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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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Lots of material coming your way.
 

It would have been a great Culinary no-no...


Every Saturday Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasts National Public Radio’s quiz program, “WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!”

Each program has a Bluff the Listener segment. This past weekend the show’s panelists offered three different ways to toughen up kids, but only one was actually true.

Listen.

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


The latest update
for August 1, 2011 includes:

Pro-Life Wisconsin's outreach to women in crisis pregnancies continues

Pro-life pastor wins challenge against California "bubble zone"

Planned Parenthood loses $79.8 million due to state defunding efforts; set to close 23 facilities

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


The latest update
for August 1, 2011 includes:

Pro-Life Wisconsin's outreach to women in crisis pregnancies continues

Pro-life pastor wins challenge against California "bubble zone"

Planned Parenthood loses $79.8 million due to state defunding efforts; set to close 23 facilities

The Latest News You Can Use From WRTL

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

 

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UPDATE: The Barking Lot (07/30/11)

The Barking Lot


Saturday’s Barking Lot included this item in DOGS IN THE NEWS:

WI lawmaker wants to relax puppy mill law

Here’s another view.

UPDATE: The Barking Lot (07/30/11)

The Barking Lot


Saturday’s Barking Lot included this item in DOGS IN THE NEWS:

WI lawmaker wants to relax puppy mill law

Here’s another view.

IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US...


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Conditions are right for a flurry of blog activity.

Please stay tuned for more blogs this evening.

Free BBQ and Prizes for Voters Raise Questions of Legality, Collusion


MacIver News Service
| August 1, 2011

UPDATE: Recommended Reading (07/31/11)

Recommended reading


Can’t believe I missed including the following in Sunday's Recommended Reading, especially since it’s probably the best piece I read last week:

7 Promises I Make to a Liberal

"It's no secret that liberals and conservatives don't get along. But, if there's any one thing that we've learned from the liberal love of sensitivity classes and situation comedies, it's that once people get to know each other and learn about each other's beliefs and concerns, all legitimate differences melt away. So, with that in mind, I'd like to relieve the concerns of our liberal pals by telling them what we conservatives are really like. Think of it as sensitivity class – for liberals. Granted there may be a few conservatives here and there who disagree with me on these things, but as someone who has known conservatives all my life, I can assure you that they're the exceptions, not the rule."

And I might add this as well.

An eye for an eye? Not this time

Week-ends

Back at the end of May while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I dedicated a segment to the incredibly sad story of a young Iranian woman, Ameneh Bahrami.

Bahrami was 24,
working at a laboratory in Tehran. Majid Movahedi repeatedly made offers to marry her, but she refused every time. He then threatened her saying, "I am going to destroy your life and do something so nobody will marry you."

One day he followed her home from work. As she stepped aside to let him pass, he threw a jar of sulphuric acid in her face. Bahrami lost the sight in one of her eyes even before she got to the hospital. Surgery in Spain saved the sight in the other eye, but she lost it due to an infection.

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An eye for an eye? Not this time

Topics talked about on WISN

Back at the end of May while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I dedicated a segment to the incredibly sad story of a young Iranian woman, Ameneh Bahrami.

Bahrami was 24,
working at a laboratory in Tehran. Majid Movahedi repeatedly made offers to marry her, but she refused every time. He then threatened her saying, "I am going to destroy your life and do something so nobody will marry you."

One day he followed her home from work. As she stepped aside to let him pass, he threw a jar of sulphuric acid in her face. Bahrami lost the sight in one of her eyes even before she got to the hospital. Surgery in Spain saved the sight in the other eye, but she lost it due to an infection.

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You probably won't read these in the Journal Sentinel


Gov. Walker: Month One- Budget Working


Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: WI economy killing the competition

The big question in Franklin no one has asked or answered


Will Jim Hughes return to coach the two-time state defending summer baseball champion Franklin Sabers?






My guess is yes.

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A normal blog frequency has now returned.

In case you missed it during the blizzard…


UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
now has an article about voter block parties (ribs for votes). Missing from their piece:

"In a story first reported on conservative talk radio and some blogs..."

CRG Unveils Hidden Public School Benefits Costs


PRESS RELEASE

August 1, 2011

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Franklin Common Council honors Franklin state champs tonight


Tonight, the Franklin Common Council meets and on the agenda is the presentation of a special proclamation honoring the summer baseball state champion Franklin High School Sabers.

You can read the very well written proclamation here by scrolling down.

I have no idea what happened but I couldn’t help but notice that missing in the proclamation is any recognition from the city elected aldermen whom I’m positive share in their congratulations to these outstanding young student athletes.

I worked many years in the state Senate and whenever an honorary resolution was made on the Senate floor, it was customary, automatic for every state Senator to be made a Senate sponsor. It appears to me that someone at Franklin City Hall in his/her haste to crank out a proclamation forgot to include the city aldermen in what should be pretty standard fare.

If I was one of the six Council members, I wouldn’t be too happy.

Those shrewd masterminds at the TSA never cease to amaze


Now they’re getting really smart.

The Pasch-Citizen Action - Jobs Now - BBQ - Prizes - Possible Collusion Controversy





The Media Trackers report.

Surprised?

Shocked?

Stunned?

Let's not forget:


Smokes for votes

Kringle for votes


 

This could be a very good idea


I'd like more details, but this concept is worth exploring.

E-mails, I get e-mails: Caylee's Law


We recently read your write up in Franklin Now regarding Caylee's Law and would like to thank you so much for supporting it. We are just two moms who started a webpage and created email lists and a form letter that our supporters could modify with their own info to send to EVERY Senator and State Representative in the state of Wisconsin.  Well over 60,000 emails have been sent to those 132 people from at least 500 supporters! Amazing! We have also gone door to door in our neighborhood and have emailed our flyers and proposal letters to many to distribute in their areas as well. We have an online electronic petition (listed below) running as well for just the state of Wi that is starting to gain some attention. The national petition has over 1.3 million signatures on it, and it does "umbrella" Wi. 

 

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UPDATE: Franklin Common Council honors Franklin state champs tonight


I listened to some of the audio of Tuesday night’s Franklin Common Council meeting. Mayor Tom Taylor opened the meeting by saying Alderman Steve Taylor (who apparently reads my blog) told the mayor he was remiss in leaving out any mention of the Common Council members in the city’s proclamation honoring Franklin High’s state champion summer baseball team.

A new proclamation is being drafted and will be presented at a pep rally for the team on August 11.

Don't forget, high school sports fans...


Watch the 2011 WIAA Summer Baseball Championship Game featuring Franklin and West Bend West Thursday night at 7:00 on Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Wisconsin wise to scrap law requiring racial data collection at traffic stops


In May, the state Legislature approved repealing on the many problematic provisions in Jim Doyle’s 2009-11 state budget. The budget created a new law that the Legislative Reference Bureau described in an analysis:

“Law enforcement officers must collect, at each motor vehicle traffic stop made after December 31, 2010, all information specified by rule promulgated by the Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) in the Department of Administration (DOA). This information must then be submitted by the law enforcement agency to OJA. OJA must analyze this information to determine whether the number of motor vehicle stops and searches involving racial minorities is disproportionate compared to non-minorities.”

The budget provision as approved by the then Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Democrat Jim Doyle assumed that law enforcement is racist.

In April of 2009, the Franklin Common Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the record-keeping requirement for law enforcement. The data
collected by authorities was to go into a new software program that police departments had to pay for. The provision was one of 80 in the budget designated by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau as non-fiscal. Therefore, it should have been debated as a separate piece of legislation outside the budget.

T
he Franklin Common Council and Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva argued that the provision could violate the constitutional rights of citizens and would be impractical. At the time, Oliva gave a memo to the Franklin Common Council informing that Franklin officers conducted more than 6,000 motor vehicle stops during 2008 and that the new law would require an additional 2,000 work hours a year for department personnel. Oliva wrote, “The governor's proposed legislation is unduly burdensome to law enforcement agencies, subjects citizens to longer detainment at traffic stops, creates the perception that racial profiling exists and amounts to an unfunded mandate by the state."

Other departments around the state also expressed concern with
the Racine County Sheriff going so far as to ignore it.

The chief sponsor of the bill repealing the requirement of racial data collection was Senator Mary Lazich.

The law was only in effect for the first six months of 2011. Notice how the Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) writes:

“This program represented an enormously successful effort by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to formally record and report data for individual traffic stops.”


However, later it writes:

“Because of the short duration of the program and its subsequent repeal, no statewide analysis of traffic stop data is feasible.”

Well, then how can you deem the effort successful?”

Other states have similar requirements, but as Stateline.org found, “little use is made of the data. States compile reports that just sit on a shelf.”

In effect, the laws are ineffective since there’s no consensus on what collected data really mean. The mandate is a total waste of time not worth the effort.

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Is a cartoon about 9/11 wrong?


I’m not a big fan of Mike Huckabee.

Not Republican enough. I would never vote for the guy.

Huckabee is under fire for his role in an educational video (cartoon) for children about 9/11.

Critics say he has no shame and that he’s accepting “blood money.”

So now what? We are to never produce future articles, columns, books, documentaries, films, movies about 9/11?

I see absolutely nothing wrong.

A MUST READ: The GOP accomplishments in WI so far this year



From state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend).




MADISON, WI - MARCH 04:  A vanity license plate is seen on a car beonging to republican Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Some demonstrators have returned to the capitol building hours after they were forced to vacate the building after occupying it for more than two weeks in  protest to Governor Scott Walker's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers in the state.


Yes, that's Senator Grothman's license plate.

His office supplied me his latest column:


A Busy Six Months:

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The national TEA PARTY EXPRESS comes to Wisconsin!


Check it out...then be there!

Yes, I'll try that at the Fair







The Elvis.

A deep fried peanut butter cup in banana batter, served on, of course, a stick.

Offered up by Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery located at the southeast corner of First Street and Badger Avenue (Only a few steps away from the cream puff pavilion).

Here's Minnesota's variety without the banana element...






Go on!

Go for it!




 





Finally,

Who's more deep-fried?

Wisconsin?

Or Orange County, California?

State Fair: Protester Shouts 'Sic semper tyrannis!' at Gov. Walker


The MacIver News Service's cameras were there when a throng of about 60 protesters disrupted the opening ceremonies of the Wisconsin State Fair, shouting down Governor Scott Walker during his brief speech. Walker was one of several dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the the fair, but the only one there who is under fire from Big Labor.

'Sic semper tyrannis' is the Latin phrase meaning "thus always to tyrants." The phrase is commonly said to have originated with Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar. It was later shouted by John Wilkes Booth while assassinating President Abraham Lincoln.

The Wisconsin State Fair is known as one most family-friendly entertainment events every year. This year marks the 160th incarnation of the event. To show animals at the Fair, children must first become the champions in their county. Hundreds of exhibitors bring their livestock to the fair every year and there were kids in attendance Thursday to witness this stunt.

 

The quote of the year...so far



E-mails, I get e-mails: "I discovered an unknown government agency"


From an avid This Just In reader who lives near Franklin:

During all the debate about raising the debt ceiling and some politicians honestly talking about cutting government spending, I was surprised to find that big government had created yet another another big government agency.

I don't think many people even know of this department. A department that will spend $42 billion in August alone. This department is huge, too big to fail as they say. It accounts for 13.65% of the $306.7 billion the president hopes to spend in August. This agency's spending is second only to Social Security spending.

I did not know of this department either.

I happened to discover this unknown department when I stumbled upon an interactive debt ceiling bar graph on the Bloomberg Government website.

This graph is easy to use and it allows you to pick and choose what you would pay for if the debt ceiling is not raised. It has total spending at $306.7 billion and revenues at $172.4 billion. It has government spending broken down into 29 categories, such as Medicare costing $28.6 billion.

This graph is not the important thing here. The last category, the one that caught my attention, is titled "Other Spending" and the following is their definition of what this spending is.

"Most of these payments are federal obligations referred to as 'UNCLASSIFIED', meaning that the Treasury Department is unable to identify the type of spending. They may include entitlement benefits, safety net payments or defense funding. Other payments in this category cover smaller programs, such as agriculture, federal financing programs, and the U.S. Postal Service."

I have been seeing TV ads from the postal service workers union saying they take no tax money, the stamps and postage covers all the bills at the post office. I guess that’s beside the point here.

So, what does this department do? First, since this department is "unknown" I decided to give it a name. The Department of Graft, Fraud and Incompetence. The main function of the D.G.F.I. is to make tax dollars disappear. Not disappear like a magician or shredding it, it’s to disappear from any record of accountability.

When the Treasury Department says it is "unable" to identify what this spending is, it is not that they are unable; they are unwilling to identify it.

I could speculate as to what this 13.65% of government spending is for, but I don't have to. The fact that Treasury Department will not identify it tells me it is 100% waste. Not one penny of this tax money will go to anything productive for the American people.

I am sure the D.G.F.I. has many programs to cause the mysterious disappearance of so much tax money. It could be overpayment for sweetheart government contacts (GRAFT), ripping off any number of government assistance programs (FRAUD) or mismanagement by bureaucrats unqualified for their position, just plain lazy or both (INCOMPETENCE).

If the Treasury Department is "unable" to identify what this spending is, then how do they know, ahead of time, that in August the taxpayers will be ripped off for $42 billion?

I am guessing they can project this due to past history (plus they know what this spending is going for, they’re just not telling).They know that every month under President Obama that he is roughly spending $42 billion, $504 million a year, with no accountability or oversight at all.

If the Treasury Department can not account for $42 billion then either the entire department from the top to the bottom must be total incompetent boobs or they are flat out lying as to the unknown whereabouts of these funds.

This spending is an invisible stimulus plan, it is just a continuation of the $800 billion-plus, failed "visible" stimulus plan, and the money is lining the pockets of the same constituents of the president and his party.

If the CEO of a company went to his or her shareholders and said,”We can not account for what happened to 13.65% of our revenues." this CEO would be fired. At the very least someone might ask,” Do you have any idea what happened to this money?"

When the Tea Party is attacked for being unreasonable, I think flushing 13.65% of federal spending down the toilet is unreasonable and unacceptable. This invisible stimulus money is in addition to the already bloated budgets of every other government agency, and it is still not enough for this president.

I believe all this spending and the lack of accountability is all for one thing. So the Democrat party can blow up the budgetary baseline and create a situation where government spending can never be reduced to prior year’s levels.

Once you add in Obamacare's costs, those dependent on government for some sort of subsidy rise above 50% of the population (we are at 47% now) and our national debt surpasses GDP it will not be the Tea Party asking for responsible government, cutting spending and a balanced budget. It will be our Chinese creditors demanding it.

By then the United States will no longer be an independent republic anyway and we will have the most ideological leftist president in history to thank for it

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WI Right to Life Statement on Election Activity

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Wisconsin Right to Life Statement on

Election Activity

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Weekends are special at This Just In...


We are always gathering in new readers (Thank you!) so I want to provide some details about popular weekend features on This Just In…

It all begins on Friday night, around sunset with our weekly Goodnight musical entry. Following a long, tough, hard week, we like to smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday with lighter music to enjoy, as well as interesting background and bio material about the performers and their work. You, of course, can read/listen whenever you choose. The best way to take in the Friday night blog is on Friday night, when skies are dark, the perfect time to unwind before calling it an evening.

When you wake up Saturday, check out a week’s worth of the best political cartoons.

That’s followed by The Barking Lot, collaboration between my wife and me that began when Jennifer, who loves dogs more than me, suggested I do a blog about dogs. I replied she should do it because of her passion. We decided to do it together. It’s quite a combo every week: a dog-walking weather forecast, my wife’s dog blog, dogs in the news, dog photo of the week, and dog video of the week.

Week-ends is our weekly week in review highlighted by our HEROES and VILLAINS and much more.

On Sunday, it’s Photos of the Week that I started after I posted a series of pictures about the Midwest floods of June 2008, my most popular blog ever.

Recommended Reading: Columns and pieces I found interesting the past week. On occasion, I even toss in one written by a liberal.

Sunday night, Culinary no-no. The first installment came on Father’s Day in 2007 about a friendly disagreement I had with Jennifer about brats. It was meant to be like a summer network TV show that would be a fill-in that disappeared in the fall. But to my complete surprise, the concept took off.

Weekends are prime time for everyone. And the time goes much too fast. I appreciate you spending some of it here.

Our state fair is a fiscally sound fair


Pam Mitchell of West Allis enjoys her first cream puff of the Wisconsin State Fair. She said every year she goes through the gate as soon as it opens, heads straight for the cream puffs and enjoys one for breakfast. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

Wisconsin’s financial picture appears much brighter than many state-run fair’s nationwide.”

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/05/11)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer
Mother of little angel, Kyla Audrey Fischer



For the past three weeks, Kevin & I have spent 30 minutes twice a week in Franklin High School’s pool with Kyla.  She is taking her second year of “Little Dippers” swim class.  I don’t expect her to be the next female version of Michael Phelps.  I just want her to feel comfortable in the water.  Not only will it make summer more enjoyable for her as she gets older, it could save her life.

I am not a strong swimmer.  Actually, I am not a swimmer at all.  I have to have my feet touch the bottom of any body of water I am in whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or my friend’s swimming pool.  I have never jumped off a diving board, nor have I opened my eyes under water.  Basically I sink like a rock.  I suppose I could tread water in an attempt to save MY life, but I certainly could not save anyone else’s life in a water-related emergency.  I do not want Kyla to be in the same boat I am, so to speak.

So far she is enjoying her classes very much.  Every morning when she wakes up, after asking for her Daddy, she exclaims, “Big pool!”  She is not intimidated by the water at all.  Granted, one of us is holding her at all times and she’s not exactly ready for water polo.  What would happen if, God forbid, she fell into the pool and we weren’t right next to her?  Obviously, I don’t intend to find the answer.  I think it would take a miracle for her to suddenly think “I can swim” and save herself after a total of two six-week courses one year apart.

But you just never know when those swim lessons will pay off and possibly save a toddler’s life.   

Source in ribs for votes scandal will talk to DA


Media Trackers' Anonymous Source in BBQ-for-Votes Scandal Agrees to Talk to

Milwaukee County District Attorney

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State representative wants hate crime investigation of State Fair mobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rep. Josh Zepnick
Phone: (414) 708-9479
 

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Goodnight everyone and go ape this weekend!


“T
o stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
Aaron Copland

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is setting.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's end the work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday musically.

1968...






8/5/2011...









Tonight, we monkey around with appropriate music.

Should we start with the obvious?

Jones?

Dolenz?

Nesmith?

Tork?

Yeh…





The Monkees played Milwaukee last weekend as part of their 45th anniversary tour.

 

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell



Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy



Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy




Political Cartoons by Eric Allie





Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel








Political Cartoons by Steve Breen



Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Wisconsin Democrats threaten news outlet


The Wisconsin Reporter...

The Barking Lot (08/06/11)

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:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 84.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 85. "B"


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


I have mentioned in past Barking Lot blogs that I was with my two dogs and cat when it was time for us to have each of them euthanized due to extreme, devastating illness.  Holding a pet while it is “put to sleep” is, in my mind, one of the most traumatizing things its owner can go through.  I had troublesome dreams, and could still hear the echoes of their paws walking down the hallway for weeks after they were gone.  

Since I was still living at home with my parents for all three of these events, I really didn’t have a lot of responsibilities other than school and a part-time job.  I took those things seriously, of course.  But I didn’t have a “real job” nor did I have a family of my own to take care of.  So it might have been easy for me to blow off my classes or a day at work, citing some sort of emotional distress or just needing personal time.  While I don’t have a clear memory of what I did, I highly doubt I missed my obligations to school or my employers.  After all, it wasn’t a human family member that passed away.

But it was a family member, wasn’t it?  Shouldn’t I have been protected to take time off for bereavement?  Wasn’t I grieving the loss of a companion that, admittedly, I thought more of than a distant cousin I see once every couple of years?

I recall a get-together when I was talking to the neighbor of my best friend.  Our conversation lead to pets, and she began tearfully telling me about her beloved cat who had died.  She was distraught and I did my best to console her.  I’d been there myself, I had compassion and empathy.  I thought her pain was fresh.

A short while later, my friend told me that the neighbor had lost aforementioned cat about three years before.  I was stunned.  My friend had recently, unexpectedly and all-too-suddenly lost her father to a massive heart attack.  That was fresh.  That was pain.  And as my friend said to me, “Lady, when your dad dies in his early 50’s, that’s loss.”  

If her neighbor was that anguished after three years, I can’t begin to imagine what she was like when it first happened.  I’m not making fun of her but she probably needed some sort of counseling.  (She is married with children so it’s not like this cat was literally her family.)  Certainly she would have felt entitled to some sort of bereavement leave.  I don’t know what her employment situation was, so I can’t say what happened.

Now that I am a wife and mother I have a different perspective on the importance, value and hierarchy of the family dog.  When we get a dog for our family it will be a wonderful addition to our lives.  And when the dog dies, it will be a loss that we will all grieve.  But I don’t think that we will want paid time off of our jobs to deal with it.

Bless Mark Tillinger and his philanthropic efforts and achievements.  I’m sure that many lives are richer because of his dedication.  I’m just not sure I agree with his perspective. 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and we've got a bunch.


While DC debated the debt, one writer focused on the  economics of his dog.


Chinese city
relents on dog ban.


Military dogs enjoy brighter future after service.


Vanity Fair: The dog that killed Bin laden would make a great GOP candidate.


Dog adopted after biting incident euthanzied.


Woman mistakenly bit by police dog over her outfit.


Dog dispute means two months without mail delivery.


These collars hurt dogs.


Finding a dog-friendly place in NYC should be easy, right?


One reason why Bellingham is cooler than where I live, Franklin.


Chaser is brilliant.


Howling success on Milwaukee's south side.


Calculating the real age of your dog.


Here at This Just In..., we just love a happy ending.  And another. OK, one more.


Battersea:
Dog paradise.


Red Dog: Heartwarming movie.


When Baxter got too tired...


WI dog eats diamonds.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:


Peter Spitz and his seven-year-old son Asher walk with Peter's guide dog Jersey near their home in Aurora, Colo. , on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Spitz left blind after his now ex-wife shot him in the face three times regained custody of Asher after a contentious court battle.

Peter Spitz and his seven-year-old son Asher walk with Peter's guide dog Jersey near their home in Aurora, Colo. , on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Spitz left blind after his now ex-wife shot him in the face three times regained custody of Asher after a contentious court battle. AP photo. Related story


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell a fellow dog lover about The Barking Lot.

And we close as we always do with our closing video, this one from Jim Axelrod at CBS. Pets are truly family.

 

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Week-ends (08/06/11)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Navy SEALS 
(Lenghty, but great read)


Brian Terry


Once again, Leroy Petry


Christopher Elliot


Karen Lowden


Dale Barnhiser


Ishaan Singh


Dan Pascoe


Chris Sheppard


Leanne Suter


Robin Carbrey


Lucille Ball on her 100th birthday



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


State fair mobs


Those who smear the Tea Party


AC thief


Jessica Bloom


I could mention these guys every week


US Fish and Wildlife Service...until it came to its senses


Cities and towns that have waged war on lemonade



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"Thuggery has no place at the Wisconsin State Fair, or anywhere in our society. It is appalling that a group of hoodlums has cast such a negative light on what is traditionally a safe and family friendly event.”
West Allis Mayor Dan Devine


"Two years ago, I was a victim of a random attack (outside) State Fair… last night, events took place at State Fair that I don't believe are random."
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett


"You could just tell they were after white people. That was the main thing. If you were white, they were coming after you. We noticed a group of five to 10 young black males run up and jump a young white male for no other reason then him being white.  My wife's brother jumped out of the car - his natural reaction was to try to break it up. Before you knew it, five or 10 guys were on him and started punching at him. My wife was able to pull him back in the car. So now they surrounded my car and just started punching through the windows, kicking and shaking the car, screaming racial things."
Jon Stikl of Oak Creek


"I just heard footsteps behind me and I turned around and I got hit in the face. There were six or seven just beating on me.”
Andrew J. Coleman, a recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate who was attacked at State Fair.


“As elected officials, we are shocked and concerned about the senseless violence displayed by the large mob outside State Fair Park last night. On behalf of our city, we apologize to the victims and good patrons who endured or witnessed such horrific behavior.

Sadly, what transpired near State Fair Park last night is only the most recent mob riot spawned by a culture of violence that has been brewing in Milwaukee for some time.

And let's face it, it also has much to do with a deteriorating African American culture in our city.

Are large groups of Hispanics or Hmong going out in large mobs and viciously attacking whites?

No.

We are reaping the harvest that we've sown.

How so?

There are repercussions for the staggering illegitimacy rate in our African American community.

There are repercussions for having little to no positive male involvement in the lives of African American children.

There are repercussions for single-parent homes where children aren't properly supervised, and where they aren't held responsible for their actions.

There are repercussions for a staggering, decades-long near 50% unemployment rate for African American males in our city.

There are repercussions for having a failing public school system, and an outdated juvenile justice system.

There are repercussions for having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S., and for having kids raising kids.

The community was shocked when the violent mob of African American youths attacked white people in Kilbourn Reservoir Park on July 3. Then, a few eyebrows were raised at the F-bombs and shocking disregard and disrespect for Milwaukee police officers shown by a large and unruly group of African Americans at N. Richards St. and W. North Ave. last Saturday night.

And now this horrific mob violence near State Fair Park.

But for those who live in some city neighborhoods, this violence has been like a steady rain for far too many years now. And the reality is this summer it seems we have five or six shootings each and every weekend!

Unfortunately, this behavior is now all too common in some parts of the Milwaukee community.

Our hearts go out to the older generation of African Americans in this city who remember when their community had one of the HIGHEST marriage rates in the city. Sadly, many of these same residents are now scared of their own children and grandchildren.

Although we hope our law enforcement agencies are able to bring some of the thugs who were involved in these attacks to justice, no amount of millions of dollars in government spending or resources is going to truly address this problem.

We can no longer wish this violence would just go away, and we cannot ignore it; we must see it for what it truly is.

We cannot begin to address the underlying causes of the violence without change. We believe that change must come from within the African American community, where new seeds must be sown.”
Complete statement about State Fair violence issued by Milwaukee aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Dudzik


“The violence is similar to what occurred in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood over the July 4 holiday, when about 60 young people beat and robbed a smaller group that had been watching fireworks from Kilbourn Reservoir Park. The injured people were white; the attackers were African-American, witnesses said. Another group looted a convenience store."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"A sugar-coated Satan sandwich."
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on the deal increasing the debt ceiling



"Every day, I see Barack make choices he knows will affect every American family. That's no small task for anyone -- and more proof that he's earning every last one of those gray hairs.”
Michelle Obama in an e-mail blast to supporters


“Welcome to the Cracked Head Club.”
Joe Biden to Gabrielle Giffords


"I think, frankly, (Obama’s) in over his head as to what to do about this economy.
Eric Cantor


If we were real domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn’t he?”
Sarah Palin


Personally, I’m tired of hearing the whole have-you-no-decency routine from people who have made quite clear that they possess none themselves.”
Glenn Reynolds


For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo. Geronimo E.K.I.A. Enemy killed in action.”
The radio transmission of the SEAL who shot Bin Laden



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The violence at State Fair, and I would add...


Wisconsin's dead voters


And don't forget ribs for votes.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


64% of US military deaths in Afghanistan have happened under Obama's watch.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Obama turns 50.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Two men suing woman they saved.


Truck nuts and free speech.


Fish eats nothing but Kit Kats.


Remember Jimmy McMillan?


Thanks for checking in.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:



 

Psst! This week's Recommended Reading...


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My Most Popular Blogs (08/07/11)

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.

Also, to be consistent with the new NOW system of tracking most popular blogs, we have started posting the top ten most popular This Just In posts of the week.


1) Way to go, Mila Kunis

2) CRG Unveils Hidden Public School Benefits Costs

3) The Pasch-Citizen Action -Jobs Now -BBQ -Prizes -Possible Collusion Controversy

4) State representative wants hate crime investigation of State Fair mobs 

    Photos of the Week (07/31/11)


6) Franklin Common Council honors Franklin state champs tonight 
    

7) Yes, I'll try that at the Fair

8) Culinary no-no #236

9) A MUST READ: The GOP accomplishments in WI so far this year

10) UPDATE: THIS JUST IN BLOG BLIZZARD WARNING CANCELLED 

    Emails I get emails Caylees Law

Recommended Reading (08/07/11)

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).


We are all terrorists now

"These are just a few sample headlines of the demagoguery by the left of The Tea Party. Civility has become a one way street, what is OK for the left, is not OK for the right."


If on the dole why do you still get to go to the poll?

“Too many Americans affix themselves to the government axle like bicycle spokes. Washington’s wheels spin crushing the unconnected while political favorites arc to new heights. As politicians gain power by promising pork and stroking covetousness the inevitable demise of democracy becomes imminent.

Almost half of voters pay no taxes and thus look to continue the bounty. Before the market futilely tried to correct in 2008, approximately 37.9% of tax filers, on net, paid no income taxes. as incomes ebbed and spending surged, per the Tax Policy center, 46.4% of family units will pay nothing in 2011. Those who fail to contribute show no qualms voting others’ output into their pockets.”


Do we really have to spend more on schools?

"When the people we surveyed were told how much is actually spent in our schools—$12,922 per student annually, according to the most recent government report—then only 49% said they want to pony up more dollars."


A tale of two signs: "Hiring Now!" or "Going out of Business?"

"...the sad and tragic economic facts are now undeniable, and they have absolutely nothing to do with ideology or party affiliation:

Every fifth man you pass on the sidewalk does not work. 

Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk is now on food stamps."


Both parties share blame for economic crisis

"Republicans have to face the fact that both Bush and Congress spent way too much money in way too short of a time.

Then we get to Obama..."


Parents, hone your kid's BS detector

BS Bad dates, scum sucking politicians, marketing leeches, PR mooks, agents, corporate America, late night infomercials, televangelists, used car salesmen, and mechanics all love the gullible dolt who has a weak dung detector. Therefore, parents, one of the most important things you can ever do for your offspring is to help them become shrewd and skeptical young ‘uns who cannot be bamboozled by people, places, and politicians that seek to do them harm.”


Hot Town - Summer in the City

I cheated death last Saturday. I went outside to work in the yard. No doubt, in light of the last week’s crippling heat wave smothering the East Coast, you think my decision foolhardy.

So of course I fully expected to be vaporized like a mosquito in a Bug Zapper the minute I set foot out the door. But instead of becoming a particulate cloud that contributes to ‘Global Warming!’ I found myself hot, sweaty and alive just like I’ve been in every other summer during my lifetime.”


Stop calling every cop, soldier and firefighter a hero

“We are getting carried away with the 'Hero' label. We've lost perspective on who a real hero is and our world is worse off because of it.

Hear me out on this ...”

Photos of the Week (08/07/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Extra security guards work at the State Fair on Friday. Unprecedented violence on Thursday's opening night by rampaging youths prompted extraordinary measures Friday. Photo: Jeff Sainlar


2) A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, in the Queens borough of New York, on Aug. 1. Shannon Stapleton/ Reuters


3) A view of the south reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial at ground zero in New York, August 2. The memorial is scheduled to open in time for the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Justin Lane / EPA


4) Rep.Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives on Aug. 1 in Washington DC. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. Photo: NBC News


5) A trader reacts at the stock market in the central German city of Frankfurt on August 5, 2011. The German Stock Index DAX showed a loss of 2.37 percent in late morning trading, after initially plunging by close to four percent at the open. Frank Rumpenhorst / AFP - Getty Images


6)
Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A combination of the long periods of 100 plus degree days and the lack of rain in the drought -stricken region has dried up the lake that once spanned over 5400 acres. The remains of a carp is seen on the lake dried out lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. Photos: Tony Gutierrez / AP


7) Children walk the rows of a corn field near Dorchester, Neb., removing tassels along the way, on Tuesday, July 26. Detasseling is a popular summer job for high school and middle school students. Luke Nichols / Beatrice Daily Sun via AP. Contrast that photo with a corn crop drying up in a field near Perryton, Texas. A severe drought has caused most dry-land (non-irrigated) crops in the area to fail and forced farmers to abandon some fields in order to conserve their limited resources. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. Scott Olson / Getty Images


8) Villagers lie on a railway track and wait for a train to rattle by for electricity therapy in Rawa Buaya, Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 26. People have been participating in the practice believing that the the electricity current from the track could cure various diseases. Photos: Achmad Ibrahim / AP


9) Arturas Zuokas, the 43 year old mayor of Vilnius drives over a car parked illegally on a main street in Vilnius city center with a military vehicle, August 2, 2011. The mayor took the drastic action after becoming infuriated with motorists parking their luxury cars illegally around the city. Vilnius City Municipality via AP


10) Her frayed blue jeans and skintight shirt are a far cry from the subdued image Casey Anthony presented during her sensational murder trial -- and in a slew of sexy pictures showing her partying hard in Florida in the weeks after her baby girl was reported missing. Anthony was spotted this week in Ohio. Photo: New York Post


11) A peacock on the loose after it escaped from the Central Park Zoo stands on a  window ledge above Fifth Avenue in New York City Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Frank Franklin II/ AP


12) Canada geese swim along a stretch of the Regent's Canal in Camden amidst green algae, on August 2 in London, England. Reports suggest that the toxic algae has thrived following a sudden spell of hot weather. Jim Dyson / Getty Images


13) Barn swallows are cared for in a barn near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 2. The birds fell from their nest and were given a new home in a funnel. The parents continue to care for them. Orlin Wagner / AP


14) A cicada emerges from it's shell which is attached to a brick of a home July 31, 2011 in Fort Smith, Ark. There are more than 1,500 species of cicada, but one of the best known is the periodical cicada that emerges from the ground every seventeen years. (AP/Photo/Times Record, Kaia Larsen)


15) Ants ingest multicolored sugar drops in Mysore, South India late July 2011. Mohamed Babu / Solent News & Photo Agency. Let's take a closer look.


16) Baby mice born from sperm produced from stem cells are seen in this handout photo taken by Kyoto University professor Michinori Saito on November 8, 2010, and released to Reuters on August 5, 2011. Mitinori Saitou-Kyoto University via Reuters


17)
Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino (8) charges the mound as home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski attempts to hold him back. Victorino was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning which led to a bench-clearing brawl between the San Francisco Giants and Phillies Friday night. Jed Jacobsohn - Getty Images


18)
Yovani Gallardo gives Casey McGehee the shaving cream pie treatment during the postgame interview Thursday. McGehee hit three homers as the Brewers beat St. Louis at Miller park, 10-5.  Journal Sentinel photos: Benny Sieu


19) Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Keenan Clayton, left, gets a head butt and an ear full from defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, right, during the morning session of NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Monday, August 1. Rich Schultz, AP


20) People hold up masks of Lucy Ball during an attempt to set a new Guinness world record for most Lucy Ricardo lookalikes assembled in one place, in Jamestown, N.Y., Aug. 6. "I Love Lucy" star Lucille Ball's New York hometown was filled with red-lipsticked, redheaded lookalikes on Saturday to try to break the world record in honor of what would have been the actress' 100th birthday. Doug Benz, Reuters


21) With the help of instructor Josh Higgins, of San Diego, Calif., top, Gary Lenzner, 85, of Mission Viejo, free falls while skydiving on Sunday, July 31, at Sky Dive San Diego in San Diego. Lenzner went skydiving with his grandson Bryan Wasserman, 26, of Costa Mesa, in celebration of the Holocaust survivor's 85th birthday. John W. Adkisson / Orange County Register via AP


22) Riders on the Hi-Miler get their thrills at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif., Sunday. Officials say they are seeing 20 to 25 percent increases in attendance at the mid-point compared to last year. Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via Zuma Press


23) Zach Ball, 10, of Nampa, Idaho buries his head in a box full of beans and corn as his twin brother Cody, right, looks on, Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Canyon County Fair in Caldwell, Idaho. Charlie Litchfield / Idaho Press-Tribune via AP


24) A Wisconsin State fair worker fills cream puffs with the tasty signature cream. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


25) Heavy metal music fans take a group bath before the first main performance on the first day of the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest on August 4, 2011 in Wacken, Germany. Approximately 75,000 heavy metal fans from all over the world have descended on the north German village for the annual three-day fest. Sean Gallup/ Getty Images


26) Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, on Friday, Aug. 5, in New York City. Jemal Countess/ Getty Images

Photos of the Week (08/07/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Extra security guards work at the State Fair on Friday. Unprecedented violence on Thursday's opening night by rampaging youths prompted extraordinary measures Friday. Photo: Jeff Sainlar


2) A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, in the Queens borough of New York, on Aug. 1. Shannon Stapleton/ Reuters


3) A view of the south reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial at ground zero in New York, August 2. The memorial is scheduled to open in time for the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Justin Lane / EPA


4) Rep.Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives on Aug. 1 in Washington DC. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. Photo: NBC News


5) A trader reacts at the stock market in the central German city of Frankfurt on August 5, 2011. The German Stock Index DAX showed a loss of 2.37 percent in late morning trading, after initially plunging by close to four percent at the open. Frank Rumpenhorst / AFP - Getty Images


6)
Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A combination of the long periods of 100 plus degree days and the lack of rain in the drought -stricken region has dried up the lake that once spanned over 5400 acres. The remains of a carp is seen on the lake dried out lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. Photos: Tony Gutierrez / AP


7) Children walk the rows of a corn field near Dorchester, Neb., removing tassels along the way, on Tuesday, July 26. Detasseling is a popular summer job for high school and middle school students. Luke Nichols / Beatrice Daily Sun via AP. Contrast that photo with a corn crop drying up in a field near Perryton, Texas. A severe drought has caused most dry-land (non-irrigated) crops in the area to fail and forced farmers to abandon some fields in order to conserve their limited resources. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. Scott Olson / Getty Images


8) Villagers lie on a railway track and wait for a train to rattle by for electricity therapy in Rawa Buaya, Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 26. People have been participating in the practice believing that the the electricity current from the track could cure various diseases. Photos: Achmad Ibrahim / AP


9) Arturas Zuokas, the 43 year old mayor of Vilnius drives over a car parked illegally on a main street in Vilnius city center with a military vehicle, August 2, 2011. The mayor took the drastic action after becoming infuriated with motorists parking their luxury cars illegally around the city. Vilnius City Municipality via AP


10) Her frayed blue jeans and skintight shirt are a far cry from the subdued image Casey Anthony presented during her sensational murder trial -- and in a slew of sexy pictures showing her partying hard in Florida in the weeks after her baby girl was reported missing. Anthony was spotted this week in Ohio. Photo: New York Post


11) A peacock on the loose after it escaped from the Central Park Zoo stands on a  window ledge above Fifth Avenue in New York City Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Frank Franklin II/ AP


12) Canada geese swim along a stretch of the Regent's Canal in Camden amidst green algae, on August 2 in London, England. Reports suggest that the toxic algae has thrived following a sudden spell of hot weather. Jim Dyson / Getty Images


13) Barn swallows are cared for in a barn near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 2. The birds fell from their nest and were given a new home in a funnel. The parents continue to care for them. Orlin Wagner / AP


14) A cicada emerges from it's shell which is attached to a brick of a home July 31, 2011 in Fort Smith, Ark. There are more than 1,500 species of cicada, but one of the best known is the periodical cicada that emerges from the ground every seventeen years. (AP/Photo/Times Record, Kaia Larsen)


15) Ants ingest multicolored sugar drops in Mysore, South India late July 2011. Mohamed Babu / Solent News & Photo Agency. Let's take a closer look.


16) Baby mice born from sperm produced from stem cells are seen in this handout photo taken by Kyoto University professor Michinori Saito on November 8, 2010, and released to Reuters on August 5, 2011. Mitinori Saitou-Kyoto University via Reuters


17)
Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino (8) charges the mound as home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski attempts to hold him back. Victorino was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning which led to a bench-clearing brawl between the San Francisco Giants and Phillies Friday night. Jed Jacobsohn - Getty Images


18)
Yovani Gallardo gives Casey McGehee the shaving cream pie treatment during the postgame interview Thursday. McGehee hit three homers as the Brewers beat St. Louis at Miller park, 10-5.  Journal Sentinel photos: Benny Sieu


19) Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Keenan Clayton, left, gets a head butt and an ear full from defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, right, during the morning session of NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Monday, August 1. Rich Schultz, AP


20) Jackson Kiem, 5, of Springfield, Va. , poses for a picture during the Washington Redskins fan appreciation day at the team's NFL football training camp at Redskins Park, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Ashburn, Va.


21) People hold up masks of Lucy Ball during an attempt to set a new Guinness world record for most Lucy Ricardo lookalikes assembled in one place, in Jamestown, N.Y., Aug. 6. "I Love Lucy" star Lucille Ball's New York hometown was filled with red-lipsticked, redheaded lookalikes on Saturday to try to break the world record in honor of what would have been the actress' 100th birthday. Doug Benz, Reuters


22) With the help of instructor Josh Higgins, of San Diego, Calif., top, Gary Lenzner, 85, of Mission Viejo, free falls while skydiving on Sunday, July 31, at Sky Dive San Diego in San Diego. Lenzner went skydiving with his grandson Bryan Wasserman, 26, of Costa Mesa, in celebration of the Holocaust survivor's 85th birthday. John W. Adkisson / Orange County Register via AP


23) Riders on the Hi-Miler get their thrills at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif., Sunday. Officials say they are seeing 20 to 25 percent increases in attendance at the mid-point compared to last year. Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via Zuma Press


24) Zach Ball, 10, of Nampa, Idaho buries his head in a box full of beans and corn as his twin brother Cody, right, looks on, Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Canyon County Fair in Caldwell, Idaho. Charlie Litchfield / Idaho Press-Tribune via AP


25) A Wisconsin State fair worker fills cream puffs with the tasty signature cream. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


26) Heavy metal music fans take a group bath before the first main performance on the first day of the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest on August 4, 2011 in Wacken, Germany. Approximately 75,000 heavy metal fans from all over the world have descended on the north German village for the annual three-day fest. Sean Gallup/ Getty Images


27) Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, on Friday, Aug. 5, in New York City. ABC has apologized for airing Nicki Minaj's wardrobe malfunction during her performance. Photo: Jemal Countess/ Getty Images

I must have missed that news conference...


You know.



WTMJ-AM

The one where Ed Flynn (who isn’t exactly camera-shy) informs reporters about his department’s slower response time.



"It's not that there's a slow response, there's no response," said Dave Taylor, a retired bus driver who lives on S. 23rd St. He has called police countless times about gangs, public drinking and loud music on his block.

"I'll call dispatch and later get a call back and they'll ask 'Is it still going on?' Of course it is. What's the sense of calling if they don't show up?"

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What's behind the teen mob attacks?

 

What happened at the Wisconsin State Fair opening night and at Riverwest on July 3 is not a Milwaukee phenomenon.

These wilding incidents are occurring across the country.

In Philadelphia, they’re wondering why?

Some of the answers?

The teen mobs want money.

The teen mobs want attention.



JUNE 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO...


 

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So Happy Together!


I envy the crowd at the Main Stage tonight at the Wisconsin State Fair.  That show should be quite entertaining to people my age.  And what’s wrong with that?

I don’t have tickets, but I do have access to videos and I have my thoughts and recollections from a much better time a long, long time ago...and this mini-concert right in my own home.

The So Happy Together Tour comes to the Fair with a slew of 60’s artists. The tour is named after a big hit of one of the performing groups. And yes, Flo & Eddie will be there.

 


 




Thanks to You Tube, I now know what the Buckinghams looked like. Didn’t see much of them on TV.  But I loved that combo of rock with horns.

Do you remember?




 




But the group that caused the biggest commotion by wearing centuries old uniforms was Paul Revere and the Raiders.

I had many heroes growing up: Elvis, the Beatles, Hank Aaron, the comic books I read.

I’d race home to watch “Where The Action Is.” I loved “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo” and “Bandstand.” And I’d see on the screen Paul Revere and the Raiders. In those colonial outfits. I so wanted to wear one of their tri-cornered hats with the fringe. I dreamed of being…a Raider.

And they could really play, led by lead singer Mark Lindsey who will be at the Fair tonight.

Mesmerized by the suits, the guitar licks, those hats, as an innocent youngster,  I had no idea this big recording was an anti-drug anthem, all the more reason to love this band.



 

 

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So Happy Together!

Nostalgia


I envy the crowd at the Main Stage tonight at the Wisconsin State Fair.  That show should be quite entertaining to people my age.  And what’s wrong with that?

I don’t have tickets, but I do have access to videos and I have my thoughts and recollections from a much better time a long, long time ago...and this mini-concert right in my own home.

The So Happy Together Tour comes to the Fair with a slew of 60’s artists. The tour is named after a big hit of one of the performing groups. And yes, Flo & Eddie will be there.
 


 




Thanks to You Tube, I now know what the Buckinghams looked like. Didn’t see much of them on TV.  But I loved that combo of rock with horns.

Do you remember?




 




But the group that caused the biggest commotion by wearing centuries old uniforms was Paul Revere and the Raiders.

I had many heroes growing up: Elvis, the Beatles, Hank Aaron, the comic books I read.

I’d race home to watch “Where The Action Is.” I loved “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo” and “Bandstand.” And I’d see on the screen Paul Revere and the Raiders. In those colonial outfits. I so wanted to wear one of their tri-cornered hats with the fringe. I dreamed of being…a Raider.

And they could really play, led by lead singer Mark Lindsey who will be at the Fair tonight.

Mesmerized by the suits, the guitar licks, those hats, as an innocent youngster,  I had no idea this big recording was an anti-drug anthem, all the more reason to love this band.



 

 

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Culinary no-no #237

Culinary no-no's

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GAB Directive Could Undermine Voter ID Protections


MacIver News Service 
| August 8, 2011

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It's why most of them need to be locked up for good


I'm talking about sex offenders.

Solid evidence local conservative news outlets are doing a good job…


They’ve gotten under the skin of the MJS’s Dan Bice who writes a dog-bites-man piece.


News agencies are actually doing…news!

SlutWalk comes to Milwaukee






SlutWalk is a movement featuring street demonstrations protesting stereotypes about sexual assault. The awareness campaign began after a Toronto police officer stated at a campus safety information session at Osgoode Brinton Park Hall Law School 
that women could avoid rape if they didn’t dress like sluts.

SlutWalk Toronto.com writes:

“Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.”

The campaign has truly gone global with SlutWalks scheduled around the world. This Saturday, SlutWalk comes to Milwaukee.

Participants will meet at 12:00 at Beulah (E. Otjen St. & S. Clement Avenue in Bay View). They will march to the Humboldt Park Band Shell (3000 S. Howell Avenue ) and the rally will begin between 12:45 and 1:00.

This past weekend, a SlutWalk was held in Philadelphia.

 

Brutal


From the Huffington Post, of all places:
 

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The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


The update for August 8, 2011 includes:

Senate Republican recall elections tomorrow -- Don't forget to vote!

Obama administration mandates contraception/ sterilization coverage


Bill banning sale and use of aborted fetal body parts introduced

Abortionist admits: Babies sometimes born alive and left "wiggling around in the toilet"

The Latest News You Can Use From WRTL

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute


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The This Just In...Official Special Voters Guide for August 9, 2011


If you believe in unbalanced state budgets, please don’t vote.

If you love the concept of a structural deficit, please don’t vote.

If you believe taxes and fees in Wisconsin aren’t high enough, please don’t vote.

If you believe Wisconsin is not a tax hell, please don’t vote.

If all you do is whine all day, every day about how tough a job you have, even if it’s only 9 months out of the year, please don’t vote.

If you put tape on a wall in the state Capitol this year, please don’t vote.

If you banged a drum inside the state Capitol this year, please don't vote.

If during anytime this year you went several days without taking a bath, please don't vote.

If your calendar at home says 1967, please don’t vote.

If you love using light bulbs that require a HAZMAT team to dispose of properly, please don’t vote.

If you enjoy disrupting events that honor the disabled, please don't vote.


If, when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, you suddenly go silent at that part that says "under God," please don't vote.

If you believe you shouldn’t have to pay your bills and that it’s the responsibility of your children and grand-children and their children, please don’t vote.

If you believe government workers should pay little or nothing for their health care, please don’t vote.

If you believe government workers should pay little or nothing for their pensions, please don’t vote.

If you believe it’s ok to have a physician write a phony sick leave note for your employer, please don’t vote.

If you believe it’s ok to destroy public property because you’re not getting what you want, please don’t vote.

If you believe it’s ok to make death and sexual assault threats against public officials because you’re not getting what you want, please don’t vote.

If you planted a tree on Arbor Day, please don’t vote.

If the term “tree-hugger” gets you all goose pimply, please don’t vote.

If you marched across the 6th Street viaduct in Milwaukee in the late 60’s, please don’t vote.

If the idea of class warfare gets you all excited, please don’t vote.

If you believe the scandals involving Wisconsin Shares and WI food stamps were orchestrated by the right-wing conspiracy, please don’t vote.

If your favorite columnist is Jim Stingl, please don’t vote.

If your favorite columnist is Eugene Kane, please don’t vote.

If you believe Joel McNally isn’t liberal enough, please don’t vote.

If you donated to any NPR-affiliated station in the last 10 years, please don’t vote.

If you can’t wait to ride the downtown Milwaukee streetcar, please don’t vote.

If you cheered the Milwaukee Teachers Union decision to shun concessions that resulted in the loss of hundreds of teacher jobs, please don’t vote.

If you think Keith Olbermann is cute, please don’t vote.

If you think Rachel Maddow is a fox, please don’t vote.

If you are a vegan, please don’t vote.

If you have ever said out loud a phrase that begins, “But if we could save just one…” please don’t vote.

If you believe Joanne Kloppenburg is the epitome of high fashion, please don’t vote.

If you believe Joanne Kloppenburg’s hair style matches that of Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein, please vote.

If you believe a politician cannot get a divorce, please don’t vote.

If your highest priority in going to the polls is to defeat a politician who has a girlfriend, please don’t vote.

If you would prefer Wisconsin be more like Illinois with astronomical income taxes and New York and California that have laid off tons of workers, please don’t vote.

If you read Politi-Fact, and actually believe it, please don’t vote.

If you’ve gotten this far and haven’t hit the delete button in disgust, please vote.


God bless the great state of Wisconsin and the forward direction it has taken since January 2011.

All eyes on WI recalls

Also, thanks to some This Just In readers who sent suggestions of their own for this voter's guide.

UPDATE: What's behind the teen mob attacks?


On Sunday I blogged that someone in Milwaukee needed to take a tough stand about what happened at State fair, much like that of the mayor in Philadelphia.

Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel makes a similar argument in an editorial.


66 years ago today...




On August 9, 1945, the American B-29 bomber, Bock's Car left Tinian carrying Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb. The primary target was the Kokura Arsenal, but upon reaching the target, they found that it was covered by a heavy ground haze and smoke, pilot Charles Sweeney turned to the secondary target of the Mitsubishi Torpedo Plant at Nagasaki.

Of the 286,00 people living in Nagasaki at the time of the blast, 74,000 were killed and another 75,000 sustained severe injuries.

National Archives




The exact moment of detonation at Nagasaki is captured in this remarkable photograph. Notice the three people in the foreground, as yet unaware that anything has happened. The destruction of Nagasaki followed that of Hiroshima by three days and compelled Japan to surrender, ending World War II.

Why Wisconsin Matters


This column
says it all.

The polls are closed: What's at stake


In a nutshell, from Politico:

“…the ripples from Tuesday’s election will reach well beyond Wisconsin’s borders. Successfully recalling even half of the six senators who voted with Walker would invigorate the liberal base both within the key battleground state and outside it just as the 2012 presidential campaign begins to heat up. It would also send a powerful message to Republicans about the risks of a head-on confrontation with labor. For the GOP, a successful defense of the seats would serve as a validation of their bold statehouse agenda in the aftermath of the 2010 elections.”

Intentional bias by the MJS Editorial Board?


This editorial
will be in Wednesday’s Journal Sentinel. Did the paper deliberately delay this piece until after the election?

"Gov. Scott Walker's so-called tools will help at least some local governments deal with cuts in state aid. Tough choices and pain remain, but give the governor some credit."

Great insight


Someone twittered this to Charlie Sykes tonight about the recall elections:

"After how many unsuccessful elections do rank and file union members decide their dues are being wasted?"

The AP has declared Alberta Darling the winner in Senate District 8


I hate to see good friends and quality people like Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper leave the Legislature.

BUT REPUBLICANS REMAIN IN CONTROL OF THE STATE SENATE!


Image: Sen. Alberta Darling



Tuesday's winners and losers


Dan Bice of the MJS
has an interesting compilation.

More from
Town Hall.

UPDATE: The big question in Franklin no one has asked or answered


Earlier this month, I raised that question.

We’ve got our answer.

More honors for Franklin baseball


They go to Jim Hughes, Jay Dirienzo, and others.

Congratulations!

And don’t forget...




Jim Hughes




Jay Dirienzo




Trevor Theissen




Evan Walton



In case you missed the meltdown Tuesday night...


Big Government
 
has the video.

I smell dissension.



 

Gov. Walker reacts to the recall elections

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Do you believe in miracles?


Yes! 
 

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You can't fight the Courthouse, especially if you're from Franklin


FranklinNOW reports Franklin mayor Tom Taylor isn’t happy with Milwaukee County’s redistricting plan that chops the Milwaukee County Board from 19-18 supervisors ( I happen to like that idea), eliminates the 6th District and cuts Whitefish Bay in half. The new lines mean conservative supervisor Joe Rice gets the axe (I don’t like that idea).

Mayor Taylor believes the suburbs need to take a stand, otherwise face the prospect of being pushed around by the Milwaukee County Board. Taylor told FranklinNOW, “They (The Milwaukee County Board) are apparently not listening.”

Now there’s a shock.

The current make-up of the County Board is such that the suburbs perceived to be the “haves” aren’t on the priority list, period. Mayor Taylor, with his vast Milwaukee County experience, I’m sure realizes this. The Board as a whole doesn't care at all about the suburbs.

Help out Franklin? That would be like Obama calling Alberta Darling to offer congratulations.

But the mayor is going to fight anyway.

Good luck, Mayor. Personally? I’d set different priorities and live to fight another day. This effort is a beat your head against the wall exercise that will probably yield nothing in return.

So much for
this brilliant move.

Culinary no-no #238

Culinary no-no


*THE FOLLOWING IS A RARE MID-WEEK EDITION OF CULINARY NO-NO. AT THE END OF
LAST SUNDAY’S INSTALLMENT (WHICH WAS PRETTY GOOD IN CASE YOU MISSED IT), I NOTED THAT BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL, I WOULD DISPENSE WITH THE USUAL CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES UNTI LATER IN THE WEEK. IT’S LATER IN THE WEEK. ENJOY*

I don’t know Carol Deptolla, the restaurant critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wouldn’t recognize her if I saw her.

I’d like to meet her since she’s probably quite nice.

Her predecessor was the late Dennis Getto whom I knew very well. Getto would regularly visit the WTMJ Radio studio as a guest and take calls from listeners during what was always a very popular program. You wanted to be around on those days because Getto, an accomplished chef in his own right, would make treats to bring in and share. My favorite was when he made rolls on his homemade outdoor brick oven/grill.

I can still picture Getto whose picture never appeared in the paper. I’m told he often wore disguises in public, including various-colored wigs, I have no idea what Carol Deptolla does to avoid recognition.

I do know a lot of folks envy restaurant critics and their job. They may want to reconsider.

Check out this revealing piece from CNN.com.


Speaking of critics, here are the 78 most annoying words you’ll read in a restaurant review.


A CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

You on your computer too long! You go home now!



ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Eat healthy? Why should I? It costs too much.



AND ANOTHER...

Not that you've been dying to know, but, what does this taste like?


KEEP GOING

That’s not trash, that’s dinner.



ONE MORE

Foods to avoid on that first date.


AND FINALLY,

Nasty. Make sure to check out the video, too.

2nd UPDATE: Culinary no-no #184

Culinary no-no's


Last September, I blogged
about a restaurant in Carolina Beach, North Carolina that began a policy refusing to tolerate screaming children.

Last month I asked if banning kids was becoming a trend.

The latest: the policy is working near Pittsburgh.

The latest from Rehorst

Rehorst

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Order Online
Tours
Alcoholmanac Release
State Fair
5 Year Anniversary!
Hotel Metro Cocktail Dinner
Bare Knuckle Boxer
Sailor's Pub

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2ND UPDATE: The recall process in Wisconsin needs dramatic change


My blog from a month ago on this topic…


The latest: State Representative Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is proposing a constitutional amendment to require specific reasons for recall elections. He explains why it’s necessary to go the constitutional amendment route.

Channel 12 has more.

Would you drink water from here?


Look...


From the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, May, 2004:

A sailboat makes its way along Lake Michigan in this aerial photo from Chopper Four with power zoom. The discolored water extended past the breakwater; the contents are unknown.
Photo credit: Butch Jorgensen, photojournalist, WTMJ-TV


Then watch...


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Hooray for bloggers!


Study finds many are quite enterprising.

Bye bye ObamaCare


This
is going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court that has a conservative majority.

It's time to celebrate


Today is Cost of Government Day!

Goodnight everyone, and have a golden oldie sax weekend!

Nostalgia


“Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. “

Paul Simon

 

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

In June, legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons died from complications from a stroke he suffered just a week before. Clemons, who played in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, was 69. 


Clemons said this about his instrument of choice:

"As a horn player, the greatest compliment one can get is when a person comes to you and says, 'I heard this saxophone on the radio the other day and I knew it was you. I don't know the song, but I know it was you on sax.' I take my job as a rock and roll sax player very seriously. To do it the way that I must do it, I must be in good condition. The better shape you're in, the harder you can rock."

Long before Clemons, the saxophone played an important role in popular music, even dominating in the 40's and 50's until the guitar took over in the 60's.

The solo saxophone often was the key instrument during the bridge, the instrumental portion in the middle of a recording between verses.

Tonight, we have more fun with some great examples of pop music sax. There are tons of examples, but we think we've picked some you'll really enjoy.

However, we can't always identify the player. As
Alex Frazer-Harrison writes in "The History of Top 40 Saxophone Solos":
 
"Unfortunately, for many years in the world of pop music most session musicians were never given credit on the LP covers or CD liner notes. In some cases, had it not been for the studio musicians, the record might not have become a hit for the singer. Even in some recordings that used the singer’s own band, credit was not always given to those who made it happen."

Let's get rockin' and rollin'.

We start with Gary U.S. Bonds and a song that had an abrupt ending/fadeout I never liked because I wanted another couple of verses.

Toe tappin'.

Finger poppin'.

Early 60's.

Cool.

Check out that tenor sax by Gene Barge (and the pumpin' piano).

 

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The best cartoons of the week


Political Cartoons by Steve Breen







Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy



Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley



Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell



Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino



Political Cartoons by Eric Allie




 Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 


Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert



Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


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The Barking Lot (08/13/11)

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:  Thundershowers. High of 75. The talk is there could be some annoying rain today. Thus…  "C"

SUNDAY:  A few showers. High of 76.  Because of that threat… "C"


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


 

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Week-ends (08/13/11)

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


30 American servicemen



Nicole Kissel...MORE


Michael Reid


Chris Fessenden


Tariq Jahan


West Indian woman


Greg Riedl


Zachariah Fike and Corrado Piccoli


John Fardy


Nancy Wake


Andy Kemp


Roselle


"Some lady"


Daryl Mackin, executive director of A Soldier's Child, which raises money to help children of fallen soldiers in three ways: giving them a birthday present every year until they turn 18, providing college scholarships and inviting the kids to attend a sleepover camp where they can grieve, have fun and build relationships with other children who have lost a parent to war.



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Recommended Reading (08/14/11)

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).


Reform wins in Wisconsin

They called it Armageddon. They promised political revenge, and they said it would be the beginning of the end of the GOP ascendancy of 2010. Unions across the country threw everything they had to defeat Wisconsin state senators who voted for collective bargaining reforms for government workers, and on Tuesday the unions lost.

Maybe we're not Greece yet.”


A President In Over His Head Should Resign

"Supporters of the president will be offended by the very question and more than likely fire the usual 'racist' accusations my way. But it's a question that at least needs to be debated.

Even if Obama loses the election in November 2012, he will still remain in office until Jan. 20, 2013. If, as many people now believe, Obama is in way over his head and dramatically ill-equipped to handle the critical responsibilities of his office, then it seems logical to assume he can still do quite a bit more damage to our nation from now until then.

As to why he is so far over his head and so unqualified to be president, one of his strongest supporters just outlined the answer in a lengthy article for the liberal (and Obama-defending) New York Times."


Top 10 Reasons Obama Won’t Win Reelection

"
With bad news seemingly everywhere, here is something to give hope to conservatives."


The Top 5 Ways Tea Partiers are Ruining America

"If it wasn't for those darn Tea Partiers, we’d already be in Obamatopia with unicorn-powered cars and an economy driven to new heights by unity, hope, and most importantly, THE POWER OF LOVE. Why, oh why, do those Tea Partiers want to ruin all that?"


Conquering the storm

In the coming days we’ll sort through the repercussions of S&P’s downgrade of our credit rating, including concerns about the impact a potential interest rate increase would have on our ability to service our suffocating $14.5 trillion debt. I’m surprised that so many people seem surprised by S&P’s decision. Weren’t people paying attention over the last year or so when we were getting warning after warning from various credit rating agencies that this was coming?"


Hey, stupid UK: Let your cops and fair citizens carry guns!

"In Texas, where I grew up, the bollocks we’re seeing in the UK right now would have lasted maybe five, possibly ten minutes max, before a private citizen, business owner, or Sheriff Dudley Paunch Gut of the Muleshoe PD woulda put a hollow point in some skinny hooligan’s backside. It would have been the shortest-lived revolt in modern history. Next!"


Party line

“The study, using rigorous quantitative analysis, found that most major American news outlets, including newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post, newsweeklies such as Time and Newsweek, network television shows such as CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, and Internet sites such as the Drudge Report, slanted their news reporting to reflect a distinct liberal bias. That was the outlets’ news reporting, by the way, not their editorials, columns, book reviews, or opinion pieces, where the writer’s ideological leanings are an expected part of the package. In other words, what conservatives had been complaining about for decades—the prejudices of mainstream media—was actually true…”


With their boots on

Our special forces may carry out dozens of such operations every night in Afghanistan alone, not to mention Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and wherever else a shrinking al-Qaida still dares show its masked face. Ordinarily, the deeds of these heroes never make the papers, but one can be assured the enemy knows they've been there.”


Jesus was not a serial killer

“This fall, the Showtime movie channel will air its sixth season of ‘Dexter,’ their show glorifying a just serial killer. They recently finished a fourth season of a show called ‘Californication.’ It debuted in 2007, with a dream sequence in which the lead character receives oral sex from a nun in a church. So it might seem surprising (or...perhaps not) that Showtime's new promotional package for the fall wraps Showtime characters around...Christianity.”


Let’s all have a little faith in Tim Tebow

I am not a preacher. And this is not a sermon.

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My Most Popular Blogs (08/14/11)

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.

Also, to be consistent with the new NOW system of tracking most popular blogs, we have started posting the top ten most popular This Just In posts of the week.

1) State representative wants hate crime investigation of State Fair mobs

2) The This Just In Official Special Voters Guide for August 9, 2011

3) Photos of the Week (08/07/11)

4) More honors for Franklin baseball

5) Culinary no-no #237

6) You can’t fight the Courthouse, especially if you’re from Franklin


7) Tuesday’s winners and losers

8) Culinary no-no # 238

9) What’s behind the teen mob attacks

10) So Happy Together!


 

My Most Popular Blogs (08/14/11)

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.

Also, to be consistent with the new NOW system of tracking most popular blogs, we have started posting the top ten most popular This Just In posts of the week.

1) State representative wants hate crime investigation of State Fair mobs

2) The This Just In Official Special Voters Guide for August 9, 2011

3) Photos of the Week (08/07/11)

4) More honors for Franklin baseball

5) Culinary no-no #237

6) You can’t fight the Courthouse, especially if you’re from Franklin


7) Tuesday’s winners and losers

8) Culinary no-no # 238

9) What’s behind the teen mob attacks

10) So Happy Together!


Photos of the Week (08/14/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Wreckage of a Chinook helicopter shot down last week in the Tangi Valley in Wardak province some 60 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. The Chinook helicopter that insurgents shot down over the weekend burst into flames before hitting the ground, leaving wreckage scattered on both sides of a river in eastern Afghanistan and killing 30 Americans and eight Afghans. The crash of the Chinook CH-47, was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year Afghan war. Mohammad Nasir /AP


2) A woman leaps to safety from a burning building on Surrey Street after rioting took place in Croydon, England on August 8, 2011. Riots and looting have broken out all across Greater London and are now spreading across the country following the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham, North London, England.  Another look. Photo: WENN.com


3) Looters rummage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London, on Aug. 8. Photo: msnbc.com


4) A man looks at a looted florist shop in Ealing in west London, August 9, 2011. Prime Minister David Cameron will today hold crisis talks after three nights of riots, looting and arson by masked, hooded youths that wrecked shopping centres in many parts of London and spread to other cities. Toby Melville / Reuters


5) Hundreds of messages of support from the community of Peckham are seen posted on a looted storefront in the south London district on August 10. Chris Helgren/ Reuters. A woman looks at a message board in Peckham, south-east London, on August 12, established by a local theater company after the recent riots and looting in the area. British Prime Minister David Cameron says the riots which have scarred England were motivated by pure criminality, but opposition politicians and academics say they also point to social deprivation.Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images


6) Shoppers walk past a Greater Manchester Police advertising board displaying images of people suspected of committing crimes during the recent riots in Manchester, northern England August 12. Police prepared to flood the streets on Friday to ensure that weekend drinking does not reignite the rioting that swept London and other cities this week, shocking Britons and sullying their country's image a year before it hosts the Olympics. Phil Noble/Reuters


7) Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries Dale Ostrander to the shore of the Cranberry Rd. beach approach Friday after rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez (at left) and Will Green (not pictured) found him floating in the surf. Three days after drowning, the boy was conscious and speaking to doctors. Damian Mulinix/ Chinook Observer


8) Hundreds of parents spend the night outdoors in order to see a doctor in the morning, outside a children's hospital in Beijing, China, on August 11. The BRICS group of emerging countries recently vowed to improve access to low-cost and high-quality medicine, and called on developed nations to shoulder responsibility in helping the poor.AFP - Getty Images


9) Modern-day gladiator impersonators are arrested outside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, on August 10. Italian police have arrested gladiator impersonators in an undercover sting aimed at ending a violent racket that exploited tourists. AGF via Rex Features


10) One of the more vigorous vents in Kilauea's Pu'u 'O'o Crater, seen at lower left, is topped by a 20-foot-tall spatter cone. The flow from this vent cascades down several steps, joining the flow from two other nearby vents, before going under a small bridge and into the broad area of ponded lava to the west. Photo: USGS


11) Superintendent of waste and water management for the water department Eddie Ray Roberts shows photos of Lake E.V. Spence as the main town strip in Robert Lee, Texas, is seen at rear. In the small rural farming community of about 1,000 in the middle of West Texas, people are worried that Lake could dry up by winter and leave the town without any water. Tony Gutierrez / AP


12) Xavier Swain, 11, holds his hands in the air during a downpour Thursday, Aug. 11 at Sherwood Park in Odessa, Texas. The official rain total from the National Weather Service at Midland reported .36 inches of rain, the most since September 25, 2010. Other locations reported more than an inch. Albert Cesare / AP


13) Rand Barton poses for his mom Louise by a tree knocked down by severe weather at corner of 19th and Tower Roads near Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware on Aug. 9. Fred Comegys / The Wilmington News-Journal via AP


14) SlutWalk Milwaukee was a rally on Saturday, Aug. 13, to support survivors of sexual assault and end victim blaming.  A woman makes it clear her choice of clothing is not an invitation to sexual assault. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu


15) Michele Bachmann on Newsweek's cover. The Washington Post wrote: As soon as Newsweek tweeted this week’s cover of the magazine, featuring a particuarly bad picture of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, bloggers were up in arms. NewsBusters argued that Newsweek intentionally chose a photo that made Bachmann look “crazy.” Slate asked whether the picture showed the magazine was “sexist.”  Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin thought the answer to Slate’s question was yes. An angry Malkin chastised Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, saying “You’ve resorted to recycling bottom-of-the-barrel moonbat photo cliches about conservative female public figures and their enraged ‘crazy eyes?’ Really?”  Tea Party pundit Dana Loesch even went so far as to suggest a caption contest under a bad photo of Tina Brown.  And when readers realized that Newsweek was using the hashtag Queen of Rage to promote the story on Twitter, criticism came from all sides.


16) Robert Darling of New Jersey has been panhandling the streets for ten years, looking for that special, wealthy someone. The 56-year-old is an unemployed, single man who for the last decade has been walking the streets of New York, sign-in-hand, keenly soliciting a wealthy bride. The wife-hunter from Bradley Beach, N.J makes his journey three times a week to three of the city’s landmarks: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbus Circle and the MET. Photo: The Daily Mail


17) Diana Nyad cries as she speaks to reporters and fans after arriving back in Key West, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 9 following the 61-year-old marathon swimmer's failed attempt to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. Nyad had to be pulled from the water early Tuesday during a second attempt to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. Rob O'Neal, Florida Keys News Bureau via AP


18) Florida Marlins fans duck from Mike Stanton's flying bat in the first inning of action against the Atlanta Braves at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on August 9, 2011. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) 


19)
Two Air Force Thunderbirds fly inverted over the other while maintaining speed and direction during the Milwaukee Air & Water Show last Sunday. The two-day Milwaukee Air & Water Show came to a conclusion Sunday after entertaining visitors along the lakefront with a dazzling display of aerobatics and high flying jet-fast speed. Showers cut a portion of Sunday's water show short, but that didn't stop the famous Thunderbirds from awing the crowd. Tim McGrath (left) of Whitefish Bay claps in appreciation as his wife, Penny, shields her eyes to get a better view of the airshow from Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photos: Michael Sears


20) Snorkelers swim with a 19-foot whale shark just outside Hanifaru Bay of Maldives' remote Baa Atoll, on Thursday, August 11.Tan Shung Sin / Reuters


21) Visitors serve bears at the Weldes' Big Bear Show at the Wisconsin State Fair dog biscuit “bear kabobs” through the fencing on a 3-foot-long stick. The $2 charge for the treats goes to help rescued bears at the Weldes’ Bearadise ranch in Florida. Here, 6-year old Elvis Russell does the honors. Handler Monica Welde explains “These are not humans in bear suits.” The Welde family has trained and rescued bears for 85 years, and the show includes information on bear preservation and on what to do when meeting a bear in the wild. Journal Sentinel photo: Jeff Sainlar


22) After seeing faces made towards her, a bear in the Michigan City Washington Park Zoo sticks its tongue out at zoo guests Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Michigan City, Ind. Bob Wellinski / AP


23) This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Lily, a female red panda, exploring her surroundings during the opening of the new Panda Trek exhibit on Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 in San Diego. Ken Bohn /San Diego Zoo via AP


24) Catherine Richardson, left, and Catherine Brennan of Manchester, England make their eighth visit to Elvis' Birthplace for the annual Fans Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Tupelo, Miss. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)


25) Caleb Schierkolk, 11, of Shenandoah, Iowa, shows off where former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signed his forehead at the Iowa State Fair August 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images


26) Payton Doub of Danville, Ind., rests after brushing the cattle that were shown at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, Thursday, Aug. 11. Darron Cummings / AP


27) Dave Schmidt,(right) a certified master baker and executive director of the Wisconsin Bakers Association, and his cream puff crew, Susan Crane (left) and Tom Barger work on a 125-pound cream puff. Here is the completed World Record-setting cream puff. Schmidt celebrates his cream puff accomplishment by raising a plaque. Journal Sentinel photos: Jeff Sainlar


28) Julia Steiner of Louisville, Kentucky, samples the fried butter at the Wisconsin State Fair. Photo: Kevin Hughes - Wauwatosa, WI


29) President Barack Obama is presented with a Green Bays Packers football jersey by quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers on Friday on the South Lawn of the White House (AP photo). The presient also reacted after being presented a stock certificate that makes him an 'owner' of the Packers by cornerback Charles Woodson. Photo: Carolyn Kaster


30) Franklin High School honored its state-champion baseball team during a ceremony at the school Aug. 11. Players stood as they were introduced during the celebration. Photo: Peter Zuzga
International Airport




AND FINALLY,

Dennis Farmer of New Brunswick, Canada captured video of a cloud that looks like a man's face, and another that could be a pig. 

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2nd UPDATE: Felony Franks

Culinary no-no's

 


Remember this controversy?

It’s all over.

VOTE TUESDAY FOR JONATHAN STEITZ


Steitz for state Senate

VOTE TUESDAY FOR KIM SIMAC


Simac for state Senate

Remember this?

Culinary no-no #239

Culinary no-no's, ELVIS


THIS WEEK'S ENTRY IS A SUMMER RE-RUN OF LAST AUGUST'S CULINARY NO-NO #179.





This week, a Culinary no-no that is NOT a Culinary no-no.

We will explain.

I am an unabashed ELVIS fan. He is my favorite artist. I also love the Beatles. But there were four of them.

Rumor has it Elvis had a penchant for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Fried. Deep fried.

That just sounds like a heart attack on a plate.

Did you know that there are not one but TWO versions of this delight?

From goelvis.com:

"Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

2 slices white bread

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Summer is over

The county park’s July 4 fireworks were barely finished. The neighborhood kids were sad to see them end. Dad only made matters worse.

“Well, summertime is just about over,” he’d say.

“Oh, stop that!” Mom would reply.

Of course, we all knew there was plenty of summer remaining. Dad’s point was that what was left would go pretty fast.  And he was correct.

Since summer began, we’ve been robbed each and every day. WTMJ’s John Milan wrote this in his Journal Sentinel column Saturday:

“On June 21 we received 15 hours and 22 minutes of daylight…Today, we are at 14 hours and two minutes.”

Look out your window tonight a little after 8:00. Depressing.

Did Franklin make the list?


Check it out.


And how long will it take before the folks at Franklin City Hall and the ace reporters at

FranklinNOW catch on?

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin

 

The update for August 15, 2011 includes:

Senate Democrat recall elections tomorrow -- Don't forget to vote!

US Bishop on unrepentant pro-abortion politicians: "Treat them as a tax collector or a Gentile. Expel them."

The Latest News You Can Use From WRTL

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

 

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High co$t rail


February 16, 2010

“Wisconsin lawmakers gave approval to spending $810 million in federal stimulus funding on a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee, despite the objections of Republicans who said it would cost too much and be underused.”
Scott Bauer, Wisconsin Associated Press


Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, 2010

"It’s coming. Nobody can stop this train."
U.S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood


November 18, 2010

“The Madison-Milwaukee train line is dead.”
Wisconsin Governor-elect Scott Walker

Opponents of the train were always mightily worried about the high cost and imminent cost-overruns.

We told you so.

Check out the latest from
California.

Food for thought


“Virginia's bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.

‘Keep in mind,’ (Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League) added, ‘what the other side was saying — that this was going to be a blood bath, that restaurants will be dangerous and people will stop going. But there was nothing to base the fear-mongering on’."

"Nobody was prepared for Elvis"

ELVIS













1956 was the pivotal year.

The White House DISENFRANCHISES!


And therefore must be racist.

What other explanation is there?

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/15/11)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer
Mother of little angel, Kyla Audrey



Above quote: Thomas Monson


How to Permanently Mess Up Your Daughter In 10 Easy Steps: 

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Is honesty always the best policy?


Great talk radio topic.

Did this dad do the right thing?

Check out a new conservative blog


It's written by a woman from our area.

I recommend.

Historic video 66 years ago

VJ Day in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Wisconsin Model

Friends of the US Chamber 

     
   

The Wisconsin Model:
Voters Support Real Leadership


Earlier this year, we saluted Governor Scott Walker and the majority of the Wisconsin
legislature for showing true leadership by enacting real budget reforms to rescue your
state’s economy.

These reforms are already making a positive impact — improving the state’s schools and
wiping out the structural deficit that threatened the state’s fiscal health.

Despite the positive results, the public sector labor unions are still seething about the
reforms and mounted recall elections last week against the state senators who supported
them.

The results?  Voters like you stood behind Wisconsin’s leaders and their fight for fiscal
responsibility. 

Even the New York Times recognized the significance of the election results, writing
that they were:

“A defeat to union groups ... who had spent months and millions of
dollars trying to wrestle away at least some of the state's political
power."

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17-16 lead: Conservative fight continues


The dust has settled.

Unprecedented recall elections are over, and Republicans still hold a 17-16 majority in the state Senate.

Keep in mind these elections were all about power, gaining control of running the upper house of the Legislature.

Through it all, Wisconsin Republicans withstood death threats, sexual assaults against female Senators, destruction of the state Capitol, millions of dollars worth of nasty, false ads.

I can recall when my party was behind 17-16.

No sweat, some of us thought. We'll just pick off one of their members.

Jeff Plale

Tim Carpenter

Roger Breske

Surely one will cross the aisle on a key vote.

Rarely, if ever happened.

The liberal press and Democrats in the Senate are hoping they can sway someone like moderate Dale Schultz.


Not gonna happen.

The Walker reforms will continue, if the legislative Republicans don't wobble.

"How does Wisconsin heal the hurt?"


From the Wisconsin Reporter.

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (08/07/11)

Photos of the Week


Check out #9.

Now look...



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The following is nothing new to my wife

And probably many other women, too.

From the Business section of the Wall Street Journal...

Irish Fest begins Thursday

Milwaukee Irish Fest  -  August 2011
Jason's Test Header
 
Hot News!
Check back daily for Hot News on the festival.....

HOT NEWS 

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The "Canucklehead"


Would that be...

A)

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Wisconsin's FY2009 Debt Situation Was 7th Worst in Nation


MacIver News Service
| August 16, 2011

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3 MUST-READS: BLACK YOUTH VIOLENCE


All of these pieces are from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week.

1) In violence, we reap the harvest we've sown
By Milwaukee alderman Bob Donovan

"There is a growing subculture in the City of Milwaukee and other large urban centers across the nation - largely young and African-American lacking the shared values that you and I may take for granted.

To this subculture, there is no respect for authority. There is no value in marriage or raising a family. There is no value in receiving an education or getting and keeping a job. There is no value in passing on a legacy to the next generation."

2) Can a white politician criticize black youth and not be labeled as racists?
By James Causey

“The black community called Donovan a racist. Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle Sr., who is black, said Donovan’s comments only divide the community. Donovan will meet with the Journal Sentinel’s Editorial Board Monday to defend his comments. This should be interesting.

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/17/11)


A Very Special Tea Party for Very Special Daughters
By Jennifer Fischer

Mother of little angel, Kyla Audrey






I have mentioned that I enjoy reading lots of baking, cooking and party planning blogs.  “Enjoy” is a rather mild term for me.  “Obsess over” is probably more accurate.  Many of these wonderful blogs have given me great recipes and have inspired me to try creative crafts.  I have “liked” several of these blogs on Facebook so that I get real-time updates and every day leads to more inspiration and more great blogs that I didn’t know existed.

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Nero fiddled...


Obama…



US President Barack Obama rides bicycle along a state park track in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27, 2010. The US First Family is vacationing on the island until August 29.


Rode a girl’s bicycle. Photo: Getty Images

That's the president last August while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. He's back there again this summer vacationing as the stock market plunges causing great investor anxiety and predictions of another recession.







More Obama postcards


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Officials Optimistic on Wisconsin Job Creation Despite July Setback


MacIver News Service
| August 18, 2011

[Madison, Wisc…] Wisconsin’s economic recovery stumbled in July as jobless numbers increased and the state lost jobs in the private sector.

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It's POO time again at This Just In...


Hard to believe but…


Photo: MyCommunityNOW

High school football begins this weekend.

I'm not a big fan of high school football teams running up the score.

Once again this season, I’m going to hand 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.

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


Watch for our first installment this Saturday morning.

BTW, the high school sports coverage on the various NOW sites is tremendous. Make sure to follow throughout the football season.

Franklin football fans, you may want to prepare yourselves for what
could be a down year for the Sabers due to graduation. I'd be worried about Muskego.

MUST-HEAR AUDIO: Ted Nugent on WISN


A great American.

 




Rocker and staunch conservative Ted Nugent, a liberal's worst nightmare, was interviewed by Vicki McKenna today on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

If you missed it or just want to hear it again, here’s the AWESOME podcast.

UPDATE: A 9/11 Tower of Courage


I have talked and written about Rick Rescorla, one of the many heroes of 9/11.

Rescorla’s story is incredible. It should be a Hollywood epic, with a John Wayne-type playing the leading role.

For now, it will be told opera-style.

The streetcar boondoggle gets worse


Sean Ryan has a great piece in the Milwaukee Business Journal that raises more questions about the proposed downtown Milwaukee street car.

Of primary concern expressed by utility companies is the high cost of relocating underground pipes and power lines and who will pay those costs. There’s also discussion about changing the route.

Despite the costs, some aldermen still support the project, and seem to be not all that concerned.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a great weekend, thank you vera much!

ELVIS, Nostalgia


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight....


Elvis with open cape


This week marked the 34th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. To join the celebration of Elvis Week, This Just In devotes its weekly Friday night music piece to some tunes from the King that true fans will recognize and might be new to many who aren’t as ardent followers. I hope you’ll enjoy our selection.

We begin with one of Elvis’ early RCA recordings. Note the great boogie woogie piano. And the cool lyrics.



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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


 

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez



Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden




Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino














Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez




Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



Political Cartoons by Chip Bok




Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert



Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel






 

The Barking Lot (08/20/11)

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:  Scattered thunderstorms. Chance of rain is there, mostly in the afternoon, but 40% or less. Comfy, but below normal high, a sign summer is slowly fading. Forecast says rain will hit, eventually. Hit or miss walking that dog.  High of 75.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. "A"


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


I’ve heard so many people accuse Hallmark of “making up holidays” just to turn a profit.  Obviously the Marketing Dept. of the largest greeting card company did not hold a meeting and dream up Sweetest Day.  


I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum:  I don’t think Hallmark makes ENOUGH “occasion” and “holiday” cards.  I clearly remember when Kevin & I got married and I wanted a card to give to my mother in law on our special day.  There are plenty of cards for wives and husbands to give each other, and an ample assortment for parents to give their children.  Why, then, couldn’t I find a single card that expressed my sentiments of being the luckiest woman in the world not only for marrying my husband but for getting the best MIL ever?  Finally I settled for a card that I found as appropriate as possible but to this day, I still feel like Hallmark missed a great opportunity.  (Clearly I can’t be the only person who loved their MIL so deeply.)

 

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2011 POO Awards-Week 1


During each high school football season, I give 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).

I am inspired by my disdain for coaches that run up the score.

The POO Awards are back this season with our first winner..

Week 1
Luck 73, Birchwood 22

Week-ends (08/20/11)

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jeremy Henwood


Hellen Rollens


Andy Hewlett


Chelsea Muff and her instinct


Alert neighbor...who has now been identified. MORE. 
And yes, he's still a hero.


Paul Susienka and bystanders


Charles Murray


Tyler Southern



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Milwaukee County employees


Ed Schultz


Mike Sturla


The ACLU


MLB (Major League Baseball...sorry, Bud)


The city of Salem, Oregon


Cherika Alvarez



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I think there is a lot of pressure, not only from the folks from Wisconsin which think very much of him, but I think around the country. Paul Ryan is one of the most courageous people I know. And in this day and age we need more than anything we need leaders of courage. We need more people who care about the next generation than they do about the next election and that's exactly what you'd get out of Paul Ryan. I hope he is at least serious about reconsidering it (running) because I think there is a lot of people across America who'd love to see him on the ticket." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who has been in the news lately because of the recall elections in his state, says he would like to see U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) jump in the GOP field for president.


“I don't think it's a secret that he was strongly encouraging me to try. I've been strongly encouraging him to run as well. He has all the qualities our party needs to be emphasizing in these elections. He can explain—and is willing to explain—in plain English why today's policies are a disaster for the middle class, and he has the smarts to go toe-to-toe with the people who are saying misleading things about the proposals that he’s put out there. If there were a Paul Ryan fan club, I'd be a national officer.”
Indiana governor Mitch Daniels


"The fact is, he (President Obama) takes more vacations than any human being I've ever seen. They used to complain about George Bush, but I understand he's already exceeded George Bush and we're not even through the year. So he likes vacation... it sends a bad message. Here we have a country that really is going to hell in a hand basket. Let's not kid ourselves. What's happening to this country is horrible. All over the world, they're talking about it. And we have a president that's constantly -- whether it's Martha's Vineyard or someplace else, constantly on vacation. I mean, all the time he's on vacation! So I think it sends a very, very bad message. We have to work in this country to bring it back."
Donald Trump


"Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It's the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times."
Obama's Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack


"There's a taxpayer paid campaign type event to create buzz and to create positive vibes for the president, paid for by the taxpayers and we're calling him out on it.”
GOP Chairman Reince Priebus
commenting about the president’s bus tour.


"Well, I guess he not only likes Canadian health care, but he likes Canadian RV's.”
Illinois  Republican Congressman Aaron Schock who reacted to news that Obama's two buses, worth about $1.1 million each, were built in Canada


“You know with a respectable--someone who is a little bit toward the middle of the road--Republican nominee, he’s (Obama)going to have a very tough time getting re-elected. One guy asked me, 'Give me 25 words what he's about and what he’s done for me.' I’m like, 'It could have been worse.'”
Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.)



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Conference aims to normalize pedophilia.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Big labor spams state employees.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Kim Kardashian's getting married.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Hotel offers free room in exchange for...


Will you marry me...NOW?


Woman sues bathtub company...read why.


NASA scientist has quite the concern.


That’s it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted…


Are kids in my Franklin neighborhood crooks?


I say no. But then again, I’m not clear on all city of Franklin statutes.

Earlier this week, two young neighbor girls set up a card table just down the street where they hawked lemonade, “the best you’ll ever have” they claimed.

After Kyla’s swimming class, Jennifer and Kyla made the short stroll to make a purchase. I asked Jennifer if any permit was visible at the makeshift stand.  Nope.

Don’t scoff but in some locales in the good ol’ US of A, that would bring a reprimand from a police officer or pencil-pushing bureaucrat who would proceed to shut down the tiny entrepreneurs.

Enough is enough. So says Robert Fernandes who’s heard one too many of these stories about lemonade crackdowns. He’s declared today, August 20, Lemonade Freedom Day.

So c’mon neighbor kids. Set up that card table. Fill that pitcher. Pour us a cup. Stand up for your freedom!



We now take you LIVE to the floor of the U.S. House...


Where Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) is giving instructions on how to "speak Democrat."

A great time today at Irish Fest


Thank you, Irish Fest for asking me back once again to emcee the children's freckle contest.

Don't be shy, I won't bite.  Honest.

Congratulations! You're a winner!

If you're a judge, how do you choose between twins?

Yes, boys do enter the contest.

A face without freckles is like a night without stars.

One of the judges, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan, decked out in a kilt, congratulates a contestant.

Sunday it's the red hair contest.

Recommended Reading (08/21/11)

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).

Big Labor gambled and lost on Wisconsin recalls

"
Wisconsin Democrats' inability to defeat three Republican incumbent state senators in the recent recall elections here in Wisconsin is a devastating loss for Big Labor. These recalls were Big Labor's last stand and will have national ramifications for years to come."


Do layoffs mean WEAC is on the financial ropes?

"Education has very little to do with the teachers union’s agenda. Its main function is to constantly angle for a bigger piece of the taxpayer pie, and WEAC did that very effectively prior to 2011."


Blue partisans shorten the lines

"Shocked and appalled by the law (in WI that curtailed collective bargaining), public opinion was decisively recoiling away from the extremest agenda of the fanatical Gopers.  The temporary Republican legislative victory had ignited an unstoppable Democratic wave that would sweep the party to a decisive win in the recall elections and go on to sweep the nation.  The wicked, clueless GOP had overstepped; now the great Democratic fightback woulld begin. Considered dialectically, it was a win.

Well, no."


AWOL lawmakers could see expensive penalties

"A proposed fine for unexcused absences has Wisconsin Democrats worried that Republicans may take away traditional privileges in the legislature."


Social degeneration

"Someone at long last has had the courage to tell the plain, honest truth about race. After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence -- as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places -- Philadelphia's black mayor, Michael A. Nutter, ordered a police crackdown and lashed out at the whole lifestyle of those who did such things."


Generation Sponge

"Contrary to what I’d like to report, the socialists have succeeded in the United States—certainly not with our economy, nor with our health care, and definitely not with our borders—but they have made great strides in turning this generation into one big Baby Huey that expects never to be weaned and forever to be coddled upon the “free” mediocre milk that slowly drips from the government’s sagging mammaries. Mammaries, like the corners of my mind. Misty watercolor mammaries, of the way we were."


Warren Buffett: Stop whining

"America could certianly use those billions Buffett and his freinds have offered. But it's one thing to stand on a soapbox and quite anoter to actually open your wallet."


Millionaires go missing

"Speaking of 'millionaires and billionaires', the real tax news is that there are fewer of both these days. This month the IRS released more detailed tax data for 2009, and the nearby table records the decline of the taxpaying rich." 


Number of green jobs fails to live up to promises

"...the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream."

My Most Popular Blogs (08/21/11)

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) MUST HEAR AUDIO: Ted Nugent on WISN

2) Photos of the Week (08/14/11)

3) Culinary no-no  #239

4) Kylas Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/15/11)

5) The Barking Lot (08/20/11)

6) “How does Wisconsin heal the hurt?”

7) Is honesty always the best policy?

8) Did Franklin make the list?

9) Emails, I get emails: Caylees Law

10) Goodnight everyone, and have a great weekend, thank you vera much!


Photos of the Week (08/21/11)

Photos of the Week


1) President Barack Obama
wipes his brow as he speaks during a town hall meeting at Lower Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn., Monday, Aug. 15. Carolyn Kaster / AP


2) Residents of Atkinson, Ill.,
line up on Illinois Route 6 to show support for President Barack Obama who is visiting their town during his three-day economic bus tour Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011, in Atkinson, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


3) Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry
poses with a cutout of U.S. Army Reserves Spc. James Benal of the Nebraska National Guard, serving in Afghanistan, after he was approached by his mother Patty Benal, as Perry visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Charles Dharapak / AP


4) Students of a primary school
take shelter under their desks in the schoolroom during a drill, in Toribio, department of Cauca, Colombia on July 25. The school is located near the heavily fortified local police station and has 600 students who have to take cover every time the FARC guerrillas attack and the bullets start flying by. Therefore the teachers are forced to give them also survival lessons as an extracurricular subject. Luis Robayo / AFP - Getty Images


5) Players from American Georgetown University men's basketball team and China's Bayi men's basketball team fight during a basketball friendly game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena, on Thursday, Aug. 18. China Daily/Reuters


6) In this Aug. 18, 2011 photo, an Oregon State Police trooper dodges ash from a fire burning along Interstate 5 near Rogue River, Ore. Gov. John Kitzhaber invoked the state's Emergency Conflagration Act on Thursday evening, ordering police and fire officials to send resources from around the state to fight the North River Road Fire burning near the City of Rogue River. Jamie Lusch / AP


7) Amy Lavrich, left, and Christine Marty, right,
comfort Romy Connolly after being caught in a flash flood, Aug. 19, in Pittsburgh. Chris Langer / Tribune Review via AP


8) NASA astronaut Ron Garan caught
this picture of a meteor from the International Space Station. Ron Garan / NASA via Twitpic


9) Who has
these folks all shook up? Photo: Pedro Armestre/ AFP - Getty Images.This guy. Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile after arriving in Madrid. Photo: Andrea Comas / Reuters


10) Zeli Ferreira Rosse, 61, and his wife Cleusa Pereira Rosse, reenact how
Rosse sleeps in a coffin in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Wednesday Aug. 17. Rossi says he sleeps in the coffin on Fridays to honor a friend who died in 1988. The two had agreed to buy the coffin of whoever died first. He says that in 1983 he was seriously hurt in a car accident and his friend, who thought he had died, paid for his coffin. Rossi recovered and when his friend died in 1988 of multiple stab wounds he started sleeping in the coffin to honor his memory. Leonardo Morais / AP


11) The New York City Fire Department
tweeted this photo last week, which apparently shows a garbage truck dangling from the side of a garage in Queens. Even more incredibly, the FDNY somehow rescued the driver, who was taken to the hospital with head and neck injuries.


12) A Green Bay Police Department
badge features the Packers logo and “Super Bowl Champions XLV” on its face. Photo: Green Bay Police Department


13) A python regius
inspects the head of a bunny on August 17, 2011 in Leipzig, eastern Germany, during a photocall to promote the "Hund & Heimtier" pet fair. Organizers of the fair running from August 20 to 21, 2011 expect among others about 5,000 dogs to be presented. Photo: PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images


14) One of the nine baby flamingos born at Bristol Zoo
stands with the adults as they feed together on Aug. 19, in Bristol, England. Nine flamingo chicks have hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens in the last three months - the biggest number the Zoo has ever had. The chicks, which are Greater Flamingoes from Africa and southern Europe and range in age from four weeks to three months old, take the Zoo's total flock to 38 birds. Matt Cardy/ Getty Images


15)
LeAnn Rimes danced and sang to the cheering crowd at Joe's Bar in Chicago last week as she took part in the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives benefit. The charity funds programs that aim to improve disadvantaged people's lives through music. Photo: The Daily Mail. This incident occurred while Rimes was in Chicago.


16) Fans from all over the world gather at the gates of Graceland for
a candlelight vigil marking the 34th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley on Aug. 15. Jim Weber / The Commercial Appeal via AP


17)
A competitor dives off the roof of the Institute of Contempory Art as an airplane takes off from Logan International Airport during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 competition in Boston, Mass., Aug. 20. Boston is the sixth stop on this year's tour and the only urban venue, where divers plunge some 90 feet from the roof of a building into Boston Harbor. Brian Snyder / Reuters

 

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Irish Fest trivia

 

Take a look at this picture from 1984. Irish Fest mascot Paddy McFest is presenting the trophy for the red hair contest to a winner.





 

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ANOTHER great time at Irish Fest today!


Milwaukee
's Irish Fest...the biggest and best Irish festival in the entire world!





Today began with a huge Sunday Mass. Presiding was Archbishop Listecki.






And after Mass, oh my!






THEY...are a must-see.





But as adorable as they are, be careful.






Time to cool off...





The rugged tug o' war!






Bring in the kids!





It must be...





It could only be…





The children’s red hair contest.





Unfortunately....





Not everyone can win.





Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge (one of the contest judges) Michael Dwyer giving congratulations.


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Culinary no-no #240

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY 
NO-
NO!



I’ve mentioned famous chef Anthony Bourdain in a couple of Culinary no-nos, even though I really am quite indifferent. Don’t know all that much or care about him.  From Culinary no-no #165:


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

My wife, Jennifer loves another man.


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Personally, I've never read anything he's wriiten and have never watched him on TV, and he's nothing in a tight sweater.

But the famous chef gets a nod this week as he reacts to a TIME magazine piece about the dangers of salt and potential government intervention. Josh Ozersky writes:

"Your heart may be happy about this, but your tongue won't be. Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain, speaking for chefs everywhere, describes salt as the one irreplaceable ingredient in the kitchen. 'It's what makes food taste good,' he says. 'Traditional, intelligent and skilled used of salt has become confused in the minds of nanny-state nitwits with the sneaking of salt into processed convenience foods. Nothing else encapsulates the mission of the food ideologues better than this latest intrusion: they desire a world without flavor'."

Maybe this Bourdain guy's not so bad.

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I also don't have any affection for Paula Deen. The little I've seen of this TV chef, whom I'm sure is very nice and worth sitting down to have a mint julep with, shows me her style of cooking is like making sure pigs have enough slop. It's one big ugly mess topped on the next ugly mess. But she gets get away with it due to her friendly Southern charm.





I’ve done talk radio for many years. I don’t believe that at any time during my appearances have I ripped other talk show hosts. You just don’t do it. The rare exception may have been liberal or public radio talk show hosts that either are boring, can’t argue their points for any length of time, or have very little factual info to support their emotional, bumper-sticker stances. Generally speaking, I don’t and have never gone after any other talk show hosts individually or personally.

This isn't politics.

For example, you'd  never see...





Blasting...


 


It would never happen, in large part because they're friends, but also because there's professional courtesy involved.

So imagine the tremors felt last week through the foodosphere (Yes, I made that word up but if sexting can be admitted to the dictionary as of this past week, why not?) when a celebrity food fight erupted.

Numerous internet websites reported the following:

“Anthony Bourdain's never been one to shy away from controversy. He's famously attacked Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and even Guy Fieri for their cooking skills or, in his opinion, lack thereof. Now he's found a new target, Paula Deen. He called the butter-loving southern cook ‘the worst, most dangerous person to America…She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is f*****g bad for you…plus, her food sucks,’ according to TV Guide magazine. (Getty Images)”

Bourdain ripped other cooks as well.

Paula Deen, good for her, fired back at her verbal assailant. The New York Post quoted Deen:

“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s. But it’s another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”

Give me Deen's unpretentious butter-filled Southern delights any time as opposed to Bourdain's nose scraping the ceiling reviews. My wife has told me how provocative Bourdain can be. She's also loved the down-home charm of Deen. To me the choice is clear and I've been silently right in my household for years: Bourdain is a jerk.

Dear Paula, please come to cook in my Franklin, Wisconsin home anytime. WE will supply the good Wisconsin butter.

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Kids answer questions about marriage


HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?
  

You  got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if  you like sports, she should like it that you like  sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.  

--  Alan, age 10


-No  person really decides before they grow up who they're  going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you  get to find out later who you're stuck with.  

--  Kristen, age  10
  


2.
  WHAT IS  THE RIGHT AGE TO GET   MARRIED?  
Twenty-three is the best age because you know  the person FOREVER by then. 

--   Camille, age 10
  


3.  HOW CAN A  STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE   MARRIED?
  
You  might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be  yelling at the same kids.

--  Derrick, age  8
  


4.  WHAT DO  YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN  COMMON?  
Both  don't want any more kids.   
--  Lori,  age 8  


5.  WHAT DO  MOST PEOPLE DO ON A  DATE?  
-Dates are  for having fun, and people  should use them to get to know each other. Even boys  have something to say if you listen long enough.  

--  Lynnette, age  8
    (isn't  she a treasure)

-On  the first date, they just tell each other lies and that  usually gets them interested enough to go for a second  date. 

--  Martin, age  10
  


6.  WHEN IS  IT OKAY TO KISS   SOMEONE?   
-When  they're rich.  

--  Pam, age  7
( Love her )

-The  law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to  mess with that. 

-  - Curt, age   7

 
-The  rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you  should marry them and have kids with them. It's the  right thing to do.   

-  - Howard,  age 8
  


7.    IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR   MARRIED?  
It's better for girls to be single but not for  boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. 

--  Anita, age 9
   (bless you child )   


8.  HOW  WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE  DIDN'T  GET  MARRIED?   
There  sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? 

--  Kelvin, age 8
  

And   the #1 Favorite is
.......  


9.  HOW  WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE   WORK?   
Tell  your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like  a dump truck.
 
--  Ricky, age  10     

 

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Say Something Nice


On the streets of NYC...
 

The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin...


And Wisconsin Right To Life (WRTL):


Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

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Another blogger attempts a week in review


And I can attest that’s not easy.

Check it out.

Wisconsin Parents Exercising Educational Choice


Now there's a shock.

Wisconsin Parents Exercising Educational Choice

1 in 4 Statewide and nearly 4 in 5 in Milwaukee, According to MacIver Study

[Madison, Wisc…] More than 260,000 Wisconsin K-12 students exercise some form of educational choice, according to a new study by the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy.

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Ignore stranger danger at your child's own risk


Some so-called experts with the best intentions tell parents the belief in stranger danger is overblown, counter-productive, risky, even untrue. For example, here’s an excerpt from a piece on yellodyno.com:


Once upon a time, many years ago, Crime Dog McGruff said, "Strangers are a danger to our children. We must go out and teach all our children "Stranger Danger" and they'll be safe. So they spread the news far and wide.

Millions of dollars were spent to try to ensure every child in the kingdom knew not to talk to strangers. So parents all over the kingdom went to sleep at night thinking, "Our children are safe. We have taught them Stranger Danger." But one day an alert went out all over the kingdom.

"A Boy Scout, Brennan Hawkins disappeared from a Boy Scout camp in the Utah

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UPDATE: Week-ends (08/20/11)

Week-ends

 

My OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK this past Saturday:

Conference aims to normalize pedophilia.

Here’s an update from the Catholic League.


2nd UPDATE: Week-ends (08/20/11)

Week-ends


Here at This Just In…, putting each Saturday’s Week-ends
 together is quite an undertaking. Invariably, you’re going to miss something.

Here is an amazing article that didn’t come to my attention until after Saturday’s publication. It goes under the category of HEROES OF THE WEEK:

Web technology

How do they keep from going comatose?

 

High school football is beyond popular in Texas. It’s a religion.

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About that recall of Governor Walker...

 

May 25, 2011, from politicalwire.com:

“A new Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin finds 50% of voters would support the recall of Gov. Scott Walker (R), while 47% are opposed.

‘It's impossible to say whether Democrats will be able to sustain this strong anti-Walker sentiment all the way through the time a recall election would actually be held. But it bodes well for them that as Wisconsin has left the headlines, at least nationally, Walker's numbers have just continued to get worse at home’."

Almost three months later, August 16, 2011, from Public Policy Polling:

“When PPP last polled the question in May, Wisconsinites narrowly favored booting Walker from office before his current term is up, with 50% for it and 47% against it. Now that margin has reversed (47-50). Republicans, already almost unanimously against a recall, are now even more so (8% in favor and 89% opposed three months ago, and 6-94 now). On top of that, those in the middle of the fray, independents, have moved from 50-47 for a recall, just like the overall electorate, to 46-50 against.

On top of that, voters are not particularly upset with last week’s recall election results. 43% are happy with the outcomes, and 39% are unhappy. Since they took two seats but were unable to win a third for the majority, 17% of Democrats are happy, but 64% unhappy, and 19% not sure what to feel. Republicans are more unilaterally elated (73-13), and independents split at 41-38.”

PPP is recognized as a Democrat-leaning pollster.


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A musical giant dies

Nostalgia


Think for a moment about how difficult a challenge it would be to sit down and write a song that actually became a successful recording.

Now imagine doing it over 200 times.

Jerry Leiber died Monday at the age of 78. Together with Mike Stoller, they formed a prolific songwriting team that endured for over 60 years. The duo wrote many classics for Elvis Presley.



From left, Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber at MGM Studios in 1957. Photo: Business Wire

Leiber said this about The King:

“We feel that Elvis Presley was the high water mark of the 20th Century. He’s legend. No, he’s myth. He’s in that celestial place for mythological figures. At the time, we just thought he was a white kid trying to make it as a singer.”

Leiber and Stoller’s first success was “Hound Dog,” written for Big Mama Thornton. Four years later, the song skyrocketed when Elvis recorded a somewhat sanitized version with an alteration of the original lyrics that upset Leiber, but only to a certain degree.

"To this day I have no idea what that rabbit business is about," he told Rolling Stone in 2009. "The song is not about a dog; it's about a man, a freeloading gigolo. Elvis' version makes no sense to me, and, even more irritatingly, it is not the song that Mike and I wrote. Of course, the fact that it sold more than seven million copies took the sting out of what seemed to be a capricious change of lyrics."

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These are very sad times for the Franklin School Board

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It's tough to be a Chicago sports fan these days


Just ask one.

9/11 IMAGES: "Powerful and disturbing"


In the days ahead, we’re about to be inundated with various news items about the 10th anniversary of 9/11. That’s as it should be.

Collectively as a nation, America has forgotten much about the events and ramifications of 9/11. We need far more reminders than what we’ve seen or heard.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has compiled an amazing photo gallery commemorating this anniversary. There are 174 pictures worth a look.



UPDATE Culinary no-no #115

Culinary no-no's


Just this week I ventured out for lunch to a nearby Greek joint.

Great food.

I ordered...







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Franklin can't even get Halloween right






In communities all across America, local units of government are quickly and easily dispatching a simple order of business:

What day are we holding Trick or Treat and at what time.

Easy? Really easy.

Not so in Franklin, WI, one of the best places to live in America, until you get your property tax bill.

At the August 16th Franklin Common Council, one of the no-brainers on the agenda was Trick or Treat for 2011.  As Klinger once said in M*A*S*H, “a piece of baklava.” Toledo’s finest son obviously never paid a visit to Franklin.

Resident Franklin curmudgeon, Alderman Tim Solomon suggested that the hours that have traditionally been on a Sunday from 4-7 be changed to 1-4. There was also talk about overlapping with surrounding communities.

Alderman Steve Taylor in his ultimate wisdom said Franklin should find out what all its neighbors are doing before a decision was made. Great suggestion! What other ideas should we ask Oak Creek, Hales Corners, Muskego and Greendale permission for before we vote?

Excuse me, but who cares what they’re doing in Muskego.

Taylor’s motion was seconded so that means a final decision on…

TRICK OR TREAT

Won’t be made until the September 6th meeting of the Common Council.

Oy vey.

Isn’t it amazing that even on a measure as painfully, brutally obvious as Halloween the Franklin mayor and Common Council can’t get it right?

This does give you, the Franklin populace, the opportunity to tell your elected officials when you want Trick or Treat hours, 1-4, or 4-7.

It’s more than likely that Trick or Treat in Franklin will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30.

More cluelessness from the Franklin Common Council. There was discussion at the last meeting about a potential Green Bay Packer game conflict. When, oh when would the Packers play?

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Remember, Friday is National Dog Day

My wife's Barking Lot blog this past Saturday:

I’ve heard so many people accuse Hallmark of “making up holidays” just to turn a profit.  Obviously the Marketing Dept. of the largest greeting card company did not hold a meeting and dream up Sweetest Day.  

I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum:  I don’t think Hallmark makes ENOUGH “occasion” and “holiday” cards.  I clearly remember when Kevin & I got married and I wanted a card to give to my mother in law on our special day.  There are plenty of cards for wives and husbands to give each other, and an ample assortment for parents to give their children.  Why, then, couldn’t I find a single card that expressed my sentiments of being the luckiest woman in the world not only for marrying my husband but for getting the best MIL ever?  Finally I settled for a card that I found as appropriate as possible but to this day, I still feel like Hallmark missed a great opportunity.  (Clearly I can’t be the only person who loved their MIL so deeply.)

I know that there are sympathy cards available for the loss of a pet.  However, with the almost 80 million dogs owned in the United States and an estimated $50 billion spent on them, I really do think Hallmark is missing the boat not offering more dog-specific cards.


I think the good folks at the Gold Crown Company could make money paw over fist if they’d develop a few cards for National Dog Day.  What a fabulous holiday and great excuse (as if you need one) to spoil your four-legged friend!  The founders of this holiday offer fifty ways to celebrate. 

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The Manslater

Is America Turning Left?


By guest blogger Thomas C. Reeves  

Thomas Reeves








A
few years ago I wrote a piece on the eventual victory of the Left in America.  Almost all of the most relevant indicators pointed in that direction: The mainstream media, the public schools, colleges and universities, and the major Protestant denominations were dominated by liberals.  There were numerous stories of the federal government increasingly cracking down on free speech and thought.  The traditional family and marriage were widely ridiculed.  Porn was commonplace and available to all.  Much of popular music was anarchic.  Tattoos and assorted clips and mutilations were routine.   The welfare state had hooked millions.  Secularism seemed to dominate.  The election of  Barak Obama, a man of stern leftist ideology, seemed to seal the argument.   America appeared to be on its way toward becoming modern-day England, a nearly bankrupt nanny state that flouts its political correctness and base culture while at the same time being unable to defend itself against the internal violence generated by its own leftist commitments.

But there is a strong argument to the contrary, and one of the best sources to consult for documentation is the Gallup Poll.  After surveying more than 10,000 adults across the United States in the first half of 2011, Gallup and USA Today/Gallup reported numbers that should encourage conservatives and perhaps curtail a bit of leftist triumphalism.  Today, 41% of Americans call themselves conservatives, 36% say they are moderates, and only 21% declare themselves to be liberal.  What that appears to indicate is that 77% of the public does not share the leftist agenda that dominates much of contemporary American life.  The sweeping Republican gains of 2010 are perhaps a reflection of this poll data.   In my own "purple" state of Wisconsin, Republican victories were stunning, and included the ouster of ultra-liberal Senator Russ Feingold, in office since 1993.

Data about the two major political parties are also revealing.  Among Democrats polled, 39 percent were moderates, 18% were conservative, and 5% were "very conservative."  Liberals came in at 29% while 9% were "very liberal."  That means that even in the party of Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, 62% are not closely identifying with the leftist agenda.  (As of August 16, according to Gallup, a mere 13% of Americans approved of Congressional activity.  Obama's popularity in early August dropped to 39%; this is in the Jimmy Carter league.)  

Among Republicans, 21% told pollsters that they were "very conservative," 50% called themselves conservative, 24 % were moderate, and 3% were liberal.  Therefore , 71% of Republicans are neither moderate nor liberal.  Is there still a culture war in America?  Of course, even though it largely involves the better educated (self-declared or actual) who attempt to mould public opinion.

Among independents, 44% describe themselves as moderate, 27% are conservative, and 8% are "very conservative."  Only 14% of independents are liberal, and a mere 6% are "very liberal."  There again we see the Left as a distinct minority.  

That the hard Left stands at 6% nationally should be remembered the next time you read the New York Times, watch CBS News, and go to the movies.  America is a largely conservative and moderate nation.           Ideology in 2011, Gallup tells us, is almost the same as it was in 2009 and 2010.  Data from 1992 to the present shows a modest increase in political polarization, however.  The percentage of moderates has declined from 43% to 36%, while the combined liberal and conservative categories have climbed from 53% to 62%.

How does one explain the leftist domination of the culture and a public that by large numbers appear to reject much of what it hears and reads.  A great many on the Left simply dismiss the general public as incapable of understanding "truths" propounded by "the brights."  And the pomposity is not limited to the professoriate.   On a more serious intellectual level, there must be reasons, many of them complex, for the popularity of the Right and Middle in contemporary America.  Let me briefly suggest four.

I'm hardly the first to think that the Internet has liberated the minds of millions.  One does not have to accept the liberal line in the major media as there are tens of thousands of web pages devoted to a wide range of opinions on every subject.  You watch what you are, and the variety is endless.  The issue of authority, while perplexing, is not insurmountable.  National Review Online and Townhall, for example, present first-rate commentary and analysis designed for conservatives and others who simply want a point of view that the major networks and tax-supported PBS and NPR will not present.

I think too that Fox News and Fox Business News have opened the doors of intellectual opposition to millions.  No, the Fox outlets are not "fair and balanced."  In fact, they present favorable and informed views of conservatism,  libertarianism, and capitalistic doctrine to a degree that liberals have rarely tolerated in the mainstream media or on campus.  It should not be surprising that Fox is extremely popular with millions who watch cable and satellite programming.   

A third suggestion is not so easily documented.  It may be important that colleges and universities rarely require courses in the liberal arts and social sciences.  This limits the powers of ideologues to mould minds.  Aren't there any conservative professors, say of history or anthropology?  A huge quantity of literature and data answer this question with a resounding "not to speak of."  Their exclusion, in the halls of tolerance, is deliberate.

In the fourth place, it is illusory to think of all America as secular.  Almost as fast as liberal and "progressive" churches are dying, conservative churches are prospering and growing.  And not all of them are Protestant and Evangelical; conservative and traditional Catholics have made major steps in recent years to reclaim and beauty, dignity, and orthodoxy of the past.  They own and operate the two major Catholic media outlets on television and radio and publish a very large assortment of books and magazines.  Monastic orders that embrace traditional styles of worship and doctrine are beginning to thrive here and abroad.

True, there remain a great many areas of American life where liberal thought and morals thrive.  One thinks immediately of abortion, political correctness, a dominating federal government and horrendous debt.   But let us refuse to demonize the Left.  It has achieved a great deal in the past; it's a history that should not be ignored or twisted.  Still, let us not forget the Gallup polls telling us that conservatism, moderation, patriotism, and religious faith still represent the majority view in this country, however unacceptable it may be to the "brights."

Thomas C. Reeves is a retired UW-System professor living in southeast Wisconsin. Among his dozen books are Twentieth Century America: A Brief History, and biographies of John F. Kennedy, Joseph R. McCarthy, Fulton Sheen, Walter J. Kohler, Jr and Chester A. Arthur. I am proud to call Tom Reeves my friend.


Previous guest blogs by Reeves:

Why Fire Teachers?


Do We Need More College Graduates?



What Do Professors Want?



 

We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness


“We’re starting off on a bad foot.”

Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm at the beginning of the August 16 Franklin Common Council meeting


I’ve covered or been involved in politics for over 33 years, attended countless meetings, and I have never witnessed what happened at the last Franklin Common Council meeting. At first blush, it may not sound like a big deal, but there’s a larger issue at play. If you listen to the audio of the very beginning of the meeting found on the city’s website, you’ll hear the following:

City Clerk Sandi Wesolowski takes the roll call and gets to Alderman Steve Olson.

Wesolowski: “Alderman Olson has sent an e-mail requesting to be excused.”

Wesolowski then calls on Alderman Tim Solomon when Alderman Ken Skowronski interrupts.

Skowronski: “Why?”

An unknown individual is clearly heard snickering.

Mayor Tom Taylor: “I told the clerk I think it’s probably proper that Council excuse its own members.”

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm: “He’s excused as far I’m concerned.”

Skowronski: “I asked a question. Why?”

Wesolowski: “He’s unable to make the meeting.”

Skowronski: “That ain’t an answer.”

Alderman Steve Taylor: “When are we going to bring a policy, something forward…”

Skowronski: “May I ask a question. Does the council excuse or does the mayor?”

Wilhelm: “Let’s just take the roll and move on.  We’re starting off on a bad foot.”

Amen, Kristen, and congrats for exhibiting common sense, not once, but twice in those opening exchanges.

Again, if you listen to the audio, it’s apparent from Alderman Skowronski’s tone that his heart wasn’t melting with genuine concern for Alderman Olson’s well-being. I’ve never seen this at a public meeting, ever.

For 15 years I worked in the Wisconsin state Senate. Here’s the procedure. Senator X informs his/her leader that he/she can’t attend a floor session of the Senate. On the floor when the roll is being taken, the leader politely requests a leave of absence for that senator. The Senate President then asks the body if there’s any objection. There never is and the session continues. A policy debate or personal squabble would never break out or be allowed to.

After listening to the Franklin Common Council audio, I requested pertinent e-mails on the matter from City Hall. Here’s the first that got this ball rolling:


From: Steve Olson [mailto:steve-olson@wi.rr.com]
Sent:
Friday, August 12, 2011 10:03 PM
To:
Sandi Wesolowski
Subject:
Council Meeting, 8/16/11

 
Sandi:
 
I will be out of town and unable to participate in the Council meeting of 8/16.
 
Ald. Olson




That was followed by:


From: Sandi Wesolowski
Sent:
Monday, August 15, 2011 9:57 AM
To:
Tom Taylor
Subject:
FW: Council Meeting, 8/16/11

 
 
 
From: Sandi Wesolowski
Sent:
Monday, August 15, 2011 9:26 AM
To:
'Steve Olson'
Subject:
RE: Council Meeting, 8/16/11

 
I will inform the Mayor.

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The big question on this Friday night is...


Packers or Brewers?

The answer is obvious.

Brewers.

The Brewer game actually means something. The Packer game does not.

But I’ll bet the majority of televisions tonight will be tuned to the green and gold.

MUST SEE/MUST HEAR: Hurricane Irene

Hurricane storm surge team leader Jamie Rhome center, speaks on a conference call with east coast National Weather Service forecast offices from the National Hurricane Center in Miami as they review the track and intensity of Hurricane Irene on Friday, Aug. 26. The hurricane warning was extended into the Chesapeake Bay as far as Drum Point, and existing warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. A hurricane watch was in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass. AP photo by Jeffey Boan

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Goodnight everyone, and have a paw-fect weekend!

Nostalgia


“This was a song I did on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1912. (Loud, thundering screams). You ain’t nothin’ but a...(pause with more loud, thundering screams). You don’t know what I’m gonna do yet (even more loud screams).”

Elvis Presley during a live concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, June, 1972.

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
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Today (Friday) was National Dog Day.

Ahhhh, dogs. What lovable creatures.




In this AP photo, Savannah Pearce plays with her dog Sabali during the Pooch Plunge at the Lawrence Aquatic Center in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Aug 22, 2011. Dogs are allowed in the pool the day after it closes for the season. Some call it "Drool in the Pool."

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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Lefties stage obnoxious protest at successful Milwaukee choice school


2011 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
Luck 73,
Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63
, Sevastopol 13

The Barking Lot (08/27/11)

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 77.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75. "A"


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

By mid-July, retailers everywhere have back-to-school specials.  From spiral notebooks to notebook computers, from tote bags to bed-in-a-bag ensembles, every store has something to offer kids & parents.

 

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Week-ends (08/27/11)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Lesley Reed


Michael King


Jeffrey Richards


Nicola Gleeson


Beth Krohn


Jen Mcken


Charles Higby


Jerry Lieber


Joey Vento


Web technology



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Messmer vandals and protesters


The state of Illinois


West Coast quake victims


Patrick Kocsis


Alicia Bouchard and her husband


Massachusetts State Police



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"You've got an unemployment rate that is still too high, an economy that's not growing' fast enough. For me to argue, look, we've actually made the right decisions, things would have been much worse had we not made those decisions, that's not that satisfying if you don't have a job right now. And I understand that and I expect to be judged a year from now on whether or not things have continued to get better.”
President Obama


"I'm not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell."
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)


"We've had Democrats calling American citizens 'terrorists' and 'hostage takers,' and now an elected Democratic representative says that we can 'go straight to hell.' The president and all leaders of the Democratic Party, who have called for civility in the past, are neglecting to censure their own. Is civility only required from their opponents? Perhaps it's time for a new-NEW era of civility. ... The president's silence on these latest violations of civility has been deafening, but not surprising."
From a statement by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, who lead the Tea Party Patriots, suggesting President Obama should step in to put a check on the overheated rhetoric. 


"The totality of the facts and the circumstances and all of the evidence that I reviewed did not support my filing criminal charges."
Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett, a special prosecutor has ruled that neither Supreme Court Justice David Prosser nor fellow Justice Anne Walsh Bradley will face criminal charges for an altercation this summer involving the two. Bradley had said Prosser put her in a "chokehold" during a June argument over a case in her chambers. Others have said Bradley came at Prosser with fists raised and he put up his hands to block her or push her back.


"Justice Anne Walsh Bradley made the decision to sensationalize. I was confident the truth would come out and it did. I am gratified that the prosecutor found these scurrilous charges were without merit. I have always maintained that once the facts of this incident were examined I would be cleared. I look forward to the details becoming public record."
Justice Prosser


"My focus from the outset has not been one of criminal prosecution, but rather addressing workplace safety. I contacted law enforcement the very night the incident happened but did not request criminal prosecution. Rather I sought law enforcement's assistance to try to have the entire court address informally this workplace safety issue that has progressed over the years.”
Justice Bradley


“You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
VP Joe Biden on China’s one-child policy.


“I’m deeply troubled by the comments reportedly made by the Vice President yesterday regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official. No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state. I hope and trust that the Vice President didn’t actually say what has been reported, and that a correction or clarification from the White House will be forthcoming. The Obama administration should be focusing on jobs for the American people, not encouraging foreign governments to utilize abortion as a means of population and deficit control.”
John Boehner


"’All Things Considered’ (on National Public Radio), perhaps one of the most ill-named programs in the history of radio. Conservatism is never considered. It is only besmirched, assaulted, and rhetorically dismembered.”
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center


“I can only assume that Ald. (Ken) Skowronski’s inquiry of WHY I was not in attendance was in heartfelt concern for my well being and an abundance of worry.  To believe in any other motivation would mean that the question came from arrogance, anger, a need to pick a fight or some other nefarious reason.
 
Let me be clear (again).  I do NOT report to any of you.  Not the mayor, not the council president or any other alderman.  My reasons for not being at the meeting are mine and mine alone.  No one has the privilege of asking WHY I was not at the meeting unless they are a resident of the 1st Aldermanic District.  The fact that I chose to let the Director of Clerk Services know that I would not be in attendance was and is a courtesy, extended out of respect for the body.
 
Let me also be clear.  There is no ordinance in place that gives permission or assigns the duty of ‘excusing’ anyone on any board or commission or the council from anything.  To think that a peer would have such authority shows just how self important our Council has gotten.”

Franklin alderman Steve Olson in an e-mail to Franklin’s mayor, aldermen, city attorney and city clerk after Alderman Skowronski repeatedly asked at the August 16 Franklin Common Council meeting why Olson was not in attendance.


“The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in baseball after sweeping the New York Mets at their place for the first time in their history. Miller Park is the place to be this summer and will draw over 3 million fans.

We have one man to thank for this: visionary former state Sen. George Petak. It was his vote that allowed Miller Park to happen. Yet the people in his district voted him out. Yes, he was recalled. But these people just allowed state Sen. Robert Wirch, a man who abandoned his job and ran out of state and hid, to keep his.

My family and I are enjoying a tremendous Brewers season and love to tailgate at Miller Park. We look forward to an exciting post-season. In the back of my mind, I will remember the courage of one state senator, who helped make this all happen, and the cowardice of another, who was rewarded. And that is the real ‘shame, shame, shame’."

Keith Best of Waukesha in a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Get credit for being a pervert on your college application.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Is America turning left?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Hurricane Irene...the attention is deserved, except for junk like this.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


They didn't tell their parents...but they're sure to find out.


Marriage proposal gone wrong.


Rogue panda on rampage?


That’s it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted…


UPDATE: Culinary no-no #240

Culinary no-no's


Last week’s Culinary no-no #240 featured a discussion about well-known celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Her name and an interview clip came up today on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

The audio is 2:38 into the segment…

So, you say you wannabe a TV pundit?

Recommended Reading (08/28/11)

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).


Liberals' Wisconsin Waterloo

"As the moonless night of fa$ci$m descends on America’s dairyland, sidewalk graffiti next to the statehouse-square drinking fountain darkly warns: 'Free water . . . for now.' There, succinctly, is liberalism’s credo: If everything isn’t 'free,' meaning paid for by someone else, nothing will be safe."


Gone Fishin'

"Today, some right-wingers are criticizing Mr. Obama for his island jaunt during a bad economy. But come on—isn't the president entitled to spend a few days with his family at the end of August? Is the country going to be downgraded again because he eats a little taffy?"


Obama slams his own policies as "unpatriotic"

"Coming soon to a Republican campaign ad near you.."


An open letter to the national media. Subject: Texas

"Dear national media:

Welcome back to Texas! We almost missed you the past couple of years. But you seem to have suffered amnesia. In eight years in Crawford, did you learn nothing, or did you just forget? Yesterday, I heard a national TV guy say 'Plano' as if it rhymed with 'guano'. Another national guy called our governor 'too big for his britches' and  expressed irritation with men who wear boots and formalwear. The cliche-fest has begun.

I’ve been in Texas about eight years now, and I’ve learned a few things. So let me help you out."


Almost Everything We're Taught is Wrong

"We grow up learning that some things are just bad: child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, blackmail, etc. But maybe they're not.

What I love about economics is that it can show that what seems harmful is actually good for society. It illuminates what common sense overlooks."


The Dark Side of euthanasia: Selling Death

“’Eleanor’ (not her real name) was larger than life even when she became ill with cancer in her 50s. Spirited and feisty with a wicked sense of humor, Eleanor regaled us doctors and nurses with her tales about her event-filled life. But as her cancer treatments failed to cure her, Eleanor's mood darkened and she told us of her plans to commit suicide either with a doctor like Jack Kevorkian or by her own hand. She was insistent that she die before she became mentally diminished or physically dependent on others.

We worked with Eleanor by treatment and especially by addressing her fears and the ramifications of a suicide decision. We were elated when Eleanor changed not only her mind but also her attitude. Once she decided against suicide, she embraced life fully and with gusto. She eventually died comfortably and naturally.

However, when Eleanor initially changed her mind about suicide, her friends tracked me down on the oncology unit where I worked to complain that we doctors and nurses were unjustly ‘interfering with her right to die’. Instead of being happy or relieved for Eleanor, these friends were instead outraged that we took the usual measures we would take with anyone to prevent a suicide.”


The Mindset List: 2015

“This year’s entering college class of 2015 was born just as the Internet took everyone onto the information highway and as Amazon began its relentless flow of books and everything else into their lives.  Members of this year’s freshman class, most of them born in 1993, are the first generation to grow up taking the word 'online' for granted and for whom crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in their lives. They have come of age as women assumed command of U.S. Navy ships, altar girls served routinely at Catholic Mass, and when everything from parents analyzing childhood maladies to their breaking up with boyfriends and girlfriends, sometimes quite publicly, have been accomplished on the Internet.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.”

You Did It...Thank You!


You Held the State Senate and We're Continuing the Work to Save Lives

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My Most Popular Blogs (08/28/11)

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) We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness


2) Franklin can't even get Halloween right

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Photos of the Week (08/28/11)

Photos of the Week

 

1) Grand Central Terminal is deserted in New York City on Aug. 27. Metro North has suspended service and Amtrak is running on a reduced schedule due to Hurricane Irene. Photos: Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com


2) A sightseer captures the dramatic storm clouds above the New York City skyline as Hurricane Irene approaches Saturday. Photo: Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com


3) People crowd a Whole Foods store in Manhattan before the arrival of Hurricane Irene on Friday in New York City. Photo: msnbc.com


4) Police walk through an area which is under mandatory evacuation orders in the Rockaways, N.Y, in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Photo: msnbc.com


5) Arseni Flax, center, and his mother Nelly wait for their subway train to leave as they bring along their parakeets while evacuating the Coney Island section of New York, Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


6) Manhattan is hit by Hurricane Irene on Sunday, Aug. 28. The hurricane hit New York City’s skyscrapers with fierce winds and threatened to flood the financial district after killing ten people along the East coast on Saturday. Photo: msnbc.com


7) Waves crash onto a road as Hurricane Irene arrives, August 28, in Southampton, New York. Irene is expected to move through the area today with heavy rain and high winds. Photo: msnbc.com


8) Two men explore a street flooded by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27 in Manteo, N.C. Photo: msnbc.com


9) One of two people rescued from a sailboat, right, uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 27, after they and another person were rescued from the boat that foundered in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A rescuer, left, waits for the second person to exit the boat. Photo: Bill Tiernan / The Virginian-Pilot via AP


10) Firefighters work to remove the body of an 11-year-old killed when a tree fell and severely damaged this home in Newport News, Va., on Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


11) Jackie Sparnackel has to abandon her van and her belongings after she ventured to check out the storm-damaged pier in Frisco, N.C., on Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


12) Margene Jezo of Kitty Hawk goes for a 6-mile jog as Hurricane Irene lashes the Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, N.C, Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


13) Defying mandatory evacuation orders and a curfew, summer residents Pam Cooke, left, and Jody Bowers share a laugh as strong winds puff up Jody's jacket as they venture out to the beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


14) Traffic backs up at The Washout at Folly Beach as people come out to watch the waves created by Hurricane Irene and cheer on the few surfers that came out on Friday in Folly Beach, S.C. Photo: msnbc.com


15) Kira Woolard, 4, a resident of Craven County, looks outside during the midst of Hurricane Irene, from the Brinson Elementary School shelter, facilitated by the American Red Cross, near New Bern, N.C.  About 100 people, many from more rural, low-lying areas or mobile home parks took shelter in advance of the storm which hit the area Saturday. But more were expected as people fled damaged homes.  Photo: Margaret Cheatham Williams


16) The hurricane-force winds of Irene rip the siding off of homes in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 27. Photo: msnbc.com


17) Lounge chairs are stored in a pool in Ocean City, Md., on Aug. 27 in order to keep them from blowing away. Photo: msnbc.com


18) Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts on Aug. 25 in Boynton Beach, Fla. Irene caused high surf along the Florida coast. Photo: msnbc.com


19 A message is left for Hurricane Irene on one house, as a resident boards up another on Aug. 25 in Nags Head, N.C. Photo: msnbc.com


20) Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol. The earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. J. Scott Applewhite / AP


21) A bride in her wedding dress runs from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan in New York August 23. Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images


22) People who came out on the street after an earthquake look up at a window that cracked during the quake on Market Street in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Alex Brandon / AP


23) Debris covers the isle at the Miller's mart food store in Mineral, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit the area which was felt up and down the east coast. Steve Helber / AP


24) Joe Alonso, Chief Mason at Washington's National Cathedral, attempts to piece together the fallen pieces from a stone spire that collapsed during an earthquake, August 24. A 5.8 magnitude quake rattled the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, sending tremors as far as Canada, damaging well-known buildings in the nation's capital and sending scared office workers into the streets. Washington's National Cathedral, host to state funerals and memorial services for many U.S. presidents, suffered damage with three spires in the central tower breaking off. Jason Reed / Reuters.


25) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication on Aug. 28. Charles Dharapak / AP


26) Wing walker Todd Green falls to his death after losing his grip performing a stunt.during an air show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Mich. August 21. Source: AP/The Macomb Daily


27) The body of a gunman lies in the woods after a shootout with soldiers in Zirahuen, near Morelia, Mexico, on August 24. Photo: Leovigildo Gonzalez / Reuters


28) In this combination of three photos, former first lady Nancy Reagan is helped by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as she stumbles at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 23. Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller told KNBC that the 90-year-old former first lady wasn't hurt. Jae C. Hong / AP


29)
Margaret Hagenbaumer, left, and Martha Cardwell, volunteers at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, Mo., clean and sort photos and other personal documents found among rubble after a powerful EF-5 tornado. destroyed a large swath of nearby Joplin, Mo. on May 22, 2011. The church has taken on the task of preserving thousands of lost photos and reuniting them with their owners. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP


30) Soldiers from the Army Old Guard photograph headstones, in Section 15, as they take part in Task Force Christman to photograph and catalog more than 219,00 grave markers and the front of more than 43,000 sets of cremated remains at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 24. Night after night this summer, troops have left their immaculately pressed dress blues, white gloves and shiny black boots, photographing each and every grave with an iPhone. Army Spc. Matthew Caruso, 24, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., shows the Apple iPad and spreadsheet which is used to keep track of which headstones the Army Old Guard has photographed at Arlington National Cemetery. Photos: Cliff Owen, AP


31)
Vice President Joe Biden meets a Mongolian wrestler during Mini-Naadam, or Mongolian wrestling performance, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, Aug. 22. Photo: Andy Wong / AP


32) An aerial view shows the land art installation by Polish artist Jaroslaw Koziara as a part of the Land Art Festival on the field between Horodyszcze (Poland) and Warez (Ukraine), on Tuesday. The giant fish was created by seeding different kinds of plants on the field between the Polish and Ukrainian border. Wojciech Pacewicz / EPA


33) Spc.Felix Duron of Lake Station, with his wife Mindy, smiles at his 1-year-old daughter Lillian while holding his 2-month-old son Felix, Jr., whom he met for the first time after arriving at a welcome home celebration at the VFW Post 9323, Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Lake Station, Ind. The 656th Transportation Company returned home after serving about a year in Afghanistan. Photo: Stephanie Dowell / AP


34) A pair of ring-tailed lemurs enjoy frozen watermelon for lunch at the Bioparco Zoo in Italy on Aug. 21. Due to very high temperatures over the past few days, zoo staff have provided animals with extra portions of frozen fruit to help them cool down. Photo: Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images


35) In this cover image released by People magazine, TV personality Kim Kardashian is shown in her wedding gown on the Sept. 5, 2011 issue of People. Kardashian, 30, married NBA player Kris Humphries, 26, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, near Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP Photo/People)


36)
This is a shot of Sun Life Stadium… while the Marlins--Reds game is going on Wednesday. There are not many fans in the seats – one in attendance counted 347 on hand. Photo: Hans Deryk/AP


37)
A Street entertainer lays down on a bed of nails during a performance on the Royal Mile to promote their shows during in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 24, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images


38) Governor Scott Walker reads "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss to students at Milwaukee's Messmer School Friday. Journal Sentinel photo: Jeff Sainlar.

Culinary no-no #241

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY 
NO-
NO!



Maybe it’s a wedding anniversary.

A birthday.

A dinner at a posh restaurant.

An arts event.

A fundraiser.

A cocktail party.

The joy of a new job.

A get-together with friends.

Simple unwinding at the end of a long day.

Whether alone, with a special someone, a small or large group of relatives or friends, this calls for…




The great grape.

Chris Jelepsis, president of Sonata Wine, an importer of Greek wines to the United States says:

“Wine is great because it has style. There’s just something different about drinking wine than beer or liquor. Sure, each of these close alcoholic relatives have their great qualities, as well; but you probably won’t find anyone dining for two over candlelight, clinking glasses of Zima (ok, ok – I know they’re out there, but it might surprise you, right?). There’s a certain aesthetic pleasure associated with ordering a bottle, looking at the label, watching it pour into a glass, smelling the aromas, and tasting.”

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: Time lapse video of 9/11 Memorial


The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin
.

And Wisconsin Right To Life...


Wisconsin Right To
                        Life News You Can Use Contribute

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Photo of the Year?


It's right up there...

Add this to the list of items requiring an ID


In Washington D.C., identification is necessary to receive free, potentially life-saving sandbags.

Ironically, Washington D.C. does not require an ID for voting.

And Georgia Congressman John Lewis essentially plays the race card by calling photo ID a “poll tax.”  Mark Hemingway takes that argument apart.

What's the last job you'd give to a sex offender?


I often say that the fight against sex offenders never stops, and with good reason. It’s bad enough that they’re out there, enabled by a fair number of sympathizers. It’s even worse when the government, aided by tax dollars, subsidizes them to be near kids.

The state of Illinois actually has been paying sex offenders…to baby-sit.

Naturally some government bureaucrat is downplaying the mess.

It’s a
stunning, outrageous story.

I normally support law enforcement...


Not this time.


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The latest from Rehorst

Rehorst


For new readers, my dear cousin, Doug MacKenzie is a distiller for Rehorst.




Doug MacKenzie tests a batch of Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka as it comes out of the still at Great Lakes Distillery. Journal Sentinel photo.

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9/11: President Bush wanted to remain calm






9/11 IMAGES: "Powerful and disturbing"

Exclusive - Paul Ryan on Presidential Race, His Political Future


Congressman Paul Ryan sat down in his Janesville, Wisconsin district office with MacIver News Service's Bill Osmulski for this exclusive one-on-one interview.

  • What went into his recent decision to not run for President in 2012?
  • Does he want to be Speaker of the House?
  • Would he accept an invitation from the GOP nominee to run for Vice President
     

10 Ways Liberalism Makes America Worse


By conservative radio talk show host/columnist Dennis Prager.

Lengthy speech that is definitely worth your time.

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DRAGNET: The case of the missing alderman from Franklin


The following is based on a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

This is the city. Franklin, Wisconsin. 

I don’t work here. I’m a cop.  

A cop from Los Angeles.

It was Thursday, August 16th.

My partner is Detective Gannon. My name’s Friday.

The call from Franklin requested we investigate a missing person case. Not just any person. An alderman. A veteran alderman.

Our flight arrived on a warm summer day. Our trip to Franklin City Hall took only a few minutes. We were directed to a conference room with Franklin officials where we attempted to learn more about the mystery that had baffled top city authorities.

FRIDAY: OK, who wants to start?

BRANDI DOCUMENTOWSKI: Ummm, maybe I should.

FRIDAY: Fine. Who are you?

BRANDI DOCUMENTOWSKI: I’m Brandi Documentowski, the city clerk.

FRIDAY: That’s wonderful.

DOCUMENTOWSKI: How can I help you gentlemen?

DETECTIVE GANNON: The facts. Just the facts, ma’am. We understand you were the last to hear from the missing alderman.

DOCUMENTOWSKI: That’s right. I was.

FRIDAY: What did the alderman say?

DOCUMENTOWSKI: He really didn’t say.

GANNON: What do you mean…he didn’t say?

DOCUMENTOWSKI: I mean he didn’t tell me. He sent an e-mail.

FRIDAY: An e-mail. Is that the one…?

DOCUMENTOWSKI: Yes, it’s the one where he wrote he couldn’t make the meeting.

FRIDAY: Couldn’t make the meeting?

DOCUMENTOWSKI: Couldn’t make the meeting.

GANNON: Interesting.

FRIDAY: Indeed.

GANNON: Did he say why?


DOCUMENTOWSKI:  (Long pause) He couldn’t make the meeting.

ALDERMAN PETER PACZKI: Dat ain’t an answer!

GANNON: Excuse me?

ALDERMAN PETER PACZKI: Dat ain’t an answer!

FRIDAY: Who are you, Sir?

ALDERMAN PETER PACZKI: I’m Alderman Peter Paczki.

FRIDAY: Paczki, eh?  Oh yes. You were the one who raised the objections about the missing alderman at the last meeting.

PACZKI: Dat’s right.

FRIDAY: This missing alderman…you were concerned, why?

PACZKI: Because.

FRIDAY: Why because?

PACZKI: Just because.

FRIDAY: Just because why?

PACZKI: Well, well, well, well just because he
thinks so pretty, and just because his momma thinks he’s hot, just because he thinks he’s got something that nobody else has got…

FRIDAY: Smith, take a note…

GANNON: yes?

FRDIAY: Keep in mind this is Wisconsin.

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BOO Franklin! What'll it be?




The brain trust known as the Franklin Common Council has yet to make a decision on when Halloween trick or treat hours will be held.  Of course this is a noggin' knocker, a tough ruling that truly perplexes.  Requires time and lots of it. Good Lord, the pressure's on because something must be decided at the September 6 meeting.

This gives you, the public the opportunity to lend a helping hand to our puzzled, elected head scratchers.

It's quite simple. The logical trick or treat date is Sunday October 30.

Do you want the hours to be what they've ideally been the past several years, 4-7pm? Or do you side with resident Franklin Common Council curmudgeon and sartorially-challenged Tim Solomon who has suggested the boring, Barney-like 1-4 pm?

People, let your representatives know!

 

OK, Franklin, let's try this one more time




It seems no matter how long people live here, no matter how many times they have this experience, Franklin residents still get confused about garbage pick-up when there’s a Monday holiday, i.e., Labor Day.

If your normal pick-up day is Tuesday, as it is for me, and there’s a Monday holiday, garbage won’t be picked dup until Wednesday. It’s been that way since Solomon Juneau took a left turn at Franklin and discovered Milwaukee.

Doesn’t matter. On Monday night mind you, some of my neighbors will put their stinky garbage out by the curb, in carts with lids not completely covering. Odds are weather conditions will be very warm or very windy or both.

Thus, no pick-up until WEDNESDAY, possibly at 4:30 pm. Wind-blown trash finds its way onto others’ property. Thanks, neighbors.

For once, please get something so simple right. Next week, put your garbage out ONE DAY LATER!

Capiche?

Labor Day: Just what are we celebrating?


Two years ago, I posted a column about Labor Day by Jerry Agar of the Illinois Policy Institute who compared Labor Day to Christmas for atheists.

Timely then, timely now.

Is Wisconsin more union-friendly or more taxpayer friendly?


The casual observer the past several months would have thought from nationally televised reports of protests that Wisconsin was sheer hell for unions.







The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)  ranks the states as to which are the most union-friendly and which are the most taxpayer friendly  “analyzing 1,150 labor laws and regulations throughout the country.”

The study shows while Wisconsin has swung the pendulum and made some strides, there is much work to be done.

The top most taxpayer friendly states are:

Tennessee

Utah

Idaho

Texas

Florida


The worst states where laws, rules, and regulations clearly favor unions over taxpayers are:


Pennsylvania,

Connecticut

Illinois

New Jersey

New York

Illinois
ranks #47.

Where does Wisconsin rank?

#30.

Translation: Only 20 states are more union-friendly than Wisconsin. Yet the unionistas have terroized and vandalized Wisconsin.

Let's turn that graph a much paler green.





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