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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.

Good for Franklin mayor Tom Taylor...


He and others collaborated on a piece in today's paper about a worthwhile effort.

You don't have to shovel heat


Five months ago...




A car landed vertically in a snowbank in an accident involving several vehicles on Interstate 93 north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured. Photo: Tim Jean / The Eagle-Tribune via AP






Lake Michigan in Fox Point looks like a frozen barren landscape. A rare lakeshore flood warning was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday along Lake Michigan from Sheboygan south to the Illinois border with waves of 10 to 16 feet. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff





Sam Lozoff shovels out a delivery car Wednesday morning in front of the Jimmy Johns store on S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View. Journal Sentinel photo: John Klein






Walking was the only way people could get down many Milwaukee side streets Wednesday morning. E Bennett Ave had snow thigh deep making it impossible to move cars from the curb.  Journal Sentinel photo: John Klein






Snow wave. Photo submitted to jsonline by Erin, Milwaukee.


 



Canadian National Rail Road workers use blowers to clear a switch so a diesel locomotive can pass between Main Street & Arcadian Avenue in the City of Waukesha late Monday afternoon. Photo: Allen Fredrickson - Waukesha, WI


 

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Losing our cool


An oldie but a goodie.

OH MY! Many public officials acknowledge sirens are outdated


FOX 6 NEWS:

"Municipalities discuss cost effectiveness of tornado sirens."

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend with strings attached!

Nostalgia


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
.

Tonight, a rather unusual theme that just hit me recently as I listened to a 70's show on the radio.

There are bands with a long history noted for their trademark horn sections. On occasion, they'd slow it down, backed by lush string sections. They definitely pulled it off, and the subsequent sound was amazing.

We begin with Blood, Sweat and Tears. It would take forever to provide bio material givent the countless times the group changed personnel. This was the band that gave us the famous blasts that preceded Spinning Wheel, And When I Die, and Lucretia McEvil.

A lesser known tune in the mid-70's was a tender love ballad.




 

 

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The best cartoons of the week


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez



Political Cartoons by Henry Payne



Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




Political Cartoons by Chip Bok



Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez




Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail



Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez




Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert
Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




Political Cartoons by Chip Bok



Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell



Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


 

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The Barking Lot (07/02/11)

The Barking Lot

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


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

TODAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 86.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 80. "A"


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


Next Monday, July 4, 2011 will again be time to celebrate the independence of our wonderful country.  Sights, sounds and activities over this weekend will include: 

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The latest from Rehorst

Rehorst

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Order Online
Tours
Summer Events
Tales of the Cocktail
Margaretto

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Week-ends (07/02/11)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Gary Sinise


Jody Kelley


Barry Galfano


Bob Wieland


Kassidy Merritt


Michael Kacer


Elderly woman armed with cane



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Racine firefighters union


Eugene City Council


Joseph Simpson JR


Hillary Clinton


Coalition Against Breast Cancer


Stephanie Robinette



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I thought (Obama) was kind of a dick, yesterday."
Mark Halperin


“So let’s take a look here. The word 'dick' inappropriate. But the Republicans will hurt disabled kids is totally permissible. The Republicans will hurt college kids. The Republicans will take food out of old people's mouths. Totally appropriate. The Republicans want to take Social Security checks away from old people, totally appropriate. Paul Ryan will push your grandmother to her death over a cliff in a wheelchair, totally appropriate. The rich are selfish, mean-spirited, extremist racists, totally appropriate to say. Conservatives are racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes, totally appropriate to say. It is totally appropriate to make up quotes I never said and attribute them to me. It's totally appropriate for left-wing sportswriters to invent things I never said, that's totally appropriate.”
Rush Limbaugh


“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud wrestling fight. And I’m not going to give it to ‘em.  I have great respect and admiration for the Governor."
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann commenting about the media comparing her to Sarah Palin.


“When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.” US Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)


“They have no right to be here. They’re clogging up our emergency rooms. They’re making our education system more expensive, and if you go to the Madison County jail, far too many illegal aliens there because they have victimized Americans. As your congressman on the House floor I’ll do anything short of shooting them, anything that is lawful. It needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R.-Ala.)



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The TSA and its handling of a 95-year old woman and her adult diaper.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Softball politics in Wisconsin



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


I thought there was far too much coverage of the re-opening of the O'Donnell parking structure. Every time, it re-opened the wounds for the family of the young boy killed in that accident.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


The Wine Rack and other liquor luggage.


It's your feet, ladies.


That’s it.
Thanks for checking in.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

 

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Let's just ban all fun on the Fourth


They’re out there.

The nervous Nellie’s, worry-warts, fuddy-duddies (lefties) who in their miserable hum-drum lives wish to eliminate all the fun and celebration surrounding our holidays, including America’s birthday, Independence Day.

When I filled in for Mark Belling this week on Newstalk 1130 WISN, this blog served as inspiration for one of my topics. Sure enough, I took more than a few phone calls from people who were adamant that no firework should be legal. Why? Because one that landed in the street ALMOST caused a car accident. That firework leftovers were found, not on their roofs, but on their lawns, that a couch caught on fire.

I thought one unhinged east-sider (of course) was going to break down and cry.

Was there any actual property damage I asked the callers?

No.

Was there any personal injury?

No.

BUT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN!

They are just too dangerous?

Why?

Because they are.

Is that because the fireworks themselves are dangerous or is it more due to a lack of proper parental supervision and/or complete stupidity?

Well, that might be true…

BINGO!

Certainly there’s a risk at using fireworks if you’re a complete buffoon and have no clue what you’re doing.

Using that same logic that all fireworks should be banned around Independence Day, should we clamp down on grilling?

How about bicycle parades on the 4th?

And what about cars?  Incredibly risky. Should we ban them, too.

To all the ninny nanny-staters, big, bad meanie-greenies, do us a favor. Clam up. Lock yourself inside on the 4th. Hide under your mattress, and let the vast majority of us enjoy celebrating the greatness of America.










My Most Popular Blogs (07/03/11)

Most popular


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

1) Do Franklin residents really care?

2) Photos of the Week (06/26/11) 

3) Culinary no-no #230

4) Summerfest is back, thank you Henry Maier!

5) NY Times highlight Ryan Braun, the Brewers' "savior"

My Most Popular Blogs (07/03/11)

Most popular


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

1) Do Franklin residents really care?

2) Photos of the Week (06/26/11) 

3) Culinary no-no #230

4) Summerfest is back, thank you Henry Maier!

5) NY Times highlight Ryan Braun, the Brewers' "savior"

Photos of the Week (07/03/11)

Photos of the Week

 

1) The Minnesota Zoo is closed due to the state government shutting down on Friday going into the July 4 holiday after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to reach a budget deal in St. Paul, Minnesota Friday July 1, 2011. State parks and campgrounds have closed ahead of what is usually their busiest stretch of the year for the July 4 holiday, and dozens of highway rest stops were shut down for one of the biggest travel days of the year. Photo: Reuters


2) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media at the Federal Courthouse Monday, June 27, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich has been convicted of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. At right is his wife Patti. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)


3)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses a gathering of supporters to formally launch her campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in her childhood hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, June 27, 2011. Bachmann, a rising star of the conservative Tea Party movement, leaped into the race for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination on Monday and said the country cannot afford four more years of President Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters


4)
Jennifer Pitts Adair kneels in the spot where she survived a direct hit from the April 27th EF5 tornado, June 20, 2011. Her Camden Ct. home in Limestone County near Athens, Ala., was destroyed to the foundation yet the twister left her lying in floor of what was once her closet injuring only her shoulder. Adair credits her survival to lessons learned from the 1974 tornado that claimed three relatives years before she was even born. Gary Cosby Jr / AP


5)
A crew member aboard the International Space Station, flying at an altitude of approximately 235 statute miles on June 27, 2011, exposed this still photograph of a major fire in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest in north-central New Mexico. The fire is just southwest of Los Alamos National Laboratories. Photo: NASA


6)
In this photo taken Thursday, June 30, lightning strikes near the downtown Chicago area as a powerful storm swept through the area. Tom Cruze / Chicago Sun-Times via AP


7) A rainbow of light can be seen at the base of the over 300 foot tall Yellowstone River Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on June 21. Jim Urquhart/Reuters


8)
Two skydivers parachutes tangle during 'Aviation training' at the Airpower 2011 airshow in Zeltweg, Austria on Friday, July 1. Both soldiers were injured in the incident and flown to nearby hospitals. Mario Kuhnke / EPA


9) Firefighters freed a Fond du Lac man Tuesday after he got his hand stuck in a car while retrieving a Snickers candy bar. Russ Plummer/The Fond du Lac Reporter


10)
Bodies painted in red and black lie on the ground making an image depicting a bull to protest against bullfighting in Cali, Colombia on June 30.. Carlos Julio Martinez / AP


11) A man dressed up as the devil jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during 'El Colacho', the 'baby jumping festival' on June 26, in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain. Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. During the act - known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil's jump) or simply "El Colacho" men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump the babies to take the evil from those born the last twelve months of the year as they lie on mattresses in the street. Israel Lopez /AP


12) A rabbit jumps over a hurdle near Jena, Germany, on June15. This rabbit belongs to the First Thuringia Rabbit Sport Jena Society, whose members devote themselves to 'Kaninhop.' It consists in rabbits running a course and jumping over obstacles while being timed. Martin Schutt / EPA


13)
Sushi chefs pose for photographs as they try to lift a 772 pound, 9 foot long bluefin tuna during an event promoting a restaurant in Seoul on June 28. Kim Ju-Seong / Yonhap via Reuters


14) Kent Carmichael of Ulysses, Kan. poses with a giant halibut he caught on Tuesday, June 28, in the Gulf of Alaska, about 90 minutes offshore from Pelican in Southeast Alaska. A conversion table in the Alaska Tide Book was used to determine the weight of the 94-inch fish to be an estimated 466 pounds.
Highliner Lodge & Charters Inc. via AP


15)
Sydney Wildlife World's new baby joey koala "Boonda" clings to its mother "Elle" on June 28. Koalas are under threat due to a shortage of suitable habitats due to mass land clearances, with Sydney Wildlife World launching KOALA HQ in July to help raise much needed awareness regarding the importance of conserving one of Australia's most iconic and adored marsupials. Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images


16)
Festival goers walk through rubbish left in the main arena in front of the Pyramid Stage as they begin to leave the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 27, 2011. As the 140,000 plus music fans began to leave this morning the clean up of the 1000s of tonnes of rubbish left by them begins. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)


17) The O&M Co., Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano are shown in a scene from "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." The reboot of the "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway enjoyed a strong second straight week at the box office, leaving the two lead producers cautiously optimistic about the future of the show."Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" took in $1.7 million for the week ending Sunday, June 26. (AP Photo/The O&M Co., Jacob Cohl)


18) Over one thousand guitarists perform "Amazing Grace" during the World Culture Festival at Berlin's Olympiastadion July 2. Thousands of people showed up for the festival which marks Shankar's "Art of Living" movement's 30th anniversary. John MacDougall / AFP - Getty Images


19)
NBA basketball player Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans as he arrives at the Wuerzburg Residenz during a visit to his German home town of Wuerzburg, June 28, 2011. Nowitzki became the first German to win an NBA title when his basketball team Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat last weeki, giving the Mavericks their first championship in their 31 year history. Nowitzki was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Championship series. Frank Rumpenhorst/Pool via Reuters. Here, Nowitzki holds a glass of beer while he arrives at the Wuerzburg Residence. Ralph Orlowski / Getty Images


20)
A tennis fan attends Day Eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, in London, England. Julian Finney / Getty Images


21) Children cavort in a fountain to cool off while parents catch wisps of mist as temperatures jumped up at Summerfest and elsewhere in Wisconsin Friday. Milwaukee’s high of 86 degrees fell short of meteorologists’ forecasts. Photo: Jeff Sainlar


22)
A young model reacts as he wears a creation by Swiss-Korean fashion designer Youn Chong Bak, as part of the Smalto collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion, presented in Paris, on Saturday, June 25. Jacques Brinon/AP

Recommended Reading (07/03/11)

Recommended reading


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


Harvard: July 4 parades are right-wing

Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend's July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.”


I’m not saying Democrats aren’t patriotic…but Hahvahd is

“Top Ten Ways Democrats Can Re-"Appropriate" July Fourth

10. Include a disclaimer on celebration notices warning that displays of patriotism might endanger children's welfare.

9. Have the EPA require that celebrations use only fireworks that are environmentally friendly and greenhouse gas neutral.”


An exceptional Fourth of July

“But as another Fourth of July approaches, there has never been more uncertainty about the future of America — and the anxiety transcends even the dismal economy and three foreign wars. Yet there has never been any nation even remotely similar to America. Here’s why.”


While my son serves

He certainly chose an unusual path: Fewer than 1% of Americans wear the uniform these days. That, in turn, puts families of deployed soldiers in something of a world of their own.

While the Iraq war has wound down, there are still dangers. In June, 11 servicemen were killed, five in a single rocket attack. Death by improvised explosive device is a possibility for anyone riding those roads, and so visions of your son bleeding out as he screams for his mother can appear, unsolicited, in the middle of the night. Some level of apprehension is unavoidable. Then again, why do we have children if not to give us plenty to think about at 3 a.m.?”



Teacher’s lesson compares Scott Walker to white segregationist

“At first, the teacher, who already apparently has a warning in her personnel file for violating the school’s ‘controversial issues’ policy, claimed to just invite the students’ observations about what took place.

Consider what these students said: of immigrants, one said Walker would ‘send them back to Mexico.’ Lyman apparently didn’t correct this idiotic notion. Another said, ‘does he want to be rich?’ ‘Yeah, he wants to be rich!’ ‘He’s selfish.’ ‘He’s crazy.’ ‘He’s guilty.’ ‘He’s greedy.’ ‘He should go to jail, even though he’s governor’.”


Rage against the TSA machine


It seems the first commandment of the TSA is that every mind must be trained in the likeness of a machine. ‘Garbage in, garbage out,’ is how computer programmers explain the way bad inputs determine bad outputs. Likewise, if TSA workers are programmed not to use common sense or discretion — surprise! — TSA workers won’t use common sense or discretion.”


And this oldie but goodie...

What's Great About America

City of Franklin updates from Alderman Steve Olson


Dear Friends and Neighbors:

 

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Culinary no-no #231

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-

NO!








Sadly in this great nation of ours, there are far too many who love to grouse, find fault with and try to ruin our holidays, including America's birthday. 





Can’t we just celebrate by eating what we want without some ninny playing spoiler? NOPE.

Brian Palmer opens a recent piece in the New York Times:

“FOOD is responsible for 10 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. By many estimates, cooking represents more of a meal’s carbon footprint than transport. For certain vegetables, it accounts for more emissions than agriculture, transport and disposal combined. “

So, we're supposed to feel guilty? Yep.


“Fourth of July, the national celebration of combustion, presents an opportunity for atonement.”

Ay, yi, yi.

Here are some of the killjoy Palmer’s gems:



Picture of Potato Salad Recipe



“Potato salad…always wasteful.”

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On this 4th of July holiday weekend, pray for Oliver Warnock


Warnock's story
is difficult to imagine given how lax America is on illegal immigration.

Happy 4th of July: A musical salute to America


PRESENTING...

Thrilling music to make you proud to be an American.

We begin with a rousing, r
ock’em, sock ‘em, knock your socks off open.




 





I'd call that rousing.

Next...

Biography.com calls him “one of the most significant and popular American composers of all time. He began his musical education at age 11, when his family bought a second-hand upright piano….After dropping out of school at age 15, (he) earned an income by making piano rolls for player pianos and by playing in New York nightclubs. His most important job in this period was his stint as a song plugger (probably the youngest in Tin Pan Alley), demonstrating sheet music for the Jerome Remick music-publishing company. In an era when sheet-music sales determined the popularity of a song, (he) worked long hours pounding out tunes on the piano for potential customers.”

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A special note from a special member of our family


Dear Senator Lazich, Supervisor Borkowski, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, Franklin aldermen, Franklin school board members, and a whole lot of other good people:

Thank you.

Thank you for saying hi to me at the puh-wade today.

And thank you for the all the neat candy.

I got a lot.

I also got some flags.

Flags are cool to wave.

I liked everyone.

Like those big girls from the big school.

I wanna be a big girl someday.

I have to go now.

Mommy says I need a nap.

Thank you again.

You are all really nice.

Bye bye!

Kyla Fischer

In case you missed them over the holiday weekend...


City of Franklin updates from Franklin Alderman Steve Olson



Culinary no-no #231



Recommended Reading (07/03/11)



Photos of the Week (07/03/11)



Week-ends (07/02/11)



The Barking Lot (07/02/11)

E-mails, I get e-mails: Thank you, America!




Dear American Taxpayer

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars for my vacation in Spain.

My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500..00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel.

Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times. By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol, I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant in Marbella; great lobster with rice and oysters! I'm ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha's Vineyard were not quite as tasty, but what can you do if you're not in Europe, you have to just grin and bear it?

Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate according to Government Accounting Office reports) only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. These are only rough estimates, but they are close. That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you find work soon.

I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. I just had to get away for a few days.

Cordially,

Michelle (Moochelle) Obama

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 MILLION dollar trip to Africa and India from which we just returned!


P.SS. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to Martha's Vineyard; it was fabulous. And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our dog Bo to Martha's Vineyard so we and the children could have him with us while we were away from the White House for eleven days. After all, we couldn't take him on Air Force One because he might pee on some wires or something.

P.SSS. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000 square foot house was great!

Love ya!

Remember we all have to share the pain of these economic times equally! Love to -redistribute- share- the wealth.

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


Here's the July 5, 2011 update.

The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL


IMPORTANT ELECTION INFO IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION

 

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

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The 2011 Franklin July 4 Parade Awards


Our family had a viewing location of the Franklin Independence Day Parade at the tail end of the route. Here are my awards related to the July 4 parade.

Most prestigious parade participant

A Pearl Harbor survivor. Forgive me, I failed to catch his name.


Most popular parade participant

Judging by applause, Congressman Paul Ryan


The no applause award

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. It’s very possible no one at the parade actually voted for him.


Best stamina

TIE: Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor and Alderman Steve Olson

Even in that heat, at the end of the parade, the two were hustling, shaking hands, and distributing candy, and smiles. Good work, guys.


Kent Tekulve Award


Franklin Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

With spirit and spunk, Wilhelm was tossing candy with vim and vigor sidearm style a la the great Pittsburgh Pirate relief pitcher of the 70’s.


Stiff Mannequin

Franklin Alderman Doug Schmidt who looked completely out of place, wishing he was somewhere else.


Can’t we just get this thing over with?

Franklin Alderman Tim Solomon

Solomon decided to not walk the route and ride in a vehicle instead. Fine. But one would think a political veteran would know that in a communuity parade, you do two simple things:

Look out the window and wave.

The curmudgeon Solomon sat stone-faced staring straight ahead when he passed our area. Are we bothering you, Alderman?


What do you mean I have to drive the car?

Franklin superintendent Steve Patz.  Gotta earn that big salary somehow, Steve.


Most attention-getting parade unit

Two young females representing Lectric Beach.

Women bristled. Men were speechless.


Best car

Yellow convertible accompanying Franklin's own Lance Allan from Tocuh Today's TMJ 4.


How did they do that?

Young girl gymnasts, on very hot cement, managed cartwheels.


Best dog in parade

Steve Olson's Bella


Parade organization award

No one. Parade started extremely late and there were far too many gaps between units.


Lost opportunity award


Eateries like Tazino’s, Topper’s and Quizno’s that should have handed out coupons.


Best unit that wasn’t there

One or all of the Famous Racing Sausages.

Also, did I miss them…Franklin High’s State Champion summer baseball team and Coach Jim Hughes?


Most Ironic Moment

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Reagan statue unveiled in London

Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

No justice for sweet, innocent Caylee


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My good friend, noted Milwaukee attorney Gerald Boyle has often told me that we must respect the jury system and people who sit on juries that have heard all testimony and have been presented every piece of evidence.  But I’ll bet even my friend is shaking his head after what happened in Florida.



Casey Anthony, center, is overcome with emotion along with her defense team following her acquittal of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday.

Casey Anthony along with her defense team following her acquittal of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel

Most Americans believe Casey Anthony did more than just lie to police with one crazy story after another. They think she murdered her daughter.

The jury wanted more evidence. The prosecution entered over 400 pieces of evidence.



The empty juror chairs in the media room after the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty in her 1st-degree murder trial, at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. All the jurors, including alternates, declined to attend a press conference after the verdict was read.


The empty juror chairs in the media room after the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty in her 1st-degree murder trial, at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. All the jurors, including alternates, declined to attend a press conference after the verdict was read. Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel

Suppose Anthony had been found guilty. Then she would have faced the death penalty. It’s difficult for me to imagine that would have happened, given America’s queasy stomach when it comes to meting out capital punishment, especially to women. That despite the fact that most Americans support the death penalty (BTW, I would have supported putting a guilty Casey Anthony to death).

Remember the mid-90’s and the most hated woman in the country, Susan Smith?






October 25, 1994...from about.com:

"At around 8 p.m. Susan put her barefooted sons in the car, strapped them in their car seats and began driving around. In her confession she stated that she wanted to die and was headed to her mother's house, but decided against it. Instead she drove to John D. Long Lake and drove onto a ramp, got out of the car, put the car in drive, released the brake and watched as her car, with her children sleeping in the back seat, plunged into the lake. The car drifted out a ways then slowly sank.

Susan Smith ran to a nearby home and hysterically knocked on the door. She told the homeowners, Shirley and Rick McCloud, that a black man had taken her car and her two boys. She described how she had stopped at a red light at Monarch Mills, when a man with a gun jumped into her car and told her to drive. She drove around some, and then he told her to stop and get out of the car. At that point he told her he wouldn't hurt the kids and then drove off with the boys who she could hear were crying out for her.

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Some are mighty confused in Franklin


Here in Franklin, there are some (I would say not most) who have a very difficult time differentiating between needs and wants. It shouldn’t be that complex, but for some, it’s quite perplexing.


Need
–noun
a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation


Want

–noun 
something wanted, something desired, demanded


A community organization in Franklin is hoping to work with the city to pursue, as FranklinNOW reporter Rick Romano refers to it, “a multipurpose sports and recreation facility…The planned facility is an ambitious mix of a multipurpose stadium for various sports, including baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and hockey; a field house for basketball, volleyball, badminton and more; locker rooms; an aquatic center; a restaurant; and retail shops."

The group cleverly calls itself, “Citizens for Community Development.” Why be so modest. Why stop there. Why not just tag yourself, “Franklin Citizens Doing the Work of the Lord.”

So hell-bent on working with the city is this group that one of its henchmen, a young naïve blogger has fallen into the trap of agreeing to relinquish his expression of free speech as suggested by censor, Alderman Steve Taylor, just to win the city’s favor.

Again, this group wants a facility that will bring us greater opportunities for:


Lacrosse

Rugby

Hockey

Badminton



Well hush my mouth and call me stupid. I had absolutely no idea that Franklin residents were thirsting, crying out, clamoring for a place to partake in:



Lacrosse

Rugby

Hockey

Badminton


Now wouldn’t that be cool if all over Franklin little boys and girls could beg their parents to take them out to play badminton and rugby and they’d actually have a place to go play?

That would be the bomb!

Truly, I would love such a facility.

I’d also love (want) another Ka Martini Bar, a Bartolotta’s restaurant near my house, a laundromat/sushi/ taco bar, an indoor skating rink, a property tax cut, more conservatives in local office, and a new car. But I’m old enough to recall a great philosopher who sang, “You can’t always get what you want!”

To repeat, the “I want” group wants “a multipurpose sports and recreation facility…The planned facility is an ambitious mix of a multipurpose stadium for various sports, including baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and hockey; a field house for basketball, volleyball, badminton and more; locker rooms; an aquatic center; a restaurant; and retail shops.”

Like most groups of this kind that have all kinds of good intentions but zero answers on details, they refuse to acknowledge where the money will come from to pay for their badminton extravaganza or even where it would be built. But we all know who would pay for it if they had their way, correct?  Bingo, Joe Taxpayer.

Rick Romano also reports “the Franklin Public School Districtis moving forward with the first steps in mapping out a possible facilities upgrade.” That according to Romano is “despite a fuzzy state funding landscape in the wake of the budget crunch.”

The Franklin school intelligentsia has something in common with the angelic-sounding “Citizens for Community Development.” They operate under the assumption that because Franklin doesn’t have what they consider Taj Mahal, state-of-the-art facilities, we must do something about it.

How? How much?

Please. Don’t bother them with minor details.

Their assumption is absurd.

Many stories break over a holiday period that go unnoticed. Even though according to some Franklin should upgrade its athletic facilities, Franklin does very well, thank you very much, with what is already has when it comes to athletic excellence. 

Needs vs. wants.

It’s a very simple concept. Unless, of course, you’re after somebody else’s money.





Question for the news media...

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

 

I say yes-yes to this Culinary no-no


From Clearwater, Florida.

This Sunday, it's Culinary no-no #232

Culinary no-no's


Over three years ago, Phoebe Damrosch was the subject of Culinary no-no #45.

She inspires the next installment this Sunday.

(From Culinary no-no #18: Waiting for a Living)

Dems going all out to win recalls


From The Wisconsin Reporter.

True or false: Only hard right-wing Republicans belong to the Tea Party


False!

Washington gives me bad gas: E10 bad, E15 worse


Circa mid 1990’s.

Republicans had taken control of the U.S. House. Speaker Newt Gingrich invited radio talk show hosts and news reporters from across the country to broadcast from the U.S. Capitol. WTMJ sent Charlie Sykes and yours truly. Charlie broadcast his show daily and I supplied live and taped reports throughout the day.

While we were in D.C., folks back home were fuming over gasoline. From the bowels of, yes, the Milwaukee Sentinel archives:


Big crowd rips EPA gas rule
400 angry residents turn out to challenge reformulated fuel

ELDON KNOCHE
Published: February 21, 1995

A boisterous and emotional crowd of more than 300 Monday booed and shouted at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials explaining the federal government's requirement that reformulated gas be sold in southeastern Wisconsin.

Another 100 or more residents stood in a hallway outside the meeting room at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee City Centre, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave., angry that there was no room for them inside.

Who's going to pay for the engine?" asked Calvin Shields, of Waukesha, who told a panel of EPA and state officials the new gas ruined the V-8 engine in his 1979 Bronco. Shields said his mechanic told him the leaner fuel had caused $1,800 in damages.

"Don't mess with my air," said Donald J. Croysdale, of Elm Grove. "Don't mess with my car."

Croysdale, executive director of the Milwaukee Painting & Decorating Contractors, was, as many speakers, cheered and applauded loudly when he made statements challenging the EPA.

"I'm happy with the air that we have," he said, claiming southeastern Wisconsin had had only nine "bad air" days in the past four years.

Standing at one of the six microphones set up for the crowd, Croysdale answered his own question of whether the area has an ozone problem.

"Nonsense," he said. "The difference between the worst and the best (air quality attainment areas) is almost infinitesimal."

Croysdale warned that if anyone thought the new gas was causing problems now they should just "wait until summer." He said cars would be unable to pass the vehicle emissions test without spending $400 for repairs. That, he said, is "a lot of money to make some bureaucrat happy."

When Margo Oge, director of the Office of Mobile Sources for EPA in Washington, attempted to answer questions from the audience, she was frequently met with cat calls.

Rep. Thomas M. Barrett (D- Wis.), who directed the meeting, repeatedly asked the crowd to "please respect each other, be polite to each other."

As of Jan. 1, the EPA required that reformulated gas be sold in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties because the area does not meet the federal ozone pollution standards.

The State Department of Natural Resources has said the gas must be sold in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties beginning June 1.

State and federal officials have received thousands of calls from people blaming the gas for headaches, dizziness, eye irritation and rashes. Many other motorists have complained that gas mileage has dropped, and some claim they have encountered maintenance problems because of the new gas.

Gov. Tommy G. Thompson has asked EPA Administrator Carol Browner to suspend the federal Clean Air Act requirement until April 1.

Wisconsin's U.S. senators, Herbert H. Kohl and Russell D. Feingold, both Democrats, also have asked for suspension of formulated gas sales until after health officials investigate.

Last week, Thompson directed the State Division of Health to begin its own study of the health effects of reformulated gasoline.

Reformulated gas uses an ether additive, made from natural gas, or an ethanol additive, made from corn, to increase the oxygen content and make the fuel burn cleaner. The ether blends contain methyl tertiary butyl ether or ethyl tertiary butyl ether.

During the hearing, most in the room appeared surprised when Oge said the state had the power to ban any one of the three types of oxygenated fuels. Oge told a cheering crowd that the state had the authority to require ethanol or a different additive.

State Rep. Mary Panzer (R- West Bend) said the Legislature has been working on a bill but she was under the impression the EPA had to approve the ban. Oge said that was not correct.

Many of the health complaints at Monday's hearing dealt with the blend that contains methyl tertiary butyl ether. According to Oge, the state would have the authority to ban that particular mix.

Panzer said outside the meeting that the state had not been pushing for the ban of one blend over another as hard as it is negotiating for the suspension of the entire program.

The other EPA officials attending Monday's hearing were: toxicologist William Farland; Director of Field Operations and Support Mary Smith; and Steven Cochran, an assistant to Browner.

Also attempting to answer questions were Donald Theiler, director of the DNR Bureau of Air Management, and Henry Anderson, chief medical officer for the State Department of Health and Human Services.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) received loud applause Monday night as he spoke against the EPA requirement and told of complaints of illness, low gas mileage and damage to small engines.

He showed the crowd a damaged piston which he said was given to him by a constituent who had to spend $350 to repair a snowmobile engine. At one point, attempting to stop long applause the congressman pounded the piston on the podium in front of him.

Oge, who said she was responsible for the reformulated gas program, said the EPA officials would stay at Monday night's hearing as long as necessary.

"Please, please let me finish," she said, explaining that the EPA was concerned about the problems in Milwaukee.

Theiler said his agency would begin random health surveys Tuesday and the DNR would begin monitoring the air at selected service stations, parking lots around the Bradley Center and residential streets and freeways.

Oge was also greeted by yelling when she said the EPA was surprised to find gas prices had increased up to 10 cents per gallon in Milwaukee, saying the hike was three to five cents in the rest of the country.

She said the EPA will also undertake a study of area fuel efficiency beginning Tuesday.
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Just hours before that public hearing, I was sitting in the Washington office of U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, waiting to do a pre-arranged interview about the gas controversy. His staff people kept informing me that our interview had to be delayed. I would soon find out why. Sensenbrenner learned that EPA Administrator carol Browner was trying to use her power to stop the above-reported public hearing.

Sitting outside the Congressman’s open door office, I could easily hear his anger.

“Get me (Browner) on the phone,” he yelled.

When I finally got my interview late that afternoon, Sensenbrenner didn’t disappoint. It made for a great Wisconsin exclusive that afternoon and the next morning as Sensenbrenner held back nothing in his criticism of the EPA.

During our trip, I also made a visit to the EPA HQ where I grilled Browner’s deputy on tape. He wouldn’t budge. Wisconsin, you’re stuck with RFG.

Not quite 20 years later, Sensenbrenner is still fighting the gas wars as Washington prepares to mandate going from E10 to an E15 mandate. Sensenbrenner asked automakers what the effect of E15 would be on their products.

You can read their responses here.

My wife is Marlo Thomas


*NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT THE BEST, MOST INTERESTING, SEXIEST. COMPELLING, CREATIVE OR THOUGHT-PROVOKING BLOG EVER POSTED ON THIS JUST IN…TOUGH. DEAL WITH IT*


OK. Now, where were we?

Oh, yes!

Marlo Thomas.

Gosh, do I remember her.





Marlo Thomas dearly loves her husband, Phil Donahue.

My wife, Jennifer, dearly loves me. I know because I just asked her to make sure.

More on this later.

Back to Jennifer.

She really, really, really loves me.

Okay. Drop two of the really’s.

That is not to say that on the Hit parade I am #1.

Are you kidding me?

We now have the most gorgeous little girl God ever gave a couple, sweet Kyla.

There’s the rest of our beautiful family.

Then there’s the very nice house in the very nice neighborhood.

We don’t have a dog, but if we did? Oh, let’s not start that.

Our cars.

Our TV and stereo systems.

The microwave.

The computer.

Certain websites.

The frig.

Other appliances.

Our patio.

Backyard.

Frontyard.

Somewhere, after all of that and some items I’ve failed to mention, yours truly comes in, nowhere near the top of the totem pole. But Jennifer loves me. Jennifer says she loves me. I asked her if she loves me and she said yes.

I am on Jennifer’s list.

Somewhere on her list.

Somewhere not at the top of her list.

And might I add the following.

On Saturday at Kopp's, one of the featured flavors is Cotton Candy Confetti. To my wife, it's nirvana. To me, it's getting my oil checked. I buy Jennifer Cotton Candy Confetti, I'm good for the next three months.

Yes, even frozen custard ranks higher than yours truly.

Which brings me back to…






In the early to mid 1980's, there was an organization in Milwaukee that annually staged the Woman to Woman Conference featuring well-known women who delivered major speeches. At WUWM where I worked at the time, we covered and promoted the conference and often taped the main speeches.


One afternoon at lunchtime, I marched into the old MECCA and proceeded to set up my microphone at the main podium to record the luncheon keynote speech by Marlo Thomas. There must have been at least 1,000 people in the place, 9990 of them female. As I moved my way to the front stage, you could hear, like the air being let out of a balloon, the volume of conversation quickly dissipating, The sentiment was pretty evident. What in the world is he doing here?

I set up as I had done hundreds of times before, then parked myself in al lowly folding chair with my tape recorder at my side to the side of the stage in what I thought was safe range from the crowd, many adorned in beads, sandals, or earth shoes.

When lunch ended, Marlo Thomas was introduced. My tape player was rolling. Thomas arrived at the podium. Warm, polite applause ensued.

I had never seen Marlo Thomas in person, but the young star I loved in the late 60's was so impressive about 15 years later as she prepared to speak.

The obligatory welcome and thank you came.

And then...

The atomic bomb.

As I sat with pad opened to take copious notes, Thomas told her adoring crowd of 102% women:

"As you know I am married to the greatest husband west of the hemisphere...






And he's nothing to brag about."

The previously respectful and subdued audience suddenly burst into a loud, roaring standing ovation.

I slowly slumped into my relic of a folding chair.

My wife is, indeed, Marlo Thomas.

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How will elections in WI change beginning next week?


There will be a major change at polls in Wisconsin next week during recall elections.

The change isn't what you think.

Goodnight everyone, and have a TSOP weekend!

Nostalgia


“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Plato


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
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Tonight, a legendary guitarist tackles Philly.

What? You were expecting...
 


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson



Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden




Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert



Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel
 

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The Barking Lot (07/09/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 84.  Could be a little sticky. Even so, "A"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms High of 85. "B"


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


I have a personal rule for the special people in my life:  They know they are special to me.  They know I love them.  I tell them I love them, often, if not daily.  Life changes much too quickly for me not to let my friends and family know just how much they mean to me.  Having a child makes you uber-aware of your own mortality.  So, now more than ever, I make my feelings known. 

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Week-ends (07/09/11)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK



Mumpy Sarkar........MORE


20 Carnegie Medal Awardees


Rhode Island regents


Wu Juping


Lou Rosso


Walter Hauser


Tom Griffin



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Casey Anthony


Once again, the TSA


Atlanta teachers


Andrew Castle


Oak, Park Michigan bureaucrats


Sanitation worker in NY


USDA



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"They (Milwaukee police officers) told us to leave and started kicking us out of the park. It was then that we realized that no one got a chance to make statements except the two who required medical attention, even though there were 19 of us who had witnessed something a bit different. They did not even take our names and phone numbers to call us at a later time."
A woman, who identified herself only as Jessica speaking at a meeting at Gordon Park Pavilion describing how police responded to victims of mob attacks in the Riverwest neighborhood following the July 3 fireworks.


The police response "may not have been our finest hour.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn speaking to the crowd of more than 200 at Gordon Park.


"No one could have anticipated the incidents we had. It's one of the main reasons why I asked for this, so we could learn from it. And, really, hindsight being 20-20, had I to do it over again, there were a number of things that we could have done differently. First and foremost, I would have known my responsibility more. I wasn't aware of it. I wish I had known all of the responsibilities I had upfront. Just the chain-of-command things I think would have been resolved much sooner than they were. And they ultimately were. Everybody was in reactionary mode. Nobody knew exactly who had the authority or who was supposed to be the decision maker. That was sorted out rather quickly."
Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch responding to a report that criticized the state’s handling of protesters earlier this year at the state Capitol.


“Although I did not support the original smoking ban, after listening to people across the state, it is clear to me that it works. Therefore I will not support a repeal.”
Governor Walker on the one-year anniversary of the statewide smoking ban.


“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’ ”
President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe. The nation’s unemployment rate rose to 9.2% Friday.


“We don't need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. That's what we should be focused on, and that's what we're not focused on.
 
You look at all these taxes being proposed, and here's what I say. I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue number one in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they're proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs are going to be created by the plane tax. How many jobs are going to be created by the oil company tax I heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires the president talks about? I want to know: How many jobs do they create?”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)


"The problem is at the consumer level, confidence is low and that is because, as you showed, showed we had underemployment with one out of every six Americans. The worst element of that is that among the unemployed, against the American history, more than approaching half, have [been] unemployed for over six months. That is historically unprecedented in the United States. That is a phenomenon that is seen often in Europe, rarely seen here. In 2007 the average time to get a new job was five weeks. It's now near six months. And that implies a whole segment of the population, the more elderly or the middle-aged who may never get employed again.”
Charles Krauthammer


"I did not say she was innocent. I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be. It doesn't feel good. It was a horrible decision to have to make. Everyone wonders why we didn't speak to the media right away. It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying, and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren't ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial."
Casey Anthony juror Jennifer Ford


"I just swear to God ...I wish we had more evidence to put her away. I truly do ..."
Juror no. 2 in the Casey Anthony murder trial wanted badly to convict the accused child killer, but says the evidence just wasn't there.


"Now, I know it is our duty as American citizens to respect the jury system and I do, believe me I do. I've struck over one-hundred juries. But I know one thing: As the defense sits by and has their champagne toast after that not guilty verdict. Somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight."
Nancy Grace on the Casey Anthony verdict


You know, what I don't understand about it is, they're all card-carrying liberals... when does the death of a child bother them? I've never seen them get so upset over the death of a child…just tell yourselves that [Anthony] just waited a couple of years to get an abortion and you'll feel better. If the child had died in what, two years earlier in the womb, this woman would be a star, she'd be a hero. And folks I don't think that's a cliche to say, and I don't think it's a cheap attempt at humor. I think that while it may be uncomfortable to hear one of the reasons its uncomfortable to hear is there is an element of truth in it."
Rush Limbaugh speaking to the liberal media, specifically cable news show hosts, in response to their publicized anguish over the Casey Anthony trial verdict.


"Shameful…the worst of the worst."
MSNBC news host Ed Schultz responding to Limbaugh’s remarks.


"It's going to be very hard to beat Michele in Iowa. Period. She's got hometown appeal, she's got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal too.”
The co-chairman of Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign Vin Weber said it would be hard to beat Michele Bachmann in Iowa for a number of reasons, one being because she has sex appeal. Pawlenty apologized for the comments.


Are you getting your $47.9 million worth in stimulus spending out of TSA?

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that 16 potential terrorists boarded 23 flights since 2004. One of them was providing support to Somali terrorists. Another, who provided material support to al Qaeda, got on a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport, headed to Pakistan to receive terrorist training. When Faisal Shahzad was arrested for attempting to detonate a bomb in Times Square, he had already boarded a plane to Dubai. He never should have gotten to the gate.

And Abdulmutallab and Shahzad aren’t the only ones.

Cancer survivors and small children aren’t the only ones who have suffered at the hands of the TSA, though they are the most visible. Though woefully under-reported, survivors of sexual assault also struggle with the decision to either be seen naked or be felt up—neither of which are savory options for someone who has suffered from sexual trauma.

Brenda, a survivor of both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault, tells Townhall, ‘Things started happening, and she [a TSA employee] barked at me again, ordering me to raise my hands above my head. At the same time, I am taken back in time to the time when I was raped as an adult, when I had no control over what was done to my body. I am 48 years old, I am a mom of three, I even lead a ministry. I probably cried for the next four hours straight. I could not get my composure. I can’t express to you the feelings it triggered’.”
From a report by Townhall Associate Editor Helen Whalen-Cohen in the July issue of Townhall Magazine



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


A few this week:


1) The Casey Anthony verdict.


2) The Riverwest attacks and the horrible response by the MPD.


3) From Michelle Malkin:
President Obama's 454 employees at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will rake in $37 million. That's up $4 million from the income of George W. Bush's staff in 2008, back when the unemployment rate was three points lower, the federal government workforce was 12 percent smaller and the massive deficit was still measured in hundreds of billions, not trillions. One in three of Obama's employees makes more than $100,000 a year.”


4) President Obama’s own economists claim the stimulus bill cost $278,000 per job.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The MPD and the local news media were very reluctant to report the Riverwest attacks were perpetrated by blacks against whites. What if a group of whit skinheads had gone into a central city neighborhood and beat up a bunch of blacks? Think that wouldn’t have hit the news?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The Casey Anthony trial.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Why is a banana at large?


Look what NYC is rationing...


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They don't make lead singers like they used to


Call me an old fogey, but the best performers are the old performers. Today's musicians don't even come close in talent or class.

Case in point:

The group Parachute (?????) performed Friday night at the Briggs and Stratton Stage at Summerfest. The lead singer is some guy named Will Anderson.







Considered a heart throb, he did what heart throbs often do during a concert. He tossed an item into the crowd. In this case it was his jacket. And then he did the unthinkable.

Piet Levy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes:

"In the heat of the moment, pretty-boy lead singer Will Anderson threw his jacket into the crowd, then created a major faux pas when he apologized and said he'd need it back."

No class.

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It has been a long year so far in Wisconsin politics. The legislative battles, the protests, the Supreme Court election and now the State Senate Recall Elections, Wisconsin just keeps going.

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THIS JUST IN...Jennifer Fischer is blogging!


Oh, she occasionally guests on my blog. But I've created a monster.

My dear wife now has her very own site.

Please consider this plea from WRTL

Wisconsin Right To Life

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My Most Popular Blogs (07/10/11)

Most popular


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

1) Some are mighty confused in Franklin

2) My wife is Marlo Thomas

3) The 2011 Franklin July 4 Parade Awards

4) Culinary no-no #231

5) City of Franklin updates from Alderman Steve Olson

Recommended Reading (07/10/11)

Recommended reading


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


White Mob Terrorizes Black Milwaukeeans

"I’m sorry. I got that header wrong. It was a black mob that ransacked convenience stores and hammered a group of white people in Milwaukee this past July 4th weekend. Dang it. I ain’t ever gonna make it in this business. I’m such an idiot. 

The fact that it was a black on white assault would explain why we didn’t hear about it via the national news"


Dispelling myths about Voter ID

"Myth: It will be impossible for some people in some parts of the state to obtain an acceptable form of identification because of a lack of Division of Motor Vehicles access.

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Recommended Reading (07/10/11)

Recommended reading


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


White Mob Terrorizes Black Milwaukeeans

"I’m sorry. I got that header wrong. It was a black mob that ransacked convenience stores and hammered a group of white people in Milwaukee this past July 4th weekend. Dang it. I ain’t ever gonna make it in this business. I’m such an idiot. 

The fact that it was a black on white assault would explain why we didn’t hear about it via the national news"


Casey Anthony: Single Mom of the Year!

"As I described in my last book, 'Guilty,' the leading cause of all social pathologies is single motherhood. One way or another, Casey Anthony's refusal to give up Caylee for adoption was going to cost society -- and cost Caylee. The statistics are so jaw-dropping that not giving up an illegitimate child for adoption ought to be considered child abuse."


Dispelling myths about Voter ID

"Myth: It will be impossible for some people in some parts of the state to obtain an acceptable form of identification because of a lack of Division of Motor Vehicles access.

Truth:..."


Walker demonstrates need to develop new businesses, industries

"Howard Teeter of Anteco Pharma, a pharmaceutical contract manufacturer in Lodi, was speaking with Gil Hakim, the chief executive of TheraCoat in Ra'anana, Israel.

The connection began Monday evening at a reception hosted by Wisconsin, Minnesota and Manitoba, where Hakim had been among many international guests. Hakim was hoping to meet a U.S. contract manufacturer for a therapeutic coating material with unique liquid and gel qualities.

One thing had led to another Tuesday morning - just as Walker was walking past. I quickly explained why Teeter and Hakim were talking, and Walker introduced himself within seconds, extolling the attributes of doing business in Wisconsin. Within two days, paperwork was being exchanged between Anteco Pharma and TheraCoat."


WI a Model for Nevada

"Are Wisconsin school districts collapsing on top of defenseless kids? Not yet. In fact, Gov. Walker's law is giving some districts the fiscal and operational flexibility to benefit students and teachers."


How to create jobs and cut the deficit

"I find the total job loss from the July 2009 minimum-wage increase to be about 800,000."


Lethal Ladies and Dead Rapists

"Ladies, just because we are smaller and weaker than men does not mean we have to be sitting ducks for violent crimes... It is estimated that over 8.5 billion dollars of tax payer’s money is spent every year dealing with crimes against women.  These costs include everything from law enforcement to medical and counseling expenses.  We could see a large reduction in these expenses if women just simply learned how to defend themselves."


I love the environment, it's the enviromentalists I hate

“I like a healthy environment, whether it’s clean air, potable water, or abundant wildlife. The environment matters to me. My problem is with the thoughtless, hysterical, emotion-driven initiatives that seem to be concerned with punishing humans than with helping animals.”

Photos of the Week (07/10/11)

Photos of the Week


1) In this July 7, 2011 image taken from video and provided by MLB.com, Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone tumbles over a railing after catching a ball tossed to him by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game between the Rangers and Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas, plunged 20 feet onto concrete below and died at a hospital a short time later, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said. MLB.com/AP. Rich shulman of msnbc.com writes, "I'm a little uncomfortable publishing an image of someone falling to their death, but I think fans, architects and Major League Baseball executives need to be aware that this kind of accident isn't that rare. Modern stadiums need to be made safer."


2)
Cathy Cooper expresses her disagreement with the verdict outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


3) Jenn Keller, right, reacts after the Casey Anthony not guilty verdict was announced outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
 

4) President Barack Obama answers a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a "Twitter Town Hall" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6. Charles Dharapak - AP


5) Spur King from Armarillo, Texas, sleeps on the roof of a van in Titusville, Fla., as he waits to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis.Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images


6)
Separated perfectly between the plume and the shuttle, a bird takes flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: Scott Andrews / for msnbc.com


7)
A Pakistani man wheels a child, Jamshid, 8, who suffers from polio on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad on July 6, 2011. According to the World Health organization (WHO) Pakistan tops the list of four countries where the polio disease still exists despite the global campaign to get rid of it. The other three countries are Nigeria, India and Afghanistan. Pakistan has been declared "polio endemic state" as 57 more polio cases were reported between January 2011 to June 2011. Behrouz Mehri / AFP - Getty Images


8) A firefighter uses a rope to rescue a group of 36 villagers stranded on a section of road which was destroyed by a mudslide in Yinxiu county, in southwest China's Sichuan province, on July 4. Summer downpours pummelled large swaths of south and central China in June. Chinese authorities said that 279 people died in natural disasters in June and another 93 had gone missing, as the country was hit by floods, mudslides and earthquakes. AFP - Getty Images


9) A Canadian Army crewman stands inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter flying over Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011. Canada is winding up combat operations in Afghanistan and all combat troops will leave by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. Baz Ratner / Reuters



10 A giant dust storm covers Phoenix, Ariz., late on July 5. It knocked out power to 10,000 people and covered cars. Winds from thunderstorms in the eastern and southern parts of the state collided and combined with a severe lack of moisture. Rob Schumacher / The Arizona Republic via AP


11)
In this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011, prison inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina is curled inside a suitcase after he tried to escape from prison with the help of his girlfriend following a conjugal visit in Chetumal, Mexico. Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 conviction for illegal weapons possession. His girlfriend was arrested and charges are pending. (AP Photo/SIPSE)


12)
Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident. Novilleros, is the stage prior to becoming a 'matador' where bullfights are performed with young bulls.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)


13) Revelers are surprised by an angry leading ox, used to drive the fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain on July 7. Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP


14)
Cowboy Jared Keylon, of Uniontown, Kan., hangs onto his horse during the bareback riding competition, at the Spooner Rodeo, in Spooner Wis., on July 7. Paul M. Walsh / The Country Today via AP


15)
A worker of Cuba's National Aquarium performs with dolphins in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 5. Since its opening in 1960 Cuba's National Aquarium promotes educational activities aiming to widespread knowledge about the sea and its resources. Javier Galeano /AP


16)
Two boys look at the body of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) at Toluca beach, 50 km south from San Salvador, El Salvador on July 4. Jose Cabezas / AFP - Getty Images


17)  New York Yankees Derek Jeter smiles as he runs up the first base line hitting a solo home run for his 3,000 career hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 9.Shannon Stapleton, reuters.


18) France's Thomas Voeckler rides in the 164.5 km fifth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race between Carhaix and Cap Frehel, western France, on July 6, 2011. Denis Balibouse / Reuters, Joel Saget and Lionel Bonaventure / AFP-Getty Images


19)
Britney Spears highlights Summerfest Saturday night. Katy Perry was the headliner Thursday night.Journal Sentinel photos.


20) The Milwaukee City Hall is silhouetted against the grand finale of the fireworks display along the lakefront. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti


21) The Farmers Airship, the world's largest passenger airship, landed at Timmerman Field on Thursday. The zeppelin, one of only two in the world, can carry 12 passengers and crew and cruise at 35 mph at an altitude of 1,200 feet. Grant Sager enjoys the view over downtown Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photos: Benny Sieu

UPDATE: The recall process in Wisconsin needs dramatic change


I am often critical of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, especially its editorial board. However, they deserve credit when they nail it, and do they ever in today’s paper.

Back in April, I blogged that,
The recall process in Wisconsin needs dramatic change."

The current recall system in Wisconsin is flawed. Essentially, you can recall any elected official for any reason whatsoever, including how he or she dresses. This differs dramatically from other states. In fact, you don't need any reason at all.

There is a solution. Wisconsin needs to reform how it considers and conducts recalls. To recall a sitting, elected official, there must be solid grounds to do so, just as in other states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reports only 8 states require specific grounds for recall.

And then along comes supposedly historic, visionary, progressive Wisconsin where specific grounds for recall are NOT required.

After this current debacle, where, in one case a sitting Senator is being criticized for having a girlfriend while he’s going through a divorce (Remember, Bill Clinton was an angel), a serious review is necessary to prevent recalls based on a whim.

Recalls should be reserved for malfeasance, corruption, misconduct, incompetence, and NOT ONE vote on ONE issue. That’s what regular elections are for.”


Today’s Journal Sentinel editorial has this sub-headline:

The recall elections are an attempt to punish policy decisions, and that's a mistake.”

The editorial states, in part:

“They (the recalls)
are a very bad idea - an extreme overreaction born from a long season of overreaction. We believe policy arguments are best resolved on the floors of legislative bodies or at the ballot box during regular elections. Recalls should be used to punish gross malfeasance or corruption - something that cannot wait for the normal election cycle - not to overturn the results of an election or to dispute policy differences.

Advocates argue that the recalls hold politicians accountable. But these elections, arising from the heat generated by a single issue, risk further dividing the electorate and giving rise to a perpetual campaign. What's the harm in waiting a few months? Each of these senators will face voters in regular elections next year. Hold them accountable then - after passions have cooled.

Misuse of recalls practically begs a tit-for-tat response when the tables are turned and Democrats return to power. And hanging this sword over the heads of legislators may make them even less likely than they are now to confront controversial issues. We need more courage in governance, not less.”

Where I part company with the editorial board is this assertion made late in their piece:

“Three Democrats also face recall. Their crime? Along with their Democratic colleagues in the state Senate, they fled to Illinois to block a vote on the collective bargaining bill. They were wrong to run out on their constituents. It was a clear abdication of duty and set a terrible precedent for political gamesmanship. But their behavior doesn't justify recall."

Yes it does. Heading south of the border for weeks meant the Wisconsin 14 missed many votes, meetings, hearings, and were unavailable to handle numerous constituent inquiries. That is a complete abdication of power and responsibility.

But all in all, a fine piece, albeit months too late. It should have been published some time ago, not two days before some of the actual recall elections are to take place.

Culinary no-no #232

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-

NO!



Ask any photographer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel or any other newspaper or website, he/she will undoubtedly tell you that shooting restaurant food selections isn’t very creative and maybe not all that exciting. Even so, I marvel at their mouth-watering work. Some examples:






Ward’s prime rib. The downtown Milwaukee restaurant offers cuts of 8-, 16-, 24- and, pictured above, 40-ounces. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.



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The onion rings at Stack'd in Milwaukee. SeriousEats.com writes: "As an appetizer, they're served a foot high on a metal spindle, which has its pros and cons: It keeps the rings crispy longer as they're not steaming in a pile, but they don't stay hot very long. The onions slices are massive—some half an onion tall—and the crumb breading clings to the onion beautifully. The zesty barbecue aioli sauce served with the rings is a nice change from the standard ranch dressing. There were so many in the appetizer order we had to doggy bag half of them."  

Tell me those don't look awesome.





Oh my. Osso buso -- braised veal shank -- at Ryan Braun's Graffito, is served with saffrom risotto. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Those are pre-arranged, staged photos of menu items taken after a critic has already completed a thorough review.

Amateurs also take pictures inside restaurants, normally of folks celebrating a special occasion.

And a new trend has, if you’ll pardon the pun, developed. Restaurant patrons are taking pictures of their dinners…just to take pictures of their dinners. For posterity? Perhaps. But many turn up on personal websites.

The vacation remembrance is quite popular. Hey everybody, look what I ate at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Walt Disney World...






Meatloaf made with pork and veal with garlic mashed potatoes and crispy onion rings.

I personally haven’t seen a customer start positioning a plate for the perfect picture. But it’s happening.

What’s the big deal, you ask?

Phoebe Damrosch is the author of …


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From her bio:

"A job as a busboy at a cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn led to a position at a slightly swankier place in midtown Manhattan and eventually to opening the highly anticipated Per Se in the Time Warner Center.

At some point, amid the decanting and truffle-shaving at Per Se, Phoebe realized that she was in the middle of a book-worthy story. Much had been written about chefs and kitchens, but very little about the intrigue of service, let alone in the prestigious dining rooms of New York."

Damrosch has views I value.

Her latest: Damrosch believes people taking photos of their restaurant meals  = cellphones. In other words, they’re an irritant.

Shutter snaps and flash pops never make a meal taste better."

I reckon she could be right. Some dining establishments have banned the personal photo shoots.

Damrosch writes:


“I bring this up not to proselytize, but instead to call attention to this irritant and to set up a few ground rules that we can hopefully all agree with in order to minimize our impact on others.”

Damrosch’s piece is featured in the New York Magazine.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

I read in today's paper that Wisconsinites really love their wine. But according to some, Paul Ryan is not allowed to.


ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

"The Milk Truck"


AND ANOTHER...

America's top 10 sandwiches veganzied. Yuck!


AND ANOTHER...

The calorie count is a killer in NYC.


AND ONE MORE...

America's saltiest foods

Wisconsin remains a huge property tax hell, but...


There's light at the end of the tunnel.

The bad news:

Wisconsin, and especially Milwaukee County have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. You can find all kinds of details here  (Funny how this stuff never gets into the papers, TV, or radio).


The good news is that the 2011-13 state budget signed into law by Governor Scott Walker essentially freezes property taxes.

Thank God, after years and years and years, fiscal sanity returns to our state. And without the action by Governor Walker and legislative Republicans, local units of government would have never stopped taxing and spending. Never.


The Latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


Here's this week's update for July 11, 2011
including:

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Victory Fund PAC announces endorsements in Senate recall elections

PLW requests Attorney General to enforce law against UW Hospital funding of abortion training

National Pro-Life T-Shirt Weekend: August 5-7

The Latest News You Can Use from WRTL


MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE RECALLS!


Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

 

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Hanging in the Balance

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Our window of opportunity is closing. Over the next few weeks, we're going to find out who in Washington wants to fix our nation's out-of-control finances and who wants to keep on spending.

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In great shape physically, but mentally?




On July 4, with sun a blazin’ (granted, it was not as steamy as today), I was out placing a bunch of mini-American flags on my front lawn. Because it was so still, so quiet, I could hear her coming towards me.

She was in her mid, maybe, maybe late 20’s.

Long brunette hair tied in a pony tail.

She was wearing black running shorts and a light colored top.

Wearing sunglasses, she was soaking wet from the perspiration.

The young woman looked like a model, not an ounce of fat, the kind of person who certainly didn’t need to be jogging with the sun so bright and a temperature near 80.

What I saw that day wasn’t like what I had seen on my street many times before (except the other joggers didn’t come close to resembling her).

As she approached and got closer, I gently shouted in a friendly voice what I had done with other runners that paced down my street.

“Where’s your water bottle?” I asked with a full smile.

Like Bo Derek in “10,” she just kept running and running, eyes focused straight ahead.

Well, of all the nerve, I thought. She’s ignoring me. Good grief, I’m not masher I wasn’t trying to hit on the young woman.

Seconds later I realized she never heard me. She was clutching an iPod with earplugs firmly entrenched.

I see it all the time on my humble little street in Franklin: Runners, some with tongues dragging, in all kinds of hot, sticky conditions.

No water.

No towel.

No headband.

No worries.

No cares.

No common sense.

They are athletes.

They are tough.

They’re the pretty people.

They’re really stupid.

I thought of that attractive young runner who missed an opportunity to engage in albeit brief conversation with yours truly when I watched the evening news Sunday night and learned that an inaugural semi-marathon race downtown had all kinds of problems.





In a photo submitted to the Journal Sentinel, water is poured into the hands of a runner as there were no cups left in Sunday's Rock n' Sole semi-marathon.T he race turned into a full-fledged emergency when early hydration stations on the course ran out of water and cups that, combined with the 85-degree heat, led to several runners in the half-marathon and 10K races collapsing. Related story.


A semi-marathon in mid-July? Are you nuts?

How do you run out of cups for water?

How do you not have enough volunteers?

How do you have runners waiting and waiting and waiting for water?


And how if you’re even in the best of shape like the mystery woman that graced my presence on July 4 do you reject bottled water on your run?

Dear young lady in the black shorts:

Next time just run up the driveway, ring the doorbell, keep jogging in place, and I will be more than happy to get you some nice, ice cold refreshment.

Don’t worry, you will still be young, hot, pretty, cool…

And safe.

Officer Yowza is 5' 8'', 110 lb, and a 36C


Last week, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn after several days, numerous TV and newspaper reports, and hours of talk radio segments finally had the light bulb go off about his department’s handling of a black on white mob attack when he uttered the truly obvious.



Photo: jsonline.

From jsonline:

The police response to a weekend rampage by about 60 young people who beat and robbed a smaller group that had been watching fireworks from Kilbourn Reservoir Park ‘may not have been our finest hour,’ Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told an audience.”

They should be saying the same thing in Indianapolis.

What the hell were they thinking?

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #184

Culinary no-no's

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Another story you won't find on MSJ or see on 4, 6,12, 58


Gee, can you figure out why?

From WhitefishBayNOW:

"A $150 cell phone was reported taken from the Alberta Darling Campaign office, 311 W. Silver Spring Drive, at 1:30 p.m. July 7. Police were called when 25 to 30 protesters entered the building chanting and causing a disturbance. The phone was reported missing after they left."

HT: A This Just In reader

Let's pass Caylee's Law In Wisconsin


A Wisconsin version of Caylee's Law is being introduced in the state Legislature. It's a great move.

First, some background.

 

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More Little League silliness


I sat in the lobby of WTMJ, interviewing Ken Burns about his upcoming PBS documentary series about baseball.





In his soft-spoken delivery, Burns was a top-notch ambassador for America’s pastime. As my tape recorder rolled, Burns waxed poetic about how tough it is to resist pulling over to get a better look when seeing a group of youngsters on a roadside diamond playing ball.

A few years ago, I learned about a Little League story in Franklin that was quite compelling. No one amongst the reporting crew at FranklinNOW would touch it. Let me in.

The story went viral spawning other blogs and a 90-minute segment on Charlie Sykes’ radio program on WTMJ.


Though I professed my love and support for Little League a la Nelson McDonald and the Indian Love Call, some just missed my point.

Little League is a wonderful kids program. The problem is adults get involved, too involved. Those that do are simply too close to see the damage they’re inflicting.

One of the Little League rules is far too politically correct.

EVERY PLAYER on a Little League roster must play at least two innings in the field and bat at least one time. To ensure each player a chance, Little League allows players who leave the game to re-enter, provided their substitutes have played their two innings and batted. The re-entry and mandatory play rules differ in tournament play.”

We must allow every kid, even those at the far end of the bench, to play.

If not…

What?

Kids get upset?

Kids cry?

Parents of kids who just aren’t as good as the others erupt?

Remember, these kids aren’t far from playing high school sports where some might play sparingly, if at all.

A kid doesn’t get into a game? That’s life.

Unless you’re the kid’s parents. Then it’s the Rapture.

This is a long prelude to a yet another Little League debacle brought on by the mamby pampy rule that everyone must play. Maybe it needs to be tossed out.

Forbes reports how foolish that rule can turn out to be.

WI Schools to Save Hundreds of Millions Thanks to New Teacher Contracts

Requiring Teachers to Make Modest Contributions to
Health and Pension Benefits Can Cut Cost of
Education by $500 Per Student in Wisconsin, Saving
School Districts Hundreds of Millions of Dollars.

By Christian D’Andrea
MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

First in a series

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The quote of the year thus far?





I would never vote for Mike Huckabee for president.

But BRAVO Mike for this reply...






"[Rangel] ought to take a lesson from Jesus, and at least get the coin out of the mouth of the fish and pay his own taxes. Jesus was willing to do that. That's what Jesus would do: He'd pay his taxes."


 

Raise your hand if you care about the U.S. women's soccer team

I didn't think so.

But it is pretty cool.




Lauren Cheney (R) of the U.S. scores a goal during the Women's World Cup semi-final soccer match against France in Monchengladbach July 13, 2011.

Lauren Cheney (R) of the U.S. scores a goal during the Women's World Cup semi-final soccer match against France in Monchengladbach July 13, 2011. The US defeated France, 3-1. Photo: Reuters.

Forget about going after smokers


Smoking is bad for you.

Very bad.

Uncle Sam says so.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued some new warning labels for cigarettes to inform consumers how bad smoking is.


WARNING: Smoking can kill you. Image: Deceased man with surgical staples going down his chest.
Cessation Resource: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Copyright: U.S. HHS

 

WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive. Image: Man holding a cigarette. Cigarette smoke comes from stoma (hole) in neck.
Cessation Resource: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Copyright: U.S. HHS

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Most school districts win under GOP budget repair bill




 

Franklin police issue crime alert, but what took so long?


The Franklin Police Department issued this crime alert today.

It's greatly appreciated.

But, I'm quite curious as to why it wasn't released yesterday or Tuesday.

 

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Way to go, Mila Kunis!








You done good!




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More from MacIver: The state budget and school districts


Wisconsin School Districts are Switching Health Care Providers/Plans to Create Savings in 2011


 

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Where have all the streetcars gone?


From our enterprising friends at the MacIver Institute.

Stranger danger: Is it always inappropriate for an older man to talk to a young girl?


Franklin
police this week began investigating a report that an older white man approached some children in his car and asked them if they wanted to pet a dog he had on the front seat. They said no and he drove off.

WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner talked about a different angle of the story on his program today based on a statement made by a Franklin mother.

The discussion begins at the 12:22 mark of the podcast.Click "download"

 

07/15/2011 Jeff Wagner Show - Friday 07/15/11 Hour 2 DOWNLOAD |

2nd UPDATE: Culinary no-no #109

Culinary no-no's


Culinary no-no #109 dealt with the hot dining trend of food trucks.

A subsequent update looked at police intervention in Chicago.

Hip, trendy patterns eventually find their way from the coasts to the Midwest and our little corner of the world.

The Milwaukee Police Department is seeking an ordinance to regulate the entrepreneurial trucks.

Carol Deptolla writes in today’s Journal Sentinel action is delayed on the ordinance with hopes the police and the vendors can work out their differences.

Goodnight everyone, and have an "Oh What a Night" weekend!

Nostalgia


Music is the fourth great material want; first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.

Author Christian Nestell Bovee


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is setting..

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, we are gonna have some fun!

Next Wednesday, the Tony Award winning "Jersey Boys" comes to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. One week from Sunday, the real deal hits town as Franklie Valli and the Four Seasons perform at the Marcus Ampithatre as part of Festa Italiana.

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Four Seasons amassed 46 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1962 and 1995.  The boys from Jersey have sold over 100 million records throughout their career. Their extensive list of songs include 71 chart hits (40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and 8 that topped the charts at Number 1). From one of their online biographies:

 “This highly acclaimed New Jersey, USA vocal group first came together in the mid-50s. Initially known as the Variatones, then the Four Lovers, they enjoyed a minor US hit in 1956 with ‘You're The Apple Of My Eye’, composed by Otis Blackwell.



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After being dropped by RCA Records, they recorded a single for Epic, following which Valli departed in 1958. As a soloist he released ‘I Go Ape’, composed by singer Bob Crewe.

Meanwhile, the Four Lovers released several records under pseudonymous names. The group evolved into the Four Seasons, recording the single ‘Bermuda’/’Spanish Lace’ for the End label, before signing with Vee Jay Records.There, they released ‘Sherry’, which reached number 1 in the USA in September 1962. A brilliant example of falsetto, harmony pop, the track established the group as one of America's most popular. Two months later, they were back at the top with the powerful ‘Big Girls Don't Cry’.”

We open with a clip from their November 2, 2008 NBC special....










More from the group's bio:

"All these hits were underpinned by lustrous, soaring harmonies and thick up-front production, which gave the Seasons a sound that was totally unique in pop at that time. Their international fame continued throughout 1964 when they met fierce competition from the Beatles. A sign of their standing was evinced by Vee Jay's release of a battle of the bands album featuring the Seasons and the Beatles. Significantly, when the Fab Four held four of the Top 5 positions in the Billboard chart during early 1964, the Four Seasons represented the solitary competition with 'Dawn (Go Away)' at number 3. The sublime 'Rag Doll' brought them back to the top in the summer of 1964."

Valli was a friend of Frank Sinatra's. From people.com:

"Frankie knew that factory life was not in his cards. 'I'd seen so many people become stagnant in New Jersey—I had this fear I'd just stay there,' he says. 'They'd come out of high school, get a job, get married, have kids and die in Jersey. I wanted more.'

He saw a way out early on, when his mom took him to see Frank Sinatra at around age 6. 'The stage felt like it was 100 feet above my head,' says Valli. 'Sinatra comes out to all the lights, the audience, the roar—everything. After that I sang around the house a lot.'

At the height of the Four Seasons' fame in the 1960s, women followed Valli wherever he performed. On a whim he could ring up the Beatles to hang out in their hotel room in Italy. Frank Sinatra, who called Valli 'Cheech,' would send his Lear jet for the Four Seasons when he wanted company, and he taught Valli breathing techniques to protect his voice after vocal cord surgery in the late '60s."

In 1966, Valli put his stratospheric falsetto to work on a Sinatra classic, performed here on the Ed Sullivan Show.



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The best cartoons of the week



Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

 

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail
 

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The Barking Lot (07/16/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms.High of 84.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 90. "B"


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

In a past Kyla’s Korner, I blogged that Kevin & I committed a most heinous crime against our Mother Earth by having a child.

It appears that my attitude of Nature Be Damned is now extending into my wish for owning a dog.  (I also chose vinyl flooring over bamboo or cork when we built our house.  My GOD the Green Police will surely be knocking on my door any day!)

A question floating around on the blogosphere is, “Are pets bad for the environment?”

Yes, people are actually debating whether owning a dog is fatal to the environment.  Why, there is the production of pet food.  And we can’t forget all the people who walk their dogs and must use plastic bags to pick up Fido’s messes.  (Apparently the fact that the owners re-use bags they already have is somehow lost on the tree huggers.)  I suppose unless the dog has a hemp-based collar and lead there’s a real problem too.  And we can’t forget all the toxins associated with having a CLEAN dog.  I guess it’s better to have a flea-infested dog and home.

Here’s a great list of suggestions to make sure your four-legged friend doesn’t add any more than absolutely necessary to the global warming crisis.  “MMM…  Here Riley…  Here’s a nice fluffy bed for you, made from coffee bags.  Sure beats cotton batting and a plush velvet cover, doesn’t it?  Riley?  R-I-L-E-Y, where are you going???!!!!”  (Probably over to the neighbor’s house for a good night’s sleep!)

Then there’s the oh-so-fun website raiseagreendog.com that helps you turn your Black and Tan Coonhound into a GREEN Coonhound.  I haven’t gone through the prices for their green dog gear.  But I’m guessing that section would be equivalent to the organic section at Sendik’s:  The grapes and tomatoes that don’t LOOK any tastier or prettier are three times more expensive because of what is NOT used on them or done to them.  I suppose the dog dishes on that site are $20.00 more than your average Snoopy dish you can get at any pet supply store and probably last half as long.

What next?  The Internet-creating, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Al Gore will lend his mug to a line of non-toxic pet paraphernalia?  I can honestly say I’d buy a product with his face on it…  I can see it now…  The Al Gore Pooper Scooper.  Which is where all this “green” stuff belongs.
---Jennifer Fischer


Good job, Jennifer! And it's great to see your new blog doing so well!

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


Heat wave bad news for police dog trials.


Bees
that have terrorized California neighborhood kill dog.


Woman fires at dog, but missed.


The only good thing about the TSA: puppies.



San Diego has a dog tax...so, why not a cat tax?


Was Hitler crazier than we thought? Of course there's a dog angle!  


Gym junkies are injecting drugs meant for greyhounds.


Dogs who ate dead owners could be adopted.


Mill dogs' forgiveness is a real head-scratcher.


Show dog missing after fatal Haymarket crash found safe.


Derby workers rescue dog after 20-foot fall.


A slain soldier's wish is fulfilled.


Soldier's dog arrives in Michigan, destined for Arizona


Dog under city of Sacramento's care after living along freeway.

 
Blind yellow lab has her own guide dog. 


Couple is dedicated to making sure service dogs and owners are perfect fit. 


Service dogs lift spirits and more for many. 


The benefits of therapy dogs are diverse.


Read-To-Dogs programs are increasingly popular.


Dog helped open up world for girl with autism.



Does my old dog really need expensive tests?


The pub that's proud to serve up dogs' dinners. 


Taking your dog on a road trip. 


Every dog has its day care.


How to camp with your dog.


THAT CONCLUDES DOGS IN THE NEWS. ALWAYS GOOD STUFF!

NOW IT'S THE DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK!


A Guinness Records representative (R) measures the 200-metre-long hot dog, cooked in a specially built grill in an attempt to break a Guinness record during the International Fair in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay, on July 15, 2011.

A Guinness Records representative (R) measures the 200-metre-long hot dog, cooked in a specially built grill in an attempt to break a Guinness record during the International Fair in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay, on July 15, 2011. Getty Images


NO NO NO!

NOT THAT KIND OF DOG!!!!


A dog is dressed in a superman costume at a pet trade fair in Taipei on July 15, 2011. More than 200 companies are participating in the fair as Taiwan's booming pet retail market is estimated to worth $689 million, organisers said.

Much better! A dog is dressed in a superman costume at a pet trade fair in Taipei on July 15, 2011. More than 200 companies are participating in the fair as Taiwan's booming pet retail market is estimated to be worth $689 million, organizers said. Getty Images


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

Thanks for stopping by, tell a fellow dog lover about us, and keep your dog cool in the days ahead.

Next, our video featuring a dog...

Or is it?


 



And we just had to post this one...

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Week-ends (07/16/11)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Leroy Petry........MORE.


Freedom Alliance


Stephen Wilson


Jenny Jones


Franklin family


Mila Kunis


Reagan Kennedy.......and Tom Watson


Sherwood Schwartz



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Indianpaolis Metro Police Department


Jaren Hare and Charles Darnell


The unpatriotic EPA



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Would you let Casey (Anthony) babysit your kids? You say she’s innocent.”
Cable TV host Joy Behar questioning Anthony defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims.


“I…I liked Casey Anthony. I came to trust her. And that’s a… that’s a really…”
Sims’ awkward response to Behar.


"It's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now; pull off the Band-aid, eat our peas."
President Obama


"Every aspect of life in America is worse since Obama took over."
US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)


America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.”
Eric Bolling on FOX, forgetting about 9/11. He was soundly criticized by the left.


“No, I haven’t forgotten (about 9/11). I happened to be standing there, watching in true terror as radical Islamists slammed planes into the towers that morning. I remember the towers collapsing, killing 3,000 including 16 of my close friends. And I really remember trying to comfort the kids of my friends at their memorial services.

Yesterday I misspoke when I said there were no U.S. terror attacks during the Bush years. Obviously, I meant in the aftermath of 9/11. But that’s when the radical liberal left pounced on us and me. I’ll never forget 9/11, but thank you liberals, for reminding me how petty you can be.”

Eric Boller in an emotional response to his critics.


“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.”
Energy Secretary Steven Chu arguing against a House bill that would repeal a 2007 federal law outlawing incandescent bulbs. Many Americans object to being told they must buy the fluorescent, halogen, and LED bulbs starting in January of 2012 as dictated by federal law. Chu argued the more-efficient bulbs mandated by Congress save consumers money over the bulb’s life even though the up-front price is higher. Chu defended Congress’s right to dictate what kind of light bulb Americans buy.


"The federal government has no right to tell me or any other citizen what type of lightbulb to use at home. It is our right to choose,"
Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX). In breaking news, the House of Representatives voted Friday to strip all funding from government programs promoting energy-saving lightbulbs.


“The best news about this (Wisconsin) budget probably is that for the first time in fifteen-plus years, we could go into a budget in 2013 without a structural imbalance, without a bunch of IOUs we have to pay off. We might be able to have conversations about what do we want the future of higher education finance to look like in this state, how do we want the state-local government relationship to be restructured. Those kinds of things have really been on hold for a very long time.”
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry


“Listen to these idiots. The evidence is so clear and so obvious, you have to be a complete moron to believe that there will be any negative impact of CC in our state. Oak Creek City Administrator Gerald Peterson hit it right on the head: concealed carry is law in **48 other states** for decades, and despite what the crazy liberals desperately wanted to happen, people didn't start pulling out guns in the line at the grocery store.

Has anyone with a legal CC permit ever shot a law enforcement officer? Ever? Is there some kind of terrible wave of cop-killings going on in the other 48 states because of CC? Of course there is not, because law-abiding CC permit holders aren't cop-killing drug-dealing gangsters with a mile long criminal history. And cop-killing gangsters aren't allowed to get a CC permit, and they're already and will continue to illegally carry anyway!”
"taxed to the max," a commenter on FranklinNOW responding to a story filled with comments of concern by local officials about Wisconsin’s new conceal carry law.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Illegal alien found working inside a nuclear power plant in Arizona.


While the TSA is stripping Grandma and molesting children...read.


Those dopy and incredibly expensive streetcars being considered for downtown Milwaukee.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Great job by The MacIver Institute and FOX 6 reporting that school districts do better financially under the budget repair bill. Anytime the rest of you guys want to jump in...

And will Chris Abele come under any media fire for proposing severe budget cuts?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


What will happen to poor Casey Anthony when she gets out?




STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Freedom of religion goes to a new extreme...man claims he's a 'pastafarian."


OK, guys. Do you really, really, really want to help the world?


Thanks for checking in. We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


 


 

I'm tempted, dear Lord, I am really tempted


Church will be ungodly warm Sunday. It’s had all day today to start simmering.

I’m seriously thinking about it, but I know I won’t.

My blog from just about one year ago.

Congratulations to Miles Matthew Fischer!


My great nephew was baptized today.

God bless him!


Heavenly Father,

In your love you have called us to know you,
led us to trust you,
and bound our life with yours.

Surround this child with your love,
protect it from evil.

Fill it with the holy spirit and
receive it into the family of your church,
that it may walk with us in the way of Christ,
and grow in the knowledge of your love.

Once again, the Pulitzer Prize winning paper plays catch up


Much earlier today on my weekly Week-ends blog, I wrote the following:



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Great job by The MacIver Institute and FOX 6 reporting that school districts do better financially under the budget repair bill. Anytime the rest of you guys want to jump in...


Over nine hours later, and days later from other similar stories....

DING DING DING DING DING DING

The folks at 4th and State arise from their deep sleep, and I bet you, begrudgingly.

They still managed to uncover some detractors so the final story would fit their template.


My Most Popular Blogs (07/17/11)

Most popular


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

1) More Little League silliness

2) Wisconsin remains a huge property tax hell, but…

3) Photos of the Week (07/10/11)

4) TIE
 
    More from MacIver: The state budget and school districts

    
Way to go, Mila Kunis!

5) The Barking Lot (07/16/11)

My Most Popular Blogs (07/17/11)

Most popular


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

1) More Little League silliness

2) Wisconsin remains a huge property tax hell, but…

3) Photos of the Week (07/10/11)

4) TIE
 
    More from MacIver: The state budget and school districts

    
Way to go, Mila Kunis!

5) The Barking Lot (07/16/11)

Recommended Reading (07/17/11)

Recommended reading


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


Not taking other people’s money

“The problem with socialists, according to Margaret Thatcher, is that ‘they always run out of other people’s money.” We haven’t hit that point just yet, but we have hit our nation’s legal credit limit of $14.3 trillion. To avoid defaulting on our loans, policymakers must raise that limit.

For many Americans, this is absurd and humiliating: The richest country in the history of the world is teetering on bankruptcy because our government can’t stop itself from spending, like a loathsome celebrity blaming bad behavior on some dubious new addiction. No surprise, then, that more than 60 percent of Americans believe Congress should not raise the federal debt ceiling, according to a recent CBS News poll.”


President Barack O'Drama

"Rumor has it that BHO threw a hissy fit and stormed out of the meeting because he wasn’t getting another trillion dollar squeaky toy. He’s a dandy, ain’t he? Now, in all fairness, who can blame Barack for having a fit? This presidential crap is harder than it looks, folks. This stress can kick your keister!

No doubt before Obama stomped out of the wake-up call from hell meeting he was thinking..."


America is too dumb to know Obama is always right

When President Obama started talking at his news conference Monday, I listened intently for 15 minutes or so. Then I got fidgety as his half-truths about the debt grew into full-blown whoppers. As he droned on, I did something I never did before during an Obama appearance: I turned off the TV.
Enough. He is the Man Who Won't Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him?"


14 cities that are being eaten alive by public sector workers

After years of declining tax revenues, cities and towns across the country are now running out of ways to deal with their ballooning budget deficits.

Public employee costs account for a large share of municipal budget woes. While worker compensation accounts for just 30% of state spending, personnel costs tends to eat up between 70% and 80% of local government funds.”


Voter photo ID: Protecting the integrity of elections
(KF NOTE: Excellent piece by a top authority on this issue)

“The relative rarity of voter fraud prosecutions for impersonation fraud, as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals pointed out in the Indiana case, can be ‘explained by the endemic underenforcement’ of voter fraud cases and “the extreme difficulty of apprehending a voter impersonator” without the tools—a voter ID—needed to detect such fraud. This nation should not tolerate even one election being stolen, but without the tools to detect these illegal schemes, it is hard to know just how many close elections are being affected.”


Using the kids

“From the Darling campaign: ‘The latest smear launched by We Are Wisconsin, a union backed front group, appears to star the daughter of WEAC’s Executive Director Dan Burkhalter’.”


Four things we learned from the recent primary

“Tuesday night’s Democratic primary went largely according to plan for both the Democrats and Republicans... But a look at the numbers reveals some interesting anomalies, that compared with historical data may indicate what the future looks like for the summer recalls.”


It’s all a vicious game of ‘Let’s Pretend’

“Anyone wishing to cripple U.S. commercial aviation needn't get through a single security checkpoint or anywhere near a plane. Simply wheel an explosive carry-on into one of those serpentine lines forming outside our security checkpoints, wait till you're in the middle of the room, then leave your bag behind after telling the person behind you that you really, really have to go use the bathroom.

After Osama bin Laden was killed, most American news broadcasts were careful to stipulate, ‘Of course this doesn't mean we should expect the airport searches to end.’

Why? And who told them to say that? Wouldn't it be more appropriate for an independent ‘news’ organization (as opposed to a government propaganda outlet) to aggressively ask why this shouldn't mean an end to the blue-gloved goons?”


Many motorists enraged by camera-issued tickets

“A guy comes out of the woods A screaming.  No, that’s brandishing a hammer and a shotgun and the start of some horror movie. It not actually happened last Wednesday on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, when a man walked out of the woods yelling incoherently, stormed up to a speed camera enforcement vehicle parked on the roadside and smashed its windshield with the hammer, the police said.

The man then fled back into the woods, and the parkway was closed for several hours while investigators searched for him. The Maryland State Police said on Monday that they were still looking for him.”

Photos of the Week (07/17/11)

Photos of the Week


1) A woman visits the Caylee Anthony memorial that has been placed in the wooded area where the 2-year-old child remains were found on in Orlando, Florida. Caylee's mother Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder charges on July 5 and has been released. Mark Wilson, Getty Images. Here is a photo of her leaving jail earlier today from Fred Huber of the Orlando Sentinel. The paper reports, "A local television station is reporting Casey Anthony boarded a plane that left Orlando Executive Airport just after 3 a.m. about three hours after she was released from Orange County custody. WFTV news, the local ABC affiliate, reported 25-year-old Anthony was aboard a single-engine turbo plane that did not file a flight plan to conceal their departure from the private airport. There is no word on the flight's final destination."


2)  President Barack Obama awards Sgt. First Class Petry the Medal of Honor. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP. The president then shakes the prosthetic hand of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., who received the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 12, 2011. Petry lost his right hand as he tossed aside a live grenade during a 2008 firefight in Afghanistan, sparing the lives of his fellow Army Rangers. Charles Dharapak / AP


3) The crew of the USS Enterprise lines the flight deck during the carrier's homecoming at the Norfolk Naval Station, July 15, 2011, in Norfolk, Va. In its 184 days away from Norfolk, the USS Enterprise cruised nearly 60,000 miles while supporting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christopher Tubbs embraces his wife Sarah after arriving at Norfolk Naval Station on Friday. Lt. Brian Dennison hugs his twin boys Logan and Grant. Photos: Win McNamee / Getty Images


4) U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment participate in a patrol on July 15, 2011, in Iskandariya, Iraq. As the deadline for the departure of the remaining American forces in Iraq approaches, Iraqi politicians have agreed to meet in two weeks in order to give a final decision about extending the U.S. troops' presence beyond the end of the 2011 deadline. Violence against foreign troops has recently picked-up with June being the worst month in combat-related deaths for the military in Iraq in more than two years. Currently about 46,000 U.S. soldiers remain in Iraq. Spencer Platt / Getty Images


5) In the second time in less than a week, a fan went over a railing trying to catch a ball at a major league baseball park. The latest incident happened during the home run derby in Phoenix Monday night. Keith Carmickle from Kingman, Ariz., leaned forward to grab a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder (Photo: Jeff Haynes, Reuters).Fans held  Carmickle's legs as he nearly fell over the railing (Photo: Michael Chow / Arizona via AP).Here's another angle (Photo: Norma Hall, Getty Images).


6) A portion of the closed 405 freeway is seen in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2011. A Los Angeles freeway shutdown dubbed "Carmageddon" that city leaders have warned about for weeks failed to slow morning traffic in the region on Saturday, but officials remained cautious. Eric Thayer, Reuters


7) At left, 13-year-old Chris Bray scans the crowd witnessing the first space shuttle launch on April 12, 1981, while his 39-year-old father, Kenneth, looks through binoculars. At right, Chris and Kenneth strike a similar pose at the last shuttle launch on July 8, 2011. Photos: Courtesy of Chris Bray.


8)  A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, China. The algae hitting the beach areas of Qingdao is only a minor part of the current 410-square-km green algae in the Yellow Sea, being blown by a southward wind, according to the North China Sea Branch (NCSB) of the State Oceanic Administration. The algae, though not toxic nor detrimental to water quality, ravages the ecosystem because it consumes large quantities of oxygen, thus suffocating other marine life. Shandong suffered a severe green algae invasion in 2007 and 2010 that decimated its aquaculture and cost millions of yuan. Photo: Reuters.


9)  Boys in traditional attire attend a ceremony a day before their circumcision ritual at Eyup Sultan square in Istanbul July 8, 2011. As an exercise in good governance, the mass circumcision ceremony for some 100 boys from disadvantaged families in an old Istanbul square, ticks a lot of boxes for Turkey's ruling AK Party and its voters. They don't look too thrilled. Murad Sezer / Reuters


10)  Jacob French dressed as a stormtrooper from the movie Star Wars pauses on day 5 of his 2500 mile journey from Perth to Sydney to talk with a young Star Wars fan at Port Bouvard bridge, July 15, 2011 in Perth, Australia. French aims to walk 22-25 miles a day, 5 days a week, in costume. French is walking to raise money for the Starlight Foundation - an organization that aims to brighten the lives of ill and hospitalized children in Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images


11) Samantha Caron, 4, determinedly sets out across the monkey bars while a deer, background, munches on leaves at Old Town Park, in Tacoma, July 11, 2011. The deer’s appearance initially attracted park-goers attention but soon both species went about their own business. And Samantha joyously succeeded in achieving her long-time goal of crossing all the bars. Photo: Janet Jensen, the News Tribune


12) A Grey Crowned Crane (R) observes a Grey Crowned Crane chick in their enclosure in the zoo of Hanover, northern Germany on July 12, 2011. The chick hatched on June 24, 2011 without a crown. Photo: hazimiai.wordpress.com/


13) Top Pearsy's Harry Potter corn maze, which he calls "Maize Maze," in York, England, on July 11. Bethany Clarke / Getty Images


14) Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on ''Forever Marilyn'', a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 14, in Chicago. The stainless steel and aluminum sculpture which stands 26 feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds was unveiled Friday and will remain on display in Chicago through the spring of 2012. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene in the 1955 movie Seven Year Itch.  Scott Olson / Getty Images.


15) Tom Watson of the United States takes a bow after his hole in one at the sixth hole during the second round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's on July 15, in Sandwich, England. Stuart Franklin, Getty Images


16) Lauren Cheny (L) scores a goal during the Women's World Cup semin-final soccer match against France on July 13. The U.S. beat France, 31-1 and plays in the title game today. Alex Domanski, Reuters


17) A woman in a bikini watches the MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby from near a swimming pool over the outfield wall in Phoenix. Photo: Reuters


18) All-Star Most Valuable Player Prince Fielder is photographed by the media following the game Tuesday night in Phoneix. Fielder hit a three-run homer to lead the National League over the American League, 5-1. Jim Young, Reuters.

Does this help?




































Above photos: Fox 6 Milwaukee from the February blizzard of 2011.



Snow plows work to remove ice from interstate 55, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in St. Louis. A blizzard warning is in effect for the St. Louis area where early ice and sleet will give way to any where from six to 20 inches of snow expected.









 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man looks for work shoveling out cars on a snowy street on January 27, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City, still reeling after the Christmas blizzard, closed public schools and limited public transportation following another heavy snowstorm. As of 2:00 am EST, Central Park had received a total for January of 32.3 inches which breaks an 86-year-old record for the month. For much of the northeast this has been one of the snowiest winters in over a decade.






Above photos: FranklinNOW.com from various locations, (02/01/11)

Again, I ask, did this help?

I didn't think so.

Seen more than a few times in Franklin today...


Several mini-vans.

Driven by women.

Passengers were inside.

Windows were wide open.

That suggested to me that their air conditioning was not on.

I found that strange, odd.

What do you think?

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Let’s re-set the situation.

Mini-vans driven by women with windows wide open when it’s 94 degrees.

I will let you draw your own conclusion.


Culinary no-no #233

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-

NO!






I confess I've been pondering this no-no for a long, long time.*

This week we pose one of those “If you were trapped on a deserted island, what five albums would you want?”-type questions.

With a culinary twist.

What’s your favorite meal?

Your ultimate dinner.

Numero uno.

Top shelf.

The one that stands out above all the rest.

You dream of it.

It’s on your mind as you anticipate for days and days.

You just can’t wait for it to be served.





For some, it's what's for dinner.





Yep, that's good, or maybe a combo of the above two.





Or...






Can't forget...






And those are just the main courses. There are sides to consider, appetizers, and dessert.

But I imagine the above are what immediately come to mind.

A nice, thick, juicy grilled steak, possibly wrapped in bacon and doused with bleu or gorgonzolla chese.

Sweet lobster tail with melted butter.

Crab legs and lots of them.

Succulent shrimp.

Duck or some fancy poultry.

Lamb chops.

Prime rib seasoned just so.

I'll bet you missed one.

Never even thought of it.

And it fits all of our aforementioned criteria:

Your ultimate dinner.

Numero uno.

Top shelf.

The one that stands out above all the rest.

You dream of it.

It’s on your mind as you anticipate for days and days.

You just can’t wait for it to be served.

Don't get me wrong. Steak, lobster, prime rib, shrimp, duck, goose...nothin' shabby about any of those delights.

But think about it. The quintessential answer to our simple question is supplied by Norman Rockwell...





Today, it looks like this...






A plump 91% of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Roasted, grilled, microwaved, smoked, deep-fried, cooked in a clay pot or on a rotisserie, marinated, basted, seasoned, rubbed, and accompanied by stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls with butter, cranberries, relishes, and pumpkin pie.

Post-Thanksgiving, the leftovers find their way into sandwiches, soup, stews, salads, casseroles and stir-fries.

When it’s not the fourth Thursday of November, the National Turkey Federation swears Americans experiment and it offers 1,500 recipes including t
urkey schnitzel, enchiladas, breakfast sausage tarts,  burritos, crepes, gumbo, lasagna, pizza, quiche, and more.

Maybe so. But I’m talking about...






We start salivating for turkey and all the trimmings around November 10. The planning begins not long after.

While family and football are a big part of the holiday, it’s that meal filled with one winner after another that is everyone longs for with gluttonous anticipation.

Preparation might not be the easiest or quickest, but it’s cheap and it’s all so, so delicious, the dinner of the year.

So if it’s so mouth-watering spectacular, why do we eat this sensational fare only once a year?

Other inspirations for this week's no-no: My niece who prefers turkey burgers, and my nephew who recently reminded me that Stack'd has the Gobbler on its menu that reminds of Thanksgiving.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Here’s a first on my blog:

Was President Obama right?

Last week during a news conference as he discussed the debt ceiling issue, the president ruled out the possibility
of a short-term deal that would push a broader debate to a later date. He then said this:

“It's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now -- pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas.”

The inference was clear. From the president's perspective, even though it wouldn’t taste food, the job had to get done.

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The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


The latest from Pro-Life WI including:

Senate recall primary elections tomorrow -- Don't forget to vote

Contraception and condoms on tap

Bishop-elect Hying a voice for the unborn, poor, families

Pennsylvania abortion facility cited for using unsterilized equipment, blood on the walls

The Latest News You Can Use From WRTL



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It was 75 years ago today...


No doubt you've seen it.

July 18, 1936: The very first Wienermobile hit the streets.

Read more about the wiener on wheels.

CNN provides a closer look:


 

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The 10 Biggest Corporate Campaign Contributors in U.S. Politics


It’s just as the rhetoric goes.

Those evil, filthy rich corporations only give to the GOP.

DATELINE, DATELINE: Brookfield, Wisconsin!


Granted, this one slipped by me.

Otherwise I would have surely included it in my MOST UNUSUAL, STRANGE STORY OF THE WEEK category in my Week-ends blog a few weeks ago.



 

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, please stick to cooking




Batali, who appears that he doesn't miss too many meals (and I understand the same can be said about yours truly), by buying into the green philosophy has joined the Obama club of condescending know-it-alls who lecture us about what we should and shouldn't eat.

Listen up, America, but especially you folks in Wisconsin!

If you ate less meat and cheese, the world would be a much better place. That's the main theme of a new study released today by (INSERT GROAN HERE) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) called “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health.”

It's not just any old study. No, no, no. The EWG calls it "groundbreaking." Ooooooohhhhh!

Key findings of the report suggest that we all should eat less meat, cheese, pork, salmon and tuna.

Chicken, beans, lentils, and tofu? Load ‘em up!

Are you telling me Batali doesn’t cook with/eat his fair share of beef, cheese, pork and seafood? C’mon!

But there he is, talking up the new “groundbreaking” EWG study:

“The fact is, most people in the U.S. eat way more meat than is good for them or the planet, but even knowing this, the chances are little that we are all going to become vegetarians, much less vegan. Asking everyone to go vegetarian or vegan is not a realistic or attainable goal, but we can focus on a more plant-based diet and support the farmers who raise their animals humanely and sustainably. This is why I am such a big believer in the Meatless Monday Movement and the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change and Health.” 

Please. What channel is Emeril on?

Photo ID is here to stay and most of us can get used to it


On Tuesday when the second installment of recall elections in Wisconsin is held, voters will be asked by poll workers to show a photo ID, just as they were last Tuesday during the first round. Voters will NOT he required to display ID to vote. This is merely part of the process of getting poll workers and voters adapted to the new procedure by next year when the requirement takes full effect. This dry run is a good thing.

Photo ID opponents were hoping last week’s recall elections would be a disaster. Au Contraire.

One could sense that reporter Steve Verburg of the Wisconsin State Journal, muttering under his breath, wrote the following lead to his story:

Some Madison voters voiced displeasure about the state’s new voter ID law during a practice run Tuesday….”

C’mon Steve. Fess up. Tell the truth. What’s the rest of the story?

“…but most seemed to take changes in stride, poll workers said.”

Ah Hah!

“Most seemed to take changes in stride.”

Meaning the story should be dominated by anecdotes and quotes from voters who had no qualms or difficulties about being asked to show photo ID.

Are you crazy?

This is the Madison media we’re talking about.

Next paragraph: An election supervisor insinuates voter displeasure by refusing to tell Verburg what voters said.

Next paragraph: Verburg mentions that about one out of five voters said they didn’t have ID.

Next two paragraphs:  A voter opposed to photo ID intentionally planned to say she had no ID.

Verburg found a clerk to say the requirement next year would be “horrendous.”

Finally, in paragraph 12 of a 14-paragraph story, we finally get to a quote from a voter that favors photo ID.

Verburg in a veiled attempt to be fair briefly writes that Republicans want to prevent voter fraud while Democrats contend “there is little such fraud.” The anti-ID argument is there have been few successful prosecutions.

Little fraud?

In an excellent piece, noted authority on voter issues Hans van Spakovsky writes there’s good reason why authorities have brought few to justice:

“The relative rarity of voter fraud prosecutions for impersonation fraud, as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals pointed out in the Indiana case (that went all the way to the US Supreme Court), can be ‘explained by the endemic under enforcement’ of voter fraud cases and ‘the extreme difficulty of apprehending a voter impersonator’ without the tools—a voter ID—needed to detect such fraud. This nation should not tolerate even one election being stolen, but without the tools to detect these illegal schemes, it is hard to know just how many close elections are being affected.”

And then there’s the following from CNS News last Friday:

Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) Chairman David Norcross said that voter fraud issues were very real, despite complaints from liberals that it is largely a phantom problem. Cross cited several cases where states had found thousands of ineligible votes after elections were already over.

‘Voter fraud is real, this is not anybody’s imagination,’ Norcross said. ‘The Milwaukee police department reported some detailed fraud in the 2004 presidential election in Wisconsin. The Colorado Secretary of State found last year that 5,000 non-citizens voted in their Senate race, which was decided by a close margin. And probably all will remember Minnesota in 2008 when more ineligible voters were identified than the margin between the winning and losing Senate candidates.’

Norcross also pushed back against the argument that strict voter I.D. laws depress poor and minority turnout, a claim made famous by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), who said such laws would ‘literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws,’ a reference to the racist segregation-era laws that prevented southern blacks form voting.

‘And as for people who don’t have photo I.D., American University Center for Democracy in Election Management found recently that '99 percent of eligible voters posses the proper I.D.,’ said Cross. ‘Really, the purpose for this call is to make sure that we preserve this initiative, keep it going, and that we protect voter I.D. and the rights of legitimate voters,’Cross said.

Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), formerly Indiana Secretary of State, said that after Indiana issued a voter I.D. law, it saw turnout go up, not down, charging that attacks against voter I.D. laws were ‘the sky is falling’ arguments.”

Of course.

It’s all quite obvious to most common sense folks.

UPDATE: Americans support voter I.D.

Someone gives the TSA goons a taste of their own medicine


There have been too many outrageous examples of government-licensed perverts and pedophiles (TSA agents) abusing and molesting air passengers.











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PHOTO: Family during TSA screening at Denver International Airport







From inforwars.com:

"The ritual abuse and humiliation of innocent passengers at the hands of TSA thugs has been going on for at least nine years. We hear stories just about every week from people who go through traumatic and degrading experiences at the hands of low grade morons in TSA uniforms.

The TSA blogger claims that the agency displays the characteristics of a ‘professional workforce’. If you consider screaming “I am god, I’m in charge,” as one TSA agent at LAX did earlier this year, or if you consider TSA colleagues taunting their co-worker about the size of his penis after he passed through a body scanner as ‘professional,’ then you also probably think that discriminating against the elderly and disabled by subjecting them to intense harassment and debasement, while physically attacking women, is also perfectly reasonable.


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TSA: Friend or foe?

Franklin parents...


Keep your fingers crossed the Franklin School Board doesn't hear about this.

MUST HEAR AUDIO: Well-known Democrat businessman lashes out at Obama


It's the news story of the day.








Steve Wynn blasted President Obama during a conference call with other businesspeople by Business Insider.





The transcript.

Just how poor are the poor?


There’s no doubt that in this turbulent period of high unemployment that people are suffering. However, the picture of those defined as poor is misleading.

Just how poor are the poor? You’d be surprised.

A few years ago, Robert Rector wrote a piece for the Heritage Foundation. Here are some excerpts:


“To understand poverty in America, it is important…to look at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor. For most Americans, the word ‘poverty’ suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. But only a small number of the 37 million persons classified as ‘poor’ by the Census Bureau fit that description. While real material hardship certainly does occur, it is limited in scope and severity. Most of America's ‘poor’ live in material conditions that would be judged as comfortable or well-off just a few generations ago.

The following are facts about persons defined as ‘poor’ by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

  • Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
  • Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
  • Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
  • The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
  • Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.
  • Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
  • Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
  • Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

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GO GET 'EM FRANKLIN!


Last year about this time I wrote, “Could this be Franklin’s year?”

The high school summer baseball team led by coach Jim Hughes went on to win the state title.





Franklin players celebrate after the final out in their 11-4 win over West Bend West to capture the WIAA Summer Baseball state tournament title. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga



 

Franklin coach Jim Hughes accepts the championship trophy. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga





Coach Jim Hughes celebrates the victory with his players as Franklin wins the WIAA Summer State Baseball Championship game .Journal Sentinel photo: Brad Vest






Franklin players hoist the championship trophy. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga





Franklin players took turns kissing the championship trophy. Journal Sentinel photo: Brad Vest





Franklin fans cheer as the team gets its first-place trophy.  NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga

 



Franklin players make a celebratory leap into the Wisconsin River following their 11-4 victory over West Bend West in the state championship summer baseball game at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga


The Sabers returned this season with another high-powered, talented squad. Getting off to a fast start, the Sabers ran into a few bumps, including a loss to rival Oak Creek that had, at one point, an 18-game winning streak.

The state tournament began Tuesday with Franklin beating Thomas More 11-4. Hmmm. That's the same final score of last year's state title game.

Next up for the Sabers, Greenfield at South Milwaukee this Friday at 1:30. Win that game, and it's a date with the winner of the Oak Creek-South Milwaukee game. Those two teams also play this Friday. Oak Creek is the #1 seeded team in the sectional, Franklin is #2.

It's always tough to repeat as champions, but Franklin certainly has great coaching and players, not to mention valuable playoff experience.

GO SABERS!

God bless you, Mom


You would have been 89 today.

We all miss you very much.

What a woman!


She made quite an impression.

Pretty and smart and sexyand stylish, she knew several martial arts and could toss around and beat up bad guys.

Way cool!

As a young lad, I never missed her weekly program on TV.

Clever marketing had her name sound like M. Appeal as in “Man Appeal” and she sure had it.






Diana Rigg played Emma Peel in “The Avengers” during the 60’s.
























I can't believe she turned 73 today.






My mom, who also loved that TV show, would think it's pretty cool she shared a birthday with Mrs. Peel.



Contessa Brewer embarrasses herself...AGAIN!


MSNBC’s Brewer makes a fool of herself trying to get tough with Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks who graduated from Duke in three years.

 




Brewer gaffes are quite common.

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Why no ozone action alerts?


We’ve had super hot temperatures and high humidity readings for days. In the past when these meteorological conditions occurred, there were consistent “sky is falling” warnings from the state.

Stay inside.

Don’t you dare go outdoors.

If you venture outside, don’t stay too long.

Try not to breathe.

The air is no good.

Don’t pump gas.

Don’t use your lawnmower.

You will die.

And have a nice day.

So what’s going on?

Under the Doyle administration, during these conditions an ozone action alert was issued by the DNR about as often as people changed their sockS. (One, emphasize one was issued for Sheboygan County late this afternoon).

Is the air that much cleaner now under Scott Walker?

That must be it.


Where are all the mosquitoes?


OK, I know they’re around. But in my neck of the woods, they’re nowhere near as bad as they’ve been the last 200 years. What’s up?

Lack of rain?

Ummm, where were you in May and June?

Look, I’m not an epidemiologist and have no scientific data. I’m just a lowly suburban community blogger.

My naked eye observations and gracious skin tell me there’ve been a lot fewer mosquitoes.

However, there’s a host of fireflies I haven’t witnessed since I was a kid.

AHA!

You have a question in the first row little boy?

Yes.

What do fireflies eat?

WHAT DO FIREFLIES EAT?

OUTSTANDING QUESTION!

They eat…

Drum roll…

 

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Where is the best place to cool off in Franklin?


There’s no doubt as to the answer and my family was there earlier tonight:

The Franklin High School swimming pool.

Little Kyla was there for her Little Dipper swimming lesson. The pool has great opportunities for residents to take a dive.

Check it out.

 

Important election news from WRTL

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Candidates Supported by Wisconsin Right to Life PAC in the August 9 and August 16 Recall Elections

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Culinary no-no #234

Culinary no-no's


*THE FOLLOWING IS  A RARE MID-WEEK EDITION OF CULINARY NO-NO. DON'T ASK OR QUESTION WHY. JUST ENJOY"


Hey, how about a nice steaming hot cup of coffee?





Are you crazy?

It's 100 degrees outside!!!

Hot coffee???

No, I am not crazy.

Personally, I would never touch the stuff when the thermometer hits triple digits.

But I know plenty of others do.

I'm so addicted to coffee, I chew on other peoples fingernails Coffee Mug in Metallic Colors

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WOW! Wisconsin Accounts for Half of New US Jobs in June


Something for recall voters to think about...







Gov. Walker signing the 2011-13 state budget. Photo courtesy of state Senator Frank LaSee's office.

Do we really want to return to the Jim Doyle days?

Could there be a Jersey Boys surprise this weekend?





From the outset, let me make it perfectly clear that I have no inside information or scoop of any nature. I am speculating with good reason.

This weekend in Milwaukee, there is a highly fascinating and very interesting entertaining coincidence. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons appear Sunday night at the Marcus Amphitheatre as part of Festa Italiana. On Wednesday, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Jersey Boys” chronicling the story of the Four Seasons opened at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Center for a multi-week run.

Alright. Let’s give it some thought.





Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform SUNDAY NIGHT. Suppose they arrive in town Saturday. Is it possible they make a surprise visit to THE JERSEY BOYS at either of their Saturday performances or the matinee show set for Sunday?

Yeh, I think it’s possible.

Yeh, I think this has been thought about by a lot of schedulers for weeks in advance.

How incredibly cool would this be if the real Jersey Boys walked onto the set of The Jersey Boys.

If you have Jersey Boy tickets for this weekend, hold on to them.

Who do you consider a hero?


I pose a very simple question.

 

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Washington Fails to Cut Spending

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(Today) Senate liberals tabled the “Cut, Cap and Balance” Act which had been put forward by Senator Jim DeMint and free market House Republicans.

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Wisconsin still facing a taxing situation, but it's getting better


WisconsinReporter.com writes:

"Walker reforms bode well for lower taxes in future."

Read the entire article.

Wow, gee, thanks, We Energies


2:01 this afternoon.


There it was in my inbox.

And I’m sure in a lot of inboxes.

It was from We Energies.

They called it a “My Energy Gram.”

It contained information about ways to save on cooling costs.

A great public service?

Not really.

When did this heat wave begin? Last weekend?

They’re just sending me these tips…NOW? (Intentionally tardy?)

I was going to link to the "My Energy Gram," but then I’d be just as late and useless as







FRANKLIN WINS! Next up, Oak Creek


Franklin
defeated Greenfield 11-2 today in the summer baseball tournament to advance against Oak Creek. Oak Creek defeated South Milwaukee 5-1.

The Franklin-Oak Creek game is tomorrow, Saturday, 10:30 at South Milwaukee.

The two teams have split their two games this season.

Saturday's game is huge.

GO GET 'EM SABERS!


 

Goodnight everyone, and have a Real Deal weekend!

Nostalgia


“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

Confucius

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is setting.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

On Wednesday, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Jersey Boys” chronicling the story of the Four Seasons opened at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for a multi-week run. By coincidence, this Sunday night, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons appear at the Marcus Amphitheatre as part of Festa Italiana.

Last Friday night in anticipation of these great performances, This Just In featured the music of Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons, and the Jersey Boys. It sounded so nice, gotta do it twice.

Tonight, as big as the Jersey Boys are, more of the Real Deal.

Mr. friendly announcer, would you provide the introduction, please?




 

Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons


What a nice combo.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performing along with top notch skaters.

The video is from a November 2, 2008 show and it’s available on DVD.

The very first time I heard the Four Seasons was about the same time the Beatles hit America. The record was “Candy Girl.” It did very well, but when you ask a 60’s music fan to name their five favorite Four Seasons’ songs, “Candy Girl” doesn’t come to mind. That’s too bad, it’s a great song.

The mark of a super singer/performer is that even the so-called “lesser” recordings are still of high quality.

That can be said about this tune that, like “Candy Girl” doesn’t get enough air play or recognition. The NBC producers thought enough to include it in their program.


 

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen



Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell





Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson



Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino



Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok




Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy



Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

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The Barking Lot (07/23/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 84.  Sounds uncomfortable and hit or miss to me. "C"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 90.  "C"


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

For the past two summers I have blogged about the incredible, incomprehensible stupidity and cruelty of anyone leaving a dog or child in a hot car.  Sadly, no matter how much media attention is given to this repulsive problem it will obviously never go away.  It’s like any other form of human or animal abuse…  People will continue to be morons; heartless and thoughtless actions won’t end because of a poster campaign

It makes me absolutely crazy when I read about dogs (and babies) left in sweltering cars “for just a few minutes” while whatever idiot driving the car “runs a quick errand.”  My annual blog isn’t going to stop it.  A Photoshopped picture of a dog in an oven isn’t going to stop it.  Humane societies all over the country issuing public service announcements  aren’t going to stop it.  Increasing the charge to a felony with immediate jail time isn’t going to stop it.

The heartbreaking and unavoidable truth is that this abuse will continue for as long as people have cars and own a dog or have a child.  Really I don’t mean to lump dogs and children together.  It’s just that dogs and babies are two of the most vulnerable, innocent and trusting groups of life; they are dependant on their caretakers to make sure their health, safety and well-being are a priority.

I’m sure that no person who leaves a dog or baby in a hot car would consider themselves an “abuser.”  These are owners of the dogs or parents of the children.  Would they ever strike their dog or child?  Starve them?  Lock them in a dark closet for hours or days?  Probably (hopefully) not.  Yet in my mind, abuse is abuse and leaving a completely dependant living being in a car in the summer is just as abusive, just as repulsive, as anything else.

Our judicial system in America will never revert to the barbaric system of “an eye for an eye.”  So, SO many times I wish it would though.  I really would love the perpetrator to sit in a car under the same conditions for the same amount of time that they inflicted on another life.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. You can read Jennifer's own personal blog
here.

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

Michael Vick did what?


Iranians want to buy and sell dogs.


McDonald's manager fired after striking woman with service dog.


Sheriffs threaten to kill paraplegic man's dog.


Who decides whether a dog is vicious?


What's the sentence for stealing two dog bones?


What would work better: a dog or a body scanner?


Driven to distraction by your dog?


Survey shows need to protect handlers, service dogs.


Drug may revolutionize dog overpopualtion.


Swedish police have a
sperm-sniffing dog.


Man sets house on fire trying to cremate dog.


Paco
is a hero. So is Tanner.


Lost seeing eye dog returned after storm.


Amazing story of an 
angel dog.


Capturing canines on photos
can be tough work.


Just got a job? Next: Plan a wedding, get a dog.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

TIME NOW FOR OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.


A German shepherd dog attacks a trainer, who fired a Kalashnikov automatic gun, during an annual cynologist competition held by members of the regional penitentiary camps system, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, July 22, 2011.

A German Shepherd dog attacks a trainer, who fired a Kalashnikov automatic gun, during an annual cynologist competition held by members of the regional penitentiary camps system, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, July 22, 2011. Photo: Reuters.

How about one more...




Gracie the dog snacks on ice dumped on the grass next to the field at Germantown. Gracie and her owner, Ann Charlesworth, were at the school to watch the Brookfield East vs. Pewaukee game. MyCommunityNOW photo: Peter Zuzga


And we close as we always do with our closing video. Enjoy, tell a fellow dog lover about us, and give that dog lots of water.

Watch: Talking dog wants treats!

Week-ends (07/23/11)

Week-ends



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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jacob Perkins


Charles Lopresti


Wendi Deng Murdoch


Lindsay O'Brien


Matthew Olive


Rachelle Friedman


Jeff Cooney


MillerCoors


And we can't forget Willis Carrier



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Oslo bomber(s)


Anthony Sowell


Contessa Brewer


Jane Fonda


The DMV in Nevada



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Do you have a degree in economics?”
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer questioning Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Alabama).


"Yes ma'am, I do. Highest honors.”
Brooks’ response to Brewer.


"It has become evident that the White House is not serious about ending the spending binge that is destroying jobs and endangering our children's future. A deal was never reached, and was never really close."
House Speaker John Boehner on the debt talks.


We’re spending $100,000 a second. By the time I finish this sentence, we’ll have spent a half a million dollars. Of that $100,000 a second, we’re borrowing $40,000 a second.”
Rand Paul


“(Obama) keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.”
Steve Wynn


"I wish they (Republicans) were all f--king dead.”
Gay sex advice columnist Dan Savage on HBO’s Real Time.


I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.
Jane Fonda


(Friends with benefits is) like communism—good in theory, in execution it fails. Friends of mine have done it, and it never ends well. Why do people put themselves through that torture?”
Mila Kunis



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


A ridiculous ordinance in Appleton...and its enforcement.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Those ad nauseam recall ads against the GOP...why don't they mention the collective bargaining controversy?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


How many "beat the heat" stories can they come up with?



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Bride arrested in her gown fails to show up for court.


Inmate sues prison...for saving his life.


How NOT to conquer your fear of heights.


Thanks for checking in.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:



*BREAKING NEWS IN PREP SPORTS*

Final score in the summer baseball tournament today:

FRANKLIN 7

OAK CREEK 2

Franklin advances to a quarter-final match against Waukesha West July 27 at 12:30 at Bukolt Park in Stevens PoinT.

UPDATE: From jsonline.

Spenditol

Jimmy Obama

Lifesaving Laws in Peril

Wisconsin Right To Life
 

Recall Elections Threaten Advancement of Life-Saving Laws.  All of Wisconsin's Unborn Will Reap Results.

My Most Popular Blogs (07/24/11)

Most popular


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

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


1) Franklin parents...

2) Way to go, Mila Kunis!

3) GO GET ‘EM FRANKLIN!

4) Photos of the Week(07/17/11)

5) Who do you consider a hero?

6) Celebrity chef Mario Batali, please stick to cooking

7) Culinary no-no #233

8) The Barking Lot (07/23/11)

9) Just how poor are the poor?

10) Culinary no-no #234


Juuuuuuust missing the top ten, Friday night's Goodnight blog featuring Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.

Recommended Reading (07/24/11)

Recommended reading


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


The new normal for Wisconsin

"
For four months, the nation watched as public workers, students and union members, reacting to Gov. Scott Walker's budget, took to the streets of Madison. It might be tempting to think that a revolution of sorts was in the works.

I hate to burst a perfectly good story, but this was hardly a revolution. If we look past the marchers and their claims of lost rights, we will find what really happened. The true story is that Walker has established a new normal for Wisconsin.

For starters..."


Hey, Mr. President, here are some cuts you could make

"
Normally I write this particular column around tax time or at the end of each year to alert you to some of the wacky ways Washington spends your money. But with the debt ceiling debate reaching crunch time and the president reluctant to list any specific cuts he would actually make, I will perform my public service a little out of sync and give President Obama some well needed direction as to where to use his budget scissors."


Lights out! Big government’s insidious creep inside your home

“Dishwashers that don’t clean dishes, toilets that barely flush and showers that sprinkle—all are the result of government mandates that supposedly will save the environment.

Now government is back with more mandates that essentially ban the incandescent light bulb and the next target of federal regulators could well be the television cable box.

‘This town is a smorgasbord of people who want to tell you how to run your life, from what light bulbs you screw into the socket, to how much water flows through your toilet,’ said Rob Gordon, senior advisor for strategic outreach at the Heritage Foundation.”


Why am I freer than the troops who keep me free?

“In other words, why are the rules of engagement for the average Arizonan or Texan so much clearer and less favorable to the would-be criminal than the rules of engagement our troops have to endure when handling a member of the Taliban or any other group that means them harm?

I posed this question to a few different friends of mine who hold various ranks in the U.S. military and each of them gave roughly the same answer: ‘Our higher-ups don’t want to the lose the public relations war in the Middle East.’

Thus, when our troops see someone planting what looks like an improvised explosive device (I.E.D.) in the ground by a road, they have to seek permission from a Ground Force Commander before engaging the would-be bomber.”


Top Ten Obama Lies

"President Obama is becoming a veritable Pinocchio by stretching the truth on a regular basis.  Here are the Top 10 Obama Lies."


Men should be allowed to veto abortions

"I believe that in those cases in which a man can make a credible claim that he is the father of a developing child in utero, in which he could be a proper custodian of that child, and in which he is willing to take full custody of that child upon its delivery, that the pregnant woman involved should not have the option to abort and should be civilly liable, and possibly criminally liable, for psychological suffering and wrongful death should she proceed to do so."


F-bombs, Glitterbombs, Phlegm Phones and Death Wishes

"There’s no way in Hades that conservatives or Christians could get away with that kind of violent rhetoric and criminal activity without the media and the cops landing on their chest with both boots. But do you know who can get away with that kind of bullcrap?"

Photos of the Week (07/24/11)

Photos of the Week



1) The Fire Department of New York's Ladder Company 3 fire truck is lowered by crane into the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in front of One World Trade, in New York, Wednesday, July 20. This fire truck was used to evacuate people from the World Trade Center towers during the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Here’s another shot. Photos: Seth Weng, AP


2) An injured woman is helped by a man at the scene of a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. The blast blew out most windows on the 17-story building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. Photo: Scanpix Norway / Reuters


3) People check the destroyed carriages of a derailed train, which was carrying 480 passengers and five crew members, at al-Souda about three miles (five kilometers) from the central city of Homs, Syria, Saturday, July 23, 2011. A passenger train derailed and caught fire in central Syria Saturday, killing the driver and injuring 14 passengers, after "saboteurs" tore out part of the tracks, Syrian officials said. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)


4) Attack: A protester, named as Jonnie Marbles, aims a shaving foam pie at Rupert Murdoch as he gives testimony to the Culture, Media and Sport committee. Leaping to his defense, Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng (in pink jacket) aims a right slap at the protester. She landed a slap on the assailant, while another aide shoved a notebook into his face to repel him before the single police officer in the room lumbered to their aid. Photos 1 and 2: Reuters. Photo 3: Sky News


5) In this photo taken Tuesday, July 19, 2011, a leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, 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 was injured. Photo: AP


6) These remarkable photos by Mauricio Handler show a diver in Mujeres, Mexico who was almost sucked into the mouth of a giant whale shark while photographing underwater marine life in July 2011.  According to the Daily Mail, the diver escaped from the encounter without injury. Photo: Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com via Solent News & Photo Agency


7) A Caribbean Flamingo chick pokes its head out from under the wing of one of its parents sitting on a nest mound on display at Zoo Miami, Friday July 22, 2011 in Miami. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP


8) Bees cover beekeeper Lu Kongjiang as he stands on a set of weighing scales during a 'bee bearding' contest on July 16, in Shaoyang, Hunan Province of China. Wang Dalin won the contest after attracting 26.86kg of bees onto his body, covered only by a pair of shorts and swimming goggles. ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images


9) Indian Hindu devotee of goddess Mahankali, M. Ramadass holds two limes in his seven feet moustache during a Swarnalatha Rangam ceremony at The Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on July 18. Swarnalatha Rangam is a ritual where it is believed that the goddess Mahankali enters the body of an unmarried woman and predicts the future. Noah Seelam / AFP - Getty Images


10) A farmer crosses a snow-covered area in Butalelbum, located in Alto Bio Bio, 700 km (435 miles) south of Santiago, July 23, 2011. Heavy snow has affected rural areas of southern Chile, where it has isolated some 16,000 people. The Chilean government has declared a disaster area after the cold snap, with some areas facing up to 2.3 meters of snow, according to local media. Photo: Jose Luis Saavedra / Reuters


11) Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition display adjusts the wedding dress of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20, 2011. It was the best kept secret of the royal wedding, but now the Alexander McQueen dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William is being put on public display for all to admire. Catherine's ivory and white satin-gazar dress, designed by Sarah Burton, goes on show at Buckingham Palace on Saturday as part of the annual summer opening, where hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to see it. One million people lined the streets of London to see William and the former Kate Middleton marry on April 29, but few will have got close enough to appreciate the intense effort that went into the stunning gown. Photo: Reuters


12) A man walks past models posing as mannequins as part of a protest in a COIN department store window in downtown Milan July 18. Italian unions had criticized modelling as "degrading" last week, according to local media reports. The words on the banner reads " Modelling is also a job." Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters


13) A person dressed as Doc Brown with his DeLorean car, from the movie Back to the Future, takes off during the Red Bull Flugtag event in Roundhay Park, Leeds, England, on Sunday July 17, 2011. The Flugtag is a humorous festival of flight in Leeds, where 34 teams of avid aviators are launching their aircraft-type vehicles from the 6m high platform above Roundhay Park lake, to see how far their wacky devices can fly. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe, PA)


14) New York Mets' Jose Reyes (7) presents a boxed American flag that was flown over Citi Field to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry honoring him after the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. Petry, a native of Santa Fe, N.M. , was recently awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. The Mets won 11-2.


15) True grit. Dutch Rabo rider Laurens ten Dam is covered with blood after he crashed descending from the Col d'Agnes mountain pass on July 16 during the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille. The Dutch rider finished the stage with gauze wrapped around his face to cover his bloodied nose. Koen Van Weel / AFP - Getty Images


16) Japan's goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori is beaten by US Alex Morgan as the US scores, making the game 1-0 during the FIFA Women's World Cup final soccer match between in Frankfurt am Main, Germany July 17. Japan defeated the US on penalty kicks. Federico Gambarini / EPA


17) Japan's Saki Kumagai, background, scores the decisive goal past United States goalkeeper Hope Solo during the penalty-shootout of the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The Japanese women's soccer team won their first World Cup Sunday after defeating USA in a penalty shoot-out.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein


18) Players compete during a match at the Swamp Soccer Championships 2011 in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, on July 16. Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA


19) Jenifer Schneider, "The Cannon Lady" is blasted out of the 27-foot barrel of a truck mounted cannon into the air some 40 feet landing in a safety net down the street in front of the Finlen Hotel on East Broadway during the opening day of Evel Knievel Days in uptown Butte, Mont., Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2011. Walter Hinick / AP

Photos of the Week (07/24/11)

Photos of the Week


1) The Fire Department of New York's Ladder Company 3 fire truck is lowered by crane into the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in front of One World Trade, in New York, Wednesday, July 20. This fire truck was used to evacuate people from the World towers during the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Here’s another shot. Photos: Seth Weng, AP Trade Center



2) An injured woman is helped by a man at the scene of a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. The blast blew out most windows on the 17-story building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. Photo: Scanpix Norway / Reuters


3) People check the destroyed carriages of a derailed train, which was carrying 480 passengers and five crew members, at al-Souda about three miles (five kilometers) from the central city of Homs, Syria, Saturday, July 23, 2011. A passenger train derailed and caught fire in central Syria Saturday, killing the driver and injuring 14 passengers, after "saboteurs" tore out part of the tracks, Syrian officials said. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)


4) Attack: A protester, named as Jonnie Marbles, aims a shaving foam pie at Rupert Murdoch as he gives testimony to the Culture, Media and Sport committee. Leaping to his defense, Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng (in pink jacket) aims a right slap at the protester. She landed a slap on the assailant, while another aide shoved a notebook into his face to repel him before the single police officer in the room lumbered to their aid. Photos 1 and 2: Reuters. Photo 3: Sky News


5) In this photo taken Tuesday, July 19, 2011, a leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, 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 was injured. Photo: AP


6) These remarkable photos by Mauricio Handler show a diver in Mujeres, Mexico who was almost sucked into the mouth of a giant whale shark while photographing underwater marine life in July 2011.  According to the Daily Mail, the diver escaped from the encounter without injury. Photo: Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com via Solent News & Photo Agency


7) A Caribbean Flamingo chick pokes its head out from under the wing of one of its parents sitting on a nest mound on display at Zoo Miami, Friday July 22, 2011 in Miami. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP


8) Bees cover beekeeper Lu Kongjiang as he stands on a set of weighing scales during a 'bee bearding' contest on July 16, in Shaoyang, Hunan Province of China. Wang Dalin won the contest after attracting 26.86kg of bees onto his body, covered only by a pair of shorts and swimming goggles. ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images


9) Indian Hindu devotee of goddess Mahankali, M. Ramadass holds two limes in his seven feet moustache during a Swarnalatha Rangam ceremony at The Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on July 18. Swarnalatha Rangam is a ritual where it is believed that the goddess Mahankali enters the body of an unmarried woman and predicts the future. Noah Seelam / AFP - Getty Images


10) A farmer crosses a snow-covered area in Butalelbum, located in Alto Bio Bio, 700 km (435 miles) south of Santiago, July 23, 2011. Heavy snow has affected rural areas of southern Chile, where it has isolated some 16,000 people. The Chilean government has declared a disaster area after the cold snap, with some areas facing up to 2.3 meters of snow, according to local media. Photo: Jose Luis Saavedra / Reuters


11) Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition display adjusts the wedding dress of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20, 2011. It was the best kept secret of the royal wedding, but now the Alexander McQueen dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William is being put on public display for all to admire. Catherine's ivory and white satin-gazar dress, designed by Sarah Burton, goes on show at Buckingham Palace on Saturday as part of the annual summer opening, where hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to see it. One million people lined the streets of London to see William and the former Kate Middleton marry on April 29, but few will have got close enough to appreciate the intense effort that went into the stunning gown. Photo: Reuters


12) A man walks past models posing as mannequins as part of a protest in a COIN department store window in downtown Milan July 18. Italian unions had criticized modelling as "degrading" last week, according to local media reports. The words on the banner reads " Modelling is also a job." Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters


13) A person dressed as Doc Brown with his DeLorean car, from the movie Back to the Future, takes off during the Red Bull Flugtag event in Roundhay Park, Leeds, England, on Sunday July 17, 2011. The Flugtag is a humorous festival of flight in Leeds, where 34 teams of avid aviators are launching their aircraft-type vehicles from the 6m high platform above Roundhay Park lake, to see how far their wacky devices can fly. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe, PA)


14) New York Met Jose Reyes (7) presents a boxed American flag that was flown over Citi Field to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry honoring him after the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. Petry, a native of Santa Fe, N.M. , was recently awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. The Mets won 11-2.


15) True grit. Dutch Rabo rider Laurens ten Dam is covered with blood after he crashed descending from the Col d'Agnes mountain pass on July 16 during the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille. The Dutch rider finished the stage with gauze wrapped around his face to cover his bloodied nose. Koen Van Weel / AFP - Getty Images


16) Japan's goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori is beaten by US Alex Morgan as the US scores, making the game 1-0 during the FIFA Women's World Cup final soccer match between in Frankfurt am Main, Germany July 17. Japan defeated the US on penalty kicks. Federico Gambarini / EPA


17) Japan's Saki Kumagai, background, scores the decisive goal past United States goalkeeper Hope Solo during the penalty-shootout of the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The Japanese women's soccer team won their first World Cup Sunday after defeating USA in a penalty shoot-out.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein


18) Players compete during a match at the Swamp Soccer Championships 2011 in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, on July 16. Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA


19) Jenifer Schneider, "The Cannon Lady" is blasted out of the 27-foot barrel of a truck mounted cannon into the air some 40 feet landing in a safety net down the street in front of the Finlen Hotel on East Broadway during the opening day of Evel Knievel Days in uptown Butte, Mont., Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2011. Walter Hinick / AP

From the world of entertainment, prepare for the over-reactions


The worldwide news media is about to inundate us with story after story grieving over the loss of what they perceive to be a colossal musical talent. In doing so, they will fail their occupation, their very own words, and society.

No one should die when they’re but 27.



British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival in St. Lucia in this May 8, 2009 file photo. Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London, Sky News reported on July 23, 2011.






That includes Amy Winehouse, a drug and alcohol addicted tattooed slut who turned an anthem about rehabilitation into a slew of Grammy Awards, perpetuating the perception that the awards are like stale old Henny Youngman offerings.  

Over the days ahead, prepare for over the top assessments of a young woman that probably did possess talent, but it measured nowhere near the hyperbole about to be hoisted on global TV, radio, newspaper and Internet consumers.

Winehouse is, excuse me, was just the type of entertainer the gullible Hollywood-type press would have us believe is incredibly magnanimous.

The trashy façade and lifestyle? That just adds to the mystique.

Horrendous lyrics and musical arrangements? So what!

She’s appearing in court? How cool! Better have a photographer there.

Totally lacking class and dignity? An attrocious role model? I repeat, so what!

Regular readers know how nostalgic I am. Compare Amy Winehouse to other female singers in their 20’s:

Diana Ross

Karen Carpenter

Nancy Sinatra

Barbara Streisand

Carly Simon

Donna Summer

Aretha Franklin

Mama Cass

Linda Ronstadt

Tina Turner

Dionne Warwick

Please, try to tell me there’s any comparison.

We’ll never know what Winehouse was capable of, but the trend was far less than anything close to resembling artistic excellence. Even so, the critics will tell us we lost a genius. Don’t insult my intelligence.



British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Holborn Police Station in central London in this April 25, 2008 file photo. Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London, Sky News reported on July 23, 2011.



LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  A body is removed from Amy Winehouse's house on July 23, 2011 in London, England. Singer Winehouse, 27, was found dead today.




About that anti-Scott Walker poll


Liberals are quite selective when it comes to polls.

Most people support photo ID.

The liberal response:

ZZZZZZZZZZ

Most people support capital punishment.

ZZZZZZZZZZ

Most people support conceal carry.

ZZZZZZZZZZ

59% disapprove of Governor Walker.

Suddenly liberals awake from their coma.

D
uring this weekend’s “InterCHANGE” program, one of the topics was the Governor’s ability raise lots of cash after only a few short months in office. I asserted it’s because his policies are working and getting support.

Uber-liberal Joel McNally chimed in about the poll, a Badger Poll showing a majority disapprove of the Governor.

In Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, columnist Steve Walters who will never be accused of shilling for Republicans also referred to the poll in an article suggesting that unlike Walker, WI AG JB Van Hollen has managed to avoid any scrutiny. Walters writes:

A UW-Madison Badger Poll released on July 13 found that 59% disapproved of Gov. Scott Walker's job performance, and 37% approved. The 556-respondent poll, conducted between June 17 and July 10, had a margin of error of 4.2%.”

The error both McNally and Walters make is being so lazy as to simply accept the numbers without further review. One has to look behind the numbers as Media Trackers actually did in a moment of true journalism.

59% disapprove of Governor Walker? On the surface, sounds like Walker is loved about as much as the Soviet basketball team.  But actually do some analysis, some journalistic homework and you find, as Media Trackers did, the following:

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Culinary no-no #235

Culinary no-no's


Just how in the world would we survive without the ingenious folks at The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

They sound so official and so smart...

NOT.

I recall many, many, many years ago this group putting out an urgent bulletin: Cinnamon rolls might be fattening.





Ya think??!!

The Center has announced the restaurant items with the most fat and sodium, advising that the average person should limit calorie intake per day to 2,000 calories.

We begin with Denny's "Fried Cheese Melt," a grilled cheese sandwich that contains four fried mozzarella sticks. 

1260 calories.







Applebee's "Provolone Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine."

1520 calories.



Applebee's Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs With Fettuccine


 

The Cheesecake Factory's "Red Velvet Cheesecake."

1540 calories.




And Cold Stone Creamery's "PB&C Shake" (peanut butter & chocolate).

2010 calories.





Now, we all should be extremely grateful for this tremendously insightful, and helpful public service provided by the Rhodes Scholars at the (deep breath) Center for Science in the Public Interest.

I mean, hey, who knew?

The painfully obvious proclamations from The Center for Blah Blah Blah notwithstanding, the nanny state led by the Obamas doesn't believe we're smart enough to know a cheeseburger has a bunch of calories, a double cheeseburger has even more, and a triple is off the charts.

Some restaurants are or will be required by government over-regulation to list the calories of each menu offering. Many would argue this public sector interference is just so terrific. They would be of the well-intentioned crowd and we know what they say about good intentions on a road.

Problem.

Those calorie accounts mandated by Uncle Sam...they’re not accurate. ABC News reports:

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week showed the accuracy of caloric counts from restaurants is unknown. On the same day, the Center for Science in the Public Interest released its annual Xtreme Eating Awards to eight menu items which may strike fear into the hearts of calorie-counters.

Susan Roberts of TuftsUniversity and her co-authors studied 269 food items and 242 unique foods from 42 restaurants. The foods and restaurants were randomly selected from quick-serve and sit-down restaurants in Massachusetts, Arkansas and Indiana between January and June 2010.

While the researchers found that stated energy contents of restaurant foods were accurate overall, there was ‘substantial inaccuracy’ for some individual foods, with understated energy contents for those with lower energy contents. “

You think it matters to government bureaucrats that they are enforcing a system that is unreliable and false?

The feds, the states, the locals simply need to stop wasting their time and just let people decide if they want the poached eggs or the triple omelet.

Read more from ABC and responses from restaurants.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Here's yet another example of the foolishness surrounding the proposed solutions to America's weight problem. It's the same solution liberals offer for everything.


A CULINARY NO-NO OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

Are you an oenophile?

Please, go no further.


AND WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS...

Sweetness.

When it comes to trust...


Where do Americans turn?

You thought the WI DMV was bad…


In California, one out of every three disabled parking placards is being used illegally. Many placards are routinely mailed to dead people. The loss of revenue is substantial.

Officials say they're trying to fix the problem. That's scary.

Read more from the LA Times.

UPDATE: Let's pass Caylee's Law In Wisconsin


Two weeks ago I suggested and hailed efforts to pass a Wisconsin version of Caylee’s Law.

In my view, it would be unconscionable to be opposed to or find fault with such legislation. The Appleton Post-Crescent did manage to find someone.

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin


Here's the update for Monday, July 25, 2011 including:


One Madison physician confronts the abortion industry

Ohio Bishops: No Catholic fundraising for Komen for the Cure

"Stamp out pregnancy": Obamacare to force coverage of all contraceptives, sterilization

The Latest News You Can Use From WRTL

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Franklin Mayor Taylor may be on to something, but can he pull it off?


In April, I blogged
that Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke posed a great question.

In the event of a fire in Franklin, do four, count ‘em, four fire chiefs need to be on the scene?

Sounds like government waste in need of government consolidation to me.

Good news: Concerned officials are discussing the issue. Franklin mayor Tom Taylor graces the cover of the latest edition of the Business Journal and its page one story, "The Costs of Government."

"Government is probably at a place where business was 30 years ago," Taylor told the paper. "We have to look at right-sizing, reorganizing, consolidation. But you can also keep your autonomy." The mayor is the chair of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, comprised of all 19 leaders of Milwaukee County municipalities.

The concept is brimming with common sense. Attaining consensus and execution is a whole different ballgame, although there seems to be growing support among those who pay the bills, as borne out by the latest People Speak Poll taken by the Business Journal, the Center for Urban Initiatives and research at UW-Milwaukee, and the Public Policy Forum.
The poll of 391 residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties was conducted during late June/early July. Here are some key findings:


·         89% of the survey respondents are satisfied with the quality of municipal services provided, 85% with the type of services provided.
·        
67% are satisfied with the cost of services.
·        
65% regard their municipal government as being a good or excellent value. That compares to 52% for county government and 46% for state government.
·        
The most important municipal services are police/fire/paramedics (34%), public works/roads, snow plowing (16%), other (15%), garbage/recycling/yard waste (13%), education/schools (11%).
·        
For those respondents who believe public safety services are the most important municipal services, about half believe those services are best provided by an individual municipality, as opposed to being shared among several municipalities or provided by the county.
·        
About half agree that if their municipality provided police, fire, or emergency medical services jointly with other municipal governments, it is at least somewhat likely the taxpayers would save money.
·         About half of the respondents feel the service they deem most important is best provided by their municipal government, regardless of the type of service. Roughly a quarter of respondents feel the service would best be provided at the county level. Less than a fifth believe the service is best provided jointly by two or more municipalities.
·        
Residents in the southern suburbs of Milwaukee County (Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and West Allis) are more likely to perceive value from their city or village government than are residents of the rest of the county.


What about shared services?

·         Of existing shared services, the Federated Library System generated the most favorable impressions (76% have “good” impression) while MMSD generated the most unfavorable impressions (36% have “bad” impression).
·         About half of respondents say shared services are likely to save taxpayers money in all cases.
·        Nearly two-thirds of respondents feel sharing public health services could likely provide a cost savings.
·         There are some services that a majority of respondents feel might be appropriate candidates for service sharing and could likely result in tax savings, such as public health, parks and recreation, and internal, back office services. 


Back to Mayor Taylor. He thinks suburban residents in southern Milwaukee County would be open to shared fire services, but not shared police services. Taylor also thinks suburbs that don’t consolidate police services could pursue joint purchasing and joint training.

Regional cooperation and consolidation sounds laudable and cordial. Once you take the idea off the locker room blackboard, it may not always be favorable. In Milwaukee County, too many in power are of the mindset that cooperation means the haves (the perceived affluent areas) must take care of the have-nots. Consider the current political landscape at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Does anyone seriously believe the County Executive, the County Board Chairman,  the majority of Milwaukee County Supervisors, or even city of Milwaukee officials care to any great extent about the interests of Franklin, Oak Creek, Greendale or Greenfield?

Recently, Mayor Taylor voiced his frustrations at a Milwaukee County redistricting hearing about Supervisor John Weishan. Taylor contends Weishan has a long vendetta against Franklin, even over the simplest matters.
Weishan promptly responded by going after a major Franklin project.

Would Weishan have done so if Taylor had not protested? I actually think he would have (Read more on this at
Bryan Maersch’s blog).

Policy and personal differences can impede the best intended goals of cooperation and consolidation, tying up the mission and preventing cost savings. However, there’s now a new dynamic at hand. The key players are talking.

NOTE: The above-mentioned Business Journal article is only available online to subscribers.

UPDATE: From FranklinNOW

A MUST READ: "God is the explanation"

Kevin's favorites


Being involved in the media for over 30 years and having been a news consumer/junkie for even longer, I have heard/read/covered some amazing stories. The one I’m about to share ranks near the top.

The captivating column tells an incredible story guaranteed to generate emotion.

It is touching.

It is moving.

It is inspirational.

It is heartwarming while at the same time heartbreaking.

This outstanding piece is by Andrew Dys of the Charlotte Observer.

Franklin, prepare for regional cooperation, whether you want to or not


That also goes for you, Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point t, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, River Hills, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Wauwatosa, West Allis, west Milwaukee, and Whitefish Bay.

The Milwaukee Common Council, in its infinite wisdom, voted 10-5 today to approve a downtown streetcar with an incredible price tag, likely price overruns, and no assurance enough riders will pay for its operation.

Voting for this transit disaster: Aldermen
Milele Coggs, Ashanti Hamilton, Robert Puente, Willie Wade, Jim Witkowiak, Terry Witkowski, Tony Zielinski, Bauman and Kovac.

Having the smarts to vote against: Aldermen Joe Davis, James Bohl, Bob Donovan, Michael Murphy, and Joe Dudzik.

The aldermen voted to approve a crazy streetcar route that begins and ends nowhere, continues in a goofy loop that doesn’t make stops at popular destinations forcing riders to walk to get there,

Milwaukee’s share of the cost is $9.7 million. The total cost is $64.6 million. If anyone truly believes that the total cost will be $64.6 million after ripping up streets and disrupting utilities and installing the route lines, they’re either insane or are perfect Milwaukee alderman material.

But we’re using federal money, Kevin!

A boondoggle is a boondoggle, regardless of who’s paying the tab, and in this case, it’s ALL taxpayer money.

The Milwaukee Common Council also voted for this extravagant waste without knowing the ultimate operating authority. Will it be the city? Unlikely. Or will the streetcar be gobbled up as part of the Milwaukee County Mass Transit System? Very likely.

Guess what Franklin and all you other suburban taxpayers? That means you will pay for a city streetcar you will seldom, if ever utilize.

That’s the city of Milwaukee’s idea of regional cooperation. You suburban taxpayers with your deep pockets pay for our stuff, In the case of the streetcar, county taxes and utility bills are sure to rise. Refuse or object? We’ll just play the race card.

Think about it suburban residents. In a matter of moments today, without representation, politicians in a different jurisdiction voted to dig into your pocketbooks.

That’s regional cooperation, coerced, city of Milwaukee style.

Follow Franklin in the state summer baseball tournament


The WIAA summer baseball state tournament begins Wednesday. Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, July 27
Quarterfinals - 10:05 a.m.
Game #1 - Brookfield East (19-13) vs. Marquette (24-9)
Game #2 - Waukesha West (24-9) vs. Franklin (26-7)

Quarterfinals - 3:35 p.m.
Game #3 - Sheboygan Falls (18-11) vs. Whitefish Bay (20-13)
Game #4 - West Salem (24-5) vs. West Bend West (26-5)

Thursday, July 28
Semifinals - 10:05 a.m.
Game #5 - Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #2
Game #6 - Winner of Game #3 vs. Winner of Game #4

Championship Final - 3:35 p.m.
Game #7 - Winner of Game #5 vs. Winner of Game #6

All state tournament games will be streamed on a same-day delay basis on www.foxsportswisconsin.com. Internet speeds from the park will determine if live streaming will be available.


UPDATE

Due to rain, the start of the 47th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Summer Baseball State Tournament is postponed until Thursday.



Photo: Peter Zuzga, MyCommunityNOW



Thursday-Friday, July 28-29
Bukolt Park, Stevens Point, Wis.

Quarterfinals:  Thursday, July 28

Game-1: Brookfield East (19-13) vs. Marquette (24-9) - 8 a.m.
 

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This entry is dedicated to all my liberal friends


It's true.

While all are encouraged to read my blog, this particular entry is geared especially toward liberal Democrats, many of whom I know tune in to This Just In...






Are you ready?






Great!


The U.S. flag is raised over the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 23 during an event to honor veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima.


Let's go!


A fan shows her true colors during a women's tennis match at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre in Beijing in 2008.


In keeping with the title of my blog, allow me to inform you…


Sixty thousand American flags are placed in the ground as part of a Flag Day Memorial in Fairless Hills, Pa.


A brand new study is out.





It’s by Psychological Science.





Psychological Science reports:


"There is scant evidence that incidental cues in the environment significantly alter people’s political judgments and behavior in a durable way. We report that a brief exposure to the American flag led to a shift toward Republican beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior among both Republican and Democratic participants, despite their overwhelming belief that exposure to the flag would not influence their behavior."





"In Experiment 1, which was conducted online during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, a single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months after the exposure to the prime.





"In Experiment 2, we replicated the findings more than a year into the current Democratic presidential term. These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability."

 




In other words, just a short exposure to an image of the American flag  shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics.



Katy Perry performs onstage during 'VH1 Divas Salute the Troops' presented by the USO at the MCAS Miramar on December 3, 2010 in Miramar, California.


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Stop the EPA's attack on property rights!

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President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States.

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Absentee ballot confusion reigns during recalls


Given the various sets of election dates in the middle of summer, this isn't surprising.

From the Wisconsin Reporter:

“One thing can be said about the rapid-fire mailing campaigns urging Wisconsin voters to cast absentee ballots ahead of next month’s remaining recall elections: They appear to be working.

In Portage, for instance, some residents walked into City Hall recently expecting the polls to be open, thanks to a Democratic Party of Wisconsin mailing entreating voters in the 14th Senate District to ‘Vote Early’ and ‘Vote Now,’ said Melissa Leeland, Portage deputy city clerk.

‘Many are elderly,’ she said of the confused voters.

The bigger problem, Leeland said, is that at least some voters in the Aug. 9 recall election — pitting incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Olsen against Democratic challenger Rep. Fred Clark — were not sure whether they even voted.”

Read the entire article.

Time to get tough on out of control fans


The battery statute in Wisconsin states that, “Whoever causes bodily harm to another by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or another without the consent of the person or another without the consent of the person so harmed is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”

That is punishable by up to 9 months imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine or both. Classes of individuals including law enforcement officers, firefighters, parole agents, aftercare agents, witnesses and jurors are afforded greater protection. Maybe it’s time to add sports officials to the mix.

FranklinNOW.com reports two women were arrested by Franklin police for harassing an umpire after a youth baseball game last week:

"The two women, a 42-year old Fox Point woman and a 44-year old Greenfied woman, were upset that an umpire ejected the son of the Fox Point woman from the baseball game. About 9:15 p.m. on July 18, they sought out the umpire in the parking lot and began yelling at him, causing a disturbance. During the argument, the Fox Point woman knocked the hat off the umpire and atempted to pul down the trunk of his vehicle to get his license plate number."

Fortunately, the incident didn't get violent. But that isn't always the case.


The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) has long documented numerous episodes of assaults against amateur officials by coaches , players and fans. NASO reports:

"Fan assaults on officials can become the most danegrous type of assaults to deal with. The danger is heightened because these assaults normally occur after the game is over away from other individuals and participants. Often, the official is assaulted by multiple attackers. If an assault occurs out of the view of anyone else, it is difficult to escape serious injury and to prove the identity of the attackers.

Many states do have statutes in effect that can be used to punish the athlete, coach, or fan who assaults a sports official. Frequently, the assault cases...went through the criminal courts. The problem is that these assaults keep occurring. The laws are not deterring individuals from committing assaults on sports officials. In many instances, the punishments are small compared to the severity of the crimes."

That's not surprising. No wonder the attacks don't stop. Our justice system goes lenient on unruly fans.

Wisconsin has been debating this issue for decades. I extensively covered proposed legislation in the late 1980's while working at WUWM. The bill at the time would have made battery against a sports official a felony. But it went nowhere because opponents I interviewed at the state Capitol felt greater sympathy for the assailants than their victims.

So the assaults will probably conntinue.

Fred Engh, founder of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) says, "Parents aren't behaing and acting the way they they do because no one has told them they couldn't. No one is there to tell them if they keep acting like this they're out of here."

Franklin's Michael Richichi, a recreational, high school, and college baseball umpire told the NASO, "Parents are not willing to simply accept their children's misfortune or mistakes in a game nowadays. Parents want to confront the officials in the parking lot or as they come off the field and blame us for their kids not performing to their expectations. It's easy to blame someone else."

I don't foresee any move to change Wisconsin law anytime soon. That is, unless something terrible happens on some diamond or football field or basketball court.

Sad that we can't be more proactive rather than reactive.

The WIAA should consider a change of venue


Six of the eight teams participating in the WIAA Summer Baseball Tournament are from our area (Brookfield East, Marquette, Waukesha West, Franklin, Whitefish Bay, and West Bend West). The same was true last year with six of the eight teams from this part of the state, and the year before that.

Ideally, the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and title game should have been played at a spot much closer to Milwaukee than Stevens Point. There have to be facilities as good as or better than Bukolt Park.

Moving the tournament to the southeast will, of course, never happen. High school athletic officials in these parts will privately tell you that the Stevens Point-based WIAA could care less about this corner of the state, especially Milwaukee.

Imagine the crowds that would have attended this year’s tourney if it had been closer to where the teams actually call home.

UPDATE

From JR who’s live blogging at the summer baseball tournament in Stevens Point:

“Just talked (to an) AD from a Classic 8 conference school who just confirmed that the WBCA will recommend to the WIAA that BOTH spring and summer tournaments be played at the new Concordia University field in Mequon. The WBCA will approve in September with the support of the the WIAA's board of Control's Jack Klebsedol who is also the AD of Germantown. In turn the WIAA board of Control is expected to approve in early October.”

Good move.

Didja hear the one about the blonde who smashed up four luxury cars?


Problem is...it's not a joke.


 

Summer baseball tournament update from the WIAA

** Quarterfinal Game #4 suspended due to rain. Game will resume Friday, July 29 at 8 a.m. **

Thursday-Friday, July 28-29
Bukolt Park, Stevens Point, Wis.

Quarterfinals: Thursday, July 28

Game-1: Marquette (25-9) 3, Brookfield East (19-14) 2

Game-2: Franklin (27-7) 14,Waukesha West (24-10) 7 (8)

Game-3:
Whitefish Bay (21-13) 9, Sheboygan Falls (18-12) 2
Game-4: West Bend West (26-5) 2, West Salem (24-5) 1 (Suspended in the 3rd inning. Will resume at 8 a.m. Friday, July 29 at 8 a.m.)

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What you won't see at Milwaukee's German Fest this weekend

 
Participants of the German finger-wrestling championships compete during the event in Stoetten am Auerberg, southern Germany Sunday July 24, 2011. AP photo

What you will see:







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UPDATE: Week-ends (07/23/11)


Last Saturday’s Week-ends post
featured the following:

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Those ad nauseam recall ads against the GOP...why don't they mention the collective bargaining controversy?

Lo and behold, today’s MJS:

Recall campaigns aren’t focusing on collective bargaining

Thank you for your service to Franklin, Bryan Maersch


The world of politics is cruel. It is unfair.

Franklin resident and blogger Bryan Maersch had been serving as an appointed member of the city’s Technology Commission.

Maersch is highly qualified to serve. For the past 22 years, he has been an Information Technology professional at Northwestern Mutual. The past 11 years he has been a Systems and Project Specialist in the NM Compliance Department’s Systems division, administering the system that monitors NML’s Financial Representatives’ email for non-compliant language which is legally required by both the Security Exchange Commission and the watchdog organization, FINRA. This experience has proved to be invaluable to the city of Franklin as the Technology Commission has discussed email archiving for the city. Maersch has a complete understanding of the Technology Commission’s oversight of the city’s website.

Franklin mayor Tom Taylor has opted not to extend Maersch’s spot on the Commission that officially expired in April. Call it what you want. The mayor rejected, dumped, canned, fired Maersch. That, of course, is his prerogative as mayor.

Keep in mind that Maersch and other commission members volunteer their time and impressive expertise resulting in major savings to the city if they had to secure such professional knowledge in the market.

I fully understand how apathetic Franklin is. While the average citizen hates the taxing and spending here, that citizen typically does nothing about it, misleading the powers that be to misinterpret their sentiments and continue on with their taxing and spending ways. An appointment to a volunteer commission is much too inside baseball for 99.9% of Franklin to care even the slightest.

But Franklin should care. Part of the duties of the city’s CEO, the mayor is to select appropriate residents to serve on various boards and commissions. The faith and trust the voters put in the mayor is that he/she will choose the best qualified for the positions.

One could argue that Maersch had his dumping coming because he has been highly critical of the mayor on his personal blog. If that’s the case, how does the mayor explain his playing footsy with Franklin resident Greg Kowalski who is one of the head honchos of a group wanting to work with the city to develop facilities with no concrete details or costs or funding sources (other than the taxpayers). Kowalski was consistently critical of Mayor Taylor on his various blogs in the past.

Kowalski’s uber-liberal view of business is the kind of mindset that has destroyed Wisconsin’s business climate. Governor Walker is desperately trying to improve that climate, and Mayor Taylor is a Walker supporter. So what’s the deal of playing nice with Kowalski, but dumping Maersch?

I’ll let you connect the dots.

Mayor Taylor may have been smiling when he gave the axe to Maersch, but it’s a loss for the city.

How low can AFSCME go?

SOUNDS SO NICE HAD TO DO IT TWICE!


CONGRATULATIONS JIM HUGHES AND THE FRANKLIN SUMMER BASEBALL TEAM FOR WINNING

BACK TO BACK STATE TITLES!


Franklin repeats as state champion

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend to sing about!

Nostalgia


Music is love in search of a word.

Sidney Lanier, American musician and poet


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is setting.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Earlier this week, British singer Amy Winehouse died. She was 27.

Many other more talented female vocalists also died too soon. Tonight, a few of their musical memories.

According to her bio, this singer’s youth was plagued by spinal meningitis that left her partially paralyzed, deafened, and blinded temporarily. She recovered to become Motown’s first star, and toured with the Beatles overseas.

Here she is on “Shindig!” performing her biggest hit.



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From her bio:

“In 1990, Wells was diagnosed with larynx cancer, hindering her ability to sing. Despite her health condition, In early fall of 1991, Mary traveled to Washington D.C., where she testified before a Congressional Committee concerning funding for cancer research. She said: ‘I'm here today to urge you to keep the faith. I can't cheer you on with all my voice, but I can encourage, and I pray to motivate you with all my heart and soul and whispers.’

After a bout of pneumonia, Wells was hospitalized once more and spent her last days at the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital. On July 26, 1992, the First Lady of Motown died.”

Mary Wells was 49.


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The best cartoons of the week


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




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Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



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Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler



Political Cartoons by Chip Bok




Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




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Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail





Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

The Barking Lot (07/30/11)

The Barking Lot


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

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Explaining the facts of life to liberals

Week-ends (07/30/11)

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Greg Ebert


Rachel Beckwith and her supporters


Joao Silva


Carlos Partida


Lauren Collins


Ronald Bracey


Franklin High School



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The Gardens of Southgate


Perry County (PA) prosecutors



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"That’s the real crisis – the unemployment, not the deficit. We don’t have a deficit problem right now. In the long term, we have a deficit problem – we’ve got to get it under control but not right now. Right now we’ve got to get unemployment under control. If we got unemployment down to 7 percent, down to 5 percent, which is what it was in 2005, and 2007 rather before the recession hit, if we got it down to 5 percent, half the deficit would be eliminated just by that – half the deficit without cutting a nickel from the budget. So, we have to address the real problem. The real problem is we are not taxing properly.

The way to get out of that unemployment crisis is to spend money on more food stamps and on aid to states and local governments so they don’t lay off people and on infrastructure so we can be competitive and put people to work and if we did that, unemployment would go down, tax receipts would go up and we’d be well on our way out of this so-called crisis."

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)


"What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."
Nancy Pelosi prior to a vote in the House on the debt ceiling.


Part of the problem is today, only 53% pay any federal income tax at all; 47% pay nothing. We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something, even if it’s a dollar.”
Michele Bachmann


The past few weeks I've asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: ‘I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did 'love' him, I can't think of anyone who still does.’ Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? ‘Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.’ With Bush, ‘if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is 'genuine.' He ‘doesn't exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine’."
Columnist Peggy Noonan


I know the president’s worried about his next election. But my God, shouldn’t we be worried about the country?”
John Boehner


We’d be better off if president’s cabinet had at least run a lemonade stand.”
Michele Bachmann


Mr. President, the Republicans have passed a plan that avoids a downgrade by the rating agencies. Mr. President, the Republicans have passed the 2012 Ryan budget that saves the entitlement programs. Democrats have proposed nothing. Nothing at all. For an inexcusable 813 days, unprecedented in American history. Where's the budget, Democrats?”
Blogger Doug Ross


Having built a small business into a big one, I can tell you that today the impediments that the government imposes are impossible to deal with. Home Depot would never have succeeded if we'd tried to start it today. Every day you see rules and regulations from a group of Washington bureaucrats who know nothing about running a business. And I mean every day. It's become stifling....I'm not sure Obama would understand anything that I'd say, because he's never really worked a day outside the political or legal area. He doesn't know how to make a payroll, he doesn't understand the problems businesses face.”
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus


I think I doubt Brett Favre would come back to play another year of football, though if he's going to back up anyone anywhere, it would be Mike Vick in Philadelphia. Media maestro Howard Eskin reported the possibility of this Saturday night; Jay Glazer solidly knocked it down Sunday. And so it goes. I'm not buying it. But Favre loves Andy Reid, his Green Bay quarterback coach in 1997 and '98. He loves Doug Pederson (who was in Favre's foursome in California when Favre got the news of his father's death the day before that game in Oakland in 2003), one of Favre's good friends and now the Eagle quarterback coach. And he has nothing much to do these days. Why not hold a clipboard for $4 million for five months? I believe it will not happen. But we shall see.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated on the latest Brett Favre rumors.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Just how many college kids are sexting?



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


How low can AFSCME go?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


That whole debt ceiling thing had to be covered. But when NOTHING is happening, it can bring out the worst in reporting.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


The latest rubber mask.


What's it like to wake up...here?


Thanks for checking in.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


E-mails, I get e-mails: The recession has hit everybody so hard that ...


Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can't afford batteries.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.
 
Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
 
A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while
she danced.
 
I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

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

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
 
My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
 
Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's
names.
 
My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they
re-possessed her!
 
A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.
 
The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

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

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my
savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline.
I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got
all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

Only $5-$10


Two WI utilities claim the cost of that recent week-long heat wave will only add about $5- $10 to their customers’ bills.

No word from We Energies.

Of course, we’re now in the grips of another heat wave.

$5-$10 more, that’s all, huh?

Next they’ll be selling us bridges.

It has come to this...


It’s the most beautiful state Capitol building in America.




It was trashed earlier this year by angry protesters.









As a result...


UPDATE: Jeff Plale has intervened.




West Bend West coach classy in defeat


Jim Hughes: Outstanding baseball coach at Franklin High.

His Saber team: Highly talented group with no quit. State summer baseball champs for the second year in a row.

West coach Bill Albrecht: Class act in a losing effort.

The odds seemed insurmountable, stacked against West Bend west because of incredibly foolish and unfair scheduling decisions made by the WIAA in this year’s state tournament.

Heavy rains poured down upon Stevens Point, the wrong site year after year for this event, especially given that anywhere from 75-90% of the teams come from SE WI. The inclement weather forced the WIAA to postpone games. In their infinite wisdom, the WIAA concocted an ensuing schedule that fell as heavily as the storms on just one team: West Bend West.

When the heavens erupted, West Bend West was in the middle of their quarterfinal game. The other quarterfinals had been completed. Whoever won that quarterfinal matchup (West) would be in the unenviable position of having to win three, count ‘em, three games in one day to win the state title.

That’s Nuts. That’s crazy. That’s insane. That’s the WIAA.

West got to the state title game, and then amazingly had enough gas left in the tank to come up just one run short against the high powered Franklin Sabers.

West coach Albrecht certainly had legitimate excuses.

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Urgent: Unions Ramp Up Attacks on Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin Reformers

Dear Friend: Teachers' unions in Wisconsin have cooked up their biggest scheme in a generation: bankrolling efforts to recall six state senators who supported Governor Scott Walker's sweeping reforms. The first of these recall elections will take place in less than two weeks.

 

Dear Friend:

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My Most Popular Blogs (07/31/11)

Most popular


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

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


1) Follow Franklin in the state summer baseball tournament

2) Thank you for your service to Franklin, Bryan Maersch

3) A MUST READ: "God is the explanation"

4) Time to get tough on out of control fans

5) Photos of the Week (07/24/11)

6) Photos of the Week (11/29/09)

    Summer baseball tournment update from the WIAA


8) Culinary no-no #235

9) Franklin Mayor Taylor may be on to something, but can he pull it off?

10) This entry is dedicated to all my liberal friends

Recommended Reading (07/31/11)

Recommended reading


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

Walker's vindication

"In Brown Deer and school districts across the state, Walker’s budget repair bill, known as Act 10, is working just as he promised."


The falling price of Wisconsin public education

"Wisconsin schools, once scrambling for every tax dollar available and relentlessly proposing new ones for taxpayers, are now seeing their cost of doing business drop, thanks to the collective bargaining reform law that has now taken effect.

The new law, which was met with union protests unlike this generation has seen, put more power into the hands of school boards and administrators to set spending policy.  That’s because spending policy was taken off the collective bargaining table, where the Wisconsin Education Association Council could manipulate the process to its own self-serving advantage."


Early intervention, not release

"Tough sentencing is an effective crime-control strategy. Every day a criminal spends behind bars is another day that he cannot victimize another human being."


Government's proposed kid food ad guidelines is a jobs killer

"Thanks to proposed new 'voluntary guidelines' on what food companies can market to children proposed by a government interagency working group comprised of four federal agencies, Americans could see the economy lose another 74,000 jobs."


Plugged-in Poverty 

"The most recent government data show more than half of the families defined as poor by the Census Bureau now have a computer in the home. More than three of every four poor families have air conditioning, almost two-thirds have cable or satellite television, and 92 percent have microwaves.  

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2011 FRANKLIN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOS


2011 WIAA SUMMER BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
BUKOLT PARK
STEVENS POINT, WI

QUARTERFINALS

Franklin 14, Waukesha West 7 (8 innings)



Franklin's Evan Walton watches the ball leave the park after hitting a solo home run on the first pitch of the game against Waukesha West.






In that same 1st inning, Franklin's Jake Penegor is congratulated by coach Jim Hughes after hitting a two-run homer.






Another of Franklin's big plays. Franklin catcher Jesse Palok tags Waukesha West's Zack Hastings out at home.






This one hurt. Waukesha West's Alex Lawrence rounds first base after hitting a two-run homer to tie the Wolverines' game against Franklin in the seventh inning and send it into extra innings.

Then in the top of the 8th...


 

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Photos of the Week (07/31/11)

Photos of the Week


1) A message left by U.S. President Barack Obama in a book of condolence for the victims of two separate attacks in Norway last week is seen during his visit to the Norwegian Embassy in Washington July 26, 2011. Photo: Reuters


2) Taliban graffiti shows an AK-47 assault rifle and the word 'Allah' at left, along with Taliban fighters at right, decorating a wall in the Musa Qala district center and the current Battalion Command Headquarters for the U.S. Marine 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Monday, July 25, 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The district center, once a large opium market under Taliban control also served as sleeping quarters for opium addicts. The graffiti, from that period, depicts Taliban fighters shooting down Russian, American or coalition planes, blowing up their tanks and taking their prisoners. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


3) A Russian soldier holds a desk with his mouth at the harbor of Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok on Friday, July 29. Yuri Maltsev / Reuters


4) A woman holds a sign with a message for U.S. President Barack Obama as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington, July 27, 2011. Photo: Reuters


5)
A stuffed dog sits next to a sign at a protest against gay marriage in front of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in New York, Sunday, July 24, 2011. New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings in a close state Senate vote on June 24 after strong lobbying by Cuomo and advocates. The first gay marriages in New York were performed just after midnight and continued through the day at municipal offices that opened for special weekend hours. AP photo


6)
Canadian Press reporter Alex Posadzki leans over Toronto's downtown while participating in a media preview of EdgeWalk on the CN Tower on Wednesday, July 27. Darren Calabrese / AP


7)
Miguel Hanson, right, kisses his fiancee Diana Wesley, by the computer on Thursday, July 28 in rehersal for their marriage this weekend in Humble, Texas. The couple couldn't get a friend to serve as the minister at their wedding, so they decided to create their own. When Miguel Hanson and his fiancee Diana Wesley get married on Saturday, a computer will conduct the ceremony. David J. Phillip / AP


8) The lines were long Friday to tour the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the EAA Convention I Oshksoh, WI. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears. 


9) A
rtist Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn inflates air into the rear tire of a motorcycle made from recycled materials of spare parts from cars and bicycles at a workshop in Bangkok on Wednesday, July 27. Sukree Sukplang / Reuters


10) Spectators gather by the water near the Congress Street bridge in downtown Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, July 27, to watch the bats make their nightly flight for food. The largest urban bat colony in the world lives below a bridge in Austin. The drought has killed off crops in Texas, and that in turn has killed off those delicious pests the Mexican free-tailed bats consider dinner. Staff / Reuters


11
) The leading man, Spain's three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (C) punches a fan dressed up as a doctor as he climbs Alpe d'Huez in the109,5 km and nineteenth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race run between Modane Valfrejus and Alpe d'Huez ski resort, southeastern France, on July 22. Lionel Bonaventure / AFP - Getty Images


12) Carl Crawford of the Boston Red Sox makes the catch for the out against the Kansas City Royals on July 26 at Fenway Park in Boston. Elsa / Getty Images


13) A golf cart sits in the Barry Burn on the 17th hole following some errant driving during the first round of the 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open at Carnoustie on July 28, in Scotland. Warren Little / Getty Images


14) Katy Perry arrives at the world premiere of The Smurfs in a very little white dress emblazoned with her character, Smurfette. Photo: The Daily Mail. Smurfette, Papa Smurf, and Clumsy Smurf, left to right,ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, July 29.Richard Drew / AP

Culinary no-no #236

Culinary no-no's


My lefty colleagues on the other side of the studio (and aisle) a few weeks ago chuckled when I actually paid them a compliment.


Welcome to INTERCHANGE


I mentioned that in one respect, liberals are brilliant. They hammer on an issue and hammer and hammer and hammer and hammer and hammer and hammer away until they win, even if incrementally. Then they come back and hammer and hammer and hammer away again until they move the need some more.

They are relentless.

For what seems years the food Nazis have put a bulls eye on a very popular target.





The McDonald's Happy Meal, God love it, contains a burger or chicken McNuggets, fries, fruit (usually apple slices), and a harmless toy. Harmless, that is, to the sane world. Hyper-alarmists see the toy as a disguised Grim Reaper leading poor kids to untimely obesity.

So the free market-challenged have hammered and hammered and hammered and hammered and hammered and hammered and hammered and hammered away at the Golden Arches to, either stop putting toys in Happy Meals, making Happy Meals healthier, or doing away with Happy Meals altogether.

Talk about your kill joy fuddy-duddies.
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Through all the McSilliness, McDonald’s persevered. Until last week.

The corporate giant proclaimed in typical positive spin mode:

”McDonald’s® Announces Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices”

Details, please. Details.

McDonald’s will automatically include produce or a low-fat dairy option in every Happy Meal®. By the end of Q1 2012, we will provide apples in every Happy Meal and promote options that meet the new, rigorous Council of Better Business Bureaus Food Pledge nutrition standards. The impact will be an estimated 20 percent reduction in calories of the most popular Happy Meals, also reducing fat in those meals. We are also exploring alternatives to the automatic apples, such as other produce or low fat dairy items.

New Happy Meal: McDonald’s will begin rolling out the new Happy Meal in September 2011, with the goal of having them available in all 14,000 restaurants during Q1 2012.  The new Happy Meal will automatically include both produce (apple slices, a quarter cup or half serving) and a new smaller size French fries (1.1 ounces) along with the choice of a Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Chicken McNuggets, and choice of beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk. For those customers who prefer a side choice of apples only, two bags of apple slices will be available, upon request. By adding fruit in every Happy Meal, McDonald’s hopes to address a challenge children face in meeting the recommended daily consumption of produce.”


Was McDonald's responsible?

Was McDonald's altruistic?

Did McDonald's cave?

Did McDonald's react out of fear of heavy –handed future legislation?

Whatever the motivation, McDonald's is now being hailed, can you believe it, a nutrition hero.

Let’s be honest. No matter what constituted the move to make Happy Meals less happy, McDonald's certainly could take this less than bold initiative.

Here’s why.


McDonald’s could have stood its ground. Instead, it has taken measures that while minor are totally unnecessary.

Back to that McDonald’s press release:

McDonald’s has offered apples as a requested choice in Happy Meals since 2004. And, while recent research found that on average, 88 percent of McDonald’s customers are aware of the option, apples are chosen in only 11 percent of Happy Meal purchases.”

News flash to the food Nazis:

Kids don't want the fruit.

Their parents don't want the fruit.

Conservative columnist Michael Medved offers this morsel, disputing claims that McDonald’s is the chief cause of fat little boys and girls:



 “…they've (Happy Meals) been offered for 30 years-- since long before childhood obesity rates jumped in the last decade to the present 17 percent. Rates for children rose slowly until 2000, peaking in 2003, according to CDC statistics. Rates of "overweight" in the population have remained constant over time since the 1960s, however…”


These facts don’t matter to the liberals I praised on television as being brilliant.

Take the smoking issue.

One day they ban it in that government building.

Then another.

And another.

Now they go after private businesses.

No, they’d never do that!!

Yes they would.

Then they go after outdoor parks and stadiums.

And private sidewalks.

And before you know it, they’re in your living room.

Nahh, that’ll never happen.

OK.

Today it’s the McDonald’s Happy Meal.

McDonald’s blinks.

Everybody's happy, but only temporarily.

Tomorrow, it’s…





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