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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.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Children, you are not to be polite! Did you hear me!!!


It never ceases to amaze that supposedly highly educated people with degrees protruding from their armpits have no semblance of common sense. And we entrust them to run our schools and instruct our children.


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E-mails, I get e-mails: Idle Thoughts Of A Retiree's Wandering Mind

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy 


I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it 

I had amnesia once---or twice 

I went to San Francisco . I found someone's heart. Now what? 

Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic. 

If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle. 

What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free? 

They told me I was gullible and I believed them. 

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up,

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Great Lakes Distillery Dinner - August 24th at Fleming's


Fleming's® Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
For reservations, please call
262-782-WINE (9463)
Great Lakes Distillery Dinner: Five Courses Paired with Five Handcrafted Cocktails
Cocktail purists can't get enough of the small batch spirits made right here in Milwaukee by Great Lakes Distillery. We'll have plenty on hand for this special one-night event, with Jason Neu from the distillery as our tasting guide. An absolute must for cocktail culture fans!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th, 6:00 PM
$79.95 PER GUEST*
CALL 262-782-WINE (9463) TO RESERVE
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Watermelon

with lemon sorbet
Tuna Carpaccio with Crispy Capers

red onion and baby greens, Dijon vinaigrette
lemon, lime, sour mix, wildflower honey
6 oz. Shrimp-Stuffed Mahi Mahi

crusted with macadamia nuts and paired with
sautéed spinach and a lemon butter sauce
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Gin, passion fruit and citrus
6 oz. Butcher Cut Prime New York Strip

topped with roasted garlic butter and housemade burrata,
blistered grape tomatoes and balsamic glaze drizzle
with basil-infused Vya Vermouth,
bitter ice cubes and Luxardo cherries
with Roaring Dan's Rum
Fleming's Milwaukee | 15665 West Bluemound Road | 262-782-WINE (9463) | Operating Partner: Wein Bayle | Chef Partner: Ryan Charabowski
* Excluding tax and gratuity.
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E-mails, I get e-mails: Obama to lose in a landslide?

Earlier this week, The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday showed Mitt Romney attracting 47% of the vote and President Obama earning support from 44%.

Romney had a 20-point advantage among white voters. Obama is supported by 91% of black voters and 57% of other minority voters.

By sheer coincidence, on the same day as the Rasmussen poll, a loyal reader sent me a piece written by political oddsmaker Wayne Allyn Root. Back on May 30 of this year, Root predicted an Obama loss by a landslide.

Black voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians. He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008. This is not good news for Obama.”

Again, the percentage is down to 91%.


Tax numbers that matter

Friends of the US Chamber

Tax Fact of the Week

151 Days – the countdown continues.

You can’t argue with the facts – and with your help, we’re getting the facts straight as it relates to the impending Fiscal Cliff.

Politicians in Washington have focused on the fact that only 2 to 3 percent of taxpayers will be impacted by the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax rates for higher income earners.

But that’s not the point. The point is that thousands of businesses, and the jobs they create, will be threatened. 53% of small business income would be hit by higher taxes if rates on sucessful small businesses are allowed to rise.

Watch our Chief Tax Policy Counsel, Caroline Harris, outline why the percentage of taxpayers doesn’t matter as much as the disruption to business does.

Click here to view the video.

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"You, Harry Reid, are terrible"

Michael Ramirez / Investor's Business Daily

Goodnight everyone and have a weekend that's legendary!


“I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.

Tony Bennett

Here we go again music lovers!

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, interesting combos featuring one of the last great crooners of his era, the legendary Tony Bennett who turned 86 years old today.

Bennett’s popularity remains strong despite his age, in part, because of a willingness to perform with far younger celebrities. Some of the collaborations have been unconventional.

Let’s begin and you’ll see what I mean.

“I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I'm a singer. So I sing.
Tony Bennett

Bennett doesn’t just sing.

He paints.


That's Bennett's portrait of a naked Lady Gaga smoking a cigarette. The portrait was part of a shoot conducted by famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz, for Vanity Fair’s January 2012 issue and was done shortly after the two singers recorded their duet “Lady Is a Tramp”, for Bennett’s album Duets II.

Our next combo is Columbia Records’ longest running star and one of soul's most important figures.


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The best cartoons of the week (08/04/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/04/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 90. That's too hot for a top grade. "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. "A+"

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

I think it’s a safe assumption that the majority of people who read The Barking Lot are true dog lovers like I am.  But how do you feel about sharing your shopping space with four-legged friends who are NOT service dogs, just ordinary house pets whose owners can’t bear to leave them behind while they spend a day shopping?


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Week-ends (08/04/12)


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


Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, and all our Olympic medalists.

Lauren Kornacki

Ed Pakula

Shontal Gaymon

Roger Lee Whitlock

Eagle Scouts


Adam Smith

Walworth County judge

Teachers unions

Michael Bloomberg

Richmond, VA police


"If the election were held today, I think it'd be close, but I think we'd win."
President Obama, speaking to donors.

"I wish I had good news for you. I want to tell you that President Obama has a second term in the bag. I want to tell you that the Koch Brothers are giving up their plot to buy the election. But here’s where things really stand: We’re gonna have to go through hell and high-water to win this damn thing. It’s gonna be hard. Every big-oil billionaire and Republican Super PAC is throwing the kitchen sink at President Obama. If we don’t fight back, it’ll be over long before November."
Democratic strategist James Carville in a fundraising email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"I think he’s been one of our weakest presidents. I fundamentally disagree with him, philosophically. You’d be hard put to find any Democratic president that I’ve disagreed with more.”
Dick Cheney saying President Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer made a "ridiculous claim" that the White House had returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy.
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. Krauthammer was correct. A photo Pfeiffer posted to the White House blog to prove Krauthammer wrong was of a second Churchill bust.

"I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. A better understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the outset would have prevented this situation."
Pfeiffer in an apology to Krauthammer.

"I built this business without gov't help. Obama can Kiss my ass."
A  sign outside Gaster Lumber & Hardware in Savannah, Ga. Owner Ray Gaster said, "When I heard what he said, I said I'm going to give him an answer in Chicago language--something he's used to. We work long, hard hours and what he said is an insult to any businessman."

"To me the statement he made truly demonstrates to me that this president doesn’t have an appreciation for what it takes to start or run a business."
Jack Davis, owner of Advance Surface Technologies in Arvada, Colorado.

“I think he thinks the government is the one that subsidizes everything that gets started, and it isn’t.”
Dick Robinson with Robinson Dairy in Colorado."Vote for someone that looks like you."

"Vote for someone who looks like you."
State Rep. Elizabeth Coggs, a candidate for the state Senate, urging a gathering of mostly black voters.

"If everyone in America did that, Barack Obama wouldn't be president."
Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) reacting to Coggs' remark. Pasch said Coggs' statement was aimed at her. Pasch, who is white, is running in Coggs' current 10th Assembly District; the three other candidates in that primary are all African-American.


Obama administration releases illegal immigrants who commit more crimes.


Lazy media misses the substance of Romney's overseas visit.


Gabby Douglas' hair. Really? Good grief.


Let me get this straight. Police officer asks woman to choke him. She does. She's ... charged?

Man crawls into wrong bed in wrong house with elderly couple.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

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Recommended Reading (08/04/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Rowdy cluckers

I have one word for that homo faux pas of trying to stifle a private company’s free speech, it’s: Ahahaha. Boy, you guys really read the pulse of the American people … Not.

Now, I will give the onerous gay activists this: Aside from the huge boom in ammo sales since Obama was elected, their boycott of Chick-fil-A actually spurred the first definitive economic stimulus of the Obama era. Muchas gracias.”

Clucks of disapproval

“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” Mr. Cathy added in the interview that led to the (Chick-fil-A) controversy.

After hearing the way he’s been treated since then, you have to wonder: Do we, in fact, live in such a country anymore?”

Why President Obama has to make history in 2012

"To win a second term on November 6, President Obama is going to have to defy history. Why? Because the July jobs report afirmed the now-certain reality that the unemployment rate won't drop below eight percent between today and November. And no sitting president since World War II has been re-elected with the unemployment rate above 7.2 percent."

Burn down the suburbs?

 "President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny."

Getting it wrong on Photo ID

“Reporter Emily Schultheis opens with the claim that ‘at least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day  2012.'

Schultheis doesn’t say where she got the estimate of 5 million until well into the article — it’s from a Brennan Center report. And she fails to disclose the radical, left-wing nature of the Brennan Center or the fact that it is an advocacy organization that is litigating against voter ID.”

10 concepts liberals talk about incessantly but don't understand

"1) Being Open Minded: To a liberal, this has nothing at all to do with seriously considering other people's ideas. To the contrary, liberals define being 'open-minded' as agreeing with them."

Survey shocker: Liberal professors admit bias

“It’s not every day that left-leaning academics admit that they would discriminate against a minority.

But that was what they did in a peer-reviewed study of political diversity in the field of social psychology, which will be published in the September edition of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.”

Your desk is making you stupid

"According to the New York Times, scientists discovered that when we sit all day, 'electrical activity in the muscles drops… leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects,' and sadly even getting regular doses of exercise doesn't offset the damage. But now there's new evidence of the harm of sitting. Not only is it making you fatter, it might also be making you dumber."

The NFL joins the Olympics

“Some of America's Best Athletes Won't Be in London—but What if They Were? Tebow Tackles Judo”


Jenna Jameson endorses Mitt Romney?

Photos of the Week (08/05/12)

Photos of the Week

1) United States' Missy Franklin reacts after winning gold in the women's 100-meter backstroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on July 30. Photo: Mark J. Terrill / AP

2) US swimmer Missy Franklin carries a national flag from the podium after receiving her gold medal after winning the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, in London. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP - Getty Images

3) U.S. gymnasts, front left to right, Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber celebrate as they look at the score of a teammate's performance during the artistic gymnastics women's team final. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP

4) U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 2.  Douglas won a gold medal in the women's individual all-around gymnastics final. Photos: Gregory Bull / AP

5) The United States' Ryan Lochte reacts after winning the 400-meter individual medley swimming final. His American rival Michael Phelps finished fourth. Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

6) Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens of the United States pose with their gold medals after their win in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

7) Nathan Adrian of the U.S. celebrates winning the men's 100m freestyle final Wednesday. Photo: Tim Wimborne / Reuters

8) Gold medalist Michael Phelps, right, and silver medalist Ryan Lochte, left, react after the men's 200-meter individual medley final. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

9) U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps points to the crowd following the podium presentation where he was presented with the gold medal in the men's 100m Butterfly Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on Aug. 3. Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

10) U.S. team members, from left, Matthew Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps and Brendan Hansen celebrate after winning gold in the 4x100m medley relay. Photo: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA

11) The U.S. women's eight team throw their coxswain, Mary Whipple, into the water after winning rowing gold. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

12) Serena Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia to win the gold medal. Photo: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

13) South Africa's double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius reacts after coming in second in the men's 400 heats. Pistorius made Olympic athletics history on Aug. 4 when he became the first double-amputee to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images

14) Gold medalist Kristin Armstrong of the United States celebrates with her son during the medal ceremony after the women's individual time trial road cycling Wednesday. Photo: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

15) Zara Phillips of Great Britain receives a silver medal from her mother, British Princess Anne, left, after the equestrian team event. Photo: Jochen Luebke / EPA

16) Russian gymnasts and team officials react as teammate Kseniia Afanaseva falls while performing on the floor during the gymnastics women's team final. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP

17) Russia's Aliya Mustafina weeps as she watches the results at the women's gymnastics team final, July 31, 2012. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

18) Follow along closely. Japan's Satoshi Shimizu, in red, reacts as Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov, in blue, goes down to his knees in their Men's Bantam (56kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012. He was kncocked down six times. But then, Abdulhamidov, left, reacts after being awarded victory over Shimizu. Shimizu reacts as he walks from the ring after losing the bout. He was later awarded victory. Photos; Murad Sezer / Reuters

19) Poland's Michal Winiarski looks back after crashing into the back wall saving a shot against Bulgaria during a men's volleyball preliminary match. Photo: Chris O'meara / AP

20) Canada's Marie-Pier Beaudet aims for the target during an elimination round of the individual archery competition, Aug. 1, 2012. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

21) Kinesio tape is seen on Germany's Katrin Holtwick during their women's beach volleyball preliminary match against Czech Republic's Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova at the Horse Guards Parade, July 28, 2012. Athletic tape made in every colour under the sun seems to be the latest must-have sports injury treatment at London 2012, where athletes may have been influenced by other big name tape fans such as Serena Williams and David Beckham. (Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

22) A view of the Horse Guards Parade Beach Volleyball arena as the sun sets over London while Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha of Brazil play Joshua Binstock and Martin Reader of Canada during a preliminary match at the London Olympic games, Aug. 1. Photo: Kerim Okten / EPA

23) A full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge on August 3, 2012. Photo: Luke MacGregor / Reuters

24) First lady Michelle Obama talks with Kobe Bryant after the United States' victory over France last Sunday. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

25) A spectator carries a baby in the Olympic park at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 1, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

26) A fan drops a 'Beer Snake' in the stands during a men's beach volleyball preliminary match between Brazil and Great Britain on Monday. Photo: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

27) A full moon is photographed with The London Eye in the foreground in London on August 2, 2012, during The 2012 London Olympic Games. Photo: Andrew Cowie / AFP - Getty Images

28) Unidentified victims & family members of victims wear Batman shirts as they arrive at the Arapahoe County Courthouse for the arraignment of James Holmes on July 30 in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was charged with murder Monday for a massacre at a July 20 premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed in the shooting and an additional 58 were injured. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

29) Emilia covers her face from the sun with a fan while she is carried in a coffin during a procession through the village of Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Spain, on July 29, 2012. Emilia climbed into the coffin to keep a promise made to her 76-year-old father, Jose Manuel, after he survived a difficult medical procedure. Photo: Jasper Juinen / Getty Images

30) The Brea, Calif. Chick-fil-A restaurant is mobbed at lunch time Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Chick-fil-A supporters packed the chicken chain's restaurants Wednesday as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." Photo: AP

31) A vandalized Chick Fil-A store in Torrance, California is seen in this frame grab from a cell phone video August 3, 2012. Gay rights activists and backers of same-sex marriage plan to hold a nationwide "kiss-in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday to protest the fast-food chain president's opposition to homosexual unions. Same Sex Kiss Day is a reaction to comments last month from Dan Cathy, who said he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" and that backers of gay marriage were "arrogant." Photo: Reuters

32) A woman walks amongst sunflowers during the Sunflower Festival in Zama, Japan on July 31, 2012. More than half a million sunflowers will attract visitors until the middle of August at several venues in the city. Photo: Toru Yamanaka / AFP - Getty Images

33) Police and wildlife rangers stand next to a dead humpback whale lying in a rock pool at Newport beach in Sydney August 1, 2012. Residents of Newport, a popular surfing beach in Sydney, woke to find the corpse of a 30-tonne humpback whale washed up in an ocean swimming pool according to local media. Photo: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

34) Thousands of bees swarm on the wing of a Delta Air Lines flight at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh. The flight from Pittsburgh to New York was delayed until Repasky, a beekeeper, was called in to remove them. Photo: Stephen Repasky / AP

35) A rescued baby pangolin is released in the forest by government wildlife and conservation officer in Karo district located in North Sumatra province on July 31, after Indonesian police intercepted 85 endangered pangolins, most of them alive despite being stuffed into sacks by suspected smugglers. The animals, also known as scaly anteaters and prized mostly in China and Vietnam as food and medicine, were crammed into 14 sacks when they were seized at a bus station in the city of Medan in North Sumatra province on July 28, said Yoris Marzuki, chief detective of the local police. Photos: AFP - Getty Images

36) A predatory spider waits to ambush an unsuspecting insect on a Queen Anne's lace flower growing in a field near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, July 29. The seeds of the plant, also known as wild carrot, were once thought to be a form of birth control. The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists Queen Anne's lace as a noxious weed. Photo: Robin Loznak for NBC News

37) A man looks at swans swimming on the Landwehrkanal canal as he enjoys candlelight and a mild summer evening in Berlin on August 1, 2012. Photo: Kay Nietfeld / AFP - Getty Images

38) In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, Actor Russell Brand poses for acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz as Captain Hook from Disney's "Peter Pan" on Nov. 3, 2011 near Newhall, Calif. The new "Disney Dream Portrait," commissioned by Disney Parks for their ongoing celebrity advertising campaign which debuted in 2007, is one of two new images unveiled Aug. 1, 2012 by Disney Parks. The Leibovitz image, which will appear in several fall magazines, is entitled, "Where every moment leaves you hungry for more." Here, actors Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel pose for acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz as the comically spooky "Hitchhiking Ghosts" from Disney's landmark theme park attraction, the Haunted Mansion on March 5, 2012 near Lebec, Calif.

39) Statues of (left to right) General Sir Charles James Napier, Sir Henry Havelock and Admiral Lord Nelson are adorned with new headgear for 'Hatwalk' in London, England on July 30, 2012. Photos: Peter MacDiarmid & Martin McNeil / Getty Images, Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA. Franklin D. Roosevelt, left, and Winston Churchill's statues in Bond Street wear new hat designs by John Boyd and Herbert Johnson. Photo: Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images.

40) A performer wearing a potted plant as headgear greets commuters outside London Bridge Station on July 30. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images


Newer, bigger recycling carts? Franklin, you better decide quickly

We received our August 2012 City of Franklin newsletter in the mail on Friday. That would have been August 3.

Lots of good information in there, as always. What caught the eye was an orange insert with a bold headline:


Under review is a switch from the current 18-gallon tub...

To a 96-gallon cart on wheels...

If the change is made, after 30 days, residents who would prefer a smaller 48-gallon cart can request one in place of the larger cart.

The Franklin Common Council, the insert informs, wants our input and they want it fast because it plans to address the subject at this Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

The fast track approach is unusual for a city that requires a dozen Planning Commission meetings before a gas station can open.

Putting aside the merits of the switch for a moment, the city could have given far better notice about its plans.

My newsletter came Friday. The city wants input by Tuesday.

Suppose a resident doesn’t open the newsletter immediately. It is summer and it is the weekend for cryin' out loud. Suppose a resident is on summer vacation and won’t see the newsletter until after Tuesday.

As of this writing, this edition of the city newsletter is not on the city’s website where it should be.

And the last e-newsletters sent to me by three different Franklin aldermen failed to mention this item.

As for whether a household needs to go to a cart that’s almost 6 times bigger than the current tub, that’s an individual choice. Drive down my street on collection day and everybody seems to be using just one tub. Are the new, bulkier carts that would make Franklin look like an alley in the city of Milwaukee really necessary?

One last thought. The insert in the newsletter misses a very important fact but that doesn’t surprise me because this is, after all, Franklin. There is no mention of cost.

So if this is news to you, here’s how you can get your message to Franklin City Hall:

1) E-mail any comment to

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US Senate GOP primary is 9 days away


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Just when it was thought we've seen how negative Eric Hovde was willing to go, he hits a new low.  

Sure, he's outspent our campaign nearly 5 to 1 on television making his case, but his missteps and half-truths have raised far-too-many-questions.

So if you're Eric Hovde what do you do when your message isn't working?  He takes what he's learned having spent the last 24 years in Washington D.C. watching professional distorters and spreads lies about Tommy Thompson in a brand of negative campaigning that has earned him the scorn of fellow conservatives.

Hovde's latest ad makes two claims that just aren't true - the fact of the matter is; Tommy opposes the health care mandate and has always opposed Obamacare and has supported its repeal.  

Here are the facts: 

Tommy's opposition to mandates is so strong that he testified against them in Congress in May 2008. Any attempts to mischaracterize his opposition to mandates is a flat out distortion. Tommy Thompson's testimony BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, May 6, 2008:

"Today, it is estimated that 47 million Americans are uninsured. This number is unacceptable and must be addressed. However, I am not convinced that the individual mandate is the correct approach. We have seen in Massachusetts that the individual mandate approach is not effective at covering the most vulnerable part of the population, that part of the population which needs coverage the most.

"I am a strong believer in creating opportunities for access and creating a marketplace for competition."

Here's what the well-respected had to say on August 31, 2011:


Now the latest claim from Hovde crosses the line from laughable to flat out lying.

Hovde states, "Tommy won't fight to repeal Obamacare." Tommy has always opposed Obamacare, and he's made being the 51st vote to repeal it a priority once elected. Hovde's use of a partial quote in which Thompson is pragmatically arguing that President Obama won't sign the repeal is a blatant misrepresentation of Thompson's position. Hovde has already been admonished by conservative talk radio hosts for misrepresenting Thompson's position, yet he continues to run the ad.

Thompson's position is clear on the repeal of Obamacare, as stated on June 28, 2012:
"My first vote as a US Senator will be for the full repeal of Obamacare. I will  use every measure available to block any vote in the next term of the Senate until a full Obamacare repeal vote is taken. But that is not enough. I also have the ideas and experience to actually bring down health costs and increase availability, which is something nobody else in the race offers. That vote will only succeed if Wisconsin elects a Republican Senator.

"Furthermore, I would work with Governor Walker to make sure Obamacare is derailed in Wisconsin. We deserve better than a cost-increasing, choice-limiting political fix for a broken health care system."

Please take a moment to forward this e-mail to those that share our concern with the direction of our country and defeating Madison-liberal Tammy Baldwin in November. With ten days to go before the Republican primary, Tommy Thompson remains the candidate best-positioned to beat Baldwin, and is senate-ready day one.

Please don't forget that our best chance to be the 51st vote in the U.S. Senate to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, cap and cut spending, and cap revenues  is Tommy Thompson, and he needs your vote on August 14th.

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We've come a long way. Hundreds of miles of parades, thousands of miles put on the car, and now we are only 9 days away from the election. We've worked hard, and we're asking everyone to dig a little deeper and push a little harder these last 9 days.  

I'd like to invite you to watch our latest video. Of all the individuals across Wisconsin who want Tommy to be their Senator, here are a few that expressed their feelings why:

I want Tommy to be my Senator

Over the next 9 days I'll be sending some tips and requests of each of you, just as a friendly reminder of how close we are to moving on to face Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Here's the first:

Remind 10 friends to vote for Tommy on August 14th ... that's the challenge today!

If you haven't already, please consider coming in to make phone calls or go door to door. You can sign up here:

Looking forward to hearing from you, 

John Martin
Political Director
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The debate that's going on right now

An Oak Creek police officer (L), speaks with members of the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012 following a mass shooting inside and outside the Sikh Temple. A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said.

An Oak Creek police officer speaks with members of the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012 following a mass shooting inside and outside the Sikh Temple. A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said. Photo: Reuters

I’m sure Channel 4’s switchboard has been lighting up like a Christmas tree with angry callers upset the station dumped its NBC coverage of the Olympics to provide live coverage of the Oak Creek shooting.

Channel 4 made the right decision. When an act of domestic terrorism is successfully perpetrated right in your backyard, you cover it and offer the latest information if you’re a local news station. Olympic coverage was available elsewhere.

A track and field event in London pales in newsworthiness compared to multiple fatal shootings inside a place of worship. And yes, Channel 4 couldn't sit by and watch all of its competitors with live trucks on the scene while it was focused on London.

Culinary no-no #290

Culinary no-no's



Oh, before we get going, let’s cue the Kevin Fischer detractors who seem to have a problem with pretty women occasionally popping up on my blog.




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What happens when a gay American attempts to eat at Chick-fil-A?

FOX News asks, is the Chick-fil-A really that good?

RNC Chair Reince Priebus (R-WI) lays the smackdown on Harry Reid

Reid who makes stuff up has stated that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years.

Enter Priebus.



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The latest pro-life news (08/06/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life  and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

8 days left in the US Senate GOP primary in WI

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A nearly 100% black vote for Democrats? How does that happen?

As we blogged last week, according to a Rasmussen poll, 91% of black voters support President Obama. That’s down from the 96% of black voters that helped elect Obama in 2008.

Even so, 91% is phenomenal, although if the percentage keeps dropping, Obama’s in trouble.

Why do so many black voters walk lock step with the Democrat Party? We turn to Andrew Klavan.

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Why won't Eric Hovde sign?

The Americans For Tax Reform has written a simple tax pledge for US Senate candidates:

Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I, ________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of _______, and to the American people that I will:
ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax

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No, no, no, he's not going negative...guess what?

In an e-mail I received today, the Eric Hovde for US Senate campaign says “political outsider Eric Hovde is sticking to the issues and focusing on Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. In his newest T.V. ad, Hovde cuts through all the negativity by pledging to take on Tammy Baldwin and take back Washington.”


Watch the ad and determine for yourself if Hovde “cuts through all the negativity” and sticks to the issues and focuses on Baldwin.

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Newt Gingrich appears at La Crosse news conference w/Tommy Thompson

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #52

Culinary no-no's


Previously on This Just In…

The update...IT'S ABOUT TIME.

UPDATE: Will he deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention?

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

What about Chris Christie?

Tommy Thompson might be 70 years old...

But you're not going to out-work him.

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Dirtiest political ad ever?


Wednesday night summer rerun: Why people vote for the party of the donkey



Have I ever voted for a Democrat? The answer is yes.

Don’t ask me who or when. I only know it was more than 30 years ago when I was much younger and foolish and didn’t have to pay a property tax bill and didn't know any better.

My vast legion of This Just in fans often e-mails wonderful topics, info, and humor.  This was an example:


Wednesday night summer rerun: Some people flat out shouldn't vote


Next week Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin go to the polls again to decide which Republican will face off against Tammy Baldwin in November for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Herb Kohl.

Yet another re-election, this time in August? I’m not surprised because constant election mode has become the norm in Wisconsin.


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We now take you to a motorcycle race in West Virginia


So what just happened besides the obvious?

Biker Braden Childers had been riding for 300 miles in a recent two-day race through West Virginia when he collided with a Silver Creek Mountain deer.

Childers was thrown from his bike but determinedly got up and resumed the race.

The deer ran away.

Childers captured the encounter on his helmet cam and finished the race in second place.

Don’t forget Photos of the Week this Sunday here on This Just In...

Unusual obstacle: Braden Childers crashed into the deer as it leaped into the closed-off road during his race

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UPDATE: Dirtiest political ad ever?

Previously on This Just In...

The update...


From Racine Tea Party: Confusion in WI US Senate Race?

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nancy Milholland  262-994-0894                                                          August 9, 2012

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Tommy Thompson can beat Tammy Baldwin

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The best cartoons of the week (08/11/12)

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


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Tonight's "Goodnight" feature is special

Of course you should never miss our Friday night “Goodnight” music blog. This week it’s posted with special respect and admiration.

Of course these liberals can't answer the question

From the Obama/Fluke campaign:

Goodnight everyone and have the greatest weekend!


“Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.”

General George Patton

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 very special musical tribute to an incredible group of patriots.

On Saturday, an amazing event takes place at Miller Park.

The Milwaukee Brewers website says:

"This once-in-a-generation event will bring together thousands of World War II veterans and veterans from other conflicts, their families, friends and communities. The event will feature the world premiere of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight documentary on the Miller Park high-definition video board and special viewing of the official model of the WWII Memorial on loan before going to the Smithsonian."

Tonight, music and memories of the World War II era.

We must begin our musical salute with the legendary Glenn Miller, the most popular of all the big band leaders and a musical force during World War II. The website writes:

“With the onset of WWII [in 1939], Glenn Miller willingly left behind his musical success to serve his country. [At 38, Miller was too old to be drafted, and first volunteered for the Navy but was told that they did not need his services.] In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force leaving behind civilian life but not his music. Appointed as a Captain in the Army Specialist Corps, he devoted himself to raising soldiers' morale by modernizing the army band. After completing basic training, Miller organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, which has been acclaimed by some as his best musical group. Like Miller's previous endeavors, the Army Air Force Band was a great triumph. Miller and his group kept up a hectic schedule of tours and performances. During its time, the band gave over 800 performances, more than 300 of which were personal appearances. The other 500 were broadcasts heard by millions of listeners.”

Before enlisting, Miller had tremendous success with his civilian band. One out of every three nickels plunked into a jukebox went for one of his many hits. This was one of them, performed by the contemporary Glenn Miller Orchestra.



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WI Right to Life Elated Over Ryan VP Pick

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Wisconsin Right to Life Elated Over Ryan VP Pick

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/11/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Sunny. High of 76.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 79. "A"

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

Most if not all of The Barking Lot readers know that I want a dog.  As Kyla is getting older and growing as dog-obsessed as her mommy it won’t be long before she starts begging for a furry friend.  She is well-loved and over-indulged PLUS Daddy generally can’t say “no” to her.  Any rational person can see where this will eventually lead.


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MVP- Mitt's Vice President


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Romney calls Ryan the next President???

No big deal.

Week-ends (08/11/12)


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


Brian Murphy ...MORE

Satwant Singh Kaleka

Hero kids

Manteo Mitchell

Usain Bolt

Debra Krause-McDonnell

Xander Vento

Donald Liu


Wade Michael Page

Priorities USA


Dallas Police Department


"I don't know anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment. With energy and vision Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal changes facing America.”
Mitt Romney, announcing Paul Ryan as his VP choice.

My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man. I still remember a couple of things he would say that have really stuck with me.  ‘Son you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.’

“Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem,...and Mitt Romney is the solution.

“The other thing my dad would say is that every generation of Americans leaves their children better off. That's the American legacy.

“Sadly, for the first time in our history, we are on a path which will undo that legacy. That is why we need new leadership to become part of the solution – new leadership to restore prosperity, economic growth, and jobs.

“It is our duty to save the American Dream for our children, and theirs.”
Paul Ryan

“We Americans look at one another's success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted.

“But America is more than just a's an idea.  It's the only country founded on an idea.  Our rights come from nature and God, not government.  We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”
Paul Ryan

"This election has to be about who is going to look out for the next generation. America needs a comeback team to turn around the economy and to turn around the fiscal status of our country. Romney and Ryan have the ideas and the experience needed to take on these core issues. This is a great day for Wisconsin and an even greater day for America."
Governor Scott Walker on Romney’s selection of Ryan.

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family."
President Obama

"The people of Wisconsin join the Sikh community in mourning those killed and in remembering their lives. As our state comes together to care for the survivors, our hope is that the families and the whole Oak Creek community find healing and strength in the memory of their loved ones."
Governor Scott Walker

There is "no doubt in my mind the heroic actions of our police officers prevented a greater tragedy."
Oak Creek mayor Steve Scaffidi

He (Wade Michael Page) was "not a friendly guy. You'd have more fun with a camel. He was very quiet. You'd say hi and he'd kind of 'uh.' It was like he didn't care if you were talking or not."
David Brown, 62, a neighbor who lived in the same South Milwaukee apartment building earlier this year, said Page was a recluse.

"You, me, buddy, and nobody else here. I'm going to kill you. For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy. But he just went and turned berserk….He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes…Basically that's all there is to say about it."
Ronald Poppo, talking about being assaulted by Rudy Eugene on a busy Miami street on May 26. Eugene had to be shot several times by a police officer to stop the gruesome attack. Poppo is now in a long term care facility in the Miami area where he is continuing to recover from his injuries. His doctors say he lost 50 percent of his face, making him almost unrecognizable.

"We're not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders' best interests."
"Papa" John Schnatter, The CEO and founder of Papa John's pizza.


The Oak Creek temple shootings

Abortionist caught on video

Obama executive order


The Powerball is up to what?


Gun control


Breaking news from Michael Phelps...

Do not try this at home.

OK, how does this happen?

Nancy Pelosi talks to ghosts.

Road crew keeps going.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Herman Cain to rally for Tommy Thompson

Herman Cain Rally TIME ADJUSTED

Romney-Ryan rally in Waukesha Sunday

America’s Comeback Team visits the Badger State Sunday and you’re invited. To get your ticket, go here and look over to the right for more info.

Pack the Expo and raise the roof!

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, welcomes to the stage his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va. MAGS OUT.

US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan(R) as his vice presidential running mate during a campaign rally at the Nauticus Museum after touring the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, August 11, 2012. Romney and his new running mate embark on the first day of a 4-day bus trip that will take the White House hopefuls to 4 key swing states, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

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Recommended Reading (08/11/12)

Recommended Reading

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

What the Ryan pick says about Romney

“Mitt Romney, the cautious candidate, wary of being specific, and counting on the bad economy to defeat President Obama – forget all that! The Romney who picked Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is an entirely different person. He’s prepared to take the fight to Obama on the biggest bundle of issues – spending, debt, the deficit, taxes, entitlements, and the reversing of America’s accelerating decline under Obama.”

"Mitt Romney is the worst human ever, ever, ever"

"This week, in a further attempt to hide Obama’s disastrous presidency and thereby afford BHO four more years to entrench us further in an economic maelstrom, an Obama Super PAC attempted to paint Romney as an evil rapscallion who gives old ladies cancer."

National pollsters ask, "What do Americans really think?"

“They think it would be wonderful if the election was today and they could escape the record bombardment of political ads. And they’re not happy.”

The GAB is a joke

When it comes to the GAB and possible election fraud in Wisconsin, their first reaction is always denial. They may eventually, albeit reluctantly, do the bare minimum to address some issues that arise. But don't count on them to break a sweat.”

When 1099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots

“In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout. That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in ‘Who's Counting?’, a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky.”

Who cries the most at the Olympics?

“You've just won an Olympic gold medal, the culmination of a lifetime of training and sacrifice. You're standing on the podium, the flag is rising and the national anthem is blaring. How are you going to react? Are you going to stand stoically? Or are you going to turn into a blubbering mess of mucus and tears? To find out what happens most often..”

The perfect host for the 2024 Games

The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad should be held in...Milwaukee.”


The Romney-Ryan ticket yields the best campaign catchphrase ever.

Photos of the Week (08/12/12)

Photos of the Week


1) Mitt Romney, addresses the crowd Saturday prior to presenting Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan at the retired battleship USS Wisconsin, docked at Nauticus in Norfolk, Va. Photo: AP

2) Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) greets the crowd after being introduced by Mitt Romney Saturday in Norfolk, Va. Photo: MCT

3) Ryan's surrounded by the crowd after Romney introduces him. Photo: AP

4) Ryan introduces his family, with Romney and family members behind them. Photo: AP

5) Ryan and Romney launch their campaign. Photo: AP

6) Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan's wife, greets crowd members after her husband's address Saturday in Norfolk. Photo: AP

7) A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a shooting took place on Sunday, Aug 5. Photo: Jeffrey Phelps / AP

8) Police stand guard as bystanders watch at the scene of a shooting inside a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Police and witnesses describe a chaotic situation with an unknown number of victims, suspects and possible hostages. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

9) Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug 5. An unidentified gunman killed six people at the suburban Milwaukee temple on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. Photo: Jeffrey Phelps / AP

10) Sikhs attend a vigil in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on August 7, 2012 following the killings of six worshippers at a Sikh temple. Photo: John Gress/ Reuters

11) Indian Sikhs shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi, India , Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 against Sunday's killing of 6 people at the Sikh temple in the United States. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that he was shocked and saddened by the shooting attack that killed six people at a Sikh house of worship in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

12) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg meets with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens following the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by an Army vet on Aug. 6, in New York City. The suspected gunman has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, who allegedly killed six people at a temple in Wisconsin August 5, was shot to death by police. He was an army veteran and reportedly a former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Three others were critically wounded in the attack. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

13) A woman weeps as mourners attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., on Aug 10. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. Photo: Jeffrey Phelps / AP

14) A young boy is comforted as he stands beside one the victims during the wake and visitation service for victims of last Sunday's attack at a Sikh temple, at Oak Creek High School, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Aug. 10. Thousands are expected to attend the wake where the bodies of the six victims will lie in repose, according to local Sikh leaders. Photo: Tom Lynn / Reuters

15) A man puts his hand on a memorial beam next to the signature of U.S.President Barack Obama before its hoisted to the 104th floor of One World Trade Center in New York August 2, 2012. Photo: Reuters

16) A flower is seen on a chair before the start of a memorial ceremony at Guildhall in London to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games where 11 members of Israeli Olympic team were killed, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

17) Paper lantern floats are released into the water during a ceremony for the victims of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima at Ibirapuera park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 5, 2012. The ceremony was synchronized at the same time as 8:15 am Japanese time - the hour that the bomb exploded over Hiroshima 67 years ago. According to the Brazil Hibakusha Association for Peace, 115 victims are said to live in Brazil. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images

18) An Iranian man and a child walk past destroyed houses in the town of Varzaqan, Iran on Aug. 11. Two earthquakes hit within 11 minutes. Photo: Hamed Nazari / Mehr News Agency via AFP - Getty Images

19) People stay on the roofs of their houses due to floods in Marikina City, east of Manila, on August 9, 2012. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena / EPA

20) Kashmiri Muslims stand on the remains of a collapsed bridge as volunteers and rescue workers search for missing people in water in Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Aug. 11. Dozens of people were injured, when the wooden bridge collapsed during a protest in demand for proper roads, in downtown Srinagar Saturday, according to local reports. Photo: Dar Yasin / AP

21) A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc, at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, Friday, August 10, 2012. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The three lines on the bottom of the sky are aircraft. Picture taken with a long exposure. Photo: Denis Balibouse / Reuters

22) About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater, on August 6, 2012. Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, received the image, taken by one of the vehicle's lower-fidelity, black-and-white Hazard Avoidance Cameras – or Hazcams. Photo: NASA via Reuters

23) This Picassoesque self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover is based on images taken by the navigation cameras on the rover's mast. The camera snapped pictures all the way around the rover while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead. Those images are shown here in a polar projection. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech

24) A low-resolution mosaic of images from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars shows part of a 360-degree panorama in Gale Crater. The shadow of the rover's camera mast can be seen in the lower left corner, and a rover wheel is visible in the lower right corner. The foothills of 3-mile-high Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp, stretch out in the background. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

25) Belinda Wheeler works to get a horse back to his feet in Mannford, Okla., near Drumright, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. The horse was burnt in recent wild fires and found wandering in the area. Wheeler and others got the horse back to it's feet and into a trailer to take for medical attention. If the horse didn't stand up Wheeler says it would have surely died. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Mike Simons)

26) In this photo taken Aug. 5, 2012 and publicly provided by the police department of Hanover, Germany on Aug. 6, 2012, a squirrel is trapped in a manhole cover in Isenhagen, northern Germany. After they were called by neighbors, police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. (AP Photo/Police Hanover)

27) Joost Luiten of the Netherlands takes a picture of an alligator swimming in a lagoon beside the 17th green during practice for the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S. C. on Aug. 8. Photo: Tannen Maury / EPA

28) A baby orca whale swims with its mother on Aug. 6, 2012, off the coast of Washington state. The baby is reported to be healthy and spry. Photo:

29) Revelers dressed as Viking warriors celebrate, in Catoira, Spain, during the annual Viking Festival on Aug. 5. The Festival that takes place on the first Sunday of August, commemorates the Viking raids on the northwestern coasts of Spain around 1000 years ago. Photo: Lalo R. Villar / AP

30) Volunteers hold ropes to steady the wire during daredevil Nik Wallenda's 1,500-foot tightrope walk 100 feet above the beach in Atlantic City on Aug. 9. Photo: Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images

31) A stuntman and his cardboard piano are lifted by a hot air balloon over Vilnius on August 10, during the summer festival.  Photos: Petras Malukas / AFP - Getty Images

32) Lynn Anderson of East Troy and her granddaughter Taylor Paul of Whitewater admire a sea of bubbles overhead as they visit the My Little Rodeo booth at the Exhibition Center at the Wisconsin State Fair. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff

33) Lt. Michael Sturm, of Philadelphia, embraces his fiancé Susan Brooks as he arrives at Naval Station Norfolk aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in Norfolk, Va. on Aug. 7, 2012. The Lincoln will be ported in Norfolk for at least four years for upgrades. Photo: Steve Helber / AP

34) Noah Kautzer (left), 5, of Franklin and Eli Bostrack, 6, of Fox Point ask questions of members of the United States Coast Guard Honor Guard Silent Drill Team, which performed at Discovery World. The team was in Milwaukee as part of the Air & Water Show and the Navy’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

35) Flags are brought out at Miller Park Saturday for the national anthem before the premiere of the feature-length documentary "Field of Honor," about the Honor Flights that send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C for free. Photo: Chris Wilson

36) Christopher Kissinger (left), dressed in a World War II era Wisconsin National Guard uniform, talks with WWII Army veteran John Dodson, and his daughter Carol Radke, before the premiere of the documentary "Field of Honor." Photo: Chris Wilson.

37) A World War II veteran tears up during the ceremonies before the premiere of the documentary "Field of Honor," Saturday at Miller Park. Photo: Chris Wilson

38) A replica of the Wisconsin Pillar of Honor that stands at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was at Miller Park for the premiere of "Field of Honor." Photo: Chris Wilson

39) A statue resembling the iconic V-J Day kiss in Times Square stands outside of Miller Park before the premiere "Field of Honor." Photo: Chris Wilson


40) Canada's goalkeeper Erin McLeod (L) looks at the ball shot by USA's Alex Morgan (C, background) to win the women's semi final soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford in Manchester, August 6, 2012. Photo: David Moir/Reuters

41) Canada midfielder Desiree Scott (11) bends to her knees as United States forward Abby Wambach (14) celebrates the game winning extra time goal in women's soccer action on Aug. 6. (Frank Gunn//The Canadian Press)

42) Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) leaps ahead to win the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London August 5, 2012. (Reuters/Michael Dalder)

43) Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's 100m final. Photo: Michael Steele / Getty Images

44) Germany's Robert Harting celebrates after winning the men's discus throw final on Aug. 7. Harting won gold ahead of Iran's Ehsan Hadadi who took silver and Estonia's Gerd Kanter who won bronze. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

45) Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in men's 10,000-meter final on Aug. 4. (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

46) April Ross (right) of the United States and Jennifer Kessy celebrate after winning match point during the women's beach volleyball semifinal match between United States and Brazil on Aug. 7. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

47) United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings, left, and Misty May-Treanor, celebrate after defeating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in a women's gold medal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

48) United States fencers from left: Susie Scanlan Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley and Maya Lawrence celebrate with teammates winning the bronze medal of the women's epee team on Aug. 4. (Damir Sagolj/AFP/Getty Images)

49) Great Britain's Andy Murray reacts after winning the men's tennis singles gold medal match by defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London on Aug. 5. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

50) Britain's Ben Ainslie holds flares as he celebrates winning the men's finn class one person dinghy (heavyweight) sailing competition on Aug. 5. Ainslie became the most successful Olympic sailor on Sunday, winning gold in the single-handed Finn class to claim a record-breaking fifth consecutive medal. (Pascal Lauener/Reuters)

51) Spain's Javier Gomez (left) congratulates Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee after Brownlee won the gold medal in the men's triathlon on Aug. 7. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

52) Britain's Nick Dempsey (center) with his sons Thomas-Flynn (left) and Oscar after he won silver medal in the men's RS:X sailing class at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth on Aug. 7. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

53) France's Teddy Riner (2nd L) bites his gold medal as silver medallist Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin (L) and bronze medallists Brazil's Rafael Silva and Germany's Andreas Toelzer (R) look at him at the victory ceremony for the men's judo event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 3. Photo: Toru Hanai / Reuters

54) Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Russia's Svetlana Romashina bite their medals after winning gold in the duets free routine final during the synchronised swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 7, in London. Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP - Getty Images

55) Germany's Matthias Steiner is injured when his weights fall during the men's Group A snatch weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games, on Aug. 7. Photos: Grigory Dukor / Reuters

56) Ann Romney, right, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, applauds as her horse, Rafalca, competes in the equestrian dressage at the Olympics in London on August 7. Co-owners Beth Meyer and Amy applaud along side. Photo: Mike Hutchings / Reuters

57) Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on Aug. 7, 2012 in London, England. Raisman won the gold. Photos: Mike Blake/ Reuters and Hannah Johnston / Getty Images

58) U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs, left, celebrates after a winning move against Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi during their gold medal match at a 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 10, in London. Photo: Paul Sancya / AP

59) Senyue Deng of China performs on clubs in the Individual All-Around Qualification during the London 2012 Olympic Games Rhythmic Gymnastics competition, Aug. 10. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA

60) Britain's Francesca Jones performs during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9. Photo: Gregory Bull / AP

61) Usain Bolt of Jamaica takes photographs with a photographer's camera as he celebrates winning gold in the men's 200m final next to Yohan Blake of Jamaica Thursday.  Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

62) Carli Lloyd scores against Japan's goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto during the women's gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 9 won by the United States, 2-1. Photo: Robert Ghement / EPA

63) First placed Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Russia's Svetlana Romashina compete in the Synchronized Swimming Duet Free Routine final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, London, Britain, August 7, 2012. Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer / EPA

64) Cyclists compete in a BMX cycling men's quarterfinal run during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Photo: Christophe Ena / AP


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Romney-Ryan Bumper Sticker


Yesterday was such an exciting day! Mitt and I are so thrilled to have Paul Ryan and his wonderful family join America’s Comeback Team.

I hope you will display your support for the Romney-Ryan ticket with this bumper sticker. Let your friends and neighbors know that you support the team that will take back America.

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Like Mitt said, today is a great day in America, and there are better days ahead. Together, we will ensure a better America for our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for your support,

Ann Romney



Culinary no-no #291

Culinary no-no's



Like many of my fellow grade school students, I was spoiled living so close to home that I could walk there for my daily lunch prepared by Mom. Not so in high school.

That was okay because the hot lunches served at the old Don Bosco in Milwaukee were pretty darn good.

Unlike say MPS that issued a weekly menu, at Don Bosco we never knew what would be plopped on our trays until it actually happened. On rare occasions some student would somehow manage to wiggle out of class and slip by the cafeteria and discover what was on the menu and the news would spread like wildfire throughout the school.




Consistently a balanced hot meal was offered. My favorite was a breaded, boneless pork cutlet swimming in brown gravy. The same gravy was ladled onto mashed potatoes right beside green beans or corn. You could dunk your bread, a cross between white and rye into that gravy.

You never realize what you have until it’s gone. When Don Bosco closed and I had to transfer to another Catholic high school, the lunch offerings dried up like the 2012 drought. No more 3-course meals that required fork and knife. Here were my choices: a hamburger, sloppy joe, hot ham sandwich, or bring my lunch. God, those pork cutlets seemed like filet mignon.

No matter the menu, we all got by. No one complained. No one got out of control overweight. No government official intervened.

Of course that was $#@%^*&^$^% years ago. When Barack Obama was elected, his wife didn’t choose illiteracy, or AIDS, or space travel as her cause. No, she wanted to be Nanny State Queen, dictating what you and your children should eat. If you think that’s harsh or over the top, guess again.

In 2010, when the Nanny State dominated the White House, the US Senate and the US House, they rammed through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. 

When the legislation reads, in part, "Congress 
finds that—‘‘(I) eating habits and other wellness-related behavior habits are established early in life; and ‘‘(II) good nutrition and wellness are important contributors to the overall health of young children and essential to cognitive development,” the party that governs by a crying towel couldn’t possibly have voted no.

School lunches are going to change, starting with the upcoming school year.

The US Department of Agriculture writes:

“This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of the National Academies of Medicine, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.”

Can we say, “Feel good?”

Specifics, please. Again, from the USDA:

"In summary, the January 2011 proposed rule sought to improve lunches and breakfasts by requiring schools to:

• Offer fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components;

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DJ's Court Tourney 2012 Raises $1,400 for Christine Rathke Memorial Scholarship Fund



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I haven't blogged this for awhile, so it's TIME


The latest pro-life news (08/13/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life  and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

This is what a BUMP looks like

In case you missed it Sunday...

Maybe you were there...

WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12:  Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) hold signs during a homecoming campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mitt Romney continues his four day bus tour a day after announcing his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
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Or maybe you watched it LIVE on Channel 12...

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) smiles as vice president select U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) reacts arriving at a campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin August 12, 2012.
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At the same time, over on CBS...


My final thoughts on Tuesday's WI GOP US Senate primary

1) On Tuesday, I’m voting for Tommy Thompson.

2) My second choice would be my friend and former colleague in the state Legislature, Jeff Fitzgerald. Great guy. Super qualifications. No money to get his message out.

3) My third choice would be Mark Neumann.

4) My fourth choice would be Eric Hovde.

5)  I like Mark Neumann. I dislike immensely the campaign he has run. He hides behind his own ads holding hands with his Sunday school sweetheart and grandchild and lets third party groups do his dirty work for him.

6) Mark Neumann assumes we’re really stupid. In his latest ad, he says had he known Scott Walker would be such a great leader, he never would have run against him. That would be when Neumann made all those outright lies against our governor. C’mon Mark. You didn’t think he’d make a great governor when over one million voters did all along? Please, don’t insult our intelligence.

7) Mark Neumann is Tom Barrett. Oh, look, there’s another race I can run for…and lose!

8) I like Eric Hovde, though I’ve met him for about five seconds shaking hands at the Franklin 4th of July parade. I dislike immensely the disgusting campaign he has waged. He rips others for going negative, then repulsively goes more negative than they do. The bottom of the barrel came when he questioned Tommy Thompson’s mental capacity. I could never vote for a guy like that. If he wins the primary, I’ll vote for him in the general, holding my nose, knowing he’s still better than Tammy Baldwin.

9) All four candidates are excellent, highly qualified to serve as US Senator.

10) I will vote for the primary winner in November. It depends on who it is on how aggressively I’ll support his candidacy.

11) Who can beat Baldwin? Think about it before you vote. The answer may be the candidate who isn’t yours. I urge you to consider going against your choice by voting for who can win in November.

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What did that guy shout at Paul Ryan?

The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

August 2012 e-newsletter

Remember what Eric Hovde said about Tommy Thompson?

"Years ago, Thompson served our state well — it's a shame to see him end this way.”

You've got a lot to learn, Eric.

Now the GOP target isn't each other...

It's Tammy Baldwin.


Franklin primary election results-August 14, 2012


Here are the preliminary vote totals from Franklin for Tuesday’s primary.

Those who voted straight ticket:

Republican: 3,492 (87.98%)
Democratic:   472 (11.89%)
5 other voters selected other parties.

I sincerely hope the out-of-touch officials representing us on the Common Council and School Board will take note of the above.

For the following, percentages that do not add up to 100 are due to write-in votes.

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Tammy Baldwin is really, really, really, really, really liberal

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Wednesday night summer rerun: The climavangelists


I like to link to articles I see that I find insightful, entertaining, or both. Regular readers know one of my favorite columnists is Doug Giles who tells it like it is with a great sense of humor.

In this blog, I loved his smackdown on the global warming crowd.

Wednesday night summer rerun: A compelling, provocative talk radio topic


This blog is timely given that wonderful tribute Milwaukee gave to World War II vets last weekend at Miller Park.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Mahalo, Elvis!



Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, a great American.


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John Sununu lays the SMACKDOWN on liberal CNN host.

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"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did"

John Hinderaker of says "The Obama administration, to its everlasting shame, has eagerly leaked sensitive national security information to advance its own partisan political interests. So, a bunch of special operators and intelligence professionals got together to protest against the Obama administration’s irresponsibility. The result is this video, titled ‘Dishonorable Disclosure.’ It is dynamite: the production values are excellent, and the message is overpowering. The video is 22 minutes long, but trust me: it is riveting, and goes fast. You should watch the whole thing, to appreciate how dishonorable the Obama administration is when it comes to national security."

AFP-Wisconsin Launches "A Streetcar Named Disaster" Online Petition Drive

From the MacIver Institute:

[MILWAUKEE]  The state's largest grassroots advocacy organization has launched an online petition drive in opposition to the proposed City of Milwaukee Streetcar Project.  

Americans for Prosperity's Wisconsin Chapter participated in a City Hall news conference Thursday at 10:30 am to officially launch

"It's bad enough we don't know how much this streetcar named disaster will cost or who will be expected to pay for it," said Luke Hilgemann, AFP-Wisconsin's Executive Director. "At the very least the taxpaying public should have the opportunity to express their opinion."

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The petition notes that the Streetcar could cause property taxes and utility costs to go up for everyone in the area.

Also at the press conference was Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan, who will be sponsoring a measure this fall to put the issue to the voters, stating that he is convinced that 70 percent of city residents don't support the project. 

It's an assertion that could be put to the test in a citywide referendum.

"Prove me wrong," he said at the press conference. 

Alderman Donovan said his effort to derail the streetcar is an attempt to bring common sense to the fore. "While Milwaukee continues to face major economic and other challenges, why are we even discussing this massive boondoggle of a project?" he said. 

The website features the online petition and a comprehensive analysis of the project provided by the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, the Wisconsin-based free market think tank. The MacIver News Service is a project of the MacIver Institute. 

"We've looked at both Milwaukee's history with streetcars as well as the impact similar projects have had in other cities and the fact of the matter is the promised benefits never materialize," said Healy. "Our research is free from the spin and pr efforts of the streetcar proponents and shows that this is a dubious public investment."

MacIver also authored an interactive slideshow on the site that looks back at Milwaukee's history with streetcars and examines why they were abandoned in the middle of the last century.

More than 15,000 of AFP-Wisconsin's 120,000 statewide members live in the City of Milwaukee. More than 60,000 of them are residents of Southeastern Wisconsin who may have to pay for tens of millions of dollars of utility infrastructure costs to complete the project if the PSC rules in favor of the City later this year. 

"We truly believe this project is a disaster for taxpayers, ratepayers and local business owners," said Hilgemann. "We started this petition drive to give those people a voice and we will continue to push this until the elected leaders in Milwaukee and the region allow the citizens to vote on this disaster they are expected to finance."

Hilgemann said the early response to the petition "has been phenomenal." 

"By noon we already were approaching 1,000 online signatures," he said.

For more: A Streetcar Named Disaster

New poll: Tommy vs. Tammy

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A new Rasmussen poll is out today ... and it looks good. 

Rasmussen Poll August 17   

Let's keep the momentum coming out of a huge primary win. You can help by joining the team or contributing today.  

There is no doubt that Tammy will ramp up the attacks after seeing this poll ... and they won't stop until November 6th. We need your help to fend off the attacks, and we need it today. 


Thank you for the support, 

Darrin Schmitz
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The latest from Rehorst (August 2012)


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Goodnight everyone, and have a KISS ME weekend!

"Never get one of those cheap tin whistles. It leads to much harder drugs like pipes and flutes."

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.

Irish Fest began Thursday on Milwaukee’s fabulous lakefront and continues through Sunday. There will be 100 musical acts performing on 16 stages. If you think all Irish music is the same, guess again.

Tonight, we feature some of the acts you’ll see the biggest and best Irish festival in the world.

The emphasis this year is on bluegrass. We open with an Irish Fest stalwart, Del McCoury. For McCoury, and all our featured bands, we’ll quote from the Irish Fest website:

“For fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans. A living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in honkytonks and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Del got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in early 1963. The Father of Bluegrass moved Del from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source. In June 2010, Del received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment of the Arts and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.”

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The best cartoons of the week (08/18/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/18/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Temps will be a bit chilly when you wake up, but we'll enjoy mostly sunny skies all day. High of 73.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Afternoon T-storms. High of 74. "B"

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


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Week-ends (08/18/12)


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


Paul Ryan

Leo Johnson

Ross Murty

Chad McMurray

Andrea Taber

Robert Simpson

Vently Hewitt

John Ross

Pedro Mejia

The Minnesota Vikings? Yes, the Minnesota Vikings


Joe Biden

Scrabble player


"My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, a little Spotted Cow, Leinie's and some Miller. I was raised on the Packers, Badgers, Bucks and Brewers. I like to hunt here, I like to fish here, I like to snowmobile here. I even think ice fishing is interesting. I'm a Wisconsinite through and through."
Paul Ryan at a rally with Mitt Romney last Sunday at the Waukesha County Expo.

"What we learned in this state, just a little while ago, is that we want to elect men and women who run for office and tell us who they really are, what they really believe, what they're really going to do, and when they get elected, they do that. That's what we do here in Wisconsin."
Paul Ryan at the rally.

"If you follow the campaign of Barack Obama, he's going to do everything in his power to make this the lowest, meanest negative campaign in history. We're not going to let that happen. Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter and let's talk about the real issues that America faces."
Mitt Romney at the rally.

"You ought to find yourself a different place to be disruptive because here we believe in listening to people with dignity and respect."
Mitt Romney addressing a heckler at the rally.

“Look, there is no question that if you follow the campaign of Barack Obama he is going to do everything in his power to make this the lowest, meanest, negative campaign in history. We're not going to let that happen. This is going to be a campaign about ideas, about the future of America. This is a campaign about greatness, about America's future for your children, for the world. Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter. Let's talk about real issues that America faces.”
Mitt Romney at the rally.

“My opponent chose his running mate, the ideological leader of Republicans in Congress, Mr. Paul Ryan. . . . I want to congratulate Congressman Ryan. I know him. I welcome him to the race. Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He's an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney's vision. But it's a vision that I fundamentally disagree with."
President Obama on Romney’s selection of Ryan.

"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is, we need to preserve their benefits because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms that have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late '90s."
Paul Ryan on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

“What I hear from people around this country, they're not asking where the tax returns. They're asking where the jobs are. Where's the economic growth? Those are the issues that matter. I think these are more or less distractions to try and take us off the fact that the president has given us failed policies that aren't working, that are putting us deeper into debt, that are costing us jobs. And so, we're going to focus on what it takes to turn this country around and get people back to work.”
Paul Ryan on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

The GOP would “put y’all back in chains.”
VP Joe Biden at a Virginia campaign rally. Half the audience was comprised of African-Americans.

“Slavery is nothing to joke about. And the history of this nation’s involvement with slavery is nothing to pass off in a joke.”
The nation’s first black governor, Virginia’s Douglas Wilder, blasting VP Biden for engaging in racially charged rhetoric.

"I don't owe you gossip.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele when asked by reporters why he fired popular Parks Director Sue Black.

"The public deserves an answer and the (County) Board deserves an answer. The public has perceived she has done a good job, and people are taken aback by this situation."
Milwaukee County Supervisor David Cullen about the Black firing.

"If Abele doesn't have a legitimate explanation, I think he's going to be taken aback by the reaction of this community. I think the pressure is going to be overwhelming.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski


Leftist protester spits on Romney supporter at Wisconsin event.


3 out of 4 Americans support photo ID.


Paul Ryan wants to push Grandma off a cliff.


Air France was out of gas.

Look out for that moose!

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (08/18/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Why Paul Ryan terrifies Democrats

The Ryan pick firmly places the economy and our dire fiscal situation in the spotlight, the issue Americans care the most about and the one Team Obama is trying the hardest to avoid.  The Romney-Ryan campaign has serious substantive solutions to get us back on solid footing economically, to the chagrin of an Obama-Biden campaign that can only run on ridiculous non-issues and smears like dogs, tax returns, and cancer deaths. Paul Ryan will be relentless and he must be licking his chops at the prospect of picking apart Joe Biden in the VP debate this fall.”

Ryan unspun

“The Democrats are on the assault with lies about Paul Ryan. We debunk the five biggest Ryan attacks and set the record straight.”

Why the screwed generation is turning to Paul Ryan

"No amount of coddling by their well-provided-for Boomer parents can save Generation Y and the Millennials from the dire economic conditions they face, including criminal levels of educational debt. Pensions have gone the way of the horse and buggy. You want to retire with health-care benefits, as both my professor parents did? Good luck. 

Enter Ryan. While Democrats attack his Medicare plan as 'radical' and portray him as pushing granny off the cliff, young people don’t seem to be buying this caricature. Or maybe 'radical' is what they want."

Can Tammy Baldwin win over Wisconsin?

"Voters outside Dane County don't outright dislike Baldwin (though a few million dollars in super-PAC attack ads could change that). It's just that few of them know who she is: Ask voters in northern Wisconsin about her, and you'll get blank stares and shrugs. Thirty two percent of voters responding to a recent Marquette University Law School poll had never heard of Baldwin. 'You'd think that having been a member of Congress for a long time, she'd be known outside her district,' says Charles Franklin, a political scientist who oversees Marquette's polling. 'But that's not the case at all.'"

Why the doctor can't see you

"The administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a free annual checkup. Its new campaign is focused on women. Thanks to health reform, they are being told, they will have access to free breast and pelvic exams and even free contraceptives. Once ObamaCare fully takes effect, all of us will be entitled to a long list of preventive services—with no deductible or copayment. Here is the problem..."

A voter ID victory

"The state (Pennsylvania) will also provide a free ID to anyone who signs an affirmation that he needs it to vote, requiring only a Social Security number and two proofs of residence. But there's more. Voters who show up at their polling place without an ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot and present proof of identity within six days. Indigent voters may also cast a provisional ballot and sign a statement saying they couldn't obtain the necessary documents. Does all of this plausibly add up to voter suppression?"

Why do voters back ID?

"...given the drumbeat of incitement against voter ID laws in the mainstream media, you have to wonder why there is so much resistance to the liberal line on this topic. The answer, however, is quite simple. The public knows that claims that voter fraud is nonexistent run counter to everything they know about politicians, elections and human nature."


How low can Obama go?

Photos of the Week (08/19/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a homecoming campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mitt Romney continues his four day bus tour a day after announcing his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

2) Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wipes away tears as he and presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greet supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Romney continues his four day bus tour a day after announcing his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Photos: Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looked on as vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Romney continues his four day bus tour a day after announcing his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Photo: Getty Images

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington in this handout photo supplied by NBC August 12, 2012. Priebus defended the changes to Medicare in Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's budget plan, charging that President Barack Obama is the one who has "blood on his hands " for stealing from the program to fund his health care law. Photo: Reuters

5) An audience member heckles
 Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as he speaks during a campaign stop at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the Iowa State Fair August 13, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Both Ryan and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are on a multi-day campaign tour through battleground states. Photo: Getty Images 

6) Hundreds of people line up around the block from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles offices to apply for deportation reprieve on August 15, in Los Angeles, California. Under a new program established by the Obama administration undocumented youth who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, can file applications from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to avoid deportation and obtain the right to work. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

7) Felled in hopes of saving the property, a massive tree lies on the ground near the Huntley Lodge in Cle Elum, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 16. The owners of the lodge, Greg and Christi Huntley, decided to take the trees down to keep them from acting as fuel for the Taylor Bridge fire that was threatening their property.Photo: Jim Seida, NBC News

8) Surrounded by burnt brush and trees, the house shown still stands, Aug. 15, after surviving a wildfire a day earlier, near Cle Elum, Wash. Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP

9) Passers-by rescue a woman pinned in a burning car on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16. Photos: Gerald Herbert / AP

10) French  firemen inspect damage inside a leisure centre after overnight clashes where gangs of youths set cars and buildings ablaze in Amiens on Aug 14. About 100 youths burned cars, a leisure centre and a nursery school according to an official from the prefect's office. Photo: Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

11) Citizens of the village of Lithi find refuge at the beach as a wildfire burns on a mountain next to it, in the island of Chios, Greece, Aug. 18. Photo: Alexandros Vlachos / EPA

12) Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa on Aug. 16. South African police opened fire Thursday on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Motionless bodies lay on the ground in pools of blood. AP photo

13) Three women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, a ruling supporters described as his "personal revenge". Supporters of Russian punk-rock group Pussy Riot rally in Times Square on Friday. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

14) Some 3,000 participants called 'pirates' sailing handmade boats from San Sebastian harbor towards La Concha Beach take part in the Big Week (Semana Grande) festivities in San Sebastian, Spain, on Aug. 13. The Pirate Attack is one of the main activities during the Semana Grande. Photo: Javier Etxezarreta / EPA

15) A section of the color panorama from Curiosity rover's Mastcam imaging system shows the layered rock along the ridge of the mountain known as Aeolis Mons or Mount Sharp, with a dark dune field closer to the camera. The color has been adjusted to provide a white-balanced, Earthlike view. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Ed Truthan

16) A great blue heron enjoys the view from its perch above the water along the Oak Creek Parkway in South Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff

17) Oak Grove, Mississippi High School  assistant coach Brett Favre yells to players on the field Friday. In Favre's coaching debut, Oak Grove defeated Sumrall, 64-6. Photo: Ryan Moore-Hattiesburg American

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad jumps into the water in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 18, to start a more-than-100-mile trip across the Florida Straits to the Florida Keys. Nyad, who turns 63 on August 22, set off on her fourth attempt to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.  Photo:  Christi Barli / AFP - Getty Images

19) This advertising image of Michael Phelps, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, leaked out early in violation of an Olympic regulation known as Rule 40. Rule 40, prohibits athletes from appearing in ads for non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15. According to the IOC’s 19 page explainer, Rule 40 is designed to prevent ambush marketing, defined as non-Olympic sponsors trying to associate themselves with the Olympic brand. The release of these photos before Aug. 16 raised the thorny question of whether the world’s most decorated athlete is in violation of rule with sanctions that could include fines and the stripping of medals. Photo: Louis Vuitton

20) Fireworks explode during the finale of the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 12.Photo: Bernd Thissen / EPA

21) Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, right, holds the Olympic Flag next to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, left, and IOC President Jacques Rogge at the Olympic stadium during the Closing Ceremony. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games.LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

22) An aerial view made with the help of an Octocopter, a remote controlled helicopter, shows a ceremony for the Dutch Olympic contestants on a medal-shaped stage at the Stationsplein in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, on August 13, 2012. Photo: Paul Raats / EPA

23) Japanese women's volleyball captain Erika Araki, left, and her teammates are welcomed by wellwishers upon their return from the London 2012 Olympic Games at Narita airport, outside Tokyo, on August 14, 2012. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP - Getty Images

24) Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with volleyball player Dmitry Muserskiy during an awards ceremony for Russia's Olympians in Moscow's Kremlin on Aug. 15. Photo: Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

25) A man places a flower at Elvis Presley's grave during a candlelight vigil at Graceland, Presley's Memphis, Tenn. home, on Aug. 15. Fans from around the world were at Graceland to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Presley's death. At the vigil, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis's ex-wife and daughter, spoke to fans. Photos: Mark Humphrey / AP


You never know what could happen at Milwaukee's Irish fest that ends its annual 4-day run at the lakefront today. Here come Paddy and Molly McFest in Saturday's parade...

Culinary no-no #292

Culinary no-no's


Sunday morning after Mass we usually head over to Meyer's Restaurant near 76th and Forest Home. If we get Pat as our waitress who lovingly claims she’s been waiting on me for a century, she doesn’t even have to ask me.

With pad and pen ready, she says, “I know, I know.”

And then Pat rattles off my order.

“Chopped sirloin, eggs, scrambled, hash browns, white toast. A1.”

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The latest pro-life news (08/20/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life  and Pro-Life Wisconsin.


Akin's opposition to rape exception vs. Obama's infanticide support

In case you missed the Sunday TV talk shows...

Rudy Giuliani...

And Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal...


UPDATE: Photos of the Week (08/19/12) or, Hey! My Mom's on Medicare!

Our week-end blogs, Best Cartoons, The Barking Lot, Week-ends, Photos of the Week, are obviously quite subjective. We miss stuff.

That was the case Sunday for our 8/19/12 edition of Photos of the Week that should have included:

Photos: Orlando Sentinel

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at a retirement community in Florida this past Saturday. Ryan was accompanied by his mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Ryan Douglas, when he spoke at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community. His mother lives in Florida for part of the year and spends the rest of her time in Wisconsin.

When it come to the Medicare debate, Romney and Ryan say, "Bring it on!" And why not. It appears they’re winning against the Democrats’ typical, predictable Mediscare tactics. Blogger
Ace of Spades writes:

"Even as they call Paul Ryan a cruel and merciless budget cutter who cares not for the weather service and would gladly see children exposed to E. coli, the Democrats justify their taking $710 billion out of Medicare and spending it on Obamacare over the next decade by pointing out that Paul Ryan didn’t put that money back into Medicare in his budget. So if he had, would that have made their cuts unjustifiable? Well it so happens that he did. By repealing all of Obamacare’s spending, the Republican budget does not spend the money Obamacare took out of Medicare and thus those funds are used to extend the Medicare trust fund. And this point is hardly hidden in the Ryan budget. The budget document spells it out in its spending tables and also explains it in its narrative section, noting on page 54 that:

‘This budget ends the raid on the Medicare trust fund that began with passage of the new health care law last year. It ensures that any potential savings in current law would go to shore up Medicare, not to pay for new entitlements. In addition to repealing the health care law’s new rationing board and its unfunded long-term care entitlement, this budget stabilizes plan choices for current seniors.’"

During his speech in Florida, a state loaded with seniors that the mainstream media told us would never go for Romney/Ryan (and polls show otherwise at the moment), Ryan emphasized that his plan for Medicare would leave health care benefits in place for current seniors and anyone over the age of 55. He said that his generation would see reforms to prevent the program from going bankrupt. He said that the plan that he and Romney support originated in the Clinton White House and was based on a choice between the traditional Medicare program and a voucher for private insurance.

Here's the speech in its entirety from C-SPAN.


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Sue Black, Franklin, and Crystal Ridge


Lowly Channel 58 first raised the possible Sue Black-Crystal Ridge-Franklin connection.

Today, WTMJ Radio interviewed Franklin alderman and Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor about this situation. Crystal Ridge is on Milwaukee County land, leased to Midwest Development Corporation. Recently, the Milwaukee County Board, including Taylor, voted to have a Franklin developer come in and restore Crystal Ridge that amounts to a worthless landfill with ball diamonds and soccer fields, etc., that would rake in tax revenues and provide greater usage. Makes complete sense. Taylor is absolutely correct about that.

Problem: The old developer says there’s a buy-back clause that would warrant them millions of dollars if the Milwaukee County opted for another developer.

Given Milwaukee County’s putrid record in the past, it wouldn’t surprise if Milwaukee County Board members, including Taylor, had no idea of all the details and potential ramifications when they voted. Can you say, “Pension scandal?”

Listen to Steve Taylor’s interview this afternoon on WTMJ here.

Friendly tip to Steve Taylor: When interviewed and asked a direct question, give a direct answer. And you're lucky I wasn't asking the questions instead of lightweight Eric Bilstad.

Franklin Common Council to take action on Meijer store, and I'm not very confident

From Franklin alderman Steve Olson:

Dear Neighbors:

On Tuesday evening, 8/21 at 6:30pm in the Common Council chambers at Franklin City Hall, the Common Council will act on four items that will, if passed, allow for construction of the Meijer grocery/department store at the Crossroads.  

Although these are action items before the Council and no public hearing is scheduled, you may take opportunity to comment during the citizen comment period at the start of the meeting.

I encourage you to attend and offer your comments.

Item G2:  Amend the Comprehensive Master Plan to permit the commercial use and building size

Item G3:  Approve the Natural Resources Protection Plan for the development.

Item G4:  Approved terms and conditions of a Planned Development District outlining development issues, site plan, access, natural resources protection, operational restrictions and other development details.

Item G5:  Approve a certified survey map combining all the parcels into one parcel.

Please read my e-mail to the Mayor and Common Council for additional information:


From: Steve Olson <>
To: Tom Taylor <>
Cc: 'Alderman' <>; 'Sandi Wesolowski' <>; Jesse Wesolowski <>
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:01 PM
Subject: 8/21/12 Common Council meeting

r. Mayor:

As we discussed before the start of the 8/9/12 Plan Commission meeting, I will not be available for the Common Council meeting of 8/21 due to a business commitment out of state.

I offer the following comments regarding the Meijer agenda items and ask that this e-mail be read into the record (not just entered).

As you know, I’ve been actively involved in the Meijer proposal since the initial meeting early this spring.  At my insistence and with the cooperation of the applicant, we have reached out to the community for comments and concerns.  I have received many, many pieces of correspondence, had numerous phone conversations and personal meetings on the matter.  I’ve found, as expected, the vast majority of our constituents to be thoughtful and respectful in their comments.  Constituents appear to be generally supportive with some concerns, so I, as the elected representative for the district focused my attention to the needs of the immediate neighbor’s (those who abut the development).

In the council packet (page 359) there’s a copy of an e-mail that I sent to the attorney for the applicant and city staff outlining my preliminary concerns for the development.  Those included:

o   Move the building to the north (partially achieved)

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ABC Widgets

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| August 21, 2012

[Madison, Wisc...] Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wants Voter ID reinstated in Wisconsin before the November general election and is again trying to get the State Supreme Court to step in.

On Tuesday, Van Hollen (R) announced the Department of Justice is filing a Petition to Bypass Court of Appeals and a Motion for Consideration with the State Supreme Court.

"People in this state are very frustrated that a common sense law enacted by the legislature and signed by the Governor has been blocked," Van Hollen said. "While I respect the judicial process and the right to challenge a law in court, it is time for our Supreme Court to take control of these cases."

The Wisconsin Voter ID law was passed and signed into law in May 2011. However, two Dane County judges, acting on seperate cases, later issued injunctions against the law. 

The Department of Justice turned to the Court of Appeals, which almost immediately attempted to turn over the case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court refused to take it up at the time.

Because of Wisconsin's early voting and same day registration laws, the law's proponents argue Voter ID is necessary to ensure election integrity. Opponenets claim almost one out of every ten eligible voters in Wisconsin do not have a state issued identification card and it would be a "substantial burden" to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get one, even though they are free for those who need it solely to vote, because of the cost and time to procure it and the documents needed to get the Identification card.



Summer is not officially over, but let’s face it, it’s over.

I have already worked at two varsity boy’s high school soccer games and I’ll be working at two varsity high school football games before the week is done, even though Labor Day is weeks and weeks away.

How about that Whitnall High School!

At the end of the football season last year, out came the shovels to break ground for a new football field with artificial turf that would be completed in time for kickoff for the 2012 season.

Photo Greenfield Patch

Total cost: $6.5 million.

How did they pay for it?

A boost in property taxes now, but decreases later? Are you kidding me?

Here’s the back story.

Again, the tab is $6.5 million.

Pulverized rubber grains are swept into the strands of the new Whitnall High School stadium artifical turf on Aug. 14 as the new $6.5 million athletic complex nears completion. Photo: C.T. Kruger

The new entry gate to the Whitnall High School stadium as the new $6.5 million athletic complex nears completion. Photo: C.T. Kruger

Imagine if this was Franklin we were talking about.

The three, count ‘em, three referendum questions on the November ballot in Franklin calling for facilities upgrades do not entail the football field. But they ask for $20 million, $20 million and another $24 million.
 Whitnall spent $6.5 million. Here in Franklin, we do nothing cheap. We rape.

Picture a Franklin School Board meeting where shyster Franklin School District Business Manager "Jesse" James Milzer is explaining to school board members the cost of a new football field. Remember, Milzer told school board members years ago they were voting on a 5%-plus property tax levy increase when it was really 12%-plus.

Milzer, whose delivery could immediately knock out thousands of assembled insomniacs would almost assuredly come up with a figure for a new football field much more costly than what Whitnall paid and announce his inflated findings to a school board of lemmings with nodding heads in approval. Using the Jim Milzer math he scammed school board members in the past, the same $6.5 million football field Whitnall built would cost Franklin taxpayers closer to $15.6 million.

Makes you wonder about those price figures given for not one but three Franklin referenda on the November ballot.

It’s unfortunate Franklin won’t follow
the lead of other schools.

Why the war against sex predators never ends...

And why people hate government.

In Franklin, no Meijer's decision, no surprise

Tuesday night, the Franklin Common Council met to, according to its agenda, consider resolutions that would pave the way for a large Meijer’s store to be built, bringing jobs and another quality consumer option sorely lacking here.

Great excitement for many folks, and not just Franklin residents. Unfortunately, Franklin is all too often the proverbial wet blanket.

Many years ago, during the 1970's, the late Bill Cofield unsuccessfully coached the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. The rap on Cofield was that he could take raw talent and make it raw. That’s Franklin.

On Tuesday, the Franklin Common Council punted. On the courage-o-meter, it measured zero. Like a mouse, it crawled back into its hole. The aldermen did nothing.

Thank goodness for Tom Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While the crack FranklinNOW news team was out covering kite festivals, Daykin was reporting that the Franklin Common Council, confronted with some of their biggest votes of the year did…nothing.


Daykin, and here’s the link to his story since this website’s link to said article isn’t working as of this post, reports
the council voted to wait until its next meeting to consider site plans for the store because Ald. Steve Olson, whose district includes the site, was not at the meeting. Daykin’s source was a Meijer’s attorney. As I blogged earlier, Olson was out of town on business for his real, full-time job.

So let’s consider the possible reasons Franklin aldermen acted like Pontius Pilate Tuesday and abrogated responsibility by kicking the can to the next meeting.

1) Ald. Olson couldn’t make the meeting.

2) Ald. Olson represents the area where Meijer’s wants to be.

3) Out of respect to Ald. Olson, a delay was in order.

4) The other aldermen were incapable of voting without Ald. Olson’s expertise on the site plans.

If you believe any of the above, I have a bridge to sell you.

No way was the Meijer’s issue delayed out of deference or respect to the absent Olson. Good grief, the last time Olson missed a meeting, Alderman Ken Skowronski practically went into orbit, stopping just short of demanding and FBI investigation.

Franklin has a bizarre, unexplainable approach to economic development. Most communities welcome the concept. Franklin desperately tries to find roadblocks, reasons to block progress.

When Andy’s was set to move in at 51st and Rawson, I contacted Mayor Tom Taylor and then-Alderman Alan Hammelman. “Is this the best we can do?” at such a prime location, I asked.

Both gentlemen told me that was indeed the case.

With hindsight being 20-20, Andy’s is ok. The point is Franklin’s acceptance of a glorified gas station was the consensus.

How long did we fight and squabble and nitpick over Target?

Now Meijer’s.

Are we asking a hippo to jump through a hoop?

I’m not surprised at the non-action Tuesday night. Why would we as a city try to expedite a move to bring in a fine corporate citizen with a proven track record of success that would create jobs and offer another quality choice for shoppers? Nah, let’s just sleep on it. And don't believe anyne who claims Franklin hasn't had enough time to ponder the pros and cons. There have been ample hearings and public information readily available.

The pattern I’ve seen in Franklin since I moved here in 1992 is that the powers that be, when it comes to true economic development and job creation and bold moves, lack the stomach to pull the trigger, leading one to question their real commitment to critical economic growth.

We may still get a Meijer’s. But trust me, other businesses are watching that may not want to play the long guessing game that hinders Franklin’s growth. We hurt ourselves whenever a high profile business decision has to be made. Sadly, the people in charge don’t see it, understand it, or care.

Wednesday night summer rerun: My RSVP would always be NO WAY!


Pro-life Republican Congressman Tom Akin recently made some outrageous, incredibly stupid comments about rape. Unlike Democrats who delay reaction, find excuses, and even label controversial remarks by their own as “courageous,” Republicans immediately condemn statements like Akin's because it’s the proper thing to do.

Word is the upcoming Democratic National Convention will be a celebration of abortion. Fine with me. Let that be your focus instead of jobs, the economy, the debt, the deficit.

I thank God I’m not a liberal. If I was, I’d actually attend one of these.

Wednesday night summer rerun: POO


High school football begins this week. Regular readers of This Just in…know what that means.

Tammy Baldwin goes negative

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Why has Tammy Baldwin been so quick to begin negative campaigning in the race for U.S. Senate?

It just might have something to do with the three general election polls that have come out since the primary election that have Tommy up by an average of 8 points -- and it's probably only going to get even uglier. 

Tammy and the liberal special interests are going to do everything in their power to turn this race away from the issues that matter -- a stalled economy, growing debt and ever-increasing taxes to fund their latest spending spree. They'll use every dirty trick in the book and they have the money to do it -- which is why we need your help.

Today's gloomy CBO report speaks to $500 million in tax increases, near double-digit unemployment and a $1.1 trillion deficit if we don't change the course we are on by January. Tammy Baldwin and the Democrats are sending our country toward a financial cliff with their reckless tax and spend policies. November's election will determine whether we continue with our current failed economic team of Obama and Baldwin, or we take our country back!

Donate to our campaign today to take one step towards getting America back on track, and to help defend Tommy from the smear tactics that have already begun.

Keith Gilkes
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Notre Dame messes with tradition

It's one of the great traditions of Notre Dame football.


But then last year, something new...


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Celebrate with Mitt Romney in Tampa


It's been a long road to the convention, and supporters like you have gotten me this far.

That's why I'm excited to invite you to join us in Tampa.

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No one sees a controversy except a local TV station

Goodnight everyone and have a spy-tacular weekend!

"As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck..."

 From the TV series, "Mission Impossible."

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.


Being the nostalgic gent that I am, it’s cool to see more TV channels popping up replaying great detective TV shows like I Spy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a Thief, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, and Peter Gunn.

Keep them coming. I’d love to see Hawaiian Eye, Burke’s Law, etc.

Like the characters and plots, the theme music from some of these old programs is just as enduring. Tonight’s music is stepped up a notch from the usual smooth and relaxing mode, but still, I believe, satisfies.

We begin with noted composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin. You may have seen his name in numerous TV closing credits. From his bio on his website:

“Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.
As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music, and also studied law. He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon.

Lalo Schifrin continued his formal music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early 1950’s. Simultaneously, he became a professional jazz pianist, composer and arranger, playing and recording in Europe.

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The best cartoons of the week (08/25/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/25/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Sunny. Dry air. High of 88.  "B"

SUNDAY:  A 50-50 chance of scattered thunderstorms beginning after sunrise and throughout the day. High of 77. "B-"

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

A trip to Northpoint Custard Stand this week left Kyla wanting MORE dogs, not less.  Despite meeting two and seeing about a half dozen, it wasn’t enough for her.  She is quickly getting over any shyness around four legs and a tail, and I’m more than happy to teach her dog safety and etiquette.  I didn’t mind, and wasn’t surprised at, their presence.  On Milwaukee’s lakefront during our all-too-short summer season, I expect a few dogs.  Every dog/human combo we witnessed was well-behaved and pleasant.  It was another great experience for our daughter to meet some pups.

On the other paw, I don’t particularly want to see dogs everywhere.  I don’t mind them on neighborhood walks, at the lakefront, or a sidewalk café.  I don’t think they need to traipse around at the zoo, shop with their owners at a grocery store or take in a concert.  There is a time and place for dogs.  If pet parents get uptight and think their fur baby is more pleasant to be around than a toddler well, what can I say?  While they might be correct, you can easily leave your pooch at home while you dine, exercise, or enjoy the great outdoors.  Clearly that doesn’t work so well with a 2-year-old child.

Everyone knows I love dogs.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have spent the last four years writing about them for a weekly blog.  In the past I’ve asked my readers some thought-provoking questions such as “would you risk you life for your pet?” and “
how much would you spend to save your pet’s life?”

Well now a letter to the editor in the Statesman Journal asks, “Should dogs be allowed at public events?”  A great question.  So SJ put the question on their website and Facebook page.  To be expected, the response was varied and passionate. Naturally there were dog owners who thought Fido’s feces didn’t stink and that EVERYONE should love their dog like they do.  Some stated that they’d rather see an unruly dog than a misbehaving child.  Others felt that a dog’s place is in the home.

Growing up, my dogs were SPOILED like I think all dogs should be.  But they were still regarded as canine members of our family and treated as such.  We didn’t take them anywhere public; it was just never an idea.  Somehow, we all managed the separation of a few hours.  When we finally get a dog, I would only expect to take it where they are clearly welcome & expected such as a dog park.  But what do I know?  I only have a three-year-old daughter.  And everyone pretty much loves her.

---Jennifer Fischer

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2012 POO Awards - Week 1

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

Week-ends (08/25/12)


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


Jim Joyce

A.J. Hieber

Kid Rock

Cooper Barton

Ann Romney

Lou Xiaoying

At a Boston subway...


The Obama campaign

The city of Phoenix

The state of California

Lance Armstrong


"...from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. ... [T]he punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
Republican Missouri Congressman Tom Akin, a candidate for the US Senate, in a TV interview.

"In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview, and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life, and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action."
Rep. Akin in a statement following his controversial remarks.

"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."
The Romney-Ryan campaign.

"Todd Akin’s statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. Gaining a Republican majority in the US Senate and fixing the huge challenges that face our nation is more important than any one individual’s political ambitions. Todd Akin should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November."
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

"As you know, your opponent recently accused you of waging a campaign filled with anger and hate. You told Entertainment Tonight that anyone who attends your rallies can see that they are not angry or hate-filled affairs. But in recent weeks, your campaign has suggested repeatedly - without proof - that Mr. Romney might be hiding something in his tax returns. They have suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon for the way that he handed over power of Bain Capital. And your campaign and the White House have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman's death from cancer. Are you comfortable with the tone being set with your campaign? Have you asked them to change their tone when it comes to defining Mr. Romney?"
Nancy Cordes of CBS News questioning President Obama

"Well, first of all, I am not sure that all of those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate. For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. And, I think that what is absolutely true is if you watch me on the campaign trail, here's what I'm talking about. I'm talking about how to put Americans back to work."
President Obama answering Cordes

Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.  It was something that if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down, they may be beating the hell out of us but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains.”
Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) reacting to VP Joe Biden’s remarks to an audience that was about half African-Americans that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and Republicans are “going to put y’all back in chains.”

"We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"
Hank Williams, Jr. during a concert at the Iowa State Fair.

That type of absurd nonsense doesn't really deserve a response."
Brad Anderson with the Obama campaign in Iowa when asked for a reaction to Williams' comments.

“No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate.”
Mitt Romney joking.


Not only were Tom Akin's comments reprehensible, indefensible, and incredibly stupid, they were a big fat gift to Democrats.


Consider if the tables were reversed...


Paul Ryan had a black girlfriend.


Can we get this kid to Miller Park?

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (08/25/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Akin was never accused of rape --- unlike Bill Clinton

“Akin is supposedly a chauvinist retrograde. But there is an absolute, media-observed no-fly zone over Clinton, a man variously accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment by three different women. Why Republicans show so much deference is bewildering.”

Wisconsin center of Republican wave

“Wisconsin Republicans seem to have it all. Native son Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's running mate. Gov. Scott Walker is a national conservative hero after surviving a recall vote. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson is vying to capture an open Senate seat held for more than 50 years by Democrats. And Wisconsin's own Reince Priebus heads the Republican National Committee.

“Now they're focusing on the crown jewel: delivering Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes for Romney. It won't be easy.”

Obama's gotta go

“Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope.”

40 reasons not to re-elect Barack Obama

“1) Obama took 700 billion dollars out of the Medicare program and put it into his wildly unpopular health care program. This is despite the fact that even Obama has admitted, Medicare in particular will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put that money back into the Medicare program where it belongs, while Obama won't.”

There are 39 more…

Electoral College model predicts huge Romney win

“Professors Ken Bickers and Michael Berry, of the University, have a system for predicting the Electoral College outcomes of presidential races.  Their model has accurately forecast the winner of every presidential race since 1980.  According to an article published by UC-Boulder, they even got the Perot-flavored election of 1992, and the Bush-Gore photo finish in 2000, right. This year…” of Colorado

Should voting be mandatory?

"Voting is not optional in 23 countries. Here's why the United States should become the 24th."
KF NOTE: Preposterous idea.

Obama disses America's Pope, Cardinal Timothy Dolan

"Just like I can’t imagine any evangelical who can read and who remotely takes their faith seriously ever voting for BHO, I can’t imagine a sober Catholic giving this anti-biblical, anti-Constitution president the time of day.

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Photos of the Week (08/26/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Police surround a sheet covered body on a Fifth Avenue sidewalk as they investigate a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. At least four people were shot on Friday morning and the gunman was dead, New York City officials said. A witness said the gunman was firing indiscriminately. Police said as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many were hit by bullets. A law enforcement official said the shooting was related to a workplace dispute. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

2) A pedestrian walks around temporary security fencing in downtown Tampa, Fla., as rain showers move through the area on Aug. 25. Tampa area residents wait for Tropical Storm Isaac as they prepare for the Repulican National Convention which will be held in Tampa during the week of August 27th. Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

3) Artist Meredith Corson puts the finishing touches on a sand sculpture of the White House behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Fla., Aug. 23. The resort is also constructing sand sculptures of Abraham Lincoln & the Lincoln Memorial to coincide with the Republican National Convention, which starts in Tampa, Fla., this week. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

4) Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a baby during a campaign event at SMT, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

5) US President Barack Obama shakes hands with mothers and their children during first ever Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House in Washington, DC, on Aug. 20. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images

6) First lady Michelle Obama receives a warm reception from 2,000 supporters at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee on Thursday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

7) Rescuers and relatives stop a woman from committing suicide by jumping off a building in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province August 14, 2012. Here's another look. Photos: China Daily via Reuters

8) A police officer, center background, tries to stop fighting between loyalist and Nationalist groups outside outside St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Trouble broke out after loyalist bands marched past the church while playing music that was banned by the parades commission. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

9) Federal police escort a group of prisoners toward a plane bound for an undisclosed location at the international aiport in Morelia, Mexico on August 21, 2012. Some 200 inmates serving federal sentences were transferred to federal prisons during an operation by the Secretary of Public Security (SSP), local media reported. Photo: Leovigildo Gonzalez / Reuters

10) Rancher Gary Wollert feeds hay to his cattle near Eads, Colo., Aug. 23, 2012. Like many ranchers who's grasslands have dried up due to the drought, Wollert has to supplement his cattle's diet with hay, now at record prices, to keep them alive. Photo: John Moore, Getty Images

11) James Davis, 73, stands over the grave of his wife, Patsy, in the front yard of the home they shared in Stevenson, Ala. The city sued to make Davis move his wife's remains from the residential tract, and Davis is asking the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals to block an order requiring him to disinter her remains. Davis holds a picture of his wife. Photos: Jay Reeves, AP

12) Swimmers wait for the gush of a man-made tide in a salty swimming pool dubbed China's Dead Sea in Daying county in southwest China's Sichuan province Aug. 19. Over one million swimmers are expected to the swimming resort this summer which is one of the largest indoor water park in China, covering 30,000 square meters.  Photo: Zhong Min / EPA

13) Youngsters spray each other with water pistols during an event organized by a radio station in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Large areas of Romania affected by a heat wave that causes road and rail traffic disruptions with temperatures going above 40 degrees Centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

14) A hippo is lifted from a swimming pool Friday Aug. 24, 2012, at the Monate Conservation Lodge, near Modimolle, South Africa, after being trapped there for three days. The young hippo had plunged into the deep pool on Tuesday after being chased off from his herd by male members seeking dominance, wandered into the lodge's camp and fell into the pool. The animal died just before the rescue operation got under way. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

15) A zookeeper strokes a penguin on a scale during the annual weigh-in at London Zoo on Aug. 22. A zookeeper measures Dirk the giant tortoise during the annual weigh-in at London Zoo on Aug. 22. Photos: Andrew Cowie / AFP - Getty Images

16) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is lifted in the air by offensive tackle T.J. Lang (70) after Rodgers ran for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Cincinnati. Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson is at left. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

17) Lance Armstrong negotiates the route on the way to his second-place finish in the Power of Four mountain bicycle race at the base of Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The race is the first public appearance for Armstrong since the U.S. Anti-Doping Association stripped him of his seven Tour de France championships and banned him for life from professional cycling. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

18) US air guitar champion Matt Burns, left, and air guitar world champion 2011, Aline Westpha of Germany, strut their stuff in Oulu, Finland, on August 22, 2012. Photo: Vesa Ranta / EPA

19) Hundreds of people take part in the world record of cider pouring in Gijon, Asturias, northern Spain, Aug. 24, 2012. About 7,883 people participated and the record was achieved. Photo: Alberto Morante / EPA

20) A participant in the "Concurso de Feos" (Ugly Competition) performs during the Aste Nagusia (Great Week) fiesta in Bilbao, Spain, on August 23, 2012. The fiesta has been running since 1978. The nine day festivities feature live music, sports, circuses, bullfights, fireworks, large doses of drinking and late nights. Photo: Vincent West/ Reuters

21) This photo is a winner in the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Magazine Photo Contest. During the Easter holy celebration called ”Misterii” (mistery) in Trapani, the devotees carry the scenes of Christís passion on their shoulders all night long. When the day comes they take a break. (Photo and caption by Andrea Guarneri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

22) This photo is a winner in the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Magazine Photo Contest. A lonely cabin is illuminated under the Northern Lights in Finmmark, Norway. (Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

23) This photo is a winner in the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Magazine Photo Contest. My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot! (Photo and caption by Camila Massu/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Paul Ryan send off rally Monday

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It's hard to believe it's only been a little over two weeks since our very own Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate.  While the rest of the country is beginning to learn what makes Paul so special, our excitement in-state is impossible to contain!



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The latest pro-life news (08/27/12)

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

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
Monday, August 27, 2012
Stark Republican/Democratic Party Contrast on Abortion as Conventions Near
New Obama Ad Attacks Romney/Ryan on Abortion
Two Polls show Thompson leading Baldwin. Good news for the Right-to-Life Cause!
Untold Pain is inflicted on Unborn Children during Abortions - Join Wisconsin Right to Life in Doing Something about It!
See Endorsed General Election Candidates at MY ELECTION CENTRAL
Stark Republican/Democratic Party Contrast on Abortion as Conventions Near

Franklin's three school referenda...fiscal irresponsibility?

On November 6, 2012, 18 school districts in Wisconsin will have referendum questions on the ballot. Other than Middleton’s referenda totaling close to $61 million, no district is asking taxpayers for more than Franklin with three, count ‘em THREE property tax increase questions. Franklin has split up its funding requests into three separate “Please increase my property taxes” questions.

In Wisconsin, a binding referendum is required for certain school district bonding measures like the ones Franklin is requesting voter approval.

Franklin mommy who has a daughter who plays the clarinet or Franklin daddy who has a son who drives to school and fights to find parking everyday can’t see beyond their proboscis and simply want brand new sparkling facilities and they want them now and they want everyone else to pay for them.

I bet very few of the “GIMME” crowd are even considering the potential fiscal ramifications. Not very sexy, but a YES vote on any or all questions this November could prove quite risky.

CNBC reports local units of government, like school districts, have enough problems paying their pension obligations. What about the real possibility of paying double-digit interest rates on bonds?

Has anyone thought about this in Franklin? Other than a handful of school board members, my guess is no.

I don’t know all the details about Franklin’s Santa Claus wish list. I’m leery enough that I’ll gladly vote NO once, twice, three times.

Sher Valenzuela is in the GOP Convention spotlight

She speaks at about 6:50 Milwaukee time.


Wisconsin reform the blueprint for the nation

Uncle Sam goes hunting for handout business

A friend of mine, now retired, used to work for the Social Security Administration. Those anecdotes about agents storming elementary schools to recruit kids who couldn’t see the blackboard for benefits…they’re true.

That’s why it’s no surprise that the feds are upset that only 15% of people in need turn to Uncle Sam for a government handout. They want to get the word out that hey, if you’re down on your luck, we’ve a got a program or a few thousand for you to take advantage. The taxpayers? Who cares about them!

In Obama’s era of hope and change, half of Americans get some form of government assistance. That apparently is not good enough for Washington.

Here’s a related video. The path to success in America used to be the private sector, but what are our children learning today? They want to be cronies.

Standing ovation for Scott Walker in Tampa

Wednesday night summer rerun: You want me to pay for that??!!



Scott Angus this week has reiterated the fact that newspaper editors and publishers are in denial about their struggling business and they foolishly believe that charging consumers for on-line content is their salvation. Angus is the editor of the Janesville Gazette.

In a column this week, Angus tried to make the case that newspapers are oh so exclusive in the information they provide, making internet content worthy of a fee.  In doing so, Angus overstates the importance of newspapers with an out-of-touch viewpoint. 

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Wednesday night summer rerun: Can you please make up your mind?



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Wednesday night summer rerun: Are you celebrating Labor Day?



Yes, this Monday will be a nice day off. But really, what’s all the fuss about?

The line of the night from Paul Ryan at the RNC

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20’s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

"I'll be damned...we're Republicans!"


"They've run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they've got left."

And did you catch this?


E-mails, I get e-mails: "In Heaven's name, grow up and go home!"

This one’s been around for a long, long time, but went viral again this month.

I did some Internet checking and it seems to have debuted in the South Bend Tribune in December of 1959 and soon after in the Pierce County Tribune in North Dakota. Judge Phillip B. Gilliam of Denver, Colorado wrote the following to respond to teenagers who whine, “Where can I go? What can I do?”

The judge’s letter to a newspaper is terrific counsel over 50 years later:

Open Letter to Teen-ager

Always we hear the plaintive cry of the teen-ager. What can we do?...Where can we go?
The answer is GO HOME!

Hang the storm windows, paint the woodwork. Rake the leaves, mow the lawn, shovel the walk. Wash the car, learn to cook, scrub some floors. Repair the sink, build a boat, get a job.

Help the minister, priest, or rabbi, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army. Visit the sick, assist the poor, study your lessons. And then when you are through - and not too tired - read a book.

Your parents do not owe you entertainment. Your city or village does not owe you recreational facilities.

The world does not owe you a living...You owe the world something.
You owe it your time and your energy and your talents so that no one will be at war or in poverty or sick or lonely again.|

Grow up; quit being a crybaby. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone, and start acting like a man or a lady.

You're supposed to be mature enough to accept some of the responsibility your parents have carried for years.

They have nursed, protected, helped, appealed, begged, excused, tolerated and denied themselves needed comforts so that you could have every benefit. This they have done gladly, for you are their dearest treasure.

But now, you have no right to expect them to bow to every whim and fancy just because selfish ego instead of common sense dominates your personality, thinking and request.

In Heaven's name, grow up and go home!

Clint Eastwood at RNC: "We got to let him go"

Franklin beats Kenosha Bradford in could that be?

What a tremendous victory by Franklin Thursday on the road against the state defending champions from Kenosha Bradford in overtime, 27-21.

I loved watching it as I kept changing my remote from the GOP Convention to that thrilling victory.


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In case you missed it Thursday night...

Goodnight everyone and have a nice and easy weekend!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

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….and this week, Monday.

Tonight, some work-related music to segue into the holiday weekend.

Walt Disney's very first animated feature was, like most of his works, a classic.


Memorable songs and music from that movie. Travel to Walt Disney World in Florida and visit the Grand Floridian Resort and you'll see and hear old classic music from the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

A long time ago during a vacation, they entertained and taught me that a piece from the Snow White soundtrack translated perfectly to a jazz interpretation.

Born in 1927, Conte Candoli played trumpet at the age of 16 in the band of Milwaukee native Woody Herman.  He also played in Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band and with Stan Kenton before he went out on his own. When Johnny Carson retired in 1992, Candoli retired from Carson’s band and performed until cancer took its toll. Candoli died in 2001.

His 1972 album, “Five” looked like something you’d find in your father’s album collection. It includes a version of a Disney standard that makes you feel you’re walking down Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.

Who knew the Seven Dwarfs were so hip?

Next, it's an old instrumental classic by a very popular artist. The theme is familiar and catchy. You might be old enough to remember that Channel 12 used it as their intro to Packer Preview on Sunday afternoons before every Packer game.

It’s “The Work Song.”


Alpert has sold over 75 million records and has won seven Grammy Awards, but there's more to this musical success story.

He paints. Alpert's work has been showcased in galleries and museums around the globe. He's also a sculptor and Broadway producer.

The man obviously
works very hard.

Hit recordings, TV specials, Broadway shows, painting, sculpting.

Wow. That's very exciting.

Nice work...

That is...

If you can get it.

his next act is heard only two times during the year:

1) On the radio at Christmas

2) On this blog.

Created as a studio band by Capitol Records in the 60’s, The Hollyridge Strings actually were very popular doing their renditions of songs by one very popular group in particular.

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