoral because they were aimed at, GASPPPPPPPP, kids.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent subpoenas to 48 companies as a follow-up to a 2008 report about marketing geared to children and whether self-regulation is working.

Carol Jennings, spokeswoman for the FTC's Division of Advertising Practices/Bureau of Consumer Protection is quoted by, “We are supportive of industry voluntary efforts to limit their marketing to kids and this will see whether more is needed." also reports, “Some have speculated that the new round of subpoenas was a prelude to Congressional hearings and possible legislation, but Ms. Jennings refuted that. ‘We are not proposing any regulation,’ she said.”

Do I believe Jennings? Hell no.

Here are just a few of the companies that were subpoenaed.

Campbell Soup Co.: Can’t be having kids slurping chicken noodle or tomato soup.

Chiquita Brands International: Fruit. Bad.

Del Monte Fresh Produce: Veggies. Bad.

National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board: Are you kidding me?

The Topps Co.: Going after them is just sacrilegious. Baseball cards and bubble gum in the same pack is true Americana.

Read more from Advertising Age and enjoy this old commercial:

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A not so happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day from Elvis


Elvis Presley made 31 films as an actor and two documentaries. The King played a cowboy, a budding singing star, a prison inmate, a drugstore employee, a soldier, a would-be author, a Hawaiian tourist guide, a Florida homesteader, a boxer, a fisherman, a lifeguard, a race car driver, a roustabout, a rodeo star,  a singer assigned to assassinate an Arab king, a riverboat gambler, a pilot in Hawaii, a scuba diver, a European spy, a speedboat racer, an Indian rodeo rider, a photographer, the manager of a chautauqua, a doctor, and himself.

The point is, Elvis was never unemployed.

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Labor Day: Like an atheist on Christmas Day

An oldie from 2009 but still timely this Labor Day.

Jerry Agar of the Illinois Policy Institute writes:

“Monday will be a nice day off.  The kids will enjoy it and we can have some family time.  Whether I work or don't work, however, the day is not for me.  It is not for most of us.  It is a holiday to celebrate unions.

For me I guess it will be like it is for an atheist on Christmas Day.

For most Americans it is just a day off.  Union membership in the private sector is so low that we are unlikely to even think about it.  (Again, it is like Christmas - a lot of people celebrate, but they don't know why.)”


Yes, indeed. How many union guys will break their hands patting themselves and each other over the back today?

What do Russ Feingold and The Police have in common?

It is political conventional wisdom that if you are an elected official in a very, very tough bid for re-election that you may, indeed, lose, and the current POTUS who belongs to your party comes to town, you make damn sure you’re there plastered to him, ensuring you’re in every stinkin’ photo taken to garner support and votes from the Prez’s coattails.

That is, unless you’re extremely afraid of being seen with the guy whose popularity numbers are south of the Equator.

That Russ Feingold won’t appear with President Obama has been reported widely.

I think Feingold is absolutely right to distance himself from a horrible, unpopular president and refusing to be in the same zip code.

Last month, the conservative political web site Hot Air noted that Obama on the campaign trail is the kiss of death, even in his home state:

“Democratic-leaning pollster PPP surveyed likely voters in Illinois and Pennsylvania to determine the mood of the electorate and the value of the Obama endorsement in the upcoming midterms.  They conclude that Obama’s coattails have officially shriveled into box-office poison:

Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Barack Obama. And if his support isn’t an asset in his home state it’s hard to imagine where it is.

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Making its way around the Internet: Thank you from Michelle

Thanks so much......

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand plus additional expenses for my vacation in Spain. My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500 per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel. We only booked 70 rooms for our friends, staff and family. Thank you also for the use of Air Force 2 and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.

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The Barking Lot- Special Labor Day Edition 2010

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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY, LABOR DAY: UPDATED. Mostly cloudy. Occasional rain. High of 74.  "C"

Jennifer has the day off. Here’s our guest blogger, Rebecca Huval:

"On this Labor Day, let's also appreciate all the entertainers, therapists, personal assistants, bomb detectors and search-and-rescue workers of the canine persuasion."

Read the entire piece here.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Here are summer, and it is technically still summer, safety tips for Fido.

And we close with our closing video.

Kyla's Korner- Musings of a Mother (09/06/10)

Kyla's Korner

While waiting at the chiropractor’s office the other day, I picked up the latest edition of Family Circle magazine:


Obama working on Labor Day to spend, spend, spend

President Obama continues to demonstrate he’s in way over his head for the job. Once again, he's promoting a huge spending proposal that will raise taxes in the name of infrastructure improvements to the tune of $50 billion. The president unveils his plan to union supporters at Labor Fest today in Milwaukee.

You remember the love the unions gave Obama, don’t you? Andrew Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said, “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama--$60.7 million to be exact and we’re proud of it.”

While the LaborLoveObamaFest is going on at the lakefront, those attending that big mutual admiration society meeting need to understand America has soured on their movement.

And we’ve been down this road before of handing out tons of money to fix roads and bridges.
It accomplished nothing.

I maintain hope.


Obama goes off-prompter and off-message...

And whines.

The Democrats' answers about Americans in opposition

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Another example of how Democrats weasel their way into your wallets

I rarely do it. Usually at McDonald’s if I haven’t replenished my wallet.

Hotcakes. A breakfast sandwich. No problem. I just pull out the credit card. I hate to do it for a lousy two or three bucks. So I don’t do it all that often. However, I’ve always known that I could always charge for an item, even it was only a measly 25 cents.

Not anymore.

In one of the most under-reported stories of the summer, an amendment to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act authored by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) that was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama will suck more money out of your wallet. Senator Durbin’s website says, “The amendment would also allow sellers to choose to decline credit cards for small dollar purchases.”

Translation: Merchants can now establish a minimum charge amount before you will be able to use your credit card to make purchase. No more $1, $2, $3, $5 credit card purchases. Reportedly, the popular minimum amount for many merchants will be $10. AMEX, MasterCard and VISA naturally support the concept.

It is inevitable that consumers, when told they cannot use their credit card for a $5 purchase will spend up to the minimum, making purchases they never intended. It is one of the sneakiest of taxes aimed at separating you from your hard-earned money.

Get ready for it, America.



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Racine, WI - Fox Business and Fox News star John Stossel will highlight the Racine Tea Party's Tribute & Town Hall on Saturday, September 11th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Racine's Pershing Park.

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The economy hasn't hurt every business

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

WRTL's Barrett Video Exposes Pro-Abortion Extremism

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

New Wisconsin Right to Life Video

Exposes the Pro-Abortion Extremism

of Tom Barrett

Deep in the tank

Why is NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin "outraged" with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel?

From Pro-Life Wisconsin:

Why is NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin "outraged" with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel?

Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, is outraged with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, according to a NARAL email sent to supporters on September 1. View the entire email here.

But why, exactly, did NARAL state the organization is outraged with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a mere week after the newspapers editorial board wished Planned Parenthood a very public Happy 75th Birthday? Why is NARAL asking its members to demand higher journalism standards?

On Sunday, August 22, the Wisconsin State Journal printed a high-profile article about the Womens Fund, an organization that exists solely to pay for poor women to have abortions. You can read that article here.

What prompted NARALs rage?

On August 24, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an opinion column about the Womens Fund by columnist Patrick McIlheran. In the column, McIlheran refers to Anne Gaylor, founder of the Womens Fund, as Sweet little old Granny Blood-Money.

It took NARAL more than a week from the publishing of McIlherans column on August 24 to September 1 to collect their thoughts and get a handle on their rage. Or did it take a week for NARAL to realize the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wouldnt budge?

NARALs attempts to manhandle the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel failed, as the email indicates the newspaper refused to issue a retraction for an opinion column. NARAL didnt protest the Milwaukee Journal Sentinels birthday wish to Planned Parenthood, so is it only pro-life opinion columns that fill Lisa Subeck full of rage?

Subecks demands for higher standards in the abortion debate are laughable, considering NARAL awarded a George Tiller Memorial Award at its recent Milwaukee and Madison Wine and Choice fundraiser events. An award in the name of Tillers trust in women is a disrespect to the thousands of baby girls Tiller killed via grisly late-term abortions. Subecks editorial on the Tiller Memorial Award can be found here.


From the We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign:



For years neighborhoods have successfully protected themselves from crime through “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH”, a program that depends on citizens who “watch” and “report”. It is not surprising that criminals avoid neighborhoods that “watch”.  “Election Watch” is based on the same idea and you can have the same effect on our elections and protect your vote. The concept is simple:  as you vote (either at in-person absentee voting in your clerk’s office or at the polls on Election Day), “watch” the process.  Observe.  What do you see?

What should you see?  You should see an orderly process in an environment with no campaigning (electioneering) going on, and voters freely exercising their constitutional right to cast their ballot.  You should see poll workers   registering new voters to vote on the day of the election. (Wisconsin allows same-day voter registration)  You should see voters GIVING THEIR NAMES AND ADDRESSES to the poll workers (poll workers do not give out names and addresses) and, THEN, receiving a ballot. You should see voters casting those ballots on machines that are working properly.  You may see volunteer election observers seated where they can see and hear what is going on.  You should see the process of elections proceeding as you would think it should.

What if you see something that just does not look like it should be happening either inside or outside thepolls?  Do what you are urged to do by “Neighborhood Watch”. Report it to the authorities.

At each polling place there is a Chief Election Inspector who is responsible and in charge of all that goes on at that poll location.  Find that Chief Inspector and report your concern or ask your question.  You should get an immediate answer and either the situation corrected or have your concerns put to rest.  If you are not satisfied with the answer or action of the Chief Election Inspector, you need to make either real or mental notes of your concern and the time and location of the occurrence. It is your responsibility as a concerned citizen to find the following phone numbers and report your concerns immediately.  Time is of the essence.  Vote fraud is a felony and carries with it a fine of up to 3yr/$10,000.

Then call one of the following until you get an answer:

The Municipal Clerk in charge of elections in your community (usually at your city hall).

In Milwaukee, contact Sue Edman, Executive Director, Milwaukee Election Commission at 1-414-286-3491.

Your local District Attorney who is the designated official to receive reports of election "irregularities” and  refer them to the police for investigation.

our local police who are on duty on Election Day. Election fraud is a crime—it is a felony. Local police respond to election crimes as they do any crime reported by a citizen.

The Government Accountability Board at:  1-866-VOTE-WIS or go to their website:  to report your concern.  Click on Complaints.


Training Class Announcements!

Wisconsin Has One of the Most Fraud Prone Election Systems in the Country:

* No Photo I.D. required * Deceased people “vote” * Residency   requirement is only 10 days * People could easily vote more than once * People could steal your vote by simply giving your name & address. * People from bordering states can vote here too * Our State-wide Voter Registration List has thousands of unverified names on it * Over-worked and under-trained  poll workers can lead to errors.

What Can You Do?


Who Can Observe?  Each and Every One of Us

When and Where Can You Observe?

1. At the Polling Place on Election Day (including the Primary)

2. At the Polling Place After the Polls Close

3. Absentee Ballot Count Locations (ask your clerk)

4. During Absentee Voting in a Clerk’s Office Prior to the Election

5. At Nursing Homes, etc., Prior to the Election

We have the tools to make you an Effective Observer:

1. Election Observer Manual

2. Companion PowerPoint Presentation

3. Training Classes Are Open to the General Public:

Waukesha GOP Headquarters (Pearl St. & Hwy. 59) Sept. 8 at 7:00

West Allis Public Library (75th and National Ave.) Sept. 9 at 6:30

 Call Jon Waclawski at 608-239-2996 to arrange a training program.

Where can I find these tools: 

Where do I sign up?  Go to <

The GOP has the infrastructure and an attorney in place to help us facilitate this effort of keeping our elections fair and honest.  Sign-up and training classes are open to the general public.

Upon contacting the Wisconsin Democrat Party, they provided  no link for training or sign-up.


The We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign is an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens who follow issues affecting Wisconsin elections.

25 Reasons to Send the Democrats Packing in November

Here’s #25 from the listmeister of the blogosphere, John Hawkins:

You'd have to go all the way back to the days when the British were bossing around American colonists at the point of a bayonet to find the sort of government arrogance that led to Obamacare being shoved through in Congress. No matter how loudly the American people said they didn't want the bill, Democrats insisted that they knew best. So now, the quality of American health care will be destroyed, private health insurance will end, rationing will occur, death panels will be instituted, the deficit will soar, and taxpayer dollars will be used to fund abortion -- but on the upside, Democrats think over the long-term, it will be good for their political prospects. However, there is an alternative. The GOP House Leadership has pledged to defund and repeal Obamacare. If we can get them into power, we can start putting the brakes on now and start working on health care reform that will actually improve what we have now instead of destroying it utterly and replacing it with an inferior system.

Here is the entire list.

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Doyle Gives $1M to Greater Wisconsin Committee

 From the MacIver News Service

Doyle Gives One Million Dollars to Greater Wisconsin Committee

MacIver News Service  AVAILABLE ONLINE:

September 8, 2010

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Would the last business to leave Wisconsin...

From the Jobs First Coalition:



Who Will Put Jobs First?

It’s about jobs. A job that lets you pay your mortgage. Go for fish on Fridays. Get the kids into Little League. And put some money aside for their college education. A job that lets you save enough to open a business of your own someday – and maybe create a few jobs yourself.

We’ve all heard the statistics. Too many of us have become one.

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Franklin's "Flower Tax" wilts

Prior to Tuesday’s Franklin Common Council meeting, Alderman Kristen Wilhelm sent me the following:

I received my council packet early Saturday for Tuesdays meeting.  Here are a few items that may be of interest.


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Obama vs. JFK on taxes

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Maybe Dwight Howard really is Superman

Think professional athlete. Many descriptive terms probably come to mind.




Prima donna.




How about……


One athlete I truly admire and respect is Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers.

His love and dedication is to a family member. Another NBA star’s devotion was to a complete stranger.

Athletes more often than not prefer not to give of their time or themselves. Shunning autograph seekers, public appearances, and media opportunities, jocks are to blame for their bad reputations.

More need to be like Dwight Howard of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Howard gave his personal time to a special fan, but that’s all the fan wanted who also just happens to be a hero.

It’s quite a story, one you don’t have to be a sports fan to truly appreciate.

Bow wow Barack

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Franklin, it could be worse....we could be (YUCK) Oshkosh

Here in Franklin, it doesn’t matter if we’re in a recession or Great Depression, if state aid to the school district goes up, if people complain, etc. School taxes are always going to increase and increase a lot, and the Franklin School Board doesn’t care how many homes in the 53132 zip code have been foreclosed. They are going to soak property taxpayers, period, because they simply don’t get it and simply don’t care.

As nefarious a bunch as they are, they come in second to the brain dead school intelligentsia in the Brussels of the Midwest, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There, the talk is that school taxes are going to go up, take a guess, folks…

Here in Franklin, people are ticked off about a proposed 3.9% school property tax levy increase.  What are they planning in that utopian metropolis called Oshkosh?

A 4% increase?









Now I could see if Oshkosh schools were mini-Ivy League material. We’re talking Oshkosh, folks.


What are they plotting, to paint the schools in pure gold?


Using a liberal’s misguided logic, every kid should automatically generate a 4.0 GPA for that kind of cashola.

Here is a very revealing quote from that bastion of excellent journalism, the Oshkosh Northwestern:

“Taxing to the maximum would result in a $4 million budget surplus on top of $3 million left over from last school year and another $2.1 million from a federal stimulus program for teaching jobs.”

Did you catch that?

Oshkosh is sitting on all this extra money.

$4 M in surplus.

$3 M that wasn’t spent last year.

$2.1 M from the feds.

I would give my left arm for Franklin schools to have an extra $9.1 M to fool around with.

And Oshkosh still has the nerve during a recession to tell taxpayers they’re getting a whopping 13% school tax increase.

We told you.

We told you.

We told you.

Get rid of the QEO and watch those school taxes skyrocket.

And it’s happening.

Again, the Oshkosh Northwestern buries one of the most critical issues in the last sentence of their article:

“But the decision to raise taxes could prove a difficult sell when unemployment remains high and property values continue dropping.”


Oshkosh demonstrates the most evil of folks with taxing authority in Tax Hell, Wisconsin remain school board members. They simply can’t help themselves. They must, they can, they will raise school taxes, and by a bunch. It’s for the children, after all. The property taxpayer?  Hell, the property taxpayer be damned!

Franklin is bad enough. Oshkosh? Their school board members need to be dragged away in white coats.

Personal foul, NFL fans, exhibiting poor taste.....15 yards!

The Green Bay Packers are loved all across the country, not just in their tiny hamlet of a little over 100,000 folk. That’s evident in a Wall Street Journal article that measured the popularity of each National Football League franchise.

America isn’t exactly thrilled with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, or Jacksonville Jaguars. But the green and gold? The franchise that gave the world Vince Lombardi? Now you’re talkin’.

Top five, baby!

However, a couple of teams that rank higher than the Pack will make Green Bay fans sick.

Say it ain’t so, America!

Rep. Sensenbrenner sets the record straight about Mark Neumann

From the Desk of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner...

Over the last few days, you have been hearing a lot about Mark Neumann’s vote for pork barrel spending in Congress.

Let me set the record straight. I served with Mark Neumann.

Mark Neumann voted 'yes' for $9 billion in pork projects when he was in Congress. He voted 'yes' to wasteful transportation spending.

I voted against that bill because it was full of waste and payoff to special interests. Like me, Scott Walker opposed the bill and the $9 billion of wasteful spending.


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It's not a question of whether they have the right to do it...

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok

Obama's Beach Blanket Recovery

Tonight on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics my co-panelists and I discuss tonight  on InterCHANGE at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television.


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Ahhhhhhhh, the weekend!

Don't forget This Just In and our regular  This Just In weekend features beginning tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segment. 

Saturday morning, wake up to our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot.

Minka Kelly attends Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy Party in Los Angeles.

What's her story? We'll explain during DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Also on Saturday morning, Weekends, our weekly week in review......

Erin Wood says her husband Brian was "the most amazing warm-hearted man you would ever meet who loved his job, loved his family, and was just my rock."

Their story is heart  wrenching.

Which high school football in Wisconsin gets this week's POO Award?

Recommended Reading has moved to Sunday morning.

Also on Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week.

Here is a photo that did NOT make the final cut.....

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Work at Ground Zero: 24 hours in 5 minutes

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Goodnight everyone and have a festive weekend

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.

One weekend every September, Riverside Park in West Bend is the spot for the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival that hosts international recording artists with proceeds going to various local charities.The event's web site proclaims, "Wisconsin's finest music festival, the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival features international jazz musicians and vocalists in an outdoor setting under a spacious tent surrounded by rolling hills and rustling trees."

The festival began today and runs through Saturday.

Let's start with headliners that are performing tonight, RnR. Again, from the web site:

"The exciting collaboration between trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot has been in the making for over a decade, as they've toured together for years and made appearances on each other's records. They have 24 solo albums and a massive catalogue of chart-topping radio hits between them.

Two-time winner of the Gavin Report's smooth jazz artist of the year award, Braun is no stranger to collaboration. Shake It Up, an album that partnered him with Boney James, is one of his best-selling releases to date. Elliot put out his first solo album in 1976, and in subsequent years became a pioneering voice in contemporary jazz with consistent radio hits and dynamic concerts.

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Let's go back to 9/11/01

This video was produced last year.

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The Barking Lot (09/11/10)

The Barking Lot


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

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

TODAY:  Morning showers. High of 69.   "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 76. "A"

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

My favorite neighbor dog Mickey is a beautiful, sweet-tempered Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier.  If I see her out for a walk with her dad George, I run out to pet her and get my fix of licks and tail wags.  I think Mickey is one of the happiest, healthiest dogs I have ever known.  I swear that dog actually SMILES.

Mickey is about five years old and has all the spark of a puppy.  She has a soft, shiny coat; bright eyes; perky disposition and I’ve never noticed any odor about her, be it “dog coat smell or doggy breath.”  George and his wife treat this dog like gold… the same way we will treat our dog when we get one.  (While Dad takes her for a walk in the winter, Mom is home warming towels in the dryer to wipe her chilled, damp paws.  Every day.)

Kevin and I have discussed feeding practices many times.  He’s all for the occasional scrap of human goodies:  a toss of a pizza part, a morsel of meat, etc.  I’ve seen what too many table scraps and treats can do to dogs:  my Sugar was terribly overweight because our family literally killed her with kindness.  Unfortunately pet health wasn’t as big an issue 25 years ago and we didn’t really know any better.  Kevin’s theory is she must have lived a happy and content life… if she really enjoyed that piece of occasional pizza was that really so wrong?  Did it knock of a day in her short life?  Maybe.  But if she was one day less on this earth, she was one day happier.

Back to Mickey, our neighbor dog.  Mickey is fed nothing but 100% human food.  Her mom cooks for her daily.  Poached chicken, ground beef, rice, and an occasional piece of steak.  She loves her vegetables too, especially green beans.  Her diet has been fully sanctioned by her vet, someone George has used for many years for many dogs.  She gets commercial “treats” with vitamin supplements but other than that she and her mom and dad could share the same plate.

George has made the decision to feed Mickey a human food diet because of all the frightening recalls of dog food.  He is not about to see anything bad happen to their beloved dog.  Kevin and I both agree with this theory and plan on feeding our future dog this way.  We can’t imagine the heartbreak of having a pet poisoned by the very food we thought would be appropriate. 

We know that MANY dog owners and dog health professionals disagree with us. Obviously we will do our research and consult our vet before we make our dog bacon and eggs for breakfast.  However there are many resources available for those who want to whip up a canine quiche.

There is as much debate over feeding your dog a human food diet as there is over its owners being vegetarians vs. omnivores.  For the Future Fischer dog, a human diet is as guaranteed as Mr. and Mrs. Fischer never touching tofu.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Obama says we Republicans talk about him like a dog. OK. What kind of dog would he be?  MORE ON THIS TOPIC........ critics warn such a whiny comment like the one he made in Milwaukee at the union love fest will come back to..............................BITE HIM.

Of course, mom defends son for not returning lost dog.

Family reunited with dog after seven years.

Speaking of being reunited....

A dog custody issue becomes a political controversy.

Derek Jeter's gal pal has a ruff flight.

Some good use for dog poo?

The do's and don'ts of adding another dog to your household.

A dog improves your health.

So how did a Jack Russell terrier get its name?

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

We close with our closing video, and we have a couple this week.



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The POO Awards- Week 2

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award
to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62,
Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68,
Chequamegon 0

The Wausau Daily Herald reports, "The Wildcats rolled to a 56-0 halftime lead.”

Week-ends (09/11/10)


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


Salvatore Giunta

Brian Wood

John Holmgren

Milwaukee firefighters

Liam Flaherty

Jeff Glasbrenner

Chokehold hero

Dwight Howard

Gabriel Knect

Charlie Daniels


Terry Jones

Jessica Vega

Charles Jackson

Emilia Szymborska

Judy Bradshaw


Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true.”
President Obama speaking at Milwaukee’s Labor Fest on Labor Day.

Apparently, a good number of our elected and appointed leaders think we have forgotten what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001 -- and the radical Islamists who started this war. That's why they feel free to endorse the erection of a mosque just a few hundred feet from ground zero in Manhattan. And that's why they ignored this week's indictment by the International Atomic Energy Agency that ‘international sanctions’ have failed to prevent the radical Islamist regime in Iran from building nuclear weapons. Those who think we have forgotten 9/11 are wrong. And on Nov. 2, just 52 days after this year's anniversary of that awful event, they will see just how well many of us remember.”
Oliver North

Weirdly, conservatives who opposed building the mosque at ground zero are also against the Quran burning. (Except in my case. It turns out I'm for it, but mostly because burning Qurans will contribute to global warming.)

Liberals couldn't care less about the First Amendment. To the contrary, censoring speech and religion is the left's specialty! (Any religion other than Islam.)

They promote speech codes, hate crimes, free speech zones (known as ‘America’ off college campuses), and go around the country yanking every reference to God from the public square via endless lawsuits by the ACLU.

Whenever you see a liberal choking up over our precious constitutional rights, you can be sure we're talking about the rights of Muslims at ground zero, ‘God Hates Fags’ funeral protesters, strippers, The New York Times publishing classified documents, pornographers, child molesters, murderers, traitors, saboteurs, terrorists, flag-burners (but not Quran-burners!) or women living on National Endowment of the Arts grants by stuffing yams into their orifices on stage.”

Anne Coulter

When everything from sneakers to stuffed animals to comics to frescos to beauty queens to fast-food packaging to undies serves as dry tinder for Allah's avengers, it's a grand farce to feign concern about the recruitment effect of a few burnt Korans in the hands of a two-bit attention-seeker in Florida. The eternal flame of Muslim outrage was lit a long, long time ago.”
Michelle Malkin

In a New York Times article outlining Mrs. Obama’s itinerary for the month of September the author suggests that the First Lady is the ‘White House’s best hope for exciting the party’s lethargic base.’


The Obama administration’s last-ditch effort 56 days before the elections epitomizes their arrogant disregard for the financial circumstances of the American people over the last two years. They have squandered the natural good will and trust of the citizenry with audacious charges of racism, class warfare tactics and high on the hog living.

Michelle Obama chose to take one vacation after another during this past summer of non-recovery.  She continues to party in the White House and hawk her Marxist state-controlled programs like ‘Let’s Move’ while eating ice cream, pizza and lobster.

If she’s the last, best hope of the Democrats, it’s all over for them in November. And they will only have their petty, self- indulgent and mediocre selves to blame.”

There are these sudden loud noises in the hotel kitchen, one, two, three, probably a tray falling, and then there is so much screaming and a hand holding a gun high in the air and Robert Kennedy, who had walked into the gun, is on the floor with his eyes seeing nothing. On this June night in 1968 he has just won a Presidential primary and suddenly he is fit only for a gravedigger’s dirt.

It happens this way when the claws of madness swipe through the sky. In 1919 Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes called it for all time, and crashingly so today, when he wrote, ‘The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.’

And now in New York they are turning an empty lot of the old World Trade Center and a mosque that isn’t built and probably never will be, into national fear. Omaha fights the mosque in Manhattan! Some foamer named Jones says he burns the Koran, and he actually is treated as news. All day on television yesterday you had the aimless babbles of this Beck, who looks like he eats Bibles.”
Jimmy Breslin writing in Harper’s Magazine, comparing the Tea Party to Bobby Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan.

“I have said from day one a member of Congress who has run for office six times who has literally spent millions of his dollars, millions and millions of his own money, is a formidable opponent.”
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker as his campaign ran late attack ads against primary opponent Mark Neumann. A Walker TV ad linked Neumann to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over his vote in favor of a 1998 transportation bill while serving in the House.

“He's calling it pork today, but back then he said it saved taxpayers money.”
Mark Neumann calling for the Walker campaign to take down an ad comparing him to Nancy Pelosi.

“A perfect legacy for a partisan governor known for rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies.”
State Republican Chairman Reince Priebus on Jim Doyle's $1 million donation to the Greater Wisconsin Committee's PAC last month that has run TV ads attacking Scott Walker along with Neumann.

“They're saying what the public is saying, which is we should not have any more new programs that we can't afford.”
Tommy Thompson who says he understands why Republicans oppose the proposed high speed rail project from Milwaukee to Madison.

I'd like him to come next to me and say to my face that I'm nothing but a career politician and that isn't something worthy.”
Senator Russ Feingold challenging likely GOP opponent Ron Johnson to a series of debates.

I’m used to being in business, when you have a half-hour and you can hash things out, you can wax philosophical about things. It’s pretty hard to do in a political campaign when someone says, ‘What’s your position on this?’ And you get a microphone thrown in your mouth. That’s difficult.”
Ron Johnson

"I'm just saddened by it. I'm not a judge and I'm not a juror and I don't know who's guilty and who's what. I'm just saddened for baseball and saddened for Clemens and Bonds, both."
Henry Aaron continuing to refrain from strong statements about the cases of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both accused of lying about using steroids and facing trial next spring.


Jim Doyle using big money to influence gubernatorial race.


The media turned the planned burning of a Quran by a single nutjob pastor of a church with barely 40 people into a national frenzy.


The media seems to have forgotten this.


Woman drags naked neighbor
to the his beard.

Suzi Hanks loves to read Playboy.

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

Mark Neumann's Tea Party Tactics

I received the following today from Lora Halberstadt, a Tea Party organizer:

I’m extremely disappointed in Congressman Neumann’s latest stunt.   

Yesterday, I received an email from Mark Neumann with the subject line: "Tea Party Backs Neumann!"  As a proud organizer of a TEA Party group, I am highly offended by Neumann’s false claim. Mark Neumann is not endorsed by a TEA Party group, and I’m disappointed by his attempt to claim our movement as his own.

The TEA party is about taking our government back, and electing true conservatives who we know share our values of lower taxes, limited government, and more freedom, and who have a record to prove it.    

That’s why I’m supporting Scott Walker on Tuesday, and so are an overwhelming amount of TEA party activists across Wisconsin.  

Most TEA Party groups do not endorse candidates, and do not intend to.  We are individuals in a movement, not a political party.

I do intend to vote for Scott Walker on Tuesday.  Especially now.  
Lora Halberstadt
TEA Party Organizer

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Remember, Sunday is Grandparent's Day

Sent to me by a regular reader:

An elderly man suffered a massive heart attack.

The family drove wildly to get him to the emergency room.
After what seemed like a very long wait,
the ER doctor appeared wearing his scrubs and a long face.  
Sadly, he said, 
"I'm afraid Grandpa is brain-dead, but his heart is still beating."

"Oh, Dear God," cried his wife, 
her hands clasped against her cheeks with shock.
"We've never had a Democrat in the family before!"

Recommended Reading (09/12/10)

Recommended reading

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

Why We Treat Obama Like a Dog

The only person who has ever likened President Obama to a dog is President Obama, who once declared that he was a ‘mutt’ and a member of a ‘mongrel people.’

In reality, there's a reason nobody has compared Obama to a dog: dogs are likeable. They are friendly and loyal. They are man's best friend, as opposed to King Abdullah's best friend.”

Why we miss Bush

Various polls report that George W. Bush in some states is now better liked than President Obama. Even some liberal pundits call for Bush to weigh in on the Ground Zero mosque or the Arizona anti-immigration legislation.

Suddenly, Bush is missed. Why? Let me list 10 likely reasons.”

2011: Major tax shocks coming

"Guess what could be coming to a paycheck near you?

Some of the largest tax increases in American history, by almost all objective analyses, unless Congress acts.

Federal tax hikes set to take effect in 2011 would hit virtually every working American, regardless of the level of household income.

Because of the protracted health care debate this past year, many citizens missed the words and actions - in some cases, inactions - of the Obama administration and Congress on taxes, so here's a summary of the changes scheduled to take place next year.”

What Liberals Say vs. What They Mean

“Many of us have been raised to think that words mean things. Then there's Democrats. From those infamous phrases like ‘It depends on what the definition of what 'is' is’ of yore to the newfangled ‘man-caused disasters’ of today, Democrats have so abused the English language as to make it completely unrecognizable to Mr. Johnson.

Here are a few words and phrases that liberals use all the time that are conundrums in as much as the words themselves actually say just the opposite of what liberals mean by them.”

Voter rolls. We see dead people. Does the DOJ?

America’s voter rolls are a mess. But you can’t count on the Deparrtment of Social Justice and corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder to clean them up. It’s another job the feds won’t do. Time for ordinary citizens to step up to the plate. Thanks to a provision in federal law, you can pick up the slack.”

Smartest President in History Botches Oval Office Rug Quote

“The botched Oval Office rug becomes a precious symbol of the Obama presidency, based on an image fabricated out of symbols rather than substance and misappropriating valuable elements of America's history. The only question remaining is whether or not President Obama will choose to keep the rug in his office.”

Wait, Pay, Cough

In an effort to pass a ridiculous regulation and then declare a victory in the drug war, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a rule that would require a physician’s prescription for your favorite off-the-shelf cough medicine.

Yes, I know; I can’t believe it either.”

Cities increasingly turning to ‘trash police’

“Beware the green police. They don't carry guns and there's no police academy to train them, but if you don't recycle your trash properly, they can walk up your driveway and give you a $100 ticket. 

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My Most Popular Blogs (09/12/10)

Most popular

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

1) Another example of how Democrats weasel their way into your wallets

2) Franklin, it could be worse…..we could be (YUCK) Oshkosh

3) TIE    

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Photos of the Week (09/12/10)

Photos of the Week

Alyson Low, of Fayetteville, Ark., holds a photo of her sister Sara Low as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks gather for a commemoration ceremony at Zuccotti Park, adjacent to ground zero, on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

U.S. military personnel participate in a candle light service to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi)

With the Capitol in the background, American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half staff in remembrance of the victims of Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Anna Sereno, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, holds a photo of her son Arturo Angelo Sereno, as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks gather for a commemoration ceremony at Zuccotti Park, adjacent to ground zero, on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

New York Governor David Paterson (left), U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lay roses in the reflecting pool with family members of victims of the 9/11attacks during the annual 9/11 memorial service September 11, 2010 in New York City. People gathered at the World Trade Center site to mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Andrew Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

A picture of a victim sits on the edge of a reflecting pool in memory of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2010 in New York City. Thousands gathered to pay a solemn homage on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A man wipes away a tear as he listens to the reading of the names during New York City's September 11th Commemoration Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

A trumpeter plays Taps on Ground Zero to signify the end of the annual commemoration of the 9/11 terror attacks September 11, 2010 in New York City where family members of victims visited the reflecting pool at Ground Zero. (Photo by Chang W. Lee-Pool/Getty Images)

West Babylon Fire Department firefighter Hassan Hamza bows his head after 9/11 commemorations outside the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2010 in New York City. Hamza was a first responder on 9/11 and lost three friends, two firefighters and one police officer, on that day. Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Tribute in Lights glow skyward near the World Trade Center site, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

People demonstrate against allowing a mosque near Ground Zero at a rally in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2010 in New York, New York. Today marks the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in which 2752 people were killed. President Obama has designated Saturday a National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those who died in the attacks. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Leah Christiani, 21, center, demonstrates during a rally in support of the proposed Islamic center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The family and friends of Flight 93 passenger John Talignani share a moment at the crash site near the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., at sunset on Friday, Sept 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Blooming Grove, Wis. firefighter Corey Johnson with two companions, not shown, points to a name on a list of victims of the 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks Friday, September 10, 2010 in Madison, Wis. The list was posted on a wall at Madison Area Technical College where a remembrance ceremony was held. Students along with firefighters, police and other emergency responders attended to read names of victims aloud during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journa, Craig Schreiner)


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The Year of My Mother: Grandparents Day

The Year of My Mother


Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The specific date changes year-to-year. Because it is tied to Labor Day, however, Grandparents Day is never earlier than September 7 or later than September 13.

National Grandparents Day was created in 1978 by a federal proclamation, passed by Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter. National Grandparents Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979.

But Grandparents Day really began much earlier as the brainchild of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker and mother of 15 children. In 1970, she began a campaign to establish a special day to honor grandparents. Her enthusiasm soon attracted the support of businesses, churches, civic groups, and political leaders. In 1973, the first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore.

According to an excerpt from the National Grandparents Day Proclamation:

“As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents. Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.”

Mom, you’re going to be a great-grandmother! Jason and Amanda are expecting their first child and get this. The due date is March 25, Kyla’s birthday! Wouldn't that be something!

Speaking of Kyla, she’s walking now, walking like crazy. And chit-chatting! Oh, yes. Jabbering up a storm.

Jennifer and I took her to Little Dipper swimming classes this summer at Franklin High School and she loved the water. With it being so hot this year, we also had her out in her wading pool in the backyard quite a bit.

Your little peanut is eating and sleeping very well. She is always in a good mood, even in church where she’s a perfect angel.

Big election day this week. We're pretty excited about our chances. And when it’s over Tuesday, it starts all over again.

Hey, Brett Favre came back to play again this season, but he looked a bit rusty in his first game the other night.

That was some Notre Dame-Michigan game Saturday. I thought for sure when the rainbow appeared over Notre Dame Stadium late in the game and the Irish connected on an electrifying 95-yard TD that this would be another ballgame that went down in the annals of Notre Dame legends. What a heartbreaker.

Your beloved Packers play at 3:00 this afternoon.  I know you want to bet me a dollar just like every Sunday, and you always want the Pack.Some experts predict they’re going all the way to the Super Bowl.

Just wanted to fill you in, Mom. But then, I’m pretty sure you knew all this.


Kevin and the whole family

1) God Bless You, Mom

2) Culinary no-no: The Audrey Fischer Edition

3) The Year of My Mother

4) The Year of My Mother - Jimmy Dean

5) The Year of My Mother - "The scarier the better."

6) The Year of My Mother: Erin Go Bragh

7) Goodnight everyone, and have a memorable weekend!

8) The Year of My Mother - Mother's Day

9) The Year of My Mother: The charming July 4th police officer

10) The Year of My Mother: Grandparents Day

Kyla's Korner- Musings of a Mother (09/12/10)

Kyla's Korner

Kyla had just nine months with Gramma Fischer.  To say that was unfair is an understatement.  In that short time, Kevin’s mom was able to enjoy every bit of her new granddaughter, her “Peanut.”  She was incredibly proud of all her grandchildren, of course.  But the next youngest grandchild was twenty five years old!  Kyla’s new little life was a huge presence in Audrey’s.  We all believe she gave Gramma a new lease on life.


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Culinary no-no #183

Culinary no-no's

runs a Farmer’s Market twice a week during the season. On Wednesdays, it’s located a block away from the state Capitol on MLK Blvd. On Saturdays, it’s right on the Capitol Square. And it’s a good one.

Though I’ve been known to bring home some fruits and vegetables, I’m very partial to the spicy cheese empanada at the Stella’s Bakery stand. If they’re out, a cheese or cherry danish or a cinnamon roll are able replacements.

Several years ago, the owner of the Opera House Restaurant on MLK Blvd (The Ocean Grill is now in that spot) was quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal that on Farmer’s Market morning, he was out there bright and early at 6:30 scouring each booth, getting a first crack at the best produce so it could accompany some of his entrees that same day.

Farmer’s Markets are incredibly popular, numbering 6, 132 across the country according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The draw of locally-produced food is fourfold:

1) Taste

2) Higher nutritional value

3) The perceived benefits to the environment

4) The bond developed with the producer

Followers of this trend to eat local are called locavores who try their best to eat food that comes from a 100 to 300 mile radius. That means Hawaiian red snapper is out.

The concept hardly seems controversial, and in reality, it’s not. There is some dispute, however, about the true benefits of eating local and if being a lovacore can actually be harmful.

There are , indeed, critics that claim that a high dependence on eating local is snobby and naïve, with the real danger lying in the negative impact it can have on the very survival of conventional farmers that we depend on for most of our meals.

Back in April, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AR), Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and House Agriculture Committee Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern about the department’s $65 million Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program with additional funding planned for 2011.  The letter states:

“Unfortunately, this spending doesn’t appear geared toward conventional farmers who produce the vast majority of our nation’s food supply, but is instead aimed at small, hobbyist and organic producers whose customers generally consist of affluent patrons at urban farmers markets.

In the name of promoting local food systems, the Department appears to be prioritizing Rural Development grant and loan programs for locavore projects in urban areas, apparently at the expense of rural communities with documented rural development needs.

American families and rural farmers are hurting in today’s economy, and it’s unclear to us how propping up the urban locavore markets addresses their needs. Given our nation’s crippling budgetary crisis, we also believe the federal government cannot afford to spend precious Rural Development funds on feel-good measures which are completely detached from the realities of production agriculture.”

The description of “affluent patrons at urban farmers markets” didn’t sit well with affluent patrons at urban farmers markets. But the GOP lawmakers are not alone in their worries.

Stephen Budiansky wrote in the New York Times last month:

You’ll get no argument from me about the pleasures and advantages to the palate and the spirit of eating what’s local, fresh and in season.”

True. Absolutely true.

Then comes the provocative “but.”

“But the local food movement now threatens to devolve into another one of those self-indulgent — and self-defeating — do-gooder dogmas. Arbitrary rules, without any real scientific basis, are repeated as gospel by ‘locavores,’ celebrity chefs and mainstream environmental organizations. Words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘food-miles’ are thrown around without any clear understanding of the larger picture of energy and land use.

The result has been all kinds of absurdities. For instance, it is sinful in New York City to buy a tomato grown in a California field because of the energy spent to truck it across the country; it is virtuous to buy one grown in a lavishly heated greenhouse in, say, the Hudson Valley.

The statistics brandished by local-food advocates to support such doctrinaire assertions are always selective, usually misleading and often bogus.

Studies have shown that whether it’s grown in California or Maine, or whether it’s organic or conventional, about 5,000 calories of energy go into one pound of lettuce.”

Locavores fight right back.

Local produce, they assert:

1) Comes from healthier crops.

2) Comes from richer soil.

3) Comes from riper harvests.

4) Results from shorter vine to fork times.

5) Is handled less.

6) Tastes better.

7) Results in less waste.

The least persuasive argument made by locavores is the almost spiritual experience attained from buying from a farmer 50-100 miles away. That’s a bit much.

Critics fight right back, saying that the spiritual bond comes with higher prices and isn't very economical. Locavores reluctantly agree.

Pierre Desrochers, associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto, and his wife, economist Hiroko Shimizu are writing a book on this topic entitled, “The Locavore’s Dilemma.” One book publisher’s web site writes the book proves that, “There is no need to feel guilty for not joining the locavores on their crusade. Becoming intransigent globavores will not only give us the opportunity to enjoy the incredible variety that world food markets offer us, but will also to help save the planet.”

For me, I side with Stephen Budiansky who writes in the New York Times:

The best way to make the most of these truly precious resources of land, favorable climates and human labor is to grow lettuce, oranges, wheat, peppers, bananas, whatever, in the places where they grow best and with the most efficient technologies — and then pay the relatively tiny energy cost to get them to market, as we do with every other commodity in the economy. Sometimes that means growing vegetables in your backyard. Sometimes that means buying vegetables grown in California or Costa Rica.”

As my wife says, “You can’t get a pineapple at a farmer’s market.”

Not in Madison, that’s for sure.

Thank you, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for your coverage

When over 3,000 people attend a political party, something tells me that's news.

Another story the MJS ignored.

Lady Gaga does The Beatles, sorta.....

Beatle fans surely remember the furor over the original album cover for Yesterday and Today, released in June 1966.

The four mop-tops sat with decapitated dolls and hunks of raw meat.

In an interview, John Lennon said over 60,000 copies were sold in the states before Capitol Records decided the cover was too controversial. The record company stated the design was open to misinterpretation. So a different, milder, ho-hum cover was quickly exchanged.....

And the so-called “butcher cover” became a collector’s item.

Forty-four years later:

I can’t stand the repulsive Lady Gaga.

On a recent cover of Vogue Hommes Japan, the trashy star wore a bikini of meat. Then on Sunday at the VMA Awards, she wore a dress made of raw meat with a raw steak adorning her head, wore raw meat shoes, and carried a raw meat purse.

PETA is enflamed. Vegan Ellen DeGeneres is also upset. On her TV show, she presented guest Lady Gaga with a lettuce bikini.

Three reader comments from a related article on

geesh get over the meat bikini thing. go out and have a burger. hey ellen being so 'vegan' and responsible, what about the sweat shop your clothes came from.

Nothing angers me more than a self-righteous vegan who thinks the whole world should do as they do.

ersonally, I don't care about Gaga either way, and wearing cold, wet meat...ugh, sounds disgusting. But she's achieving her goal and keeping everyone talking!

I repeat. There are no redeeming qualities when it comes to Lady Gaga. Wouldn’t cross the street to see her. For free.

But I have to admit. The fact she rattled PETA and Ellen does make me chuckle.

If you care to look, here’s
Lady Gaga engulfed in beef.

And, from Yesterday and Today, a great Beatles classic.


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Rebecca Kleefisch is a great candidate for Lt. Governor

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Brett Davis is also a great candidate for Lt. Governor

     Endorsed by Conservative Leaders
All Across Wisconsin

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Special guest perspective: Why I am for Scott Walker

Why I am for Scott Walker and why conservatives who want to win in November should be, too
By Guest Blogger Brian Fraley


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Vote for Scott Walker Tuesday

Tomorrow’s election will put us one step closer to taking back our government.  

We’ve faced what seemed like insurmountable challenges before; taking on the political machine when they said it couldn’t be done.    

But we did it!  

We’ve introduced budgets that held the line on taxes and spending.  

We’ve said no to the unions and reduced the size of our government workforce.

And just last week, I announced a $1 million property tax cut.  

We can do it in Madison, too.

Thank you for the overwhelming support you have given Tonette and I over the course of our campaign.
This election is one of the most important we’ll ever face – it’s the choice between maintaining the status quo or fighting to fundamentally change our government and putting Wisconsin government back on the side of the people again.
I can guarantee that if you elect me, I will use the same common sense principles I’ve used in the past to fundamentally change the way government does business.
I thank you again for your support, and humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday.  

PS – I’d like to share a video that explains what I’ve done during my career serving the people of Milwaukee County.  Please send this to your friends!

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The 15 Most Notable Quotes Made in Wisconsin During the Election Season So Far....

Here’s my listing of the top 15 notable quotes made in Wisconsin during the election campaign thus far. We begin with #15 and work our way to the top:

15) “Mark Neumann’s plan allows property tax payers to pay $0 in 2011 if they commit to pay their property tax bill every month starting in January 2012.”
The Mark Neumann campaign promoting a Neumann proposal that would allow property taxpayers to not pay any property taxes next year. Oh, really?

"The key point is all this does is change the timing when you pay your property taxes - it doesn't cut them. So the main benefit - if there is a benefit - is that it might free some escrow money for some people and that might have a stimulative value."
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance president Todd Berry on Neumann’s above-mentioned attempt to spin and mislead property taxpayers.

“Doyle is more hemmed in politically than at any point in his long public career. Consider:

St. Norbert College's spring poll scored his job approval rating at only 34%, the lowest since the poll began measuring it shortly after Doyle took office in 2003. That's a 25 percentage-point fall - or about 1 point per month - in two years.

Doyle can't even be in the same picture with his handpicked choice to succeed him, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, because Republicans would use the photo to reinforce their message that a Gov. Barrett would be a Doyle third term.

When he turns on TV, Doyle sees Republican Governors Association ads that tie him to Barrett and end by saying Barrett would be ‘like Doyle - only worse.’ Even lifelong, passionate Democrats grudgingly concede that the RGA ads are effective, savaging Barrett for any voter paying attention this summer. This summer, nobody has Jim Doyle's back.” columnist Steve Walters

12) “(Peter) Theron attempted to demonstrate the effects of passenger rail on Madison traffic with CIRCUS (Citizen Initiated Rail-Corridor Use Study), but was denied a permit by Madison’s Street Use Staff Committee - they thought it would be disruptive!”
From the campaign of Peter Theron, Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District, an opponent of the planned high speed rail project from Milwaukee to Madison. Theron had requested a street use permit to close a busy intersection a few blocks from the state Capitol from 4-6 p.m. on August 27. The request was to have traffic stopped at the intersection of Blair and Williamson during afternoon drive to clearly demonstrate how
disruptive the high speed rail would be on local traffic. Theron argues that the high speed rail and potential commuter train service could result in 13 stops an hour at the Blair- Williamson intersection. Theron’s request was denied by the pencil-pushing bureaucracy known as Madison Street Use Staff Commission. 

11) “If we did that, my mom would kill me.”
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), vowing that his proposed "Roadmap for America's Future" would not end Social Security or Medicare.

"There's people with the kind of character who don't think about circumstances, about what might happen to them.  They just respond. And I don't think he ever thought about it. I know and our kids know that their dad will always stand up for them. And he will always stand up for Wisconsin."
Kris Barrett, wife of Milwaukee mayor and democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett in an ad referring to the night Barrett was beaten with a pipe outside Wisconsin State Fair Park when he interceded in a domestic squabble.

“I’m ready to go the distance as your next governor.”
Scott Walker in a TV ad shown wearing boxing gloves as he’s saying the above. Now, you just knew the liberal news media would pick up on it and the reaction was predictable. One-thousand one, one-thousand two, one thousand three…

"I think he looks ridiculous and I think it really is tasteless. Walker does seem to be mocking the fact that the mayor, frankly, almost gave his life to intervene in a domestic violence situation."

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate reacting to a story by Scott Bauer of the Wisconsin AP. Bauer’s first paragraph read, “A Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor has begun running ads in which he dons boxing gloves and vows to ‘go the distance’ against the likely Democratic nominee, who was viciously beaten outside a fairground last year and left with serious injuries. Bauer was in such a sweat to put out a piece to make Walker look bad that the AP later ran this correction: “(This version corrects in the second paragraph that Barrett, not Walker, interceded in a dispute outside the fairground.)”

Dear Mark:

Earlier in 2009 when I considered your candidacy you told me that you would conduct a positive campaign with ideas that could address Wisconsin’s problems. You assured me that you would run a positive campaign; that you would adhere to Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment not to attack a fellow Republican. Today I write to you as I am aghast at where your campaign has gone. You are violating the Reagan commandment.

Now I see you are holding press conferences to attack your primary opponent. As a math teacher you know that your criticism is contrived. All this for media attention; to mislead the voters.

I hope you stop; you are only helping the democrats. It is time for you to leave the field before your integrity is permanently besmirched.

In any event I must ask you to return the contributions which Shirley and I have made to your campaign. You obtained them under the false pretense that you would run a positive campaign focusing on the liberal democrats. You haven’t done that.

/s/ James R. Klauser

Jim Klauser, former top aide to Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, writing to Mark Neumann, asking him to drop out of the GOP race for governor.

“(Scott) Walker and I discussed the MilwaukeeCounty supervisor who became an overnight YouTube sensation after claiming that Arizona was not on the United States-Mexico border. ‘She’s not even the dumbest one,’ he said.  Later, at the WisconsinState Fair, moments before he bit into a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, Walker was asked how many of the county supervisors were dumber. ‘About half,’ he quipped.”
Stephen Hayes writing in the Weekly Standard.

5) "Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true.
America's Whiner-in- Chief, President Obama speaking at Milwaukee
’s Labor Fest on Labor Day.

4) In Wisconsin, we don't spend money we don't have. We pinch our pennies."
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in a TV ad. Russ Feingold, a penny-pincher? That’s the most laughable comment made in any ad this season.

3) Vice President Joe Biden: “What do I owe you?”

The manager: “Lower our taxes and we’ll call it even.”

VP Biden: (Biden called the manager a…. ) “smart-ass. Why don’t you say something nice?”

An exchange between the VP and a Kopp’s Frozen Custard manager during a photo op stop.

)"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not. It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."
Ieshuh Griffin of Milwaukee, a candidate for the state Assembly, requesting that the Government Accountability Board allow her to place the slogan, “NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' "under her name on the ballot. Her request was denied.

"Every economist who's looked at it has said the (stimulus) did its job. It put a brake on the collapse of the economy. It avoided another Great Depression, and now it's growing again. It's hard to argue sometimes that things would have been a lot worse. People say unemployment is still at 9.6 percent but it's not at 12 or 13 or 15. The stock market didn't fully recover, but it's recovered more than people expected last year. That's part of the challenge in delivering (the message of) all the Recovery Act accomplished. Things are still tough, they're just not as bad as they could have been."
President Obama during a visit to Racine. The #1 rule in public speaking is know your audience. Obama’s message that the economy isn’t that bad and could have been a lot worse was delivered in Racine where the unemployment rate ranged from 13 to 15 %. Ooooopppps.





"Mark Neumann will support Scott Walker 100%"

This is clearly a  deeply disappointing evening for Mark Neumann, going down to a resounding defeat.

I commend my good friend, Chris Lato, Communications Director for Neumann who graciously told Channel 12's Terry Sater that Mark Neumann will support Scott Walker 100%" and that "A Republican will be the next governor of the state of Wisconsin. People are sick of the Doyle Administration."

Did you watch Mark Neumann's concession speech?

I did.

He failed to congratulate Scott Walker or express support for him in the general election.


Quotes from Scott Walker's victory speech

We are ready to take on the liberals in Madison.

We want to stop the Doyle disaster.

Together we can put the government back on the side of the people again.

You don’t have to be afraid anymore because help is on the way.

Our plan: Lowering taxes and cutting through the red tape.

I believe in Wisconsin.

Tom Barrett is a 3rd term version of Jim Doyle’s disaster in office.

The entire speech.

A message from Scott Walker

Thank you.  

Tonight, we are one step closer to taking back our state.
It is because of you – our supporters and grassroots activists from across the state – that we're able to win tonight.  You are the reason why the Democrats are so fearful about the next two months.
As our movement to take back our government continues to sweep across our great state, I hope you will continue to help us connect with the voters across Wisconsin.    

Thank you again.  Onward to victory in November!

Obama does Oliver Hardy

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So, how did liberals refer to the anniversary of 9/11?

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How Sunday's Packer victory was a bit like the 1st Super Bowl


January 15, 1967.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

They called it the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. We know it today as the very first Super Bowl.

Representing the stalwart NFL: The tried and true Green Bay Packers, led by Vince Lombardi.

Representing the upstart AFL: Hank Stram’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Prior to the game, a la Muhammad Ali, Kansas City defensive back Fred “The Hammer” Williamson bragged about how he was going to use his patented hammer tackle to knock out some Packers.  What was the hammer? In an interview, Williamson said, “
The Hammer was all about knocking people out on the football field. It was a blow struck perpendicular to the earth's latitude.” Actually, it was a forearm to the head that today would earn a 15-yard penalty and possibly an ejection.

Williamson was the first player to create Super Bowl hype, boasting in the week before the big game that "Two hammers to (Boyd) Dowler, one to (Carroll) Dale should be enough."

In the fourth quarter, Green Bay rookie running back Donny Anderson took the handoff and proceeded around the right side on the vaunted Packer sweep. There to meet him was Williamson. Anderson kept charging. The two collided with Anderson’s knee blasting Williamson hard to the head.

The Hammer went down in a heap, knocked out cold.

Williamson would somehow return to the game. He should have stayed on the sidelines. The Hammer would suffer a broken arm when one of his own teammates fell on him. The Chiefs were pummeled by the Pack, 35-10. Williamson would star, if you will, in a series of B Hollywood movies.

Before Sunday’s Packer-Eagles games in Philly, there was no braggadocio. However, the city of Brotherly Love was very excited about the birth of the Kevin Kolb era. How many times did the Fox announcer use that phrase?

QB Kolb was supposed to make Philly fans forget about Donovan McNabb who couldn’t get the Eagles to the Promised Land. And the pre-season hype about Kolb was that he was tough, very tough. Fred Williamson tough? Maybe tougher.

Sports Illustrated in a huge profile piece called Kolb a “tough Texan.” Andrew Perloff writes, “Ask his friends about him, and the anecdotes often end with Kolb inflicting bodily harm on a potentially dangerous animal. He has raised eyebrows among coaches and teammates with stories about killing wild hogs with a bowie knife. ‘They're a big deal here in South Texas,’ (Kolb’s former college coach at Houston, Art) Briles says of the hogs, ‘and lots of people hunt them. I couldn't figure out why my quarterback was killing hogs with a knife instead of a gun like everyone else. But that's just Kevin. He's pretty well grounded in who he is. That's one of the reasons I don't think the pressure of being an NFL quarterback will get to him’."

The kid hunts……and kills……wild boars……with a knife?


OK. He has no fear, a la Williamson.

He has confidence, a la Williamson.

He did not shoot his mouth off, a la Williamson.

Not at all.

But he entered Game 1 of the 2010 season with a reputation similar to Steve Irwin.

So what happened?

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Scott Walker: On to November

Brown Bag Movement


On to November!


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Some eye-opening #'s from Tuesday's primary

From Charlie Sykes’ blog:

Scott Walker

Milwaukee County 74%

Ozaukee County 80%

Racine County 68%

Washington 78%

Waukesha County 77%

Rebecca Kleefisch

Waukesha County 71%

Racine County 66%

Ozaukee County 65%

Milwaukee County 67%

Washington County 69%

Turnout gap: GOP votes for governor: 614,231. DEM vote: 233,119.

Mark Neumann lost the primary by 20 points.... but still got more votes than Tom Barrett: Neumann 237,755; Barrett 210,866.

Does Franklin (ZZZZ) need (ZZZZ) a full-time (ZZZZ) mayor? (ZZZZ)

Online polls are clearly unscientific. They are but another light on someone’s Internet Christmas tree.

However, they are not to be totally discounted since they provide some degree of interest. In one instance, I believe an online poll is quite revealing.

You will note that FranklinNOW has just put up a new poll question about the Governor’s race in Wisconsin. My guess is there will be more than a few responses. As I write, over 200 readers have already chimed in.

Here are the previous polls on FranklinNOW followed by thee number of readers that were motivated enough to respond:

Should the county open an aquatics center in Franklin? 278

Is it time for a full-time mayor in Franklin? 230

Would you buy a car from a bankrupt U.S. automaker? 1091

Would you support increasing the beer tax? 2388

Do you support roundabouts on 27th Street? 4801

What should city do about 51st St.? 1033

And then there’s the poll that was just replaced by the gubernatorial question. It's the very sexy and exciting question....

Does Franklin need a full-time mayor? 182

Note there have been not one, but two questions posted about a full-time Franklin mayor on FranklinNOW. Readers have had two kicks at the cat on this same issue, and yet each time it appears the inquiry comes off about as interesting as watching paint dry.

If people seem disinterested in this question it’s because they don’t consider this item a top priority or even mildly controversial. The chief proponent who’s all hot to trot about it, Steve (I wish Franklin could be more like La Crosse) Taylor has demonstrated time after time how out of touch he is, not only with his district, but the entire city. The problem is, he somehow convinced other aldermen to go along, and now we have an inconsequential referendum on our November ballot. That’s an indication that Taylor is not alone on the Common Council in his failure to have a grasp on what’s really important.

He says he has some profound “vision” for the city that he’s going to share with us pedestrians. When will we, the lowly Franklinites, have the privilege to hear his sage wisdom? December? January? February?

As a member of the Finance Committee, I challenge his Taylor-ness to share with us, the great unwashed, his “vision’ for the next budget and how he is specifically going to provide much-needed property tax relief to the over-taxed populace of Franklin (I’ve already asked my alderman, Kristen Wilhelm who scoffed at the notion of a property tax freeze. Like Taylor, she, too, is on the Finance Committee. But all I expect from her is rubber stamping whatever tax increase the Finance Committee comes up with. And I fell for her promise to me during the campaign that she’d do everything she could for the taxpayers).

Back to Taylor. It’s mid-September, Steve. You’ve got a blog, albeit you use it once every Haley’s Comet. Tell us what you specifically have in mind to provide real, honest to goodness property tax relief for Franklin. Or did you accept your post on the Finance Committee to be like Alderman Wilhelm and just be a yes person.

A final word on the polls on a full-time Franklin mayor. Again, they’re unscientific. Absolutely true. But they seem to indicate that they haven’t tripped anybody’s trigger. Except Steve (Oh I just can’t wait to be mayor) Taylor.

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Hey unemployed America, show some love for the First Lady, Spender-in Chief!


What recession?

I bet ol' Michelle  is proud to be an American now!

The great O reassures on the economy

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoon by Ken Catalino

Beer, brats, and.......bathrooms?

Take a look. What do you see?

Urban Ecology Center

Cramped quarters to relieve yourself in?

But bascially you see a toilet, right?

Have you ever.....used  that toilet?

Look again....

Urban Ecology Center


Doesn't look familiar?

This next one might.

Once again, look closely....

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Who cares what other states want!

doesn't want high speed rail, capiche?

But you keep running on that platform, Tom Barrett.

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The Citizens’ Guide to High Speed Rail Construction Debate

From the MacIver Institute

Citizens’ Guide to High Speed Rail Construction Debate

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Friday night on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics we discuss Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10:


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Faking and baseball

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Making its way around the Internet: It's been a tough year, but I made it!

But not everyone is as lucky as I am......

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonald's, and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4  'ouncer'.

Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children's names.

A truckload of Americans were caught sneaking into Mexico .

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

BP Oil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal.  Oh Great!!   The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Lifeline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan.   When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck!!

Apothegms useful for every circumstance

 Ø   I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Ø   Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Ø   I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Ø   Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Ø   The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

Ø   Light travels faster than sound This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Ø   If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

Ø   We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Ø   War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Ø   Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Ø   The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Ø   Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

Ø   To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

Ø   A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Ø   How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Ø   Some people are like Slinkies .. not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Ø   Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

Ø   I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

Ø   A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Ø   Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

Ø   I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Ø   I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on I said "Implants?"

Ø   Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Ø   Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Ø   Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

Ø   Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Ø   A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Ø   You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

Ø   The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Ø   Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Ø   A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Ø   Hospitality:  making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

Ø   Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

Ø   I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

Ø   Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

Ø   There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

Ø   I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Ø   I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

Ø   When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

Ø   You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Ø   To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Ø   Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Ø   Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

Ø   A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Ø   If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?

Ø   Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

50, yes 50 dumb liberal quotes

Enjoy, from The Stir.

On this Constitution Day, a Democrat Congressman doesn't care about the Constitution

Today is Constitution Day. On this day in 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution.

I wonder how many public schools discussed this today in class?

Speaking of the Constitution, here’s a revealing video of Congressman Phil Hare (D-Illinois).

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I do believe it's the weekend!

Don't forget This Just In and our regular  This Just In weekend features beginning tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segment and it's Kool, I mean, cool. No, wait. Kool was right.

Saturday morning, lap up our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot.

Puggy and his record-holding tongue (Photo:

Also on Saturday morning, Weekends, our weekly week in review......

Oh, boy. Hero? Villain? Something else.

Which high school football in Wisconsin gets this week's POO Award? The dubious winner is announced Saturday morning.

Recommended Reading has moved to Sunday morning.

Also on Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week.

Here is a photo that did NOT make the final cut.....

There are numerous things to say, but the official caption reads:

Lady Gaga, left, accepts the award for Video of the Year from Cher at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Goodnight everyone and have a Kool weekend

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

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

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

1) A polka

2) “Celebration”

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

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

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No one can be compelled to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen


Oh, no, Kevin!

Could Franklin High School receive this week's POO AWARD?

Check back later this morning for the answer.

Mitt Romney with some great one-liners

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The Barking Lot (09/18/10)

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:  Scattered storms. High of 64 (Normal high is 72). Tonight: Showers. “D”

SUNDAY: Showers. High of 62.  “D”

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

Last week in Kevin’s section of  The Barking Lot,  he linked to the story of Jake, a Weimaraner who was reunited with his family  after SEVEN YEARS.  This reunion was thanks to his microchip.

I was fortunate enough in my years of dog ownership that we never lost Sugar or Skippy even for a day.  Once in a while Sugar would manage to break free of her tether but for her that only meant walking around the front yard instead of staying in the back yard.  I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like had we lost either of them.

Almost every time I am at a grocery store or retail store I see a photo of a cat or dog with the desperate plea of “LOST.  Please call 555-8101.  Family misses Roxy very much.  Reward.”  It breaks my heart.

While having a microchip implanted in your dog can’t prevent him or her from running away, it can certainly improve the chances of getting him back.  The adoption fees at the Wisconsin Human Society include microchipping. 

In the past, you may have seen commercials for the Home Again brand of microchip, one option for your pet.

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The POO Awards- Week 3

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62,
Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68,
Chequamegon 0

The Wausau Daily Herald reports, "The Wildcats rolled to a 56-0 halftime lead.”

Week 3
Niagara 66,
White Lake/Elcho 6

Rudolph is dead

Who doesn’t love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, immortalized in a 1960’s animated classic.

The voice of Rudolph was actually the work of a woman.

Billy Mae Richards died Friday. She was 88, meaning she was 42 when she gave her talents to a holiday favorite.


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More ELVIS greatness


From Jerry Osborne’s “Mr. Music” column today in the Journal Sentinel:

Here is an interesting chart stat, one likely in print for the first time:

Over their 33-year Billboard chart history (1963-1996, when their final single release was on the chart), the Beatles, with 75 hit singles, spent a total of 639 weeks, or nearly 12.3 years, on the surveys.

While very impressive, that total is well below Elvis Presley's.

The all-time champ's 48-year total (1955-2003) is 1,826 weeks, or more than 35.13 years on the chart. This comprises 191 separate hit singles."

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Week-ends (09/18/10)


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


Gore Otteson



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The Wisconsin Badger football team....


Another band of reactionary, racist Tea Partiers

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell


Recommended Reading (09/19/10)

Recommended reading

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

9/11, a 2061 memorial

"On the 60th anniversary of 9/11 memorial service, president of the United States of America, Hussein Ali, delivered an uplifting speech at the Cordoba House mosque at ground zero in lower Manhattan. New York City mayor Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah as well as many other dignitaries and a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands filling the surrounding streets with their prayer rugs, also joined to commemorate the 60 year old tragedy.

Below is the text of President Ali speech:"

How Obama Thinks

"Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government's control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama's approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad."

Like, is Sarah Palin totally conceited?

“’Sometimes when she went out in public, people were unkind. Once, while shopping at Target, a man saw Palin and hollered, 'Oh my God! It's Tina Fey! I love Tina Fey!' When other shoppers started laughing, the governor parked her cart, walked out of the store, and drove away.' (That jackass was lucky Sarah didn't have her moose rifle with her.)

A random encounter with a rude, abusive jerk in public is supposed to make her look bad? Liberals have really lost their minds about Palin. They'd laugh if someone hit her with a baseball bat.”

The evolution of the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is broad-based with wide support. Over half of the electorate now say they favor the Tea Party movement, around 35 percent say they support the movement, 20 to 25 percent self-identify as members of the movement, and 2 to 7 percent say they are activists.

The data is particularly clear, and some polls have shown that the Tea Party movement is the most popular force in American politics ... and is increasingly been recognized as such by a media that was, at the very least, late to the party"

Throwing the bums out is harder than it looks

"Before everyone succumbs to election season delirium, it’s worth taking a moment to remember that no matter how peeved the American population fancies itself, no matter how dramatic a change of partisan control in one or both houses might seem, one thing is certain: The vast majority of the current Congress can count on returning to Washington and business as usual."

Lessons of the Koran’s non-burning

"While it’s fashionable in some precincts to smear America as a nation of Islamophobes whose bigotry plays into the hands of extremists, the reverse is closer to the truth."

Money is not what schools need

"U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently claimed: 'Districts around the country have literally been cutting for five, six, seven years in a row. And, many of them, you know, are through, you know, fat, through flesh and into bone ... .'

Really? They cut spending five to seven consecutive years?

Give me a break!

Andrew Coulson, director of the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, writes that out of 14,000 school districts in the United States, just seven have cut their budgets seven years in a row. How about five years in a row? Just 87. That's a fraction of 1 percent in each case."

American priorities out of sync

"Because our so-called news media is focused on telling us what they think we want to hear instead of what we need to hear, we are deluged with celebrity sludge stories. Americans know Lindsay Lohan spent time in jail, that Paris Hilton was recently busted for possessing cocaine, and that Mel Gibson left some angry messages on his former girlfriend's phone. If these stories were food they would be junk food."

State's vehicle testing program emits no common sense

"Making people drive cars of any age to a special emissions testing center is a colossal waste of time and money."

My Most Popular Blogs (09/19/10)

Most popular

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

1) The 15 Most Notable Quotes Made in Wisconsin During the Election Season So Far

2) Did you watch Mark Neumann's concession speech?

3) 50, yes 50 dumb liberal quotes

4) Mark Neumann's Tea Party Tactics

5) TIE

    Photos of the Week 09/12/10

    Quotes from Scott Walker's victory speech

Luck of the Irish? Not last night

Yes, indeed, that was a gutsy call by Michigan State in OT to try a fake field goal to beat Notre Dame.

But watch the play clock. It appears it hit :00 before the ball was snapped.

Oh my.

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Photos of the Week (09/19/10)

Photos of the Week

People gather at the Capitol for a "Remember in November" rally to express opposition to government spending, particularly bailouts and economic policies backed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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Watch Scott Walker on Fox Monday morning

Scott Walker will be a guest on Fox and Friends Monday morning at 7:45 Milwaukee time. Tune in and watch, and continue to help support Scott by donating or volunteering


Culinary no-no #184

Culinary no-no's

Children at Sunday Mass today were a bit rambunctious.

Nothing terrible, just more crying than usual. Parents at the weekly Mass that I usher are pretty considerate about bringing their uppity children to the back of church. Rarely must I walk to a pew and politely invite a parent and yelling child to join me in the rear because the tantrum has been going on for several minutes and now I’m getting glares with daggers from the parishioners as if to say, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Following Mass, I drove to our regular Sunday post-Mass restaurant for some cholesterol and arrived to a familiar scene and shrill. Outside the main entrance, a young couple was attempting to calm their young little guy who was unhappy. Very unhappy.

Inside, another little boy was crying, and crying, and crying, and crying, and crying, and crying, and loudly. He’s become a regular at this eatery and so has his melancholy behavior. Noticeable were the many annoyed faces of other patrons.

A certain dining establishment in Carolina Beach, North Carolina has had far too many similar experiences.

Olde Salty's

In this day and age of coexisting, everyone just getting along, linking hands and singing Kumbaya, Olde Salty's posts this sign for all who enter to see:


The restaurant policy sounds very much like my policy as a church usher. If a patron’s child is unruly, an Olde Salty’s employee will kindly, respectfully ask the parent to…..take it outside.

Oh my.

Unleash a whole bunch of angry backlash.

Stand back, everybody.

Blogger and former attorney/prosecutor KJ Dell’Antonia writes, “
To put a sign that reads 'Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated!' with that screamer of an exclamation point and those shouting capitals in the window of your restaurants is far more than a gentle suggestion. It's an admonishment, an advance assumption that those children will scream. It creates an immediate atmosphere of hostility towards families, and it is, in itself, rude. No one minds a reminder with a little humor: Screaming children will be placated with a cup of coffee and a free puppy. But an angry directive demanding your courtesy reflects an aggression that goes far beyond what's warranted. This is a sign that comes out swinging before the poster is even certain that another boxer is going to enter then ring.”

Strollerderby, the Mother of All Parenting Blogs writes, “The sign is rude – and classless.” A comment on the same blog reads, “I think the sign is lame, definitely rude, but incredibly vague. Where does the problem lie? Is that one small happy shriek from a two-year-old who just got peekaboo’d? Or lengthy crying? If my kid is saying something loudly and having fun and another patron can hear it, whether I it bothers them or not ? Or if they whine a little because the food is slow getting to the table? There aren’t and can’t be written rules on these things, and parents can’t anticipate (nor should they)or be responsible for every little irritation someone else experiences. The sign is just bad business and poor taste. An establishment that is rude to paying customers will have a problem on its hands.”

Another commenter writes, “I’ve decided to open up my own restaurant, called ‘Intolerance Cafe’. Not only will screaming children be kicked out, I will not tolerate: loud talking, cellphone use of ANY kind, cigarette smoke, whistling noses, chewing gum, chewing anything with your mouth open PERIOD, slurping, loudly sucking the last of one’s soda, overly exaggerated sighing, eye-rolling, snorting, sleeping, or any sort of personal hygiene at the table. I will also not tolerate whining, complaining about the food or the bill or where your table is situated, or rude demands of any kind.”

One customer accused the owner of discriminating against autistic children.

Obviously, the restaurant owner and anyone who supports her sign and policy is an evil, diabolical child hater.

Let’s go back to KJ Dell’Antonia’s blog. She concedes, “
Like most parents, I don't tolerate screaming by my children at home, let alone in public. A restaurant is not a playground; there should be no excessively loud voices, and no leaving the table except to go quietly to the restroom. In other words, we don't accept bad manners, and screaming in a restaurant would certainly be rude to the other diners (and allowing a child who's too young to understand that to remain in a public place while screaming would constitute rudeness on the part of the accompanying adult).”

Well then, lawyer lady, you shouldn’t have any issues with the restaurant policy or sign.

More comments on the Strollerderby blog:

Many people are tired of paying good money to have a ruined meal due to out of control children with rude parents. Leave your children at home if they do not know how to behave.”

“I’m a mom and I have two kids. This means nothing as far as restaurant etiquette. If your kids can’t behave in a restaurant, don’t take them there. If they misbehave, leave. Period. Why is this even an issue? It’s a short time that they’re small and you won’t be able to take them to eat out, but while you’re there it’s incredibly rude to subject the world to your mayhem. Get takeout.”

I am a mother of a 16-month-old, and I believe that fussy children should be removed from a restaurant/store by their parents. Ever since my daughter was born, I have left the restaurant/store if she became fussy. I am not ashamed of her and I understand that babies cry, but I am respectful of others trying to enjoy their meal or shopping experience.”

WHY should the rest of the world have to put up with your spoiled brat? How would you like it if I screamed obnoxiously, jumped up and down & threw food while you were trying to eat? Bet I’d get booted from the restaurant! I’ll bet parents on here getting their feathers ruffled are the very ones who let their kids run wild with no respect for paying customers. I wish more restaurants would adopt this policy.”

Thank god someone has the good sense to finally clap down on the out-of-control kids with their airhead mommies who think everything their little brat does is ‘awesome’. The author is obviously one of these no-brain yuppy mommies. I’m from CT and some of my friends and I are considering flying down to NC just to patronize this restaurant and show our support. Hopefully this will start a national trend.”

For me, I concur wholeheartedly with Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's group.

I applaud the restaurant owner in North Carolina. She acted out of concern for her customers, her business and even the screaming kids. Children are just children and yes, they act out and scream and yell sometimes, but it is the job of the parents to discipline and educate their kids, especially when in a public setting where their child's behavior affects more people than just their immediate family.

As a culture we certainly should be welcoming of children but in the same right, kids aren't running the show, nor should they. What happened to parental responsibility? Not only are the children often less disciplined these days, or so it seems, but the parents are right along with them. Today, I've seen parents who are so laissez-faire about disciplining their kids that they allow them to destroy the peace of everyone around them whether in church, the library or any other public venue.”


Has the policy hurt business?

Here’s more from WECT-TV:


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More trouble for Russ Feingold
reports “the news is about to become more dire for Feingold, as another bombshell poll is set to detonate tomorrow (Tuesday).”


The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

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In This Issue:
Important Right To Life Links

Signs of a failed stimulus

These babies have been popping up like weeds all across the country, with the price tag for each ranging from a few hundred bucks of your tax dollars to $10,000.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sign on Marietta Parkway in Marietta reportedly costs $1,500, plus $100 for installation. The federal government doesn't require the signs, but they are a GDOT requirement.

The stimulus may not have created any sustaining jobs, but it sure made for lots and lots of useless road signs.

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Our exploding debt

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Even Hillary agrees

"From the time President George W. Bush took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2001, to the time Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, public debt via the government grew $3 trillion — from $3.3 trillion to $6.3 trillion.

According to the Bureau of the Public Debt, as of Aug. 20, 2010, after just the first 19 months of President Obama's four-year term, the public debt had grown to $8.83 trillion, an increase of $2.53 trillion.

Extrapolate Obama's debt and deficit numbers over a prospective eight years and Bush looks like a coupon shopper!"

Franklin getting reverse 9-1-1

Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch has the details.


"29 Reasons Why BHO Is the Greatest President Ever"

"If you hate America."

From one of the best columnists around, Doug Giles:

"Y’know, if I were a terrorist I think I’d hit America right now because I don’t think we’ve been this vulnerable since Clinton gutted our military, worked against our national security, and paved the way for 9/11.

Don’t believe me, MSNBC’er? Well check out these ditties I gleaned from Buzz’s (bestselling author and military analyst, Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson) most recent in regard to how Obama has gutted us from a security standpoint in just his first eighteen months (oh, how giddy Bin Laden must be seeing us morphing into a weak horse).

1. January - December 2009: The Administration refuses to detain the vast majority of illegal workers they find by drastically revising policy, such as halting workplace raids and stripping local law enforcement of the ability to pursue illegals. Also, terrorist detainees are ordered to be tried in civilian courts."

Read the entire column and all 29 reasons here.

As reported Monday, Russ Feingold is in serious trouble

A left-leaning poll has Ron Johnson ahead, 52% - 41%.

There's no spinning this one.

Who is Kirsten Gillibrand?

You say you don't know?

Well, she's the "hottest member" of the United States.

Just ask that polished statesman and outstanding role model and leader, Harry Reid.


Reid, as of this posting, isn't commenting directly. But his reaction to the firestorm, knowing his lack of tact, is probably.....

Harry Reid Giving America the Finger


Obama heading to Badgerland

Next Tuesday, Barack Obama will be the first sitting president since Harry Truman to visit UW-Madison. Details of the stop have not been announced.

But we do know this. Obama will fit in real well on the campus at 25 square miles surrounded by reality.

Incredibly, Franklin somehow survives latest storms

And the city did so without those fancy schmancy $150,000 tornado warning sirens city spenders can’t wait to get their hands on and install.

At the rate we’re going, that should be sometime this winter that we all know, of course, is high risk tornado time.

Storms that hit late this afternoon featured high winds, up to 60 mph in some areas, hail, thunder and lightning.

Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm, a supporter of purchasing tornado warning sirens said, “Boy, we dodged a bullet this time, didn’t we? Whew! I just cringe every time a storm hits and I won’t feel better until those sirens are up.”

Common Council President Steve Taylor also defended his support of the sirens. “I voted for them because Alderman (Steve) Olson voted against them.”

At the McDonald’s located at 76th and Rawson, a family of four was spotted underneath a table. “Is it OK to come out now?” asked the mother who did not want to be identified. “My God, when are they going to get those blasted sirens working?”

Unconfirmed reports indicate City Hall received calls from several nervous residents. One of them asked, “It’s getting really windy and dark outside. Please tell me, what should we do?”

Two women running to their cars in the Franklin Pick ‘n’ Save parking lot were overheard discussing the sirens.

“Won’t it be wonderful when they’re finally up and running?” said one woman.

The other replied, “But they cost so much money, don’t you think?”

“Well, yes," said the first woman. “But if they can save just one life….”

"Caffeine Insanity"

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Caffeine consumption an issue in murder trial

The lawyer also told jurors that the man's statements to police were made under high stress prompted by large amounts of caffeine and a lack of sleep."


Americans For Prosperity Raises Money for the Left?



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The greatest orator of all-time (BHO) messes up big time

“On September 15, President Barack Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards. In his remarks, he made reference to the Declaration of Independence.”

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk on stage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute???s 33rd Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center on September 15, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk on stage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes 33rd Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center on September 15, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images

Yes, it's true. The most intelligent person God ever placed on this planet didn’t do so well during his delivery before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

“Some are blaming the president for this error, but it is his speech writers, and those who vetted his address, who are to blame. The prepared remarks, as released by the White House, omit the word (blank).  Since this got by so many in the White House, it makes us wonder whether only incompetence was at work. While Obama may be given a pass, it is striking nonetheless that this omission got by a former constitutional law professor.”

The above quotes are from the Catholic League. How did the Obamessiah screw up?


The enviro swimming pool killjoys

Admittedly, I’m way behind on this topic. But even though I consider to be one of the most uproariously hilarious web sites on the Internet, shock of shock, unlike all those hyper-enviro moonbats, I just don’t read it all that often.

Let’s put this blog in rewind, say, back to June of this year. That was the beginning of a long, hot, humid summer in Franklin. I would have given anything to have backyard pool. But here in God’s country, in order to have such a luxury, you have to give up your first-born, agree to pay double your property taxes, sign an affidavit that you will be out of the pool, dried off, and inside your house for the night at 5:00 pm, and agree that if any wild animals including coyotes are seen near your pool, you are not to attempt to shoot them but instead are to make noises, clap your hands, call 9-1-1, and then pray.

Also, your pool cannot be the same color pool as any other pool within a mile radius of your residence. While in the pool, males and females cannot wear any swimsuit that might be seen at Bradford Beach. Otherwise, a fine could be issued if police are notified, usually by the same mamby pamby’s  that notify the authorities when someone shoots off a backyard firework on the 4th of July.

Bring in the tree huggers. Backyard pool? Foolish you. You’re not supposed to have any summer fun..

You can almost sense the anxiety and feel the tears running down the cheeks of the writer when he posts:

“Do we really all need to have a swimming pool parked in our individual backyards?”

Yeh, you selfish suburbanites. Do you really need that pool you worked so very hard for, that you earned the money to afford? says you should forget the pool and get on your bike and ride. When it’s 92 degrees?

Don’t you see, you sweaty Franklinites, that swimming pools lose lots of water? And tons of electricity? And you swimming pool owners, knowing that, can go to bed at night and not have nightmares? You can look yourselves in the mirror?

Did you use your swimming pool a lot this summer? If so, good for you.

The hell with the nutjobs at

Tick, tick, tick, tick...

About a year ago, I blogged this.

Sweet, but you can't put that on your desk or mantle.

This you can.


Unlike Franklin...

The Whitnall School Board gets it.


I thought we were going to fix our roads?

A few weeks ago when I filled in for Vicki McKenna at Newstalk 1130 WISN, a friend of mine asked if I was going to discuss the fact that roads all over town are tore up, being worked on, and causing all kinds of traffic headaches.  I brought up the topic briefly, tying in a Wall Street Journal piece that blamed a longer commute during the Labor Day weekend to all those stimulus projects.

In my neck of the woods, Loomis Road is a disaster, the construction job taking an eternity. Go too fast on any street crossing the Loomis Road war zone and your car could sustain major damage. And when the hell are they going to finish South 51st Street between Grange and Loomis?

Word from TRIP, a non-profit supported by insurance companies and road builders based in Washington D.C. is that a quarter of America’s roads are in such bad shape that the disrepair is costing a typical motorist an extra $402 a year to operate his/her car.

Whoa! Wasn’t the big, fat stimulus supposed to make all our roads perfect and in the process create all those wonderful jobs that were promised by Washington’s big spenders? USA TODAY reports TRIP “based its report on 2008 data from the Federal Highway Administration, the most recent available. It does not reflect road projects in the $814 billion
federal stimulus program begun last year.”

The newspaper also reports, “As of June, the states and Washington, D.C., had used stimulus funding to improve 27,810 miles of pavement and build 397 miles of new roads in urban and rural areas, according to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.”

That sounds like lots and lots of work being done on shovel-ready jobs, doesn’t it? Not so fast.

Even a TRIP official concedes large transportation projects have been put on hold, with state and local governments opting instead for ………..patch jobs.

Last week, in a pro-Obama, pro-stimulus piece reminded readers, “In July, in front of a giant road sign covered in red tape, GOP Representatives complained that only 1% of the package's $48 billion for transportation had been spent.” The author wrote that money is being spent on a load of projects, but the pace needs to pick up. By the way, construction industry unemployment is over 17 %.

So after that first gigantic stimulus and possibly another (although it appearing unlikely) then will all our roads finally be fixed? And are all those repairs really necessary?

USA TODAY also reports a Reason Foundation study finds that “state highways in the USA are in their best shape in nearly 20 years.”

America, we were sold a bill of goods. The stimulus hasn’t created jobs and road projects aren’t getting done. And now with conflicting studies, the jury may be out on how bad our roads really are and how much attention they should be getting, or should I say, how much should we be spending?

It's rare you'll see a newspaper article like this

I’ve personally known Scott Walker a long, long time.

I’ve personally known Tom Barrett a long, long time.

I like them both, a lot. I respect them both, a lot.

They are decent, honest, caring, well-intentioned, passionate individuals.

Only one can be governor.

In this day and age of quick sound bites and 30-second ads, you will hear plenty of swipes between the two over the next several weeks. To get attention from the media, you generally have to say or do something controversial, especially if you are in politics.

Say or do something positive, warm and fuzzy? That’s for a press release that might get totally ignored.

That’s why I was stunned by an editorial in, of all places, the Capital Times, the longtime Pravda of Wisconsin journalism.

While most media over-analyze every statement Barrett and Walker make and carefully scrutinize every period and comma, the Capital Times did the unthinkable. The newspaper editorialized that Barrett and Walker are both honorable men.

The newspaper is absolutely correct.

I can't recall the last time I saw a newspaper article like the one by the Capital Times.

Good for them!

If you cross borders illegally...

Like you, I get inundated with e-mails. Some are good. Some are not so good. This next one has been around for some time, but it’s so good and besides, it drives the liberals nuts. I’ve seen it in my inbox enough times to warrant posting.










-- The Mexican government bars foreigners if they upset "the equilibrium of the national demographics." How's that for racial and ethnic profiling?

-- If outsiders do not enhance the country's "economic or national interests" or are "not found to be physically or mentally healthy," they are not welcome. Neither are those who show "contempt against national sovereignty or security." They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories.

Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, (that lets Obama out} provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

-- Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years' imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years' imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless appeals that illegal aliens are afforded in our country (see, for example, President Obama's illegal alien aunt -- a fugitive from deportation for eight years who is awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected asylum claim).

-- Law enforcement officials at all levels -- by national mandate -- must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens' arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

-- Ready to show your papers? Mexico's National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens' identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

All of these provisions are enshrined in Mexico's Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) and were spotlighted in a 2006 research paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. There's been no public clamor for "comprehensive immigration reform" in Mexico, however, because pro-illegal alien speech by outsiders is prohibited.

Consider: Open-borders protesters marched freely at the Capitol building in Arizona, comparing GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to Hitler, waving Mexican flags, advocating that demonstrators "Smash the State," and holding signs that proclaimed "No human is illegal" and "We have rights."

But under the Mexican constitution, such political speech by foreigners is banned. Noncitizens cannot "in any way participate in the political affairs of the country." In fact, a plethora of Mexican statutes enacted by its congress limit the participation of foreign nationals and companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms.
















I’d say he does.

Walker 53%, Barrett 42%

Ron Johnson also leads Russ Feingold in the same poll.


Obama's change

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez


Did You Know video: The expansion of information technology

Sent from one of the many fans of This Just In....

Sit back, relax, enjoy, and prepare to be informed, and taken by surprise..


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Border Jumping: Not Just in Arizona

From "The We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign," an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens that follows issues affecting
Wisconsin elections.

This story has been around for awhile:  A woman boards a bus in northern Wisconsin and is taken to numerous polling places in Minnesota to vote.  Did this really happen?  According to residents in the Menomonie Wisconsin area it did indeed happen.  Stories similar to this have been circulating around the state for quite awhile, but most of them involve people “border jumping” INTO Wisconsin and illegally voting here. 

Can this happen?  Yes it can, and one of the ways it can happen is through an election law permitting “corroboration.”  Verifying where you live only takes one resident from the polling location to “corroborate” or say that he knows you and that you live in his ward.  This is what classically happens with “border jumping.”

And this “corroborating” policy also allows abuse within our own communities.  For example, let’s say a person goes to his polling place and votes, but as he walks out, he asks each person in line, “Do you need me to “corroborate” your residency in this ward?”  In other words, he is saying, “I’ll tell the registration officials that I know you and that you live here.”  It’s as easy as that.

Recently the Government Accountability Board (GAB), to its credit, announced the results of an investigation they have been working on with the state of Minnesota.  Thirty-five cases of “border jumping” have been uncovered in the 2008 presidential election.  These cases have been sent to the local district attorneys where the alleged crimes occurred for further investigation.  GAB has also stated that they are hoping to work with Illinois and other bordering states to do similar investigations.   We will be watching for this to happen.

What can we do about this?  We need you to be at the polls as election observers, watching for this type of behavior, taking down names and addresses of the people involved and reporting it to the authorities.  By authorities we mean the police or the local district attorney.  If it is proven that the person does not really live in the ward, both parties, the voter and the corroborator, have just committed voter fraud, a felony that carries with it $10,000 fine/3yr. prison term. 

Simply put, our presence, at the polling places may stop some of these “shenanigans” from occurring.  

Wisconsin Has One of the Most Fraud Prone Election Systems in the Country:

* No Photo I.D. required * Deceased people “vote” * Residency requirement is only 10 days * People could easily vote more than once * People could steal your vote by simply giving your name & address. * People from bordering states can vote here too * Our State-wide Voter Registration List has thousands of unverified names on it * Over-worked and under-trained poll workers can lead to errors.*

What Can You Do?


Who Can Observe?  Each and Every One of Us 

When and Where Can You Observe?

1. At the Polling Place on Election Day

2. At the Polling Place After the Polls Close

3. Absentee Ballot Count Locations (ask your clerk)

4. During Absentee Voting in a Clerk’s Office Prior to the Election

5. At Nursing Homes, etc., Prior to the Election

We have the tools to make you an Effective Observer:

1. Election Observer Manual

2. Companion PowerPoint Presentation

3. Training Classes Are Open to the General Public: TBA

 Call Jon Waclawski at 608-239-2996 to arrange a training program.

Where can I find these tools:

Where do I sign up?  Go to <>  

The GOP has the infrastructure and an attorney in place to help us facilitate this effort of keeping our elections fair and honest.  Sign-up and training classes are open to the general public.

Upon contacting the Wisconsin Democrat Party, they provided  no link for training or sign-up.


The We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign is an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens that follows issues affecting Wisconsin elections.

UPDATE: The greatest orator of all-time (BHO) messes up big time

President Obama couldn’t find within his stomach at a recent speech to utter the words when referring to the Constitution "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…."

Big Journalism is waiting for the liberal MSM to pounce and could be waiting a long time.

Watch their video, surmising that Obama knew exactly what he was doing.

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Ma'am, you'll have to cover up before you can vote

Last week when I went to the polls to vote, I wore a red, white, and blue American flag-themed shirt complete with Mount Rushmore and some patriotic phrases. My garb received some nice compliments from the poll workers who always are friendly and professional.

But what if I walked in wearing this….

Diane Wickberg of Flagstaff, Arizona was informed by election officials  she needed to cover up when she showed up to vote during last month’s Arizona primary. Wickberg’s offense: She was wearing a shirt that read, “Flagstaff Tea Party -- Reclaiming Our Constitution Now.”

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'Superior' American products that flopped

Political Cartoon by Ken Catalino

Tonight on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics we discuss Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat at 11:00 Sunday morning:




"We will go through our federal budget page by page, line by line eliminating those programs we don't need"

The Cato Institute writes in a full page ad, "With all due respect Mr. President, we're still waiting."


The latest from Rehorst: Tasting event tonight!



The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery
In This Issue
Event: Pumpkin Release
Cocktail of the Month
Friday Night Tasting

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The final weekend of September

Ok. Could we turn down those ridiculous winds, already?

Our regular weekend features on This Just In  begin tonight shortly after sundown. with some soft, soothing music.

Wake up tomorrow to The Barking Lot.....

A dog is seen on a leash - Bronxville, NY - Sep 20, 2010 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

It's our weekly dog blog.

Plus our weekly week in review, Week-ends.

And our POO AWARD to some Wisconsin high school football team.

Sunday, Recommended Reading, My Most Poplaur Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week.

This photo did NOT make the final cut.....

Former President Bill Clinton laughs at remarks from President Barack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

I could say more, but I won't.

Have a great weekend.


Goodnight everyone and have a classy weekend!

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, we get classy, but not too classy.

Classical music isn’t for everyone. That long-haired stuff can be somewhat intimidating, if not stuffy.

I recall when I worked at WUWM hearing an interview NPR’s Bob Edwards did with West Allis native, Liberace. “Mr. Showmanship” told Edwards the key to his success was that he took classical music and dumped all the boring parts.

It’s a concept that hasn’t been lost on global phenoms Andre Rieu and Andrea Bocelli, even though some say their fans are nitwits, and "even nitwits deserve culture."

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The Republican tsunami

The Barking Lot (09/25/10)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  After an evening low of 45, partly cloudy today. North winds at 12 mph. High of 61.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 62. The normal high is 70.  "D"

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

I realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I wouldn’t have it any other way and I am very happy to support any awareness efforts that I can.  It should take front-and-center stage.  However, there IS another focus of October’s awareness efforts.

October is Adopt-A-Dog month,  From a shelter.  S-H-E-L-T-E-R.  That means don’t pay $800 + to own a four-legged friend.  It means when you are driving down Wisconsin Avenue  and you think to yourself, “Should I stop?” you probably should.  (If you are READY and ABLE  to adopt!

All my loyal readers of The Barking Lot know that I advocate the adoption of shelter dogs over PURCHASING a dog to be a part of your family.  I have said many times that there are great things about owning a pedigree dog.  There are many reasons to support a pedigree of a particular breed.  That is what the AKC and Westminster are based on… they are steeped in tradition.  But for MY choice I will always, ALWAYS support the adoption of a “mixed breed.”  Read, “mutt.” 

So, dog lovers, please remember that there are also a lot of pups out there that need your love and attention.  October is a wonderful time to recognize that.  Especially in our current dire economy when so many dogs are simply abandoned due to the fact that their owners can no longer care for them.
----Jennifer Fischer

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

Death of dog in Arkansas causes controversy.

Man goes to jail. He put a condom on a dog.

Pup dies
during routine nail clipping.

Dog frees murder suspect.

Her boss's dog bit her. She sued. She was fired.

A man who had his dog microchipped before it was stolen cannot be told of its location
because of data protection laws.

Don't ever complain you have too much zucchini.

Read: The dog that unleashes pet therapy for seniors.

Good grief. Not only are you fat. So's your dog.

Your dog barks too long? We're talkin' a big fine.

Is a dog dangerous? Kids can't tell.

Michael Vick gets the start for Philly this week. His dogs, BTW, are doing very well. MORE.

Sometimes, the bomb dogs don't get it right.

Kids who own dogs are more active,

I need help. My spouse prefers our dog to me.

OK, watch this on TV Sunday night, but you'll cry.

That's it for this week's installment of The Barking Lot.

We close as we always do, with our closing video.

A paralyzed dog in a wheelchair climbs Mount Washington.

Good stuff, Please watch.

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The POO Awards- Week 4

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62,
Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68,
Chequamegon 0

The Wausau Daily Herald reports, "The Wildcats rolled to a 56-0 halftime lead.”

Week 3
Niagara 66,
White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0


Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

OK, so.....where are the jobs?

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Week-ends (09/25/10)


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


Citizen's group in Houston

John Rechlitz, Joel Rechlitz, John Krahn, and others

CNN Heroes

Richard Etchberger

Tony Downes

Eileen Nearne

Philippe Croizon

Stephen Kukenis

Ossie Foster IV

Jeff Gasper

James Short Jr.

Richard Bermudez

Maryellen Mara-Christian

Bart and Cherry Starr

High school football players

And finally, what makes a hero?


Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz Martinez

David Green of the University of Illinois

Teresa Lewis

Bobbi Ann Finley

Michael Dorksy ("Flirt judge")

Man caught on video

Debt collectors


"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever ... we absorbed it and we are stronger."
President Obama in an interview with Bob Woodward.

"I think when the unemployment rate is still high and people are having a tough time, it doesn't matter if I was green, it doesn't matter if I was purple. I think people would still be frustrated and understandably so."
President Obama at a town-hall style meeting on the economy on CNBC television.

I'm a mother. I'm a wife. I'm an American veteran, and I'm one of your middle-class Americans. And, quite frankly, I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class.  I'm one of those people.  And I'm waiting, sir.  I'm waiting.  I -- I don't feel it yet. Is this my new reality?”
Velma Hart to Obama at the town hall in Washington DC

“It feels like the American dream is not attainable to a lot of us . Is the American dream dead for me?”
An unemployed 30-year-old law graduate speaking to the president at the town hall meeting.

"With everything that President Obama's going through, almost the worst insult that people say is that 'My God, he could be worse than Jimmy Carter’.”
Lesley Stahl interviewing former President Jimmy Carter.

"I can't control what people say about comparing me with Obama. But I hope that Obama will have as successful a term as I had in dealing with our nation's domestic and international affairs. And if he does, I'll be very proud of him, as I happen to be proud of myself, having had a successful administration when I was in office.”
Jimmy Carter’s response to Stahl.

“Because the OLR has received substantial new information, particularly information related to what may be a pattern of conduct, the OLR will investigate all the allegations that have been made against District Atty. Kratz, including the allegations made by the grievant.”
Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation Director Keith Sellen announcing the agency is reopening the case against Calumet County DA Ken Kratz.  Kratz allegedly "sexted" a domestic abuse victim while prosecuting her attacker. 

“It's mind-boggling. To have an autopsy be used for the premise of a social engagement is just beyond anything anyone can imagine.”

Governor Doyle announcing that he would begin the process of removing Kratz from his elected post.

I'm embarrassed and ashamed for the choices that I made and the fault was mine alone. This is about my behavior and not anyone else's behavior.”
Kratz apologizing for his conduct. But he also said he would not resign.

“I'm kind of at the center of a maelstrom right now in terms of kicking Scott Walker's (expletive).”
John-david Morgan, an ex-lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union Local 1, secretly caught on tape outside a Milwaukee bar by a Scott Walker staffer.  Morgan was fired by the union after the recording became the subject of a Journal Sentinel expose.

"The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky' and will be archived. Thank you."
Franc Fernandez, the designer of Lady Gaga’s meat dress, when asked what would happen to the unusual outfit.


Washington wastes more time and money.


Enough already about Lindsay Lohan!


Nazi signs at protests.


Who's auctioning
off her bra and bikini?

About those Victoria's Secret bags....

Motorists annoyed with parking tickets are told to try this.

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

Recommended Reading (09/26/10)

Recommended reading

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

Velma Hart: Citizen Journalist

“Shaming the White House press corps, a regular American named Velma Hart recently asked President Barack Obama the toughest question he has heard since being elected to the Oval Office.


The president was taken aback ..”

Top 10 Failures of Obamanomics

“Simply put, candidates who propose job-creating policies and show how their opponent’s policies are killing jobs will win decisively in 2010……so let’s examine the top 10 job-killing policies of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine.”

The Tax Hikes Cometh

Let’s examine what the 111th Congress has accomplished so far. There was a $1 trillion stimulus bill that failed to jumpstart the economy. There was a $1 trillion health care overhaul that the public did not want. There was a financial bill that gave huge amounts of power to unelected regulators. And now, for their final trick, the Democrats who run Congress have decided to leave Washington without doing anything to prevent the largest tax increase in history. God only knows what they are planning for an encore.”

House Democrats Pass Bill to Grill School Children about Sexual Preference

“Introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), H.R. 6109 requires HHS to obtain, retain and analyze sexual identity information from patients who seek healthcare, including children.”

A two-step process to fight poverty

“Everybody wants to make themselves feel better by throwing someone else's money at the problem, but what many people don't seem to notice is that it seldom improves the situation. Yes, it will cost money to fight poverty, but there's a smart way and a dumb way to do it. The dumb way to do it is our current system. Here's the smart way to do it.”

The waste of recycling

Green evangelists believe that recycling our trash is ‘good for the planet' — that it conserves resources and is more environmentally friendly. But recycling household waste consumes resources, too.”

Happy Smelly Cheese Day

“These early autumn months are filled with some ‘holidays’ that are worth paying attention to.”

My Most Popular Blogs (09/26/10)

Most popular

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

1) TIE 

    29 Reasons Why BHO Is the Greatest President Ever 

     Culinary no-no #184

2) Photos of the Week 09/19/10

3) The enviro swimming pool killjoys    

4) Incredibly, Franklin somehow survives latest storms    

5) Border Jumping: Not Just in Arizona

Photos of the Week (09/26/10)

Photos of the Week

Three Wisconsin men received Carnegie Medals for heroism. Lt. Joel Rechlitz (center) looks at his plaque while seated next to his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia; mother-in-law, Mary O'Neill; wife, Kelly; and 3-year-old son, Jake. Heavy equipment operator John Rechlitz (right) and his wife, Joy, examine his award. The firefighters saved a 4-tear old last year and were honored at a Per Marquette Park ceremony Wednesday.Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti.

From the Journal Sentinel: "Firefighters Joel and John Rechlitz saved David J. Harper, 4, from a sport utility vehicle that had overturned and burst into flames July 19, 2009, near John Rechlitz's home on Milwaukee's south side. The brothers cut away David's child seat restraints and pulled the badly burned boy from the vehicle.

Both firefighters were injured while rescuing the child and required hospital treatment - John Rechlitz for second-degree burns to his hands and a laceration that required stitches, and Joel Rechlitz for second-degree burns to his right arm and scrapes to his legs.

Police Officer John Krahn was honored for saving Monica L. Ensley-Partenfelder and attempting to save Mackale J. Partenfelder from being struck by a train in Elm Grove on May 25, 2009."

Milwaukee police officers recover drugs that were tossed from the upper windows of a home on the city’s north side when police stopped by to investigate complaints of drug dealing. The occupants in the upper unit used a baby monitor with camera to monitor who was approaching the house and began tossing the drugs as police approached. “It’s raining drugs” one of the officers said as he stood outside. Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

Based on a confidential informant's information that an AK-47 along with drugs were hidden in a north side Milwaukee home, police officers performed a “knock and talk.” The officers were allowed to enter and later found the gun under a mattress. The home owner granted permission for a newspaper photographer to enter the house with the police. She said she had no idea her boyfriend was dealing dugs and had an assault rifle hidden. Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

A member of the teactical unit brings a woman out of a home on N. Buffum Street in Milwaukee. For safety reasons, when serving a search warrant, police place all occupants in handcuffs, with the exception of the elderly, disabled and very young children. This allows the team to secure the building. The women pictured is distraught because her baby daughter is still inside the home. The women is not a suspect and was released shortly after being detained. Journal Sentinel photo:  Tom Lynn

A member of the tactical unit  brings a baby girl out of the home while the child’s mother is distraught on the steps. The baby was given to a family member and returned to the mother soon after the search was completed. The mother was not a suspect in the case. When serving a search warrant, police put all occupants in handcuffs until they sort the situation out. Journal Sentinel photo:  Tom Lynn

Gubernatorial candidates Tom Barrett and Scott Walker shake hands after their debate Friday night. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.


Wearing a Flagstaff Tea Party T-shirt, Diane Wickberg, right, checks in at her polling station in August. Election workers told Wickberg that she had to cover her T-shirt to vote, and she's now suing for violation of her First Amendment rights.  Photo: Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun

Pfc. Brian Borkoski says good-bye to his wife Cassi Borkoski, left, and his 14-month-old daughter, Magdalena Borkoski, at the National Guard Armory in Post Falls, Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. About 1,500 members of the 116th Calvary Brigadeare is leaving this week from Twin Falls, Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Lewiston and Post Falls for a year long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq for Operation New Dawn. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

Pvt. Ryan Milliken and his fiancé Ronda Berg embrace before Milliken and other members of the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team departed Gowen Field on Monday, Sept 20, 2010. The soldiers are headed to Mississippi for training, and then on to Iraq for a year-long deployment. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)


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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #181

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #181 just a few weeks ago dealt with school districts considering a ban on chocolate milk.

It could happen in Florida.

Culinary no-no #185

Culinary no-no's

If you ask me, the doggone thing sounds and looks delicious.

First you take a breaded deep-fried chicken breast.

Then you take another breaded deep-fried chicken breast.

In between you place white American cheese.

And some more cheese.

And a mayonnaise-type sauce.

And some bacon.

And some more bacon.



The two breasts serve as the buns.

Available since April, it’s KFC’s Double Down.


You may have seen a Double Down ad during this afternoon's Vikings-Lions game. 

I haven’t tried one yet because even I draw the line at some waistline busters.


But I want to wrap my hands around one.

No, the product isn’t new. Just about all of America has heard about this cardiologist’s dream. However, controversy still swirls around this obvious unhealthy creation. You’d think from the hellacious reviews that it was the most dangerous commodity ever unleashed on a hungry planet.

The New York Times:

“A greasy entree dish of chicken with bacon and cheese on it, slathered in sauce, that the company asks customers to eat with their hands. The chicken is watery within its soft casing of ‘crust,’ the cheese familiar to anyone who has eaten food prepared by the United States government, the bacon chemical in its smokiness, the mayonnaise sauce tangy, salty, and sweet, all at once.”

The Chicago Tribune:

“Besides being plain gross, Double Down's larger implication is that KFC has broken through a barrier of culinary decency, besmirching the good name of sandwiches and all that is honorable. The sandwich was designed as the first mobile meal, the bread a vehicle to transport perishable and often-messy proteins. The absence of bread robs this ‘sandwich’ of dignity.

Holding this meat-glorb (I shall no longer refer to it as the s-word) is a harrowing task — it's scalding hot to pick up, and oily through the parchment-like paper. Bread would have provided traction, but here, the cheese and mayo interior acts as a lubricant of sorts, allowing the fried boneless chicken fillets to slip and slide against each other.

Health wise, it has fewer calories and less fat than a Burger King Whopper. Tastewise, it’s exactly as you expect. The moist white-meat fillet has the original recipe breading, appealingly peppery and near-crunchy (a grilled version is also available, saving you 80 precious calories). The worst is feeling the warmness from mayo, creepily called ‘Colonel's Sauce,’ resembling the pinkish gunk found in spicy tuna sushi rolls. You should never place mayo between two just-deep fried pieces of anything. The pepper jack and Monterey jack cheese makes it taste “exotic,” with the pliable-bandage bacons lost in the glorb.

It's also unfathomably salty, and the exorbitant sodium levels could melt icy driveways (1,380 mg for fried version; 1,430 mg for grilled). I'm left with sandpaper mouth for hours, and I might as well have someone kick me in both kidneys with steel-tip shoes.”

Arizona Central

“Itching for the thrill of a near-death experience without the high costs of bungee jumping? Want the sting of salt to linger on your tongue for hours no matter how much spearmint gum you chew? Then this is the sandwich for you. Only the young and impervious to pain seemed to walk away from this grease bomb unscathed; the Double Down will leave everyone else doubled over.”


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Obama's plan for small business

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

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

Tom Barrett - a Train Wreck for the Unborn

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductees #'s 16, 17 and 18

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

They are entrepreneurs Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman, 2001 graduates of the University of Notre Dame and founders of Better World Books. The venture is described on their website as, “A for-profit social enterprise that collects used books and sells them online to raise money for literacy initiatives worldwide.” (Just look at those impressive numbers at the top of their homepage).

These young men have quite a lofty and commendable goal: to bring literacy to the world.

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The Democrat-controlled Congress thinks illegal immigratron is funny

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How frustrating were the Packers? Let me count the ways

I hate losing to the Bears (20-17) , even if I picked them in my pools!

How bad were the Packers?  In no particular order, though my #1 is probably perfectly placed:

1) 17 penalties? Estupido! That’s poor coaching, boys and girls.

2) Horrendous special teams play. Why, oh why are you kicking to Devin Hester?

3) Turnovers.

4) Dropped interceptions.

5) A blocked field goal? See #2.

6) Aaron Rodgers whined after the game that the loud crowd was responsible for the false start penalties. OK, whatever.

7) The Packers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

8) The Packers are too one dimensional. There is no running game. You cannot go all the way without a running game.

9) The offensive line looks pretty bad…..again. It hurt the team early last season.

10) When you lose a game you should have won somewhat easily....

It is early, thank goodness. Next week, Detroit. But tonight, the Bears weren't Buffalo. And the Bears at 3-0 according to history look like a good bet for the playoffs. Good grief.

We now take you LIVE inside a high level White House meeting...

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Welcome back to Wisconsin, Mr. President....again!


Ken Kratz- BAD! Bill Clinton- GOOD!

Embattled sexting Calumet County DA Ken Kratz finally has decided to resign.

Innocent till proven guilty. But there was an undeniable pattern here of, at the very least, inappropriate behavior on the part of an elected official who just also happened to be an officer of the court.

The Kratz case was a topic of discussion on InterCHANGE, the weekly roundtable discussion program on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 that I am a regular panelist.

None of the pundits defended Kratz, the official Chanel 4 and WTMJ Radio have been calling, “The Dirty DA,” apparently unaware of the legal principle in our country that you are, indeed, guiltless until you have been proven to be otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt.

But, ultra liberal Joel McNally didn’t hide his disdain for Kratz asking, what kind of therapy (Kratz reportedly was taking sessions) do you take for “being a jerk?”

And that’s fine. As I mentioned, there is little, if any defense for Kratz, especially if all of his women accusers are telling the truth.

But McNally in the 90’s on InterCHANGE staunchly defended Bill Clinton’s extra-marital cavorting with an intern more than half his age, laughing about it on InterCHANGE, wondering out loud what all the fuss was about a guy, in Joel’s words, “having a girlfriend.”

Apparently in the inconsistent and warped world of liberal rationale, sexual impropriety in some cases is actually ok.

President Obama, "Do your job, shape up and start acting like an American"

As I’ve mentioned before, there are tons of e-mails that circulate the Internet. I have found that most are phony, illegitimate, outdated, too long, or too boring. On the other hand, some are tremendous.

The one I’m about to share, I admit, has been around since last November, but it just came to my attention this week, sent by a loyal reader.

It is beautiful and still timely.

See the older gentleman in the bright blue Hawaiian shirt?

That is Pearl Harbor survivor Harold Estes. He's over 95-years old. And he’s not happy with President Obama.

Last November, he wrote a letter to the Commander-in-Chief:

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.”

Estes’ thoughtful, well-written letter is a blistering criticism of Obama that was praised in many quarters, including among our brave military.

For a long time, its authenticity was questioned. Squelching doubts was the letter’s appearance on the website of Democrat Congressman Bill Nelson ..............not to mention the letter itself:


Here's more from KITV, including a video story with Estes interview clips.

God bless Harold Estes, a great American.

I have changed my mind and will vote for Tom Barrett

I know that title may shock some of you, but after listening to some of the ads put forth by those warm, fuzzy Democrats and hearing what that underdog trooper Tom Barrett has to say finding himself behind in the polls, I have no choice like many voters after hearing :30 snippets and sound bites but to support Tom Barrett for governor of the great state of Wisconsin.


You would, too, after hearing what all those honest, decent, trustworthy Democrats have to say.

For example, did you know Scott Walker actually wants women to die from breast cancer?


Oh, there's more.

Scott Walker is hoping to kick thousands of poor, innocent children off BadgerCare so they will, y'know, starve or just fade away.

Scott Walker can’t even run the Milwaukee County House of Corrections and he wants to run the state prison system? I know, I know, Walker says he authored truth in sentencing legislation when he was in the state Assembly. He says, he says!

Tom Barrett says he will not be emboldened to the special interests. That is extremely heartwarming. Just Imagine. When Barrett is governor, he will snub WEAC and the unions and the entire social service handout crowd. Tom Barrett would never support special interests, no way, no how.

Barrett will cut taxes. He knows how to do it, now that he’s trying to do it for the very first time in his city budget proposed just last week, just weeks before the general election. 

Oh, and all those tax freeze budgets Walker submitted as  County Executive, each and every one of them? Ummm. Y'know what? Just ignore them. Because Walker…, where the hell are my notes and talking points……..oh, yeh. Ahem! Walker destroyed our parks, despite any national awards they may have won.Those award people never had to come and flush a county park toilet. Why, each and every City Hall toilet and bathroom is always 100% immaculately clean.

Tom Barrett will make us all safe. A Barrett ad says
violent crime in Milwaukee has decreased by over 20% to its lowest levels in more than 20 years. It must be true because the liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel emphatically reports it’s not true!  Can't trust that rag. Barrett's gotta be right.

Here's a beauty! President Obama says Tom Barrett has held the line on property taxes.

Again, the fact finders, even the liberal crowd at the Journal Sentinel says this isn’t true. But that would be saying the great Obamessiah is wrong. The most intelligent man God ever put on this planet would be incorrect. The man who will lead us to the Promised Land, not in complete grasp of the facts? Can’t be true! We will be safe under Governor Barrett.
I understand when crime was running rampant in Milwaukee he was doing photo ops in New York City. I understand when crime was running rampant back home he suggested giving bubble gum baseball cards and Summerfest schedules to violent gang members. That is brilliant, I tell you! No wonder crime is down in Milwaukee and residents feel so secure. They are now leaving their doors and windows unlocked and taking walks after midnight.

Tom Barrett is wise. He’s not sophomoric like Scott Walker. Mark that down, voters.


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"The Geography of a Recession"

The American Observer has produced an interactive map displaying the horrific growth of unemployment since the start of the recession through May of this year.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one’s worth millions of unemployed.

Why I do the POO Awards

Inspirational stories


The POO Award I give out every Saturday morning on my blog during football season is my way of pointing out a huge pet peeve of mine:the unnecessary running up the score by some high school football teams.  I’ve written about this sore subject many times and my criticism is aimed more at the jug head coaches who have control as opposed to the players who simply follow orders.

Amateur athletics should never be tainted by a complete lack of sportsmanship.  It’s rare honest to goodness sportsmanship is displayed on the high school gridiron, and I’ve seen 45 years worth of high school ball.

When players not only play but act like champions, it’s special. I only wish there was more of it, inspirational stuff like this.

This one's for you, Bob Reitman


Last Friday, the first social gathering of the new UWM Journalism/Mass Communication Alumni Chapter was held at the Fireside Lounge at UWM.

My friend and colleague Dan Jones of Milwaukee Public Television coordinated the event along with John Bartel of the UWM Alumni Association who worked for many years for Wisconsin Electric.

It was great to walk the campus and see some old friends. Here are some who attended:

Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ('80)

John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ('77)
Jerry Resler, retired Journal Sentinel Editorial Board member

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Obama supporters

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Message to Obama: I'm exhausted, too!

"On the one hand, the clip brought a smile to my face. Anytime Obama does that little shift in his chair and puts on that big, fake smile, it means 1) he was taken by surprise, and 2) he didn't like the surprise. In that brief exchange, we can instantly see why Obama is in trouble.  On a deeper level, the clip also reminds me of what is so wrong with this country. People like the lady in the video are turning to government for answers."


Give a panhandler a credit card and what happens?

Back in the 80’s, I sat in Marquette University’s Varsity Theatre, listening to advocate Mitch Snyder, often referred to as, “The Hero of the Homeless.” I was covering his speech for WUWM.

Snyder told the crowd that whenever they came across a homeless person who needed cash, give it to that person because it will go toward hot coffee, a donut, a hamburger. Some heads in the theater nodded. Others had facial expressions that seemed to say, “Yeh, right.”

What would a person asking for a handout actually do with a handout? And what if the handout wasn’t some loose change, but a gift card?

Read what happened when a Toronto journalist hit the streets to find out what reaction he’d get while bearing gifts.

Join Chris Christie and Scott Walker



Join Chris Christie


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The problem during the fall and winter with Tuesdays and Wednesdays...

No football.

This needs to change.

Eventually this season, there will be some NFL games on Thursday night.

Not good enough.

We have high school ball on Friday, college ball on Saturday, pro football on Sunday and Monday, nothing scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, and occasional Thursday night pro football.

During football season, we need football 7 nights a week.

Jay Leno missing a bigger target

July 7, 2010
Jay Leno on The Tonight Show:

"Oh, and a Catholic priest in Connecticut has been charged with stealing $1.3 million in church money and using the money for male escorts. Of course, his parish is very upset about this--except the altar boys. They're going, huh, dodged a bullet on that one. Yeah, he spent $1.3 million on male escorts and, of course, the other priests were very confused. They said: Why buy the escort when the altar boys are free?"

Other priest jokes by Jay Leno:

"As you've probably heard, the Pope has asked all the Cardinals to return to Rome. You know how they got them all to come back? They told them that there was going to be a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir.”

The House Transportation Committee is now considering a bill that would allow pilots to carry guns for protection. I've got a better idea, why not give guns to altar boys, give them a fighting chance."

"In Boston, it looks like Cardinal Bernard Law isn't going to be punished. It turns out he's getting transferred to Rome, which is kind of like a promotion. He said today he wanted to thank all the little people."

We Catholics are appalled by the minute minority of priests that have strayed and committed outrageous acts against our most vulnerable. All we ask is fair coverage, not wide-brush painting witch hunts.

Other denominations just as guilty, if not more, get a free pass from the news media.

The Catholic League suggests that if Leno really wants to make humor out of a deadly serious issue, he should focus on public school teachers. That’s not a bad idea.

Charol Shakeshaft authored a 2004 study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education and writes, “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."

ere’s more from the Catholic League.

"Buck up!"

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Tea Party group exposes massive voter fraud

September 30 , 2010 • Vol. VII, No. 24

"It’s not the votes that count. It’s who counts the votes." — Josef Stalin (Unsourced)

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Guns in Madison vs. Guns in Texas

This non-incident became big news in Madison last weekend.

The group is now planning to sue the city of Madison.

At a small town in Texas, they're probably wondering what all the fuss at Culver's was about....


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Obama now says YOU are his "biggest problem"


Did you know that more than any other potential obstacle to the Left's agenda, Barack Obama is worried about YOU?

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