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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.

The Barking Lot (08/01/09)


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:  Showers early, then scattered showers throughout the day. High of 78.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Sunny and nice. High of 82. "A"

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

 

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Week-ends (08/01/09)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Lexi Haas



Paul McCarthy


Deloris Nissen


Tim McGraw


The Franklin Sabers
who, under head coach Jim Hughes, made it to the semifinals of the state summer baseball tournament.


The Franklin National All-Stars who made it to the semifinals of the Wisconsin Little League Tournament.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Otty Sanchez (CAUTION: Contains graphic information)


Philadelphia sports fans


Two police chiefs


Allen Stanford


Constance Trahan


Joseph Cohen


11-year old robber


Kenneth Anthony Repke



QUOTES OF THE WEEK



“This is a president who needs a vacation. His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.”
Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart on President Obama's falling poll numbers.


"What you had today was two gentlemen [who] agreed to disagree on a particular issue.  I don't think we spent too much time dwelling on the past. We spent a lot of time talking about the future."
Cambridge police officer James Crowley after attending President Obama's beer summit with Harvard professor Henry Gates.


"
As a member of Congress, I have a very good health care plan. My health care plan allows me to get paid an annual physical. Because of annual physical, I was able to detect this prostate cancer very early. . . . The benefit of being in Congress isn’t available to everyone.”
U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) announcing he has prostate cancer.


“You folks keep looking for the news and there ain’t no news.” 
Republican Senator Charles Grassley, one of the negotiators on health care reform, saying that part of the problem is that journalists are too hungry to report on what’s going on behind the closed doors of the meeting room.


"We all want to fix what’s broken in health care, but we need to get it right."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan


"We're not going to be out of this for another two budgets."
State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston) about Wisconsin's fiscal woes.


"It's like a kid who rushes and turns his homework in on time and expects to get a few points for that, even though the whole page is incorrect. I would have sat in that conference committee until November if it meant whittling away at a $5 billion tax increase." 
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) reacting to Senator Decker's defense of the state budget.


"The people of Wisconsin have lost confidence in our voting system."
Ardis Cerny of Pewaukee who said she was shocked that the words "voter fraud" didn't appear in the state Government Accountability Board's 74-page plan to expand early voting in Wisconsin. The Board held public hearings around the state on the plan.


"It appears majority Democrats decided on their own that the people’s vote was wrong and refused to be bound by it. The Wisconsin Supreme Court should slap the legislators, hard, and remind them that the democratic process — small  'd'— cannot be overridden by politicians who disagree with their bosses, the people."
From a Beloit Daily News editorial reminding that Wisconsin voters overwhelming approved amending the state constitution to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The amendment went on to prohibit in Wisconsin recognition of any status “substantially similar” to marriage for non-traditional relationships. Under a provision in the new state budget, beginning Monday, same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for domestic partner benefits.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The sentencing of Carolyn Lockett



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


WISTAX uncovers new budget gimmick used by Governor Doyle. Journal/Sentinel? Wisconsin State Journal? Channels 4, 6, 12, 58?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The photo-op flop, Obama's teaching moment, the Beer Summit.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Harvard professor is related to officer who arrested him.


He's not that Neil Armstrong.


Here's a new approach at getting the attention of a pro team owner.


These are not your average librarians.


I thought no woman would ever dream of doing this.


Boy, he must really hate church.


Texting while driving......not a good idea.



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

Recommended reading (08/01/09)

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).

Too few Medals of Honor for Iraq, Afghan valor?

“Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 4,000 members of the U.S. military killed in action. More than 34,000 wounded. Just six considered worthy of America's highest military award for battlefield valor.”


The God Who Bleeds

“Oprah promised Obama would help us ‘evolve to a higher plane.’ Deepak Chopra said Obama's presidency represented ‘a quantum leap in American consciousness.’ Last month, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas proclaimed that Obama stood ‘above the country, above -- above the world, he's sort of God.’

Well, now he's the god who bleeds, and once you're the god who bleeds, it's hard to get the divinity back in the tube, as it were.”


Disaster in the making


“Many people are rightly worried about what this administration's reckless spending will do to the economy in our time and to our children and grandchildren, to whom a staggering national debt will be passed on. But if the worst that Barack Obama does is ruin the economy, I will breathe a sigh of relief.”


How About a National Conversation on Race Hoaxes?

“We wouldn't have known about this case at all if the professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., hadn't blast e-mailed the universe that he was harassed by racist cops. Gates thought it would be a feather in his cap, not realizing there are huge areas of the country where people don't think it's heroic to browbeat cops checking on you after you break into your own house, such as 99 percent of the country outside of Cambridge.”


Not Waterloo, just a tactical retreat

“Reforming the health care system is dead. Cause of death? Blunt trauma administered not by Republicans, not even by Blue Dog Democrats, but by the green eyeshades at the Congressional Budget Office.” 


A Closer Look at H.R. 3200 (Part I) by Paul Ryan

“We all want to fix what’s broken in health care, but we need to get it right. With Congress out of session next month, August represents a unique opportunity for the American people to truly engage in this critical debate.”


The sovereignty of the people

Even in Madison, politicians can’t ignore the constitution.”


Down with dog killer Michael Vick

“Some people just cannot wait for dog killer Michael Vick to return to professional football. The only thing this inter-species sadist deserves is universal derision.”


Liberals Save Everything But the Unborn

The hypocrisy of many left-wing zealots would be amusing if it weren’t so tragic. These folks love to advertise their philanthropic exploits by ‘saving’ things, none of which is unborn children. Sometimes I think they try to out-empathize one another until one or the other cries ‘uncle,’ and the loser agrees to cry in their latte until whatever needs saving is either extinct or added to the endangered species list.”


“Twas 147 shopping days before Christmas…

“Holly Linskie was taken aback this week when confronted with a Christmas display in a Dallas-area Sears store as she was shopping for sneakers with her 7-year-old grandson. ‘It's ridiculous,’ she said, as the boy ogled an old-fashioned police-car collectible featured in the display. ‘Let's get past Halloween first’."

Michelle Obama, the prima donna


Over at The Right View Wisconsin, Amy Geiger-Hemmer posts about the lavish attention Michelle Obama receives at taxpayer expense:

“There has never been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life.”

It’s obscene.

Read the details.

National health care kills

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Government health care's dangerous assault on the elderly


From the American Family Association:

Senator Fred Thompson on the Obama Health Care bill

If you want to know how the elderly would be treated under the Obama Health Care bill

July 25, 2009

 

 
Listen to former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson as he interviews someone who has read the Obama Health Care bill.
Click here to listen.  (MP3 / M3U format)
Obama’s plan would deny medical care for the elderly.  This interview is 8 minutes long.  Please listen and then forward it to friends and family.

 

 
Sincerely,

Don

Donald E. Wildmon,
Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), a physician, says government health care is destructive

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My most popular blogs (08/02/09)

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) Kyla's Korner-Musings of a Mother


2) TIE: 
Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

2) TIE: Franklin, have we forgotten how DANGEROUS our streets are?

3) Taxpayer Tea Parties are working
 

4) Great news from the state Little League Tournament!

5) Results from Day 2 at Wisconsin Little league Tournament

Photos of the Week (08/02/09)

Photos of the Week





President Barack Obama (right) and Vice President Joe Biden (left) had a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. (second from left) and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon






Vice President Joe Biden, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley and President Barack Obama drink beer and talk in the Rose Garden at the White House July 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. Crowley arrested Gates, a preeminent scholar of African-American history, in his own home July 16 for disorderly conduct. The issue reached national attention last week when, during a televised news conference Obama said the officer acted stupidly. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






President Barack Obama holds a town hall on health care reform, Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)






An activist who wears a mock bottom and a hospital gown holds signs on Capitol Hill after a rally on healthcare July 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered to rally lawmakers on the Hill for a single payer model healthcare reform and celebrate the 44th birthday of Medicare. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)


 



From michellemalkin.com. Reader Matt S. emailed Malkin to inform her that several hundred activists turned out for an Obamacare protest in Indianapolis outside Democrat Sen. Bayh’s office.






House Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Assitant Caitlin Haberman looks through boxes of amendments to the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill July 31, 2009 in Washington, DC. Liberal and conservative Democrats moved through an impasse by letting the bill pass the committee before the summer recess but not go up for a vote in the full House until September. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)



Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfee, left, administers the oath of office for governor to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, second left as his wife Sandy holds the Bible and Gov. Sarah Palin, back center, holding her daughter Piper, and husband Todd Palin,  watch in Fairbanks, Alaska Sunday, July 26, 2009. Palin turned over power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell during the ceremony Sunday in Fairbanks.

Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfee, left, administers the oath of office for governor to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, second left as his wife Sandy holds the Bible and Gov. Sarah Palin, back center, holding her daughter Piper, and husband Todd Palin, watch in Fairbanks, Alaska Sunday, July 26, 2009. Palin turned over power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell during the ceremony Sunday in Fairbanks. AP photo






Henry Allingham's great-grandson, Michael Gray, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, left, and great-grandson, Brent Gray, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, second left, follow the coffin of WWI veteran, Henry Allingham into St Nicholas' Church in Brighton, England, for a funeral service, Thursday, July 30, 2009. Politicians, military chiefs, relatives and hundreds of strangers bade farewell Thursday to Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last survivors of World War I. Allingham was the last founding member of the Royal Air Force and one of only a handful of World War I veterans left in the world when he passed away at 113 on July 18. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)






Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friday July 31, 2009. Endeavour's seven member crew are returning from a mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, Pool)






Demonstrators protest in front of City Hall in favor of jobs they hope will be created by the construction of a Walmart store on Chicago's Southside July 29, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart has been fighting to build another store in the city since 2004 but has failed to win approval from the City Council. There is currently only one Walmart within the Chicago city limits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


 

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The MJS Scorecard (08/02/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Michael Rosen: No lakefront space for private profit 

Mary Joe Layden And Donna Rongholt-Migan: Where should the homeless go? 

Paul Krugman: Don't fall for right-wing fright 


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Richard Schilffarth: Embrace tools to draw in capital 


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

John Gurda: Our reachable up north 

Richard A. Meeusen and Tom Barrett: Lure business with Milwaukee water 


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-66, Conservative-61

Who's in your wallet?

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Culinary no-no #124

Culinary no-no's

 
*NOTE: THIS SEGMENT OF CULINARY NO-NO CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT SOME READERS MIGHT CONSIDER RUDE OR OFFENSIVE.*


Some folks just aren’t wise enough to learn a valuable lesson from a cartoon frog.

The year is 1994. The place is Rose City, Michigan where James Wauldron is operating a T-shirt shop. Many of the designs featured wild animals, but Wauldron's officemates weren't impressed with the company's wimpy frog. So Wauldron went back to the drawing board, coming up with a picture of a frog that had what I’ll call an attitude. It was gesturing in an unfriendly manner.

More than a few of Wauldron’s customers told him the rude amphibian looked like a beer label. Wauldron wanted to sell shirts, but suddenly his patrons were demanding a beer that had the naughty frog on the bottle.

Bad Frog Beer was born garnering sales in over 20 states winning numerous awards, including the bronze medal at the 1995 World Beer Championship in Chicago.

No one seemed to mind the brew’s in-your-face trademark:







 

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/02/09)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer

This ain't for Ol' Blue Eyes...

 

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President Obama isn't a doctor...


But he plays one on TV.

John Boehner, the Republican Minority Leader in the House released this video today.

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Obama lied


C’mon, America!

You can't be surprised by any of this:

Barack Obama will highlight his middle-class tax cuts during an event today in Wisconsin, a potential battleground state in November.”

Boston Globe, June 12, 2008


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Cheeseheads in Illinois state government?


It’s vintage Chicago politics.

Keshet, a Chicago-based Jewish organization undoubtedly provides wonderful programs and services for developmentally disabled youngsters. Last month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state’s capital budget into law that includes spending $150,000 to build a log cabin for a Keshet camp.

Problem. The camp is Camp Chi. Camp Chi is located in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

That’s right. Illinois taxpayers are funding a building project in the land of cheese. Not only that, the expenditure is for a religious organization.

Of course, there is opposition, led by Rob Sherman. Sherman is Jewish. He’s also an atheist who strongly believes Illinois’ capital budget shouldn’t be spent on Camp Chi and other religious projects.

Sherman is filing a lawsuit against the state and, you guessed it, the ACLU is sniffing around.

Illinois lawmakers are blowing Sherman off.

The benefits of Keshet notwithstanding, how would you feel, Wisconsin taxpayer, if your tax dollars were being spent on a new building in Illinois?

Here’s the story.

The left gets a dose of its own medicine


Lefty bloggers, incapable of engaging in intellectual debate, often resort to the sophomoric tactic of taking a picture of someone they despise and tossing childish insults. Another stupid ploy is taking another blogger’s title and distorting it with some feeble attempt at humor.

That’s why I’m glad to see this popping up all over America, putting the left into orbit.


 

Controversy: The poster, which depicts President Barack Obama as Batman villain The Joker has divided U.S. opinion

Obama the biggest liar to ever serve as president


John Hawkins has the goods.

More cuts at the MJS


I'm not sure how this continues to maintain the high quality local news focus of the newspaper as suggested by Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner, President and Publisher of Journal Sentinel.

Michelle Malkin to Joy Behar: "Newsflash-George Bush is not in office anymore"

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The Joke is on the hateful left this time

 
As expected, the left is apoplectic about the poster depicting the Obamessiah as The Joker.

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson says, “Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery, it is mean-spirited and dangerous."

Mean-spirited and dangerous? Where was Hutchinson when the hateful left was advocating the assassination of George W. Bush?

"We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama,” said Hutchinson.

I also am curious who this individual is because I want to make him/her one of my HEROES OF THE WEEK.

The blogosphere is also abuzz with news that in 2008, Vanity Fair depicted President Bush as The Joker.

No outcries from the hypocritical left back then!



Controversy: The poster, which depicts President Barack Obama as Batman villain The Joker has divided U.S. opinion


Love it!

Hey Big Spender!


CBS News, not FOX, CBS News reports:

“So rapid is the pace of deficit spending by the federal government, that the National Debt has increased over a trillion dollars since President Obama took office.”

Yeh, so. George W. Bush was a big spender, too wasn’t he?

Oh yes he was. But as CBS emphasizes:

“During the last administration, it took over 2 ½ years for the National Debt to increase a trillion dollars.”

Read Mark Knoller’s blog.

Prince Fielder needs to grow up


Prince Fielder’s temper tantrum following last night’s 17-4 shellacking by the Dodgers in Los Angeles is the talk of baseball today.

Upset because Dodger reliever (and former Fielder teammate) Guillermo Mota drilled him with a pitch in the ninth inning, an angry Fielder attempted to barge his way into the Dodger clubhouse after the game to go after Mota.

Mota hit Fielder after Brewer reliever
Chris Smith nailed Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez with a pitch in the seventh inning. Fielder is either too stupid, too immature, or both to realize that as long as baseball has been around, if your pitcher hits one of their guys, one of their pitchers will retaliate.

Though Mota’s action was intentional, he hit Fielder in one of his large legs where damage would be just a few smarts. It certainly was not as dangerous as throwing at Fielder’s head.

You never, ever try to go into the other team’s clubhouse seeking revenge. Brewer players were seen right there with Fielder along with manager Ken Macha. It appeared some players weren’t even making an attempt to restrain Fielder. Nice leadership by the manager.

And speaking of the manager, why does he even have Fielder in the game in the ninth inning of a 17-4 embarrassment?

This isn’t the first time Fielder has gone crazy.

Major League Baseball is investigating. That means fines and/or suspensions. Fielder, who is having a nice season, wasn’t thinking about his teammates when he went berserk. He deserves punishment.

You think the warm, compassionate left will fry this guy?


NAHHH!!!

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How dare angry constituents get angry!


Now we know why liberal (Socialist) Congressional Democrats so desperately wanted to pass government health care before:

A) Anyone read the bill

B) The August recess


They did not want to face the wrath of the voters, the people they work for. They’re hearing an absolute earful from constituents back home at their “listening sessions.” The left is stunned that Democrats pushing a complete overhaul of America’s health care system actually are supposed to “listen” at “listening sessions,” especially if it means hearing what they don’t want to hear.

Americans who hate seeing the America they love, honor and respect swiftly sink more and more into Socialism every day are upset. They show up en masse at a “listening session” so that their elected representative will “listen.”

Yes, they’re angry. Yes, they’re mad. Imagine that.

To be sure, there has been some hollering and yelling. How dare constituents speak their minds to their Congressmen! How dare they stand up against a complete government takeover of health care! How dare these people who actually like their health care plans and want to keep them talk that way to a United States Congressman!

Lefties just can’t come to grips with the fact that not everyone genuflects at the thought of more government control. Not everyone has sipped the Obama Kool-Aid.

Obviously, these “mobs” of people with day jobs who pay taxes on top of taxes who have the audacity to show up at “listening sessions” and not treat them like ice cream socials have all been orchestrated or affected by:

Talk radio

The right wing conspiracy

Ronald Reagan

El Nino

The left apparently has forgotten that the Community organizer-in-Chief that they worship  told supporters in Elko, Nevada last year the following:


“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”


Get in their face.

Argue with them.

Get in their face.

Guerilla warfare is fine as long as it’s the flaky wackos on the left tossing the bombs.


What do these Democrats think, that constituents are going to show up at these sessions like lemmings, quietly nod their heads, and blindly accept anything fed to them?

High tea it ain’t. Thank goodness.

Give ‘em hell!

Earth to Franklin City Hall: HELLO, we've got a great big budget shortfall!


I recently blogged that there doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency at Franklin City Hall about the $1.8 million budget shortfall announced by Mayor Tom Taylor in June.

Here’s what has happened since then:

1) The budget shortfall for this year in the city of Franklin is no longer $1.8 million. It has ballooned to $2.5 million.

2) Even so, there still isn’t any sense of urgency at City Hall.

Case in point: This week’s Franklin Common Council meeting.

FranklinNOW reports that the meeting had some debate about replacing an eight-year-old ambulance that has an odometer reading of 99,000 miles.

Aldermen Steve Olson, Lyle Sohns and Ken Skowronski, according to FranklinNOW  “said while they are strong supporters of the police and fire departments, the city should try to get more mileage out of the ambulance due to the tough economic times. ‘At some point you have to say no’ to more spending, Olson said.”

Everyone acknowledges the importance of ambulances. But when you’re $2.5 million in the hole right now and another $1.4 million in the hole projected for next year, you, as the Rolling Stones professed, can’t always get what you want.

Olson, Sohns, and Skowronski made the right move, voting against purchasing a new ambulance. Aldermen Steve (I am so a conservative, really I am!) Taylor, Kristen Wilhelm, and Tim Solomon voted for the purchase. Apparently the attitude is, we’ll buy now and worry about it, and our deficit, later.

NO SENSE OF URGENCY.

NONE.

Mayor Tom Taylor broke the 3-3 tie and voted in favor of buying the ambulance.

Our city leaders voted to INCREASE SPENDING when the budget shortfall for a $20-million city budget is $2.5 million.

Is it any wonder Franklin taxes are so high?

When personnel, i.e., real living, breathing city workers have to be told they’re losing their jobs, how important will that new ambulance look to those folks?

Friday is Purple Heart Day in Wisconsin


Every August 7 is Purple Heart Day in Wisconsin.


So many brave men and women have been awarded the Purple Heart. Meet one of them, John Kriesel.
 

 

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What if the DNC ran talk radio?


Listen.

Yes, the picture does say it all


A few days ago on The Right View Wisconsin, Amy Geiger-Hemmer posted a revealing photo about our president.

Charlie Sykes has now posted a similar entry.

Amy’s blog is worth a look.

Remember Sam?


From Photos of the Week, 2/15/09:
 

APTOPIX Australia Wildfires

Local CFA firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured Australian Koala at Mirboo North after wildfires swept through the region on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Suspicions that the worst wildfires ever to strike Australia were deliberately set led police to declare crime scenes Monday in towns incinerated by blazes, while investigators moving into the charred landscape discovered more bodies. The death toll stood at 181.(AP Photo/Mark Pardew)


 

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Friday night, it's InterCHANGE


Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE on Channel 10 with a repeat broadcast Sunday morning at 11:00:

 

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They're coming, and this time, they're coming after you


"First they tried to vilify Talk Radio. That didn't work.

Then they tried to vilify Fox News. That didn't work.

Then they tried to ridicule the Conservative Blogosphere.  That didn't work.

Now, they are coming after any private citizen who opposes them."


Read the rest of this blog, and make sure you read right up to those very last sentences.

You and I are under attack

 
Americans for Prosperity

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It's the tax levy, stupid!


Lots of numbers can be found in today’s noteworthy report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


Property tax levies up 5.1% in region

There are plenty of references to tax rates in this analysis of a new Public Policy Forum. Just another reminder that you can basically forget all the discussion about tax rates. It’s the tax levy that’s critical.

Buried in the MJS article is this nugget:


"The analysis found that the highest gross property tax levy increase this year was in Walworth County, with an increase of 6.5%, followed by Kenosha County at 6%, Milwaukee County at 5.9%, Racine County at 5.2%, Washington and Waukesha counties at 3.8%, and Ozaukee County at 2.9%"

A property tax ranking poster is provided. Again, the levy is what counts.

According to the Public Policy Forum, the City of Franklin saw a one-year increase in the gross property tax levy during 2009 of 4.5%. That’s not the worst, but it’s not the best.

I thought I saw the Phantom up there




The Phantom of the Opera is playing in Milwaukee through August 30.

Watch this short video about the most amazing piece on the production’s set.

 

The Beatles or the Moody Blues?


This is not a good day for a good friend of mine. Today is his wedding anniversary.

I know that didn’t sound very nice at all so let me clarify. My friend would like to spend the evening with his wife but can’t because he’s working with me backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair. If he had the night off, he would have purchased tickets to take his wife to see his favorite band, the Moody Blues at the Riverside Theater.

How much does he love the Moody Blues? He is of the strong belief that the Moody Blues are the greatest band to come out of England.

There’s nothing wrong with my friend’s passionate opinion given that musical tastes are, naturally, quite subjective except that there’s something wrong with that.

He and I have this occasional cordial discussion about the Moody Blues and it came up again last night about a half hour before Foreigner hit the Main Stage. My friend once again was lamenting the fact that instead of sitting in the Riverside tonight with his wife enjoying his beloved Moodies, he’ll be backstage at the Fair with the ear-splitting Jackal performing.

Last night, the Moody topic surfaced with my friend saying his usual. I’ve heard it so many times I know it by heart. They’re the best. They’re even the best songwriters to ever live.

Just a few feet from us stood a string bean of a young guy, just checking out the stage he’d be playing on in about 30 minutes.

“Excuse me, sir” I said.

“Yes?” he replied.

“In your opinion, what is the greatest band to ever come out of England?”

He immediately broke into a sheepish grin.

“Well, of course, I’d have to say the Beatles, but…”

“Now stop right there, young man” I said, “because you’d be absolutely right.”

Then I looked at my friend and said, “You see, he’s a musician so he ought to know.”

The musician laughed as he said, “Ooooh, ahm stayin’ outta this one!” It turns out he was Foreigner keyboardist Michael Bluestein.

Later, when I helped escort the band from their dressing room to the stage, Bluestein got halfway up the stage steps, turned to me and asked, “Did you ever get that resolved?”

“No, we didn’t, but you certainly were a big help!”


The Moody Blues, a better band than the Beatles? Better songwriters than Lennon and McCartney?

Happy Anniversary to my poor, disillusioned friend.

MORE: My friend from rightfromtheright is also working backstage and will blog extensively about the Fair during its run.

Don't forget to visit This Just In this weekend


Tonight, after sundown, and that is the best time to view and listen to our weekly Goodnight musical feature, it gets HOT.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot as Jennifer and I blog about dogs. Then it’s the week in review, Week-ends and Recommended Reading.

Sunday, My Most Popular Bogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here’s one of the featured pictures:





And who knows what else.


What’s that?

Yes, dear.

Of course, dear.

And possibly Kyla’s Korner.

Yes, I know that’s better.

Goodnight everyone, and have a sizzling 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....we sizzle.

The weather folks promise hot, humid, blazing conditions (finally) this weekend. No complaints here. After all, it’s August.

Let’s get right into it this week with an appropriate track from Fattburger. The San Diego-based band blends funk, blues and Latin jazz in what is often called, “The San Diego Sound.”

It’s an impressive group. Various band members have backed up Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly,  Herbie Mann, Dave Valentin, Clark Terry,  Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Al Di Miola and Luis Miguel.

Drummer Kevin Koch hails from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.






 

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The Barking Lot (08/08/09)

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:  Windy with thunderstorms likely. Some could be severe with rainfall totaling an inch. High of 90.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy and windy. High of 94.  "C"

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

The other day, for the first time, I watched Animal Advocate Television (Time Warner Cable OnDemand Channel 1403 under “Humanitarian.”)  Animal Fairy Charities showed several touching and informational segments about animal care, special programs, and fostering & adoption.  There was quite a bit of information about fostering an animal and it made me think about the whole concept more than I ever had.  I have always considered myself to be incapable of fostering because every animal I would care for “temporarily” would end up a permanent fixture in my home.  I really never thought I could give the animal back.  I know myself too well…  I get extremely attached to animals VERY quickly.

There are so many variables to consider in addition to wondering “Will I become too attached to my foster pet?”  Pets911.com offers basic information about fostering an animal.  Of course The Barking Lot focuses on our canine friends.  But dozens of animal welfare websites, including The Pet Foster Network offer many kinds of animals that need help including rabbits, horses, and farm animals.  

A blog on HubPages about fostering offers insight into the kinds of pets  that need fostering.  And an article on DailyAdvance.com offers compelling and heart-tugging reasons why fostering is so very important.

A good match between a foster pet parent and pet is extremely important.  It may be even more critical for a foster situation, as these foster homes are an essential springboard to a permanent and loving home.  The goal is to provide temporary but high-quality and consistent care to an animal as it convalesces from special circumstances such as injury, illness or poor socialization.  Considering your lifestyle is paramount (A home filled with several “permanent” pets plus young & active children is not the best choice for an animal recovering from surgery).

After learning more about fostering a pet I am an even greater supporter of this special type of animal care and devotion.  This new information has even inspired me to consider fostering at some point.  (Of course this will be after our future dog is no longer a puppy and our beautiful Kyla is over that toddler stage of grabbing ears and tails!)  

Please, consider fostering if it is a good fit for YOUR family.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. That means it’s time once again for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

A lost dog’s hoarding helps a rescuer reunite her with her owners.


What’s going on with Atlanta police shooting family dogs?


Tom Riche is an impressive dog trainer. Read why.


Laika
may inspire a new law.


Doing dog research on your honeymoon?


OK. I’m breaking up with you. But I want the pug.


Dogs should not eat combs.


Dog barks at man……not a story. On the other hand…


A woman tried to get her pit bull out of a shelter, and is now paying for it.


This is a story about patent innovation. OF COURSE there’s a dog angle.


Snuggies for dogs!


It was a dog day at the ballpark.


“Doggie Dips”
are scheduled at 4 Milwaukee County parks.



Is your dog cute enough to win a million bucks?


Dont forget the Celtic Canines

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Week-ends (08/08/09)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK

T
he citizens who exercised their free speech rights and committed flagrant acts of democracy by attending town hall meetings and vociferously informed their elected  representatives they oppose the transformation of America into a Marxist society. They've been referred to by the left as "an angry mob," "racists," and "terrorists."
HT: Charlies Sykes


The GOP members of the Joint Finance Committee who voted against trains.


Bob Farris



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


A left wing angry mob


Why is this scumbag still alive?


Four Wisconsin women


George Sodini


Betty Lichtenstein


Jonathan Bleiweiss


Senator Barbara Boxer


The city of Tulare, California



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin


"The Republicans and their allied groups desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill ... are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country."
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse


"
They can’t stand the fact that real Americans are showing up at townhall meetings and demanding that elected officials listen to them for once. When you move the country toward socialism at such a rate, and bail out failed companies, raise taxes, explode the deficits and demonize millions of Americans, what do you expect their response to be?”
Brendan Steinhauser of Freedom Works


“Sen. Barbara Boxer insists the protests have to be fake because the protestors are too ‘well-dressed.’ Likewise, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says this is all ‘manufactured anger’ because the protestors -- he calls them the ‘Brooks Brothers Brigade’ -- are too tastefully appointed to be authentic protestors. Apparently only filthy hippies can petition government.”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg


"We've begun to put the brakes on this recession and ... the worst may be behind us.
President Obama on the economy.


"She realizes that she has placed this office in a difficult position."
Spokesman for Governor Doyle, Lee Sensnebrenner on Chandra Miller Fienen.  Less than 24 hours after it was learned that Miller Fienen is not allowed to practice law in Wisconsin, Miller resigned as senior legal counsel to Doyle.


"The advertising recession continues to affect our business. While these changes are difficult, we must be diligent about reducing our expense platform in order to preserve the overall strength of the Journal Sentinel through and beyond this challenging time. Today we also need to say thank-you to a number of Journal Sentinel colleagues for many years of exceptional service."
Steven Smith, chairman and CEO of Journal Communications as the company continued to reduce its workforce.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


$200-million for new jets for travel by Pentagon officials


And a related story...



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Earth to mainstream media: Abortion coverage is in ObamaCare.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Losing 247,000 jobs in July under an Obama administration.......IS GREAT NEWS!



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


For $19, you will get nothing and like it.


Save the planet...pee in the shower.


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

Palin: ObamaCare creates a "death panel"


If you missed my Week-ends segment today, I included a quote from Sarah Palin:


“Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."


The former Alaska governor made her remarks in a Facebook posting.

In my book, she will always be an amazing lady.

Is it EVER ok to pee in the shower?


A few years ago, my good friends at WISN, Jay Weber and Bob Dolan asked that very question during their morning show.

News reports (check out this neat headline) indicate Brazil is encouraging it. Yet another moment of sheer genius from the enviro-nuts.

Back to our question.

For those of you who answered, “yes,” the Guardian advises that if you’re going to engage in this, AHEM, practice, there are some rules to follow.

Recommended reading (08/08/09)


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).



‘You are terrifying us’

We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There’s a new tone in the debate, and it’s ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven’t looked like in years, and that is: desperate.”


Town halls gone wild

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.”


Nancy's Nazi Shock: Did She Forget the Bush Years?

“Nancy Pelosi is shocked by the presence of some swastikas at protests against Obamacare. Who ever heard of such a thing? Well, any mildly alert American old enough to remember the anti-war protests of 2003-2007.”


Democrats’ Fear Is Showing on Health Care

The Democratic party is panicking, lashing out like a cornered animal, all because its effort to take over the health-care industry is coming apart like so much wet toilet paper.”


Why the left is attacking us

“I am not a fan of shouting anyone down or using the tactics that ACORN and the thuggish unions use. But I am a fan of local activists who are organizing their neighbors and friends to get them to meetings so that they can speak up, speak out and put their elected officials on the spot.”


What my wife and Obama have in common

“This is no longer a matter merely about proving a presidential prerequisite in the Constitution. Refusing to post a copy of your original birth certificate is an unwise political and leadership decision that is enabling the birther controversy."


How Obama and Henry “Yo Mama” Gates Can Woo Back the “White Devils”


“You’ve got to work with us white folk, Barack. We’re pretty easy. If you make a completely goofy and racial statement in a moment of flamboyant ignorance, all you have to do is say you screwed up, you’re sorry and that you’ll watch a Leave It to Beaver marathon as penance for jamming your foot into your mouth all the way down to your hip. And you know what? We Anglo Saxons will forgive and forget your foible and go on our merry way shopping at Pottery Barn, eating at the Olive Garden and watching Regis and Kelly (They’re a hoot!).”


10 reachable race summits in search of a beer

“President Obama teaches us to address ‘race-based’ disputes by seating the parties involved -- along with Vice President Joe Biden -- at his table over mugs of beer. We hereby offer candidates for 10 long-overdue presidential Race Beer Summits”: 

Profs for prostitution

The Rhode Island prostitution traffic got support from ‘professors….from across the country and around the world’ are lobbying for Rhode Island to maintain its ‘sensible’ policy, enacted in 1976, which makes indoor prostitution legal. Why?”

IT'S HERE!

ELVIS


IT'S HERE!

My most popular blogs (08/09/09)

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) 
Hey Big Spender!

2) 
They're coming, and this time, they're coming after you

3)
The Joke is on the hateful left this time

4) Cheeseheads in Illinois state government?

5) 
Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

Photos of the Week (08/09/09)

Photos of the Week


obama_joker

An anonymously-designed poster that shows Barack Obama as the Joker from the Batman films has stirred up controversy in the US.






Protesters demonstrate in front of the office of North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday, August 7, 2009. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News Observer/MCT)






Supporters of health care reform rally outside the office of U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., in Miami, Friday Aug. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)






Karen Miracle of Brandon, Fla. pushes Barry Osteen of LutzTown, fla. during a heated debate between Osteen and her husband, Garry Miracle, of Brandon, center, during a healthcare town hall-style meeting at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, in Tampa, Florida Thursday night. A town hall meeting to discuss President Barack Obama's health care reform plan turned into a heated confrontation after more than a thousand people showed up in Tampa to voice their opinion. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Chris Zuppa)




Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice David Souter, takes the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice and only the third woman in the court's 220-year history, in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. She is joined at right by her brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor. Sotomayor, 55, has been a federal judge for 17 years. The Senate confirmed Sotomayor's nomination Thursday by a 68-31 vote.

Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice David Souter, takes the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice and only the third woman in the court's 220-year history, in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. She is joined at right by her brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor. Sotomayor, 55, has been a federal judge for 17 years. The Senate confirmed Sotomayor's nomination Thursday by a 68-31 vote. AP photo






First lady Ginny Sanford, along with her sons, and helped by friends, moved out of the Governor's Mansion in South Carolina Friday to return to Sullivan's Island near Charleston. Photo by TIM DOMINICK/tdominick@thestate.com.







A crane lifts a flattened van to a shredder at Gershow Recycling Corp. in Medford, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. Many of the scrapped vehicles are part of the "cash for clunkers" program. The Senate is poised to pump $2 billion more into the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program after agreeing to give shoppers until Labor Day to make a deal on more energy-efficient models. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)






Airport and emergency crews scramble to aid those injured when a Bangkok Airways ATRF72-500 landed in stormy weather in Samui, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, and hit the airport's old traffic control tower, killing the pilot and injuring at least seven people including foreign tourists. (AP Photo)






Jennifer Raisor is rescued by firefighters Brent Martin, front, and Andy Ward after her car was stranded by flood waters in downtown Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)






Louisville library worker Joe Brady looks on at left as fellow library employee William Cantelli wades through floodwaters in the basement of the library in downtown Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. Tens of thousands of books were damaged or destroyed because of the flooding. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)


 

 

Helicopter pilots watch as a controlled fire burns on Mount McLean in an attempt to reduce the amount of fuel for a wildfire burning on the mountain in Lillooet, British Columbia, on Tuesday Aug. 4, 2009. In the town of Lillooet, 2,500 people were forced from their homes as a fire raged less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away. Another 120 in nearby Brooksmere were also evacuated. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS - Darryl Dyck)


 

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The MJS Scorecard (08/09/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Herb Kohl: We must embrace reform now 

Bruce Speight: Publicly pay to see what works

Another View: Electoral competitiveness should be goal of redistricting by Fred Kessler

Kessler says the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, historically a Democrat, should be instrumental in redistricting.


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Jon Rauser: Government-run? No: Try this

Jim Burkee: When takers outvote makers


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Michael Tobin: Experts helped city fight crime 

Barry Grossman: Water City? First, Milwaukee will need some more patents


Tom Still: In biofuels, it's all about scale 

Still isn't liberal, but this piece isn't exactly red-meat conservative stuff.


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-2

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-69, Conservative-63

Culinary no-no #125

Culinary no-no's


For the first time in eight years, McDonald’s has created a new burger.

Now available at the Golden Arches are three varieties of Angus Beef burgers, each is 1/3 pound on a sesame seed roll at $3.99:

Deluxe – The classic cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onions. Mushroom & Swiss – Topped with sautéed mushrooms and swiss cheese.
Bacon & Cheese – Topped with bacon and red onion.

Take a look at the bacon and cheese (it will be the burger to the left)  and as you do, imagine how you would describe this new product:





What you have on that new Angus burger with the cheese and red onions is a “weapon of mass destruction.”

That’s right, a “weapon of mass destruction.”

No wonder we couldn’t find them in Iraq. They’re all over here sandwiched between beef, pickles, and barbecue sauce.

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/09/09)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer


If Kevin had his way there wouldn’t be a blue bin set out every other Tuesday with all of our glass, plastic and aluminum.  Recycling isn’t his #1 priority.


I try to make an effort of looking at the bottom of every plastic piece that comes in to our house to confirm it can go in to the bin.  I even cut apart the rings that hold cans together so that my six pack does not result in the death of a bottle nosed dolphin.  (Yes, I know we don’t have many dolphins in Lake Michigan.  Call it Catholic guilt.  It only took one story to stay in my mind forever.  I’ve swam with dolphins on three occasions.  Trust me the last thing I want to do is contribute to the suffering of such a beautiful creature.)

Sorting our trash is about where I draw the line though.  I don’t purchase “green” light bulbs because quite frankly, I don’t want mercury poisoning if I dispose of them improperly.  I drive a large car and I USE THE AIR CONDITIONING IN THE SUMMER.  Frequently, I forget my reusable bags in the trunk of my car and have to choose between carbon-producing plastic or tree-killing paper.

But recently, Kevin & I committed the worst, most horrifying act of destroying the planet… the atrocity to end all atrocities… the ultimate act of killing Mother Earth.  We had Kyla.

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Doug Giles encourages town hall rebels


Another gem from one of my favorite columnists, the irreverent and extremely humorous Doug Giles who offers his reaction to the left’s frenzy over Americans rebelling at town hall meetings:


What’s the matter, little liberal? Are you guys the only ones who get to play James Dean? Is that it? Can we not wear the leather jacket? Can we not ride a Harley? Can we not sing 'We’re Not Gonna Take It?' Can we not be the rebel with a cause? Is our party disallowed our Rosa Parks? We are? Well, isn’t that conveeeeeeeeeeeeenient?”

Tough to argue with this:

“Well, guess what? What’s good for the commie goose is good for the conservative gander.”

Giles also gives his advice to those opposed to the Socialization of our health care system. Read his column here.

The city of Franklin has a budget crisis......Ho Hum


The city of Franklin has a $2.5 million budget shortfall this year and a projected budget shortfall of $1.4 million for 2010. This is page one news for our humble city. At Franklin City Hall, there have been a few different reactions to these developments:

1) This is serious, so let’s do something now.


2) We’ll be ok.

3) Let’s spend more money.


4) ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


Franklin alderman, Common Council President, faux conservative, Steve (Oh I JUST can’t WAIT to be mayor) Taylor in late July asked Mayor Tom Taylor what his office was doing about the dismal numbers.

Now that’s a perfectly legitimate question to raise. Granted, it didn’t take much effort. Let’s be honest. How long does it take the Common Council Prez to run into the Mayor in the hallway and say, “Hey, Tom, soooo, what’s happenin’ with our budget?” But it’s still a good question.

Mayor Taylor responded to Alderman Taylor with a lengthy memo on July 31, 2009.

Armed with this information, Alderman Taylor had two choices: the right one or the wrong one. And our dog-park/cigarette smoker hating alderman made the wrong choice.

Here’s what the crafty (after all, he’s from La Crosse) alderman did.

Taylor immediately sent the mayor’s memo to some (not all) Franklin bloggers to share. He didn’t send it to any FranklinNOW bloggers.

Now isn’t that interesting. Totally dumb, but interesting. Why wouldn’t a Franklin alderman want to convey this information on the Franklin community website so as to reach as many concerned citizens as possible? That would be like Mayor Barrett holding a news conference, but not inviting or informing Channels 4 and 12. Not very wise strategy, especially if you want to be mayor someday.

Taylor hoped that the bloggers would be so enthralled to having this news bulletin dropped in their laps that they would gleefully write entries that made it appear that he, Alderman Taylor was actually doing something about our huge deficits.

In reality, all Alderman Taylor did was ask a question, wait at his computer for the Mayor to answer, and then forward to a few select bloggers hoping they’d pin medals on him for what he supposedly had done.

It appears that only one Franklin blogger fell for this stunt. Not surprisingly, it was Franklin’s most naïve writer who will be your friend for life, enabling you to use him for whatever purpose, all for just a simple ATTA BOY e-mail and pat on the head.

Back to Mayor Taylor’s memo to Alderman Taylor……here’s an excerpt about what the mayor has done about the budget:

“4% Expenditure Reduction and Hiring Freeze:  I have informed operating departments that they are expected to reduce total expenditures to 4% below budgeted levels and, in June, I imposed a hiring freeze. As such, savings from vacant positions this year, including the projected impact of the hiring freeze, are estimated to be $392.401.  $300,000 in anticipated non-personal services savings were also noted in the forecast addendum.  Additionally, if the entire 4% reduction is realized, a further $300,000 savings could be realized.”

Where Steve Taylor faltered is that he should have asked follow-up questions instead of rushing to send the memo off to bloggers he assumed wouldn’t be critical. In essence, Steve Taylor is substituting the Mayor’s answers for his own carte blanche answers for how the city is addressing the budget shortfalls. If you ask Alderman Taylor what should be done about the budget, he can now just refer you to the mayor’s memo. (Any ideas of your own, Steve? Nahhh, I didn't think so).

Here are just a couple of follow-up questions Alderman Taylor should have asked Mayor Taylor for starters: Mayor Taylor, since you asked departments in June to reduce expenditures by 4%, which departments have followed through with your request? What has been the total amount of savings from your departments’ actions?

Alderman Taylor asked a question, got a lengthy answer, rubber stamped it to some bloggers, and then voted to increase spending at a Common Council meeting for replacing an ambulance with money the city doesn’t have instead of repairing the ambulance. (The vote to approve the new ambulance was 3-3. Mayor Taylor broke the tie with a "yes" vote).

The argument is that we have this Super Duper Heavy Duty When We Run Out Of Money Take It From Here And We’ll Fix It With Franklin Ingenuity And No One Will Ever Know the Difference Maintenance Fund.

Oh, by the way, Alderman Kristen Wilhelm doesn’t get off the hook, either. Wilhelm told me personally months ago that she was going to watch out for the taxpayers. She voted for the new ambulance and my guess is it’s because this thought kept flashing through her mind: If we can save just one life….

Of course, I am the villain for pointing this stuff out.

Spending more money when less money is coming in is wrong. It’s too bad Mayor Taylor, in addition to a hiring freeze, didn’t slap on a spending freeze.


Failing to realize how serious our budget situation is wrong.

Refusing to adjust budgets when revenues are down is wrong.

The “Everything will be just hunk dory” line doesn’t work when you are millions of dollars in the hole.

It’s time, as in right now, for city officials to get serious and stop playing games with bloggers and fix our budget mess.

Here is Mayor Taylor’s memo to Alderman Taylor:



Date:            July 31, 2009

 

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Disagree with a House Democrat (Socialist), you're "Un-American"

 
The father of a young man with cerebral palsy who dared question his Congressman about socialized medicine, and all the others who have been attending town hall meetings to exercise their constitutional rights have now been called, "Un-American" by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.

Watch this "Un-American" in action. 
 




Related reading: 10 questions politicians won't answer
 

3.9%......are you absolutely, positively sure about that?


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the following today in an article about local school taxes:

“Jim Milzer, an assistant superintendent in the FranklinSchool District, said administrators in his district will likely recommend postponing plans to refinance debt in the coming school year to temper a possible tax increase. As it is, the district is estimating a 3.9% property tax rise due to decreasing aid from the state.”

That's now. What will the school property tax levy increase really be come October?

Do you trust Jim Milzer and his calculations?

I sure as hell don't.

The Pink Warrior


State
Fair is buzzing about tonight's performance by up and coming country star Candy Coburn on the Main Stage. Coburn will open for headliner Big and Rich.





Her latest single is titled, “Pink Warrior.” Coburn has become a celebrity ambassador for the fight against breast cancer.






This gives me another opportunity to bring you this reminder:

PLEASE HELP THE 2ND ANNUAL ANGIE WENZEL SCRAMBLE




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HEALTH CARE: Reform or disaster?


Wisconsin Right to Life today has released a video entitled "Health Care: Reform or Disaster?"

The video shows the health care bills currently being considered by Congress would expand and fund abortion and ration care, especially for the elderly and disabled.

 

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Those warm-hearted, loving souls at the DNR...


Strike again.

 

UPDATE: Must see video for Franklin, and everybody else


A few weeks ago I wrote that some Milwaukee TV station should try to get its hands on the "Nanny-cam" video  that implicates admitted Franklin thief Rosann Lewandowski.

Here it is.

HT: A This Just In reader

No jail time for Rosann Lewandowski


Should Lewandowski have been forced to do some jail time?

I think so.

Last month I blogged, “Of course what she did was disgusting and she needs to be punished, whether she’s 59 or 19.  She stole from children, for heaven’s sake. Spare me any defense that she‘s sick, old, or both.”

Lewandowski hurt and disappointed many people. She could have been sentenced to 27 months in jail. She got nothing.

She has suffered enough!  Leave her alone!

Is that how we should handle robbery cases from now on?

Look the Un-Americans straight in the eye, or......What are you afraid of, Gwen?

 

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America's first black president should have been....


This gentleman.


The guy is simply brilliant.

Guys, not to worry.....you can talk her into having that abortion


Seven million readers check out AskMen.com every month. The popular men’s website is risqué in nature. Visit the site today and you’ll see, in addition to the usual galleries of hot celebrities, the top 10 ways to meet your dream girl, the Sex Tip of the Day, and STD’s that show on your face.

AskMen.com crossed the line last month when it published an article by Sex Education Correspondent Isabella Snow counseling men about how to persuade women to have abortions. The column was considered so vile that it was removed by AskMen.com. However, several other websites have included some excerpts. Here are a few samples of Snow’s advice to men who find their wives or girlfriends are pregnant that has been referred to as “a primer for coerced abortion”:

“An unplanned and unwanted pregnancy can dramatically affect an otherwise loving long-term relationship. For some women, getting pregnant can start clocks ticking and make them suddenly want to be mothers, despite previous agreements.”

"You just need to take care with the presentation."

Snow suggests discussing a potential abortion on the couch so there’s reduced eye contact and the woman can talk openly.

"When you're ready to share your opinion, you'll want to use a calm, steady tone. You'll also want to take care with your word choice; pregnant women tend to feel like they're carrying someone, as opposed to something, even if she is just a month or so pregnant. You can’t just talk about having an abortion the same way you’d talk about having a cavity filled.”

“If you don’t want to be a father, you have every right to come out and say so. You don’t have the right to berate her in the process and you should be kind, but you don’t need to understate anything.”

Snow tells men to focus on important life changes while at the same time not coming across as whiny.

“Who’s going to care for the baby while you’re working? Will you have to move to a new home? Will you have to sell your Harley and get a station wagon?”  

“If you’ve followed all of these steps and your woman decides to have the baby anyway, this does not mean you’re required to get married or move in together. You’ll probably want to provide for your child regardless, but if you’ve been clear about your intentions from the start, you are not obligated to contribute beyond what your conscience and the law expects of you. This was her decision, not yours, and the bulk of the responsibility is now hers.”

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Take a moment to spell this out for her when she gives you the final decision; it may just sway her over to your side.”

Snow’s “advice” is disturbing on many counts. The complete, utter disdain for human life tops the list. Snow trivializes the entire decision-making process. Her approach is aimed at and promotes male selfishness. Upon learning they are pregnant, women are emotional basket cases that can be manipulated with a properly planned “presentation” on a sofa. If that doesn’t work, hey guys, not to worry. You said you didn’t want the baby so you’re off the hook.

No wonder there was such an avalanche of protest leading to the removal of this disgusting article.
One critic did express sympathy for Snow saying we are unclear about the specifics in Snow’s own past and private life that might shed some light on why she takes whatever that might be out on other women.

That’s a stretch for me. Women are frequently coerced to have abortions, often physically. Snow’s “try to reason with her calmly on the sofa” bit is another form of coercion, more subtle, but certainly just as despicable.

BUSTED! Obama as Hitler poster was a Democrat plant


So much for the claims of the left, especially Nancy Pelosi.

The Un-American carrying the Obama as Hitler sign was a liberal who actually got the the picture off the website of lefty nutjob Lyndon Larouche.

The blogprof gets credit for the discovery.

A job well done for a police officer can be frustrating


When you perform your duties at work well, and your co-workers and boss take notice, you naturally feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Sadly, the exact opposite is all too often the case with law enforcement.

Working backstage at the Main Stage again this year at the Wisconsin State Fair, I welcome the sight of Wisconsin State Fair Park police officers who make our lives and jobs a lot easier.

A few years ago, just a few minutes into a concert, I spotted a 30-ish woman who had just stepped up onto her seat. That’s a no-no for obvious reasons, number one being no one wants to see anyone fall and get hurt. I started to approach the woman to kindly ask her to step down when I noticed from her body language that she was about to do something much worse.

Sure enough. She lifted her top, ever so briefly towards the band members onstage. Before I could get to her, a State Fair officer came streaking like a lightning bolt, promptly pulled out his handcuffs, and led the woman away who could be heard whining the obligatory defense that she had done nothing wrong.

Under the law, she committed disorderly conduct, got ejected from the concert, and was given a citation carrying a heavy fine.

This year, a similar situation occurred during Friday night’s Slaughter-Dokken-Jackyl concert. However, when the offending woman’s case was considered by an Assistant Milwaukee County District Attorney, his response was that, and I’m paraphrasing, that this was a heavy metal concert and the flashing was to be expected.  He didn’t believe the action constituted disorderly conduct. Since no children were present, the citation was dismissed.

I'm not Perry Mason or Ben Matlock, but it seems to me that a woman exposing her breasts in a crowd of thousands is textbook disorderly conduct.

That's some defense about the concert being heavy metal so women flashers can be expected. So, using that logic, would it have been okay if she was in possession of or using drugs?

In another incident on Grandstand Avenue in State Fair, one of the vendors that sells spas and whirlpools has set up signs warning people to stay out of the products or risk arrest. At night, this responsible owner places orange cones around the displays as an added precaution.

That didn’t stop one idiot who, after hours, decided to hop in. Caught dead to rights, he was issued a disorderly conduct citation.

The case went to the same Assistant D.A. with the same result.

The arresting officers are not pleased and who can blame them.

These offenses may seem like small potatoes, but there’s a larger issue. Consider the police officer who’s out in the trenches everyday, enforcing the law, keeping order and peace. He does his job effectively by making a solid arrest, only to see an overly lenient district attorney toss the case.

So much for all that PR that the Milwaukee County D.A.’s office is so tough.

It must be incredibly frustrating for the men and women in uniform who see their efforts totally wasted. This scenario, I’m sure, is being played out statewide due to soft prosecutors and judges, and not just with disorderly conduct tickets.

And speaking of disorderly conduct, what message did the woman flasher at State Fair receive from her experience? What about the guy who ignored the posted signs and orange cones at the outdoor spa display?

Our law enforcement officers deserve far better support and respect.

Les Paul is dead


The famous guitarist who has a parkway named after him in Waukesha
 is dead at the age of 94.

While working backstage at the Main Stage at State Fair this year, band members of Foreigner were lovingly talking about Paul. One of Foreigner's entourage was showing off an aqua-colored transparent guitar that he said was worth $100,000. I asked him last Friday if Les Paul had ever seen it. He had not, but the guitar's owner said with great pride that Paul did see his very first guitar.

What a tribute to Paul that musicians today, young and old hold him in such high esteem.


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So now they're, "Rippies"


OK kids, it's time to enter the famous Way Back Machine, first used by Mr. Peabody. Let's set the machine for 1969.

This is a hippie….



89577464,  /Time & Life Pictures


And so is this....


Bellbottoms


Now fast forward 40 years to the present….

The place is State College, Pennsylvania, Penn State University.



AP Photo

Note the lack of long hair, beads, necklaces, headband, earrings and long, scraggly beard.

So he can’t be a hippie, though it’s clear he’s upset and protesting. 

Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson writes that the hippies of 1969….





are much like the crowds showing up at town hall meetings to tell their Congressmen they don't want the USA turning into the USSR.  Tomlinson calls them, "Rippies."

It's a stretch of an analogy. 

Understood, Tomlinson is comparing movements, if you will. Still, I can't imagine too many counter culturalists of the 60's...


We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against by Jan Tonnesen.


are raging conservatives today.

Tomlinson's column, written from his liberal perspective, is a bit humorous and worth the read.

It's time for IRISH FEST!


Irish Fest
runs through Sunday.

That means incredible Irish entertainment.

Look for Gaelic Storm!






Making her Irish Fest debut, Natalie MacMaster!

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"End of life" provisions taken out of Senate version of government health care


Maybe Sarah Palin touched a nerve or two.

The details...

Methinks they dost protest too much


The left is all bent out of shape because true Americans (and yes, that’s what they are, Nancy Pelosi) are showing up at town hall meetings to loudly proclaim they don’t want our great country to turn into the USSR.

I find the protests about the town hall protests by the goofy left to be the height of hypocrisy. The moonbats wrote the book on how to be disruptive, rude, and disorderly in public.

Remember the pictures of one year ago in Denver at their very own convention, the same convention where some liberal holligans attacked a Fox News crew?

Look, and if you're one of the hateful lefty mob, prepare to get gooseflesh, a lump in your throat, and a tear in your eye.

InterCHANGE on Friday


Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – 13-Year-Old Killer.

Should the 13-year-old Milwaukee girl who stabbed her step-grandfather to death be tried as a child or as an adult?  Should the possibility that she came from a troubled background and a less than ideal home environment make any difference?  Should she be tried as a child, and sent to some detention center until she is 18 with hopes that she can be rehabilitated and made ready to live in a civilized society?  Or, should she be tried as an adult and simply be taken off of the streets for the next 20, 30, or 40 years?  What’s best for society?


2 – Obama.

Is President Obama still viewed as positively as he was during and immediately following the election?  Is the honeymoon over?  Has the luster worn off?  His approval ratings in the polls are falling, but isn’t that expected as any president begins to tackle the tough issues?  Is the turnout by a large number of angry anti-reform individuals at the various “Health Care Reform Town Hall” meetings being held by members of congress an indication that maybe this proposal is in trouble?  The federal deficit is exploding; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan don’t seem to be ending; the auto and banking businesses have imploded.  Do all these things combined have an effect on what we think of our president?


3 – Brewers.

The Brewers make some major moves in an attempt to shake things up.  Will the moves make any difference if they simply don’t have good pitching?  Is it right to eat millions by releasing Hall just so you can open up a spot on the roster?  Is Manager Ken Macha the next to go?  Is there any hope they can salvage the season?  Is the owner doing everything he can to give this town a winner?


4 – Packers vs Browns

The Packers open up their pre-season on Saturday against the Browns.  How will they do this year?  Will the fans embrace Rodgers, or will they still want Favre back?  Should the Packers pick up Michael Vick?  Is this a make or break year for the Ted Thompson/ Mike McCarthy regime.  Will they miss their first round draft pick B.J. Raji until he signs?

Radical Left PAYING "Grassroots" Activists to Turn Out


 
Americans for Prosperity

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Top Ten "Fishy" Truths about a Government Takeover of Health Care


They are provided by Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, via Townhall.

Here’s Truth #1:

Abolishes the Private Market for Individual Health Insurance

What the bill does:  Section 102(c) of the bill states that after 2013, “individual health insurance coverage…may only be offered” through the government-run Exchanges established in the bill.

What this means for Americans:  Purchasing private individual coverage will be outlawed. Individuals will likely have fewer, and more expensive, coverage options- a "Hobson's choice" allwoing Americans to choose any plan they like, so long as it's the "bureucrat-approved" one.


Here is the entire list.





Cartoons by Michael Ramirez




Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

At This Just In, the weekend is special


Tonight, after sundown, and that is the best time to view and listen to our weekly Goodnight musical feature, music of royalty status.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot as Jennifer and I blog about dogs. Find out why this picture…



Caused controversy this week.

Then it’s the week in review, Week-ends and Recommended Reading.

Sunday, My Most Popular Bogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here’s one of the featured pictures:





And lots more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend fit for a King


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...the King could really sing.

This is Elvis Week. Sunday marks the 32nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

As of January 2005, Elvis has
150 albums, singles and extended-plays whose American sales have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

Most fans are familiar with the gyrating, jailhouse rock, hunka hunka burnin' love Elvis that turned popular music on its ear. There’s the country and gospel sides of Elvis. And there’s the soft, tender ballad sound that has also endeared the King to millions worldwide.

Tonight, from the vast Elvis vault, some selections that might be obscure, but are still top-notch quality recordings.

The 60’s were marked by Elvis soundtrack albums. That’s why, in retrospect, “Pot Luck” was somewhat unusual. At the time of its 1962 release, none of the songs came from any Elvis movie. A few years later, the low budget film, “Tickle Me” would yank several tracks from this album.


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The Barking Lot (08/15/09)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly clear skies. High of 85.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Scattered clouds with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon. High of 84. "A"


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

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

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

A question floating around on the blogosphere is, “What takes a bigger toll on the environment?  Owning a dog or owning an SUV?”

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

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

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

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

Oooooooooooooohh!

A bit of an edge from my sweetheart!

I love it!

My turn.

It is time once again my fellow dog lovers for DOGS IN THE NEWS.

DOGS IN THE NEWS is all about canines that made headlines the previous week.

As usual, we have a ton of stuff, so let's go it, shall we?

Of course the biggest dog story of the week was Michael Vick signing a contract to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. If there were any justice in the world, no NFL team would want any part of this creep. Shame on the Green Bay Packers and their bozo GM Ted Thompson for even considering signing this lowlife.

Before signing with Philly, the phony Vick was on tour, preaching be kind to dogs. His tour took him to Chicago.  Dog lovers aren't happy. Was 60 Minutes tough enough on Vick?


Trapped dog survived on rainwater.


Here is another amazing story of a dog saving his master.


A dog photo creates controversy in Baltimore.


Here's an update on a previous story on The Barking Lot. Goodbye Rusty.


Goodbye Gibson.


Another Barking Lot update: Man who took a hammer to his dog says he thought the dog was poisoned.


600 dogs
were seized from a suspected Texas puppy mill and get medical attention.


Puppy mill survivors have emotional scars.


Chaining a dog leads to bad behavior.


This wasn't your typical walk with the dog.


This was a case of dog vs. black bear. Who won?


Is a doggie in the dorm room a good idea?


Newsweek asks if all the lavish attention (and money spent) on dogs is worth it.


The freak show owner wins in court.


She flew her dog on a plane and paid how much?


There's an answer if your dog is afraid of storms.


How to have a happy dog, from the author of "Happy Dog, Happy You."


ALPO launches the Real Dogs Tell It Like It Is contest.


Here are some incredibly talented animals. Eight is enough.


That's it for this week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Our closing video this week tells the story of one lucky dog.

Week-ends (08/15/09)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Les Paul


Patriot Guard Riders


This 4-year old


Krsko Chiropractic in Franklin


Robert Weaver


Nuns



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


John Edwards


Rick Pitino


PETA


Michael Vick


Hate groups


Seattle bank


Chicago Cubs fan John Macchione


Rosann Lewandowski



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”
Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in a USA TODAY op-ed piece


"I have always bristled when I hear people claim that conservatism gets close to Nazism.  It is liberalism that's the closest you can get to Nazism and socialism."
Rush Limbaugh



"Everyone seems to ignore that Pelosi started this, saying town hall participants were showing up with swastikas, etc. That's calling them Nazis, as Dick Durbin referred to our Gitmo interrogators from the Senate floor. I've been listening to the left compare George W. Bush to Hitler for eight years. I've been listening to Democrats and the left compare conservatism to Nazis my whole career. This time I responded.  In kind, by comparing the radical left policies of the Nazis to today's radical left leadership of the Democrat Party.  I'm not surprised they don't like it."
Rush Limbaugh in a follow-up


"They turned around and acted like someone kicked them in kindergarten -- 'the bad kids are being mean to me,' The more questions you ask, the better off we are, because these congressmen and senators have not read the bills they're about to vote for. They don't know what's in there."
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform about the critics of protesters at town hall meetings. Norquist dismissed them as whiners.


"It's frustrating for a lot of us that are trying to get information out there about health care -- and get accurate information out there -- to [see the media] give the sense that the entire debate is angry people yelling at legislators, when that's not the case. People do think we need to do something. There might not be total agreement on what that is yet, but I think it would be fair to say that there's a broad consensus among Americans that this system is unsustainable."
Congressman Mike Doyle, (D-Forest hills, Pennsylvania)


"In countries that have government-run health care, just to give you an example, I’ve been told that the brain tumor that Sen. Kennedy has — because he’s 77 years old — would not be treated the way it’s treated in the United States. In other words, he would not get the care he gets here because of his age. In other words, they’d say ‘well he doesn’t have long to live even if he lived another four to five years.’ They’d say ‘well, we gotta spend money on people who can contribute more to economy.’ It’s a little like people saying when somebody gets to be 85 their life is worth less than when they were 35 and you pull the tubes on them."
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)


"My husband is not secretary of state, I am." 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bristling after a Congolese university student asked what her husband thought about an international financial matter.


"If this is simply about removing the School Board members and putting the mayor in, that does not achieve what needs to be achieved. The future of this city is inextricably intertwined with the future of our schools . I need the students in our schools to succeed for . and particularly of MPS. . the city to succeed.If it works, the mayor benefits. If not, the mayor pays politically."
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett who wants the authority to select the next MPS superintendent and school board members.


"It's almost like a trust thing. To go through this whole public thing, where people are sincere and at the table, but then there are these high-level private discussions occurring about taking over MPS and changing its governance."
Milwaukee School Board President Michael Bonds, angered over the proposal by Barrett and Governor Doyle to have Milwaukee's mayor and the governor select MPS leaders.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer calling angry constituents at town hall meetings, "un-American."



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Democrats placing plants at town hall meetings.


And how about this story that seems to have gone unnoticed...



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Who will sign Michael Vick? Who cares, just so long as it wasn't Ted Thompson.


And let's not forget one more tribute to Woodstock.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Jailed for yawning


Elderly sisters suing each other over...can you guess?


What is the penalty for stealing a kiss?



Such a deal!


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

Recommended reading (08/15/09)

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).


Palin wins

If she's dim and Obama is brilliant, how did he lose the argument to her?”


Who’s un-American?

Incivility — no matter who engages in it — still isn't popular with the public, but calling people who disagree with you un-American is the ultimate in incivility.”


Contemplating Joe McCarthy, Socialized Medicine, Brothels & Whiskey

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, so when a politician calls other Americans ‘un-American,’ it conjures up the bad old days of Joe McCarthy—that cold war demagogue sent to the U.S. Senate by Dairy State voters. Not Wisconsin’s finest hour!"


Calling all crazies: Obama needs you

“The White House is losing the showmanship battle. The White House needs Obama as Daniel in the lions' den. It needs the president to show spunk, spirit and resolve."


If Uncle Sam becomes your doctor

"
Americans are doing their homework on healthcare reform. And, unlike some members of Congress, they're reading the legislation, even though it's more than 1,000 pages long. They see that the numbers don't add up."


Family planning to save the planet?

What's the best way to save the planet? Don't have kids, say researchers from Oregon State University.”


Michelle Obama and “public service”

“Now, as First Lady, Michelle Obama, gets no salary. She has no official duties. But her ‘public service’ still costs taxpayers a lot. Apparently she requires a staff of more than 20 people.”


Obama’s grass-roots network is put to the test

“Barack Obama and his political team built a vast grass-roots network of supporters and volunteers that came to be considered one of the most valuable assets in American politics. But now, entering a crucial congressional recess month in which Obama's healthcare plan faces stiffened opposition, some members of the network say that the group is still figuring out how to operate.”


Raising Moral Standards of Missionaries to that of Wal-Mart

What about our missionaries? Do we measure them by the same standard as Wal-Mart?” 


What do retirees do all day?

“Here’s what the typical retiree’s day looks like compared to the rest of us.


How is America going to end?

We've tallied the ballots and analyzed the data. Out of the 144 scenarios in the apocalypse grid, here are the five you believe are the biggest threat to America's continued existence.”

The Journal Sentinel scooped by a blog....

Again.

CRG press release on Doyle


CRG Network
        
PO Box 371086 
Milwaukee, WI 53237
      
414-801-0800       
www.crgnetwork.com      
crg@crgnetwork.com


PRESS RELEASE
August 15, 2009
For Immediate Release

CRG Network Applauds Multi-Pronged Effort to End Doyle’s Re-election

Beginning May 15th CRG Network began receiving inside information that Governor Doyle may opt out of seeking another term in office.  By the end of July, continued intelligence reports led CRG to come to the conclusion that Doyle’s departure at the end of his term was virtually assured.  That conclusion has now been corroborated by independent news sources.

CRG applauds the many groups and individuals that helped build the pressure that forced an early end to the speculation over Doyle’s bid for re-election.  Key elements included the grassroots Doyle Recall effort, the print media’s recent Supreme Court victory over the Doyle administration’s attempt to withhold public records, and the Mark Belling expose revealing Doyle nepotism in the hiring of a chief legal counsel that was not licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

CRG spokesperson Chris Kliesmet added, “We have a saying at CRG that ‘Politicians are often arrogant morons.  Keep the pressure on and eventually they will do something stupid – then you’ve got them!’  Doyle simply succumbed to this political axiom.  His lies on taxation and wholesale sell-off of Wisconsin to special interests infuriated Wisconsinites who rose up and created pressure in many ways.  However, it was largely Doyle’s arrogance that left him with no option but to run - not for office - from office.  Special kudos go to the 6000 Wisconsinites that created their own grassroots pressure with a recall effort.  Despite their passion to proceed, when it became clear to us that Doyle would not seek another term CRG had no choice but to advise them to modify their strategy to remove him.  Thankfully, that great unspoken concern can now be openly revealed.  We urge those 6000 citizens to stick together, continue to grow, become a political force in Wisconsin, and implement new strategies to finish the job at the next election.  CRG will always be there to help.”

New poll shows support for Town Hall meeting demonstrators

 
Americans for Prosperity

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My Most Popular Blogs (08/16/09)

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) 
UPDATE: Must see video for Franklin, and everybody else

2) America's first black president should have been...

3) Look the Un-Americans straight in the eye, or......What are you afraid of, Gwen?

4) The Pink Warrior

5) TIE: BUSTED! Obama as Hitler poster was a Democrat plant 

    TIE: The city of Franklin has a budget crisis....Ho Hum

They still come to pay homage to the King

ELVIS






“The line to walk, candle in hand, to the grave of Elvis started forming 48 hours prior to the event.”

Last night at Graceland, the annual candlelight vigil marked the 32nd anniversary of Elvis’ death.


Read more and see photo galleries in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Photos of the Week (08/16/09)

Photos of the Week






A woman holds a sign as President Barack Obama shakes hands after he spoke at a town hall meeting about health care reform, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


 



Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., watches as a participant attending a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pa. is restrained by another participant on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009. Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Specter faced hostile questions, taunts and jeers as he tried to explain his positions. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Christine Baker)


 

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The MJS Scorecard (08/16/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Lee Holloway: Allow voters to decide on exec

Sure this isn't personal, Supervisor!

Richard E. Rieselbach, Byron J. Crouse and Stephanie Harrison: State needs more health centers 

Where and at what cost? Those questions go unanswered.


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Scott Walker: Let state, cities take over duties

Lynn Broaddus: Crumbling pipes demand response 

I'm not suggesting Broaddus is a conservative, but it sure is refreshing to see an environmentalist actually express outrage about the sewage being dumped into Lake Michigan for a change.

Cal Thomas: Just how special is human life? 


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Daniel Diliberti: Time for metro government?

I defy anyone to answer this question after reading Diliberti's mostly historical piece: What in the world is his point?


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-3

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-71, Conservative-66

Shame on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board


The newspaper has sunk very low like so many critics of real, honest to goodness Americans who have turned up at town hall meetings to GASP!!!!!!!!!!!! express dissent with their elected representatives by calling those citizens, hooligans.

And they wonder at 4th and State why they're struggling. It's because they're simply and clearly out of touch.

Shame on them.

Dear Tom Barrett...


Best wishes for a speedy and healthy recovery.



 

A hunka hunka Culinary no-no


Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Regular readers of This Just In know I’m a huge Elvis fan.

On this anniversary, and since I have so many new readers, it is fitting that today’s Culinary no-no is last year’s entry that was posted during Elvis Week, Culinary no-no #69.  Enjoy!

A brand new Culinary no-no will be featured next Sunday.

Kyla's Korner (08/16/09)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer

Are you one of those people who make up the thoughts of, and talk for, your pets?  I am.  And now, I do it for our nearly five-month-old daughter.  When Kevin gets up in the morning and I’m giving Kyla her bottle I say, “Good morning Daddy.  Mmm…  I’m having breakfast” or something to that effect.  Throughout the day, Kyla “talks” to Daddy as we have conversations with her.  Before you say we ought to have our heads examined, it is well documented that “conversing” with your baby helps them learn language as well as comforts them.  I will admit, however, that making up responses from your baby has no documented proof of anything.  That’s OK.  It’s fun and we think it’s cute.  And no, we don’t do it in public. 






Besides being fun to new parents like us, it is a natural extension of something I think every parent experiences… wondering just what is going on in that precious bald head of their baby.  You watch that darling face light up with laughter and delight at the very sight of you.  You see “pensive” moments come across your baby’s face where you would swear they are actually lost in thought!  And of course there are the times when they fuss for absolutely 100% NO GOOD REASON.  They have been fed, burped, changed, given a toy and/or pacifier, held, rocked, and sung to.  And still they squawk.  So you do the only logical thing.  You look them straight in the eye and ask, “What is WRONG?”  And you sit and wait for an answer!

I can’t imagine how many studies have been done on infants and children to discover how their minds work.  Theories are developed and debunked.  Like everything else we pick and choose ideas that we like, that make sense to us, and that we can apply to our everyday lives.  We’re not looking to join the world of academia; we just want to have a better understanding of our children.

Alison Gopnik sets out to enlighten us in her new book, “The Philosophical Baby” as reviewed here by Mark Sloan.

Despite years of research and studies we will never, EVER, truly know what is going on inside our babies’ heads.  That may drive die-hard scientists crazy.  For me it goes with the territory of knowing that babies are a wondrous miracle from God, and miracles can’t be explained with an E=mc2.  And that’s just fine.

Doyle wise not to run again

 

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Pamela Anderson's breasts (in a political sense)


GOTCHA!


You clicked on the title of this blog just dying to know what in the world that misogynist Fischer (the hateful left in their never ending quest to tar and feather me once called me that) is up to now.

Maybe you’re just someone who’s basically a sexist pig and the “B” word got your excitement a boilin’.

Then again, you could be just a curious soul inquisitive as to what a community blog about Pamela Anderson’s breasts could possibly entail.

Believe me, the following is in context and essential to this particular blog.

Oh no!

No!

Say he’s not going to do it!

Ethel!

Ethel!!

Come quick, Ethel!!!

That Fischer is at it again and I think he’s really going to push it this time!

Well Harry, you know how bombastic and vitriolic he is. The way he parades his wife and baby around. You never know what he’ll pull next. You want some Ovaltine?

Ethel, I’m tellin’ you, somethin’s gonna….




Somethin’s gonna….




Somethin’s gonna ….




Somethin’s gonna bust wide open, I just know it…




OH MY GOD ETHEL!!







Now, Ethel, I’m gonna give you the number to dial, OK? It’s 262- 446-6630. You tell that Mallory guy we don’t want no sex here on FranklinNOW.com.

Oh, you know it, Harry. OK. 2-6-2…..2-6-2....2-6...wait a minute.

What d’ya mean, Ethel? Keep dialin’ woman!

Hold the phone, Harry. What pray tell have you been lookin’ at on that there computer?

Now don’t get you upset Ethel….

Harry, you dirty son of a gun, just what in the hell have you been up to??!!

Ethel, watch your blood pressure! Now put that down!

DON’T HIT ME ETHEL!!!


Harry, YOU NO-GOOD DIRTY ROTTEN SCUM!

Ouch!

Ouch!

Ethel……STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!



We now leave this domestic dispute to return to the main focus of this blog that does, indeed, have something to do with the physical attributes of one Pamela Anderson.

Regular readers of This Just In know that I’m not a pig.

I’m not a prude, either.

I admire the work of columnist Doug Giles. His latest piece is entitled, “
What Obama’s Town Hall Charade and Pam Anderson’s Breasts Have in Common.”

I will say no more. My blog isn’t about cheap, tawdry attempts to gain readers, it’s about political discourse.

What does this…or should I say, these…



http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2006/11/28/pam3_wideweb__470x345,0.jpg



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Doyle not running: Who got the gravy?


My friend Christian Schneider at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute says “He (Jim Doyle) so befouled the state's finances, he really has no choice but to quit.”

But don’t pop the champagne corks just yet, Republicans. Schneider believes, “The Republican task of taking back the East Wing in Wisconsin actually just got a lot harder.”

Schneider is correct in that Republicans won’t have a badly damaged Doyle and his horrendous record to kick around in 2010. But I will gladly run against any of the Democrats being mentioned as possible candidates.

Schneider handicaps the early Democrat field..

UPDATE: Think this book will get a review by the NY Times?


Last month, I joked that the book, “I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican” probably would not be reviewed by the NY Times.

A very brief excerpt from the book’s introduction reads:

“When you’re talking liberalism, you may be talking many things—self-righteousness, good intentions as an end in themselves, obliviousness to consequences—but logic is not one of them. Liberals feel what they feel, when they feel it, and what they feel at any given moment is what they know.”

Conservative-themed books being snubbed by NY Times reviewers isn’t a joke. It’s a fact. But then again, in the long run,
it may not really matter.

PLEASE HELP THE 2ND ANNUAL ANGIE WENZEL SCRAMBLE THIS SATURDAY

CRG denied access to Doyle announcement


CRG Network

 PO Box 371086 
Milwaukee, WI 53237
      
414-801-0800       
www.crgnetwork.com  
crg@crgnetwork.com


PRESS RELEASE

August 17, 2009

For Immediate Release

Governor Doyle’s Staff Directs State Patrol to Deny Selected Citizens Entrance to His Re-election Announcement

On the heels of Governor Doyle’s State Supreme Court defeat for violating open records law he has continued his pattern of secrecy and exclusion in government by denying citizens, selected on the basis of their ideologies alone, entrance to a public facility where he was announcing his decision not to seek re-election.

Several Doyle aids that refused to identify themselves and a uniformed officer of the Wisconsin State Patrol denied entry to a member of Citizens for Responsible Government Network and a member of our affiliate Wisconsinites Interests Now to Doyle’s public announcement concerning his re-election at Randall Elementary School today at 11AM.  It did not appear any other person or group was denied entrance including the media, multiple lobbyists, politicians, staff and dignitaries.

CRG Network is in the process of issuing multiple open records requests to gather information on the incident, retaining legal counsel to determine if any civil or constitutional rights were violated, and has asked several members of the legislature to intercede with the State Attorney General’s office of investigation.

CRG Network spokesperson Chris Kliesmet added, “Doyle continues to mock the public and the Constitution he was sworn to defend.  We have already received inside information that Doyle plans to offer the ridiculous defense that this was a private affair.  With all due respect this was a public announcement by a public official at a public, taxpayer-funded facility with public, taxpayer-funded security and was apparently open to any number of people without invitation.  Irrespective of its legality this is another ethical outrage by Doyle and an administration that have proven once again they have no regard for open government and no compunctions with respect to ideological discrimination.  Frankly, the governor is already a lame duck and the State Patrol officer was just doing his job.  However, the jack-booted Doyle henchmen who denied entry to citizens and directed the officer to assist them ought to be fired.  They have no place or role in the government of a free society.”

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The Franklin Library needs your help


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If you know (and love) someone who smokes...


Please share this with them.

"I'm going to have to give up my wife" under ObamaCare

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A message for the Franklin School Board, even though their tax and spend minds are made up


Did you get a raise this year?

If so, was it substantial or minimal?

Marketwatch.com reports the following grim workforce news:

“Pay increases for salaried exempt workers averaged just 1.8% in 2009, while salaried nonexempt workers received average raises of 1.9%, according to Hewitt's survey in July of 1,156 large companies.”

“Forty-eight percent of companies froze salaries in 2009.”

So if you got a salary bump, the odds are it wasn’t much.

Not surprising, given we are still in the grips of a recession.

All of this seems to be lost on our Franklin School Board. Members are poised to approve a school property tax levy increase of 4% or more very soon.

They have already rehearsed the same old song from that worn and torn hymnal. It goes like this:

“Gee, golly whiz, we really don’t want to raise school taxes so much (AGAIN) but we simply have no choice because the big bad old state of Wisconsin didn’t fill our outstretched money-grubbing palms as much as we would have liked.”

Did you get a 4% salary hike this year? I didn’t think so. Doesn’t matter to the Franklin School Board.

The board plans to not only increase spending during this recession (by over $1 million) but also increase school taxes. That sounds an awful lot like Jim Doyle budgeting to me.

They simply don’t care.

You can try to contact the board members to attempt to talk some sense into them, but quite honestly, I don’t think it will do any good with this bunch.

Brett's mom says...


Her son
will be a Viking.
 

2009 Regular Season Schedule

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The NFC North just got a whole lot more interesting or....Cue the Favre haters


 

Quarterback Brett Favre deplanes after arriving at the St. Paul Downtown Airport in St Paul, Minn. , on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. The 39-year-old quarterback arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Quarterback Brett Favre deplanes after arriving at the St. Paul Downtown Airport in St Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. The 39-year-old quarterback arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with the Minnesota Vikings football team. AP photo




Quarterback Brett Favre, left, and Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress drive off after Favre arrived at the St. Paul Downtown Airport in St Paul, Minn, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. The 39-year-old quarterback arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with the NFL football team.

Quarterback Brett Favre, left, and Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress drive off after Favre arrived at the St. Paul Downtown Airport in St Paul, Minn, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. The 39-year-old quarterback arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with the NFL football team. AP photo




EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18:  Brett Favre #4 finishes a passing drill during a Minnesota Vikings practice session on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre has reportedly agreed to play for the Vikings, a reversal of his announced retirement.

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Will blood flow through the streets of De Pere?


On August 4, the De Pere City Council approved an ordinance allowing citizens to openly carry guns in most parts of the city.

The move was applauded by the NRA.

Let’s keep an eye on what happens in De Pere. Will gun nuts be shooting innocent people in cold blood for no reason? Will people cower in fear in their own homes? Will blood fill the streets? Will De Pere turn into the Wild Wild West?

That, of course, is the mindless rhetoric from the fact-deficient left. Using their flawed logic, the news media should be filled daily with stories of carnage from the 48 states that allow conceal carry. It just doesn’t happen.

Openly carrying, a la John Wayne should, in the inner workings of a lefty’s brain, also result in more work for the undertaker. After all, every November, 400,000 Wisconsinites openly carry big, huge weapons in the woods. There should be hundreds and hundreds of deaths each and every deer hunting season using that flawless lefty logic, right?

De Pere will NOT become the OK Corral.

10 Biggest Jim Doyle Screw-ups


With his popularity never surpassing 50% and continuing to dwindle, had Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle decided to run for a third term, he would have carried more baggage than a runway filled with DC-10’s. Running on Doyle’s disastrous record would have been a formidable task. Rather than risk defeat, Doyle bowed out, leaving a legacy fraught with major blunders. Here are, in my view, the 10 biggest screw-ups Doyle made as governor.

10) Indian gaming compacts. Unlike the calculated, well-thought out negotiations with the tribes made by Tommy Thompson, Doyle gave away the farm with agreements in perpetuity expanding the scope of gambling that voters put the clamps on as they approved a constitutional amendment. Legislative leaders Mary Panzer and John Gard took Doyle to court and the state Supreme Court ruled that Doyle overstepped his authority by approving expanded gambling. The court’s ruling seems to have had little, if any effect, but Doyle clearly ignored the will of the people and the state Constitution.

9) Veto of conceal carry bill.  The state Senate voted to override the governor’s veto, but an Assembly Democrat flip-flopped and the veto stood, keeping Wisconsin as one of only two states not to allow law-abiding citizens who’ve passed background checks and training from exercising their constitutional rights for their protection and the protection of others.

8) Signs domestic partnership benefits into law. The provision was included in the 2009-11 state budget and flies in the face of the November 2006 vote by a large majority of Wisconsin voters that approved a constitutional amendment that reads, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.  A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state." Again, Doyle thwarts the will of the people.

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T-shirts being sold on Ebay...

Is Brett Favre Elvis?


Looks like it.

What goes through the mind of an alderman during a Common Council meeting


Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.


I honestly, sincerely would love to write a blog one of these days commending Franklin Common Council President, Alderman Steve Taylor once and for all for doing the right thing. Swear to God. The problem is the guy just can’t help but step in it all the time.

Here’s another brilliant move by Steve (Oh I JUST can’t WAIT to be mayor!) Taylor. It occurred during the Franklin Common Council meeting of July 21, 2009.  On the agenda that night was this item:

Request from Franklin Public Library for Board of Trustees to purchase new computers and printers with funds from the Restricted Library Fund Account in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

Now, before we go any further, can we all agree that libraries are cool and are important and rank right up there with mom and apple pie and Pat Boone records?  Capiche? Fine. We move on.

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

Now, I’ve observed, covered, reported on, and witnessed government proceedings at all levels for over 31 years. When you are an elected official for a very small city and you are facing a $2.5 MILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL and the following item comes across your desk:

Request from Franklin Public Library for Board of Trustees to purchase new computers and printers with funds from the Restricted Library Fund Account in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

If you have a brain in your body, it will take you 3.7 seconds or less to determine that this is one of those tough calls you knew you’d have to make when you took the job and even though you lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve libraries and all they do to build hope, dreams, and character, you are going to have to be responsible and vote NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

Franklin blogger Fred Keller attended the July 21st Common Council meeting in question and blogged:

During this meeting Alderman Steve Olson moved to deny this outrageous funding request and his Motion was seconded by Alderman Steve Taylor……”

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve seen countless resolutions, motions, votes, and every possible parliamentary procedure. When you second a motion, as Alderman Taylor did in this case, it generally means you SUPPORT the motion and plan to vote in FAVOR. So, at that moment that Taylor seconded Olson’s move to deny the funding for the library computers (Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire how will Franklin ever survive without those computers), Taylor was opposed to the library funding.

But there’s more to this story. Let’s return to Fred Keller’s blog where he wrote:

During this meeting Alderman Steve Olson moved to deny this outrageous funding request and his Motion was seconded by Alderman Steve Taylor……”

Keller continues:

“...however Taylor subsequently withdrew his second and the Motion failed for lack of second.”

Now that is nothing short of bizarre. What went through Alderman Taylor’s mind? What made him change his mind so quickly, so abruptly in such a short period of time?

First, he was all for a motion to deny the funding. Then suddenly, he flip-flopped, and withdrew his second.

Taylor went on to vote for the $30,000 expenditure, and even seconded the motion to approve the funding, and the motion passed 3-1.

HUHHHH???

First he’s against the funding.


Then he’s not so sure.

Then he votes for it. 

There’s really no explanation for these antics other than you’re playing some sort of silly game.

What in the world is this guy thinking/doing?

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

And Steve Taylor wants to be mayor??????

Obama lies about abortion

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Obama Brazenly Claims There is No

Government Funding of Abortion in

Health Care Reform Bills

But White House-Backed House Bill

Explicitly Authorizes It!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Friday night on InterCHANGE...


Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00:

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Would you pay to read my blog?


I’m serious.

Would you pay a certain fee, for example, every month in order to keep reading This Just In or any other blog on the various CommunityNOW sites?

What about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website, jsonline?

That day might be coming.

Dad29 laments that very possibility.

Could it happen?

You bet.


UPDATE: Is free news on the Internet over?

Gov't health care puts abortion clinics in public schools


It's true.


After all, the Obamessiah doesn't want to "punish" anyone with a baby.

If Uncle Sam is rationing stamps...


Then this blogger is correct to question if we should feel comfortable about government health care.


 

68% say Obama will raise taxes this year


That’s according to a new Gallup poll.

Even a majority of Americans in the lowest income group and almost half of Democrats believe their taxes will increase.

We told you so.

Faith in Obama is
slipping.

Little League World Series begins today


The Wisconsin champions, West Madison American didn’t make it to Williamsport. A team from Russellville, Kentucky is representing the Great Lakes region.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see exciting Little League baseball. Here’s the
schedule.

PETA is sure to be outraged


How in God's name can we allow this to happen??!!

Goodnight, and have a candy-filled 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...some sweet sax.

A long time ago, whenever I’d see a young girl or woman playing the saxophone, for some strange reason, it just didn’t seem to look right, or very feminine. That may sound odd but when was the last time you saw a Miss America contestant belting it out on the sax during the talent competition?

Times have changed, with attractive female saxophonists hitting musical pay dirt.







One of them started playing when she was 6 years old. Born in Holland, this future star’s father also played the sax and got her into a local brass band where she switched from the soprano to the alto sax. The young girl essentially taught herself how to play.

At 14, she started her own band, Funky Stuff. A few years later, she recorded her first album, “Saxuality” that sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy nomination.

While on tour with Funky Stuff in the late 80’s, the band was scheduled to open some shows for Prince, but at the last minute Prince cancelled Funky Stuff. The bandleader was livid and wrote Prince a nasty note saying he missed the opportunity to see her “play her ass off” on the sax. Two days later, Prince apologized and asked her to join him onstage for an impromptu set that went over big.

Candy Dulfer wound up getting more engagements working with big names and went on to record numerous solo albums. She’s still recording and touring.






Here she’s joined by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.




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The Barking Lot (08/22/09)

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:   Chance of rain in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 68. Not even close to what an August day should be like.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 72. "B"

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


Kevin and I love our dog-in-law, Leia, with all our hearts.  She is the sweetest, gentlest yellow lab you will ever have the privilege of knowing.  I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her when she was a puppy but I’ve known her for the last nine years which has been nothing but a blessing.  “Uncle Kevin” loves to spoil Leia.  (So do I.  But I do so by buying her gourmet dog cookies or better yet, making my own.)  Uncle Kevin slips her a Dorito or a corner of pizza to show he cares.

I will never forget one of the funniest moments between Uncle Kevin and Leia.  He thought he was slipping her something FUN.  He tossed a black olive her way.  She almost ate it out of routine.  But then she realized what it was, or for that matter, what it was NOT.  It wasn’t meat, cheese, or sour-cream-dip-covered.  If a dog could give a dirty look to a human, it occurred between Leia and Uncle Kevin at that very moment.  Of course all was forgiven between man and beast when, at the next flip of the wrist, a cheese cube came flying her way.

Imagine if Uncle Kevin tried to make amends by slipping her salmon or rutabaga.  Oh, yes, I’m serious.  RUTABAGA.  According to Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, The Bark, these two items are in the top ten “people foods” to spice up Fido’s foods.  I’m not kidding.

While I don’t condone constantly feeding “junk” to our four-legged friends I see nothing wrong with feeding dogs people food if it is in their best interests.  I distinctly remember feeding our dog Skippy hamburger & rice, chicken & rice, cheese, and occasional hot dogs when she had her own personal “food issues.”  She survived for a long time on a people diet and was none the worse for wear.  In fact she seemed pretty happy (and healthy!) to us.

Kevin’s attitude is, “If it brings the dog supreme pleasure to have a piece of bacon occasionally and it shortens the life span by 15 minutes, who’s better or worse off?”  I have to agree.  But even if the intentions are noble, I don’t see our future Fido running to greet seaweed  tail a-waggin’.
----Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer!

My turn.

It is time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.

We have a dog bowl full of interesting items so let's get to them.


Dogs that attacked and killed a Georgia couple have been
rounded up and euthanized.


Sorry, but you'd have to be nuts to buy one of these.


How much is your dog worth?


Court: Service dog will be allowed to go to school with autistic child. More on the issue of dogs in schools.


Assistance dogs can be a financial burden.



Barking Lot update: Remember that dog that dragged a baby from its crib?


Denmark considers a ban on vicious dog breeds.


A dog falls off a cliff.....and survives.


A "one dog" policy isn't going over too well in China.


A Dallas woman finally finds her dog.....in Miami.


A "dog whisperer" turns problem pooches into model canines.


These dogs know when the blood-sugar levels of their owners are falling.


So dogs can assist diabetics in need. Here's yet another canine talent. They can sniff
water pollution.


Another amazing dog story: Courthouse Dogs assist traumatized victims of child abuse.


A new study says those crafty dogs are quite senstitive to human cues.


Protect your dogs from deadly canine flu.


Even dogs get heat stroke.


Why you can't afford a dog.


This is just a really nice dog story.


Do you have any idea what the Wisconsin state dog is? In North Carolina, a woman is on a mission to terach kids about the Tar Heel state's official dog.


Cue the organist. Here comes the........dog?


Here's a nice piece written from a dog's perspective......Taylor's.


What makes the perfect dog? Depends who you ask, men or women.


Going to work out? Don't forget the pooch.



That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

By the way, the official Wisconsin dog is the American Water Spaniel.



Wisconsin state flag







For our closing video this week, the recipient of the Hero Pet of the Year Award....



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Week-ends (08/22/09)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Tom Barrett


Vietnam Veterans


Aleki Taumoepeau


Rachel Guzy


Jason Kahle...........his handiwork.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Anthony Peters......and his family


AARP


Darius Chappille


William Calley


Mesaba Airlines


Packer fans who hate Brett Favre



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"
I think I made the right decision, I really do. Time will tell.

Sixteen years in Green Bay were great years, and that was home to me. This is not about revenge, believe me. You can't take away the 16 . . . last years in Green Bay, and that will be forever cherished.

They've moved on. I've moved on. I think it's great for football. I can't see how you wouldn't think it would be.

When people start talking about my legacy - it's mine. It's what I think of it. I know the way I play the game. I know the way I've handled myself as a teammate, a leader, in the public.

If you're a true Packer fan, you understand. You say, 'You know what? He chose to continue playing, they chose to go in a different direction, it's part of the business.'

I don't have to prove anything to anybody because what I've done - it's down I'm in it for the right reasons, and if people can't . . . in the books. understand that, I'm sorry."
Former Green Bay Packer Brett Favre after signing a two-year contract to play for the Minnesota Vikings.


"I think he's a great quarterback, a great guy, a great leader. Would I like to hit him? Hell, yeah, I'd like to hit him. All these damn practices out here and they didn't let us hit him. I want to get a nice little shot on you, Brett. I said it. Put it on the bulletin board."
Green Bay Packer linebacker Nick Barnett


"You guys just try to get me in trouble."
Packer GM Ted Thompson, refusing to elaborate on a reporter’s question about Favre.


“We're not mad at Brett Favre. We're jealous. He skipped the offseason conditioning program and training camp and still signed for $12.5 million, the starting position and the opportunity to embarrass Packers general manager Ted Thompson.”
FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock


"I know that I will regret this decision many times over the coming year, but I am not going to pull a Brett Favre on you. I am announcing my decision now to allow other candidates to step forward and to get going."
Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle announcing he will not seek re-election in 2010.


“With Doyle pulling out of the race, Scott Walker is now the front runner for governor. Why? Because he actually raised more money than Doyle (or anyone else) in the first six months of 2009. Because he’s in essence been running for governor since he became Milwaukee County Executive in 2002, and really knows the issues. And because he’s a hard-working candidate with a strong, clear message. Walker is ahead of everyone at this stage of the game, Democrat or Republican. That doesn’t mean they can’t catch up. But it makes Walker the man to beat.”
Milwaukee Magazine’s Bruce Murphy


"I can't think of a situation like this where people would not have responded as I did. When someone says, 'Call 911,' you call 911. It's that straightforward. We are on the mend. I just wanted to let you know I was still standing."
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett speaking for the first time after being beaten last Saturday night after leaving the State Fair.


"If it would have been any other individual besides the mayor, I mean, it wouldn't even have hit the news. My son probably wouldn't have been arrested. None of this would even be happening,"
Danita Brisk, the mother of Anthony Peters who has been charged with beating Mayor Barrett. Brisk thinks the mayor provoked her son, and wishes he hadn't stepped in to help. "I was raised to keep to yourself," Brisk said.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Woman gives birth on the sidewalk
after being refused an ambulance.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Even with our rotten health care system Democrats want to abolish, Americans are living longer.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Brett Favre, though this marks a rare occasion where the hype is warranted.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Sheriff's deputies, a sexy waitress, and a rifle.


Only the government could come up with this odd advice.


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

Recommended reading (08/22/09)

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).


Pull the plug on ObamaCare

“Modern presidents are always afraid to show anything so human as modesty or doubt. They're afraid of the endless cable-news loop of ‘I think I was wrong, I think I misjudged, I didn't get it right.’ They're afraid of death by soundbite. Which is understandable. But they should get over it, especially when it comes to a bit of self-criticism, and even a bit of self-doubt.”


Killing ObamaCare

‘Death panels’ cuts to the chase, which is the only way Democrats can be stopped.


Stop and think

“The idea that government officials can play God from Washington is not a new idea, but it is an idea that is being pushed with new audacity.

What they are trying to do is to create an America very unlike the America that has existed for centuries — the America that people have been attracted to by the millions from every part of the world, the America that many generations of Americans have fought and died for.”


Myths you’ll hear at Town Halls

“Two common tell-‘em-what-they-want-to-hear statements now echoing in town halls are:

  • ‘As a member of Congress, I get the same health coverage as other federal workers’ (sometimes with an added commitment to extend the same coverage to everyone)
  • ‘I will oppose any bill that increases the deficit.’

Don’t believe it.”


Now Muslims know how Michael Phelps feels

If it’s not in a Speedo catalogue, then it’s not a swimsuit.  If it doesn’t show any cleavage, then it’s not a ‘bikini’ or any variation thereof.  If it doesn’t resemble anything in the Koran, and if it would be intolerable by Islamists outside of the pool, then it’s not a burqa either.”


You need permission for a lemonade stand

“More and more kids are learning what our tax dollars pay for”


Newspaper corrects 'Jackass' Keith Olbermann mix-up

“It's not the Worst Mistake in the World. But without this kind of correction, online too, a few thousand people might have tuned into MSNBC, the Obama administration's favorite cable channel, expecting to see a "Jackass" show, and instead they'd have found (Keith) Olbermann.”

Mike Gousha discusses Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings

AFP Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Wisconsin Newsletter
August 22 - 2009  Events and Updates

Events Schedule

Sunday, August 23rd

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My Most Popular Blogs (08/23/09)

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) 10 Biggest Jim Doyle Screw-ups


2) What goes through the mind of an alderman during a Common Council meeting

3) Brett's mom says...

4) PETA is sure to be outraged

5) Pamela Anderson's breasts (in a political sense)

Photos of the Week (08/23/09)

Photos of the Week






Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, in Milwaukee. Barrett said Wednesday he was doing what any good citizen should have done when he tried to help a woman screaming for help - even if it led him being beaten by a man. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)


 



Barrett talks to the media from his home. He sustained injuries in a beating outside State Fair on Saturday that included a gash on his face, broken teeth, a fractured hand and cuts to his head. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter


 

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The MJS Scorecard (08/23/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Dianne Dagelen: Just say 'no' to rebuilding the Zoo Interchange 

McGee Young: No dithering on climate 

Gordon Hintz: Those with limited choices being gouged

Kevin L. Shafer and Julia Taylor: No secret, no disaster in storm sewer system

This is a beauty. Problems in our storm sewer system? No way!

Talk about heads in the sand, or somewhere else.

James Rowen: Think this institute through 

Now this was a real toughie. Where else would we put the pompous, arrogant, enviromental elist snob, flaming lefty James Rowen?


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Erin Krueger: Low-income borrowers will suffer


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Another View: MPS takeover? Make it a debate, not a donnybrook

The writer is liberal state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). She manages to straddle the fence, though, on this one. I credit Taylor for this line:

"Those against the takeover (of MPS) question how we could consider changing a system that embraces local input - democracy at its best. If we deny people's right to vote, how will they be heard in some new process?"


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-5, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-76, Conservative-67

Culinary no-no #126

Culinary no-no's

 

Millions of patrons have visited New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art this month to take in the exhibits on Afghanistan and drawings from the Middle East. Upon exiting, many have sought out something to eat. Strategically placed on the north and south sides of the Met’s entrance were hot dog stands run by Pasang Sherpa.

I use the past tense, “were” because earlier this month, the city shut down Sherpa’s frankfurter franchise. Sherpa had failed to pay his rent on the two stands. One could certainly understand why.

Sherpa’s yearly contract for the south side hot dog stand: $362,201

Sherpa’s yearly contract for the north side hot dog stand: $280,500

Total yearly rent for two hot dog stands: $642,701

Smelling salts, anyone?

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Bye bye, Mercury Marine


Union workers at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac have signed their own death certificates by rejecting a contract offer from management.

Granted, the take it or leave it offer from the company was far from reasonable. But the correct move by the union members who did not hold the cards was to accept and keep their jobs, eat crow today and try to hammer out a better deal when the economy straightens out and people start buying boats again.

How many workers would kill to have a shot at those jobs? In this recession when pink slips are being handed out nationwide, it is beyond foolish to cut off your nose to spite your face and try to call management’s bluff.

Where are 1900 displaced workers going to find $40,000-$50,000 jobs in Fond du Lac?

Make no mistake, Mercury Marine is gone. They will leave, not just because workers refused to save their own skin, but because taxes here are too high and our business climate ranks among the worst of all the states.

Of course, the union mentality being what it is, workers will point the fingers at big, bad, nasty management. The jobs are outta here, and the union has no one but themselves to blame.

Another business bites the dust under Jim Doyle


Mercury Marine….another Wisconsin business set to leave the Badger State under Jim Doyle’s watch, taking with it 1900 jobs.

If only Doyle cared about businesses that create jobs as much as he cared about WEAC that pulls his strings.

 

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Disabled vet lays the smack down on his Congressman and Nancy Pelosi


Watch another of those "Un-Americans" take no prisoners. The best line is about Pelosi and her swastika:

 

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Did the Franklin School Board violate open meetings laws?


Maybe.

Maybe not.

I’d be curious to pick the brain of Franklin City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski to get his opinion.

Not too long ago, the evil Franklin School Board in an unheard of instant transformation into fiscal conservatives decided to save the school district some money (a whopping $90,000 we were told by school board member Janet Evans) by tossing private school children and their families into the cold via the elimination of bussing for those students. All that yammerin’ about how dangerous it is for all Franklin students to navigate anywhere in the Franklin school district apparently went right out the window for those private school kids.

Want to get to school, Jimmy? Tough beans, kid, you’re on your own!

I thought I’ve been told a million times that everything these birds did was (insert feigned sincerity here) “for the children.”

It seems that there has been a compromise worked out to allow one private school to continue to have bussing. The matter goes before the Franklin School Board this week, and
Board President and Finance Committee member Dave Szychlinski has, behind the scenes, been trying to count noses to see if there are enough supportive votes. Szychlinski has questioned Janet Evans  who refuses to say how she’ll vote, which is her prerogative.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reported the following, quoting the Board President:

‘It's almost assured of passage next week when it goes to our regular meeting,’ said School Board President Dave Szychlinski, noting that a fourth board member has indicated support for the move.”

I think it’s safe to assume that Szychlinski has gone out of his way to survey three other board members about an important budget item. Even a public school student can figure out that 4 board members have at one time or another been discussing this budget item. Though these discussions have not been at a formal meeting, they have involved a quorum of the 7 board members.

That’s dangerously close to a violation of the open meetings laws.
Check this out.

At the very least, in the interest of open, honest government, this debate should have taken place in full view of the taxpaying public.

But, as I have said so many times, this school board simply doesn’t care.

If time was of the essence, and this matter was so critical, I'm sure the collective genius of the Franklin School Board could have easily and quickly convened a special emergency session somewhere along the
Franklin 4th of July parade route to conduct their business.

Award-winning John Stossel of ABC to talk health care in Wisconsin

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When I'm loving my little baby girl and being a dad, please don't say, "Just wait"


Words cannot describe the joy of being a new father of a beautiful little baby girl. I now fully understand that which so many in the massive society of fatherhood have had the pleasure of appreciating before me.

You wish time could virtually stand still so this tiny little miracle could forever retain her angelic innocence. That being impossible, you try to soak in every glorious baby moment. Pondering what lies ahead, however, is part of the deal. The focus on the present is often broken by well-wishing friends and relatives with those two now oh-so familiar words: “Just wait!”

Ah, yes.

So much to look forward to.

So much to worry about.

I was reminded about my future father role working backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair during the Demi Lovato concert. Lovato is the latest Disney Channel star.

Prior to the show, I joked with some of the handful of fathers who looked less than thrilled to be on hand.

“Do you have any idea what you’re in for?” I asked them, knowing that 5,000 screaming prepubescent girls can shatter eardrums a mile away.

“Oh yeh I do,” chuckled one dad. “I’ve seen Britney Spears.”

Britney’s path from cute bopping teen to adolescent tramp is legendary. Following such a transformation, there’s always another young girl to step in and play the part, selling mega tickets, CD’s, videos, and merchandise. The latest is Miley Cyrus who has grown out of her sweet, Hannah Montana character.


Miley Cyrus pole dance picture



Cyrus stunned moms all across America recently when she performed a pole dance at the Teen Choice Awards.



Miley Cyrus pole dance pictures Teen Choice Awards


Lest we forget, Cyrus is 16 years old. Doesn't matter to her big lug, achy breaky heart father, Billy Ray Cyrus who defended Miley's stripper-like routine:

“You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people. She loves singing and songwriting. I always tell her to love what you’re doing and stay focused for the love of the art and not worry so much about opinion," said the proud papa.

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The 2nd annual Angie Wenzel Scramble a big success


144 golfers participated in the 2nd annual Angie Wenzel Scramble with proceeds going to a scholarship fund set up in Angie’s name at Carroll University and to breast cancer research. Many others made cash and merchandise donations for raffles.


On behalf of Morgan Wenzel and his entire family, thank you for your generous support!

The government doesn't practice what it preaches


Just a few short summers ago, on a very, very hot day, during a break at the state Capitol, I noticed something rather odd at the U.S. Postal Service branch at Martin Luther King Drive Street and Doty Street in Madison, just a block away from the state Capitol in Madison.

A worker was mowing the lawn.

That’s right.

He was sitting his state taxpayer-funded posterior on a motorized vehicle, cutting the lawn around the Post Office.

I laughed, not surprised at the stupidity and downright hypocrisy.



THAT DAY WAS AN OZONE ACTION DAY ISSUED BY THOSE WARM-HEARTED SOULS AT THE DNR!

Read from an old Dane County (that’s do-gooder, tree-hugging Madison, folks) news release:

“During a Clean Air Action Day, government agencies, businesses and citizens will be asked to do their share for cleaner air and the health of local residents by voluntarily engaging in ozone-reducing activities.

Important note: A Dane County Clean Air Action Day will be called just for an ozone-related Air Quality Watch. Fine particle air pollution is a growing concern and the CAC is working to develop fine particle action plans for future implementation.

On a Clean Air Action Day, examples of actions coalition-member organizations will take include:

  • alert employees via e-mail to encourage them to car pool, bus, bike, or walk to work
  • place alert messages on overhead changeable street signs
  • avoid refueling fleet vehicles until after 6 p.m. and limit unnecessary idling
  • postpone mowing and maintenance painting whenever possible
  • conserve energy by reducing building lighting and air conditioning"


You see, the pencil-pushing idiot bureaucrats in government dictate, but then fail to follow their own foolish edicts.

Here’s another great example from California.

You must restrict your water use. As for the government? What water problem?

If I lived in San Jose, I’d say screw it. I’m watering my lawn. Come get me!

This new book could make for some interesting reading


NOTE: EVEN THOUGH THIS BLOG DEALS WITH FRANKLIN, EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN FRANKLIN, I BELIEVE YOU WILL STILL FIND IT INTERESTING BECAUSE AFTER ALL, EVERY ITEM I BLOG IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING

Can't wait to get my hands on this book, even though the title could be a lot sexier.

Disturbing signage on the new Franklin CVS Pharmacy


NOTE: EVEN THOUGH THIS BLOG DEALS WITH FRANKLIN, EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN FRANKLIN, I BELIEVE YOU WILL STILL FIND IT INTERESTING BECAUSE AFTER ALL, EVERY ITEM I BLOG IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING.


It is so breathtaking I hasten to post on my blog what it actually says.

I warn you.

It is deeply troubling.

You will howl and shriek, especially if you live in the 53132 zip code.

I kid you not.

This marks the most recent controversy to descend upon our quite, humble city of just a few thousand.

Maybe you’re not aware.


Maybe you haven’t seen it yet.

Maybe you haven’t driven by 51st and Rawson in awhile because Fountains of Failure non-developer David Hintzmann has given you no reason to do so.

CVS went up in a heartbeat. (Amazing, given they’re just a few yards away from those naughty Foxes. How in the world did they ever pull that off?)

They have doors and windows and electricity and merchandise and actual workers inside a real honest to goodness building. Hintzmann is probably blaming my wife.

But the real atrocity here is the big red bold letters on the south side of the business that’s up and running (much like the Azana Spa that was promised by Hintzmann when the first Bush was president).

Those red letters proclaim:


Beer and Wine


At the risk of making you faint, ladies and gentlemen, the letters on the side of the new CVS tell everyone traveling on Rawson that CVS sells:


Beer and Wine


Folks, I gotta tell ya’, this  alarming, disturbing, earth-shaking signage has been up for quite awhile, and I must admit I am shocked and that it has totally missed the keen eyes and political wisdom of other Franklin bloggers, in particular two tree-hugging writers.
These know it all cohorts in crime gleefully wrote about a year ago that GASP the new Target in the Shoppes at Wyndham Village sold spirits (beer  and wine) right next door to the brand new Sendik’s.

The two bloggers mentioned previously, let's just call them Frick and Frack wrote that the new Sendik’s sold beer and wine.

Guess what? The new Target was going to sell beer and wine.

Hmmmmmmmm.......

Anybody and everybody in Franklin, according to Frick and Frack, was a complete moron to allow this to happen.  Obviously, Sendik’s was setting itself up for failure, wrote Frick and Frack.

We all know that the Sendik’s did recently close, though it had absolutely nothing to do with Target selling booze. Even so, I’m willing to bet that deep down inside, Frick and Frack hold some disgusting, sickening “I told you so” glee about what transpired.

Where are Frick and Frack now? Same deal. Same situation. A new business opens right next door to a Sendik’s that proudly boasts it sells beer and wine.

Where are the blogs written with fear and agony that Sendik’s is now in despreate trouble and that Sendik’s will go down? Why don’t Frick and Frack put their incredible logic into print once more? Where are the posts of impending gloom and doom?

I suspect the elder of Frick and Frack might, just might have an actual modicum of a clue. The other doesn’t know how to spell clue.

*EXCLUSIVE: Franklin school board members speak on school tax increase*


The Franklin School Board is prepared, YET AGAIN, to raise school taxes beyond the rate of inflation. It will do so when the overwhelming majority of Franklin taxpayers, in late August, aren’t paying even the slightest bit of attention.

This Just In has obtained excerpts of interviews FranklinNOW has done with board members about the upcoming vote to increase school property taxes. Here is what board members had to say:

President Dave Szychlinski

“Look, the last thing we want to do is raise taxes. However, the state of Wisconsin is giving our district less state aid this year. So, we have no other alternative than to raise taxes.”

Vice President Debbie Larson

“Look, the last thing we want to do is raise taxes. However, the state of Wisconsin is giving our district less state aid this year. So, we have no other alternative than to raise taxes……did I get that right, Dave?”

Treasurer Jeff Traylor

“What Dave and Debbie said.”

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The new Norman Rockwell


 

Want to see The Phantom for $10?

 
Marcus Center For The Performing Arts Online Marquee
Phantom of the Opera
Two ways to reach out to those in need in the Milwaukee community
AND see The Phantom of the Opera - for LESS

 
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SECOND HARVEST AND MARCUS CENTER TEAM UP TO FIGHT HUNGER IN MILWAUKEE

$10 Tickets With Food Donation to Second Harvest

Second Harvest
Food Banks are suffering around the country and The Phantom of the Opera would like to help them fill their "banks." In its last week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, The Phantom of the Opera would like to give back to the local community by offering a $10 ticket for a donation to America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin.

On Thursday, August 27 from 3-6 pm food donations will be collected at the Marcus Center Box Office located at 929 North Water St, Downtown Milwaukee. For each donated item to Second Harvest, patrons will be able to purchase one $10 ticket for the Thursday, August 27, 7:30 pm performance. Limit of 8 tickets per person. Price valid on selected seats while supplies last.

Established in 1982 as a project spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin is a certified member of America's Second Harvest National Food Bank Network, one of 215 food banks nationwide that work together to feed America's hungry.

Second Harvest serves hundreds of thousands of people and distributes millions of pounds of food, but the real impact is on one person at a time.

The Phantom of the Opera
 
 
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AND THE MARCUS CENTER TEAM UP WITH CAMP HEARTLAND

The Broadway touring production of The Phantom of the Opera is in its final week of performances at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. As a way of giving back to the community that has welcomed them and supported them during their stay here in Milwaukee, Phantom has teamed up with Camp Heartland to raise funds to support their mission.
Camp Heartland
By purchasing a ticket this week to The Phantom of the Opera and mentioning "Camp Heartland" to the ticketing agent, patrons will be helping Camp Heartland continue to expand their programming and help more children in need.

50% of the ticket price for each ticket purchased will go directly to support Camp Heartland.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center Box Office, 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee or by phone at (414) 273-7206. Tickets range in price from $30- $45 based on seating location and performance selected.

In 1993, Camp Heartland was founded by then 22 year old Neil Willenson of Wisconsin.
The camp soon became the largest camp and care program for children who experience
HIV/AIDS including over 75% of these children living in poverty. Since, 1994, One Heartland's Journey of Hope AIDS Awareness Program has traveled throughout the United States on a mission of increasing HIV awareness, prevention, education, and testing.

 
 
   
 
 
 

SHATTERED LIVES: 100 Victims of Government Health Care


That’s the title of an eye-opening book by Amy Ridenour and Ryan Balis that documents horror stories involving government health care around the world

The Table of Contents is shocking enough with story titles like: 
 

 

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UPDATE: When I'm loving my little baby girl and being a dad, please don't say, "Just wait"


This week, I confessed having new father of a beautiful baby girl-itis. It’s the fear that she will grow up too fast in a pop culture world filled with teenage sluts.

One day after my post, Marybeth Hicks’ weekly column examined the deterioration of young teen girls. Hicks correctly maintains there’s an American assault on girlhood.

Hicks writes:

“From stiletto crib shoes to padded trainer bras, our culture is steadily eliminating a wholesome, innocent girlhood in favor of a perpetual state of ‘tween,’ a term that refers to the years between 8 and 13 (a period of time formerly known as ‘childhood.’)”

You can read Hicks’column
here.

Say, inmate 736254....


How's that stimulus workin' out for ya?

 

National awards for statehouse reporting announced


And yes, there are some Wisconsin winners.

Here's the story and list of award recipients.

Meet a woman of great courage

Inspirational stories


In my blog “Do you know someone who is dying?” posted last month, I opened with this paragraph:

Over the past year to year-and-a-half, I have known about a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that have passed away. Most of them knew their time was coming to an end. Given the hand they were dealt, they could have spent their final days, weeks, or months feeling bitter, angry, confused, and frustrated. Instead, each and every one chose, with dignity, grace, and even style to use their last days productively.”

Elizabeth Troutman is 25 years old.

She needs to use a cane.

She’s not dying, but many would submit for all intents and purposes she is.

Troutman is slowly losing her eyesight.

And yet, she personifies the above paragraph from my earlier blog.

Troutman accepts her impending blindness, viewing it as a new opportunity. She suffers from
retinitis pigmentosa. Even so, she told the Charlotte Observer, “I've had an amazing life. I've been very, very lucky.”

Troutman is an incredible, inspirational young woman. Dealt one of those unfair hands life is filled with, she chooses to remain upbeat and optimistic.

Read more about Troutman here.

Meet her in
this video.

"I will not punish any woman in America to this kind of system"


The speaker is Congressman Mike Brown of Michigan on health care reform.
 

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The InterCHANGE topics Friday night...


Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00:


1 – Ted Kennedy.

Was Ted Kennedy the god that most of the obituaries are making him out to be?  Was he “the greatest senator of our time?”  Or, was he simply a flawed rich human being who ended up doing some good things in the Senate?  Was he a role model for other politicians?  Should the Obama health care plan be put on the fast track as a memorial to honor Kennedy?


2 – Mercury Marine.

Looks like it’s possible the union may get a second chance to vote on the contract (or a reasonable facsimile) that they overwhelmingly rejected last weekend?  If they get the chance, should they vote it down again?  The company has made it pretty clear that they aren’t going to offer the workers any better of a deal than was offered the first time.  Were you shocked when you saw the video of workers shouting and clapping when it was announced that the vote on the contract proposal was an overwhelming “no.”  Does this dispute tell you more about the increasing level of corporate meanness in these tough economic times, or about the high level of union cockiness?


3 – Michael Jackson.


Investigators say the death of Michael Jackson was a homicide, most likely caused by the combination of drugs in his system.  When you read about how many drugs his personal physician gave him in the hours before his death, does it make you think the doctor should be charged with murder?  Should he just lose his license to practice medicine?  Was he just giving Jackson what the singer had asked for?  Would any other physician testify that this administration of drugs was “accepted medical practice and procedure?


4 – Drinking Bartenders.

In the ongoing effort to curb excessive alcohol consumption and drunk driving, one state lawmaker has proposed a bill which would require all bartenders to maintain absolute sobriety during working hours?  Does this make sense or is it incredibly goofy?  Should a bartender be able to drink on the job?  Should a bartender be allowed to accept the offer of a free drink from a patron?  Is a drinking bartender simply an accepted part of our culture?  Do we punish all bartenders because a few of them might be irresponsible?  Should lawmakers spend their time on more appropriate measures aimed at curbing excessive drinking?

AP, FactCheck.org, Time: Obama lying about abortion

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Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Barack Obama is the one Fabricating

Says AP, FactCheck.org and Time

Magazine

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"First it was the Associated Press, then FactCheck.org and now Time Magazine.  All of them agree with  the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) and other leading right-to-life organizations  that  the health care bills backed by the Obama White House will result in government funding of abortion," said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

On August 19, 2009, Obama said that it is "not true" and a "fabrication" to say that his health plan "will mean government funding of abortion."  But it is the President of the United States who is the real fabricator.

NRLC and WRTL have been pointing out for months that both H.R. 3200 in the House and the "Affordable Health Choices Act" in the Senate would create huge new federal programs that would cover abortion for any reason:

Both bills would result in government funding of abortion.  FactCheck.org reported in an August 21, 2009 analysis, "Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans."  FactCheck.org also wrote: "Obama has said in the past that 'reproductive services' would be covered by his public plan, so it's likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits it.  Low and moderate-income persons who would choose the 'public plan' would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it.  Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies."  This is also true of the Senate bill.

On August 5, AP blew the cover off a phony abortion "compromise" that was crafted and passed in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to allow supporters of Obamacare to "claim" that a compromise on abortion acceptable to both sides had been reached.  The AP headline said it all: "Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion."   In describing the phony "compromise", NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said, "It's a sham.  The plan pays for abortion, and the government subsidizes the plan."

The AP story also exposed another ruse being used by pro-abortion supporters of Obamacare .. that the Hyde Amendment would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in the plan.  AP explained that "the health overhaul would create a stream of federal funding not covered by the [Hyde] restrictions."

Time Magazine this week has joined AP and  FactCheck.org in concluding that Obamacare allows taxpayer funding of abortion.  "The health-care reform proposed by the House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government's role in the financing of abortions," said Time.   The article went on to say, "So, in effect, anyone who wanted to sign up for the public option, a federally funded and administered program, would find themselves paying for abortion coverage."  Time concluded by saying, "the new system differs markedly from the old federal policy of not involving the government in abortion services."

NRLC's Johnson expands further: "Federal agencies receive funds from many sources, but once the government has the money and is writing the checks, they are public funds, federal funds.  And if they are spent on abortions, then that is government funding of abortion."

"Obama and his pro-abortion allies in Congress want health care reform to include government-funded abortion but they don't want to admit it to the American public who oppose federally-funded abortions by wide margins," said Armacost.  "So instead, they brazenly and falsely misrepresent the abortion-related components of health care legislation to the American people.  The right-to-life movement will not rest until abortion is explicitly excluded from  the plan."

The ad ABC and NBC refuse to air...

Why?

Because it dares criticize the Obamessiah on health care.


 

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Democrat calls fellow Democrats, "brain dead"

Stark Property Taxes

Liberal California Congressman Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is blasting moderate Democrats who want to make changes in the government health care proposals. Stark said the following:

"They're for the most part, I hate to say brain dead, but they're just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process."

Brain dead?

Given what’s going on in Boston right now that’s being immortalized by the news media…

Mourners file past the flag-draped casket of Sen. ...
Mourners file past the flag-draped casket of Sen. Edward Kennedy inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 where he is lying in repose until his funeral Mass in Boston on Saturday.



I would suggest the liberal Stark’s choice of words was ill-advised.

Calling all bleeding heart judges and juries


The attorney for a mayor-beating thug wants you to feel sorry for his client.


Anthony Cotton is defending Anthony Peters who is accused of beating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Of course, when your client is guilty as sin, your only chance is to try to build sympathy, a tactic that could work with a liberal criminal justice system.

Cotton has already started to lay out the litany of excuses.  Grab your crying towels, you criminal-loving libs:

Peters has a history of mental disorders (Translation: He didn’t know what he was doing and can’t be held responsible).


Peters was not on his medication at the time of the attack.

Peters acted the way he did because of mental disease or defect (A favorite plea when you’re guilty as hell).

Peters has bipolar disorder (Former suburban alderman, mayoral wanna-be perhaps? Probably not. He kept his shoes on during the attack).

Peters might suffer from schizophrenia.

Spare me.


All that’s missing from this story is a puff piece from former Journal Sentinel columnist William Janz swooning all over Peters.

Will the Brewers stick with Ken Macha?





You'll recall Milwaukee fired Ned Yost last year with 12 games left in the season when the club had a record of 83-67.


The Brewers are currently 61-66.

Macha is in the first year of a two-year deal.

He's clearly not the answer.

Over 3600 appear at 3 Wisconsin AFP Town Halls

 
Americans for Prosperity

Ever wonder if we can win tough public policy battles like health care and cap-and-trade?

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From Paul Ryan's Town Hall in Racine Thursday afternoon...

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*BREAKING NEWS FROM THE MJS: Best spots to watch the July 3rd fireworks!*


Last September I teased the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for running a piece on Bluemound Road eateries to hit before or after a Brewer game.

Take a look at my last line.

Well, to repeat, the paper is slow but worth waiting for! Shouldn’t this fine article have been published, oh, I don’t know……..7 or 8 weeks ago when it wasn’t 64 degrees and raining??!!!!

OMG! OK, Franklin, how upset does this make you?


Here's the story.


Are you panicked?

In a state of shock?

Or is it more like, beer battered or baked tonight?

Hurray, it's the weekend!


Don't forget our regular weekend entries beginning tonight after sundown with our Goodnight music feature.

Wake up early Saturday as Jennifer and I present The Barking Lot, complete with DOGS IN THE NEWS, including this fella's story:



chihuahua


 

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Goodnight everyone, and try to have a summer 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.......a reluctant farewell to a summer that never seemed to arrive.

Let’s face it. Summer’s over.

We’ll still have some nice days, but the steamy, hot weather is done, if it ever came.

The days are getting shorter. Footballs are flying. School’s back in session. The Halloween Express is open.

Goodbye summer.

We open tonight with Incognito, a jazz/funk/fusion group formed in London in 1979 and still working today.





This track seems quite appropriate.

From their debut album in 1981, "Summer's Ended."



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Town Hall security officer: "It ain't (America) no more"


Watch video taken on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at Rep. Jim Moran's (D-VA) Town Hall meeting held at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA.

Many people were left outside when the school filled to capacity. School security officer Wesley Cheeks, Jr. did not like an anti-ObamaCare poster. His remarks are revealing. 

 

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The Barking Lot (08/29/09)

The Barking Lot


 

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Coolest Story of the Week


Still to come this morning on This Just In...

Week-ends. There is no category, COOLEST STORY OF THE WEEK, but if there was...

Week-ends (08/29/09)

Week-ends


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



HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jeremiah Kendall


Frank Canale


Justine Faeth


James Boyden's rescuers


Tim McGraw



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Phillip and Nancy Garrido........
and police


Peter Nelsen and child welfare officials


Darius Wade


Anthony Peters


Athena Sidlar


Chair of the Colorado Democrat Party and Maurice Schwenkler


Terrance Dejuan McCoy



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"Thank you, sir, for showing the courage to do the right thing and get involved and for that we applaud you.”
Deputy Milwaukee Police Inspector Ramon Galaviz introducing Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett before the mayor spoke to police academy graduates. Barrett was beaten with a tire iron on August 15 in West Allis after leaving the State Fair as he tried to call 9-1-1 for a woman who cried for help.


"Be smart, be careful, be kind and be good."
Barrett to the police academy graduates.


"You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy.'"
Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care about the push to pass health care reform as a tribute to Ted Kennedy who died this week of brain cancer.


“Anyone recall Mary Jo? Teddy Kennedy treated like an (expletive) hero. He got a full lifetime. She didn't. Makes me sick.”
Blogger Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC.


“They may be in a minority, but they are a larger minority than we’ve seen in the 20-plus years that I’ve been doing this. “I’ve never seen anything like this. People are scared. People are scared.”
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Fla) admitting he was caught by surprise by the uneasiness proposed health care reform has caused. During a standing room only town hall, one audience member handed him a stack of pink slips.


“This is the answer from a doctor and a politician. Here’s why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put in it, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth.”
Former Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean responding to a question about why tort reform isn’t in the health care reform bill.


"Everything that's been printed, everything that's been reported, everything that's been breaking in the news on the day Ted Kennedy died is 100 percent a lie, a lie. All of this has been a lie, a total fabrication of the truth."
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino blasting media reports about rape allegations made against him.


"I'd be a fool to sit here and tell you I've won everyone over in the locker room, and that's not what I'm trying to do. I was brought in here to help this team win, not to make friends, even though I felt like that's an easy thing for me to do. I will continue to work on that part of it. I think my experience can only go so far on the field, but it can pay huge dividends off the field and in the locker room.  You know what, you've got to be yourself, and I'm pretty content with my personality. I think it's able to fit in with just about everyone."
Brett Favre about reports he’s not been received well in the Minnesota Vikings locker room.


I don't understand why the Wisconsin media hates Favre. Was it because he always gave the big interview to espn or his hometown newspaper instead of the Wisconsin media?”
Comment left by “quickhound” on a jsonline blog.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The release of the Lockerbie bomber.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Where's Mary Jo Kopechne's eulogy?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Ted Kennedy




STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


New York City's naked hotel


Goat in trunk


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

Recommended reading (08/29/09)

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 Angry White Liberal

"When things aren't going his way, the Angry White Liberal wails and gnashes his teeth, rends his garments, and hurls invective at the opposition. His rhetoric and prose is so heated, it's gotten to the point where you need to put on oven mitts before opening the paper. He is so convinced of the righteousness of his positions that he lashes out uncontrollably at anybody who disagrees with him. For the Angry White Liberal, dissent is anathema. Antagonism is illegitimate. Only conformity to prevailing liberal opinion is enough to still his rage."


ObamaCare: The only exit strategy

"Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. But there is an exit strategy. And a politically clever one, if the Democrats are smart enough to seize it."



Three Reasons Why Government Can't Run Health Care

"We should judge government, not by its words, but by its deeds. With this simple principle in mind, what follows are three examples why government can't - and shouldn't - run our health care system."


Abortion Is New Front in Health Battle

"Anti-abortion groups are gearing up for a battle in the fall over health-care legislation, another headache for Democrats who already face concerns about the measure's cost and reach."


Why Health Insurers Make Lousy Villains

"Blaming insurance firms for runaway healthcare costs is a weak argument, because the insurance industry isn't all that profitable to start with."


Voters Say They Know Health Care Bill Better Than Congress

"Most voters think they understand the health care reform legislation proposed by President Obama better than Congress does - and about as well as the president himself."


The path to Republican revival

"Obama’s overreach has created a measure of opportunity for Republicans. The question is whether that opportunity will be grasped. Can Republicans overcome their manifest problems and succeed in preparing themselves for a restoration of public trust, and can they do so not only by appealing to new groups but also by offering compelling answers to pressing public needs?

Herewith, a brief primer."


Airbrushing out Mary Jo Kopechne

"
We are enjoined not to speak ill of the dead. But, when an entire nation — or, at any rate, its 'mainstream' media culture — declines to speak the truth about the dead, we are certainly entitled to speak ill of such false eulogists. In its coverage of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s passing, America’s TV networks are creepily reminiscent of those plays Sam Shepard used to write about some dysfunctional inbred hardscrabble Appalachian household where there’s a baby buried in the backyard but everyone agreed years ago never to mention it."


Kennedy's Funeral Further Damages the Church's Credibility

"On Wednesday the Church further diminished her credibility when it was announced that a Mass of Christian Burial would be celebrated for Senator Edward M. Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica.  It was also announced that President Barack Obama would be the eulogist.    

Senator Kennedy, along with President Obama have been the most pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research politicians in the nation."



Sunday’s flesh worship

"Last Sunday at church I was slightly embarrassed in front of my guests. The source of my embarrassment was all of the women who came to the service dressed like they had been out at a bar."


How Facebook ruins friendships

"
Notice to my friends: I love you all dearly.

But I don't give a hoot that you are 'having a busy Monday,' your child 'took 30 minutes to brush his teeth,' your dog 'just ate an ant trap'  or you want to 'save the piglets.' And I really, really don't care which Addams Family member you most resemble. (I could have told you the answer before you took the quiz on Facebook.)"

ELVIS STILL ROCKS THE WORLD!

ELVIS


During the recent Elvis Week 2009, Adam Block, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Legacy Recordings for Sony Music Entertainment, presented incredible new awards for sales of Elvis records during a ceremony at Graceland.


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I have found another truly, really, honest to goodness, talented young writer


Given the dearth of talented, young writers, especially on blogs in these parts, plus the well-documented struggles of the younger set to match the academic achievements in high school and college of previous generations, I am constantly on the hunt to find sharp young scribes of note.

These young folk must meet certain standards (We lost one young local blogger in our first sentence at “dearth”).

They must have a strong ability to write well.

Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.

They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.

Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check.

And there must be a consistency of excellence to their product. They wouldn’t dream of posting anything slightly embarrassing that would ruin their credibility in a heartbeat.

Oh, they’re out there.

Like
this young Wisconsin man attending the University of Minnesota.

Then there’s
this young single mother from Pittsburgh.

I have found another who is truly worthy of high praise.

Eva Lorraine Molina is a junior at Amherst and a summer intern for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Pretty impressive. My guess is she’ll go far, and if she ever decides to write her own blog won’t be ashamed to post her occupation.

Molina just published a blog that was posted on Townhall.com and other sites about the contemporary need for ladies to behave like ladies.  Molina writes:

"A lady does not tell dirty jokes along with men and she does not tolerate men telling dirty jokes in her presence. She does not swear, and she is not considered 'one of the guys.' In spite of new fashion trends, a lady always dresses appropriately, leaving a lot to the imagination. When at a social gathering, a lady does not do things she will regret the next day. Above all, a lady is well-mannered, dignified, gracious, and kind.

Our society holds conservatives to a higher moral standard. When a woman acts like a lady she gains the respect both of men and other women. Besides, why would a conservative woman ever want to be mistaken for a liberal woman?”






BAM!





Let me run that Molina line by you one more time:



Why would a conservative woman ever

want to be mistaken for a liberal woman?”



Bravo, Miss Molina!

You truly are an up and coming, bona fide, honest to goodness whippersnapper!

Terry Schiavo's father dies


Robert Schindler, the father of Terry Schiavo died in Florida Saturday. Schiavo was the young woman who was at the heart of a controversial right-to-die debate.

Schindler aggressively fought to keep his daughter alive, even as heartless liberals couldn’t wait till Schiavo breathed her last gasp.

My Most Popular Blogs (08/30/09)

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) 
Disturbing new signage on the new Franklin CVS Pharmacy

2) Did the Franklin School Board violate open meetings laws?

3) Mike Gousha discusses Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings

4) *EXCLUSIVE: Franklin school board members speak on school tax increase*

5) When I'm loving my little baby girl and being a dad, please don't say, "Just wait"

Photos of the Week (08/30/09)

Photos of the Week






Members of a US military honor guard stand watch over the coffin of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library where the body is laying in repose August 27, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Kennedy, youngest sibling to brothers President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, died of brain cancer August 25. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)


 

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King of the Senate May Be Gone, But Jester Media Still Holding Court


Meredith Jessup at Townhall.com has written an outstanding blog exposing the outrageous, adoring media coverage of Ted Kennedy. Jessup looks at three specific areas:

1) Why women continue to support Kennedy. Jessup lasers in on wacko, far lefty flake Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and her ludicrous contention that it’s ok to get away with murder if you authored a whole bunch of bills.

2) Kennedy’s death is just like 9/11. Yes, some bozo with a computer actually made that comparison.

3) Kennedy children exploited as props for health care reform.

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The MJS Scorecard (08/30/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Only in the world of Ricardo Pimentel do you consider journalistic balanace a liberal.....

Debating MPS leadership | Tom Barrett: Status quo and the same dismal results  

Debating ANOTHER liberal!

Debating MPS leadership | Jennifer Morales: Wrong direction under the wrong leader

Thomas K. Smith: Overpaid teachers? Not even close to what really happens  

Alright, already. Teachers have a tough job. But this is the same, tired, old liberal whine.

Howard A. Learner: Speeding toward regional rail  


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Ed Howe: Kohl just plain wrong on hospital cooperatives  


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Robert N. Golden: Academic integrity in UW's CME program  


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-4, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-80, Conservative-68


NOTE:
I give credit to the Crossroads folks. For almost 9 months, this has been a nip and tuck battle. But the last two weeks, there's been no attempt to provide balance on these pages.

Culinary no-no #127

Culinary no-no's


Before we get into the meat of this week’s installment, your indulgence, please. I invite you to watch this tantalizingly appetizing video of a piece done on the locally produced TV series, “Milwaukee Foodie” featuring highly acclaimed chef Jacques Pepin on a recent visit to our town (The video works as a perfect segue into our discussion, so no skipping ahead!).

Watch and enjoy, then come back for the rest of Culinary no-no #127.









Now wasn’t that a great video. I love Jacques Pepin.

Sure, Kevin but…

World-renowned chef.  He’s interesting just to listen to with that wonderful accent, even when he says something like, “ya know!”

That’s nice, Kevin…

I love veal. Didn’t those veal roasts look scrumptious?

Uh, Kevin?

Potatoes with cheese…

Kevin? Where’s the no-no?

What a great setting. One of Milwaukee’s best restaurants, Bacchus.

The no-no, Kev. I watched that video like you asked me to and now I want to know, what pray tell is the cotton pickin’ no-no?

I’M GETTING’ TO IT, ALRIGHT! I’M GETTING TO IT!


As you know, there's a certain buildup to these no-no's.

The sputtering economy has more and more families thinking fewer nights out and more leftovers.

A few weekends ago, while doing what most men do in front of the television, I was giving the remote a workout until I stumbled upon the famed Pepin’s show on Milwaukee Public Television that had just started. The focus of the program was what to do with odds and ends hanging around in your refrigerator or pantry.

This ought to be good, I thought. Pepin is, after all, pretty good in the kitchen and it’s nice just to hear him speak, ya know.

PAY ATTENTION NOW, FOLKS.


THE NO-NO IS LURKING NEARBY.

Kevin!

No!

Sacré bleu!

You’re not thinking of finding a no-no with the great Jacques Pepin.

You KAHNT be serious!

Oui.

I am.

You know how the French cook. They throw all this junk together, put a sauce all over it, give it a title that’s impossible to pronounce, and it winds up looking fantastic, even if they do over charge you.

Smiling with enthusiasm, Pepin embarks on preparing a skillet dish that would make mouths water and that he, of course, deemed worthy of putting on taxpayer supported television.

What transpired was a concoction you couldn’t get someone to devour before being sent before a French firing squad. (And remember, regular readers of Culinary no-no know I am  not fussy and will eat just about anything. Insert Kevin Fischer is overweight joke here, but don’t forget the TV camera adds 15 pounds).

O
ne of the greatest chefs in the universe tried to sell me on this gastronomical masterpiece that included, in no particular order, these ingredients tossed into a skillet:


Orrichette pasta

 

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Forget Craig Koplein, it's time to pick on Mark Baden


In the past, I’ve chastised WTMJ meteorologist Craig Koplein for his lack of bold forecasting. Koplein’s typical forecast prior to my teasing sounded like this:

“On Monday, it’ll be cloudy or sunny, with a chance of rain. Or it may not rain at all. The high will range from 65-90 degrees.”

Where can I sign up for that job?

At about 10:17 last night, Mark Baden on Channel 12 suffered a Koplein-ism.

He opened his weathercast saying he had a “beautiful forecast.”

We have frigid temperatures this morning and Baden says it’s “beautiful?”

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (08/31/09)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

The following information was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago.  However, being the busy mom that I am, it has taken me awhile to write about the topic…

I am not the first person to say or agree with the thought “If you waited until you felt ready to have children, you would never have them.”  Truly, as much as Kevin & I wanted to be parents, we felt moments of doubt and fear for nine months.  Most, if not all, of that fear went away the first second we looked at the face of our newborn, precious daughter.






Our fears and doubts were the kind most first-time parents-to-be experience…  We wondered if we would be good enough to our child.  We wondered how our lives would change.  We wondered if our baby would love us.  We wondered how (or if!) we would survive the sleepless nights.  Although we occasionally thought about the financial impact our new family member would have on our pocketbooks we honestly never did any calculations about just what Baby Fischer would actually cost us.

Well, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion takes care of that for us.  They have worked their mathematical magic to inform us the exact cost of children. 

This detailed, 39-page report is exact and scientific.  But a brief summary from the Associated Press follows:

"A new government report finds that a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about $221,000 raising that child through age 17.

The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion says housing is the largest single expense, followed by food and child care/education costs.

That $221,000 figure rises to about $292,000 when adjusted for inflation."


From the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion report:

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Selected Results

Child-rearing expenses vary considerably by household income level. For a child in a two child,

husband-wife family, annual expenses ranged from $8,330 to $9,450, on average, (depending on age of the child) for households with before-tax income less than $56,870, from $11,610 to $13,480 for households with before-tax income between $56,870 and $98,470, and from $19,250 to $22,960 for households with before-tax income more than $98,470.

As a proportion of total child-rearing expenses, housing accounted for the largest share across income groups, comprising 32 to 35 percent of total expenses on a child in a two child, husband-wife family. For families in the middle-income group, food and child care/education (for those with the expense) were the next largest average expenditures on a child, each accounting for 16 percent of child-rearing expenses.

Annual expenditures on children generally increased with age of the child. This fact was the same for both husband-wife and single-parent families.

Overall annual child-rearing expenses were highest for husband-wife families in the urban Northeast, followed by families in the urban West and urban Midwest; families in the urban South and rural areas had the lowest child-rearing expenses.

Compared with expenditures on each child in a two-child, husband-wife family, expenditures by husband-wife households with one child average 25 percent more on the single child and expenditures by households with three or more children average 22 percent less on each child.

Child-rearing expense patterns of single-parent households with a before-tax income less than $56,870 were 7 percent lower than those of husband-wife households in the same income group. Most single-parent households were in this income group (compared with about one-third of husband-wife families).”

$292,000 over 17 years is $1,431.37 per month!

That startling figure could be the most effective birth control method to date. 

However, every parent out there will agree:  There is just NO putting a value on bringing new life in to your family, whether one child or 18, a la the Duggers.  I’m sure that in Kyla’s first few years she will have created enough precious memories for us to give MasterCard a new “priceless” commercial skit at least once a week.

You may have seen this presentation in the past but I think it beautifully makes my point.  Enjoy the video and enjoy your children, no matter how hard your wallet takes a hit.



 

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Conservatives outnumber liberals in all 50 states


The story
is ignored, of course, by the media.

Congressional "morons"


Over the weekend, a regular reader of This Just In sent me the following, one of those widely circulated e-mails on the World Wide Web:



Dear Comrade Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislator.

It is now official:  You are morons.

The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 - you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke.

Social Security was established in 1935 - you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke..

War on Poverty started in 1964 - you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - you've had 44 years to get it right; they're broke

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - you have had 39 years to get it right; it is broke

Trillions of dollars in the massive political payoff called the TARP bill of 2009 shows NO sign of working.

And finally to set a new record:

"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009!

So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?  15% of our economy?  Are you crazy?

Truly, the inmates are running the asylum!  (And what does this say about voters who put such pond scum in office...hmmm?  Maybe we need to let others in on this brilliant record before 2010 and just vote against incumbents.)

So once again... it's official, you are ALL morons, I don't care what your political leanings are.




I wrote back to the e-mailer that I agreed for the most part, except for that last sentence:

“So once again... it's official, you are ALL morons, I don't care what your political leanings are.”

I’ve either covered or actively been involved in politics for over 30 years. I hate when people blurt out uneducated statements like,” They’re all crooks” or “They’re all morons” when referring to elected officials. They are not. There are many bright, insightful, honest people in office. Not every politician in Washington supports the socialistic policies of President Obama and the Democrats who are running roughshod in Congress.

After I sent my response, I then stumbled upon this.

"Glenn Beck Has Brass Gonads"


Columnist Doug Giles’ latest offering goes after the Obama Administration for getting all bent out of shape over criticisms being leveled by TV/radio talk show host Glenn Beck. Giles writes:

“Glenn said this past week that Barack’s minions were actually calling his show while he was on air because he was being a meany. When I heard this I was sitting there eating pretzels and drinking a martini thinking: Are you kidding me? Is Perez Hilton running the White House? The White House is actually calling Beck during his program in an attempt to get him to cease and desist his digs? Wow . . . sounds, pretty gay to me. No offense to gay people, of course.

So, what’s next, Whine House? Are you gonna post an angry note on Beck’s Facebook wall? Are you going to place Glenn’s picture on the White House website and draw naughty stuff on his forehead?”

What a difference in the class exhibited by George W. Bush who faced a daily crucifixion by the media for eight years and said nothing as opposed to the constant moaning and groaning by the current White House.

Read the entire Giles’ column.

WRTL mourns the death of Robert Schindler, Sr

 
Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Wisconsin Right to Life Mourns the

Death of Robert Schindler, Sr., the

Father of Terri Schindler-Schiavo

Monday, August 31, 2009

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Top 10 ridiculous Democrat quotes on health care


Human Events
has the list.

The comments section that follows is also interesting.

UPDATE: John Hawkins has a list of the Democrats' most embarassing moments at town hall meetings.

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