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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.

After Tuesday's elections, let's all work together

With the spring elections less than a week away, I find myself more than ever thinking quite seriously about Franklin’s future.  Those who choose to run for elected office deserve great credit for their willingness to serve.

No matter who emerges victorious next Tuesday, it is my sincere hope that the members of our local governing bodies will work in concert and cohesively to address the city’s major issues.

Let me initially and briefly list the issues that stand out in my mind.

1) Unity

2) Education

3) Public safety

4) Our business climate

5) Civic/community pride

6) Our workforce

7) Recognizing outstanding achievement

8) Taxes

These are all pretty important, wouldn’t you agree?

Now let’s expound on each item, starting, of course, right at the top.

1) Unity. Franklin needs to be a united city. We could go a long way in achieving that goal if, on the morning after the elections, all of the candidates hold a unity breakfast to express, as a form of leadership, their pledge to work together to improve Franklin. This should be rather easy. Simply hold the unity breakfast at any one of the dozens of great, high quality Franklin restaurants.

2) Education. I think we all would agree that Franklin has a pretty good public school system, but it could be even better. Seems we could use that new high school we’ve been discussing for years. But let’s not make the process so difficult this time. The referendum should explicitly state that it would require only one out of every three Franklin voters to approve. The new high school should have a new football field and press box, baseball diamond, outdoor track, and gymnasium/auditorium. It will be called the Patz Palace-Palooza.

3) Public safety. Franklin (finally) has instituted tornado warning sirens. What an incredible relief! I feel safer already. But it’s not enough. There is more we can do to provide a safer summer for Franklin residents. During the months of June, July and August, Franklin should hire and employ highly trained personnel to act as the FSBRODEP. That’s Fireworks, Sparklers, Bottle Rockets and Other Dangerous Explosives Patrol. Their sole function would be to scour neighborhoods to scout out people using incendiary devices that could cause great bodily harm who are disguised as simple, ordinary folks just trying to have a good time. The fine for violators would depend on the firepower of the device and/or the number of lost digits.

4) Our business climate. Franklin is no different than any other Wisconsin community. We need businesses that will create jobs. And certain kinds of businesses. I would say banks. Yes, more banks. And gas stations. Oh, and grocery stores.

5) Civic/community pride.
It is imperative we bring residents together. What better way to bring community residents together than by having a Franklin Community Center? But this can’t be just any community center. It has to be special, with all the really cool, neat stuff everybody wants. Me personally? I would build a tri-level facility. The ground or first floor would be an aquatics center complete with waterpark. The second level would be a fine arts complex with theater and concert hall. The third and top floor would be a bowling alley with at least 12 lanes, 2 of them featuring mini-bowling. Naturally, there would have to be underground parking.

6) Our workforce. Our vastly underpaid, under-benefitted public workers have really gotten beat up as of late. That has to wear on their morale, thus, affecting their ability to even concentrate. We must make it easier for them to perform their duties. An addition built at City Hall, the Library, or the Police department would feature a Wellness Center including a complete spa for exclusive use by city and public school system employees.

7) Recognizing outstanding achievement. In order to encourage projects to benefit Franklin residents, there must be an incentive. A good start would be to rename Franklin buildings, parks, etc after worthy Franklin residents. They would have to be former Eagle Scouts and must still live at home with their parents.

8) Taxes. Some of the above mentioned items will obviously necessitate funding and lots of it. Accomplish it without raising taxes? Not gonna happen. Property taxes will just have to go up a bunch. Tax bills will be sent out earlier and since we’ll have to move quickly, taxes will be due three days later.

In my view, these items are all necessary because of the following.

1) We must move Franklin Forward.

2) At all costs, we have to be better than Oak Creek.

3) Gosh darn it, I WANT it!

The response to sleazy attack ads run for Joanne Kloppenburg

Here's a segment from a March 28th debate....


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TV weather "experts" are wrong...AGAIN!

Last night during the 10:00 news, I was told by our know-it-all TV weather folks  I would wake up to a wintry mix that would persist throughout the day today.


Franklin alderman Steve Taylor cares about public safety? PUH-LEEZE!

Franklin alderman Steve Taylor is in the fight for his aldermanic life as he feels the heat from a strong, solid, principled campaign from his opponent, former Franklin alderman, longtime Franklin businessman, and conservative Christian Republican Pete Kosovich.

Taylor has put out a campaign flyer that gives the misperception that public safety has been one of his top priorities. Like most of his Franklin aldermanic career, the claim is bogus.

I note that he, other than a brief e-mail, was AWOL on the most important public safety issue to Franklin demonstrating how clearly out of touch he is with, not only his district, but the entire city.

During the November 2009 city budget deliberations, when Mayor Tom Taylor wanted to cut a fire department position and two police officer positions, aldermen Steve Olson and Lyle Sohns fought to restore those positions. Because of his personal pettiness fueled by a dislike for Olson, Taylor voiced opposition to Olson and Sohns' proposals with no suggestions of his own to save those important jobs.

If Steve Taylor knocks on your door this weekend, ask him why he verbally opposed restoration of important public safety fire and police positions in November of 2009.

Take whatever answer he gives you with a grain of salt, including that Kevin Fischer is full of it. He is obsessed with me and my blog instead of the job at hand, another reason he’s unfit to be alderman. His priorities are out of whack.

With his re-election on the line, Steve Taylor wants us to believe that suddenly he’s a fan of public safety. That’s not the impression he gave in November of 2009 or his last three years in office. It’s also a tactic used by lefties as the election gets closer. They move closer and closer to the right. Steve Taylor, phony conservative, is now using that page right out of the liberal playbook. As a phony conservative, Taylor is out of touch with the values of the majority of his district and the city of Franklin.

Also ask him this if he rings your doorbell this weekend:

What specific budget amendments did you propose last November to reduce the city property tax levy increase down to 0 %? He offered NONE and rubber stamped the property tax increase during a recession when many homes in Franklin were being foreclosed.

Finally, DO NOT fall for any rhetoric from Steve Taylor that a city of Franklin study found our tax rate is better than surrounding communities. The tax rate is meaningless. It’s the LEVY that’s important and our LEVY increased well beyond the rate of inflation, thanks to Steve Taylor.

And for those inclined, please have a copy of the 1st Amendment ready for Steve Taylor. Kindly remind him that Kevin Fischer enjoys this right. Taylor's ignorance has him forgetting that. It's yet another reason you need to:


Steve Taylor has plenty of time to attend these events, but can't find time to attend a hearing about sex predators in his neighborhoods?

Some elected Franklin officials have worn out their welcome and need to go....

In the final days preceding the April 5 elections, I will have more blogs to explain why the following belong on the list of Franklin elected officials who have given public service, have had their chances, been great disappointments and now need to be replaced:

School Board

David Works


Steve Taylor

Kristen Wilhelm

And what about Mayor Tom Taylor, running unopposed?

You’ll just have to keep checking in….

When tax and spender, Steve Taylor knocks on your door this weekend, Franklin taxpayers, REMEMBER...

Goodnight everyone and hey, no foolin', have a great weekend!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, seriously good music fit for this first day of this month.

We begin with a classic sung by the man who did it better than anyone else.

From onstage with the Rat Pack...

Summit: In Concert

Next up, a live recording that just turned 50 years old.

And it’s historic.

From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

“Congress in the late 1950s authorized the construction of the memorial to honor the crewmembers entombed when the USS Arizona was sunk during an aerial attack by the Japanese that plunged the United States into World War II. The Pacific War Memorial Commission was tasked with raising $500,000 to build the USS Arizona Memorial.

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The Barking Lot (04/02/11)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of 47. That's about right for this time of year.   "C"

SUNDAY:  A nasty combo of rain, thunder, and wind. High of 45.  "F"

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

I have often said that when we get a dog, I would love to have her certified as a therapy dog.  I can see so many wonderful possibilities volunteering in hospitals, nursing homes and even schools.  We have blogged many times on The Barking Lot about the incredible things that service and therapy dogs can accomplish for their human companions.  Dogs help war veterans, physically challenged individuals, children who are traumatized and need to testify in court… the list is endless.  I don’t think anyone would argue the valuable role dogs can play in a healing process.


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Week-ends (04/02/11)


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...


Sergio Lopez and the people of Hillside, Illinois

Stephen Cornell

Ben Hudson

Tilden Curl

Bruno Serato

Stephen Joseph

True the Vote


Katherine Windels

Jim Parrett of AFSCME

Indiana Democrat Congressman Dave Cheatham

Chicago teacher

Planned Parenthood

Scott Balbirnie

Maximina Shelton

Jail drug smugglers


“Here’s the bottom line: Democrats are rooting for a government shutdown. We’re listening to the people who sent us here to cut spending so we can grow our economy.”

John Boehner

“The liberal mainstream media, notice how they have tried to destroy Sarah Palin. Notice how the more popular Michele Bachmann gets, the more they try to destroy her. You want to know why they go after those two ladies more viciously? Because they know that Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin is going to draw a lot of the women vote away from the Democrat Party. They are scared to death of that, if they were to run and get the nomination. They are doubly scared that a real black man might run against Barack Obama.”
Herman Cain

“Democrats couldn’t care less about the interests of their own country. Indeed, if there were the slightest possibility that our intervention in Libya would somehow benefit the United States, they would hysterically oppose it.”
Ann Coulter

“The Republicans in Congress claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want — they want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give it to them anyway.”
Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg

“Never modest about himself, Obama is supremely modest about his country.”
Charles Krauthammer

"I didn't know where to put it. I had a bucket of rock salt and a 5-gallon bucket of bird food in the garage. I thought the rock salt, it might eat the ink off the ticket. So I put the ticket in the bird food and hid it in the basement."
John Kutey, one of the Albany 7. Seven state workers who chipped in to purchase a lottery  ticket won $319 million.


Two this week...

1) "However far-fetched."

2) Our so-called "border patrol."


A tale of two rallies.


Charlie Sheen just won't go away.


From our very own Franklin...

And we close with the latest from NewsBusted!

Who is that man helping Franklin aldermanic candidate Bob Schick?

aldermanic candidate Bob Schick was at my door early this morning with an old friend.

Bruce is tagging along with Bob today. He’s a proud veteran of our military and remains on active duty, stationed at Scott AFB, IL.

If Bob Schick stops at your house and Bruce is with him, thank Bruce for his service to our country and
his patriotism.


Have a great time tonight, Morgan

This is a super time to be a sports fan.

It's the Final Four beginning this weekend for both men's and women's college basketball. The baseball season has just begun. Soon, the NBA playoffs will be underway.

As an avid sports fan, I’ve made an observation that really bugs me. During the course of any sports season, you will often, too often hear coaches and players alike use the word "adversity" to describe a tough situation. Their blatant misuse of the term is quite disturbing.

Adversity is losing a limb or two while defending your country. Adversity is the daily life of a police officer, not knowing if survival will come at the end of a work shift. Adversity is the loss of a loved one. Adversity is dealing with a serious illness or disability.

I admire and respect real people who go through real adversity and do it with a smile and a bright attitude. One of those is Morgan Hayes.

Here's hoping that she has one of the best nights of her life tonight.

Is Franklin a Tax Hell? More #'s

Late last year when I blogged financial data supporting my claim that Franklin is a tax hell, Mayor Tom Taylor in knee jerk reaction had his staff prepare a report in rebuttal that compared Franklin’s city tax rate to tax rates in surrounding communities.

Mayor Taylor distributed this report to Common Council members who, at one of their subsequent meetings, nodded like brainwashed sheep and laughed and snickered at and insulted anyone (like me) that would dare question our obscene taxes.

What Mayor Taylor and the tax and spenders on the Common Council (that would be all except Steve Olson) were banking on was that the general public wouldn’t see the major flaw in the staff report and that is that the tax rate is meaningless. It’s the tax LEVY that’s important.

Some time ago, I asked the Research Director for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), Dale Knapp for the latest property tax information for the city of Franklin. From the WISTAX web site:

“Celebrating its 78th year, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) is the state's oldest and most respected private government research organization.  Since 1932, it has been promoting better government and an informed citizenry through its publications, public outreach and extensive school programs.”

Knapp responded to my request:

“The latest numbers for the city of Franklin are for 2009/10 (billed in 2009, payable in 2010).  We won't have this year's numbers until later this spring.”

There are important tables reported by WISTAX.

1) The municipal tax is the total amount levied by the municipality for municipal purposes. 

2) The net levy includes all property taxes levied in the municipality.  This includes the levy for the local school district(s), technical colleges, county, municipality, special districts, and the state.

3) Per capita, or tax paid by each person.

Let’s look at how the city of Franklin fares among all 599 cities and villages ranked by WISTAX.

The municipal tax: Franklin ranks #308

The net levy: Franklin ranks #157.

Doesn’t seem all that terrible, does it?

But now you look at the per capital rankings.

For the municipal tax, Franklin ranks # 67.

For the net levy, Franklin ranks # 42.

These are the latest figures available. I doubt the figures for 2010-11 will show any dramatic improvement.

To repeat, the overwhleming majority of City Hall offiicials including Steve Taylor and Kristen Wilhelm DO NOT believe Franklin is a tax hell. And why wouldn't they?

A note to all City of Franklin employees: I need your help

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My Most Popular Blogs (04/03/11)

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) Here is the #1 reason to vote against Franklin alderman Steve Taylor

2) Pete Kosovich for Franklin alderman, 4th distruct: The true consrvative in this race

3) Culinary no-no #211


5) Some savvy blog readers have Franklin alderman Steve Taylor all figured out

Photos of the Week (04/03/11)

Photos of the Week

A bomb drops on a tightly-guarded residence of leader Moammar Gadhafi and military targets in the suburb of Tajura on Tuesday, March 29. NATO-led coalition aircraft had been seen in the skies over the capital earlier in the afternoon. Mahmud Turkia / AFP - Getty Images

2) A member of the Young Russia (Rossiya Molodaya) movement, depicting US President Barak Obama with blood on his hands during a protest against awarding Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in front of the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 1, 2011. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, and the Young Russia movement question his continued effort to the international diplomatic cause.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

3) In this March 22 photo, Manami Kon, using Japanese hiragana characters she just learned, writes a letter for her mother who's still missing after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at the devastated city of Miyako, northeastern Japan. The 4-year-old Manami wrote, "Dear Mommy. I hope you're alive. Are you okay?" It took about an hour for her to finish it. Twenty days after the disaster that hit Japan's northeastern coast, her parents and a sister were still unaccounted for. Norikazu Tateishi / AP

4) Takako Konno smiles after finding her cousin's childhood diary from amongst a tsunami devastated house at Tanohata village, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011.  Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images

5) In this Friday, April 1, 2011, photo released by the Japan Coast Guard, members of the Japan Coast Guard rescue a dog after it was found drifting on the roof of a house floating 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) off Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. The dog wears a collar, but there is no address on it. The March 11 earthquake off Japan's northeast coast triggered a tsunami that barreled onshore and disabled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard)

6) John Hoskins, center, holds Xavier Huguenard, 19 months, one of the children he rescued from a flipped vehicle Monday morning, March 28, 2011, off of Illinois Road in Whitley County, Ind. The car, which was being driven westbound on Illinois Road by Yesenia Huguenard when she fell asleep at the wheel flipping it 4 to 5 times, Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy Randy Dellinger said, trapping two children inside in their car seats. Xavier suffered minor bleeding while his sister Eva, 2 months, rear, suffered internal head injuries. The driver, Yesenia, also suffered minor injuries. Journal-Gazette photographer Swikar Patel aided in the rescue of the second child before taking photos. (AP Photo/The Journal-Gazette, Swikar Patel)

7) Milwaukee Brewers players jog in the snow at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Brewers opened their 2011 season there Thursday against the Reds. AP photo.

8) Ramon Hernandez is mobbed by teammates after he hit a 3-run-homer in the bottom of the 9th inning Thursday as cincinnati beat the Brewers, 7-6. AP photo.

9) Guests gaze at Miller Park's new high definition scoreboard at its unveiling Monday. Journal Sentinel photo :Kristyna Wentz-Graff

10) 7th graders react to a human brain during a hands on program for Brain Awareness Week at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Brain Awareness Week is an International movement aimed at raising awareness about the progress and benefits of brain and nervous system research. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Jeremy Portje)

11) An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders' webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before - but they also report that there are now less mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spiders' webs, thus lowering the chance of being bitten. This may in turn be reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships  Photo: Russell Watkins / U.K. Department for International Development

12) Veterinarian, William Fowlds saws off the horn of a rhinocerous while game ranger Mof Swanepoel restrains her at the Kragga Kamma Game Park on March 30, 2011 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Horns are being removed from rhinos in an attempt to avoid the rhino being poached for sale to the black market. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

13) Christie Carr dresses her kangaroo, Irwin, in a shirt and pair of blue jeans in her home, in Broken Arrow, Okla., before going out to visit a nursing home. Carr suffers from depression and has found solace in Irwin, but local city officials worry that the partially paralyzed therapy pet could become a public safety risk. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

14) The so-called "Crazy House" (Verrueckte Haus), a single-family house upside down can be seen in the northern German town of Bispingen on March 27, 2011. People check  it out.  Photos: Holger Hollemann / AFP - Getty Images.

15)  A Lego model depicting an imaginary scene from the forthcoming Royal Wedding on March 30 in Windsor, England. The scene in the front of Buckingham Palace includes models of the wedded couple, HRH Prince William and wife to be Kate Middleton. Lego models of distinguished guests include the Beckhams, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

16) Ellie Phillips, of London's Jealous Gallery, holds up a specially commissioned airline style sick bag for people who have had too much of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

17) A patron of Charlie Sheen's show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan April 2 shows her displeasure following a performance which saw Sheen walk off the stage. Saturday was the first date in Sheen's cross country tour of his show "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option". Photo: Getty Images

18) American Artist Eric Staller performs with his creation, 'Fish-O-Vision' at Carre Senart Leisure Center on April 1, 2011 in Lieusaint, France. Photo: Kristy Sparow / Getty Images

19) Girls walk with a book on their head to learn deportment, in front of a cardboard cutout of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton as they take part in the 'A Princess Tea Party' event, at a hotel in London, Saturday, April 2, 2011. A scene straight from "My Fair Lady" played out at a posh London hotel Saturday as a dozen girls in frilly dresses attended a "princess boot camp" ahead of this month's royal wedding. The pint-size wannabe princesses learned how to walk straight, eat with decorum and curtsy. Never mind that it's doubtful any of them will come within spitting distance of the royals at the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

20) The obligatory model picture. A model presents a creation made with recycled materials during Ecofashion 2011 in Cali, Colombia on March 26, 2011. Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters

Recommended Reading (04/03/11)

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).

The one opinion piece The New York Times didn’t want you to read

"Editor’s note: In the weeks since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and revoke the collective bargaining rights of public employees, The New York Times repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run."

Wisconsin judicial tyranny

"It's beginning to seem like the will of the people, as reflected in the election results, is completely irrelevant. The Democrats and their special interest sponsors in the labor movement are using any means at their disposal to block the efforts of the officials who won the election.

Our Founding Fathers warned against 'the tyranny of the minority.' This must have been the type of situation they had in mind."

The paranoid style in liberal politics

Up until Walker’s showdown with the Democratic state senators, (David) Koch had never seen a photograph of the governor. He didn’t know him at all. But now the protesters occupying the Wisconsin state capitol were calling Walker a ‘Koch Whore.’

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Culinary no-no #214

Culinary no-no's

To get us started and in the right mood this week, please click the following video.

Thank you, Gil.

When the Milwaukee Brewers play their home opener Monday at Miller Park, there will be a new item at concession stands. Back in January, the Brewers held a "Create a Concession" contest for fans.

Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin sampled fish tacos during the process of selecting four contest finalists. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.

The eventual winner was 25-year old teacher Courtney Ring of Sauk City who came up with Famous Racing Sausage Kabobs.


"I came up with the idea to use the sausages when one of my friends was talking about 'eating for the cycle' - eating one of each of the sausages. Knowing I could never eat that much, I thought, 'How awesome would it be to buy something that gave you a little taste of each kind?'

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Some final thoughts on Franklin elections

For this frustrated voter, the elections on April 5 boil down to this.

I am fed up with the overwhelming tax and spend mentality that permeates City Hall and the Franklin School Board that in turn leads to most of our elected officials constantly taking more and more money away from my family, our baby’s college fund, funds for family vacations, our retirement, etc.

I am tired of people in surrounding suburbs telling me they have more house and comparable services and schools, if not better, at far less the property tax.

Franklin is a predominantly fiscally conservative city. Sadly, less than a handful of our elected folks match that philosophy. The rest, in my view, need to replaced by individuals that share Franklin’s fiscal philosophy.

Here are my thoughts on the Franklin races on Tuesday.


I happen to like the incumbent, Kristen Wilhelm. She’s on my list of potential baby-sitters for Kyla. Her opponent, Bob Schick and I agreed during a recent conversation that she works hard and cares a great deal. I very much appreciate that she communicates with her constituents (like me) via e-mail. More of Franklin’s officials need to follow suit.

However, this is not a popularity contest. I know plenty of genuinely nice people. But I would never vote for them.

Kristen Wilhelm is a tax and spend, environmentalist liberal. She does not share the same fiscal conservative values as the majority of her district or the majority of the city.

She promised me before she was elected that she would hold the line on taxing and spending. In reality, she has done just the opposite, voting every time for city budgets that increased the property tax levy beyond the rate of inflation, and during  a recession when homes in her district are being foreclosed. They’re easy to find for someone like Kristen who likes to use the computer. It’s a simple concept called “Google.”

My property tax bill means far more to me than E-newsletters that have included job openings for liberal public radio.

Sorry, Kristen. You had your opportunity, and in my view, did not earn re-election because you were so disappointing, including in your promise to me about taxing and spending.

Kristen Wilhelm has the incumbent advantage over Bob Schick, a political newcomer. But after talking to Schick, I understand he embodies true Franklin values. I am more than willing to place my trust in Schick, as I did with Kristen years ago, only to be totally disappointed. I think I can count on two fingers the times Kristen actually followed through for me. It’s futile trying to work with her, and others in my neighborhood have said the same. Kristen fails to realize that there are plenty more voters like me in her district. She only wants to listen to those that agree with her. That doesn’t include me, apparently, and so I strongly endorse Bob Schick.

But Kevin, if Kristen wins, don’t you run the risk of alienating yourself with her in the future? Good question. But she’s rarely listened to me in the past. Why would she listen in the future?

Schick might be green, but in a city our size, I’m not sure that’s a major detriment. What he does have is my trust. The incumbent lost it a long time ago.



My dear friend, former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow once told me this that I have never forgotten. If you have an “R” after your name (Republican), talk like one, act like one, vote like one, govern like one.

The incumbent, the vagabond Steve Taylor who just can’t seem to find a zip code to become comfortable with, likes to pass himself off as a conservative. And yet, he has violated the Farrow doctrine big time.

This phony conservative, supposedly a Scott Walker disciple, has voted for city budgets that increased the property tax levy beyond the rate of inflation. Unlike Scott Walker, he never lifted a finger to attempt to reduce the property tax levy increase to 0 %. When a colleague tried several times last November to amend the budget to reduce the levy increase even further, Steve Taylor sat silent, refusing to even second the motion on behalf of hard-working families. Why? Because he has a huge personal dislike for the alderman who made the motions.

If you don’t like Franklin taxes, you are the subject of Taylor’s wrath in public. As he stated at a meeting last November, if you don’t like the taxes I impose on you, then just get the hell out of here. Interesting command from someone who’s lived here a few years as opposed to property taxpayers who have lived here and paid their fair share and then some 10, 20, 30 or more years.

Taylor’s other claim to fame is his push to require that dogs, horses, and other small animals always be on leashes. More government intervention. That’s more liberalism from a phony conservative.

He also was considering a city-wide smoking ban until liberal Jim Doyle who liked the same idea rammed it through the Legislature. The smoking ban issue torn Franklin apart in the 90’s, the most divisive public policy in our city’s history showing once again how out of touch Steve Taylor is.

Steve Taylor lacks the proper demeanor to handle the job. I have been informed by his constituents that if you dare disagree, he will call you at home to give you a hard time. If you’re not at home, he will belittle your spouse.

He is arrogant and condescending as opposed to his opponent, Pete Kosovich who has the appropriate even-keel approach and the appropriate fiscal conservative approach to stop the maddening taxing and spending that have driven too many to put up the FOR SALE signs that our aldermen ignore, laugh and snicker at when they pass their bloated budgets.



There are 3 candidates running for 2 school board seats.

David Works

Several weeks ago, I asked Works why he didn’t attend last year’s school board meeting, the most important of the year, that decided the school system budget for the following year.

Works refused to answer on the record, imploring me not to publish his response to that and other questions. Suffice to say that as a fiscal conservative, I was disturbed by his comments.

As recently as a few weeks ago, I requested that he be cautious in upcoming votes and not approve pay increases for school system employees.

On March 3, I told David Works:


Works responded the next day:

“You have it.”

According to Fred Keller’s blog, while Works voted against a contract increase for Superintendent Steve Patz, he voted for an a
verage 2.3 percent increase for Administrators, and voted for an average 2.3 percent increase for various non-union staff.

Since becoming a school board member, Works has voted consistently for big tax and spending increases, going against what he has told me face to face.

Quite frankly, David Works is one of the most disappointing Franklin officials in recent memory. 

Linda Witkowski

She has been a bit more consistent as of late in holding the line on out of control school spending.

Newcomer Tim Nielson

He deserves a chance, with the caveat that if he wins, people will be watching him as they did David Works. I refuse to be fooled and insulted like I was by Works ever again.

If there are to be two winners Tuesday, they should be Nielson and Witkowski.


The incumbent, Tom Taylor is a good friend. He and I have collaborated well on several important Franklin issues.The mayor has done many good things for Franklin.

He is running unopposed. Foolish and naïve Franklin bloggers without substantiation, as usual, posted silly items recently that Taylor would be the subject of a write-in campaign. He won’t be and will be mayor again.

If he had an opponent, it would have been very interesting because my good friend, and he is, had a rough last year.

In a weak attempt to defend Franklin’s out of whack taxing and spending, Mayor Taylor accused fiscal critics of badmouthing all that is good about the city when they did no such thing. Instead of engaging in thoughtful debate, he ordered his staff to prepare a bogus report about the city’s meaningless tax rate, as if that would somehow satisfy the masses paying their property tax bills in December.

The mayor also publically enabled his tax and spenders on the Common Council (Steve Taylor, Kristen Wilhelm, et al) to berate, laugh at and ridicule any hard working taxpayer that refused to kiss the tax and spenders’ rings.

You have to earn my vote (Gee, I’m just funny that way) and I will not be voting for Mayor Tom Taylor Tuesday, leaving that space on my ballot blank.

Mayor, please work harder in your next term to earn back my confidence.



Paul Ryan describes "a tidal wave of debt"

Pete Kosovich for Franklin alderman, 4th district: "I humbly ask for your vote"

By guest blogger Pete Kosovich

We'll open with a little poetry. The last flyers have flown, many doorbells were rung, when the counting is finished, we'll see who has won.  

The campaign has been long & hard, but I enjoyed talking with people at the doors. It has been a great experience. Most people have been very pleasant and supportive. I look forward to Tuesday's results.

Sherry & I wrestled with the thought of an election night party. Do we go with a high profile bar or restaurant scene, or have a low profile event at home? We decided to host a thank you event for our donors and volunteers at our home. Win or lose, I have had great support from many people & I want to thank them first. I have also had great support at the doors. Thank you.

It's not about me, it's about the future of Franklin! I have campaigned hard and kept my message positive. I believe the people of Franklin appreciate and respect me for that.  I have spoken about yard signs indicating a sign of endorsement, but signs don't vote. Some people that have my opponents sign, had it placed there by a son who is a firefighter, or they couldn't say no to the man at the door. Many said they would be voting for me on Tuesday. I haven't sought the endorsements of groups or unions. The only endorsement that counts is your vote on Tuesday April 5th.

Please don't repeat the "Mistake in 08' ", Vote TOM Taylor for mayor, PETE KOSOVICH for 4th District Alderman, Jeff Stone for County exec, and David Prosser for Supreme Court Justice.

I would once again like to represent the people of the 4th District, and help the City grow to be the best that it can be. I humbly ask for your vote on April 5th. Every vote counts. Don't take anything for granted.

Thanks for your support and your vote Tuesday April 5th.

Pete Kosovich

This message has been authorized and paid for by The Friends of Pete Kosovich, Sherry Kosovich Treasurer

Help state Senator Alberta Darling

Senator Darling is requesting your help to fight the recall efforts on election day next week. A recall effort is underway simply because Senator Darling is doing the job she was assigned to do. There is much attention focused around the gathering of recall petition signatures at polling locations in the 8th senate district and we will have a presence at polling locations to fight their recall efforts.

The RPW and the Darling campaign are looking for volunteers in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday from 7:00am-9:00am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-4:00pm, and 5:00pm-7:00pm to help collect signatures. Call Phil at 414-587-7111. If you can help get out the word to party members.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!

We have an opportunity to gather the names of new supporters of Senator Darling and help build our team to fight this recall.  Please call the North Shore Republican Party's number at 414-897-1913 to secure a polling location. 

Thank you;

Deb Bowers

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The April 2011 Official Voter's Guide

If you have made a minimum of one telephone call inquiring how to apply for ObamaCare, please do not vote.

If you believe the economy has really turned around, please do not vote.

If you listen to NPR regularly, please do not vote.

If you watched the Oscars from start to finish and cried during any of the acceptance speeches, please do not vote.

If you have blamed George W. Bush for anything in the past two years, please do not vote.

If you have blamed global warming for anything since you last voted, please do not vote.

If you have said, “Let’s tone down the rhetoric” in the past three months, please do not vote.

If you still have nightmares about the killing of the Milwaukee-to-Madison train, please do not vote.

If you believe death threats, destruction of government property, and general harassment constitute peaceful protesting, please do not vote.

If you believe the Wisconsin Supreme Court should be a Super Legislature, please do not vote.

If you believe a state Supreme Court judge should have his/her mind made up about how to rule on cases that have yet to come before the court, please do not vote.

If you had no idea who JoAnne Kloppenburg was until your union leader told you, please do not vote.

If you have no idea who to vote for unless you are instructed by people in power you pay dues to, please do not vote.

If you believe waterfront property owners should be prosecuted and punished severely if their piers are too wide, please do not vote.

If you have a shrine to Sally Field in your home, please do not vote.

If you believe it’s ok for millionaires not to pay their taxes, parking tickets, or library fines, please do not vote.

If you believe the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice is part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, please do not vote.

If you believe the Journal Sentinel’s Politi-Facts are all correct, please do not vote.

If you rooted for Connecticut last night against Butler, please do not vote.


If you believe Franklin is not a tax hell, please do not vote.

If you believe your taxes are too high, but feel so bad about your perception that you are considering moving out of town, please do not vote.

If you feel you couldn’t survive unless a dozen warning sirens went off and at least five city bureaucrats knocked on your door warning of an impending storm, get a life and please don’t vote.

If you believe the proper behavior for an alderman when he/she has a view that differs from yours is to insult, berate, and ridicule you, please do not vote.

If you support an alderman that is so obsessed with local bloggers that it has caused him to lose all concentration on his job and priorities, please do not vote.

If you support an alderman that has ever used the phrase, “But if we can save just one life,” please do not vote.

If you believe the more tax dollars that are spent on schools, the better they'll perform, please do not vote.

If you believe union teachers are over-worked and under-compensated, please do not vote.

If Jeff Stone = Scott Walker...

Does Chris Abele = Tom Barrett?

Yes, I spoke to the RECALL LAZICH people

Ever so briefly.

And it felt soooooooooo good.

“Would you like to sign the petition?”


We were both civil, as it should be, though I’m reading reports on jsonline that some of the petitioners at various sites have been rude and intimidating.

Thanks to the Government Accountability Board, petitioners have been allowed to set up shop near entrances to polling places. The Board has ruled this is appropriate because the petitioners have nothing to do with today’s election. Given the circumstances and reasons why the petitioners are out there in the first place, the Board’s ruling is, of course, absurd.

This is what we're fighting

A child’s handwritten sign that reads “We hate Scott Wacre” is seen taped to a wall in the rotunda during protests against budget cuts proposed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, at the state Capitol in Madison. The “new tone” the Left has been demanding from conservatives was nowhere to be seen during the union protests. (PhotoReuters/ Darren Hauck)

Do not let the hateful left win today. If you haven't done it yet, get out and vote!

Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm wins re-election

property taxpayers, hold on tight to your wallets.

Chris Abele beats Jeff Stone

Good Lord, help Milwaukee County.

In any other county in the state, had a candidate run with all the baggage Abele had, he wouldn’t have stood a chance.

Having said that, Jeff, you were doomed when you picked lightweight Vi Hammelman to run your campaign.

Linda Witkowski and Tim Nielson win Franklin School Board seats

That means fork-tongued David Works, phony fiscal conservative is out!

Great news for property taxpayers!

David Works may have been the most disappointing Franklin elected official since the disgraced and recalled alderman Basil Ryan.

Good to see him go.


Franklin alderman Steve Taylor defeats Pete Kosovich


The voters in District #4 have spoken.

They support arrogant, belligerent, condescending, fiscally irresponsible representation.

You get what you ask for.

Again, with Kristen Wilhelm’s victory tonight, Franklin taxpayers, hold on to your wallets.

Two tax and spend liberals have been re-elected.

Do not complain come property tax time in December.

Paul Ryan's Path to Prosperity

Some hope for property taxpayers, even in tax-happy Franklin

Needless to say I am not doing cartwheels over the results of Franklin’s aldermanic races Tuesday. I am proud to have supported fine individuals like Pete Kosovich and Bob Schick.

However, the voters have spoken. I congratulate Kristen Wilhelm and Steve Taylor and wish them well in their next terms.

I remain concerned about the tax and spend mentality that permeates City Hall and our school system. Some hope lies in Governor Walker’s proposed 2011-13 state budget.

In a brief about the budget, the Governor’s office writes:

In challenging economic times, Wisconsin property taxpayers continue to have among the highest property tax burdens in the country. According to U.S. Census data, Wisconsin ranked ninth among the 50 states in property tax burden as a proportion of personal income in 2008 and has been in the top ten states most of the past three decades. In 2010, property taxes as a percentage of personal income rose to their highest level since 1996 as levy growth exceeded the growth in personal income.”

Governor Walker is proposing limits on property tax levies:

“To further protect property taxpayers, the Governor recommends limiting the base allowable levy to the actual prior year levy. Additionally, if debt service would be lower in the budgeted year than in the prior year, counties and municipalities must pass those savings on to the taxpayers by reducing allowable levies accordingly.


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Franklin elections by the numbers

Franklin Alderman, District 3

Kristen Wilhelm             1068 (71.39%)
Bob Schick                     423 (28.28%)
Write-in                              5 (0.33%)

Franklin Alderman, District 4

Steve Taylor                  1250 (62.66%)
Pete Kosovich                738 (36.99%)
Write-in                             7  (0.35%)

Franklin Public Schools
Board Member

David Works                 2845 (26.78%)
Linda Witkowski           4260 (40.09%)
Tim Neilson                  3462 (32.58%)
Write-ins                          55 (0.54%)

Milwaukee County Executive

Chris Abele                   3,882 (35.06%)
Jeff Stone                     7,171 (64.77%)
Write-in                             19 (0.17%)

Supreme Court Justice            

David Prosser               7,231 (65.47%)
Joanne Kloppenburg      3,796 (34.37%)
Write-in                             17 (0.15%)

Circuit Court Judge, Branch 18

Pedro Colon                 3104 (35.83%)
Christopher Lipscomb   5535 (63.90%)
Write-in                           23 (0.27%)

Here are some interesting numbers:

11,077 votes were cast in Franklin for County Executive.

11,044 votes were cast in Franklin for State Supreme Court.

7.757 votes were cast for Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor who ran unopposed.

David Works came in 3rd in every aldermanic district.

Dear legislative Republicans in Madison...

You should have done it a long time ago.

Let’s not wait any longer.

Approve photo ID now.

And get rid of same-day registration.

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From WTMJ:

"Newsradio 620 WTMJ's John Mercure reports, 'I have been told that several thousand votes are currently unaccounted for and that the majority of them will end up going to David Prosser. We're not talking a couple hundred.  We're not even talking a couple thousand'."

Mercure reports a clerical error discovered in the city of Brookfield could result in Prosser getting more votes that would give him an overall 7,000 vote margin.

Madison vs. the rest of the state

My friend Christian Schneider has an outstanding piece in the National Review demonstrating that if not for Joanne Kloppenburg’s torching of David Prosser in Dane County, Prosser wins comfortably.

No surprise. Dane County is another planet compared to the rest of the state.

Madison: “Twenty square miles surrounded by reality.”
The late Governor Lee Dreyfus.

Then there’s this from the liberal Capital Times:

“While JoAnne Kloppenburg has unofficially prevailed over Justice David Prosser for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, her narrow victory did not deliver the huge repudiation of Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers that progressives were hoping for.

‘There was a great deal of talk about a tsunami of rage and disappointment that would deliver a stinging rebuke to the Republican Party,’ says Howard Schweber, a University of Wisconsin expert in judicial politics. ‘That didn't happen. Nothing remotely like that happened’."

Recalls: Could GOP gain seats?

Patrick Dorwin at Badger Blogger looked at the Supreme Court race numbers in areas where state Senators face possible recalls.

Looks like the Democrats are the ones in trouble.


It's tornado time

Next week is Wisconsin Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The state Division of Emergency Management along with
ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service have planned a series of special efforts to promote storm safety. They include:

A TV public service campaign with tornado survivors urging everyone to have an emergency weather radio.


Here comes the hateful left

They are about to vilify Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

The MJS: There should be no recount

From the MJS Editorial Board:

Make no mistake: Prosser has every right to ask for a recount, which will be at government expense since the margin between the candidates will be less than 0.5%. A recount could cost well over $1 million, according to Kevin Kennedy, head of the Government Accountability Board.

Given the emotional nature of the campaign, and the political stakes, it will be tempting for both sides to bring in a stable of lawyers to challenge the recount process. But a prolonged fight over this race isn't in the state's best interest. We're unaware of any voting irregularities, and it's probable that the outcome won't change.

The candidates should trust the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board to do its job and live with the result.”

The editorial was written before tonight's bombshell.

Canvass Discovers Huge Error in Waukesha County, Justice Prosser Now Has Large Lead

MacIver News Service
| April 7, 2011

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"Predictably, HILARIOUSLY, liberals are going INSANE over this loss"

John Hawkins
has examples.

53-0? In baseball?

"We don't want anything like that to ever happen again."

That’s how one athletics official in Texas describes a recent high school baseball game that got lop-sided real quick.

The 53-0 trouncing could have been avoided. But no one involved knew how.

An important change has been made to prevent future mismatches, and that's very good.

Post-election thoughts from Pete Kosovich

By guest blogger Pete Kosovich

There were obviously many disappointed voters Tuesday evening. when the numbers came in. I didn't see this happening judging on the receptions I was getting at the doors. People were very positive & supportive. I ran a campaign that I can be proud of. I don't know what I would have done differently.

I didn't seek the endorsements of the Fire Fighters Union or other similar groups. I was hoping that I could carry the election with the votes of everyday regular people. With all that has been going on in Madison, there was strong support for those that are willing to align themselves with the unions & they came out in great numbers.

Sherry thought that I may have been too supportive of Scott Walker's fiscally conservative agenda, and that it cost me votes. She's probably right! If somebody really knows me, they know that I will support and do the right thing. I will not compromise my values to gain someone's vote. My vote is not for sale. She said I can't help the people if I'm not elected. She's right, but I will still try.

I and others will be watching the Common Council more closely from now on. We will encourage others to find time to attend the meetings to watch their representatives in action. They will likely be surprised & disappointed as to how they behave. They will witness the arrogance and disrespect to one another and to their constituents. That's what got voted in, now you have to live with it!

I have stated that I am a Conservative Christian. Though I am disappointed with my loss, I accept that it is in God's plan. I will continue to do my best to help anywhere I can. We'll see where it leads me.

Good luck Steve Taylor. We'll be watching!


Pete Kosovich

Is Franklin a Tax Hell? Let's ask Milwaukee Magazine!

The April edition of Milwaukee Magazine ranks the area’s top 50 suburbs.

The lower the number the better (1 is best, 50 is the bottom).

Franklin overall ranked #30.

In the category of property tax levels, Franklin ranks #38.

That's out of 50.

Congratulations, Mayor, aldermen, and school board members.

As a federal government shutdown looms, keep in mind...

Only the president can shut down the federal government.

If President Obama, our Commander-in-Chief shuts down the federal government, our brave men and women in military uniforms would not be paid. That, of course, would be outrageous and an appalling insult to our troops.

Rush Limbaugh said the following on his radio program today:

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Goodnight everyone and have an Anything Goes weekend!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Pops conducted by Marvin Hamlisch pays tribute to a legend.

Songwriter/musician Sammy Cahn once said Irving Berlin was one of the two most gifted men of American words and music. The other, said Cahn, was Cole Porter.

Tonight, the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, just in case you don't have MSO tickets.

In his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, Alec Wilder writes about this Porter tune, “This is a very good, essentially simple song, in spite of its half note triplets, but, as is almost always the case with Porter songs, it is popular as much because of its lyric as its melody. This, however, is not true for jazz musicians who like it for its looseness, which provides ample room for improvisation. Needless to say, the half note triplets are, for the most part, ignored by them.”Max Morath writes in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards, “Jazz musicians go for it--they love most anything of Porter’s--those long melody lines and the beat, often Latin-tinged, that is so often implicit in his theater songs.”

“My story is much too sad to be told,
but practically everything
leaves me totally cold.
The only exception I know is the case,
when I'm out on a quiet spree,
fighting vainly the old ennui
and I suddenly turn and see,
your fabulous face…”

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The best political cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Signe Wilkinson

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok


The Barking Lot (04/09/11)

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 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:  Skies will be cloudy, but temps will be above nomral. High of 56.  "C"

:  Isolated Thunderstorms. High of 80. That doggone rain, and it could be heavy, prevents our first "A" of the year.  "B"

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

It is amazing how many human-like qualities dogs can have.  Dog owners often talk about their dog’s personality.  Have you ever heard a dog snore?  My Basenji was as loud as a person, no question!  I don’t think I have to explain “dog breath.”  Puppy breath is another subject entirely…  I love the sweet smell of a new puppy’s breath.  But once it changes to ADULT dog breath, there is obviously no going back!  Of course there are occasional bouts of gassiness that dogs can suffer from, just like their owners.  Never a pleasant scent.

BUT… have you ever taken a bubble bath or a long steamy shower and come out smelling worse than when you went in?  Impossible!  So how is it that Fido can be out in the rain for five minutes and come in smelling like he just visited the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District???!!!  Well, a scientific answer is offered by  

Why do wet dogs smell so much worse than dry ones?


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Week-ends (04/09/11)


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...


The latest batch from Carnegie

Paul Monti

Amanda Collins

Jamie Contreras

Helen Dunsford

Violet Smith

NY grannies

Farmers Insurance agents

Franklin's Nick Romanowski


Whoever thought it was a great idea for Joanne Kloppenburg to proclaim victory with just a 200-vote margin.

Thomas Bellavia

Two state agencies

SEIU thugs in Washington

Shady Grove Elementary School

Brian Hutcherson

Yanira Otera

Sylvenie Thessier


“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts.  I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”
WI Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declaring victory Wednesday, based on results reported by the Associated Press. At the time, the Associated Press showed Kloppenburg received 740,090 votes and incumbent David Prosser received 739,886 votes, a margin of 204 votes.

"I'm thankful that this error was caught early in the process. This is not a case of extra ballots being found. This is human error which I apologize for."
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus on Thursday stating that she failed to save on her computer and then report 14,315 votes in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial total she released after Tuesday's election. With other smaller errors in Waukesha County, Prosser gained 7,582 votes over his challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, leaving the sitting justice significantly ahead for now amid ongoing official counting.

"We went over everything and made sure all the numbers jibed up and they did. Those numbers jibed up, and we're satisfied they're correct. As a Democrat, she said, "I'm not going to stand here and tell you something that's not true."
Ramona Kitzinger, the Democrat on the Waukesha County Board of Canvassers.

"She may have a perfect legal right to seek a recount. If the vote was 204 votes or 500 votes or perhaps even 1,000 votes, I don't think there would be a dispute if there were a recount. But if it's 7,000 votes, is there ever any experience, any precedent, for making up 7,000 votes, even in an election of a million and a half votes?"
Justice David Prosser

Just reflecting as I hear the Dem outrage and the media clucking and Kathy Nicholous character assassination about the Waukesha County vote change:

(1) Conspiracy theorists, settle down:  (a) Anyone watching that press conference yesterday who thought this was some sort of grand scheme by Kathy Nicholous is blind.  She was going through her own private hell, and I think would have much rather seen David Prosser lose than have to stand up there and admit her mistake. (b) the most forceful moment of the press conference and the most definitive statement of "this is the right thing to do" came from Ramona then Democrat canvasser.   You can call this a lot of things - a boner, a flub, etc. - but you cannot seriously suggest (as Kloppenberg is not so subtly doing) that this is a GOP conspiracy.

(2) There is a reason results are called "preliminary."    Lost in the Waukesha bombshell was the fact that all over the state votes were moving back and forth all day.  Prosser was actually up before Waukesha County was announced, because of errors in other counties.  That is the nature of preliminary vote counts.  That's why you were correct in saying the race was a tie and we didn't know who had won.  It was why Joanne Kloppenberg was stupid and desperate to hold a press conference and declare victory and smarmily thank Prosser for 30 years of public service on the basis of a preliminary 200 vote margin.   Without Waukesha, this thing was going to be a roller coaster with more lead changes than the NCAA tournament.  Preliminary numbers are just that.  It is a bi-product of the media's "need for speed" and their horserace obsession to call the winner.   They will take any number they can get and write a story around it.  The fact that AP, the Journal Sentinel and everyone else in the MSM jumped the gun and built huge storylines around vote totals they KNEW were not final and not accurate (no statewide canvass ever comes back vote for vote in synch with the preliminary data) is not an indictment of the electoral system, County Clerks or anything else.  It is indictment of the MSM's rush to judgment obsession with being first and with telling us what to think.  It is simply not in their nature to say, "we don't know, and we're not going to pretend we do until we are sure."  Ironically, today many of them will be bashing Kathy Nicholous for not double checking her work on election night, when the reason they are having to do such embarrassed and contorted analysis backflips and about faces right now is because they turned in their work without waiting for all the fact themselves.

(3) The system worked.  I live in Brookfield.  Should I have been disenfranchised simply because it is inconvenient or embarrassing for Kloppenberg and the media to have to admit they jumped the gun and went off half cocked on the basis of preliminary data?  The point of an election is not to satisfy the media's desire for a storyline.  The point of an election is for people in a democracy to have their voice heard and their vote counted.  Because of a computer glitch, human error, or whatever, I - and everyone else in Brookfield - was denied that right Tuesday night/Wed. morning.  Fortunately, we have a canvas built into the process to double check the preliminary totals and ensure that votes are accurately counted and no one is disenfranchised.  The fact that the system caught a big error is not an indictment of the system, it is a validation of the system. 

(4) We need to blow the whistle on the myth of "reversal/swing".  Watch how many stories today speak of a dramatic "swing" or "reversal" in the election.  That's once again horserace b.s.   Nothing reversed.  No votes changed.  Prosser did not stage a "comeback" yesterday.  Every vote counted or changed in the canvas in Waukesha or any of the other counties was a vote legitimately cast 3 days ago.  Again, I live in Brookfield.  I did  not vote again yesterday and "swing the election" in Prosser's favor.  I voted Tuesday.  If Prosser won, he won based on those votes cast Tuesday.  The fact that my vote didn't get correctly counted until Thursday did not trigger a "change" or  a "reversal" in the election outcome.   The counting delay may have caused a change in perception by silly candidates or reporters intent on jumping the gun and giving final vote credibility to preliminary data, but it did NOT cause a change in the vote or in the election.
A listener to Charlie Sykes’ WTMJ program.

“When Wisconsin Democrats fled the state in order to avoid voting on splendiferous public sector union contracts, did they happen to notice that the rest of the country is in the midst of a massive recession?

For years, Democrats have been using taxpayer money so that their buddies in public sector unions never have to know when there's a recession. People who are already suffering have to suffer more so that those who are doing pretty well don't have to suffer at all.

The high salaries and magnificent benefits paid to government employees are used to fund the public sector unions, which then funnel a portion of that money back to the Democrats, who vote for the pay packages of government workers. The unions function as a pass-through from the taxpayers straight to Democrats running for re-election.

As a result, taxpayers are paying people to continually raise their taxes.”

Columnist Anne Coulter

They [the Democrats] are so fundamentally unserious about this [fiscal crisis], they are in political attack mode.  This is hardly the adult conversation we were hoping to achieve by putting out ideas. These people [Democrats] have been in Congress a long time. Clearly they see the fiscal problems. Clearly they know the road ahead is a debt crisis.  They must be complicit with it if they’re willing to use this type of demagoguery and rhetoric.  I find it really quite amazing.  It’s politics.  I don’t know what else to conclude.”
WI Congressman Paul Ryan

“We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians.”
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D -DC) speaking to FOX 5 Morning News Thursday about how Washington, D.C. residents are being treated as work to avoid a government shutdown continued.

Here’s the bottom line: Democrats are rooting for a government shutdown. We’re listening to the people who sent us here to cut spending so we can grow our economy.”
John Boehner

“The liberal mainstream media, notice how they have tried to destroy Sarah Palin. Notice how the more popular Michele Bachmann gets, the more they try to destroy her. You want to know why they go after those two ladies more viciously? Because they know that Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin is going to draw a lot of the women vote away from the Democrat Party. They are scared to death of that, if they were to run and get the nomination. They are doubly scared that a real black man might run against Barack Obama.”
Herman Cain

A government shutdown wouldn't be pleasant, but it would not be the end of the world. Essential services would remain in operation. On the other hand, our failing to get the financial crisis solved would be the end of the prosperous and free America we love.”
Columnist David Limbaugh


Illegal aliens get more benefits than citizens.


The butcher rate at Planned Parenthood.


Will Tiger Woods win the Masters? WHO CARES!

Where will Katie Couric end up? WHO CARES!


Down the...aisle?

And we close with the latest from NewsBusted!

My Most Popular Blogs (04/10/11)

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) The April 2011 Official Voters Guide

2) Canvass Discovers Huge Error in Waukesha, Prosser Now Has Large Lead

3) Some final thoughts on Franklin elections

4) Predictably, HILARIOUSLY, liberals are going INSANE over this loss

5) Dear legislative Republicans in Madison

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Photos of the Week (04/10/11)

Photos of the Week

1) Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announces at a news conference Thursday that she failed to save on her computer and then report 14,315 votes in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial total she released after Tuesday’s election. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

Fukuko Hatakeyama, whose house was washed away in the tsunami, talks about her loss as she stands in debris in Miyagi prefecture on March 29. “I had 4,500,000 yen (US$53,000) wrapped in special cloth but it’s gone," says 80-year-old Fukuko Hatakeyama, clearly upset. She'd been saving the money, wrapped in fire-proof material, for years to leave it to her son. Her house, flattened by the massive tsunami and the remains ravaged by fire, is gone. Debris is piled and scattered for more than half-a-mile. Her son and daughter-in-law, who live in a nearby evacuation center, tell her not to go back to the area because it is dangerous with debris.  But she sneaks out anyway.

“I come here every day to look for it but I can’t find anything. Now there is nothing I can leave to my son when I die," she says. She adds quietly: “There are too many people on the earth messing with nature…the gods may have punished us.” Photo: Kuni Takahashi

3) A man cries for relief after being beaten by a group of people when he was caught allegedly stealing a pig from a local family on April 4 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The man was tied to the pig and beaten until the police arrived and he was arrested. Hector Retamal / AFP - Getty Images

Emergency services workers attend the site of an accident after a car plunged six stories from a multi-level parking lot in Melbourne, Australia on April 4. The driver, aged 41, was freed 40 minutes after the vehicle fell an estimated 30 metres before becoming stuck at ground level in a lane between the walls of the car park and another building. Julian Smith / AFP - Getty Images

James Jordan, right, and other men model their high heel shoes before marching against sexual violence against women Friday, April 8, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska. AP photo

6) A featherless Humboldt penguin (2nd right) in a wetsuit walks past king penguins in the enclosure at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on April 4. The 10-year-old penguin has been experiencing continued feather loss since 2010 and is being treated with customized wetsuits. The suit acts like a natural feather covering, providing warmth and insulation which also helps new feathers grow and prevents moulting. Roslan Rahman / AFP - Getty Images

A worker takes a nap surrounded by ducklings at a duck farm on the outskirts of Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China on April 5. Reuters photo

Kayak instructor Vaughn Corum bobs along with some of the 17,000 plastic ducks that were released during the seventh annual KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, on Sunday, April 3, in Charlotte, N.C. The event is an annual fundraiser to raise money for KinderMourn, a non-profit organization that serves the needs of grieving parents and bereaved children and their families. The organization sold out all of the ducks they had days before the race. David T. Foster III / AP

A deer seems to protect a mother goose who lost her mate in a cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Craig Cygan courtesy of

10) Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna over a hurdle in Laufen, southern Germany, on March 29. "She thinks she's a horse," the golden-haired Mayer joked on a recent sunny afternoon as she sat atop the impassive brown-and-white, grass-munching cow. Photo: Kerstin Joenson/AP

11) Eva Longoria's appearance on David Letterman's talk show   almost turned R-rated when her tuxedo jacket popped open, threatening to reveal her chest. "Oh my button!," Longoria exclaimed on Wednesday night's edition of "The Late Show" before quickly covering her chest and saying to Letterman, "I'm sorry… but you didn't see anything." The newly single "Desperate Housewives" actress was on the show to promote her book, "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love For Family & Friends." (CBS)   

12) Center fielder Andruw Jones is hit by onion rings and food cartons after he collided with the wall while chasing down Jason Kubel's foul ball during the seventh inning of the Yankees game against the Minnesota Twins in Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2011. Kathy Willens / AP

13) University of Wisconsin basketball player Mike Bruesewitz waits to have his head shaved for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on WKOW-TV in Madison Wednesday morning. Bruesewitz's goal is to raise $3,100, in honor of his jersey number, 31. Wisconsin basketball player Jon Leuer does the honors, shaving Bruesewitz's head. Bruesewitz feels the top of his head after the clippers did their work. Photos: Joe Koshollek for the Journal Sentinel

Recommended Reading (04/10/11)

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).


"It looks like Waterloo in Wisconsin for government unions."

President Obama blames you for high gas prices

"For the president to suggest that a taxpayer’s inability to buy a new $40,000+ hybrid vehicle (that still requires gas) is the root problem, rather than his price-increasing oil policies is shameful."

The GOP Path to Prosperity

"America is facing a defining moment. The threat posed by our monumental debt will damage our country in profound ways, unless we act. No one person or party is responsible for the looming crisis. Yet the facts are clear: Since President Obama took office, our problems have gotten worse."

Got a Better Plan?

"If Democrats think the Ryan budget is too radical, let them offer a credible alternative."

Two Americas: Public vs. Private Employees

"If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million)."

The swift death of the new tone

"During the most heated month of the health care uprising, when more than 500 town halls took place over one month across the country, there were exactly 10 instances of documented violence. Most of them were confined to the ripping of signs and minor tussles (though there were a handful of punches thrown), and seven of 10 incidents were perpetrated by ObamaCare supporters on protesters, according to photos, police reports and witnesses."

"Study hard, but party harder"

"Rutgers University last week contributed to the growing debate on whether higher education is worth its surging costs, when it paid the fabulous Nicole Polizzi (a.k.a., 'Snooki') of MTV’s 'Jersey Shore' television show $32,000 to speak to its students."

Misogynist Video Games

"Karen's nine-year-old son came home from a birthday party at a locally owned 'family fun' center with plenty to tell. The party was great, especially the laser tag and the pizza. But he didn't like the arcade games, one in particular."

Coerced abortions affect men, too

“For every woman who has had an abortion a man has been involved. For me it was two abortions.

My story begins at 16 when I heard that first ‘I’m pregnant’ from my girlfriend. I can remember being scared and a little confused about how it all happened. I asked all of the questions like, ‘I thought you were protected,’ and anything else I could think of to say rather than taking responsibility for my actions.

I can remember when the phone call came to my parents. My feelings of being scared and confused changed to terrified and ashamed. I don’t know how much time passed from the phone call until my parents came to talk with me, but it felt like an eternity. I remember putting on my headphones with the music cranked up, not wanting to face the consequences of my actions as my parents were trying to talk to me. I wanted it all to go away.”

Tax Time Coming

"Will any of these jokes cheer you up?"

Franklin, are you positive those brand new sirens work?

They’re not so sure in Bayside.

It is tornado time.

Hey, Kev, how about a Yellow Pages update?

You mean you want to know if the Yellow Pages delivered to my neighbors in mid-October 2010 have been picked up and taken inside yet?

Sure, I have an update.

But first, a very brief musical interlude.

Please play along kids.

Be back in just a few.

Now, hit play....and no cheating. No looking ahead.

Yes, I know it's close to 80 degrees out there.

Yes, I know it's April.

But there's always a connection.

We begin with the Yellow Pages.

They were delivered in my neighborhood around mid-October last year. Since then, some residents have refused to pick them up from the spot they were dumped, on the lawn by their mailboxes.

And they're still out there, six months later. Tonight's storms will make them even more unappetizing to place human hands upon.

Now in the past few weeks, I've had more than a few people at my door.

Political candidates.

Their volunteers.

The usual salespeople.

Jehovah's Witnesses.

I am sure they, and anyone else who walks or drives by the Fischer residence has been muttering the same thing:

Ummm...what's with the Christmas wreath?

Next to my front door is a wreath purchased from QVC that's been there since just before last Thanksgiving. It looks like this.

H18556 - Delivery Week 12/7 Balsam Fir Holiday Wreath by Valerie

Pretty tacky, Fischer!

What gives?

We'd always purchase this particular wreath for my mom and it would last every year right through March.

The last few years, we bought it for our house as a memorial to Mom. Sure enough, it kept its green color and barely faded, if at all, until the past week or so.

The other day I said to Jennifer that this weekend, the wreath goes, especially with tropical, balmy weather in the forecast.

Jennifer told me that was impossible.


Excuse me, little missus of mine?


Today I went outside and took a look.

Jennifer was right.


The wreath stays up a bit longer.

Has to.

Got to accommodate the nest inside.

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday,

The tacky family.


Right here!

Culinary no-no #215

Culinary no-no's

If you haven’t noticed, it’s getting more expensive to eat.

Here in Wisconsin, food prices this year are up 5 percent according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

Nationally, the prices for meats, poultry and fish combined at grocery stores went up 7.2 percent from February 2010 to February 2011. That’s according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

One of the reasons for the price hike is critical.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation reports, “Higher meat prices can be linked to the rise in global prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and other commodities over the past year. Higher corn and soybean prices mean greater input costs for farmers who raise cattle and hogs. Higher feed and energy costs have resulted in relatively fewer cattle and hogs on U.S. farms as farmers cannot justify increasing their herd sizes.”

Why are corn prices so high? Because demand is greater. Why is demand greater? Because supply has diminished. Why is supply down? Because more and more, we’re turning corn, not into food, but into gasoline. As a result, people go hungry.

I would chuckle if this wasn’t so serious. Here’s why. We need to turn back the clock.

In not one but two columns she wrote in February 2007, state Senator Mary Lazich warned about the inherent crisis of shoving too much corn down our gas tanks.

"Excitement over ethanol, a renewable fuel made with corn, has reached such a high level that there has been a virtual rush on corn. The effects have been devastating, especially in Mexico with a society, culture, and way of life dominated by the tortilla. Tortillas make up 40 percent of the diet for poor Mexicans, and with corn prices quadrupling in Mexico since last summer, Mexico is suffering through its worst tortilla crisis.

Exorbitant tortilla costs created by the buzz about ethanol have left few alternatives in Mexico. Mexicans who can afford food are bypassing tortillas for options that are less healthy, so they are gaining weight. The poor are eating less, eating less healthy, or going hungry.

There are many concerns about ethanol, its effect on world hunger being the latest. Because corn is used to produce ethanol, it requires so much water, energy and land to produce, making its benefits highly questionable. Evidence suggests that ethanol costs more, harms the environment, and reduces gas mileage. Ethanol has been known to wreak havoc on small engines, and now it is likely to wreak havoc on the food supply."

Despite similar alarms from U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Earth Policy Institute, Consumer Reports, Edwin Black the author of Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives, and University of Minnesota researchers, when Steve Walters of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel read what Senator Lazich was saying, he had to raise his eyebrows.

Walters, and you can just sense his skepticism, wrote, “
Who knew that Wisconsin's growing production of ethanol, which has consumed more of state, national and world corn crops, is indirectly causing hunger in Mexico?”

Now we move to April of 2008. Yours truly opened Culinary no-no #52 this way:

Eating Dirt

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God bless you, Father Charlie Bisgrove

A former priest from St. Martin of Tours and Franklin Police - Fire Department chaplain, Father Charlie Bisgrove has passed away. He died after suffering a massive stroke.

Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva provided me the following statement:

I am deeply saddened by the news of Father Charles Bisgrove’s death.  Father Charlie was a faithful servant to the police and fire departments for many years.  Father Charlie provided spiritual, emotional and personal support to our members whenever and wherever it was needed.

Father Charlie gave of himself selflessly not only to the Franklin community but to the world community as well, spending over a year in India giving of himself to others in the service of God.

While we mourn for the loss of Father Charlie in our lives, we are certain he has found eternal joy as his reward for his dedicated life to our Lord.  Rest in peace Fr. Charlie.


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The blog entry of the year thus far

It's from WTMJ's Charlie Sykes.


Did Senator Lena Taylor Fundraise Online During JFC Hearing?

MacIver News Service | April 11, 2011

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The TSA strikes again

Don't you feel safer?


Gov. Walker hits 100 day mark

From MacIver News Service

Could it really only be 100 days?

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They're not Easter eggs...


According to the PC crowd, they're...

Democrats get all in a snit over the budget schedule

Even though Democrats control absolutely nothing in state government, they should, in principle, be involved during the current state budget deliberations, offering suggestions about how to fix our budget crisis.

Granted, that would be tough for Democrats who are void of fresh ideas. Witness their policy playbook that predominantly features hiking the minimum wage.

During the Jim Doyle years, Democrats offered the following to balance the budget, ideas that have led us into the budget quagmire we struggle to get out of today:

1) Tax more

2) Spend more

3) Borrow more

4) Raid various funds

5) Use one-time money, like the stimulus.

Thank goodness those days are over.

Democrats still should, if nothing more than for their own personal pride, try to be responsible contributors to the process. Instead, they whine and moan and complain and play the race card over……the scheduling of budget public hearings.

When the Joint Finance Committee, controlled by Republicans, began its schedule of hearings around the state, certain Democrat legislators just couldn’t contain themselves and keep from looking foolish, especially when the tour headed to State Fair Park in West Allis, not exactly a White Folks Bay suburb.

Dan Bice of the Journal Sentinel reported the following prior to Monday’s hearing in, not Milwaukee, but West Allis,  referring to State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee):

The Milwaukee Democrat accused the leaders of the Joint Finance Committee of taking steps, in advance, to shut down debate early on the budget bill - and then claimed they are doing this because they don't want to be near Milwaukee too late.

‘They're scared to death of Milwaukee,’ Grigsby said. ‘They don't want to be here after dark.’

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #181

Culinary no-no's

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The president's budget doublespeak

President Obama released his campaign speech, I mean his budget speech this afternoon that his lapdogs in the mainstream media are calling a “balanced” effort to reduce our deficit. It was nothing more than a rah-rah sis-boom-bah rallying cry for the expansion of government.

I’ve mentioned before on my blogs that during my old radio days, I interviewed the witty and insightful William Lutz, the author of “Doublespeak.” Doublespeak is language that is evasive, deceptive, self-contradictory, or misleading. Lutz told me an example was when a high-ranking Pentagon official at a press conference called the October 1983 invasion of Grenada “a predawn vertical insertion."

If Lutz ever writes another similar venture, the president could material for chapters on end.

Before today’s speech, columnist John Hayward wrote, “
A Guide To Understanding the Obama Budget Speech, Learn to translate Obamese to English.”

Here are a few examples:

Share = give to government

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Another nail in the high-speed rail coffin

“Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail.   This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car.  For some trips, it will be faster than flying –- without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.”
From President Obama’s State of the Union address, January 25, 2011

In less than three months, high-speed rail hopes have all but disintegrated. And the president himself played a hand as part of the budget deal the White House and Republicans in Congress agreed to last week. The New York Times reports:

“New details released Tuesday showed that the agreement  will not only eliminate financing for high-speed rail this year, but will also take back some of the money that Congress approved for it last year.

The cuts will not bring the rail program to a halt, as there is still unspent rail money that can be used on new projects. But they leave the future of high-speed rail in the United States unclear, to say the least. Roughly $10 billion has been approved for high-speed rail so far, but that money has been spread to dozens of projects around the country. If Congress does not approve more money, it is possible that the net result of all that spending will be better regular train service in many areas, and a small down payment on one bullet train, in California.”

Another glimpse of fiscal common sense. There needs to be a lot more.

Too many chiefs?

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke raises a great question.

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

But that’s exactly what happens.

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

The good news is that local leaders are aware and discussing.

Read about the details in GreendalePatch.

The amazing light videos shine on local (Franklin) government

I was wrong about Franklin blogger Fred Keller and his latest Internet venture…he is going to cover the Franklin School Board. Good.

He took his video camera to the April 6 Franklin School Board meeting and has posted videos of the discussion on the item where the board members perform self-evaluation. Talk about a royal waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

Keller’s video is amateurish and the audio is horrible, but you get the message.

I haven’t had time to watch it all, but I’ve seen enough.

Revealing but not surprising is School Board Vice-President Jeff Traylor literally scoffing and chuckling at the very notion of being “fiscally responsible." Check out his "could care less" facial expression and body language.

The best line I’ve seen thus far comes from member Janet Evans. As her colleagues wrestled with how to form better “relationships” as a board, Evans chimed in, “I’m not here to have a relationship (with any of you). I’m here to do my job.”

BINGO. This is not a hold your hands, Kum ba yah session.

And just ask Franklin alderman Steve (
Then get the hell out if you don't like it”) Taylor, with “it” meaning Franklin’s outrageous taxes. The videos don’t lie.

Why America needs Paul Ryan's vision

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is serious about addressing our deficit. Ryan has shown unprecedented leadership in offering the Path to Prosperity:

Where the President has failed, House Republicans will lead. This budget helps spur job creation today, stops spending money the government doesn’t have, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. This plan puts the budget on the path to balance and the economy on the path to prosperity.



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Gov. Walker addresses the House Oversight Committee

Here is how the Democrats treated Gov.Walker, without respect or common courtesy, by changing the subject and refusing to listen.


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Many other states are considering photo ID legislation
with some moving quickly to approve.

What about Wisconsin?

Disappointingly, it could take several weeks before action is taken.

Let’s get this done, legislative Republicans. ASAP.

What are they trying to hide?

MacIver Institute to Fight for Access to Public Documents

Launches Fundraising Drive to Pay Costs / Legal Fees

MacIver News Service | April 14, 2011

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Media Trackers: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Daily Kos Get the Facts Wrong

Media Trackers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Daily Kos Get the Facts Wrong

It’s the first rule of journalism:  Check the facts and then check them again.  So how did the national liberal blog Daily Kos and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel both get it so wrong?  Both news outlets published stories that attempted to raise doubts about Waukesha County’s votes in the April 5 election based on past election results that are posted on the Waukesha County Clerk website.  The results showed more votes than ballots cast in past races


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We can all agree the Japanese earthquake was a massive tragedy

The death toll in Japan from the March 11th earthquake is 18,000 and climbing.

The death toll in the U.S. from abortions performed by Planned Parenthood since March 11th is...

32, 401


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Photo: Sykes Writes

Goodnight everyone and have a not so taxing weekend!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Image:Income tax 8795.jpg

Today is Pay Uncle Sam Day (although this year you actually have until April 18 to pay your income taxes).

Tonight, related moolah music.

And we begin with the obligatory tune for the day, toned down nice and smooth and easy.



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The Barking Lot (04/16/11)

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:  Light rain. Windy. High of 45.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 48. The normal high is around 55.  "D"

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

Last week in Dogs in the News, Kevin had two links that were upsetting & disturbing to say the very least.  An OpEd piece questions why people get up in arms over dog abuse but little is often said about children suffering worse fates And a story about Tyler Jacobson made me shake my head in disbelief and disgust.  Apparently the family dog had more sense and capability to watch the toddler than his own mother did.  This was not just a precocious child exploring his world, it was clearly neglect.  Geniuses at the State Dept. of Social Services deemed the home’s conditions “deplorable.”  Apparently though, they were good enough to let Tyler stay.

Mother of the Year couldn’t seem to keep an eye on her son and he wandered off again, the second time in eight days.  This time, he was found by a neighbor; Tyler and a six-month-old were taken in to protective custody and the “mother” and her boyfriend were arrested.

I don’t even know where to begin in my rant about this ridiculous situation.  How do things like this happen?  Tyler was lucky as far as I’m concerned.  Goodness knows there are far more horrifying situations and outcomes than Tyler.  It never ceases to amaze me that animal mothers have incredible nurturing and protective instincts that somehow women supposedly at the top of the food chain fail to grasp.

Kevin and I have the pleasure of knowing a wonderful couple who adopted a son from a terrible family situation.  He is now loved, cared for, is thriving and a fabulous little guy.  I often say how for every story like that, there are a hundred out there without a happy ending.  I could make myself absolutely crazy thinking about it.  Our friends were so happy to adopt their son… there are always people with big hearts open to another family member.  If you don’t love your child enough to even keep them from wandering away from your home, there is someone who will gladly love him/her in your place.

Occasionally you hear stories where a dog saves a child who has wandered off by staying with them until help arrives, and it truly is a heart-warming happy ending.  This time it took a dog to save a child from a scary situation wrapped in a horrible situation.  I certainly wouldn’t call this ending heart-warming or happy.  And I won’t even “go there” about DSS.  Hopefully Tyler and the other baby will have a new start and thrive.  Knowing how state agencies work, though, Jacklyn Jacobson will cry the blues, find Jesus, and “just want her baby back.”  And they will return him.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer for focusing attention on the story behind the story. And by the way, Mike Nichols got a lot of reaction to that column about people caring more about animals than children.

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

Reward offered in Milwaukee burning dog case.

Here's the latest on the Oshkosh man accused of starving a dog.

Braveheart inspires.

Boy lights candle in attempt to find missing dog.

The 6-year old wanted to save his younger brother. Did he ever!

Lilli helps Zack in a very special way.

Fond du Lac police have special bond with dogs.

They call it a "new leash on life."

How can you tell a real service dog?

approves dining with dogs legislation.

Dog urine...BAD.

Walking dogs is big business in the UK.

Wisconsin is pet-friendly.

And finally, we close with our closing video. We have two this week.

Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot. Please tell a fellow animal lover about us.

1) Great video and audio. WATCH and LISTEN.

2) Paco should be dead. But he's alive.

Paco, from Pulaski, Virginia, is a miracle dog.

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Will firefighters attempt to disrupt Sarah Palin's Madison speech today?

That's the plan.

UPDATE: The plan failed miserably.

Week-ends (04/16/11)


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...


Linda Wieck of Plymouth, Wisconsin and others

Jonathan Schmitt

Todd Love

Jayme Crawford

Jamie Contreras and Les Burgess

Mitch Spinach

Charles Knuth 

Wesley Brown

Arthur Schumacher


Breanna Gering

Pennsylvania state Representative Margo Davidson (D)

Nine Milwaukee County workers

Milwaukee Police radio system

The TSA goon that did this




"Rather than kick the can down the road in Wisconsin, Governor Walker’s actions to cut spending and address over-compensation of public employees are putting his state government in a stronger financial position.”
House Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) explaining his reasoning for holding a hearing on how states are handling their deficits.

“‘There but for the grace of God go I,’ we say to ourselves, and so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities. We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.”

In a fiscal address that called for tax increases, military budget cuts, and entitlement reforms, President Barack Obama said government entitlements make America great.

“This was not a speech designed for America to win the future. This was a speech designed for the president to attempt to win reelection. This was a speech that prioritizes the next election over the next generation. It was a speech that was heavy on aspirational goals and exceedingly light on specific proposals.  I don’t know about my colleagues, but I thought to myself, ‘And I missed lunch for this?’"
Rep. Jeb Hensarling said he was honored to receive an invitation to the president’s speech, but as it turns out, it was something he could have watched back at his office.

President Obama “doesn’t view the nation's debt crisis as a problem to be solved, but as a tool to be used to advance his own reelection hopes. In one speech, the President managed to hit all the notes that his demoralized liberal base wanted to hear: he played the class warfare card, he endorsed cutting defense spending, he demagogued Paul Ryan's 'Path to Prosperity,' he touted the unconstitutional ObamaCare law, and he even blamed Bush for the nation's current debt problems. While the speech may excite some on the far-left, it should be viewed with disappointment by Americans who were hoping that the President would put politics aside to work on behalf of cutting spending and lowering the nation's debt.”
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

The President was "a pyromaniac in a field of straw men."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

"Send me some senators who have some gonads.”
Sen.Tom Coburn, R-Oklahma, who is part of a bipartisan effort to address the budget crisis, said real reform is possible if… he can find more senators with the aforementioned.

"Under their vision, we can't invest in roads and bridges and broadband and high-speed rail. I mean, we would be a nation of potholes, and our airports would be worse than places that we thought -- that we used to call the Third World, but who are now investing in infrastructure."
President Obama ripping the GOP at a fundraiser in Chicago.

“Well, instead of a baton I think he [Obama] should pick up a baseball bat and just start bashing ‘em over the head, hoping that the Republicans will gain some common sense.”
Earl Bender (Democratic Party Political Consultant)

“Let’s face it: Obama loves when people question his place of birth. Every minute we spend discussing if Obama was born in Kenya is a minute we don’t spend saying that our weakling, perpetually golfing president has only made our economy worse and led us into a third war with nary a word of discussion. It’s time spent not pointing out that Obama promised the most outrageous things in the world – oceans would lower!–and delivered on exactly zero of those promises. Trump dragging this issue back into the spotlight is only good for one person: the American-born Barack Obama.”
Ann Coulter

“From my point of view, taxes are not on the table, because we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”
Mitch McConnell

"The fact is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do."
Nancy Pelosi

"This is an organization that has protected those who prey on our children and has protected those who rape our granddaughters.  Planned Parenthood holds itself out to be above the law by ignoring mandatory reporting requirements, by skirting parental consent, but aiding and abetting child trafficking. They put quick and secret abortions ahead of the welfare of victimized young girls, and it has to stop."
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.)


The TSA.


Are recall efforts using illegal circulators?


Barack Obama's budget speech. Turns out it was a campaign speech fawning over expanded government and increasing taxes.


Local guy finds missile in bathroom wall.

She just can't stop eating it.

Ladies, ladies. This is crazy.

And we close with the latest from NewsBusted!

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Gov. Walker: "I'm pro-worker"

My Most Popular Blogs (04/17/11)

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) God bless you Father Charlie Bisgrove

2) The amazing light videos shine on local (Franklin) government

3) Why America needs Paul Ryan's vision

4) Culinary no-no #215

5) Photos of the Week (04/10/11)

Photos of the Week (04/17/11)

Photos of the Week

1)  This combination picture shows tsunami destruction and debris covering the road in Ofunato city, Iwate prefecture on March 14, three-days after the tsunami disaster (above) and after the road was cleaned of debris, on April 15 (below). Getty Images

2) This remarkable series of images taken last month depicts local reporter Toya Chiba being swept away while taking pictures at the mouth of the Owatari River during the Japanese tsunami. According to Reuters, Chiba managed to survive in the rush of water by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap around 30 feet high, after being swept away for about 100 feet, Kyodo News reports. Kyodo via AP

3) A rotation of a cloud is seen over Merrill, Wis. on Monday, April 11, 2011. Spring thunderstorms with strong winds, hail and tornadoes injured three people and damaged buildings, power lines and trees in Wisconsin. The National Weather Service said Monday it had confirmed two tornadoes so far and was out in six other counties investigating other reports. One confirmed twister had winds of 110 to 120 mph about 3 miles west of Arkdale in Adams County. The other had winds of 75 to 110 miles an hour and touched down just west of Winchester in Winnebago County. (AP Photo/The Wausau Daily Herald, Samual L. Hall)

4) Home owner Chad Hemenway, left, talks to his insurance agent while his sister Jennifer Allen looks skyward in the roofless living room of his damaged home in Kaukauna, Wis. on Sunday April 11, 2011. A large storm and reported tornado left a path of downed trees and destroyed homes on Sunday night. Wm. Glasheen / The Post-Crescent via AP

5) A vehicle rests on a tree after an overnight tornado in Tushka, Okla., Friday, April 15 AP photo.

6) Bill Mosley shouts in surprise after seeing the china mostly intact in the cabinet in what remains of his dining room after a tornado passed through his Clinton, Miss., neighborhood Friday, April 15, 2011. The state was hit by a line of severe storms that spawned at least one tornado causing extensive damage and multiple injuries. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

7) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin share a moment as they are sworn in during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee April 14, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the fiscal problems faced by states and municipalities and the role of federal government on dealing with those problems. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) 

8) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets the crowd near the podium after delivering her keynote speech Saturday during a rally at the Capitol in Madison. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

9) A legislative aide walks the floor of the House chamber as desk papers litter the floor following a celebration to mark the end of the legislative session Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Atlanta. David Goldman / AP

10) A preserved brown bear stands on its haunches at the opening of "Koerperwelten der Tiere" (Body Worlds of Animals), an exhibition of polymer preserved animals at the Cologne zoo in Germany on Thursday, April 14. Frank Augstein / AP

11) Two red panda siblings explore their open-air enclosure of the zoo in Dortmund, Germany, 8 April 2011. The panda babies had to be reared manually by keepers because the mother had died. ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/AFP/Getty Images) 

12) Santa Cruz County Animal Services photograph shows Max, a three-year-old cat shot through the head with an arrow in this photograph released to Reuters on April 12, 2011. Max was recuperating from surgery on Tuesday, apparently little worse for the wear, authorities said. "According to the owners, the cat had been missing for two days and when they opened their front door the cat came in," Santa Cruz County Animal Services Manager Todd Stosuy told Reuters. Reuters photo

13) Civil War reenactors are joined by culture reenactors who got into the fun at the Ohio Statehouse lawn to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Sunday, April 10 , 2011. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Jeff Hinckley)

14) Reenactors fire mortars at the Pitt Street Bridge near Fort Sumter, to commemorate the moment of the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

15) East Carolina University students, from top to bottom, Matthew Archibald, Matt Schurtz, Thomas Briley, Chris Dowd, Danielle Spence, left in bottom hammock, Matt Ghezzo and Ryan Williford, standing, hang out in the quad on campus, in Greenville, N.C. The group hung their hammocks between trees as a "relaxing alternative to studying in the library," Spence said. John Hansen / The News & Observer via AP

16) Veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici holds one of two nails presented in his new documentary film, at Tel Aviv University on April 6. The film "The Nails of the Cross" is based on the premise that the nails, discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem, were used to crucify Jesus. Baz Ratner / Reuters

17) Live fish, small tortoises and young giant salamanders sealed in plastic pouches and sold as keychains are displayed at a roadside stall in Beijing, China on April 12. Each keychain is sold for 10 yuan (USD $1.50). The vendor claims a special liquid inside provides oxygen and nutrients for the creatures. AP photo

18) Luna Lutz visits at a tree with 9,800 Easter eggs at the garden of Christa and Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, Germany, Monday, April 11, 2011. The Kraft family has decorated their tree for Easter for more than forty years. JENS MEYER / AP

19) The surf was up Friday, and surfers were trying to catch breaking waves at Milwaukee's Bradford Beach. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

20) Israeli Hallel Goldman, 13, wears a wedding dress as she holds a sign for Canadian singer Justin Bieber ahead of his concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)


Recommended Reading (04/17/11)

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).

Drop protest and pass the ketchup

"Of all the things to protest — Brat Fest!?

Can we not even enjoy a brat for charity in Wisconsin without partisan politics rudely intruding?

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"Palin steps into Wisconsin, points to left field, and hits a grand slam"


As expected, the MSM’s coverage of Sarah Palin’s visit to Madison Saturday was lackluster, void of important details.

If you missed it or only saw/heard a quick clip or sound bite, thank goodness there are other news sources besides the Associated Press.

Reuters: “All it took was one powerful, pugnacious and presidential speech — just 15 minutes long — for Palin to again make herself completely relevant to the current political and policy battles raging across America.”

John Nolte of Big Government: “If Sarah Palin’s not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I’ve heard since, well, Palin’s ’08 convention speech, which just happened to be the single most electrifying political moment of my adult life.”

“She also launched the kind of tight, sharp, and articulate attack on President Obama’s failed presidency that likely has the White House — and their media allies — loosening their ties, clearing their throats, and looking for any word she might have mispronounced as an excuse to drown out her appealing message with the furtherance of a cruel ‘stupid’ narrative they’ve been failing at for two-plus years.

I’ll ask again: How can someone so ‘dumb’ be so right about everything?”

Blogger Andrew Breitbart, one of the rally speakers: “The TV cameras showing the speech caught little of this phalanx of thugs that we had to walk through. Middle fingers flew and the trendy talking point insult of ‘Koch Suckers!’ was everywhere. Sarah Palin was called names that made me wonder if Bill Maher was writing for this mob. Apparently, women-hating sexual mockery is acceptable if directed at the right, even if that woman’s children are present.

The Wisconsin Tea Party supporters made it all worthwhile. These are men and women who have braved a battle and come through victorious not by bullying but by being part of the silent majority willing to support tough-minded, adult decision making. The message from speaker after speaker was that Wisconsin’s example of not being intimidated by the bankrupt tactics of the left is something that all Americans need to hear.

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Photos from the Sarah Palin rally in Madison yesterday

Palin returns with feisty, anti-establishment ...

Loduha, the chairman of the Onieda County Wisconsin ...

A sign in support of the Tea Party is seen during ...

A sign in support of the Tea Party is held during ...

A man holds a sign in support of the Tea Party ...

A man holds a sign in support of the Tea Party ...

People hold signs in support of the Tea Party ...

And my personal favorite, and yes, it is from Saturday's rally:

What a bozo.


It's working, Governor!

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds up a bumper sticker reading 'Wisconsin: Open for Business,' while talking to the leaders of ...

Today I received the latest e-newsletter from state Representative Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca). Here’s an excerpt:

WBAY Channel 2 in Green Bay reported: “According to the Job Center of Wisconsin, new openings are popping up across the region. In just the last 15 days nearly 1,000 private sector jobs have been posted in Brown County. Add that to more than 1,300 new postings in Outagamie, Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties.”

According to the Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manny Perez, “Wisconsin added more than 10,100 private sector jobs in January and added 4,300 manufacturing jobs in February.” In March the state experienced solid job growth. Preliminary numbers showed 9,800 more jobs in the private sector, including 2,800 in manufacturing.

Culinary no-no #216

Culinary no-no's

(NOTE: This is the first of two Culinary no-no blogs that will be posted tonight)



This is an important disclaimer from the

proprietor of This Just In…

The following installment of the ever-

popular Culinary no-no is quite offensive.

It contains material, including video that

some might find very disturbing.

This is not a gag.

This is not a joke.

This is serious.

Some of you that venture forward to view

this particular segment will be angered

and outraged.

The editor (me) is not responsible for your

reaction, however unpleasant it might be.

You have been warned.

I urge you, if you are easily traumatized,

stop right now and move on to another

blog entry you might enjoy.

If you are brave and believe you are able to

handle the rather difficult nature of what’s

in store, then proceed.

Keep in mind that what you are about to be

exposed to is vile, ugly, disgusting, and

yes, offensive. However, it needs to be

reported and exposed.

Here is…

Culinary no-no #216.

And...Culinary no-no #217

Culinary no-no #217

Culinary no-no's





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Another look at the Sarah Palin rally in Madison Saturday

The MacIver Institute reports:

"From using Nazi references to adorning the American Flag with political bumper stickers and using it as a poncho, the full extremism of the left was on display in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend.

Rejecting any attempts at conveying a 'New Tone,' pro-labor union activists attempt to drown out speakers at the tea party rally at the State Capitol on April 16, 2011.

Rally speakers included John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, conservative media maven Andrew Breitbart and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. However, the protesters did their best to prevent those in attendance from hearing any of them."

Watch how the boorish left tries to shout down free speech. Again, you won't see these pictures in the mainstream media:


Pro-union Protesters Attack CRG Display at Rally

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"Don't rely just on tornado sirens, experts say"



Vote for me, baby, Whole lotta dealin' goin' on!

The spring elections are over, meaning that in every village, town, city and county in Wisconsin, there is a mad scramble for highly prized leadership positions including committee chairs, county chairs, and common council presidents. Monty Hall lives.

Did you have a nice weekend?

Were you able to hit a fish fry, do some shopping, see a movie, get some yard work done?

While you were trying to enjoy a few days off, locally elected officials all across Wisconsin were playing games, political games. They were wheelin’ and dealin’, offering all kinds of promises in exchange for votes in support of their run for key spots like…Common Council President.

It goes like this. I will appoint you chair of important committee X if you vote for me for Common Council President. Wink wink. Nod nod. The phones and e-mails the past week or two have been busy, busy, busy.

The problem is it all goes on without transparency. The general populace is totally in the dark until the actual vote is taken for leadership positions at a public meeting (For example, the Franklin Common Council chooses its president this Tuesday night).

It’s literally all a game. Who can work out the best deal with his/her colleagues generally wins. Your leadership/motivational/people skills mean nothing. What did you promise your colleagues and did they bite…that’s the key.

With that in mind, I would like to offer my handicapping of the chances elected officials have in securing top leadership spots in sleepy, politically naïve and apathetic Franklin.

Let’s start with the Franklin School Board. Who will be the next school board president? It’s on the agenda this Wednesday night.

Here are the players and what I deem to be their chances:

Janet Evans

When the Franklin School Board often votes 5-1 on various items, the lone dissenting vote is usually Evans’.

Remember at a recent meeting where board members went around the table and evaluated themselves, Evans correctly reminded her colleagues she wasn’t there to form relationships. She was there to do a job.

Cue the lead balloon.

Evans' chances: None

Linda Witkowski

Occasionally votes with Evans to make the final tally 4-2.

She has only slightly better odds than Evans.

Tim Nielson

Just elected.

Too new.

Can't be trusted.


All those nasty, evil bloggers supported him.

No chance.

Judith Bialk

I'm not sure she even knows where the ladies’ room is.

Can't we just all get along?


Melissa Klein

Gets all misty-eyed at the thought of jacking up the tax levy.

She won't be president, but she'll vote for another tax and spender.

Jeff Traylor

At a recent meeting caught on video, Traylor scoffed at the notion of fiscal responsibility, meaning he would be a good pick for president on this Jesse James Gang.

His odds are 3-1.

Debbie Larson

Current school board president.

Says "it's for the children" with just enough frequency.

Likes big fat tax increases.

2-1 she nails it.

We move on to the Franklin Common Council and Council President:

Steve Olson

Let's see.

The one fiscal conservative on a council filled with taxers and spenders.

A snowball in Hades.


Doug Schmidt

Council President?

I thought we were going to talk about bowling.


Tim Solomon

The guy attended a Dale Carnegie course...and flunked!

Council President? NOT GONNA HAPPEN!


Kristen Wilhelm

The only woman on the council.

Therefore, she thinks the others think that she whines and moans and complains and talks too much and asks too many unnecessary questions.


Ken Skowronski

He'd LOVE to be council president and work closely with Mayor Taylor who would tell him everything to do.


Skowronski's vote can easily be up for grabs.

3-1 if he doesn't waver, but he probably will.

Steve Taylor

The current president.

Wants to be mayor in the worst way. But since he can't, he's desperate to hang on to the presidency.

So he trolls for votes, offering anything, anything if you'll just vote for him.

In the end, even they don't like Taylor, his colleagues will say, ahh, what the hell. Let him have it.


And this goes on in Franklin because, well, how can I best describe it:

ETHEL: Henry! Henry!

HENRY: What now, Ethel?

ETHEL: Henry, I’m worried about our property taxes!

HENRY: Oh yeh?

ETHEL: One of the guys that voted for the last increase just got re-elected.


ETHEL: He's the guy that said if you don't like our taxes, we should move the hell out!

HENRY: Anything else, Ethel? I’m tryin’ to watch TV here…

ETHEL: Yeh. The same guy wants to be COMMON COUNCIL PRESIDENT!

HENRY: That's nice. The Brewer game starts in five minutes. Can ya get me a beer?

Severely wounded troops face evictions and other financial disasters this Easter

Dear Patriotic American,

Many troops severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq are in dire straits right now – and by Easter they may be out on the street. 

Since I'm aware of your support for patriotic causes, I thought you might want to help.

Please make a tax-deductible donation right now to the Emergency Easter Relief Project, sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

This special project was formed to rescue disabled servicemen and women unable to feed their family or facing an eviction, utility cutoff or other financial disaster.

My name is Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (Ret.). I served our nation during three wars. And today I'm working with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, a wonderful nonprofit that rushes emergency financial aid to our troops severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq

Our emergency Easter project is urgent, because requests for emergency financial aid jumped 21 percent during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year. So for every five severely burned, blinded or paralyzed servicemen or women we were helping last year, we are now trying to help six. And I don't have the heart to turn even one wounded hero away. 

Here's why so many are in dire straits. 

Right now our seriously injured troops are waiting an average of six months to receive their first government disability check after being released from the hospital and separated from the service. As a result many are unable to pay everyday bills and take care of their families.

I don't want our severely wounded troops to have to choose between paying the light bill and feeding their children this Easter. And I know you don't either.

In addition, the spouses of many severely wounded troops – such as those who have been burned, blinded or paralyzed – have quit their jobs to care for them. So now these families have fallen into a desperate situation and have nowhere else to turn. 

Tax-deductible Easter gifts from generous and patriotic Americans like you will be helping people like Army Sgt. Joseph Perez (Ret.) of Falcon, North Carolina. Joseph suffered a brain injury while preparing for a mission in Iraq

This wounded hero says, "Without the help of the Coalition, my family and I would be homeless." 

And people like Sidney Hodges, who has two small children and suffered brain damage in Iraq. Sidney told us, "The Coalition gave us a gift card so we could fill our fridge and buy things we needed for our son and new baby girl. The Coalition was a blessing and an answer to so many prayers." 

By the way, the Coalition has set a goal of rushing emergency financial aid to wounded heroes like these within 10 days of receiving their urgent call. Frankly we took a "leap of faith" when we made that commitment. Because right now we don't know how many emergency requests we will receive between now and Easter. 

I also have faith in YOU to make a generous, tax-deductible Easter donation to the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. 

I don't want any more military families to have to face the pain, humiliation and fear of homelessness or an eviction, and I know you don't either. 

The Easter Season is the perfect time to thank many of these disabled heroes for the painful sacrifices they've made. After all, these brave men and women will never be able to see, or hear, or use their arms or legs again after being hit by a roadside bomb. 

You and I can't heal their physical injuries or make them whole again. But by pitching in to help rescue them from a financial crisis Coalition friends like you can lift a heavy burden from their shoulders for awhile. 

I'd like to show you what a difference your kindness can make. Kristi P. is a young servicewoman who suffered a devastating injury in Iraq. After receiving financial assistance from Coalition supporters, Kristi wrote back to say, "Your gift brought tears of Thanksgiving to my eyes. . . . It felt like God was smiling upon me and reminding me what I gave really did matter."

You can make another young serviceman or woman feel like God is smiling upon them this Easter. 

So please make a generous, tax-deductible donation to the Coalition's Emergency Easter Relief Project. 

Thank you for what you have already done to help America's disabled – and desperate – wounded troops. And let me be the first to wish you and your family a Happy Easter.

Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret)

P.S. As I mentioned, many troops severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq are facing financial disasters this Easter, including utility cutoffs, car repossessions, and even evictions. Don't forget that many of these seriously injured troops have been waiting an average of six months or more for their first government disabilitycheck, and they are becoming more and more desperate.

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While you were dodging rain, sleet and snow in the middle of frickin' April...

Across the pond, people punt along the river Cam in front of Cambridge University on Tuesday, April 19, in Cambridge, England. The UK is currently basking in fine weather with the Met Office predicting temperatures up to 25C this week. The fine weather comes as many people are taking advantage of the combination of a late Easter and additional Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding to take extended breaks and holidays. Oli Scarff / Getty Images

Nice shot.

"Why do these rich people need another tax cut? They're already rich"

WI Congressman Paul Ryan takes Bob Schieffer of CBS news to school (nicely).

Schieffer needs to retire.


UPDATE: It's working, Governor!


Of all places, the Capital Times reports:

State on pace to hit Walker jobs target

Earth to the Pulitzer Prize winning MJS: The above is NEWS!

Earth Day Idiots Exposed

MSM oh so wanted an election scandal to come out of Waukesha County

Oh, they had fingers and toes crossed, wishin’ and a hopin’ there would be scandal and fraud found permeating out of Kathy Nickolaus’ office over the vote count in the Supreme Court race.

Just check out the headlines over the past week:

State investigating vote irregularities in Waukesha County going back 5 years

Expanded probe of Waukesha County election procedures sought

Waukesha County clerk served GOP caucus while Prosser oversaw it

Democrat on Waukesha County vote panel speaks out

Kitzinger 'shocked' in retrospect not to have been told of major error

State elections officials headed to Waukesha County recount necessary even now 

Kathy Nickolaus shouldn't step down over one mistake. But she should if an investigation reveals other mistakes or if she doesn't change her ways

And then comes the balloon deflator.

The soufflé goes flat.

State elections watchdog satisfied with Waukesha County's final

Yet another stunning defeat for the hateful left and the union goons.

And how are those union boycotts against Scott Walker supporters panning out?

Not so well.

Investigative journalist Richard Moore offers keen analysis.

About that ONE bullet that popped up at Franklin High...

It’s old news by now. You’ve probably heard that a single bullet was found in the hallway at Franklin High School Monday.

My God, you would have thought Columbine had exploded in our community.

Apparently some parents and one, as usual, naïve, foolish Franklin blogger were all uptight because they didn’t have a personal Bat-phone to the local police or school district HQ for the very latest scoop.

With no respect intended, Franklin, get a grip. We’re not the Milwaukee Public Schools where a bullet found in the hallway is reason for a late afternoon pep rally.

The lone bullet was discovered just before the noon hour. I liken this to a phoned-in bomb scare. Personally, I would have kept every kid in school. Instead, Franklin school officials evacuated all classrooms so police could conduct a thorough search.

My criticism is mild. I would have done all the searches while John and Sue were learning basic English so they’d have a possible chance at getting future employment against their Asian counterparts.

For the most part, school officials performed admirably, other than the mass evacuation. Their job, other than the basics of education is to make sure the education is presented in a safe environment. They got kids out, sent them home, and told parents what was going on. So what if some blogger didn’t hear about it first. Who gives a damn about him or his Facebook page.

With hindsight being 20/20, Franklin authorities found zippo.

Reason to get undies in a bundle: NONE.

Congrats to Franklin Police and Franklin school officials.

Parents who wanted every reason to hide under a mattress: Shame on you. Way to jump to every conclusion imaginable before you know what the hell is going on.

Which brings me to a compelling perspective that could only be offered by a reader of my blog as opposed to the pointless fire drill offered elsewhere on the Franklin blogosphere. I share it with you and it is worth consideration. My reader suggests the following:

"FHS administration required all students to leave purses, backpacks, books, jackets, etc. at the school last night. 

Anonymous rumor generated tip… the media reported ‘no guns or ammo were found’ but nobody mentioned that other contraband and illegal items were found… drugs, steroids, etc.

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Any punk with a magic marker...

Can now hold our school system hostage.


While the lefties beat up on Kathy Nickolaus...

Secrecy Shrouds Teachers’ Union Court Hearing

MacIver News Service | April 19, 2011

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You win with grace, you lose with grace...unless you're Joanne Kloppenburg

“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts.  I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”
Joanne Kloppenburg, April 6, 2011. She was ahead 204 votes at the time she declared victory.

This afternoon, not so gracious loser Kloppenburg asked for a statewide recount that will be conducted at the expense of taxpayers. After all votes have been canvassed, she trails David Prosser in the Supreme Court election by 7,316 votes.

In the world of Kloppenburg, 200 votes are enough to say you’ve won, but 7,316 votes is too razor-thin a margin. It demands a recount.

In the world of liberal Democrats, there is no shame whatsoever about spending other people’s money.

Barring the most incredible voting fraud of all-time,
Kloppenburg doesn’t stand a chance.

What a moonbat. And could we change outfits once in awhile?

UPDATE: Even MJS editorializes against recount.

What price for murdering your newborn baby? Not enough for a Franklin woman


If you missed my installment of Week-ends this past Saturday, it included a Franklin angle.

Breanna Gering of Franklin was one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK.

The 24-year old woman personifies evil.

Gering knowingly murdered her newborn daughter.

This story has so many things wrong with it I lose count.

Let’s start with a news release from the Racine Police department dated September 3, 2010:

Subject: Homicide Investigation and Arrest Person Arrested: Gering, Breanna 10-26-86, 6594 S 35th St., Franklin WI. Breanna Gering was arrested today, September 3rd at her home in Franklin for First Degree Reckless Homicide and Concealing the Death of a Child. Gering gave birth on the morning of August 16th, 2010 at Perkins Restaurant in Racine and then abandoned the infant in a nearby dumpster.

On Monday August 16
th, 2010 at about 2:57 P.M. Racine Police Investigators responded to the Emergency Room at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital in Racine. Breanna Gering had come to the hospital for medical treatment. Breanna Gering displayed signs of recent child birth, but was evasive with medical staff about giving birth recently. Medical staff contacted the Racine Police Department and it was eventually determined Breanna Gering had in fact been pregnant. Breanna Gering had given birth to an infant at approximately 9:00 A.M. August 16th
, 2010 in the bathroom of Perkins at 4915 Washington Ave. Breanna Gering then placed the infant in a bag and then in a garbage dumpster near the restaurant.

Racine Police Investigators located the deceased infant in a dumpster near Perkins Restaurant. Racine Police Investigators developed evidence which has resulted in the arrest of Breanna Gering. Breanna Gering is currently in custody at the Racine County Jail. Formal charges are expected from the The Racine County District Attorney’s Office next week.

Anyone with additional information on this homicide is asked to contact the Racine Police Department at 635-7700. A tip can also be left with Crime Stoppers by calling 636-9330 or Text your tip to CRIMES (274637) with Tipsoft I.D.# of (TIP417).

All media inquiries regarding this situation should be directed to my attention at (262) 635-7772.

Sgt. Martin Pavilonis
Public Information Officer
Gering was recently sentenced by a Racine judge after she entered a plea of guilty. Gering according to some reports could have received 40 or 63 years in prison. She murdered her baby.

Let’s examine the details.

Gering went to work last August 16, she knew she was pregnant.

According to the Racine Journal-Times:

“She brought a change of clothes with her to Perkins, 4915 Washington Ave. She asked a coworker for garbage bags and towels after she went into labor in the bathroom. She placed her newborn daughter, the soiled towels and clothes inside the bags, then walked them out to a trash bin in the back.”

Get this. Gering was sentenced recently. Remember, she gave birth in a bathroom stall. She knew she was pregnant, having been told that fact at a hospital. She requested garbage bags and towels so that she could literally dump her newborn baby in the trash.

More from the Journal-Times:

“Gering had a 3-year-old daughter at home. She worked at the restaurant to support herself and her daughter. She had been an honor student, a varsity athlete. This was her first brush with the law. She didn't do drugs, had never been drunk, never smoked a cigarette.”

Does it matter that she was an honor student?

Does it matter this was her “first” offense?

Does it matter she never smoked?

Good grief.

Should she get brownie points for all that?

At her sentencing, what did the baby-killer do? You got it.

She sobbed in a phony attempt for sympathy.

Gering could have been sentenced as the district attorney’s office requested, for a very long time. That is what is supposed to happen when you murder someone.

Facing 40 or more years, Gering was sentenced in Racine County Circuit Court for first-degree reckless homicide for the death of her daughter, later named Olivia Ramirez.

Her sentence for killing her newborn baby? Were you expecting life? 40 years? 30 years? 20 years?

Try nine years in prison and five years extended supervision.

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Earth Day on campus

Earth Day (YAWN) is Friday.

At UW-Milwaukee, two campus environmental groups are hosting what has been billed as a bike-powered battle of the bands tonight in the Union Ballroom. Four bands will compete for a $200 cash prize.


Sorry, Panthers.

You’ve got nothing on some other campuses. For example according to US News & World Report:

Lehigh University will be celebrating Earth Day around a toilet—a composting toilet. One of the school’s undergraduate students created a cheap, eco-friendly composting toilet that will be on display during the school’s Earth Day Fair April 21. The toilet will have a permanent home at the university’s community garden.

Williams College (is) focusing on food sustainability. During the school’s Earth Week celebration, the university is kicking off ‘Meatless Monday,’ a national campaign to educate students on the implications of industrial meat production and to promote vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.

While one school goes meatless for Earth Day, Emerson College is implementing a day of no trays in the campus cafeteria. The initiative, known as ‘Go Trayless,’ is aimed at cutting down food and water waste among students and will be ongoing indefinitely.”

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"Easter brings out the crazies"

Of course it does.

The most sacred time of the year is also open hunting season on Christians.

Botched abortions? Yes, they happen...a lot

Attend the April 30 Budget Education Forum

From Bob Dohnal, editor of the Conservative Digest

The time for rallies has passed. It is time to get to work and produce.

We have a very courageous Governor, in Scott Walker, and the Fitzgerald boys are doing a fantastic, job along with the rest of the legislators.

Time to get to work and help them.  That is why, we, along with Reality News, CRG Network, the Grandsons of Liberty, Bob Spindell, Brad Courtney, and Pax Americana are putting on this forum on the budget.  We want to inform everyone on what is in that budget, how it will straighten out the messes of the last decade, and put Wisconsin back on the road to prosperity and Jobs.

This is for activists and us policy wonks. We can carry the message out to the public via mails, letters, blogs, phone calls, meetings, and papers like the Conservative Digest and Reality News.

We have a distinct choice as put forth by the liberals.  Raise taxes they say.  Our budget deficit is 3.6 billion or about $700 per person or $2500 per taxpayer.  Who could afford that?  A 10% sales tax increase?

No, we can easily cinch up our socks, pop a few pounds off our bellies and make the cuts. Then put the state on a fiscal footing.

The Liberals had 8 years to do this. They just made it worse every year, with more welfare plans and losing thousands of jobs.

You are invited to this Forum and Prayer Breakfast.  The cost, courtesy of the Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty, is only $5.  The Forum is free.

Conservative Budget Educational Forum
April 30, 2011
Bluemound Gardens Restaurant
117th and W. Bluemound Rd.
Wauwatosa, Wi. 53226

Prayer Breakfast 0730

Program 0815

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An Update from Washington While Congress is Home

Things may be quiet here in D.C. with Congress on recess until May, but they’re certainly not in home towns across America. Hopefully, both your Senators and Representatives are holding Townhalls during the spring recess to hear from their constituents and to give you insight into what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

With a number of large battles ahead, including the debt ceiling and the EPA, there couldn’t be a better time for Congress to plug into their local communities and hear how these issues are impacting American families.

I hope you'll take the time to attend one of these Townhall meetings, whether it's your first time participating or you're a regular, it's your chance to influence the legislation that comes out of Washington -- but impacts you.

Take a camera with you. We'd love to see a snapshot of your visit or hear what's being said in your home district (and it how it varies to what's said in DC – when they don't think you're watching).

Submit your comments or photos here.

We know that our job is to fight for you in Washington so that you can take care of business at home. Use this opportunity to be heard at home. We'll continue to make sure your interests are represented on Capitol Hill.

Bill Miller

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20062-2000

Paul Ryan's updated town hall schedule as of today.

And the not-so conservative web site Slate writes:

Wanted: Angry Liberals

If the Ryan budget is so unpopular,
where are the town-hall meltdowns?

E-mails, I get e-mails: Our "spring" weather

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Earth Day is a laugh riot

The liberal site, the Huffington Post, of all places, posted this blog two years ago:

The Best Earth Day Jokes of the Decade.

And for something
more serious...

Way to go, cuz!



Or should I say, master distiller?

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Republican Party of Wisconsin Launches 'Recall Integrity Center'

Republican Party of Wisconsin Launches ‘Recall Integrity Center’

WISGOP » Blog » Republican Party of Wisconsin Launches ‘Recall Integrity Center

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Goodnight everyone and have a blessed weekend

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted.

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

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year for Christians.

Tonight, sounds of the season.

1969 was an incredible year for popular music. Not only was there great quality, there was a wide variety of chart toppers.  Here’s just a sample…

Proud Mary/CCR

I Can’t Get Next to You/Temptations

Pinball Wizard/The Who

My Way/ Frank Sinatra

The Thrill is Gone/B.B. King

Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond

A Boy Named Sue/Johnny Cash

Lay Lady Lay/Bob Dylan

Sugar, Sugar/The Archies

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head/B.J. Thomas

Hawaii Five-0/The Ventures

In 1968, Edwin Hawkins took a young gospel choir he founded and recorded eight songs, including an old  gospel hymn Hawkins would later admit that it “was not our favorite song to perform.”

One year later, a San Francisco DJ played “Oh Happy Day” on the radio. Dorothy Morrison sang lead vocal:

Oh, happy day
When Jesus washed
oh when he washed
he washed my sins away!

Just a few years ago, jazz piano legend Ramsey Lewis recorded his own version...

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Note to Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, Franklin aldermen, and Franklin residents who subscribe to the nanny state…

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The Barking Lot (04/23/11)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of  57  "C"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 55. "C"

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

In past Barking Lot blogs, I have written about my feelings on dogs in stores, and dogs in church.  I’ve also shared my thoughts on dogs in restaurants. While I am pro pup in most instances there are always exceptions to my support of “love me, love my dog.”


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Week-ends (04/23/11)


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...


Tim Hetherington

Two heroes in Brooklyn gun battle

Congressman Jason Chaffetz


Griffin Lynch


Mackenzie Frost & friends

Guy White

Sally Gordon

Derry Hegarty

Bob Ryan


Dennis Markov

Franklin student

Trig Palin attackers

Janet Napolitano

Ellen Lewin

Apple, Google

The Cape-a-bility Challenge


Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg had a chance to bow out graciously and concede defeat in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race, but she chose to extend the drama Wednesday, calling a for a statewide recount of the vote.
It is a waste of time and money.”

Racine Journal Times

"All we ask for is for our side to be heard. We won. Why don't they understand? If they had a rally, we'd never do what they're doing."
One of the tea party supporters at a Madison rally last Saturday. They wondered why police weren't doing more to control the counter-protesters.

Stand up, GOP, and fight. Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team, those champions, maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders that they need to learn to fight like a girl.”'

Sarah Palin

“I give the president credit for at least one thing. He’s proven that someone can deserve a Nobel prize less than Al Gore.”
Tim Pawlenty

“I’m not one to question to President Obama’s birth certificate, but when I look at his policies, I do wonder what planet he’s from.”
Tim Pawlenty

"I want to embrace the country that I love."
Michelle Obama


The uncivil left.


The latest report on clergy abuse shows spike in false claims.


Earth Day


Pregnot: Student fakes pregnancy. Read why.

Hotel guests make memorable requests.

Global warming must be true because he says so.

Sweet dress!

The Numi

And we close with the latest from NewsBusted!

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Happy Easter



All I need to know

I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

There's no such thing as too much candy.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.

A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

Some body parts should be floppy.

Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.

Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the


The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

May the joy of the season fill your heart.


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter 2011


My Most Popular Blogs (04/24/11)

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.

1) About that ONE bullet that popped up at Franklin High...

2) Culinary no-no #216 and Culinary no-no #217 

3) You win with grace, you lose with grace...unless you're Joanne Kloppenburg

4) Photos of the Week (04/17/11)

5) Severely wounded troops face evictions and other financial disasters this Easter

Photos of the Week (04/24/11)

Photos of the Week

Franklin High School Principal Michael Cady waits by the main entrance with a scanning wand.  Franklin School District officials closed Franklin High School on April 20 after a threatening message and a .22-caliber bullet were found in the school earlier in the week. Students lined up at two entrances on April 21 to pass through metal detectors and for the bags and backpacks to be searched. Photo: C.T. Kruger

2) This photo submitted by the Los Angeles Times is part of a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning entry for Feature Photography. Ten-year-old Erica Miranda shows her scars after being shot three times in the back, knee and hip March 2, 2010, while playing basketball outside her home in Compton, Calif. A young man had walked up to the crowded street corner and started firing a handgun in what police believe was a gang assault. The Los Angeles Times has won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography on Monday, April 18, 2011. The feature photography Pulitzer went to Barbara Davidson

3) Portraying Jesus Christ, Menandro Penafiel, 34, falls to the ground after being whipped and kicked by Roman soldiers to reenact Christ's persecution and death during Good Friday in Boac town, Marinduque island, central Philippines, on Friday. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

4) A light burns next to two cameras posed symbolicallly during a memorial service for slained photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros held in Benghazi on April 21, 2011. Fellow media workers, diplomats, local rebel officials and relief workers paid hommage to the pair who were killed by a mortar strike in the besieged west Libyan city of Misrata on April 20, 2011. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

5) In this April 16, 2011 photo provided by Bonnie Burkett, a tornado moves through Colerain, N.C.The photographer, Richard Burkett, snapped the picture shortly before he and his wife took cover in a closet underneath their stairs. The tornado hit their barn and came over their house seconds after the picture was taken. (AP Photo/Richard Burkett)

In this aerial photograph, debris is strewn about a neighborhood Saturday, April 23, in Bridgeton, Mo., following a Friday-evening tornado in the area. Jeff Roberson/AP

7) This aerial photograph shows a large home is left in ashes on Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas on Wednesday April 20, 2011. Federal firefighters and officials from several U.S. agencies joined the fight against a massive wildfire burning 70 miles west of Fort Worth on Wednesday, the same day a Texas firefighter died from injuries suffered while battling a blaze earlier this month. The fire at Possum Kingdom Lake is among several that have scorched about 1 million acres across bone-dry Texas in the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

8) Betty Doud lights candles in front of crosses representing the 11 victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion before a vigil to mark the first anniversary of the BP PLC oil spill on a beach in Grand Isle, La., Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Patrick Semansky / AP

9) Photo issued Wednesday April 20, 2011, by pressure group Liberate Tate as they demonstrate at the Tate Britain art gallery in London against oil company BP's sponsorship of arts institutions like Tate Britain, and to mark the one year anniversary since the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico. Campaigners were dressed in black as they protest against art being funded by the oil giant, in the middle of the London gallery. (AP Photo / Amy Scaife, Liberate Tate)

10) Alabama state and local emergency personel and cleanup crews work to raise a semi-tractor and trailer that plunged off the Bluewater Creek bridge into the creek along US 72 early Thursday morning April 21, near Elgin, Alabama. The driver was treated and rleased from a local hospital. Emergency personnel and cleanup crews work to raise the semi-tractor and trailer. Matt Mckean / The TimesDaily via AP  

11) Local school girls, wearing the traditional clothes of the 'Matyo' minority, react as boys throw water on them east of Budapest on Thursday, April 21. Locals from northeast Hungary celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls," a fertility ritual rooted in Hungary's tribal pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century AD. Attila Kisbenedek / AFP - Getty Images

12) Some 50 costumed girls dance during the so-called Witches Parade in the central Kiev on April 17, 2011. The parade was organized in the workshop of IV Ukrainian Festival of Erotic Dance will opened on the next week in Ukrainian capital. SERGEY SVETLITSKY/AFP/Getty Images

A visitor walks across a chocolate river on a bridge at the Chocolate Waterfall on April 22, 2011 in London, England. The chocolate waterfall contains 5 tonnes of chocolate and flows at a rate of 1200 litres per hour. Members of the public can walk across the waterfall and bottle some of the chocolate all Easter weekend at Whiteleys chopping Centre. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

14) Leigha Fox, standing, pelts Sammy Mays with Key lime pie filling Saturday, April 16, 2011, during a Key lime pie "fight" in Marathon, Florida. The event served as a competition to select the Conch Republic Queen for an upcoming Florida Keys festival and as a fundraiser for a local foster children's fund. The 8-foot-in-diameter "dessert" was created from 250 gallons of pie filling. ANDY NEWMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Reindeer and their jockeys during the Reindeer Cup Championship Drives 2011 in Inari, Lapland, northern Finland, on March 19. There are 51 Reindeer Herding Cooperatives in Finland of which 20 took part in the 2011 Cup. When autumn arrives reindeers are separated. Some go to the slaughterhouse, other are kept for breeding and a few males are neutered and trained as work reindeers, mainly for pulling sledges and racing. Once that has been done, local breeder cooperatives like to find out who owns the fastest and strongest reindeer. With the onset of spring, the cooperatives hold meetings to review the events of the past year. Kimmo Brandt / EPA

16) A cardinal sits on a branch weighed down be wet snow at Peabody Park Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Northeast Wisconsin was hit by a large snow storm the previous day. (AP Photo/Post-Crescent, Dan Powers)

17 A tame deer helps himself to an apple from a picnic table at the deer park in Landsberg am Lech, southern Germany, on Sunday, April 17. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / AFP - Getty Images

18) A woman holds a tea bag with the portrait of Kate Middleton on April 20, 2011 in Hamburg, northern Germany. The tea speciality "Katea & William" depicts Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate on its bags and is being created at a Hamburg backyard. The Royal Wedding of William and Kate will take place on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. (MARCUS BRANDT/AFP/Getty Images)

19) Papa John's commissioned a food artist in the United Kingdom to create a unique mosaic pizza portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton to celebrate their marriage on April 29, 2011. Kate's veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William's morning suit consists of salami and peppers. (Business Wire)

20) Newly married couple Katrina Scaife and Andrew Ford prepare to rejoin the London Marathon run after their wedding ceremony while they are running in the 31st Virgin London Marathon, in London, Sunday April 17 2011. The happy couple broke off during their marathon run to get married still wearing their running shoes and event numbers, and then rejoin their memorable event. (AP Photo / Ian West, PA)

Tara Frey poses in her Starburst candy wrappers dress for her high school prom, which this year has a "Candyland" theme in River Falls, Wis. Each wrapper has been folded eight times and pressed with tweezers for a tight weave. It's the work of Tara's mother, Kerrin, and a few of her friends. Kerrin Frey says she got the idea from a mother who started weaving gum wrappers during her children's hockey games.  Gina Marrow / AP

22) The sign outside the site of the old Solid Gold McDonald's that once housed lots of rock and roll memorabilia. The restaurant has been razed. A new McDonald's will be built without the rock theme. Photo:

And my personal favorite:

23) Claudia Holland 71, posted this sign outside her Hudson, Texas home. Holland was unharmed earlier this month when someone kicked in her front door. She thinks her barking dogs scared off the late-night intruder. Jessica Cooley / AP. Read more.

Recommended Reading (04/24/11)

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).

Will Sarah run?

"Since the failed 2008 GOP ticket, Palin has seen her star rise even further -- both financially and politically. In fact, Palin is so successful that some argue a run for president would be too much of a step down for her, rather than too far of a step up."

Mr. Obama: Taxing the Rich Won't Increase Revenues

"When you reduce income tax rates, high earners have more taxable income. When you raise them, they have less."

Obama's Likability Gap

"If it is true, as Michelle Obama said in February, that her husband isn't smoking anymore, maybe he'd better start mellowing out with the cigs again before it costs him the presidency.

The Barack Obama we've been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008.

Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator.

Obama.2011 has been something else..."

Liberalism: The New Crack

"Most of these social and economic indicators have been getting worse, year after year, despite a vast amount of money and energy poured into the black community by liberal programs.  Perhaps 'despite' is not the right word… for much of black America’s plight is caused by the Big Government programs intended to help them."

On Earth Day, Thank a Hunter

‘In 1970, a Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson raised his voice and called on every American to take action on behalf of the environment,” read President Obama’s Earth Day proclamation last year. “In the four decades since, millions of Americans have heeded that call and joined together to protect the planet we share.”

Well, I’ve got news for our President. Millions of Americans who had never heard of Gaylord Nelson “took action on behalf of the environment,” decades before the good Senator “raised his voice.” More newsworthy still, most of these belonged to those insufferable rustics who “cling to guns and bibles.”

Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps

"It's easy to blast companies for introducing the sexy wear, but our ire really should be directed at the parents who think low rise jeans for a second grader is cute. They are the ones who are spending the money to fuel this budding trend. They are the ones who are suppose to decide what's appropriate for their young children to wear, not executives looking to brew up controversy or turn a profit."

An Easter bonnet of mud

"For the Christian faithful, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is sacred. It’s a time of reflection and prayer and fasting. It is Holy Week. It deserves the strongest respect. But our secular media culture does not bend a knee – or even shut a mouth. Instead, Holy Week means it is time to grab the spotlight with the most indulgent forms of spiritual irreverence and mockery."

How Easter and Christianity undermine atheism

"The most important things in life can’t be seen with the eyes. Ideas can’t be seen. Love can’t be seen. Honor can’t be seen. This isn’t a new concept. Judaism and Christianity and Islam and Buddhism have all taught for thousands of years that the highest forms of reality are invisible and mysterious. And these realities will never be reducible to clear-cut scientific formulae for the simple reason that they will never be fully comprehensible to the human mind. God didn’t mean them to be."

Coming to theaters next Easter...

Jesus Christ is risen today.

But days before the blessed event...

To put it succinctly, shouldn't someone do some sort of sequel?

Dr. Tim LaHaye wants to pick up where Mel Gibson left off.

Sounds like it could be a winner.


Culinary no-no #218

A friend of mine recently won a lottery.

No, he’s not suddenly filthy rich, but he did win something pretty neat. The online lottery awarded winners tickets to the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington D.C. Monday. Over 200,000 people entered; 30,000 got chosen from all 50 states and D.C.

The hosts are, of course, President Obama and calorie-counting killjoy Michelle Obama, they of the “Do as I say, not as I do” crowd.

WASHINGTON - APRIL 13:   U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama (C), and their daughter Sasha Obama welcome people to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event dates back to 1878 and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons.

The theme of this year’s event centered around health and fitness is “Get Up and Go.” The White House says, “All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, which is a central part of the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.”

Take a look at the logo:

white house egg roll

The Easter Bunny going through a workout.

There will be yoga and healthy eating demonstrations and even discussions about farmer's markets. Put down that chocolate, boys and girls...we're going to learn how to plant carrots, Awesome!

Conservative columnist/blogger Elisabeth Meinecke says, “Talk about giving kids body image issues and food guilt already. What's next, celery for Halloween?“

Sounds like there will be some nice activities for the kids, BUT, can we drop the nutrition pontification for a holiday and let a kid be a kid?


A Wisconsin Democrat is proposing the idea and a Wisconsin Republican says it's worth consideration. I agree.

Many bleeding hearts would hate it, thus making the proposal a Culinary yes-yes.


Is your house making you fat?

The latest from Pro-Life Wisconsin

This week's Monday update for April 25, 2011

Where does a parent's worst nightmare live? Try the airport

Some people actually think there’s nothing wrong with a knuckle-dragging TSA buffoon running his/her hands all over the private parts of a 6-year old girl and grabbing her buttocks while her parents watch in disbelieving horror.

I am not one of them.

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I'm not sure where the Journal Sentinel is going with this

Kevin's favorites

Today, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced a new online entertainment site, Tap Milwaukee. 

It’s a bit of a head-shaker.

The paper is losing circulation big time.

For a long time, it has been offering the vast majority of its print content online for free and making little, if any money from it.

So now, it offers even more material, online, for free?

Did Marty Kaiser and his bunch flunk Economics 101? (Maybe. They'd rather win 1 Pulitzer and lose thousands of readers, after all).

This makes almost zero sense. Sorry, but I don’t find many (or any for that matter) Journal Sentinel writers or contributors to be all that hip and trendy.

And I think I’m in the overwhelming majority that doesn’t click on or could care less about those obnoxious online pop-up ads that are supposed to bring in adequate revenue, but don’t.

Is charging for online content next?

Even the higher ups at the MJS couldn’t be that stupid. News consumers would scatter in droves.

I think newspaper editors all across the country don't have any clue as to how to deal with their dinosaurs that can’t compete with the myriad of news sources available today.

And so I repeat a blog I wrote on March 2, 2010 entitled, “Will people pay to get their newspaper online?”

There’s a lengthy audio piece from public radio that is compelling and well worth the listen. I urge you to listen to the entirety. Here’s the blog:

“I think it’s a very short term strategy and it will die with its readers.”
Jeff Jarvis, CUNY journalism professor

Jarvis appeared today with former newspaper editor Alan Mutter on NPR’s Radio Times, a one-hour discussion program produced by WHYY in Philadelphia.

It’s a fascinating and yes, quite grim discussion about the current status and its future. Here are, and I’m paraphrasing, some of the comments made by Jarvis and Mutter:

Hoping consumers will pay for online news and expecting it to work is a pretty tough call after the product has been free for years.

Despite the fact that the Internet and web browsers aren’t new, newspapers continue to struggle trying to adapt.

The change is too great, the cost is too great and the pain is too great. The future of news is more entrepreneurial as opposed to institutional. Newspapers are too high-bound by an old cost structure of doing things the old way.

The newspaper industry got too fat and too happy for too long in a monopoly-type scenario.

They don’t know how to innovate.

Newspaper revenues have just collapsed, losing almost half of their total revenue since 2005. That’s a major crisis that takes their eye off the ball of doing anything innovative. They are not capable of thinking differently because they’re in a state of abject panic.

Reality is harsh. One editor of a highly respected paper told one of the guests she thought it would be best if the institutions just died so they could be replaced and get on with doing journalism again.

This edition of Radio Times is very enlightening.

And by the way, that idea of charging to see news online has been a disaster in one example.

Excuse me, Wisconsin...

But what the hell are we waiting for?

More Than 1,000 State Workers Took Home $100,000+ in Pay in 2010

Gov.Walker: "We need property tax relief"

Governor Walker Op
Ed on Property Tax Relief

We need property tax relief.

For too long, middle‐class taxpayers have been stuck with the costs of paying for more and more 
government. In 2000, the average property tax on a median value home in Wisconsin was $2,110. By 2006 it had risen to $2,729. Today it’s $2,963. Without the property tax reforms in our budget, these middle‐class tax bills would rise to $3,425 by 2013.

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GOP alleges Democrats intimidating recall petition signers

Details from Wisconsin Reporter.

Yes, Mr. President, Easter is a big deal

Maybe you should also pass that along to your staff.

And while we're at it, where's the Easter postage stamp? I do see a Muslim stamp...

E-mails, I get e-mails: "Put me in charge of food stamps"

Though I’m a frequent critic of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I know I have pointed out when they do excellent work. A perfect example is this past Sunday’s front page.

Recognizing that many of you do not receive the newspaper or even read it online, you should be aware that the MJS did a super job of pointing out the fraud within the state’s FoodShare program. FoodShare replaced the traditional food stamp program (Though I have to say the Racine Journal Times had it first).

Getting back to the Journal Sentinel, the paper writes:

Thousands of people who receive publicly funded food assistance report losing their benefits card routinely - a sign investigators say shows many are cheating the state's $1 billion program.

Some sell their Quest cards for cash. Others trade them for drugs.

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Identity thieves...they're out there, folks, even in McDonald's

Last summer, state Senator Mary Lazich blogged an informative series about identity theft. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Protecting against corrupt employees is difficult. Thieves will stalk and hand pick their partners to steal information at departments of motor vehicles and restaurants. These are typically single moms that agree to a certain fee for each identity they can turn over. At an Orlando TGIF restaurant, 75-thousand credit cards were recovered by authorities. Two waitresses had been using credit card skimmers easily hidden in their uniforms to quickly zap and store names and numbers. Counterfeit equipment is available online with parts sold at Radio Shack.”

It’s true. That seemingly friendly waiter or waitress could have in an apron or pocket something like this, a card scanner that can simply, easily, quickly read and store your credit card. Here are a couple examples:

Kodak® microSD™ Card Reader/Writer

Targus® 33-in-1 MultiCard Reader

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MORE Prosser--What Others are Saying


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What to expect at those Paul Ryan listening sessions

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OK, it's finally out there...

For Pete's sake, GOP, can we once and for all dump this phony issue and move on?

UPDATE: Oprah does ask the obvious question...Mr. President, what took you so long?

Some glitches in Franklin during Day 1 of the recount

The recall process in Wisconsin needs dramatic change

October 1995.

Very, very early one morning, I travelled to Madison to cover for WTMJ the state Senate as it was poised on voting on state funding for a proposed stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hour after hour after hour passed by. Finally, in the early morning hours the next day, the state Senate had enough votes for approval.

Former Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow, then a Republican state Senator, has often told the story that after hours of closed door sessions, it appeared that “George” was changing his vote from a no to a yes.  It was thought that “George” meant Gary George, a Milwaukee Democrat.

That was not the case.

“George” was actually George Petak, Republican from Racine who had balked over and over against a slight sales tax increase for Racine to help fund the new ballpark.

Suddenly, Petak changed his mind. His vote in favor of the eventual Miller Park is why we enjoy Brewer baseball today.

Immediately, recall efforts against Petak, one of the nicest, most conscientious, hard-working, decent, honest politicians you’ll ever find began. Petak opponents literally placed recall petitions unattended on bars and other locations in Racine to secure signatures.

In the end, Petak critics got their recall. Petak’s opponent (who l know, like and respect) promised over and over that she would work to get rid of the stadium sales tax on Racine. She was elected, and then never made any move to erase the tax on Racine.

Petak’s legislative career, that up until his stadium vote had never placed him in disfavor among the voters, was over. And BTW, the stadium sales tax on Racine remains in effect today.

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.

I argued in 1995 on television and radio that a recall for a single vote wasn’t justified and I make the same argument today. If you don’t like ONE vote Politician X made, then try to vote Politician X out of office the next election.

The current set of recalls against state Senators is astounding. One group of senators is being recalled because they took a tough SINGLE vote, which is their job. Another group of senators is being recalled, or at least the attempt to recall is there, because they cowardly violated their constitutional duty to represent their constituents. I would argue if anyone deserves to be recalled, it’s the state Senate democrats that completely turned their backs on their responsibilities.

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:

:  Lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption (AS §15.45.510)

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Paul Ryan gets warm reception in Franklin

First Congressional District Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis) waves to the crowd as he enters the Franklin High School gym during a listening session Thursday. FranklinNOW photo: Peter Zuzga

Crowds have reportedly been friendlier to Ryan since one of his listening sessions earlier this week.

This is significant. The piece of Ryan’s budget proposal getting the most attention nationwide is the Medicare component. According to a new Gallup poll, the segment of the population that would be affected the most, the elderly, also gives the plan its greatest support.

Preferred Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan, by Age, April 2011

Important Congressional Vote Next Week

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

Important Alert from the

National Right to

Life Committee

Wisconsin Right to Life Urges

You to Take

Immediate Action!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

TEA Party Leaders Support BUYcott

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lora Halberstadt   262-939-0175                                                   April 28, 2011

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A Royal Culinary no-no

Culinary no-no's

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Out of State Telemarketers Paid By the Democratic Party Harass 12th District Constituents



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Royal Wedding Humor

 Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Mike Smith Cartoon


Can you outsmart a tornado?

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WRTL Urges Legislators to Support Opt-Out of Abortion Coverage in Obamacare

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Wisconsin Right to Life Urges

Legislators to Support Legislation to

Opt-out of Abortion Coverage in

Health Care Exchanges Created by


Friday, April 29, 2011

Prosser--Recount Monitoring Tool--April 29, 2011

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Neighbor helping neighbor

An American flag flies atop a destroyed pickup truck outside the remains of the town hall in Smithville, Miss., Thursday, April 28, 2011, following a tornado touchdown Wednesday afternoon that destroyed much of the small community and caused several deaths. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

An American flag flies atop a destroyed pickup truck outside the remains of the town hall in Smithville, Miss., Thursday, April 28, 2011, following a tornado touchdown Wednesday afternoon that destroyed much of the small community and caused several deaths. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The kindness of the human heart and spirit is shining brightly in tornado-ravaged Mississippi.

Today, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was in Smithville, a northeast Mississippi town of about 900 residents, where a tornado with winds exceeding 200 mph killed 14 residents. The twister was an EF-5, the most powerful of tornadoes.

During his stop in Smithville, Barbour made an incredible observation. Very few people displaced by Mother Nature are sleeping in emergency shelters.

Why not?

Because, as the governor noted, their neighbors are taking them into their homes.

God bless them all.

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Yet another reason the Franklin tornado sirens were a mistake

The Franklin tornado sirens, besides being too expensive, are Fred and Wilma technology in a Jetsons' era.

I’ve documented quite well I believe why Franklin’s approval and installation of tornado warning sirens was foolish. Just Google.

Here comes more 21st Century ammo against our horse and wagon mayor and aldermen that supported out of date, unreliable sirens that don’t work.

The USA TODAY reports:

Natural disasters, including the recent rash of tornadoes that cut a destructive path across the U.S., have spurred savvy technologists to develop ways to alert people via popular mobile devices and gaming consoles. That's in part because the U.S. government hasn't yet carried out the Warning Alert and Response Network Act that would make alerting the nation's mobile phone customers a reality.”

Did you read that carefully. The private sector has stepped in to provide yet another means of warning and protecting thepublic because government is too slow to respond.

Sounds like Franklin where elected officials are patting themselves on the back for their move in 2010 to approve technology from the 1950’s.

If ever there was evidence that Franklin officials made a bone-head decision it’s this:


Check out their editorial today.

Hey, even though the sirens are totally useless and don't work when they're supposed to, they're really good!

The JS Editorial Board...never met an increase in government spending they didn’t lick their chops over.

Goodnight everyone and have a weekend fit for a prince and princess!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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


This Just In gets in the royal wedding spirit.

Wedding reception music. It runs the gamut from the garbage ("Paradise by the Dashboard Light") to the gems ("Unchained Melody").

For years, I assisted my good friend Jim Kaluzny in his wedding music business. We didn’t perform. No, thank God. We spun the hits.

There are sure fire, can’t miss, pack the dance floor slow and smooth numbers:

Can’t Help Falling in Love With You


Chances Are


Put Your Head on My Shoulder

Could I Have This Dance For the Rest of My Life

After The Lovin’

Behind Closed Doors

Colour My World

Summer Wind

Close To You

And I could go on and on, listing all kinds of cuddle up tunes. Jim and I would often pull out selections not normally played at weddings, but popular crowd pleasers nonetheless.

So, dim the lights, find a dance partner you love, and enjoy a few nice selections that deserve far greater play at those wedding receptions.

Let’s start with an 80’s song.

Perfect for a nuptial celebration.

James Ingram in his very best vocal performance...



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The best political cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers



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The Barking Lot (04/30/11)

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:  Light rain this afternoon. Windy. High of 62. Sounds nice, but it's only average for this time of year. "C"

SUNDAY:  REVISED: Partly cloudy. High of 56. Windy. "C"

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

On any of the first nice days in Wisconsin, you can see them anywhere:  young kids in shorts who obviously begged mom enough to be able to wear them, even though it’s ten degrees still too cold; twenty-somethings in that horrific “style” of boxers sticking out of three-sizes-too-big shorts; young women with “muffin tops” and pasty skin who prompt us to think that winter has not been kind to most Wisconsin women.  This happens literally every year.

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Week-ends (04/30/11)


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...


Vicky Thoms

Mitch Hunter

Harlan Block and Glen Cleckler

Tom Willis

Lance Baretz and other student athletes


Mother Nature

Janet Napolitano

Gas thieves

Elizabeth McKenzie

Zeke Zalaski


"We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We've got better stuff to do. We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”
President Obama as he released a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii.

Today I’m very proud of myself because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed while on the helicopter that our president has finally released a birth certificate. He should have done it a long time ago. Why he didn’t do it when the Clintons asked for it, why he didn’t do it when everybody else was asking for it, I don’t know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully — hopefully — getting rid of this issue.”
Donald Trump after the president released his birth certificate.

“Look, the press is very protective of President Obama. Very protective. They’re not protective of me, but they’re protective of President Obama — and they’re not protective of most other people, either, in all fairness. The word is, according to what I’ve read, that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets to Columbia. He then gets to Harvard. I heard at Columbia, he wasn’t a very good student. He then gets to Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student? Now, maybe that’s right, or maybe it’s wrong. But I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records. I’d like to know: How does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Columbia if he isn’t a good student?”
Donald Trump

“I think it’s somewhat amusing to hear people on the left talking about how awful it is to delegitimize a president when they spent half a decade saying that George Bush stole the election. The bumper stickers ‘Reelect Al Gore,’ and questioning the legitimacy of his victory in 2000. So, on that issue there’s a double standard and hypocrisy.”
Charles Krauthammer

“There were plenty of detractors at (Paul) Ryan’s events in Wisconsin as well as similar meetings held by Republican Reps. Dan Webster and Allen West in Florida, but there were also vocal defenders of the GOP plan. That's very different from the 2009 health care town hall situation when almost all the shouting came from opponents of the Democrats’ health reform plan”

At the last of four events on Rep. Paul Ryan's "listening tour" of his district Thursday, he called on a man in the front row of a high school auditorium, then instantly recognized him.

"You changed clothes!" Ryan told Steve Jozefczyk. The 54-year old salesman from Franklin, Wis., had asked Ryan several critical questions from the front row of an event six hours earlier in Waterford, when he wore a  shirt and tie. In Greenfield, it was a black "Faux News" parody T-shirt.

Josefczyk admitted trying to trick Ryan into calling on him again. But Ryan listened anyway.



TSA agent charged.


President Bush rides with wounded war vets.


A certain event in London.


Mama duck makes nest, lays eggs atop bags of mulch inside grocery store.

NYC couple who split house with wall get divorce.

And we close with the latest from NewsBusted!

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