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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.

My Most Popular Blogs (01/01/12)

Most popular

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


2) Photos of the Week (12/25/11)




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Photos of the Week (01/01/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepare to push the button to drop the ball at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2011 in New York. Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

2) Confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

3) A member of the clean up crew clears confetti from Broadway after the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York's Times Square, Jan. 1, 2012. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

4) Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2012. Photo: Alastair Grant / AP

5) Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. Visible in background is the Arc de Triomphe. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

6) Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

7) The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are seen during New Year's Eve fireworks from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in Sydney, Australia. Photo:Mick Tsikas / EPA

8) A couple kisses as fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered in downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

9) A man lights an Old Man effigy, which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories, early Sunday in Mumbai, India. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

10) U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the memorial to USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 29, 2011. Photo: Jason Reed – Reuters

11) North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un cries as his father, North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-il, lies in state during the run-up to his funeral in Pyongyang in this Dec. 27, 2011, still image taken from video. Photo: Reuters

12) Armenian clergymen scuffle with police and Greek Orthodox clergymen during the annual cleaning of the Church of Nativity, the traditionally accepted birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Dec.28. Several hundred clergy of different Christian sects, as well as some faithful, pitch in to clean the entire church, one of the oldest in the world, but with special care taken not to overstep one's boundaries and delicate cleaning responsibilities. The entire church is swept, dusted, cleaned with kerosene and covered in sawdust to soak up the flammable liquid as the church is cleaned of all the dirt accumulated in the past year and made ready for the next year's onslaught of pilgrims, clergy and tourists. Photo: Oliver Weiken / EPA

13) Vehicles are seen after floodwaters receded at the Honda factory in Ayutthaya province on Nov. 26. Thailand's worst floods in 50 years have killed 610 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving, with water receding in many affected areas. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

14) This photo provided by the National Park Service shows an unidentified man standing by an SUV-sized boulder sitting on Yellowstone National Park's West Entrance road approximately nine miles inside the park's west gate Dec. 29, 2011. The boulder apparently broke loose from a mountainside several hundred feet above the road early Thursday. Park crews have pushed the rock from the road and are assessing the slope for the potential of further slides. Photo: National Park Service via AP

15) Rubbish is piled up in between parked cars in downtown Mexico City, Dec. 26. After city authorities shut down the Bordo Poniente landfill, one of the largest dumps in the world, garbage has started to accumulate and trucks have been slower to pick it up, according to local media. Here, rubbish is piled up next to the monument of Mexico's late President Benito Juarez in Mexico City, Dec. 26. Juarez was one of Mexico's most important statesmen. Photos: Reuters

16) Maria Ponce, 78,  stands in the doorway of her home that is constructed from recycled plastic bottles, near El Transito, El Salvador, Thursday Dec. 29, 2011. Ponce, who did not have money to build a traditional house, says in 2005 a dream revealed to her to fashion a home from plastic bottles, which took 3 months. Ponce and her 102-year-old companion survive on about 10 dollars a week which they make from their corn crop and donations from tourists making the journey to see "La Casita Encantada," or "The Enchanted Cottage." Photo: Luis Romero / AP

17) People work at the construction site of a Catholic church made of snow in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut, near the German-Czech border on . The snow church is to be unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday and is likely to become a tourist attraction till the beginning of spring. Photo: Petr Josek / Reuters

18) The Balea Lac Hotel of Ice in the Fagaras Mountains, 184 miles northwest of Bucharest, is entirely made of ice. The hotel offers accommodation in 10 double rooms with king size beds, where the temperature hovers around freezing. A waiter serves dinner inside the hotel. Rooms go for $45.73 per person. Photos by Radu Sigheti / Reuters

19) President Barack Obama gets a mouth full of fingers from Cooper Wall Wagner, 8 months, as he poses for a photo with Coopers and his parents Captain Greg and Meredith Wagner, as he visits members of the military during Christmas dinner at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii , Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

20) Siberian tigers approach a keeper's car as they wait to be fed at the Siberian Tiger Forest Park in Harbin, China on Dec. 27. More than 800 Siberian tigers are currently living in the park, which is also a breeding center for this endangered species, local media reported. Photo: Sheng Li / Reuters

21) Tian Tian licks her 'panda cake' in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25, 2011. The United Kingdom's only pair of giant pandas were treated to an extra helping of panda cake on Christmas morning to celebrate their first Christmas in Scotland. Yang Guang and Tian Tian - or Sunshine and Sweetie - have been getting used to their new home in Edinburgh Zoo since arriving from China on Sunday Dec. 4 2011. (AP Photo / Andrew Milligan/PA)

22) A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

23) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after his team defeated the Atlanta Flacons in New Orleans, La., Dec. 26. Drew Brees passed for 307 yards while breaking the single-season passing record at 5,087 yards. Dan Marino finished with 5,084 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 1984. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

24) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan exchanges words with New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs  after the game last weekend that was won by the Giants. Photo: New York Post

25) In this image released by AP Images for Comic Relief, as Helen Skelton prepares to embark on the toughest adventure of her life - Helen’s Polar Challenge for Sport Relief - she first had to overcome the challenge of spending a bleak Christmas Day in Antarctica, with hours of demanding training in sub zero temperatures and dehydrated rations for dinner. Helen is hoping to begin her 500 mile trek to the South Pole on January 1 at 83 degrees south. The fearless Blue Peter presenter will power herself to the pole by ski, by kite and - in a world first - by bike. (Mike Carling/AP Images for Comic Relief)

26) A fan named Annie Wagner was not happy when she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, so she went to the Green Bay-Chicago game last Sunday night with a sign that, at the very least, got back at her cheating ex-boyfriend. Photo: The Hollywood Gossip via NBC.

27) Sarah Crane was left stunned when she hung out her laundry to dry and discovered the face of Jesus staring back at her from a crumpled sock. She was so impressed by the clarity of the face she even built a shrine to the sock. Photo: Paul Cunningham / Zuma Press

28) Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, visits young patient Elizabeth Marroquin who suffers from appendicitis in the emergency room at the Benjamin Bloom Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, early Sunday Dec. 25, 2011. Sveinsson, who lives in El Salvador and is originally from Iceland, said he originally began volunteering in emergency rooms years ago as Santa Claus to visit children who had been burned by Christmas time firecrackers. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

29) Santa, wearing shorts, greets children at the pool of the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, December 24, 2011. He arrived by outrigger canoe in front of the hotel at sunset on Christmas Eve and is welcomed by keiki from Hula Hui O Kapunahala under the direction of kumu hula Carolee Nishi. Photos: Honolulu Star- Advertiser

30) Shoppers rush into a department store as it opens for Boxing Day sales in central London, Monday, Dec. 26. Despite disruptions caused by London's subway drivers striking over a pay dispute, large crowds of shoppers started flooding department stores in London as soon as doors opened early Monday. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

31) Landmark Signs workers install 288 sparkling new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's "Let There Be Friendship" design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, Dec. 27, 2011 in New York. The crystals, designed and crafted by Waterford artisans, feature a pattern that represents friends holding hands around the world. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

32) Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump into the Mediterranean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Dec. 25. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona.  Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

33) A swimmer reacts as he climbs a ladder to leave the Vltava river after a swim within the traditional Christmas winter swimming competition in Prague, Czech Republic, on Dec. 26. Enthusiast swimmers every year brave the cold waters of the Vltava river for a swim. Photo: Filip Singer / EPA

34) Members of the 'Berlin Seals' club swim in the Oranke Lake with a water temperature of three degrees Celsius, wearing Christmas costumes in Berlin, Germany, on December 25. The winter swimmers traditionally meet on Christmas Day to take a swim together. OK, one more. Photos: Maurizio Gambarini / EPA

35) People carry a man on a stretcher as they take part in a traditional sea bath during New Year's celebrations on Jan. 1, 2011 at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk, France. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP - Getty Images

36) A woman holds an offering of fruits as shamans perform a ritual for good luck for the coming new year in Lima, Peru on December 29, 2010.  In Peru, yellow is considered good luck, and people will often wear yellow underwear on New Year's Eve for luck in the new year. Shamans from around the country attend fairs to perform rituals that include showering subjects with yellow flowers or passing a guinea pig over subjects' bodies. Photo: Mariana Bazo / Reuters

Culinary no-no #258

Culinary no-no's



It’s New Year’s Day. Here are, in no particular order, my culinary resolutions for 2012:

In restaurant booths, could we please not put our feet up on the seats.

When you’ve finished dining and paid the bill, could you please get up and get the hell out so someone else who’s been waiting can have a seat.

People sitting at barstools, when there’s one empty spot and two people standing, how about getting up and moving one spot down so the others can sit as well.

When wait staff does something good or nice, can we at least make eye contact and say “Thank you?”

Tip properly, at least 15-20%, more for exemplary service. That includes bar service.

Don’t make a visit to a restaurant a track meet for your server. If someone else at your table orders a drink, put in your drink order at the same time.
If you have a restaurant reservation and you’re going to be late, call and inform the restaurant.

Call if you’re not going to show for a restaurant reservation.

Fast food patrons, know what you’re going to order before you get to the front of the line.

Fast food drive thru workers, would it kill you to put a few napkins in the bag.

Fast food workers, don’t ask me if I want to try a triple-whipped fruit smoothie. If I want a triple-whipped fruit smoothie, I’ll order it.

Fast food joints, stop trying to go healthy!

At a nice restaurant, I should never have to beg for a glass of water.

Don’t walk into a popular restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night without a reservation and develop an attitude when informed you’ll have to wait.

I’m not sure what happens in the women’s restrooms, but guys, c’mon, you’ve got to wash your hands.

Guys, dress up when dining out. Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look in your t-shirt and jeans when your date is all gussied up?



They're the most obnoxious chefs...of the year!

I'm not so sure about some of these.

10 Best and Worst Food Issues in America   


Thousands of Wisconsin Badger fans cheer the team at a rally at Santa Monica Pier on Saturday. The UW Band roars to a sea of red.

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Are you planning to watch the Rose Bowl Parade?

Keep an eye for this float.



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OK guys, you're watching the Rose Bowl and admit it...

You're lovin' those Oregon cheerleaders.



The "Tribute in Light" shines above lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center in New York. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

People react to the death of Osama bin Laden in Times Square in New York early May 2. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama announced, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Katlyn Wilkins works on securing an American flag in a tree as she deals with the destruction caused by a massive tornado that passed through the town killing at least 139 people on May 29 in Joplin, Mo. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Capt. Don Spindler carries a young girl out of a burning apartment building in Evansville, Ind. on Sept. 7. Kristyn Frazier and her two young daughters suffered smoke inhalation before being rescued. Kristyn was declared brain dead the next morning, while her daughters were in critical but stable condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The girls made a full recovery. Photo: Jason Clark / AP

A motorcycle policeman burns as his colleague tries to help him after protesters threw a petrol bomb in Athens on February 23, 2011. Scores of youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at riot police after clashes broke out during a general strike. (Dimitri Messinis/AP)

A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India, on July 19. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several people, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked survived. AP photo


Toya Chiba, a reporter for local newspaper Iwate Tokai Shimbun, is swept away while taking pictures at the mouth of the Owatari River during the tsunami at Kamaishi port, Iwate prefecture. Chiba managed to survive in the rush of water by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap around 30 feet high after being swept away for about 100 feet, Kyodo News reports. Photo: Kyodo / Reuters

Campus police officer John Pike pepper-sprays students during an “Occupy” demonstration on the University of California Davis campus on Nov. 18. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi apologized to students on Nov. 21 for police tactics against the protesters. Photo: Brian Nguyen / Reuters


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Oregon wins the Rose Bowl...I'm not surprised

Hours before the Rose Bowl, ESPN analysts pinpointed how the Big Ten performances in bowl games this year showed how weak the Big Ten defenses were.

How true. And for the umpteenth year in a row, we see how over-rated Big Ten teams are.

And BTW, Bret Bielema ruins any chance for the Badgers to win by blowing his timeouts. How unfair to the Wisconsin players and Wisconsin fans.


My wife, a regular reader of Photos of the Week, let out an audible YUCK when she saw this last Sunday:

1) Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepare to push the button to drop the ball at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2011 in New York. Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

We can do YUCKIER.

The latest pro-life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin

School District Awards Employee Bonuses Despite Weak Housing and Economy

From CRG St. Croix County:

"In an environment where school districts have had to lay off teachers, the Baldwin- Woodville School District in Baldwin Wisconsin awarded $500.00 bonuses to all full and part time employees. The Board of Education approved the bonus unanimously in a closed door board meeting. Despite a budget surplus taxpayers will not get a Christmas bonus."

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PO Box 371086
Milwaukee, WI 53237    


January 3, 2012

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a big risk


Beginning Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel begins charging a fee to non-paper subscribers for its online service:

“With its digital offering, called ‘JS Everywhere’ the Journal Sentinel will offer access to, the Journal Sentinel e-edition, its mobile site for smartphones, plus coming iPad and other digital applications for a subscriber's fee. Readers who subscribe to the print edition of the newspaper will receive free access to all digital products. Web content previously available on the pay site Packer Insider will be included as part of JS Everywhere subscriptions.”

A.V. Club Milwaukee offers this sarcastic smackdown:

“Non-subscribers will be able to view only 20 articles a month, after which they’ll be publicly scolded for contributing to the downfall of print media and for keeping food off of Eugene Kane’s table. In a bit of marketing stealth that would make Facebook blush, the JS announced its delightfully named ‘Journal Sentinel Everywhere’  service under the cover of media darkness, a.k.a. during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.”

This begs the very serious question:

Will people pay to get their newspaper online?

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Tax and spenders go after Kim Kardashian

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They don't censor songs written by young students

Unless, of course, the song has the word "God" in it.

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Barrett saves Milwaukee millions

Dear Friend,

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has become the official poster child for Governor Walker’s budget reforms. That’s right. The unfailingly liberal mayor took a right turn on public employee benefits, and used the Governor’s reforms to save taxpayers $25 million a year.

In fact, during the debate over collective bargaining changes, Barrett even said the law requiring public employees to contribute to their health care and pension benefits didn't go far enough because it excluded police and firefighters. Barrett complained that they were receiving “Cadillac benefits".

Last but not least, Mayor Barrett sought to use the Governor's reforms in order to get around a ten year old legal settlement with city workers.  "It is my hope that all public employees should be required to pay more toward their pension," Barrett wrote in a letter to Governor Walker.
The Wisconsin Club for Growth thanks Mayor Barrett for helping Governor Walker make his case.  More importantly, we thank him for saving Milwaukee taxpayers as much as $36 million in 2012 through health care benefit changes he didn't have to negotiate with unions, as a result of Governor Walker’s reforms.
Today, the Wisconsin Club for Growth launched several billboards in Milwaukee to thank Mayor Barrett--- for using Governor Walker's reforms!  Now we need your help to keep them up.
Please donate to Wisconsin Club for Growth today, and share this email with your family and friends.

Let’s help Mayor Barrett spread the good news that Governor Walker’s reforms are working!!!

Thank you,
Wisconsin Club for Growth

Voting for Franklin School Board is very easy


FranklinNOW reports:

“In Franklin, the race to watch is the Franklin School Board, where incumbents Janet Evans and Judith Bialk face four contenders: David Works, John Thompson, Aimee Schlueter and Donald Petre. The seats carry three-year terms. A primary is needed to whittle the number of candidates down to four.”

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Franklin, if we're going to have a referendum, no shenanigans


Here’s a portion of a blog I wrote two years ago this month that bears repeating given that Franklin school officials are hell-bent on putting a referendum to voters on school facilities:

The Sheboygan Press reported last week that fliers in support of a referendum produced by Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) in the Stevens Point Area Public School District  “were distributed to teachers at school, who then placed them in folders students use to take messages home.”

The same newspaper’s editorial board wrote this:

"We do not object to the PTO's drafting and sending a pro-referendum letter. But the method of delivery -- stuffed into homework folders and shuttled home by students -- led the group into an ethical gray area..  It also is unclear whether teachers put these notes into the folders. If they did, was it part of the workday or was it on their own time? District employees are free to campaign on their own time but not when they are being paid by taxpayers. The incident also begs the question of what is and isn't acceptable material to be sent in homework folders that go directly into the hands of parents.”

Yep. There are all kinds of red flags on this one.

School officials should never use school time to lobby and campaign for or against an increase in your school taxes. Period.

Franklin went through the same problem during debate surrounding the massive $78-million referendum in April of 2007.

In an issue of Wisconsin School News put out by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards around the time of the election, Tom Joynt of the Administrative Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wrote about successful referendum strategies. The basis of his article is a 20-question survey that was mailed to the superintendents in all 70 school districts that had a successful referendum in 2005 or 2006. Forty-four completed surveys were returned, a response rate of 63 percent.

The survey was split into two sections: “Deciding to Hold a Referendum,” and “Strategies Used after a Decision Was Made to Hold a Referendum.”

In the “Deciding” section, the lowest-rated item was asking for student input on needs that were finally included in the final referendum. More weight was given to community input and opinions from staff.

After the decision was made to hold a referendum, there was a strong consensus to provide special information to parents and the media. I’m sure the Franklin School District got the word out to parents, but I can’t speak about their efforts to feed the news media. While the referenda garnered the obvious attention on this web site and in the community newspaper, it barely got a whimper in the Journal Sentinel. To be fair, the Elmbrook referenda may have overshadowed our slightly smaller ballot questions. But it appears the school district needs to make major improvements in the media relations department.

The Wisconsin School News survey also generated strong support for providing district residents with estimates of the tax impact of a referendum. Here, I believe the Franklin School District dropped the ball back in 2007. It chose to concentrate on the owner of a $250-thousand home. The less expensive homeowner, according to supporters would only pay what they considered a small tax increase. In embracing that approach, the supporters never told the whole story that included Wisconsin’s outrageous tax climate. The argument that if you had a three-car garage and a huge front lawn that you surely could plunk down even more in taxes didn’t draw guilt………it made voters upset.

Another survey idea that received a high endorsement if you wanted to have a successful referendum was to send a brochure to all community residents explaining all accurate details. Maybe Franklin officials thought they could save money by holding meetings, producing a video, and using the Internet. I never received one piece of propaganda. Many people I spoke with also got nothing in their mailbox. Again, a possible strategy that never made it into the Franklin playbook, and we all know what happened. The referenda (There were two questions) failed overwhelmingly in the 60-40 range.

The survey respondents also highly recommended holding public forums. Now this, the Franklin school district did dozens of times. I can only surmise that whatever message that was disseminated at these public forums failed to resonate with those in attendance.

The personal comments on the survey are very, very interesting.

The superintendent in Oakfield, Joe Heinzelman warned, “Make sure you follow through on what you say will happen if a referendum fails.” The author of the article Tom Joynt writes, “Empty hyperbole and overstated claims before a referendum will haunt public officials for many years.” In Racine not too long ago, it was the threat of eliminating all high school athletics. (It never happened). In Franklin, the threat was that trailers would have to be installed. Did they mean it?

According to Joynt’s article, Sue Alexander, superintendent of Markesan “felt unity of the school board in supporting a referendum is significant.” Interesting. In Franklin, right before the election campaign, two incumbent school board members chose not to run. Three school board seats were filled on April 3 with all three candidates running unopposed, two of them opposed to the referenda.

Jamie Benson, superintendent in River Valley said the community-driven “yes” group was the “number one key to passing.” The NO vote in Franklin had absolutely no organization. The YES vote did have an organized group, albeit it got in the game late and its effectiveness is highly questionable. Why wasn’t there a stronger organized COMMUNITY voice? That’s clear. The community never got behind this effort.

Superintendent David Wessel of Spencer offered this advice: “make sure you ask for enough,” but he also added, “don’t go overboard.”

And finally, Joynt writes, and this is where Franklin school officials need to listen up, that there were “cautions to school leaders not to take the outcome of a referendum personally, but to view the results as the voice of the people participating in democracy. One respondent observed, “It is really the responsibility of the community to decide what type of schools they want in their community.”

And so we have in Sheboygan a similar controversy that has played out in Franklin and many, many other school districts around the state: teachers engaging in politics and propaganda on school time.

Not very ingenious, Sheboygan, if you ask me. You need to at least utilize a different approach, much like Franklin did in 2007. It didn’t work, maybe because this blogger caught it and exposed it. But not a single law-abiding Franklin citizen bothered to file a citizen’s complaint. No heads rolled. And school taxes still jumped through the roof.

Forget stuffing the kids’ backpacks with your tax and spend propaganda. That’s old hat. Try what Franklin so cavalierly and arrogantly did.

The Friday before Election Day, April 2007, during school time, hundreds of Franklin High School seniors of voting age were taken to an Assembly and then drilled by school personnel about why they should vote for the referenda.

Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.

I wrote the following at the time:

The impropriety of this action by Franklin school officials is clear. The surprise Assembly on the Friday before the election should never have taken place. I’m not sure if the Assembly was illegal, but it certainly was extremely unethical.”

Later on April 2, 2007, just prior to the final vote, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:

“Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):

1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting---how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?

I have more questions to add but the most important one is:

When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?”

Sheboygan taxpayers, I strongly urge you to keep a vigilant watch over what teachers, the school district, and even parents do between now and the April vote. Those in support of a big fat tax increase can’t be trusted. They will try anything, ANYTHING to get the referendum passed because they don’t care, they feel they won’t get caught or punished, and they justify any violation of ethics or laws because it’s for the children.

Back to January 2012: Just a reminder to Franklin school officials that a lot of us haven’t forgotten what happened in 2007.

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Of course we want to help you, Franklin!

Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch has posted videos of a presentation by an architectural firm’s spokeswoman at a recent Franklin School Board meeting. Kitt Dailey, Public Information Specialist for Eppstein Uhen expressed tremendous willingness to help Franklin plan a facilities referendum, pull it off, increase our property taxes, and then come in to do all the construction.

That they’d be chomping at the bit should come as no surprise.

UPDATE: Voting for Franklin School Board is very easy


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Still a hot ticket


"They said they didn't believe that Graceland would attract sufficient enough visitors. The belief was that Elvis' memory would fade and that it would not sustain a museum."

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Statewide Recall Costs Could Top $9 Million, GAB Says

MacIver News Service | January 6, 2012

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Goodnight everyone, and have a preeminent weekend


”His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.”

Frank Sinatra, in Elvis’ early days. The two would later become good friends.

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, we pay homage to the King, Elvis Presley who would have been 77 years old this Sunday. He died at the age of 42 in 1977.

Mention Elvis and most immediately think of numbers like Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Don't be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love. But the Presley library is much, much more.

Some Internet sources claim Elvis produced between 665 and 711 recordings. I’ve been an Elvis fan ever since my older brother took me to Piasecki’s record store on Mitchell Street and I bought “Devil in Disguise,” and I know I haven’t heard all 700. reports, “
Elvis has had no less than 149 songs to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in America. Of these, 114 were in the top forty, 40 were in the top ten, and 18 went to number one. His number one singles spent a total of 80 weeks at number one. He has also had over 90 charted albums with ten of them reaching number one. These figures are only for the pop charts and only in America. He was also a leading artist in the American country, R&B, and gospel fields, and his chart success in other countries was substantial.”

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The Barking Lot (01/07/12)

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:  Sunny. High of 38.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 38. "C"  Are you kidding me? Sunny and dry? This is January!

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

A new year brings a feeling of fresh starts and the possibility of change & improvement in our lives. I have my own resolutions to work on for 2012.

I don’t feel that it is my place to suggest resolutions for others. (Unless *a-hem* dear hubby of mine, you want to work on hanging up your jacket when you walk in the door!) But if you are a dog owner and want to improve the health and happiness of your four-legged friend(s) there are plenty of ideas out there.

Just like for their human counterparts, topping the list of suggestions for pooch perfection are nutrition, weight loss, and preventative medical care. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But consider some of the other ideas such as "Make it easy for your dog to succeed," "Vow not to get mad at your dog for your management failures," and my favorite: "Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year." You’ll find these and other ideas here.

Fine, fine, you say. I will work on being a better pet parent and make 2012 the best year ever for my already-spoiled canine companion. But hey, my dog isn’t perfect either! So how can HE make MY life a little easier?

Oh, we at The Barking Lot have that covered too. The next time Rover wants to help himself to "kitty truffles" just show him #4 on this list.

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a healthy and dog-loving 2012!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

It’s time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

A dog case before the US Supreme Court? MORE.

Woman sues
to prove dogs are "living souls," not property.

Police officer shoots dog, gets docked vacation.

A dog's right to life.

So many strays, not enough homes.

Audrey shows noble will to live.

Dog abandoned with note on collar.

takes one last ride.

Traps can pose threats to hunting dogs.

They call themselves Fences for Fido.

No more dogs for man whose puppy got drunk.

Program rescues dogs from Afghanistan.

Chicago offering prizes to get dogs licensed.

Former football player starts high-end doggy care.

Like babies, dogs pick up on human intent. But, can they read minds?

Woman gets mail addressed to dog for almost 30 years.


Gosh, I love happy endings.

The dog ate my wedding ring.


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Week-ends (01/07/12)


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


Sarah McKinley ...MORE

Dillon Gardner

Amy Brehm

Chris Willden and others ...MORE

Garth Gaskey

James Baker-Jarvis

Shervin Lalezary

Chris Kyle

Tim Tebow

Scott Smiles

Karl Hinett


If the allegations are true, the three charged here.

Planned Parenthood

Alan Colmes

Nancy Pelosi

Edward Brown

Carmen Tisch


“People have real fears that the cycle of violence might be revived in this country.”
Fariq Annad,
a 52-year-old government employee, expresses his concerns for Iraq as a wave of explosions struck two Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 27 people

"I’m happy to stand by the things I believe. I’m not going to change my positions by virtue of being in a presidential campaign. What we did was right for the people of Massachusetts. (Romneycare) is still favored there by 3:1 — and it is fundamentally a conservative principle because the people take personal responsibility rather than turning to the government for free care."
Mitt Romney on RomneyCare

"I’ve told people that I think Mitt Romney is the ‘Denny’s’ of the Republican field. And here’s what I mean by that. Denny’s is not the restaurant you jump in the car and say, ‘Honey, it’s our anniversary. Let’s go to ‘Denny’s.’ But ‘Denny’s’ is the place that when everything else is closed, or you just want to go someplace where you know what you’re going to get and it’s going to be priced in a way that you can afford it … ‘OK, we’ll go to Denny’s'."
Mike Huckabee

“I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device it's just a matter of time.”
Martin Reisch, a Canadian man who managed to cross the U.S. border from the province of Quebec using a scanned copy of his passport displayed on his Apple iPad, after he had forgotten the original document at home in Montreal.

“Women. They are a complete mystery.
Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist, in an interview with New Scientist magazine to mark his 70th birthday on Jan. 8; he was asked what he thinks the most about during the day.


Obama's recess appointments


When a crook is a Democrat...


The Iowa caucuses


PETA strikes again

Recommended Reading (01/08/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Walker untouched in latest charges

"Even though the suspects have ties to the governor, Walker has not been implicated in the year-and-a-half-old probe."

Why US should cheer for Scott Walker

"In March, Walker signed what is now nationally famous legislation that reformed public employee collective bargaining. The bill was crucial to putting Wisconsin on a sustainable fiscal path. Public employee unions fought bitterly, albeit unsuccessfully, to block Walker's reforms. Now they are trying to recall him.

Guess what? It's working."

Walker critics worry Kleefisch could fill his void

"Marquette University law professor Richard Esenberg said, 'I think heads would explode around the state' if Walker was to resign so Kleefisch could step in."

How a Wisconsin high school band became a political hot potato

“During the Jan. 2 parade in Pasadena, Calif., the Pulaski band, in the middle of its traditional rendition of state song ‘On Wisconsin,’ suddenly broke into a funky dance while playing a funkier tune. The morning of Jan. 3, a blogger at the liberal site Daily Kos excitedly posted that the song Pulaski had slipped in the middle was Woody Guthrie’s ‘Union Maid.’ Blogger AnnieJo writes, ‘Listen to the announcers — they have no idea what’s going on, what the tune is, what statement is being made here.’ Yes, it is amazing that parade hosts for HGTV are not up on their union songbook.”

Voter ID terrifies Democrats

“The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 10 months away, but it’s clear from the Obama administration’s order halting South Carolina’s new photo ID law that the Democrats already have brought a gun to a knife fight. How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb voter fraud?”

Good girl with gun lives, bad guy with knife dies

In my world, if a violent altercation occurs between two humans, the innocent assaulted party should live, and if anybody has to die or get critically wounded, it should be the sadistic perpetrator. Call me freaky.

To make certain this occurs, the innocent party has to be able to do one or two things when the crap hits the fan:

1. Open up a can of whup ass and immobilize the foul weed, thus sending him to the hospital.

Double-lung the loser with a hot dose of lead, thus sending him to hell.

Yes, the one being preyed upon has to be able to do the abovementioned because the quickest cop on the planet cannot respond fast enough to save your backside should things go violently south. You dig?”

Dave Barry's 2011 Year in Review

"What made it truly awful was the economy, which, for what felt like the 17th straight year, continued to stagger around like a zombie on crack. Nothing seemed to help. President Obama, whose instinctive reaction to pretty much everything that happens, including sunrise, is to deliver a nationally televised address, delivered numerous nationally televised addresses on the economy, but somehow these did not do the trick. Neither did the approximately 37 million words emitted by the approximately 249 Republican-presidential-contender televised debates, out of which the single most memorable statement made was, quote: 'Oops'.”

Ideas have sex...and we're better for it

"Think about it this way: one idea goes to a bar and meets another idea. They get together -- and however many days or months later (I'm not sure how it works with ideas) -- a baby results. The baby idea has the best traits of both parents.

I know this seems like a weird concept. It seemed weird to me when I first heard it.

But the more I thought about it ... the more right it seems."

Singles bow to Cupids-for-hire

"Hoping to meet some prospects at a holiday party in December, Mr. Johnson enlisted Thomas Edwards, who runs a service called 'The Professional Wingman.' For a fee of $125, Mr. Edwards accompanied Mr. Johnson to the event and posed as his good pal. As they negotiated the crowd, the wingman alerted his charge to flirtatious types and helped make seamless introductions."

My Most Popular Blogs (01/08/12)

Most popular

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

1) Photos of the Week (01/01/12)

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a big risk

3) Franklin, if were going to have a referendum, no shenanigans

4) Barrett saves Milwaukee millions

5) School District Awards Employee Bonuses Despite Weak Housing and Economy

6) Photos of the Week (12/25/11)

7) UPDATE: Voting for Franklin School Board is very easy

8) Still a hot ticket

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January 8 a national holiday?


It's been suggested. Of course, it’s not going to happen.

Imagine though if Elvis’ birthday would be given such a designation. You’d have Christmas, New Year’s, and January 8, three consecutive weeks of holidays.

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Photos of the Week (01/08/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Tea party supporter William Temple, of Brunswick, Ga., sits in the Des Moines Airport heading home after the Iowa caucus, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

2) Marsh Mayes bends over to kiss her 3-year-old son Terrell Mayes goodbye during his funeral services Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 in Minneapolis. Terrell and his brothers were heading for a closet after they heard gunfire Dec. 26. A bullet came through the wall and hit Terrell in the head. He died the next day. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)

3) A car rests in the Logan River in Utah Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, after it was flipped upright by rescuers who saved three children trapped inside. The car had plunged off an embankment into the river and former police officer Chris Willden shot out the car's window with a handgun and cut a seat belt to help free the children after the accident. Photo: Chris Willden / AP

4) A photo of Lucky is shown during a memorial service to commemorate his life on Jan. 5, 2012 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Lucky was deployed five times with the 92nd Security Forces Squadron to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kyrgyzstan and also supported the Secret Service. Lucky died of cancer. Photo: Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review via AP

5) National Geographic Photography Contest 2011 - This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers. Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia (Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh)

6) In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 photo, Marvel, a 4-year-old orangutan who is having a respiratory problem, is prepared for a surgery at a Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) facility in Batu Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Indonesia has lost half of its rain forests in the last half century putting the remaining 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans live in scattered, degraded forests in frequent, and often deadly, conflict with humans. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

7) Two polar wulves take a nap at their enclosure of the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany, on January 2, 2012. Polar wulves are also known as Arctic wulves and are native to the Canadian Arctic, Alaska and Greenland. Photo: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/AFP/Getty Images

8) A barred owl is wrapped in a blanket at Hope for Wildlife rehabiliation and education centre in Seaforth, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. The owl was caught in a rabbit snare and is being treated for a damaged leg. Hope for Wildlife has opened the province's first wildlife veterinary hospital which will allow injured animals to receive complete medical care without being transported off site. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

9) A chef holds the head of a bluefin tuna after cutting its meat at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Jan. 5, 2012. The 269-kilogram (593 lbs) tuna caught off the coast of northern Japan, was sold at a record of 56.49 million yen ($736,234) in the country's first fish auction of the year. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters. Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., center left, cuts the bluefin at his Sushi Zanmai restaurant. Photo:Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

10) The University of Wisconsin float and spirit squad take part in the 123rd Rose Parade on Monday in Pasadena, Calif. Photo: AP

11) The Rose Parade rolls down Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on Monday morning. Photo: MCT

12) Costumed marchers escort the first float onto the parade route. Photo: MCT

13) Members of the UW Marching Band entertain the crowd during the parade. Photo: MCT

14) Bucky Badger hugs a red-clad Wisconsin fan at the Rose Parade. Photo: AP

15) Entertainer Kenny G performs aboard the American Honda float. Photo: AP

16) South Pasadena's entry in the parade is titled "When Life Gives You Lemons..." Photo: MCT

17) The float "Preserving Paradise," sponsored by Dole, was awarded top honors as the sweepstakes award winner. Photo: AP

18) Roxanna Green (right) holds a portrait of her 9-year-old daughter, Taylor Green, who was killed in a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. Other people aboard the Donate Life float hold portraits of their loved ones who became organ donors. Photo: AP

19) Iraq War veteran and "Dancing With the Stars" champion J.R. Martinez is grand marshal of the parade. Photo: AP

20) In an aerial photo provided by Long Photography, Wisconsin and Oregon line up near an end zone during the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2012. Photo: AP

21) Jared Abbrederis comes down with a reception for the first touchdown of the Rose Bowl. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

22) Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) bowls over Oregon Ducks safety Eddie Pleasant (11) to score a second quarter touchdown during the 98th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 2, 2012.  Photo: Danny Moloshok / Reuters

23) Badgers defensive end Louis Nzegwu runs back a fumble for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Rose Bowl. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

24) Jared Abbrederis collects a pass that led to a key fumble recovered by Oregon late in the game. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood

25) Dezmen Southward is subdued as he and teammates walk off the field following a 45-38 loss to the Ducks. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

26) Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates with a cheerleader after his team won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinals during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  Photo: Donald Miralle / Getty Images

27) Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, left, hugs Shelley Budke, wife of former Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke who died in a plane crash in 2011, as Gundy presents the Fiesta Bowl Championship Trophy to her after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41-38 in overtime.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

28) A fan takes a photograph during the third stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from San Rafael to San Juan January 3, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

29) Contestants show off banners illustrating their calligraphy skills during the 48th annual New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2012. Nearly 3,000 people participated in the calligraphy contest to celebrate the start of the New Year. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP - Getty Images

30) A spiral of dominoes is set up on Jan. 6 in Kefenrod, Germany. 15-year-old Patrick Sinner and friends try to break the world record by constructing the longest spiral-shaped wall of dominoes. Photo: Emily Wabitsch / AFP - Getty Images

31) This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the front and back of one of the first pennies struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. This 1793 "Chain Cent" sold for a record $1,380,000 in a public auction conducted by Heritage Auctions at a coin collector's convention in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 4. The linking rings on the back of the coin were intended to represent the original 13 colonies, but critics claimed the chain was symbolic of slavery and the design was quickly changed with a wreath replacing the chain. Photo: Heritage Auctions via AP

32) Reporters and photographers await Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the Department of Water Resources, left, as he carries a snow sample survey pole to began the first snow survey of the new year at the Phillips Station near Echo Summit Calif., Jan. 3, 2012. After one of the driest Decembers in recent years the survey showed the snow pack to to be only one-seventh of an inch in depth, the lowest ever recorded at this site for this time of year. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

33) An elderly lady holds onto a lamp post in the strong winds at South Shields, England, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. There was a severe weather warning for gale force winds across the region. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

34) Icicles cling to oranges in a small grove just after sunrise Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Seffner, Fla. Temperatures in central Florida dipped into the 20's overnight. Farmers spray water on their crops to help keep them around 32 degrees, protecting them from possible freeze damage. Photo: Chris O'meara / AP

35) Semi-nude shoppers stand outside in cool temperatures for free clothes during a promotion by a Spanish clothes outlet on Jan. 2, in Madrid, Spain. The first one hundred semi-nude shoppers were alllowed free clothes on the first day of the January sales. Photo: Denis Doyle / Getty Images

36) Elliana Roullier, 5, has second thoughts Sunday about following her sisters into the frigid water of Lake Coeur d'Alene at Sanders Beach during the 32nd annual Polar Bear Plunge held Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Roullier had planned on taking the plunge with her sisters, but made it about knee deep before seeking warmer conditions. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

37) In a Sunday, Jan. 1, 2011 photo, Jolene Anthony, left, holds her daughter, Kylee, while her husband, John Anthony, holds their son, John, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.. Baby John was the first baby of the new year at the hospital while his sister was the last baby of 2011. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Ryan Soderlin)

38) Visitors to Graceland look over the graves of Elvis Presley and his parents during a visit on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Graceland opening as a tourist attraction. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Denver, Colorado, January 8, 2012.

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Culinary no-no #259

Culinary no-no's



Republican presidential hopefuls were out in full force in Hawkeye State eateries prior to the Iowa caucuses.

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) poses for a picture while hosting a Pinstripe Bowl watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar on December 30, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs a shirt during a campaign stop at Doughy Joey's Pizza in Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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The latest pro-life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Monday January 9, 2012
Taxpayers Foot Bill for 46% of Planned Parenthood’s 2010 Income
In Defense of Heroes, Rick and Karen Santorum
Maryland Abortionist and Co-Worker Arrested, Charged with Murder
Respect Life Mass & Holy Hour for Life
Online Registration Now Available for Laura Ingraham!
Important Right To Life Links
Taxpayers Foot Bill for 46% of Planned Parenthood’s 2010 Income

It's not the criminal's fault

In New York, two violent pharmacy robberies have resulted in six deaths.

Last June in Medford, N.Y., a gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong. Police said the suspect, taken into custody a few days later, was armed with a handgun and stole prescription drugs from the pharmacy before fleeing with a black backpack.

On New Year’s Eve,
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent John Capano who died while trying to subdue a suspect in a pharmacy robbery in Seaford, N.Y. Capano reportedly was shot by retired Nassau County police Lt. Christopher Geraghty who had been down the street at a deli and responded to the robbery along with an off-duty New York police officer.  The two ran out the back of the deli and down an alleyway to the scene three doors down, where they found Capano and the robbery suspect wrestling on the sidewalk.

Geraghty didn’t know who was who. Capano and the robbery suspect were struggling over Capano’s service weapon. When it went off close to Geraghty, Geraghty thought the person who fired was the robbery suspect. His reaction was to fire back. Soon after, the off-duty NYPD officer shot and killed the robbery suspect who had a long record of pharmacy holdups.

Geraghty is personally devastated and has sent a note of condolence to Capano’s family. Capano’s brother-in-law Tony Guerriero says, “We only blame one person for the whole thing, and that was the criminal.”

It’s unfortunate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. doesn’t take the same approach. Schumer, instead, chooses to focus on painkillers.

"It's tremendously concerning that at the same time policymakers and law enforcement professionals are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, new super-drugs could well be on their way, flooding the market," said Schumer. "The FDA needs to grab the reins and slow down the stampede to introduce these powerful narcotics."

On a smaller scale, a Milwaukee police officer made a similar surprising assessment last week after reports of cars being stolen as owners left them running and unattended to warm up in the cold weather.

"Really, the main reason it's gone up that dramatically is that people are being lazy," said Shellee Lubus, a police officer in District 7. "They're taking a chance it's not going to happen to them. And lo and behold, even within a few minutes, they're going to come out and they're going to find out their car is gone."

Using the officer’s words, “the main reason” for the stolen vehicles isn’t because you have criminals residing in a certain area who can’t be trusted; it’s you “lazy” car owners.

In certain Milwaukee neighborhoods, it’s unwise to leave a car running with the doors open. Even so, I wouldn’t call the law-abiding citizens “lazy.” I’m sure that sage insight is of great comfort to the innocent victims.

Do you really, really, really want snow?


Regular readers know I post my HEROES OF THE WEEK every Saturday morning on Week-ends, The exception was 12/31/11 when I turned Week-ends into a year-end edition. Thus I didn’t post HEROES OF THE WEEK. If I did, there was a definite choice, so good in fact that I chose her as my PERSON OF THE YEAR on another website.

Please read about Jenni Lake.

God bless Jenni and her little angel.

I just don't know how those Franklin kids do it

When you consider the crummy facilities Franklin’s student athletes have to contend with, it’s simply amazing the success both the high school boy’s and girl’s basketball teams are enjoying.

Going into tonight’s games, both teams are in first place in their conference standings. Each is 5-0 in the conference.

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Watch for this story to go under-reported

From the WI Dept. of Financial Institutions...

UPDATE: Tax and spenders go after Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress


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In Illinois you need a government ID ...

To buy Drano.

Incredible what an 80-yard winning TD pass in OT in the playoffs can do


Tebow-mania is back.

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On Wednesday, the details of an extensive analysis of same day voter registrations from Milwaukee County for the April 5, 2011 election showing a large number of errors will be revealed.

I’ll have more on my blog during the lunch hour Wednesday.



This morning, the Franklin-based GrandSons of Liberty held a news conference at the Milwaukee County Courthouse to announce the results of a study showing extensive errors in same day registration for voters in Milwaukee County for the April 2011 election. After an exhaustive review of same day voter registrations from Milwaukee County for the April 5, 2011 election, the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty study found that one third of the 11,107 same day voter registrations contained errors.

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What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas

I have these friends, good friends who have behind the scenes access to many high-powered, high-profile entertainment events in Las Vegas. They and their friends who share the same access are closely watching the Miss America competition now taking place.

In their unofficial analysis of the pageant the past years that it has been held in Vegas, they have always amongst themselves agreed on a winner, and have always been correct.

They have sent word back to the Badger State that in their view, the real deal who will wear the crown this year is….


Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler.

Their assessment, by the way, came in before Kaeppler won the first round of the talent competition at the Tuesday night preliminary at the Miss America competition. Kaeppeler, of Kenosha, will take home a $2,000 scholarship for her performance of 'Il Bacio." The talent portion is 35% of a contestant's preliminary score. The finals in the Miss America pageant are Saturday night.


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Mark Belling on suburban voters

Mark Belling said the following on his program Wednesday afternoon on Newstalk 1130 WISN:

“It’s amazing how many people in conservative communities elect idiotic liberal school board members whose desire is always to raise taxes and increase spending.”

Belling’s comment came during a discussion about Mukwonago that is pushing a referendum, believe it or not, because enrollment is down by 700. Normally referendum questions are rammed down voters’ throats because enrollment is on the rise.  Now Mukwonago is being told they must increase taxes because just the opposite is happening. Absolutely crazy.

“It’s amazing how many people in conservative communities elect idiotic liberal school board members whose desire is always to raise taxes and increase spending.”

No doubt about it, you certainly could say the same about Franklin.

Does Franklin spend enough on its public schools?

I know how I feel. When the mid-December tax bill arrives every year, I feel like the Jesse James Gang just invaded my home.

But you be the judge.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) recently issued a news release on school spending in Wisconsin. Here’s an excerpt from the release:

Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are includ­ed, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

 In ‘School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,’ WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.


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This is New Hampshire! We don't need no stinkin' photo ID!

Remember, as we have been lectured by the left, there is no voter fraud.


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We need a positive spin so, Maestro and young lady...


The cost to check the recall signatures...

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Verify The Recall Proceeds with Verification Efforts

January 12, 2012

Contact: Larry Gamble

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that's elementary!

“You're a cop, a flatfoot, a bull, a dick, John Law. You're the fuzz, the heat; you're poison, you're trouble, you're bad news. They call you everything, but never a policeman.”

Jack Webb as Joe Friday on Dragnet

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, music dedciated to fictional law enforcers.

Here's how some of tonight's music selections have been described by reviewers on
"...slick, cool, mysterious, and sounds like there's danger lurking around every corner."

"My four year old son loves to listen to this with me in the car & enjoys pretending that we're bad guys being chased by the police. I think I enjoy the fantasy about as much as he does thanks to this set of tunes that conjure images of car chases, private eyes, mobsters on the run."

After four weeks in theaters across America, moviegoers can't get enough of two very popular sleuth films. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" has already raked in over $157 million. To launch us into this week's segment and set the proper mood, here's a selection from the movie soundtrack, the driving, suspenseful, "Zu Viele Füchse Für Euch Hänsel."



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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen


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The Barking Lot (01/14/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Flurries. Mostly cloudy. High of 23. Plus all that snow over the sidewalks and streets.   "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 33. Not much better, but better.. "D"

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

Last week I blogged about New Year’s Resolutions for dog owners  as well as for dogs themselves.

For those making resolutions, I think most of us are still in full-on “I can do this!” mode.  After all, it’s only two weeks into 2012.  Without doing any scientific research I’d bet that every year the promise made by most is to lose weight and/or exercise more.  Paying attention to your pet’s weight was indeed mentioned in the resolutions suggested by

Resolutions or not, this time of year is probably the most important to consider Fido’s fitness.  Admit it:  our dogs get nice, long, leisurely walks during the pleasant seasons.  But when the wind chill is sub-Arctic those walks turn in to quick runs to “do the duty” and head back home to a nice warm sanctuary.  

ave you thought about why Poochy is getting paunchy?  Ernest Ward, D.V.M., is a practicing veterinarian, author, speaker and athlete who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives.  His past web chat may help you understand why.

Are you looking to increase your fitness level along with Rocky?  Anyone who has time to walk the dog has time to work on fitness, according to Tricia Murphy Madden.  

As I’ve mentioned more than once in The Barking Lot, our wonderful neighbor feeds his dog Mickey only high-quality, vet-approved “people food” and nothing that is manufactured for dogs.  This blog shares some food for thought as well as canine-friendly recipes that you might find useful in helping your dog slim down.

Finally, if you’re confused about all the information that’s out there, some dog nutrition myths are debunked here. 

Good luck and here’s to the healthiest year yet for you & your furry friend!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

It's time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Could a dog cost votes for Mitt Romney?

San Francisco cracks down on dog walkers.

Skiier documents proof of dog's burial, escape from avalanche.

Florida Marlins pitcher welcome in Dade County, but his dog isn't.

Man arrested for walking dog with his car.

Service dog within reach for boy with epilepsy.

Mr. Newton helps special ed students.

Carrie Underwood to the rescue!

Lost three-legged dog...FOUND!

Here's a Barking Lot UPDATE!

Another good reason to microchip.

Why don't their paws freeze?

Think your dog is smart?

Reckless behavior? Owners should be punished.

Lucy isn't a handful, but she's definitely half a handful.

5 things your dog wants from you.

Why dog shows are like presidential primaries.

Is Uggie Oscar material?

Kim Kardashian replaced by a dog in Super Bowl ad.



Clad in tiny replica of Japanese police outfits, female toy poodles, one-year-old Karin, left, and two-year-old Fuga, are presented to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at the Tottori Prefectural Police headquarters in Tottori, Japan. In an effort to strengthen public relations, the Tottori prefectural police appointed two female toy poodles as honorary dispatch section chiefs on Jan. 10, Dial 110 Day. The number 110 is a hotline to contact the police in case of emergency in JapanPhoto: AP

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

Would you spend $50,000 to clone your dog? 


Week-ends (01/14/12)


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


Gareth Bellingham

Pat McAfee 
... and Allen West.

Tim Tebow

Chris Rice and Mat Rasmussen

Michael Nutter


Mark Powell

Stephen Chase Brigham

Lenox Hill Hospital

Man abandons baby at Occupy DC camp

Planned Parenthood

Haley Barbour


"Romney is the one they don't want. They know they can beat anybody else. Romney, they think they can beat, but it's a harder road."
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell referring to the White House.

"I think he's the underdog, not the underdog by much. If the election were held today, depending on who the Republicans nominate, of course, I think he might very well lose in a close election.
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather

“Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney?
Newt Gingrich, Republican presidential hopeful, addressing rival Mitt Romney at a debate last weekend after the former Massachusetts governor portrayed himself as a businessman with disdain for career politicians.

“I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me a good service that I need, I want to say I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.”
Mitt Romney

"That's been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I'm some kind of angry black woman."
Michelle Obama

“When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, Thank you, Lord.
Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos quarterback, who connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass in the first play of overtime during last Sunday's AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers; the Broncos won 29-23.


Alice in Wonderland plays the White House...the first story.

Then there's this little item.


A local group uncovers massive errors in same day voting registrations in Milwaukee County. Hello, mainstream media! Are you paying attention?

And it's not just Milwaukee.


Sometimes the over-hyped story of the week is warranted.


Cop tickets woman. Cop asks woman out. Woman sues cop.

Vermin Supreme

NFL brawl may have saved a referee's life.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

Keep a close watch on ALL the recall petitioners

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Recommended Reading (01/15/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Giants know they can match Packers score for score

“Green Bay Packers games are best thought of as basketball games. The Packers are going to score often. Their opponents are going to score often. Defensive play is more appropriately measured in stops and turnovers, not necessarily points allowed. Every forced punt is a success. Keeping the score close gives either team a chance to win in the final seconds.

By basketball standards, the Giants played extremely well against the Packers on Dec. 4 at MetLife Stadium. Here is a deeper look at what happened in that Week 13 game: the strategies, the mismatches and the tendencies that each team will try to exploit — or cover up — when they meet in an N.F.C. divisional playoff game Sunday at Lambeau Field.”

The secrets of Tebow hatred
NOTE: This column was published before Saturday's Denver-New England playoff game

The NFL is generously stocked with forgiven felons, including millionaire wife beaters and dog killers. So how did a clean-living quarterback with deep commitments to charitable service and miraculous last-minute victories become the most controversial player in the league?"

Let the man pray, already

"A reader sent me an email Tuesday that criticized the liberal media for criticizing Denver quarterback Tim Tebow. I'm liberal. I'm in the media. And I respect Tebow enormously."

Walker confident he will survive recall threat

“The vicious animosity toward Walker became even clearer to me outside the Hilton Hotel, when I encountered a group of young people collecting signatures for a petition requesting an election recalling Walker. One of them, Elena Thistle, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, told me she became politically involved ‘when I took part in the protests outside the Capitol last year [as the legislature was enacting Walker’s reforms].’

Walker took away worker’s rights,’ claimed Thistle, in giving the reason she wants the governor recalled. ‘This is bad for jobs and bad for the environment.’ When I asked how it is bad for the environment, she explained that by bringing up an unrelated controversy: how the governor ‘refused federal funding for a high-speed railway. We needed it so people would drive their cars less frequently, and he’s making public transportation unsustainable’.”

The silence of the Republican candidates

"Obama administration bigwigs are falling all over themselves to denounce, condemn, lament, and apologize for the unfortunate behavior of a few Marines in Afghanistan last year…Maybe it was too much to expect senior officials to make the common sense points that 1) this incident is not something to get hysterical about, and 2) it needs to be put in the context of the admirable behavior of 99 percent of our troops 99 percent of the time. But aren't there Republicans around who might want to make this point?”

To take down Obama, Romney must win battle of the bloat

"If you don't think government is more bloated than Dom DeLuise with an allergic shellfish reaction, you simply haven't been paying attention. Yes, regulations hurt the private sector, but they also hamper the public sector, making it impossible for it to do what it should. The government that built the Pentagon in 16 months would probably need at least that long just to get a meeting with the EPA today."

Where have all the liberals gone?

"Here's a test I invite you to take. Watch C-Span's morning call-in show and listen to what people who phone in on the 'Democrat' or "'iberal' line have to say. When is the last time you heard a caller say, 'We should all pay higher taxes so that the government can provide us with universal day care'? Or how about, 'We should all pay higher taxes so the government can provide us with universal long term care'?  I bet you can't remember ever hearing that. Here is what I suspect you will hear:

Leftism makes you meaner

"Leftists’ meanness toward those with whom they differ has no echo on the normative right. Those on the left need to do some soul-searching. Because as long as they continue to believe that people on the right are not merely wrong but vile, they will get increasingly mean."

The worst economic recovery since the Great Depression

“Today, over 4 years since the recession started, there are still almost 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.  That includes 5.6 million who are long-term unemployed for 27 weeks, or more than 6 months.  Under President Obama, America has suffered the longest period with so many in such long-term unemployment since the Great Depression”

In a difficult moment, a picture of grace

"The picture was taken after the meeting began. David Knoble and Amelia Stinson-Wesley, two candidates for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board seat, were seated next to each other. They had met just two days before and had talked only briefly, so when Stinson-Wesley reached for his hand 10 minutes into the meeting,
Knoble was surprised.

He’ll even admit he was a little uncomfortable.

But he didn’t let go."

My Most Popular Blogs (01/15/12)

Most popular

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

1) Photos of the Week (01/08/12)  

2) Does Franklin spend enough on its public schools?

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Photos of the Week (01/15/12)

Photos of the Week

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Dear Ted Thompson:

Please draft defensive backs who can guard against the pass.

What's that conventional wisdom...defense wins championships?

Oh, and by the way the number remains 3:

4th quarter comebacks by Aaron Rodgers.

Today was a major embarassment and disappointment.

I was at a party a week ago Saturday and every one in the room was rooting for Detroit against New Orleans. Why? The thought was New Orleans was Green Bay's toughest obstacle to the Super Bowl. They all forgot that there was a difficult challenge awaiiting today.

Packer fans, we are all guilty. We think with our hearts and not our heads.

Finally, NFL MVP? Brees? Rodgers?

Neither one, I say.

Bill Cowher: Dumbest sports analysis of 2011

I think it's pretty safe to say.

Cowher, the former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, and a darn good one, said the following about the Packers last December during a CBS-TV broadcast:

“Guys, we are watching greatness. In my opinion, no team has been greater. You know what? You can pick and say well, the defense (is not great). They have never trailed in the fourth quarter in these 18 games. You are going to give up some yards. They take the ball away. You are watching the greatest team in football history unfold before our eyes. Let's enjoy it. Let's embrace it."

Cowher's colleague, Boomer Esiason, interjected:

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Culinary no-no #260

Culinary no-no's



July 2008.

The Milwaukee Brewers open a 4-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Busch Stadium offered what could be a baseball promotion first……designating an entire section a peanut-free zone. Only fans with peanut allergies and their families were allowed in Section 328 in the outfield down the first base line, just behind the foul pole.

Peanut-free zones at the ballpark was a topic on my program a few days later as I filled in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN. Comments ran the gamut.

Some viewed the promotion as a wonderful, thoughtful idea. Others wondered where you draw the line on special accommodations for fans.

Several callers made the valid argument that parents are taking a serious risk bringing their peanut allergy suffering kids to the stadium because in order to get to their seats, they have to pass many areas where peanuts are still being sold, consumed, and dropped on the ground.

Consider also the peanut eating seats that are adjacent and very close to the peanut-free zone. And how about fans, unaware of the special promotion, who toss shells that end up in the zone that prohibits peanuts?

I’m not sure if the Cardinals have ever brought this promotion back.

Now it’s 2012. Ammaria Johnson, a 7-year-old Virginia girl died after an allergic reaction at school. Police say the girl was given a peanut by another child unaware of her allergy.

Johnson ate the peanut on the playground at her school during recess. Then she realized she had hives and was suffering from shortness of breath, and was taken to the school clinic after she approached a teacher.

While in the clinic, Johnson stopped breathing. Emergency crews rushed to the scene to find her in cardiac arrest. She could not be saved.

Against the backdrop of the Johnson death, a new product has hit the market.



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The latest pro-life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin,

And Wisconsin Right to Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Documentary re: Milwaukee Conservative talk radio to air on MPTV

January 30, on Milwaukee Public Television channels 10 & 36, Liberty or Lies?, a new documentary analyzing Milwaukee Conservative talk radio, will air from 9-11 p.m.

Produced over the course of the historic 2010 elections and turnover of power in Wisconsin, Liberty or Lies?  features prominent Milwaukee media figures, including Charlie Sykes, Eugene Kane, Jay Weber, Bruce Murphy, Vicki McKenna, Joel McNally, Jeff Wagner, the late Tim Cuprisin and others, expressing their views on Conservative talk radio – why it’s right, why it’s wrong, why it matters. Wisconsin’s Conservative revolution, hate speech and misinformation, FCC regulation, Liberal media bias, the loyal listeners… Liberty or Lies? looks at all this and more from the perspective of the Left and the Right, and invites viewers to decide for themselves the true motivation and message of Conservative talk radio: liberty or lies.  

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2ND UPDATE: Voting for Franklin School Board is very easy

Previously on This Just In…

I noted that fiscally conservative Franklinites should not vote for Donald Petre:

Turns out he’s a WEAC union leader/activist for Oak Creek, just what we don’t want/need on the Franklin School Board.

So the next piece of information should come as no surprise but is valuable for Franklin voters if they needed it. I’ve been informed that Petre has a Recall Walker sign on his property. The tip I received is true.

Makes we wonder if Petre was recruited by other Franklin School Board members or anyone involved in the Franklin Public Schools administration who share the view that Walker must go which is totally out of touch with the vast majority of Franklin property taxpayers who have voted for Walker time and time again in tidal waves.

To repeat, Donald Petre would be a disaster on the Franklin School Board. Voters, don't let him or his ilk infiltrate the leadership of our public schools.

UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: Candidate Petre has his own yard signs up. In typical union fashion, i.e., we don't have to follow the rules, none of his signs have the appropriate disclaimer on them.


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Seen tonight (Monday) on the 10:00 CBS 58 news...

A report on the recall against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Interviewed and shown on camera as a recall supporter ...

Monthly Column

Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the founding Executive Director of the radical organization, Voces de la Frontera that strongly supports illegal immigration.

No surprise they wouldn't like Scott Walker.

Gov. Walker: A year of restoring fiscal discipline and fighting Obamacare

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

A year of restoring fiscal discipline and fighting Obamacare
By Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Together we have done a lot to restore fiscal discipline and stop the implementation of ObamaCare in Wisconsin over the last year.

When I was inaugurated the State of Wisconsin faced a $3.6 billion deficit because
we were spending a lot more than we were taking in. Wisconsin was not alone. Plenty of other states around the country faced a similar deficit. While other states relied on massive layoffs and tax increases, we took a different approach. I was not interested in taking away people’s hard-earned money, nor did I like the idea of devastating families through layoffs. I also wasn’t interested in sending the burden of more debt down the line to my boys and their generation.

Instead, we asked public employees to contribute to their own pension and healthcare plans. While it was a bold political move, what we were asking for was actually modest in comparison t
o private sector employees. We asked government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health insurance premium; about half of what those in the private sector contribute.

We made the structural reforms necessary to eliminate our state’s deficit and allow local units
of government to balance their budgets.

The reforms we put in place are working for taxpayers all across Wisconsin. Take a look at
Kaukauna Area School District—it was facing a $400,000 deficit. Because of the reforms they turned this deficit into a $1.5 million surplus, reduced class sizes, and even had enough money to set aside for merit pay bonuses for exceptional teachers. Or look at the city of Milwaukee, which used the reforms to save taxpayers $25 million and balance their budget.

In addition to eliminating the deficit we’ve also fought hard to oppose ObamaCare and the negative impact it would have on small businesses. We need to end the federal government’s encroachment on our state’s rights. If implemented ObamaCare would eliminate jobs and cost small businesses $830 million in lost sales revenue according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

That is why, on my first day in office, I directed Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen
to join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this overreaching measure. This lawsuit is currently scheduled to be heard by the United States Supreme Court with a decision expected by early next summer. My sincere hope is that this measure will be found to be unconstitutional and that our state’s ability to maintain control over our health insurance market will be preserved.

I remain opposed to the implementation of Obamacare in our state, and will continue to fight for healthcare policies that encourage personal responsibility, help those who are truly in need, and are ultimately based on the free market.

Wisconsin has a bright future. Because of tough decisions made over the last year we are well on our way to passing our state on to the next generation better off than we received it. During my inauguration I read directly from the Wisconsin Constitution Article I, Sec. 22 which states: “The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice,  moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” It is through frugality and moderation in government that we will see freedom and prosperity for our state.

We have done a lot in a year, but we have more work to do. These founding principles can be
reaffirmed by continually challenging the status quo, while always remembering that it is more important to think of the next generation than the next election.

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Happy New Year

Hope 2012 brings us all a year of fun, laughter and God's love.............


MY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU ... I want to thank you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.

I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I can't have a drink in a bar because I fear I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can't eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.


I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.


I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.


I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore , and Uzbekistan .


I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.


I can't ever pick up a 10 cent coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician . .

Oh, and by the way..... A German scientist from Argentina , after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.


Congrats to these school districts; how about you, Franklin?

Thanks to Recent Reforms, Merit Pay Coming to Some Wisconsin School Districts

By Christian D’Andrea
MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

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"Just doing my job"

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

"Just Doing my Job"
Budget is balanced, taxes are down, reforms are working
By State Senator Alberta Darling

Last summer, in the middle of the attempt to recall me, a man came up to me, shook my

hand and said, “Thank you for doing your job.”

That story always reminds me how ridiculous these recalls really are. We simply did the job we were elected to do. We balanced the budget without raising taxes and it is working!

In Wisconsin, things were dire. We faced a $3 billion deficit. Jobs were leaving. Taxes were rising. Unlike other states, Republicans here didn’t kick the can down the road. We grabbed the bull by the horns and made tough decisions.

Some state employees didn’t like the reforms we passed. Unlike most working families, the recession hadn’t affected them. The state picked up most, if not all, of their lavish health care benefits and did the same with their pensions. The contracts they locked in forced taxpayers to pay for perks that wouldn’t even occur to the average private sector worker. Perks like bus drivers earning six-figure salaries, employees calling in sick 
and still getting time and a half pay and teachers getting exclusive Cadillac health care plans offered by a provider created by their own unions.

Things had to change. Especially in a recession, Wisconsin taxpayers couldn’t afford having us kick the can again. The reforms we passed in Wisconsin Act 10 led to protests, threats and recalls. They also led to a balanced budget, lower taxes and no layoffs. Despite the claims, the sky didn’t fall.

The Wauwatosa school district is using the tools passed in Wisconsin Act 10, the budget repair bill, to have employees contribute more to their health care and pensions. With those savings they are launching a new second language program, opening a Montessori school and exploring hybrid classes which combine online learning with classroom instruction. They are doing all of
that without raising taxes. In fact, some residents will see their bill go down. The Wauwatosa Superintendent told WauwatosaNow: “All of these things would not be possible, if we weren’t able to get those types of concessions.”

The truth is Wisconsin is better off now than it was a year ago. The state budget is balanced, the deficit was filled and schools were not destroyed. Two hundred sixty nine school districts lowered their property tax rate thanks to the reforms Governor Walker and the Legislature approved.

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Michelle Obama: Do as I say...

Not as I do.

This is a big problem for Mitt Romney

*This does not mean I'm supporting Newt Gingrich. I'm merely pointing out a key issue many voters may have with Romney.*

MUST SEE VIDEO: No matter how you feel about Newt...

He handed Juan Williams his hat during this week's debate. Yes, I know I'm a bit late on this one, but I just had to post.

Newt kept his cool, left his anger at the door, and handled these loaded questions with skilled precision.

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #240

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…

The update: Bourdain is at it again.

President Obama rejects jobs, much needed oil

Friends of the US Chamber


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Obama forgets...but we remember!


In just one week, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress and the nation.

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Two different states, two different budgets

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

Two different states, two different budgets
By state Representative Dan Knodl
24th Assembly District

I noted with interest a recent Chicago Tribune article entitled, “Illinois budget deficit to hit $8 billion despite tax increase." As I read the article, I could not help but to think of the dramatically different way in which our two states addressed our budget deficits – and how the results can teach us lasting lessons in budgeting and public policy.

I’ve spoken at great length in recent months about the measures we took here in Wisconsin in order to balance a budget with a $3.6 billion deficit. We did it through controlling spending and setting priorities. In addition, we made important reforms that allow state and local units of government more flexibility in addressing budget crises–and we did it all without raising taxes. They were not easy decisions, but they were absolutely necessary in order to get our budget out of its perpetual state of chaos and imbalance.

Now, when I see how Illinois is handling its own budget crisis, I see a lot of similarities between what legislators and the governor are doing there and what we used to do here. As you may recall, our previous
l, our previous administration raised taxes under the 2009-11 state budget by $2 billion, with much of that total coming down on job creators. Additional policies were enacted that some experts estimated would cost Wisconsin $1 billion in higher property taxes.

These tax hikes had two major consequences. First, they caused a great number of businesses and jobs to flee Wisconsin. Second, they did nothing to address our ongoing budget crisis. By listening to their rhetoric, you would have thought all of those tax increases would have solved all of our problems going forward, but they didn’t. Higher taxes made the problem worse–and from that came the $3.6 billion deficit we were forced to deal with earlier this year.

That is why I’m mystified at Illinois’ desire to continue down that same path. Earlier this year, that state raised taxes on both individuals and businesses. Lawmakers in the Land of Lincoln raised their individual income tax from three percent to five percent, a 66 percent overall increase. Similarly, they raised raised their corporate tax from 7.3 percent to 9.5 percent, now the fourth-highest state corporate income tax rate in America.

What was the result? Illinois’ state budget, just months after these new taxes were approved, is now in the red by $8.3 billion. According to the Chicago Tribune article, “The majority of that money, roughly $5.5 billion, will come in the form o
f unpaid bills from companies that provide everything from meals for the elderly to toilet paper for prisoners. Another $1.2 billion is composed of Medicaid payments the state will push off until the next budget year, while the remaining $1.6 billion is owed to companies for tax returns and health insurance bills for state workers.” Sound familiar?

Meanwhile, with a solvent state budget of our own, we continue to hear about local municipalities and school districts here in Wisconsin who are resolving budget crises. Because of our needed reforms, some are even reducing their property tax levies, providing needed relief to financially-strapped taxpayers.

The changes we’ve enacted in Wisconsin have, without a doubt, been controversial. But there is no question that they were needed and that they solved a large state problem. To confirm that we did the right things, all we need to do is look to our neighbors to the south.

To contact Knodl with questions or comments or to sign up for regular e-updates, send an e-mail: or call (608) 266-3796.

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Didn't this happen to Archie Bunker?


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Voter fraud?

No such thing.

"But what Democrats have not thought about is the consequences of a Walker victory"

Jonathan Tobin
considers the ramifications of each potential outcome of the recall.

Who will they recall next?

Lasee's Notes

 January 19, 2012

Lasee's Notes is a way for me to communicate directly with you on key issues of our day and to
champion limited government, lower taxes and individual liberty. How we respond to these issues
today, will affect the direction of our state and nation tomorrow. As the legislative session continues, I
look f
orward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you. Please feel free to contact me, Sen. or (608) 266-3512. If you are planning to be in Madison, please visit, I look
forward to seeing you at the Capitol.

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Tommy Thompson's vision

Dear Supporter,

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The best 43:27 you'll spend on the Internet this weekend

Wish I was there!

The cost of media bias

Goodnight everyone, and have a winter wonderland weekend!


“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened”
Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
Carl Reiner

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The best political cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden


Political Cartoons by Brian Farrington


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The Barking Lot (01/21/12)

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:  You'll wake up to snow covered streets and sidewalks. Some sun in the morning with increasing afternoon clouds.  High of 25. After a snowfall, I'll take it. But we're talking dog walking.  "F"

SUNDAY:  A light wintry mix in the morning. High of 36.  "F"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Not only have I been blessed with owning pets in my youth, I’ve been blessed my entire life by knowing other pet owners.  Many of my family members had or have pets and they become like extended family to me.  


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Week-ends (01/21/12)


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


Laura Kaeppeler

Sandor Feher

Gregorio de Falco

19-year old James Thomas


Mariah Carey

11-year old Kaitlin Ord

Deidra Porter

Local bus driver

Calysta Cordova

Even though we lost to the NY Giants, Vince Lombardi


President Obama

VP Biden

NY Democrats

School officials in Utah


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"Where's my shorts?"

A good friend of mine is quite fortunate to have tickets tonight for the Pabst Theatre to see country legend Glen Campbell. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Campbell is in the midst of a farewell tour.

Last October, he appeared with his wife on Ellen DeGeneres’ program.

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Recommended Reading (01/22/12)

Recommended Reading


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

2,000-plus turn out to "Celebrate Walker" in Wisconsin

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My Most Popular Blogs (01/22/12)

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) Photos of the Week (01/15/12)

2) What’s so bad about a cougar?

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January 22, 2012 Sadly Commemorates 39 Years of Legalized Abortion In The U.S.

January 22, 2012 Sadly Commemorates 39 Years of Legalized Abortion In The U.S.

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Photos of the Week (01/22/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Julie Wells of United Wisconsin celebrates in the back of a moving van, Jan. 17, 2012, in Madison, Wis., that contains about 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker. Photo: Andy Manis / AP

2) Gov. Scott Walker supporters listen to speakers at the Republican "Stand with Governor Scott Walker" rally Saturday at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. Tonette Walker, wife of Gov. Scott Walker, addresses the crowd. Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson greets a supporter before speaking at the event. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch talks with reporters. A Scott Walker supporter yells "shame, shame, shame" at nearby protesters.  Journal Sentinel photos: Mark Hoffman

3) Elanie Magliacane has her picture taken in front of a sand sculpture of the presidential candidates before the Faith & Freedom Coalition's presidential kick-off at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina on Jan. 16. Photo: Chris Keane / Reuters

4) Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives smiles along with his wife, Callista Gingrich as he addresses supporters following his victory in the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Columbia, SC.  Photo: Jeff Siner - Charlotte Observer

5) Angelique Marcus of Baltimore, Md. touches a quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, on Jan. 16, before a ceremony to honor his legacy. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

6) Candi Flora, a historian wearing actual irons from the days of slavery, raises her arms during the 34th Annual "Original" Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Parade and Celebration in Houston. Photo: Nick de la Torre / /Houston Chronicle AP

7) A scuba diver swims next to the cruise ship Costa Concordia on Jan. 13 after it ran aground near the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. A series of underwater photos was released by the Italian Coast Guard last Monday. Photo: Italian Coast Guard via AP

8) A satellite image shows the wreck of the Costa Concordia off the island of Giglio, Italy, on Jan. 17, 2012. The luxury cruise ship ran aground on Jan. 13. Photo: DigitalGlobe

9) A rescuer being lowered on the cruise liner Costa Concordia on Jan. 18 that ran aground in front of the harbor of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. Emergency workers fear that the ship could slip from its resting place on a rocky shelf and slip into deeper waters. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

10) A woman takes a picture of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan. 14, 2012. (Reuters)

11) Captain Francesco Schettino (center) of cruise ship Costa Concordia is escorted into a prison by police officers at Grosseto, after being questioned by magistrates in this still image from a video Jan. 17, 2012. Italian coastguards pleaded angrily with the captain of the stricken super-liner to return to his ship, according to recordings released on Tuesday as divers found five more bodies in the half-submerged wreck of the Costa Concordia. Taking the known death toll to 11, that some 24 people, including a number of German tourists, unaccounted for four days after the giant cruiser carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew was ripped open by rocks off a Tuscan island. Schettino is accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck by sailing too close to shore and abandoning ship before all his passengers and crew scrambled off. (Reuters)

12) An aircraft of the Japan Coast Guard with a hole in its nose after an albatross crashed into the patrol plane flying over the East China Sea near Ishigaki island in Okinawa prefecture on Jan. 18, 2012.  Photo: Japan Coast Guard via AFP - Getty Images

13) Damaged cars are seen on the A1 highway near Cloppenburg, Germany on Jan. 20. More than 50 vehicles crashed during a row of accidents. The reason of the disaster is yet unclear. Photo: Fabian Bimmer / Reuters

14) A submerged school bus lays on its side as Diane Garibaldi looks on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Salem, Ore. Up to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of the Oregon Coast Range in a 36-hour period, and more rain and flooding is on the way, the National Weather Service said. Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP

15) A man waits to be processed at a Border Patrol detention center Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Imperial Beach, Calif. The Border Patrol is moving to end its revolving-door policy of turning migrants around to Mexico without any punishment in what amounted to an invitation to immediately try their luck again. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

16) Sofiah, left, and her friend cross a collapsed bridge in order to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency, Banten, Indonesia on Jan. 19, 2012. Photo: Beawiharta / Reuters

17) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks up at the new global cultural ambassador and former NBA basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jan. 18. Abdul-Jabbar will travel the world to engage a generation of young people to help promote diplomacy. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

18) Former NBA superstar Yao Ming, center, attends as a newly elected member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Shanghai, and takes part in a meeting for the CPPCC in Shanghai on Jan. 15, 2011.  Photo: AFP - Getty Images

19) Two stranded common dolphins wait to be transported by an International Fund for Animal Welfare team at Herring River in Wellfleet, Mass., Jan. 19. The dolphins are two in the latest batch of dolphins found, bringing a total of over 80 stranded on Cape Cod shores in the last week.  Photo: Julia Cumes / AP

20) Members of the Fayette Co. Animal Control, Animal Rescue and the West Tenn. Drug Task Force round up 128 dogs found in a U-Haul trailer that was pulled over on to investigate for drugs on I-40 East of Memphis, Tenn. on Jan. 17, 2012. Instead, the dogs and one cat were found, all of which were locked in cages with tie-fasteners and no ventilation. Photo: Kyle Kurlick / The Commercial Appeal via AP

21) A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

22) Fu Hu, a panda born at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo plays in the snow in his enclosure on Jan. 17. Photo: Daniel Zupanc / AFP - Getty Images

23) Adelie penguins making their way towards the ice near Mawson's Hut in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, on Jan. 15. Photo: Dean Lewins / EPA

24) A hummingbird perches on an ice-encrusted branch during an ice storm in Seattle on Thursday, Jan 19. Photo: John Brecher /

25) A pink flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), born in captivity ten days ago, is seen at the zoo in Cali Jan. 21, 2012. Photo: Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters

26) Guards carry a capsule containing blood from Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral of Bogota January 20, 2012. The blood will be on tour throughout the country. Photo: Felipe Caicedo / Reuters

27) Jeff Jerome, top left, curator of the Poe House and Museum, and Jeannette Marxen stand watch at a window in Westminster Hall, which overlooks the grave of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore early in the morning of Jan. 19, 2012, as they wait to see if the mysterious "Poe Toaster" will return. He/she did not. Photo:Patrick Semansky / AP

28) Belarus soldiers plunge into the ice cold water to mark Orthodox Epiphany near the town Pukhovichi, some 70 km south of the capital Minsk, on Jan. 19, 2012. Photo: Viktor Drachev / AFP - Getty Images

29) This photo provided by Christ Medical Center & Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn,, Ill. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 shows an X-ray of a nail embedded in Dante Autullo's brain. It was successfuly removed by doctors. Photo: Christ Medical Center & Hope Children's Hospital via AP. Dante Autullo accompanied by his neurosurgeon Leslie Schaffer, left, shows the area of his injury during a news conference at Advocate Christ Medical Center Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Oak Lawn, Ill., a day after Autullo underwent surgery to remove a 3 1/4 inch nail lodged in his brain after accidentally shooting himself with a nail gun. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

30) Dutch sailor Laura Dekker throws a rope as she docks her boat in Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012. Dekker ended a yearlong voyage aboard her sailboat named "Guppy" that made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, although Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the voyage, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts. (AP Photo/Stephan Kogelman)

31) These fans were smiling, but probably not for long. Kenny Phillips takes a Lambeau Leap after the Giants locked up their 37-20 playoff win over the Packers last Sunday. NY Daily News photos: Corey Sipkin and Ron Antonelli

32) We feature one of these from time to time. A model presents a creation by fashion designer Elin Engstroem during a show of Baltic designers at the Fashion Week in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Lori Borgman, I read you loud and clear

Author and columnist Lori Borgman is known for her 1998 piece, “The Death of Common Sense.”

As the father of a too-soon-to-be three-year old girl, I enjoyed one of Borgman’s latest efforts, “Hey Dads, Parental Guidance suggested.”

Culinary no-no #261

Culinary no-no's



Regular readers know I’ve mentioned that I am not a picky eater and enjoy just about anything. Here are a few examples:


Oh, yeah.

What a great combo. That spicy meat, tomato, and onion smothered in tzatziki sauce.


Show me more.

Bring it on.

OK, so where am I going with this?

That will become quite obvious, quite soon.

But first, we travel to...

In India, it is customary to eat with one's hands. I'm not talking pizza or drumsticks.

Despite the preponderance of forks, knives and spoons, even chopsticks, many Indians insist on dining without, favoring their bare hands.

Actually, that’s not accurate. The custom is that to thoroughly enjoy Indian food, it must be consumed by using fingers. In fact, those who employ this technique claim it’s much easier than using silverware.

How do they do it? Here’s an example. Consider naan, a tasty flat bread. When I say fingers are preferred, here, too, there are limitations. In some parts of India, only the thumb, index and middle fingers are used and only the first two joints of those digits. And it must strictly be the right hand.

Again, for the Westerner who may find this uncivilized and begging the question why, Indians firmly believe eating in this manner is sensual.

Reminds me of that M*A*S*H episode where Winchester invites Margaret into his tent to enjoy some canned pheasant. He instructs her to devour the bird using her hands. OK, maybe not the best analogy, but that immediately came to mind. As I recall, they used more than certain joints of certain fingers of a certain hand. I think you get the point.

So, we’ve reviewed the Indian custom. It is encouraged in some (not all) Indian restaurants in the United States. I understand. I get it. And I respect that.

But to repeat a point that’s been hammered home in the past on Culinary no-no, many goofy  cultural ideas begin here…

At the A-Frame restaurant in Culver City, California (that's near Hollywood) that features Hawaiian fare, patrons are encouraged by wait staff to dump the cutlery, even for ribs, pork chops and salads.

The trend has caught on in non-Indian restaurants in New York that focus on crab and barbecue.

Will it develop and find its way to the unwashed Midwest? I doubt it.

Let's cut to the chase. This can be rather messy, uncool, uncultured, and very frustrating. Can you imagine yours truly attempting to handle a gyro dripping in sauce?

American chefs, endeavoring to be ultra cool Indian-style, should just forget about Americanizing an ancient India tradition.

And if you want the best reason why this concept would be foolish in US of A restaurants, it’s because Americans, especially men according to one study, are pigs. Unlike Indians who wash up before and after dinner, Americans, by contrast, are walking germ factories.

This restaurant trend can’t possibly be serious. My wife, Jennifer, who has wonderful culinary talents but dramatizes woe is me before every dinner recently made homemade chicken pot pies that would have forced Marie Callender to fade into retirement. The thought of digging in with just a few fingers would have been like Vincent Price hovering over me in The Pit and the Pendulum. On the other hand, Oscar Madison might have had orgasms.

Tonight for dinner, Jennifer made homemade pizza with all my favorite toppings. Without shame, I used a fork and knife. No offense to any Indians reading.

When in Rome (India), do like the Romans (Indians).

This isn’t Rome.

Read more in the NY Times.


Is our own government shaming us into eating less beef?

No. No way, no how, not ever.

How bad did she want Chicken McNuggets?

OK, one more time...what's in a Twinkie?

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Boycott the Super Bowl?

New England

The New York Giants?

Can’t they both lose?

The latest pro-life news

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


Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Monday January 23, 2012
An American Tragedy - 39 Years of Legal Abortion
Contact Your State Senator Immediately!
Netherlands Debating "Tired of Life" as Reason for Euthanasia
Fifth Circuit Upholds Required Ultrasound Display Before Abortion
Online Registration Now Available for Laura Ingraham!
Important Right To Life Links
An American Tragedy

CRG Continues with Legal Investigation of Baldwin Woodville Christmas Bonuses



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Here's one the abortion butchers didn't get

Meet saline abortion survivor Melissa Odhen.

She survived an excruciatingly painful ordeal. Liberals would have preferred she died.

She tells her own story.

MUST READ: It's working in Walker's Wisconsin

My friend and colleague, Christian Schneider writes an excellent analysis of Governor Walker’s reforms in the City Journal. Here’s an excerpt:

By the time Walker took office in 2011, the overwhelming majority of state and local government workers paid nothing toward the annual contributions to their pension accounts, which equaled roughly 10 percent of their salaries per year. The average employee also used just 6.2 percent of his salary on his health-insurance premium. Among Walker’s reforms, therefore, was requiring employees to start paying 5.8 percent of their salaries, on average, toward their pensions and to double their health-insurance payments to 12.4 percent of their salaries. These two changes, Walker estimated, would save local governments $724 million annually, letting him cut state aid to localities and reduce Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion biennial deficit.

These measures angered unions, but Walker’s other moves were even more controversial. One was to allow government employees to bargain collectively only when negotiating wages; in other areas, collective bargaining would no longer be part of the contract-making process. The unions screamed bloody murder, decrying the loss of what they called their “right” to collective bargaining. “We are prepared to implement the financial concessions proposed to help bring our state’s budget into balance, but we will not be denied our God-given right to join a real union,” said Marty Beil, head of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, back in February. “We will not—I repeat we will not—be denied our rights to collectively bargain.”

What had the unions most up in arms, however, was a reform that ended mandatory dues for members. Wisconsin unions were collecting up to $1,100 per member per year in these obligatory payments, which they then spent on getting sympathetic politicians elected. In the last two elections, for instance, the state’s largest teachers’ union spent $3.6 million supporting candidates. Walker’s reform meant that government workers could now opt out of paying these dues—savings that could help offset those workers’ newly increased health and pension payments, the governor said. The unions knew that, given the option, many of their members would indeed choose not to write a check—and that this would strangle union election spending.

The unions’ battle against Walker’s reforms has rested on the argument that the changes would damage public services beyond repair. The truth, however, is that the reforms not only are saving money already; they’re doing so with little disruption to services.

Now, must see video. It was captured by the MacIver Institute at an Americans For Prosperity town hall meeting in Waukesha this month. Listen to the comments of one state employee.

The latest from Rehorst


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery

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What you won't hear at tonight's State of the Union

“During my presidency, not only has unemployment gone up, but so has the price of gas, meat, and bacon.”

Penalize Harry Reid

Someone needs to blow the whistle. Today marks 1,000 days without a budget from the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate. It's time to call a foul on the Senate's 1,000-day delay. will deliver a box full of penalty flags to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

With a $5 donation you can send a Harry Reid a penalty flag.

While Democrats sit on the sidelines, President Obama is driving our national debt to record highs. As a result, our federal government is spending more than America makes, with a $15.2 trillion debt that surpasses our entire GDP. 

Clearly, Senate Democrats have punted their responsibility to pass a budget. It's time to blow the whistle and throw the yellow flag.

Team America

P.S.- Be sure to Watch ,Share and Tweet our "1,000 Days" video with your friends and family on Facebook & Twitter.

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The new welfare swindle

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

The new welfare swindle

By Christopher Orlet

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SOTU: Same Old Tired Utterances

Thank you, Wal-Mart...

For promoting Wisconsin-made products including one from Franklin.

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Critic of tornado warning process rips Diane Sawyer

Previously on This Just In
, I highlighted the issues veteran meteorologist James Spann has with the current tornado warning process.

Spann is back in the news, blasting Diane Sawyer for inaccurate reporting.

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Support for Scott Walker is vast

Try in all 50 states.

Downward Wisconsin

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

Downward Wisconsin
By Tim Nerenz

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Governor Walker delivers State of the State

MacIver News Service
| January 25, 2012

[Madison, Wisc…] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivered his annual State of the State address Wednesday night before a polarized state legislature and with a potential recall looming.

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The reality about political yard signs


A regular reader of This Just In recently contacted me, chagrined at what the reader observed in neighboring Oak Creek: a host of yard signs for current Franklin alderman and Milwaukee County Board candidate Steve Taylor.

The inference made by the reader, not a Steve Taylor fan, is that these Oak Creek residents are quite possibly unaware of Taylor’s dismal record in Franklin. Taylor’s claim to fame includes consistently supporting budgets that increased tax and spending, and an ordinance to make sure animals like dogs and cats and horses (I’m not sure about pigs and goats) are always on leashes when off their property. During this past year’s budget debate, Taylor even supported cutting the city’s police and fire departments.

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A message from Donald Schwartz, candidate for Milwaukee County Board

I received the following e-mail from Donald Schwartz, candidate for the Milwaukee County Board’s 9th District that includes parts of Franklin, Oak Creek, and Hales Corners. It is published here with Schwartz’s permission:

Hi Kevin,


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The U.S. "fought and won World War II" in less time than Obama spent studying the Canada-U.S. pipeline deal

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MRC: Tell The Truth! 2012

Statewide Public School Choice Coming to Wisconsin

MacIver News Service
| January 26, 2012

[Madison, Wisc...] More than a year after it was introduced, legislation that will bring unprecedented school choice to families who wish to enroll in Wisconsin’s public schools passed the Assembly Thursday.

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Cool aerial shots of Lambeau Field

September 8, 2011


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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend of the highest class!

"Classical music with the boring parts left out."

Liberace referring to his act.


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The best political cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson


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The Barking Lot (01/28/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Overnight snow totals of 1-2 inches give way to flurries in the morning. Sunny skies by 9:00, then it gets very windy around 11:00, with more snow around 8:00 pm. High of 29.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny and cold. High of 24. "F"

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

After New Year’s Eve, there aren’t a lot of parties to plan until the Super Bowl.  Many people enjoy hosting football fetes whether or not their teams made it to the big day.  It’s a great reason to gather family & friends, eat too much and yell at the T.V.

Kevin & I have never hosted a Super Bowl party because we’ve always been invited out for the event.  I suppose one of these years we’ll break tradition and have a gathering at our house instead.  If that happens, MY soiree will revolve more around pig’s EARS and less around pig SKIN.  You see, I would dearly love to host another type of BOWL party.  Yep, you guessed it:  a Puppy Bowl party!

Another great reason to host a pup party in February is theWestminster Kennel Club dog show, this year on February 13 and 14.  A gathering of fellow Labrador Lovers is the paw-fect opportunity to celebrate all things canine.

If you want to impress your guests with something other than this classic you certainly have options.  Baking treats for your human friends can be easy AND delightful with accessories from  (Turn to page 20 in the catalog.)  You can borrow as few or as many ideas as you’d like for this “Puppy Pawty” shared by one of my favorites, Pizzazzerie.  Finally, this inspirational party treats both two- AND four-legged attendees to nothing but the best.  

So get out that apron & mixer!  Turn the dreary, albeit shorter, month of February into a chance to eat, drink, and be furry.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer, but I can assure the legions of This Just In readers that I wouldn't be caught dead anywhere near a Puppy  Bowl party!

It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Dog walker hounded for doing the right thing.

The BSL in FDL is DOA.

Dog tracks with no dogs?

My dog's not fat. Right.

Thief steals $1800 puppy.

Lucas and Juno:

Lord is found.

How long have we lived with dogs?

"Man's best friend has been artificially evolved into the most diverse animal on the planet."

How dogs spread happiness.

Better than cookies.

It's not such a  ruff life!

Coach gets fan mail from a dog.

Six new breeds to debut at Westminster Dog Show.

Uggie celebrates Oscar nominations. What's next?

Uncle Chichi is dead.

Check out these new stamps.





We close as we always do with our dog video of the week.

Thanks for visiting and please tell a fellow dog lover or two about us.

You’ve never seen a dog park like this before, from the perspective of  your canine pals. This video, by Kelsey Wynns features his 9-month old Great Dane Bishop and his friends.


And finally,

What would you do?


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Week-ends (01/28/12)


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


Giovanni di Mauro

Karen Granville

Donny Hopkins

Jock Barnes

Graceann Rumer

Stuart Kilgannon


Two more doctors

Shawano High School officials

Ticket scalpers

The TSA...again!


"President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934. The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama's three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president."

“I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.
Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Representative who announced she will resign from Congress to focus on recovering from a gunshot wound to the head that she suffered one year ago in an assassination attempt.

“Americans have left the country; why are they now targeting us? What did we do wrong?
Sarah Haider, an Iraqi wounded in explosions that ripped through Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday. Nine people were killed and dozens more wounded in the latest wave of sectarian attacks.

“After 20 years of being on the high wire of American politics and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am.”
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, saying she will not stay on the job if President Obama is reelected.

“At this rate, we'll never reduce unemployment. The recovery has been postponed, again.”
Justin Wolfers, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania. The American economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.8 percent last quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

“If I hadn't given my money away, I would now have more money than anyone else on the planet.”
Bill Gates, surprising London students with an appearance Wednesday. One pupil described his decision to give his fortune away as "really inspiring.”

“Dad, you won. You can go home now.”
Jay Paterno, son of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, recounting the "magnificent daylight" of his father's life and legacy. Thursday's memorial service brought some 12,000 people to say farewell to the iconic coach.


Protester taunts Joel Kleefisch, the Lt. Governor's wife (That part is buried in the article).


The March for Life.


Mitt Romney's $$$.


Gingrich shoots for the moon.

Did you hear what happened to Fran Drescher?

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

W...Win, Walker, Wisconsin

“The only thing better than Scott Walker winning the first time is Scott Walker winning the second time.”
Tommy Thompson, Wauwatosa Rally, January 21, 2012

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Recommended Reading (01/29/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Big Labor's Wisconsin Vendetta

"They swore revenge for his offenses, and last week Wisconsin Democrats delivered what they say are a million signatures for the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. If they do make the ballot and cause a recall vote as early as this spring, they'll have to campaign against reforms that have already saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and rescued the state from a budget crisis. Game on."

Dems fear union crash drain in Wisconsin

“A decision by labor unions to spend millions on a state-level political battle means Democrats will have that much less outside money helping President Obama and congressional candidates this fall.”

WI Senate Recall Petition Rife with Invalid Signatures, Duplicates, and Errors

"The GAB completed scanning the four Senate Recalls on Friday. They posted the first round of scanned recall petitions online Friday evening, which marks the first time the public has had access to any of the recall petitions. Below is a brief accounting of errors discovered in just a small sampling of pages that could throw out 24 of 37 signatures..."

The GOP deserves to lose

"It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear. It doesn't matter that he cynically betrayed his core promise as a candidate to be a unifying president. It doesn't matter that he keeps blaming Bush. It doesn't matter that he thinks ATMs are weapons of employment destruction. It doesn't matter that Tim Geithner remains secretary of Treasury. It doesn't matter that the result of his "reset" with Russia is Moscow selling fighter jets to Damascus. It doesn't matter that the Obama name is synonymous with the most unpopular law in memory. It doesn't matter that his wife thinks America doesn't deserve him. It doesn't matter that the Evel Knievel theory of fiscal stimulus isn't going to make it over the Snake River Canyon of debt."

15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican

“During the practically endless series of Republican debates, we have heard almost every question imaginable asked to Republican candidates – if by every question imaginable, you mean horribly slanted, often irrelevant questions designed to make them look bad and help Obama. We've heard questions about contraceptives, religion, Newt's angry ex-wife, Gardasil, etc., etc., etc. So, what would happen if the mainstream media treated Barack Obama the exact same way that they treat Republicans? The questions might sound a little something like this.”

Obama calls it fairness. The GOP calls it class warfare. Scripture calls it envy.

"Ancient in its poison, envy forms a big chunk of the foul compost heap that stimulates the growth of human stupidity. Envy is an extremely toxic sin that doesn’t get the verbal hailstorm that other sins receive in our current entitlement culture with its totemic view of vice. Someone who has been saddled by the envy monkey will probably not make the evening news like a politician who has been caught in bed with a live man or a dead woman or who keeps his freezer stuffed with cash."

TSA causes 1,200 unnecessary deaths annually

"According to a recent survey by the US Travel Association, two-out-of-five travelers are boycotting airports and invasive checkpoints in favor of the train or the automobile. But increasing use of the highways has its cost.  According to K. Jack Riley, VP of the National Security Research Division of the well-respected RAND Corp., TSA regulations has the unintended consequence of increasing highway deaths."

How to cheat in the Super Bowl office pool

“That old Super Bowl office standby, the box pool, may seem like a glorified lottery: You pick the lucky numbers, you win. But what if some numbers are luckier than others?”

My Most Popular Blogs (01/29/12)

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) Photos of the Week (01/22/12)

2) The reality about political yard signs

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Photos of the Week (01/29/12)

Photos of the Week

1) (left) President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after arriving at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday. (right) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama. Photos: Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP. “She had a letter on her hands and through my camera lens I could read it said `Mr. President”, Ghanbari told Telemundo News. “I have never seen anybody given a letter to the president at the bottom of the steps”, he said. “Typically those conversations last 30 seconds”, he said. “They’ll say, `Hey Mr. President, Welcome!’ or whatever. But I had my radar up. I knew her stance on immigration and his stance on immigration, so I thought this could be interesting. I just stayed there with my camera.”

2) House Speaker John Boeher begins to tear up after accepting Gabrielle Giffords resignation, Jan. 25. Photo: MSNBC

3) Students leave notes on a cardboard cutout of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the campus of Penn State on Jan. 24. Photo: Patrick Smith / Getty Images. A newspaper with the headline re-written, is left in remembrance around a statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus on Monday in State College, Pa. Paterno died Sunday morning. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP.

4) Divers make their way into a flooded cabin of the Costa Concordia that is grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. A large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled ship on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Actual pumping of the oil wasn't expected to begin until Saturday. Photo: Italian Navy / AP

5) Members of counternarcotics police destroy a cocaine production laboratory in Puerto Concordia, Meta, Colombia, 25 January 2012, during an operation against FARC drug trafficking infrastructures, in which 17 laboratories were destroyed in southeastern jungles. Two planes, 22 boats, 692 kilograms of coca paste and 13 tons of substances used to produce the drug were seized and 10 people were arrested during the operation. Photo: Mauricio Duenas / EPA

6) Participants in a parade to honor Iraq War veterans make their way along a downtown street Saturday, Jan. 28, in St. Louis, Mo. Thousands turned out to watch the first big welcome home parade in the United States since the last troops left Iraq in December. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP

7) Austin Tseng watches her doctor perform an ultrasound imaging on her "dragon baby" at the Adventist Hospital in Taipei on January 18, 2012. Some believe that babies born in the auspicious Year of the Dragon in the 12-year zodiac cycle are gifted with prodigious quantities of luck and strength. (Wally Santana/Associated Press)

8) A visitor to the 'Hall of Names' in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem, Jan. 27. The room holds 600 portraits of individual Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II and contains binders documenting more than 4,000,000 of those people. Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on this day in 1945 that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces. Photo: Jim Hollander / EPA

9) These photos show Stephen Slevin, on the left, in Aug. 2005, at the time of his arrest for drunken driving, and on the right in May 2007, shortly before being released from solitary confinement. A federal jury has awarded $22 million to Slevin, a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after his arrest for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. Civil rights attorney Matt Coyte said the jury awarded Slevin, 58, the damages Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 after a six-day trial in Santa Fe.  Photos: Dona Ana County Sheriff's Dept. via AP

10) A general view of the aurora borealis near the city of Tromso in northern Norway on Jan. 25, 2012. Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / Scanpix Norway via Reuters. Goran Strand of Östersund, Sweden, took a panoramic photo of Tuesday night's sights and wrapped it into a 360-degree composition titled "Planet Aurora." 

11) Members of the Wildlife Rescue Unit of Sabah's Wildlife Department pet a newly rescued baby elephant in Lahad Datu in Malaysia's state of Sabah on Borneo island, in this handout photo released by Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit to Reuters on Jan. 25, 2012. Photo: Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit / Reuters

12) Japanese wild monkeys enjoy an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park, at Yamanouchi in Nagano prefecture, Japan, on Jan. 24, 2012. Photo: Jiji Press via AFP - Getty Images

13) Swedish brown bear Fred is pictured at his enclosure of the Naturund Umweltpark Guestrow animal park on Jan. 27 in Guestrow, northeastern Germany. The bear just woke up from his hibernation, two weeks earlier than the year before. Photo: Bernd Wustneck / AFP - Getty Images

14) Here's a baby sea lion in the Galapagos Islands. Photo taken and submitted to by Kelly Wallace / UGC

15) Ever see a lilac-breasted roller? The photo was takne in Tanzania and submitted to by Tom Gubala / UGC.

16) Lilly Earp, 8, changes the diaper of her five-week-old sister Emily, Jan. 25, 2012, in their apartment at Hope Gardens Family Center, a homeless shelter for women and children, run by Union Rescue Mission on 77 acres of countryside on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

17) Gennady Sayevich, 79, carries bundles of hay at his house in the village of Tatarka, Belarus, some 106 miles east of Minsk, Jan. 22. Sayevich, the last villager in the abandoned village, surrounded with marsh and forest, lives alone, where the nearest populated village is about 5 miles away. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

18) Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, both of Madison, do their best to rescue a sinking shanty from Lake Mendota off the shore of Mendota Park in the Town of Westport, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The shanty, used for the men's casual ice hockey group called "The Iceholers," began sinking due to a recent thaw and then froze in place. Anderson and Cook said they planned to use a system of lumber framing and come-alongs to hoist the shanty out of the water, suspending it until the ice refroze underneath it. Photo:Michael P. King / AP

19) Visitors photograph various custom designed coffins, during the "Death - Festival for the Living" exhibit, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on Jan. 28. Crazy Coffins, an offshoot of a Nottingham-based traditional coffin and urn maker which took on a new identity in the 1990s when people began asking to customize their final resting places, presents uncanny coffins as part of the exhibit. The "Death - Festival for the Living" exhibit is open from Jan. 20-29. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP - Getty Images

20) NFL cheerleaders appear at an event in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl will be played there today. Photo: CW Abas Photography

21) YIKES! Would you take her home to meet Mom? Mexican tattoo star Mary Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during a tattoo exhibition in Caracas on Friday. Photo: Jorge Silva / Reuters


22) This new "Blue Marble" image of Earth was produced by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite: Suomi NPP. The composite image was assembled from image data captured from a number of swaths of Earth's surface on Jan. 4. The NPP satellite was renamed "Suomi NPP" on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin, who is considered the father of satellite meteorology.  Photo: NASA / NOAA / Suomi VPP / VIRS / Norman Kuring. And here is a huge 8,000-by-8,000-pixel version of Blue Marble 2012.

One of the biggest mistakes of my married life

I had been married only three or four days (the first time). A new day was dawning in the Aloha State.  Just outside our hotel room door, the free morning paper had been placed.


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The latest pro-life news

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

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Monday January 30, 2012
Contact Your State Senator on SB 306
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Contact Your State Senator on SB 306

UPDATE: Week-ends (04/23/11)


Kelly Heyer and Madisen Beaty

Photo from Lifetime movie, "The Pregnancy Pact."

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Fed up

’s political climate the past year has been marred by tumult and chaos.

Death threats against the Governor.

Death threats against Republican legislators.

Sexual assault threats against female Republican legislators.

The destruction of our beautiful state Capitol.

Loud, angry protests punctuated by sing-songs and drumbeats.

Open dope smoking in the Capitol ignored by Capitol Police.

Doctors signing fake sick notes.

Harassment of the Governor’s family.

Disruption of public meetings.

Disruption of public ceremonies.

A constant campaign mode brought on by persistent and costly recalls hampered by a complete mockery of the process.

While the mainstream media has locked in on the goons and those who want to turn the November 2010 elections into a do-over, there’s another faction that has been ignored: the crowd that has sat by silently, steaming, furious, totally outraged, suffering from recall fatigue and partisan bickering. Enough is enough, their mantra. They're out there, and they want politicians to get back to work for the betterment of Wisconsin and stop playing petty political games.

Read more, including what candidate for the 9th District seat on the Milwaukee County Board, American Government professor Donald Schwartz has to say about the ongoing madness.

Finally A Real Promise For Jobs in Wisconsin


A new bill that would allow for the issuing of new mining permits in WI, creating over
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I do not hate to say we told you so

Today, the Wisconsin Reporter reports:

“While voters on both sides of the aisle may debate the fairness of Wisconsin’s system of recall and the current taste for removing government officials, they had, up until Monday evening, been able to count on an open showing of that system — at least when it came to recall petitions.

The Government Accountability Board, the state election board better known as GAB, decided it would postpone posting the reported 1 million signatures in the recall against Gov. Scott Walker after hearing concerns that making the names public could compromise victims of domestic abuse and stalking, and others.

Earlier Monday, GAB spokesman Reid Magney assured Wisconsin Reporter the signatures would be posted on the board's website by the end of the day, just as the accountability office promised on Friday when it released a scanned copy of the petitions to Walker’s campaign.

The sudden change of heart comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin in December asked the board to hide the names of domestic abuse victims who request their names be kept out of the public eye.”


Last November, Media Trackers first raised the issue of privacy.

About two weeks later, the Journal Sentinel’s very own PolitiFact Wisconsin scoffed at the warning issued by Media Trackers:

"Our conclusion

Media Trackers said recall petition signers are vulnerable to crime or harassment because of two newly discovered provisions in Wisconsin’s recall process.

Neither provision is new, so it’s misleading to call them newly discovered. As for the risk to petition signers, Media Trackers provided no evidence that they have been victims of crime, although some have received phone calls from out-of-state telemarketers in the past.

We rate Media Trackers’ statement Mostly False."

While one can sympathize with stalking victims, we’re talking about public records. Recall petitions and other petitions to get people on a ballot have always been public records. Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can't sign a petition to recall an elected public official in secret.”


Meanwhile, state Senator Mary Lazich released this statement today about the fumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ GAB.

And the MacIver Institute reports:

"In late December, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) received a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Council, which explained the GAB was proactively choosing not to create a database and was not prohibited from doing so.

'The statutes do not impose explicit barriers to the creation of a GAB database that contains the names and addresses of individuals who sign recall petitions or to public availability of the database,' said Katie Bender-Olson, Staff Attorney with the Wisconsin Legislative Council in a
memo to the Speaker.  'To the contrary, the statute enumerating the powers and duties of GAB may support the agency’s authority to create a recall signature database and make it accessible to the public'.”

UPDATE: I do not hate to say we told you so

After a day of being disgraced, the GAB finally does the right thing.

Here's hoping enterprising journalists will take the time and effort to comb through these signatures an expose the abuse of and nonsense associated with Wisconsin's recall process.

When candidates come knocking at your door

It’s election time. Not a shocker. These days it’s always election time in Wisconsin.

That means candidates will soon be soliciting your votes at your front door.  In conservative areas like mine, candidates will automatically move to the right, claim they are to the right even if they’re not just to attain office, then rob you blind once they’ve secured the job.

A classic example in Franklin is David Works. Elected to the Franklin School Board with great promise a few years ago, he was subsequently booted out when he abandoned an initial fiscal responsibility philosophy. In denial, he’s running again. I would bet he’s telling people at the doors not to believe a word those bloggers are writing.

Thus, I provide a primer on what to expect, and what to ask when these candidates who someday might be working for you come knocking at the door.


It’s almost assured that every single one of the candidates will dust off this oldie: I believe that our school district should provide the best education possible for our children at a cost taxpayers can afford. Be ready it and then ask them what they mean and instruct them to be specific. This is no place for glittering generalities.

Ask the school board candidate if he/she thinks we pay too much, just enough, or not enough in school property taxes. If the candidate says just enough or not enough, thank for them for stopping and politely send them on their way.

Ask the candidate if he/she supports Governor Walker’s budget reforms, why or why not. This answer alone will be very enlightening and more than likely automatically tip you if the candidate gets your nod.

Ditto for this one:  Ask the candidate if he/she supports a referendum of any kind to spend on facilities or facility repairs in the school district.

Ask the candidate if he/she thinks Franklin students’ achievement is what it should be, especially for the property tax support given.

Ask the candidate if he/she is there to be a harmonious team player that gets along with everyone and shuns any confrontation or debate, or is an independent voice working on behalf of the taxpayers.

Ask the candidate if elected, does he/she work for the school superintendent or the taxpaying public.

Ask the candidate if he/she supports the concept of merit pay for teachers.

Beware of phony stock answers meant to persuade like, “It’s for the children,” and “Children are the future,” and “We must invest in our children.”  Your response: What does that mean?

Ask the candidate if he/she belongs to a union, which one, and who comes first according to that union.

If any candidate answers any of the above with a response that the candidate has not had enough time to study the issue but can get back to you, be very skeptical. In my view, that would be unacceptable.

Above all, be courteous and respectful.


Take a similar approach as with school board candidates.

Ask the candidate if he believes suburban taxpayers have paid too much to support other districts in Milwaukee County and have gotten little in return and what can/should be done about it.

Ask the candidate if any suburban municipal services/programs could/should be consolidated.

Ask the candidate if county taxes are too high, just right, or too low.

Ask the candidate that if a resident believes Milwaukee County taxes are too high, that resident should then be told rather forcefully to move the hell out of Milwaukee County.

Ask the candidate who’s right: Milwaukee County Executive Abele who cut sheriff’s deputies in his budget, or Sheriff Clarke who vehemently objected.

Ask the candidate if he supports Governor Walker’s budget reforms.

Ask the candidate if Milwaukee County should be in the airport/parks/golf course business. It’d be interesting to hear the response.

Ask the candidate who does a better job patrolling our lakefront: the Sheriff’s Department or the Milwaukee Police.

Ask the candidate what ideas he has to reduce taxing and spending at the county level.

Ask the candidate if he holds or has held public office. If the answer is yes, ask for what he has specifically proposed or done to implement tax and spending cuts. Ask him to return with specific records of budget proposals to support what he is saying.

Ask the candidate what he has done to bring jobs and economic growth to the area. If he responds that he created and/or served on a committee, politely end the conversation.

Ask the candidate if he has ever invited ethically-challenged and disgraced Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway to a meeting in the district. If the answer is yes, send the candidate packing.

Again, be polite and respectful. Be highly aware of non-specific, glittering generalities. You want specific, direct answers. If the candidate appears nice and friendly, remember, you’re not voting for a friend. You’re voting for someone who will work for you and conduct your business.

Also, do not be fooled, persuaded, or influenced by any colorful brochure. Read it carefully, more than once, then do your homework, including reading blogs like this one.

In the end, vote for what’s best for you and your family’s pocketbook.

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