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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.

Sounds like the GOP gets it after last November


I don't write a Culinary yes-yes...

But if I did...


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Goodnight everyone, and have an incredibly super weekend!

I don't know friends, to this day, what it was that they
was a doin' down there,
but I have studied about it.
I think it was that it's some kindly of a contest where they
see which bunchful of them men can take that pumpkin
and run from one end of that cow pasture to the other
without gettin' knocked down or steppin' in somethin'.
From Andy Grifffith’s 1953 recording, “What It Was, Was Football”

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.


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The best cartoons of the week (02/02/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (02/02/13)

The Barking Lot

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Week-ends (02/02/13)


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...


Dominic, Mark, and Mary Gundrum

Brendan Marrocco

Charles Albert Poland

Mark Sikes

Gutsy grandma

Don Hanlon

Alana Stewart

Katelyn Francis

JJ Watt


Sandra Fluke

The Baltimore Ravens

Sen. Bob Menendez

Harvard students


"I'm a big football fan," but "if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football." President Obama in an interview with major Democrat donor and magazine owner Chris Hughes. Obama was referring to the emerging consensus that the injuries, and in particular head injuries, sustained while playing football can have serious health effects.

"It's not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis. It's a physical game. Everybody plays hard. And guys get hit sometimes. That's what we all know coming into the game. We all signed up for it. We came out to play football."
San Francisco 49er All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith, one of several San Francisco players who doesn't see anything wrong with their kids playing football.

“No, we don’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah… can’t be… in the locker room man. Nah.”
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver when asked on media day at the Super Bowl if there were any homosexuals on his team. Culliver later apologized.

"I'm gay...Me not rooting for San Francisco is like booing Africa.”
Comedienne Wanda Sykes is having a problem deciding which football team to support on Super Bowl Sunday because she grew up in Maryland. She spoke to Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

"I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News.”
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., suggested on the Senate floor that the non-entitlement spending problem is a creation of Fox News. 

"Legal gun buyers are not causing murders in Newark and Chicago and other places.”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker made that statement on HBO's Real Time, despite being for tougher gun laws.

“If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why has he not referenced it at any point in time as we have had this gun debate that is ongoing? I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him. I bet I’ll beat him.”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on CNN, challenging President Obama to a skeet shooting contest.

“A childish proposal. It is maybe based on how hard (state Representative Leon Young) works, but it doesn’t reflect the effort that I think most lawmakers, full or part-time, do.”
State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) reacting to Leon Young’s suggestion that full-time WI lawmakers be made part-time.

“Sometimes when you want to change government, streamline it, make it more efficient, you’re not always going to make people happy.”
Leon Young (D-Milwaukee) brushing off Jauch’s criticism.

"Underneath every skirt, every dress, I'm wearing shorts. So that everyone in the world knows, if I ever fell down, nobody would get a peek at anything."
Carrie Underwood


Media lies about gun activists heckling father of murdered Newtown boy.


Does Obama shoot a lot or not?


Understandably, the Super Bowl.


He made it all up.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.


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Recommended Reading (02/02/13)

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).

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Photos of the Week (02/03/13)

Photos of the Week

1) People throw San Francisco 49ers towels and beads to fans from a balcony in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, February 2, 2013, in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Fans try to grab the towels.  Photos: George Bridges/MCT

2) Diamond Miles, of New Orleans, walks through the French Quarter selling Super Bowl themed parasols which she and her cousin made for football fans, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. The city will host NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

3) Super Bowl fans and locals party in the French Quarter in New Orleans Febuary 2, 2013 on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

4) Super Bowl fan Caley Baldez visits a display at The NFL Experience in New Orleans Febuary 2, 2013 on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

5) Baltimore Ravens fan Rick Polk of Baltimore, Md., stops to take a picture of the Super Bowl XLVII sculpture on a barge along the Riverwalk , Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. The Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

6) San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh participate in a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

7) Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot and left handicapped after a gunman opened fire at an event in Tucson, Ariz., and her husband retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly prepare to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 2013. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

8) Mason Vranish, left, pays $100 cash for a used missile launcher outside of a Seattle Police Department gun buyback program in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26. Participants received up to a $100 gift card in exchange for working handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to a $200 gift card for assault weapons. The event lasted from 9 a.m. until shortly after noon, after the event ran out of $80,000 worth of gift cards. Here's another look at Vranish and that missile launcher. Photos: Nick Adams / Reuters

9) A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus, on Jan 30. The Free Syrian Army fighter on the left was wounded moments later. The fighter on the right died soon after being shot. Photos: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

10) A riot police officer uses his baton on an anti-government protester during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo on Jan. 28. Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

11) Hundreds of men and women in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero have armed themselves with rifles, pistols and machetes to defend their villages against drug gangs that local police are unable or unwilling, to stop. Hooded men stand guard outside the Justice palace, in Ayutla de los Libres, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, on Jan. 24. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP - Getty Images

12) President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., on Aug. 4, 2012, in this official White House photo released on Feb. 1, 2013.  Photo: Pete Souza / The White House

13) A mural, aimed to promote the sale of defense bonds and designed by the Farm Security Administration, is seen in the concourse of Grand Central Terminal in 1941. Photo: Arthur Rothstein / Library of Congress. Friday marked 100 years since the first set of keys was handed to the terminal’s station master, with the first train leaving just after midnight on the following day. Shuttling millions of commuters since, the terminal – with its vast spaces and lovely architecture – has become a destination in itself.

14) Four-year-old Melody Kerley plays on the swings with her sister Madalynn, 3, and mother Michelle, at North School Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Illinois residents who have been whiplashed by weather extremes are enjoying the temperatures that soared into the mid-60s Tuesday, exactly one week after they bundled in parkas and wool hats against subzero temperatures and brutal wind chills. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, George LeClaire)

15) Groundhog co-handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil as the Groundhog Club's Bob Roberts reads the famous groundhog's annual weather prediction. Phil did not see his shadow signaling an early end to winter. Photo: Jason Cohn / Reuters.

16) A reporter attempts an interview with Phil. Photo: David Maxwell / EPA

17) Turbo, a Russell terrier, attends a press conference for the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Jan. 28 in New York.  Photo: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

18) A squirrel scurries around a park in Kyrgyzstan, Russia. Photo: Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP - Getty Images

19) Macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on Jan. 26 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images

20) Dogs perform with the Ukrainian National Circus in Kiev, Russia, on Jan. 24. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images

Only in America...

Could a man be involved in a double murder and win the Super Bowl.

As we celebrate Ray Lewis, don't forget murder victims

"Amid this week-long celebration and commemoration of Ray Lewis' brilliant, Hall of Fame career, let us not forget that he was once charged with killing Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker — two men whose murders were never solved. Two men whose families are, no doubt, still haunted by the fact that brutal, bloody killers are still out there somewhere running free."

Reminds me of:

I am not celebrating Baltimore's victory.

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Culinary no-no #314

Culinary no-no's

It was a very special car trip for me with my parents when I was a youngster. The McDonald’s at 27th and Morgan was one of the few around where we lived. We’d park, mom would take the orders and head to the window. No indoor seating back then so the burgers, fries, and shakes would be consumed in the car.

For the longest time, going out for burgers meant the Golden Arches, Big Boy, or George Webb’s. Then came a new kid on the block.

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The latest pro-life news (02/04/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin.


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Franklin eats Oak Creek's dust

When it comes to luring new businesses and entrepreneurs and creating jobs, the city of Franklin gets a big fat “F”.  In perpetual denial, our so-called leaders know as much about economic development as my wife knows about changing a tire.

Contrast our miserable Flintstones-like mentality with the hustling, bustling whirlwind of activity that’s occurring in neighboring Oak Creek. If this was a prize fight, Oak Creek would be Mike Tyson and Franklin would be Pee Wee Herman. In the 53132 zip code, we laugh off and rationalize one failure after another with lame reassurances that while we lost jobs and more consumer choices, at least we saved a wetland. Everyone in Franklin should be embarrassed by our inertia and complete lack of not only job creation expertise but any interest or sense of urgency or passion about boosting our local economy.

Across the border, Oak Creek is cleaning our clock while we just sit back, relax, yawn and refer the few that might by some fluke be interested in opening a Popsicle stand to a glossy brochure with fingers crossed and prayers those few don’t talk to anyone at Meijer’s.

The Small Business Times has a brand new cover story:

“…like many post-World War II communities, Oak Creek lacks an important aspect common in older cities and villages: a downtown, a place that is the unique identity, historic heart and gathering place for a community.

“But now a partnership of city officials and an all-star development team is working to literally change the identity of Oak Creek and create a new mixed-use downtown for the city that also will be a unique destination on the south side of Milwaukee County.

"In sum, Oak Creek is on the cusp of an historic and catalytic, game-changing reinvention.

“City officials have committed to build a new city hall and library in the development, called Drexel Town Square. The city has committed to providing up to $19.9 million in tax incremental financing for the project, mostly for infrastructure and public amenities. The city also is lending $2 million to Wispark, which will be paid back under an agreement to share the proceeds from land sales in the project with the city.

“Drexel Town Square will be a unique development that few, if any, other communities in the United States have tried.”

In Franklin where our priorities are royally screwed up (heavier regulation of LED signs), we do nothing, absolutely nothing while Oak Creek utilizes innovation and actually possesses vision.

Congrats, Oak Creek. Shame on us in Franklin.

Piers Morgan takes on Ted Nugent...not a good move


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This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin

I do believe my jaw dropped to the floor when I read the FranklinNOW story posted on January 28. It began like this:

“The Architectural Review Board is poised to consider how LED signs should be regulated within the city.

“The board discussed concerns related to the signs Jan. 24, particularly those capable of displaying high-quality moving images.

“Member Ted Juerisson brought the issue to the board, noting that the brightness of the signs, such as the one located at the car wash on Rawson Avenue, can be overwhelming, especially at night.”
The LED signs, we were informed in the article, can be a “distraction,” in other words, dangerous.

What’s next?



Franklin’s Architectural Review Board will discuss setting regulations for LED signs at its next meeting on February 14.

Seriously?  Really?

This goofy group isn't doing this because of some epidemic or crisis. No way. They're doing it for two reasons:

1) They want to LOOK important.

2) They want to FEEL important.

Now mind you, this article appeared on the FranklinNOW website the very same day the bat phone was ringing in Mayor Tom Taylor’s office at City Hall. On the other end was a Meijer’s representative telling the mayor that Franklin could get bent, they ain’t buildin’ here.


Nope. They ain’t buildin’ here.

No job creation.

No economic spinoff.

No establishment of another consumer option in the business desert known as Franklin.

The reaction from City Hall?


No big deal.

And this classic: Hey, we might still have a chance at getting them to come. Oh, wait. That was NML. Sorry. They ain't expanding here either.

Waking city leaders out of their perpetual snooze was the worry that some poor sap in his/her car would see a brightly lit LED sign and recreate the Hindenburg disaster. I kid you not, their undies were in that bundle.

Reminds me of the time in the early 80’s when the dinosaur known as Milwaukee County Stadium decided to put electronic messages on a board facing the expressway. The sheriff at the time predicted mass destruction on the freeway. Of course, it never happened.

I’ve built two homes in the city of Franklin. Each time, before I could proceed, I had to take blueprints in hand and attend a meeting for their approval. It could have been the not-at-all impressive Architectural Review Board, I can’t recall because quite frankly, I wasn’t impressed.  I had to wait patiently for what seemed forever for this pompous group of buffoons to call on me to kiss their rings and hope they would ok the exterior of my future house. All the while I thought the approval for my home’s design depended on a bunch of dolts who were dressed at the meeting like homeless bums.

Earth to the knuckle-draggers on this useless board: We are in the 21st Century. Every single stinkin’ motorist can look over to the side of the road and see a digital sign that reads Dunkin Donuts has a special on donot holes and a large latte and not end up causing a 12-car pile-up.

This is the kind of garbage we sweat in Franklin. Over-regulation. It’s the kind of garbage that prevents us from really, really, moving into the modern age and truly advancing.


Franklin obliterates weather record

The news was broken on this very web site and as of this posting is still there.

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L 5

I wish.

Now for

Mark Belling rips Franklin's county supervisors

Milwaukee County Supervisors Steve Taylor and Mark Borkowksi are suggesting the Milwaukee County Board be reduced in size from 18 members to 13 and that the board’s budget be cut by 40%.

However, and this is a major however, Taylor and Borkowski (both of whom represent parts of Franklin) are not endorsing a cut in salary for board members. Under their proposal, supervisors would keep their present full-time salaries. The idea is essentially worthless and doesn’t constitute anything near genuine reform.

At the end of his program today, WISN’s Mark Belling called Taylor and Borkowski, “weasels.”

I expect such a worthless plan from the likes of Taylor. I’m a bit surprised Borkowski would go along. Yet another sign
practically everyone on the board doesn’t want themselves or anyone else to kill the golden goose.

Tell me again how Scott Walker destroyed MPS

Last May, the Journal Sentinel’s not-so-reliable PolitiFact reported:

Scott Walker and his recall critics may as well be on different planets when it comes to describing how local schools fared under his budget.

“Walker tells audiences that most schools got far more saving from his controversial collective bargaining limits - money-saving ‘tools’ in Walker's phrasing - than they suffered in cuts from his budget.

“Democratic Party officials and their allies say schools all over the state suffered ‘devastating’ aid cuts, and Walker recall opponent Tom Barrett says education was ‘gutted.’

Milwaukee Public Schools wound up cutting 7% of its staff, including 300-plus teachers - though declining enrollment also factored in.”

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Education Spending in Wisconsin

By guest bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal

Wis. Conservative Digest

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Trust me, you want to be with Stein Metzger, RIGHT NOW



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If Hillary Clinton Is The Most Powerful Woman Ever Then Why Did One Simple Task Always Elude Her?

Obama, Clinton AWOL the night of Benghazi attack.

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They're coming soon...


The Franklin site of the proposed Meijer store has "challenges"

That’s what Sean Ryan of the Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting today in a podcast. I don’t have permission to link to the podcast, but you can easily find it on the newspaper’s website.

Goodnight everyone, and have an artistic weekend

"I've always said I can't tell sometimes that people even have an album out until I see them nominated for a Grammy. I think country gets dumped on across the board by the Grammys."
Toby Keith

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. 

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Goodnight everyone, and have an artistic weekend

"I've always said I can't tell sometimes that people even have an album out until I see them nominated for a Grammy. I think country gets dumped on across the board by the Grammys."
Toby Keith

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. 

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The best cartoons of the week (02/09/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (02/09/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 32. It will feel nicer, but we have all that snow and ice to contend with. "F"

SUNDAY:  Wake up to freezing drizzle followed by rain showers by noon. Showers will end before 6 pm. High of 39. "F"

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

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Week-ends (02/09/13)


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...


Chris Kyle

Louise Howard

Coach in Detroit

Clint Romesha

Narayanan Krishnan

4 military chaplains

Jason LeBlanc

Gayle Trotter

Pizza 4 Patriots

Once again, Michael Garcia

Donald Driver


Ron Paul

Florida cops

The University of Illinois


Again, the fumblin', stumblin', bumblin' TSA

Nicolas Olson

Chicago Bears fan(s)


“We don’t think that people are going to be that inconvenienced.”
NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg referring to Friday’s blizzard.

"This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House."
A White House memo referring to a photo of President Obama with a rifle.

"It's almost like they don't give a damn. If they don't give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?"
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood told CNBC that Washington gridlock is sending the nation racing towards another contentious debt deadline.

“We will not cease from our effort to assure that healthcare for all does not mean freedom for few.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement indicating its rejection of the latest HHS mandate proposal by the Obama administration. The new HHS proposal provides a narrow definition of a “religious employer” and does not permit for individual for-profit businesses that claim a conscientious objection to the mandate. In short, the mandate continues to undermine the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

“America is one big pothole right now. At one time... we were the leader in infrastructure. We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments."
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who is leaving his post, is confessing that the roads of America are crumbling because there simply isn’t enough money in the government’s coffers to fix them.

“I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper poles and putting dollar bills through their TV sets, was it? Why can’t we have a national entertainment moment that does not include a mother gyrating in a black teddy?”
Columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez

"Fat butt Michelle Obama. Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”
Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students. Grisham was suspended Monday.


US government, led by Obama, makes case for killing American civilians.


Sandy Hook father: my child is safer at home where I am armed.


Beyonce's half-time show at the Super Bowl was the most incredible, phenomenal, stupendous, fantastic, tremendous, outstanding, death defying, greatest exhibit of talent anyone in the history of mankind has ever displayed.


You just don't get this at our Franklin library.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

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February 2, 2014

That’s the date of next year’s Super Bowl. The place: The New Jersey Meadowlands. The stadium does not have a roof.

Could be a nightmare.


Nice work, Greendale

The welcoming archway pictured above now stands at the intersection of Northway and Grange Avenue in Greendale and looks great. Photo: David Cotey,

Meanwhile, here in Franklin....

Well, you know.  

Recommended Reading (02/09/13)

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).

Dereliction of Duty

"Nothing. That is what President Barack Obama did on the night of September 11, 2012, as terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, among them Ambassador Christopher Stevens. President Obama’s inaction was revealed in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday by outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey."

Remember, there is no voter fraud

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Photos of the Week (02/10/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Snow covers cars along Third Street in South Boston Saturday, Feb. 9. A storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight. Photo: Gene J. Puskar / AP

2) Mary Leahy shovels out her sidewalk during a blizzard in Medford, Mass., Feb. 9. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters.

3) The ocean overflows the sea wall on Winthrop Shore Drive, Feb. 9, in Winthrop, Mass. Photo: Darren Mccollester / Getty Images

4) People shovel snow as floodwaters flow down Coral Street, Feb. 9, in Winthrop, Mass. Photo: Darren Mccollester/Getty Images

5) Abandoned cars are parked along the Long Island Expressway. NBC News reports, "The blizzard that swept through the Northeast on Friday and Saturday turned parts of New York’s Long Island into a moonscape. Roads normally thick with traffic were pristine and white, snow piled up around entrances to buildings, and some cars were stranded." Photo: Anthony Quintano / NBC News

6) The Long Island Expressway is impassable at Exit 61. Photo: Anthony Quintano / NBC News

7) Jack Percoco of Cambridge, Mass. reaches into depleted shelves for milk at a supermarket in Somerville, Mass., Feb. 8.  Photo: Elise Amendola/AP

8) LEFT: One of the most iconic images of Hurricane Sandy, the lemon yellow home in Union Beach split in half, but remained standing. RIGHT: The same property 100 days later. Photos: Andrew Mills / The Star-Ledger

9) Damaged photos belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., are evaluated during restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy at New York's School of Visual Arts on Feb. 2. Photo: Richard Drew/ AP

10) A group of New York postmen set off on foot from the General Post Office to deliver mail in New York City at Christmas, circa 1955. The United States Postal Service announced on Wednesday that they will stop Saturday mail deliveries. Email and other forms of electronic communication have made a big dent in the Postal Service's bottom line. Photo: Vecchio / Three Lions via Getty Images

11) Athens residents reach out to take fruit and vegetables distributed for free by farmers on Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: John Kolesidis / Reuters

12) Josie Asaton, walking behind a police car and dressed in a wedding dress, leads a group of students in protest walk against domestic violence in Miami, Feb. 8, 2013. Barry University hosted its third annual “Brides Walk,” an event to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence among college and high school students, Women in wedding gowns made the six-mile walk. The walk is in memory of Gladys Ricart, who was murdered in 1999 by her ex-boyfriend while preparing for her wedding. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP

13) Mark and Mary Gundrum sit with son Dominic in their Town of Delafield home. An ultrasound showed Dominic had encephalocele, a rare disorder in which part of the brain was exposed, covered in skin, outside the head.  It's an amazing story of faith, hope, love, and yes, a miracle. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

14) Newly-recruited female marines take their lunch with fellow Filipino soldiers after undergoing drills inside the marine headquarters in the town of Ternate, south of Manila on Tuesday. Photo: Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

15) Half-naked South Korean marines and their U.S. counterparts from 3-Marine Expeditionary Force 1st Battalion from Kaneho Bay, Hawaii, run on a snow field in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. More than 400 Marines from the two countries participated in the joint winter exercise held for the first time in South Korea. Photo: Lee Jin-Man / AP

16) Women's invitational runners at the start of the 36th Empire State Building Run-Up running race in New York on Feb. 6, 2013. Competitors run up 1,576 steps and 1,050 feet in a stairwell from the ground floor to the 86th floor observation deck.  Photo: Adam Hunger/Reuters

17) Tina Maze of Slovenia reacts after learning that her competitor Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. did not complete the race, during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming on Feb. 5. Vonn was flown to a hospital after suffering a serious crash on the opening day of the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria during the super-G event. Vonn lost her balance on a tough landing, lost her ski, and slid off course into a gate before finally coming to a stop. She was checked out by a doctor on the hill for more than ten minutes, and then taken to the hospital for further evaluation. An FIS official said the doctor reported her injury as cruciate and lateral tears in her right knee. Photo: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

18) A Sri Lankan prisoner who tried to hide his cellphone during a search of his cell was caught out when guards heard a ring tone emanating from his rear end, according to a hospital official. The mobile phone and a hands-free kit are seen in a 58 year old Sri Lankan prisoner's rectum in an X-ray image received by AFP on Feb. 8, 2013.

19) The face of England's King Richard III was revealed for the first time in more than 500 years on Tuesday following a reconstruction based on a skull unearthed from a parking lot in the city of Leicester. After carrying out a series of scientific investigations on bones exhumed from the site last year, the University of Leicester announced on Monday that the remains belonged to Richard III, who died in battle in 1485. Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

20) A man uses the cover of a hot tub to move a TV set through floodwaters at Cornubia, Queensland. Massive summer floods have killed four people and forced thousands to evacuate their homes across the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales, according to local authorities. Photo: Reuters

21) Ben Brust is mobbed by teammates after hitting a long three-pointer as time expired in regulation to send Wisconsin's game against Michigan into overtime Saturday.  The Badgers upset 3rd-ranked Michigan in overtime, 65-62, and the celebration at the Kohl Center was on. Photos: AP

22) Fans filled the Lambeau Field Atrium on Wednesday to say goodbye to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. Journal Sentinel photos: Mark Hoffman

23) Fans and members of the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers wait for power to return in the Superdome during an outage in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game.  Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP

24) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) returns the second-half kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP

25) Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans, La. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

26) The reunion rumors proved true: Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams, right, of Destiny's Child, during the Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Photo:  Gerald Herbert / AP

27) The true highlight of the Super Bowl: Jennifer Hudson sings 'America the Beautiful' with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus before the Super Bowl. Hudson and the choir all wore green ribbons, a sign of their support for the school, which lost 20 students and 6 staff members in a horrific December shooting. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

28) Two hundred and eighty-eight dancers of the opening committee dance the opening waltz at the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna February 7, 2013. Some 5,000 visitors enjoy one of Austria's most glittering social events, paying 250 euros ($335) for entry tickets and up to 18,500 euros ($24,800) for compartments. Photo: Herwig Prammer / Reuters

29) Samba dancer Diana Prado, right, adjusts her costume as she prepares for a carnival parade at central station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 2. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP

30) Popular model Kate Upton has landed once again on the cover of the 2013 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

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The latest pro-life news (02/11/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin (Make sure you check out their link to the Daily Mail's story on the Gundrums).

Also from Wisconsin Right to Life:


February 8, 2013

Wisconsin law on WebCam abortions intact

Planned Parenthood sues at the drop of a hat, indeed they’d sue, if they could, while the hat is being made. Take Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, for example.

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My Most Popular Blogs (02/11/13)

Most popular

It’s back. I’m once again receiving data showing my most popular blogs the past week, in this case, February 4-10:

1. Franklin eats Oak Creek's dust 

2. This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin 

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"But you don't understand! It's for the Archbishop!"

Kevin's favorites; Nostalgia


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Is Sheriff David Clarke onto something?

9-1-1. In Chicago, they might respond, and maybe not.


MacIver Update - It's Still Working Wisconsin!

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Meijer rejection of Franklin brings out the rosy glasses

It’s been said a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, this one’s at least a chapter.

Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor

A rather glum Franklin mayor Tom Taylor standing in the snow on an all-but vacant lot, marked by a single, boarded-up rundown building is on the cover of the most recent edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. It’s a sad, revealing photo, a final exclamation point on the 9-month Meijer saga that turned out just to be a tease for the many who supported the project.

Sean Ryan opens his Business Journal article:

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Way to go...

Steve Martin!


Tea Party State of the Union Response

Tea Party Response to the State of the Union

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UPDATE: Franklin eats Oak Creek's dust

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Could it happen in Franklin? As the Temptations once sang, "Just My Imagination."

UPDATE: This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin

Previously on This Just In...

The update:

Thursday night, when many will turn their attention to celebrating Valentine’s Day, Franklin’s Architectural Review Board will waste time discussing whether heavier regulation of LED signs is necessary.  LED stands for “light emitting diode.”

The board is worried that the city, and this is hard to believe, doesn’t have any stipulations in its building code to address the few (FranklinNOW reports a “handful”) LED signs that display bright images. Too bright for board member Ted Juerisson. FranklinNOW reports Juerisson “brought the issue to the board, noting that the brightness of the signs, such as the one located at the car wash on Rawson Avenue, can be overwhelming, especially at night.”



The Las Vegas strip. Now that's overwhelming, not lil ol' Franklin.

FranklinNOW also reports that “Building Inspector Fred Baumgart said that the signs also can pose a distraction to drivers if the displayed images or messages change too frequently.”

Now that’s a real toughie. If I was a reporter and the building inspector told me that the LED sign at the car wash could pose a danger, I’d get on the phone and call the Franklin Police Department for the latest data about vehicle crashes near that site. Should be pretty easy given that 76th and Rawson is one of Franklin’s major intersections.  Not surprisingly, the FranklinNOW reporter omits this key element of the story.

Could LED signs be dangerous for motorists? About two weeks ago, I found this headline on

New Study Finds Link Between LED Billboards and Likelihood of Highway Crashes

The results of a new Swedish study are referenced by the website reporter:

“Overall, the electronic billboards attract more visual attention than the other traffic signs included in the study. Dwell times are longer, the visual time sharing intensity is higher, very long single glances are more frequent, and the number of fixations is greater for the electronic billboards.”

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The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

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Goodnight everyone, and have a heart-racing weekend!

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
A. A. Milne

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.

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The best cartoons of the week (02/16/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay


Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (02/16/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 16.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 28. "F"

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

Since she’s celebrating and planning her birthday weekend, Jennifer has the week off for Barking Lot. In place of her weekly blog, I offer a recent piece written in the New York Times by a geriatrician on the West Coast. He presents a serious discussion about the difficulty of determining when an old pet or human has suffered enough.

weekend last year, we asked our vet how we would know when it was time to put down Byron, our elderly dog. Byron was 14, half blind, partly deaf, with dementia, arthritis and an enlarged prostate. He often walked into walls, stood staring vacantly with his tail down, and had begun wandering and whining for reasons we could not always decipher.

‘Attentive to Byron’s needs, we softened his food with water and sprinkled it with meat; we cuddled him when he whimpered and took him outside to relieve himself seven, even eight times a night. We couldn’t take a vacation because we couldn’t imagine asking anyone, friend or dog sitter, to do what we were doing. Nor could we fully trust anyone to provide the care we thought Byron required.

“But it was also true that Byron often toddled along happily on his daily walks. He sniffed bushes and stained storefronts with the measured attentiveness of a research scientist, flirted with passers-by, and on occasion raised his ears and tail, marked a spot, then kicked his hind legs while growling, barking and asserting his dominance over some generally long-gone canine competition. Since Byron was an evidently elderly eight-pound Yorkshire terrier, this invariably provoked fond smiles from passing strangers.

“When asked whether it was time to put Byron ‘to sleep,’ our vet said…”

You can read “Weighing the End of Life”

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

Channel 12 in Milwaukee investigates why dogs rescued from fighting rings are kept in solitary confinement.

Vets howl about WI drug tracking bill.

Dog drama in Oregon ends.

Police officer shuts down freeway to save dog.

Dog  rescued from chilly Milwaukee River.

Biggie gets second chance at life.

UPDATE: Homeless man says thank you.

Major League pitcher separated from his dog.

Dog treats come under FDA scrutiny.

Dogs know a dog when they see one.

Not only that, your dog knows when to misbehave.

Opinion: Dogs and bones.

The world of dog plastic surgery.

Americans still spending big on their pets.

Banana Joe wins.

It's not just about competitions.

Stryker has new career.

A little boy and his bulldog: a love story.

Do you like the idea of a Valentine's Day for Animals?

The understanding dog.

It's a dog's life.



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Week-ends (02/16/13)


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...


6 educators

Clinton Romesha

Nathen Lane

Brian Busby



Allen Parton

Sam Johnson

James May

Leonard Cooper


Christopher Dorner

Oscar Pistorius?

Dr. LeRoy Carhart

Jose Antonio Vargas

Victor Shane Scroggins


"After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before. Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger."
President Obama in his State of the Union address.

"The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all."
President Obama in his State of the Union address.

“Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”
President Obama in his State of the Union address.

"Our goal in government should not be: how many more people can we get on these programs. Our goal in government should be just the opposite: how many people can we get off of them because we've empowered them to control their own lives, to control their own destiny, and move themselves and their families forward. If you want to get help in terms of unemployment compensation, we want to make sure you're out hustling each and every week as much as reasonably possible to go out and find that job. We're going to give you the skills and backing and the opportunity to do that, but you've got to work to make that happen as well.”
Governor Scott Walker. As part of his budget proposal for the next biennium, Walker doesn't want to see able-bodied childless adults needlessly depending on the government. For people in that group collecting food stamps, they will have to find work or participate in a state-sponsored training program in order to continue collecting benefits. Those collecting unemployment would have to look for work four times a week instead of two.

"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face--not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.

"Responsible Americans realize that the world as we know it has changed. After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.

"When the next terrorist attack comes, the Obama administration won't accept responsibility. Instead, it will do what it does every time: blame a scapegoat and count on Obama's 'mainstream' media enablers to go along...A heinous act of mass murder--either by terrorists or by some psychotic who should have been locked up long ago--will be the pretext to unleash a tsunami of Gun Control.

"No wonder Americans are buying guns in record numbers right now.”
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre

"I want a hot shower and a daggum Whataburger.”
56-year old Deborah Knight of Houston after disembarking the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph. It finally docked after 5 days without power.

"I appreciate the patience of our guests and their ability to cope with the situation. And I'd like to reiterate the apology I made earlier. I know the conditions on board were very poor. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a great vacation experience, and clearly we failed in this particular case."
Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill apologized at a news conference and later on the public address system as people were disembarking Triumph.

"This is the same kind of thing that people went through in Katrina ..."
A CNN reporter during a live interview with Carnival Cruise ship Triumph passenger Roy Kenny.

“Let's put that in perspective. Katrina was a major devastation. We're on a frickin' cruise ship and we're all just having a good time.”
Rob Kenny responding to the CNN reporter.

“Are you glad to be back?”
A CNN reporter to a passenger on the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph.


The hero status some want to bestow on Christopher Dorner.



Is there any issue the public agrees with the President? Nope


Marco Rubio needing water during the GOP response to the State of the Union.


Passing gas on an airplane? Yeh, they did a study

There's something rotten in Aspen

To Chubby Checker, size does matter

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (02/16/13)

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).

A real State of the Union

"We've heard another State of the Union speech, and my president said grand things like:

'Think about ... a future where we're in control of our own energy ... I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China ... I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning ...'

"Actually, he said that in 2012. I write before this year's speech, but he says basically the same thing every year: With more spending, government can fix everything.

"But I have this dream — one where my president walks to the podium, and he instead says this..."

Why our gun debate is off target

"Believe it or not, what's missing from the current shout-fest over guns and gun control is the voice of gun owners...

"Our guns affect everybody, and the non-gun-owning public has a right to expect things to improve. More than ever, after the transformative horror of Sandy Hook, the old defensive crouch is inadequate. If gun culture is to survive, gun guys need to get in the game. If we want to hold on to our guns, we need to be part of the solution."

Why Dr. Ben Carson is my hero…it’s not what you think

“Dr. Ben Carson is my hero.

“But not because of his controversial speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in front of President Obama.

“Conservative, mostly white Republican critics of the president are praising Dr. Carson because they are ecstatic to see a black man express conservative ideas to the face of a liberal, Democrat and black president’s face.

“But that is not why I consider Dr. Carson a hero."

15 things that are not okay for liberals to do

"All the talk about compassion, tolerance and niceness on the Left is actually a mask to hide the vitriolic and hateful disposition that undergirds modern liberalism. So, while everything you're about to read applies just as much to libertarians, conservatives and moderates as it does to the Left, it's the liberals who need to hear it because they're the only mainstream ideology that habitually engages in such uncivilized behavior.

"It's not okay to..."

We will convert people to pro-life by being right, not loud

"When you go around with megaphones and signs screaming, 'HEY EVERYBODY LOOK AT ALL THIS ABORTION!' nobody cares what you have to say, the same way nobody cares if you go around saying, 'I’M GONNA TALK ABOUT JESUS REALLY LOUD RIGHT NOW!' You’re just some jerk with a megaphone and some signs."


Photos of the Week (02/17/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Pope Benedict XVI leaves a consistorio Feb. 11 at The Vatican after announcing that he will step aside. Vatican Press Office via AFP - Getty Images

2) Lightning strikes St. Peter's Basilica during a storm in the Vatican City on Feb. 11, 2013, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo / EPA

3) Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. Photo: Toru Hanai / Reuters

4) President Barack Obama signs two copies of his State of the Union address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House before departing for the U.S. Capitol, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama and Staff Secretary Doug Kramer stand with the President. The President presented a copy of his speech to Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

5) President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

6) A Member of Congress wears a green ribbon at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. The ribbons were worn in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

7) Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy watches the President's speech in the United States Capitol. "We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy," the president said. "When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside - even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds." Photo:

8) President Obama plays a game in a preschool classroom at an early childhood learning center in Decatur, Ga., on Feb. 14. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled during his State of the Union address this week. Photo: Jason Reed, Reuters

9) Colin Romesha, the son of Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, peeks around the corner of President Barack Obama's lectern before a presentation ceremony at the White House Feb. 11, in Washington, D.C. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for actions during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

10) Kendall Jenkins kisses the ground after stepping off the Carnival ship Triumph at the Alabama Cruise terminal in Mobile, Alabama, on February 14, 2013. The crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship was described as a "nightmare" of filth. Photo: Dan Anderson / AFP - Getty Images

11) Jordon Williams walks through her bedroom on Monday, Feb. 11, a day after a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photo: Sean Gardner / Getty Images

12) A woman wades through high water with ice floating on its surface in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, early on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The natural phenomenon of high water which floods the Venice lagoon generally occurs between autumn and spring when high tides are reinforced by seasonal winds. The water reached a height of 143 centimeters (4 feet 8 inches) on Monday night. Photo: Luigi Costantini / AP

13) South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius breaks down during his court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. REUTERS/Antonie de Ras

14) Filipino theater artist Monique Wilson flashes the No.1 sign with students from St. Scholastica's College, an all-girls' school,  as they dance at their campus as part of a global campaign dubbed One Billion Rising, to end violence against women and children on Valentine's Day Thursday Feb. 14, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Thousands of women and children in various cities in the country danced in the streets, in malls and other places to express support for the One Billion Rising Campaign which also counts Australia and New Zealand as the first countries "to rise" for the campaign. Photo: Bullit Marquez / AP

15) A computer generated image shows a reconstruction of the head of French King Henri IV (1553-1610) made after a panel of forensic scientists identified the skull of the king who was murdered at the age of 57 on May 14, 1610, by a fanatic. Photo: Philippe Roesch / Visual Forensic via AFP - Getty Images

16) Peter Breiter, CEO of Raiffeisen Gammesfeld eG bank, serves a customer at the counter of the bank in Gammesfeld, Baden-Wuerttemberg. Things do not seem to have changed much since the bank was founded in 1890. Breiter works with an old adding machine. The bank is not connected to a database system, there are no cash machines and its customer base consists only of residents of the town of Gammesfeld, which has a population of around 510. Photos: Lisi Niesner / Reuters

17) The Albert Tavern, a Victorian public house built in 1864, stands next to the modern office redevelopment of Selborne House, left, on Victoria Street, Feb. 7, in London, England. The pub, which stands a short distance from Parliament, was named in honor of Queen Victoria's husband, the Prince Consort and has survived the extensive redevelopment of many of its neighbors. Photo: Oli Scarff / Reuters

18) Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, poses for photographers after winning the Herding Group during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 11. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

19) A Standard Poodle is judged during competition in the Non-Sporting Group at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb.11. Photo: Mike Segar/ Reuters

20) A terrier prepares to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb.12. Photo: John Moore/ Getty Images

21) Handler Ernesto Lara holds up Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, who won the Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

22) The late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, on Feb. 15. Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cuddly cub, appearing on magazine covers, in a film and on mountains of merchandise. He died in 2011 after suffering from encephalitis. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP - Getty Images

23) Karrie Webb of Australia waits for a mob of kangaroos to clear the fairway during day one of the Women's Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Stefan Postles / Getty Images

24) Photographer Wei Seng Chen from Malaysia won 1st prize in the Sports Action Single category of the 56th World Press Photo Contest. A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields in the Pacu Jawi Bull Race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on Feb. 12, 2012 . The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages. Photo: Chen Wei Seng via World Press Photo

25) A combination photograph shows Carrie Underwood with different projections on her dress as she peforms at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 10, 2013. Photo: Mike Blake/ Reuters

26) Jennifer Lopez struck a pose at the Grammys on Feb. 10 that was reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's famous gam reveal at the 2012 Oscars. Getty Images, AP

27) Taylor Swift opens the Grammy Awards show with her hit song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Photo: Mike Blake/ Reuters

28) Actress Portia de Rossi, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and singer Katy Perry attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

29) A dancer with the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12. Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images

30) Artist Sarah Kaufmann sculpts an image of Abraham Lincoln ahead of President's Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square, New York February 15, 2013. Kaufmann used 160 pounds of cheddar cheese over the span of two days to carve out a replica of the historic Mount Rushmore national monument to commemorate President's Day holiday which is observed on February 18, 2013. Photos: Zoran Milich / Reuters, Sarah Kaufmann's Facebook

31) Newlyweds Danielle Brabham, 39, and Michael Lynch, 41, from Miami Shores, Fla., pose for pictures at the Empire State Building viewing platform after their Valentine's Day wedding. Brabham and Lynch were among three couples chosen for the 19th Annual Weddings Event, "Love is in the Air," designed by celebrity designer Preston Bailey, after submitting their personal love stories to the Empire State Building's Facebook page. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

32) Prasit Rangsiyawong, 29, and his bride Varuttaon Rangsiyawong, 27, jump in a pond during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok on Feb. 13. Photo: Reuters

33) Ekkachai Tiranarat kisses his wife Laksana during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record time for longest continuous kiss in Thailand on Valentine's Day. The Laksanas were eventually successful by beating nine other married couples with a time of 58:35:58. Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA

34) Kenny Gaudette makes his way to the next shooting station as he competes in the Primitive Biathlon in Dalton, New Hampshire February 16, 2013. The Dalton Gang, a single action shooting club, holds the annual Primitive Biathlon in which competitors wear snowshoes and fire single shot muzzle loaded firearms at four stations along a 1.75 mile course. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

35) Alain Robert of France, who is known as "Spiderman", climbs up a school in the old quarters of Havana February 5, 2013. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, climbed up the school on Tuesday, making his way up another historic building in Old Havana. He had climbed the landmark Havana Libre hotel on Monday. REUTERS

36) Revellers play with tomatoes during a "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Quillon town near Concepcion city, south of Santiago February 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Saavedra

37) A performer inserts a live snake through his nose and mouth during a performance at the Ditan Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 11. The Year of the Snake, according to Chinese astrology, began last Sunday. Photo: Petar Kujundzic / Reuters


Will the black community wake up?

During the 1980’s while working at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, I produced documentaries on serious issues black officials, politicians, reporters, and commentators chose to deny, scoff at, or completely ignore: black on black crime, and the disturbing pattern of black men becoming an endangered species. One of the experts I interviewed for one of my documentaries said he regarded black on black crime to be a public health issue of epidemic proportions. Another called it a sad deterioration of ethnic pride.

The situation hasn’t changed much, if at all as far as much-needed attention is concerned. However, last week, a black filmmaker decided to heighten awareness with a rather unusual approach

Note how some folks refuse to acknowledge the horrific, stark reality and instead attack the messenger. In today’s Crossroads section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jim Causey outlines the self-inflicted damage that has punished the black community. Causey’s highly commendable piece is a real eye-opener with an incredibly critical message. But will anyone listen?

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I need your vote on February 19th!


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Here's how.

Outgoing Franklin alderman Steve Olson endorses Mark Dandrea

February, 2013  

Dear Neighbors:  

Since announcing that I would not be seeking re-election as your alderman, I’ve been asked who I am supporting to replace me on the Franklin Common Council.  

I know three of the four candidates who are running for the seat.  Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I must use my experience and knowledge to select the candidate who brings a strong personality, broad life experience and extensive professional skills to represent the district.  My preferred candidate has the ability to work through complex issues and come to an informed decision with commitment.    

Looking at the needs of the office and the capabilities and qualifications of the candidates I am supporting MARK DANDREA for alderman.  

MARK DANDREA has the professional experience as a bank officer to control spending, understand the budget, attract business to the community and assist in the financial management of your tax dollars.    

MARK DANDREA is rooted in our community and has been involved since building his own home here in 1998.  He’s a Franklin High School parent with two successful grown children.
You will come to know more about Mark in the coming weeks but I ask you to VOTE FOR MARK DANDREA ON FEBRUARY 19th AT CITY HALL. 

Just make your MARK for Dandrea.
Thanks for your consideration and friendship.  

Steve Olson
Alderman, 1st District  


Authorized and paid for by Friends of Mark Dandrea, Steve Hribar, Treasurer  


My Most Popular Blogs (02/18/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from the past week, February 11-17:

1) Meijer rejection of Franklin brings out the rosy glasses 


3) UPDATE: This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin

4) "But you don't understand! It's for the Archbishop!" 

Photos of the Week (02/17/13) 

6) Photos of the Week (02/10/13) 

7) The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

8) UPDATE: Franklin eats Oak Creek's dust 

9) Nice work, Greendale 

10) Culinary no-­no #315 

The latest pro-life news (02/18/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

And from Wisconsin Right To Life:

Judge Rebecca Bradley Endorsed by the Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee

The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee has endorsed Judge Rebecca Bradley in the February 19 primary election for Milwaukee Circuit Court. She was appointed to the Court by Governor Scott Walker to replace Judge Thomas Donegan who retired in 2012.

Judge Bradley faces two candidates in the February 19 primary. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will advance to the April 2 general election.

The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee is greatly impressed with Judge Bradley's judicial philosophy that favors interpreting the law rather than making law. Her judicial philosophy has served the Milwaukee County Circuit Court well and will continue to do so into the future.

If you are a resident of Milwaukee County, please vote for Judge Rebecca Bradley on Tuesday, February 19.

Authorized and paid for by the Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee, Richard Fox, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Oregon Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Deaths Increase Again in 2012

Oregon deaths from legal doctor-prescribed suicide climbed to 77 in 2012. Previous year totals were 71 deaths in 2011, 65 in 2010 and 59 in 2009. Prescriptions written for lethal drugs have also increased.

The Oregon report and reports from patients and families reveal gaping holes in supposed “safeguards” for citizens under this law. For example, in only 11 of the 77 Oregon deaths in 2012 was a doctor or health care provider present at the time of death. This leaves the question open as to whether there was coercion, or someone — say a family member who would inherit from the patient — administered the pills. Only 2 of the 77 patients had a psychiatric evaluation, even though it is well known that depression which could lead to feelings of hopelessness can be treated. Family members cannot get records on how their loved one died, and the death certificate states that the patient died of “natural” causes. Two Oregon patients were denied payment for chemotherapy under the Oregon Health Care Plan and instead offered payment for suicide pills, even though they did not ask for them. Patients have reported getting “sales pitches” for lethal drugs, even though they wanted treatment.

Oregon and Washington are the only states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal. A Montana Supreme Court decision left legality in that state in doubt. And, right at this time a fierce battle is being waged in the Vermont legislature to legalize. Just this week the Vermont Senate defeated a law based on the Oregon model and substituted language which would exempt a doctor who prescribes medicine with the intent to relieve pain to a terminally ill person from prosecution or civil liability. Defeat of the Oregon model was huge, but the battle is not over since the Vermont House can gut the Senate version of the measure and go back to the Oregon model. Watch for breaking details here.

The battle does not stop in Vermont. A New Jersey legislative committee recently approved an Oregon model bill. Legislation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide has been introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii and Kansas.

On the plus side, Massachusetts citizens defeated a ballot measure to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in November of 2012. And, this week a Montana legislative committee defeated efforts to formally legalize there.

Wisconsin Right to Life follows this issue closely and is involved with a coalition of national groups to work against the mounting efforts to legalize death in the various states.

Barbara Lyons

Planned Parenthood Takes Challenge of Web Cam Law into State Court

Wisconsin’s new law requiring an in person exam for a woman seeking an abortion was enacted last year under the leadership of Wisconsin Right to Life. The impact of the law is to prohibit web cab discussions pioneered by Planned Parenthood in other states where a woman at a remote location talks to the abortionist over a web cam, and RU 486 chemical abortion pills are dispensed to her where she is located.

Planned Parenthood planned to use web cam discussions and dispensation of abortion pills at a remote location as a means to bring abortion into local communities.

Here is a chronology of what has occurred since the law went into effect in April of 2012:

April 2012: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) immediately announced it would stop doing all RU 486 chemical abortions because the law was too vague.

December 2012: PPWI filed a challenge in federal court asking that the law be enjoined.

February 2013: The Wisconsin Department of Justice reached an agreement with PPWI regarding specifics of the law which would resolve the challenge and asked for approval from the federal court. The federal judge declined on grounds that she has no authority as a federal official to adopt a specific construction of state statutes. PPWI then removed its challenge from federal court and filed it in state court.

The net result of all of this activity is that the law is still in effect, PPWI continues its self-imposed decision not to offer any chemical abortions, and the challenge will move forward in state court. Stay tuned.

Barbara Lyons


Abortion for disabled babies: Who's to blame?

And now, here to provide the play-by-play for the State of the Union...SCOTT WALKER!

From the Weekly Standard:

As Obama begins, Walker’s eyes alternate between the TV and his BlackBerry, on which he reads along with the president and notes every time Obama departs from his prepared remarks. The president opens with language that could have come from a Ronald Reagan speech, with a call for a limited government that ‘encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.’

“Walker anticipates that Obama is saying this to set up a contrasting argument. ‘I agree with all of that,’ he says. ‘It’s too bad everything he’s going to talk about tonight contradicts that’.”

This could SO happen in Franklin

But Baltimore beat us to it.

Vote Tuesday for Mark Dandrea for Franklin alderman

My mission is a promise to the citizens of Franklin 1st district to be fiscally conservative with your tax dollars. I will work for responsible budgeting and promote passing tax savings back to the citizens of Franklin.

With my strong commercial banking background I will utilize my expertise to assist the city in attracting commercial business projects, which will balance the tax burden on the residents of the City of Franklin. I will be an independent voice for all of my constituents and proactively communicate issues as they affect our city, our district, or you personally.

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Today, vote ROGGENSACK


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UPDATE: Recommended Reading (02/09/13)

Recommended Reading

Previously on This Just In...There is no voter fraud.

The update: It gets worse.

Democrat Senator says we do not have a spending problem?

Less than 10 days until the latest fiscal crisis hits, and Washington continues to grapple with a solution, let alone acknowledge the problem. Did you hear what Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) said last week?

“Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem. And when they talk about that, it’s like there’s an assumption that somehow we as a nation are broke. …  If we’re so rich, why are we so broke? Is it a spending problem? No.”

Washington doesn't have a spending problem?  Wow. 

This comes a few days after Nancy Pelosi  also disputed claims that the government has a spending problem.

Here are the facts: we have a $1.1 trillion annual deficit, $16.5 trillion in national debt, and $122.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.).

Click here for more evidence.

Here in the real world, we know our country’s fiscal mess could derail our economy.  And we know that time to confront the problem is running out. Click below to weigh in.

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Franklin's Tuesday election results

Here are the unofficial Franklin results from Tuesday’s primary with the top two vote getters advancing to the general election:

Justice of the Supreme Court      

Vince Megna   153 4.82%
Ed Fallone  530 16.69%
Pat Roggensack  2,477 78.02%

Circuit Court Judge, Branch 45       

Gill Urfer  228 7.61%
Janet Claire Protasiewicz  630 21.03%
Rebecca Bradley  2,129 71.06%

Alderperson, District 1       

Greg Kowalski  149 32.39%
Mark Dandrea 162 35.22%
Bob Knackert  80 17.39%
Clarke Johnson  66  14.35%

County Supervisor, District 17       

Tony Staskunas  378 38.34%
Tom Anthony  498 50.51%
Al Singer  102 10.34

Total voter turnout Tuesday in Franklin:  3,215 ballots cast, 13.89%

Liberals are for choice everywhere except education

Tonight, Governor Walker proposes his state budget that will include a plan to expand school choice. Advocates of the failed one-size fits all concept of education are already up in arms.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorializes:

“Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to expand the voucher program more broadly in Wisconsin is ill-advised. We urge the Legislature to substantially modify this wrongheaded idea or kill it outright”

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The latest from Rehorst - February 2013




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Did they really say that?

Yes, they did.


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It's gotta be that damn global warming

"Organizers have canceled this weekend’s World Championship Sled Dog Derby in Laconia, N.H., saying rain and sleet coated the trails with thick ice...This is the second time this year the derby has been postponed due to unfavorable weather."


Typical Franklin: A day late and a dollar short

In a rare article of interest and value to Franklin property taxpayers, FranklinNOW reports some city officials are asking questions and expressing concerns about the lovely refurbishments at Franklin High School that will cost tens of millions of dollars (Unlike the Journalism 101-challenged writers at FranklinNOW who refuse to acknowledge the good work of bloggers, I give them credit when they, like a blind squirrel find a nut).

FranklinNOW reports:

Safety concerns centered on the plan to build an auditorium as part of a performing arts center at the southwest corner of the building near an expanded front entrance.

“Alderman Steve Olson questioned why there were not more doorways leading into and out of the 850-seat auditorium. That same issue was raised by Mayor Tom Taylor, noting that there is a heightened sensitivity regarding access for the public and emergency personnel in the wake of several school campus shootings in recent years.

“Olson also questioned the size of the auditorium as a theater, wondering if large equipment and materials could be effectively stored and maneuvered in the space.

“While several council members asked about the propriety of a plan for stormwater retention under terraced parking, Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm questioned why more pedestrian walkways were not drawn into the west side of the plan.

“Alderman Ken Skowronski asked why there were no plans to expand vocational education space since trade education, he said, is a community need.”

These are all great questions. Trouble is…


It’s almost four months after a large portion of the school referenda was passed.

Why weren’t these questions posed sooner, by school board members, or FranklinNOW reporters?

Franklin tax and spend like crazy superintendent Steve Patz tries to put on an Oscar award winning face with this whopper of a quote to reporter Rick (I’ll print anything you say and never dare ask a tough follow-up question) Romano:

"There were good questions. We want to abide by the aldermen's sensibilities. We will work on some of these issues so that we can go to the Plan Commission with those details worked out. This has been a process from the beginning when we held public meetings before the referendum. We are looking forward to answering any questions."

Of course Patz puts on his ever-so diplomatic hat. He‘s got his $30-million plus. The horse is out of the barn, so Patz spills his “I’ll be happy to cooperate” spin.

There’s something wrong with this picture. The heavily pro-referendum school administration (and that includes some members of the school board who masquerade as fiscal conservatives) holds public meetings, attended almost exclusively by Mommy and Daddy who want the entire city to pay for kiddies’ tennis courts, dance classrooms and parking spaces. They are fed a bill of goods and swallow the Kool-Aid without even the tiniest of dissent. The referenda pass, and then months later, questions surface.



Typical, backwards, fiscally irresponsible Franklin thinking.

It’s why we’re a Tax Hell and always will be until City Hall and the school administration are thoroughly tossed out and cleaned up by voters who place the economic stability of the city ahead of their personal wants.



Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where the fundamental things apply


"I feel like soundtrack music is almost like seeing the movie again, but with my ears."

Dave Attell

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, in observance of the 85th annual Academy Awards, music from one of the very best.

Casablanca is one of the greatest films to ever come out of Hollywood.

The American Film Institute rates the following for Casablanca:

Greatest Movie of All-Time: #3

Best Hero: Rick Blaine (#4)

Top Movie Song: “As Time Goes By”  (#2)

Best Movie Quote: “Here’s looking at you, kid” (#5)

Most Passionate Film: #1

Most Inspiring Film: #32

Most Thrilling Film: #37

Greatest Screen Legend, Men: Humphrey Bogart (#1)

Greatest Screen Legend, Women: Ingrid Bergman (#4)

There are some classic tunes in that movie, some merely background music performed by Dooley Wilson and the cafe's (Warner Bros. Studio) orchestra. Tonight we feature, not the original soundtrack, but other renditions of those timeless standards.

Our first selection dates back to Al Jolson in 1920. Jazz musician and historian Chris Tyle writes,“’Avalon’ is practically an advertisement for the resort town on Catalina Island off the coast of California which was a popular resort destination for the film community of Hollywood. The song not only relates missing the place ‘beside the bay’ but dreaming ‘from dusk ‘til dawn’ of someone left behind. One of the cleverest parts of the lyric is the rhyme ‘I’ll have to travel-on, to Av-a-lon’.”

Famed guitarist John Pizzarelli performs.


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The best cartoons of the week (02/23/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (02/23/13)

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Chance of flurries throughout the day. High of 28.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 32. "C"

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

Last year at this time, I wrote about the collective brilliance that developed DogTV.  With nearly 43,000 “likes” on Facebook (as I’m writing this.  By the time you read this blog there could be OVER 43,000) you’d think it would be available to more dog owners.  Currently the channel is only available in the San Diego area on cable, but it can be purchased through their streaming service.

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Week-ends (02/23/13)


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...


Robert Haley

Peter Demontreux

Brett Favre

Fredrick Kotto

4-year old girl


Missouri Democrats

Dave Thomas

Dewey Christian

Jerry Brown


"I feel like Martin Luther King. I feel like Malcolm X. I feel like Rosa Parks.I feel great today. I feel like a winner."
The aunt of Derek Williams, Mayleen Jordan, after an inquest jury recommended Thursday that three Milwaukee police officers be criminally charged in connection with the in-custody death of Williams in July 2011.

“Keeping property taxes affordable is important for working families and senior citizens all across Wisconsin. In December, I received a wonderful card that sums up why this is so important to people from across the state. I have it right here – it reads:

“Dear Gov. Walker,
‘I am a resident of Brown Deer and just received my property tax bill and it went down. Seeing that Brown Deer won’t thank you, I will!! Nobody will give you any credit for that, but we do and we back you with everything you do! You are for the state and great Lord bless you and yours,
Edward Zelhofer.’

“Thank you for the card Mr. Zelhofer. You will be happy to know that this state budget continues to put a focus on property tax relief.

“Higher taxes would slow our improving economy. With this in mind, this budget does not include a gas tax increase or a vehicle registration fee bump.

“Overall, our budget includes more than $630 million in tax cuts.”
Gov. Walker delivering his budget address.

I'm asking you, do you care-- I-- I'm-- I'm asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? Or do you-- the reasons for that? And-- and shouldn't pe-- people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died—“
Senator John McCain to David Gregory of NBC on “Meet the Press.”

“Well, what you said was the cover-up-- A cover-up of what?”
Gregory responding to McCain

“Of the information-- concerning the deaths of four brave Americans. The information has not been forthcoming. You can obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn't. And I'll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including what did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?”
McCain responding to Gregory

“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun.”
Vice President Joe Biden, saying there are superior self-defense options to AR-style rifles.

“I've been doing this long enough now to start seeing the repeat cycles on everything. I don't care whether it's the debt limit or the fiscal cliff or continuing resolution or the budget crisis of 2008 or TARP or the auto bailouts, and now the sequester, it's the same playbook.

“It is the same threats. It's the same danger. It's the same crisis. It's identical. There's nothing about it that changes, over and over. And everybody gets sucked into it... This is an embarrassing spectacle. After 1995, 1993, whatever, I'm getting tired of it. I'm worn out. It's history repeating itself over and over and over, almost verbatim, from ‘taking food out of the mouths of children,’ to ‘they're coming for our children’ to ‘No meat inspectors!’ They're even saying have to close down the sleigh rides in Jellystone Park! That has come up again, like it did in the 1995 budget battle.

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it's being insulted? It just makes me ashamed.”

Rush Limbaugh

“They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three.”
Maurice Taylor, CEO of the U.S. tire company Titan International, about union workers at a French tire plant he decided against buying.

“When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.”
Slogan for new social-media app LivesOn, touting ability to send post-mortem commentary based on the deceased’s online profile.

“We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy."
Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said that the Commission made a "mistake" by selecting CNN anchor Candy Crowley to moderate one of the 2012 presidential debates. Crowley, who moderated the second, town-hall-style debate, drew heavy fire for challenging Mitt Romney after he suggested that President Obama had not called the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, "acts of terror." According to an agreement between the Obama and Romney campaigns, the moderator of the town hall debate was to refrain from asking questions or participating in the debate. Crowley had promised to defy that agreement even before the debate started.

“I’ve always been a huge sex symbol, so it comes as no surprise to me that I’ve now got a fan club from the opposite sex — and the same sex as a matter of fact. I’ve had the odd pair of knickers sent to me. It’s a perk of the job.”
CNN host Piers Morgan


Liberal logic about what will save women from rape.


Conservatives outnumber liberals in nearly every state.


Oscar this, Oscar that.


Forget the mint on the pillow.

"The water did have a funny taste."

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (02/23/13)

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).

Bolstering Scott Walker's jobs numbers

“Walker won the recall election. And on June 28, after all the banging drums, chants and vuvuzelas had gone silent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quietly confirmed that Wisconsin had a net increase of 27,811 jobs in 2011. Walker was retroactively right.

“Of course, the heat of a contentious recall election isn't necessarily the place to have a reasoned debate about jobs figures. But given some of the recent talk about Walker's job creation record, it appears the issue needs revisiting.

"Whose side are you on?"

"Columbine survivor Evan Todd released an open letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights...The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate."

Why the hell should anyone vote for the Republican Party?

“Of course, black and Hispanic Americans won't vote for us. Democrats have been telling them for decades that we hate them and the GOP treats them like they have cooties. We do almost no minority outreach of consequence as a party. We don't tailor our message specifically to appeal to single women, young Americans, or people who live in cities either. We're behind on technology, we don't support new media, we don't do much to build conservative grassroots organizations, we don't help groups trying to reach out to new constituencies, we don't aid churches, and we've given up on impacting the mainstream media, the education system, and Hollywood. We're like a football team that keeps running the same plays that don't work, no matter how many times they fail.”

Long lines to vote

“We have started getting lines at the limited number of early voting sites because advocacy organizations and campaigns keep pushing all voters to vote early, not just those who can’t vote on Election Day. That makes no sense, given the small number of early voting sites compared to the huge number of voting sites open on Election Day.”

Preschool debate obscures core problem

“Sure, explore Obama's plan to expand quality preschool, and make sure kids aren't then dumped into failing elementary schools. But don't miss the core problem. The primary engine of social advancement has always been the family, and it is breaking down.”

Why we're Obama's lapdogs

"Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (VandeAllen) must have recently woke up feeling a little dirty about themselves and their chosen profession...Whatever the motivation, it is fun to read their long, rambling rationalization for why they, their awful publication, and the media as a whole have spent the last four years willingly assuming the position of Obama's footstool."

All is forbidden

"Kiddies, we’ve become losers. We’re losing everything. In my case, not weight — but money, patience, hair and, mostly, privileges.

"No longer allowed salt. Sugar is outlawed. Smoking’s second to cheating on taxes. Sodas, forget. Sounds — horn-honking, boombox blaring — could get you three-to-five. Spitting? A no-no."

Oscar night vs. sports

I believe I fall into the sweet spot of viewers who semi-watch with low expectations. Our attention peaks early for the opening monologue, hangs in through those Supporting Actor and Actress presentations, and then drifts in and out of consciousness until the heavy hardware arrives somewhere around the time local TV is supposed to be doing the weather. It takes forever.”



Previously on This Just In...

The update: has more.

C-PAN reports:

"African-American activists spoke out against proposed gun control laws at a news conference in response to concerns shared by black conservatives that proposed legislation in the Senate would restrict their ability to defend themselves, their property and their families. They were also concerned that the proposed gun control legislation put too much power in the hands of politicians, and called for a serious national dialogue about the impact of gun control on the black community. They responded to questions from reporters."

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Photos of the Week (02/24/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

A woman is rescued from floodwaters by a man standing on top of her car during heavy rain in the Chalandri suburb, north of Athens, Greece, on Feb. 22, 2013. The woman had become stuck as water engulfed her car. She was carried to safety after being rescued. Photos: John Kolesidis / Reuters

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2013" joint military exercise, at a military base in Chon Buri province Feb. 20, 2013. About 13,000 service members from seven countries, Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are participating in the 11-day military exercise. Photo: Damir Sagolj / Reuters

4) A police officer makes his rounds at the Statue of Liberty National Monument which has been been closed since Hurricane Sandy. Photo: John Makely / NBC News

5) Pfc. Tiernie Gayle climbs over an obstacle on the Endurance Course.Since 1988 all non-infantry enlisted male Marines have been required to complete 29 days of basic combat skills training at Marine Combat Training (MCT) after graduating from boot camp. MCT has been required for all enlisted female Marines since 1997. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Catholics pray near windows covered partially with cement blocks inside St. Teresa of Avila church in Monterrey, Mexico, on Feb. 17, 2013. The church has set up extreme security measures to protect worshippers, bricking up its windows and introducing a traffic light system to warn churchgoers if a crime is taking place nearby. During mass, a green light is activated above a side door of the St. Teresa of Avila church to indicate that there is no sign of danger outside. When the amber light is lit, it indicates caution, while the red light represents danger from criminal activity, such as a shooting, taking place near the church. Photo: Daniel Becerril / Reuters

7) Lee Lazernick, right, asked his mother Thelma Lazernick, left, to pose with a customer’s Ruger Mini-14 .223 semi-automatic rifle on Monday, Feb.18, 2013, at All Around Pizza and Deli in Virginia Beach, Va., where customers wearing weapons or who bring their concealed weapons permit are offered a 15 per cent discount.  Photo: Amanda Lucier/The Virginian-Pilot/AP Photo

A new kind of lake monster has been found, in the depths of Lake Tahoe: gigantic goldfish. Researchers trawling the lake for invasive fish species scooped up a goldfish that was nearly 1.5 feet long and weighed 4.2 pounds. Handout/ Reuters

9) Antonio Ramirez, who was aboard a Hornblower Cruise on Thursday, snapped this photo of dolphins swimming in a "super mega-pod." It's likely the mega-pod of dolphins were following food, such as sardines or herring. But whatever the reason they congregated off the coast of California, scientists say there's no doubt they were communicating with one another.

10) Tournament volunteers walk along the golf course after a snowstorm suspended play for the day during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, on Feb. 20, in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended for the day. Photos: Ross D. Franklin / AP and Ted S. Warren / AP

11) Colorado Rockies ground crew member Ruben Rush takes a look at a snow covered baseball field at the Salt River Fields baseball park Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Jeneri Martinez, 3, and her mother Emma, both of Scottsdale, play in the snow off of Cave Creek Rd. in the Desert Mountain area of north Scottsdale on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum)

13) A man walks with his dog next to the snow-covered Lake Michigan in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Gusty winds and iced-over roadways made for treacherous Midwest travel Friday as a major winter storm headed east over the Great Lakes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The northern lights vie with a waxing moon over Sweden's Abisko National Park last Monday night. Photo: Chad Blakley / Lights Over Lapland

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Clorox Chevrolet, are involved in an incident at the finish of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Regan Smith was leading coming to the checkered flag when he was turned sideways into the wall. Cars began wrecking all over the track, and rookie Larson's car went sailing into the fence that separates the track from the graandstands. Tony Stewart slid through the wreckage to the win. Photos: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images and Chris Graythen / Getty Images

Team Germany I plays Austria II during a match at the Underwater Ice Hockey Championships in lake Weissensee in Austria on Feb. 17. Underwater ice hockey is played upside-down underneath the ice of frozen lakes with a floating puck by teams of two divers in wet suits and flippers. Photo: Michael Dalder / Reuters

17) Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick (16) jumps but can't come up with a home run off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

18) Milwaukee Brewers' John Axford poses during photo day before a spring training baseball workout on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A Virginia Tech fan cheers against Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block and Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, demonstrate light saber moves during class in San Francisco. Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

Spare doll body parts are seen at Sydney's Original Doll Hospital in Bexley on February 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Established in 1913 by Harold Chapman Jnr the Doll hospital is now run by Geoff Chapman, the third generation of Chapmans to run the business and will celebrate 100 years of repairing all types of dolls, teddy bears, rocking horses, umbrellas, prams and various other items. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

22) Naked Museum visitors look at pictures of the show "Nude Men from 1800 to Today" during a special opening to friends of nudism at the Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 18. The show "Nude Men from 1800 to Today" opened its doors from 19 October 2012 to March 4,2013, looking at how artists have dealt with the theme of male nudity over the centuries. Photo: Ronald Zak / AP

23) We could do one of these every week.  A model walks the runway at the Yamamay show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at the Alcatraz on February 19, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

24) Chris and Megan Waters get married in the mouth of a paper-mache shark at Palace Beachwear and Gifts in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The couple said the wedding was a chance for them to do something just for them. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow)

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Sorry, Oscar, but they don't make 'em like they used to


Tonight that nauseating mutual admiration society of leftist, America-hating Hollywood elitists will pat themselves on the back and overestimate their worth and importance.


We'll not be watching at our house. Instead, we'll check the news tomorrow to see what happened.

Oh for the days when Bob Hope was the emcee and real talent walked up to the podium to accept their awards.

I’m a firm believer in that age old phrase that “they just don’t make 'em like they used to.” We’ve done this the past couple of years.  Let’s take a look, in increments of five years, at the previous Academy Award winners for Best Picture.

1927-1928 – Wings

Wings Poster

1932-1933 Cavalcade

Cavalcade Poster

1937 – The Life of Emile Zola

The Life of Emile Zola Poster


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Culinary no-no #317

Culinary no-no's




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My Most Popular Blogs (02/25/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week:

1) Photos of the Week (02/17/13) 

2) Typical Franklin: A day late and a dollar short 

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The latest pro-life news (02/25/13)

Pro-Life news

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

Annual Education Fund Dinner and Auction


Good luck, Eric Von

My friend was let go today along with many others at WMCS. The radio station is changing formats. I know all too well how fascinating and yet how cruel the broadcasting business can be.

Here’s wishing Eric the best and that he’s quickly back on his feet.

Clearing the Elvis record straight


When WMCS told its staff today that it was changing formats, the station immediately switched to playing all Elvis music. That will not be the station’s new format.

Though temporary, the switch surprised Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who tweeted, “
WMCS changing formats I get. But isn't stunting with Elvis, who used black music to get ahead, offensive? Meant to drive off old audience?”

I recommend that Duane and others read this.

If you have to read just one of the thousands of blogs or articles about the coming sequester...

Make it this one.

If you are a member of the Franklin Architectural Review Board, you are seriously advised not to read this blog

I repeat, if you are a member of the Franklin Architectural Review Board, especially you Ted Juerisson, I strenuously suggest that you go no further and hit delete, the back button, whatever.

But whatever you do, do not read this blog for it may cause trauma and damage to your psyche.

Here we go.

You’ve been warned.

A few weeks ago, the unelected, not accountable to anyone and not all that important Franklin Architectural Review Board met to consider whether they needed to pool their collective brain cells (a tiny amount at that) to regulate bright outdoor lights in Franklin, specifically bright outdoor lights coming from signs in Franklin, even more specifically bright outdoor lights from businesses trying to make a profit and create jobs in Franklin.

Nervous nelly old Ted Juerisson said he’s concerned about the sign at the car wash at 76th and Rawson, calling it, “overwhelming.”

Overwhelming my eye. Have you seen that sign? The lights in my bathrooms (yes, plural because I live in Franklin meaning I must be filthy rich) are more overwhelming.

My God, the danger, the high risk, the potential for deadly carnage!

I’d like to show you a photo taken by an enterprising staffer at clearly demonstrating how seriously overwhelming the brightness of that sign at the car wash is, posing extreme hazards to motorists.

Well, I would, but there is no such photo.

If there was, it would show how ludicrous the “overwhelming” accusation is. By the way, who puts these characters on the Review Board anyway?

Can you imagine if these jokers worked in…

Might be too hip and trendy for the Franklin bunch.

They might go into cardiac arrest if they ever found out that a new restaurant wants to put up a sign they’d probably find controversial because it’s pro-business and lights up.