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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.

Another great use of stimulus dollars

Your stimulus tax dollars at work…you know, the money that was supposed to give a struggling economy a shot in the arm, create jobs, and get people back to work.

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

Most of the stimulus cash going to states is designated for particular needs, such as Medicaid or schools, but about $8.8 billion distributed through the Government Services Fund is for governors to use as they see fit. Many states have added the bulk of this money to education or police budgets and, in a few cases, initiatives such as tax relief for senior citizens or incentives for the film industry.”

And so, in Arkansas, there’s stimulus funding going toward the Bill Clinton bridge.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Previvors: Courageous, heroic women

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The following is my blog of September 16, 2007, “Previvors.”

Most people are afraid to take risks.

There is a group of incredible women, however, that bravely take what could be considered one of the biggest risks of all.

They’re called, “previvors,” who exhibit the utmost courage in making excruciatingly difficult decisions about how to fight and conquer breast cancer.

The New York Times just ran an informative and compelling story about one woman’s hard struggle to make the right decision.

Meet Deborah Lindner and walk with her as she attempts to make the most important decision of her life.

After you read the article, watch this emotional video.

Franklin alderman warns about patio doors

Franklin Alderman Kristin Wilhelm warns about break-ins. Here’s her e- newsletter I received this morning:

Dear Franklin Residents,


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Life after breast cancer


Cancer taught me to slow down.”

Cancer gave me the guts to be myself.”

“Breast cancer showed me my purpose.”

“Don't call me a survivor.”

“Cancer is a middle, not an end.”

The Ladies Home Journal offers accounts from “five women who've been there (who) share the unexpected ways that cancer has changed them -- body, mind, and soul.”

Here’s an excerpt from one of the women, Shelley Lewis:

“I realize that the term ‘survivor’ is meant to help cancer patients stay strong and optimistic, and that's important. It's also preferable to ‘victim.’ So go ahead and call yourself a survivor; I'll understand. But I won't be joining you. My concern about making this the standard term for every woman with breast cancer is that it conveys a false sense that everything's going to be okay.

If only! This year about 40,000 women in the United States will die of the disease. And those women are victims, plain and simple -- not survivors.”

Read the entire LHJ article.

"Let them (newspapers) die and get out of the way"

Deeply concerned about the fate of the struggling newspaper industry, President Obama is willing to consider legislation that could eventually result in a bailout. Last month, I blogged the following:

“How comfy, cozy would that be? What kind of coverage do you think the Obamessiah would receive from a doting press that had its collective butt yanked out of the fire?”

At the state level, Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) held a news conference this week to announce his bill to give Wisconsin newspapers a tax break. Here’s a portion of what Schneider said:

Currently, manufacturing property for newspapers is tax exempt in Wisconsin, but real estate is not. My bill will give all legitimate newspapers, as defined by our state’s current law, a full tax exemption for all property directly and exclusively used in newspaper production. This bill is not about propping up a failing industry, but rather safeguarding an indispensible cog in the health of our public affairs.

I see the demise of newspapers as a very serious threat to our democracy. As a politician I often see things differently from those in the press. Some days I hate your guts. Some days I wonder if I was at the same meeting you were reporting on. Some days I wonder at the almost knee-jerk reaction of the press over open meetings and open records in an age of electronic surveillance. But every day I know that the public would be poorly served by not having you around to keep watch on the affairs of government and to keep the system honest.”

During Schneider’s news conference, he also offered this:

“Many people will ask why we shouldn’t let newspapers die.”

Daniel Lyons at poses that very question, and doesn’t mince any words.

“Why on earth are people talking about a bailout for newspapers?Why is President Obama saying he'd consider it?Why is Congress holding hearings and considering ‘The Newspaper Revitalization Actin a bid to save these ailing old rags with tax breaks and other handouts? It's like introducing legislation to save horse-drawn carriages, or steam engines, or black-and-white TV. It's stupid. It's pointless. It won't work.

Instead of giving newspapers bailouts, we should be hastening their demise. The weak papers need to die. The strong newspapers need to go into bankruptcy and restructure their businesses with smaller staffs and lower cost structures. Yes, it will be painful. But journalists will find jobs—and they'll be working in a better, faster medium.

Meanwhile, all of us need to get over this pious notion about the sanctity of the newspaper.”

Lyons nails it, brutally and bluntly when he contends that the true customers of newspapers are advertisers, bloggers are beating newspapers on stories and setting the pace, newspapers have refused to change with the times, and in Lyons’ words, “a lot of newspapers just stink.”

Society surely would not be the same without newspapers. However, with a wide array of news sources available to consumers, somehow, we’d find a way to survive.

If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going!

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Right to bear arms advocate pushing to curb straw purchases


Badger Guns on S.43rd Street is getting a lot of media attention because of its recent sign accusing the MPD of being racist (Milwaukee police have been checking out some of the store’s customers after they drive away) and the number of straw purchases being made at the store.

State Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) is one of the strongest gun advocates in the state Legislature. He has been attempting to pass legislation to address straw purchases for about 10 years. Currently, the penalty for buying a firearm for someone prohibited by law from possessing a firearm is only a misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is nine months in jail.  Gunderson has already authored legislation upping the penalty to a Class H felony with a maximum penalty of six years in prison. 

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Teens get taken to the cleaners on texting

Astounding stats from TIME magazine:

"The average U.S. mobile teen now sends or receives an average of 2,899 text messages per month, according to Nielsen Mobile.”

“Srinivasan Keshav, a professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and an expert on mobile computing…. found that a text message doesn't cost providers more than 0.3 cent.”

“With a carrier cost of one-third of a penny, when a customer pays 15 cents to send a message, 98% of that 15 cents is pure profit."


Rally in support of Scott Walker, his budget

CRG Network


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Tonight on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics we discuss tonight on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 at 6:30 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:



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Rio beats out Chicago for 2016 Olympics....I'm not surprised

Maybe Chicago would have had a much better chance if all the news out of the Windy City this week wasn't about blood running through the streets.

Or maybe the Olympic committee just didn't like the smell of what Barack.....was cookin’.

Happy weekend!

I hope you'll check out our regular weekend features on This Just In, starting with our soft, smooth, mellow Friday night music entry this evening, not too long after the sun goes down.

Wake up Saturday to The Barking Lot with our dog-walking forecast and DOGS IN THE NEWS, including the amazing story of this family:

Ella, a lost Rottweiler, is reunited with her family.

Also Saturday, our weekly week in review, Week-ends.  This woman gets a mention even though she thinks she shouldn't:

Which Wisconsin high school football team gets my weekly POO Award for the worst display of sportsmanship?

Recommended reading on Saturday, too......always good stuff.

Then on Sunday, My Most Popualr Blogs, because after all, what's popular is popular, The MJS Scorecard, and Photos of the Week. I kinda like this one:

Oh, and I can't forget...


Could this bunch....

Somehow be involved in a Culinary no-no?

Thanks for checking us out this weekend!

Goodnight everyone, and have a smoooooooooth weekend

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, we really mean it when we say let's smooth our way into the long-awaited weekend.

On the night of the Grammy Awards in 2000, Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana hadn't won a trophy in 13 years. That all changed, big time.

Santana took home 8 Grammy awards that night, tying him with Michael Jackson for the most awards in a single year.

Among the awards he won were Record of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Album of the Year ("Supernatural").

The Song of the Year went to Rob Thomas/Itaal Shur of Matchbox 20 for writing the album's smash single "Smooth". Some critics wondered if the judges were too sentimental and sympathetic in being so generous to the 52-year old guitarist. Were the album and the hit single really that deserving?
While I appreciate Santana's effort, I prefer Nestor Torres' instrumental version.

Born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Torres came to the United States, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music; and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Torres’ father played piano and vibraphone and encouraged his son to play drums at a young age. Eventually, Torres switched to playing the flute at the age of 12.

Torres’ father would move to New York in the early 1970’s and play in several clubs. He sent for his son a year later. Nestor told the To Salsa website that coming to New York and meeting Latin legend Tito Puente changed his life.

"It was a cold, rainy December winter Sunday. And after [my father] was done [playing], we go to the Cabo Rojeno because Manchito and Tito Puente were playing there. I have no idea how I got the nerve to ask Puente's band to let me sit in. They let me! ... and after that, Tito would always ask me how I was doing with the music because he knew I was going to the conservatory in Boston,“ said Torres.

After recording some solo albums, Torres moved to Miami in the 1980’s. During a celebrity boat race, Torres suffered life-threatening injuries that put him out of action for months. But recover he did, performing with symphony orchestras and Gloria Estefan. In 2001, he won a Latin Grammy Award for his album, “This Side of Paradise.”

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The Barking Lot (10/03/09)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Scattered showers. High of 55.  "D"

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

My wife, Jennifer usually writes the main blog here every Saturday, however she was quite busy this week doing what all new moms do, so it’s…….


Dah Dah Dah Dahhhhhhh!!!

Loving, adorable hubby to the rescue!



Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.

Thank you, thank you.


Time to get serious. In preparation for each week’s DOGS IN THE NEWS segment, I see, read, and reject numerous dog-related articles. Most are about some ornery out of control dog that just don’t fit my criteria for mention on The Barking Lot.

The sad reality is that around the country each and every week, there are all kinds of stories of dogs biting, maiming, injuring, killing. I haven’t kept records, but I’m willing to bet that the overwhelming majority of these sad and sometimes tragic stories involve pit bulls.

I find myself thinking that if I had a magic wand, I would rid the entire planet of pit bulls. I am of the opinion that pit bulls are no damn good.  Are they not the most dangerous dog breed in the world?

So let’s do something about it. How about an all-out ban?


I’ve always been opposed in virtually every instance to the “B” word. Why? Because there’s always an exception.

Are there good pit bulls maintained by conscientious owners? Probably.

But not as many as pit bulls that would tear your throat out or chew your child into shreds in seconds if given the chance.

So how do we approach those breeds like pit bulls that pose a serious threat? The answer is breed specific laws that target "vicious" and "dangerous" animals like pit bulls. Owners of such dogs, like pit bulls face stiffer fines and education requirements.

Don’t like it? Tough. I’m tired of hearing about pit bulls attacking innocent children.

Of course, whenever such a debate ensues, you can always count on a certain someone entering the fray.

That would be, “Little Goodie Two Shoes.”

You know who I’m talking about. The person always sees the sunshine, loves everyone and everything.  

Cue Annie. “The sun‘ll come out, tomorrow!!!”

A pit bull attacking an entire nursing home? Couldn’t possibly be the poor dog’s fault. Those old folks must have done something to provoke sweet, pure, harmless Spike.

Enter Cindy Holliday of West Des Moines, Iowa.

When Holliday sees a pit bull, she sees a St. Bernard to the rescue with wings.

I said she lives in West Des Moines because Des Moines has one of those breed-specific ordinances that she downright opposes.

In Des Moines, the Brussels of the Midwest, vicious dogs (like pit bulls) must be licensed and owners must show proof of at least $100,000 in liability insurance. City officials can remove a pit bull if it is not licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.

Should pit bulls be treated differently than other breeds? Little Goodie Two Shoes doesn’t think so. I’ve got news for her. German shepherds and Labradors and poodles aren’t the dogs wreaking havoc.

You can read more about the Iowa story here. Here's a report about Iowa's efforts to address puppy mils.

No, we can’t ban pit bulls and I wouldn’t suggest it. But I’m all for the toughest breed-specific laws we can put on the books.

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

Who or what killed Otis?

Heroic dog Taz has died.

Woman gets tangled in dog leash, falls and dies.

Michael Vick tells crowd not to dog-fight.

Former French president gives away violent dog..

Owners of noisy dogs could face big fines in Chicago.

The EPA is sued over prairie dog poison.

The best dogs for allergy sufferers....

New York dog park is composting.

Truman survived a police shooting in 2006, but....

A sheriff wants a compassionate release for Kez.

Think you know a dog's DNA?

Are you naughty? Back on the leash for you!

What is ugly, smells and kills dogs? The answer is right here.

How long is it ok to chain a dog?

KLEENEX ALERT: Lost dog gathers clues to find its family.

Dog helps rescue elderly man from mud, water.

An Idaho cowboy finishes a five-day trek with a surprise companion.

Dog days
help college students adapt.

Dog wash and a cuppa joe to go.

doggie hotel with a Presidential Suite?

Can a dog be a supermodel?

How many people can you get to walk invisible dogs?

Do you love your dog too much?

Who's reigning, cats or dogs?  In Ireland, it's no contest.

Former Olympian heavily involved in dog agility.

Which pooch won the online dog beauty pageant?

Nintendo Wii Fit
has gone to the dogs.

"Super Fetch" premieres later tonight on Animal Planet.

That's it for this week. Jennifer returns next Saturday. Thank you for stopping by.

Our closing video:

Dog bites man, as we've always heard,  isn't news.

But man bites dog.........

Now that's a different story.

Defending the American Dream Summit underway


Americans for Prosperity

Even if you are not able to join us at AFP Foundation's national Defending the American Dream Summit, I want to give you a sense of the energy here.

Saturday morning we'll hear from Newt Gingrich, John Fund and Steve Moore from The Wall Street Journal and Fox News, Senator Jim DeMint, Larry Kudlow, Herman Cain, Hugh Hewitt and yours truly!

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Even when Obama fails....

His pals in the media make excuses.

POO Awards- Week 6

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week 5
Shell Lake 60,
Siren 0
It was homecoming at Shell Lake, so I guess that makes this drubbing okay.

Week 6
De Soto 62,
Wauzeka 0

Week-ends (10/03/09)


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...


Rebecca Kahlenberg and MoverMoms

Cameron Aulner

Tina Graham

Jonathan McCoy


The state of Michigan

Big time spenders in Washington

Robert Halderman

Baltimore twins

Martez Anderson

Enrique Gonzalez

Indiiana officials

Chris Daniel

The Milwaukee Burger Co.


"I never played or would play for revenge. It's too long of a season. It's only one, maybe two games. What do you do the rest of the time? This stage of my career, it definitely is not worth it to do that. It's human nature to feel, I didn't use the word revenge, but to prove that you still could play. To prove someone wrong, or prove a group wrong. So you can call it what you want. I'm proud of the career I had there. So if there are people at this point that have picked sides, I'm not surprised by it. But you can't take that away. So it is what it is. But I can't control that.”
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre

“I think this is a superficial move. I don't care whose name is on the door. I want real reform.”
State Representative Tamara Grigsby(D-Milwaukee), an opponent of mayoral contro of MPS, speaking  at a panel discussion about the proposal.

“It is surprising to me a program was developed with such loose oversight at the state level.”
Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha speaking before the Joint Finance Committee on Wisconsin Shares, the controversial state child care program.

“If the changes fail, who do we hold accountable?”
State Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Ashwaubenon) asking when Bicha would be taking responsibility for the problems in Wisconsin Shares.

“They’re going it alone, they don’t want bipartisanship, they’re writing Republicans off. That’s been the word to us from Day 1, and they’re sticking with that.”
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) on the debate over health care.

“The fact of the matter is that Mr. Butler lost a state-wide election, held by the people of Wisconsin, to continue serving on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Now, the man who was voted off the bench in Wisconsin is being given a promotion, a lifetime appointment and a pay raise.”
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee). Falls.President Barack Obama has nominated former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler to fill the vacancy on the US. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.


Senate Democrats
reject health care ID requirement for immigrants.

The TSA......why don't they just make us all get naked?


Florida Congressman Alan Grayson (D) insists that Republicans stand behind a health care "holocaust.”


This week, is there any doubt?

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks on to the field for warm-ups before his first regular season home game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


9-1-1 operator takes call about his own home.

Thank goodness this stuff just doesn't happen in Franklin.


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

Recommended reading (10/03/09)

Recommended reading

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

Obama's Olympic Failure Will Test the Washington Press Corps

“Now is the time for the mainstream media to show it’s not totally in President Obama’s pocket. The Washington press corps will never fault Obama for pushing hyper-liberal policies in a moderate-to-conservative country. Ideological criticism by the press is reserved for Republican presidents.

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Whatever happened to Billy Lee Morford?

Our friend and colleague over at Badger Blogger, Patrick Dorwin poses the following:

“Remember back about three years ago when the state of Wisconsin released the state’s most notorious child sexual predator, Billy Lee Morford? When they released him, they told us then that he was in such frail condition and he wasn’t a risk because he had less than a year to live…"

Morford is still alive and dangerous.

Read the details at
Badger Blogger.

I recall very well that this was a hot topic on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE during December 2006 (Joel McNally actually laughs about it).


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My Most Popular Blogs (10/04/09)

Most popular

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

1) If you're a Notre Dame fan...

2) The Barking Lot (07/04/09)

3) Best wishes to a good friend, Phil Cianciola

 Goodnight everyone,and have a work-free weekend

5) TIE 

    Would this have happened in Franklin?

No respect for human life

Photos of the Week (10/04/09)

Photos of the Week

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave the stage after they made a presentation in support of Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in Copenhagen.

Members of the Rio de Janiero delegation, including Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, 3rd right, celebrate after Rio de Janiero was awarded the 2016 Olympic Games during the 121st IOC session in Copenhagen Friday Oct. 2, 2009, defeating Madrid in the final round of voting. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Seen from the air, people celebrate as Rio de Janeiro is announced by the IOC in Copenhagen as host city for the 2016 Olympics, at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Nearly 50,000 people cheered in celebration when Rio de Janeiro was announced as host of the 2016 Olympics, jumping and shouting in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A Barack Obama impersonator poses next to a cardboard cutout image of Michelle Obama as Rio residents celebrate the nomination to host the 2016 Olympic Games at the Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio was announced host, jumping and cheering in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach.(AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Michael Sweeney of Chicago reacts after Chicago was eliminated in the first round of votes during the 2016 Summer Olympic rally and announcement at Daley Plaza on October 2, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hoped to be selected over the other three finalists Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro but was the first city eliminated. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images for Chicago 2016)

Health care reform supporters participate in a sit-in inside the lobby of a building where Aetna insurance offices are located September 29, 2009 in New York City. The protesters were eventually arrested by NYPD. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Yolanda Chavarria, 80, with an adhesive tape on her mouth that reads Honduras, stands in front of police officers during a demonstration in support of Hondura's ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Tegucigalpa, Monday, Sept 28, 2009. Honduras' interim government leaders have suspended constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties in a pre-emptive strike against widespread rebellion Monday, three months to the day since they ousted Zelaya in a military-backed coup. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Residents push a motorcycle through floods in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. Rescuers pulled more bodies from swollen rivers and debris-strewn streets Tuesday from massive flooding from Tropical Storm Ketsana in the northern Philippines, while two new storms brewing in the Pacific threatened to complicate relief efforts. (AP Photo/Mike Alquinto)

Two men begin to clean up around a building following Wednesday's 8.3 on the Richter scale strong earthquake which struck 200km from Samoa's capital Apia at 6.48am local time on September 30, 2009 in Lalomanu, Samoa. The quake triggered a tsunami wave up to 1.5 metres across areas of the island, with a death toll currently sitting at 28 fatalities but expected to rise. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Indonesian rescue teams mask up from the dust and stench of decomposing bodies Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in Padang, Indonesia, three days after Wednesday's 7.6-magnitude quake that toppled thousands of buildings on Sumatra island.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A man holds a "Free Polanski" sticker as he waits at the film festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Sunday Sept. 27, 2009. Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, authorities said Sunday.(AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza)

Robert J. Halderman, center, appears in State Supreme Court in New York, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, for an arraignment on an attempted grand larceny charge. Halderman, a CBS producer, pleaded not guilty to trying to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million in a plot that spurred the TV host to acknowledge sexual relationships with women who worked on his show. (AP Photo/Pool, Steve Hirsch)

Actors portraying Nazi soldiers reenact the escorting of Jews, portrayed by actors, to the Babi Yar for execution, during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. More than 33,700 Jews were rounded up and shot at Babi Yar over 48 hours beginning on Sept. 29, 1941. In the ensuing months, the ravine was filled with an estimated 100,000 bodies, among them those of non-Jewish Kiev residents and Red Army prisoners of the Nazis. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

A member of the special warfare command poses for photographs as he parachutes down from a helicopter during a practice for the 61st anniversary of the Armed Forces Day, in the sky above the Gyeryong military headquarters, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. South Korea's Armed Forces Day falls on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Jo Yong-Hak, Pool)

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, left, and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles of Wisconsin go through their pre-flight routine before leaving for North Carolina at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. The pilots flew Thursday from Charlotte, N.C., to New York _ their first flight together since they were forced to ditch a disabled plane in the Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

Tram cars take tourists up Cannon Mountain in Franconia , N.H., as snow meets with changing leaves Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Enya Kim from the Natural History department at auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields stands inside one of the world's largest set of shark jaws comprised of about 180 fossil teeth from the prehistoric species, Carcharocles megalodon, which grew to the size of a school bus, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino September 30, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bonhams & Butterfields hope the fossil will fetch about USD 900,000-1.2 million when it is auctioned off on October 3 at the Venetian as part of their Natural History auction. The centerpiece of the lot of 50 fossils being auctioned is a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton dubbed "Samson." The 40-foot-long female dinosaur fossil, excavated in South Dakota in, contains about 170 bones and is said to be the third most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Bonhams & Butterfields is hoping Samson will fetch more than USD 6 million at the auction. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

An adult male koala receives a swab test at the Sydney Wildlife World in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009. A study on koalas has found an unexpected consequence of habitat loss is a latent disease called chlamydiosis that already affects 50-90 percent of the animals. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Zookeeper Nadja Radovic holds two twelve-day-old white lion cubs in Belgrade Zoo, Serbia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. The two white lion cubs, an extremely rare subspecies of the African lion were born in Belgrade Zoo. White lions are unique to the Timbavati area of South Africa and are not albinos but a genetic rarity. (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)

Sporting a Vikings Brett Favre jersey, the Minnesota Gophers mascot tries to fire up the crowd during the Wisconsin-Minnesota game Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


John Clay plunges in the the end zone to score the eventual game-winning touchdown as Wisconsin beat Minnesota Saturday, 31-28. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

To the victor goes the spoils: Wisconsin players celebrate their 31-28 victory over Minnesota Saturday carrying Paul Bunyan's Axe. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Aaron Rodgers pump fakes while scoring a rushing touchdown in a 36-17 Packer win over St. Louis last Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Minnesota Vikings Greg Lewis (17) catches the game-winning touchdown past San Francicso 49ers Mark Roman in the fourth quarter during NFL football game action in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 27, 2009.

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UPDATE: If you're a Notre Dame fan...

At this juncture, the Fighting Irish just might be the most exciting team in college football. Their last four games have gone right down to the wire with ND winning three of those four.

Don Borst at writes, "In the ridiculously well-chronicled lore that is football under the Golden Dome, bum-toed Jimmy Clausen and his teammates are establishing their own legend: The keep-fightingest, never-say-dyingest, heart-stoppingest team in the 120-year history of Notre Dame football."

"If you look at some of the other teams that are playing and look at how their games have gone, tell me where the difference is. I can go right up to the top 10 and work right on down. You tell me what teams that are in there haven't had some trouble in their schedule.  I mean, almost everybody has.

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You know you want it

OK, so Wisconsin is 5-0 and still not ranked in the top 25.

It's still a lot of fun being a Badger.

No matter what time of year it is.


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Mediocrity is once again acceptable with the Milwaukee Brewers

LATE SEPTEMBER 2008: The Milwaukee Brewers are
83-67. Manager Ned Yost is fired.

OCTOBER 4, 2009: The Milwaukee Brewers finish the season at 80-82. Manager Ken Macha will return next year with an option for the 2011 season.



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The MJS Scorecard (10/04/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


Stephen Mathis: Is health care public or private good?  

William Andrekopoulos: Reading in MPS  

The #1 apologist for MPS, guess what, apologizes for MPS.



This is the second week in a row ZERO conservative pieces appear.


Marc V. Levine: UWM as economic engine? Dream on  

John Gurda: Harvesting history: An antidote to factory farms  

Jerrold Larsen Buerer: Watch out; those bald, lame flat-nosed people could get in  


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-0

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-94, Conservative-72

Culinary no-no #132

Culinary no-no's

We begin this week with a look at some foodie photos:


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CRG holds huge, successful rally in support of Scott Walker & his budget



CRG Network   

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The Difference

Between a conservative and a liberal:

If a conservative doesn't like guns, they don't buy one.  If a liberal doesn't like guns, then no one should have one.

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From the Chicago Tribune...

Political Cartoons by Scott Stantis

Recommended reading BEFORE the big game

Try to check these articles out before you sit down for tonight’s emotional rollercoaster.

Most of these do not deal with X’s and O’s but with the fans’ outlook.

After all the hype, Favre-Packers I is here at last

Matchup might not come down to Favre

Is Brett Favrelous or unforgivable?

Will you secretly cheer Favre on?

Love-hate for this Vikings fan

3 psychics see Vikings victory 

And get this:

With a win over the Packers, Brett Favre would become the first player in NFL history to defeat all 32 teams.

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #7

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (10/05/09)

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

From the “DUH!” Files:

Your baby is smart, and you should talk to your baby.  

I will admit that as a first-time mom, I like to consult what I consider reliable resources if I have a question about Kyla.  I will ask my mother-in-law or sister-in-law, our pediatrician, my best friend and mother of an almost-five-year-old.  I will flip through my “What To Expect The First Year” book, or peruse the internet.  I find any number of these sources of information as a comfort and reassurance of what I already thought I knew.  But the bottom line is that deep down I feel that Kevin and I truly know what is best for our precious baby.  So I follow my instincts as well.  (A dear friend of mine and a mother herself gave me the sage advice that I truly know what is best for my baby and no one can tell me otherwise.  In only six months I have already found that to be true.)

While I admit I look to others to support my thoughts, feelings & actions regarding our daughter, I must say that I do what comes naturally to me.  And that certainly includes giving Kyla a lot of credit with regards to her intelligence and communication abilities.  There are times I read articles about raising children and think to myself, “Wait a minute.  Someone was paid by a grant to ‘discover’ what parents knew for ages?”  Yes I suppose in a way it is reassuring to those parents who don’t have as many advanced degrees to match the number of diapers they have changed.  

But come ON…  Did you really need someone to tell you that your baby is SMART? And did you also need someone to tell you that you should TALK TO YOUR BABY?

My goodness, next we will rely on an expert to tell us that our children need to be kept in clean diapers & clothes and that we should feed them when they are hungry.  Perhaps we should also wait to be told that a routine bedtime is something every child should have.  HUMPH! 

That's not a DENVER....

It’s a MINNESOTA omelet on the faces of this brain trust:

For those of you keeping score, the current status of the Aaron Rodgers take us to the next level experiment:


UPDATE: Blogger writes, "He's still got it."



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Photos from the National Summit

Americans for Prosperity Foundation

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Fess up, bloggers

Uncle Sam is sticking his nose everywhere these days under heavy-handed Democrat control.

That means bloggers aren't off limits.

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A letter from a child

If Thomas Sowell isn't the best columnist in the country, he’s in the top two. Sowell's latest piece addresses the manipulation of our children in the classroom:

“Recent videos of American children in school singing songs of praise for Barack Obama were a little much, especially for those of us old enough to remember pictures of children singing the praises of dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

But you don't need a dictator to make you feel queasy about the manipulation of children. The mindset that sees children in school as an opportunity for teachers to impose their own notions, instead of developing the child's ability to think for himself or herself, is a dangerous distortion of education.

Too many ‘educators’ see teaching not as a responsibility to the students but as an opportunity for themselves-- whether to indoctrinate a captive audience with the teacher's ideology, manipulate them in social experiments or just do fun things that make teaching easier, whether or not it really educates the child.”

Sowell then writes about receiving a letter from a 5th grader:

“He said, ‘I have been assigned to ask a famous person a question about how he or she would solve a difficult problem.’ The problem was what to do about the economy.”

Read how Sowell responded…

Time for "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Czar to resign

My Recommended Reading blog this past Saturday included this editorial about Kevin Jennings who has no business instructing schools how to be safe.

The American Family Association wants Jennings out.

Time for "Safe and Drug Free Schools"

Czar to resign

Contact Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and your members of Congress today!

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"In Service to Milwaukee" on MPTV

My very good friend and former colleague at WTMJ and Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, Mark Siegrist has produced what promises to be a compelling program that will perform an outstanding public service. It’s a town hall special that airs Wednesday night, October 7th. I recommend you check out, “In Service to Milwaukee.” Here’s a description:

In Service To Milwaukee

Milwaukee community leaders will focus on a renewed call for volunteerism in an upcoming MPTV town hall broadcast. In Service To Milwaukee, an insightful 60 minute live-to-tape conversation was recorded at the Hillside Terrace Resource Center on the northern edge of downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Public Television special will premiere at 7 p.m. October 7th on MPTV-10.1. The program will be repeated on MPTV-36.1 at 11 a.m. October 10th and at 10 p.m. October 11th.

MPTV Freelance Host & Producer Mark Siegrist will lead the discussion involving ten representatives from Milwaukee’s non-profit and faith communities. There’s a renewed spirit in America and the Milwaukee area for neighbors helping neighbors. President Barack Obama has echoed John F. Kennedy’s 1961 call for community service.  Here in Milwaukee, the need for compassionate neighbors is great. Community outreach organizations are relying heavily on volunteer help during the recession. The town hall gathering will focus on the opportunities, need, and impact, of volunteerism in Greater Milwaukee.

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Can you imagine if a Republican said these things?

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) is one of the biggest horse’s patoots in Washington D.C., and I’m being kind.

Pompous, arrogant, loud, brassy all fit his character, what little there is. Statesmanlike will never be used as a Grayson adjective.

Last week on the floor of the House, the freshman from Orlando said the Republican health care plan basically told Americans to "die quickly." Grayson described the GOP as "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals" during a CNN interview. A few months ago, he said former Vice President Dick Cheney liked to "shoot old men in the face” (Touchy feely warm compassionate liberal boobs probably find such stupidity to be comical).

So disgraceful is Grayson that he’s braggadocios about the 500% increase in earmarks this year he personally has appropriated.

On my Week-ends blog this past Saturday, I made Grayson’s remarks the UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK. The Tampa Bay Tribune did a piece on the volatile Grayson, but as you can read, there’s little taking the Democrat to task. The writer actually seems fascinated with the Congressman’s persona and life story.

We know that if a Republican member of the House had made similar divisive,  explosive comments, the liberal press fueled by liberals in Congress and liberal special interests would have made this a never-ending, around the clock mantra, feeding every possible news cycle.

But Grayson’s a Democrat, leading a Tampa Bay Tribune reporter to suggest that so-called trackers, stalking Grayson ready to pounce on his next surely to come gaffe are wasting their time, Grayson could very well be his worst enemy. He’s set to blow at any time.

And the GOP should let this ignoramus continue to be a 6-foot 4-inch bull in a china shop in pink shirt and black cowboy boots.

Some Republicans in Washington had foolishly been talking about pursuing some sort of public reprimand of Grayson, just as Democrats had voted to scold Congressman Joe Wilson for daring to yell out the truth, “You lie,” at President Obama during a speech to a joint session of Congress.

Most Americans know how utterly phony and meaningless the vote against Wilson was. The GOP was wise to back off and not try to steal from the Democrat’s misguided playbook. Just forget it. Don't play those stupid Democrat games.

Grayson is beyond being a loose cannon. He’s a one-man out of control infantry. Let him. So the mainstream media refuses to call him out. Get him where it really hurts: At the 2010 ballot box.

Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor, since you asked...

Franklin Common Council President, Alderman Steve Taylor submitted his own piece to FranklinNOW, asking for citizen opinion on Mayor Taylor’s proposed 2010 city budget. Alderman Taylor writes, in part:

“The recommended budget doesn't fund two vacant positions in the police department, one in fire department, highway department and also municipal custodian. The Mayor's budget cuts in half funding to the Civic Celebrations and St. Martin's Fair with the goal to eliminate all contributions in 2011.

The Mayor also recommends installing a Weather Alert Siren System at a cost of approximately $150,000. Currently we are the only City in Milwaukee County without one and since I was elected it is an item that Franklin residents have been inquiring about.

I am asking you, no matter where you live in the City, to share with me your thoughts on the City's budget. If you want us to fill any of the listed vacant positions what service provided by the City are you willing to see cut?”

You asked, Alderman Taylor, and here’s my input.

1) Leave the unfilled vacancies unfilled. I believe we can get by. And if we can get through this budget without handing anyone a pink slip in this rough economy, let’s do it.

2) Can we survive 50% cuts in the civic celebrations and St. Martin’s Fair?  Puh-leeze! I could easily argue to make the cuts 100% and permanent.

3) The mayor wants to install a $150,000 Weather Alert Siren System. Aldermen, chop away and cut this expenditure out of the budget. A weather alert system is too expensive and unnecessary. And if you truly are that concerned…..

But don’t take my word for it.

Listen to these guys.

Alderman Taylor, as a member of the Finance Committee, in addition to working your phone and computer and asking for advice, why not use your expertise and suggest to the Franklin citizenry what improvements you suggest for the budget, including further cuts and tax savings.

5) That goes for the rest of the Common Council. Can we come up with a levy increase less than 2.9%?

6) Finally, to everyone in Franklin, and every other reader in every other municipality, the tax rate means diddly. It's the levy that's most important. It's the tax levy that counts.

If only the MJS Editorial Board....

Had this kind of common sense.


Justice denied because prison officials.....couldn't find a vein?

It is truly amazing, outrageous, and incredibly sad how we bend over backwards to protect the evil, criminal low-life’s at the expense of their innocent victims and their families.

Death row inmates get interminable chances to appeal. The people they put in the cemeteries get, of course, no second opportunities.

The latest reprieve comes from the state of Ohio where Democrat Governor Ted Strickland (Can you guess where this is going? There’s a bleeding heart dripping all over my computer) is putting some lethal injections on hold because, get this, the geniuses administering the deadly doses couldn’t find a vein.

Obviously, the criminal justice system that would dare carry out Constitutionally-approved capital punishment must be flawed and those poor inmates who brutally butchered and savaged their victims should not be subjected to the gruesome and cruel sentence of…… a needle in the arm.

Imagine if liberals could somehow successfully work to have injections ruled to be inhumane. How the hell are we supposed to mete out the death penalty then?  If this wasn’t such a serious matter, I’d suggest listening to headsets playing Barry Manilow while bound and gagged, or having liberal blogs read over and over and over and over and over and over.

Seriously, we can’t hang people, electrocute or gas them. Take away lethal injections and what’s the alternative?

In the meantime, the loved ones of the victims who cry out for justice are ignored.

Thanks to Ohio Governor Strickland, Lawrence Reynolds and Darryl Durr live to live, unlike their victims, many more days.

According to the Dayton Daily News, “Lawrence Reynolds Jr....

was out of work and needed money to fuel his alcohol addiction, prosecutors said. When he ran out of personal items to sell, he knocked on his neighbor's door, forced his way inside and strangled the 67-year-old woman with rope. He left with $40 in cash and a blank check from her purse.”

According to the Morning Journal, “
Darryl Durr, 45, of Cleveland....

has been behind bars at the Ohio State Penitentiary since 1989 for Angel Vincent's murder.

Vincent's body was found by three boys playing in Brookside Park in Cleveland on April 30, 1998, wrapped in a blanket inside two orange traffic barrels that were placed open end-to-end underneath a railroad tie, according to a document filed by 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Her severely decomposed body was found roughly four months after she disappeared from her Elyria home on Jan. 31, 1988, according to the document.”

Reynolds and Durr…..think they’re laughing in their cells?

This blog by my friend, Dad29 may or may not be legit....

But it sure made me smile!

Who are Wisconsin's Taxpayer Heroes in Congress?

Each year since 1989,
the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has analyzed roll call votes on Capitol Hill to select “which members of Congress are voting in the interest of taxpayers and which are wasting Americans’ hard-earned money. Those who protect tax dollars and cut spending deserve recognition, while those who prefer big government and using public funds for pet programs need cajoling from their constituents to improve their performance.”

Here is the scoring system the CCAGW uses:

0-19% : Hostile
20-39% Unfriendly
40-59% Lukewarm
60-79% : Friendly
80-99% : Taxpayer Hero
100% : Taxpayer Super Hero

Here is how Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation scored during 2008. The firsts core is for 2008 followed by each individual’s lifetime score:

Tammy Baldwin(D)- 0% /8% : Hostile

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There is no liberal bias in the media and there is no indoctrination of our students...


Your Democrat priorities at work in the state Legislature

Remember, the Democrats control everything in Wisconsin. They control the governor’s mansion. They control the state Senate. They control the state Assembly. They control the state Treasurer’s Office (Cue the Twilight Zone theme music).

So they are responsible for the bills that get public hearings. They are responsible for the bills that get considered. They are responsible for the bills that get to the floor of the state Senate and the floor of the state Assembly for votes.

They set the agenda. They decide what’s important (at least, to them).

That’s why certain legislation is put on the fast track, greased and approved and signed into law by lame duck quacker himself, Jim Doyle.

Add this to your list of extremely critical, vital, important Democrat priorities that rank right up there above the economy, jobs, taxes, spending, infrastructure, etc.:




Got an extra $2.6 million laying around?

How about this?

Bad luck babies

Is the killing of twin babies in an African village simply because they're twins shocking, outrageous, repulsive?

Of course it is.

Unless you're a U.S. liberal.



Naughty, naughty cheerleaders!

Let me get this straight.

High school cheerleaders can dress real trampy and skanky and sleep around as much as they want as long as they’re using condoms, especially ones their school has given them, and in some places they can actually be strippers……

But they dare not show signs at football games with…..


Verses from the Bible!

God forbid our students would actually be exposed to a positive message!

I wonder what the brainiacs on our Franklin School Board would do if a sign held by cheerleaders popped up at a future Franklin football game that read, "God bless our Sabers!"

I'm sure two or three would go into cardiac arrest.

But a 12% school property tax levy increase actually decreases their blood pressure.

God help us.

Joe Wilson was right

Does the president lie in his quest to socialize medicine?



A goodie circulating on the Internet...

Let me get this straight............. 

We're going to pass a Health Care Plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn't read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't  pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. 

What possibly could go wrong?

From the "MUST SEE VIDEO" file

Helmet camera
captures man buried alive in Alaskan avalanche.




Uhhhh, say Kev......why are you congratulating Mark Maley?

Mark Maley is the man in charge of all the NOW community blogs. You think that’s an easy job? Trying to keep control of, well, for

Maley has to keep track of over 270 blogs on all the various NOW sites, meaning he has to torture himself by actually reading stuff by Linda Richter and Lester Schultz and Jim McGuigan. The good news is he no longer has to deal with anything written by former NOW bloggers like Cindy Kilkenny, Greg Kowalski, or Fred Keller who could care less about the truth and whose junk could get him sued.

Add the fact that Journal Communications cut his staff by 843% and this guy and his wife could use some good news.

Did he and his wife celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary?

Ummmmmm…….that’s close, but not right.

Did Mrs. Maley come to her senses and finally toss that cad out of the house?

Ummmmmmm….nope, but there’s always hope for the poor woman.

Look, I’m not divulging, ok?

I’ll just suggest that if you bump into either of the two, ask politely why they’re grinning from ear to ear.

I know why, and it’s really cool.

Friday night on InterCHANGE

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



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Quick hits (10/09/09)

Let the whining begin.

Many Milwaukee County employees won’t be happy when they get to work today after hearing news that the Milwaukee County Board will probably approve a plan to require workers to take 4 unpaid furlough days before the end of the year.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, who had proposed shorter work weeks, supports the idea.

Workers will moan and groan and blame Walker, saying the furloughs would never have happened if Walker hadn’t pushed for those shorter work weeks.

Note to county workers: state employees must take 16 furlough days before the end of 2010. So just buck up.

Slap on the wrist?

Does the name Joshua Popp sound familiar? He’s the rocket scientist who gave his brother the military flare that caused July’s fire at Patrick Cudahy.

According to jsonline, “
The fire burned for three days, forced the evacuation of hundreds of Cudahy million in damage and temporarily idled most of residents, caused more than $50 million in damage and temporarily idled most of the plant's 1,800 employees."

Popp could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Remember, this is the criminal justice system in Milwaukee. 
Read what Popp got.

Halloween Haunted Tea Party scheduled in Franklin

It's being held by the Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty.

I dedicate the following column...

To a friend and colleague

Additional topic tonight on InterCHANGE

“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”

President Barack Obama’s reaction to winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s our first topic tonight on InterCHANGE, 6:30 on Channel 10.

Obama joins the ranks of Rabin, Peres and Arafat

The Christian Science Monitor examines previous Nobel Peace Prize award winners:

The controversial awarding of the 1994 prize to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzahk Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat was less successful. Though the three men eventually signed the Oslo Accords that seemed to have the two nations on a path toward peace, that effort eventually broke down. All three men could be said to have blood on their hands from that conflict, and Mr. Arafat died without achieving his dream of an independent Palestinian state. Mr. Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli furious that he was negotiating land concessions.”

The newspaper’s conclusion: The award given to Obama is not for what Obama has done, but what the international community would like him to do.

Global warming in the forecast

In Denver.

In Chicago.


By golly, the weekend is here!

Looks like a sloppy one, too.

While you're inside staying dry and warm, check out This Just In..

Our weekend features start tonight with our Friday night smooth music Goodnight entry. Some guy from Hoboken you may have heard gets some attention.

Saturday, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog. No canine got more press this week than this guy....

In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 photo, Boomer, a 180-pound Landseer Newfoundland dog, drinks water from the kitchen sink at Caryn Weber's home south of Casselton, N.D. The dog measures seven feet from nose to tail. stands 36 inches tall at the shoulders, measures 7 feet from nose to tail, and weighs 180 pounds. Weber will send his measurements to Guinness World Records for consideration as the tallest living dog. The previous record holder was a Great Dane that died this summer. He measured just over 42 inches at the shoulders.

Also Saturday, Week-ends, our weekly week in review.

We'll have the story behind this hug....

Julius Goff hugs Trevor Pullen (in wheelchair), who says ... Allen J. Schaben / AP

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Goodnight everyone, and have an easy 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….and this week, Monday.

Tonight, some easy listening, Chairman of the Board style.

Ol' Blue Eyes remains a strong part of today's popular culture.

He's everywhere.

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Coming up this morning on Week-ends...

Who should have won the Nobel Peace Prize instead of Barack Obama.

The Barking Lot (10/10/09)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Frost Advisory this morning until 8:00 a.m. Partly cloudy this morning with afternoon showers. Freeze warning tonight. High of 48  "F"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 46. "D"

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

I realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I wouldn’t have it any other way and I am very happy to support any awareness efforts that I can.  It should take front-and-center stage.  However, there IS another focus of October’s awareness efforts.

October is Adopt-A-Dog month, too.  From a shelter.  S-H-E-L-T-E-R.  That means don’t pay $800 + to own a four-legged friend.  It means when you are driving down Wisconsin Avenue and you think to yourself, “Should I stop?” you probably should.  (If you are READY and ABLE to adopt!)

All my loyal readers of The Barking Lot know that I advocate the adoption of shelter dogs over PURCHASING a dog to be a part of your family.  I have said many times that there are great things about owning a pedigree dog.  There are many reasons to support a pedigree of a particular breed.  That is what the AKC and Westminster are based on… they are steeped in tradition.  But for MY choice I will always ALWAYS support the adoption of a “mixed breed.”  Read, “mutt.”  

So, dog lovers, please remember that there are also a lot of pups out there that need your love and attention.  October is a wonderful time to recognize that.  Especially in our current dire economy when so many dogs are simply abandoned due to the fact that their owners can no longer care for them.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. It is time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlies the past week.

A few weeks ago filling in for Jennifer, I blogged about banning pit bulls. It's happened. 

The Supreme Court takes up a case that pits free speech against a law meant to protect animals.

Very sad story: Blaze strikes another terrible blow to dog rescuer.

is recovering.

Barking Lot UPDATE: Phoenix, the abused dog dies.

Barking Lot UPDATE: Remember that proposed noise ordinance in Chicago?

Should your dog get an influenza vaccine?

Package of pot doesn't fool drug dog.

This church had a special service for dogs......but a priest wouldn't allow a therapy dog at a funeral.

is getting a second chance.

Bruno's family says thanks.

Meet Duke, the SPCA condom dog.

Del Monte Foods that makes Milk Bones gets involved in cause marketing.

Here's the story of Hunter Lily, the famous coonhound on Capitol Hill.

Petside has compiled its list of the Top Ten Dog parks in the U.S.

Exploring the health benefits of pets.

Boomer is big....
really big.

That's it for The Barking Lot.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Our closing video this week:

Is Alyssa Hollows' dog really reading?

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Happy 40th birthday....

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POO Awards- Week 7

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week 5
Shell Lake 60,
Siren 0
It was homecoming at Shell Lake, so I guess that makes this drubbing okay.

Week 6
De Soto 62,
Wauzeka 0

Week 7
Cambria-Friesland 69,
Williams Bay 0

Dishonorable Mention
Kewaunee 61, Valders 0

No green light for red-light cameras


There isn’t a new fee that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett doesn’t like. He’d love to install red-light cameras to nab violators and enhance revenue. Thankfully, the Legislature isn’t warm to the idea.

Meanwhile, how’s that photo radar deal working out in Arizona?

Can Al Bore handle a tough question?

You decide.

UPDATE: By far, the dumbest bill this legislative session

I wrote about that bill a month ago.

Mike Nichols has an interesting take in today's paper.

Week-ends (10/10/09)


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...


Navy Lt. Dan Cnossen

Wounded Warriors

Frank Williams

Thomas Rahbjohn

Julius Goff

Casimir Pulaski

Kirsten Cartier

Fox News


Julia Laack

Jared Rohrig

Richard Strandlof

Violent teens

Benva Lazar

Michael Barrett.....and negligent hotels

Martez Anderson

Colton Harris-Moore

Gov. Jon Corzine

Iowa prankster

David Letterman


“The question we have to ask is who has done the most in the previous year to enhance peace in the world. And who has done more than Barack Obama?”
Nobel committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland about awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize.

“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”
President Obama, saying he was humbled by the award.

"The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?' It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele

"I'm not sure what the international community loved best; his waffling on Afghanistan, pulling defense missiles out of Eastern Europe, turning his back on freedom fighters in Honduras, coddling Castro, siding with Palestinians against Israel, or almost getting tough on Iran. The world may love it, but following in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter is not where America needs to go." 
Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)

"Giving this award to the leader of the most militarized country in the world, which has taken the human family against its will to war, will be rightly seen by many people around the world as a reward for his country's aggression and domination."
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, a 1976 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

“Of course, this puts pressure on Obama. The world expects that he will also achieve something.”
Last year’s laureate, former President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland.

"There is no clearer demonstration of the need for national health-care reform - no clearer demonstration - than the overwhelming demand we have seen."
Wisconsin Governor Doyle announcing a suspension of enrollment for BadgerCare Plus, a state health care program. He then announced he wants to create a new program with limits for people being put on a waiting list for BadgerCare Plus.

"What he's saying is we can't afford it and we're going to suspend enrollment. To initiate a new program when we can't even afford Medicaid as it is was really irresponsible."
State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) reacting to Doyle's announcments.

(Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker) "reminds me of a David Duke - he's good looking, he's smooth talking. (Walker) says he's not part of any race baiting; David Duke says the same thing."
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway

Walker’s reaction to Holloway’s comments.

“For eight years, the left did nothing but oppose George W. Bush no matter the merit of his policies. The media even went so far as to openly air the military secrets and strategies used to thwart terrorist attacks. Why give our enemies the playbook at the expense of American lives, if the desire is not failure?

Internal e-mails and memos among Democrats highlighted their fears of any good news coming from the war front - what's good for America was bad for the liberal party. The memos even explained how to downplay good news. Remember, the Democrats said the Iraq war was lost even as our soldiers were fighting and risking their lives. This demoralized soldiers while energizing terrorists. But who cares as long as it meant regaining the White House in 2008, right?

There has been but one group that has gained by demoralizing America and being the party of ‘no’- the liberal Democrats.”
Chad Regalia of Oak Creek in a letter to the Journal Sentinel.

“Brett Favre made the mother of all statements Monday night. Maybe he can play forever. Outfoxing, outflanking and showing up his old team at every turn, Favre turned back the clock and the Green Bay Packers, 30-23.”
Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.

"I was about as nervous as I've ever been in a game. I'm so thankful for the way this game went. As much as I fought it today, I couldn't get over it. I wanted to make good decisions. I hope the Packers fans know how I feel about them. But our fans were awesome tonight. And I know what it's like to be on the other side. That was a great environment tonight."
Brett Favre after Monday’s victory over the Packers.


Light sentence
for Wausau couple.


That little surprise on your electric bill.


The Nobel Peace Prize. Yet another reason for an Obama media lovefest.


Airline has a request for its passengers.

Fire hits too close to home for 9-1-1- operator.

Food stamps are not supposed to be used to buy this stuff.

He has pasty skin, a pudgy belly, and he's naked.

And thank God for this.

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

Recommended Reading (10/10/09)

Recommended reading

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

What Are They Smoking In Oslo?

This year's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama can only hasten the decline in prestige of an award that has already gone to people like Yasser Arafat, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan (who presided over the Iraqi oil-for-food scam) and the fabulist Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu. For this year's Nobel, the deadline was February 1, barely ten days after Mr. Obama had assumed the presidency.”

Most Embarrassing Moment

"You see the problem here. The jokes write themselves. Six days ago, ‘Saturday Night Live’ was mocking Obama for having accomplished nothing, and the president's media protectors were crying foul After all, can't expect a guy to accomplish very much in a few short months. But the incongruity of this staggeringly premature honor--the equivalent of a lifetime-achievement Oscar for a child star--makes yesterday's satire into today's news.”

Meet The People Who Were Passed Over For Obama

"Sima Samar, women's rights activist in Afghanistan..."

The Buck Passes Here

Meet the Obama whiners. ‘They did it’ is the new administration’s credo when things go wrong. Most often, the culprit for disappointment in Obama’s hope-and-change agenda remains George W. Bush — a sort of modern-day fallen angel Azael, whose wickedness is persistent and omnipresent.

Nine months after his departure, the former president insidiously still has his hand in almost everything that seems to plague Barack Obama’s utopian plans. At other times ‘the Republicans,’ ‘the far Right,’ ‘conservatives,’ or even the ‘mob’ have kept America from getting the future it deserves. One would never guess that the Democrats have held the Senate and the House since 2006, own the executive branch, and enjoy the support of the ever-obsequious media.

Do Not Blame Barack

“Barack Obama is only one man.  A bad man, yes, but he is a symptom more than a cause.  Without millions of fawning Americans, he would just be a community agitator, vainly preaching Alinsky principles from a soapbox.”

Transfer Machine

The theory of government I was taught says that government provides benefits, primarily security, to the entire population. In return we pay taxes. But lately the government has been a distributor of special privileges, taking money from some and giving it to others. America is now about evenly split between those who pay income taxes and those who consume them.”

Spare The Rod, Destroy America

"The total lack of respect among some of the young punks roaming the streets of America is absolutely appalling. They have no respect for their teachers, parents, law enforcement, neighbors, America, the rule of law, any authority or themselves. Some punks have no respect for your life or their own pathetic lives, and that makes them extremely dangerous. Rarely does a week go by that I don't read an article or hear of a teacher being attacked by one of these vicious punks in our schools.

Three critical things need to happen to protect our teachers and society from these future adult offenders."

Some Americans Don't Want To Hear About The First Couple's Big Night Out

“For many of those Americans out of work, there is not enough money in the family budget for a date night of even pizza and a movie.  They don’t want to see pictures of the President and First Lady all gussied up in their ‘sleek black suit’ and ‘matching, backless knee-length black dress’ out on the town for a fancy dinner.”

Just Four Months In, Obama Starts Graying

"In just four months, President Obama started turning from Ebony cover boy to Grecian Formula model."

How Traffic Jams Help The Environment

“Traffic jams, if they're managed well, can actually be good for the environment. They maintain a level of frustration that turns drivers into subway riders or pedestrians.”

Is It Safe To Let Your Kids Walk To School?

“This week my daughter, a friend of hers, and I walked the mile plus to her elementary school, picking up the first red maple leaves of fall along the way. It was a glorious way to start the day, far better than the usual rush to the bus stop. And since it's National Walk to School Month, I figured, why not? But few kids, including mine, walk to school anymore. Lenore Skenazy wants to change that."

After the Nobel, could this....

Be next?

Franklin soccer playoff info

High School’s boy’s soccer team will play a first round playoff game Tuesday night, October 13th at 7:00 against Cudahy/St. Francis at Franklin.

The winner moves on to play the winner of the Oak Creek-Milwaukee Ronald Reagan game next Thursday.


Franklin is the #5 seed in the sectional while Oak Creek is the #4 seed.

Who cares more about Katrina-ravaged New Orleans: W or O?

Let's ask the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


My Most Popular Blogs (10/11/09)

Most popular

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

1) Uhhhh, say Kev......why are you congratulating Mark Maley?

2) TIE

Culinary no-no #132

This blog by my friend, Dad29 may or may not be legit.... 

That's not a DENVER......

3) Naughty, naughty cheerleaders!

4) TIE 

Recommended reading BEFORE the big game

Halloween Haunted Tea Party scheduled in Franklin

5) Time for "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Czar to resign

Photos of the Week (10/11/09)

Photos of the Week

Coors Field

Snow covers the playing surface of Coors Field, seen from the main concourse Saturday in Denver. Game 3 of the playoff series between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed because of the inclement weather.AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Visitors look at a sand sculpture of U.S. President Barak Obama with a Nobel Prize medal, created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik on the Golden Sea beach in Puri, India, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Visitors look at a sand sculpture of U.S. President Barack Obama with a Nobel Prize medal, created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik on the Golden Sea beach in Puri, India, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Photo: AP

German writer Herta Mueller holds a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009. Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born author who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse. The decision was expected to keep alive the controversy surrounding the academy's pattern of awarding the prize to European writers. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Masked gunmen fire a volley of shots over the coffin of Republican John Brady, outside his sister's home in Strabane, Northern Ireland, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009, prior to his funeral. Brady, 40, hanged himself in a police cell last Saturday after being arrested over a domestic dispute while on weekend parole from prison, and it was claimed that he could not face the prospect of returning to jail.(AP Photo/Paul Faith-pa)

John Carruth, center, director of the Eighth Regiment Band of Rome, Ga., stands behind a casket covered with both a Union flag and a Confederate flag as he leads the congregation in singing during the funeral for an unknown Civil War soldier in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. The body was accidentally unearthed from a shallow grave by construction workers. It was buried in Rest Haven Cemetery, which contains other Civil War graves. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

ISAF Commander General Stanley A. McChrystal listens during a meeting with high ranking military personnel October 7, 2009 at the forward operating base (FOB) Walton, outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan. The 55-year-old U.S Army top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has reportedly rankled U.S. President Barack Obama and the White House after he made an appeal for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan and publicly differed with the administration. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

U.S. Army Engineer Staff Sgt. Rick Atkinson of Roswell, New Mexico plays with a puppy that soldiers of Forward Operating Base Zerok adopted a few weeks ago October 7, 2009 in Zerok, Afghanistan. October 7th marked the anniversary of the beginning of the Afghanistan war in 2001; eight years later, thousands of American and international troops are camped out in field bases around the war-torn country. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In this image made available Friday Oct. 9, 2009, by the British Ministry of Defence, Private Daniel Britton is submerged under a fast flowing river where he nearly drowned. This was the first brush with death for the British trooper who has been branded a 'lucky idiot', by his comrades, after cheating death in Afghanistan three times. The 22-year-old Private, from Nantwich, Cheshire, said he is fortunate to be alive after an action-packed six month stint in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. During his six month tour of duty Britton has nearly drowned, he contracted dysentery, had a bullet brush past his head, and then was shot in the chest by the Taliban during a separate strike and was saved by his body armor. Britton and the rest of his unit are due to return to their British barracks soon. (AP Photo / MoD)

In this image made available Friday Oct. 9, 2009, by the British Ministry of Defence, Private Daniel Britton holds the body armour which saved his live when he was shot in the chest by the Taliban. This was just one of the times he had a brush with death, for the British trooper who has been branded a 'lucky idiot', by his comrades, after cheating death in Afghanistan three times. The 22-year old Private, from Nantwich, Cheshire, said he is fortunate to be alive after an action-packed six month stint in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. During his six month tour of duty Britton has nearly drowned, he contracted dysentery, had a bullet brush past his head, and then was shot in the chest by the Taliban during a separate strike and was saved by his body armor. Britton and the rest of his unit are due to return to their British barracks soon. (AP Photo / MoD)

Lt. Michael Bassi of Monongahela, Pennsylvania with the 3/509 of the US Army's 25th Infantry Division, practices his golf swing October 10, 2009 at Combat Outpost Zerok, Paktika province, Afghanistan. Bassi, an avid golfer, wrote to a major golf club manufactuer and asked if they had any discarded clubs they could send to him in Afghanistan, and was delighted to find that they sent him a used set, which he now uses for practice. US troops at COP Zerok, who are tasked with patrolling a particularly dangerous section of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, enjoyed a rare quiet day on their base October 10. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition carries a cross in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on October 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. Today the high court will hear oral arguments in a case on involving the building of a memorial with a cross by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in a remote area within what is now a federal preserve. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Peace protesters dressed as a wedding party, protesting the bombing of a wedding party by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, are handled by police in Grand Central Terminal October 7, 2009 in New York City. Protesters were marking the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the September 11 terrorist attacks and more than 850 American forces have been killed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Protesters are processed after being taken into custody by the United States Park Police, left, as other protesters lay on the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Activists with Health Care for America Now, the California Labor Federation and Service Employees International Union hold a "body pile-up" as they demonstrate outside the offices of Anthem Blue Cross/WellPoint to protest what they say are bad health insurance policy practices on October 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Activists say their issues of concern include the denial of coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, imposition of arbitrary caps on payments, offering of incentives to employees to deny patient care and reject claims, and policy termination. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A sign depicting U.S. President Barack Obama as Uncle Sam is displayed during a protest against the war in Afghanistan on the UC Berkeley campus October 6, 2009 in Berkeley, California. A small group held a protest against the war in Afghanistan on the eighth anniversary of the US led conflict that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers use their tractors to block a road around EU headquarters during a demonstration in Brussels, Monday Oct. 5, 2009. Hundreds of dairy farmers drove tractors into the center of Belgium's capital Monday to push EU farm ministers for more funding to survive the milk price crisis. Thousands of farmers across the 27-nation bloc are facing a financial crunch because of collapsed milk prices and are seeking more EU help and quotas to artificially drive them up. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 05:  Anti-war protesters dressed to represent Guantanamo Bay prisoners march to the White House October 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Dozens of protesters were arrested after they participated in an act of civil disobedience to call on the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anti-war protesters dressed to represent Guantanamo Bay prisoners march to the White House October 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Dozens of protesters were arrested after they participated in an act of civil disobedience to call on the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo: Getty Images

Masked protesters attack a bank office as they demonstrate against the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in downtown Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. Turkish police fired warning shots into the air and used water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)

A protester carries a rag doll during a rally and march 'calling for withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan' on October 5, 2009 in front of the White House in Washington, DC.

A protester carries a rag doll during a rally and march 'calling for withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan' on October 5, 2009 in front of the White House in Washington, DC.Photo: Getty Images

During a firefight with Taliban militants, a spent shell casing flies through the air as U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Christie, of Washington, Ind. with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines returns fire, in Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. Taliban militants opened fire on the Marine patrol. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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The MJS Scorecard (10/11/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


William Petasnick: A debate hijacked by myth, fear and lies  

Pedro Colon: Another idea on MPS control  


Another View:  There's a better way to address national health care reform (Paul Ryan)

Joseph Rice: A county role in economic development  


Research does pay off in economic development

Bill Lueders: Don't purge court records  

Gary Shellman: A Yank's view in Germany  


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-2

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-96, Conservative-74

"What kind of Scandinavian trip weed are you guys roasting up there in your skull bongs?"

That quote could only come from one writer...

Culinary no-no #133

Culinary no-no's

In all the years I’ve worked at WTMJ, WISN, WUWM, Milwaukee Public Television, and the state Legislature, I have been fortunately blessed to have met and/or interviewed many wonderful, and yes, famous individuals. Of course, there’s an endless list of celebrities I’ve wanted to but haven’t met. One of them is this guy….


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Do I want to see an aquatic center in Franklin?


An aquatic center would be a wonderful addition to our city providing recreational activities for residents and a sense of community pride. What a fun destination spot that would be, a great draw for Franklin.

Of course I would welcome an aquatic center to Franklin! Who wouldn’t want such a facility!

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Why is the state of Michigan's economy so screwed up?

When you have the state's leader exhibiting this lack of economic know-how, it's easy to see why.

Steve Wynn, who knows a bit about creating jobs and building the economy, takes Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to school.


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Should children get flu shots?

Many parents are dead set against flu shots for their children.

Maybe, just maybe, they might want to

Homeland Security Secretary has lost her mind

Illegal immigration

Janet Napolitano wants to take illegal immigrants out of prison and jail and house them in revamped hotels and even nursing homes.

The spin is that these would be non-violent illegal immigrants. That’s taking a chance that’s too risky.

Would someone please remind Napolitano how Americans who are thought to be criminals are treated in other countries?

America is its own worst enemy when it comes to the fight against illegal immigration.

The D.C. press corps needs to take lessons from John Hawkins


Columnist Hawkins poses 20 hard inquiries to Barack Obama.


Because as Hawkins puts it, “Our servile journalists spend their days awash in ecstasy, thinking endlessly of the tingle that runs up their leg when they see Barack Obama, they don't seem to be able to find the time to ask him any tough questions. That leaves the rest of us out in the cold, dreaming of queries we'd like to see asked of the President of the United States -- if our press would turn in its Obama Fan Club memberships and start acting like members of the media again.”

Good stuff, like this question:

“Can you discuss the role you played at ACORN and whether you believe they should be able to receive any federal funds given the enormous ethical problems in that organization that have recently come to light?”


Liberals on parade in D.C.

Oh, their parents just have to be so proud.

From one of Kevin Fischer's Whippersnapper Hall of Famers, Jillian Bandes.


Ted Thompson on the Packers: "We are a work in progress"

That's odd.

I thought the Packers had gone to the "next level."

MORE: Thompson's approach might be hurting team


UPDATE: Can Al Bore handle a tough question?

The former VP had to be rescued last week during a Q and A.

The fine work by the MacIver Institute was noticed by the
Wall Street Journal.

Do women prefer sex or their cell phones?

And what about guys?

Here are the answers.

UPDATE: Felony Franks

Back in July, I wrote about a hot dog stand in Chicago that employs ex-cons. The problem is the name the proprietor gave his business. It's a real culinary no-no.

Three months later, the owner’s not budging, despite his critics.

The biggest RINO of them all....

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, a well-known pain in the side of true conservatives was the only Republican to vote in favor of the bloated Socialistic Max Baucus-sponsored takeover of government health care plan.

Her idiotic reasoning: She wanted to move the process along.

Snowe needs to go. She is a Democrat's best friend in the Senate. Why doesn't she just switch parties? The entire world knows what the hell she really is.

Senator, please just leave.

Unfortunately, there will be idiots who buy this woman's book...

Irene Villar
has had 15 abortions in 17 years.


It's amazing she hasn't been invited to the White House yet by the most radically pro-abortion president in American history.

Dear feminists:

For the longest time, you’ve been moaning and whining and crying that dolls geared toward our young girls are not anatomically correct, that they convey an unreal image of what women today really look like, setting up an impossible image to live up to.

How about this new toy? Doesn’t look at all like the original to me, no matter where you start: neck down, waist down...

Congratulations to the Franklin High boy's soccer team

The Sabers, as expected, knocked off Cudahy/St. Francis tonight in the opening round of the WIAA state tournament, 4-1 at Franklin.

Franklin advances to meet Oak Creek Thursday at Oak Creek at 6:00. Oak Creek beat Milwaukee Ronald Reagan tonight, 9-0.

Franklin vs. Oak Creek.......Think there might be some interest in that one?

Just how generous are you, Wisconsin taxpayers? You're going to rebuild a killer's face



This isn't tough stuff.

Wisconsin man aims his shotgun at his unarmed former girlfriend, shoots, and kills the woman.

Then this worthless coward turns the weapon on himself and shoots. Unfortunately, this royal doofus couldn't get that right, and he survives.

So now, this killer bozo looks like this:


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"Do you hear us now?"

A few weeks ago, the local news media decided not to cover a rally in support of Scott Walker's 0% tax increase budget.

There's a local Tea Party going on?


Ditto in Chicago.

But folks in the Windy City get another shot this Friday, and they're headed right into the laps of the liberal media.

Time for another Tea Party, MIlwaukee?

You're Not Evil, Just Wrong

Americans for Prosperity

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The latest from Rehorst

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery      -Number 27-
In This Issue
First Absinthe Sales
Cocktail Database
Blog / Facebook
Pumkin Released!
Pumpkin Party
Best Tour
Tasting Events
American Distilling Institute

Something Special from Wisconsin
Great Lakes Distillery is the only distillery member of  the Wisconsin State Agriculture Departments "Something Special from Wisconsin" created to promote Wisconsin produced products.
First Absinthe Sales!

Last month we began selling our much anticipated Amerique 1912 Absinthe. The first lucky buyers were from all over the map...

Robert & Rosalind from New Berlin, WI  and Korey & Michelle from Holland, MI

Jeff & Diana from Seattle, WA
Cocktail Database Now Online
Ever been thirsty but didn't quite know what you wanted? Got a bottle of our Pumpkin Spirit and looking for a unique recipe to enjoy it? Planning a party but can't come up with a drink to impress your guests? We've got the answer.

Great Lakes Distillery has gone live with our very own cocktail database!

Visit our cocktail database and we'll do our best to guide you. Anyone can view recipes in the database- no registration needed, but a simple registration will allow you to submit recipes as well.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a casual imbiber, you should check out the Cocktail Database.
New! Twitter, Blog and Facebook
We're pleased to announce we have gone social!

Follow us on Twitter at;

 If you're on Facebook check out the Rehorst Vodka (and gin) fan page created by Rehorst Vodka fan Ric Larson! Also check out the new official distillery page at;

We've also begun "Distilled!" a blog where we spew about alcohol related topics a bit more frequently than the newsletter allows. Keep an eye on the blog for the latest products we may be working on, as well as cocktail recipe's and events.

This month we release our Pumpkin Spirit, along with this release we are throwing a party! Details below...

2009 Pumpkin Spirit Now Available!
This years batch is bottled and ready. If you're not familiar with our Pumpkin Spirit it is a seasonal product produced by distilling Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Lager beer. After careful distilling the spirit is aged in used Bourbon barrels and once a year bottled at 90 proof. We only made about 1200 bottles this year so once it's gone it won't be available again until next year. It is now available on the shelves of your favorite store and bar, if not ask them to order it!

This spirit is similar to a whiskey but with a pumpkin and spice flavor. It works great in traditional whiskey cocktails such as the Old Fashioned as well as some newer drinks which you will find in our cocktail database.
Pumpkin Party This Friday!!!
With the release of this years Pumpkin Spirit, we've decided to throw a party! This Friday Oct. 16th from 7PM-10PM we'll be featuring Pumpkin cocktails, free samples of the Pumpkin Spirit as well as our other products, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

Since we are approaching the holiday season we are also collecting food for a local food bank, so please consider a can or two of food the price of admission. Bring a can and be entered in a drawing to win a Pumpkin Gift Basket!

Pumpkin Spirit Release Party
7-10PM Friday October 16th (This Friday!) at Great Lakes Distillery -616 W. Virginia St in Milwaukee. Map at the bottom of this page.

If you're coming, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to
Milwaukee Magazine Loves Our Tour
We just won a huge honor-  in their October issue "Best Of '09" feature, Milwaukee Magazine selected us as best alcoholic tour! Check it out on newstands now.

Our tasting room is open Wednesday thru Friday 12 to 7PM, and Saturdays 12 to 6PM. Tours are Fridays at 4:30 and 6:00, Saturdays 3:30. Hope to see you soon!

Big Tasting Events

We had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural Wine & Dine Wisconsin at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee this past weekend. We poured about 3000 samples!
Next week we'll be at the Madison Food and Wine show. If you're attending be sure to stop and say hello. 
We hope to see you at Fridays Pumpkin release party. Don't forget, our tasting room is open Wednesday thru Saturday!

Guy Rehorst
Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka is 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof).
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Gin is 44% Alcohol By Volume (88 Proof).
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Citrus & Honey Flavored Vodka is 40% Alcohol By Volume (80 Proof). 
Artisan Series Pear Brandy Eau-de-Vie, Grappa and Kirschwasser are 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof).
Drink Responsibly.
Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee WI

If you voted against Obama, he doesn't give a rat's *** about you

Damn those enterprising folks at the Associated Press!

Franklin vs.Oak Creek

Boy's soccer playoff action tonight at 6:00 at Oak Creek MS.

The winner will face the winner of today’s Milwaukee Marquette-Milwaukee South game, next Thursday.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn supports conceal carry

And he’s trying to talk Mayor Barrett into it. That’s not exactly news, though it is in today’s paper.

Jessica McBride got that bit of info out of the chief some time ago.

Let's see what those warm, fuzzy, loving, compassionate souls are up to

Moonbattery offers this:

“What would you call a political organization that willingly consigned hundreds of thousands of people of color to joblessness, poverty, and social distress to satisfy the preferences of a small group of privileged white elites?

You could call them racists. You could call them oligarchs. You could call them tyrants.

You could call them Democrats.”

Here’s the blog with complete details.

HT: Dad29

The government wants to ban your TV

And just where do all these stupid ideas originate?


Do cell phone bans while driving really work?

Now that we have all stopped chuckling over Maria Shriver violating her state’s ban on cell phone use while driving that was signed into law by her husband, it’s a good time to ponder whether such laws are actually effective.

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new study examining if phone bans while driving have an effect on crashes and if they change the patterns of telephone use by drivers.

After analyzing driver use in three areas where hand-held use is banned (The states of New York Connecticut, and District of Columbia), the study found that after bans were implemented, there was an immediate and sizable drop in cell phone use while driving. After time, cell phone use went back up again.

In Connecticut and New York, violators tend to be women and drivers under the age of 25. Drivers over 60 are 99% compliant.

“What’s clear from the surveys, despite some variability in their findings, is that bans on hand-held phoning while driving can have big and long-term effects, but the safety implications still aren’t clear,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “Many drivers still use their hand-held phones, even where it’s banned, and other drivers simply switch to hands-free phones, which doesn’t help because crash risk is about the same, regardless of phone type.”

Crash risk is about the same, whether the driver is using a hand-held or hands-free device. As the Institute’s Lund says, “Manual dialing and texting seem especially risky, but talking also 
involves crash risk, and drivers spend more time talking on phones than dialing.”

This is the most important paragraph of the study:

“Besides the precise risk associated with hand-held phone use, there’s more researchers don’t know. Banning hand-held phones does reduce their use while driving, for example, but it isn’t known whether such bans also reduce crashes. Nor is it known how drivers respond when hand-held phones are banned. This has important implications concerning the laws state legislators are considering.”

Lund also emphasizes enforceability is a problem:

“Police officers can see whether a driver is holding a phone to the ear, but it’s going to be much harder to determine if a driver is sending a text message or talking on a hands-free phone.”

You can read the Institute study here.

Depending on your outlook, the answer to the question of whether bans on phoning while driving actually work could be one of the following:

1) No

2) The jury is still out

The answer is certainly not yes.

Want to get a swine flu shot in Massachusetts? You'll have to stand in line behind these guys

Yet another reason people hate government.

WATCH LIVE: Boy in balloon out of control over Colorado

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Friday night, it's InterCHANGE

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

1 – Vincent High School.

Another school year and more problems at a MPS high school.  Surprised?  This time it’s Vincent High School.  Fights break out two days in a row, kids are bloodied, police are called, kids are arrested, one gets tasered.  Yikes!  Will MPS ever be able to offer parents a reasonable guarantee that their children will be safe if they go to an MPS high school?  What needs to be done?  Is this one reason why MPS continues to lose students?  Is yet more money for MPS the answer?

2 – Milwaukee Guns.

Milwaukee’s mayor, police chief, and district attorney are all putting the heat on one specific gun store as they push hard for new laws to get handguns off the streets of Milwaukee?  Will they make an impression on lawmakers in Madison?  Will Wisconsin end up allowing concealed-carry in exchange for some other measures which might control who can buy guns?  With the democrats so much in control of Milwaukee and Madison, why is anyone concerned about what the pro NRA folks will do?  Is the owner of this one store being treated fairly?

3 – G-M-O.

After 42 years the PGA tour leaves Milwaukee.  Why won’t Milwaukee support golf?  Is this a direct result of the scheduling the Milwaukee tournament the same week as the British Open? U-S Bank dumped out because it said it didn’t get any bang for its buck. Can we blame the tough economy for no major sponsor stepping forward to support the tournament?

Franklin High boy's soccer season over

The Sabers lose to....NOOOOOO!!!.....Oak Creek, 3-0 in the playoffs.

Oak Creek must now face Marquette.

Meanwhile, Franklin's football team suffered its first conference loss.

Pulling out all the stops to save a little boy

Colorado went to great lengths.

Franklin School Board members are happy today


Their grins from ear to ear were inspired by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s story, “State aid drops to many schools.”

Franklin is one of 19 local area school districts seeing a double digit percentage drop in school aid from the state.

Smiles all around for the Jesse James Gang, otherwise known as the Franklin School Board.

Why is a hit in state aid good news to this bunch? Come, come now. If you have to ask, with all due respect, where have you been?

The state cutbacks (and if you're upset, just remember, folks, who’s in control in Madison and who did this to you) allow the Franklin School Board to put on their annual Oscar-type performance that goes something like this:

Awww, gee shucks, taxpayers. The last thing we want to do, honest and truly, cross our hearts is to raise property taxes. But don’t you see? That big, bad, nasty old state won’t give us more money. So we are left with no other choice but to vote for a tax increase. Our hands are tied. Besides………….


They really think we're stupid.

Despite the cuts, the state is still quite generous to school districts that have relied on their outstretched palms being greased by Madison for years and years. The cuts were actually necessary because the state is beyond broke. Why? Because it spends like crazy.

So get ready for the feigned looks of concern and consternation on the faces of Franklin School Board members and their phony speeches as they secretly can’t wait to jack up your taxes again.

Most people who read my blog understand what’s going on and genuinely aren’t very happy about it. But unfortunately, they do not contact their school board members, they do not attend meetings, they do not express their outrage. Instead, they quietly accept their fate, believing there’s nothing to be done, or that this school board simply doesn’t care and won’t listen. The latter is very true.

Prepare yourselves, Franklin taxpayers. I’m giving you the sound bites in advance. And the school board is giving you another property tax increase in December.

Could this happen in Wisconsin?


Sexting back in the news

First it was a New Berlin Eisenhower student. Now the headlines say a Whitnall High School student has engaged in sexting, or as Greenfield
Deputy Inspector Brad Wentlandt prefers to call it, child pornography.

What to do about it?

The wrong response is to put more police officers in schools. That won’t prevent a single case of sexting.

There are two ways to go:

1) Parents need to start being stronger parents.

2) To borrow from the classic movie, “Jaws,” the young culprits need to be caught and “hung up by their Buster Brown’s.”

On a side note, here in Franklin, if you want to make our schools safer, here’s a novel, cheap, simple common sense concept: Lock the school doors.

It's another picture perfect Wisconsin fall weekend

Take away football and pumpkin pie from fall and what have you got?

Dead trees, short days, long nights, and crappy weather.

So here at This Just In we try to brighten the weekend with regular features that hopefully add some pizzazz to the gray and the gloom.

It starts tonight with our Friday night music Goodnight entry that this week will be oh so sweet. Very sweet. Incredibly sweet. Toothachy sweet. Just like yours truly.


Moving right along.

Wake up Saturday morning to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog.  The dog pictured below is part of an amazing story from DOGS IN THE NEWS.

Also Saturday, the weekly week in review, Week-ends.

is this guy a hero or villain?

Keith Gorman

Recommended Reading comes your way Saturday as well......always good stuff.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a sweeeeeeet 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, sweet, sweet music.

Fellas, here’s your last warning. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by Hallmark during a corporate meeting of big wig’s in the 80’s.


Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.

Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

The Barking Lot (10/17/09)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Cloudy. Chilly high of 44. "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 47. "D"

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

Kevin does not hold in how he feels about cats:  The best place for them, he says, is in the middle of Lake Michigan.  Along with lawyers, I guess.  (However, Mr. Softie helped me bring a cat in to our home a couple years ago.  She looked lost and afraid but had a collar and tag and I wanted to do my civic duty.  He was as concerned as I was.  I called the owner who was extremely laid back about the whole thing and simply commented that “she wanders off often.”  Whatever, I tried.)

I do really like cats, but it is no secret that I am totally a “dog person.”  That will be the four-legged friend we get for Kyla in a couple of years, no question.  I know we are not alone in our favoring dogs over cats.  But how ‘bout some PROOF???

Well, the event in New York City should help substantiate what I’ve known all along:  Dogs Rule.  The “Meet the Breeds” event this weekend lets attendees meet almost 200 breeds of dogs and cats, puppies and kittens.

To get an answer to the greatest debate since Tastes Great – Less Filling, the organizers held an eight-week contest to determine who was more PUPular.  No surprise to me, pooches won paws down.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlnes the past week, and may I say we have some amazing stories this time around. Shall we?

Another reason to despise Michael Vick.

Man in critical condition
after breaking up dog fight.

Do dogs cause divorce?

Samanatha is an amazing story.

his might be the best dog story of the week, and the year. Dog helps disabled teen enjoy the ride of his life.

Dog is involved in legal tug of war between a homeless man and the Humane Society.

Reading dog helps others.

Blind dog abandoned at supermarket hoped to be helped.

Wal-Mart employees build dog houses for needy pet owners.

Dogtopia founder is there for dog day finder franchisees.

Dog Rescuer gives strays a second chance.

Meet Randy Grimm, needy animals' best friend.

Can your pet save you on taxes?

Are black dogs being discriminated against?

Now this could be my favorite dog story of the week, of the year, I'm tellin ya, look ladies, I don't know how else to tell ya, but you better be careful where you leave your breasts laying around.

2010 Honda Element goes to the dogs.

Lucky Pet Dogs Receive Experimental Cancer Treatments Before Their Humans.

Are dogs given better treatment than famed FSU coach Bobby Bowden?

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

We close with our closing video, a very special one.


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POO Awards- Week 8

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week 5
Shell Lake 60,
Siren 0
It was homecoming at Shell Lake, so I guess that makes this drubbing okay.

Week 6
De Soto 62,
Wauzeka 0

Week 7
Cambria-Friesland 69,
Williams Bay 0

Dishonorable Mention
Kewaunee 61, Valders 0

Week 8
Marion/Tigerton 67, Plainfield Tri-County 0

NOTE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the following in its high school football preview this week:


It's has been almost five weeks since Milwaukee Riverside suffered a 26-18 loss to Bradley Tech that will probably cost the Tigers the City Conference title. Maybe they're taking out their frustration on the rest of the league. Riverside has posted four consecutive shutouts and outscored the opposition, 199-0. The Tigers' last two opponents finished with negative total yardage. It has been an impressive run, but a better test of how prepared the Tigers are for the playoffs comes at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pulaski Stadium against Milwaukee Bay View."

Pouring it on is “impressive”?

BTW, Riverside did beat Bay View Friday, but by the far more respectable score of 25-7.

Week-ends (10/17/09)


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...


Heather Christiensen

Abby Wutzler

Paul Quinlivan

Keith Gorman.....and the dramatic video

"Sully" Sullenberger......and more

John Ward

Giuseppe Petrosino


Sam Johnson


Linda Brown

Matthew Harris

Rumeal Robinson

Before they came to their senses, the Oak Apartments in Albany

Ralph Lauren

Whoever suspended Bill Jones

Steven McCarthy


"We don't want one more person to die, we don't want one more person killed on the road, we don't want one more domestic violence death, we don't want one more life wasted by alcoholism. We want it to stop … and quit enabling the problem by subsidizing it as we do now."
State Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) author of a bill to raise the state’s beer tax.

"You are just killing the consumers. We have to raise our prices to match it and the economy is bad enough. People can't afford it. Government keeps finding ways to hurt the consumer. If they have to put a beer tax up, they should wait until the economy is better."
Ken Zastrow, manager of Redliner, a bar in Menasha.

"If (government officials) want to start doing something, they should cut some costs as a business would do instead of just raise taxes."
Mike Verbrick, owner of Recovery Room in Appleton.

"This will be an added expense to doing business. Any tax increase is not good, but from $2 to $10? That's quite an increase."
Bonita Rowland, president of Rowland's Calumet Brewing in Chilton, said her business has been slow due to the economy and the cost of grains and hops has gone up.

"The net effect is that anybody who consumes liquor, whether they ever get behind the wheel after drinking or not, would be paying the cost of toughening our drunk driving laws. Don't get me wrong. I think the laws needed to be strengthened, but I don't agree that responsible people should pay for the poor decisions of people arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol).Why not punish the person who actually committed the crime instead of punishing the average consumer?"
Mike Streveler, chief operations officer and vice president of sales at Superior-based distributor Saratoga Liquor Co. that services 21 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and operates a branch in Eau Claire. He was reacting to a proposed alcohol tax hike of 50 cents a liter.

"Your world may be about numbers, but my world is about lives. I know you make $78,000-something a year to run the city, but I make $37,000 a year to save the city."
Milwaukee firefighter Jeff Lang speaking to aldermen at a hearing on the city of Milwaukee budget. The city is considering fire department cuts.

"If one of you were in a fire, what would you pay me to get you? What is your life worth?" Milwaukee firefighter David Seager questioning aldermen. He referred to a recent finance committee discussion of the $63,230-a-year maximum pay for rank-and-file firefighters.

"In the Great Depression, they didn't furlough police officers.”
Milwaukee Police Detective Matthew Quist, who opposed including police in the four unpaid furlough days.

"The point I take away from it is, this is government giving government money to create government jobs.”
State Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Ashwaubenon) reacting to a report that three-fourths of 8,284 stimulus-related jobs accounted for so far were public-sector posts protected by the federal infusion into state and local government coffers.

On September 25, 2008, state Sen. Spencer Coggs was sitting on a televised panel, discussing the state of politics in Wisconsin. When one of his fellow panelists brought up the issue of term limits as a potential way to get state government moving again, Coggs chuckled, saying:

‘We do have term limits in the state of Wisconsin. We call them elections. And I want them to stay that way, because I don’t want the bureaucrats to have the only institutional memory in the state of Wisconsin.’

Coggs was first elected to the Wisconsin Legislature in 1982. Since joining the Senate, he has never had anyone run against him.”
An excerpt of a report by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute on term limits.

"The dramatic increase proposed by the Milwaukee Water Works, for the purpose of bolstering the general fund of the City of Milwaukee, would be an unjust and unreasonable burden on the ratepayers in our communities, who would see no benefit from the increase or from such general fund contributions.”
A portion of a letter suburban officials sent to the Public Service Commission, asking the  state to deny Milwaukee's request for a 36% boost in water rates, saying it would be unfair to force the suburbs to subsidize the city's budget.


Two this week....

1) Your tax dollars at work

2) This Halloween attraction


Who benefitted the most from the near trillion-dollar stimulus? Road builders? Construction workers?The private sector?

Guess again.


How the weather out east might affect the New York Yankees-Los Angeles Angels playoff series.

Sure it's cold, but you're paid millions to play baseball. If you can't get motivated for a playoff game because it's chilly, there's something wrong.


Gotta be this one.

But there's always more than one.

If Carhenge was #2, what was #1?

Shacoya Crawley has a temper.

Thief took $60, but Ralph Baker just wants his penny back.

Nazi gnomes invade Germany.

Can perfume make you a winner?

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.

Video of the Year?

Could be.

Recommended Reading (10/17/09)

Recommended reading

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

The race card, football, and me

"As I explained on my radio show, this spectacle is bigger than I am on several levels. There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson. 'Racism' is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us."

Does baseball need umpires?

Once again in baseball's postseason, a spate of bad calls has turned the focus away from the excitement of October to the competence of the umpires. And like always, the debate has turned to why the men in blue might be prone to making such big mistakes (Are they blind?) and whether there's anything that can be done. But amid all the yelling, there's another fundamental question that is oddly absent from the debate. Why are there so many umpires in the first place? And do we really need so many of them?"

Why I hate Obama's America

President Obama seeks an America that resembles modern France far more than the free and prosperous America our forefathers fought and bled and died for. President Obama's America is not America: It is the United Nations writ large, with socialist redistribution at its center and moral relativism at its core. I root against President Obama's America because I don't want to see it become a reality. And the only way it will become a reality is if President Obama is able to make it a reality."

If Obama had told us before his election

"If Obama had told us he would appoint 34 Czars, reporting only to himself and not vetted or confirmed in the constitutional way, building a powerful unitary executive branch of government, would he have been elected?  

If Obama had told us he would take over the automobile industry faster than any socialist dictator ever nationalized an industry, fire the CEO of General Motors and replace him with a Democratic Party campaign contributor, would Obama have been elected?

If Obama had told us that his Stimulus package is a sham because it does not create private-sector jobs (as a tax cut would do), so that the unemployment rate has risen to nearly 10 percent, with 15 million Americans unemployed plus another 11 million underemployed, could he have been elected?"

The phrases President Obama can’t do without

For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar phrases."

Know the facts, read the bill, vote

A late-breaking report said that the (government health care)bill passed (Tuesday)  by the Senate Finance Committee will increase the health care costs of the average American family by $4,000. This specific figure may or may not prove to be the case. The point is, we don’t know.  And we can’t pass a law that remakes our economy and directly impacts the health of all Americans until we do.”

The Ant and the Grasshopper

“Some people in our society are very content to sit back, do nothing, and get their every need and want taken care of by the government.  Somehow they have come to the conclusion that America owes them a living.  Where did such a sense of entitlement come from?  Well, the Democrats and liberals such as Obama like to propagate this type of attitude.  It is what keeps Democrats (and socialists) in power.  People keep voting in those they think will ‘give’ them something.    What they fail to understand is that the government does not create money - it takes from others in the form of taxes.   Many people do not comprehend this.”

Dems left with B team if Barrett bails

Where have all the Democrats gone? Where is all of the bottled up political ambition?

It's the first wide-open race for governor in a generation, and so far the Democrats have mustered only one candidate - Barbara Lawton, a low-profile lieutenant governor who has never won a general election on her own.

Where is the Democratic Party's A Team?”

A Mother, a Sick Son and His Father, the Priest

While the recent scandals involving the Roman Catholic Church have focused on the sexual abuse of children, experts say that incidences of priests who have violated sexual and emotional boundaries with adult women are far more common."

Profiles in Courage I

I’m spending the week telling stories, real stories, about some great people and some great organizations that give me hope. Stick with me for the next few days and you’ll probably feel a whole lot better about your country and your future."

Profiles in Courage II

"When we arrived at Doug’s place I met his daughter Hannah. She was about 16 at the time. The first thing I noticed about her was an unusual pair of earrings she was wearing. They looked like the tusks off a wild hog. So, after we were formally introduced, I asked her the obvious question: 'Umm, Hannah, are those wild hog tusks dangling from your ears?' That’s when she told me she shot a hog with her 30-30, pulled his tusks, and made a pair of earrings."

College football fans, try this...

If you’re like me, you’d like to see a college football playoff system to determine the national champion.

The Wall Street Journal allows you customize your own bracket, and then it simulates the games based of thousands of other simulated computer games.

Try it.

My bracket had Ohio State (that lost today at Purdue) beating USC for the title.

WSJ picks apart possible unionization by UW profs

The Wall Street Journal editorializes about the disastrous provision in the 2009-11 state budget signed into law by Governor Doyle that allows UW-Madison professors to unionize. Note this rather blunt excerpt:

“John Witte, an education scholar at the school, says he would quit if the faculty organize. He tells us it would be ‘demoralizing to see my hard work rewarded with the same pay as someone who doesn't do hard work.’ Unionization, he says, would be ‘devastating to the university’."

Read the entire piece.

My Most Popular Blogs (10/18/09)

Most popular

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

1) Dear feminists:

2) Photos of the Week (10/11/09)

3) Culinary no-no #133

4) Do I want to see an aquatic center in Franklin?

5) Goodnight everyone, and have a sweeeeeeet weekend!!

Photos of the Week (10/18/09)

Photos of the Week

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UPDATE: If you're a Notre Dame fan...

Yes, I know you're still hurting this morning.

If you're looking for coverage of yesterday's thrilling game, you won't find it in the Journal Sentinel.

Here you go.

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Just what the doctor ordered for the Packers....

The Detroit Lions and their not very fearless defense.

UPDATE: Week-ends (10/17/09)

The following would have been an appropriate candidate for MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY in Saturday’s Week-ends blog.

Seems a well-known politico thinks the frail elderly should just wander off and die. It is NOT an evil Republican.

HT: Patrick McIlheran

The MJS Scorecard (10/18/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


Leo Brideau: There is a huge cost in doing nothing  

Rates on where you live or how you drive? | Tim Carpenter: Determining auto insurance rates by ZIP code is unfair  

State Senator Tim Carpenter makes a valid argument:

"Auto insurance premiums should be based on a driver's record, experience, miles driven each year, not by arbitrary ZIP code boundaries."

However, see below.


Rates on where you live or how you drive? | Andrew Franken: ZIP codes are important in determining drivers' risk factors  

Franken writes, "Some lawmakers want to continue to 'fix' the automobile insurance marketplace in Wisconsin, when we never had a problem here to begin with."

THAT is what liberals do.


Gary S. Marshall: The greatest risk is in not vaccinating kids  

John A. Bernaden: Put the public back in public TV  

Indira Mital: A frugal mantra for hard times  

This piece, though, does have some conservative themes.


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-98, Conservative-75


These lunatics
are strong candidates.


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Culinary no-no #134

Culinary no-no's

Ponder this.

What would be the biggest restaurant turn-off?

What would be the worst experience at a restaurant that would have you reconsider ever returning?

No need to over-analyze. Certainly some taboo must immediately come to mind.

Last year, the venerable Consumer Reports posed that question, and 70,403 subscribers who made 158,744 visits to 101 restaurant chains responded.  

What did discerning restaurant patrons have to complain about?

Waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more. Sometimes 30 minutes or longer.

Coming in fourth on the list of gripes was a problem with the order. I ordered a medium prime rib. Instead, I got something reminiscent of Allen-Edmonds on my plate.

The third-highest complaint was cleanliness. Remember the late Dennis Getto’s major beef with the old Coerper’s, the famed steakhouse at 25th and State that serves filet mignons the size of the balls tossed around stadiums on Saturday and Sunday afternoons?

A very visible plunger in the men’s room.

Let’s skip #2 for a moment and jump to the Consumer Reports’ #1 restaurant complaint.

Are you ready?



It’s that large table of Shriners sitting directly next to you as you’re attempting to celebrate a milestone anniversary, or the party of 12 on Ladies’ Night Out who suddenly are debating who has the worst husband.

The #2 complaint on the Consumer Reports survey was actually my #1 and a restaurant snafu that I believe would spell immediate disaster: shoddy service.

I can’t recall the last time I’ve been treated terribly at a restaurant. My philosophy is simple: When it comes to my waiter or waitress, I will get what I give. If I’m nice and respectful to my server, my server will be good to me. Besides, my server surely understands his/her economic survival depends on his/her job performance.

Obviously, attentiveness and professionalism count. That’s why an apparent trend in some fine dining establishments, thankfully none in these parts that I’m aware of, is such a head –scratcher. The pattern is best described by
Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel+Leisure:

“Perhaps because rudeness is more memorable than niceness, every food lover has a story (usually a funny one) about being mistreated at some legendarily rude restaurant—places where the staff is not just sullen or distant but egregiously, deliberately obnoxious. And yet we go anyway. Repeatedly. And like it.”

Downright rude is en vogue and an actual trademark at some restaurants using bad behavior to gain notoriety.

Lindberg cites Wong Kei, a massive four-floor Chinese restaurant in London.

File:Wongkei1.JPG gives this advice on what to expect at Wong Kei:

“When you arrive a waiter will ask how many in your party and will seat you based on that alone. (The rudest waiters usually work in the basement.) Expect to share a table with complete strangers and don't expect long to eat your food. Actually don't expect any time to see the menu as the waiters expect you to check the menu in the window before coming in. The key thing to remember when dining at Wong Kei is that the waiters are always right. Do what they tell you or they will throw you out!” says:

It seems to pride itself on the rudeness of its waiters, and this is part of the attraction! When you go in, you get plonked at a big round table, squashed right up against people you have never even seen before.”

Other on-line reviews by customers have said the following:

You get exactly what they have always prided themselves in, two options - rude or abrupt, or if you are lucky both at the same time.”

“Wong Kei is one of those places you'll either love or hate, there's no in-between. Put it this way, unless you want to get slapped or dumped on the spot you won't want to take your partner for a romantic meal here (New Mayflower on
Shaftesbury Avenue just around the corner is the place for that). The service is "unique" (best way of putting it; it still makes me laugh the way the waiters seem to throw down ur chopsticks, spoon and tea on ur table lol) but i guess that's part of the experience, and why the regulars like me always come here. Personally I couldn't care less about it's bad points.”

Treated badly? Yes, but most at Wong Kei don’t seem to care because of what they say is good food that’s cheap that’s served quickly.

Lindberg of Travel + Leisure writes about wait staff shouting and using profanity, but it’s all supposedly in good fun, like professional wrestling, part of the act.

And that’s supposed to be appealing?

One of the many, many great episodes of the classic “Dick Van Dyke Show” has Robert Petrie and Buddy Sorrell investing in a show store owned by Buddy’s uncle Sal. Sal’s top salesman is Nazi-like. He tells Laura Petrie, “I wish had a thousand customers like you. I’ve got two-thousand.”

Uncle Lou explains to the bewildered investors that his customers expect bargains, and they couldn’t possibly believe or accept a sales pitch coming from a real nice guy.

Lindberg rationalizes this unconventional sales behavior this way: “If being treated badly confirms that we’re in exactly the right place, being fawned over provokes a sense that we’re being duped.”

Sorry. This crap (Sorry, Mom) is just that. It’s goofy. Places like these, no matter how popular they are, will never get a red cent from me.

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UPDATE: "Do you hear us now?"

“Do you hear us now?”

The update….

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How many conservatives work at CBS News?

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough this morning on the Morning Joe


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Wisconsin Right to Life Presents Sarah Palin

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

Wisconsin Right to Life

Presents Sarah Palin

Friday, November 6, 2009

The government gets into your boat

Senator Mary Lazich has posted the state Senate calendar for Tuesday.

Note Senate Bill 162.

Can we say, “Nanny state?”

"Good morning, this is the Franklin police"

No one likes to hear that call, especially at 1:40 a.m.

But Jennifer and I got it the other night, or should I say, morning.

Normally a ringing telephone of that nature isn’t good. But this wake-up call was welcomed at the Fischer household.

Seems hubby thought the wife had closed the garage door and vice versa. When a squad car drove by early the next morning, it reported the wide open door and an officer then called our house.  

Since I couldn’t quite get to the phone in time to pick up, I relayed a thank you the next day. I fully understand the message an open garage door sends to criminals: come right on in. Yet I’m amazed at the many open garage doors in Franklin I see, both day and night.

We were lucky. Nothing was stolen. No one broke in because of our big mistake.

When I called to offer my thanks, the Franklin police officer said what I thought she would: “No problem. That’s what we do.”

Obama wins Boston Marathon

President Barack Obama won the 2010 Boston Marathon on Friday
in a stunning decision designed to encourage him to quit smoking and keep running to stay in shape. The Boston Athletic Association announced their decision to name Obama the winner even though the race will not be run until 18 April 2010 because the president has the desire to win and has good intentions.

In announcing Obama the winner the president of the BAA said, "We must rise above the out dated measurements of what a person actually has accomplished and focus instead on their intentions and what they say they will do. Intentions and talk are what drive the world."

Congressman Barney
Frank and Chinese Vice President XI Jinxing seated nearby reiterated these


The BAA also noted that no president has won the marathon before. This would set a good example for all future presidents of the United States and for other countries such as Iran and North Korea that intentions really matter.

Many observers were shocked by the unexpected decision before the race has even been run. However, when told of his win the President said he had really been thinking a lot about keeping in shape, talked with staff about cutting back on his smoking, and even read an article about the Boston Marathon.

Obama added that wining the Boston Marathon was better than any other award he has received including his Nobel Prize, Tony for best performance by leading actor, Emmy for outstanding lead actor in drama series, Golden Globe for best performance of an actor in a comedy, NASCAR Champion, World Series Most Valuable Player, Best Twitter Page, Heisman Trophy, and Teleprompters of America Best Reader.

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The government cannot make your teenager a better driver

The state Senate today voted 27-5 to ban texting while driving (TWD).

Never mind that there is no definitive data that TWD leads to more crashes and fatalities. Sounds dangerous. By golly, the government to the rescue!!!!

Do gooders in the public sector may think they do right with laws like this, but in reality, they just give them the opportunity to puff their chests and clear out their consciences.

A lot of the debate in Madison today focused on whether the state should ban TWD for motorists under 19 or for everyone.

The private sector has a better shot at actually increasing the safety of driving conditions for our youngest drivers. Take, for example, MyKey, developed by Ford. The company says this about the special key it has dveloped thta will be offered on some 20110 models:

"(It) allows parents to limit speed and audio volume to encourage teens to drive safer and improve fuel efficiency."

Technology developed by the private sector may not be the cure all. But it sure beats an edict from on high that will be ineffective, or just plain ignored.

"The Gaylord Nelson Highway"

The state Senate today voted to rename all of U.S. Highway 63 as the “Gaylord Nelson Highway” in honor of the late Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator.

I have absolutely no problem with that.

I do recall when Republicans controlled the Legislature and attempted to rename portion of a highway after Ronald Reagan during the 2003 legislative session. Reagan, you may recall, was quite popular in Wisconsin. The measure passed both houses (Only 1 Democrat in the Assembly voted in favor).

But then….

Let the record show Republicans in the state Senate today refused to play such petty politics.

Can you say, "mandate?"

Here are two more state mandates approved by the state Senate today.

1) A bill pertaining to
indoor environmental quality in public and private schools was analyzed by the Legislative Reference Bureau:

This bill directs the state superintendent of public instruction to establish the Indoor Environmental Quality in Schools Task Force consisting of the state superintendent, the secretary of commerce, the secretary of health services, and eleven members representing various school or health−related groups and associations.

The bill directs the task force to make recommendations to the Department of
Public Instruction (DPI) for the development of a model management plan for maintaining indoor environmental quality in public and private schools. After the task force submits its findings and recommendations, DPI must establish a model management plan and practices for maintaining indoor environmental quality in public and private schools. After the establishment of the model plan, each school board and the governing body of each private school that is participating in the

Milwaukee Parental Choice Program must implement a plan for maintaining indoor environmental quality in its school or schools.”

What, are too many kids still smokin' in the cans?

2) If you have the stomach and/or time, read all that’s included in the mandate on cyber-bullying.

And you thought we didn’t have enough government intervention and bureaucracy.

State Democrat says his party not to blame (it is) for higher auto insurance

Auto insurance ratepayers in Wisconsin are starting to catch on, and they’re not very happy.

They’re beginning to realize the direct impact of the 2009-11 state budget that was essentially drawn up by legislative Democrats and Governor Doyle. It’s costing them much higher premiums.

The governor and Democrats in the Senate and Assembly made no bones about what would happen to auto insurance rates under their proposals. They put them forward. They pushed for them. They supported them. They voted for them.

Now, one of the Democrat leaders in the Legislature has the gall to flat out lie about what his party did.

State Representative Tom Nelson (D-Kaukauna) is the Assembly Majority Leader. Apparently, he’s been getting correspondences from his constituents griping about their skyrocketing auto insurance rates. I’ve gotten my hands on one of Nelson’s written replies to a constituent and the downright fiction he writes is appalling. Here is an excerpt from a Nelson response letter dated October 7, 2009 with the bold emphasis Nelson’s:

“Recently, some members of the insurance industry are trying to pass the buck for increasing rates on their customers, blaming rate increases on the state budget passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Doyle. These claims are misleading.

It is a well-documented fact that rates fluctuate with the ebb and flow of the economy. As we are all aware, our nation is currently experiencing the most significant economic downturn in sixty years. Insurance companies make a significant portion of their profits by investing the premium they collect from policyholders into stocks and bonds. When stocks and bonds perform poorly-as they have for the last year- companies lose money and often try to recoup that money through increased premiums. Quite simply, any previous increases are due to the business decisions of insurance providers rather than any action taken by the Legislature.”

Nelson engages in a Democrat favorite: business bashing that has led our business climate to be one of the absolute worst in the nation.

What’s most egregious is that he’s flat out lying.

Don’t take my word for it, or that of the state Republican Party, or any Republican-elected official.

How about the nonpartisan, highly-regarded Legislative Fiscal Bureau that warned of auto insurance increases under the Democrats’ budget.

Hell, the news media has been reporting this would happen.

March 2, 2009, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Doyle's proposal to raise car insurance levels draws scrutiny

July 19, 2009, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Are you a Wisconsin driver? You'll need insurance by June

Nelson’s condescending reply to his constituent arrogantly assumes Nelson is smarter. Wrong, Representative. Your constituents get it. And you need to be more upfront and honest about what you promoted and voted for.

Is a Washington takeover of the Internet next?

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One day after the state Senate votes to ban texting while driving....

The Wall Street Journal
reports “driving a car has never been safer.”

MPS wa$te$ food and $$$

The MacIver Institute has the story.

New ACORN sting video

Starring ACORN undercover whistle-blowers Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe.

Because of an impending investigation, some audio had to be blocked out.

ACORN busted again...


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Franklin, I do admit that I had no idea...

I had no idea that S. 51st Street on days and nights of events at Franklin High School becomes a danger zone

I had no idea that it becomes so dangerous that the lives of motorists and pedestrians are at great risk.

I had no idea that FranklinNOW, the Franklin Citizen and all the Franklin blogs were filled with one story after another about all the accidents occurring.

I had no idea the situation was so bad that it required hundreds of thousands of dollars in improvements.

I had no idea the city of Franklin could address these matters so quickly and so easily because unlike every other municipality in the state of Wisconsin, Franklin doesn’t have a real tight budget.

I had no idea that the $1 million shortfall the mayor announced in the summer had been taken care of so that the city has a whole bunch of extra money laying around.

What am I getting at?

Tuesday night, the Franklin Common Council had one of those NEEDS vs. WANTS situations to deal with. What started out some time ago as a provision calling for a sidewalk from the high school to the corner of 51st and Drexel grew into a Christmas list that had aldermen voting last night on the sidewalk, a bridge over the creek and improving the high school’s driveway.

We all place a high priority on public safety. I also place great importance on living within our means as a community.

The changes voted on by the Franklin Common Council cost over $300,000. That’s $300,000 that is not in the 2009 budget that has yet to be approved. The 2010 budget isn’t as big as a cocktail napkin, so taking money from the future is like pulling out the Visa card, a tactic used far too often by the state, and look at the fiscal condition Madison finds itself in.

When Mayor Taylor announced the city’s budget shortfall, that should have set off the COMMON SENSE alarm at Franklin City Hall:


It obviously didn’t.

Franklin doesn’t have $300,000, and yet the Common Council voted 3-1 in favor of spending $300,000. I would love to know where they think the money is coming from. Oh, wait. Silly me. The answer comes in my mailbox this December!!!

My alderman, who told me before she was elected that she cared about the taxpayer was one of the three votes in favor of spend, spend, spend, and oh yes, spend some more!

So spare me the wailing and gnashing of teeth about how this is for the children and if we can save just one life, yada, yada, yada.

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"We don't even know where the money went"

The quote is about federal bailout funding, and it comes from a Congressional Democrat.

As a result, the federal government’s reputation has been severely damaged according to a watchdog report about TARP released today.

Did the program put the brakes on the ultimate crumbling of our financial system? Yes.

Did the program help lend needed funds to the engine of our economy, small businesses? We’re not sure.

Did the program alleviate the possibility of more foreclosures? We’re not sure.

USA TODAY has more.

$1.4 trillion in perspective

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The biggest jerk in baseball

Without a doubt, it’s Manny Ramirez, the Los Angeles Dodger who had to sit out 50 games this season because of steroid use.

With his team trailing the Philadelphia Phillies in their playoff series 2 games to 1, but leading in Game 4 in the 9th inning, Ramirez, who had been taken out of the game for defensive purposes, should have been on the bench, encouraging and supporting his teammates.

He was taking a shower, and missed the Phillies’ comeback victory.

As one columnist wrote in the past 24 hours, Manny does what he wants, when he wants. True, but it doesn’t make it right.

I wonder how many old school managers would let Ramirez get away with that garbage. I’m surprised Dodger manager Joe Torre, one of the best, isn’t steaming. But he knows he’s facing elimination, down three games to one, that he needs Ramirez’s bat, and that he’s stuck with Ramirez next year, too.

I can’t pull for any team Ramirez is on, and Philadelphia is loaded with solid, decent guys, not a jerk among them.

Go Phillies!

Sports media ready to pounce on Bud Selig

The national sports media despises Milwaukee’s own, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. They love to berate Selig any opportunity they get and they’re already starting to simmer, prepared to blast away in the next 24-48 hours.

Consider the possible fates of the baseball gods. Philadelphia beats the Dodgers tonight and the Yankees beat the Angels Thursday night. Both league champions would be determined for the Fall Classic matchup.

Problem. The World Series doesn’t start for another 6 days. Take a look.


Game # Date Site Time
1 Wednesday, October 28 NL @ AL 7:57 pm EDT
2 Thursday, October 29 NL @ AL 7:57 pm EDT
3 Saturday, October 31 AL @ NL 8:30 pm EDT
4 Sunday, November 1 AL @ NL 8:30 pm EST
5 Monday, November 2 AL @ NL 7:57 pm EST
6 Wednesday, November 4 NL @ AL 7:57 pm EST
7 Thursday, November 5 NL @ AL 7:57 pm EST


If both of the league championship series were to end early, that, of course, wouldn’t be Selig’s fault. But if he fails to move the World Series up, watch his detractors go nuts.

They will argue that from a marketing standpoint, it would be silly to make baseball fans wait and wait almost a week. With short attention spans a national epidemic, many fans will lose interest and will turn their focus to omnipresent football.  How, the nation’s sports reporting elite will query, can the Commissioner of America’s favorite pastime sit back and allow this to happen?

The seventh and deciding game could be played in snowflakes and freezing temperatures in New York on NOVEMBER 5th because of the current schedule.

Even so, Selig will probably stick to the original plan. Let the hootin’ and hollerin’ begin.

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No need to fear, America!



The anti-smoking zealots never stop

I’ve talked and written for some time that the crowd that wants to take away all kinds of rights, the anti-smoking zealots, won’t be completely satisfied until they ban smoking, well, just about everywhere, including your own home.

A bar and restaurant today, what about tomorrow?

Try a city sidewalk.

Franklin burglars: Franklin Police are on the lookout

Earlier this week, Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva informed me in an e-mail, “We have had a rash of burglaries.  We have stepped up patrols of both marked and unmarked squads.”

Channel 4 has the story.

I received this e-mail update from Alderman Kristin Wilhelm this morning:

"Break-ins/ Burglary update from Richard Oliva, Chief of Police Last Saturday officers responded to a reported burglary in progress on Carmel Avenue (Distr. 3). Entry was through a broken window. The suspect found the owners car keys and fled in the owner's vehicle from the garage with officers in pursuit. The suspect abandoned the vehicle while still in motion in the 4200 blk Carmel where it crashed into a parked vehicle. Subject fled on foot to the north. A search of the area and K9 track were unsuccessful. Patrol will be enhanced since there have been several recent area burglaries."

Here are tips on how to prevent a burglary.

The real-life impact of the stimulus: Colby, WI

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Tonight on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics the panel discusses tonight on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public television Channel 10 at 6:30 with repeats Saturday morning at 12:30 and Sunday morning at 11:00:


After telling us for months that the deadly swine flu virus would hit heavy this fall, and urging us all to get our shots, it now appears there’s not going to be enough vaccine to go around.  Will anyone be held responsible if a lot of folks start dropping dead?  Did the media blow this whole swine flu thing out of proportion?  Will this be another example of our government not being able to step in and help in a time of crisis?  Does it worry you that we have to rely on foreign companies to make most of our vaccines?  Will you get it, or will just hope that you don’t get sick?  Should it be a voluntary or mandatory immunization for kids?    


When the governor and mayor announce their plan to take over the Milwaukee Public Schools, it gets never ending media coverage.  When the teachers union responds with its own plan, it barely gets mentioned by the media?  Why?  Is the union considered part of the problem, and not part of the solution?  Will Barrett and Doyle get their way?  Doyle said he’s already got the votes he needs to get this through the legislature.


A number of Milwaukee County Supervisors say they will give up four days worth of pay (about $800 of an annual salary of $50K) to show they empathize with county workers who are being forced to take for days of unpaid furlough.  Is this just silly?  If you were a supervisor, would you give up four days pay?  Is fifty-thousand enough money to attract good people to the Milwaukee County Board?  Is it essentially a part-time job anyway?

POO Awards- Week 9

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week 5
Shell Lake 60,
Siren 0
It was homecoming at Shell Lake, so I guess that makes this drubbing okay.

Week 6
De Soto 62,
Wauzeka 0

Week 7
Cambria-Friesland 69,
Williams Bay 0

Dishonorable Mention
Kewaunee 61, Valders 0

Week 8
Marion/Tigerton 67, Plainfield Tri-County 0

NOTE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the following in its high school football preview this week:


It's has been almost five weeks since Milwaukee Riverside suffered a 26-18 loss to Bradley Tech that will probably cost the Tigers the City Conference title. Maybe they're taking out their frustration on the rest of the league. Riverside has posted four consecutive shutouts and outscored the opposition, 199-0. The Tigers' last two opponents finished with negative total yardage. It has been an impressive run, but a better test of how prepared the Tigers are for the playoffs comes at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pulaski Stadium against Milwaukee Bay View."

Pouring it on is “impressive”?

BTW, Riverside did beat Bay View Friday, but by the far more respectable score of 25-7.

Week 9
Edgar 61,
Marathon 0

Dishonorable Mention
Milwaukee Riverside 60
, Milwaukee Custer 0

Another long season for the Milwaukee Bucks

Don Walker talks to Senator Herb Kohl about the future of the Milwaukee Bucks in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker writes:

No one is predicting the Bucks will be world beaters this year. Like in baseball, the NBA has become a league of have and have-nots in which big markets are able and willing, in many cases, to spend what it takes to win championships.

This season, the Bucks' front office made it clear the team would not increase its payroll beyond $69 million. In the NBA, any team's payroll that exceeds that amount is subject to a luxury tax. The Bucks are trying to live within their means, and they are hoping the fans will pay to see a competitive team.”

The prognostications about the Bucks this season are dreadful.

Franklin to host playoff football game

will play Greendale at Franklin next Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.

Both teams are 7-2.


Ahhhhhhh, the weekend

Sunny and high 60's in the forecast.

utumn in Wisconsin.

Can't beat it.

Well, as the Cub fans always say, maybe next year.

Don't forget our weekend regulars here on This Just In startinng tonight with our weekly Friday night musical Goodnight piece a bit later when the sun is down.  One of these two gentlemen gets a mention:

Wake up Saturday morning to our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot complete with the dog-walking forecast, my wife, Jennifer's opening blog, DOGS IN THE NEWS, and our closing dog video.

Now you know, it is one week before Halloween.

This photo taken Oct. 4, 2009 shows Lisa Woodruff, right, dressed as a bottle of soy sauce standing with her 4 year old pug Olive posing as a piece of sushi at her home in Huntington Beach Calif. They may not understand the tradition, but "pugs understand positive energy," explained dog owner, partner and costume designer Woodruff. Olive and her half sister Mochi have been geisha girls, surfer girls and sushi over the years.

After Barking Lot, it's Week-ends, our weekly week in review.

Whad'ya think? HERO or VILLAIN?

Also Saturday, Recommended Reading. Always good stuff, and there's some non-political  pieces as well.

Sunday, we bring you My Most Popular Blogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. This picture made the cut.

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Have a great weekend, stay dry, and pay us a visit, ya hear!

Goodnight everyone, and have a "with it" weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night music 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 of the smooth stars of today.

We’ve been quite nostalgic for awhile during our Friday night Goodnight get-together, so I thought we’d be a bit more contemporary this week and highlight a few artists making waves and mellow music.

We begin with bassist, composer, and producer Brian Bromberg.

Like so many performers of today, Bromberg grew up in a musical household. His father and brother were drummers, so naturally, at the age of two, Bromberg began banging on the furniture.

In school, though he didn’t like it, he played the cello. His orchestra teacher came up to him in class one day and mentioned that no one was playing the big bass in the corner. Wouldn’t you like to play that big cool bass, his teacher asked? Bromberg’s love for the instrument was born.

From age 14 to 18, he practiced the bass every day. At the age of 19, Bromberg started playing with the Stan Getz Quintet.

Not a bad way to break into the business.

Bromberg went solo in 1986. After recording six albums, he took a break to design bass guitars and conduct music clinics, and returned to recording in 1998.

His latest effort now climbing the smooth jazz charts is called, “It Is What It Is,"  and features this soft track, “Life."

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Before we get to this week's edition of The Barking Lot...

And it’s coming up this morning, I had to share this from a loyal This Just In reader:












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The Barking Lot (10/24/09)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Cloudy with a chance of a shower or two in the morning before partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. High of 47. "D"

SUNDAY:  Chance of a few showers. High of 57. "C"

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

This past summer, I asked readers of The Barking Lot two tough questions:


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Week-ends (10/24/09)


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...


Ben Griffin

Ray Moreno

Michelle Gilford

Sister Barbara Anne Hallman

Bonnie Blair Cruikshank

Alex Orange and SAVE

Matthew Colbert

Three Michigan girls

For the second week in a row, Keith Gorman

Ignacio Ponseti

Military moms....

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Recommended Reading (10/24/09)

Recommended reading

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

America's Obama Obsession

"For 30 months the nation has been in the grip of a certain Obama obsession, immune to countervailing facts, unwilling to face reality, and loath to break the spell. But like all trances, the fit is passing, and we the patient are beginning to appreciate how the stupor came upon us, why it lifted, and what its consequences have been."

Dumb and Dumber, By Choice

"A big, fat percentage of voters can’t read. Another bigger, fat hunk of ‘em won’t read. Refuse to read. And they, full of opinions, utterly uninformed and ignorant, blithely go about imposing their will on us all. This is a cancerous threat from within to our very survival as a nation, hardly being mentioned by the media.

To me, it’s embarrassing to share citizenship with people who choose to be fools. To see language and communication regress from carefully composed letters to hastily shorthanded e-mails to 146-character tweets to – soon – caveman grunts. To see people brag about never reading the newspaper or a book. To see a comedian hosting a pretend news program ranked as ‘the most trusted man in America'."

Can civility be lost if it was never found?

"There is much gnashing of teeth and rending of cloth these days about the death of civility. Apparently, l
ike Cupid with his arrow or a pixie with fairy dust, some magical sprite used to enchant America’s political combatants, ensuring that all public discourse was full of beg-your-pardons and please-and-thank-yous. But we have offended our little leprechaun. He’s taken his Lucky Charms and gone home, leaving Americans angry, cranky, and rude.

Or at least that’s what I gather from all this talk of lost civility. Personally, I’m not sure I know what people are talking about. When was this Golden Age of civility?"

Eighty Years After the Great Crash -- 'Is It the '30s Again?' 

“Two (Wall Street) Journal contributors mark a grim anniversary and weigh the question that haunts everyone: Is this the 1930s all over again?"

Carville sees conservatives as alien creatures

Are you, by chance, a conservative? A Republican? Did you vote for John McCain last November, as well as the GOP candidate in your local congressional race?If your answer to these question is yes, then you are very, very strange -- and perhaps not even fully American. At the very least, you're not one of the rest of us.”

Whiner in chief should do Fox interview
(Note the source of this piece: an extremely liberal publication)

"The Obama administration really needs to get over itself."

No Taxation with Representation

It is increasingly clear that at least 45 percent of the American people do not pay income tax yet are key to the election of many representatives. Their votes count as much as the 55 percent who do pay taxes."

Let's See, That's Two Choppers at $5,000 Per Hour ...

The sheriff of Larimer County, Colo., announced Sunday that last week's balloon boy incident, which sent rescue workers scrambling across the state, was a hoax. The boy's parents will face criminal charges, and the state may seek payment for its efforts on their behalf. Can the government charge anyone for a search and rescue?”

The Crime Clock and You

The official ‘Crime Clock’ is counting down the odds that you or a family member or a friend will be touched by violent crime in the coming year. Think it can't happen to you?”

Is It Time for the NFL to Ban Domes?

The key to success in the National Football League so far this season isn't a soft schedule, a genius coach or a high-octane pass rush. It's a roof. In the early going, the nine NFL teams whose stadiums have roofs are a combined 30-19 this season.”

Housework Pays Off Between the Sheets

A new study shows that for husbands and wives alike, the more housework you do, the more often you are likely to have sex with your spouse.”

UPDATE: If you're a Notre Dame fan...

And even if you're not, I've added Sister Barbara Anne Hallman to my HEROES OF THE WEEK on my Week-ends blog today.

Nice story.

Ohh, so you won't talk, hey???? CRANK UP THE AC/DC!!!

This could be a first for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The National Security Archive has filed FOIA petitions asking for the music used by the U.S. government as a torture device when questioning detainees at Guantanamo and other detention centers.

According to The Daily Swarm, specific requests were made about the following artists and musical selections that may have been used to torture our prisoners:

Barney theme song (By Bob Singleton)
The Bee Gees
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen
Christina Aguilera
David Gray
Don McClean
Dr. Dre
Drowning Pool
Hed P.E.
James Taylor
Limp Bizkit
Marilyn Manson
Matchbox Twenty
Meow mix jingle
Neil Diamond
Nine Inch Nails
Rage against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sesame street theme music (By Christopher Cerf)
Stanley Brothers
The Star Spangled Banner
Tupac Shakur



Robert Knight
has some great thoughts about this development.

Can you imagine, bleeding heart lefties, accompanied by their #1 supporter, the Communistic ACLU, moaning and groaning and,sorry, Mom, b****ing about the horrible treatment these poor people are being subjected to?

I say…………..









What the hell do you think our enemies are doing to our people? Serving tea and crumpets with candlelight and Andy Williams in the background?

The bums being held at Guantanamo should thank their lucky stars they’re not wearing headphones with someone constantly reading blogs to them written by:


Alderman Greg Kowalski?

Butcher of the English language. Promulgates petition drives with duplicate and anonymous signatures. Begs for donations to support his website. An enemy to property taxpayers, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T PAY THEM AND HAS NEVER MET A TAX INCREASE HE DOESN'T SALIVATE OVER!

How about blogs written by this woman, recited over and over and over again to our captives:

Printer of lies. Subject of a current lawsuit. (Lawsuits are nothing new to her). Chronicles her trips to farmer's markets and her hours weeding.


Forget AC/DC. Pump the blogs written by Greg (Klueless) Kowalski and Cindy (I need to find myself) Kilkenny into the brains of our prisoners.

Now that's torture.

And we should let the federal government take over health care...


We're seeing government health care unfold before our very eyes in the midst of what the feds tell us is a crisis.

How does it look/feel America?



Can an injured and illness-stricken Cleveland team beat the Packers?

Even Cleveland wonders...

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



My Most Popular Blogs (10/25/09)

Most popular

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

 Obama wins Boston Marathon

2) Franklin, I do admit that I had no idea....

3) "Good morning, this is the Franklin Police"

4) "We don't even know where the money went"

5) TIE 

    The Barking Lot (10/24/09)

    Culinary no-no #134

Photos of the Week (10/25/09)

Photos of the Week



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The MJS Scorecard (10/25/09)

MJS Scorecard


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


William Andrekopoulos: Time for the community to embrace early education  

In other words, taxpayer-supported daycare.

T. Michael Bolger: Health care reform with patients coming first  


David J. Hanson: Alcohol is alcohol  


Bruce Thompson: Let's really look at MPS democracy, governance  

Thompson is all over the map. Take a position, please.

From jsonline: "A pair of Crossroads columns by doctors Nick Turkal, chief executive of Aurora Health Care, and Arthur R. Derse, a bioethicist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, encouraging people to plan in advance for end-of-life care."

These columns do not appear on-line, but would have fallen under this category.


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-100, Conservative-76

Culinary no-no #135

Culinary no-no's

When you mention Milwaukee or Wisconsin to someone who lives outside our state, what do you think first comes to their mind?

Could it be.....

Now, is that a bad thing?
How about...........

Every time I hear these babies mentioned by some non-Badger, it's in a superlative fashion.

And why not?

What else?

That might not be top of mind anymore, but it's in the top five, dontcha think?

Let's see.

Is there anything else that immediately comes to mind when discussing home to the uninformed?

Oh, of course!



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Lawton out of gov's race

From wispolitics:

"Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton is dropping out of the governor's race, citing 'very personal reasons.'

'My deep commitment to our state is second only to my commitment to my family,' Lawton wrote in an e-mail to supporters. 'For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010.'

Lawton's campaign did not immediately return a call seeking details. Her decision leaves Dems without a name candidate in the race for governor next year."

So if Tom Barrett doesn't run, who's left for the Dems?

The government needs the swine flu

The president declares a national emergency about swine flu. He even reminded us to make sure we wash our hands.What a guy!

News consumers are flooded with one confusing story after another. Should I get the shot? Should I stay home? One expert says by all means, get the shot. Another says you’ll die if you don’t. Still another says it depends. Depends on what?

The government says not to worry, after they tell you to worry.

Our nation’s human gaffe machine, Vice President Joe Biden said earlier this year, “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. … So, from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field when someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it’s a different thing.”

Now that our leaders have scared the hell out of us, they assume their role of would-be rescuers on white steeds. We will save the day with flu clinics and shots of vaccines, no matter what you read in the newspaper.

And so we line up in the rain like sheep, whether we need the shot or whether we fall into the appropriate at-risk group or not. We have taken the bait. We fear for our very lives and seek government assistance.

Bureaucrats are smiling.

Government thrives on crises, real or not. Especially those in government that are proponents of big, bloated spending and big, fat programs. You’re in trouble. No need for despair. I will help you. I am larger than life government. Don’t forget to vote for me.

Yes, that’s how it works. For decades, liberal Democrats that forgot that all those programs designed by FDR were supposed to be temporary did their darndest to prevent the downtrodden from self-promotion. Enact welfare reform? Are you crazy?

My friend who I used to appear with on Charlie Sykes’ TV program, Mikel Holt often referred to the “poverty pimps.” They’re the social service agencies that are beneficiaries of huge government allocations. It’s their job to keep poverty and the need for their programs alive. Otherwise, they’re out of a job and those nice government checks.

Don’t get me wrong. The swine flu is, indeed, deadly. But how deadly? From a global perspective, should we all be in some crazed state of panic?

The government wants you to feel helpless. It wants you be on constant alert. It wants you to need the public sector’s help. That way, it can spend, and spend, and spend more than it needs to, and you feel good that they are, and you will love it, and you will remember come Election Day. Or maybe the government doesn't have to wait that long. It can use the crisis du jour to promote its ant-business crusade for more and more paid sick leave. Keep an ear open for that.

Deep down inside, President Obama was in sheer ecstasy when he proclaimed a national disaster. Big brother to the rescue. Make that, very big brother.

NLRC urges calls to stop Pelosi abortion bill

"Fairly Conservative?" Try lefty nutjob

Former BrookfieldNOW blogger Cindy Kilkenny calls her blog “Fairly Conservative.”

She’s about as conservative as George McGovern. A true conservative blogger, Dad29 is calling her out.

Kilkenny is a RINO’s RINO. She’s endorsing Tom Barrett for governor. Dad29 points out to the anything but conservative Kilkenny that Barrett supported partial birth abortion while in Congress.

Kilkenny has lied and smeared repeatedly about me and others. She spends her waking moments in her Brookfield home, not trying to build, but destroy.

The fact that her own community voted 2-1 against her in favor of a slum landlord for mayor speaks volumes.

Also, the fact that she would endorse a partial-birth abortion supporter for governor over Scott Walker or any other Republican, with partial birth abortion a grisly procedure that 80% of America rejects shows what a disgusting individual she really is.

She can try to sing and dance her way out of this all she wants, but her credibility is shot.

Cindy, you need to do two things:

1) Go over to You Tube and check out any of the videos that describe/show a partial birth abortion.

2) You've been soul searching about finding something else to do. Shut the hell up and get a day job at the Brookfield Public Library.

Good for Dad29  for speaking out.


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Sarah Palin supporting ACORN?

Columnist Doug Giles, whose daughter along with the help of a young colleague may have brought down ACORN, writes the only way to get the mainstream media off its collective dead posterior and start reporting about the corrupt ACORN is for Sarah Palin to get in the game:

“Sarah, if you’re reading this column, maybe you should throw your name behind ACORN for a month or two just to get the White House/ACORN’s lap dogs to finally join with FOX and bark down the despicable ACORN clowns until they’re properly vilified, permanently defunded, and eternally ensconced in American history as nothing more than a bad, bad memory—a veritable proverb for corruption.”

It’s vintage Giles.

And if you missed the latest on ACORN...

Is Franklin too..... YAWWWNNNNNNNNN

The end of 2009 is quickly approaching. As I have in previous years, I will produce a series of blogs about The Top Ten Stories of Franklin for 2009.  

Preliminary planning about the year-end series brought me to the conclusion that unlike previous years, coming up with ten stories won’t be impossible, but it won’t be as clear cut, either.

Why is that?

Did very little of anything newsworthy occur in Franklin during 2009? Was our humble city quiet? Dullsville?

Well, that’s certainly part of it. Franklin is no means Peyton Place. In my sleepy subdivision, this television program is rated XXX.

Is that necessarily bad?

Let’s start with public safety. Franklin is relatively safe. Actually, Franklin is very safe, despite recent TV news and warnings about a rash of break-ins. Our well-being is in large part thanks to an effective police department.

Our local government is free from the corruption that so often haunts other municipalities. From the top down, our city officials care deeply and are committed to doing their very best. Do they tax and spend too much? I certainly think so, but the reins have been pulled in as of late.

Critics without foundation or factual evidence but a hangar full of black helicopters like to invent scandals and controversy. You know what? There aren’t any.

One naïve Franklin blogger once actually wrote that certain aldermen had, in his foolish words, “destroyed Franklin.” I don’t think so. Rumor has it he wants to be an alderman someday. God help us all if that happens.

What about our school system? The best I can say is that the administration is out of touch. They are not friends of the taxpayers. Even so, Franklin is blessed to have fine schools, teachers, and administrators. If only we had a stronger administration and a far more responsible school board, there’s no telling what our school system could achieve. The most glaring problem we have in our city, other than taxes from hell, is the school system and the way it is managed.

On the issue of state government, I, of course, am very biased. I moved into Franklin in 1992 and have seen first hand the representation our city has in Madison. Mary Lazich and Jeff Stone are tireless fighters for Franklin, and if anyone cares to debate me on that, I'd be more than happy to.

Why aren’t more Franklin citizens involved in their government? There’s a definite apathy in our city. The only time meetings are filled is when a NIMBY issue is on the agenda. Otherwise, Franklinites are content to stay home and pull up their sidewalks (if they have any) at about 7:00. Could it be the citizenry is simply simpatico with the way things are and doesn’t see the faux controversies dreamed up by some bloggers?

Franklin has some nice restaurants and retail locations, just not enough of them. I’d like that to change dramatically. In the meantime, we survive.

Our library is a gem. And while we don’t have an aquatic center or community center or cultural center, is any of that reason to move out, or not move here in the first place?

Last, but not least, at the danger of sounding trite, Franklin can boast nice neighborhoods and nice neighbors.

Take the time to pay close attention to suburban stories on TV news and the other NOW web sites. When you come upon the juicy stuff, ask yourself, does this ever happen in Franklin?

We are not downtown Milwaukee. We are dreadfully quiet and I swear if my house ever caught on fire, no one would notice because they’re zipped up at night and fast asleep. Ethel, are those sirens outside? I ain’t goin’ out there.

Would I like just a little more pzazz? If my taxes wouldn’t go up 10%, hell yes!

But if the rip on Franklin is that it’s too peaceful and so non-controversial, I’ll take it.

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (10/26/09)

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

When Kevin and I found out we were going to be parents there were hundreds of emotions running through our minds:  joy, excitement, fear, wonder, hope, and amazement were just a few.  Since I had none of the typical first-trimester symptoms of morning sickness, cravings, etc. it was, at times, difficult for me to believe I had a little life growing inside of me.  It was too soon for me to sport the baby bump, so it was too soon to wear maternity clothes.  And it was FAR too soon for any feelings of fetal movement.  All we could do is share our good news with friends and family.  (And of course I had a nursery to start planning & decorating.)

Then the first big moment after the home test showed “positive:” It was time for our first ultrasound.  We were incredibly excited and couldn’t wait until the appointment.  I remember walking into the doctor’s office hand-in-hand with Kevin.  We were finally called to the ultrasound room and had a wonderful technician.  She explained everything very clearly to the “first timers.”  I lay back on the exam table and exposed my still-not-pregnant-looking belly for the application of the chilly gel that would help conduct the ultrasound and provide a quality photo.

After a moment or two of searching, she found our little peanut.  Needless to say at such an early stage, there wasn’t a lot of detail.  But the first moment I saw our precious baby I cried.  There was the proof, as if I needed any more.  I was in awe of the miracle of life.  But I was also in awe of the miracle of technology.  I couldn’t believe that someone’s incredibly intelligent mind invented the instrument for us to see our baby long before he/she was born.  Not only was I grateful to God for our baby’s life, I was grateful to whoever was the genius behind the machine.  After taking all the necessary measurements on screen and pointing out where our baby’s head and “tail” were, the tech printed off the photo of our baby and we were on our way home.

I called our family and friends to tell them the exciting news.  I brought the photo to work the next day.  Then it went in an “Our Baby” frame made specifically for ultrasound photos.  It is proudly displayed on our mantle in a family vignette.  I don’t plan on EVER taking it down.  Even when Kyla is 13 years old and embarrassed by everything her parents do, she is going to know how much she was loved from the very moment she was conceived.  By then she should be used to it.  Even if there are no longer electronic archives available of our blogs, she will be told stories of how many times her photos have appeared on FranklinNOW.  Of course this edition of Kyla’s Korner is no different:


Several weeks ago, I learned that John Wild passed away.  The world lost an incredible, intelligent, determined individual.  I owe my wonderful ultrasound experiences (yes, luckily there were two more ultrasound appointments during my pregnancy) to that amazing man.  Actually, every woman who has ever had an ultrasound of her baby owes her experience to him.

Thank you, John Wild.  Your brilliant mind and thoughtful determination helped me and my husband have the first glimpse of our beautiful daughter.  We are forever indebted to your invention.

No Government Funded Abortions! Period.

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Culinary no-no #136

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no on a Tuesday?

Consider this a Halloween treat.

This couldn’t wait until Sunday.

How’d you like this tossed in your trick or treat bag, kids?

I'm guessin' I won't live to be 100

Not if it means some of this...

7 lies in under 2 minutes

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Paul Ryan: What Washington doesn't want you to know

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Teenagers do it about 3,000 times a month

And many educators now say it’s good for them.

We’re talking texting.

The Charlotte Observer writes there is “new evidence that texting teaches some positive language skills, and pragmatists argue that a war on texting is unwinnable.”


How far can Franklin's football team go?

How about state football champs?

It’s entirely possible.

The Sabers who won their opening round playoff game convincingly against Greendale Tuesday night have always been able to throw the football. Now they can rush as well. And their defense, evidenced by last night’s shutout, is pretty darn good. Put it all together and that’s a dangerous combination for opponents to deal with.

Fans must remember that Franklin’s only two losses this season came to Division 1 powerhouses Milwaukee Marquette and Kenosha Bradford. Marquette is a legitimate Division 1 championship contender. Some experts say the same about Bradford.

Next up for Franklin is an old nemesis, Waterford that has sent the Sabers home with a loss in the playoffs in the past. This time around Franklin isn’t so one-dimensional.

Am I being too optimistic? I don’t think so. Anything’s possible in the playoffs, and this Franklin team looks like it has put it all together just at the right time.

NY or Philly? The computer says...

The computer that has been 100% accurate in previous pro sports championship predictions says the World Series will be over in six games.

Take a look.

The same computer likes the Packers against the Vikings this Sunday.

Anti-Palin People Likely at the Nov. 6 Palin Event

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

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Some Franklin budget questions to ponder

My recent blog on spending over $300,000 for improvements at Franklin High School generated a few emotional comments.  The fact that I oppose spending a large chunk of money from the still to be budgeted 2010 budget does not make me anti-child or anti-public safety. The work I did on the sexual predator issue and the Steve Hanke controversy in Franklin is quite clear.

I respect those who disagree because we all want the same thing:  the best protection for our children, our most precious commodity.  However, there is another perspective.

The positions of two police officers and a firefighter have not been appropriated for in the city of Franklin’s 2010 budget. It costs about $80,000 for a firefighter. How many lives are we possibly endangering by not budgeting for a firefighter or paramedic or EMT?

A DPW position is also absent from the 2010 budget. Heaven forbid a road doesn’t get plowed in time to prevent an unfortunate accident.

I asked Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva for the most recent accident statistics for the area near Franklin High School. Chief Oliva informs me there were 8 injury accidents within the past 5 years on S. 51st Street in the high school area:

2005: 2

2006: 1

2007: 2

2008: 1

2009: 2

None of the accidents, thank goodness were fatal.

With the thousands of kids and adults that pass by that area in any given week, those numbers, when put into the proper perspective are amazing.

Budgeting responsibly means having to say no sometimes. That doesn’t translate to a diminished regard for human life in any manner.

Government-Run Health Care Is Not Dead


It's 'Go Time' on Health Care

Senate Vote Coming Soon

For months, you have engaged vigorously on the issue of health care reform.

Unfortunately, the various proposals in Congress still include higher taxes, dangerous mandates and a government-run 'public option' that threatens access to quality, affordable health care and puts taxpayers on the line.

However, as the bills near a floor vote, members from both sides of the aisle are also beginning to voice their hesitancy.

As Sen. Joe Lieberman says in the Politico:


"To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt."

After months of debate, a vote is definite, but the bill's passage is not.

You can help defeat government-run health care by sending a letter to Congress now.

As you know, we support real health care reforms that lead to lower costs and higher quality for all Americans.

But despite rigorous debate, it's apparent that the reforms being considered would do the opposite.

Email Congress today to oppose these flawed proposals.

Please keep up the pressure -- because now is when it really matters.

Thanks for your continued support.


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

How Philly can beat the Yankees...

Fresh arms
, over and over and over again.

"I've heard boos in that stadium before"

So says Brett Favre about Lambeau Field.

This Sunday will be awfully strange when Favre wears purple and gold for the first time in Green Bay as opposed to green and gold.

I couldn't boo Favre, not after all he's done for the Packers and this state. There are numerous accounts of players leaving a team going back to play against that team who are cheered before the game, or duirng their first at-bat if it's baseball, etc. 

That's what I believe should happen this Sunday. Packer fans need to maintain their well-known reputation of being classy by cheering Favre prior to kickoff. The Packer fans then need to cheer the Packers and not boo Favre when the game begins.

I'm guessing that won't happen given the hateful reaction since Favre officially departed.

But Favre says he's braced for the boos.

Light Bulbs vs. The Nanny State

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Journalists, bloggers, talk radio can learn from Lawton story

Erik Gunn writes about this week’s Barbara Lawton story that was later retracted. Gunn quotes Katy Culver of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

"We are in an age where we have a mass media means of rumor-mongering. The Internet can amplify things that have no basis in truth in ways that we never would have imagined when I was in a newsroom 20 years ago. So reporting has to keep up. Mainstream journalism has to keep up and recognize that this may not be a question we would have asked about 20 years ago. But if this rumor is out in the public sphere, it may be something we have a responsibility to ask about now."

I have written in the past about the danger of bloggers who post rumors and innuendo and flat out lies. The same holds true for comments left on blogs. I don’t see this problem going away.

For the record, this blogger made no mention of the sensational claim made against Lawton. I did blog Lawton’s quote that she wasn’t running for governor.

Also, Gunn notes that several conservative bloggers ran with the original allegations against Lawton.  So did liberal bloggers, Erik.

Yes, journalists, bloggers, talk radio can learn from this week's Lawton story. But will they?

UPDATE:  Broadcast veteran Tim Morrisey offers the same advice (lecture?) about reporting the truth, but then opines:

“I think Jerry got ‘spun’ by some Republican operatives, who fed him a line of BS and he unfortunately believed them, and aired it.”

Excuse me?

Morrisey wags his finger, admonishing all to be honest, then he throws out this unfounded stuff?

Environmental wackos want your pet

This couldn’t wait for The Barking Lot or Recommended Reading.

Jonah Goldberg writes in the National Review:

The government cannot have my dog.

Don’t tell that to the authors of the new book Time to Eat the Dog?: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living. They calculate that dog owning is much worse than SUV driving for the planet. So when you see a car heading to the dog park with some happy labs drooling out the window, you should think ‘climate criminals.’

Meanwhile, in less surprising news, cats (long known as the handmaidens of Satan) have roughly the ecological paw print of a Volkswagen Golf.

Authors Robert and Brenda Vale don’t actually suggest you eat your dog. But they do say we’d be better off if we weaned ourselves from pets that treat Gaia like a fire hydrant. Better to play fetch with our pet chickens and then eat them.”

Such radical thought is due, in large part, because the climate control freaks are getting desperate. Goldberg points out:

“Last week, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing that belief in, and concern for, climate change is evaporating.”

Using pets to attempt to salvage a ridiculous and failing argument is an incredibly flawed strategy and I would venture to guess, unpopular.

Friday night on InterCHANGE

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

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Monkey Bars, Sopranos and Garbage Cans

Listen for this gem:

“I’m the kind of guy that’s totally against earmarks, but this is one earmark that I thought was worth it.”

Well, then, Mister, you’re NOT totally against earmarks!


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From the road in Arkansas with John Stossel

Americans for Prosperity

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Get well, Jay Weber!

Here’s an update about the Franklin Tea Party scheduled this weekend:

Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."Abraham Lincoln



For Immedeiate Release!                                                  

Must see (or not) TV


Can a local TV news department take OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH too far?

WJLA-TV in Washington calls its special series of reports a “groundbreaking news event.”  The reports show a bare breast self-examination, complete with obligatory warnings about graphic material.

The question becomes, is this a sincere public service endeavor to save lives, or a ratings gimmick?

Managers at stations like WJLA know the critical information contained in such reports can be conveyed in a tasteful manner that will not offend. It’s certainly a compelling topic.

The 5:00 whistle means, it's the weekend!

And it starts tonight here on This Just In with our regular Friday night Goodnight music feature.

I know what you're thinking....

Monster Mash, Werewolf of London, The Addams Family...

Ummmm, no.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife, Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS including a story involving this well-known politico:

Then it's Week-ends, our weekly week in review.

Is this guy a HERO or VILLAIN?

Also Saturday, Recommended Reading, with some, I believe, outstanding material.

From 4-7:00 Saturday, an annual and very popular tradition at This Just In as we live blog the goings-on in my neighborhood for Trick or Treat. You just never know who's going to ring that door bell.

Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, the MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here are some photos that DID NOT make the final cut for Sunday:

Dad, you told me we were going on SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!

The actual caption:

Spencer Whatcott (L) pulls away after a nurse gives an nasal spray of the H1N1 vaccine while his father Cameron (R) hold him at the Utah County Health Department October 27, 2009 in Provo, Utah. After health department got a shipment of 4000 vaccines overnight, a large line formed with a wait of four to five hours. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

One more....

Actor Alec Baldwin, right, watches Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

That's just not possible! Isn't he supposed to be living in some foreign country ever since November 2004?

Have a super Halloween weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Goodnight everyone, and have a spooky 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, sounds of the season.

So, lock your doors and windows.

Turn off the lights.

Sit back, and prepared to get spooked.

We begin with saxophone great David Sanborn performing a 60's hit from Dennis Yost & the Classics IV, joined by a couple of friends.

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The Barking Lot (10/31/09)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. Windy. High of 45.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 52.  "C"

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

Most, if not all dog owners I know can tell you the story of how they came to be pet parents.  They can remember the circumstances:  the time of year, how old their kids were, were they went for the dog, and what it did the first night in its new home.  But I am willing to bet that these same people do not recall the process they went through to decide to adopt.  That is probably because there was NOT a process.  They thought, “Let’s get a dog” and they got one.

Speaking from my own experience, the first time my parents decided to get a dog was for me, and I was around two years old.  Like many parents they thought their child should have a pet to grow up with.  The only problem was, when they brought Sugar home I couldn’t have cared less.  Obviously as the years went on we became very close and I loved her with all my heart.  But the fact is, my folks didn’t think about the possibility that I wouldn’t care if I had a dog or not.

The second time we went to adopt a dog we went to the Humane Society in search of a terrier for my grandpa who was recuperating from an illness.  My mom thought it would be a good companion for my grandpa and give him something to fill his days and take his mind off of his sickness.  And once again, my mom didn’t consider that Grandpa might not be up to training a puppy, that he might be too weak.  Sadly he only had Skippy about six weeks before he passed away.  Fortunately he enjoyed her at that adorable puppy stage of round, warm belly, “puppy breath” and a precious little yip that was never an obnoxious bark.  He was able to take her in the yard for short walks, and started to train her to “give paw.”  So his days truly were filled with something uplifting to take his mind off of things.

In my two personal circumstances, the outcome was everything my mom wanted.  Sugar and I became inseparable.  My grandpa had some merriment during his last days with us.  Sugar and Skippy were both wonderful dogs that we loved very much.  But there isn’t always a fairy tale ending to adopting a dog.  Now more than ever, in this economy that still needs recovery, we hear about pets that are surrendered because of financial reasons.  

Quite often in the Dogs In The News feature of The Barking Lot, there are stories about adopting dogs and the great reasons for doing so.  I can’t dispute any of that.  But as this blog analyzes, there is more to adopting a pet than just thinking it’s a good idea for a dog to join your family.  If you are serious about getting a four-legged friend, you better have a plan. 

Once you have followed these seemingly obvious and no-nonsense tips for adopting a dog, then and ONLY then should you proceed with the process.  The holidays are coming up, everyone.  Please remember what I wrote last season about dogs as gifts.  

On behalf of dogs everywhere, thank you.
----Jennifer Fischer

Thank you, Jennifer. It is time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

The Wisconsin Assembly has unanimously approved a bill to regulate puppy mills.

Pets may see scary side of Halloween.

The FBI remembers Freddy.

Remembering Baxter, an amazing hospice dog.

Baxter, the video...


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Eye opening videos about how Democrats view reform


It's playoff day: Franklin vs. Waterford

takes on Waterford at Waterford at 4:00 this afternoon in Round 2 of the WIAA Division 2 high school football playoffs. Some notes about today’s game:

1) Franklin’s high octane offense is averaging 34.4 points/game. Waterford is not far behind at 31.8 points/game.

2) On defense, Franklin gives up 19.6 points/game. Waterford is much stingier at 12.9 points/game.

3) The defensive numbers could be a bit misleading. Franklin gave up 86 points in its two losses to Division 1 opponents, Marquette and Kenosha Bradford.

4) The rain has stopped. That’s good news for Franklin’s passing game.

5) The two teams had one common opponent during the regular season: Muskego. Waterford handled Muskego, 34-14. Franklin edged Muskego, 41-36.

6) Is this a revenge game? Waterford knocked Franklin out of the playoffs in the 2007 opening round, 33-15.


Watch for a lot of traffic around Greendale High School mid-afternoon today. Yes, Franklin eliminated Greendale from the playoffs, but Greendale will be the site of South Milwaukee's home game against a very tough Lake Geneva Badger squad at 4:00 today.

Week-ends (10/31/09)


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...


Kevin Graham

Off-duty security officer...........MORE........and MORE.

Maria Rodriguez

Three DEA agents and seven U.S. Army special operations soldiers

Chris Turner

Timothy Lapitan

Local duck hunters

Sarah Palmer Young........MORE.


Timothy Cheney and Richard Cole 

Edward Ates

Larry David

Thieves at infant cemetery

Susan Finkelstein

Robert Louis Rosseau

Wanda Sykes

Miley Cyrus

Tyler Kruze


"In many ways, he's sent from God,because the world's a mess."
Musician Sting referring to President Obama

Statement from radio talk show host Jerry Bader, retracting his story that Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton got out of the race for governor because of an extra-marital affair. The statement was posted 10/27.

“I wish to sincerely apologize to Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton for previously posted internet comments regarding her.”
Jerry Bader on 10/29.

“After several attempts yesterday and this morning to contact Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton to personally apologize, I was contacted by a representative of her office this morning and was told that she accepts the apology I posted on this blog yesterday, and she hopes ‘this can be the end of it’."
Jerry Bader on 10/30

I think people will lose interest and get a life, and well they should.“
Barbara Lawton

“The question is whether we can do it and not wreak havoc on the family.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on whether he wants to run for governor.

“The two most prominent in terms of size of positions are county executive of Milwaukee County and the mayor of Milwaukee. They're the two largest governments short of the state government.” Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on a potential matchup with Barrett for governor.

“This is an issue I said was probably going to come back to haunt you.”
Republican Assembly Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) on a state budget provision by Democrats that includes new minimum coverage requirements as well a requirement for all motorists to carry insurance.

“I can go a long period of time on my own without using anything, but when I do slip up, it’s extreme and I always seem to slip up.”
State Representative Jeff Wood on his admittance to a Minnesota rehab clinic following his most recent OWI arrest. Wood announced he would not seek re-election.

I've heard boos in that stadium before. Honestly. Numerous times. But it was obviously different. As a player there you don't expect to hear that in your home stadium but I didn't play every game in that stadium very well. Played a lot, but there were some times where we struggled and that was kind of a kick in the stomach hearing those boos. It wasn't often. There were way more cheers and I suppose there will be a bit of both this week.”
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre on the possibility he’ll be booed at Lambeau Field Sunday when the Packers take on the Vikings.


Gang rape

Desecrated flag video


Juicy ACORN nuggets


Barbara Lawton


Or are you just glad to see me....

Share a grave with a stranger?

And finally......

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Paul Ryan drops off 1990-page health care plan at FPL

No Runny Eggs has great coverage of Ryan's Town Hall meeting.

Recommended Reading (10/31/09)

Recommended reading

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

L'Affaire Lawton is not over

"What radio talker Jerry Bader said on the air about Barbara Lawton is indefensible....Before we shed too many tears for Lawton and deplore how her privacy is being invaded, let's consider how her bizarre handling of the announcement precipitated the media inquiries."

Flu Shot Shortage Shows Government Incompetence

How can the government pretend that it can manage, overhaul, streamline and reform the health care system in the United States when it can't even deliver enough flu shots to prevent a pandemic?"

Dismantling America Part II

As for the benefit of the doubt, no one-- especially not the President of the United States-- is entitled to that, when his actions can jeopardize the rights of 300 million Americans domestically and the security of the nation in an international jungle, where nuclear weapons may soon be in the hands of people with suicidal fanaticism. Will it take a mushroom cloud over an American city to make that clear? Was 9/11 not enough?"

Barack Obama has failed to defeat conservatism in America

"This week’s striking Gallup poll on political ideology is further confirmation that the United States is in essence a conservative nation, which has ironically become even more conservative under Barack Obama. According to Gallup, 40 percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36 percent as moderate and 20 percent as liberal. This is the first time conservatives have outnumbered moderates in America since 2004. Here are several clear-cut examples of rising support for traditionally conservative positions on some of the biggest policy issues of the day, as outlined by Gallup…"

Who are the Tea Partyers?

The question is whether Republicans can capture their anger and turn their energy into votes?  Or will the Tea Partyers stay home in 2010 as they did in 1988?"

Sins of Emission

"The ethanol boondoggle is also an environmental catastrophe."

Foul Ball!  (By Timothy Dolan)

It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. If you want recent evidence of this unfairness against the Catholic Church, look no further than a few of these following examples of occurrences over the last couple weeks..."

Boulder's Naked Halloween Streak May Be Coming to an End

"For nearly a decade, naked pumpkin runners did their thing unmolested, stampeding through the frigid dark past crowds of admirers who hooted, hollered and tossed candy. But last year the run attracted more than 150 participants, and Police Chief Mark Beckner fears things are getting out of hand. 'It's a free-for-all,' he says. So he intends to stop it."

Scary stuff

"According to the NRF more than 47 million US adults plan to don a costume this year.

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The very best Halloween music.....

For your party, handing out candy, background, etc, is right here.

Don't forget, our annual Franklin Trick or Treat live blogging from 4-7 pm here on This Just In...

LIVE Trick or Treat blogging begins...

Right now!

Between now and 7:00, read about who's roaming the streets of Franklin, and in what...

It’s a mostly cloudy, chilly afternoon in Franklin, 43 degrees compared to last year’s Trick or Treat weather that saw a 49 degree afternoon with winds gusting from 38-49 mph.

What we might expect to see knocking at the door, according to the National Retail Federation:

Ten Most Popular Adults' Halloween 2009 Costumes

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Always good to see Hizzoner at my door.

Tom was dressed as....

File photograph of Luciano Pavarotti

Our singing mayor chose to belt out, "Trick or Treeeeeeeeeeeaaaattttttttttt!" and proceeded to bust out two of my windows.










He better not show up as Miss Congeniality.

More than a few shivering parents already have asked if I would switch places with them.

Thanks to those who have asked about baby Kyla. Kyla is visiting Grandma right now, but may appear later.


A huge line of children and their parents has been spotted outside the entrance to the home of Vikings QB Brett Favre. Traffic in the area is snarled. It’s a real bottleneck.

Apparently, the first child in line made the mistake of saying to Brett, “Trick or Treat!”

And Brett is, well, ya know….


The young boy was outfitted like a vendor at the ballpark, complete with tray around his neck with  foil-wrapped wieners. He was wearing an authentic hat from the world famous Nathan’s.

Nice job!

If you're just joining us...

And you’re wondering, what the heck is going on, it’s our annual live blogging of Franklin’s trick or treat, now in progress until 7:00.


Dave Szychlinski, Linda Witkowski, Debbie Larson, and Jeff Traylor dressed as members of the Jesse James Gang.


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“Hello, is Jennifer home?”




The perfect outfit…

“Well I’m gonna tell ya pilgrim. Those burglars? We’re gonna get ‘em.  We’re gonna get ‘em good, alright!

But’cha gotta help me, friend. Could’ja…. find a way ta......keep that garage door closed?”


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Is that you, Carol Deptolla?




Probably won't see any.

Not an election year, and there’s probably some elected official fatigue going on, don’t you think?


By a lot on the trick or treat trail today.

We know where Dad is.

Gripping that remote tightly.


In our live blogging of Franklin’s Trick or Treat hours.

And congrats to Franklin and all the other municipalities that made the correct decision to hold Trick or Treat ON Halloween, and a portion at night.



Their costume?


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Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, sandals, portable fan.

Told me he was boiling.


“Hello, Kevin!

Great job on InerCHANGE as usual last night. I never agree with anything you say, but I love you on that show because I’m such a nice guy.

How do you like my costume?”

“Y’know, Kev, I really understand how he feels sometimes.”


Had to send her away disappointed.

I was out of fish net stockings.


Costume: Dale Carnegie course instructor


We interrupt the Live blogging of Trick or Treat to bring you this final score from the WIAA Division 2 football playoffs:



Mark Maley reports Franklin QB Lance Bartez rushed for 13 carries for 114 yards and one  TD. He threw for three TDs.

Franklin will now play Lake Geneva Badger at a site TBA.


“OK, Mrs. Obama. I’m honored, but this is a little strange. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear you look just like…..

“That’s right, Kevin.

Lee Greenwood.

Because I’m proud to be an American.”



Gushing and salivating, his costume was no surprise.....


Last year, Steve came to my door dressed as this famous celebrity.

Dick Clark

He was pretty proud of himself until I informed him that all the talk at the time about him was that he was a GRAND-stander.

Bound and determined to redeem himself this year, Steve just stopped by in this costume:

That would be.....

Thomas Paine.

Paine authored the pamphlet, "Common Sense."

I think that beats Dick Clark.

(Hey, Steve, if you're reading, I bet I got a few goats with this one!)


Plenty of kids stopped by.

And as always, we had candy left over.

Best costume: That Nathan’s vendor.

All the girls were real young. The boys were all a bit older, some, I thought, too old.

No vampires, Frankensteins, or werewolves. I must be getting old.

Happy Halloween!




Mark Maley reports Franklin QB Lance Bartez rushed for 13 carries for 114 yards and one  TD. He threw for three TDs.

Franklin will now play Lake Geneva Badger at a site TBA.

The best Halloween movies


Forget Jason and Freddy and Chucky and Michael Myers.

Give me the
horror classics.


Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.........

Time once again for a special Halloween edition of the This Just In version of …



Let’s play, not once.


Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


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.


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.


Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:




The correct question is:


What is $100?

That's about right. She certainly wasn't running around in any Gucci stuff, was she?

Special TREAT tonight on Halloween....a second FINAL JEOPARDY opportunity for This Just In readers.

Are you ready, players?

Let's do it.

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


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.


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.


Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:




The correct question is:


What is The Exorcist?

TV Guide, are you kidding me???!!!!

The corrrect answer should be Psycho!

Psycho was #2 on TV Guide's list.

Hope your Halloween was just ducky!

Happy Halloween
to all our friends from our BOOtiful

daughter, Kyla Audrey.


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