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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The green philosophy: You're fat and you have everyone else to blame

 

Most of us in cheese curd/custard/brat land could lose some weight. I know I could.

I am not in denial. That treasure chest of excuses could be opened rather easily. Not enough exercise. Eating the wrong things at the wrong time. Can’t be too bad because TV adds 15 pounds.

Excuses. That’s what they are. People who are overweight are overweight because they allowed themselves by their own choices and behavior to become overweight.


Now, if I was a flaming, tree-hugging hyper enviro, I could cleanse myself on any personal responsibility because, silly, a fat person isn’t to blame for being fat.

I know this because the green web site, Treehugger.com says so. Treehugger bills itself as “the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.”

You can just see the beads and sandals, can't you?

If you’re fat, it’s not because you’ve been planting your sorry posterior in front of the TV and computer too much. It’s not because you sleep with bags of Doritos. It’s not because your favorite dessert is prime rib.

Lo and behold, Treehugger.com says don’t stress, El Gordo. You can’t help it, Tubbo.  Here are the evil forces responsible for you floating over stadiums:


Cul de Sacs

McMansions

Gender Bender chemicals

The government

Cheap gas

Cars


There’s a McDonald’s near you, I bet

Suburbs

Architecture

Your zip code


Missing in this nutso litany…..

YOU, YOU LARD BUTT. YOU MAKE YOURSELF FAT!

How do you spell, 'Democrats'?


Meredith Jessup at Townhall.com points to a fundraising letter written by the gaffemeister, Mr. Custard, Joe Biden.

Biden pulls out all the stops, demonstrating how frantic the Democrats are about their own prospects this November.

Take a look.

The honeymoon is over


E-mails. I get e-mails. Tons of stuff. Some good. Most, not so good.

Some you just have to pass along, like this one:


You know the honeymoon is over when the comedians go to

work.   

The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree . . and think 25 to life would be appropriate. -Jay Leno

America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask. -Jay Leno

Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it. -Conan O'Brien

Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser. -Jay Leno

Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners. -David Letterman

Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A: America! -Jimmy Fallon

Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers. -Jimmy Kimmel

Q: What was the most positive result of the "Cash for Clunkers" program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road. -David Letterman

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN


In honor of America’s birthday, tonight I begin a special series that will run over the next few days featuring, in my view, the Top Ten of what’s best about Franklin, culminating in #1 on July 4.

We begin with #’s 8, 9, and 10.

10) FRANKLIN’S UNMET BUT GREAT POTENTIAL

At one time, our tiny town was the fastest growing area in southeast Wisconsin. The economy put the brakes on. We’ll bounce back, and we can then work on reaching our very best.

We have well-intentioned leaders at City Hall. They are to be commended for ebbing public servants. If only they’d read the papers and watch the news more often. We are in a recession. Time to stop taxing and spending was a long time ago.

We have great businesses, just not enough. We need more. Could we pull back on the obnoxious rules and regulations?

We have good restaurants, just not enough of them. We need more. One of two great ones would be nice.

Ditto for retail stores.

Schools? We’re not MPS by any means. But our schools could use improvement, especially in student achievement. The management of our system, especially our School Board, needs something close to a miracle to provide any sort of leadership.

Franklin could really be amazing, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility. We’re not there yet. That’s one of the reasons I blog.


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There is no reason for a Franklin school tax increase this year


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting the Franklin School District is estimated to receive an increase in state aid next year of $371, 944. That’s a 2.46 % increase. Many school districts in our area are getting decreases (click on the image to enlarge).

How should the Jesse James Gang, officially known as the Franklin School Board react? If they had any semblance of fiscal responsibility, they would vote for a school levy property tax increase of 0% or downright close.

But they won’t.

It’s not in their nature.

They will whine and cry that the increase isn’t big enough.

It never is, fellow taxpayers.

Culinary no-no #173

Culinary no-no's


This week’s Culinary no-no is short, sweet, right to the point.

Grills will be fired up in earnest this holiday weekend. Make sure you celebrate the good ol’ fashioned American way.


Did you see last week’s USA WEEKEND?

SACRILEGE!

Delish.com gets it right.

So does the Food Network's Bobby Flay.


 

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WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN: PARTS 5, 6 and 7

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN


This is
a special series featuring, in my view, the Top Ten of what’s best about Franklin, culminating in #1 on July 4.

7) FRANKLIN IS CONSERVATIVE

Not only politically. Franklin cares deeply about families and neighborhoods. There’s tremendous civic pride. Franklin is decent, humble, hard-working, a values-oriented community.

We’re not exactly a rock ‘n’ rollin’, rootin’ tootin’ town, and that’s ok.

6) FRANKLIN HAS A DELIGHTFUL RURAL-URBAN COMBINATION

Is it the right mix? Depends who you ask.

Some say we’re not enough Flintstones anymore. Some say we’re not enough Jetsons.

There’s enough of each, I believe to satisfy.

5) CITY HALL HAS WONDERFUL SUPPORT STAFF

City
employees are aces.

Deserving special recognition: City Clerk Sandi Wesolowski. We’re glad to have her back from the State Elections Board (now the Government Accountability Board). Madison’s loss is our huge gain.

Also, City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski. I’ve heard city insiders say he’s the best municipal attorney in the state. That one is hard to argue with.



WATCH FOR PARTS 2, 3 AND 4 SATURDAY.


WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN

1)

2)
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Goodnight everyone, and have a great American weekend!


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, thrilling music to make you proud to be an American.

We need an open.

But not just any open.

It must be…..

A rousing…..


Rock’em….

Sock ‘em…

Knock your socks off open.

I’m pretty sure we’ve got one.



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The Best: Only in America


Enjoy this list of the Best of America’s oddities as chosen by readers of Reader’s Digest.

MORE.

The Barking Lot (07/03/10)

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 83.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 85. "B"

Jennifer has the week off.

Here's a timely offering from the American Kennel Club: a tribute to the dogs of our Founding Fathers.

And one of our most popular installments of The Barking Lot is our entry from July 4, 2009 that still gets lots of interest each and every week  Enjoy this oldie but goodie:

This week, we salute the All-American dog.

Earlier this year, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the American Kennel Club announced the ten most popular dogs in the United States. They are:

 

 

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Week-ends (07/03/10)

Week-ends


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



HEROES OF THE WEEK


Nicholas Prokos


Danny Stacey


St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa


Glenn Manton


Chester Reed



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


California DOT


Patrick Fousek and Samantha Tomasini


Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Jim McGuigan


El Reno, Oklahoma police


Dan Harkins



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"Every economist who's looked at it has said the (stimulus) did its job. It put a brake on the collapse of the economy. It avoided another Great Depression, and now it's growing again. It's hard to argue sometimes that things would have been a lot worse. People say unemployment is still at 9.6 percent but it's not at 12 or 13 or 15. The stock market didn't fully recover, but it's recovered more than people expected last year. That's part of the challenge in delivering (the message of) all the Recovery Act accomplished. Things are still tough, they're just not as bad as they could have been."
President Obama during a visit this week to Racine.


"We all know that government doesn't create jobs, private businesses do," McReynolds said. "We operate here in Racine County with the idea that leaner government is best. We're not seeing that at the federal level. We're seeing more taxation."
Racine County Executive William McReynolds reacting to Obama’s remarks.


As things heat up, you can expect House Democrats will be hit with a GOP blitzkrieg of vicious Swift-Boat-style attack ads, Karl Rove-inspired knockout tactics, thinly veiled attempts at character assassination and tea party disruptions.”
VP Joe Biden, who, incidentally, was not condemned by the hateful Left for his Nazi comparison.


“There are a lot of people who wrote these eulogies for Senator Byrd, and the newspapers, and I read a bunch of them. And they mentioned that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan. And what does that mean?

I'll tell what you it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollers of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected. And maybe he did something he shouldn't have done, and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that's what a good person does.

There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians.”

Bill Clinton in a bizarre explanation of the late Senator Robert Byrd’s membership in the KKK.


White folk done took this country. You're in their home, and they're gonna let you know it....You are not now, nor have you ever been, nor will you ever be a brother to white folk and if you do not realize that, you are in serious trouble.”
Jeremiah Wright


“For someone who asked to be held to the highest standard, President Obama spends an awful lot of time making excuses and whining about others. The American people want leadership from the White House, not childish partisanship.”
House Republican Leader John Boehner


“Here's the thing. If the polls said that 70% of illegals are gonna vote Republican, the Democrats would have already built a high speed railroad train all the way down to Peru to get them outta here, they'd have been long gone years ago. There's no question. So you want to call 'em illegal Democrats just to make the point.”
Rush Limbaugh


“Consider this a textbook case of cause and effect.

The cause: Conservative Arizona passes its new anti-illegal alien law.

The effect: Said same illegal aliens immediately pack their bags and move next door to liberal New Mexico.

Surely, the good people of New Mexico, lead by liberal Governor Bill Richardson, will put out the welcome mat at the Arizona border and greet their newest residents at the state line with champagne, confetti and welfare checks.”

From the blog, I Hate the Media


“Considering his accuser claims to have DNA evidence, it looks like (Al Gore’s) fate is in the hands of his old friend: science!”
Blogger Jim Treacher


"I stopped off (on the way) here to get a kringle. Maybe on the way back I'll look for a brat, but don't tell Michelle."
President Obama in Racine



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Liberals sneer at men who grieve for their aborted children.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Obama not completely honest 
about clean up efforts in the Gulf.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


I'm sorry, but "Eclipse" is not "Gone With The Wind."



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Going once, going twice, SOLD!


The bride wore camouflage......so did he.


Tasties!


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

It's all about the fireworks



 

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This November, vote for the Democrats

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WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN: PARTS 2, 3 and 4

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN


This is
a special series featuring, in my view, the Top Ten of what’s best about Franklin, culminating in #1 on July 4.

4) BEAUTY

We have no striking landmarks or breathtaking natural wonders. However, Franklin is a city with clean neighborhoods and streets. People care about how their properties look and manage and care for them appropriately. Franklinites are fine stewards and it shows.


3) OUTSTANDING POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Time and again we hear reports of their excellent work. And some city officials actually thought about cutting their budgets last year?

We owe these departments our support and gratitude.


2) PEACEFUL

We’re not crime-free, but you get a strong sense of security and safety living here.  That is due, in large part, to the work of our fine police chief and officers. Franklin residents also care deeply, regarding public safety as a top priority.

I wouldn’t advise it, but there are plenty of places in the 53132 zip code where you could leave your doors unlocked. OK, Chief Oliva, stop cringing. But you get my point.


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WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN

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2) WE’RE PRETTY SAFE
3) TOP NOTCH POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS

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Happy 4th of July 2010!


I hope you enjoy these wonderful patriotic clips.

We begin with this recitation from a great American.



 



From his concert in Hawaii beamed worldwide via satellite, the King's powerful "American Trilogy."








A
nd finally, no one sang it like Kate Smith. She often appeared to sing before Philadelphia Flyers games at the old Philadelphia Spectrum. The NHL team considered Smith their good luck charm.

Happy Birthday America!




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America celebrates










 


 

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Recommended Reading (07/04/10)

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).


President Barack Magoo’s ‘The Economy is headed in the right direction’

“Fresh from his over-hyped pratfall from the Oval Office that left Americans not only wondering if the president actually cared about the Gulf oil spill more than cap-and-tax but also worried that even his teleprompter skills were failing him, President Obama rushed to Racine Wisconsin Wednesday to deliver what must have been the test drive for his stump speech between now and November.

It crashed, and with it, hopes of Americans for some common sense on the faltering economy and of Democrats for a theme on which to build or even a paragraph of talking points for the fall's contests.

‘The economy is headed in the right direction,’ the president told his gathering of usual suspects in a city where unemployment hovers at 14%.

No, really, he said that.”


Obama concedes loss of US House

“Obama is sinking in the polls. The White House can do the Bloody Mary ‘Happy Talk’ song from ‘South Pacific.’ But, the reality is 15 million people are looking for work and there is nothing the Administration has proposed which is dealing with that.”


Running on Empty

“The Obama presidency is nearly out of gas. So are the Democratic majorities in the Senate and House. Yet the White House and congressional Democrats aren’t surrendering. They’re still intoxicated with their ‘historic majorities’ and bent on enacting more landmark liberal legislation this year, including cap and trade, a value-added tax (VAT), and who knows what else.

Are they fantasizing? Not entirely. The odds—and the political climate—are against them. But their ideological ambitions are undiminished and they have a sense of urgency. They know their majorities will be crippled (if not eliminated) in the midterm elections on November 2, which means they must enact the remaining parts of the agenda in 2010 or put them back in the cupboard of liberal dreams, maybe for decades. So it’s now or never.”


Obama’s Oil Spill To-Do List

“Here are the first ten actions President Obama can take immediately to help solve the crisis in the Gulf.”


Get ready for the tanning tax

“The tanning industry is just the latest victim of government paternalism, putting it in the same category as cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, sodas, trans fats, junk food and other targets of so-called ‘sin taxes.’

Desperate for revenue and lacking the guts to curtail big special-interest tax breaks such as the employer-provided health insurance exclusion or the mortgage interest deduction, congressional leaders and the president have singled out a politically vulnerable target. Kind of like a pride of lions singling out the weakest wildebeest.”


Team USA Loses, Lets MSM, Barack Hussein Obama, Entire World Down

“We’ve blown it once again, another great opportunity to win the biggest sporting event on the planet and America comes away empty handed in the World Cup.

I thought this was our year. The world was supposed to love us. We were told that during the 2008 Presidential election that all we had to do was put Barack Hussein Obama in office, and the world would love us. Instead, what do we get? We get horrible calls where goals are being taken away from us by World Cup officials who are either blind, or they haven’t heard that Obama is now our President.”

AND SOME OLDIES BUT GOODIES... 


This July 4th, remember the founders

“Certainly the United States would not be here without the Founders, the greatest generation in American history, but perhaps a better way of answering the questions is by simply considering whether the United States is the federal republic of the Founders’ design or has it been “remade” as Barack Obama continues to suggest.”


4th of July dialogue

“A 4th of July conversation between Dude - a teenager - and his Uncle Sam...

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"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July.....


...but the Democrats believe every day is April 15." 
Ronald Reagan.

My Most Popular Blogs (07/04/10)

Most popular


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

1)
 Photos of the Week (06/27/10)

2) TIE

    WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN

    
The larger, almost forgotten issue in the Franklin warning siren debate


3) Who are the best players in the NFL?

4) Excuse me, but what about Burger King....

5) The Barking Lot (07/03/10)

Photos of the Week (07/04/10)

Photos of the Week



People wait on line along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Racine, Wis., to get tickets for President Obama's Wednesday town hall-style meeting Tuesday June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Gregory Shaver)



 

People line the streets along President Obama's motorcade route, including one who asked the president to stop in and donate plasma. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Kristyna Wentz-Graff






A man shares his displeasure, showing thumbs down as President Obama's motorcade rolls into Racine. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff


 

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The Year of My Mother: The charming July 4th police officer

The Year of My Mother


"THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.


It was an annual Independence Day ritual. All the neighborhood kids ranging in age from 7-10 would gather that night on our street corner where we could easily see the Milwaukee County park fireworks.

One particular July 4 evening, while waiting for the pyrotechnic extravaganza, we were playing with---GASP ---lit sparklers.





Yeh, yeh, I know. Those suckers can get to a temperature of 100-thousand degrees and you can lose an arm and a leg and never have kids.  Funny thing. No one I know back then ever got hurt the least bit.

We’d wave those babies in our hands around and around, and when they’d go out, somehow we’d mange to light another one without having to call for an ambulance. I think we had one of those long sticks that we used to call mosquito chasers stuck into the ground and we used it to light our sparklers.

My mother was in the vicinity and being the cool mom, she was letting us enjoy ourselves.

And then it happened. I’m not exactly sure who but I think it was dumb Susie from next door, tossed a sparkler high into the night air. When it landed, the sparkler was in the road, just as a squad car was turning the corner.

The vehicle stopped, and an officer got out.

Now in those days, young-ins respected the police, out of fear.

Oh-oh.

For a split second, I expected the obligatory lecture about being crazy and foolish, that sparklers were dangerous and could get up to 100-thousand degrees, and we could poke somebody’s eye out.

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WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN: #1

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN


In honor of America’s birthday, I began a special series over the past few days featuring, in my view, the Top Ten of what’s best about Franklin. Here is my #1, but first, a review of the rest of the Top Ten:


10) FRANKLIN’S UNMET BUT GREAT POTENTIAL

At one time, our tiny town was the fastest growing area in southeast Wisconsin. The economy put the brakes on. We’ll bounce back, and we can then work on reaching our very best.

We have well-intentioned leaders at City Hall. They are to be commended for being public servants. If only they’d read the papers and watch the news more often. We are in a recession. Time to stop taxing and spending was a long time ago.

We have great businesses, just not enough. We need more. Could we pull back on the obnoxious rules and regulations?

We have good restaurants, again, just not enough. We need more. One or two great ones would be nice.

Ditto for retail stores.

Schools? We’re not MPS by any means. But our schools could use improvement, especially in student achievement. The management of our system, especially our School Board needs something close to a miracle to provide any sort of leadership.


Franklin
could really be amazing, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility. We’re not there yet. That’s one of the reasons I blog.

9) COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Franklin really loves Franklin. I’ve seen it at parades, fundraisers, and athletic events. Here’s an example.

This past March, I was the timer for the Franklin-Hamilton boys basketball WIAA playoff game at Hamilton. By some weird WIAA quirk, Franklin was the home team, so when Franklin scored early, I put the score up for home. Hamilton fans starting getting uneasy, yelling at the scorer’s table. So, to make things easier, I asked the PA announcer to explain that even though Hamilton was the visitor, they would be dsignated as  HOME on the scoreboard. OK, that has nothing to do with my point, except this. Franklin should have been home. Even though Hamilton was by far the better team and, at the time, a favorite to go to state and win, and they were playing on their own gym floor, Franklin fans far outnumbered Hamilton fans.

They were there en masse with their Franklin colors and behaved, as they always do, in a classy manner.

Multiply that by high school football, girls and boys basketball, soccer, etc., and throw in Little League. Franklin cares.

8) FRANKLIN IS NOT VERY CONTROVERSIAL

Oh, we have our moments. But despite what some irresponsible bloggers who love to dwell in rumor, innuendo and speculation (anything but facts) love to write, Franklin is pretty quiet.

Our biggest blemishes that actually got the attention of a sleepy public the last few years:

Boomgaard. This is the best your PR group could come up with?

Mayor Taylor, a political figure, and his staff that work for a politician may have engaged in political work in a political building popularly known as City Hall.


Let’s face it. Our city, politically, is just about squeaky. Even if it wasn’t, an apathetic public would never notice. There is no graft, corruption, malfeasance, white collar crime.

Things generally are pretty ho-hum around here, so quiet that some reckless writers have to invent controversy in a feeble attempt to make themselves relevant.


The Franklin School Board? That’s another subject. Eventually, they’ll pay for going too far, violating open meetings laws and lying to the public about tax levies and budgets. But this is a positive list. Don’t expect to see their names come up.


7) FRANKLIN IS CONSERVATIVE

Not only politically. Franklin cares deeply about families and neighborhoods. There’s tremendous civic pride. Franklin is decent, humble, hard-working, a values-oriented community.

We’re not exactly a rock ‘n’ rollin’, rootin’ tootin’ town, and that’s ok.

6) FRANKLIN HAS A DELIGHTFUL RURAL-URBAN COMBINATION

Is it the right mix? Depends who you ask.

Some say we’re not enough Flintstones anymore. Some say we’re not enough Jetsons.

There’s enough of each, I believe, to satisfy.

5) CITY HALL HAS WONDERFUL SUPPORT STAFF

City
employees are aces.

Deserving special recognition: City Clerk Sandi Wesolowski. We’re glad to have her back from the State Elections Board (now the Government Accountability Board). Madison’s loss is our huge gain.

Also, City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski. I’ve heard city insiders say he’s the best municipal attorney in the state. That one is hard to argue with.

 

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One more reason to oppose the smoking ban


By now, most are aware that today is the start of Wisconsin’s infringement on individual private property rights, also known as the statewide smoking ban. Confusion reigns about what the new law entails. But by golly, we finally got our ban and I don’t have to smell someone else’s tobacco when I go out to eat.

Let’s be clear. I don’t smoke. Never have. I don’t particularly like the smell of smoke. Don’t like it seeping into my nice clothes. Though legal, smoking, in my view, is unhealthy and downright stupid. Even so, I don’t support the smoking ban for many reasons I’ve outlined in previous blogs.

Here’s another. I’ve read the law and am fully aware of its specifics. Smoking is now off limits in many areas including veteran’s homes in Wisconsin.

Think about it. A soldier that had an arm or leg or more blown off while fighting for our country, now sitting in a wheelchair or lying in a bed in a veteran’s home is no longer allowed the simple pleasure of lighting a cigarette.

Meanwhile, Potawatomi and other casinos that helped bankroll Governor Doyle’s campaigns to the tune of millions were conveniently left exempt. Despite the fact casinos rest on tribal grounds, the Governor’s office has historically negotiated provisions of gaming compacts. I’m pretty sure the Doyle administration never intended to even suggest smoking be restricted at the casinos he owed mighty big favors.

One of the arguments made by proponents of the ban was that individuals shouldn’t have to work in unhealthy environments. Apparently the health of casino employees isn’t nearly as important as workers in other occupations and settings.

But the veteran’s home inclusion is upsetting. Telling a disabled veteran he/she can’t smoke a cigarette is even more disgusting than the smoke the ban supporters hate so much.

Heartwarming video


Watch a hearing impaired baby's reaction to a cochlear implant being activated.


HT: Viral Footage

Great story.

Amber Alert interruptions


Great news as three missing Milwaukee children were found safe this afternoon in Kenosha.

Before the children were found, Milwaukee television was inundated with Amber Alert announcements. Throughout the day, Amber Alert bulletins interrupted local and cable programs, at some points every five minutes.

Having worked in the broadcast business in some form or fashion all my adult professional career, I’ll bet local TV stations and Time Warner had their share of busybody complaint calls from folks upset their favorite soap operas or Jerry Springer low life-a-thons were broken into, over and over again.

Shame on them.

These announcements were necessary. Lives were at stake.

The Amber Alert System is an example of one of the best collaborations between government and the private sector.

Thank goodness the children have been found and are safe.

America the Beautiful

That’s

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

50 Random Facts That Make You Wonder What In The World Has Happened To America

Topics talked about on WISN


From the blog, The Economic Collapse:

“Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America?  The truth is that the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces.  The ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’ has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world.  The greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen is falling apart before our very eyes, and even when our politicians actually try to do something right (which is quite rare) the end result is still a bunch of garbage.  For those who still love this land (and there are a lot of us) it is heartbreaking to watch America slowly die.”

Here is the list I talked about today on Newstalk 1130 WISN:

Air conditioning: A liberal nightmare

Topics talked about on WISN


Why is it liberals aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy, taking all our comforts away? Remember, this comes as a stifling heat wave is gripping many parts of the nation.

Stan Cox has written what I’m sure is a riveting, captivating book:


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In a book review for the lefty web site, Salon.com, Ryan Brown writes:

“In the last half century, air conditioning has joined fireworks, swimming pools and charred hamburgers as a ubiquitous ingredient of an American summer. It’s no exaggeration to say it has changed the way this country functions, shaping everything from where we’re willing to live (Las Vegas, anyone?) to the amount of sex we have (more: It’s never too hot to get it on when the A.C. is blasting). Nine out of 10 new homes in this country are built with central air conditioning, and Americans now use as much electricity to power our A.C. as the entire continent of Africa uses for, well, everything. It has so thoroughly scrambled our way of life that when the National Academy of Engineering chose its 20 greatest engineering accomplishments of the last century, A.C. not only made the list, it clocked in ahead of spacecraft, highways and even the Internet.

But as science writer Stan Cox argues in his new book, the dizzying rise of air conditioning comes at a steep personal and societal price. We stay inside longer, exercise less, and get sick more often — and the electricity used to power all that A.C. is helping push the fast-forward button on global warming. The invention has also changed American politics: Love it or hate it, refrigerated cooling has been a major boon to the Republican Party. The advent of A.C. helped launch the massive Southern and Western population growth that’s transformed our electoral map in the last half century. Cox navigates all of these scientific and social angles with relative ease, providing a clear explanation of how A.C. made the leap from luxury to necessity in the United States and examining how we can learn to manage the addiction before we refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.”

That no good A.C.! Why should we live and work in comfort! And who knew A.C. was such an integral part of the immense success the GOP enjoys!

Maybe Stan Cox, Ryan Brown and their disciples should step to the plate and be the first to live outside, eat outside, sleep outside, work outside when the thermometer is hitting 100 before I even give this foolishness a second thought.

How low can Democrats go?


Pretty low.

The Franklin School Board sticks it to taxpayers once again

 
The Franklin School Board doesn’t get it and doesn’t care.

Despite a recession and high unemployment, the Franklin School Board supports a big fat tax increase.

There is no reason for a Franklin school tax increase this year


Preliminary tax hike of 3.9% approved by Franklin School Board

 

The Year of My Mother: Don't worry about me, just get the groom to the church!

The Year of My Mother


"THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.


Mom and Dad got married on this day. Forgive me, I don’t recall the year, but it’s over 60 years ago.

One of the wedding pictures shows Mom in her wedding dress looking in a mirror. The photo was taken from behind the bride so you see her smiling reflection in the mirror as she playfully adjusts her veil. Unbeknownst to Mom, when Jennifer and I got married, Jennifer asked our photographer to shoot a similar picture of her. Both photos were then placed side by side as one, a gift for our mother. That picture now sits in our bedroom.

The wedding, seriously, almost didn’t happen. It was almost like something out of a Dick Van Dyke episode.

Dad spent the night before the wedding at his brother’s house, my Uncle Claude. The previous evening was not a wild one, but dad overslept anyway. If it weren’t for my Aunt Rose who furiously woke him up, the standard joke for years and years was that Dad would have missed the most important day of his life. (Think about that, folks. Where would I be?)

For the longest time, Dad jokingly blamed Rose Fischer (a saint of a woman, BTW) for his lot in life.

When Dad used to watch My Fair Lady, he wasn’t laughing.

But Mom sure was.


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UPDATE: WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN


From my recent ranking of WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN, here was #2:


2) PEACEFUL

We’re not crime-free, but you get a strong sense of security and safety living here.  That is due, in large part, to the work of our fine police chief and officers. Franklin residents also care deeply, regarding public safety as a top priority.

I wouldn’t advise it, but there are plenty of places in the 53132 zip code where you could leave your doors unlocked. OK, Chief Oliva, stop cringing. But you get my point.


More proof comes in state data on violent crime released today.

Number of Violent Offenses and Percent Change in Franklin, 2008-2009:

VIOLENT CRIMES

2008: 44

2009: 38

Percent change:  -14


MURDER

2008: 0

2009: 0

Percent change: 0


RAPE


2008: 5

2009: 8

Percent change: +60


ROBBERY

2008: 5

2009: 3

Percent change: -40


AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

2008: 34

2009: 27

Percent change: -21

MUST SEE VIDEO: "The larger the national debt, the wealthier we are"


Watch a pompous, arrogant, condescending, rude Democrat, Congressman Pete Stark (CA) lose his cool during an interview in which he proclaims, “The larger the national debt, the wealthier we are.”

No wonder the economy is in the toilet.

Pay close attention to the interview. Sounds like the Congressman is racist.


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Let's give credit to some Democrats......no, really!


First, this prelude.

The news media, especially those in print, report as though the only time the Legislature is in action, it’s akin to a pro wrestling cage match.

I can assure you that legislators from both parties and their staff members actually like each other, respect each other, and play nice together most of the time. But that certainly wouldn’t sell any papers when your circulation has dropped lower than the Equator

I chuckle at the dozens of bloggers (liberal, conservative and a few who claim they are conservative but really aren’t) who actually think they have a clue about Madison politics despite the fact they never venture out of their own SE WI zip code.  

Driving to Madison today, I heard state Senator Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) spilling his guts to WTMJ Radio that probably made Governor (choo-choo) Doyle and every light rail-loving liberal go into orbit.

Plale wants $200,000,000 or more of that $800,000,000 in federal stimulus for a choo-choo train between Milwaukee and Madison to go towards repairing the crumbling Hoan Bridge.

Incidentally, I blogged about this issue on June 16, 2010 after it was reported in the Daily Reporter, a full three weeks before the snoozing Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught on.


Joining Plale is state Representative Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)

Now, I’ve known both Plale and Sinicki for years and years and years, Sinicki more than Plale. That dates back to my public radio years (Sorry, Christine).

The press would have you believe that Plale, Sinicki, and I would never be caught dead enjoying each other’s company in the same room or phone booth.

Listen up!

Plale and Sinicki are right.

Why should we spend over $800,000 on a dubious project years down the road that few will ride rather than fix a lifeline that is vital to our local economy?


By the way, I work in politics. I get that both Plale and Sinicki are up for election. Hello, idiots in the mainstream media and blogosphere. I’ve also known them both and we have called ourselves friends for years. I believe Plale and Sinicki truly mean what they say. And they’re right.

Fix the damn Hoan Bridge before you spend a penny on a worthless train that few will ride and only drain taxpayers.


BTW: This blog has nothing to do with the fact that on the day before Ash Wednesday, Senator Plale invites me into his office for paczkis and Polish sausage.

If that's the case, DC, you can take your stimulus $$$ back


I praised Democrats
, state Senator Jeff Plale and state Representative Christine Sinicki for their stance that some stimulus money earmarked for exorbitantly foolish high speed rail  between Milwaukee and someplace in Madison (Jim Doyle can't make up his mind  and has already incompetently suggested three possible stops in Dane County) be used to fix the crumbling  Hoan Bridge.

I am stunned that my lefty friends in the blogosphere have not raced to their terminals to extol me abundantly.


Plale and Sinicki correctly argue money is needed on the already existing Hoan Bridge that is being used each and every day rather than waiting years for the money to see a train that, in my view, will never be self-sustaining and will be used sparingly, at best.

Another Democrat has weighed in, this time through a mouthpiece. From the Daily Reporter:

“David Frey, spokesman for
Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Wis., said the high-speed rail money cannot be shifted. 

‘If the funding isn’t used as applied for, it won’t be used in Wisconsin,’ he said. ‘It will go to another state for use there.’ 

Frey cited California, New York and Florida as examples of other states that could use Wisconsin’s share of stimulus money for high-speed rail projects of their own.”  

Hey, Gwen, then by all means, take this mountain of tax money and send it and spend it somewhere else. Please!

 

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No pro sports story is this important


Print reporters and columnists think they are really, really, really smart.

I know because I have worked with them for over 32 years.

The fact is they’re no more intelligent than anybody else. What’s more, they’re incredibly bad dressers and tippers. Comes with being so liberal.

Exhibit A: Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer columnist Brian Windhorst. Windhorst covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, who, as of this posting, could be losing LeBron James to the Miami Heat in free agency, a story that has gone way beyond over-hyped.

In May, Windhorst said this on the Dan Patrick show on ESPN Radio about the possible move of James to another NBA squad:

"I wish I had a better analogy for it but if he does do that it will be like a nuclear bomb hitting here because number one, the city will be devastated on many, many fronts: emotionally, physically, infrastructurally…”

Yes, Brian, if LeBron packs his bags, roads and bridges will crumble and deteriorate. Fans will jump out windows because they'll be so distressed.

Today, Windhorst repeated his stupidity again on ESPN Radio:


“The nuclear bomb is about to hit. There will be massive fallout here and LeBron will be radioactive for years. If LeBron has already left his house, I assume he has, I hope he’s packed for a good long time. Because he can’t come back.
It’s a nuclear bomb and LeBron’s going to be radioactive here for as long as a radioactive bomb is … 50 years, whatever the case may be.”






Dear Brian:

1) Get a grip.

2) The world will not come to an end.

3) For God's sake, buy a dictionary and look up, “hyperbole.”

Jerry Kramer does Lombardi imitations


Thursday night, WTMJ's Lance Allan had a great piece about the upcoming Vince Lombardi movie.

Allan interviewed Packer Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer.

Super stuff.

What's the next step in the smoking ban battle?

Topics talked about on WISN


Beaches and outdoor parks?

That would never happen, right?

Supporters of Wisconsin’s smoking ban who called into my show today on Newstalk 1130 WISN were almost unanimous that even they thought banning smoking in outdoor areas was foolish.

The mayor of America’s largest city loves the idea. The less than conservative Village Voice thinks it’s pretty dumb.

Is a ban on TWW next?

Topics talked about on WISN

 

That’s “texting while walking.” Apparently America is loaded with too many klutzes, so government intervention might be necessary.

Good grief.

Robbery hero loses public support after he sues bank

Topics talked about on WISN

 

Here are more details on the bank story I discussed today on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

He was a true hero until he phoned his lawyer. Most "heroes" are happy to get a plaque or certificate, a key to the city. They don't make monetary demands.

Richard Camp should have accepted what the bak offerd, expressed sincere gratitude, and then made a public appeal for assistance. because he ran to an attorney, his credibility in the court of public opinion diminished and hurt his chances of any outpouring of financial support.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Francais weekend!


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, some French pastry in honor of Bastille Days.

We open with a popular smooth jazz number featuring  a nice French touch (note the accordion) from the normally tropical sounding Rippingtons. 

 

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The Barking Lot (07/10/10)

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. Only a slight chance of an afternoon shower. High of 86.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny and warm. High of 87. "A"


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

Several years ago I met two friends, Sara and Michele, at Panera Bread for coffee and “girl talk.”  It was also a chance for two of us to meet Bailey, Sara’s newly adopted dog.  It was a beautiful day and we wanted to have our caffeinated beverages outdoors anyhow, so Sara thought it was a great idea to bring him along.  It turns out she was right.

We sat at a table next to a couple who brought their cat.  Yes, you read correctly, a CAT.  Never in my life had I ever seen a CAT sit outside, nicely, and enjoy the company of others.  It’s just not what cats do.  (Cats don’t do a lot to begin with, much less sip a latte.)

Bailey and “Mr. Hairball” made fast friends.  They sniffed each other, Bailey’s tail wagged and Mr. Hairball just sat there.  I don’t mean that in a critical way, he willingly and calmly sat while Bailey sniffed, wagged, and pleaded with doggy eyes to play with him.  I guess calmly sitting was about all Bailey could ask for or expect.  Still, it was a cute interaction with two species whose discord has made for great cartoons for decades.

But…  Consider… What if fellow diners are afraid of dogs or simply don’t like them?  Why are we exposing the wait staff and others to such health hazards as fleas, dog bites (no guarantees that Fido is up-to-date on his shots) or asthmatic attacks.  Patrons and workers alike shouldn’t have to deal with things that could cause them harm!

My point, inspired by yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feature on local canine-friendly eateries, is that in the midst of this recently-enacted crazy smoking ban, restaurants are opening their arms to pooches on their porches.  Do you mean to tell me that Fido can hang out on a patio and even get a complimentary treat while the next paying customer has to put on his or her “ashamed/I’m sorry” face for lighting up in a designated OUTDOOR puff place?

C’mon.  Every one of the Barking Lot readers knows how crazy nuts I am for dogs.  I don’t mind the concept of dog-friendly restaurants.  But if we were so concerned for those poor workers who had no choice but to work in a smoke-filled restaurant or bar that we had to create a law banning a legal practice, what are we telling those same people as we expose them to these?
----Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

Yeh, I wonder how patrons, not to mention the City Health Department would react if dogs were tableside at Lake Park Bistro?

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


Wisconsin man acquitted in dog hanging case.


Here's a Barking Lot update: Dog waits outside court as woman gets sentenced for taping him to fridge.


Why does this keep happening?


To the rescue....


These days, canines need extra care.


Concerns out west about sheep dogs.


Dogs, bikeway
don't always mix.


Inmates, dogs
team up.


Split custody
of dog in divorce case.


San Francisco
is considering banning the sale of all pets, except fish. MORE.


A dog for $17.76?


Ocala, FL group
gives service dogs to vets.


She rubs pets the right way.


The friendly brain of family dogs.


Dog disrupts the Tour de France.


Tips
for pooch predicaments.


That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video.
 


 

Week-ends (07/10/10)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Brendan Marrocco


Thor Soderberg and his many colleagues


Logan Fisher


Devon Minnema


Gustus Bozarth


Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments


16 Ozaukee County Board members


Coal miners



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The Rev. Kevin Gray


Heriberto Palacio


Jacob Edwards Bartels and Patty Jo Marsh


The people who keep raising your taxes



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“When I became the NASA Administrator – before I became the NASA Administrator - he charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”
Charles Bolden, head of NASA.


"These so-called 'public safety' laws only put decent law-abiding citizens at a dangerous disadvantage when it comes to their personal safety, and I for one am glad that this decades-long era of defective thinking on gun issues is over. Let Freedom Ring."
Jackson County District Attorney Gerald R. Fox said in a statement he will no longer prosecute Wisconsin's prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons, transporting uncased or loaded guns in vehicles, carrying guns in public buildings and taverns and carrying switchblades and butterfly knives. He said the Supreme Court's ruling this week that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense renders those statutes unconstitutional.


“We have the votes for concealed carry now, but we can't get past (Democratic Gov. Jim) Doyle's veto."
William Schmitz, chairman of the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association.


“This really comes down to who wins the next election. If the Republicans take control of the Legislature and the governor's office, then concealed carry will pass."
Sen. Alan Lasee, R-DePere.


"These targets are necessary to ensure that state government lives within its means. We have begun to emerge from the global and national recession and the challenges it has brought to Wisconsin. I am confident that you and your employees will continue to meet these challenges and continue to deliver vital services to Wisconsin citizens."
In a letter to department heads, Governor Jim Doyle called for agencies to hold their budget requests to 2010-11 fiscal year levels.


"The smoking ban to me is a local issue, and it's about personal responsibility and personal freedoms. It's certainly not on my agenda as the first 25 or 30 things I'll be doing as governor."
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann. His Republican primary opponent, Scott Walker said earlier in the week he doesn't believe a smoking ban is in the state's purview, but as a non-smoker he appreciates not being exposed to smoke.


“Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE"

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....



Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers”



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Illegal immigrant thieves could go free while victim faces jail time.


One penny holds up insurance benefits.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Obama's Justice Department soft on voter fraud.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


LeBron James



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Naked man on highway set on fire.


"Negotiations over sex for money broke down when the woman's (blank) did not meet his standards"


Woman avoids jail for being too noisy.


Jam
made from Princess Di's hair.


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

July 20, 1969 vs. today

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok

Recommended Reading (07/11/10)

Recommended reading

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


The Massachusetts Health-Care “Train Wreck”

“President Obama said earlier this year that the health-care bill that Congress passed three months ago is ‘essentially identical’ to the Massachusetts universal coverage plan that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law in 2006. No one but Mr. Romney disagrees. As events are now unfolding, the Massachusetts plan couldn't be a more damning indictment of ObamaCare. The state's universal health-care prototype is growing more dysfunctional by the day, which is the inevitable result of a health system dominated by politics.”


Whitewashing Black Racism

“If a tea-party activist threatened to kill the babies of his political opponents, it wouldn’t just be front-page news. It would be the subject of Democrat-led congressional investigations, a series of terrified New York Times columns about the perilous “climate of hate,” a Justice Department probe by Attorney General Eric Holder, a domestic terror alert from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and another Important Teachable Moment Speech/Summit from Healer-in-Chief Barack Obama. But with the racism shoe on the other foot, Team Obama and its media water-carriers are exhibiting the very racial cowardice Holder once purported to condemn.”


Ringo and the Politics of ‘Hope’

What with Democrats unable thus far to deliver job growth, assertion becomes the White House's mode of discourse: first, that Democratic recovery strategies ‘are working’; second that we're in charge of this show -- we, your government.”


Illegal Immigration Costs US $113 Billion a Year

“The single largest cost to the government of illegal immigration, according to the report, is an estimated $52 billion spent on schooling the children of illegals. ‘Nearly all those costs are absorbed by state and local governments,’ the report states. Moreover, the study’s breakdown of costs on a state-by-state basis shows that in states with the largest number of illegals, the costs of illegal immigration are often greater than current, crippling budget deficits.”


The new frontier: ‘Covering’ conservatives

“For a few days at the end of June, Beltway pundits were consumed with the ballad of David Weigel, a blogger for The Washington Post, briefly assigned to cover the ‘conservative beat.’

And just what is the conservative beat?

Well, according to many of the nation's leading editors, it's that shadowy, often-sinister world where carbon based-life forms of a generally humanoid appearance say and do things relating to, and supportive of, conservative causes and the Republican Party. These strange creatures have been observed using complex tools, caring and nurturing their young and even participating in complex social rituals. Most worship an unseen sky god that traces its roots back to the ancient Middle East. Even more astounding, these creatures are having a noticeable impact on American politics.

And that is why many of our leading journalistic enterprises have found it worthwhile to assign full-time reporters to the task of spelunking through the dark caves of conservatism to better understand these fascinating, if vaguely worrisome, beings.”


The Whoreification of Miley Cyrus

“What has happened to the little ‘Hannah Montana’ star? What is it about young female Disney stars whoring themselves out in order to prove they’ve reached adulthood? Since when does having sex or being sexy qualify one as an adult? And, where is Billy Ray Cyrus? Too busy whoring out his daughter in order to rejuvenate and advance his own long-forgotten career?”


A Modest Proposal for Improving a Dull Game

“Use your hands, dummies. Also, add body slams, get rid of useless nil-nil ties and play on an extremely steep slope. With a few modifications, soccer could become hugely popular world-wide.”

My Most Popular Blogs (07/11/10)

Most popular


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

1)
 TIE

   
Photos of the Week (07/04/10) 

    The Franklin School Board sticks it to taxpayers once again

2) The Year of My Mother: Don't worry about me, just get the groom to the church!

3) WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT FRANKLIN: #1


4) TIE

    The Year of My Mother: The charming July 4th police officer

    How low can Democrats go?

5) The Barking Lot (07/10/10)

Photos of the Week (07/11/10)

Photos of the Week




Discarded cigarette butts huddle near the bottom of a curb outside of Landmark Lanes on the corner of East North and Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee. Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban took effect on Monday. Journal Sentinel photo: Brad Vest


 

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Congratulations, Ricky Franklin!


Former UWM star Ricky Franklin has been chosen to be a member of the Milwaukee Bucks summer team that will play this week in the Las Vegas league.

Franklin is the son of my friend and colleague on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE, Gerard Randall, who I know must be very proud.







Ricky Franklin, left, celebrates with Lonnie Boga after Franklin sank the winning three-point basket with 2.4 seconds left to break a tie against Valparaiso on January 29, 2010. UWM beat Valpo, 85-82. Journal Sentinel photos:  Benny Sieu

 

Spain needs a one-man advantage to beat the Netherlands for the World Cup


Is it just me or does Spain's coach, Vicente del Bosque.....

Vicente del Bosque



Resemble....





 

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"Feingold is only Democrat against financial reform bill"


It's called, job preservation.

The bill's in trouble, probably going nowhere, so Feingold takes a symbolic stand in an attempt to fool more people into thin king that he’s nobody's Senator but yours. Oh, wait. That's our other tax and spend liberal Senator in Washington.

Feingold must think Wisconsinites are pretty stupid as he pulls out one of the oldest tricks in the Democrat playbook: When it comes down to crunch time in an election, move to the right. Listen to this laughable ad he's released.

 

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"If the business climate does not improve, I will not expand this (WI) facility"


I never miss John Torinus’ Sunday column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s business section. Today’s piece was exceptional, one that should be read and heeded by every Wisconsin politician and political candidate.

Torinus quotes
Jerry Ryder, president of InSinkErator from a WisconsinEye interview:

"If the business climate does not improve, I will not expand this facility.”

The author makes this critical observation:

“Most CEOs are reluctant to speak out about their disgust with government policy, but several have let it be known in business circles that they have no intention of expanding their operations in this state.”

Many business leaders have spoken out. The problem is, no one in power in Madison or Washington is listening.

Torinus also writes:

“Several CEOs are downright sulfurous in their private assessments about doing business in Wisconsin. Their objections include personal and corporate tax increases, recent court rulings and legislative proposals to raise liabilities for corporations. The list also includes proposed expansions of regulation through bills like the one on climate change, new pro-union laws, the fiscal disarray in Madison and the proclivity of the state to be an outlier when it comes to conformity with federal taxes and regulations.

Call them crybabies if you like. But these are the guys making the decisions about where jobs are retained, reduced or added.

And, not so incidentally, they are human beings. They want to be liked and appreciated. They look for signals, and if they don't like what they see and hear, they go elsewhere.”

Among the states, Wisconsin’s business climate is one of the ten worst in the nation. Our fiscal future depends on how soon we answer the very loud and clear wake-up call.

Culinary no-no #174

Culinary no-no's


Regions of America are often characterized by their specialty foods.

New England clam chowder.

Manhattan clam chowder.

Maine lobster.

Philly cheesesteak.

New York pastrami.

Chicago deep dish pizza.

Memphis barbecue.

Louisiana Cajun.

Cincinnati chili.

Deep fried pickles in the south.

Delicious dishes, to be sure. But healthy?

My guess is that anyone ordering mouth-watering ribs slathered in sauce with sides of baked beans, cole slaw and corn bread topped off with pecan pie isn’t exactly counting calories.

No matter how health conscious we’ve become, no matter how much the federal government threatens to dictate our own diets, we belly up for gut-busting entrees that tantalize, rendering us spellbound. And you know what? Thank goodness. Seriously, would we ever want to see the banana split go extinct?

The serious, sad truth is that far too many concoctions push way, way, way over the edge. One man’s culinary nirvana is another’s cardiac arrest.

Health.com, God love them, utilizing the ultimate research techniques, has broken down the heart attacks waiting to strike geographically.  That’s right. Health.com has deemed that in each and every state in our great country, there is one fatty food that stands out as the fattiest.

So, do as I did. Put your thinking caps on and try to predict what Health.com designated as the fattiest food in BadgerLand.

Could it be.....





Now you put one, or as they do in Sheboygan, TWO of those suckers after being boiled in beer in a chewy roll and pour on the sauerkraut and onions and mustard (never, ever ketchup unless you're a Communist) and it ain't exactly a veggie burger.

Show me.......









BRATS!











BUZZ!

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DA finds evidence of extensive political blogging on Liebenthal computer


CRG Network 
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Milwaukee, WI 53237
      
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"You don't want to mess with the mama grizzlies"

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Did you know that polls can be "bended?"


I’ve been involved in politics for years and years, and I had no idea that polls could be “bended.”

Ace Franklin blogger Greg Kowalski who has never met a big tax or spending plan he didn’t love to death because, after all, he doesn’t have to pay for it, penned another one of his gems without utilizing spell check. This time, sly ol’ Greg was writing about tornado sirens. He wants them installed in Franklin even though there are many solid reasons not to. And oh, yes, Greg loves to spend everybody else’s money.

Let’s see what the Franklin High School graduate (his teachers must be so proud) had on his mind:

“By the way, the Franklin Today poll on the sirens is pretty close. 47% of those who voted said YES for sirens, 53% said NO. Given the notion that polls can be bended depending on which side is more passionate, I'd give the sway at least 2-3%, leaving the poll at 50-50. No surprise there for me.”

I challenge our tax and spend liberal to:

1) Define “bended”

2) Define how polls can be “bended”

3) Find “bended” in a dictionary

4) Explain how a poll that has a percentage margin of 6 points is really a dead even poll.


I generally don’t write about Greg. His ineptness and political naivete is extremely obvious, and every blogger makes a typo now and then. Greg…..he thrives on butchering the English language. This one was a gift.

“Bended.”

Your public school dollars at work.

"If we can't cut four and a half cents on the buck, then what the hell are we doing here?"


It is impossible to meet and know state Senator Michael Ellis (R-Neenah) as I have for many, many years and not love the guy.

No one captivates the listening audience when the state Senate is on the floor than Ellis who is so persuasive he even gets the liberal Capitol press corp and Senate Democrats chuckling and fighting nodding in agreement. I always try to pay attention as to which Senate Democrat will foolishly rise after Ellis is through speaking and try to follow. More often than not, it’s Robert Wirch from Kenosha.

No one, I mean absolutely no one other than possibly Bob Lang of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau knows the state budget inside out as well as Ellis. The senator from time to time will invite the media into his office and dissect the budget on his office blackboard. It’s the truest picture of the numbers they’ll get anywhere because trust me, the Capitol press corps, unless it’s spoon fed to them, won’t write about it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Ellis is proposing the Legislature make across the board cuts of 4.5% to address the state’s $2.5 billion structural deficit.

"If we can't cut four and a half cents on the buck, then what the hell are we doing here?" said Ellis.

BINGO!

More from the Journal Sentinel:

“His plan would include reductions to aid for public schools and local governments. He said lawmakers should bar local officials from making up the cuts with increased property taxes.”

DOUBLE BINGO!

The state has been generous year after year after year. Well guess what? The state is broke to the tune of $2.5 billion. Yet some will scream for more state aid. It ain’t there, folks.

Unless you want big fat tax increase, Ellis’ way is the way to go.

"Kill some crackers...kill some of their babies"


The liberal press has virtually ignored the story of the Black Panther group standing outside a Philadelphia polling place during the November 2008 elections, blocking the door to white voters while carrying night sticks.

Then In January 2009, one of their leaders made inflammatory racist remarks, again, ignored by the guilt white liberal press.

Watch….



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"We're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave..."

The 5 greatest threats to America's future success


John Hawkins
is back with another great list.

All indications are Brett will return


He looks healthy.

He’s working out.

He’s surrounded by a team loaded with young talent.

His teammates want him back.

 

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How much hassle is $4 worth?


It appears MillerCoors gave Jon Merritt of Los Angeles an unnecessarily tough time over a simple $4 mail-in rebate.

Maybe the giant firm thought Merritt, like most, would eventually throw up his hands in disgust and just forget the whole deal. He didn’t.

In this particular incident, MillerCoors flunked PR101.

They’re not alone, as David Lazarus of the LA Times tells us.

It's time to play FINAL JEOPARDY!

Final Jeopardy


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




THE MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME



Now, you know how this works.



In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.



You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




HE HIT THE ONLY GRAND SLAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE ALL-STAR GAME.




Good luck.










Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




THE MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




HE HIT THE ONLY GRAND SLAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE ALL-STAR GAME.





The correct question is:





Who is Fred Lynn?






Fred Lynn of the California Angels belts a grand slam in the 1983 All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago off of Atlee Hammaker. Lynn's American League team beat the National League, 13-3, and Lynn was named the game's Most Valuable Player.






Lynn's 1983 baseball card.

Photos: nowbatting19.com

UPDATE: Air conditioning: A liberal nightmare


Last week, I featured a review written by Salon’s Ryan Brown about Stan Cox’s book, "Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)."

Brown writes, “
Stan Cox argues in his new book, the dizzying rise of air conditioning comes at a steep personal and societal price……providing a clear explanation of how A.C. made the leap from luxury to necessity in the United States and examining how we can learn to manage the addiction before we refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.”

AC.

We’ve paid “a steep personal and societal price” for not sweating to death.

AC will cause us to “refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.”

This week, the kooky flako author speaks out on his own in the Washington Post. Wacko Stan Cox says cranking up the ACs duirng intense heat and humidity “isn’t smart.” You hear that. If you turned on your air the past week, you’re stupid.

AC, you idiots, is evil.

“A
ir conditioning is one of the worst power-guzzlers. The energy required to air-condition American homes and retail spaces has doubled since the early 1990s. Turning buildings into refrigerators burns fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases, which raises global temperatures, which creates a need for -- you guessed it -- more air-conditioning.”

Cue the kumbaya music…

“Saying goodbye to A.C. means saying hello to the world. With more people spending more time outdoors -- particularly in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures fall more quickly outside than they do inside -- neighborhoods see a boom in spontaneous summertime socializing. Rather than cowering alone in chilly home-entertainment rooms, neighbors get to know one another. Because there are more people outside, streets in high-crime areas become safer.”

Most outrageous is Cox’s diminishing of the jeopardy living without AC brings. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (I’m sure Stan Cox has heard of it) heat is the primary weather-related cause of death in the United States.

Slate (Another source I’m sure Stan Cox is aware of) reports, “Heat waves kill more people in the United States than all of the other so-called natural disasters combined. More than 400 Americans die from heat-related illnesses in a typical year. Annual mortality from tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods together is under 200. Heat-wave deaths aren't the worst natural disasters only in quantitative terms, but also in qualitative ones because they're slow and preventable. There's no telling when an earthquake will strike. But dangerous heat always comes announced, and it's fairly easy to prevent human damage. Victims of heat tend to wilt gradually, alone and at home, out of touch with family, friends, and social-service providers who could save their lives simply by treating them with water or bringing them to an air-conditioned place.”

That’s small potatoes according to Cox:

“A.C.'s obvious public-health benefits during severe heat waves do not justify its lavish use in everyday life for months on end.”

Without supporting data, Cox makes the ridiculous claim that turning off the AC reduces heat deaths.

G-O-O-F-B-A-L-L.

I just love the thought processes of liberals. Hope Cox has stocked up mightily on Right Guard.

Will somebody ask a critical question at tonight's Franklin Common Council meeting?


Tonight, the spend-happy and increasingly disappointing Franklin Common Council considers a resolution awarding a bid to the lowest bidder for furnishing and installing tornado warning sirens.

When the city is in a serious deficit, just how are we going to pay for them?



Voter fraud is one thing, but when it's used by a Democrat against a Democrat?

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The WI DNR Publishes Controversial Climate Change Textbook

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The Department of "Just Us"

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

I am America

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Hey Franklin, did you get your assessment notice in the mail?


What did it say?

Did the value of your property DECREASE?

If you’re not planning to sell in the near future, you probably breathed a sigh of relief.

So, your assessment went DOWN. You’re probably thinking, your property taxes are going DOWN, right?

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

Check your zip code, folks! You reside in Tax Hell USA,  no matter what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board is smoking.

It is the most serious highway robbery for tax levies to go up when property values go down.

But that’s what’s going to happen come December.

These people and especially these stick up artists CANNOT WAIT to raise your taxes, Franklin, even as our area struggles in a recession that may not be over.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at least you can do something about it, right now, by contacting the local people in charge of your tax bill before they start working on their budgets.  When they ignore you, and ultimately, they will, boot them out of office.

By the way, this goes for all Wisconsin taxpayers, whether you live in Franklin or not. Face it. You’re screwed.


UPDATE: Declining property values put pressure on property taxes- The Lakeland Times.

Kyla's Korner- Musings of a Mother (07/14/10)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer
Mother of beautiful angel, Kyla





Like fellow FranklinNOW blogger Debbie Maley, I enjoy walking down memory lane about our dear sweet Kyla.  Mark and Debbie have been blessed a few months longer with Kobi than we have with our daughter, but so many things in her recent blog had me smiling and shaking my head in agreement.

Time has been going by so quickly in the life of our little angel.  This week was a first for our family, as we went to the Franklin Public Library to enjoy a Summer Rhyme Time class with Kyla.  With the silly songs, splashing in tubs filled with water, and making new friends, I’m not sure who enjoyed the morning more:  Mommy & Daddy, or Baby.  This will definitely be one of those precious memories like Debbie enjoys remembering.


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Obama lied about federal funding of abortions

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release


Obama Administration to Give

Pennsylvania Federal Funds for

Health Care Program Which Includes

Abortion Coverage


First Proof that Obama Assurances

of no Federal Funding for Abortion

are Phony


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

$$$ on Franklin warning siren could have been better spent


FranklinNOW.com reports the “Just can’t say no to spending more of your dough” Franklin Common Council awarded a $126,484 contract to the low bidder, American Signal Corp. for a tornado warning siren. How we’ve managed to survive for all these decades without one is simply beyond me. The vote in favor of the siren was five to spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, and one not to spend, spend, spend, spend, spend.

The contract amount is about two police officers or firefighters. In my book, if we’re tossing cash around we don’t have, that would have been a much better purchase.

 

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When I heard this story, I just couldn't believe it


I’ve been in the broadcast business for over 30 years and have covered countless stories. Some of them have been major including the Jeffrey Dahmer case, the onslaught of cryptosporidium, the Brewers 1982 World Series run, and more elections than I can remember.

Just when you think you’ve seen or heard everything, something else comes along that truly amazes.

Such is the case with this news item that I’m about to share with you.

I’m not sure I can recall anything quite like it.

The details are astounding and when I’m through sharing, I’m positive you will agree with me.

The story begins, almost unbelievably with









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OK everybody, go grab your assessment notice and then come right back....


And check this out.....

NY Yankee owner George Steinbrenner dies after a massive heart attack

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

What do MLB players Tyson Ross and Neil Walker have in common?


You'll never guess.

Brett Favre wins an ESPY



Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (L) and guests arrive at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for ESPY)

Favre along with Minnesota Vikings teammate Greg Lewis won an ESPY Award (annual awards presented by ESPN) last night for Best Play.

Remember last year's game against San Francisco?

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RIP Charlotte McCourt


In lieu of flowers...

MORE...

The largest tax increase in American history


Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform is predicting that if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, which is exactly what Obama and the Democrats want, we’re looking at a $1 TRILLION tax increase.



Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson


November is coming.

UPDATE: Week-ends (06/19/10)



Was I wrong about Sara Carbonero, the woman many claim to be the sexiest journalist in the world?

In my Week-ends blog for June 19, 2010, I designated the lovely Carbonero as one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK.  I agreed with the conventional wisdom that Carbonero’s mere presence caused her boyfriend, the goalie for Spain, to blow a big World Cup game early in the competition.

It reminded me of the reported effect Jessica Simpson…




 

Had on boyfriend, Dallas QB Tony Romo of Burlington, WI...



 

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The Obama's don't practice what they preach


Rightpundits.com makes the observation that, “Michelle Obama told the press that people should not be afraid to vacation in the Gulf region. She said that there are still many beaches free of contamination from oil.”

First lady Michele Obama speaks to locals at the Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Monday, July 12, 2010. Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberts watches. The first lady visited to see the effects of the Gulf oil spill for herself.  AP photo.

We continue, from rightpundits.com:

"Oddly enough, the Obama family will be taking yet another vacation, their fourth since the BP oil spill began, in Maine, about as far from the oil spill as possible."

Wooooo, lordy, lordy, would you just look at that:




Barack, honey, could we please learn how to make one of those?

From the Examiner.com:


“When the First Family--President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters--arrive on Mount Desert Island in Maine on Friday, July 16, things are sure to be turned around. Rumors have spread that he is already here, staying in Seal Cove with Maine senator, George Mitchell, and they are planning to learn the proper way of preparing and freezing wild Maine blueberry muffins with Martha Stewart.”

No chance of getting your tootsies full of Gulf oil from an oven full of muffins while vacationing in good ol' Maine now is there.

The good news and the bad news about ObamaCare

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"


Headed to a movie this weekend?

A friend of mine and his wife usually go twice a week, sometimes more. Think about that. In a year, they see well over 100 movies. Hollywood doesn’t make but two or three great films in a year.

This couple has probably seen every movie on a rather interesting list compiled by filmcritic.com back in 2006, the Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time.

Like all such rankings, this one’s up for debate. Gone With The Wind that I tease in my blog title didn’t even make the list. And their #4 would have been my #1.

 

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Jobbed on Jobs

Jobbed on Jobs
By Brian Fraley
A MacIver Institute Perspective

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The latest from Rehorst

Rehorst

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Tours
Distillery TV
Hey Chicago!
Big Weekend Events
Drink of the Month

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It's going to be a hot weekend


But isn't that what summer is all about?

Might be worth a jump in the pool.

Don't forget, it's Festa Italiana, what many consider to be Milwaukee's best summer ethnic festival.

Looking for a good movie?




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Goodnight everyone, and have a Jersey Boy weekend!

Nostalgia


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, we are gonna have some fun!

Sunday night at the Marcus Ampitheater, Festa Italiana welcomes the legendary Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

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

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



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

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

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



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The Barking Lot (07/17/10)

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, hot and humid. High of 89.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Variable clouds with a chance of thunderstorms. Some could be severe. High of 88. "B"


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


On the July 16, 2010 edition of InterCHANGE, Kevin stated that co-sleeping parents (whose children died from the practice) are “stupid and irresponsible.”  I agree with him completely and feel that the same words can describe any owner who leaves their dog in the car during the summer.

 

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Week-ends (07/17/10)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Robert Howard


Margaret Seip


Radio host Doug McDuff


Honored before this week's MLB All-Star Game, Mitch Arnold of Wisconsin.


Charles Woodson............MORE.


Lee Talos


Peter Crooks


Betty Jenkins


Thomas Horn



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Road signs


"A callous murderer" and his supporters............MORE.


The Imperial Valley Press


Michael Bloomberg


Ben Baldanza


Roseanne Barr



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels. Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice... These funds could be better used against the violent Mexican cartels than the people of Arizona. I will not stop fighting to protect the citizens of Arizona, and to defend Arizonans in federal court. Arizona will ultimately prevail against the lawsuits - including this latest assault by the Obama Administration. Our laws will be found to be constitutional - because that is exactly what they are."
Arizona governor Jan Brewer


"A court battle between the federal government and Arizona will not move us closer to securing the border or fixing America's broken immigration system. Washington failed us on this issue again today, and Arizonans have had enough."
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.)


All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party.”
Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)


“I have seen posters ... where every president from Reagan to Obama has been called a fascist. Why is it that just because we have a black president, we are hyper-sensitive to posters at rallies? (The NAACP wants to) create a climate where they can say that those on the right are in fact racist and those on the left are their saviors. This is very much what the liberal agenda is about. “
Rev. C.L. Bryant


"Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side."
Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)


"No one would expect a member of her seniority to make that kind of statement and think it to be true."
Nat Thomas, a spokesperson for Jackson Lee, said she clearly misspoke about Vietnam.



“Saying goodbye to A.C. means saying hello to the world. With more people spending more time outdoors -- particularly in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures fall more quickly outside than they do inside -- neighborhoods see a boom in spontaneous summertime socializing. Rather than cowering alone in chilly home-entertainment rooms, neighbors get to know one another. Because there are more people outside, streets in high-crime areas become safer. As a result of all this, a strange thing happens: Deaths from heat decline. Elderly people no longer die alone inside sweltering apartments, too afraid to venture outside for help and too isolated to be noticed. Instead, people look out for one another during heat waves, checking in on their most vulnerable neighbors.”
Author Stan Cox, panning air conditioning.


Seriously though, you get the feeling that if today’s ‘progressives’ had their way, then none of the technology that we take for granted today — the car, airplanes, air conditioning — the Internet that Salon publishes on — would exist today.”
Blogger Ed Driscoll


“And as for loyalty in sports? This was Pearl Harbor and 9/11 rolled into one. Just check out the jilted Cleveland fans burning all things James. To stretch the point further, James' departure is another blow to the Rust Belt, which has been dying a slow death since the 1980s.”
John Lindsay  of Scripps Howard News Service on LeBron James leaving the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers to join Miami.


"(The Cleveland Cavaliers owner's) feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave."
Jesse Jackson, playing the race card in the LeBron James story.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


I just couldn't narrow it down this week.


Hospital may have infected veterans with HIV.


Schools are teaching 10-year olds about sex.


Cheerleading for abortions on prime time family TV.


Yet another
lenient judge.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Democrats block amendment to open up Gulf cleanup to the press.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Mel Gibson's rant.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Hey, what's that on your ankle, pal?


I can see it now........
PRWD.


Then there's STTWP.


Getting dressed
pays off for a German police officer.


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

A former Packer great tells it like it is


Picture it.

A living room on a Sunday afternoon in the late 1960’s.

The set is turned to CBS.

NFL football.

Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers.

Ray Scott is performing his customary stellar play-by-play duties.

The Pack has the ball on the one-yard line of their opponent that I can’t recall.

Bart Starr takes the snap from center. 

No vaunted Packer sweep this time. Just a straight up the middle handoff to one of the backs. Again, I don’t recall but it was probably Donny Anderson or Jim Grabowski for a Green Bay TD.

What I do remember was my brother and I laughing uproariously in jubilation as CBS went to instant replay several times, not to show the average, mundane Packer score, but a ferocious block. Lined up on the right side, Packer tight end Marv Fleming on a routine up the middle surge had taken his man and literally pushed him back nine yards deep in the end zone. No way that defender was going to get near the ball carrier. Impressive, yes, but not unexpected. Fleming, who had a well-deserved reputation as a great blocker.





I do recall Fleming was not the greatest receiver. He’d make tough receptions, but then disappoint by dropping the easiest balls to catch. So his career  #’s are not off the charts. Doesn’t matter. Fleming played in FIVE Super Bowls, four of them on the winning team.

This morning, over 40 years later, Marv Fleming made me laugh again when I read in the morning paper he put Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports reporter/columnist Lori Nickel in her place. A very good writer, Nickel began to ask Fleming, who’s being inducted, finally, into the Packer Hall of Fame, a question about statistics, specifically Fleming's statistics. Fleming was ready for it, interrupting Nickel before she could come even close to finishing her query. From the Journal Sentinel:

"I hate the question already. Statistics, statistics, statistics. All they talk about. Let me ask you a question. How would you like to catch 50 balls and never go to the Super Bowl? All right, and how would you like to be a great blocker in the NFL and go to the Super Bowl five times? How old are you? Are you a fan of the NFL? So, do you know what I am saying, then?"

Love it.

I’m positive Nickel meant no disrespect. But I bet she has even more regard for Marv Fleming now.

Sweet Jesus, it's hot.......inside!





81 degrees. 81.

That’s what the thermostat read inside church during Mass last Sunday morning.

I wasn’t surprised. My church, the most beautiful in all of Milwaukee, has no air conditioning. While that probably pleases some liberal heathens, it does result in some discomfort.

I know it will be toasty again this Sunday, just as it I knew it would be a few weeks ago when, during a weak moment, I seriously considered wearing shorts to church where I usher every week. I hadn’t done that since I was a kid and my bare legs were hidden beneath my acolyte cassock.

Plastered on the walls in the back of church are small posters reminding churchgoers that certain wardrobe items are taboo. However, the postings warn about the more obvious improper clothing, like revealing tube tops exposing the midriff.

So what about shorts? I decided to consult an expert…..the Internet. According to Google, it took me 0.15 seconds to get the answer that I pretty much expected:


“Men should never wear shorts to Church.”


Msgr. Charles Pope, (no, I’m not kidding) of Washington D.C. recently wrote a column titled, “Adore the Lord in Holy Attire – On Proper Dress for Mass.Pope’s informative, Dressing for Sunday Church for Dummies-like piece, I believe, should be required reading material to be copied and stuffed into every Sunday bulletin across the country.

Pope strikes an important chord. Let me Fischer-ize Pope’s premise: People are pigs who have lost all respect for themselves and others. Why would we expect them to dress properly, even to visit the Lord’s House?

My record of never wearing shorts to church, except during my alter boy days, I’m proud to say, is still intact.  Certainly, I can hold out for an hour or so once a week a few times each summer.

Dear God, I ask but one thing in return: On those Sunday scorchers, could we please ditch the 20-minute homilies?

UPDATE: The Barking Lot (07/17/10)

The Barking Lot


Today’s Barking Lot on This Just In included the story of a dog recovering from six gunshots.


Calls are flooding Toledo from around the country from folks that want to adopt the dog.

But the local dog warden says, no way.

Putting America to Work: The shovel comes in handy

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Recommended Reading (07/18/10)

Recommended reading


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


The Charge of Racism: It’s Time to Bury the Divisive Politics of the Past

“I am saddened by the NAACP’s claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America’s Constitutional rights are somehow ‘racists.’ The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.

Having been on the receiving end of a similar spurious charge of racism (in a recent frivolous lawsuit which was finally dismissed by a federal judge), I know how Tea Party Americans feel to be falsely accused. To be unjustly accused of association with what Reagan so aptly called that ‘legacy of evil’ is a traumatizing experience, and one of which the honest, freedom-loving patriots of the Tea Party movement are truly undeserving.”


The war on Arizona

“Rather than work with Arizona to secure the border and send the illegals home, the Obamaites are taking Mexico's side against Arizona, and against the faithful execution of U.S. law.”


David Cameron, don’t follow Barack Obama

“In the middle of an economic crash, and in the middle of record-breaking federal budgets and budget deficits, Mr. Obama started a new entitlement. This struck people, by which I mean almost everyone, as off-point. We are in a crisis, part of the crisis involves spending money we don't have, and our answer is to spend more? It wasn't a policy, it was a non sequitur.

Moreover, the President's decision to focus his entire first year on health care, when the voters were focused on the economy, on unemployment, on deficits, demonstrated, in the end unhappily for him and frustratingly for his fellow citizens, that he simply wasn't thinking about what they were thinking about.”


Let me know when you get it

“That there are no patriots or statesmen in Congress blowing more whistles and raising more hell is more frightening than the violations of the President and his gang. With a soulless, unprofessional, grossly irresponsible lapdog media kow-towing to such egregious acts by the government which they are supposed to be watch-dogging, is as anti-American as it gets. That it has gotten this bad and this far without a meaningful response from anyone in government or the mainstream media is the worst-case scenario.”


100 days of health-care reform

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), premiums for millions of American families in 2016 will be 10-13 percent higher than they otherwise would be. This represents a $2100 increase per family, compared with the status quo....

This is not the only bad news.”


Do the 13 keys to the presidency mean Obama is destined to be re-elected?

“First off, you may be asking: Is there anything to this? The answer: Yes, there is. This list of factors can be used to correctly predict the outcome of every presidential election in history.”


Have we the will to cut spending?

The rule should be that if you can find a product or service in the Yellow Pages, see if the private sector can do the job government has been doing at lower cost and higher efficiency. Doesn't that make more sense than the state doing a job at greater cost with less efficiency?” 


Rove: My biggest mistake in the White House

“The attacks on Mr. Bush poisoned America's political discourse. Saying the commander-in-chief intentionally lied America into war is about the most serious accusation that can be leveled at a president. The charge was false—and it opened the way for politicians in both parties to move the debate from differences over issues into ad hominem attacks."


Should the U.S. adopt compulsory voting?

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Bravo MI, SC, MN, PA, RI

Nostalgia


Too bad WI can't join that list.  It's impossible because Jim (I support illegal immigration) Doyle is our governor and Democrats that count on illegal immigrants and their votes control the state Legislature...............for now.

My Most Popular Blogs (07/18/10)

Most popular


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


1)
 "Kill some crackers...kill some of their babies"

2)  Congratulations, Ricky Franklin!

3)  It's time to play FINAL JEOPARDY!

4) TIE   

    Culinary no-no #174     

   
UPDATE: Air conditioning: A liberal nightmare 
   

5) The Barking Lot (07/17/10)

Photos of the Week (07/18/10)

Photos of the Week





The New Orleans Times-Picayune front page reads "Oil Flow Halted" July 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The cap sealing the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has remained sealed during the 48-hour testing period offering a glimmer of hope in the disaster. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


 



In this Tuesday, July 13, 2010 photo, U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division are seen on board a C-17 aircraft at Baghdad International Airport as they begin their journey to the United States. The soldiers, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., are headed home after nine months in Iraq as part of the U.S. drawdown of forces, which begins in earnest next month. The number of soldiers in Iraq is expected to go from 77,500 currently in the country to 50,000 by September 1. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)






Demonstrators from the group 'Vuvuzelas for BP', blow vuvuzelas during a protest across the street from the BP headquarters in central London, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


 

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Apparently the Journal Sentinel editors forgot about Festa this weekend


One of my most popular blogs each and every week is Sunday morning’s Photos of the Week.  When our area was devastated by massive flooding during June 2008, my blogs of flooding photos got tons of attention. Not only were hits off the charts, I received inquisitive e-mails from all over Wisconsin and many other sections of the country.

I decided to do a weekly photo week in review montage and one of my sources of pictures is, of course, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that has a great staff of photojournalists.

For today’s collection, I wanted to include a snapshot or more from what many believe is Milwaukee’s biggest and best ethnic festival, Festa Italiana that wraps up today at the lakefront. Surely the Journal Sentinel’s web site that has a separate Photo/Video section would have a gallery of Festa pictures for me to choose from. However, after checking the web site thoroughly, I was quite disappointed to find no such photos.

This makes no sense. How could the paper snub Festa?  After all, last month an entire gallery was devoted to Pride Fest followed by a gallery that combined Polish Fest and Juneteenth Day.  

So why no attention to Festa Italiana this week? Will next week’s German Fest be shutout by Journal Sentinel management? What about Irish Fest and Fiesta Mexicana and African World Festival and Indian Summer?

NOTE: The paper did run a preview article promoting this year's Festa.

"Fairly Conservative? No, try Fairly Inaccurate"

 

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Let's play Guess the Columnist!


OK, gang. What nationally syndicated columnist wrote the following:

“For the NAACP to call the Tea Party a bunch of ‘racists’ is like Rosie O’Donnell complaining that Chelsea Handler is a bit flabby in the arms, sometimes snacks too much, is not as pretty without her makeup, and really isn’t all that funny.

I believe, via personal experience and watching extensive TV coverage, that I’ve seen way more blacks, browns, yellows (and one green dude) at Tea Parties than I have white devils at NAACP rallies.

Yep, I’m pretty certain that’s been the case, especially at the Tea Party I emceed that had Lt. Col. Allen West as the keynote speaker. I believe he’s black … either that or he has a smokin’ tan. I also believe he should be our next President. So much for my cracka racism, eh? Allen West & Michelle Bachmann 2012. Yahoo!”

Any ideas?

It could only be one person.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #171

Culinary no-no's


Culinary no-no #171
dealt with our reluctance/opposition to putting restaurants near water.

A rare exception is the Harbor House that opened last week at the site of the old Pieces of Eight on the lakefront.








Journal Sentinel photos

Looks like a winner.

Culinary no-no #175

Culinary no-no's

 
This week, an air of sophistication surrounds the Culinary no-no. Not too much elitist snobbery, you understand. However, Culinary no-no #175 is a bit more upper crust than previous entries about brats, pizza, and belly busting gut bombs.

The subject is wine. Not by the glass, but ordering bottles of vino at fancy dining establishments.

This exercise can be unnerving, about as pleasant as walking into a car dealership, a real confidence breaker.

I found the following instructional video to be quite informative, a perfect primer on how to not be overcome by a desire to jump out the restaurant window when faced with making an appropriate selection. Please watch this excellent presentation by Rick Bertrand, the founder of Tarini Wines.


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How soon before the hateful left....


Jumps on this?

Remember...

UPDATE:
For the answer, go to the comments of this well-known lefty blog.

To any laid off teacher....


Consider Chicago.

Teaching. What a poor, oppressed profession.

The Chelsea Clinton wedding preparations

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

The Year of My Mother: "That's one small step for man...."

The Year of My Mother


 "THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.


Men are horrible at remembering important dates, like anniversaries or the first time they met or kissed their wives. Women seem to possess an in-bred, uncanny ability to instantly recall the most obscure memories. Men don’t remember what they had for breakfast.

For over 40 years, I have never forgotten the significance of July 20.

On this day in 1969….

 

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How to pay for UC benefits

Obama a "teenager with a credit card"


Newt Gingrich speaks common sense about the deficit on NBC's Today Show.


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How much of your airline ticket is taxes?


Take a guess.

What percentage of your fare is this tax and that tax and another tax?

Go on.

Come up with a number.

Got one?

OK. Good.

Now check out Tigerhawk.

Sports fans are idiots


Have you ever listened to sports talk radio? Most of the callers have IQs in the teens.

Fan, of course, is short for fanatic. The basic fan operates illogically, thinking primarily with his/her heart, not the head. That is why just about every Wisconsin native come August firmly believes the Green Bay Packers will go 16-0 and win the Super Bowl. Tremendous loyalty, but it also borders on insanity.

I love this sentiment on the part of some Packer fans: I don’t care if we lose every game as long as we beat the Bears twice. Yeh, that’s real sharp thinking.

OK. I am a sports fan, but I’m, as a broadcaster I worked with for a short time, Steve “The Homer” True likes to say, not an idiot.  So, if the telephone rings and the person on the other end of the line says:

“We’re doing a survey and we’d like to know who your favorite sports star is?”

I’m pretty sure I could come up with a decent answer that makes sense.

Think about how you would respond.

While you do that, let me toss out some replies I might give to the pollster.

Since we’re in the baseball season, I might say pitcher Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies who is nearing the age of 50. I marvel at his accomplishments.

Sorry folks, but because I love watching him play and believe he’s very good for the game, Brett Favre would come to mind.

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Shame on them: 3 Milw. Co supervisors try to capitalize on death of teenager


Unfortunately, it was bound to happen.

 

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Overheard in Obama's limo...

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

A must read from one of the best columnists, re: The race card


The race card is being tossed around quite frequently these days with the latest assault coming against the tea parties.

Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell make a great case that it’s a phony issue, and that the post-racial era promised by Barack Obama was also disingenuous. Sowell writes:


“Among people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, those who are likely to be most disappointed are those who thought that they were voting for a new post-racial era. There was absolutely nothing in Obama's past to lead to any such expectation, and much to suggest the exact opposite. But the man's rhetoric and demeanor during the election campaign enabled this and many other illusions to flourish.

There is not now, nor has there ever been, anything post-racial about Barack Obama, except for the people who voted for him in the mistaken belief that he shared their desire to be post-racial. When he leaves office, especially if it is after one term, he will leave this country more racially polarized than before.”

It’s a great column.

Wisconsin's 10-Year Health Plan Includes Government Expansion, New Taxes


Wisconsin’s 10-Year Health Plan Includes

Government Expansion, New Taxes


MacIver News Service
| July 21, 2010 [Madison, Wisc...] State health officials Wednesday released a long-range health vision that proposes increased taxes on alcohol, placing community health centers in middle schools, restricting the sale of alcohol at public events and would begin public schooling for children as young as three years old.

According to the Department of Health Services, the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer sets out several major health improvement targets, including smoking prevention, lowering  obesity rates, ensuring access to good nutrition and increasing exercise levels. The plan also emphasizes the need to improve systems that support health, such as research, health literacy, sustainable funding, partnerships and information systems.

“Everyone — public health departments, educators, health care providers, advocacy  groups, employers, community coalitions and residents — can use this plan to make progress on at least one of  these important goals,” said State Health Officer Seth Foldy.

The objectives also hit on some hot-button issues that may make the plan politically unpalatable.  A push for universal pre-kindergarten, for example, would stretch currently strained public education budgets even further. Elsewhere in the plan the Department of Health Services states it’s intent to “promote policies that assure societal norms regarding healthy sexual expression.”  

The document also includes several obscure policy goals, including one proposal to “Allocate funding to establish the use of electronic methods of payment at farmers markets.”

Critics assailed the plan as an attempt to grow government and increase taxes.

“It is ironic that the day after the Supreme Court ruled the Doyle administration’s raid of the patient compensation fund was unconstitutional that the Democrats announce they won’t address that issue and instead will tie the next Governor’s hands and force him to deal with it; meanwhile they unveil this expansive new plan to increase the cost, scope and size of government,” said State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette). “It is hypocrisy at its worst.”

Wisconsin Statute Section 250.07 (1)(a)  requires the Department to produce a public health agenda for the people of Wisconsin at least every 10 years.

“The vision, goals, and mission of this plan are anchored in a set of core values that form the moral and aspirational compass for the plan,’ writes Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake at the beginning of the proposal. “These include using science and evidence to solve problems, set policy,  and take action; striving for fairness and justice; relying on leadership at all levels; and seeking to prevent rather than treat disease, injury, and disability.”

According to the Department, more than 1,500 people statewide participated in the development of the plan, and implementation is scheduled to begin this fall.  The objectives outlined in the vast document will be integrated into the work of foundations, universities, state and local government agencies, private industries and healthcare organizations.

Healthiest Wisconsin, Everyone Living Better, Longer

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Focus Area Profiles

More Betty, less Lindsay


A new Rasmussen poll shows Lindsay Lohan tops the list of the least liked celebrities, viewed favorably by only 12% of Americans. Seventy-six percent (76%) rate the star unfavorably.

In stark contrast, 76% rate former Golden Girl Betty White favorably, with 55% viewing her very favorably. Just 14% have an unfavorable opinion.

Do you think the mainstream media will get it and give us less coverage of the pitiful Lohan?

More Betty!


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"NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " and "Election fraud is alive"


As I listened to today’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) meeting at the state Capitol over the speakers in my office that dealt with contesting access to the ballots for certain candidates, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Normally a dull affair, this meeting generated two big news items:

1)  A candidate for state Assembly from the city of Milwaukee was denied the use of  the slogan “
NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot. She will be identified as an Independent as she requested. Some of the five GAB members actually voted in favor of her slogan request.

Read the Journal Sentinel story that is already gaining national attention.

2) At the end of the meeting, Milwaukee Alderman Jim Witkowiak told the GAB in no uncertain terms how he was victimized by voter fraud. Witkowiak represents a near south side district in the city with a predominantly Hispanic population. He lost to a Hispanic in 2000, but later defeated the man he lost to after being persuaded to run again. I commend my friend and fellow parishioner, Alderman Witkowiak for making this important presentation to the GAB. The information he shared, despite the attention the media gave elsewhere, was the most important development at the meeting.

I encourage you to watch as both stories unfolded. Click Watch below, and then scroll in 1:10:50 for Story #1, running until 1:39:00 or so.

Then scroll to 1:50:50 through 2:06:35 for Story #2.

Watch

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY GOOD FRIEND, JIM HUGHES!


What a tremendous accomplishment!

Because nobody cares about the millions of gallons of **** being dumped into Lake Michigan....


The city of Milwaukee resorts to this.

And Tom Barrett not only wants to but thinks he deserves to be Governor?




This picture appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May, 2004 with this caption:

"A sailboat makes its way along Lake Michigan in this aerial photo from Chopper Four with power zoom. The discolored water extended past the breakwater; the contents are unknown. Photo credit: Butch Jorgensen, photojournalist, WTMJ-TV."

Kyla's Korner- Musings of a Mother (07/22/10)


Kyla’s first birthday soiree was almost four months ago.  We had over forty guests at our open house and I must say it was a complete success.  The princess theme carried through from the decorations to the food to the favors.  The guest of honor had a fabulous time but she did need to take a nap in the middle of the festivities!


She received so many wonderful gifts:  beautiful outfits, fabulous toys, and amazing books.  She is truly blessed AND spoiled.  One of her favorite toys is a Fisher Price tea set.  She quickly learned how to sip her tea, pour more, and eat tea cakes.  It is very sweet to watch her play and pretend.  But even more precious than that is how she immediately fell in love with one of her books:  My Mommy and Me by Tina Macnaughton.  She received it from one of her cousins who, by the way, is sweet and bubbly and charming so it really came as no surprise she gave it as a gift.

 My Mommy and Me

One of the first times I read the book to her, she “kissed” the last page that shows Mommy Mouse and Baby Mouse snuggling together at the end of the day.  I melted and thought how adorable it was, but I also thought it was a fluke.  I was wrong.  Each time I read the book to her after that, she would kiss the last page.  She doesn’t kiss any other book and in this book, she doesn’t kiss any other page.  It is clearly a special story for her and a special page for her. 

When she first got the book, I would read it to her before bed or before naps.  Now SHE is in control of when the book is read, which at times seems like once an hour!  She will grab it and bring it to me several times a day and never tires of it.  She continues to kiss the last page, and I continue to melt every time she does.  It is such an incredible moment that I will always remember, and will enjoy telling her about it when she is older.  I am so touched that our little girl is this sensitive and loving at such a young age.  What more could a Mommy ask for?

I thought I'd do Franklin Mayor Taylor and 5/6 of the Franklin Common Council a big favor


In lieu of warning sirens that we don't have operating yet and knowing that many of you might be inside, I wanted to inform you that:

It's really, really pouring out there.


 

America's most liberal journalist


Unless you are a flaming on the moon rootin’ tootin left wing moonbat, you understand that the news media is overwhelmingly liberal. Surveys done of newsroom personnel in the 90’s showed a dramatic 85-90% of reporters voted for Democrats.

Liberal members of the mainstream media get all bent out of shape and defensive when the subject comes up, only adding more ammunition to the likes of me who have worked in newsrooms with tons of reporters and let me tell you…….most are freakin’ libs!

It’s a carryover from Woodward and Bernstein and Watergate. These do-gooders went into journalism to save the world. Cut the increase in K-12 education from nine to seven percent…….the words ‘draconian,”  “harsh,” and “”severe” will assuredly appear in a series of stories.

I was impressed to see blogger Warner Todd Huston at BigJournalism.com over the past 10 days write about the Top Ten Most Left-Biased American Journalists.

An enterprising exercise, no doubt. But you think that’s easy? When you have literally thousands and thousands of bleeding heart, hand wringing journalists to choose from?

I followed along, and actually had my pick to see if and where it would land on Huston’s list:







Rick “Pinko Commie” Sanchez of CNN. He actually calls himself a “National Socialist.”

From Newsbusters.com:

"’That weekend tragedy involves a man who allegedly shot and killed three police officers in cold blood. Why? Because he was convinced, after no doubt watching Fox News and listening to right-wing radio, that quote, 'Our rights were being infringed upon.'"
-From CNN Newsroom, April 8, 2009. Sanchez blamed conservative news outlets for the murder of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”


Sanchez also isn’t very bright. From JammieWearing Fool:

When the teleprompter told Sanchez earlier this week to ad lib a tease for the next segment, Sanchez said on air: ‘Up next: Ad lib. A tease. That's what it says right here. I’m supposed to ad lib about something that is…that I should know about, right?’”

Sanchez made Huston’s list, but he wasn’t #1.

That spot was reserved for....









Brace yourselves.










Hold on tight.










This isn't going to be pretty.

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Hard to argue with that selection.

Huston makes his case, and you can see the entire Top Ten here.

Mean Mother Nature

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

Are all soldiers heroes?


Absolutely not.

So claims William J. Astore, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Astore makes his case in a column published in the LA Times that originated on the web site, TomDispatch.com. Here are excerpts from, “Our American Heroes.”

“Ever since the events of 9/11, there's been an almost religious veneration of U.S. service members as 'Our American Heroes' (as a well-intentioned sign puts it at my local post office). But a snappy uniform — or even dented body armor — is not a magical shortcut to hero status.

A hero is someone who behaves selflessly, usually at considerable personal risk and sacrifice, to comfort or empower others and to make the world a better place.

Whether in civilian life or in the military, heroes are rare — indeed, all too rare. Heck, that's the reason we celebrate them. They're the very best of us, which means they can't be all of us.

But does elevating our troops to hero status really cause any harm? What's wrong with praising our troops to the rafters and adding them to our pantheon of heroes? A lot.

By making our military a league of heroes, we ensure that the brutalizing aspects and effects of war will be played down. In celebrating isolated heroic feats, we often forget that war is guaranteed to degrade humanity as well.

When we create a legion of heroes in our minds, we blind ourselves to evidence of destructive, sometimes atrocious, behavior. Heroes, after all, don't commit atrocities. They don't, for instance, dig bullets out of pregnant women's bodies in an attempt to cover up deadly mistakes, as the Times of London recently reported may have happened in
Gardez, Afghanistan.

Even worse, seeing the military as universally heroic can serve to prolong wars.

In rejecting blanket 'hero' labels today, we would not be insulting our troops. Quite the opposite: We'd be making common cause with them. Most of them already know the difference between real heroism and everyday military service.

So, next time you talk to our soldiers, Marines, sailors or airmen, do them (and your country) a small favor. Thank them for their service. Let them know you appreciate them. Just don't call them heroes.”

You can read Astore’s entire piece here.

I respectfully disagree with Astore.

Dictionary.com defines hero:


1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.

Now, there certainly are bad soldiers. Granted, some are better than others. But what criteria does one use to determine which soldiers are heroes and which ones are not? I would hate to have to make that call.

A young man or woman that volunteers for extremely dangerous, risky duty for his/her country that could result in the ultimate sacrifice, to me, is a hero in every sense of the word. In my view, it would take inappropriate action or behavior on the part of a soldier to relinquish that well-deserved description.

We could all use a weekend


Rain, rain, please go away.

I'd really like to head down to the lakefront for some German pizza and tortes. Dog lovers, take note that the Dachshund races are scheduled for Sunday this year.

Please check out our regular  This Just In weekend features beginning tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segment. I promise it will be .........different.

Saturday morning, wake up to our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot.


Speckles, a Chihuahua, got some attention from Ashley Baldwin, left, and Ali Sova .


We'll explain during DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Also on Saturday morning, Weekends, our weekly week in review.  

Is this guy......





A hero or a villain? Also, if you're a LIttle League fan, don't miss Saturday's Week-ends.

Recommended Reading has moved to Sunday morning.

Also on Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week.

Here is a photo that did NOT make the final cut.....




Steven Seiferer displays a Capt. America costume during Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Comic-Con is one of the largest pop-culture conventions in the world, bringing together fans of various genres including science fiction, fantasy, movies and television. The convention runs from July 22-25. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

That's not Captain America!











THAT'S Captain America!!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Goodnight everyone and have a weekend that's just a little bit different


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........



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The Barking Lot (07/24/10)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Scattered T-storms. High of 82.  "D" in the morning, gradually becoming "B" by the afternoon..

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 80. "A"


Jennifer has the week off, but she inspired this week's entry.

Two weeks ago on The Barking Lot, Jennifer wrote about dogs in restaurants:

“What if fellow diners are afraid of dogs or simply don’t like them?  Why are we exposing the wait staff and others to such health hazards as fleas, dog bites (no guarantees that Fido is up-to-date on his shots) or asthmatic attacks.  Patrons and workers alike shouldn’t have to deal with things that could cause them harm!

My point, is that in the midst of this recently-enacted crazy smoking ban, restaurants are opening their arms to pooches on their porches.  Do you mean to tell me that Fido can hang out on a patio and even get a complimentary treat while the next
paying customer has to put on his or her “ashamed/I’m sorry” face for lighting up in a designated OUTDOOR puff place?”

Can I hear an Amen for Sister Jennifer?

This issue is still hot. USA TODAY weighed in. 

San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Buaer has also offered an opinion:

"Personally, I think it’s great. Dogs are the best dining companions. They never complain and love just about everything put before them. However, I think the health department may disagree. And when I think about it, so would I."

Read the rest here.


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


Pet owners affected by Gulf oil spill turn to shelters..........MORE.


Daughter 
fights off pit bull with bottle.


Pit bull that attacked boy had cocaine in his system.


Animal control officers are very busy these days.


Dog mistaken for a coyote.


Split custody?


BARKING LOT UPDATE
: Judge gives custody of Sarge to Humane Society.


Dog saves life of man that fainted.


OK. When the Obama's vacationed in Maine, did their dog fly on a private plane?


Pet owners paying a high price for high-tech vet care.


The most unusual pet insurance claim is here.


Pampered pets and their owners going green?


Pet sitters face odd requests.


Chichi
has lived a long life,


WWII museum features animals of war.


Tonight on Animal Planet: Dogs vs. Cats.


Why pets are good for us.


Check out this letter to the editor in Seattle.


This isn't your typical ice cream truck.


That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot. We close with our closing video.

We have two this week. We begin with Teddy....


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Week-ends (07/24/10)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Keith McVey..........MORE.


Darin McGahey


Ben Sater


Ingacia Moya


Jim Hughes



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Anthony Peters


Women participants in the Holocaust


MMSD


JournoList


John Lewis McKinley


The city of Ann Arbor


John Kerry


Portland thief



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I thought I was going to be killed. I thought Tony Peters was going to kill me that night."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett at the sentencing hearing for Anthony Peters. Peters was sentenced to 12 years for repeatedly attacking Barrett with a pipe last August as the mayor walked to his car after leaving State Fair.


"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not. It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."
Ieshuh Griffin of Milwaukee, a candidate for the state Assembly, requesting that the Government Accountability Board allow her to place the slogan, “"NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' "under her name on the ballot. Her request was denied.


(The Fox network would) "love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."
Shirley Sherrod


“I think the clip we saw of Ms. Sherrod today speaking about endemic racism in a department of this government is the reason that Obama was so ginger in his treating of her. He gave her seven minutes on the phone, but she did not have an invitation to the White House, there wasn't a beer summit.

The administration is quite wary of her. Look, she obviously was a victim, but that doesn't make her either a saint or a sage. She has indicated she wants to get back at people that might include the Department of Agriculture and she might be a litigant. I don't think the president wants her on the world stage with him.

But her 15 minutes as a political issue I think are on the wane. The administration wants it over with, and I think the brevity of the call is an indication of their wariness.”
Charles Krauthammer


“I hate to open this can of worms, but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull [Fox's'] broadcasting permit once it expires?”
Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA


Why so fascist?

As a proud dues-paying member of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, here’s a little peek behind the curtain to take home with you over the weekend…

Never once, not even in private — not even as the entire corrupted media was savaging Sarah Palin’s family and reporting on the status of a private citizen’s plumber’s license — not even as the whole of the MSM was spreading lies told by the Congressional Black Caucus about the Tea Party hurling racial slurs — not even after reading what we already knew to be true on JournoList — and not even now as we watch all the hypocritical sanctimony surrounding Shirley Sherrod drip from the same MSM lips that refused to broadcast videos proving the Tea Party had been defamed by members of Congress — never once have I heard a fellow Vast Right-Wing Conspirator even hint at the idea of silencing, quieting, or shutting down the other side.”

John Nolte, Editor-In-Chief of Big Hollywood.


“The correct answer to why 11 million people came here illegally is that they can get away with it.”
 Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies.


So in Bloomberg's NYC it is ok to celebrate the tragedy of 9/11, but it is not ok to salt your fries?
Mary Meek, commenting on the Wall Street Journal web site.


“The same people who didn't have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn't offer relief to middle-class Americans."
President Obama blasting Republicans who insisted that the extension of unemployment benefits be paid for with spending cuts.


"What the president isn't telling the American people is that many of us in the Senate are fighting to make sure our children and grandchildren aren't buried under a mountain of debt. If we are going to extend unemployment benefits, then let's do it without adding to our record debt."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah


"I said, ‘Did you just charge me a thousand dollars for knowing what I already knew my whole life?' I knew that at 3! You might go blind someday. You might not. I truly came to a place that is the greatest blessing. Lord, if you need my eyes, they're yours. They've been yours the whole time, anyway. Thank you for letting me see as far as I have."
Glenn Beck, telling an audience a doctor informed me he may be going blind.


The movie Terminator is, in fact, an autobiographical documentary of Jan Brewer's life. 

Jan Brewer invented every letter of the alphabet, including ?.

Jan Brewer once had an awkward moment. Just to see how it feels.

Jan Brewer is known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into the room.

Janet Napolitano lives vicariously through Jan Brewer.

Jan Brewer climbed Mount Everest in just one day. Twice.

The most interesting man in the world retired when he met Jan Brewer.

You don't decide whether or not to boycott Arizona. Jan Brewer decides whether or not to let you in.

Jan Brewer can pop a wheelie on a unicycle.

Jan Brewer taught Chuck Norris how to do a roundhouse kick.

Liberal President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And Jan Brewer.’

Jan Brewer can squeeze orange juice out of lemons.

Leading hand sanitizers kill 99% of germs. Jan Brewer vanquishes 100% of her major primary opponents.

Sharks have a week dedicated to Jan Brewer.

When Jan Brewer wants shade, she stares down the sun.

Jan Brewer sealed the border. By herself.”
Blogger Katie Pavlich offers some “facts” about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer much like those written about Chuck Norris.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The Obama administration tosses Shirley Sherrod under the bus. Apparently it doesn't feel too good to be unfairly accused of racism.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Milwaukee Alderman Jim Witkowiak testifies about voter fraud   before the state's Government Accountability Board.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Lindsay Lohan.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Don't shoot, Darth!


"I think I have a right to disturb."


It was a "suspicious bulge."


Shouldn't he stick to playing gangsters and pirates?


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

Please support the Angela Wenzel Scramble

In the past, I blogged about a good friend, a young woman who died last year after suffering from the worst form of breast cancer. A special scholarship has been established in her name at Carroll University and an annual golf outing is scheduled next month to help raise funds.

Please consider supporting this wonderful cause in the name of a beautiful young woman who was taken too soon. I will provide details, but first, here are some of the blogs I wrote about Angela Wenzel:


God bless a brave young woman
Saturday, Sep 27 2008, 09:56 PM


She’s a pretty young woman with blonde hair and a beautiful smile.

Her name is Angie. Angie has been married to a nearly lifelong friend of mine’s son for about a year and a half.

Earlier this month, Angie had a double mastectomy. Some lymph nodes were also removed. Her relatives and friends hoped and prayed the worst was over.

But Angie developed severe headaches, and when the pain got too intense, she went to the hospital where she got more gut-wrenching news. The cancer has spread and she’s now fighting a brain tumor.

Today in Chicago, more than $1 million was raised to combat breast cancer during a special run and walk. Milwaukee gets its turn to help fight this deadly disease Sunday.

Friday night at the high school football game I worked at, I spoke with an older gentleman who has been through several bypasses. We agreed that modern medicine has made tremendous strides. But there are two sides to that coin. Despite all the funding and generous donations and ongoing research, there remain unsolved questions that leave far too many people asking why? Why? Why me? Why now?

Life isn’t even close to being fair.

Angie is 28 years old.

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The most laughable guest opinion that has run so far this year in the MJS appears in Sunday's paper


See it here now.

Absolute garbage.

AP: Unemployment unchanged by stimulus

Economists: The stimulus didn't help

100 stimulus projects: A second opinion

Feds to spend $795,000 to create 5,000 rural jobs


I wonder if the Journal Sentinel Sunday ediorial pages ever published an op-ed piece written by Karl Rove?

When you're falsely accused of racism...


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Recommended Reading (07/25/10)

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).


Throwing others under the bus and patting ourselves on the back on race

“Do we not see the irony in this mad rush to lionize Shirley Sherrod because she was falsely depicted as a racist by someone who took her comments out of context, when that very same Shirley Sherrod seems to be, in effect, unfairly and categorically demonizing people as racists? How about the irony in the castigation of Breitbart for smearing someone as a racist by people who routinely smear an entire group of people (conservatives) as racists?”


Finger-pointing at Fox in Shirley Sherrod firing

“But for all the chatter -- some of it from (Shirley) Sherrod herself -- that she was done in by Fox News, the network didn't touch the story until her forced resignation was made public Monday evening, with the exception of brief comments by (Bill) O'Reilly. After a news meeting Monday afternoon, an e-mail directive was sent to the news staff in which Fox Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said: ‘Let's take our time and get the facts straight on this story. Can we get confirmation and comments from Sherrod before going on-air. Let's make sure we do this right’."


NPR and TIME protect their liberal reporters

“Spitz openly expresses her vile dislike for conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. ‘I never knew I had this much hate in me,’ she wrote in the emails obtained by The Daily Caller. ‘But he deserves it.’

Her hate language rises to the level of openly wishing for Limbaugh’s death. She wrote that if Limbaugh were having a heart attack, she would ‘laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out’.”


Don’t give the press a bailout


Those who call for keeping newspapers and other old media alive with injections of public funds are really saying that if people won’t support those forms of journalism voluntarily, they should be made to do so against their will.”


Liberal tax revolt

"There's nothing like the prospect of an electoral rout to concentrate the incumbent mind, and so all of a sudden rank-and-file Democrats in Congress are saying maybe they shouldn't let the 2003 tax rates expire after all. Now if they can only persuade their Speaker of the House, the Treasury Secretary and President Obama."



Hollywood shocked as family films flourish

“It happens over and over again. And still the ‘executives’ are caught off guard. It shouldn't be that hard to figure out. Nobody needs a graphing calculator. Bring out the whole family, and you bring out a bigger audience. It's summertime, and the kids are bored. If the whole family doesn't go, the driving-age teenager gets assigned to take the young ones to the movies, sometimes more than once.”


Missing Mick Jagger in music muck

“S
taying on top of pop culture, especially music and lyrics, gets more difficult as I get older. For one thing, much of it just sounds like noise. Compared with the music from my era, today's songs are the soundtrack to a headache. (Wow. My fingers moved across the keyboard and out came my parents.)”

My Most Popular Blogs (07/25/10)

Most popular



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


1)
 "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " and "Election fraud is alive"

2)  Culinary no-no #175

3)  TIE

    
Shame on them: 3 Milw. Co supervisors try to capitalize on death of teenager 

    CONGRATULATIONS TO MY GOOD FRIEND, JIM HUGHES!

4)   I thought I'd do Franklin Mayor Taylor and 5/6 of the Common Council a big favor 

5) TIE

    
How soon before the hateful left.... 

    Photos of the Week (07/18/10)

Photos of the Week (07/25/10)

Photos of the Week




Lightning flashes over Lake Michigan after heavy rain passed through the area Thursday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu


 



Workers look over a sink hole Friday, July 23, 2010, in Milwaukee. Powerful thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in southern Wisconsin, closing down Milwaukee's airport and opening up a giant sink hole, and two people were hospitalized after being struck by lightning, authorities said. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


 

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Culinary no-no #176

Culinary no-no's


OK, regular readers. What do I often write here on This Just in and also mention frequently when I’m filling in on Newstalk1130 WISN?
 

 

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Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions


Gallup.com
reports, "Eleven percent of Americans say they have 'a great deal' or 'quite a lot' of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008. Underscoring Congress' image problem, half of Americans now say they have 'very little' or 'no' confidence in Congress, up from 38% in 2009 -- and the highest for any institution since Gallup first asked this question in 1973."




Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

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The Blame Stream (BS) Media


Columnist Doug Giles, a favorite, examines what racially charged stories the media chooses to cover:

“Let me see if I can follow the BS-Media’s bouncing ball of logic: Breitbart and FOX News are racists because the NAACP and the USDA shredded Sherrod without watching the entire tape? Even Breitbart’s edited tape and column (watch it and read it slowly, morons) has Shirley’s ‘redemption from racism’ bits in it if you would have cared to watch it. “Snookered,” Mr. Jealous? Please. You crucified one of your own, as Shirley would say, without doing due diligence, and now it’s somebody else’s fault? You’re a great role model—not.”

Giles, brilliant as always.

Why Fire Teachers?


Why Fire Teachers?
By Guest Blogger Thomas C. Reeves

            Recently Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired 241 of the system's 4,300 teachers.  Of the 241, 165 were dismissed because of poor performance, and the remainder were somehow in the classroom without proper teaching credentials.  Rhee wasn't sure how many of the 165 dismissals were directly tied to low student achievement, but this was certainly a factor.  The D.C. system has long been noted for its miserable test scores.  (See the National Center for Education Statistics online for examples, some data showing slight progress, others not.)

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'Why are we discussing racism?"


Star Parker asks that question in her latest column. Here are some excerpts:

“According to Gallup polling of last week, the issues most on the minds of Americans are the economy and jobs followed by dissatisfaction with all aspects of government. I didn’t notice racism on the list anywhere.”

“In January of this year, well into our recession, and well into the emergence of the Tea Party movement, the Pew Research Center surveyed black attitudes. In answer to the question, ‘When blacks don’t make progress, who or what is to blame?’, 52% of blacks responded that ‘blacks’ themselves are ‘mostly responsible’, and 34% said ‘racism.’ This is the reverse of how blacks responded to this question just 15 years ago, when 56% said that racism was the impediment to black progress.”

Talk about racism may help employment for those in the race business.  But it has little relevance to getting the American economy working again.”

A must read.

HERE IS .......................FINAL JEOPARDY!


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!




And this one's a toughie.




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




PRESIDENT OBAMA



Now, you know how this works.



In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.



You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




4




Good luck.










Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




PRESIDENT OBAMA




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




4





The correct question is:





During this recession, while many American families are dealing with unemployment and struggling to make ends meet, how many vacations will the Obamas take in one month's period this summer?

 

Don't tell me to coexist


They’re omnipresent.

And they’re obnoxious.
Coexist Sticker


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Paul Ryan takes Chris Matthews to school about economics


Matthews, ignorantly, refuses to listen and learn.

 

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Still time to register for annual BB tourney in honor of Franklin's Christine Rathke


My name is DJ Slater. I'm a Franklin native, but I work as a journalist for the Wausau Daily Herald. For the past few years, I've been running a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament that honors my fallen friend Christne Rathke, Franklin High School's girls basketball star. Originally, my tournament started as a way for me to get friends together to play competitive basketball in a tournament-style format. But after Christine's death in 2003, it held a greater purpose. The tournament now raises money for the Christine Rathke Memorial Scholarship Fund, which in turn helps a Franklin girls basketball player pay for college expenses.

This year, it's the 10th annual tournament, and I'm trying to bring in my largest crowd yet. We are looking to get 32 teams playing for Christine's honor at Franklin High School. Now, because I don't have massive funding resources for this event, I can't pull out full page ads or any type of advertising without breaking about my savings account. Therefore, I'm sending this information to all of you as a way to tell your readers/viewers about a noble cause and help me spread the word. We've made some impressive gains throughout the years with this tournament: since 2003, we've raised $7,332 for the cause.

With that, I have attached all the information you need to know more about this event. 

Thank you all for your time and take care.

Sincerely,

DJ Slater


History of DJ’s Court Tourney

 

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Many bloggers are not reliable, but then...





Americans have little confidence in the news media

A tale of two responses to last week's storms


This past weekend, countless Milwaukee households grappled with what to do next to put their very existence together following life-threatening rain storms last Thursday. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, still battling the severe injuries he suffered when he singlehandedly took on a weapon-wielding fanatic gone berserk last August managed to somehow on his rare day off from Milwaukee City Hall reject spending time with his family so he could survey the damage to the city he loves more than freedom itself.

Barrett emerged from his home early Saturday morning while the overwhelming majority of his constituents slept safely in their warm beds thanks to the mayor’s ongoing efforts that have stifled violent criminals in Milwaukee, The mayor saw a young woman walking a parched poodle down the street. Without hesitation, Barrett ran to his outdoor hose, and grabbing it with his still injured hand, turned the water on and hustled back to quench the animal’s thirst, the dog now lying on its side from the early morning July heat.

Aides to Barrett repeatedly asked the mayor if he wanted to drive him to the damaged areas. Barrett stoically replied, “No. I’ll walk.”

Along his path, Barrett encountered numerous constituents. One young boy, wearing knee braces and with a tear in his eye asked the mayor, “Could you help me, someday?” Barrett, choking back tears of his own replied, “Son, when I’m governor, the sick, the ill, the fragile couldn’t ask for a better friend in the state Capitol than me.”

“Thank you, Mayor,” the young boy responded.

Barrett smiled and winked to the young lad who looked happier than he's been in months.

Before arriving at his first stop of what would be many to see the havoc Mother Nature caused, the mayor thought it best to enter a nearby church and pray for the victims and their recovery. While inside, some nuns who gathered to recite the Rosary, normally unflappable, found themselves overcome, unable to hide their emotions and show how impressed they were with Barrett.

“God bless you, sir,” said one of the nuns.

“All in a day’s work, Sister,” said Barrett.

On his route, Barrett passed four children’s lemonade stands and bought drinks at all four, offering to come to each child’s classroom in September to discuss how each and every one of them deserves a great school.

In the absence of crossing guards, Barrett also escorted nine elderly men and women, six with canes, three in wheelchairs across busy intersections.

During one stretch of his walk, Barrett encountered at least a half dozen gang members congregating on a busy street corner. Completely forgetting  and ignoring the peril that struck him last year when he courageously stood up to a mad man armed with a tire iron, Barrett stopped, and after first asking the gang members if their mothers knew what they were doing, implored the young men to give up their life of crime before he enthusiastically handed them schedules to Milwaukee’s summer ethnic and church festivals.

Despite being urged by aides to pick up his pace and get to the scene of storm-ravaged homes, Barrett insisted that these were necessary stops for the good of the community and all mankind.

Barrett would, indeed, conduct his own personal assessment of the damage, visiting over 175 homes personally before the sun completely set.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, the right-wing conservative candidate who stands in the way of a fine gentleman like Tom Barrett becoming governor and whose party has often been characterized as mean-spirited had a slightly different weekend.

Having watched the 10:00 news on all local TV stations the night before and having been advised by staff that a tour of the mass destruction in Milwaukee County Saturday might be a good idea, Walker slept in until at least 10:00 the next morning.

Upon finally waking up as thousands of Milwaukee County residents feverishly worked to clean up their basements, Walker ate two rather unhealthy bowls of Captain Crunch that have caused many Wisconsinites of voting age to become obese while watching an hour of the Cartoon Network. Too much Tv viewing has also been said to contribute to obesity.

Walker then called his bookie, believed to be located in Las Vegas, and placed at least three bets against the Milwaukee Brewers, the most beloved team in our city, the team that drew three million fans the past two seasons at Miler Park, many of whom vote.

After taking a two-minute shower, Walker briefly toweled himself off, got dressed and went to Potawatomi to play some slots.

“I just love the second-hand smoke,” Walker was overheard saying to a fellow gambler. “Annoys those damn liberals.”

Upon leaving Potawatomi, a casino that has, by its very existenece destroyed numerous lives, Walker was met by a young Indian child soliciting donations for blankets. Walker refused to contribute after the girl couldn’t come up with a large campaign donation in return.

Most of the afternoon, Walker spent reading the National Review in his hammock on his outdoor patio while snacking on liver pate, crab legs, and caviar.

“Hell, it’s the weekend. Screw the brown bag crap,” said Walker.

When asked by an aide if he might want to take a personal look at the storm damage for great shots with struggling families, W
alker became indignant. “This is Milwaukee. We’re a hearty bunch. Don’t they have shop vacs?”

The rest of the afternoon, Walker spent time envisioning his very first state budget as governor that would end all state aid to hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Saturday night, Walker sat on his front porch, throwing rocks at senior citizens walking by.
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Folks, this has been a satirical look at how the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported how Tom Barrett and Scott Walker acted this past weekend following last week’s storms.

Here is the actual article the paper published.

Milwaukee's dailythat so desperately wants Barrett to defeat Walker, may as well have gone with what I just blogged.

I'll say it again: ELECTIONS MATTER


I’ve said that numerous times, and it was never so true as today when a Clinton appointed federal judge gutted the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law just hours before it was scheduled to go into effect.

When you vote for a liberal president, you get liberal judges appointed for life who make devastating rulings like the one today. Forget the will of the Arizona people. Forget the will of the 80% of the American people that support the Arizona law. One liberal judge can muck up the works, in effect, legislating lawlessness. That’s right. We are a nation of laws but they mean absolutely nothing if we’re not going to enforce them.

And it’s not just Arizona that’s had it up to here with illegal immigrants and the myriad of problems they cause.

 

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Could this finally be Franklin's year?

Franklin  4
NB West 0

Franklin advances to the semifinals of the WIAA state summer baseball tournament.


Franklin has been to the state tourney 7 times and has never won it.

Franklin Supt. Patz is grossly underpaid (and so is your school super)


DISCLAIMER: I am not picking on Franklin Superintendent Steve Patz or any other super…..just stay with me, ok.

You cannot make this stuff up.

I was driving to a meeting today listening to Charlie Sykes. He was devoting a segment of his program to a breaking story, and kudos to them, on Milwaukeenewsbuzz.com. It is mind blowing and mind boggling:

“Some Milwaukee Public Schools teachers could be getting their hotel accommodations or other Spring Break vacation expenses paid by the district under an agreement reached with the teachers union.”

The details follow.

Now this comes after yours truly blogged information received earlier this month from the MacIver Institute:

Information provided by MPS and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and compiled by the MacIver Institute shows that in 2002, the average MPS teacher made $63,413 in salary and benefits. Next year, the average teacher will make $98,423*.

Now they’re getting vacation expenses paid for them??!!

Holy phone lines, Batman! That’s a talk show topic.

So Charlie opened up the airwaves to the audience.

Some teacher union sympathizer got in and tried to go head to head with Charlie.

Mistake.

The talk show host always has the upper hand. He’s a better communicator, debater, and he has studied up on the facts.

He defended this sweetheart vacation deal the teachers were getting.

He claimed that the poor, whiny, moaning teachers deserve far more than what they get.

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Enjoy the rest of 2010...


Because in 2011, boy are your taxes going up.

UPDATE: Are all soldiers heroes?

Topics talked about on WISN


Filling in for Mark Belling today on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I read the William Astore column I blogged about recently where the retired colonel submit that not all soldiers are heroes.

Here is the counter from another retired military officer. Dorian de Wind writes:


“But why nitpick? Why be stingy when it comes to praising our military?

Those few whom Astore would label ‘real heroes’ will still be singled out and honored with the appropriate military awards and decorations reserved for such acts of valor and heroism. I do not believe the ‘real heroes’ would begrudge their brothers and sisters in arms from being referred to as heroes.

Yes, there are those very few bad actors in the military who would rape, murder or commit other atrocities. But — believe me — calling the other 99.9% of our troops heroes will definitely not produce ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the minds of Americans, nor will it result in Americans calling acts of violence of our troops ‘necessary, admirable, even noble.’

Astore writes that 'in rejecting blanket 'hero' labels today, we would not be insulting our troops.’ He's right, but only because our troops ‘collectively’ cannot be insulted, just as calling them heroes does not cheapen true acts of heroism, nor does it justify, humanize or glorify war. Governments and politicians who take us into war might justify and glorify wars, but not the troops who fight and die in them.

Let me conclude with a hypothetical question. Given the choice of collectively calling our troops heroes, because of those few ‘real heroes,’ and collectively calling our troops murderers and criminals because of those few bad apples, which one would you go for?”

Read de Wind’s column here.

Arizona governor: Judge's ruling a "roadbump," threatens to sue the feds

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Today on WISN......

Topics talked about on WISN


If you missed my fill-in show on Newstalk 1130 WISN this afternoon, shame on you!

Here’s the podcast.

3:00 hour: The Mukwonago Indian controversy

4:00 hour: Milwaukee alderman Jim Witkowiak tells of voter fraud evidence

5:00 hour:  Are all soldiers heroes?

I’m back on Friday from 3-6.

Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea....





If I was invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, I’d seriously think of not showing up.

For years, America was lectured, and rightfully so, to lay off the President’s kid. The offsprings of the Commander-in Chief are and always should be off limits.

Chelsea is now a woman, according to some print publications, a woman that has blossomed into “hot” status. I’m pretty sure that means she is now fair game.

What a selfish boob.

She‘s getting married. Did you hear? Fine. While you generally throw the wedding you want, you still, and I think 99% of couples forget this, think about your guests first.

Chelsea, it’s being reported, is a vegan and has been since her teens. Makes sense. She saw the Bubba gorging on fat on top of fat for years growing up. And she has a gluten allergy. So…..

Vegan menu at her wedding and a gluten-free wedding cake.

Wrong, Chelsea baby. Most of your guests probably aren’t as weird as you.

You should have a decent menu for your guests that’s edible, namely, one that has meat. And you should have a typical mainstream wedding cake. You have the food staff that Bubba and Mrs. Bubba are paying for make you a special dinner and dessert that fit your, AHEM, special (strange) needs.


The way you’re doing it, Chelsea……you’re just wrong. You consider your 3 bazillion guests first, not yourself.

And are the NO CHELSEA restrictions lifted?

They are?

Really?

Good.

And Chelsea……..

You’re really not that hot, either.

FRANKLIN, YOU HAVE A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!



The Franklin baseball team celebrates after beating West Bend West to win the state championship on July 29.  NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga



Franklin players hold up the championship trophy. Photo: Brad Vest




Franklin head coach Jim Hughes celebrates the victory with his players. Photo: Brad Vest




This is good! Franklin players jump into the Wisconsin River in celebration. Photo: Brad Vest

Now, just get rid of those pajama bottom uniforms for next year.


READ AND CELEBRATE here.

Laying the smack down on MMSD


Read this debate on the subject of Lake Michigan dumping between Brian Fraley of the MacIver Institute and Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now.

Fraley cleans Ross' clock.

Did TIME magazine go too far?


*WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL*

Here is the TIME magazine piece I discussed during the 3:00 hour today while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN.



Goodnight everyone and have another of those smooth weekends!


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

The weekend has finally arrived. The sun has set. The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, we feature three big stars from the world of smooth jazz.

Our first guest grew up not that far from these parts, in Gurnee, Illinois, and began playing piano at the age of 10. He majored in piano at
Northern Illinois University and played, naturally, in the award-winning school big band.

After moving to
Los Angeles, he started hanging out and jamming at local clubs where he met future smooth jazz stars Boney James and Norman Brown. For a time, he left his beloved field of jazz and toured with Teena Marie, Janet Jackson, and Sheena Easton before venturing out on his own in 2006. He’s been the musical director for Dave Koz the past eleven years.

The title track of his debut album went to #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and stayed in the top 5 for four months. Here’s Brian Simpson with that very catchy tune.



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Arizona law overturned

Political Cartoon by Ken Catalino

The Barking Lot (07/31/10)


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


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

TODAY:  Scattered T-storms. High of 79.   "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 80. "A"


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

Several years ago when Kevin and I were first dating, we went to a brew pub we both enjoy.  One of my favorite items there is a wonderful, warm, crusty-yet-soft dinner roll.  I could eat a basket of them all by myself.

At the end of our meal, he foolishly got up from the table and left his half of dinner roll behind.  In all honesty I thought he was DONE with his entire meal including the roll.  But again in all honesty I probably wouldn’t have cared…  I snarfed the roll faster than you could say “butter.”

I still laugh when I think of that moment when he got back to the table and asked, “Where’s my roll?”  I looked at him and simply said, “I ate it.”  Crazy man that he is, he still married me.  And I still snarf food from his plate.  Apparently my canine companions are right there with me.

As the article states, dog owners (past, present and future) are not immediately surprised with the data that supports what we already knew.  That is, that your beloved Fido would take an entire pork chop off your plate if you avert your eyes for five seconds.

However, the scientific experiments and results show “
that dogs possess theory of mind, the ability to attribute mental states to oneself and others.”  I am always fascinated by research into the canine world:  their behavior, the way their little doggy brains work, and the psychology of why we feel about them the way that we do (and vise-versa.)

Enjoy the entire article here. 
Perhaps you will find you are in good company with me, the author of the article, AND your four-legged friend.
---Jennifer Fischer


Thank you, Jennifer.

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

Murder of dog getting world-wide attention.


BARKING
LOT UPDATE: Sentencing for man who dragged dog.


Illnesses, dog deaths tied to, get this....toxic water from Ohio's largest lake.


San Francisco
weighs ban on pet sales.


Cleric apologizes for giving communion to dog.


Soldiers' best friends: Bomb sniffing dogs.


Half of British dogs will die because owners let them get fat.


Student spent night in jail for bringing dog into subway station.


Military family welcomes dog that saved lives in Afghanistan.


Hero dogs come home to American soldiers.


Stranger foots medical bill for dog shot by arrow.


Humans, be careful. Dogs automatically imitate you.


Chichi, your new career is: Star.


Pub launches menu for dogs.


Pros and cons: designer dogs.


How much
does it cost to own a dog?


Does your dog bark a lot?


That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video.

And it's nice.





 

Her live-in boyfriend "sometimes lets as long as four days pass between showers"

Topics talked about on WISN


Here is the Ask Amy column that got lots of people fired up during my fill-in show Friday on WISN.




 

Can't we all just spread our happy feelings?

Topics talked about on WISN


This is the rather lame, nauseating e-mail Bill Penzey of Penzeys Spices sent out regarding the Arizona immigration law. I read it on WISN Friday.




A message from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

 

Dear Concerned Citizen:

You probably saw that the state of Arizona passed a very tough anti-illegal immigration law recently. This new law would have strengthened law enforcement’s ability to identify, arrest and detain those who are in this country illegally.

But, you also probably saw that a federal judge blocked the toughest parts of law before it was set to be enacted on July 29th.

I still support this law 100%. Even before this law was passed and the judge blocked parts of it, I was the only law enforcement official in this state enforcing all the laws that our federal and state legislatures put in place to combat illegal immigration and human smuggling.

Because I have taken the lead over the years by enforcing existing state and federal laws against illegal immigration, I have become the target of attack by radical, left-wing, open-borders extremists.

I’ve been sued, picketed, burned in effigy and even had the Reverend Al Sharpton come to Phoenix – TWICE! – to march on my headquarters. Some have even gone so far as to call for my assassination!

One of the local newspapers printed a political cartoon of me and our Governor wearing Nazi uniforms and performing the Nazi salute!

The Obama Administration is completely out of touch with the American people. After blasting me publicly over this new law, Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder admitted they hadn’t even read the law! Not to be outdone, the Democrats in Congress gave the President of Mexico a standing ovation and applauded him when he condemned the Arizona law!

What these extremists really want is a Sheriff who will look the other way, be silent and allow the charade to continue, while ignoring the laws of our land.
That, I promise, will never happen.

But I desperately need your help. It's going to take a lot of resources to combat the attacks and false allegations against me and my deputies — as well as the latest talk about a recall campaign to remove me from office. We anticipate the hardest campaign in Maricopa County history to remove me due to my unyielding stance on illegal immigration enforcement.

I cannot compete with the local and national media machines that distort my record and the job I’m doing to protect this country. And, I don’t have the personal resources to defend myself from these vicious attacks.

That’s why I’m writing to you. I have to go directly to the people for their support. I need good people like you in this country to stand behind me and help me fight this fight.

Will you join me? I desperately need your help now. My election has been targeted as the frontline in the battle to end illegal immigration. We must win this battle.

Your financial support today is so critical. Please log on to
http://www.reelectjoearpaio.com right now and make a much needed contribution. Any amount you can offer today is tremendously appreciated. I promise I will not let you down.

The fight starts now. Please help me. I pledge to you that I will never give up or surrender. Thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County

P.S. In addition to making a
contribution, please do me a favor and forward this email to at least five of your friends, family members and other individuals who share our views. Together we can win this fight. Thank you.
 
 
 

Week-ends (07/31/10)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


James Corrigan


Brittany Passalacqua


Firehouse #5 in Madison


Tyler Morefield


Deb Freele


Elton John


Sean Brown


Franklin baseball



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Susan Bolton


Barbara Boxer


Charlie Rangel


Edward McClellan


Dearborn Muslims


Protesters against NOM


Michael Dupree



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"By every objective measure from jobs and economic growth to the rising price tag the stimulus has failed."
WI Congressman Paul Ryan


"(African-Americans) are sort of a mongrel people. I mean we're all kinds of mixed up. That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."
President Obama


"
We're fast approaching the two week anniversary of the Shirley Sherrod affair, and I have yet to hear anyone honestly answer the following question concerning the controversy: How would the media have handled this matter if it happened when George W. Bush was President?"
Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters


"Married women, 70% of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you've got to have big brother government to be your provider."
Phyllis Schlafly


"Opposition to affirmative action is racist. Supporting the tea party gives aid and comfort to racists. Opposing health care puts you in league with folks who used racial slurs on Rep. John Lewis. To raise the issue of the New Black Panther Party is to play the race card. One understands the bitterness of tea-party folks who carry signs that read: "What difference does it make what this placard says? You'll call it racist anyway."
Pat Buchanan


"Milwaukee County is suffering $20 million in damages and this guy goes off to promote his own campaign. He hopped on his campaign caravan and skipped town for the entire weekend."
State Dem Chair Mike Tate ripping Milwaukee Co. Exec. Scott Walker for campaigning around the state the weekend after flooding rocked the Milwaukee area late last week. The party now is airing a TV ad in the outstate markets where Walker was campaigning.


"Tate & state Dems r more interested in throwing mud than cleaning up mud in people's basements."
Walker tweeting Thursday night from the Fox Valley, where he was campaigning.


"You can win this argument. You just can’t be afraid. You’ve just got to stand up and be proud of the fact that Barack Obama had the guts to be the first president in 70 years to get the job done. It’s something to be proud of!"
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Middleton), defending his votes on federal stimulus and health care reform legislation during a stop at his campaign office in Hudson.


"If Feingold really was representing his constituents, he would be working to repeal the health care bill and use the unspent stimulus dollars to help plug the $13 trillion federal deficit."
State GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.


"We know elections will take place and we know that some people will get elected and others won't, but this is a national program. We are committed to it and high-speed intercity rail is coming to America. High-speed rail is coming to Wisconsin."
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declaring the high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee is a done deal. LaHood and Governor Jim Doyle signed an agreement Thursday in Watertown for $46.5 million in engineering and design work on the project.


"Oil is worse than carp."
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley blasting Michigan over an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, which feeds into Lake Michigan.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Arlington Cemetery grave mix-ups.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


ObamaCare 1099 provision



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The president goes on The View.


Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley





STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


They got married in the shoe aisle.


Bear makes a house call.


At long last, Lois opens up.


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


THE FOLLOWING IS AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE FROM THIS JUST IN...


Tucked away inside a Journal Sentinel article today on how to combat those annoying mosquitoes is this nugget:


"To check mosquito levels anywhere, use their "Mosquito Activity Forecast," searchable by ZIP code, at www.off.com."

Go to the Off site and in the upper right hand corner, just toss in your zip code and you’ll get your update from The Weather Channel.

Supposed to be moderate levels tonight in my little hamlet. Call me skeptical. Those critters seem to find a way to surface.

Arizona's tough immigration law gets neutered

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson
 

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