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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.

Happy New Year 2011

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Every Saturday, I present Week-ends, a look back at the people and events that made news the past week.

This is a special Year-end edition of Week-ends.


The members of the Tea Party movement, a force that stood up to big government, out of control tax and spending, and Washington D.C.'s arrogant power grab.


The molesters at the TSA.


If this [Arizona] was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West

I just want to assure my colleague that Arizona does in fact share a border.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Rice quickly correcting West.

If Scott Walker had parted the Red Sea, Mike Tate (state Dem. Party Chair) would say that he killed too many fish.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the state GOP, noting that Walker's cash total, donors and poll numbers were each ahead of Tom Barrett in February 2010.

He has not done anything for Wisconsin that's going to make Wisconsin a better state. He's been in Washington way too long; he's part of the problem.
Tommy Thompson during a Wisconsin Eye interview, referring to Russ Feingold.

Boy do I want to run. I'd love to take this on. But I told my family last night it's time for new faces and new voices.
Former Governor Tommy Thompson announcing at a Tax Day Tea Party in Madison that he would not enter the GOP primary for U.S. senator.

Let me put it this way: I’ve won 25 elections. Does anybody really think I don’t know how to win another one? Or for that matter, has anyone ever seen me walk away from a fight in my life? Frankly, I hate to do it. There is so much that needs to be done. But even more frankly, I am bone tired.
Wisconsin Congressman David Obey announcing his retirement after 41 years.

It is amazing that Governor Doyle and Mayor Barrett can advocate spending $810 million on a new 'high-speed' rail line while the state government cannot even fix one of the busiest interchanges in Wisconsin. Years of raiding the transportation fund and years of Milwaukee politicians like the mayor fighting work on the East-West corridor have now led to a crisis that will have a negative impact on commerce.
Scott Walker after the state abruptly closed a bridge in the Zoo Interchange for repairs.

What you folks are saying is, we didn’t read the ordinances, we don’t know what you’re talking about, but we’re going to ban them anyway.
Franklin alderman Steve Olson, testifying at a public hearing at the state Capitol in opposition to a bill that would have repealed over 100 local ordinances around the state including Franklin’s that restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate. Olson also told the gabby chair of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), author of the bill, “Without being disrespectful, this is the first public hearing I’ve ever attended in 22 years in public office where the chair spoke more than the attendees. It’s very disheartening to me. I don’t think I am being represented or listened to when that happens. Quite frankly, I understand that you have made up your mind.”

Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender. It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks.
Juneau County DA Scott Southworth advising school districts in his county to drop sex ed classes, saying he may charge teachers with contributing to the delinquency of minors if they follow a new state law regulating sex ed standards.

I thought we got rid of the loan sharks when we put Al Capone away.
State Senator Mike Ellis(R-Neenah) supporting an amendment to payday loan legislation that would cap the interest rates the lenders could charge at 36 percent. Backers said a cap is the only effective way to control the industry, but the amendment failed.

You're a vulture, that's what I think.
State Rep. Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls), blasting a TV reporter on his way to report to his 45-day jail sentence for a December 2008 OWI arrest.

A great law. Penalties should double if you're blonde and driving a Grand Am.
A comment on about Governor Doyle signing the texting while driving ban bill into law.

A feel good-do nothing law. We already have inattentive driving laws. Why isnt text while driving a part of that? This is like passing a law that it is illegal to kill someone with a knife, even though we already have laws against murder. The other day I was on the freeway behind a semi that was moving side to side-when I got up to his side-I saw he was trying to read a book!!! This guy was at least 40-There are all kinds of inattentive driving that are dangerous-including eating, changing a cd, dialing your phone, changing the radio station, drinking hot coffee, reaching for something that fell, looking back at your kids in the car, checking out pretty girls on the sidewalk etc-the all carry the same damaging effects. We cant pass a law for each individual circumstance - increase the fines and penalties on inattentive driving and you may see some results.
Another comment on about Governor Doyle signing the texting while driving ban bill into law.

I am a citizen of the United States and as a citizen I believe I reserve the right to be protected. Those who are in this country illegally of course protest because they don't want to be deported. Those who worked hard to become American citizens legally that protest this are ignorant. If I, as an American citizen tried to reside illegally in Mexico or any other country in the world for that matter, I would be jailed, deported or even killed. But you know, it's ok for us to spend billions of dollars every year for these illegal immigrants to reside in OUR country and use my hard earned dollars to pay for their health care and delinquint loans that many aquire. Or even better I personally experienced my social security number sold to a illegal male immigrant from Mexico and I had to spend my own personal money getting my social security number changed and deal with getting my credit report corrected from the debt he incurred and failed to pay.

If you wish to call me racist for having these views and supporting whole heartedly this bill that Arizona passed then you are also just plain IGNORANT. I have many MANY hispanic friends who are all here legally and I am in no way racist. I just personally as an American citizen feel that we should treat illegal immigrants the same way they would treat us in the same situation if we were in their country.
Brianna Dierken, commenting and practicing the utmost common sense on one of my blogs at the now defunct, The Right View Wisconsin.

It is my job to stay above the controversy. I know the good people of our community are only voicing their concerns based upon their love of the city also.
New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero in an apology to his constituents after an e-mail from the mayor said the city is "filled with prejudice and bigoted people."

This is a big f---ing deal.
VP Joe Biden to Barack Obama, just after introducing the president for the health bill-signing ceremony.

Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?
Vice President Joe Biden 
to the manager of Kopp’s Frozen Custard after being asked if he could lower taxes.

I'm not recommending for every future President that they take a shellacking like they – like I did last night.
Barack Obama after the mid-term elections.

If you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested.
Airline passenger John Tyner in a remark to a Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport.

It would be a little easier for the rest of us not to live in fear if the president's entire national security strategy didn't depend on average citizens happening to notice a smoldering SUV in Times Square or smoke coming from a fellow airline passenger's crotch. But after the car bomber and the diaper bomber, it has become increasingly clear that Obama's only national defense strategy is: Let's hope their bombs don't work!
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter

We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.
Nancy Pelosi in a speech to the National Association of Counties.

One thing I know for sure is that Democrats will retain their majority in the House of Representatives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

It’s not the ‘Kennedy Seat. It’s the people’s seat.
Scott Brown

I'm not a witch.
Christine O’Donnell in a TV ad.

I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me.
Eric Massa

Trust me. I'm going to make sure this healthcare bill is never, ever, ever implemented.
John Boehner

Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.
President Obama at a health care summit.
I’m reminded of that every day.
McCain at the summit.

It's easy being vice president — you don't have to do anything.
VP Joe Biden at the health care summit.

Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.
Velma Hart to Barack Obama

No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am 'toxic' in terms of the Obama administration. I am 'radioactive,' Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally! Any advice that I offer is going to be taken as something to be avoided. Please understand that!
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, writing in a letter obtained by the Associated Press to a group raising money for African relief that his pleas to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti would likely be ignored.

Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?
President Obama says every morning when he's finished shaving, one of his daughters quizzes him.

I imagine that thrill is maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore.
Michele Bachmann to Chris Matthews

President Obama said he is going to use the Gulf disaster to push a new energy bill through Congress. How about using the Gulf disaster to fix the Gulf disaster?
Jay Leno

When the private sector fails, the solution is more government. When the government fails, the solution is more government.
Glen Reynolds

I can see November from my house.
Sarah Palin

With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take (Al Gore's) Nobel Prize back.
Donald Trump

We all either work for rich people or we sell stuff to rich people. So just punishing rich people is as bad for the economy as punishing anyone. Let’s not punish anyone. Let’s keep taxes low and let’s cut spending.
Rand Paul

Liberals don't care. Their approach is to rip out society's foundations without asking if they serve any purpose. Why do we have immigration laws? What's with these borders? Why do we have the institution of marriage, anyway? What do we need standardized tests for? Hey, I like Keith Richards -- why not make heroin legal? Let's take a sledgehammer to all these load-bearing walls and just see what happens!
Ann Coulter

There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this. If you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.
Evan Bayh on Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts.

The real problem is the workforce. The problem is we have a giveaway system in this country and in this state that is so strong that people would rather sit home and do nothing than do these jobs. Laziness is not a disability. There are lot of people that are flat out lazy and they are using up the goods and services that we have in this state.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said lazy residents who don't want to take jobs harvesting the state's crops are the root of the South Carolina's problems with illegal immigration. His remarks came at the opening of a debate between Republican gubernatorial hopefuls in Spartanburg.

You know what I’d like to see her do? I’d like to see her [Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle] do this ad in the South Bronx. Come here, bitch! Come to New York and do it. She’s going to Hell....She’s going to Hell, this bitch.
The View co-host Joy Behar discussing Sharon Angle’s ad against illegal immigration.

Just once — probably never get reelected if you ever said it — I would like to hear somebody say, ‘The voters have spoken, the bastards.’ Or, ‘The voters have spoken. What a bunch of idiots.’ ‘The voters have spoken. God, they’re dumb. Dumb as hell.’ I just wish I’d hear somebody say that, because I think that happens to be the case this particular midterm elections.
 Longtime CNN and MSNBC contributor Bill Press on his radio program

This being a democracy, don't the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don't they understand Massachusetts? Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms: (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad. Result? The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly.
Charles Krauthammer

People once thought Obama could sound eloquent reading the phone book. Now, whatever the topic, it often sounds as though he is.
Michael Gerson

I mean you call here and ask, ‘Where do I get off suggesting that we don't donate to Haiti because we do in the income tax?’ and I tell you I said that, but I also said private donations are going to be much better than a government donation.  They're all going, go to the Red Cross, do other things, don't go through the government. It's just going to go through hands and bureaucracies and a dollar is going to end up being 30 cents by the time they get through with it.  I did not say, ‘Don't make donations.’  That's not a ‘whether or not’ thing. That's why you called.
National talk show host Rush Limbaugh to a caller about making donations to Haiti

I was at a, forgive the expression, a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and. . . . National Public Radio's legal correspondent Nina Totenberg on "Inside Washington," a weekly political wrap-up that airs on the PBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!"
Chant at Chilean mine rescue

I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that. He wasn't, but the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale.
Tucker Carlson

These Democrats are a bunch of wusses.  They don't have the courage of their convictions. They won't stand and fight. It's embarrassing, it's disgusting and I won't have it anymore. I'm sick of them.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.

I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable. And I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself.
Tiger Woods

Falling in love with you could really f--- up my plans for becoming president.”
Former presidential candidate John Edwards to his mistress, Rielle Hunter during their 2006 affair. Hunter was quoted in an article in GQ magazine.

After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.
Paul McCartney

Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing?
ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser describing live on-air the wardrobe of ESPN colleague Hannah Storm. Kornheiser was suspended by the network for his remarks.

It gives new meaning to getting an extra shot in your latte.
The AP, writing about Starbuck's decision to continue allowing customers to carry firearms in it's stores, in states that allow it.

The rent is too damn high!
Jimmy McMillan at a NY gubernatorial debate


ObamaCare, the liberal defense of illegal immigration, the food police,a mosque at Ground Zero, and our exploding debt.


Whatever Sarah Palin said or did. The lefties and their wholly-owned subsidiary, the mainstream media, went nuts.


Twice, once in March and again about a month ago, I noted how the news media refrained from slamming Obama about $3 gas when it crucified Bush on the same issue. 


Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor….Clothes

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.

Cleaning out a hog pen vs. The Rose Bowl

At the University of Wisconsin, playing on the offensive line is glamorous.

The Wall Street Journal captures true Badger pride in a great article.

Also, this is totally unthinkable. It was almost “On Minnesota.”

This will get you psyched for today's big game.

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It's OK Wisconsin, it's not your fault because....

You are not a come from behind team.

When you are behind, it takes you forever to score.

When you are behind and you go on 7-minute drives as you did today and come up scoreless, you inadvertently help the opposition by chewing up the clock,

You played a team for the first time in two months that can actually play defense.

But the most important reason the Rose Bowl loss is not your fault is that you just happen to play in a conference that year after year proves in the bowl games that it is highly over-rated.

Today’s bowl game scores:

TCU 21
Wisconsin 19

Texas Tech 45
Northwestern 38

Florida 37
Penn State 24

Alabama 49
Michigan State  7

Mississippi State 52
Michigan 14


I was very impressed by the undefeated TCU team that felt it was representing the “little guys.” TCU QB Adam Walton was the epitome of true class during the post-game interviews.

In the end, defense wins these games. TCU’s defense, the best in the country, rose (no pun intended) to the occasion.

Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema took his good natured time scoring that last touchdown. Wrong!

When the two-point conversion failed, and it shouldn’t have with a wide open receiver in the end zone, the game was over. Why? Because Wisconsin had wasted two second half timeouts.

It is a frustrating loss for the Badgers. But give TCU credit, a PRIVATE school of 9,000 not given any respect or credit by the pompous NCAA officials in their ivory tower against the over-rated Big Ten.

Let this, and all the other games today, be a lesson to the so-called mighty, but not really, Big Ten. You just can’t show up. You have to actually play the bowl game.

For Wisconsin, this wasn’t Indiana or Northwestern they lined up against today in southern California. They played hard to the bitter end. But give the respect due to TCU, and re-think how great the Big Ten conference really is.

My Most Popular Blogs (01/02/11)

Most popular

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

 Photos of the Week (12/26/10)


3) reports: Two incumbent aldermen face no opposition

4) TIE

    Congratulations Mayor Tom Taylor, I think 



The best editorial cartoons of 2010

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

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Culinary no-no #200

Culinary no-no's

Food concepts, like musical acts on the pop charts, come and go. Hot and here today, rejected and gone tomorrow.

Some trends that were all the rage in 2010 could lose favor and flavor in 2011.

Those traveling food trucks? The New York Times Magazine writes “let’s also abolish tweeting food trucks, the tweeting of menu specials, and tweeting gasbag restaurant critics."

Miami Beach based Jacquelynn D. Powers writes in The Daily Beast that they drive her crazy: “Every day a new food truck launches with more fanfare, high-end concepts, and celebrity chefs. Even Disneyland isn’t safe. As the mobile food market gets gourmet, its prices are skyrocketing past the $2 hot dog stands. And wouldn’t you prefer to eat that $7 banh mi pork sandwich or $9 Wagyu beef and broccoli at a proper table instead of standing on a street corner?” Powers concedes the restaurant on wheels fad has yet to fade.

Mae West once said, “Too much of a good thing… wonderful!” Powers doesn’t agree when it comes to bacon that was slapped in and on just about anything in 2010. “Rest assured, bacon-flavored tofu is probably next on the horizon,” says Powers.

Speaking of bacon, what will be the next odd-flavored vodka? There’ve been enough to start an alcohol version of Baskin-Robbins.

Here’s one I wrote about in 2010, echoed by David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and co-author of the national bestseller Eat This, Not That! The technique is enthusiastically pushed by celebrity chef Bobby Flay and is so simple, yet so wrong: putting potato chips on top of a burger under the bun. The appeal is that it provides crunch.  Sorry, the chips belong on the side. That’s my rip. Zinczenko’s is that chips as a condiment adds too many calories.

To his credit, Zinczenko puts his finger on some novelties that definitely need to go, including ice cream for breakfast and deep fried pasta. Check out his rundown of the worst foods in America. Zinczenko takes specific aim at a widely popular chain: "The troubling truth is this entire list of America’s Worst Foods could be fueled solely by the Cheesecake Factory’s atrocious fare. No restaurant combines elephantine portion sizes with a heavy-handed application of cheap cooking fats more recklessly than the Factory folk, resulting in dishes like the 2,582-calorie Chicken and Biscuits and the 2,455-calorie French Toast Napoleon."

I was surprised to read some food bloggers diss cupcakes that were oh so popular in 2010. Numerous commenters agreed. I’m not sure the craze has fully got off the ground here just yet, but keep in mind folks in my neighborhood are first now learning The Twist.

Want some more? Here's a list from Esquire.

For me, the trends I’d like to see die once and for all in 2011 (but won’t): Guys wearing hats inside restaurants, guys (and 9 times out 10 it’s the men) dressing like bums to go out to eat, and idiot restaurant patrons disrespectful of wait staff.

Was Bucky classless in defeat?

That’s the talk on some parts of the Internet.

In a quote you won’t find reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, its web site, or any other Wisconsin media that I’m aware of, after TCU’s 21-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Saturday, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said, ““You notice how they wouldn’t even shake our hands afterwards?” (Source: writes of and has plenty of comments about obnoxious Badger fans that were rude and profane.

This much is clear. No one disputes the classy attitude of Badger JJ Watt who took the defeat hard, but still acknowledged and respected the opposition.

It does appear that Badger coach Brett Bielema has a reputation outside of Wisconsin of being a very poor sport.  Going for two against a soundly beaten Minnesota team this past season seems to have cemented the unsportsmanlike image.

Scott Walker: "Increasing taxes is off the table"

Thank you, Governor!

UPDATE: More national coverage for Governor Walker.

Cell phone ban in prisons a miserable failure

A stunning story in the New York Times. Though cell phones are banned in state and federal prisons, the prohibition doesn’t work. Not even close.

Cell phones find their way into prison cells by the thousands where inmates can use them for all kinds of devious purposes: Organize a strike among inmates, g
ang violence, drug trafficking, target places for robberies, order seafood and cigars or other contraband. Or they can just play online games.

A cell phone was even found under Charlie Manson’s mattress.

Makes me wonder to what extent this might be a problem in Franklin’s House of Corrections or any of the state penitentiaries.

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Note who opposes a ban for inmates.

Wisconsin latest state to join lawsuit vs.ObamaCare

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A source within the Milwaukee Police Department tells me that’s the cost to the department of implementing software to comply with the new state law that took effect January 1 requiring officers to note the race of individuals pulled over for traffic stops.

The law will hamper police and is only meant to vilify white law enforcement officials.

What a waste of time. This law should be repealed.

Something stinks: Wisconsin's Vehicle Inspection Program

In the early 80’s, this young reporter working at the time for WUWM covered the opening of southeast Wisconsin’s very first vehicle emissions testing site.

Governor Tony Earl’s Department of Transportation Secretary Lowell Jackson pulled his state owned vehicle in for the inaugural screening. Technicians put the car to the test and Jackson then drove out to a host of TV cameras and reporters armed with questions. Jackson proudly sat behind the wheel and spoke highly about the new program.

Then came the big moment. Cameras and tape recorders were rolling. Notepads were out. A state employee with paper in hand delivered the news to Secretary Jackson.

“I’m sorry, sir. Your vehicle didn’t pass.”

Jackson’s countenance suddenly changed, looking as though he had swallowed a mouse.

Wisconsin should have dropped the program right then and there.

The vehicle inspection program now in place in several counties costs about $11 million a year according to a recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau report. Our air is cleaner than it’s ever been. The need for this bureaucracy that can cost a motorist hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs if the computer deems the car has flunked is highly questionable. The program is about as foolish as the DNR issuing Ozone Action Days.

My state Representative and hopefully the next Milwaukee County Executive come April, Jeff Stone told the Small Biz Times that one of his legislative priorities is to get rid of the emissions testing.  Good for you, Jeff!  No one can tell me these ugly, beat up tin cans on the roads have passed these goofball requirements.

And why are we testing new and relatively new cars in the first place? In a column last September in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Nichols wrote:

At least some state employees have to realize the absurdity here because eight or nine years ago, Wisconsin's Legislative Audit Bureau looked into the emissions testing program - and for good reason. While drivers in seven counties in the southeastern part of Wisconsin with cars made between the late 1990s and, for the most part, 2007 are the only ones who are required to have their cars' emissions checked, taxpayers across the entire state - from Bayfield to Bayside - have to pay for the program through both those registration fees and per-gallon fuel taxes.

Checking to see if newer car's emissions are under acceptable limits, in the meantime, is sort of like checking to see if Aaron Rodgers has fingers.

The fact is that literally 99% of three-year-old cars tested at the time of the LAB audit passed the emissions test. Testing cars that are less than five years old is a colossal waste of time and money. In fact, making people drive cars of any age to a special emissions testing center is a colossal waste of time and money.”

No kidding.

Every state program is on the chopping block because we are over $3 billion in the hole. And that includes the emissions testing silliness.

Please, Wisconsin legislators, dump this program, and dump it as soon as you can.

More awards for 2010

Over at Steve Eggleston’s “No Runny Eggs,” a group of bloggers including yours truly is selecting picks for Jackass of the Year, Thank You for Existing, Dumbest Thing Said, News Story of the Year, and Person of the Year.

Take a look.

Still in denial, train lovers use real fuzzy math

The constant whining over the death of the half fast train between Milwaukee and Madison continues. Supporters of the flawed and failed project must have flunked basic math for they just can’t seem to get their figures straight. Follow the bouncing ball and numbers:

February 6, 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Only 55 permanent jobs would be created to operate and maintain the trains, tracks and stations, starting in 2013, the application says.”

November 4, 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Construction employment on the line was projected to peak at 4,732 jobs in 2012.”

November 8, 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Canceling a planned high-speed rail line will cost Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $100 million and more than 400 jobs in the near future, Gov. Jim Doyle said Monday……Of the 412 jobs that Doyle said were at risk, at least 80 are held by state employees and contractors who could be laid off.”

December 31, 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Only 12 workers are losing their jobs because a high-speed rail project was canceled, far less than the 80 layoffs predicted by outgoing Gov. Jim Doyle's administration, state and corporate representatives say.”

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Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor said the following at the Franklin Common Council meeting on December 7, 2010:

“This is a fantastic community. It’s getting better and better every day. I think we should be on the rooftops proclaiming that instead of having all this negativity that’s out there.

Franklin is really a very, very fantastic community and all of us should be proud of it. We should be wearing it on our T-shirts and shouting it from the rooftops.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

Therefore, may I announce and unveil the exciting, brand new, City of Franklin theme song!

Feingold to teach at Marquette?


Does MU not know (or care about) the EX-Senator's radical views on partial birth abortion?

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A new approach to snow removal

Local units of government are always looking to save money, or they should be.

How about this idea?

Quincy, Massachusetts has instituted a program to pay snow removal companies based on the amount of snow removed and not the hours worked.

The program began last winter, has been expended this season, and is working.

"We saw substantial progress in accountability, quality, and cost in our snow plowing operations last year through the pilot program,” said Mayor Thomas Koch.

Creativity. Innovation. Fiscal responsibility.

I like it.

#1: Photo ID, #2.........

Photo ID legislation will become law soon in Wisconsin. This common sense concept will go a long way to help prevent voter fraud in our state. It’s simple: You say you to vote, then you should have no trouble or qualms proving you are who you say you are.

The next logical step to clean up a voting system that is in need of repair is to get rid of sane-day registration. Wisconsin is one of nine states to allow the ridiculous practice of showing up at the polls with a utility bill as a means of registration. It wreaks of potential fraud.

State Representative Jeff Stone will push photo ID in the Assembly. Eliminating same-day registration is state Representative Joel Kleefisch’s bill.

Bravo to both!

Today was NOT a good day for Mrs. Obamessiah

There she is, the First Lady, probably during one of her many lectures about how we are too fat and that we need to listen to the Great Obama’s and their pontifications of what and what not to eat.

Oh the pain of today for hamburger lovin’ hypocrite Michelle.

First, there was this….

Newly elected US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) holds up his gavel to the Republican side of the House during the opening session of the 112th Congress on January 5, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

And top it off with the fact that today, Mrs. Food Police Chieftess, was National Whipped Cream Day.

Whipped cream, if you didn't know, is an epicurean delight.

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Huhhh? The latest from our clueless head of Homeland Security

Political Cartoon

Priceless, Napolitano Visits Afghanistan to Discuss Afghan Border Security, but Back Home Refuses to Secure USA – Mexico Border

God bless you, Mom!

A Prayer for a Deceased Mother

O God, who hast commanded us to honor our father and our mother; in Thy mercy have pity on the soul of my mother, and forgive her her trespasses; and make me to see her again in the joy of everlasting brightness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

What does a smoking ban cost?

Try millions.



Here are my selections for the top photos of 2010.


Lindsay Lohan had a special message for the court last July painted on the fingernail of her middle finger. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail at the probation violation hearing. Photo:


Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by opening and choosing a mussel from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen on July 9, 2010. Paul became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay


A snowboarder flies through the Olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. (REUTERS/David Gray)


Edith Shain was captured in a passionate clinch with a sailor on V-J Day by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1945

Kiss-toric moment: The sculpture immortalises Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in 1945

A 26ft statue depicting a famous New York Times Square kiss that celebrated the end of World War II has been unveiled to mark the 65th anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan. The towering color sculpture immortalizes Alfred Eisenstaedt's black-and-white photograph of an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in 1945. The image captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic photo marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine. Photo: The Daily Mail.

Cristina Casas and Ruben Requena of Barcelona, Spain, kiss in New York's Times Square, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 to mark the 65th anniversary of VJ Day. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Lighthouse Christian School teacher Heather Harrell reacts after finding her grandmother's Bible in her classroom that was destroyed by the flood in Antioch, Tennessee on Monday, May 3, 2010. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Shelley Mays)


German police officers lift a woman from the crowd of revelers outside a tunnel at the Love Parade "The art of Love" in the western German city of Duisburg July 24, 2010. A stampede killed at least 19 people after mass panic broke out in a tunnel at the techno music festival in Germany. (REUTERS/Daniel Naupold)


Pilot Capt. Brian Bews parachutes to safety just as his CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport for the weekend airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens)


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Who could possibly object to the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives?

A liberal Democrat, that's who.

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Goodbye and good riddance, Nancy Pelosi

During her tenure in power, Pelosi screwed each and every grandchild in America,


Political Cartoon

Nice, so very nice!

At NPR, what goes around comes around

The woman that stupidly fired Juan Williams has been fired.

More here.

Unfortunately, the liberal rip-off of the taxpayers will continue at NPR.

The background on this story is

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"

Coming up this weekend on This Just In….

Tonight, our regular Friday night music feature returns, a soft, smooth segue into Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, it’s The Barking Lot,  a very popular blog all about dogs!

Plus Week-ends, our week in review.

Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Photos of the Week, Recommedned Reading and Culinary no-no.

But also this weekend, on Saturday morning, the ELVIS EDITION OF WEEK-ENDS. Elvis would have been 76 on Saturday.

The following tune published in 1945 was done by:

Bing Crosby

Gene Autry

Floyd Cramer

ank Williams

Bob Hope

erry Lee Lewis

Ricky Nelson

Willie Nelson

Jim Reeves

Riders in the Sky

Tex Ritter

Marty Robbins

Kenny Rogers

The Sons of the Pioneers

Ringo Starr  

Bobby Vinton

Rod Stewart

But nobody did it like Elvis.

Enjoy this amazing vocal with super accompaniment by the Jordanaires.

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Charlie Weis vs. Bo Pelini

Discussed today as I filled in on Newstalk 1130 WISN....

Two college football coaches. Each made a promise.

First, Charlie Weis.....

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Goodnight everyone and have a weekend fit for the King!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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


Music from a legend. He wasn't the pioneer of rock and roll, but he was it's king.

On Saturday, Elvis Presley would have been 76 years old.

His legend lives on.

Even in a predominantly negative article this week, Jim Fusilli wrote about a boxed set of every Presley recording ever made:

"Handsomely packaged, 'The Complete Elvis Presley Masters' (RCA/Legacy) includes 814 tracks on 30 CDs and a 240-page hardcover book with an annotated discography, art from every original single and album, and a lengthy essay by Peter Guralnick, author of two definitive Presley biographies. Priced at $749, the first edition was limited to 1,000 numbered copies and sold out well before its Oct. 19, 2010 release date. A second edition is on sale now and will be shipped later this month."

I guess now matter how the critics howl, Elvis is still more than relevant.

What a voice Elvis possessed.

But for 80 per cent of his time in the studio, he knew how to use that voice to most telling effect. So he rarely over-sings when recording, delivering a vocal to suit the song. So he can rasp and rage for Jailhouse Rock, loudly accuse in 'Hound Dog', bare his soul and beg on 'Any Day Now' and sound quietly, sadly, worldly wise on 'Funny How Time Slips Away'. 'Return To Sender' is a superb example of a vocal tightrope walk beyond the powers of many of today's singers.......This gift may explain why his music endures so powerfully and why his performances remain so easy to hear."
Paul Simpson

OK.OK. Not a great movie. But listen. Listen to the vocal. From "Tickle Me" with Jocelyn Lane...


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The Barking Lot (01/08/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Flurries.High of 23..  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 24.  "F"  Here are some winter dog-walking tips.

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


Jennifer has graciously allowed me to step in as her guest blogger this week so I can publish an article I talked about while filling in for Mark Belling Friday on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

According to Charing Ball, a black woman who owns a dog, if you are:


Own a dog

Pamper your dog

Are disgusted by what Michael Vick did in the past to dogs

Are a Packer fan

Are rooting against Vick this Sunday

Then by golly, you just have to be racist. The key sentence to her recent column in the Atlanta Post and she’s talking about white folks, everybody:

The reality is that this phony outrage over Vick’s past treatment of dogs has little to do with the crime that he had been convicted of but more likely a reflection of the deep-seeded racial prejudice of black men with money.”  

This is the most incredible play of the race card I have ever witnessed. Ball even claims that dogs during World War II were racist.

I don’t think even Eugene Kane of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who sees racism behind every corner would make this ridiculous claim.

Ball’s column ruins any credibility for the all-too-often-used race card.

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

Speaking of Michael Vick, this writer says applaud one of his victims.

And how about President Obama making the right call.

Owner possibly killed
by her own dog.

Delta loses a dog, the dog dies.

Dog feces lead to shootout.

Breeding killers?

Hitler was dogged by a dog.

Dogs suffer from war stress, too.

A dog's life is more valuable than a deer's.

The police bring out special dogs during traffic stops. Guess what? Those dogs? They're usually wrong.

School will give boy's dog a tryout.

Sorry, but this dog is probably smarter than your dog.

Dog survives an ordeal on the expressway.

"Here's a dog story you won't want to read to the kids."

We're a bit late on this one but, want to stop holiday thieves and break-ins? Get a dog.

Therapists now use canine assistants.

Group delivers dog houses
to those in need.

Do we over-rate dog companionship?

Best animal book of 2010?

That's it for this week. We close with our closing video, a dog surviving heavy traffic in Philly. Take a look.

And I'll add this, sent from a loyal reader:


The ELVIS edition of Week-ends (01/08/11)


The following is a special edition of my regular feature, Week-ends. Today, Elvis Presley would have been 76 years old.


The fans around the world who keep Elvis’ music, films, legacy, and spirit alive.


Those who needlessly and cruelly feel the desire to constantly make heartless jokes about this great performer. And the idiots who insist that Elvis is still alive.


“I don’t sound like nobody.”
Elvis, to Sun records secretary Marion Keisker when she asked him who he sounded like.

Elvis was told to return to being a truck driver.
Grand Ole Opry manager Jim Denny after Elvis performed in 1954 for the first and only time at the Opry. Elvis swore he’d never go back. Years later, Garth Brooks commented in a television interview that one of the greatest thrills of playing the Opry was that he got to play on the same stage Elvis had.

 “Rockin’ on music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t stand still. I’ve tried it and I just can’t do it.”
Elvis, on Elvis.

”His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.”
Frank Sinatra, in Elvis’ early days. The two would later become good friends.

”I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy."
Ed Sullivan to Elvis during one of Elvis’ appearances on Sullivan’s popular Sunday night variety show.

Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps."
Rod Stewart.

A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood.”
Producer Hal Wallis.

”A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man's music, when in fact almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.”
Jackie Wilson

”There have been a lot of tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.”
Bruce Springsteen 

”When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.”
Bob Dylan

”Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution… the 60's comes from it.”
Leonard Bernstein

”There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis' talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man.”
Frank Sinatra

”Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense. And he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of this country.”
President Jimmy Carter after Elvis’ death

Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
John Lennon

”If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."
Johnny Carson

Elvis taught white America to get down.”
James Brown

”We’ll never know what an old Elvis Presley would have been like. He’ll just always be the King.”
Pat Boone

”When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie .So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times. These gentlemen over there, these are the type who care, are dedicated. You realize if it´s not possible that they might be building the kingdom, it´s not far-fetched from reality. I´d like to say that I learned very early in life that:

'Without a song the day would never end

Without a song a man ain´t got a friend

Without a song the road would never bend

Without a song...'

So I keep singing a song.Good night.
Thank you.”
Elvis in his acceptance speech in 1971 for being one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the national Junior Chambers of Commerce (the Jaycees).


The Wall Street Journal dares to ask, "Does Elvis Presley still matter?"


Elvis’ lavish gifts are legendary. He thought nothing of giving cars, motorcycles, jewelry, cash, even houses to close friends or people he just met for the first time.He kept his many charitable donations very private, true acts of kindness rarely reported.From

”Each year, for many years, Elvis gave $1,000 or more to each of fifty Memphis-area charities, but also continually made many other charitable donations in Memphis and around the country.Most of Elvis’ philanthropic endeavors received no publicity at all. Throughout his adult life, for friends, for family, and for total strangers, he quietly paid hospital bills, bought homes, supported families, paid off debts, and much more.

Elvis' legacy of generosity continues through the work of the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, which is the philanthropic branch of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and the creator of the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Memphis. The tradition of giving also continues through the work of the Elvis fan clubs worldwide, most of which are heavily involved in charitable endeavors in Elvis' memory. "

There were other monumental examples of Elvis’ kindness, again, from

”In 1961, Elvis gave a benefit concert at Bloch Arena in Hawaii that raised over $65,000 toward the building of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The resulting publicity gave new life to the fund-raising effort, which had, by then, lost its momentum. The memorial opened a year later.

Audience tickets for his 1973 Aloha from Hawaii television special and its pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no price, as each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could. The performances and concert merchandise sales were a benefit raising $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.”


Elvis impersonators. Just too damn many, and not enough who are any good. I can count on less than one hand the Elvis impersonators I have liked. The rest of them do more harm than good to the Elvis legacy, some intentionally.


Elvis shooting out his TV’s? Elvis stopping his limo on a busy street in Madison to break up a fight at a gas station and then signing autographs? How about when Elvis, without an invitation, got into the White House in late 1970 and met with President Nixon.

The fact that he pulled it off is one thing. He had Nixon scrambling around, fumbling through an Oval Office desk trying to find mementoes for his entourage. When the President did, Elvis looked at Nixon and said, “You know, sir, these men have wives.” The President responded, “Of course, let’s see what we can find for the ladies.”Here’s what is really strange about this often-told story. As famous as that encounter was, Jerry Schilling, who was also at that meeting, writes in his book, “Me and a Guy Named Elvis”:

”I found it a little curious that our recent trip to the White House hand managed to stay secret. …...The biggest summit meeting between the worlds of politics and rock and roll wouldn’t be reported on at all until it turned up in a Washington Post column almost a full year after it happened.”

That, of course, would never happen in today’s world of breaking news, cable news services, and the Internet.


Week-ends (01/08/11)


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


Phoenix Jones

Buffalo cab driver

Tyler Hudson



"The Punishers"

Mayfair Mall idiots

Las Vegas police

Matthew Seifert and Ryan Smith

NBC's Today Show


Doritos and Pepsi


"We have an ambitious goal:  250,000 new jobs by 2015.  I know we can do it because we did it a generation ago. In January of 1987, Governor Tommy Thompson declared in this rotunda that ‘our highest priority will be jobs: more jobs, better jobs, and most importantly secure jobs for Wisconsin workers.’  By the end of his first term, the people of our state had created 258,000 jobs. Our message is simple.  Act swiftly.  Act decisively.  And pass our jobs plan by the end of February.  Let us get Wisconsin working again!

Let me be clear on one thing:  Increasing taxes is off the table - as it will counter our efforts to provide economic growth.  Instead, we will make tough, but compassionate decisions to balance the next state budget in a way that will get Wisconsin working again.  Under our administration, state government will do only what is necessary – no more, no less."
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during his inauguration speech.

“The American people love government, but they don’t like too much politics in government."
Harry Reid

The TSA was "never intended to be an army of 67,000 employees. If you look at [the TSA's] performance, have they ever stopped a terrorist? Anyone can get through. We've been very lucky, very fortunate. TSA should focus on its mission: setting up the protocol, adapting to the changing threats and gathering intelligence."
Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), the incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has written to 200 of the nation's largest airports, urging them to consider switching to private companies.

“In another auspicious omen for 2011 Wednesday will mark the first time since 1947 that a member of the Kennedy family has not held federal office. Washington DC without a Kennedy? Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment."
Blogger Wyblog


Boy whose treatment was delayed by snow dies.


Report: many accusations of abuse against Catholic priests are "entirely false."


John Boehner cries.


is not my way of spending the month of January.

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. 

Elvis didn't care for John Lennon

Neither did his good friend, Tom Jones.

Chris Hutchins provides plenty of behind the scenes details.

The COOLEST birthday cake ever!

At Graceland at Elvis Presley's 76th birthday party....

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Predictably, it didn't take the hateful left very long

You knew it would happen.

Wacko lefties just couldn't wait to blame conservatives for the shocking shootings that took place in Tucson today.

Of course it's not the shooter's fault. Just ask Communist Jane Fonda.

History dictates the Packers need to avoid OT Sunday

As I discussed on Newstalk 1130 WISN while filling in for Mark Belling Friday, four of the Packers’ last six playoff games have gone into overtime.

January 4, 2011

In an NFC wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for the game winning touchdown 4:25 in overtime, making this the first playoff game ever to be won in overtime with a defensive touchdown. The game is most remembered for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's ironic comment after winning the coin toss for the start of overtime. He announced  to the to the crowd at Lambeau Field and the national television audience, "We want the ball, and we're going to score."

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Rosie O'Donnell and Canadian health care

My Most Popular Blogs (01/09/11)

Most popular

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


2) Photos of the Week (01/02/11)

3) What does a smoking ban cost?

4) Was Bucky classless in defeat?
5) TIE
    The Barking Lot (01/08/11) 

    Charlie Weis vs. Bo Pelini

Photos of the Week (01/09/11)

Photos of the Week

In this Nov. 7, 2006 photo, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) celebrates a close election win in Tucson, Ariz. Authorities say that Giffords was shot in the head on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 while meeting with constituents in her district on the northwest side of Tucson at a public event entitled "Congress on your Corner" when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery. According to, nineteen people were shot, including members of Giffords' staff, and six are dead, including one young child and John M. Roll, the chief judge for the United States District Court for Arizona. One suspect is in custody. Giffords is described as being in "very critical condition" after undergoing surgery at University Medical Center in Tucson. (David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reenacts the swearing-in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Emergency personnel attend to a shooting victim outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others were shot as the congresswoman was meeting with constituents. (AP Photo/James Palka)

A victim of the shooting is wheeled to a waiting helicopter outside the shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others were shot as the congresswoman was meeting with constituents on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/James Palka)

Investigators remove a blood-stained sheet from a body after a gunman targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) opened fire outside a Safeway in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died and thirteen were wounded, including Giffords. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz. The Arizona Daily Star, a festival sponsor, confirmed from their records that the subject's address matches one under investigation by police after a shooting in Tucson that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded along with 18 others. Six people are known dead, according to Police say a suspect is in custody, and he was identified by people familiar with the investigation as Jared Loughner, 22, of Tucson. (Arizona Daily Star/Mamta Popat via AP)

A woman drops flowers in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Giffords was shot in the head during a constituent meeting in her Arizona district Saturday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

People leave flowers and candles outside the Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event entitled "Congress on your Corner" when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. It was reported that nineteen people were shot, including members of Giffords' staff, and six are dead, including one young child. One suspect is in custody. (Laura Segall/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama talks in the hallway outside the Situation Room of the White House with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-AZ) and others on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (Pete Souza/The White House via AP)

A photo of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll sits in the middle of a candle-light memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, at the State Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Roll was one of six people killed and 13 injured, including Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords, D-Arizona, in gunfire at a town hall meeting outside at Safeway grocery in Tucson earlier in the day. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


A statue of George Washington stands in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 3, 2010. President Barack Obama and Democrats were preparing to confront a strengthened Republican opposition to tax, spending and immigration priorities when the 112th session of Congress convened this week after Democrats lost control of the House during midterm elections. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg


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Recommended Reading (01/09/11)

Recommended reading

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

White Flight

The new data show that white voters not only strongly preferred Republican House and Senate candidates but also registered deep disappointment with President Obama’s performance, hostility toward the cornerstones of the current Democratic agenda, and widespread skepticism about the expansive role for Washington embedded in the party’s priorities. On each of those questions, minority voters expressed almost exactly the opposite view from whites."

Two Californias

"The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption."

Are we still the home of the brave?

Sadly, this risk-averse/avoid-pain mindset is overtaking America. Anything that entails risk is to be avoided and, when possible, banned.”

The ten most under-reported stories of 2010

"You won’t see the stories below in the pages of the NYT or on the screens of NBC. You won’t hear them discussed at the water cooler. They’re the stories that show without any doubt the cards held by those who wish to enslave the masses to the god of government. A theocracy, to be sure, but one that holds up the state above all else. These stories are what progressives are trying desperately to erase from the annals of history, an effort that the new penny press, new media, refuses to allow."

Top Ten Political Lies of 2010

Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 political lies of 2010.

1. Ninety-five percent of 'working families' received a tax cut.”

While teachers are laid off, fortunes spent on….

“Teachers have been getting laid off right and left in Florida's Broward School District. Despite all the taxes, the money just isn't there to pay them. This gives an idea of where it went.”

MTV abortion special: Happy for the kill

"Now we get to 'No Easy Decision,' which follows one of the teen moms from '16 and Pregnant.' Markai finds out eight months after having her daughter that she is pregnant again and decides this time to abort.

Announcing the special, Entertainment Weekly wrote, 'MTV sources say the documentary will tackle all sides of the issue. ...'

So I expected the pro-life position to be fairly represented alongside the pro-abortion position - by educating on the documented harm of abortion to women, describing fetal development at the age of the baby being aborted and offering a counseling session at a pregnancy care center as well as an abortion clinic. I was resigned that Markai would move ahead with her abortion but thought her decision would be fully informed.

None of this came to pass.

Listecki: Bankruptcy "doesn't mean we are going out of business"

During all Catholic Masses this weekend, church-goers heard a recorded message from Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki discussing news this week that the Archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy.

Listecki offered his "profound and sincere apology" to victims of clergy abuse, calling the actions of the perpetrators "sinful, criminal and deplorable."

The archbishop said the bankruptcy process could take 12-18 months.

Click here to hear the entire address.


Remember last year's Super Bowl?

Watch #22 of the New Orleans Saints, Tracy Porter.


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Yes, lefties, let's tone down the rhetoric

The hateful left is attempting to blame conservatives, specifically Sarah Palin for the Arizona shootings Saturday. Their outrageous claim is that the right has engaged in rhetoric that could instigate violence

Of course, the left never uses such volatile language.

A comment left on the web site Big Government:

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

Oh, there's plenty more.

Intern saves Gabrielle Giffords' life

I like to tell interns at the state Capitol in Madison that they're not "just" interns.

Read this from the Arizona Republic.

Here's another hero.

Culinary no-no #201

Culinary no-no's

Doggone it, Joe Bartolotta!


How could you do this to me?

Oh, oh.

Uhh, Kev.

The subject of one of your famous Culinary no-no entries is….

Joe Bartolotta?

The architect of the nearly perfect Bartolotta Restaurant Group?

Don’t you belong to the Bartolotta Preferred Card program?

Didn’t the Bartolottas perform utter magic catering your wedding at the Boerner Botanical Gardens?

Isn’t it true that you’ve never had a bad meal at the many Bartolotta restaurants you've dined at?

And you‘re about to identify the Bartolottas as a……GASP……culinary no-no?



But you know how Culinary no-no works.

I will explain.

Be patient.

Stay with me, please.

Here's the deal.

I love veal.

I don't care what PETA or any animal rights activist says.





And you can easily find and order veal.

Veal parmigiana...

Veal Marsala....

Veal piccata....

Veal cutlet.....


Love 'em all.

Not my first choices, though.

How about osso bucco?

Picture of Osso Buco Recipe

Can't find it everywhere.

My favorite Franklin restaurant, Casa di Giorgio will have it throughout the winter and it's exceptional.

They also do a great veal chop.

A veal chop is a marvelous thing.

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Torture for MU?

Tonight at the Bradley Center:


The sports section is the best at the Journal Sentinel, but I had to chuckle at this whine from Todd Rosiak about Marquette's tough stretch ahead in their schedule. The accompanying headline called it "torturous."

"The short turnaround MU faces between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame -- it plays the Panthers at 1 p.m. Saturday and then hosts the Irish at 6 p.m. on ESPN2's 'Big Monday' -- will prove to be especially challenging if Dwight Buycks continues to be hobbled with the thigh contusion that limited him to just 11 minutes in Wednesday's win at Rutgers."

For the record, Notre Dame played at home Saturday night and now has to travel to play on the road  tonight. Their turnaround, though not "torturous," was indeed shorter than Marquette's.

There should be no complaining about the schedule in the Big East, the toughest conference in the land. Every team will have its "torturous" times.

Regardless of the "short turnaround" for BOTH teams, I expect the usual MU-ND dogfight.

Rush to blame hurts liberals

William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor, Cornell Law School writes at Legal Insurrection that the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords isn’t the first time liberals have falsely accused the right.

Jacobson sees two “sicknesses” in this story:

1) The sickness inside the shooter’s head

2) The swift reaction of liberal to blame Sarah Palin and right-wing “vitriol.”

Within minutes of the shooting being made known, two of the highest profile left-wing bloggers, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, pulled out a 10-month-old electoral map used at a Sarah Palin website showing almost two dozen congressional districts being targeted, including Giffords' district.  The map was similar to one used by the Democratic Leadership Committee to target Republicans in the prior election cycle, and as Howard Kurtz points out, simply typical of campaign rhetoric using military-themed language.

Yet not a single person pushing the blame-Palin line has offered a shred of evidence that Loughner ever saw Palin's electoral map, was motivated by it, was right-wing (anectodally it appears Loughner was quite left-wing as of a few years ago), was motivated by right-wing radio, or did any of the things being assumed by the left-blogosphere, the mainstream media and some Democratic politicians.

Not a shred of evidence connecting Loughner to Palin, the Tea Parties, or the right wing, yet the left-blogosphere, mainstream media and Democratic politicians have erupted into a frenzy of name-calling directed at Palin and those who oppose Obama's agenda.

Jacobson adds:

“Congresswoman Giffords took part in the reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House last week, an event which was denounced by the left-blogosphere and some Democrats as a stunt and a reflection of a fetish.”

Byron York
writes in the Washington Examiner, “Journalists urged caution after Ft.Hood, now race to blame Palin after Arizona shootings.”

Karol Markowicz asserts, “It was truly frightening how the mob mentality took over. On Twitter, Facebook and blogs everywhere, Palin-haters delighted in blaming this tragedy on the woman they despised. It brought out the worst in the political left. While people lay dying they pushed this story with hateful glee. They didn't seem to notice, as they complained about ‘rhetoric,’ that their own rhetoric had taken a turn for the crazy.”

And Paul Joseph Watson weighs in:

“Despite the fact that Jared Lee Loughner was a psychotic loner with ‘left-wing’ beliefs according to those who knew him, the establishment has hastily exploited (Saturday's) tragic shooting in Tucson to demonize conservatives, libertarians and gun owners while ordering Americans to ‘tone down the rhetoric,’ which is nothing more than a euphemism for stifling dissent and coercing people to roll over on Obamacare, bailouts and whatever big government is preparing to unleash next.

ake no bones about it – 'tone down the rhetoric' means stifling dissent, it can have no other possible meaning. Because a lunatic decided to kill others in a bid to give his worthless life some meaning, Americans are being ordered to shut their mouths about Obamacare, endless bailouts, and the fact that their political representatives in Washington (with some notable exceptions) have ceased to represent their interests."

In their rush to shamefully gain political points from a tragedy, the left has once again seriously damaged its credibility.



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The warm, fuzzy left wants to clamp down on right-wing speech

Oh, really?

From Charlie Sykes' blog:



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Let's move ASAP on photo ID

The following has been issued by the Wisconsin Prosperity Network and Wisconsin Prosperity Coalition:




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The horrible man in Tucson who did an incredibly evil thing

By guest blogger Paula Sobczyk Haberman of New Berlin

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How MSNBC's Chris Matthews Handled Tucson Shooting vs. Ft. Hood Shooting

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Local hateful lefty blogger so wanted the Tucson murderer to be a Republican

That local hateful lefty blogger would be Chris Liebenthal, pictured below:


But WTMJ's Charlie Sykes caught Liebenthal in a "botched smear."

When you are filled with deceit and hate like Liebenthal, facts mean absolutely nothing.

Read Sykes' blog. The comments are especially worthwhile.

UPDATE: More examples of the hateful left....

Never let a good carnage go to waste

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Good for you, Miss Delaware!

And best of luck!

A media guide for the journalistically challenged

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TO: Illinois Democrats FR: Scott Walker--Orchids and champagne

By golly, every once in awhile, a daily newspaper editorial board in America gets it.

Legislative Democrats in Illinois had pondered a 75% increase in the state income tax. They pared it down to a still obscene and crazy 66%.

Wisconsin Governor Walker immediately threw out the welcome mat to Illinois business, an announcement that didn’t get past the editorial writers at the Chicago Tribune:

“Those Illinois Democrats have, for two do-little years, dodged a choice: Reduce spending, raise taxes, or enact some mix of the two. Cutting overhead would offend their friends in the public employee unions and other pet constituencies. Ask retired state workers to pay something for their health care? Cap employee pensions? Perish the thought.

So — get this — not only are they raising taxes to avoid budget cuts, they're including a provision to let their spending continue to rise — year after year.

Find us an employer, or a potential employer, who doesn't awaken Wednesday thinking, ‘They spent and borrowed Illinois into penury, they refused to cut spending as I have, and now my workers and I are supposed to pay for all that?’"

Good stuff.


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Go ahead WI liberals, make my day

Consider the current political atmosphere and climate in Wisconsin.

We have a conservative Republican governor.

The state Senate is controlled, and how, by Republicans.

The state Assembly is controlled, and how, by Republicans.

Jim Doyle, the man who vetoed photo ID legislation three times? GONE!

Jim Doyle, who vetoed legislation to give free photo IDs to those who could not afford? GONE!

The vast majority of Wisconsin residents, and that includes a big chunk of Democrats, support a photo ID requirement to vote.

Republicans are poised (and not soon enough for me and many, many others) to approve photo ID legislation. Governor Walker will sign it.

Even though many, many Wisconsinites that consider themselves Democrats support photo ID, the problem is that Democrats in control of state matters the past several years have always stood in the way against the wishes of the majority of the citizenry.

Now that there is nothing stopping photo ID, what does one liberal group suggest as their trump card to fight this common sense approach and in the process support voter fraud because one party reaps the benefits? Court action. We’ll sue.

My reaction? Fine. Bring it on because you’ll get your hat handed to you.

Indiana is reported to have one of the nation’s most stringent voter ID laws on the books. To vote in the Hoosier State, proof of identification is required. ID must be issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government and must show the name and photo of the individual.

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NPR Latino feels "relief" Tucson killer was a "gringo"

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Local woman tells Wash. Post: "Liberal media has no shame, no common decency or moral compass"

Harold Meyerson writes an op-ed piece in the Washington Post ripping the rhetoric of the right, using quotes made by radio /TV talk show host Glenn Beck and RedState blog editor Erick Erickson. Then Meyerson generalizes:

“The primary problem with the political discourse of the right in today's America isn't that it incites violence per se. It's that it implants and reinforces paranoid fears about the government and conservatism's domestic adversaries.

Much of the culture and thinking of the American right - the mainstream as well as the fringe - has descended into paranoid suppositions about the government, the Democrats and the president. This is not to say that the left wing doesn't have a paranoid fringe, too. But by every available measure, it's the right where conspiracy theories have exploded.

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Goodnight everyone and have a superhero 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, radio meets superhero meets TV meets classical music meets the big screen.

We’ve never done this before on our Friday night music feature….open with a movie trailer.

This weekend, in theaters across America, the premiere of The Green Hornet.

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Democracy as Christina imagined it

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President Obama calls for civil discourse and how do liberals respond?

Take a guess.

The Barking Lot (01/15/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  You'll wake up to some fresh snow. Mostly cloudy skies. High of 23.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of 18. "F"

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

I have written several Barking Lot blogs about ways to indulge your pet, including custom clothing and “spa” experiences.  To a large extent I don’t have a problem with pampering your pooch.  I feel that if you have the disposable income, even in this rotten economy, you should spend it on things that you enjoy.  I have mentioned many times that our pets got presents on their birthdays and at Christmas.  Clearly I am a proponent of spoiling our four-legged friends.  (Let it be known, however, their sweaters were “off the rack” and their treats were of the Milk Bone brand.)

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Week-ends (01/15/11)


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


Daniel Hernandez

Joe Zamudio and Bill Badger

MORE about the Arizona heroes

Dory Stoddard

Augustin Zamora and Scooby

Reynaldo Dagsa

Ryan Lamantia

1 out of 5 people reading this blog


Jared Loughner

Clarence Dupnik

Linda Lopez

James Clyburn

Luis Munuzuri-Harris

Dylan Sorvino

Illinois pols

Pierre-Alain Nemitz

Celine Hervieux-Payette


"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of the state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectably exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election."
Sarah Palin

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
Sarah Palin

I challenge Chris Matthews, I'll put $100,000 on the table, to find any example where Sarah Palin has promoted the murder of anybody.”
Mark Levin

"It's a real tragedy, but it's also a real opportunity.”
Mark McKinnon, co-founder of No Labels, a nonpartisan group founded last month.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, (it did not), but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.”
President Obama

"Years ago Wisconsin had a tourism advertising campaign targeted to Illinois with the motto, `Escape to Wisconsin,’ Today we renew that call to Illinois businesses, `Escape to Wisconsin.' You are welcome here.
Our talented work force stands ready to help you grow and prosper."
Governor Scott Walker after Illinois increased its income taxes by 66%.

"It's like living next door to `The Simpsons' — you know, the dysfunctional family down the block.”
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels referring to the Illinois tax increases.

The Illinois tax increase is "the nuclear bomb of jobs bills."
Illinois state Sen. Dan Duffy, a Republican.


Jared Loughner and the subsequent attempt by liberals to exploit the Tucson tragedy for political gain.


Was Jared Loughner inspired by the entertainment industry?


Conservative speech kills.


The Linty Last Supper

Re-living “A Christmas Story”

Life without left turns?

A day in the life of a liberal

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My Most Popular Blogs (01/16/11)

Most popular

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

1The horrible man in Tucson who did an incredibly evil thing  

2) Photos of the Week (01/09/11)

3) Local woman tells Wash Post: “Liberal media has no shame”

4) Culinary no-no #201  
5) Go ahead WI liberals, make my day

Photos of the Week (01/16/11)

Photos of the Week

Nine-month-old Arabella Sebero attends her first Packer fans rally at the Hudson Grille in Atlanta, which brought in 300 pounds of Johnsonville brats and a few cases of Sorrento cheese. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.

A long-time fan attends the Packer fans rally before Saturday night's Packers-Falcons playoff game.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.

Young Packer fans get in the spirit of things at the fan rally. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.

Jordy Nelson stretches for the pylon and the Packers' first touchdown against Atlanta Saturday night. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

John Kuhn works his way into the end zone against Atlanta's Curtis Lofton. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Tramon Williams reels in his first interception on a pass intended for Atlanta's Michael Jenkins in the end zone. Williams had two interceptions in the first half, including one for a touchdown. Milwaukee Journal sentinel photo: Benny Sieu

Daryn Colledge and T.J.Lang celebrate after the 48-21 win with a "bump." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu


Tight end Tom Crabtree gets past Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel to score a touchdown and give the Packers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter of their playoff game last weekend. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman

Wide receiver James Jones spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown, giving the Packers a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  photo: Tom Lynn


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Recommended Reading (01/16/11)

Recommended reading

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

Liberals seek a ban on metaphors in wake of Arizona shooting

“Every time liberals produce an example of military lingo from a Republican – ‘we're going to target this district’ -- Republicans produce five more from the Democrats.

President ‘whose asses to kick’ Obama predicted ‘hand-to-hand combat’ with his political opponents and has made such remarks as ‘if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun’ -- making Obama the first American president to advocate gun fights since Andrew Jackson.

These are figures of speech known as ‘metaphors.’ (Do liberals know where we got the word ‘campaign’?)

By blaming a mass killing on figures of speech, liberals sound as crazy as Loughner with his complaints about people's grammar. Maybe in lieu of dropping all metaphors, liberals should demand we ban metonyms so that tragedies like this will never happen again.”

The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010

The Tucson massacre ghouls who are now trying to criminalize conservatism have forced our hand. They want to play tu quo que in the middle of a national tragedy? They asked for it. They got it.”

The hateful left

"‘The Left’s sudden talk about incendiary political rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shooting isn’t really about political rhetoric at all. It’s about the real-world failure of leftist policies everywhere—the bankrupting of nations and states by greedy unions and unfundable social programs, the destruction of inner cities by identity politics, and the appeasement of Muslim extremists in the face of worldwide jihad, not to mention the frequently fatal effects of delirious environmentalism.”

Jared Loughner was a Tea Partier (and I'm am Atheist River Dancer Who Hates Hunting)

"I bet you Lefties in D.C. and in the Blame Stream Media really sucked at playing connect the dots in first grade, didn’t you?"

The 11 most ludricous free passes given to the Obamas

“What burns conservatives most of all is the refusal of the journalistic community to do its job where Obama is involved. Historically, the American press tends to be hard on a sitting president and the American people expect it. This keeps everybody honest. Never have we witnessed the media so willing to forgo its purpose for the advancement of one man”

Let’s break out the chainsaws

I want to give Speaker John Boehner the benefit of the doubt. Really, I do. But it's hard when he fumbles the gimmes like he did in an interview with Brian Williams of NBC News.

Dude. You're on national television and you can't name one useless government program? Tell me again why we elected you Speaker?

I'm no career politician but I can come up with 5 things to cut without breaking a sweat.”

Eek! A male!

Last week, the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, noticed smoke coming out of a minivan in his hometown of Worcester. He raced over and pulled out two small children, moments before the van's tire exploded into flames. At which point, according to the AP account, the kids' grandmother, who had been driving, nearly punched our hero in the face.


Mr. Murray said she told him she thought he might be a kidnapper.”

The liberal MJS just got more liberal

In today’s Crossroads section of the daily liberal paper, Ricardo Pimentel insists he was not fired as the Journal Sentinel’s editorial page editor.  Pimentel probably felt the need to clarify because the buzz is that he was told to relinquish that duty.


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A snow job on MLK Day? I don't think so

Kids in Charlotte, North Carolina public schools were supposed to have Monday off. After all, it’s Martin Luther King Day.

However, the school district has decided to use Monday as a snow make-up day. No day off. Classes will be held.

Needless to say, the local chapter of the NAACP is upset with the decision. Its president is urging parents to keep their children home from school where they would, what, watch TV and play video games all day?

The mayor of Charlotte disagrees, contending the youngsters need to be in class. Good for him.

Martin Luther King wrote and said the following in 1947:

Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.”

To be educated, one must actually be in school, and on Monday, students have the opportunity to discuss and learn about King and his legacy. Many distractions from a day off prevent that from occurring.

February is Black History Month, providing ample time to reflect about King. Charlotte students won’t suffer if they’re at school Monday instead of fiddling on their home computers or running through the malls.

Culinary no-no #202

Culinary no-no's

Every week, I have the pleasure of appearing on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television. Here's a shot of the entire cast.


You'll recognize the gent in the middle with the brown coat.

He's not only the host of our program, he's the executive producer.

“Oh my God, Ethel! Come quick, I’m telling you! That no good Fischer is at it again!”

”Good grief, Herman, please calm down.”

"I can’t calm down. I’m reading This Just In!”

“You know what the doctor told you, that you shouldn’t read those blogs so much. The stress, Herman…”

“You don’t understand, Ethel! He’s so vitri, in vitro….”


“Yeh, yeh, what you said. For instance there, last week on his food deal, he goes after that nice Italian restaurant guy…”

“Joe Bartolotta?"

Yeh, yeh, Joe Bartolotta. Now you know what he’s gonna do this week? That crumb bum is actually gonna rip on his own friend on that TV show that gets me all hyped up, you know, what do you call him, Davy Jones.”

"You mean Dan Jones."

"Whatever! Will you get over here and read!”

My friend, Dan Jones isn’t much for steak, though he does partake from time to time.

Looks good, doesn’t it?

Not good enough for Dan.

Too pink.

Try again.

Much better, right?


Dan, and I'm sure he doesn't mind me relating this, prefers his beef well-done, the kind restaurants claim they're not responsible for. He fully understands restaurants are sheepish about serving over-charred meat. But he likes his occasional steak well-done and nicely and respectfully informs the wait staff that he does want to see any pink whatsoever.

Despite his courteous instructions, Dan says sure as cattle are kings in Texas, the steak is brought to the table done medium. He sends it back, usually twice and sometimes three times.

That brings us to the no-no.

We’ve all seen it or done it: a meal that doesn’t quite measure up is sent back to the kitchen. Seems the right move to make. Or is it?

Food writer for the LA Times, Jonathan Gold was asked when it’s appropriate to request an inferior plate be replaced. Gold’s response?

I tend not to send food back to the kitchen -- it's an occupational hazard.”

Gold adds:

“Sending food back rarely has a happy outcome.”

After reading Gold’s explanations, I tend to agree.

As for my good friend from Channel 10, please, please develop a taste for medium steaks.

”There, you see, Herman. Kevin wasn't criticizing Dan Jones. You misjudged him again.”

"Just stifle, will ya!"


It's so reassuring to know our customs officials are working hard to keep this dangerous contraband from entering our country.


Yes, yes, I do believe most people know cinnamon rolls are fattening. 

Should there be a warning label for stupid?

A whole new Zodiac has people thinking

Nate Beeler

NPR: Shootings didn't happen when Cronkite read the news

Over the weekend, NPR’s Scott Simon made the incredibly strange claim that violent shootings in America didn’t happen when Walter Cronkite was a nightly guest in our country’s living rooms.

Apparently Simon forgot about JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

Newsbusters has the complete story.

More lunacy from the left.....

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E-mails, I get e-mails: My dog

From one of the thousands and thousands of faithful readers:

It just hit me, 

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. 

She has her food prepared for her.  

he can eat whenever she wants, 24/7/365. 

Her meals are provided at no cost to her. 

She visits the doctor once a year for her checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise. 

For this she pays nothing, and  nothing is required of her. 

She lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than she needs, but she is not required to do any upkeep. 

If she makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.

She has her choice of luxurious places to sleep.

She receives these accommodations absolutely free.

She is living like a queen, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.

All of her costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living everyday.

I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head, 

My dog is a Democrat!!!!

Lee Holloway is coming to Franklin! Whoopee

So, acting Milwaukee County Executive and slum landlord extraordinaire Lee Holloway is coming to Franklin to appear at our Common Council meeting.

BIG YAWNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Franklin Common Council President Steve Taylor gleefully announced he invited Holloway to speak at Tuesday’s Franklin Common Council meeting.

And we’re supposed to be thrilled?

We’re supposed to be excited?

We’re supposed to be impressed?

We’re supposed to be grateful?

How does this invitation help the citizenry of Franklin? I'm not sure Holloway cares all that much, if at all about our suburb. 

Here are some reminders about Holloway:

Holloway’s guard arrested in tenant spat

Lee Holloway: Thug

Lee Holloway has a temper

And this is the guy we roll out the city’s red carpet to?

Seems only fair that all the other County Executive candidates should also be invited to speak to the Common Council, not just the most flawed candidate in the race.

Yet another great judgment call by our Common Council President, full time mayor-wanna be Steve Taylor.

UPDATE: Ummm, neighbors of mine......

In mid-November of 2010 I posted this blog.

It is now two months later.

You guessed it.

There are still a few homes in my neighborhood with bagged up Yellow Pages on the front lawn, now submerged in snow.

Come the April thaw, they'll still be there.

I repeat: How lazy can you be?

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Liberal rhetroic aimed at causing violence

Great column by the master of lists, John Hawkins:

5 Pieces Of Common Liberal Rhetoric Designed To Incite Violence

Liberals commonly say things that, if they really believe the words that are coming out of their mouths, would lead to political violence.”

Racine sheriff refuses to follow new law

This was bound to happen.

One of the bad bills to come out of the previous legislative session in Madison that was controlled completely by Democrats is the requirement that law enforcement officers collect all kinds of racial data at every traffic stop. The law went into effect January 1, 2001. A source at the Milwaukee Police Department tells me it’s costing the department $100,000 to comply.

The Racine County Sheriff is refusing to follow the law and he has a great point.
Christopher Schmaling says his officers are distracted from their vital function of public safety by a new time consuming 30-question form

Republicans could and should repeal this law.

Meanwhile, the NAACP is upset with Schmaling.

Walker Turns Up Jobs Border War with New Signs

Walker Turns Up Jobs Border War with New Signs

MacIver News Service | January 17, 2011

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Want to enter America illegally?

Won't take you long.

Jim Doyle did it, but in Iowa, it's an art form

In the state of Iowa, money gets shuffled around and around and around like a deck of playing cards.

Iowa’s governor has an amazing power, the authority to transfer state budget money however he/she wants whenever the state Legislature is not in session. Only the governors in Alabama and Michigan have more far-reaching authority to shuffle money according to the Des Moines Register.

The newspaper did some digging:

“Former Gov. Chet Culver moved around $23.5 million in tax dollars in his last 18 months as he saw fit.

Newly elected Gov. Terry Branstad transferred an even higher amount in the last full year of his previous tenure as governor, state records show.

A review of financial records by The Des Moines Register shows Culver, a Democrat, chose to transfer $18.5 million to 188 places in his last full fiscal year in office. He moved another $5 million to 46 places during the last six months.

But among 17 years of comparative data provided by the Department of Management, it was Branstad, a Republican, who had the highest amount of transfers in a single year.

In 1998, Branstad tapped $43.4 million and shifted it into state welfare funds.”

Iowa lawmakers say it’s got to stop, but how? The Hawkeye State now has an annual budget. It’s been suggested the state move to a biennial budget. I’m not so sure that’s the answer. Two-year budgets haven’t led to fiscal responsibility in these parts.

Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports that during each biennium from 2003-05 through 2007-09, transportation fund revenues were used to balance the state budget:

1) The 2003-05 budget used a combination of direct appropriations from the transportation fund for general fund programs (shared revenue and K-12 education aids) and a transfer of revenues from the transportation fund to the general fund, for a total of $675.0 million.

2) The 2005-07 budget transferred $427.0 million from the transportation fund to the general fund.

3) The 2007-09 budget and the 2008-09 budget adjustment act together resulted in a transfer of $155 million from the transportation fund to the general fund.

The total loss to the transportation fund over those six years due to Jim Doyle’s raids was $435.4 million. That’s why Wisconsin Republicans will consider legislation to prohibit such raids in the future. Such legislation is fair, makes great sense, and is necessary.

Big WI gov't says it can enter your property without notification or permission

No Wisconsin news outlet has given more scrutiny to and leveled more criticism at the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) than the Lakeland Times. In a stunning story, the newspaper reports:

“Officials of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say they have the right to enter private property without the permission or notification of property owners when performing work as representatives of the state Department of Transportation, documents obtained from the town of Minocqua reveal.

For its part, the DOT insists it has statutory authority to enter private property for agency projects without notifying or obtaining permission from property owners; that authority would presumably be conferred upon contractors or agents working for the DOT.”

Last October, Lakeland Times publisher Gregg Walker filed a trespassing complaint with the Minocqua Police Department after the DNR entered property owned by his father on Highway 51. DNR workers were conducting a review as part of a proposed reconstruction of the highway. The DOT and the DNR have an agreement in place allowing the DNR to act as a branch of the DOT during any review of water resources.

Walker opposed the highway reconstruction because he felt it would reduce access to local businesses.

On September 23, 2010 a neighbor of Walker’s father saw a man and four women on Walker’s father’s land. When the neighbor approached the four who were DNR workers to inquire what they were up to, the man said they were doing survey work for a proposed road project.

Walker submits notification was never given about the visit nor was permission given to the state. He also claims notification and permission are required despite the opposite contention held by the DOT and DNR.

A DNR official admitted in a police report the agency did not contact Walker before entering. Walker had informed the DOT that he did not want them on the property.

Walker’s trespassing complaint was tossed on the opinion of the Minocqua town attorney who cited the DOT's Facilities Development Manual and said “the DNR is appropriately and legally delegated as a representative of the DOT to conduct field inspections of proposed DOT projects."

Walker calls that bad legal advice.

The Lakeland Times writes:

“The language of the law to which Walker refers is clear: ‘The department or its authorized representatives may enter private lands to make surveys or inspections.’

Still, as far back as 1967, in Camara v. Municipal Court, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that nonemergency regulatory inspections require warrants for access if property owners deny permission to enter.

Then, too, Walker said, for the DOT - or the DNR, as its authorized agent - to enter private property without both notification and permission would violate the DOT's policy as outlined in the same facilities development manual (Town Attorney) Harrold cited.

‘The agency clearly requires its employees and agents to gain permission to enter private property and to seek a warrant if that permission is denied,’ Walker said. ‘I'm amazed that Mr. Harrold didn't read that part of the manual. If he had, it would have been clear to him that the DNR was violating the terms of its agreement with the DOT, and that in fact the DNR was trespassing'."

The newspaper adds this about that DOT manual:

Department personnel, the manual continues, should contact the owner before beginning work.

The department is also keenly aware a warrant might be required, and that they cannot enter without it if a property owner refuses to relent and consent.”

There’s more. Walker not only claims trespassing but harassment. After Walker purchased the Rhinelander Daily News last September, an angry DNR worker in cancelling his subscription wrote a letter to the editor comparing Walker to Hitler.

The original plans to reconstruct Highway 51 have been scrapped. Even so, the power grab by the DOT and DNR is startling.

Put this one in the Why People Hate Government file.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #184

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #184
last September dealt with a decision by Olde Salty’s Restaurant in North Carolina to essentially ban screaming kids from the premises. I support the restaurant

Months later, a columnist from across the seas weighs in.
Simon Majumdar also likes the idea of a no screaming kids zone. He writes in the Guardian:

“With the welcome decline in restaurant formality in recent years has come the unwelcome decision of many parents to view restaurants as little more than adventure playgrounds for their children.

Some people, particularly parents of young children, might think the actions of the owners of Olde Salty's are going a bit too far. I disagree, I wonder if they go far enough.

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Yes, what about the parents?

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UPDATE: "Why can't America be more like EPCOT?"

This is a blog I first posted in June 2007:

My wife got a cell phone call from my sister-in-law this week from Orlando. She was calling from EPCOT in Walt Disney World where she’s vacationing with my brother and niece who just graduated from the University. of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

If you’ve been to EPCOT, you’re familiar with the lay of the land. There’s Future World, with Spaceship Earth, and World Showcase.

World Showcase is centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon. There are eleven countries represented along the perimeter. As you walk around World Showcase, you roam from one country to the next. At each country, you discover glimpses of the unique culture of that land. Great cuisine, shops, exhibits, movies, rides and performers are highlighted.

Cast Members from the different countries assist you and answer questions about their homeland. The workers are actually from Mexico, Italy, China, Japan, Germany, Morocco, etc.

It’s not just Epcot that features cast members from outside the United States. All of Walt Disney World features employees with name badges that list their hometowns from outside America.
Why do I mention this?

I’m always extremely impressed whenever I visit the Mouse House by the tremendous grasp of the English language and the outstanding vocabulary of foreign workers who seem to speak better than people born and raised here do.

I recall a waiter at the Flying Fish restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk who was from Portugal. We got to talking about what it’s like to work at and for Disney, and what he thought of America.

In perfect English, our waiter spoke of the great love he has for our country and what a struggle it has been in his effort to become an American citizen, a quest that no matter how difficult he was going to continue fighting for because it was so worthwhile and was the right thing to do.

My wife and I couldn’t help but wonder why more people who come to America don’t have the same attitude and ethic.

I wear many hats. This summer, I will once again work backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Security Department. Today, there was a Job Fair at the Fair, and several of my Security colleagues interviewed prospective new hires.

It was a disaster.

Candidates not dressed properly. Candidates not having bathed. Candidates not understanding simple questions. (“If you can’t make it in for work, what would you do?” Answer: “I don’t know.”)

Worse yet, candidates completely unable to put together complete sentences and speak with any semblance of proper grammar.

This week in America, our U.S. Senate, totally out of touch with the pulse of the American public, nearly in one vote aggravated an already out-of-control immigration problem. Thank goodness their vote to provide amnesty failed. Had it been successful, it would have encouraged more illegal immigration.

Many American citizens can’t speak English. That’s bad enough. Is it too much to ask immigrants to speak English, or learn our language if they can’t?

I don’t think so.
"Why can't America be more like EPCOT?"
June 2007

Back to the present.

One of the backstories of the new movie, "The Green Hornet" is the preparation made by Jay Chou who plays Kato.

Cast members of the film ''The Green Hornet'' Seth Rogen (R) and Jay Chou attend a news conference to promote the film in Beijing, January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chou is a hero and role model.

One month before filming started, Chou had a problem concerning his upcoming movie role: He couldn’t speak English.

The language barrier was broken in no time.

"We were all just floored that he didn't speak a word of English before he started. He did his lines phonetically for the first week or so. Then all of a sudden he's just speaking English and it happened so fast," says co-star Cameron Diaz.

True, Chou had fame and fortune serving as motivation. However, his amazing and rapid study of the English language is a great story and the perfect lesson to inspire the many immigrants in our English-speaking country.

I have NO respect for the TSA....

And here's another reason why!

Union thugs go after little girls and old men

Quiz time, This Just In readers.

Not to worry. This is pretty simple stuff.

I will show you some pictures. All you have to do is think of what you see.




Four pictures.

What did you see?

A Girl Scout?

Girl Scout cookies?

A Salvation Army bell ringer?

A blood drive mobile?

You would be correct.

UNLESS you are a union goon.

Show a union activist those same four pictures and you know what the union activist sees? A threat.

That’s right. Most sane individuals see a young girl pitching cookies or an elderly gentleman donating his time to ring a bell aside a kettle. Not the unions. They see people threatening their territory.

Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  is considering Roundy’s vs. Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades (Case No. 30-CA-17185).A news release by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace says, and you won't believe it:

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Wisconsin gets failing grades for anti-smoking efforts

The American Lung Association says the state of Wisconsin cut its funding for tobacco control programs by over 55 percent from two years ago. That’s one reason the organization has given the state a grade of “F” for Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending.

You know what means. The Association most assuredly will cry for a huge increase in spending despite the whopping state deficit.

On its website, the Association notes that state funding for tobacco control programs during fiscal year 2011 is $6.85 million (just over $9 million if you toss in federal dollars). The Centers for Disease Control recommends the state spend far more. Try $64.3 million. That’s crazy.

Who doesn’t know that smoking is bad for you? Increasing spending by ten-fold won’t solve the problem.

I’ve always been amused by supporters of jacking up our cigarette tax. We have to, they cry, because we need more money to fund our cessation programs. Well if higher cigarette taxes are the solution, wouldn't fewer people smoke, resulting in less money for those precious programs?

Not surprisingly, the state gets a “B” for its cigarette tax on the Association’s latest report card. Wisconsin has one of the highest cigarette taxes in America.

So, all you stinkin' smokers, it's the government's fault. I wonder how the American Lung Association would grade its own efforts.

3rd UPDATE: Culinary no-no #164

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #164
 and subsequent updates dealt with Santa Clara County in California banning Happy Meals. Here’s an excerpt:

And like a cancer, the folly spreads.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports, ‘(Supervisor Ken) Yeager said he hopes the law will inspire cities and counties across the country to follow suit like ‘ripples that create a wave.’ Miguel Marquez, acting county counsel …said his office has been contacted by officials from Orange County, Chicago and New York City about Yeager's toys ordinance.”

Sure enough, San Francisco has banned Happy Meals. While Santa Clara County’s ordinance does not affect McDonald’s, in the City by the Bay, the Golden Arches was the intended target.

Two columnists who aren’t exactly conservative write in the San Francisco Weekly that the ban should come as no surprise. San Francisco is ban-crazy.

“In recent years, San Francisco government has passed numerous laws to make us healthier, greener, and — in the city's eyes — all-around better people. Whether we like it or not. This includes banning the sale of cigarettes in drugstores, and, later, supermarkets; banning plastic bags in large chain stores; banning bottled water in City Hall, and the sale of soft drinks on government property; banning the declawing of cats; making composting mandatory; and forbidding city departments from doing business with companies that were involved in the (pre–Civil War) slave trade, yet haven't publicly atoned.

San Francisco's acumen for imposing bans has grown so pronounced that when an anticircumcision zealot began disseminating a petition to criminalize the practice within city limits, observers nationwide didn't write it off as fringe lunacy but, instead, saw it as just another day at the office in San Francisco.”

Besides the San Francisco is just being San Francisco argument, the writers make this assertion:

“It becomes clear that a left-leaning pack of cities is fundamentally changing the role — and pushing the limits — of local government. It's a movement fueled by the perception that state and federal government are unable or unwilling to tackle big problems like pollution or rampant obesity. So municipalities are marching headlong into the void, attempting to save the world one plastic bag, Big Mac, cigarette butt, or water bottle at a time. And San Francisco is leading the parade.”

But even the writers have to wonder:

“As is so often the case in San Francisco, everyone has the best of intentions. But now that we've reached the point where city officials have meticulously worked out what quantity of multigrains and fruits must be present in a meal in order for a restaurant to earn the privilege of including a toy with it, it's reasonable to wonder if San Francisco's elected leaders believe there's anything they shouldn't be deciding for you.

The great irony of San Francisco's Happy Meal ban is that it's the legislative equivalent of a Happy Meal. It's a small and cheap attempt at something substantive; it feels good going down, like consuming a greasy burger and fries. But feeling good and doing good aren't synonymous. Data from a recent survey of Americans' fast food choices indicates banning toys from fast food meals won't help San Francisco's youth.”

And how about this:

‘It warrants mentioning that not one meal served to San Francisco's schoolchildren in December or January — the 708-calorie beef dippers; the 711-calorie cheese lasagna; or the 712-calorie chicken nuggets — would qualify under the Healthy Meal Incentive Ordinance to be allowed to come with a toy. San Francisco is trying to hold McDonald's to a higher standard than it is willing to hold itself.”

Read the entire piece, “How the Happy Meal ban explains San Francisco."

Quick, Governor Walker, get on the phone NOW and call...

Jimmy John's!

Here's a friendly suggestion, Franklin

's (sound the trumpets) Economic Development Commission meets on Tuesday. On the agenda, this item: 

Review and discussion of options (design, location, etc.) for new “Welcome to Franklin” signs with possible recommendation to Common Council.

How about this. After "Welcome to Franklin," tack on one more phrase: "OPEN FOR BUSINESS." 

I hear it's all the rage.

Gov. Scott Walker, left, visited Hudson Tuesday afternoon and shows a new sign stating “Open For Business.” The sign will be posted on the “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign on I-94. Also at the announcement was Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett, right.  Photo:

Want some good news, Wisconsinites?

Here you go!

I am about to engage in hate speech

Comin’ right at ya.

Plain and simple.

Hate speech.

And I make no apologies for it.

I hate the Bears.

I love seeing pictures like these:

A dejected Jay Cutler walks off the field after throwing a career-high 4 interceptions.


Jay Cutler leaves the field.
(Chicago Tribune photos)

Come to think it, I'm not crazy about any team that hails from 90 miles to our south. I’d probably root for the Russians against the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls or Blackhawks.

During my days in the 90’s at WTMJ, I mentioned on the air my “hate” for the Atlanta Braves (never have forgiven them for abandoning Milwaukee) and Chicago teams in general and you can toss in the Dallas Cowboys for good measure.

A few days later I received a letter in the mail, hand-written. I can tell you that in my business, a had-written note is normally not from a fan. The author tends to be nasty and generally remains anonymous.

However, this letter contained meticulous penmanship, grammar and spelling. The author divulged her identity, too. She was a Catholic nun, and she was disappointed.

Seems this listener had followed me at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and was, well, there’s no other to put it but disappointed at my discussion of “hating” certain sports teams. The Kevin Fischer whose career she followed, she thought would never make such a statement. I remember the letter was very respectful, so, the next day, I used it as the subject of my daily radio column.

The word “hate” when used in the sports vernacular is appropriate in that I’m not suggesting the Bears’ team bus drive off the road into a ditch. It merely conveys the emotion and passion of a sports rivalry. I “hate” could easily translate to “I can’t stand.”

In his Journal Sentinel column today, Jim Stingl writes, “Speaking of funerals,
I can't wait to see the Bears buried under their clumpy Soldier Field turf when this thing is over. I'm speaking metaphorically now. These days you have to be clear about that. Rules of civility are elastic when it comes to the Packers and Bears and their fans. Chicago is a perfectly adequate city, if you don't mind paying to use the congested roads that lead there. But when it comes to da football team and the fans of dat team, they (insert verb commonly used to describe how you get soda through a straw). They feel the same about us.”

A rare Kevin Fischer-Jim Stingl agreement.

Yes, I hate the Bears.

But no, Sister, I would never under any circumstances want to offend a nun. Now that would be sacrilegious.

Goodnight everyone and have a warm 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

Baby it's cold outside!

Tonight, some hot contemporary music to warm your Friday evening.

We begin with critically acclaimed Fourplay. From the website of the group's record label:

"The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s. In 1990, James reunited with his old friend, session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Notorious Big), during the recording of James’ Grand Piano Canyon album. Also involved in the project were guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins)."

Ritenour left the group and was replaced by famous guitarist Larry Carlton. After 12 years, Carlton left and Chuck Loeb joined the band.

Fourplay's latest album is "Let's Touch the Sky."

"A remarkably smooth collection, this is straight-ahead/classic jazz at its very best. If you enjoy Fourplay, you will enjoy this lovely collection of fresh material. The jazz is alive, and the performances are filled with verve and intimacy….Highly recommended. Nice and Easy. Perfect!”


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Roe vs. Wade by the numbers


During these catastrophic events in American history, there were the following number of deaths:

Hurricane Katrina fatalities: over 1800

Pearl Harbor: approximately 2350

9/11 victims: approximately 3000

American deaths in the Iraq War thus far: 4,435

American deaths in the Vietnam War: approximately 58,000

World War Two American casualties: approximately 418,500

There have been more than 53 million abortions in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 38 years ago today that abortion was legal.

All of these deaths were significant. All of the victims’ lives were important. All of these moments in history deserved massive attention.

So where is the news coverage about the millions of unborn children?

And when there is coverage, if it isn’t on C-SPAN2, are the stories objective and unbiased?

Back in 1990, the not-so-conservative Los Angeles Times wrote a four-part series on
a comprehensive study the newspaper conducted that found the press often favors abortion rights in its coverage, even though journalists say they make every effort to be fair.

Even though the study was done in 1990, I daresay the situation hasn’t changed. In fact, the coverage has probably become even more unbalanced.

Highlights of the LA Times series' findings:

  • The news media consistently use language and images that frame the entire abortion debate in terms that implicitly favor abortion-rights advocates.
  • Abortion-rights advocates are often quoted more frequently and characterized more favorably than are abortion opponents.
  • Events and issues favorable to abortion opponents are sometimes ignored or given minimal attention by the media.
  • Many news organizations have given more prominent play to stories on rallies and electoral and legislative victories by abortion-rights advocates than to stories on rallies and electoral and legislative victories by abortion rights opponents.
  • Columns of commentary favoring abortion rights outnumber those opposing abortion by a margin of more than 2 to 1 on the op-ed pages of most of the nation's major daily newspapers.
  • Newspaper editorial writers and columnists alike, long sensitive to violations of First Amendment rights and other civil liberties in cases involving minority and anti-war protests, have largely ignored these questions when Operation Rescue and other abortion opponents have raised them.
  • Most media organizations, including the Associated Press , the world's largest news agency, use the label "pro-choice", the preferred label of abortion-rights advocates, but not "pro-life", the preferred label of those who oppose abortion. During the first nine months of 1989, the TV networks used "pro-choice" in 74% of their references to abortion-rights advocates and used "pro-life" in only 6% of their references to abortion opponents.
  • When the Supreme Court issued Roe, initial news accounts emphasized the part of the ruling that said a woman would be allowed to have an abortion without restriction during the first three months of pregnancy. Even now, some in the media write about Roe in terms that suggest it legalized abortion only during that first trimester, even though it made abortion legal for any reason throughout the first and second trimesters of pregnancy (and for broadly-defined "health" reasons even in the third).
  • The Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York is probably the single-most widely quoted source for studies and statistics on abortion, for example, but the media rarely point out that the institute is special affiliate of Planned Parenthood of America, a major leader in the battle for abortion rights.
  • The media is generally careful to include comments from abortion-rights advocates in stories about abortion protests, but coverage of abortion-rights activities sometimes fail to include balancing comments from abortion opponents.
  • When Roman Catholic bishops individually spoke out on abortion or, collectively, hired a public relations firm to aid them in the battle against abortion, some in the media grumbled about the church's intrusion into the political arena. Similar media lamentations were forthcoming when bishops criticized (and raised the specter of ex-communication for) public officials who refuse to oppose abortion. But no such criticism was levied at the bishops in earlier years, when they endorsed a nuclear freeze or opposed Reagan Administration economic policies.
  • The major media paid no attention to the discovery by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post that two justices who had played a major role in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion had conceded, in private memos, that they knew they were "legislating policy and exceeding (the court's) authority as the interpreter, not the maker of law," as Woodward wrote.
  • “When pro-choice candidates win, it is perhaps more easily accepted than it should be that their pro-choice position was the reason, and when pro-life candidates win, perhaps it is more easily accepted (than it should be) that that was really irrelevant to the race," says Douglas Bailey, an abortion-rights supporter who publishes the nonpartisan "Abortion Report," a daily compendium of news on abortion and politics. There have been a number of races in which the media said an abortion-rights advocate's victory showed the political strength of that movement when, in fact, most of the votes in the race actually went to anti- abortion candidates.

Here is the 4-part LA Times series, July 1-4, 1990, on a study of major newspaper, television and newsmagazine coverage over 18 months, including more than 100 interviews with journalists and with activists on both sides of the abortion debate that confirms that this bias often exists.   





And from an editorial in the January 22, 2008 Washington Times:

"While politicians and activists have much debated the question of whether human life begins at conception, in the womb or outside it, we should give ear to former President Reagan, a convert to the pro-life movement, who in 1983 wrote that 'when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives — the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child... Anyone who doesn't feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.'

Indeed, we must guard life with the vigilance due to our most vulnerable population: the unborn."

The Barking Lot (01/22/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  You may wake up to a light dusting of snow on the roads and sidewalks. Flurries today. A high of 12. The normal high is 28.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly Cloudy. A high of 18.  "F"

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

While the main blog of The Barking Lot is generally a lighthearted, I have certainly asked our readers thought-provoking questions such as:

How much would you spend to save your pet’s life? 

Would you risk your life to save your pet?

Would you perform mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation to save your pet’s life?

As stated in my previous mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation blog, an Associated Press poll found that 58 percent of pet owners - 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners – would likely perform this task.

I can certainly understand pet parents performing any life-saving attempts on their OWN pets, and most likely on a pet they know well even if they are NOT the owner.  But what about a dog you just happen to pass by and see in distress?

Personally I would want to help an injured animal in any way that I could.  I would hope that anyone would do the same for my dog.  Luckily for Hannah, John Munoz, Jr. happened along at just the right time.  

His simple reasoning?  “I saw an animal in need, and I helped it.”  That’s the kind of person I’d like in my neighborhood.

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Week-ends (01/22/11)


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


The Green Bay Packers

Mike Carroll and Marcus Michael

John Masson

Karla O'Malley


Dr. Kermit Gosnell


Oakland teacher

Wisconsin radio talk show host


Chris Matthews

Carlos Cunningham


“I think they will win it all!... [Packers QB] Aaron [Rodgers] is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe. But [defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] and the defense gets the MVP award at this stage .I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering.”
Brett Favre

“As you know, it's been 69 years since the Bears and Packers met in a playoff game. I looked at the front page of The Milwaukee Journal for that Sunday, Dec. 14, 1941, and found absolutely no mention of the big game that day. There was a Packers story on the sports page, but the big news was about a move to cancel the Rose Bowl out of fear of another attack so soon after Pearl Harbor. By the way, that playoff game was so long ago that Gimbels boasted in its ad that it had escalators.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl

"In my last year (1990) we played up there and won. After the game, (Steve) McMichael and I said, 'To the victors go the spoils' and we went out to the parking lot to have a beer with the Green Bay fans. Usually, five minutes before the bus would leave they'd beep the horn. Well we looked up and the bus was pulling away and there's (Mike) Ditka giving us the finger. He left us on purpose. We were fined $2,000 each, but it was worth it. It was fun to experience Lambeau like that."
Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton reminiscing about the Packer-Bear rivalry.

“Can't wait!”
New York Jet Bart Scott after the Jets beat New England last week.

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If the Packers win Sunday....

And you're looking for a cool Super Bowl party to go to...

My Most Popular Blogs (01/23/11)

Most popular

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

Lee Holloway is coming to Franklin! Whoopee

2) UPDATE Ummm neighbors of mine....

3) TIE

    NPR: Shootings didnt happen when Cronkite read the news

    Here's a friendly suggestion, Franklin

4) Action Alert: Health Care Law Repeal Vote Wednesday
5) Union thugs go after little girls and old men

Photos of the Week (01/23/11)

Photos of the Week

John Tyson sits next to his son Blake Tyson as they mourn at the funeral of family members Donna Maree Rice and son Jordan Rice, killed in last week's flash floods on January 19, 2011 in Toowoomba, Australia. Donna Maree Rice, 43 and Jordan Rice, 13 were swept away in the flash floods that struck the Lockyer Valley, taking the lives of 20 people. Blake is the younger brother who was rescued after his brother, Jordan, told the rescuer to save Blake first. Photo: Matt Roberts, Getty Images

Chaplain Mark A. Vander Lee pauses before the invocation at the memorial service for Brian Terry on Friday, Jan. 21. 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. Sen. Jon Kyl and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin joined many of Brian Terry's fellow agents at Kino Stadium in Tucson. Terry was honored with a rifle salute, an aircraft flyover, and a stadium filled with people celebrating his life, KVOA-TV reported. Terry was killed in a Dec. 14 shootout with bandits north of the Mexican border near Nogales. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) with Robert "Bobby" Shriver III (C), and Anthony Shriver (R) carry the casket during the funeral service for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church January 22, 2011 in Potomac, Maryland. Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., a politician and activist who was the first leader of the Peace Corps and was involved in other social programs, died this week at the age of 95. (Photo by Cliff Owen-Pool/Getty Images)

An ambulance with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) drives down a street during her transfer from the University Medical Center on January 21, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords is being moved to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

People take pictures and cheer as the ambulance carrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is escorted to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Giffords is being moved Houston for further rehabilitation. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)


A makeshift memorial grows outside the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Giffords is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered at a political event nine days ago outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people were killed and a 13 others were injured. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Messages and balloons adorn a makeshift memorial for shooting victims, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), outside the University Medical Center on January 20, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The wounded Congresswoman is expected to be transfered from the hospital to begin rehabilitation therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston as early as Friday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


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Recommended Reading (01/23/11)

Recommended reading

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

What of the crimes, massacres prevented?

A reader who refers to himself as 'a common-sense liberal' writes in:

In view of the agonized calls for increased restrictions on firearm ownership resurrected by the recent shooting in Arizona, could you write a column with meaningful statistics on death and injury nationwide prevented by the civilian ownership of firearms?"

High speed rail is a fast way to waste taxpayer money

High-speed rail may sound like a good idea. It works, and reportedly even makes a profit, in Japan and France. If they can do it, why can't we?"

The truth about abortion

'The fact is that the majority of abortions — far from all, but the majority — serve as nothing more than routine birth control: Most women who have abortions became pregnant by willingly engaging in high-risk sexual activity, and many resort to abortion more than once. For a solid pro-choicer, this presents no problem; if unborn children have no rights, there is no harm done."

Why Sarah Palin Drives Them Wild

"I wonder how many television hosts and “journalists” tuned in to Sarah Palin’s interview on 'Hannity' this week, waiting with bated breath for her to say something they could try to distort. And the more she says 'this isn’t about me,' the more they make it about her. Let’s enter the world of Sarah Palin for a moment."

The State Against Blacks

“The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do. . . . And that is to destroy the black family.”

Don’t kids shovel anymore?

"During my nearly three decades in Boston, exactly one kid has come by seeking a shoveling job. He worked for about 20 minutes on freeing my car from the snowplowed ridge that held it captive, whittling the wintry berm down to the point where you might possibly have extracted the vehicle if, say, you had a mammoth fork-lift at your disposal. When I noted same, he said he’d settle for half the agreed-on fee — and left me to finish the job."


Green Bay Packers fan Dana Marcell thinks the team will go all the way to the Super Bowl. She is standing outside Soldier Field in Chicago today.. She was right.  Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu

Wisconsinites, will you obey this new law?

A new state law goes into effect February 1 affecting home and property owners. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports:

"Especially because the law is new, people aren't going to know about it.

Inspectors plan to notify property owners when they're not compliant and give them a certain number of days to correct it.

Inspectors seldom get into private homes anyway, so the average person may never receive any notice or pressure…

Still, compliance only makes sense,  (a state official) said.”

What is the new law that you probably know nothing about?

Two important observations about the Green Bay-Chicago game

1) If the Packers make some of those 3rd down and short situations, there is no drama late in the game.

2) Good grief, the Packers defense almost allowed a 3rd-string QB to lead the Bears to a comeback that would have sent the game into OT where anything could have happened.

Culinary no-no #203

Culinary no-no's

When we were kids, my friends and I would often head to 4th and Mitchell in Milwaukee and swim on men’s day at the Public Natatorium (yes, they had a women's day, too). Affectionately referred to as, “The Nad,” the two-story building housed a swimming pool on the main level and a wrap-around balcony on the second level with the Spartan dressing rooms, each shared by seven or eight people.

When you entered the Natatorium, you were given the number of a dressing room and you’d trudge up the steps to change into your suit and then head back downstairs to first floor where the showers were as quickly as possible. That’s because each dressing room was allowed only so much time, about an hour, to swim. When your dressing room number was called over the PA system, you had to exit the pool and change.

The natatorium was not as popular with our gang in the summer months because it was an indoor facility. We preferred a county swimming pool that usually was free and you could swim as long as you wanted up until closing time.

Sometime in the 70’s the natatorium closed and was later re-opened as a restaurant called, “The Public Natatorium.” The owners kept the pool in the center so dolphins could perform entertaining shows. The area where swimmers once showered now had dining tables that circled the swimming pool. On the menu, the usual fare that also included some exotic, game entrees like lion and ostrich.

My cousins Claire and Claudia took me there and I couldn’t believe how this old bath house had been converted to what was then the talk of the town. I don’t recall what I ate or if it was all that tasty. I just remember the unusual transformation of the place, and the fact that lion was on the bill of fare.

The Public Natatorium is no more. But lion is once again on a menu. It all started during last summer’s World Cup when Cameron Selogie, owner of Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Arizona decided to spice up his menu.

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The difference between Packer and Bear fans

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field after failing to get a first down in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field after failing to get a first down in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.  Cutler would be replaced due to injury and would not return. Photo: Reuters.

Suppose Packer QB Aaron Rodgers would have gone down in the NFC Championship Game due to an injury that prevented his return. How would have Packer fans have responded?

They would have been deeply saddened and disappointed. Would they have questioned his toughness, courage, veracity, or credibility? Knowing Packer fans, I think not.

Not so on the Bears side. I understand their dejection. However, their vilification of QB Jay Cutler who got his team to within one game of the Super Bowl is disgustingly wrong. Here are some of the comments left on a blog at NFL Fanhouse:

ckandrus2001 1-23-2011 5:24PM

Of course he is hurt. He is always hurt when he is playing terrible. I saw it coming when he started to pout.

gdt372753 1-23-2011 6:33PM

ou bet..I Agree...a top flight qb would have stayed in the game and would have argued with the coaches if any thought of yanking would have been mentioned. What a joke Cutler is

georgetheesfeld 1-23-2011 6:42PM


dblshot16 1-23-2011 6:54PM

Im a HUGE bears fan and have been for 30 something years but little Mary Cutler has to go. When the bears are behind and it doesnt look hopeful, that lil sissy goes out hurt. Aint the 1st time and wont be the last. Play the 3rd string QB and make him into a good starter. Couldnt be much worse that cutler

Alan 1-23-2011 5:32PM

Say anything you want about Brett Favre, but you would NEVER see him take the bench with an entire half to play. Crybaby Cutler quit on his team. If you can stand and walk around on the sidelines you ought to be in the game.

Questioning Cutler’s dedication and toughness, especially in the NFC title game is incredibly foolish. Chicago Bear fans who even give this nonsense serious consideration for more than half a second need to be deeply ashamed.  There’s no way Cutler wanted to be on the sideline wearing a windbreaker.

Had that been Green Bay’s 3rd stringer on the field, Packer fans would have backed him 100% and wouldn’t dare think of casting aspersions on the 1st or even 2nd stringer.

The difference between Packer and Bear fans is very wide, indeed.

Hey, Mom, how about it? PACKERS IN THE SUPER BOWL AGAIN!!!!

UPDATE:  "Third-stringer Caleb Hanie rallied the Bears in a game they would eventually lose 21-14, but some fans took out their frustration on Cutler by burning his jersey in the parking lots outside Soldier Field." I rest my case.


I read the news today, oh boy!


Political speech gets Barney-ized


"Politics has become so bitter and partisan.”
Barack Obama, January 2007

“If they bring a knife, we bring a gun.”

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Welcome to Franklin, 10 times!

Tuesday night, Franklin’s Economic Development Commission will review and discuss options (design, location, etc.) for new “Welcome to Franklin” signs. I have already suggested the phrase, “OPEN FOR BUSINESS" be added.

Here are, with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, ten more ideas for new “Welcome to Franklin” signs:

1) Welcome to Franklin! There's one for you, nineteen for me.

Welcome to Franklin! December 15-31 is our favorite time of year.

3) Welcome to Franklin! Visit our fine restaurant.

4) Welcome to Franklin! Just keep your dog on a leash.

5) Welcome to Franklin, unless you’re from Waunakee.

6) Welcome to Franklin, America’s Boomgaard.

7) Welcome to Fountain-less Franklin.

8) Welcome to Franklin! Read our blogs, baby!

9) Welcome to Franklin! And now we’ve got sirens, too!

10) Welcome to Franklin! Like us or get the hell out!

Congressional freshmen form the "Slumber Party"


Freshmen Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sleeping in their Washington, D.C., offices:

Republicans (19)
Steve Chabot (OH-1st), 58
Sean Duffy (WI-7th), 39
Stephen Fincher (TN-8th), 37
Chris Gibson (NY-20), 46
Tim Griffin (AR-2nd), 42
Paul Gosar (AZ-1st), 52
Trey Gowdy (SC-4th), 46
Morgan Griffith (VA-9th), 52
Richard Hanna (NY-24), 59
Joe Heck (NV-3rd), 49
Bill Huizenga (MI-2nd), 41
Bill Johnson (OH-6th), 56
James Lankford (OK-5th), 42
Patrick Meehan (PA-7th), 55
Todd Rokita (IN-4th), 40
Steve Stivers (OH-15th), 45
Joe Walsh (IL-8th), 49
Todd Young (IN-9th), 38
Tim Walberg (MI-7th), 59

Democrats (2)
John Carney (DE-At large), 54
Hansen Clarke (MI-13th), 53 


I get e-mails, lots of e-mails: The ER doctor

I get lots of e-mails. From all over. About all kinds of things.

Some e-mails are nice (Thank you!). Some aren’t so nice (Shame on you!).

A lot are those e-mails that just get forwarded over and over again. My response generally is, oh, no, not another one. But I take the time to open because it was sent by a legitimate source and it just might amount to something.

I admit this one has been around awhile but I’ve never seen it until this week. It was written by a real live physician.


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What you won't hear at Obama's State of the Union speech tonight

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 27, 2010.

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Troy Senik of the Center for Individual Freedom offers 10 Things You Won't Hear in Obama's State of the Union speech. Here's an excerpt:

"The batteries seem to be getting low in the teleprompter. Are you all free to try this again at the same time next week?”

Read the entire list.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #188

Culinary no-no #188
dealt with the potential for the Solid Gold McDonald’s in Greenfield to disappear.

It’s now reality.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #203

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #203 this past Sunday dealt with a restaurant owner’s decision to sell lion tacos.

He’s changed his mind. Read why.

More nanny state: Banning walking and talking

Yes, there were some lines I liked during the SOTU

We have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.

The best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code.

We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and efficient.

We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.

I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC.

UPDATE: The reality check from Paul Ryan in the GOP response:

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A definite fashion no-no at the White House

Political Cartoon

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #20

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

Our next inductee is Zack Goodman. The National Catholic Register writes:

Zack Goodman is not your typical 12-year-old. He just organized the third pro-life march held in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo., an event he initiated in 2009 as a 10-year-old.

Zack is no less than a pro-life powerhouse.

After his dad Phill Goodman’s assignment in the U.S. military brought the family to Colorado Springs, Zack and his mom, Christina Huschak, were watching the March for Life and the Walk for Life West Coast on EWTN. He thought it would be great to go in person. When his mother said it was too far and it was too bad they didn’t have anything in the area, Zack took only a moment to think about it. As he describes it, ‘I came back 30 seconds later and said, ‘Well, I have to start something here.’

Talk about initiative. Zack designed a pro-life logo, worked up a presentation for Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, and e-mailed Walk for Life West Coast founder Dolores Meehan for advice on how to start a march in Colorado Springs.”

What an amazing kid!


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Ron Fournier

12) Jake Shafer

13) Bree McMahon

14) Keli Carender

15) Jessica Watson

16, 17 and 18)
Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman

19) Vanessa Jean Louis

20) Zack Goodman

Biskupic and McCann found "clear evidence of (voter) fraud"


As the photo ID debate begins to heat up, fueled by a small minority opposition that fails  to grasp this common sense concept, I think of comments my colleague on MPTV’s InterCHANGE Joel McNally has made about the issue.

McNally who believes that swarms of Democrats will be unable to secure an ID under the imminent law has said several times that Former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic and former Milwaukee County DA  E. Michael McCann did an investigation and found, according to McNally, “nothing.”

Bruce Murphy of Milwaukee Magazine also pooh-poohs the Biskupic-McCann inquiry, saying that only four people were charged (To alter a famous argument waged by liberals, I submit, “But if we can save just one vote…”). Murphy’s lengthy piece attacking photo ID is his effort to discredit Jeff Stone as a county executive candidate.

My fellow Irishmen simply need to read how the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the findings of the Biskupic-McCann probe on May 11, 2005:

“Investigators said they found clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2 (2004) election in Milwaukee, including more than 200 cases of felons voting illegally and more than 100 people who voted twice, used fake names or false addresses or voted in the name of a dead person.”

The newspaper also gave a preview as to why few charges would ultimately be issued.

“Nonetheless, it is likely that many - perhaps most - of those who committed fraud won't face prosecution because city records are so sloppy that it will be difficult to establish cases that will stand up in court.

And even now, three months after the investigation, officials have not been able to close a gap of 7,000 votes, with more ballots cast than voters listed. Officials said the gap remains at 4,609.

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"Election fraud is alive"

This is worth posting again.

Last July, Milwaukee Alderman Jim Witkowiak made an appearance before the state’s Government Accountability Board outlining how he was a victim of voter fraud.

I encourage you to watch Witkowiak’s testimony that clearly demonstrates the need for photo ID and other voter reforms.

Franklin's special guest wants tax increase Franklin rejected


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WI AP cheerleads against photo ID

Note the biased, one-sided coverage of the photo ID hearing in Madison today by the lightweights at the once formidable but now laughable Associated Press.

Never mind that most Wisconsin residents want photo ID, and that includes WI Democrats. The AP will shill for the minority lefties. There were plenty of folks that testified in favor of photo ID at today's state Senate hearing. You'd never know it from the blatantly lefty coverage.

Please, Wisconsin GOP. Please, Wisconsin Governor Walker. You have ALL the control. Get this signed into law and the hell with what the media and the liberal special interest groups (ACLU, League of Women Voters) say.

Brilliant move to change the SOTU seating arrangements

Political Cartoon


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The State of the Union?

lisa benson

Franklin teen charged for spreading racial graffiti...should we make a movie about him?

Seventeen year old Jeffrey Biondich of Franklin and two others have been arrested in a racial graffiti case in the Town of Raymond. The three have admitted they painted racial slurs and swastikas on the fence of a home owned by a couple that is black and Asiain last July. The three arrested face charges of criminal damage to property, graffiti and trespassing and have admitted wrongdoing.

Boards were ripped off a new fence of a home on Highway K near I-94 last July 14. Graffiti had been plastered with “KKK” and “White Power.” Authorities discovered three empty paint cans and a paint brush at the scene. The 600-yard fence on the property needed replacements of 220 yards of boards.

When I think of these graffiti cases, I consider the young perpetrators criminals, punks, hooligans that care nothing about their neighbor, fellow man, or their property that they destroy. But that’s just me. There is another, softer, more conciliatory view.

Some would view any of the three arrested and charged in the Raymond crimes as:








Story-makers that Hollywood drools over

For the past 10 years, Ricky Bell has been travelling across California using psychology to garner the trust of graffiti criminals (my words, not his). Bell works to win the taggers over so that they will allow Bell to capture their graffiti painting in action. Bell is producing a documentary and it’s bound to be glowing, one he hopes will win an Academy Award.

Wonderful. Just what we need, in theaters all across America, a film more or less paying tribute to and honoring, glorifying, justifying, rationalizing, apologizing for criminal, destructive activity by our youth.

Ricky Bell, your cameras are definitely pointed in the wrong direction at the wrong subject.

Packers save taxpayers millions

From  “An Ol' Broad's Ramblings.”

Anonymous cowards

MPS teacher Diane Hardy
nails it in her community column in the Journal Sentinel today:

“The greatest shame in media coverage today is that anonymous online comments are allowed. The open contempt, rage and racism in reader comments do not contribute to the dialogue of what ails our community.

If commenters had to give their real names and hometowns, I doubt they would be so quick to show such hatred. Imagine if their families, co-workers, bosses and neighbors could see the real them.

When I receive e-mail comments, the nastier they are, the less likely the writer is to sign his or her name. It is simple cowardice.”


School choice critic Ricardo Pimentel gets called out

Former Editorial Page editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and big-time lefty, Ricardo Pimentel recently ripped choice schools. Remember, liberals are for choice in all areas except education.

In today’s paper, Pimentel was taken to task by Zeus Rodriguez of Hispanics for School Choice. Rodriguez did what usually is done to combat weak liberal charges: respond with a dizzying array of facts. From Rodriguez’s opinion piece:

He (Pimentel) says that preliminary data from a 10-year longitudinal study demonstrates that choice schools are ‘no better, no worse than MPS schools.’ As a parent who commutes my son from Oak Creek to the south side of Milwaukee to attend St. Anthony School, I take exception to that analysis.

Even if a primary education would be judged solely on academic performance, choice schools are receiving significantly less than the $13,000-plus allotted for each Milwaukee Public Schools student while graduating at much higher rates. It sounds as though they are doing better with much less.”

And then come the knockout punches. The left…

I would suggest that Mr. Pimentel visit St. Anthony School and speak with the parents to see how they feel about expanding the choice program for other Wisconsinites.”

And then the right…

“Let us not forget how important a safe and healthy environment is in order for children to learn. I don't think many people reading this would doubt that my son is getting a stellar education at St. Anthony School, but would fall over in their chairs if I was commuting him from Oak Creek to an MPS school on the south side of Milwaukee.”

Yes, Ricardo, come take a first-hand look at one of the schools you’re bashing, where Hispanic students are doing very well.

Here’s a fine column about St. Anthony’s from Alan Borsuk.

Disgraceful! Vince Lombardi nearly forgotten, in of all places

Practically buried in the snow, a plaque honoring the late Packer legend.


Gov. Christie offers today's economic reality to police officer

Read and watch.

Goodnight everyone and have one of those "rare" weekends


It's Friday night.

Time to unwind.

The weekend has finally arrived. 

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

Tonight, music from one of my favorite bands that has been performing with dozens and dozens of different musicians over a 40-year time period, 
Blood, Sweat and Tears.

One of their bios states:

"Their sound was bold, and it was all new when Blood, Sweat & Tears debuted on-stage at the Cafe au Go Go in New York in September 1967, opening for Moby Grape. Audiences at the time were just getting used to the psychedelic explosion of the previous spring and summer, but they were bowled over by what they heard -- that first version of Blood, Sweat & Tears had elements of psychedelia in their work, but extended it into realms of jazz, R&B, and soul in ways that had scarcely been heard before in one band."

Their second album was simply entitled, “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”

As the 60’s were coming to an end, this group produced a three million seller LP that won the Grammy for Album of the Year and several smash singles. It was an amazing success that commercially and critically could not be matched. However, the group kept making albums and continues touring to this day.

Their music was one-of-a- kind, pioneers for others that came later. BS&T as they affectionately became known welded rock, jazz, soul, R & B, blues and even classical music to deliver a sound never heard before on top 40 radio.

Think of BS&T and monster recordings come to mind:

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Spinning Wheel

And When I Die

More and More


Lucretia McEvil

Go Down Gamblin

God Bless the Child

But the group produced exemplary work that never made the charts that showed their extreme versatility and creative depth. I am happy to share some of those obscure and rare gems.

Our first track was supposed to be included on their first album, “Child is Father to the Man.” Left out, the instrumental surfaced on a compilation LP decades later......"Refugee from Yuhupitz." (Images from Le Louvre Museum in Paris.


The group's third album contained a Steve Winwood composition with interesting lyrics and an interesting mix of musical styles. Classical music buffs will recognize shades of Bartok in “40,000 Headmen" performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2006 by the ensemble's most famous and popular vocalist, David Clayton-Thomas.


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The Barking Lot (01/29/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Depending where you are, you will wake up to no snow, a dusting, or a few inches. Streets and sidewalks are icy and slick this morning. Cloudy today. High of 30.   "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of just 22.  "F"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog and it begins with a video.


I have a dear friend “Katie” who loves her dog “Bennie” more than life itself.  If this commercial reversed the genders and a boyfriend asked Katie to choose her dog or him, trust me, said dog would win every time.  This dog is her WORLD… her CHILD… her raison d’être.  

She has pretty much told me that if it came down to it, she would choose Bennie over any potential mate.  Truthfully for as long as I have known Katie and for how deeply I know she wants to find “The One” I think she is a little off in saying she would choose Bennie over a husband.  Oh, I don’t DOUBT her.  I just think she might want to reconsider.

Another friend, “Sally” is married and I dare say she, too, would choose her dog over her husband.  I’m not sure how long & hard she would even have to think about it!

Both of my wonderful friends fall in to the 14% of respondents who would choose their pet over their mate.  An AP-Petside poll  this week found that 25% of unmarried pet owners would pick Rover before Lover.  I find it a bit reassuring that the number drops to 8% of married pet owners answering the same way.

Kevin often teases me that on the list of Top Ten Things Jennifer Loves, he comes in somewhere around Number 12, after our microwave.  I would never say he’s Number 12 but I could be forced to admit it’s a tie between him and crème brulée.  But choose a pup over a partner?  Not me!  (Back to my friend Sally, though…  I’m not sure I’d disagree with her.)
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. So I'm still in the top ten, hey? But not by much, I'm afraid!

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

*CAUTION: This story  contains a graphic image and content. International outrage over frozen dog.

The dog's heartbeat stopped. And then...

Dog takes bullets
to save owner.

A dog and his owner in a snowstorm nightmare.

In Madison, pets treated to cutting-edge therapy.

Dogs in court - PART ONE.

Dogs in court - PART TWO.

Some dogs in your car could kill you.

Sleeping with your dog? Dangerous...

Denver wants to ban pit bulls.

Humane Society tries to tame dogfighting.

A dog at a funeral parlor?

Woman returns rescue dog. Read why...

Former NFL star makes donation for a special dog.

Does your dog need a coat?

Get ready for cute!

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

We close as we always do with.....

Uhhh, Sweetheart....

Yes, Jennifer?

I hate to interrupt, but....

But what?

Well, I know this is the part of the blog that....

That we do our closing video, and I'm just about to do that so could you please....

Well, I was just wondering....

Wondering what?

Wondering if we could do TWO closing videos?

TWO closing videos? I had only planned one.

Well, I've.....

Don't tell me!

I've got...

You've got a closing video.

Well, yeh.

Why didn't you tell me this sooner so I could plan in advance?

Well, I was kinda busy, you know, with Kyla....

Alright, alright, but can I at least go first?



Ahem, now where the hell was I? Oh, yeh, the closing video. Except that it's now two videos. We don't have a script for that. Relax. Adjust, Kevin, just adjust.

Here we go.

Deep breath.

Thanks for stopping by. We close with a special close, two closing videos!

The first is from CNN and is totally amazing!

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Week-ends (01/29/11)


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


Five GB Packers from last Sunday

Nine state senators in Hawaii

Eduardo Verastegui and Nick Vujicic


John Stone's former boss

Paul Myers

Sandy Hayslett

This Akron mom
did wrong...but two felonies????

Hit and run driver


All these investments – in innovation, education, and infrastructure – will make America a better place to do business and create jobs.”
President Obama during his State of the Union address.

I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.”
President Obama during his State of the Union address.

"We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”
President Obama during his State of the Union address.

"When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

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Obama Cabinet members "might as well be in the witness-protection program."

This is absolutely stunning.

In a lengthy piece in the New York Times Magazine about President Obama’s overhaul of the White House, columnist John Heilemann offers the following jaw dropper, quoting “a top political strategist in a previous White House.”

“Unlike 42 (President Clinton)—who loved to stay up late, jabbing at the speed dial, spending countless hours gabbing with local pols and businesspeople around the country to gauge the political wind and weather—44 not only eschewed reaching out to governors, mayors, or CEOs, but he rarely consulted outside the tiny charmed circle surrounding him in the White House. ‘What you had was really three or four people running the entire government,’ says the former White House strategist. ‘I thought they put a pretty good Cabinet together, but most of those guys might as well be in the witness-protection program.’

A funny line, no doubt, but an overstatement, surely? Well, maybe not. ‘I happen to know most of the Cabinet pretty well, and I get together with them individually for lunch,’ says one of the most respected Democratic bigwigs in Washington. ‘I’ve had half a dozen Cabinet members say that in the first two years, they never had one call—not one call—from the president’.”

To repeat:

I’ve had half a dozen Cabinet members say that in the first two years, they never had one call—not one call—from the president.”


B'Gosh, that's a mighty hefty fine, Oshkosh

While our little corner of the world has escaped major snowstorms and blizzards, the rest of the country has been pummeled.

AP photo

Getty Images

The above photos were taken this week in Philadelphia.

This next AP photo is from Newark, New Jersey.

The woman behind the wheel is probably a very nice lady. But she's breaking the law.

The state of New Jersey website makes it clear:

Ice & Snow - Remove It Before You Go

"Motorists who fail to clear their vehicles of ice and snow before driving can be cited and fined under an amended law, which became effective October 20, 2010. Prior to this change, a motorist could only receive a citation if failure to remove ice and snow from a vehicle resulted in injury to others or property damage.

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My Most Popular Blogs (01/30/11)

Most popular

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

1I read the news today, oh boy! (The blog featured front pages of WI and IL newspapers the morning after the NFC Championship Game. Those photos have since expired).

2) The difference between Packer and Bear fans 

3) TIE

    Yes, there were some lines I liked during the SOTU 

    Welcome to Franklin, 10 times!

4) Wisconsinites, will you obey this new law?
5) UPDATE: "Why can't America be more like EPCOT?"

Photos of the Week (01/30/11)

Photos of the Week

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scores a touchdown past Chicago Bears safety Danieal Manning (38) during the first quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.

Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scores a touchdown past Chicago Bears safety Danieal Manning (38) during the first quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game.

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) attempts to tackle Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) after Urlacher intercepted him during the third quarter of the NFL's NFC Championship football game in Chicago, January 23, 2011.

Green Bay Packers
' quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) attempts to tackle Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) after Urlacher intercepted him during the third quarter.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) runs for the end zone with an intercepted pass between Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie (12) and Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz (57) during the fourth quarter of the NFL's NFC Championship football...

Green Bay Packers
defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) runs for the end zone with an intercepted pass between Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie (12) and Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz (57) during the fourth quarter. The Packers beat the Bears, 21-14.

Above photos: Reuters

US President Barack Obama receives a jersey of Green Bay Packers NFL football player Charles Woodson  from Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (C) as Green Bay mayor James Schmitt looks on at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on January 26, 2011 as part of his White House to Main Street Tour.

US President Barack Obama receives a jersey of Green Bay Packers NFL football player Charles Woodson from Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (C) as Green Bay mayor James Schmitt looks on at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on January 26, 2011 as part of his White House to Main Street Tour.  Obama, a Chicago native, predicted the Chicago Bears would beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship game.Photo: Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25:  U.S. President Barack Obama's speech is shown before delivering his State of the Union speech January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. During his speech Obama was expected to focus on the U.S. economy and increasing education and infrastructure funding while proposing a three-year partial freeze of domestic programs and $78 billion in military spending cuts.

U.S. President Barack Obama's speech is shown before delivering his State of the Union speech January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. During his speech Obama was expected to focus on the U.S. economy and increasing education and infrastructure funding while proposing a three-year partial freeze of domestic programs and $78 billion in military spending cuts. Photo: Getty Images

US President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress as Housew Speaker  John Bohner applauds at the Capitol in Washington on January 25, 2011.

US President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress as House Speaker John Boehner applauds at the Capitol in Washington on January 25, 2011. Photo: Getty Images

A seat is left empty (C) for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seriously injured in the recent Tucson, Arizona tragedy, during President Barack Obama annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of congress and the supreme court on January 25, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Congressmen wear a black and white ribbon, in honor of the lost and wounded in the shooting, the white band representing hope for a peaceful, nonviolent society, the black in remembrance of all who have died and been wounded as a result of violence.

A seat is left empty (C) for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seriously injured in the recent Tucson, Arizona tragedy, during President Barack Obama annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of congress and the supreme court on January 25, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Congressmen wear a black and white ribbon, in honor of the lost and wounded in the shooting, the white band representing hope for a peaceful, nonviolent society, the black in remembrance of all who have died and been wounded as a result of violence. Photo: Getty Images

Dallas Green (2nd L), the brother of Christina Taylor Green, 9, who was killed in the January 8 mass killing in Arizona, rests on his father John Green's shoulder as he listens to US President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on January 25, 2011 with his mother Roxanna Green (2nd R) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (R).

Dallas Green (2nd L), the brother of Christina Taylor Green, 9, who was killed in the January 8 mass killing in Arizona, rests on his father John Green's shoulder as he listens to US President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on January 25, 2011 with his mother Roxanna Green (2nd R) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (R). Photo: Getty Images

MIAMI - JANUARY 25:  Ramon Diaz Castellon sits in the back of the pickup he is living in as he watches U.S. President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Castellon said he is unemployed after losing his job working at a restaurant that went out of business. President Obama mentioned during his speech that as a country we will move forward together, or not at all.

Ramon Diaz Castellon sits in the back of the pickup he is living in as he watches U.S. President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Castellon said he is unemployed after losing his job working at a restaurant that went out of business. President Obama mentioned during his speech that as a country we will move forward together, or not at all. Photo: Getty Images

In this screen grab taken from video, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. , delivers the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

In this screen grab taken from video, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. , delivers the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Photo: AP

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) (L) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) join Tea Party supporters in saying the Pledge of Allegiance during the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus January 27, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The senators gathered with supporters to discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, bringing an end to the U.S. budget deficit and limiting the size and scope of the federal government. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Anthony Hines, of Atlanta, right, shines the shoes of James McCurry, with the Savannah Chamber of Commerce as the Legislature meets for a session at the Georgia Capital, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in Atlanta. This is Hines 7th legislative session and shines about 25 pairs of shoes on a good day. Hines says this has been a slow session so far due to the poor winter weather in the area. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Astronaut Mark Kelly sits in the passenger seat of the ambulance as it carries his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Houston. Giffords was transferred Wednesday to begin the next phase of her recovery from a gunshot wound at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A red rose rests on a marker for space shuttle Challenger commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee during the annual National Day of Remembrance ceremony in the Astronaut Memorial Tree Grove at the Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Houston. NASA holds the agency-wide Day of Remembrance every January to honor the fallen crews of Apollo 1, space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. Friday, Jan. 28, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Challenger accident. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

Roses are placed January 28, 2011 at the Space Mirror below the names of the seven astronauts that died on board 51-L space shuttle Challenger 25 years ago at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

Former Concord High School student Kelly Garfield, who had Christa McAuliffe as a homeroom teacher, stands Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Concord, N.H., at her gravesite at 11:38, 25-years after the shuttle Challenger exploded, killing McAuliffe and the rest of the crew. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


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Recommended Reading (01/30/11)

Recommended reading

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

Add NFL team with tenure, seniority

It’s too bad that public education does not operate more like the NFL.”

Animal Farm comes to Arizona

"Talk about irony. 
For the most unexpected of reasons, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a supporter of Obamacare, may well become a popular symbol of the reason to repeal it."

My State of the Union Address

"We're in deep trouble.

You know why. Our debt has passed $14 trillion, and yet our current spending plans will make that worse. The U.S. debt will reach Greek levels in just 10 years.

So what should we get rid of?"

Planned Parenthood funding a defacto abortion tax on America

"In 2008 alone, Planned Parenthood received nearly $350 million in federal funding. By Planned Parenthood's own reckoning, this funding went to eliminate babies for more than 324,000 women that year."

Why is Congress requiring poison light bulbs?

"Isn't it perverse that Congress is requiring the abolition of perfectly good incandescent light bulbs, and their replacement by fluorescent lights that contain mercury, one of the deadliest substances known to mankind? (Mercury, as you likely know, is what made hatters mad.) How does requiring the introduction of poison into every home in the United States improve the environment, the stated purpose of the legislation?"

Seven non-political differences between conservatives and liberals

"If you follow politics closely, you'll find that there's a gulf as wide as the ocean between the average politically active conservative and the average politically active liberal. We don't just have political differences; we view the world through very different eyes."

Mercury Players Theatre kills off right-wingers in The Last Supper
(KF note: So much for that new, more civil tone)

"Five lefty graduate students in Iowa City gather for weekly dinners to revel in their shared (and sometimes smug) world view. The first dinner we witness ignites a surprising shared mission when one of the students invites the truck driver who offered him roadside assistance to join them. This young man, a patriotic Desert Storm vet, first startles the group when he insists on saying grace before the vegan meal and then goes on to praise Hitler, alarming and repulsing the other dinners. Threats and violence ensue, and one of the hosts stabs him.

As he lies bleeding on an area rug, the quintet, after some debate and initial hand-wringing, decide that they have done society a favor by eliminating him and silencing his dangerous words.”

The battle for Milwaukee County

"In the race for Milwaukee County Executive, there are only two candidates that say they are willing to do what is required to rightsize government…”

Culinary no-no #204

Culinary no-no's

It’s been a long time since I thought outside the bun.

Haven’t patronized a Taco Bell in years.

That means I’ve passed up their taquitos and crunchwraps and enchiritos and gorditas and chalupas.

And based on what I’m hearing, I’m glad I did.

The Taco Bell website boasts, “Each and every item contains high-quality ingredients.” Beef is merely referred to as “beef.”


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Just who is Roger Vinson?

He's a judge about to be vilified by the left.


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January 31, 2011
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Reclaiming Wisconsin for Life: A Day at the Capitol

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for
our 2011 Day at the Capitol!
Legislative leaders will address
the group followed by a session
on issues challenging the state
and what individuals can do to
advance the pro-life cause in
Wisconsin. At noon we will walk
to the Capitol and meet our
representatives to discuss issues favorable to life and the family.
Our legislative conference takes place at the beginning of every
two-year state legislative session.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Breakfast
Noon Capitol visits

Keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Also featuring Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Glenn Grothman
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Assembly Majority Leader
Scott Suder

Click here to register online or download a flier.

More pro-life billboards in Milwaukee

As we continue to offer pro-life, healthy, family-oriented alternatives to abortion, we will once again be running pro-life billboards in the city of Milwaukee. The billboards (left) connect women to a 24-hour crisis pregnancy counseling hotline.

Starting today, January 31, the above billboard can be found at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue & 27th Street and the intersection of North Avenue & 17th Street. The billboards will be at these locations for a month and will be in different spots in Milwaukee every month. Both billboards are intentionally located near Planned Parenthood facilities.

Last year, more than 400 women in Milwaukee called the hotline for crisis pregnancy help. Imagine that — 400 babies saved through a billboard! We’re excited for what this year will bring.

Donate to Pro-Life Wisconsin's True to Life media campaign and keep this effort going!

Another Wisconsin-based business supporting the abortion industry

Pro-lifers, we need your help again! This summer, Kohl’s was put on a boycott list due to its support of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties [PPOSBC]. After a massive outcry from pro-lifers, Kohl’s stated, in early January of this year, that no support of Planned Parenthood will occur from any level of the company.

Unfortunately, we have discovered another Wisconsin-based company financially supporting the abortion industry. And we need your help in contacting this company! As we saw with Kohl’s, companies do respond to their customers. And remember, pro-lifers are in the majority now.

Copps Food Stores is a sponsor of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin’s annual Roe v. Wade “celebration.” Copps is owned by Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.; Roundy’s “owns and operates more than 155 retail grocery stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois under the Pick ‘n Save®, Copps Food Center, Rainbow Foods, and Metro Market banners.”

NARAL’s website lists the names of Madison-area businesses who donated items for their Roe v. Wade event. Some of them aren’t a surprise, such as the Room of One’s Own bookstore and the Rainbow Bookstore, which market themselves to the gay/lesbian community. NARAL also lists the names of individuals who contributed financially to sponsor the event. And again, some of the names aren’t a surprise, such as Nicole Safar, who is a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Also included are politicians who support NARAL’s agenda, such as current Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz and former Madison mayor Paul Soglin.

Other businesses on the NARAL list are a reminder of where not to shop, whether you live in Madison or visit a couple times a year for Badger games. Put Milwaukee-based Copp’s grocery stores, Espresso Royale Cafe, Cardinal Bar, the Great Dane and the Glass Nickel Pizza Co. on THAT list.

There are plenty of stores in Wisconsin for pro-lifers to shop at that do not support the killing of innocent children. NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, for the record, supports clandestine abortions for teenagers, aborting disabled babies, and laughably states that abortion is “much safer than childbirth.”

If you decide to stop shopping at Copps or any of the Roundy’s stores, LET THEM KNOW. Boycotts work when customers withhold their money, but companies have to be told why their customers are displeased. You can contact Copps through their online comment form here or you can call Copps Customer Service at 1-800-353-4357.

Message to send to Copps [please be civil but firm]:

It has been brought to my attention that Copps is a sponsor for NARAL Wisconsin in their annual Roe v. Wade celebration. Just in case you weren’t aware, NARAL is an acronym for National Abortion Rights Action League, founded by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a once staunch abortion advocate who now dedicates his life to the pro-life cause. I take pride in shopping at a Wisconsin-based company, and I am saddened and disappointed by Copps’ decision to fund NARAL. As long as Copps continues to bankroll abortion, I will not be shopping at Copps.

If you feel comfortable sharing how much money, on average, you spend at Copps, do so. Money talks, especially when it will be spent elsewhere!

Planned Parenthood presence, Stations of the Cross create powerful witness

From the Madison Catholic Herald:
As the snow falls around her, a young woman walks from her car to the abortion clinic. No one came with her, and no doubt she will leave the same way. But she’s not alone.

On the sidewalk several yards away, there are people praying for her, for the doctor who will perform the abortion, and for the unborn child.

For a period of two hours every weekday, as the Planned Parenthood on Madison’s east side offers its abortion services, there will be a guaranteed presence this year to remind everyone who comes that there is a choice to choose life.

This prayerful witness is the work that can change hearts.

Those who pray ensure that those children do not die unloved.

Read more here.

Mississippi personhood amendment on November 2011 ballot

The state of Mississippi is set to amend its constitution this fall to protect all preborn children as “persons.” Last April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann notified Personhood Mississippi that they had collected the requisite number of voter signatures to ensure a spot on the November 2011 ballot. 

The Mississippi Personhood Amendment (Initiative Measure Number 26) reads, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

According to Les Riley, sponsor of the personhood amendment, "The Legislature of the State of Mississippi has passed just about every restriction on abortion that can be passed.  Still, about 3,000 preborn persons are murdered annually here. The churches and pro-life people of Mississippi are rising up to stop this slaughter, to recognize children as innocent persons, and to protect them by love and by law.” 

As reported by, the certification of signatures then prompted a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU which argued that the personhood amendment, which seeks to define the term "human being", modifies the Mississippi Bill of Rights, which is expressly prohibited by Section 273(5). But attorney Steve Crampton of the Liberty Counsel countered that Section 273(5) does not prohibit the definition of an otherwise undefined term, such as "person". He explained that the personhood amendment complies with section 273(5)(a) because it does not establish any new right and does not modify or repeal any existing right guaranteed under the Mississippi Bill of Rights. Rather, the amendment simply defines the term "person" and does not, in any way, modify the Bill of Rights.

A Mississippi circuit court settled the matter last October in favor of Personhood Mississippi. The court decision read; "Initiative Measure No. 26 has received more than the required amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot and the Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their Constitution."

Pro-Life Wisconsin strongly supports the Mississippi personhood initiative. To learn more about this amazing effort, click here for Personhood Mississippi.

400,000 turn out for March for Life; Wisconsin well-represented

Every year, the March for Life gets bigger and bigger. And Wisconsin continues to be well-represented! Pro-Life Wisconsin also held affiliate observances of Roe v. Wade around the state on January 22.

Approximately 16 buses from around Wisconsin traveled to Washington, DC for the March. Many carloads of people drove separately, and dozens of individuals and groups of students from several Wisconsin colleges and high schools flew out. Fr. Mark Carr led a group of Milwaukee students from Marquette University High School and Divine Saviour Holy Angels schools. Read an article about that here.

Read an article about the Vigil for Life Mass, held the night before the March, here.

Rep. Sean Duffy and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner both spoke to a packed crowd in the National Mall before the March kicked off. Read an article about the March here.

After the rally, Rep. Duffy held a pro-life reception for people from Wisconsin at his office. Hundreds of people turned out to visit Duffy’s office.

Photo, left, l-r: Peggy Hamill, Virginia Zignego, Rep. Duffy and Bobby Hamill, Peggy’s son and a staffer in Duffy’s office.

Watch a minute-long time lapse video of the March for Life here.The National Review posted a collage of photos of pro-life groups from around the country at the March here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The New York Times profiles the pro-euthanasia HBO film "How to Die in Oregon," which chronicles the experiences of families and assisted suicide. Read here.

- Jill Stanek writes on the West Coast Walk for Life, held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in San Francisco, and attended by 50,000. Read here.

Bishop Vasa of Oregon: Groups with affiliates that advocate abortion shouldn’t receive Catholic funding. Read more here.

- Gerard Nadal, PhD. wrote an excellent reflection on why the tide is turning and the abortion industry is seeing the beginning of the end. Read it here.

: I personally do not support or endorse the boycott of Wisconsin companies called for by Pro-Life Wisconsin in this newsletter. I have maintained a longtime view that boycotts don’t work. Keep in mind, there are plenty of pro-lifers and Christians that work in these stores, trying to make ends meet in a rough economy.

I do, however, support respectfully informing store management of your views on this issue.

What happens when the government takes away your guns?

Doug Giles
provides a historical refresher course in his latest column.

A snow update from Franklin Alderman Steve Olson

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Well, it appears that the “big dump” is on its way.

City Engineer John Bennett has continually predicted a 28” snowfall and he may get his wish.

Be assured that the City has plans for this event and will tackle the storm effectively but we need some help from you.

I’m certain that the Mayor will impose a snow emergency which will ban ALL parking on city streets.  I’ve been told that the Police Department will ticket vehicles parked on city streets and may have them towed.  So be forewarned.

Remember that city ordinance prohibits putting snow on city streets (especially after the plows come through).  Again, I’ve been told that this ordinance will be enforced, so, keep the snow off the streets after the plows come through.

And the Fire Department reminds you to shovel out the fire hydrant near your house.  Keeping the hydrant clear will save precious minutes should the need unfortunately come up.

And once the storm has passed and the clean-up done, don’t forget to help out your mail carrier by clearing about 15’ near your mail box so they can deliver your mail.

I apologize for the nagging tone, but it’s always better to be forewarned!

Also, don’t forget that there’s a primary election coming up on February 12.  Primary election for State Supreme Court and Milwaukee County Executive are headliners for this election and they need your participation!

Thanks, and don’t forget to help your neighbors, especially the elderly and less abled.

As always, feel free to pass this on to your friends and neighbors.


City of Franklin

Steve Olson
Alderman, 1st District
8091 S. Meadowcreek Ct.
Franklin, Wisconsin  53132


The same old DNR? Patience please

I admire the work of Richard Moore, investigative reporter for the Lakeland Times newspaper. No one has been more critical of or has placed more scrutiny on what is probably the state of Wisconsin’s most heavy-handed and most hated agency, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

About two weeks, I blogged about Moore’s reporting of the DNR going on private property without permission or notification, claiming it has every right to. Moore skillfully dug into that assertion and blew it up.

Moore’s due diligence in his examination of the DNR is refreshing and quite commendable. However, I was disappointed when, during an opinion piece recounting the above story, Moore expressed disappointment with the DNR, now under the control of Governor Scott Walker for less than a month. Moore writes:

“It's the same old, same old DNR, the same folks who have bullied and tormented and harassed so many...We had expected better of this new administration, but then, when do we really get anything but the same special interests in either political party?”

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Changing the overall attitude and delivery of service in this troubled agency will take some time. New DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is certainly equipped to take on the challenge and ultimately be successful.

Last week on the floor of the state Senate, Senate President Mike Ellis had heard enough from Democrats unhappy with yet another pro-business bill being debated and approved. Ellis told his colleagues they could not expect 50,000 jobs to be created in 5 minutes. The same holds true for re-inventing and re-building the image of the DNR.

To Richard Moore of the Lakeland Times, I say, patience, patience.

Could Packer fans literally survive a Super Bowl loss?

For some Packer fans, this Sunday’s Super Bowl is a matter of life and death.

No, that is not hyperbole. It’s a fact.

Clinical Cardiology has released a study today about, and follow along with me, the
role of age, sex, and race on cardiac and total mortality associated with Super Bowl wins and losses.

I will link to the all the scientific data, but here’s the gist of the study:

Total and cardiac mortality rates in Los Angeles County, California, increased after the 1980 Super Bowl loss (SBL), but there was an overall reduction in total mortality after the 1984 Super Bowl win (SBW). A SBL triggered increased deaths in both men and women and especially in older patients, whereas a SBW reduced death more in those aged ≥65 years and in women.”

In other words, if your team loses the big game, you could die. As Redd Foxx used to say in Sanford & Son: "This is the big one!" You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!”

Here’s the study.

Question: Who is best equipped to handle a Super Bowl loss? Packer fans or Steeler fans?

ABC News has that answer.

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