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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.

Obama will create jobs

Tonight on InterCHANGE...


Here are the topics the panelists discuss on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television tonight at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast Sunday morning at 11:00:


1 – POLITICS.

 

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The documentary the public school status quo intelligentsia does not want you to see

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Look who's 50!

Look who else is 50!

Nostalgia

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Enjoy this fall weekend!


Footballs won't be the only thing in the air this weekend. Try frost. 

Going to a game tonight? Bundle up.

Weather for the Badger game at East Lansing: Rain and 53 degrees.

Farm Aid hits Miller Park Saturday. Sunny and 55 at best.

And  it's Wine and Dine time.

Our regular weekend features on This Just In  begin tonight shortly after sundown. with a lovely female vocalist.





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






It's our weekly dog blog that includes DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Plus our weekly week in review, Week-ends. 

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

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

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



Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani, right, of Italy, is interviewed by a television reporter during media day, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

I'll bet Bargnani got lots of softball questions!

Have a great weekend.



 

Goodnight everyone and have a sincere, romantic weekend


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, her bio calls her "An extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds."

She's 32-year old Jane Monheit



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The Barking Lot (10/02/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  For you early risers, you will wake up to a frosty low, depending where you are, of 48-52. Saturday will find mostly sunny skies and a windy high of 55. The normal high is 69-70. "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 56.  "D"

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


October flew in quickly this year, not unlike this classic figure: 






So start thinking tricks and treats, my Pretty!  Make sure Halloween is a HOWLING success for all the members of your family!  Remember, Fido would like a little Trick-Or-Treating too!  Your four-legged friend probably won’t be wagging his tail at the thought of dressing up in a costume but face it, you can’t resist.  When you find what you think is the pawfect costume to suit your Poodle’s personality, remember these tips.  

If you’re going to go through all the trouble of dressing up your Dachshund, why not go all the way and throw a party for the neighborhood dogs?  It’s not as complicated as you might think if you follow the advice from our friends at Animal Planet.

You still have time to enter your dog in PetSmart’s annual Halloween costume contest.  Go to their facebook page and click “like” to submit a photo of your lil’ devil.  You never know what great prize your Great Dane could win!  (They also have a fantastic assortment of Halloween treats on their website. If your Schnauzer is social, check out the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Halloween Howl.  There are two times to attend, so there is no excuse to miss this fantastic event! 

All responsible dog owners know that chocolate is one of the biggest no-no’s for canines.  That doesn’t mean you can’t offer special, seasonal treats to your dog and your guest dogs at the party.  You know they would love to tear in to a party platter from Doctors Foster and Smith. 

 

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The POO Awards- Week 5


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

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

Week 1

Delavan-Darien 62,
Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68,
Chequamegon 0

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

Week 3

Niagara 66,
White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0

and

Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

Week 5
Cudahy 73, Thomas More 0

Dishonorable Mention
Verona 63, Madison East 0
Edgar 60, Phillips 0 (Note: Edgar was our winner in Week 2)

Week-ends (10/02/10)

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


Steven Goldman


Dog Tags for Kids


Paralyzed Veterans of America


Chris Christie


Milwaukee rescue crews


Gerald LaMonica


Eric Bradley


Chicago woman


Jordan Murillo


Tony Danza



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Matt Mitchell


Marco Alferez


Dog owner


The feds



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“We cannot sit this one out. We can’t let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn’t care enough to fight.”
President Barack Obama at a rally in Madison.


"Our energy is coming from the ground up, and they're trying to generate energy from the top down.”
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus who also said attempting to get Democrats excited about the election is "like trying to raise the living dead."


The Washington Republican hacks said that I didn't want to be here today, and the national press just ate it up. Well, it's a crock. Why wouldn't I want to be here? This is fantastic.”
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Middleton) on his last-minute decision to attend the Obama rally in Madison.  


"Stop whining."
Vice President Joe Biden chastising the party’s base while campaigning for Democratic candidates in New Hampshire.


It’s idiotic is what it is. If Democrats, with the White House and Congressional super-majorities, had delivered on what they had promised, and if people had jobs, no one would be whining. They have reaped what they sowed. They haven’t delivered on what they’ve promised — and instead of making the case as to why they would do if they are reelected, they are insulting people. It’s a far cry from Bill Clinton’s ‘I feel your pain’.”
Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas reacting to Biden.


Twenty-one months after taking office, this administration continues to blame the last one for all its problems. President Obama has gone on a campaign tour of the country to rally Democratic voters the same way Biden has: by blaming everything on Bush. Mr. President, for once you should listen to your VP. Stop whining. We're all really tired of it.”
New Hampshire Union Leader editorial


"I want to thank you for being the toughest leader any country can ask for in the toughest times any country has ever faced.”
White House Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel speaking to President Obama as he announced he’s leaving his post.


"Emanuel should have been thrilled if these were truly the ‘toughest times.’ Hey, and just how many times is it appropriate to go on vacation (or to go golfing) in the toughest times in the history of the country?"
Conservative writer Lorie Byrd


It's definitely a bump in the road, but there's no way in the world I get out of this campaign. I plan on whipping the cancer and winning the campaign.”
GOP Senate candidate Ed Thompson on a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer that will take him off the campaign trail. He’s running against Dem Kathleen Vinehout.


My story also illustrates how dire my future might have been if we had socialized medicine. What if the government had told me I had to wait in a 6 month line to get a CT scan? Or that I couldn’t have Dr. Ludwig perform the surgery? That’s unacceptable to me and my family.”
GOP  Lt. Gov. candidate Rebecca Kleefisch criticizing federal health care reform after announcing she had surgery in September to remove a cancerous tumor from her colon.


In the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, he eliminated his office of economic growth. That'll tell you that it's not a priority.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett criticizing Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in their first debate.


As county executive I made a pledge to hold the line on taxes, in fact I’ve done it eight consecutive years. That’s something I didn’t just have an election-year conversion on.”
Scott Walker criticizing Tom Barrett about his recently proposed city budget.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


War hero's family blocked from White House tour.............White House apologizes.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Did gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly employ an illegal alien?



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Slow ticket sales.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Vote in the buff.



How bad is the economy?


How to discourage road sign thieves...


Judge stuffed acorns with condoms.


And, from the DUMB CRIMINAL file...


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

Wusses of the Week

 
Earlier this week, the Cincinnati Reds clinched the NL Central Division title in dramatic fashion.

 

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Angry Notre Dame fans, send e-mails to Kirk Herbstreit


As a devout Catholic and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, I never get too upset when the Notre Dame detractors (haters) spew their jealousy on national television.

This morning during the ESPN College Football Gameday, Kirk Herbstreit....




(so-so college QB.....




.....he never played in the pros, and he's a so-so ESPN analyst) picked Boston College to beat Notre Dame handily tonight because Notre Dame’s defense last week against Stanford looked like and played like, according to Herbstreit, “a high school defense.”

Final score:

Notre Dame 31

Boston College 13


Notre Dame would have won by a bigger margin if not for a couple of turnovers that led to two BC field goals.

High school defense, Kirk?

Tonight, Notre Dame’s “high school defense” gave up 269 total yards against Boston College. That includes only 4 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

Kirk Herbsteit’s alma mater, Ohio State gave up 251 total yards against lowly Illinois today. So, is Ohio State’s defense a “high school defense,” Kirk?

Notre Dame haters, keep it up. You will never take away the rich history and deep pride associated with this great institution.





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Recommended Reading (10/03/10)

Recommended reading


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

Compare and contrast: Karl Marx 10-point program of Communism and Democrat agenda

“No federal government has damaged the American free market more than this one. No federal government has stolen more employment, more freedom, more private property -- from this and future generations -- than this one. No government has created more regulations, more unconstitutional dictates, more -- dare I say it -- slavery than this one.”


Don’t show all your cards

If all goes well for Republicans in the midterm elections, they’ll capture the House and maybe the Senate, having revealed few specifics of what they might do in the next Congress. This makes sense. It’s the Chris Christie strategy.”


When blacks attack Obama

“I am forbidden to critique BHO and his boys on anything they say or do. Yes, if I do utter anything derogatory regarding his holiness it is immediately dismissed because of four primary reasons. Herewith are the raisons d’être of why I cannot decry señor Hussein.

Reason #1: I am white. How do I know I’m white? Well, aside from my skin color, one telling mark of my Caucasian-ness is that I have Hall & Oates on my iPod (I always set the treble up higher than the bass) and, of course, my Florence Henderson tattoo. If that ain’t white, I don’t know what is. Since I’m white I’m not allowed to disagree with Obama because that’d be hatred. It’s true. It’s science.

Reason #2: …”


The Ted Pledge

What Republicans owe the American people is a hefty dose of plain-speaking, bold pragmatism that clearly articulates the GOP's vision for America. Even I, your humble Motown guitar slayer, remain steadfastly locked on the vision of our Founding Fathers and am prepared to ride to their rescue with the Ted Pledge. My crowbar of logic and truth does not gently weep.”


The Five Biggest Lies about Liberalism

"
Every now and then liberals like to claim that they’re patriotic. Usually around an election. Of course they’re not patriotic in the 'wear a flag on your lapel' kind of way. They’re more patriotic in the 'point out everything wrong with your country and then threaten to move to Canada if you don’t win the election' way. Which is fine. America has seen patriots like that before. They used to wear green coats and moved to Canada, right around the time the last British troops left New York on Evacuation Day."


Quietly racking up the abortion toll

“While Planned Parenthood continues to sit on its annual report for 2008-2009, new documents found hidden on its labyrinthine website give taxpayers an insider's look into the beleaguered abortion monopoly it is helping fund.

The shocking thing about these numbers is that they are finally dispelling the ubiquitous Planned Parenthood lie that the organization is about something other than abortion.”


Finding Reassurance for America in Baseball

“Anyone who says America is broken, dysfunctional and doomed hasn't been to a ballgame lately. The people who come out to such sporting events aren't just the superrich or the privileged few: They represent every economic and ethnic segment of the society. When 20,000 enthusiasts can still find the money to come out to cheer a last place team, it's inappropriate to peddle apocalyptic visions of a nation made up primarily of the destitute and desperate.”


Toys from our youth that would be illegal today

"A while back I wrote about the Johnny Seven One Man Army rifle (a toy from the sixties that Chuck Schumer would personally ban). What other toys from our youth would the Party of Weakness outlaw in this politically correct day and age?"

My Most Popular Blogs (10/03/10)

Most popular


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

1) I have changed my mind and will vote for Tom Barrett


2) Join Chris Christie and Scott Walker

3) Photos of the Week (09/26/10)

4) Culinary no-no #185

5) The Barking Lot (10/02/10)

Obama's NEW Bill of Rights


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


Obama's New Bill of Rights


 

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Photos of the Week (10/03/10)

Photos of the Week






The stage is ready for Farm Aid's 25th anniversary concert, to be held Saturday at Miller Park. The first Farm Aid concert was held in 1985 to help keep family farmers on their land. A quarter-century later, Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Tom Lynn






As the afternoon went on, fans filled the outfield and filled up the seats at Farm Aid at Miller Park Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu






Fans in the stands listen to the music and enjoy the Farm Aid concessions, most of which matched the day's locally grown theme.Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears 






Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews perform together at Farm Aid. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu






Jazz singer Norah Jones made a country turn with her rendition of Johnny Cash's "Cry, Cry, Cry." Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu






Willie Nelson has a hug for Norah Jones after her performance. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu


 



Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (left), in town for 'American Idol' auditions, joins Willie Nelson for Farm Aid's final performance of the evening. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu






President Barack Obama drew a crowd of 26,500 people to Library Mall on the University of Wisconsin -- Madison campus. UW police said they determined the crowd size because they know the capacity of Library Mall and the surrounding area. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu






U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel hug during an East Room event October 1, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama announced the resignation of Emanuel, who will run for the mayor of Chicago, and named Pete Rouse as interim chief of staff. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


 

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I'm on WISN


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

Culinary no-no #186

Culinary no-no's


Running a restaurant is anything but easy.

Just opening one is difficult without the proper capital to invest. Should you be fortunate to start a restaurant, making a profit in the first year is notoriously impossible, and no guarantee in the second year. The Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly reports about one out of four restaurants fail within their first year of operation. By the second year, the rate doubles. The restaurant business is doomed to failure.

Devotion to the business requires long hours, for some managers, 90 hours or more per week. That means day and night, mornings and evenings, weekends and holidays.

The work is just plain gruesome. Someone calls in sick, the manager picks up his/her job and the slack. That’s no surprise. The restaurant manager works the most hours and does every job if he/ she is a good manager.

There is intense competition. Your shop, after all,  isn’t the only game in town.

You may have a tremendous, popular, successful operation, but if the economy turns south, it doesn’t matter if you have the best lasagna in town.

And let’s not forget your business must abide by strict government rules and regulations, and must pass rigorous health inspections. In New York this summer, an actual grading system was implemented for restaurants. The New York Times reports:

“Several restaurant windows in New York are quite likely to display a new attraction alongside the usual menus and reviews: a brilliantly colored placard bearing a letter grade.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has added 23 inspectors to its 157 to conduct annual visits that are expected to rise by more than one-third, to 85,000 from 60,000.

The department’s printing presses have produced 28,000 letter-grade placards and enough new procedural guides for every food establishment in the city. Workshops to help restaurant employees and operators understand the new system — conducted in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese — have attracted about 2,000 participants. 


The new inspection rules require restaurateurs to post the placards prominently, displaying ratings that were previously available only at the health department or on its Web site. Failure to do so will be punishable by a $1,000 fine, with additional penalties for counterfeiting. 

The blue A card will correspond to 0 to 13 points under the old system, which imposed numerical penalties for each violation. A green B will designate a less sanitary 13 to 27 points, and an orange C will represent 28 points or more. A black-and-white “grade pending” sign will be posted in restaurants that are appealing their scores.”

It’s a bit much to say the least. I concur with Robert Bookman, an attorney for the New York City chapters of the New York State Restaurant Association who says, “We don’t know that the government can compel you to post a sign that expresses an opinion about your business that you do not share.”

Henry Alford of the New York Times came up with an intriguing scenario.

What if I was to turn my NY apartment into a small restaurant, i.e. entertain four friends for lunch and invite a NY City health inspector to grade my kitchen? Would the government shut it down?

And what about your kitchen, dear This Just In reader. Could it pass a government test?

Henry Alford writes:

I had 27 hours to prepare, or should I say to obsess. That my wholly average-seeming level of cleanliness was to be rated while I was cooking for guests filled me with a kind of terror; my brain dredged up the words dance recital, underrehearsed, overweight, leotard. The inspection information on the health department’s Web site was largely unsurprising. But it did prompt me to remove a light bulb over my stove that was not ‘shielded or shatterproof.’ Then I scrubbed and scoured for nine hours.

Having formulated the theorem, ‘It can’t be a violation if it doesn’t exist,’ I removed seven garbage bags’ worth of opened foods and assorted flotsam from my kitchen. I used antibacterial wipes on any surface my cats may have walked on. After sleeping for an hour, I awoke at 12:30 a.m. — the grim-faced woman with the tweezers — and cleaned for another hour. The next morning, uncertain how much of my environment would fall under the inspector’s purview, I sponged four dust-saddled walls in my building’s stairwell, and bagged and discarded a wet mohair rug that had mysteriously appeared on the stoop.”

So, did Alford make the grade with the inspector, Beth Torin?





How would your kitchen have fared?

Read how it all turned out….here.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

A recent suicide demonstrates the perils of the cooking profession.



ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS




Is bacon out????



The EXIT door at the White House

Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (10/03/10)

It has come to my attention that in my weekly Photos of the Week round-up, I neglected to include a picture from the “One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington over the weekend.

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"Sewer overflows happen frequently, without public notification"

Topics talked about on WISN


Here is the Appleton Post-Crescent article I discussed on WISN today while filling in for Mark Belling:

"Federal law makes sewage overflows illegal. Yet they frequently happen and mostly without the public knowing.

In all, about 9.1 billion gallons of untreated sewage-contaminated water — enough to fill 457,000 backyard swimming pools — were released into the environment by 276 villages, cities, counties and sewage districts on 1,198 occurrences statewide since Jan. 1, 2006, according to data collected by the DNR and analyzed by The Post-Crescent. The wastewater overflows happened in 58 of the state's 72 counties, including throughout the Fox Valley.

The state's biggest by far came from one source: the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, which provides sewage service for 28 municipalities, including Milwaukee, through a shared pipe system. The district reported nearly 8.5 billion gallons of overflows, mostly into Lake Michigan, since the beginning of 2006, when the DNR began organizing the data electronically.”

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9/11 hero facing demotion after policy violation

Topics talked about on WISN


Jose Melendez-Perez was a bona fide authentic American 9/11 hero even before 9/11.

His actions as a terrorism agent by sending a muscleman terrorist out of the United States helped prevent a direct attack on Washington D.C. from Flight 93 on 9/11.

But after an exemplary 44-year career marked by a one-time policy violation that Melendez-Perez admitted to, he faces being stripped of his current position.

Short-sighted callers on WISN today took the “rules are rules “approach and argued Melendez-Perez must be demoted, period.

Two insightful callers said, “We should use the assets he has to continue to make our country stronger,” and another caller said demoting Melendez-Perez was “a waste of resources, a waste of intelligence.”

Many callers to Newstalk 1130 WISN today as I filled in for Mark Belling took the position that we should cut off our nose to spite our face and emote the agent.

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The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

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

Major New Gains in Ethical Stem Cell Research

Here is.........FINAL JEOPARDY!



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



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!



Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




FAMOUS WOMEN



Now, you know how this works.



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



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




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




THIS LIST INCLUDES JENNIFER ANISTON, HALLE BERRY, LADY GAGA, AND BETTY WHITE.








Good luck.










Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




FAMOUS WOMEN




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




THIS LIST INCLUDES JENNIFER ANISTON, HALLE BERRY, LADY GAGA, AND BETTY WHITE.






The correct question is:





Who are
the world's most eligible single women?

"Give me the name, Charlie"


That’s what Jim Doyle-lite, Tom Barrett said to WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes a few years ago on his program as the two discussed voter fraud, Charlie taking the position that it’s a serious problem, the mayor believing there simply isn’t any.

Governor Walker will try to stop voter fraud. Governor Barrett will try to benefit from voter fraud.

Give Tom Barrett a name?

From the MacIver Institute:

Two More Felony Vote Fraud Convictions in Milwaukee

 

Convictions Piling up as Next Election Nears

MacIver News Service | October 5, 2010

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Local sex offender ordinances WORK


During debate in the last legislative session about a bill that would have eliminated Wisconsin’s local ordinances that restrict where released sex offenders can live, Franklin Police Chief Rick Olivia testified giving data about the sex offenders Franklin was able to prevent from moving in or booted out, thanks to our city’s restrictive, and I might add, constitutional  ordinances.

Today, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports:

“A little more than half of the 463 sex offenders with addresses in Brown County live in Green Bay. That's down 11 percent from 2007, when an ordinance intended to reduce the number of sex offenders in the city was approved.”

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It's National Newspaper Week

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

OOOOPPS! Democrats flunk truth in marketing

 

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Democrats have no clue how to create jobs......WATCH


During Monday night's U.S. Senate candidate debate in Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon asked Democrat Dick Blumenthal a very simple, direct question.

By the way, Blumenthal is the ethically challenged guy….well, let’s just call him what he really is, the liar who falsely claimed he fought in Vietnam.

Here, he rambles on and on and on and on and on and never clearly answers the question. But Linda McMahon sure does.

 

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How desperate are the Dems? Enough to resort to physical violence


Democrat Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey has a comfortable lead over Anna Little. So why are his troops resorting to thuggish tactics like slapping the face of a 68-year old woman who supports Little?

Watching this video leads to the obvious conclusion that Democrats are cracking under the pressure.

* CAUTION: FOUL LANGUAGE USED BY DEMOCRAT*


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Who's obstructing the work of border patrol agents?

Illegal immigration


Try environmentalists and preservationists.

Criminals will hate to see their buddy, Jim Doyle leave


The soft on crime lame duck governor is handing out lots of pardons before he’s done doing his damage.

And then there’s a minor crime prevention detail called GPS.

Of course, Jim Doyle’s Department of Corrections is totally trustworthy when it claims it had matters under control and no one was in danger.

More than $1 Billion in Income Left State in Doyle’s First 6 Years


More than $1 Billion in Income Left State in Doyle’s First 6 Years

MacIver News Service | October 6, 2010



[Madison, Wisc...] Wisconsin lost out on more than a billion dollars in adjusted gross income from individuals who fled the state during the first six years of the Doyle Administration.

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Pumpkin Spirit Release Party this Saturday

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The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Tours
Event: Pumpkin Release
Cocktail of the Month
Featured Article
Not in Wisconsin? Order our Pumpkin Spirit and Absinthe Online!


Want our products but can't find them in your area? Order online from Binny's. They currently stock our Vodka, Citrus Honey Vodka, Gin, Absinthe and Pumpkin Spirit.

 

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River Bandits? Or The Storm?


This USA TODAY article about Wisconsin's foolish new school mascot law captures how it can emotionally tear apart a community.

MPD problems putting officers at risk


In early September, a source very close to the Milwaukee Police Department sent me the following e-mail:

Just a sample of last night's happenings:

400 E Michigan- off-duty sheriff deputy gets jumped by group of guys who beat the crap out of him sending him to the hospital and they took personal belongings...making it a robbery.  NO DETECTIVES ARE DISPATCHED, despite detectives being available.

4800 N Teutonia-three armed suspects carjack a victim and get away with victim's car.  NO DETECTIVES ARE SENT, despite detectives being available.

Add to that the apparent rule of thumb that a gunshot wound anywhere but the torso will have officers doing the initial investigation.  Detectives may be assigns follow-up down the road.

This is all being done to save money.  Trimming budgets in these economic times is necessary, but the way Flynn is doing it will have long-term effects on how the department is run.  Crime clearances will go down which will leave more criminals on the street which will lead to a rise in crime rates.

Tom Barrett is willing to put public safety on the table before making other budgetary moves...voters should know about this.”

Yes, they should. Combine this with today’s stunning development that the long-troubled MPD radio system OpenSky went dead for about 30 minutes. No officers could make contact with one another, setting up a deadly, dangerous situation.

This needs to be corrected immediately. If it can’t be fixed, the system needs to be scrapped before an innocent officer is killed.

More from
jsonline.

WTMJ Radio got reaction from Police Chief Flynn.

UPDATE:


CRG Network   

                                                                                                           

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We now take you LIVE inside the Congressional showers on Capitol Hill.....

Prepare for dirtier campaign ads, and you might be to blame

Politics nationwide are about to get nasty, real soon.

What’s that? You say, hey Kevin, that’s not exactly a news bulletin.

Not really. It’s just that the big time mud might start flying now as opposed to the traditional three or four days before the general election. And many Americans might be to blame.

The New York Times recently reported that officials from both major parties agree that 1 out of 3 voters by the time the sun rises on Election Day will have already voted, by early or absentee voting.

Both camps are aware of the increasing popularity of voting in advance. Here in Wisconsin, no explanation is necessary as to why you want to vote on October 10 instead of November 2. People just can’t wait to vote, so they’re doing it early, very early, meaning they are making their minds up a lot faster.

That means campaigns need to strike and go for the jugular, the knockout punch weeks and weeks before the general election to lock up early voters. How to do it? Get nasty and toss your best bombs, not on Halloween, but on Columbus Day. Actually, a week before Columbus Day would be best since early voting and casting absentee ballots is already underway.

So, in effect, Americans who have griped about negative ads on one hand but have clamored for early voting on the other have led to Republicans and Democrats seeking even  more October surprises.

Don’t believe sanctimonious voters who tell pollsters and TV interviewers they absolutely despise negative ads. If they truly hated the mudslinging, those nasty ads wouldn’t work. They do.

In an odd quirk, voters themselves have created a scenario and atmosphere for even more negative ads. They start earlier and bombard us more often.

My longtime view: There’s nothing wrong with an ad that has a negative tone, if it’s true.

A message from Scott Walker's wife, Tonette Walker


Today I was forwarded this disturbing email from Tom Barrett.


We've known Tom a long time, which is why I'm even more disappointed that he continues to lie to you about my husband.

Tom Barrett is using the Jim Doyle playbook by exploiting the plight of those afflicted with diabetes and other diseases in TV ads, falsely telling you that Scott is "against hope" and that he would "ban stem cell research." 

Well, I am also a type 1 diabetic, and I CAN PROMISE YOU, my husband is full of hope!  Hope for me, hope for our family, and hope for Wisconsin!

Regardless of what Tom Barrett has said, Scott will NOT ban stem cell research.  Scott supports adult stem cell research- research which science has shown to have the most promise to cure my disease and which does not destroy innocent human life.   

As governor, Scott will work to make Wisconsin a national leader in finding cures for diseases that have robbed many of us of the people we love. As science has shown, we can realize the potential of stem cell research without destroying human embryos or resorting to human cloning. We can both protect the earliest stages of life and find cures.

That's a win-win scenario that we would hope Tom Barrett would embrace.

Sincerely

Tonette Walker

PS – help us fight back against the Jim Doyle-Tom Barrett playbook of lies and attacks with a donation of $5, $15, $20, $50, or more today!


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When he was just 21 months old, our son Andrew was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.Stand for Hope

I know my son may not have the same life expectancy as other kids, but stem cell research gives our family hope. Hope for a cure.

Unlike Scott Walker, Tom will let our brilliant scientists in Wisconsin continue their pioneering work so that we can one day make diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson’s, heart disease and spinal cord injuries, problems of the past.

That's why we must spread Tom's message of hope to voters across our state. Please click here to watch our new TV ad on this important life-saving research and donate $5 now to help keep it on the air

Scott Walker says he would ban critical stem cell research in Wisconsin. That's right - ban it.

Tom won't let that happen. Tom will stand with Wisconsin's scientists and Tom Barrett will stand up for hope.

Please help us expose Scott Walker's radical opposition to the vital embryonic stem cell research that scientists know offers the best potential to cure diseases and improve lives.

Click here to watch our TV ad and share it with your friends.

I believe that stem cell research will someday lead to a cure for my son's diabetes. But, this will only happen if all forms of stem cell research – adult and embryonic – are supported.

That's why we must support leaders like Tom Barrett who stand up for hope.

Sincerely,

Heidi Fallone

P.S. I've attached a letter to the editor on this important, life-saving research. Please read it and distribute it with your friends.


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Bring it on.......the weekend!


Good stuff!

Thank you, Mother Nature!

All of our weekend features will be here when you're not in the yard, grilling, in a park, or just oustide enjoying the weather. It begins tonight with our weekly Friday night goodnight music entry. Tonight, we remember.....




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



Palm, a guide dog, is recovering from an accident last week on the SkyTrain.


That's Palm, and he needs help. Palm's story and more in DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Also, Week-ends and our weekly POO AWARD.

Sunday it's Recommended Reading, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here's a picture that, alas, did not make the final cut.




A visitor sits between two mascots from the programme, 'Bananas in Pyjamas', at the Endemol stand, at the 26th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video,Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Aren't those outfits like, so yesterday?

Enjoy your weekend!
 

Goodnight everyone and have a weekend one could only imagine


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight......




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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would like to meet you on Monday, October 18th in Madison.  Please join Governor Jindal and Scott Walker by sending your RSVP.

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The Barking Lot (10/09/10)

The Barking Lot

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


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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75.  A resounding….. "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 79.   A glorious high  we’ll give an "A"


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

In our family, we always took our pets to the vet for their regular vaccinations and check-ups, in addition to the many times we took them for an illness or injury.  It was just part of being a responsible pet owner.  We also felt that spaying our two dogs and neutering our cat was part of responsible ownership.  Quite honestly if either of our dogs had puppies there is no way we could have parted with those chubby, warm balls of fuzz.  As for our male cat, well…  we all know one significant reason for neutering.  Who wants to replace drapes and furniture on a regular basis?

Every pet owner I know has had their dog “fixed.”  It seems to just come with the territory when you get a new puppy or kitten:  first shots, possible de-clawing for the cat, and “the big snip.”  However, it is obviously a CHOICE to have this done.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers the following stance.  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is in agreement, and offers reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet.  For pet owners who are wondering what they should do, the HSUS gives facts and myths  about this process. 

California has been known to draft some pretty nutty legislation.  So it came as no surprise a few years ago when a bill was proposed to mandate the spaying and neutering of pets, with a few exceptions.  The bill was NOT passed, but instead the current law was changed to impose stiffer penalties on existing fines.   The American Kennel Club obviously does not agree with this move. 

Personally, I have a real problem with any legislation that takes away such a simple freedom as the choice to spay or neuter your family pet.  I completely support spaying and neutering for the very reasons HSUS and ASPCA do.  However, if a pet owner is truly opposed to the procedure (and is not just saying “I can’t afford it” because there are always programs to help people overcome this obstacle) I feel the owner should be able to make that choice.  Well, what can you expect from a state who also regulates how much their dogs can bark 
----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. I enjoyed your blog, as I always do, despite the usage of words like "fixed."

At any rate, we move on.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and they always seem to do it, by golly.


Sheboygan aldermen give in to pit bulls.


A Canadian city wants to ban the sale of dogs in pet stores.


Guide dog 
touches hearts around the world.


A New York town struggles over a third dog dilemma.


HOORAY! Gunner finds a home!


A 77-year old man is reunited with dog.


Pacemaker implants 
add years to dogs' lives.


Dog bites man? ZZZZZZ. Man bites dog? Now you've got something!


Linda Blair
saves dogs.


If your dog is suffering from seizures, a blessing wouldn't hurt.


It just had to happen.


dog food nutritional bar?


Dog runs wild at airport's runway.


And finally, we close with our closing video. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

This is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Pick the right shelter dog for you!



 

The POO Awards- Week 6


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

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

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62, Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68, Chequamegon 0

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

Week 3
Niagara 66, White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0

and

Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

Week 5
Cudahy 73, Thomas More 0

Dishonorable Mention
Verona 63, Madison East 0
Edgar 60, Phillips 0 (Note: Edgar was our winner in Week 2)

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 81,
Milwaukee Morse-Marshall 0


Why I do the POO Awards



Week-ends (10/09/10)

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


Victor Perez ........MORE.


Ron Hansen


Jim DuPont


Police officers


Kevin Pearson


Duane Jackson


John Chelminiak


Denny Fitch


War Widows


Alex Albright


John Lennon



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


John Rodriguez


Alicia Tolton


Mary Ann Comparin


Massachusetts woman


Funeral protesters


Brent Musburger



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them.”
VP Joe Biden


“Of the 39 black Democrats in the House, all but two represent districts where blacks are a majority or plurality. One other black Democratic contender is running in a white majority district. So in this election, Republicans are running more blacks in white majority districts than the Democrats are. Shouldn't that be taken into consideration when accusations of racism are being hurled about?”
Jack Kelly


“In just four days, more black children die at the hands of the abortion clinic then the KKK killed in its entire history.”
Jerome Hudson, a 24-year-old student of history, majoring in broadcast journalism, in Tallahassee, Fla. He blogs at http://jeromehudsonspeaks.weebly.com/


You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to.”
Vice President Joe Biden speaking to a subdued Madison audience at a fundraiser for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.


He can't afford for Wisconsin to know that he is out of the mainstream on this important issue.”
Tom Barrett accusing GOP opponent Scott Walker of misleading voters by confusing embryonic stem cell research with work on adult stem cells.


We've known Tom a long time, which is why I'm even more disappointed that he continues to lie to you about my husband. Tom Barrett is using the Jim Doyle playbook by exploiting the plight of those afflicted with diabetes and other diseases in TV ads, falsely telling you that Scott is ‘against hope’ and that he would ‘ban stem cell research.’ Well, I am also a type 1 diabetic, and I CAN PROMISE YOU, my husband is full of hope! “
Scott Walker's wife, Tonette, telling supporters in an e-mail that Walker won't ban stem cell research and supports “adult stem cell research -- research which science has shown to have the most promise to cure my disease and which does not destroy innocent human life. ''


“If I could wave a magic wand, I would take the entire Obama agenda and reverse it.”
GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson


I have lost the confidence of the people I represent due primarily to personal issues which have now affected my professional career.”
Calumet County DA Ken Kratz in a statement announcing his resignation.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


They call this art.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Hollywood bullies come out against bullying.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Wisconsin's looming unemployment reserve crisis.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Woman mistakes superglue for eye drops.


Man arrested in Wausau after goose chase.


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

Recommended Reading (10/10/10)

Recommended reading


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


Democrat candidates play down party

"One New York Democrat proclaims that he proudly opposed the federal government’s health care overhaul plan. Another one pledges, in the finest Tea Party spirit, to oppose any future financial bailouts. Still another has rolled out three Republicans in three separate commercials, all vouching for his credentials. But there is one word you will not hear mentioned in any of these campaign advertisements: Democrat. "


The fired Congress

"Some companies have a policy that once someone is fired, they aren’t allowed back on the premises out of fear they might do further damage to the company. It’s too bad Congress doesn’t have the same policy. Because before they’re replaced in January, all of the Democrats who are put out of a job in November will be able to come back and rob the nation blind."


The rise of black Republicans

"One might think the resurgence of black Republicans, coming as it does at a time when a black Democrat is president, would rate more than a feature story or two in the national media. But that would conflict with the liberal meme that Republicans are racist.

Many liberals also say Republicans are anti-immigrant, even though Hispanic Republicans are poised to win a Senate seat in Florida (Marco Rubio) and gubernatorial races in New Mexico (Susana Martinez) and Nevada (Brian Sandoval)."


A letter from a Republican to Hispanics

"First, a message to those of you here illegally: You may be very surprised to hear this, but in your position, millions of Americans, including me, would have done what you did."


Regulatory tsunami hurts job growth

"Regulations coming out of Washington, D.C., are impeding job growth and moving the United States away 'from a government of the people to a government of the regulators,' the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says."

Five Societal Trends That Signal Our Nation’s Decline

"
Each of these five trends taken separately could be viewed as a serious problem but not necessarily a signal of national decline. However, when these problems are considered collectively with their cause and effect and interrelationships, it becomes apparent why we are facing a society-transforming tsunami that our nation as a free market democracy is nearly powerless to stop — no matter how many millions of dollars our government throws at these problems."


Is hate speech protected?

"The Supreme Court is now hearing the Snyder-Phelps case and the outcome is important for all Americans. With the rise of the internet, cyber-bullying and threatening behavior has become a plague upon the land. Kids are committing suicide because they are humiliated on the net and anyone can be targeted by sick individuals. Inflicting emotional distress on another human being is just a mouse click away."


Shocking: Bigoted White Tea Party Woman Beats Petite Black Female Reporter

"I’m sorry, I got that wrong. Stupid me. I’m never going to make it in this business. It was actually a big black liberal woman who whaled on a petite white conservative female reporter last weekend.

Whew, thank God I corrected myself because we all know that if a hulking honky Tea Party mama with dragon nails had smacked down a svelte progressive black female reporter (and on film, no less) it would have caused a media firestorm."

UPDATE: The POO Awards- Week 6


Every Saturday morning during the high school football season, I use my blog to present my weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school team that displays an utter disregard for sportsmanship by Piling on Offensively (POO), or running up the score unnecessarily. Though the team gets the dubious distinction, I primarily blame the coaching staff. The kids just follow orders.

I have personally seen conservatively about 800 high school games. There’s really no way to put this nicely. The average high school coach cares very little about sportsmanship. He’s into winning, winning big, racking up the stats for individual star players so they can make their all-conference teams. They don’t the rules but think they do. And they watch too much Saturday, Sunday, and Monday football that tends to influence their thinking.

Is it any wonder some high school teams try to rub their opponent’s faces in it when they see what Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema did Saturday in their victory over Minnesota? With 6:39 left in the game, Wisconsin scored a touchdown on a James White one-yard run to make the score a comfortable 41-16 in favor of the Badgers. Then Wisconsin did the unthinkable. The Badger offense stayed on the field to go for two, but Wisconsin was unsuccessful (Without the two points, Wisconsin still won, 41-23).  It didn’t sit well with Minnesota coach Tim Brewster and he let Bielema know it when they shook hands at the end of the game.

“I was very upset and I made sure he understood and made sure he knew. I thought he was wrong. There’s no excuse for it period,” said Brewster. “I just told him that I didn’t agree with his decision. And I thought it was a very poor decision by a head football coach. And he’ll have to live with that. Because it was wrong and heck, everybody in here knows it and everybody in college football knows it. It was wrong.”


Minnesota QB Adam Weber added, “It leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth and I know when Wisconsin comes back to Minnesota next year it’s something we’ll probably remember for these younger guys.”

Bielema’s move wasn’t classy or smart. He can argue all he wants about how “the card” that coaches use to determine what the score margin in a game calls for on the conversion after a touchdown predicated a try for two. How about common sense? How about using your own brain?

There reportedly is bald blood between Bielema and Minnesota. So you take it out on the young players?

In situations like this, there’s usually payback. If the Gophers turn around and shove our faces in it some Saturday afternoon, we have Bielema to blame.

Bret Bielema gets a special POO Award this week.


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My Most Popular Blogs (10/10/10)

Most popular


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

1) Angry Notre Dame fans, send emails to Kirk Herbstreit

2) MPD problems putting officers at risk

3) Photos of the Week 10/03/10

4) 
"Sewer overflows happen frequently, without public notification"

5) UPDATE: Photos of the Week 10/03/10

Photos of the Week (10/10/10)

Photos of the Week





U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and challenger Ron Johnson shake hands after their first debate Friday night at the studios of Milwaukee Public Television. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears






A visitor to the Supreme Court wears a badge in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, in Washington. The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in the dispute between Albert Snyder of York, Pa., and members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The case pits Snyder's right to grieve privately against the church members' right to say what they want, no matter how offensive.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)


 



A man who did not want to be identified (R) drags a U.S. Marine Corps flag across the face of Westboro Baptist Church member Jacob Phelps outside the Supreme Court while justices heard oral arguements in Snyder v. Phelps, which tests the limits of the First Amendment, October 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Albert Snyder sued the Westboro Baptist Church after his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq in 2006 and members of the church held signs and demonstrated outside his funeral. The church and its members preach that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for Americans' immorality, including tolerance of homosexuality and abortion. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






Maureen Miller carries her son's, US Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, Medal of Honor, that was presented to her posthumously by President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Miller received the honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008, after displaying immeasurable courage and uncommon valor eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


 

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Vote this week for Scott Walker


 

 

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Strong endorsement for Scott Walker

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Culinary no-no #187

Culinary no-no's


THIS WEEK….




OUR CULINARY NO-NO…..




FOCUSES ON A FOOD ITEM….




WE HAVEN’T ADDRESSED…..




IN 163 PREVIOUS CULINARY NO-NOs.




THAT’S RIGHT.




WE HAVEN’T DISCUSSED THIS PARTICULAR DISH…..




SINCE CULINARY NO-NO #24




BTW, I’d love to link to Culinary no-no #24, but because of the truly idiotic NOW system, I can’t. That blog and many, many, many, many more are simply lost. But I digress.

Being a parent of young children is tough.

Or is it?

We often hear the parents’ lament about the difficulties of raising kids. What did they expect?

To hear some parents today, you’d think that trying to decide what to feed youngsters is as arduous and formidable as performing brain surgery.

Excuse me?

Mom?

Dad?

You don’t know what Billy or Susie likes?

You are clueless about what to serve?

I need to enlist the services of Mr. Peabody and Sherman and their Wayback Machine....





We return to the childhood days of a very young Kevin Fischer.

My beloved mom never agonized like today's parents.

Oh, woe is me! Good grief! Just what do I serve the youngins tonight????!!!

Sorry, 2010 parents. This isn't high blood pressure city or rocket science.








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Time once again to play......FINAL JEOPARDY!


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



FINAL JEOPARDY
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Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




THE BEATLES



Now, you know how this works.



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



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




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




THE BEATLE'S SONG, "LONG AND WINDING ROAD," WRITTEN BY PAUL McCARTNEY, WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED TO THIS POP STAR TO RECORD.










Good luck.










Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




THE BEATLES




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




THE BEATLE'S SONG, "LONG AND WINDING ROAD," WRITTEN BY PAUL McCARTNEY, WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED TO THIS POP STAR TO RECORD.





The correct question is:




Who is Tom Jones?

Sometimes, the Lord works in not so mysterious ways


Since 1979, Affiliated Medical Services has been operating an abortion clinic at 1428 N. Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee. Their website claims to offer “quality abortion care.” My, but that’s reassuring.

Recently, the Women’s Care Center opened at 1441 N. Farwell Avenue. Services include p
regnancy testing, information on all options, ultrasounds, and referrals to medical and social services.

You will note the proximity of the two, just across the street from each other. An interesting phenomenon has evolved due to the location of these two facilities. Some might even call it miraculous.

The Women’s Care Center reports in its latest newsletter that in its first few weeks of operation, it experienced at least two dozen “wrong doors.” Women and couples seeking abortions thought they were walking into Affiliated when they actually stopped at the Women’s Care Center across the street.

Abel and Marilu had given birth three months ago and were surprised to learn they were expecting again. The prospect seemed daunting. Both were working full-time and felt having another baby so soon would be difficult.

When Abel and Marilu entered the “wrong door,” they met with an ultrasound tech who offered counseling and ultrasound pictures. After being told about the physical and emotional risks of abortion, Abel said he could no longer go through with the procedure. Marilu immediately agreed.

Ultrasounds are powerful. Over 95 percent of those who see an ultrasound at the Women's Care Center decide to have their babies.

“Wrong doors” equal more innocent unborn babies escaping the slaughter of abortion.

Abel said, “I can’t believe we came to the wrong place.” The ultrasound tech replied, “No, you came into the right place.”

The Women’s Care Center is holding an open house on Sundays October 17, 24, and 31 from 1:00 - 3:00.

The right door is 1441 N. Farwell
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Tom Barrett: Mr. Negative

 

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Have you noticed the increasingly negativepantsonfire.jpg tone of the Barrett campaign? 

It seems like Tom Barrett can’t open his mouth without telling the people of Wisconsin another lie about Scott Walker.  

In one of his most recent attempts to lash out against Scott, Tom Barrett released a TV ad that contained three fabricated Milwaukee Journal Sentinel front pages aimed at distorting Walker’s fiscally responsible record as county executive! 

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Let's play......FINAL JEOPARDY!


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Soooooooooooooo.....................

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



FINAL JEOPARDY
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Well then, let’s play!



Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




POTUS



Now, you know how this works.



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



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




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




THE NUMBER OF ROUNDS OF GOLF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PLAYED THE PAST 2 YEARS.










Good luck.










Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




POTUS




The Final Jeopardy answer was:



THE NUMBER OF ROUNDS OF GOLF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PLAYED THE PAST 2 YEARS.




The correct question is:




What is 52?

This ranks as one of the best political cartoons of the year

Political Cartoon by Robert Ariail


From earlier this year, "God Hates Judges"

'If a group of lunatics standing outside the funeral of a fallen American serviceman with hateful signs about the deceased does not constitute intentional infliction of emotional distress, then there is no such tort recognizable in America anymore.

The protesters weren't publishing their views in a magazine, announcing them on a 'Morning Zoo' radio program, proclaiming them on some fringe outlet like 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' -– or even standing on a random street corner. Their protest was held outside a funeral for the specific purpose of causing pain to the deceased's loved ones."





 

Is an average baseball game exciting or not?


I have been blessed in my media career to meet and interview many incredibly interesting people. One of them was the late Major League Baseball umpire Ron Luciano.

 

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I don't care what some silly Madison columnist says....


Are you lovin’ this weather?  I know I am.

Chris Rickert is not.

Just who is Chris Wickert, you ask?

Chris Wickert is a columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal who wants fall to be in Wisconsin right now, and a blizzard to hit next week. I’ll even bet he puts ketchup on his brats.

Wickert wrote in a column Monday:

“S
omeone needs to talk to Mother Nature or Willard Scott or whoever controls the weather and tell him to knock it off. Tuesday marks the seventh straight day (if the forecast proves correct) of high temperatures at 75 or above. On Saturday, Madison broke a 131-year-old record by reaching 85. I was in the Chicago that day, and I drove by a bank sign that reported the temperature as 94 degrees. 94!

I apologize for sounding hysterical, but when the Halloween decorations start going up, it's time for summer's end. July temperatures in week five of the NFL season are unnatural.

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City of Milwaukee Unfunded Pension Liability 10th Worst in the Nation


From the MacIver Institute:
 

City of Milwaukee Pension a Ticking Time Bomb
According to Northwestern Study


[Milwaukee, Wisc…] The City of Milwaukee has the 10th worst municipal unfunded pension liability in the nation, according to a new report out of Northwestern University.

At $3.4 billion, the unfunded pension liability in Milwaukee is $14,853 per household. Without major changes, the system will not be able to make scheduled payments in less than twenty years.
 

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A young freedom fighter works to get her country back

 
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It happened about 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon.  
 
We were half way through our very first Americans for Prosperity Freedom Phone-A-Thon - Click Here to Sign up for Our Second - when a young high school senior from North Carolina called to tell us she had just completed her 100th call to citizens in her district with our script detailing the big government voting record of her liberal Congressman.  This young "freedom fighter" told us she was next going to make her very first financial contribution to the cause as well.

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Barack Obama needs to apologize to America


One of my favorite columnists is John Hawkins, master at compiling provocative lists. From his latest piece:

"Barack Obama is a petty little man whose grandiose sense of self importance has always far outstripped his abilities and accomplishments. Putting a man such as that in the most important job on the planet is like taking a five year old off an airplane ride at a carnival and putting him at the control of a jet airplane in mid-flight.

At this point, not only should Barack Obama change course, he should apologize for what he's done wrong."

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That summer of recovery.....

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden


Recovery looks like recession

Franklin voters, the answer is NO!


Many people are taking advantage of the national phenomenon of voting early. In Wisconsin, voters can now cast absentee ballots for the November 2 general elections without having to provide a reason why.

Franklin residents voting early, you will be asked a referendum question about whether Franklin should have a full-time mayor.

The answer is NO!



20 days....

Brown Bag Movement


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Franklin School District sets trap for Franklin taxpayers

Aren’t those folks that run the Franklin School District something special! They care so much about our opinion, and our school buildings of course. So much so that they have sent out another survey asking if we need to do more (i.e., spend your money) to spruce up our woefully inadequate facilities.

My goodness, where does the school district come up with all this cashola to crank out survey # 463 on this topic? Oh, yeh, stupid me. From you gullible, speechless, stay at home, never utter a peep of protest property taxpayers, that’s who!

I wrote eloquently about this matter earlier this year and if I must say so, it’s a fabulous read.

The Franklin School District intelligentsia that includes all, and I do mean all school board members that stand behind this nonsense and the superintendent get the public all lathered up by painting the picture of crumbling structures and kids that will be forced to sit in trailers (yeh, right) and sports teams that that will be worse than the Bad News bears unless you, yes you, struggling taxpayer, open up your wallet for the millionth time and fork it over.

They think they’ve got your number. They will send out sob story of a survey, one after another, begging for just the right answers, and when you politely, innocently tell them, you bet, we’d love to see an improved this and a new that……..BAM!  They’re introducing proposals to raise taxes by a bundle to build and/or improve all these facilities THAT YOU THE PUBLIC DEMANDED!

Don’t you see, Joe/Josie Taxpayer? They’re hoping you fall for this junk.

Simple solutions.

1) Toss the survey in the trash where it belongs.

2) Call school board members and tell them to support a zero percent property levy tax increase. Prepare for laughter and scorn on the other end of the line and a lecture telling you foolish mortal that it can’t be done, that schools will tumble to the ground and children will die.

Now apparently some have already filled out their surveys and diligently turned them in. OK. You didn’t have the chance to read this wisdom-filled blog before you did, so you’re forgiven.

As old eagle eye, ace FranklinNOW reporter Mark Schaaf notes, “Many have complained about the state of Franklin High School's athletic facilities.”

Yeh, I know. That’s a heartbreaker.  Major frustration.

Being the sports-minded fellow I am, I was just commenting to my wife, Jennifer what a crummy season the high school baseball team had. My old buddy, Jim Hughes, poor guy. Can’t win a game to save his life.

The football team? Struggling. Just struggling. Year after year.

I think the boy’s soccer team played last night in a playoff game. Yes, yes, I think I’m right. Did you know they only managed three goals....... against an MPS team? Now, you build two more soccer fields and we won’t be embarrassed like that ever again!

And the high school basketball teams, boy’s and girl’s…….it’s no wonder they haven’t been to state for a few years. It’s you cheapskate taxpayers. All your fault.

Throwing money at education and building Taj Mahal facilities does not equal greater student achievement or more trophies for the case. I’m gratified that Mark Schaaf found that some people ….GET IT:

“Others have opposed any property tax levy increase, saying residents can't afford it due to the economy.

‘You are running a business with our dollars, and we are concerned about how you are spending them,’ resident Donald Reed told the School Board during the district's annual meeting in August.”

Give that man a gold star.

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Congressman Wants Public Hearing on Environmental Impact of Milwaukee-Madison Rail Line


Congressman Wants Public Hearing on Environmental Impact of Planned Milwaukee-Madison Rail Line

MacIver News Service | October 13, 2010

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THERE IS A GOD!

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The very latest news on the midterm elections

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

The warm, fuzzy left: Example # 8,362


The compassionate bunch celebrates a sickly Dick Cheney.

MUST SEE VIDEO: Another inspirational high school TD run

Inspirational stories

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It's what all of America is talking about


"The View" screaming hens couldn't handle it.

Today, the ultra-feminist liberals cracked when their only defense against the wisdom of one Bill O'Reilly  was to huff and puff and swear and walk off the set....



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FRANKLIN NEWS BULLETIN: IMPORTANT BUDGET UPDATE


Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor proposed city budget is juuuuuuuuuusst a smidge below the limit increase allowed under state law so he’s feeling mighty good about the juuuuuuuuusst about 3 percent. Increase he proposed in the property tax levy for Joe and Josie taxpayer.

Ummm, that’s all well and good Mr. Mayor. OK This Just In readers, fellow Franklinites. Would all of you who got a 3 percent salary or benefit increase this year please run out into the street in your underwear and scream at the top of your lungs how happy you are about these bright economic times!

Hmmmmmm.

I really, really, really was hoping the mayor would propose a no tax increase budget a la…...

 

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I guarantee everything you need to know about the Governor's race is right here


It was a simple survey.

 

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Goodnight everyone and have a suh-weeeeeeeet weekend!


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, sweet, sweet music.


Fellas, here’s your last warning. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by Hallmark during a corporate meeting of big wig’s in the 80’s.

WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.

Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

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The Barking Lot (10/16/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Sunny. High of 69.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 62. "B"


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

Kevin has always celebrated  all kinds of holidays with me (and now, with his precious Kyla as well.)  He loves taking me out to dinner at special restaurants, giving me cards & presents, etc.  When we were dating, I always assumed he would propose on a special holiday, one we would always remember.  Valentine’s Day was an obvious choice but of course there was also Sweetest Day.  We vacationed in Disneyworld every October for their Food & Wine Festival and 2003 was no exception.  I was hoping (praying!) that Saturday, October 18 would be “the day.”

 

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The POO Awards- Week 7

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

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

Week 1

Delavan-Darien 62, Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68, Chequamegon 0

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

Week 3
Niagara 66, White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0

and

Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

Week 5
Cudahy 73, Thomas More 0

Dishonorable Mention
Verona 63, Madison East 0
Edgar 60, Phillips 0 (Note: Edgar was our winner in Week 2)

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 81,
Milwaukee Morse-Marshall 0

Week 7
Auburndale 66
, Phillips 7


Why I do the POO Awards

Why I do the POO Awards II

Again I say, there is no reason to increase Franklin school taxes

For years, Franklin School District officials have whined that they have no choice to raise our school property taxes because the big, bad, mean old state just doesn’t give us enough funding.

That argument doesn’t hold water this year. Franklin is getting an $800-thousand increase in state aid, or 5.29 percent. Here’s a chart from today’s Journal Sentinel:

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Week-ends (10/16/10)

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


Chile's miners......MORE......AND MORE.


Manuel Gonzalez


Jeff Hart


Mine rescuers


Bill O'Reilly


Betty Anne Waters


Ali Robinson and Ali Robinson


Clayton Hellums


Punxsutawney Phil


Mom



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Shawn Nash and Maria Woodruff


Fake heroes


Hardy Middle School


Liz Jones



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“When you were first elected, it seemed as though the sky was falling in terms of the economy. There was a bailout that you supported, there was stimulus that added to our deficit, but yet it seems as though our unemployment rate still rises. You said it won't go past 8% and now it's at 9.5% So, my question to you is: Why should we still support you going forward with your economic policies and if the economic does not improve over the next years, why should we vote you back in?”
Adam Hunter to Barack Obama at a MTV Town Hall.


“The governor is not a nice person. He’s not a nice human being. If that were a qualifier to be governor, he would not be governor.”
A former Jim Doyle staffer wishing to be anonymous in an interview with the Capital Times.


“He doesn’t have any answers. He doesn’t have any plan. He just wants to say we have all this debt and all these problems.”
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in a second debate with GOP opponent Ron Johnson in Wausau.


“I have a very specific proposal. We repeal the health care bill. That will save trillions in unfunded liability, save trillions in deficit spending over the next decade, and it will restore the $500 billion that’s been taken out of the Medicare program.”
Johnson's response to Feingold.


“So Russ, you and I have a little something in common.”
First Lady Michelle Obama, during a Feingold fundraiser in Milwaukee, noting that the senator "doesn't always agree" with the president.


“Science has clearly shown us the greatest path towards a cure for people like my wife or anyone else is adult stem cell research. We can be a leader in Wisconsin and still do it ethically.”
Scott Walker, whose wife is diabetic, saying he'd shift funding at UW-Madison away from embryonic stem cell research to adult stem cell research.


“This is basically ignorance. I would pick up my funding and go somewhere else. I can't give up $2 million in grants to stay in Wisconsin.”
David Gamm, a stem cell researcher at UW-Madison's Waisman Center, on Walker's position.


Just recently, (Barbara)Walters said she was happy that Rick Sanchez was fired for making an allegedly anti-Semitic remark. Now she is upset with O'Reilly for his allegedly anti-Muslim remark. Catholics are still waiting for her to discover anti-Catholicism.”

Catholic League Bill Donohue


“We live in more of a p*ssy generation now,” Clint Eastwood told Esquire magazine last year. “[E]verybody’s become used to saying, ‘Well, how do we handle it psychologically?’” Eastwood tells truths. America’s elite has a problem. It’s skinny jeans and scarves, it’s Bama bangs and pants with tiny, tiny embroidered lobsters, it’s Michael Cera, it’s guys who compliment a girl’s dress by brand, it’s guys who don’t know who bats fourth for the Yankees. Between the hipsters and the fratstars, American intellectual men under the age of twenty-five have lost track of acting like Men—and these are our future leaders. We have no John Wayne, no Clint Eastwood. And girls? Girls hate it.”
Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg


"Clearly there cannot be any rape within the marriage. Maybe aggression, maybe indecent activity... Because when they got married, the understanding was that sexual intercourse was part of the marriage, so there cannot be anything against sex in marriage. Of course, if it happened without her desire, that is no good, that is not desirable.”
Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, who is president of the Islamic Sharia Council, told a website that "sex is part of marriage" and suggested that husbands who commit such acts should not be prosecuted.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The state of Illinois.........and they're not alone.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Liberals in a snit over Rebecca Kleefisch ad.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


"The 2010 Spending Record"



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


A perfect ten.


Wanted woman flags down police.


How much is a poke in the eye at a strip club worth?


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

My Most Popular Blogs (10/17/10)

Most popular


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

1)  FRANKLIN NEWS BULLETIN: IMPORTANT BUDGET UPDATE

2) Franklin voters, the answer is NO!

3) Sometimes the Lord works in not so mysterious ways


4) I don’t care what some silly Madison columnist says

5) Franklin School District sets trap for Franklin taxpayers

Photos of the Week (10/17/10)

Photos of the Week



Alcides "Chuleta" Peralta, an athlete from Rio Negro, Uruguay, carrying an Uruguayan flag and a smaller one from Chile on top, runs in the Atacama desert heading towards the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Peralta ran towards the mine to show his support for the 33 trapped miners who have been underground for more than 2 months. They were to be rescued within the next hours of this photo. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)






In this image released by the government of Chile, rescue workers prepare to release a colleague from a capsule after performing a dry run test for the eventual rescue of the 33 miners trapped at the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Government of Chile, Hugo Infante)


 



In this handout from the Chilean government, Mine workers fix the final supports for the crane that will draw out the trapped miners within the capsule, dubbed "The Phoenix," October 12, 2010 at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile. The rescue operation could begin bringing up the 33 miners tonight, 69 days after the August 5th collapse that trapped them half a mile underground. (Photo by Hugo Infante/Chilean Government via Getty Images)

 

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Recommended Reading (10/17/10)

Recommended reading


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


Chile's Miners Would Still Be Down There If They Were Democrats

"If we can use the British Petroleum disaster in Louisiana as any indication, if those Chilean miners had had the misfortune to have been in an American mine disaster, they'd still be down there wasting away as Obama twiddled his thumbs, quite unlike Chile's president.

We have but to recall that Obama didn't even address the BP disaster for days after the extent of it had become known. Heck he didn't even bother contacting BP's CEO Tony Howard for 53 days into the disaster."


MTV Dude to Obama: "Why Should We Vote You Back In?"

"In what may be one of the best examples we’ve seen thus far that he’s losing his juice, Obama actually got grilled by an MTV crowd. MTV for Pete’s sake! After seeing this clip, here’s a hint of what your reaction will be: Adam Hunter for President, 2035."


ObamaCare Breaks the Top Ten

"He did it again. When his health care bill was floundering last year, President Obama rallied liberal religious leaders to sell his plan.He even invoked the Ten Commandments by charging, 'There are some folks that are, frankly, bearing false witness.' So it's fair game to check whether ObamaCare meets biblical standards. For starters, let's test it against the Ten Commandments...."


Why Pastors Punt on Political Issues

"Before I give you the master list of reasons why some ministers are limp biscuits, let me go on record as saying that a silent pastor in today’s paranormal climate is about as worthless as a pitch pipe is to Yoko Ono. Look, I don’t care how much the minister likes kitty cats, candy canes, or if he weeps at Celine Dion concerts. If he’s not a part of this crucial societal throw down—pointing out what’s putrid and cheering on what’s proper—then he’s Judas Iscariot in my estimation."


Jim Doyle's Final Report Card

“'I don’t think you could put a bowling team together with his allies in the Legislature,' says one Democratic lawmaker, who, like most of the other two dozen Capitol insiders and observers interviewed, requested that their critical comments be off-the-record. Even a longtime Republican critic of the governor was reluctant to be quoted, concerned Doyle could use some of his then $2 million war chest to feed the campaign of his state Senate opponent."


Golf Cart Stimulus

"Remember when Glenn Beck interviewed John Stossel of FOX about his free golf cart?  I am hearing from friends that they know people who have bought a golf cart for free - you paid for it.  That is the President’s idea of Stimulus."


How leftists are killing "The Jetsons'

"When I was a kid, I'd wake up extraordinarily early every morning and turn on the television, scanning for episodes of 'The Jetsons.' For some reason, I loved the notion of a future where there would be flying cars supercomputers, and most of all, robot maids to take care of the chores. The generation that preceded me tuned into "Star Trek" for the same reasons — they were eager to see a future that featured incredible technology and timesaving conveniences.

For the first time in American history, today's generation is looking at a future that resembles the Flintstones more than the Jetsons."


Obamonopoly

CRG: Barrett Appoints Felon after Taking His Campaign Cash


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Explosive Barrett Expose - Pass It On

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Explosive Barrett Expose


Pass It On!

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Tom Barrett's Record on Abortion Video

Culinary no-no #188

Culinary no-no's


This week, we focus on an immensely popular restaurant.

Known worldwide.

It enjoys customers that keep coming back time after time after time.





Most McDonald’s restaurants are essentially the same, differing little in inside décor or layout or outside architecture.

Let’s face it.

You pull in to the parking lot and what do you see?






Those famous......






Golden Arches.

And not many McDonald’s restaurants are known for their character if you will, though many do have that characteristic. One of them is located on South 76th Street in Greenfield near the Southridge Mall.





This particular location features nostalgic rock and roll memorabilia and décor. At the risk of writing that is less than award-winning, may I say this particular McDonald’s is cool, very cool

S
uch a cool place?

In Wisconsin?

You know what that means.

Someone just has to come along and ruin it.

In this case, it's a flatlander with help from, of course, us.

The giant of all restaurant chains wants to tear down the Solid Gold McDonald’s at 5040 S. 76th St. and spend about $2 million to build a brand new replacement. That, of course, is their prerogative.

Greenfield NOW.com reports:

“As part of the plan, the new sign would not use the words ‘Solid Gold.’ Less certain, but also a possibility, is that the interior's 1950s theme - with memorabilia, unique items on the walls and life-sized mannequins - would also be gone.

‘It's weathered, it's faded. … We're not 100 percent sure but we're probably going to come in with a new, up-to-date, upscale (interior),’ said Ernie Masucci, president of Illinois-based McEssy Investment Co., which bought the Solid Gold McDonald's in 2007 from Jim Patterson.”

Spoken like a true Illinois PR guy who doesn’t understand what’s been going on at that Greenfield location for years and years. Masucci claims all that memorabilia is fading, it’s in bad shape. Really? As often as I’ve been in the Solid Gold McDonald’s, I’ve never heard a soul complain as they order their Egg McMuffin that the Elvis figure looks bad.

The architect for the new McDonald’s says they want to give patrons a whole new look and experience. Well, excuse me, Mr. Architect, but what if the customers don’t want a whole new restaurant with a whole new look that doesn’t include all the cool stuff?

Here’s where I start to worry. The proposal to tear down the Solid Gold McDonald’s and all the priceless memorabilia that goes with it is before the city of Greenfield’s Plan Commission. No offense. But when it comes to common sense, intelligence, and prudent, wise decisions, city planners don’t rank very high on my list. They could mess up a one-car funeral.

Then there’s the wimpy, wussy position taken by Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke.

According to GreenfieldNOW, Nietzke takes the not-so commendable position of taking two positions.  Neitzke says he’d be sad if the Solid McDonald’s themed restaurant were to go away. But he’s all in favor of the Solid McDonald’s themed restaurant going away because McDonald’s is willing to spend money on a new place.

Thanks, Mayor. So much for defending and fighting for a local landmark.

Can we not thank a great corporate citizen for their past history but at the same time politely, respectfully ask them to incorporate the popular themes and possibly more, newer, fresher items in the new restaurant?

Apparently, the mayor’s position is to cave. Yes, McDonald’s. Whatever you say, McDonald’s. I understand one of the same old McDonald’s will replace a really cool, one of a kind McDonald’s. But that’s ok with me, McDonald’s. I’m sure my Plan Commission feels the same way, McDonald’s.

I won’t write about all the neat stuff at the Solid Gold McDonald’s. I simply urge you to drive over and take a look before the city of Greenfield folds up like a card table and yet another, typical, boring McDonald’s goes up on South 76th Street.

Finally, I add that the new McDonald's will continue to have........








Ho hum.

But gone will be.....





















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Not to mention all those great car shows.

Greenfield
, don't mess up. 

I suspect you will.

NY demonstrates why there should only be two political parties


Why?

Because the more "parties," the more craziness.

Exhibit A is Monday night's NY gubernatoral debate featuring seven candidates and a gaggle of goofballs.


Candidates in the New York governor's race onstage for Monday's debate



One of them is an actual Madame, Kristin Davis....







Davis gave the best and most honest answer at the debate as reported by National Public Radio.

Good stuff!

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GREAT VIDEO: GET READY TO FEEL GOOD AND PROUD!!

God bless our outstanding military.......









God bless America.........








And God bless Gene Simmons!


 

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THE quote in the gubernatorial race


It’s really all you need to know.

Scott Walker, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board on October 8, 2010:


“I'm not going to raise taxes, period.  So, when




people say, how can you balance a budget
 



and still propose cutting taxes, I say I've done




it. I've done it in this latest budget.  If we can




do that with the county budget there's no




doubt we can do it with the state.




I'd like to have tax cuts across the




board, and the ones I specifically
 



mention are the tax cuts I'd like to do in




that first session that we call the special




session. It would be tax cuts for small
 



businesses with 50 employees or less,




and in the biennium we're still in  . . . 




we anticipate to end with a $45 million
 



surplus by the end of that. 




Because the theory is that if you get more




people working because of a better business




environment, over a two-year period, you're




actually going to have more people paying into




income tax and sales taxes that will help you in




other areas as well.”




There is no truth to the rumor that most of the Editorial Board members went into cardiac arrest.

Remember, Tom Barrett doesn't even know if our property taxes are too high.

 

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Feingold Anti-Life Mentality Knows No Bounds

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Russ Feingold's Anti-Life Mentality

 

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I missed the memo and didn't wear purple today....my bad


Today was Spirit Day, at least according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The group asked people across America to wear purple to bring attention to suicides committed by gay teenagers after they were bullied.

Forgive me. I am a political animal. Mention purple and I think of a state that in a particular election could go Democrat or Republican.

I didn’t wear a stitch of purple today. That must make me a horrible human being. Seriously.

I didn’t wear purple. And I don’t support gay marriage. That means that I am partially to blame for gay teen suicides if you ask certain fringe groups. Those kids killed themselves? Of course it's sad and tragic. But yep. It’s my fault and the millions of others like me who believe that marriage is a sacred institution preserved for a bond between a man and a woman.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage writes:

 LGBT teens (in Massachusetts) were roughly four times as likely as other students to attempt suicide in the last year. They're also about twice as likely to report being in a physical fight at school, three times more likely to say they were injured by a weapon and almost four times as likely to say they missed school because they felt physically unsafe, compared to other teens.

Gay students are also more than twice as likely to report having had sexual intercourse before age 13 -- that is, to be sexually abused as children. They are three times as likely to report being the victims of dating violence, and nearly four times as likely to report forced sexual contact.


Forced sex, childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, early unwed pregnancy, substance abuse -- could these be a more important factor in the increased suicide risk of LGBT high schoolers than anything people like me ever said?"

Great question.

I know the answer (Yes).

Typical. Liberals look to put the blame everywhere else except where it should it be placed.

More government waste...


Gee. It comes from another transportation project.  Myfoxny.com reports:

“Auditors say the New Jersey Turnpike Authority wasted $43 million on unneeded perks and bonuses.  In one case, an employee with a base salary of $73,469 earned $321,985 when all payouts and bonuses were included.

The audit says that toll dollars From the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway were spent on items ranging from an employee bowling league to employee bonuses for working on birthdays and holidays.”

And the kick in the a**:

“It took place as tolls were being increased.”

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It's NOT a news bulletin: Franklin School Board shows utter disregard for taxpayers, AGAIN!


Franklin
blogger Fred Keller
is reporting the Franklin School Board voted Wednesday night to approve a 2.9 percent school property tax levy increase (I’m sure the ace reporting staff at FranklinNOW will get around to one of the most important Franklin stories of the year any day now).

School Board members Debbie Larson, Jeff Traylor, Judith Bialk and Melissa Klein voted for the 2.9 percent increase even though:

1) We’re in a recession.

2) The rate of inflation has been around 1 percent.

3) The Franklin School District got an increase in state aid of over $800-thousand.

4) The farce of an annual electors meeting had a 10-10 tie vote for a tax increase.

5) There are plenty of FOR SALE signs all over town.

The message was clear: Screw you, taxpayers.

Linda Witkowski and Janet Evans voted no.

David Works was absent. I don’t know why, but barring an emergency, there is no reason to miss the most important and most important vote of the year.

Superintendent Steve Patz wants out of Franklin. If he leaves, can he please take his tax-to-the- hilt associate Jim Milzer with him?

There needs to be some major clean sweeping among our school district officials.

The Milwaukee School Board has voted to CUT their levy by 0.8 percent. The Franklin School Board worse than MPS? Sad but true.

Tom Barrett Thinks: Destroying Embryos is "The Lord's Work?"

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Tom Barrett: Destroying Embryos -

"The Lord's Work?"

I was wrong about the Franklin school survey


Last week in my blog, "Franklin School District sets trap for Franklin taxpayers," I wrote the following about the Franklin School District’s Facilities Planning Survey:

"Toss the survey in the trash where it belongs."

A few days later, lo and behold, there it was in my mailbox.

What the hell, I thought. I paid for it. Might as well open it up and take a look.

And I have decided I was wrong to suggest throwing it in the garbage. Instead, I now highly recommend you read it and fill it out, especially if you’re like me, one of the many, many, many mad as hell, we’ve had it up to here with all the high taxing and spending in this town Franklin residents.

The survey is stunning in its lack of transparency, written and presented with an all too obvious woe is us, we must tax to the max mentality.

We learn that a study was conducted this past summer of the conditions and use of our school facilities, and whad’ya know??? OF COURSE our facilities are going to hell in a hand basket. Those poor, poor, children. Whatcha gonna do about it, Franklin taxpayers? Let us give you some idea$.

We’ve got all kind$ of option$ about the middle $chool, the high $chool, a $wimming pool, performing art$, indoor and outdoor phy$ical education and athletic $pace, and a community center. My oh my, we sure need a lot.

I took out my trusty calculator, and let’s suppose a resident decides to support every one of the spending options, including the most expensive choices. That translates into spending an incredible:



$235.4 million


Clearly, the people running our school district have lost their minds.

So please, if you haven’t done so yet, do yourself and your wallet a huge favor. Fill out your survey by checking all of the NO or NONE OF THE ABOVE choices.

Because, I wasn't all that wrong. The Franklin School District.....it is setting a big, fat trap for you taxpayers.



Goodnight everyone and get a kick out of your weekend

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

Songwriter/musician Sammy Cahn once said Irving Berlin was one of the two most gifted men of American words and music. The other, said Cahn, was Cole Porter. One of the greatest contributors to the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter died 46 years ago this month.

Tonight, the music and lyrics of Cole Porter.

In his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, Alec Wilder writes about this Porter tune, “This is a very good, essentially simple song, in spite of its half note triplets, but, as is almost always the case with Porter songs, it is popular as much because of its lyric as its melody. This, however, is not true for jazz musicians who like it for its looseness, which provides ample room for improvisation. Needless to say, the half note triplets are, for the most part, ignored by them.”

Max Morath writes in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards, “Jazz musicians go for it--they love most anything of Porter’s--those long melody lines and the beat, often Latin-tinged, that is so often implicit in his theater songs.”


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The Barking Lot (10/23/10)

 
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:  Rain, possibly some thunder. High of 62.   "D"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 68.  "B"

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


So, all week long you’ve been wondering:  “Did Jennifer really get her dog from Kevin for Sweetest Day?  Did he finally cave?  Was the dog an ‘anniversary of our engagement’ present?  How will this affect The Barking Lot?”

Well, my friends and loyal readers.  Wonder no more!  I will tell you exactly what that darling husband of mine did…  In great de-tail!




Are you sitting down?




Are you now?




OK.  He’s pretty good at surprising me, even after all these years.  I thought I might have had him figured out this time.  Remember how I said he wouldn’t propose on a specific holiday?  Remember how I thought he wouldn’t give me a dog ON Sweetest Day?




I was right.

And he didn’t bring home a puppy any other day this past week, either.

I’m guessing he was afraid I’d do something new-dog-owner-crazy relative to Halloween.  But just because I blogged about Halloween ideas for your pup  doesn’t mean I would costume our canine.

I will admit I can’t help but laugh at the site of a dog dressed as a lobster in a pot of water or as the classic “hot dog.”  I know I’m not the only one who finds these costumes amusing.  Even during these tough times, pet parents are shelling out plenty to dress their pampered pooch. 

So while I chuckle at a Chihuahua as a Chiquita, would I dress my dog for the season?  Probably not.  I would most likely choose a bandana or ribbons in orange & black.  I recall the dogs from my youth not being too thrilled with any sort of embellishments when I would try to “decorate” them for a particular season.  While I don’t think it would cause permanent psychological damage to my doggie, I guess I just don’t see the point. 

I would never criticize anyone who chooses to dress their dog.  But the future Fischer pup will most likely remain pleasantly plain.
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer. What? You didn't like the electric can opener I bought you? Don't forget. Christmas is coming.

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


Gas chamber for dogs
torn down.


Should "Beware of Dog" signs be multilingual?


A dog poop political attack ad?


Speaking of dog poop and politics... (see paragraph 15)


Blind woman and her dog have become Starbucks fans.


Barking Lot UPDATE: Winston.


These prison inmates done good.


The best bomb detector.


Stolen dog found........online.


You think campaigning is easy?


Society has accepted disabled pets.


This dog hotel takes in the toughest customers.


When dogs attack kids, here's their target.


Do you have an autistic child? Get a dog.


A new set of wheels can improve a dog's life.


"Why are we now looking to dogs - the very creatures we send to trainers - to help us become better people?"


Do dogs dream?


Fast dogs must  shake to dry off.


And finally, we close with our closing video. Would you rent a drug-sniffing dog? Many would.



 

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The POO Awards- Week 8

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

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

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62, Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68, Chequamegon 0

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

Week 3
Niagara 66, White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0

And

Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

Week 5
Cudahy 73, Thomas More 0

Dishonorable Mention
Verona 63, Madison East 0
Edgar 60, Phillips 0 (Note: Edgar was our winner in Week 2)

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 81,
Milwaukee Morse-Marshall 0

Week 7
Auburndale 66
, Phillips 7

Week 8
Florence 77, White Lake 6

And

Laona/Wabeno 81, Menominee Indian 20


Why I do the POO Awards

Why I do the POO Awards II

Week-ends (10/23/10)

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


George Vujnovich


Rowdy Metzger


All the responders
in a sad story


Rick Hodes


Juan Williams


Wal-Mart


Pitt fans




VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Irene Martin



NPR


Harry Reid


Els Clottemans


Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)


Fake heroes


Teddy Sexton


Bruce Pearl



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“I don't believe this election is about details. I really don't. I've met with people in 60 counties and done 500 personal events, and my approach is to convey to people who I am, explain my manufacturing background, and then as honestly as I can, let people know what my philosophy is.”
U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson at a UW-Milwaukee forum.


His company's loaded with government help. He didn't do it completely on his own but yet he criticizes those who get help from the Recovery Act. It's frankly completely phony.”
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) reacting to reports that Johnson's plastics company, Oshkosh-based Pacur, has five employees that receive health coverage through BadgerCare.


We can no longer afford to have a society where the public employees are the haves, and the people who foot the bill as taxpayers are the have-nots.”
Scott Walker in the second gubernatorial debate.


“He's right we have to tackle the problems, but he's been playing flag football.”
Tom Barrett in response.


"You can attack all you want because you're behind.”
Scott Walker to Tom Barrett at one point of their second debate.


“If our radios fail us no one is safe.”
Mark Buetow of the Milwaukee Police Association in a new Scott Walker ad criticizing Tom Barrett's handling of the Open Sky radio system.


I have found him to be a supportive, accessible boss who has been nothing but an ally and supporter in getting this difficult thing done, so I don't know what they're talking about.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn about the new ad.


"I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.”
Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a phone message to Anita Hill asking her to say she was sorry for the allegations that surfaced at Thomas' confirmation hearings for a seat on the high court bench in 1991.


"I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony."
Anita Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, in a statement released following Thomas' phone call.


“There was Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, speaking at the dedication of a bridge linking Arizona and Nevada 890 feet above the Colorado River.

As the politicians droned on and my Irish skin turned toasty brown, I worried that Governor Brewer might make a citizen’s arrest and I would have to run for my life across the desert. She has, after all, declared open season on anyone with a suspicious skin tone in her state.

We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.

These women — Jan, Meg, Carly, Sharron, Linda, Michele, Queen Bee Sarah (Palin) and sweet wannabe Christine — have co-opted and ratcheted up the disgust.”
Columnist Maureen Dowd


"That's so funny, because I don't think I've ever met that gal, Maureen Dowd -- O'Dowd -- whatever the heck her name is. I don't think I've ever met her, and I don't think -- she probably hasn't met Jan Brewer or some of these other wonderful, pleasant, gracious, nice, hard-working mama grizzlies who are wanting to turn this country around. So Maureen can say whatever she says. I encourage the other mama grizzlies and liberty-loving Americans to just keep smiling."
Sarah Palin in response to Dowd.


“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Juan Williams on the "The O'Reilly Factor." National Public Radio (NPR) immediately fired Williams.


We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week.”
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller in an internal memo on the firing of Juan Williams.


Washington is borrowing 37 cents of every dollar it spends from our kids and grandkids. Given that, I think it’s reasonable to ask why Congress is spending taxpayers’ money to support a left-wing radio network — and in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, it’s clearer than ever that’s what NPR is.”
Congressman John Boehner


“I don't want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican party betray the trust of the American people again. I mean, we had the White House. We had a majority in the House and the Senate. We voted for more spending and more earmarks. Most of our senior members seem to be focused on taking home the bacon. I'm not going to be in a Republican party like that and that's not what the Republican Party is across America.”
Senator Jim DeMint


“Republicans need to ask blacks, ‘Are you better off?’ Are blacks better off sending their children to assigned government schools — as demanded by the teachers unions and the Democratic Party?”
Columnist Larry Elder

 

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To the victors go the.......bull?


Wisconsin wins a thrilling, hard fought, come from behind battle against Iowa, and this is what the Badgers get........




 

The Heartland Trophy.

I'd prefer a rack of ribs the size dropped on Fred Flintsone's car.




Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

 

Touching moment before Notre Dame-Navy game


As a Notre Dame fan, it was disappointing to see Navy have their way with the Irish today.

 

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Navy running back Gee Gee Greene dives past the pylon to score a second quarter touchdown against Notre Dame during the college football game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Saturday. Navy won, 35-17. Rich Schultz / The Associated Press


However, I loved this story. The Notre Dame-Navy game was played at the new Meadowlands in New Jersey, supposedly a neutral site. On Friday, some Navy players took dirt brought to the U.S. from Iraq and Afghanistan and sprinkled it on the Meadowlands at midfield. The Midshipmen proclaimed that now it was their home turf.

Call Me Senator- Produced by WI native David Zucker

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/24/10)

Most popular


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

1)  Culinary no-no #188

2) A message from Scott Walker’s wife, Tonette 

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Photos of the Week (10/24/10)

Photos of the Week



Toilet paper with the faces of politicians sits for sale during the launch for the Tea Party Express national tour which kicked off with a rally in Reno on October 18, 2010 in Reno, Nevada. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious Mid-Term elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


 



A soldier stands guard in front of the Eiffel Tower on October 18, 2010 in Paris, France. France has been warned by Saudi Arabia that it is a potential target for an al-Qaeda attack. (Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images)



 

A man cleans a blood stained patio at a home in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Saturday Oct. 23, 2010. At least 13 young people were shot dead and 15 wounded in an attack on this house late Friday during a 15-year-old boy's birthday party. (AP Photo/Raymundo Ruiz)






Youth clash with riot police officers, unseen, in Nanterre, outside Paris, Monday Oct. 18, 2010. French oil workers are intensifying their fight against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62, a conflict that has hobbled transport and sparked scattered gas shortages. French youth who have rallied to the cause, meanwhile, burned tires or set up blockades outside some schools in Paris and nearby suburbs on Monday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)






Members of transport union CFDT and striking railway workers of the CGT and the Sud French unions block the A7 highway on October 18, 2010 in the south of Lyon to protest against France's government pensions reform. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)






A woman walks past piles of garbage in Marseille, southern France, Monday Oct.18, 2010. French oil workers on Monday defied the government's demand to get back to work and end scattered fuel shortages, stepping up their fight against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62. Schools, trains, public transport and even garbage collection in Marseille have been blocked by strikes to pressure Sarkozy to back down. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)


 



Japanese women carry grass to feed their cattle as Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke in the background in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. Located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other nation. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)



 

A visually impaired school girl examines white canes kept for distribution as part of White Cane Day celebrations at a school for the visually impaired in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. White Cane Day is observed on October 15 every year. The celebrations were held Thursday as the school reopened after week long holidays. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)


 
 


A woman smokes a cigarette as she enjoying the night in a bar in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. Spain, a country famed for its smoke-filled bars, corner cafes and restaurants, was poised to enact a tough new anti-smoking law Wednesday, eliminating its status as Western Europe's last country where lighting up in indoor public places is allowed. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)


 
 


Soldiers work on packages of seized marijuana prior to incinerating them in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. On a conjoined operation with the army, local and state police seized 134 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana Monday, by far the biggest drug bust in the country in recent years. Eleven suspects were detained.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)


 
 

The USS Constitution makes its annual cruise in Boston Harbor on its 213th birthday, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The ship is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)



 


In this photo combo, a conventionally constructed home, left, breaks apart as a fortified home withstands hurricane-strength winds during a test of home construction at the Institue for Business and Home Safety in Richburg, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)






A conventionally constructed home begins to break apart as a fortified home stands fast during a test of home construction materials at the Institue for Business and Home Safety in Richburg, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Researchers are hoping a new wind facility will help them develop building techniques and products that will make homes safer in a hurricane. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)






An Afghan woman turns her face away from the camera wearing curlers while getting her hair done at a local beauty parlor October 16, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. At local beauty salons, behind drawn curtains, isolated from the males, Afghan women spend hours getting ready for engagement parties and weddings. In accordance with Afghan culture the men are required to be segregated from the women with the exception of the bride and groom. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)





A woman stands in a store window at a shopping mall with price tags on her hand on October 19, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The store, opened for a day, was used to raise awareness of the trafficking of women. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)


 

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Recommended Reading (10/24/10)

Recommended reading

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


Free the Taxpayers: Defund State-Sponsored Media

"Another concerted ploy to silence free speech blows up in the Left’s faces. And now, they’re whining about it. The Huffington Post et al. are incensed about the renewed push to defund NPR. Sen. Jim DeMint will introduce legislation to free the taxpayers — and it’s the subject of my syndicated column today. Reap what you sow, speech-squelchers. And pay for it on your own damned dime."


NPR's intolerant firing of Juan Williams

"Back in 1993 Jesse Jackson said 'There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved'.”


Conservative leaders: It's the Spending Stupid!

"Listed below are 10 specific spending cuts that Congress can get to work on when it returns. Many, many more spending cuts have been recommended by a variety of budget experts-but here is a start."


Democrats' policies hurt heroes of mine rescue

“The policies pursued by President Obama and congressional Democrats reward those who came to the rescue of the entrapped miners with a bevy of draconian tax increases in the coming months.


Liberals Attempt to Stifle Soldiers' Ability to Vote

“These socialistic slime dealers and election stealers are trying to keep tens of thousands of our military men and women from receiving their absentee ballots and thus their ability to vote.

Now, the numb nuts in NYC, when busted, said it was an ‘honest mistake.’ I, in part, believe them. To me this is quasi-understandable. Here’s why: We all know the powers that be in NYC were busy kissing Imam Rauf’s Muslim butt over the Ground Zero Mosque, and therefore they probably just forgot to mail out the ballots to our soldiers who’re dodging bullets abroad from … um … Muslims. I get it. They goofed up. I hear it’s hard to multitask when you’re kissing someone’s _ _ _. “


Time for Republicans to Man Up

"The monolithic pro-Democratic black vote is a clear and present danger to America.

As recently as 1956, the GOP captured 39% of the black vote. If Republicans can seize just 20% or 30% of the black vote, the Democratic Party — and its ability to pull the country to the left — could be stopped, if not reversed.

'The 'black vote'?'I said to a white Republican politician who asked my advice. 'I'll tell you how to go after it, but you won't do it.'

'Try me,' he said."


The One Memorable Speech of the 2010 Campaign

"As we, mercifully, approach the end of this depressing campaign season that has done about as much for serious public debate as the Boston Strangler did for door-to-door salesmen, a campaign year when to call one's opponent an 'incumbent ' was grounds for libel, when we've been reminded again that apparently the only president who resisted pinning all his problems on the previous administration was George Washington, we should take note of the one memorable speech of this relentlessly dismal political year."

Culinary no-no #189

Culinary no-no's


Since a holiday is right around the corner, I thought I’d open with talk about Christmas.

Beginning November 8, on selected nights throughout the Christmas season, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.




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Whole Lotta Obama Kool-Aid by Doug Giles

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OK, Fischer, whad'ya think of Favre now???!!



Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is pressured by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews during the fourth quarter.Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Ahhh, yes. People read my blog. Lots and lots and lots of them.

It explains why I get other blogs written about me and why I get personal e-mails filled with jabs anytime Brett Favre jaywalks.

Apparently because I don’t hate #4 the way most cheeseheads do, the conventional wisdom is that Deanna, Brett, Jennifer and I get together occasionally for chateaubriand, and Dom perignon.
(We do not. Brett and I can’t spell chateaubriand and would never share quality beef to begin with).

It’s foolish to even attempt to argue with a football fan who suffers from umpteen years of Packer/Favre amnesia.

So how does this Packer fan respond after Sunday night’s Packer victory, albeit one that was a Percy Harvin half a sneaker away from a Minnesota win?

I point, Packer fans, to not one, but two Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports columns written before Sunday’s big game.

First, there is Michael Hunt, your basic run of the mill writer who will never have the dilemma of clearing office space for a Pulitzer. Hunt cockily wrote:

“Brett Favre has become irrelevant enough in present terms that it's almost embarrassing to make his name the first two words of this column.

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My Franklin neighborhood is about to become tons of litter


I write this around 11:30 Monday night. The forecast for Franklin says:


Monday night:  Strong winds.

Tuesday: Strong winds.

Huh, huh, huh. I laugh at high winds.

Problem is, it’s Kismet.

Whenever gale force winds blow out of wherever, it’s garbage pickup time in my subdivision and neighborhood.

Do you have any idea what that means?

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The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

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

Find Out Who the Endorsed Right-to-life Candidates Are and Vote on Nov. 2
 

The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL

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

Find Out Who the Endorsed Right-to-life Candidates Are and Vote on Nov. 2
 

Oh my, NPR...what thin skin you have!

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You think you see voter fraud - Now what?

YOU THINK YOU SEE VOTE FRAUD—NOW WHAT?

Become part of “Election Watch”

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Franklin just couldn't do it, but other school districts did


Approve a responsible school tax levy increase, that is.

That's some water bill!


Buried in a box somewhere on the Fischer property is a cassette tape of a story I produced while working at WTMJ that I was fortunate to win an award. It featured an exclusive about Republican Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri.  Petri blew the whistle on his fellow members of Congress that were receiving a daily quotient of free bottled water in their offices.

Making the story more significant was that Petri put the kibosh on the bottled water as Milwaukee was suffering through its Cryptosporidium outbreak in the 90’s.

For over 15 years, I thought the story was over. Foolish me.

Bottled water is back on the perks list in Congress. Tough guy/conservative columnist Chuck Norris lists that and a whole bunch on other spending outrages in his latest column.

Read and prepare to be angry.

Are you happy the Yankees aren't playing tonight? You shouldn't be


The World Series begins tonight, and can you believe it? The defending champs, the New York Yankees are watching at home from their couches.

My guess is that most baseball fans are happy the Fall Classic is sans Bronx Bombers because most baseball fans hate the Yankees.

Here’s an argument why baseball fans shouldn’t be so happy about a World Series without those Yankee pinstripes.

SHOVE IT (Mr. President)!


You, of course, remember this famous shot....



Top 10 Best Quotes of 2009 Joe Wilson

US President Barack Obama's high-stakes health care speech drew frequent eyerolls and scoffs from his Republican critics, but sharpest was a single shouted charge: "You lie" from Republican Joe Wilson of South Carolina (C) during a joint session of the US Congress in Washington, DC. during early September 2009. Photo: Getty Images

It made my top photos of 2009.

The indignation was loud and unified and heard from liberals and a liberal news media for days and days and days.

HOW DARE HE DO THAT!

HOW DARE HE SHOW SUCH DISRESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT!!

Then comes the great Obamessiah refusing to anoint one of his own Democrats, Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio.

Caprio decided to put party aside.

 

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If a liberal says you're a bitch, then, by golly, you must be a bitch


Joy Behar, one of the raving, ranting berserk women on The View had this to say about Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid's opponent.... 

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Astute callers on Newstalk 1130 WISN today

During Jay Weber’s morning program, a caller mentioned that critics of the so-called Bush tax cuts never criticize the Clinton "Don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

During Mark Belling’s afternoon program, a caller responded to Channel 6’s  story tonight that Rebecca Kleefisch has a gay uncle. The implication is that she has a lot of nerve, opposing gay marriage. Huhhhh?

The caller wondered if Tom Barrett has any Catholic relatives who might not appreciate his staunch pro-abortion stance. If so, when do we get to see that story on television?

Significant poll results could spell big trouble for Democrats


More evidence liberal Democrats are shaking in fear and losing sleep. From the New York Times:

“Critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans in the final phase of the midterm Congressional elections, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Republicans have wiped out the advantage held by Democrats in recent election cycles among women, Roman Catholics, less affluent Americans and independents. All of those groups broke for Mr. Obama in 2008 and for Congressional Democrats when they grabbed both chambers from the Republicans four years ago, according to exit polls.

If women choose Republicans over Democrats in House races on Tuesday, it will be the first time they have done so since exit polls began tracking the breakdown in 1982.”

If this is true, it could spell huge margins of victories for Republicans nationwide come Tuesday.

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By the way, nice to see Catholics turning around. A little late for these foolish folks who stupidly voted for the Abortion President, but at least now they realize how idiotic they were two years ago.

Is there a conservative resurgence in Wisconsin?

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Parents have wussified Halloween


In soooo many ways they have worried this holiday to death:

Stranger danger

Poisoned candy

Costumes are too tight

Can’t wear masks

Got Purell?

Read a great column by Lenore Skenazy.

Goodnight everyone and have a spooooooooky weekend!


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
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The Barking Lot (10/30/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 58.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 51. "C"


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

L
et’s go dog shopping!  Or, at least pretend to.  Have you ever played the “What would I do if I won the lottery?”  I do something similar; I play “What kind of puppy will I get some day?”  I follow that up with a round of “What will I name my puppy?”  It’s fun and about the closest thing I will get to four paws in the house for awhile.

So… you’re at the dog shelter.  (Remember, this is my game, and my rules are you get your dog from a shelter, not a breeder.)  Cage after cage, you peruse the aisles of furry faces, eyes looking longing at you just begging “Please take me home with you.”

You don’t have a specific type of dog in mind; you just want to provide a good home to a dog that needs one.  Some of your choices are:


 















OK, narrow it down to two.  (One black, one golden.)

Now pick one.

Which one did you choose?  Wait.  Let me guess.  You picked GOLDEN DOG.  If you did, you followed a very common pattern with dog adoptions, and have just given in to what some people call “Black Dog Syndrome.”  Many shelter workers believe that there is a true problem with black dog bias.  

You may or may not believe this theory but this website is devoted to showcasing black dogs and encouraging people to adopt responsibly.  Other stories support the black dog bias idea, such as the experience Pamela Gregg had with Molly.  

Stray Rescue in St. Louis hopes to help combat this problem.  For the more than 200 black dogs they have currently in need of adoption, they are going to cut the adoption fees in half.  From now through November 7th, prospective pet parents pay a paw-ltry (this is where my alliteration ends) $75 instead of the usual $150.  I wish them luck in their quest to find homes for these special dogs.
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

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


Alligator on the loose, 50 pound dog eaten.


Coyote prompts Halloween alert in Minnesota.


Dogs on the ballot next Tuesday............MORE.


Car hits Minnesota man
chasing his dog on the freeway.


Jail for man who broke his dog out of pound.........MORE.


Henry
saves his owner's life.


Halloween can be scary for dogs, too.


Speaking of Halloween....


A never-ending issue.....Home cooking: Good or bad for the pooch?


Serves you right, you pig!


Cordy
inspires creative writing.


Sophie is as tough as nails.


Study proves dogs recognize owners' faces.


You want a nice story?


Pebbles is saved. Was it a miracle?


You know what? I just can't contain myself on this one.


Can dog costumes be slutty?


And finally, we
close with our closing video, the story of Rowan. Rowan was born without eyes.
This link contains the story and closing video.  MORE.

Thank you for stopping by and tell a pet-loving friend about The Barking Lot.


The POO Awards- Week 9

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

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

Week 1
Delavan-Darien 62, Whitewater 7

Week 2
Edgar 68, Chequamegon 0

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

Week 3
Niagara 66, White Lake/Elcho 6

Week 4
Northwood/Solon Springs 72, Winter 0

And

Shell Lake 72, Birchwood 0

Week 5
Cudahy 73, Thomas More 0

Dishonorable Mention
Verona 63, Madison East 0
Edgar 60, Phillips 0 (Note: Edgar was our winner in Week 2)

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 81,
Milwaukee Morse-Marshall 0

Week 7
Auburndale 66
, Phillips 7

Week 8
Florence 77, White Lake 6

And

Laona/Wabeno 81, Menominee Indian 20

Week 9
Kenosha Bradford 70, Milwaukee Bay View 8

NOTE: In the last three weeks of the regular season, Week 6 POO Award Winner, Milwaukee Riverside won its games by the final scores of  81-0, 75-0, and 51-0. The blowouts did anything but prepare Riverside for the playoffs where they were knocked out in the first round by Muskego, 20-12.


Why I do the POO Awards

Why I do the POO Awards II

We take you LIVE to Capitol Hll and a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.....


Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Week-ends (10/30/10)

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


Anonymous man on a tour


Another mystery hero


Hospital volunteers in Huntington, WV


Bill Barror


William Shumpert


Feris Jones.........MORE............MORE


John Abraham



Matthew McCune


Dimas Pinzon


Rodney Scott........WATCH:
 

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Halloween at the Movies

It’s a common topic of conversation around this time of year: what’s the best horror movie?

Many of my blogs have featured a nostalgic theme. So indulge me as I walk down memory lane once more to answer above question.
 When my older brother was in his swinging teens and I could only dream about being as cool as he was, my brother played guitar in a rock and roll band. Yes, rock and roll band. That’s what they were called in those days.

My quiet, reserved, shy brother played rhythm guitar on his bright apple red Fender Stratocaster in clubs where go-go girls danced in cages right next to him.

On Saturday nights when my brother’s band had a gig, it meant he wouldn’t get home until late. Mom and Dad would often go see my brother play, but on nights they didn’t, Dad would go to bed after the 10:00 news. Mom, who to this day loves horror movies, the spookier and creepier the better, would let me stay up with her and turn on Channel 18 to watch Shock Theater.

Shock Theater is where I saw, one after another, the Universal Studio horror classics: Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman. I loved each and every one of them.

Decades later, the “monsters” are revered at Universal. They single-handedly saved a studio in deep economic trouble by drawing huge crowds to theaters to see the latest in the saga of each “monster.”

I never tire of seeing those old classics.





 

There were some horror movies I saw as a youngster that left me wide-eyed.






I recall walking out the exit doors of the old Juneau Theater on Mitchell Street that led to an alley after seeing this movie, scared out of my wits.

"Do you know where you are Bartolome?"
 

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/31/10)

Most popular


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

1) My Franklin neighborhood is about to become tons of litter

2) Culinary no-no #189

3) That’s some water bill!

4) Touching moment before Notre Dame-Navy game

5) Significant poll results could spell big trouble for Democrats

Photos of the Week (10/31/10)

Photos of the Week




A police officer stands guard as passengers wait for a flight inside El Prat de Llobregat Airport in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Oct 30, 2010. A suspicious package originating in Yemen containing a toner cartridge with wires and powder was found during routine screening of air cargo in the United Kingdom, prompting authorities to scour three planes and a truck in the United States on Friday Oct. 29 2010. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)






Clouds pass over Manteno, Ill., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, as a storm producing high winds passes through the area. (AP Photo/SouthtownStar, Josep P. Meier)






Broken umbrellas lie in a trash can outside the Lyric Opera, after morning storms in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. A storm drawing comparisons to a hurricane muscled across the Midwest on Tuesday, snapping trees and power lines, delaying flights at O'Hare International Airport and soaking commuters who slogged to work under crumpled umbrellas. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)






A We Energies worker removes a power line from the road Tuesday Oct. 26, 2010, after a tornado touched down in Mount Pleasant, near Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Gregory Shaver)


 



Amy Martin pulls her children through the snowy streets of Crested Butte, Colo. on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 as an early snowstorm moves through. (AP Photo/Alex Fenlon)





An Indonesian driver walks with his tricycle in Yogyakarta, blanketed by volcanic ash falling from Mount Merpi's latest eruption early on October 30, 2010. Mount Merapi volcano erupted violently early Saturday, sparking chaos as people tried to scramble to safety, fearful of a repeat of this week's deadly explosions. CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images



 

Indonesian soldiers evacuate an elderly woman who refuses to leave her house in Ngerangkah, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. Indonesia's military forced villagers off the slopes of the country's most volatile volcano Saturday as it unleashed a new powerful explosion that claimed another victim and temporarily shut down an airport. (AP Photo)



 

A girl stands next to washing drying on concertina wire outside Dar al Aman Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)





U.S. Air Force pararescuemen pass an American flag to one another in the back of their medivac helicopter as they prepare to wrap the bodies of U.S. soldiers who were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 10, 2010. The Pararescuemen and pilots from the 46th and 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons responded to the attack which killed two American soldiers and wounded three others. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)






US soldier PFC Mecale Bryant, from Houston, Texas, of 2nd PLT Diablos 552nd MIlitary Police Company, demonstrates firing positions to Afghan policemen on the outskirts of Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)






Drill Sgt. Juan Garcia, left, shouts instructions to a new recruit on the first day of boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, October 18, 2010. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)






Charlie Salerno, 8, of New York bows his head as members of the United States Army Honor Guard fold the flag covering the coffin of his relative, Sgt. John R. Simonetti at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, October 25, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia. Simonetti, a 26-year-old Army Ranger from Queens, N.Y., died on June 16, 1944 during WWII in Saint-Germain-d'Elle, France. His skeletal remains were discovered in a cow pasture in 2009. (Mary F. Calvert/MCT via Getty Images)


 

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Recommended Reading (10/31/10)


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).



Desperate Dems Double Personal Attack Ads

“Democrats have attacked their opponents personally twice as often as Republicans have done in campaign ads this year. In an effort to draw public attention away from their failed policies, Democratic candidates have emphasized personal issues over policy differences in their attack ads, according to a nonpartisan study. The non-partisan, grant-funded Wesleyan Media Project analyzed 900,000 campaign ads aired from January 1 to October 5, 2010 by candidates for House, Senate and Governor. Overall for both political parties…..”


Standing tall: The rise and resilience of conservative women

“My military friends have a favorite saying: ‘If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target.’ This campaign season, conservative women in politics have caught more flak than WWII Lancaster bombers over Berlin. Despite daily assaults from the Democratic machine, liberal media and Hollyweird — not to mention the stray fraggings from Beltway GOP elites – the ladies of the right have maintained their dignity, grace and wit. Voters will remember in November.”


You don’t have to be crazy to be a Democrat, but it helps

With the media sneering about the Tea Party candidates being a bunch of nuts, how about we take a look at some of the Democrats running this year?”


Why is NPR Getting Our Money?

As part of the federal gravy train, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is set to receive $420 million this year alone. No wonder Elmo is smiling.”


NPR’s carefully crafted tales—and why I don’t listen anymore

“The guy or gal who functioned as a given show’s Master of Ceremonies would give a neat little promo in his or her warm, erudite voice:  ‘In the wake of last Tuesday’s midterm election, House Republicans, relying on the Contract with America, have vowed to shut down welfare, denying funds to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children.  For more on this story, we have Harvard-grad reporter Louis Liberal.’

Louis would then come on, and in that same warm, erudite tone, give a neat, three-sentence intro detailing how the House Republicans had a plan to deny necessary funding to hundreds of thousands of hungry children.  Louis would then say, ‘Harvard economist Pol Klugmen explains that, if Republicans are successful in ending welfare as we know it, studies show that there will be dead bodies lying in the street’.” 


You call yourself a firefighter?

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LIVE FRANKLIN TRICK OR TREAT BLOGGING BEGINS NOW!


We’ve done this the past few years, providing updates on Franklin’s Trick or Treat, from 4 until 7 tonight. So, there is some dark time for the hobgoblins, as it should be.

You just never know who will come knocking at the Fischer door.

Little Kyla will be out in the neighborhood for her first trick or treating, dressed as Minnie Mouse. She will be accompanied by Kobi, the son of former NOW editor Mark Maley. Kobi will be dressed as a policeman.

Belated congratulations to Mark who, after 16 years with Journal Communications, has taken a position with Patch.com, a subsidiary of AOL that is building 500 local news web sites around the nation and will soon be coming to Wisconsin. It sounds exciting, and I wish Mark the very best.

The sun is out, but the temperature is only about 46 degrees, some 15 degrees cooler than yesterday at this time.

Have fun everybody!

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN MAYOR TOM TAYLOR

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Trick or Treat: THE HOT COSTUMES


According to keenobservers.com, here are the Top Celebrity Inspired Halloween Outfits for 2010:

  • True Blood
  • Lady Gaga
  • Twilight’s Edward and Bella
  • Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
  • Jersey Shore’s Snooki
  • Harry Potter and the gang
  • Mad Men
  • Lost: Castaways on the hit series
  • The Office
  • Toy Story 3
  • Super Mario and Luigi
  • Batman
  • Super-Man
  • Darth Vader

Trick or Treat: HALLOWEEN GETS POLITICAL


So far, all the kids out and about in my neighborhood have been the very young variety. No teenagers.

But if one would show up on my door, I’d happily toss some candy his/her way.

Apparently some folks get quite unhappy about teenagers in costume carrying bags. One city mayor says this issue is serious enough that city governments must intervene.

Gimme a break!

Government messes up enough. It should leave its meddling hands off Halloween.



Trick or Treat: BRETT FAVRE


Brett, I’ve got M&M’s.

Nope.

Snickers?

Nah.

Reese’s?

Nooooooooo.

Ankle brace?

Sold.

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS


Debbie Larson, Jeff Traylor, Judith Bialk, and Melissa Klein were dressed as armed robbers.

David Works was dressed as the Invisible Man.

Trick or Treat: MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS


Scott Walker buttons on the right, Russ Feingold buttons on their left.

Trick or Treat: 3 CHICKENS


At my door so far, at least three chickens. One of them was a kid.

Trick or Treat: WHAT'S GOING ON?


We’re into our second hour of LIVE Trick or Treat blogging.

More to come…

Trick or Treat: BRRRR!


It’s a bit nippy out there.

No beer seen, but one mom was sipping red wine.

Trick or Treat: PRESIDENT OBAMA


Dressed as The Kool-Aid pitcher

Trick or Treat: "YOU'RE WELCOME!"


More so than other year I can remember, hearing “Thank You” is extremely common.

That’s nice.

Trick or Treat: NPR CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER


With both open hands extended, Schiller asked, “You work for the government, don’t you?”

Trick or Treat: ONE HOUR TO GO!


It will be dark very soon.

You want perfect Halloween music for the evening?

Here’s the best.

Trick or Treat: HALLOWEEN CAN MAKE YOU GO BLIND?

Trick or Treat: LINDSEY LOHAN


She didn't walk up to the door.

She was wheeled up the walkway on a couch.



Trick or Treat: JOY BEHAR


Dressed as a nice person.


Trick or Treat: NANCY PELOSI


Dressed as herself.

Trick or Treat: WELCOME CITY OF MILWAUKEE YOUNGSTERS!


This is NOT a complaint.

We in the suburbs know that not every kid that rings the doorbell is from our neighborhood, or even our zip code. And that’s ok.

But c’mon, don’t be so obvious. Two young gals (teenage?) were wearing Milwaukee Bradley Tech uniforms.

Trick or Treat: HARRY REID


Umm, Senator, with all due respect, why should I give you any candy?

Because if it wasn’t for me, you’d be in the poorhouse, boy!


 

Trick or Treat: TOM BARRETT


Costume: Half fast train conductor

Trick or Treat: SCOTT WALKER


Son of a preacher man

Trick or Treat: DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR, FORMER VA. GOV. TIM KAINE


Wearing a casket

Trick or Treat: THANK GOD WE'RE NOT....


California

Trick or Treat: THE COSTUME WRAP-UP


Popular costumes among the boys: Batman, Star Wars, Toy Story

Among the girls: Butterflies, princesses.

Trick or Treat: LIVE BLOGGING IS OVER!


We hope you have enjoyed this year’s coverage.

We now return you to your favorite blog.

Happy Halloween!


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Culinary no-no #190

Culinary no-no's


For many years, cuisine offerings at Walt Disney World were incredibly average at best.

The parks had the usual mundane hot dogs, hamburgers, and they were certainly nothing to write home about.

Hotel and park restaurants provided the same ham, turkey, and roast beef dinners that brought back memories of high school cafeterias.

That all changed during the 1980’s when visitors to the Mouse House demanded higher quality and variety. Today, Walt Disney World features some of the finest restaurants in all of Florida.

No more settling for a corn dog and popcorn.


One of those award-winning, multi-star restaurants is located here.....






Check out the very top of the Contemporary Resort. It houses........

 

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