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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.

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Photos of the Week (07/01/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Reporters run with the U.S. Supreme Court's health care decision on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court upheld President Obamas health care overhaul, in a victory for the president and Congressional Democrats. Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images

2) The Dow Jones tickertape in Times Sqaure June 28, 2012 with news that US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act, President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation. Below the ticker is a ad with actor Jeff Daniels from the new upcoming series on HBO,'The Newsroom.'  Photo: Getty Images

3) Anti-Obamacare protesters wear masks of U.S. President Barack Obama and Grim Reaper as they demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo: Jason Reed, Reuters

4) President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

5) With the Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling, Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

6) A marker on the road signifies the border line between the United States and Mexico at the border crossing in San Ysidro, California in this September 27, 2011 file photograph. The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants on Monday, rejecting the Obama administration's stance that only the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws in the United States. Photo: Reuters

7) U.S. House Democratic members, including (L-R) Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. George Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), participate in a walkout in protest of a vote on whether Attorney General Eric Holder was in contempt of Congress June 28, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House was scheduled for the contempt vote after Holder was accused for not submitting some of the documents in the Fast and Furious program, a federal law enforcement operation that allowed guns to circulate across the border between the U.S. and Mexico, to a House panel investigating it. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

8) Cody Emerine surveys some of the destruction after a wildfire swept through the Oaker Hills neighborhood in Utah on June 25, 2012. The Wood Hollow Fire has destroyed at least two dozen homes but was only 15 percent contained by late Monday night. Photo: Lynn DeBruin / AP

9) Four houses remain while every other house was destroyed on their street in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs. Photo: Rick Wilking / Reuters

10) A sprinkler waters burnt grass in the Mountain Shadow neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 29, 2012. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

11) Residents of the Riviera Bay community in St. Petersburg, Fla., experienced flooding after tropical storm Debby stalled over the Gulf of Mexico and dumped over 10 inches of rain on June 25 2012. Photo: Edward Linsmier / EPA

12) Jorge Torrez hugs his son Jayden, 12, as they sit on a wall overlooking their flooded home in Live Oak Fla., on June 27. Dozens of homes and much of the downtown area was flooded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Debby. Photo: Dave Martin / AP

13) Residents of the Mill Run area ready their homes and prepare to leave under a mandatory evacuation order by emergency management officials on June 26, 2012 in New Port Richey, Florida. According to local news, two area rivers have converged and surpassed the 100-year flood plan. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

14) A message referring to rainfall from a tropical storm system is displayed at the San Jose Baptist Church on Monday, June 25, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)

15) An uprooted tree caused damage to electrical lines and a home in the American University neighborhood of Washington, DC, on June 30, 2012 the morning after a violent storm swept through the area. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images

16) Members of America's only all-female chain gang at Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona work in 104 degree heat, hacking at weeds at Bartlett Lake. Women volunteer for the duty, looking to break the monotony of jail life. Most are in for minor convictions. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

17) Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (C), Liu Wang (L) and Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, salute in front of the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft in Inner Mongolia Friday. China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft returned to Earth on ending a mission that put the country's first woman in space and completed a manned docking test critical to its goal of building a space station by 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Xinhua/Wang Jianmin

18) What is that? The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition winners are currently on display at the New York Hall of Science. This competition, in its ninth year, is a dynamic international photo competition which honors the world's most extraordinary microscope images and videos of biological subjects. The Olympus BioScapes exhibit will be on display through August 31st. OK. What is that? The answer: Live coral Goniastrea sp., known as green brain coral. One full polyp in the center is shown with four surrounding polyps. Walled corallites are purple. Technique: Phase contrast illumination. (Photo: James H. Nicholson/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/Fort Johnson Marine Resources Center/Charleston, South Carolina, USA). This one took 5th place. You can see the winners and many honorable mentions on the Olympus Bioscapes web site

19) A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs, Colo., as a wildfire burns near Cascade, Colo., on Sunday, June 24, 2012. The fire erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock)

20) Workers show off the baby pandas at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China, June 24, as thousands of visitors gather for the Duanwu festival or better known as the Dragon Boat festival. Photo: AFP-Getty Images

21) Animals at an Australian zoo created a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame on Wednesday as they signed up to a worthy cause. Taronga and Western Plains Zoo announced a new elephant conservation project in Thailand, Getty Images reports, and animals at the zoo made their own pledges by dipping their paws in paint and smudging them on canvas. "Tukta" the female elephant prepares to make her mark. "Mr Munro", a Fiordland penguin, jumps to the side after leaving his prints on a canvas. Photos: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

22) A wedding of two frogs, arranged by farmers seeking rainfall, is performed in Nagpur on June 29, in order to please the Rain Gods and in the hope that their region would soon receive monsoon showers. People blew trumpets and sang songs, as the priest solemnized the marriage with the usual Hindu marriage rituals to the chanting of Hindu hymns and by putting streaks of vermilion on the female frog's head. The frogs were picked up from different ponds, following the local belief among the farmers in this part of India that a frog marriage pleases the Rain Gods and ensures a good harvest with rain. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

23) Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, rear, hugs his son, Duke's Austin Rivers, after Austin was selected as the No. 10 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June, 28, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

24) This Saturday, June 23, 2012, photo provided by USA Track & Field shows the third-place finish of the women's 100-meter final from a photo-finish camera, shot at 3,000-frames-per-second, during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, in foreground, finished in a dead heat for the last U.S. spot in the 100 to the London Games, each leaning across the finish line in 11.068 seconds. Photo: USA Track & Field via AP

25) A rainbow is seen over a competitor in the Men's High Jump qualification at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, on June 27. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP

26) Spectators arrive at Centre Court at Wimbledon on June 26, 2012. Photo: Andy Rain / EPA

27) The Olympic rings are seen atop the iconic Tower Bridge over river Thames in London, coinciding with one month to go until the start of the London 2012 Games, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

28) Back-dropped by the O2, a Transport for London's gondola lift cable car is seen across the River Thames, in London, on June 28. The cable car will make the half-mile crossing between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, allowing visitors to take in the views of Olympic Park, the Canary Wharf financial center and the Thames Barrier. Each of the 34 cars holds 10 people and looks like the gondolas that ferry skiers up the mountains in the Swiss Alps. Travelers can go one way or round-trip, with a one-way ticket costing 3.20 pounds (5 US dollars). Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

29) A young girl squeezes between an honor guard of soldiers to get a glimpse of Johnson Beharry VC carrying the Olympic torch at the National War Memorial on Armed Forces Day, June 30, in Alrewas, Staffordshire, England. Johnson Beharry, holder of the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration, carried the Olympic flame and respectfully held the torch in front of the Armed Forces Memorial at The National Memorial Arboretum. Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

30) An exterior view of the world's largest McDonald's restaurant and their flagship outlet in the Olympic Park on June 25 in London. The restaurant, which is one of four McDonald's to be situated within the Olympic Park, will have a staff of 500, seat 1,500 and serve up to 14,000 people a day. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

A crowd of people attends the opening of 'Levitated Mass', artist Michael Heizer's exhibit which features a 340-ton megalith rock now on permanent display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, June 24. The massive granite rock made headlines in March when it was slowly carted along a winding, 105-mile journey from Riverside County to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo:Jonathan Alcorn, Reuters

32) British-Australian swimmer Penny Palfrey smiles as she is flashed a thumbs up at the start of her bid to complete a record swim from Cuba to Florida, in Havana, Cuba, on June 29. Palfrey aims to be the first woman to swim the Straits of Florida without the aid of a shark cage. Instead she's relying on equipment that surrounds her with an electrical field to deter the predators. Photo:Ramon Espinosa / AP

Contestants stand during a beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on June 28, 2012. The winner, Hava Hershkovitz, is on the right. Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP - Getty Images

34) Jeff Bitting, right, from St Augustine, Florida, speaks back stage with fellow full-body tattoo contestants before judging at the National Tattoo Association Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 13, 2012. In his 33 years of getting tattoos, Bitting says he has had about 500 hours of work and will complete his other leg in his bid to win more full-body contests. Photo: Larry Downing / Reuters

35) Loren Leibham (left) and Amanda Franklin, both of Sussex, show off their tickets for opening day of Summerfest. It is Leibham's first Summerfest, while Franklin has been to about six. The gates opened at noon Wednesday for 11 days of entertainment. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

36) Keira Melius, 3, of West Allis cools off in the Summerfest splash pad. She was with her mother, Rayna Melius. Journal Sentinel photo:  Mike De Sisti

Meijer Stores Hearing and other news from Franklin alderman Steve Olson

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Veterans, PTSD, the 4th of July, and ...dogs

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a front page story about the struggles returning vets have with a holiday like Independence Day. It's the fireworks. The colorful nightime celebrations remind them of real bombs bursting in air.

Your heart has to go out to these soldiers as the paper writes, "It's a poignant irony that many men and women who fought for freedom are unable to enjoy celebrations of America's independence. Fireworks take them back to combat, when the sounds of explosions meant sudden death and injury, not colorful rockets lighting up the sky on a peaceful, happy holiday."

The Boston Globe reports on another angle, that dogs can offer relief to those suffering from PTSD.

Lexington , NC -- 06/15/12- - Samuel and Evelyn Harris take Natasha and her service dog Josh to a memorial they have created for their son Joshua, a Navy Seal who died in Afghanistan. The service dog is named in honor of Josh. Natasha was invited to the Harris home to learn more about her dog's namesake. Patriot Rovers, the NC organization that trains and places the service dogs, names them after fallen soldiers . They have seen the dogs help the gold star families heal knowing they are aiding troubled vets returning to civilian life. ( Joanne Rathe / Globe Staff section: business metro topic: 22vetdog reporter: Katie Johnson Chase )

Samuel and Evelyn Harris took Natasha Young-Alicea and her service dog, Josh, to a memorial they have created for their son Joshua, a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan. Natasha was invited to the Harris home to learn more about her dog's namesake. Photo: Boston Globe

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I fill in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN this Tuesday from 3-6 pm.

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In just a few days, the greatest nation on the planet celebrates another birthday. This Just In poses the following:

Who would you rather have as a guest at your Independence Day party? Amy Brantley or Matthew Cenzon?

Say what?

Amy who?

What’s the guy’s name again?

Let’s explain by beginning with Amy Brantley.

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We had some glitches with this blog, so if you saw the mucked up version, or didn't see it all, here's the cleaned-up post.

You see, it's like this...

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The latest pro-life news (07/02/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

And in case you missed this on my wife's blog...

Only the Beginning...This is Great to See!



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Franklin Public School district about to pour its favorite whine

Like pigs at a trough, Franklin Public School officials anxiously awaited the recent announcement from the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) of how much anticipated state general school aid the district would be receiving next school year, 2012-13. It’s an estimate now with the final certified amount to be determined in mid-October.

A few days ago the numbers were released for every school district in the state. Let’s see where the wheel of state money fortune stopped for Franklin:


Oooooooohh. That’s a lot of cashola. Good news, right?


Franklin received $14,317,477 for the previous 2011-12 school year.

Let’s do the math for public school grads that always had trouble in this area.

At this point in the process, Franklin will receive $803,689 less this school year than last, a 5.61% decrease.

That’s no good.

But wait! This isn’t all that bad!

We merely go to the same playbook we Franklin Public School district officials have been resorting to year after year after year after year after year. It sounds something like this:

Dear Franklin property taxpayer, you have no idea how this pains us. In our heart of hearts we really would prefer that we didn’t have to take the action we’re forced to. But the big, bad ol' state of Wisconsin leaves us no choice because they’re so greedy and stingy. As much as we hate to, we’re left with no alternative but to suggest a property tax levy increase that goes above and beyond the rate of inflation. We are extremely sorry, but it’s not our fault. And besides. It’s for the children.


Can we expect the folks who run our under-achieving school district to operate like the rest of us who’ve had to adjust to a recession? The answer is hell yes, we can. But they won’t.

The state of Wisconsin historically has been very generous when it comes to funding public education. However the educrats with outstretched hands will never, ever be satisfied. It will never be enough.

Despite the positive results of the spring Franklin school board elections, I am not optimistic. I see a big school property tax increase coming this fall. This is Franklin after all, i.e., Tax Hell USA.

Andy Griffith: 'He was just our friend and neighbor'

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Here’s the excerpt of a great column about Andy Griffith I read on the air today filling in for Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN:

There is no tougher role in show business than living up to the persona you created. Those who live in the public’s adoring and unrelenting gaze quickly learn they are expected to always be the character the public loves. Woe unto the one who deviates from that script. Andy Griffith found that lovable Andy Taylor was a tough act to follow.

Andrew (or Andy, as some of the reference sources insist) Samuel Griffith was born the son of a furniture factory worker, Carl Lee Griffith, and his wife, Geneva Nunn Griffith, on June 1, 1926, the same day as Marilyn Monroe. He grew up with other hardscrabble mill kids on the wrong side of the tracks at 711 Haymore St. in Mount Airy.

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Obama's 'unpatriotic' debt

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Happy July 4, 2012



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The July 4, 2012 Franklin parade post-game show

Another big crowd on an absolute scorcher that had some hearty Franklinites packing up and heading home early. Can’t blame them.

Note to volunteer organizers who do a terrific job: When temperatures prompt heat warnings and people have been waiting for over an hour, you need to get the event started on time and keep it moving consistently.

HEROES OF THE PARADE: The veterans and the young returning vets.

VILLAIN: Mother Nature. At approximately 10:40, a cloud cover rolled in and there was a bit of a breeze. This was only a cruel tease. Bright, hot sun made its presence felt the entire parade.

BEST LEGS: Senator Mary Lazich. Sorry, Alderman Wilhelm. With you sitting in that car, I couldn’t see yours.

WORST LEGS: Alderman Steve Olson followed closely by Mayor Tom Taylor.

NICE GUY AWARD (TIE): The young scout who gave our little Kyla two flags and a young dancer who gave her a popsicle. Also, a nearby woman sharing her sunscreen with other children.

BEST ATTIRE: Alderman Olson with an amazingly patriotic shirt.

ATTIRE THAT NEEDS WORK: Alderman Steve Taylor. Next year, Steve, incorporate some red, white and blue. C’mon, Steve. You can do it!

BRAVEST ENTRANT: Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski. Long black slacks, blue shirt, and a tie with fireworks art. And not a drop of perspiration.

LOUDEST APPLAUSE: The veterans and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Congrats to all the parade participants! It could not have been easy!

I have one more interesting nugget from the parade, but I’ll save that for Thursday.

Happy 4th of July from Tommy

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I hope today finds you enjoying a relaxing, fun-filled day celebrating our nation's independence.  July 4th is a day to remember the sacrifices of generations past and to celebrate the Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness enshrined in our cherished Declaration of Independence. 236 years ago today, the church bells rang out in Philadelphia as the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence...and in doing so changed the course of human history.

Our nation's commitment to the perseverance of individual liberties is the envy of the world. But such a commitment doesn't come without sacrifice and an obligation to keep the flame of freedom burning bright.

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As President Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

Today, as you see 'Old Glory' proudly waving please remember that freedom is not free. And America's best days lie ahead if we recommit ourselves to the basic freedoms and liberties our Founding Fathers fought and died for.   

God Bless and Happy Independence Day.

Tommy Thompson


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"I really want to move to a country where the poor people are fat"

Here’s an oldie but a real goodie from Dinesh D’Souza. His lengthy piece from 2006,
“What’s Great About America" is worth the read. Here’s an excerpt:

America provides an amazingly good life for the ordinary guy. Rich people live well everywhere, but what distinguishes America is that it provides a remarkably high standard of living for the "common man." A country is not judged by how it treats its most affluent citizens but by how it treats the average citizen.

In much of the world today, the average citizen has a very hard life. In the Third World, people are struggling for their basic existence. It is not that they don't work hard. On the contrary, they labor incessantly and endure hardships that are almost unimaginable to people in America. In the villages of Asia and Africa, for example, a common sight is a farmer beating a pickaxe into the ground, women wobbling under heavy loads, children carrying stones. These people are performing arduous labor, but they are getting nowhere. The best they can hope for is to survive for another day. Their clothes are tattered, their teeth are rotten, and disease and death constantly loom over the horizon. For most poor people on the planet, life is characterized by squalor, indignity, and brevity.

Even middle-class people in the underdeveloped world endure hardships that make everyday life a strain. One problem is that the basic infrastructure of the Third World is abysmal: The roads are not properly paved, the water is not safe to drink, pollution in the cities has reached hazardous levels, public transportation is overcrowded and unreliable, and there is a two-year waiting period to get a telephone. The poorly paid government officials are inevitably corrupt, which means that you must pay bribes to get things done. Most important, prospects for the children's future are dim.

In America, the immigrant immediately recognizes that things are different. The newcomer who sees America for the first time typically experiences emotions that alternate between wonder and delight. Here is a country where everything works: The roads are clean and paper-smooth; the highway signs are clear and accurate; the public toilets function properly; when you pick up the telephone, you get a dial tone; you can even buy things from the store and then take them back. For the Third World visitor, the American supermarket is a thing to behold: endless aisles of every imaginable product, 50 different types of cereal, and multiple flavors of ice cream. The place is full of countless unappreciated inventions: quilted toilet paper, fabric softener, cordless telephones, disposable diapers, roll-on luggage, deodorant. Some countries, even today, lack these conveniences.

Critics of America complain about the scandal of persistent poverty in a nation of plenty, but the immigrant cannot help noticing that the United States is a country where the poor live comparatively well. This fact was dramatized in the 1980s when CBS television broadcast "People Like Us," which was intended to show the miseries of the poor during an American recession. The Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, probably with a view to embarrassing the Reagan Administration. But by the testimony of former Soviet leaders, it had the opposite effect. Ordinary people across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans have television sets and microwave ovens and cars. They arrived at the same perception of America as a friend of mine from Mumbai who has been trying unsuccessfully to move to the United States for nearly a decade. Finally, I asked him, "Why are you so eager to come to America?" His reply: "Because I really want to move to a country where the poor people are fat."

The moral triumph of America is that it has extended the benefits of comfort and affluence, traditionally enjoyed by a very few, to a large segment of society. Few people in America have to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Emergency medical care is available to everyone, even those without proper insurance. Every child has access to an education, and many have the chance to go to college.

Ordinary Americans enjoy not only security and dignity, but also comforts that other societies reserve for the elite. We live in a country where construction workers regularly pay $4 for a nonfat latte, where maids drive rather nice cars, where plumbers and postal workers take their families on vacation in Europe or the Caribbean. As Irving Kristol once observed, there is virtually no restaurant in America to which a CEO can go to lunch with the absolute assurance that he will not find his secretary also dining there. Given the standard of living of the ordinary American, it is no wonder that socialist or revolutionary schemes have never found a wide constituency in the United States. As sociologist Werner Sombart observed, all socialist utopias have come to grief in America on roast beef and apple pie.

As a result, people live longer, fuller lives in America. Although at trade meetings around the world protesters rail against the American version of technological capitalism, in reality, the American system has given citizens a much longer life expectancy and the means to live more intensely and actively. The average American can expect to live long enough to play with his or her grandchildren.

In 1900, the life expectancy in America was around 50 years; today, it is more than 75 years. Advances in medicine and agriculture are the main reasons. This increased life span is not merely a material gain; it is also a moral gain because it means a few years of leisure after a lifetime of work, more time to devote to a good cause, and more occasions to do things with the grandchildren. In many countries, people who are old seem to have nothing to do; they just wait to die. In America, the old are incredibly vigorous, and people in their seventies pursue the pleasures of life.

"Yes," the critics carp, "but these benefits are only available to the rich." Not so. Indeed, America's system of technological capitalism has over time extended the life span of both rich and poor while narrowing the gap between the two. In 1900, for example, the rich person lived to 60 while the poor person died at 45. Today, the life expectancy of an affluent person in America is 78 years while that of the poor person is around 74. Thus, in one of the most important indicators of human well-being, the rich have advanced in America but the poor have advanced even more.

Don't look now but...HERE COME THE SABERS!

The two-time defending state summer baseball champion Franklin High School Sabers, thought not to be as strong this season, take on rival Oak Creek today at 5:30 in the semifinal of the Greater Metro Conference Tournament. The game takes place at Abenschein Field in Oak Creek.

The Sabers reached the semifinal after defeating Brookfield East, 8- 0 in the quarterfinal Tuesday. Tyler Gentz tossed a two-hitter for Franklin.

No matter the outcome of the conference tournament, Franklin will get a berth in the WIAA tournament to defend their title.


UPDATE: It appears Franklin has lost to Oak Creek. This is a very tough conference shaping up for some terrific WIAA match-ups.

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision was a disappointment but if we band together we can work to repeal this disastrous law.

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A final note from the Franklin 4th parade, or...You're not gonna believe it

Despite the furnace-like heat, our family enjoyed Franklin’s Independence Day parade Wednesday.

It was great to see all the dignitaries, the pom pom squads, the young dancers, our military veterans. The sense of community was quite evident as we mingled with other nearby families. “Friendly” didn’t even begin to describe the atmosphere as I saw people offering water and sunscreen to others in the crowd.

I wrote about some of my observations in a Wednesday blog. I have saved one until today because I didn’t feel it was fitting on America’s birthday when we all come together and celebrate the advent of the greatest nation on the planet.

But today is July 5. So here goes. Again, from the “You’re not going to believe it” department.

At some point during the parade, an antique car passed by proclaiming the arrival of, cue the soufflé dropping, members of the Franklin School Board. Sure looked like the driver of the car was a not very happy looking Franklin Superintendent Steve Patz. I could be wrong. Sure looked like him. Never looked at the crowd. Never smiled.  Nice.

As I looked at the officials following behind the School Board car, I saw a man walking directly towards me. It was Franklin School Board member Jeff Traylor.

Traylor is one of the prolific big tax and spenders on the board. As one that oversees the education of all of Franklin’s students, he completely fails to realize:

1) That as a locally elected official, his votes and actions are open to public scrutiny and criticism, and…

2) There is such an important concept as freedom of speech.

Ergo, he has much disdain for all Franklin bloggers.

The utterly thin-skinned Traylor, up for re-election and ousting next spring, doesn’t like to be noticed. He doesn’t like to be criticized. If you dare question him, he doesn’t fire back with educated, factual arguments. Instead, unlike the role model he should be, Traylor responds by wimping out with hyperbolic name-calling.

So here’s Traylor at The Franklin parade and he starts walking towards me frantically. I’m pretty sure he didn’t recognize me.

He says to me that apparently no one is interested in what he’s giving out.


This is a July 4 parade, doofus!

Traylor then hands me a red pencil. I politely said, “Thank you.”

The pencil had the following lettering:




Really, Jeff?

Are you that small and petty?

On the 4th of July community parade?

You couldn’t toss candy like everyone else?


What a loser.

You want the REAL WAR ON WOMEN?

Here it is!

Goodnight everyone, and have a sultry weekend!

“God, it was hot! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.”

From the book, "Chill Factor" by Rachel Caine

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.

Scorching temperatures are expected to cool off a bit this weekend, but it will still be warm, and that's alright. After all, this is July.

Tonight....soft, smooth, sultry music. 

Let's get started with the late great Wayman Tisdale who, after playing many years in the NBA became a smooth jazz star playing bass guitar.


Tisdale died in 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.


The Danish Daily News says Veronica Martell is a "great voice that instantly catches you." Her influences growing up were Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson.

What others have said about Martell:

"a winning combination of traditional stage presence and modern day charisma"
– The Danish Times.   

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (07/07/12)

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:  Isolated thunderstorms. We can only hope. High of 85.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 81. "A"

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

Most people know that I don’t enjoy sports.  I’m not good at any of them, don’t understand the rules, and couldn’t care less about professional athletes.  (Notre Dame football is an entirely different story:  I love the college kids, the history, the beautiful campus.  But I digress…)

I do enjoy the hustle and bustle around the Olympics, however.  I can’t resist watching the opening ceremonies and those P&G “Thanks Mom” commercials make me tear up every time I see one.

The 2012 Summer Olympics are, of course, even MORE appealing to me since they are in London.  I will be glued to the TV in three weeks just to see familiar sights of an incredible city.  I can’t begin to imagine how amazing it would be to actually be a spectator.  And the event planner in me is thinking how much I would enjoy hosting an Opening Ceremonies party like this. 

OK, OK… you KNOW there’s a canine angle somewhere, right?  Well how ‘bout this?  A British woman gave up her high-paying corporate job to start her dream business of creating luxury clothing for dogs.  In a very short time, she’s been awarded New Business of the Year recognition and is enjoying every moment of her career shift.

Donna Condliffe loves her dogs more than a high-pressure position at a financial institution.  Now she is using her talents and affections to showcase the Union Jack in unconventional ways.  She’s getting orders from other countries.  And with the Olympics just around the corner, every member of British families can get in on the excitement!  Check out her online canine couture shop, “Canine & Co.” here.  Oh, to be an English Springer Spaniel…
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Again, the news, unfortunately, isn't always good. We try to avoid posting too many stories that hurt. However, here's hoping this guy gets his.

was bound to notice.

Say it ain't so.

This dog
can cost up to $20,000.

Pass on the poop.

Do dogs mourn? You bet.

Office stress
dogging you?

What's the right exercise for your dog?

About your dog's name...

reunites with first trainer.

We do love a happy ending.  Yes, we do.  And again!

Dog memoirs:
something for everyone.

Here's extremely important information courtesy of This Just In...



Do any of these look unusual to you?

Photo #1: Photographer Tou Chih-kang calms a puppy as he tries to make a portrait before it is put down by lethal injection at a shelter in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. All photos taken in April 2012 and made available to on July 5, 2012.

Photo #2: Tou Chih-kang and his assistant steady a scared dog for a portrait in the final moments of its life.

Photo #3: Tou Chih-kang greets a dog scheduled to be euthanized later in the day at a government-run shelter in Taoyuan

Tou Chih-kang hangs his portraits of the final moments in the lives of shelter dogs for a public exhibition in Taoyuan.

Over the past two years, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang has recorded the last moments of some 400 dogs, most of which were abandoned by their owners, at the Taoyuan animal shelter. After Tou photographs them, veterinary workers take them for a brief turn around a grassy courtyard before leading them into a small, clinical-looking room where they are killed by lethal injection. His photographs are designed to bestow dignity and prestige upon the subject.

All above photos: Wally Santana / AP.  Read more.

We close with our closing video. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

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Week-ends (07/07/12)


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


George W. Bush

Ted Freese

Travis Mills

Undercover cops

Christopher Edwards

Larry Mangels

Marion Brady


Jeff Ellis & Associates

Stephanie Miller

Tom Brown



"The economy has not recovered. Some people call it a recession. I think it’s a depression."
California Rep. Henry Waxman

"We learned this morning that our businesses created 84,000 new jobs last month. And that overall means that businesses created 4.4 million new jobs over the past 28 months, including 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. That's a step in the right direction. That's a step in the right direction."
President Obama on Friday's jobs report. The nation's unemployment rate remains at 8.2%.

"This kick in the gut has to end. When three-quarters of small businesses say that ObamaCare is keeping them from hiring, it shows that President Obama has put his liberal agenda ahead of job creation."
Mitt Romney addressing the press 90 minutes after the BLS released the dismal June jobs report.

"It would have been nice for the Supreme Court to repeal it for us, but it’s no harder today than it was the day before the decision. We win, we repeal. It’s just that simple."
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee–and potential running mate of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney–told Breitbart News this week that the party’s leaders are "absolutely" committed to repealing ObamaCare.

"We've been looking at that and I love that option as well."
Ann Romney saying her husband is considering picking a woman as his running mate.

"Even Ann doesn’t know. We talk about the possible people that I might select. But in terms of actually who is being vetted, that is something only two people know. And Beth Myers doesn’t talk."
Mitt Romney on who knows the people being considered for the GOP VP nomination.

"21 years, Republicans have not voted for a single broad-based tax increase, and that’s become the theology of the party, the ideology of the party, the definition of the party, and that is irresponsible."
Liberal PBS pundit Mark Shields

“I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion.

But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.”

Actor Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, in a letter to the editor of the Springfield News-Leader.

"Even though it's hot, it's a lot more bearable than if it was humid. People would be dropping."
Rudy Schaar, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Sullivan, WI.

"It's really, really nuts. I've done this for 35 years, and I've never seen it like this. We had our busiest day ever on the Fourth of July - over 300 calls."
James Lombardo, a partner with Bell Ambulance about the heat wave.

"I'll arm-wrestle you for your vote."
Jeff Hawks of Amherst, Ohio speaking to President Obama at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant.

"No, I'll play basketball for your vote."
President Obama's response to Hawks.


Kevin Fischer: Terrorist


WI election clerks blow it again.


The Internet is crashing! The Internet is crashing!


I would have never guessed.

Inmates get free food, if...

MUST SEE: Maine filmmaker chats with 12-year old version of himself.

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

NewsBusted will return next week.

We close this week with tributes to an American icon.



The two-time defending summer baseball champion Franklin Sabers begin their quest for a third straight title next week as the state tournament gets underway. Franklin will play St. Francis at Franklin High next Tuesday at 5:30. The Sabers are seeded third. St. Francis is the #14 seed in Sectional # 4 that also includes top-seeded Oak Creek.

The WIAA made a great move for this year’s tournament but has also erred, in my view, in its planning for the most important games.

This year’s State Summer Baseball Tournament moves to Kapco Park at Concordia University in Mequon. That’s a major improvement because the tournament since 1989 was held at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Most tournament teams come from our corner of the state.

The new venue is a major upgrade. It’s not only much closer, the WIAA website calls Kapco Park  “a state-of-the-art baseball facility opening in 2012 and also serves as the baseball venue for Concordia (University) and the Lakeshore Chinooks, the newest member of the Northwoods League. Kapco Park seats approximately 1,500 spectators in various seating areas throughout the facility including seats and fan decks, all with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The ballpark will have a synthetic turf on the entire playing field and is located on the northeast corner of Concordia University on the shores of Lake Michigan.”


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If you drive on S.51st Street between Rawson and Loomis...


Here’s important information from the city of Franklin.

The city and WE Energies will be working on S. 51st Street from Rawson to north of Berkshire Drive. That’s the Franklin city limits and the village of Greendale.

Work includes the relaying of gas mains and storm sewer piping. A concrete sidewalk from the south to Xavier Drive and bituminous path from the south side of St. Paul’s Church to W. Princeton Drive will then follow.  The existing roadway will then be pulverized, graded, compacted and repaved with sections of concrete curb and gutter. The work will begin very soon and is scheduled to be completed in late August.

Be advised S. 51st Street at times will be closed, usually between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Detour signs will be posted.

During the major construction the road will be closed to traffic except for neighborhood property owners.

City of Franklin officials ask for your patience. Questions should go to the Franklin Engineering Department at (414) 425-7510.

Dear Oak Creek, Muskego, Greenfield, South Milwaukee, Bay View, Cudahy, or any other SE WI community...

How'd you like a nice Meijer store?

Because God knows, with all the whiners and hand wringers and folks living in the 1950's, Franklin is probably going to blow this one.

Check out some of the comments in opposition. One says:

"Franklin has 6 grocery stores minutes away, target, walmart, and plenty of other options for shopping. There is a great choice of restaurants in and around the community."

Maybe in Fantasy Island, but not Franklin. This is the kind of mindset we're fighting around here in Franklin to try to progress into the 21st Century without horse and buggies.

Recommended Reading (07/07/12)

Recommended Reading

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

With a gavel bang, Obamacare is Obamatax

"It’s official: Obamacare is Obamatax. The Supreme Court saved Obamacare but at the expense of exposing it as simply a massive collection of taxes - 20 taxes at least. Obamacare was supposed to reduce the cost of health insurance but it has six taxes on Americans who already have health insurance. Your insurance will cost more to pay Mr. Obama’s tax hikes."

Republican teachers uneasy at Obama-themed union convention

In interviews with The Associated Press, roughly a dozen teachers who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt pressure from union leaders and the rank-and-file to support Obama's re-election -- and felt marginalized when they wouldn't. Some interviewed said they were so worried about retribution from their colleagues that they wouldn't provide their names for publication.”

My concerns with Eric Hovde

“Before conservatives in Wisconsin embrace Eric Hovde, I hope they fully vet him.

Remember, 70% of congressmen who ran as tea party candidates went to Washington and promptly started voting like the Republican who helped get us to $16 trillion in national debt.

Here are a few concerns about Eric Hovde that need vetting.”

*Jolting the Democratic Party from its stupor

"If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate them.

But they don’t, so we have to ask why their fear, defeatism, and cowering behavior continues in the face of the outrageous GOP actions as the November election approaches."

7 unhappy truths about politicians

"Many political observers believe Americans are too cynical about politicians. Take it from someone who has been blogging for more than a decade and has met countless politicians and political aides: if anything, people aren't cynical enough."

'Is that allowed?' 'It is here'

"It says something about the health of a nation when they're lined up to get in, as they are, still, with America. It says, of course, that compared with a lot of the rest of the world, America's economy isn't in such bad shape. But it says more than that. People don't want to come to a place when they know they'll be treated badly. They don't want to call your home their home unless they know you'll make room for them in more than economic ways.

And so this July 4, a small tribute to American friendliness, openness, and lack of—what to call it? The old hatreds. They dissipate here."

Why we're so attached to Andy Griffith

"The morning I heard that Andy Griffith had passed away, I closed my office door and cried. Many hours later I was still quite melancholy and trying to understand what the deep sadness was about."


A racist anti-Obama sign?

Photos of the Week (07/08/12)

Photos of the Week

1) The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 26, 2012. Colorado endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/Associated Press)

2) A tree sitting atop a vehicle offers free firewood in Falls Church, Va., Monday, July, 2, as cleanup continued after Friday's storm, Around 2 million utility customers are without electricity across a swath of states along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois as the area recovers from a round of summer storms that has also caused at least 17 deaths. Photo: Karen Mahabir / AP

3) Candles are placed at the scene of a triple shooting on the Fourth of July, on Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Los Angeles. Authorities report a gunman walked up to a crowd watching Fourth of July fireworks and opened fire, killing a young girl, Unique Russell, wounding a 12-year-old and a man.(AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

4) ReaNo Su-hui, center, is detained by South Korean officials as North Korean officials, foreground, look on, immediately after No crossed the demarcation line on July 5, 2012. South Korean police arrested the activist for making an extended trip to Pyongyang without South Korean government approval as required by law. Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

5) Former President George Bush and his wife Laura visited the Kasisi Children's Home in Lusaka, one of the largest orphanages in Zambia. Pictures released during Mr Bush's one-week stay in Africa show him tenderly hugging a young boy and holding a baby while his wife looks on. Photos: The Daily Mail

6) Laser lights shine from The Shard over Tower Bridge on July 5, 2012 in London, England. The European Union's highest building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, stands at 310 meters. Photo: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

7) Zoo keeper Lena talks to a newborn Tapir cub during its first walk in the outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, July 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

8) Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan, smokes a cigarette inside her cage at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, July 6, 2012. Zookeepers said they plan to move Tori, who learned to smoke about a decade ago by imitating people, away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage so they can watch and photograph her puffing away and exhaling smoke. (AP Photo)

9) A honeybee takes a drink from a fountain on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., July 1. The temperature was forecast to top 100 degrees for the third day in a row. Photo: Allen Breed / AP

10) A sun bear reacts to triple-digit temperatures at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Friday, July 6, 2012. The temperature reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.5 Celsius) Friday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

11) A dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., Thursday, July 5, 2012. The reservoir is down 3.5 feet from normal levels. Oppressive heat is slamming the middle of the country with record temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees in Central Indiana. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

12) A marshal is treated for heat exhaustion on the 18th green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Kohler, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

13) Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke argues with first base umpire Sam Holbrook Saturday in the first inning in Houston before being ejected. Photos: AP

14) Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament July 7. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP - Getty Images

15) Team Saxo Bank rider Jonathan Cantwell of Australia lies on the ground after a fall during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin on Thursday. Photo: Joel Saget / Pool via Reuters

16) Injured Thomas Danielson of the US sits in the grass after a crash in the pack at some 20 kilometers from he finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Metz, France, Friday July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

17) Participants gather to celebrate the 'Chupinazo' to mark the start at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival on July 6, in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain. Tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's streets for a drunken kick-off to Spain's best-known fiesta: the nine-day San Fermin bull-running festival. Photo: Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images

18) Revellers taunt a fighting cow in the Plaza de Toros following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7. Photo: Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters

19) A reveler is tossed by a Dolores Aguirre Yabarra ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona Spain, July 7. Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

20) Spanish fans console Steve Torchia while at St. Francis of Assisi School in Little Italy, as Italian and Spanish soccer fans gathered on College Street for the final game of the Euro Cup in Toronto on Sunday. Spain won the game 4-0. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

A computer glitch apparently caused the fireworks mishap that disappointed thousands of people who camped out to watch the Big Bay Boom in San Diego's Glorietta Bay Wednesday night, when they got more of a Big Bay Bust. Hours after the fireworks malfunction, August Santore, co-owner of Garden State Fireworks, told San Diego morning television stations, "We apologize to all the residents and all the people who missed their fireworks."  Photo: Reuters

SSG Travis Mills and his wife Kelsey Mills of Fort Bragg, N.C., talk to their 9-month-old baby, Chloe Mills, during a visit on July 4 to the 9/11 Memorial at ground zero in New York. Mills, who became a quadruple amputee after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan, was visiting the memorial with other wounded veterans as a part of a trip organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is helping to build accessible homes for the wounded veterans. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

23) Alison Turner struggles for her straw after being buried by friends on Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wednesday. Photo: Grant Hindsley / AP

24) Kate Fowler, 13, attends the Fourth of July Parade in Avondale Estates, Ga.  Photo: Erik S. Lesser / EPA

25) Cooks prepare "Stars and Stripes" desserts, fashioned as the U.S. flag, before a ceremony for the Fourth of July celebrations at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Photo: Jacques Demarthon / AFP - Getty Images

26) Tourist Ron Stuart of Seattle, Wash., poses for a photograph by a plate of hot dogs following a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot dog-eating contest at City Hall park in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, as some of the contest's competitors chat among themselves, right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

27) Joey Chestnut ate a record-tying 68 hot dogs to take the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Eating Contest crown at Brooklyn's Coney Island.  Photo: Eric Thayer / Reuters

28) People pose with a 3D painting during the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China at Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Center on July 3, 2012 in Hangzhou, China. The exhibition will run from July 1 to August 6 in Hangzhou. OK, one more. Photos: Getty Images

29) A model presents a creation during the Chevrolet Underground Catwalk, a fashion show in a special driving train of Berlin's subway, on the sidelines of the Berlin Fashion Week on July 4, 2012 in Berlin. The Berlin Fashion Week, presenting the collections of Spring/Summer 2013, is running from July 2 to 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images

30) A model poses during the annual World Bodypainting Festival in Poertschach, Austria on July 7, 2012. Photo: Heinz-peter Bader / Reuters

31) People crawl on the pavement during a "zombie walk" event in Frankfurt on July 7, 2012. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters

32) Players compete in the 2012 Swamp Soccer World Cup China in Beijing on July 6, 2012. The 10-day competition kicked off on July 5. Thirty two teams consisting of six players, including at least one woman, are taking part. The winners receive a 2012 London Olympics commemorative torch, local media reported. Photo: China Daily / Reuters

33) Teams take part in the Ironing Board Surfing event at the Chap Olympiad 2012 on July 7, in London, England. The Chap Olympiad describes itself as “a celebration of eccentricity and athletic ineptitude with the emphasis on panache and style over sporting prowess.” Guests and participants are encouraged to wear period dress, and the events are said to separate the chaps from the cads-- the winners receiving bronze, silver and gold cravats. Photo: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

34) Competitors take part in the Not Playing Tennis event, where the aim is to make the least effort at playing tennis, at the Chap Olympiad 2012 on July 7, in London. Photo: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

And we close with a video because a photo simply wouldn’t do it justice.

Culinary no-no #285

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #285

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The latest pro-life news (07/09/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin.


Tommy gets big endorsement

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Every once in awhile, an anonymous person leaves a brilliant online comment

This comment was left on a FranklinNOW news story about the divided opinion regarding Meijer coming to Franklin:

“Let's not bury our heads in the sand. This is 2012 and the "country" days of Franklin and other communities in the area are long gone. We need this project to happen in an effort to keep development and commercial growth moving forward in our city. So what if you have several other grocery store options within a few miles. A corporation like Meijer does their homework and obviously they are not concerned about being successful in Franklin. It's a huge step to build your first store in the Wisconsin, and we should be welcoming them with open arms. Unlike Ms. Anderson in the story, I hope to God this attracts other businesses and development. We NEED more development to create jobs and to help our dreadful tax situation. And let's not forget...I don't see a line outside City Hall with corporations beating down the doors wanting to build at that location, or in the city in general. This is a great opportunity and I sincerely hope the city leaders and residents keep an open mind and work TOGETHER with Meijer to make this a reality.”





News from Ald. Steve Olson: Meijer Stores Hearing and United Financial/Forest Hill Highlands apartment expansion

Dear Neighbors:


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E-mails, I get e-mails: Adult truths

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary? Seriously

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. ???Yep, felt that one!

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

18. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

19. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

20. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

21. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

UPDATE: Week-ends (07/07/12)

Previously on This Just In… Week-ends included a QUOTE OF THE WEEK from Brad Pitt’s mother.

The expected update.

How many times do we have to tell you Barack Hussein, we don't like ObamaCare?

Try 100.

Franklin should follow Brown Deer...but probably won't

The issue is school property taxes. For the sake of background, on July 2, 2012, I blogged the following about Franklin’s loss of state school aid.

That was about a week ago.

Back to the future.

Now we focus on the Brown Deer school district.


Brown Deer schools looking at 15% less in state aid

Sounds like Franklin.

From the article:

The Brown Deer school district will need to offset a roughly 15% decrease in state aid in the coming year, according to estimates from the state Department of Instruction.

The district is estimated to receive about $4.5 million in state aid in the 2012-2013 budget year, down nearly $800,000 from the approximate $5.3 million the district received in the 2011-2012 year.

To compensate for that loss in revenue, the district would need to increase its share of the property tax by 6%, which district Director of Finance Emily Koczela said won't be the case.

The Brown Deer School District will receive $803,689 less this school year than last, a 5.61% decrease.

BROWN DEER: The district is estimated to receive about $4.5 million in state aid in the 2012-2013 budget year, down nearly $800,000 from the approximate $5.3 million the district received in the 2011-2012 year.

To compensate for that loss in revenue, the district would need to increase its share of the property tax by 6%

FRANKLIN’S RESPONSE TO A SIMILAR DECREASE IN STATE SCHOOL AID: Immediately set a preliminary school property tax levy increase of 3.5%.

Follow along. The state says we’re not giving as much to the Franklin out-stretched hand.

Franklin immediately responds with threats of a 3.5% tax increase.

Next, Brown Deer.

The state informs Brown Deer will get the same hit as Franklin. Brown Deer’s response?


“I've been instructed by the (school) board to come in as close to zero percent as possible," said Koczela.

Uhhh…let me repeat.

“I've been instructed by the (school) board to come in as close to zero percent as possible," said Koczela.

Less state aid? No complaining.

Less state aid? No finger pointing.

Less state aid? Increase local property taxes? Brown Deer says no.

Less state aid? Franklin says…

Stick it to the taxpayers!

Franklin says…YES!

Of course, Franklin is not a tax hell.

Franklin advances in summer baseball tournament

Tuesday night, Franklin defeated St. Francis, 12-0 and will now face South Milwaukee this Friday at Franklin.

South Milwaukee beat Muskego Tuesday, 4-2.

House votes 244-185 to repeal ObamaCare

This report was filed before today's vote. Five Democrats voted for repeal. All Republicans voted for repeal in a sign of unity.


UPDATE: Culinary no-no #276

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Previously on This Just In…

The update.


2ND UPDATE: Week-ends (07/07/12)


Previously on This Just In…

The update from Michelle Malkin.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Retired major has blunt messages for today's elected officials


I read a lot, and often discover some marvelous pieces that I enjoy sharing. I called a column by a military officer who called his career quits the best I read in 2010.

An absolute must-read...

Wednesday night summer rerun: The truth behind how a referendum becomes a referendum


Un-elected officials that run Franklin’s public schools (and some elected school board members) desperately want to pass a referendum that would enact a huge property tax increase to pay for new school construction or remodeling that would have absolutely no guarantee of improving student school performance.

On June 7, 2012, I blogged on this issue and here’s an excerpt:

“It comes as no surprise and is not a Franklin news bulletin. We’ve been telling you for over a year that the  Franklin Public Schools administration and the Franklin Board are hell bent on jamming a school referendum down your throats.

Wednesday night, the board according to FranklinNOW voted 5-2 to place a building referendum on the November ballot. School Board President Janet Evans and newly-elected board member Aimee Schlueter correctly voted NO. The others incorrectly voted YES.

Having covered and attended countless governmental meetings, this item should never have been before the school board requesting an up or down vote. The members had no idea what they were voting for.”

This February 2012 blog is only five months old, but still extremely timely and worth repeating:

How a referendum becomes a referendum.   

The US Senate race: Twelve points and two questions

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At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Franklin School Board voted to place three separate referendum questions on the November ballot asking for a total of $48.8 million in school improvements.

By the way, I love the outstanding public notice school officials provided to the taxpaying community about that meeting. Not that it would have mattered because who the hell cares about a July 11 school board meeting. There is that whole notion and minor detail known as transparency, though.

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Anti-Thompson campaign starts this morning

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Unfortunately, it begins Friday at 7:30 AM.

There's one problem with holding a strong and steady lead in the become the target of negative attacks. Friday morning, the Washington DC-based National Club for Growth begins their malicious and deceitful effort to smear the frontrunner in the race for U.S. Senate, Tommy Thompson.

You already know Tommy is the candidate you trust in the race for U.S. Senate.  As Governor, he introduced the oft-copied conservative blueprint; cutting taxes while creating 740,000 jobs, introducing school choice and abolishing a broken welfare system.

I guess for the disgruntled few that's just not enough.

Now, Tommy is leading the charge to repeal Obamacare, balance the federal budget, cut and cap spending and also cap revenues. He has a plan for energy independence and to deliver Wisconsin reforms to Washington DC by getting federal worker compensation more in-line with the private sector.

Again, I guess for the disgruntled few that's just not enough.

Who is the National Club for Growth? It's an organization run by political operatives formerly employed by one of Tommy's opponents, Mark Neumann. We all remember the shameful and deceitful campaign Neumann ran against our Governor Scott Walker. 

The National Club for Growth is also a group that was fined $350,000 for their underhanded campaign tactics. The National Club for Growth has a reputation, and it's not one to be proud of.

Here's what the attack dogs probably didn't expect, we're not going to put up with the lies and deceit. 

We're ready for them, and with your help we can STOP THE ATTACKS WITH FACTS.  Stay tuned for more information, we're going to aggressively respond via e-mail, social media and other means - together, we can STOP THE ATTACKS WITH FACTS.


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Ryan Burchfield

P.S.  I've attached a great article below from 620 WTMJ afternoon talk show host, Jeff Wagner. 


Jeff Wagner

When Polling And Wishful Thinking Combine

Let's understand one thing from the beginning.  Wisconsin Democrats want the Republican Senate nominee to be anyone but Tommy Thompson.

You can perhaps argue that Tommy isn't as conservative as some of the other candidates.  You can argue that Tommy's age would make him a one-term Senator.  You can argue that Tommy is a part of the Republican establishment. 

What you can't argue though is that he gives the Republicans the best chance of winning Herb Kohl's Senate seat in November. I'm not suggesting that the other three GOP candidates can't win in November but Thompson has won four statewide races by huge margins.  Additionally, he has a crossover appeal that gives him a huge advantage against Tammy Baldwin - especially if President Obama carries Wisconsin in the Fall.

All of which might explain the peculiar results coming from a Democrat polling operation this week.

In the liberal leaning PPP poll, pollsters claim that Eric Hovde now leads Thompson in the Republican primary by a margin of 31% to 29%.  Mark Neumann had 15% of the vote.  Jeff Fitzgerald brought up the rear with 9%.  The poll also showed Thompson and Baldwin tied.

I wonder if these guys helped out the polling outfit Tom Barrett used when he claimed the recall race against Scott Walker was tied?

Anyway, my take on the PPP numbers in two words? How about "no way" or "wishful thinking".

The Marquette University Law School poll has become the gold standard for Wisconsin polling.  Their newly released numbers show Thompson with 35%, Hovde with 23%, Neumann with 10% and Fitzgerald with 6%.  Frankly this strikes me as much more realistic assessment of where the race stands as of today.

There's a lot of residual good will in the Republican Party towards Thompson.  Moreover, Tommy draws support from a lot of pragmatic Republicans who want to see GOP choose the most electable candidate. So, 35% in a four way primary seems reasonable to me (if not a little bit low).

As an alternative to Thompson, Hovde's largely self-financed advertising blitz appears to be moving voters from Neumann and Fitzgerald. In the unlikely event that Neumann and Fitzgerald drop out, it would clearly allow Hovde to consolidate the anti-Thompson vote. Still, I think Hovde has a long way to go in the next five weeks.  I also have to believe that a good portion of the undecided voters will ultimately do what they've done before - vote for Tommy.

That said, it is undoubtedly a fluid race with a lot of undecided voters.  However, if the election were held tomorrow, I think the Marquette poll is spot on.  That means that Tommy Thompson would win comfortably. 

Despite what some liberal pollsters may say - and hope - on behalf of their now and future clients.

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For Immediate Release: July 13, 2012
Contact: Darrin Schmitz (608) 661-0777

Tommy Thompson Cut Taxes 91 Times Including Three Income tax Cuts

[Milwaukee, WI...]  Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate campaign consultant Darrin Schmitz said the national Club for Growth attacks are a gross distortion of the former governor's record which included 91 tax cuts, elimination of the inheritance and gift taxes, and the largest property tax cut in Wisconsin history.

"Mark Neumann should be ashamed of himself. He ran an ugly and deceitful campaign against Scott Walker and now his attack dogs are grossly distorting Tommy Thompson's record," said Schmitz. "Tommy Thompson cut taxes 91 times during his tenure including three income tax cuts, the largest property tax cut in the history of the state and he eliminated the inheritance tax. Wisconsin's overall tax burden went down and the state experienced record job growth due to Thompson aggressive tax cuts."   

It has been widely reported that former Mark Neumann Chief of Staff, Chuck Pike, is a high-level staffer at CFG in addition to Neumann's former chief fundraiser, Erika Sather. CFG's attack ad comes just two days after a Marquette Law School poll showed Neumann polls at just 10 percent of Republican primary voters.

Schmitz added that CFG was investigated and fined $350,000 for their campaign tactics, and the non-partisan has rated CFG's attacks on Tommy Thompson as "false". Public records show that Club for Growth President Chris Chocola voted for millions of dollars in wasteful, budget-busting earmarks such as the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" boondoggle  -- as did Mark Neumann. (

Fact Check


Those who claim the rich should pay more are...let's go to the tape...clueless!

Goodnight everyone, and have a Helo Pinheiro weekend!


“You know you have a hit when it gets recorded by cover artists time and again, when it shoots to the top of the charts and stays there for ages and when you walk into an elevator in cities around the world and the melody you hear is from that song.”


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, one of the most popular songs ever.

First, there were the Beatles and “Yesterday,” the most recorded song ever.

Number two on the list turned 50 this summer.

No, it’s not “White Christmas.”

Think warmer.

Much warmer.

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The best cartoons of the week (07/14/12)

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok


Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

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Wheels fall off for Franklin in heartbreaking loss

Even when you read about it, it’s hard to believe.

Congratulations Franklin on an incredible run!

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (07/14/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast throughout the day. High of 89.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 91.  Too hot to get the highest mark. "B"

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

There’s the old saying, “You have to spend money to make money.”  In most cases I would agree with that.  

In a past life, I used to coordinate fundraising events for non-profit health organizations.  Since we were all about making money to support research & awareness efforts, the events themselves had to be ultra-low-cost.  Everything or nearly everything had to be donated:  printing of programs, venue, entertainment, raffle and auction items…  As event planners we had to find creative ways to host our event, get the word out about our cause, AND make a substantial profit to help find a cure/prevent a disease/help people in need.

The attitude, no matter what organization I worked for, was not “spend a million dollars so that we can make TWO million dollars.”  It was an attitude of “What we do spend has to be minimal so that all the revenue can support the cause.”  And yes, we had many successful events thanks to fabulous volunteers, generous donors, and hard work.

So, when I read about ridiculous, over-the-top, nearly-nauseating spending on a doggie wedding to support the Humane Society it raises MY hackles.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m all about a great party and about raising awareness for animal needs.  Call me crazy but I’m pretty sure this could be accomplished without $30,000 worth of (admittedly, donated) flowers for canine nuptials.

The record-setting tab for this tail-wagger was $250,000.  I’m not sure how much money was actually raised, nor how much additional awareness for the cause.  Apparently I’m just not rich-and-famous enough to understand the whole affair.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Lennox was destroyed. Read why.

Dog saves woman from racoon attack.

Internet brings dog to owner, 650 miles away.

A dog's last moments, photographed.

A wheelchair brightens Lexus' spirits.

New parents? Get a dog.

PETA official: Dog crates are cruel.

What a nice reunion.

An AWWWWWW story, or...Kevin Fischer really does read the  Huffington Post.

Hero pets 4 Hero Vets

Raw meat for dogs?

Cat person's family wants...a dog.

The "Love Hotel" for pets opens in Brazil.



CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 11:  Customers and their dogs hang out at The Dog Bar on July 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dog Bar, located in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, is Charlotte's only dog friendly bar. To bring your dog the bar requires proof of rabies vaccination and requires all dogs over one year of age to be spayed or neutered. NoDa is Charlotte’s historic arts district, known for its galleries, performance venues and funky restaurants. Businesses in Charlotte are anticipating a boost in sales when the city hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 3-6.

Customers and their dogs hang out at The Dog Bar on July 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dog Bar, located in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, is Charlotte's only dog friendly bar. To bring your dog the bar requires proof of rabies vaccination and requires all dogs over one year of age to be spayed or neutered. NoDa is Charlotte’s historic arts district, known for its galleries, performance venues and funky restaurants. Businesses in Charlotte are anticipating a boost in sales when the city hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 3-6. Photo: Getty Images

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by and please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

We close with our closing video and we have two. Is "Baghdad Pups" a charity scam?


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Week-ends (07/14/12)


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


Jeremy Kilburn

Simon Mercer

Adam Cisneros

Oak Creek officer and Good Samaritan


Penn State

Abortion blogger

A candidate for Father of the Year

Mike Farrell

MD Rabbi Alam


“The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led an inquiry into the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal

“Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.”
Deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter

"President Obama's campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign. President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works." 
Romney's campaign manager Matt Rhoades

When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well, the mistake of my first term - couple of years - was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times."
President Obama

"We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe. But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez (Venezuelan president Hugo) has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us."
President Obama

“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life.  Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept.  Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide – but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.  Our society sends them into mediocre schools and expects them to perform with excellence, and that is not fair.  Frederick Douglass observed that, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Yet, instead of preparing these children for life, too many schools set them up for failure.  Everyone in this room knows that we owe them better than that.

 “I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the family.  A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is two percent.  And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent.
"Here at the NAACP, you understand the deep and lasting difference the family makes.  Your former executive director, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, had it exactly right.  The family, he said, “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community.  That great truth must not be overlooked.”
Mitt Romney at the NAACP Convention.

“I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention."
Nancy Pelosi referring to Mitt Romney.

The people here overwhelmingly supported President Obama, would have loved to have President Obama here. So there's definitely some disappointment about that."
Dedrick Muhammad, director of the NAACP's Economic Department on President Obama skipping the NAACP Convention.


USDA continues to try to drive up participation in food stamp program.

Hero soldiers asked to clean toilets at Olympics.


Yes, Mitt Romney was booed at the NAACP Convention. But at the end, he also got a standing ovation.


Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.


The Virgin Mary in a tree.

Why did the woman let the man suck her toe?

It started with a 9-1-1 call.

World's Fattest Woman is starting to lose weight.

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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Still time to enroll in DJ's Court Tourney in Franklin

DJ’s Court Tourney contact:

DJ Slater

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Recommended Reading (07/14/12)

Recommended reading

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

Death penalty appropriate at Penn State

"If this doesn't qualify for the death penalty, God help us on the day we find out what does.I also don't want to hear the tired line about how you 'can't punish these kids.' 

Look at it this way: This cover-up of horrific crimes was aimed at making sure Penn State could continue to PLAY FOOTBALL. A failure to address football leaves the very goal of the cover-up indefensibly intact."

Churchill got it right

“A little Madness in the Spring,” observed Emily Dickinson, “is wholesome even for the King.” Wisconsin had more than a little madness, but maybe it was good for us as well.

As the Spring of the Endless Campaign evolved into the Summer of Perpetual Elections, the interminable tantrum turned from rallies and petitions to the main event: the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, who became the first governor ever to be elected twice for the same term.

Irresistibly, the mind turns to Winston Churchill’s observation that there is “nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.”

ObamaCare is an unhealthy prescription

"Too few are studying the law’s practical impact. The best place to see the effects of the law is in our nation’s laboratories, the states. Although the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the act, Wisconsin shows that it is bad policy."

Harry Reid vs. the bimbos

"Love them or hate them, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton 'create' plenty of jobs. Harry Reid? Not so much."

Is the web driving us mad?

Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness."

Despite obesity concerns, gym classes are cut

“More than a half-century ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower formed the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, and today Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Michelle Obama are among those making childhood obesity a public cause. But even as virtually every state has undertaken significant school reforms, many American students are being granted little or no time in the gym.”

10 ways women can wreck their marriage

"If some of you ladies want to know how you can suck the life out of your marriage and drive your good husband to insanity, or to the bar, or into the arms of another woman, or to a divorce attorney, or just shrivel him up into a conquered quail who inwardly loathes you as he dies a slow, emotionally tortuous death, well then . . . this is your lucky day.”


Minorities should be outraged by the liberal rationale to oppose voter ID laws

Photos of the Week (07/15/12)

Photos of the Week

Lightning strikes over a barn surrounded by a soybean crop in Donnellson, Iowa, July 13, 2012. 61 percent of the contiguous U.S. was listed in drought, up from 56 percent last week. Photo:  Adrees Latif / Reuters

2) Penn State student Jessica Knoll begins to cry as she watches the televised news conference held by former FBI director Louis Freeh after the release of his report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in the HUB building on the main campus in State College, Pa., Thursday, July 12, 2012. Freeh's investigation found that senior Penn State officials, including Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno, "concealed critical facts" about Jerry Sandusky's child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

3) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a speech to the NAACP annual convention, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

4) U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured during a heavy rain storm at a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Virginia, July 14. Obama traveled to Virginia on Saturday for campaign events. Rain drops on the front of the lens produced octagonal shapes in the image. Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

5) Reuters photographer Lucy Nicholson secured rare access to San Quentin state prison, California's oldest correctional facility and the location of the state's only gas chamber. Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, on June 8, 2012. Here's the entrance to death row at San Quentin state prison, June 8, 2012. This November Californians will vote on a proposition to repeal the death penalty in the state. KCET reports that California has 725 inmates on death row, all of whom would serve a life term without the possibility of parole should the initiative be passed. Photos made available to on July 11, 2012.

6) Benjamin, 8, Alana, 10, and Sara Lesczynski (L-R), 8, of New York, hold "Big Gulp" drinks while protesting the proposed "soda-ban," that New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has suggested, outside City Hall in New York on Monday. Under the proposed law, sugar drinks with no nutritional value would be banned from sale in New York City in containers larger than 16 ounces. Benjamin and his two sisters were brought to the protest by their father. Photo: Andrew Burton / Reuters

7) A woman using her smart phone is illuminated by a battery powered street lamp in Santa Rita do Sapucai, Brazil. An innovative program allows inmates at the Santa Rita do Sapucai medium-security prison to shave days off their sentence in exchange for riding stationary bikes hooked up to converted car batteries that are used to illuminate the town square. Photos: Felipe Dana / AP

8) Photographers aim their cameras as the sun sets through the buildings on 42nd Street in Manhattan during a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge on July 11, 2012. Manhattanhenge, sometimes known as the Manhattan Solstice, occurs when the setting sun aligns with east-to-west streets of the main street grid. Photo: Julio Cortez / AP

9) Painting supervisor Kevin McSweeney walks out onto one of the cables on the George Washington Bridge to inspect the painting operations in Fort Lee, NJ, on July 10. Photo: John Munson / The Star-Ledger

10) A fighting cow leaps over bull runners in the Plaza de Toros following the first Running of the Bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 7. After the bull run, runners remain in the bullring and small fighting cows are released. (Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters)

11) Aloitadores struggle with wild horses during Shearing of the Beasts in Sabucedo, some 25 miles from Santiago de Compostela, on July 9, 2012. Hundreds of wild horses were rounded up from the mountains to be trimmed and marked. Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP - Getty Images

12) Veterinary students Nicole Bayless, left, and Megan Richards, along with technician Janet Pezzi, prepare an African lion named Tsavo for cancer treatment at the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The 11-year-old big cat is undergoing radiation treatment for a large tumor near its mouth. Photo: Amy Smotherman Burgess / Knoxville News Sentinel via AP

13) A Syrian brown bear eats an ice block of frozen fruits, vegetables and fish to cool off from the heat at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Temperatures in Tel Aviv reached as high as 34 Celsius (93.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

14) Penguins swim in the newly-opened Polar Adventure at the Ocean Park, a tourist attraction in Hong Kong Thursday, July 12, 2012. The theme park said it launched Asia’s first themed area integrating presentations of Arctic and Antarctic animals, including penguins, walruses, spotted seals, sea lions, snowy owls and arctic foxes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

15) This photo taken through a pane of glass shows a newborn red vari lemur with his mother at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, Thursday, July 12, 2012. The lemurs originate from Madagascar and this is the first time babies have been born in this zoo. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

16) Pogo, a silky terrier likes to ride up front and take in the view as his owners Al and Betty Carroll take her for a ride through Riverside Park Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Victoria, Texas. The park in Victoria, Texas is a popular local destination where the Guadalupe River winds through the park. (AP Photo/The Victoria Advocate, Frank Tilley)

17) Olympic Rings which have been mown into the grass by shire horses, at Richmond Park, in London. The Rings which are approximately 300 meters wide and over 135 meters tall, are visible on the Heathrow flight path, ready to welcome athletes and visitors to the London 2012 Games.
The photos were made available July 9 by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

18) Nine alphajets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France release trails of blue, white and red smoke, colors of French national flag, as they fly over Louvre museum and the Louvre Pyramid during the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, on July 14. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP - Getty Images

19) Tim Propst, of Lincoln County, N.C., throws a hammer during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, N.C., Friday, July 13, 2012. Photo: Chuck Burton/AP

20) A competitor in the World Snuff Championships takes her snuff in Peutenhausen, southern Germany. Photo:  Lukas Barth / AP

21) Fareed Lafta and Kent Couch (L) lift off from Couch's Stop & Go Mini Mart in Bend, Oregon, July 14. The two men, sitting in lawn chairs tied to a cluster of 350 helium-filled balloons lift-off in a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the longest two-man cluster balloon flight. Photo: Dan Cook/Reuters

22) Denton Allen, 2, rides a sheep as his father Dustin Allen catches him during the 2012 Silver State Stampede mutton busting event at the Elko County Fairgrounds in Elko, Nev. on July 12, 2012. Photos: Ross Andreson/AP

23) Kids play in the pit during the annual Mud Day at Nankin Mills recreation complex in Westland, Michigan, on Tuesday. The mud pit contains 180 metric tons of clean fill dirt with 76,000 liters of water. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky / EPA

24) A tourist reacts as he plays in mud during the opening day of the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, about 190 km (118 miles) southwest of Seoul, on July 14. About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual festival, according to the festival organisation. Photo: Lee Jae-Won / Reuters

25) A street performer dressed as American superhero Thor performs during a protest near Mexico City's main plaza, the Zocalo, Friday, July 13, 2012. Street performers, many dressed in costumes, gathered to protest in the historic downtown area where once they were allowed to perform but are now run off by police. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

26) A participant poses with his body paintings during the 15th World Bodypainting Festival in Poertschach on July 8, 2012. Some 30,000 visitors are expected at the three-day event, with over 200 artists from 40 countries showing off their creations in the hope of taking home a prestigious World Award, the equivalent of a world championship title. Photo: Alexander Klein / AFP - Getty Images

27) Dachshunds dressed for the occasion, Dee Dee, foreground left, and her cousin Clifford, foreground right, are held by their owner Valerie Diker, as they and other dogs and people wait for the start of the most expensive wedding for pets Thursday July 12, 2012 in New York.  The black tie fundraiser, where two dogs were "married", was held to benefit the Humane Society of New York. Dee Dee and Clifford were part of the wedding party. Photo: Tina Fineberg / AP

Culinary no-no #286

Culinary no-no's



Betcha think I don't eat all that healthy all that much.

You probably think my idea of a well-rounded, healthy meal is...

Minus the skin, gravy, and butter, of course.

Like most people, I believe I have a basic understanding of what's healthy and what's not. But do I?

And do those folks who really, really, really think in their heart of hearts they truly get what's healthy actually really, really, really know?

I asked two regular readers of Culinary no-no to submit to me their suggestions for a full meal, from appetizer to dessert, that was not only healthy but tasty for a reason that will be explained later that even they weren't told and won't know until they read this segment.

We start with, and I won't use her real name, so let's just call her Marianne who has decided to use an Italian theme.

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Media Trackers: SEIU Subpoenaed In Milwaukee Vote Fraud Investigation

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EXCLUSIVE: SEIU Subpoenaed In Milwaukee Vote Fraud Investigation

By Collin Roth

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The latest pro-life news (07/16/12)

From Right To Life Wisconsin and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Some notes about the U.S. Senate GOP primary

I would be ok with any of the four Republican candidates against Tammy Baldwin. It’s clear from my blog who I support. To me, it’s Tommy Thompson’s race to lose and he has the very best chance of beating Baldwin. That’s critical.

Because Thompson is the favorite, he becomes the go- to- guy for negative attacks that started last week. The former Governor and Cabinet Secretary is having his conservative credentials being questioned because of comments made years ago about an individual mandate for health care and his spending record. Yes, he spent, but at a time when money was flowing into the state coffers like crazy. He also successfully rejected a ton of state spending with his veto pen.

Wanna beat Tommy up? How about Eric Hovde’s record of supporting Jim Doyle, tax increases, and his comments on Afghanistan during a recent debate that mirrored the cut and run, wave the white flag philosophy of Russ Feingold.

Mark Neumann realizes he’s in third place behind Thompson and Hovde. Remember he said he’d run a clean campaign? That’s why he’s enlisted the help of the National Club for Growth that predictably has railed against Thompson (they always have) but has also gone after Hovde. Neumann wants it both ways. He’s campaigning clean (witness his current ad talking about how he loved going to Sunday school because that’s where he met his future bride) while his hired guns in other ads attack the front-runners.

This conservative remembers the outright lies Neumann made against Governor Walker during the gubernatorial primary and thus, Neumann doesn’t get my support unless it’s in the general.

Jeff Fitzgerald would be a tremendous candidate, but he’s gotten into the media game far too late. His chances are slim.

I’m getting a lot of correspondences from the Hovde campaign but have refused to post on my blog. It’d be nice if they’d tell the truth.

Here’s a piece I received today.

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Dear Neighbors:


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Good grief, why the hell would we want one of these in Franklin?

, Ohio
, circa the 1990's...


More about Meijer.

Chris Matthews, the complete and utter fool representing the leftist media

First there was …

Yeh, objective. Right.

And then this week comes this embarrassment. Good Lord, Chris, get a hold of yourself!


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Dear Neighbors:


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The latest from Rehorst (July 2012)


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
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Wednesday night summer rerun: Liberals never spew hate speech


Donna Cole of Oak Creek took a liberal Washington Post columnist to the woodshed in January of 2011. She shared with me the letter she wrote to the editor in response to the newspaper column. That piece and others Cole wrote convinced me to make her a guest blogger on This Just In...

Wednesday night summer rerun: To fight Mother Nature, Franklin installs 1950's technology


Some time ago, there was a debate in this here fine quiet city about whether we should install tornado warning sirens.

I wrote extensively on the subject, staunchly opposed (it’s all there if you care to search and dig).  The tax and spenders argued in favor. Franklin eventually approved the suckers and was more than happy to officially proclaim their installation.

Sorry, but I did not join in the ticker tape parade.


Terrific speech by Romney unloads on Obama gaffe

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."
President Obama this past weekend during a campaign stop.

Mitt Romney responded Tuesday in Irwin, Pennsylvania in a speech that had to be good because no one in the MSM is reporting it. Why? Because they don't want you to see or hear it.

"You know, folks, I think this actually made Romney mad! I actually think that what Obama said finally ticked Romney off. I think Romney now has realized Obama is not a nice guy who's just befuddled and wrong. That was Romney's prior description of Obama: ‘He's a nice guy, just doesn't know what he's doing.’ I think this really got to Romney. Yes, siree bob! Something lit a fire. I am convinced that what Obama said actually has made Romney mad. Not in an insulting way. It has made him mad over what we're up against now."
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Previously on This Just In...

It took a few years, but here's the update.

The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

His latest e-newsletter.

UPDATE: Some notes about the U.S. Senate GOP primary

Previously on This Just In…

The update…Kevin Binversie writes at the Wisconsin Reporter:

"While many question Thompson’s profligate spending during the 1990s when state tax coffers overflowed, his conservative credentials are beyond doubt."

Sorry, but this has voter fraud written...

All over it.

How school board members voted on Franklin referenda

To my knowledge, no Franklin reporter or blogger has published the details about the Franklin School Board’s vote on July 11 to place three referenda on the November ballot asking for huge property tax increases to expand school facilities.

Read the following from the approved minutes of that July 11 meeting and my observations:

2. Resolution Adoption (Action Item)
The Board discussed the legal resolutions for a November 6th, 2012 referendum.

A. Initial Resolution I: Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $20,400,000- A motion was made by Debbie Larson, seconded by Melissa Klein, to adopt Resolution I. The Board discussed adding details to the language of Resolution I, if appropriate with legal counsel. Debbie Larson and Melissa Klein amended their motion and second to reflect the addition of detail, if appropriate with legal counsel. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Larson, Traylor, Witkowski, Klein, Nielson. No: Evans, Schlueter. The motion passed.

B. Initial Resolution II: Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not To Exceed $12,600,000- A motion was made by Jeff Traylor, seconded by Debbie Larson, to adopt Resolution II. The Board discussed adding details to the language of Resolution II, if appropriate with legal counsel. Jeff Traylor and Debbie Larson amended their motion and second to reflect the addition of detail, if appropriate with legal counsel. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Larson, Traylor, Witkowski, Klein, Nielson. No: Evans, Schlueter. The motion passed.

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Goodnight everyone and have a weekend magnifico!


“A man who has not been in
Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
Samuel Johnson

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.


The music of Italy.

At the Henry Maier Festival Grounds on Milwaukee’s fabulous lakefront, the ethnic festival season is in full swing. The oldest of them all, and what some consider the best is taking place this weekend, Festa Italiana.

This week, we have some plain old unadulterated Italian fun.

We begin with my favorite artist. Reportedly, this was, out of all his recordings, his favorite. It is based on an Italian classic, O Sole Mio.


"Written by Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo Di Capua in 1898,  (O Sole Mio)  was first recorded by Giuseppe Aselmi in 1907 and popularised by Mario Lanza. The first English translation - ‘There’s No Tomorrow’ - had previously been a hit in the US by Tony Martin – which Presley had apparently practised along to as a soldier. When discharged from the army – also in the wake of Lanza’s death and in memory of Caruso’s song, a childhood favourite - Elvis personally commissioned a brand new version. Songwriters Wally Gold and Aaron Schroeder obliged – it was the biggest of 17 hits for Elvis that Schroeder penned. Presley’s joyful take showing off his baritone to tenor end range, made number 1 in the US and the UK. Arguably the best selling single of all time, it shifted 30 million copies worldwide. So impacting was it that on hearing it in 1960 while serving time in prison for stealing, Barry White had a conversion to become a famous singer – helped by Schroeder."

Listen to that incredible voice, from 1960.


Elvis’ favorite singer, by some accounts, if it wasn't Mario Lanza was Dean Martin.

On this, my mom’s birthday, one of her favorites, especially after my dear dad went to heaven.

Next up, in the late 1960’s, if you knew you had a hit movie on your hands, you went to Andy Williams to record the theme song. Williams has been performing, incredibly, for 75 years. Ever since I first heard this recording, I have been blown away by how he phenomenally holds that last note.

Now for one of the greatest Italian songs ever.

It was recorded in 1958, and recorded many, many times thereafter. It won a Grammy for Domenico Modugno.


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The best cartoons of the week (07/21/12)

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (07/21/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. Only a 30% chance of rain. High of 91.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. Only a 30% chance of rain. High of 91.  "B"

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

Lots of parents want to get their kids dogs, and hold off for various reasons.  In our case, it is because we think Kyla is still a bit too young to truly appreciate a puppy.  While dog ownership will teach love, kindness and responsibility the timing really has to be right.  Not to mention the fact that I never wanted to housebreak a puppy AND potty train a toddler simultaneously.  I’m not THAT crazy!

There are other reasons we are postponing dog ownership…  right now we can travel with Kyla and not worry about who will take care of the pup in our absence.  We all know that dogs are pricey members of a family.  And there are practical matters to consider like the fact that we can’t build a fence in our subdivision… So how do we keep future Fido out of the retention pond adjacent to our back yard?


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Week-ends (07/21/12)


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


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Tommy Thompson fights back

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Recommended Reading (07/21/12)

Recommended Reading

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

The Dark Knight Movie Massacre & Why I Carry a Gun Everywhere I Go

"As the news starting pouring in about what happened in the theater this week when Satan’s spawn James Holmes donned Kevlar and a small battery of weapons and opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd, I kept thinking, 'One fast-thinking and trained person who was armed/licensed with a concealed weapon could have stopped that SOB right in his tracks before the body count skyrocketed.'

'Yep, the armed citizen could have either killed him, sent him running for cover, or at least diverted his fire away from the masses and toward their person. Some readers, no doubt, are saying, 'Well that would be stupid. What if that citizen got shot trying to protect others?' To that I reply: Well, Dinky, if they would have been shot and killed at least they would have died a hero. Have you ever heard of the term 'hero'?"

Love back

“It must be lonely being James Holmes, spending the first part of your life planning alone for an act that will leave you sitting alone for the rest of your life. For the rest of us, life is crowded. Love is always only three numbers and one movie seat away.”

Romney’s best choice for VP: Scott Walker

Walker has something no other potential Vice Presidential candidate has: a stunning 2012 political victory that rewarded his courage and steadfast commitment to critical fiscal reforms.”

No, you can't

“The tax dollars that paid for those roads, bridges, schools, and teachers didn't just come from ‘someone else’ or the ‘rest of us.’ They came from the innovators, the factory owners, and the entrepreneurs too. In 2009, the top 400 taxpayers paid almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 50 percent combined.

“The jobs created and the wages paid by those business owners fueled a lot of the tax payments made by ‘someone else’ and the ‘rest of us.’ The taxes imposed on those business owners could help entice them to ship jobs overseas.”

The left’s confused “you didn’t build that” defense

“You can tell President Obama’s defenders believe Mitt Romney’s new attack on Obama’s ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that’ comment is an existential threat to his campaign by the sheer volume of pixels devoted to the topic. Problem is, they just can’t quite agree on how to defend him…The real problem with Obama’s quote is that it made a long-standing and fundamental liberal argument in an unappealing way. Conservatives have every right to make him pay for the misstep.”

‘First jobs’ matter

“Unpaid internships are great. They are win-win. They let young people experiment with careers, and figure out what they’d like and what they’re good at. They help employers produce better things and recruit new employees.”

The Liberal Bill of Rights

"We, the liberals of the United States, clearly knowing what’s best for you, have declared that the following rights to be indisputable for a truly progressive and enlightened society. These rights shall be implemented immediately, without argument or qualification, to ensure that America will be a better place for US to live in. So, we present to you – Your Liberal Bill of Rights."


The moral superiority of gun control

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Photos of the Week (07/22/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Yellow markers sit next to evidence, including a gas mask, as police investigate the scene outside the Century Aurora movie theater in Aurora, Colo., on July 20. Photo: David Zalubowski / AP

2) Firefighters stand outside the apartment complex where suspect James Eagan Holmes lived in Aurora, Colo., July 21. Police probing a Colorado shooting rampage prepared on Saturday to send in a robot to detonate what they called a sophisticated booby-trap in the apartment of Holmes, 24, accused of killing 12 people at a screening of the new "Batman" film. Holmes is accused of storming into a theater in a suburban Denver multiplex just after midnight on Friday clad head-to-toe in black body armor and a gas mask and tossing smoke bombs into the audience before shooting seemingly at random. Photo: Joshua Lott / Reuters

3) Tom Sullivan embraces family members on July 20 while searching frantically for his son Alex, who was celebrating his 27th birthday at the movie theater. Photo: Barry Gutierrez / AP

4) In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, people watch villain Bane on the screen during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" inside the Liberty Science Center IMAX theater Friday, July 20, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, July 20, 2012, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

5) Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Ind. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

6) Boats sit on the dry, cracked bottom in a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., on July 16. The reservoir is down nearly 6 feet from normal levels and being lowered 1 foot every five days to provide water for Indianapolis.  Here's  another photo from the same location. Photos: Michael Conroy / AP

7) A dead fish lies in Mitchell Lake in the Ballard Wildlife Management Area near Barlow, Ky., as lack a of rain and excessive heat deplete oxygen from the water Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

8) Golfers look for a ball in the bed of a dried up pond next to the fairway on No. 7 during the Junior City Golf Tournament Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Lafayette Golf Course in Lafayette, Ind. The ball disappeared in a deep crack in the parched soil of the former water hazzard. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

9) When a heat wave hits Wisconsin, no big deal. New York? That's different. It becomes news. People relax in the sand at the Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool on July 16, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A heat advisory was issued in the city that day as high temperatures were expected in the 90s the next three days. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

10) Incoming Wisconsin Senate President Fred Risser, D-Madison, right, is congratulated by outgoing Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, after Risser assumed the seat during a swearing-in ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Democrats elected Risser as president of the state Senate after taking majority control following a victory in a recall election. John Lehman's victory in Racine gave Democrats a 17-16 edge. Photo: AP

11) Makayla Fideler, 11, of West Bend looks over her shoulder as she prepares to call another registered voter at the Republican Headquarters in downtown West Bend, Wis. , on Wednesday afternoon July 18, 2012. The Young Republicans made calls to 'swing voters" to gather information for the upcoming election between President Barack Obama and Mit Romney this November. Photo: AP

12) Tea Party supporters attend a ''Patriots in the Park'' rally while waiting to hear Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate, speak at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus. Photo: Getty Images

13) Maricopa County Sheriff's Cold Case Posse Lead Investigator Mike Zullo announces Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Phoenix that President Obama's birth certificate, as presented by the White House in April 2011, is a forgery based on an investigation by the Sheriff's office. Photo: AP

14) Patient Tim Gordon, who lives in Wise, Va., and who is patient number 1117 out of 1,500 for the day, catches a nap in the trunk of his car as he waits to get into the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic held at the county fairgrounds, July 20, in Wise, Va. Over 3000 patients will be seen on the multi-day event by the largest free health clinic in the United States for dental, vision, wellness, women's health, lab testing, and health education, by volunteers from medical schools, hospitals, and civic organizations. Patients come from thousands of miles away and camp out in the muddy parking lot for a chance at the free health care. Photo: Paul J. Richards / AFP - Getty Images

15) Kim Ranck touches the arm on the Joe Paterno statue as she walks away in tears Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Ranck, a 2006 Penn State University graduate and current Penn State employee, was out of town when the controversy surrounding the statue broke and came to visit before something happened to it. The Joe Paterno statue, on the Penn State campus, in State College, Pa., has become a highly debated topic since the release of the Louis Freeh report. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

16) Habiba Abubakar of Nigeria, right, talks with psychologist and faculty member Yaron Prywes while attending the "Common Bond" summer camp in Newbury, Mass., on July 18, 2012. Teens from across the world who lost loved ones due to terrorism gathered for the 10 day camp to share their feelings, insights and a chance to be the world's next generation of international peacemakers. Abubakar lost her father during the Jos religious riots in 2010. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP

17) Nasa Indians drag off a soldier in Toribio, southern Colombia on July 17. Dozens of Indians attacked half a dozen soldiers guarding communication towers on the outskirts of the town. Photo: William Fernando Martinez / AP

18) A member of the Legislative Council Leung Kwok-hung, also known as Long Hair, center, throws an effigy of the head of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to Leung during the first question-and-answer session in Hong Kong Monday, July 16, 2012. Leung become a target for Hong Kong residents' discontent because of his plummeting popularity following a scandal over illegal additions to his mansion. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung).

19) NASA astronaut Joe Acaba captured this photo of the southern lights in a dazzling aurora display on July 14-15, 2012, during an uptick in solar activity.

20) The Space Shuttle Enterprise is seen at a press preview of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's new Space Shuttle Pavilion on Wednesday in New York City. The Enterprise was NASA's first space shuttle and a prototype which performed tests in 1977 within the Earth's atmosphere. NASA awarded the Enterprise to the museum after the 2011 retirement of the shuttle program. The pavilion will open to the public July 19. Of the six shuttles that NASA built, only four remain: Enterprise plus Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. The other two experienced disasters during their missions, killing their crews: Challenger exploded in 1986 and Columbia disintegrated in 2003. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

21) A motor tricycle loaded with recyclable plastic bottles drives along a street in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China on July 18, 2012.

22) Indian villagers stand near a group of centipedes at Lavad village, about 35 kilometers from Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, July 21, 2012. Millions of centipedes have surfaced in Lavad village invading kitchens, homes and schools, forcing village authorities to close school and nearly half of the 6,000 population to temporarily migrate, a newspaper reported. The Gujarat state government has asked veterinary doctors to visit the area and submit a report on the phenomenon for appropriate action, the report said. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

23) Patrick Karabaranga, a warden at the Virunga National Park, sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary in the park headquarters at Rumangabo in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday. The Virunga park is home to some 210 mountain gorillas, approximately a quarter of the world's population. The four orphans that live in the sanctuary are the only mountain gorillas in the world not living in the wild, having been brought here after their parents were killed by poachers or as a result of traffickers trying to smuggle them out of the park. "They play a critical part in the survival of the species" says Emmanuel De Merode, Director for Virunga National Park. He adds that the ICCN does not currently have access to the gorilla sector of the park due to the M23 rebellion. Photo: Phil Moore / AFP - Getty Images

24) The Olympic spirit is up and running at London Zoo on Thursday, as Bob the owl, takes on a 100 cm - yes - 100 cm sprint. Bob was participating in the zoo's daily Animal Athletes in Action and showing off his unique running technique. The six inch tall owl works daily to beat his personal best time. Photo: EPA

25) Elise Costa holds a 21-pound-lobster that was caught off the coast of Cape Cod. "I had its tail on my shoulder and I had each claw in one of my hands, and it was as long as my arms and as big as my torso," said Elise Costa, restaurant manager of Capt'n Elmer's, to WBZ NewsRadio. "It's giant." Because it was caught in an unrestricted area, the fate of the 21-pound Cape Cod lobster remains uncertain."Usually, for every four and a half pounds of live lobster, once you cook it and clean it, you get one pound of meat. So 21 divided by four and a half, that would give you about five pounds of meat," Costa said. She also said the lobster would remain on display for a few days before either being sold or raffled for charity. Photo: The Daily Mail via Elise Costa/WBZ.

26) People walk by an
Olympic mascot, painted in the likeness of a member of Parliament, across the River Thames from Parliament on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in London. The statue is one of 84 fiberglass sculptures of the mascots Wenlock or Mandeville that were painted by various artists and erected across the city for the 2012 London Olympic Games. (AP Photos/Charlie Riedel)

Over 300 teams and 5,000 players competed in the annual Swamp Soccer Championships in Hyrynsalmi, Finland last  weekend. Here, a manager of one of the losing teams wallows in the mud.   Photo: Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA

28) Participants of the Miss World Next Top Model 2012 beauty pageant perform during the contest in Beirut, Lebanon, late Sunday, July 15, 2012. Thirty-eight models gathered from all over the world to compete in the biggest international event to be held in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

29) A combination photo shows Belgium's Queen Paola, left, trying to help King Albert II to remove his sword which was caught in a drain grate outside the Saint-Gudule cathedral before a religious service (Te Deum) in Brussels, Belgium, July 21. Belgium celebrates its national day and its 182nd anniversary of independence on Saturday. Photo: Yves Herman / Reuters

30) US President Barack Obama greets 11-year-old Haley Klepper during a ceremony honoring the 2012 NCAA Women's College Basketball Champion Baylor Bears 
in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 18, 2012. The team's so-called biggest fan, Klepper, who suffers from a rare Mitochondrial disease, attends all the team's games and has a reserved spot in the locker room. The Baylor Lady Bears became the first NCAA basketball team to complete a 40-0 season by defeating Notre Dame 80-61 in the NCAA women's championship. Photos: Getty Images.

US President Barack Obama kisses his wife, US First Lady Michelle Obama, beside daughter Malia (R) during the Men's USA Basketball vs Brazil game at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, July 16, 2012. GOTCHA! Photos: Getty Images.

32) Orlando Duque of Colombia dives 95 feet off a rock monolith during the first round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo in Azores, Portugal on July 20, 2012. Photo: Dean Treml / AFP - Getty Images

33) A photo of a gun-wielding, bikini-clad woman standing on a crowded Tel Aviv beach has become an Internet sensation, with thousands of viewers curious about whether the brunette beauty is part of Israel's military and why she wasn't in uniform with her weapon in tow. The young woman, dressed only in a black-and-white string bikini, was captured chatting with a friend, rifle (with its magazine removed) slung casually behind her back. Though there's no uniform to identify her, the woman appears to be part of the Israel Defense Forces. Two years of IDF service is mandatory for most Israeli women at age 18. Men serve three years. Photo: The Blaze via Facebook.


34) Oak Creek players race onto the field in celebration as Hayden Krimmer slides across home plate to score the winning run in the state summer baseball final against Germantown. Oak Creek won, 5-4. Krimmer scored on a hit by Riley Shelton, which capped Oak Creek's rally from a four-run deficit. Franklin had won the two previous championships. Photo: Peter Zuzga

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Previously on This Just In…

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The latest pro-life news (07/23/12)

From Wisconsin Right To Life  and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

UPDATE: Recommended Reading (07/14/12)

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Previously on This Just In
…Doug Giles gave us his 10 ways women can wreck their marriage.

To be fair, Giles has also submitted the ways husbands can screw up their marriages. We’ll get to that in a bit, but here’s one that didn’t make his list: the very audible ogling hubby. I saw and heard it first-hand last week right here in Franklin.

It was during one of those scorching hot summer days. After work, I stopped at my nearby Sendik’s to purchase a few items. As I walked toward the store entrance after parking, I couldn’t help but notice the very young, very shapely woman bending over to put her groceries into her trunk. I saw her as I wisely looked both ways for oncoming traffic.

Of course, I couldn't help but catch the young gal and some of her attributes.  Let’s just say it didn’t look anything like this.

But I swear some two seconds later, if even that, I heard the bozo as plain as day who obviously had witnessed the same figure as me.

“Oh yeh!” he exclaimed, and exclaimed loudly.


And let’s not forget, “I’ll take that!”

I turned to see a guy about 30 going on an immature, drooling 14 with brain firmly entrenched in his posterior.

Looking away, I saw the yahoo again as he also walked into Sendik's, not alone, but with either a wife or girlfriend. He was still talking about the healthy young female and was still wearing a  foolish, stupid grin that warranted a punch in the chops by whomever that significant other was.

I am of the opinion that most men stink, making it horrible for the rest of us, like me, who are authentic sweethearts. Take any 10 men off the street in Milwaukee, no matter how polished they may look, and seven will turn out to be losers. The knuckle-dragging neanderthal in the Sendik's parking lot is a shining example.

My late, great father used to say, "The day I stop looking is the day they bury me." I have certainly taken that advice to heart. Looking is one thing. Broadcasting it and going into prepubescent hijinks is another.

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The latest news from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Hello Everyone,

This newsletter comes a bit late with the Council meeting coming up (Tuesday evening). Please be sure to check over the text in bold so you don't miss items of interest. It has been a busy summer. It was great to see many of you at the parade. I hope there are a few of you enjoying the heat!  Count me as one.


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E-mails, I get e-mails: Why Mitt Romney is Unlikable!

A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likable" or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain:


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UPDATE: Week-ends (07/21/12)


Previously on This Just In
…Brian Ross of ABC News was one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK.

The update from Jon Stewart…

Contact Your US House Member Today About the DC Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Help Fight D.C.'s Abortion-Until-Birth Policy

Contact Your U.S. House Member TODAY!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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If ONE person raises a stink, it's STOP THE PRESSES at the Journal Sentinel

HT to Mark Belling who talked about this on his program today on Newstalk 1130 WISN. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a story today with this headline:

Privatized emissions testing off to bumpy start

One would assume that the headline means this new program is experiencing all kinds of problems, possibly serious that would warrant coverage. The article then proceeds to tell the sob story of 82-year old Marianne Meunier.

"Marianne Meunier said her 2007 Chevy Malibu had never failed a vehicle emissions test, so when a mechanic on Milwaukee's north side told her this month that the car had failed and would need $2,500 worth of repairs to pass an inspection, she was distraught.

'I haven't had a problem with my car,' she said. 'I didn't have the money to fix it. My husband is really sick. So we have to watch how much we spend'."

Fine. She’s got a beef.

Who’s next?

Who else had a problem that the paper can tell us about?

Remember, the program is off to a BUMPY START, our Pulitzer Prize-winning paper informs.


Someone else?

Anyone else ?

No one.

Only Meunier.

The paper did report:

”So far, the state has had about 20 complaints from drivers, said Scott Selbach, state supervisor of the vehicle emissions testing program.

‘A couple of concerns about the ability just to find the facility,’ he said. ‘Another concern about inspection facilities, where they felt the inspection facility has tried to sell them something at the end of the inspection. The first week, I think we had a couple of complaints about rudeness from the facilities’."

Sorry, but those complaints to me sound… normal.

Also quoted in the article:

Her son, Terry Meunier, persuaded her to take her car to an auto-parts store instead, where a worker hooked it up to a meter that confirmed she needed the new sensor and fuel pump unit, but no circuit board. Based on that, a mechanic at another site gave her a new estimate of $417.

‘That's for a tuneup, replacing the NOx sensor and replacing the sending unit in the fuel pump in the gas tank,’ Terry Meunier said. ‘When I found out they were trying to rip my mother off for $2,500 for work she didn't even need . . . Governor Walker shouldn't have done what he did. I didn't have a problem going to those emission test places. Now I have to go to these garages and deal with these crooks’."

”Governor Walker shouldn't have done what he did.”

Interesting. And 
good enough for the Journal Sentinel and reporter Gitte Laasby. 
Now let’s go into the Way Back Machine and travel to February of this year when columnist for the paper that hates photo ID, Jim Stingl is writing about the big, bad, photo ID requirement.

The headline is:

He elects not to vote to protest photo ID law

Not “they” indicating plural but “he” indicating singular, one.

Stingl quoted the lone source that was disgruntled:

"I'll be damned if the Republican Party or Walker is going to tell me that I have to show an ID to show who I am. That's ridiculous. I'm all done voting until that law is changed," the retired factory worker said. "I don't care who's running. I'm protesting."

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Wednesday night summer rerun: The Olympics inspire


The Summer Olympic Games begin this Friday in London.

This is the kind of story that builds interest and ratings.

Wednesday night summer rerun: No more goons!


On Thursday, Ted Nugent appears at a rally to support US Senate candidate, former WI Governor Tommy Thompson.

Last year about this time, I was happy to post a broadcast interview done by my friend Vicki McKenna.


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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #43

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Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Hovde provides 25% of the truth in current ad

Please listen carefully to the current ad US Senate GOP candidate Eric Hovde is running on radio.

The ad is technically correct. Wisconsin Right To Life has endorsed Hovde. But unlike the legendary Paul Harvey, the ad does not tell the rest of the story.

WRTL has endorsed all 4 GOP candidates, not just Hovde.

I’m not saying I don’t like Hovde. But for a few moments to shake hands at the Franklin 4th of July parade I really don’t know the guy. I do know this. I don’t like his campaigning, not at all.

He hides his past or makes excuses. He’s been shoddy, sleazy, and not forthright. His attacks against Tommy Thompson have been despicable. I cannot support him. If he does win the primary, I will vote for him in the general only because even with his warts he’s still far better than Tammy Baldwin. I certainly won’t break a sweat endorsing him should be come out on top in the primary.

Hovde has failed miserably as a GOP contender, violating the commandment that you don't blast other Republicans. Mark Neumann did, as well in his run against Scott Walker. As much as I love Jeff Fitzgerald, I don’t think he has much of a chance.

Tommy Thompson easily gets my vote over Hovde and Neumann whom I simply can’t trust and whose campaigns are disgusting.

My concerns with Eric Hovde

“Before conservatives in Wisconsin embrace Eric Hovde, I hope they fully vet him.

Remember, 70% of congressmen who ran as tea party candidates went to Washington and promptly started voting like the Republican who helped get us to $16 trillion in national debt.

Here are a few concerns about Eric Hovde that need vetting.”


Green tape, yellow tape, it's all red tape

The cutest photo of the year so far?

It’s in Photos of the Week Sunday morning.

Goodnight everyone and have a worldly weekend!

is the universal language of mankind"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 honor of the big goings-on in London, music representing each continent of the five symbolic rings of the Olympic Games.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  The Olympic rings are projected onto the House of Parliament to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England.
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We start with a selection from the 2004 Closing Ceremonies in the country that started it all and one of their signature songs.


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The best cartoons of the week (07/28/12)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (07/28/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 80. Chance of rain is 10%.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. Chance of rain is 10%. High of 81. "A"

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

Somewhere in me, I must have a few drops of German blood.  I can’t confirm that, but this Sunday I’ll be oom-pah-pah’ing with the best of ‘em at German Fest.  I can’t wait for
German-style pizza (who was the genius that decided to top a crust with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and brat slices?  BIG kisses to them!)  The delicious smell of spanferkel is enough to set my mouth watering.  And desserts?  Once my butt is planted at the Konditorei, all I need is Bienenstich washed down with eiswein.


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Week-ends (07/28/12)


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


Alex Teves ... and others.

Stephanie Davies

Aurora's anonymous hero

Christian Bale

Man with a gun

Guor Marial

Mike Boone

Ryan Losicki ... Part Two

Mike Kelly


Neil Prescott

Steve Benoy

Planned Parenthood ... MORE

Codarrius Brewer

Major retailers

Jackson County (Or.) Circuit Court


Tom Teves, whose son Alex Teves died saving the life of his girlfriend after gunfire erupted in the cinema, sat in the front row in Arapahoe County Courthouse as suspected gunman James Holmes, 24, made a bleary-eyed court appearance and shocked the court with his dyed red hair.

Mr Teves was among scores of relatives and friends who descended on the courthouse to face the man suspected of murdering their loved ones, with some demanding Holmes should face the death penalty for his heinous crime.

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Recommended Reading (07/28/12)

Recommended Reading

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

The Olympics: Calm before the storm?

"The locals promise rain is inevitable here. The idyllic setting we’ve enjoyed in the days leading up to Friday night’s opening ceremony will be disturbed by the reality of London’s relentless summer drizzle, the locals swear. The world’s tumult is relentless here, too. It is, perhaps, just as inevitable that these Olympic Games will be touched by terrorism. London is not isolated. You can fly from the Middle East to Heathrow Airport in less than five hours. London’s great strength, its diversity, makes it easy for extremists to hide in the open."

Gun rights in Aurora's aftermath

William S Burroughs once made a statement now being quoted all over the net. 'After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.' It’s true."

Yes, guns kill, but how often are they used in self-defense?

"About the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., rapper/actor Ice-T made more sense -- and has a better understanding of the Second Amendment -- than gun-control proponents. Asked by a London news anchor about America's gun culture, Ice-T said: 'Well, I'd give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn't that make sense? ... If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?'"

What's on the DNC homepage?

"A review of the DNC’s homepage shows a majority of ads mocking Romney...But a visitor will have to dig through the site to find Obama’s signature accomplishments."

10 most dangerous liberals

“We have seen what rampant liberalism can do after these three-and-a-half years of misery. The left pushes an agenda that punishes success in order to spread the wealth around. It is important to know how some on the left operates…”

Why kids today have it worse than their parents

"...when the latest recession hit, most of the Baby Boomers’ peak career-building years were already behind them. That doesn’t mean they were immune from the economic shock; millions of middle-aged workers lost their jobs in the recession, and they’ve had a particularly hard time getting back into the workforce. But young people are facing far higher levels of unemployment and under-employment."

5 values we don't teach the way we should in America

"The values a society imparts to children while it's civilizing them have a great deal to do with how functional that society will be when those kids grow up. Over time, standards change. Some values are emphasized more, while others are emphasized less. Some values we place a great deal of emphasis on and others, we teach sparingly. As children absorb the "proper" way to behave from their parents, friends, schools, churches, music and television, and now, the Internet and social networks, the generational differences can be enormous. Here are five important values that are no longer being accentuated enough."

Want a job on Wall Street? ‘Let me sleep with your girlfriend’

"Wall Street is rude, it’s crude and it will eat you alive. So interviewing for a job on Wall Street is no different. It’s not a meet-and-greet tell-me-about this job or that experience. It’s more like a punch in the face. They’ll ask you hard questions, maybe inappropriate questions — all to see if you’re going to be able to run with the big dogs — or if you need to get your behind back on the porch."


Liberal values 101

Don't forget to check out Week-ends!

Photos of the Week (07/29/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Crowds enter the water to watch the Queen's rowbarge Gloriana carry the Olympic flame along the river Thames from Hampton Court to City Hall on July 27, 2012 in London. Photos: Oli Scarff / Getty Images, Ben Birchall / LOCOG via AP

2) The Olympic rings are projected on the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben on the bank of the River Thames on July 27. Photo: Sergio Perez / Reuters

3) U.S. fans pose with their national flag outside Olympic Stadium on July 27. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

4) Spectators wave their national flags at Trafalgar Square in downtown London to watch a clock countdown before the Opening Ceremony the 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / AP

5) Police officers place their hats on Cynthia Sison, left, and Mercy Mesina, both of the Philippines, outside Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on July 27. Photo: Matt Rourke / AP

6) Fireworks light up the night over the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Arena during the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Park on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

7) Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, seated, takes part in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

8) Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann applaud as the USA team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

9) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, officially opens the London Games during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: John Stillwell / Pool via Reuters

10) Steve Redgrave, right, holds up the Olympic torch after entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Cameron Spencer / AP

11) US swimmer Michael Phelps appears relieved after barely qualifying for the 400-meter individual medley final on Saturday, July 28. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP - Getty Images

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

13) United States' Ryan Lochte wears his gold medal as he waves to spectators after the medal ceremony for men's 400-meter individual medley swimming final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

14) Storm clouds gather above a memorial for the victims in the shooting across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on July 22, 2012. (Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)

15) Family members react as the names of the 12 victims of the mass shooting are read aloud during a prayer vigil at the Aurora Municipal Center on July 22, 2012. (Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images/Pool

16) Christine Barton kisses her son Stephen Barton on July 22, 2012 at the Medical Center of Aurora, in Aurora, Colo. Stephen Barton was wounded in the mass shooting. (Robert Ray/Associated Press)

17) James Eagan Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court on July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from the mass shooting. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/Associated Press/Pool)

18) Laura Lovins, center, a Penn State University sophomore from State College, Pa., reacts while watching a television on the main campus as the NCAA sanctions against the school's football program were announced July 23. Photo: Gene J. Puskar / AP

19) Workers handle the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. Photo: John Beale / AP

20) Edwardo Martinez tries to coax Pete Lui off the balcony as flames spread through the second floor apartment of his home in Racine, Wis. on July 24, 2012. Lui was rescued from his burning home by the Racine Fire Department then transported to a burn unit at Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee. Photos: Gregory Shaver / Racine Journal Times via AP

21) Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds up a pair of pistols that he says belonged to Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar during a ceremony marking 229th anniversary of Bolivar's birth at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Bolivar is the namesake of Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution movement, and his government is putting the finishing touches on a new mausoleum to house Bolivar's remains. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

22) Guatemalan soldiers check a clown's car during a parade in the historic center of Guatemala City in the framework of the IV Latin American Clown Congress on July 24. Photo: Johan Ordonez / AFP - Getty Images

23) Molinillo poses for a picture during the inauguration of the fourth annual Latin American Clown Congress in Guatemala City, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Clowns from Central America and South America and the Caribbean have gathered for three days in the capital city to exchange ideas and attend workshops.(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

24) Researcher Silvia Gori works inside the Sant'Orsola monastery in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Archeologists found a skeleton buried inside the monastery that could belong to Lisa Gherardini, the first model of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' painting. Lisa Gherardini was the wife of a silk merchant called Francesco del Giocondo (in fact, Italians refer to the Mona Lisa as the “Gioconda”). According to art historian Giorgio Vasari, del Giocondo commissioned Leonardo to paint a portrait of his wife. Leonardo took about 15 years to complete what was to become one of the most famous paintings in the world. When her husband died, Lisa retired to the Sant’Orsola convent where she died age 63, on the 5th of July 1542. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

25) Many hands join in to help as an anaconda snake at the Oklahoma City Zoo has dental floss taped to it's head and along it's body as it is measured at the zoo in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 26, 2012. The floss and tape are necessary because it would be nearly impossible to stretch out the snake. The anaconda weighed 152 lbs. and measured 16 feet. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

26) Three-month old cheetah cubs make their public debut at the Smithsonian National Zoo on July 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Two cubs have been hand raised after a risky cesarean section was performed in April that saved the cubs' and mother's lives, but left them in intensive care for days following the procedure. The zoo plans to name the cubs after the fastest American male and female athletes in the 100-meter dash of this summer's London Olympics. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

27) After reading the book "John Philip Duck" to students at Hernando Elementary School in Hernando, Miss., Peabody Hotel Duckmaster Anthony Petrina fields questions about his job and the famous Peabody ducks from the Downtown Memphis, Tenn. hotel, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Stan Carroll)

28) A sparrow drinks water from the beak of a pelican-shaped fountain at a park in Tokyo Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

29) A Labrador Golden Retriever gets a shower at Germany's first Dog Wash in Duisburg, Germany, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The dog wash, which was installed in a pet store and runs as self service, delivers a shower, shampoo and a hair dry. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

30) Emily Huchingson, 6, watches as an American Painted Lady butterfly rests on her nose during a butterfly release event at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas Saturday, July 28, 2012. The event, during which about 280 butterflies were released, was a fundraiser for the museum. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

31) From The Daily Mail: Some will do just about anything to get attention. And when you are as cute as this grinning seal you can hardly blame them for wanting to join in the global craze of photo-bombing. Alex Mustard, 37, spotted this inquisitive pup off the Northumberland coast during a diving trip and, as he went to take his own picture, the Grey seal peered over just in time to steal the shot.Judging by the size of his smile and gentle pat on the back, Alex’s handiwork has been given the seal of approval. Photo: Alexander Mustard / Barcroft Media. Another cheeky seal stole the limelight in an unidentified location earlier this year. Photo: Daily Mail

32) Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, stands with her husband Mark Kelly, right, NASA astronaut and commander of mission STS-134, and mountain guide Vincent Lameyre before Kelly and two other astronauts walked from L'Aiguille du Midi to the Refuge des Cosmiques near Mont-Blanc in Chamonix July 23.  Giffords, still recovering from wounds after being shot last year, traveled high up into the French Alps. Photo: Denis Balibouse / Reuters

33) Models with physical disabilities prepare to take part in a "Fashion Week Chance" show in Kiev, Ukraine on July 25. Photo: Gleb Garanich / Reuters

34) Rohan Ajit Kokane, an 11-year-old from India, performs in Hong Kong on July 25, 2012, flattening his body until none of it is higher than 6.75 inches off the ground. The event staged in a local shopping mall was aimed at encouraging participation in sports among the elderly. Photo: Philippe Lopez / AFP - Getty Images

35) Santa Clauses from all over the world take part in the traditional dip marking the beginning of the annual 
World Santa Claus Congress at Bellevue Beach, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 23, 2012. Photo: Casper Christoffersen / EPA

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Culinary no-no #288

Culinary no-no's


On occasion, this generally soft blog feature becomes extremely serious in tone. Culinary no-no #52 comes to mind.

We're somber again this week as we provide an update on the ramifications of the Drought of 2012.

A drought, like the one we're experiencing this summer, is devastating.

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UPDATE: Photos of the Week (05/27/12) or, How could you miss that one, Kev?

Photos of the Week

Previously on This Just In… photos of Gary Connery were featured. See # 29.

The update: Did you catch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Friday night? Reviewers raved calling it spectacular and brilliant. I was underwhelmed.

That’s not to say there weren’t some moments. One of the best was the Queen skydiving into the stadium.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

So who really was that woman in the pink dress? Gary Connery.

Good stuff.

And yes, I should have included Connery again in this past Sunday’s Photos of the Week.

The latest pro-life news (07/30/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:


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6-yr old Isaac Anthony on why not to vote for Obama

It could only happen to a Cubs fan


"Union Activities of Teachers Deter Professional Respect"

MacIver Institute

A very good piece appeared recently on the MacIver Institute's website. It begins:

“School may be out for the summer, but education issues don't go on vacation. Recently, newspapers and opinion leaders have (called) on Wisconsin citizens to forget the bad blood created in the recall movement and restore their respect for public school teachers. I agree. The time has come for respect to return to the teaching profession. The burden for this change in attitude, however, lies not with the public at large, but with the teachers themselves.”

The author is correct. Teachers have to earn respect. They don’t automatically get it simply because that’s their profession.

Read the entire piece.

Culinary no-no #289

Culinary no-no's


No, it's not Sunday. Yes, it's Culinary no-no.

I’m about to make liberals mad. Of course I do that often. No surprise. So here we go.

I’ve had one of these, actually more than once.


That's a classic sandwich from...

Chick-Fil-A logo

I can make liberals mad again.

On November 7, 2006, I voted on a state of Wisconsin constitutional amendment:

"Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”

I voted yes along with 1,264,309 others for a 59.43% final tally, a major victory for traditional marriage.

Chick-fil-A isn’t McDonald’s. But it’s no slouch having raked in annual sales of more than $4.1 billion last year from more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

This month, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy was interviewed by The Baptist Press.  It’s well-known in the corporate world that Cathy has incorporated his Christian values into Chick-fil-A, even closing on Sundays so employees could spend time with families.

It shouldn’t come as any shock that the Baptist Press wanted to talk to Cathy about, what else? His faith.

Cathy told the Baptist Press in an article published on July 16 when asked about support of the traditional family, “"Well, guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

The not-so-tolerant left went into a tizzy.

Protesters hold signs and shout slogans Thursday outside a Chick-fil-A food truck in Washington, D.C., during a midday demonstration organized by the Human Rights Campaign.

“In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it has 'an arrogant attitude.’ Now—incredibly—your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.’’
Boston mayor Thomas Menino in a letter last week to Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

“Because of this man's ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward."
Chicago alderman Joe Marino

"Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty."
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"Do not disrespect us...We, too, are Chicago. If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill, holding a copy of the Sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other."
The Rev. Charles Lyons of the Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago in a response to the mayor.

"Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city Is the City Council going to set up a 'Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities' and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it?"
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago who asked if everyone who did not agree with Emanuel faced a similar fate.

‘‘Closest (hash)ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.’’
San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee in a tweet.

It is inappropriate for a government entity "to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city...trampling on the freedom to marry whoever you want is exactly the same as trampling on your freedom to open a store.’’
ew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that despite his own support of same-sex marriage, he disagrees with some of his fellow mayors who have said that the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because of its opposition to gay marriag

“…which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.”

Gay marriage” is mock marriage. It’s fantasy – a dead end. Even a child knows this intuitively and, in their heart-of-hearts, lefties and 'gay' activists know it, too. That’s why they respond so violently when people snicker at it or, as in the case of Dan Cathy, even respectfully acknowledge that it’s not grounded in reality.

The wonderful thing about liberals is that they almost universally overplay their hand. They respond to 'inconvenient truths' with hysterical, reactionary overreach. There’s been a magnificent backlash from their attacks on Chick-fil-A. They’ve picked a fight they cannot win."
Matt Barber, Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action.

the right to free speech -- especially speech that reflects Christian beliefs -- is nowhere more threatened than in our schools. It's crucial that we teach our children that the Chick-fil-A episode isn't about being for or against gay marriage; it's about having the freedom in the United States to express any opinion, with the confidence that you have that right.”
Columnist Mary Beth Hicks

"The multi-billion dollar company has stirred the ire of left-wing extremists in recent days. Their crime? Failure to obey the nauseating, mind-numbing dictates of political correctness. Dan Cathy – a devout Christian and CEO of the biblically based eatery – recently made a few innocuous public comments in support of legitimate marriage – sentiments the vast majority of morals-minded Americans happen to agree with. (I sent an email to Chick-fil-A corporate suggesting that, in reprisal, they add frog legs and ham hock to the menu. No reply thus far.)"
Matt Barber

Just a week after the eruption of the Chik-Fil-A controversy, now a bakery in Denver is being picketed and protested and denounced because its owner declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

"This bullying has got to stop -- not only because it's wrong, but because it's un-American.

"The only way a country as large and heterogeneous as ours can survive is if we are willing to tolerate beliefs and assumptions we don't share (trust me; conservatives have to do it every day whenever we turn on MSM or go to the movies).  The store owner explained that he is happy to bake for gay people generally, but gay marriage violates his beliefs.  It would be wrong for people to picket businesses that choose to support gay marriage; it is likewise wrong to picket a bakery because its owner doesn't want to bake a cake for the ceremony (especially when there are many, many other bakeries happy to oblige).

"That's especially true because for many (if not most) of those who disapprove gay marriage, those beliefs are based not on mindless antipathy, but rather on centuries of Christian religious teaching.  The stance reflects no hatred or unreasoning fear of gay people (i.e., 'homophobia'; it has simply been (and remains) part of many people's mainstream religious belief in this country for as long as it has existed -- and freedom of conscience must and should be respected here.  

"As I am a conservative, many gays (and their most militant straight advocates) won't listen to me, but I wish someone that they would listen to -- President Obama? -- would explain to those who 'punish' people who don't believe in gay marriage that this bullying is counterproductive to their cause.  It changes no minds, and it only results in greater animus and division."
Columnist Carol Platt Liebau

On Wednesday, August 1, I’d love to participate in a national effort, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day by patronizing the only Chick-fil-A restaurant in Wisconsin in Racine. I imagine hundreds of thousands will take part across the country.

Even so, my guess is the media will devote more time and attention to a protest planned this Friday.




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