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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.

Barry Alvarez loses the Rose Bowl for Wisconsin


They'll be talking about it all over Wisconsin on Wednesday morning.

It happened in the first half. Wisconsin had the ball on Stanford’s 6-inch line. It was 4th down and Doak Walker award winner Montee Ball who set an NCAA record for TDs in a season wasn’t even in the ballgame.


Defensive end Ben Gardner (4) reacts after the Cardinal held Wisconsin to no gain on a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line in the first half Tuesday.

Defensive end Ben Gardner reacts after the Cardinal held Wisconsin to no gain on a fourth-and-goal play from the one yard line in the first half at the Rose Bowl Tuesday. LA Times photo: Gina Ferazzi

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tanford’s defense held on an incredibly dumb play called by either Alvarez or offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The Badgers score nothing and instead of going into the locker room at halftime leading 21-17, they're trailing and would never take the lead again.

By the way, to the stupid halftime reporter who joins another in a long line of stupid halftime reporters who ask stupid questions, the question to Alvarez that never was asked should have been about that ridiculous play and decision.

Give credit to UW. Stanford is a much better team, but Bucky held in there. Wisconsin historically doesn't play well from behind, and the lack of a stellar QB hurt again. The Big Ten showed once again how over-rated a conference it truly is.

So that means the greedy Barry loses all that extra compensation he would have earned had his players been victorious. A very small bit of justice in a Badger loss.

I do feel badly for the Badger players and all their fans.



Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez walks off the field after a 20-14 loss to Standford in the 99th Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez walks off the field after a 20-14 loss to Stanford in the 99th Rose Bowl on Tuesday. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

 

In case you missed them over the holiday weekend...


The Barking Lot (12/29/12)


Week-ends (12/29/12)

Recommended Reading (12/29/12)

Photos of the Week (12/30/12)

Culinary no-no #309

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012: #1

 

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OK, we're into 2013, folks, so...


Could we please get rid of these that I still see?




















 






And my personal favorite...




Here are the candidates for Franklin Common Council this year


The following residents have filed their required ballot access documents:

 

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What's that old saying about turnabout?

Topics talked about on WISN


Last week when I filled in on Newstalk 1130 WISN, one of the stories I discussed was this outrageous action perpetrated by a New York newspaper.

Despite the outrage, the newspaper boldly said it wasn’t done yet, and would publish names and addresses of gun owners in a third county (And they wonder why their circulation and entire industry is dying).

The latest development is SWEET.

You wanna start a fight, let’s rumble!

Turnabout is fair play!

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UPDATE: Outrageous recommendations to screw WI motorists

Topics talked about on WISN

 

Previously on This Just in and Newstalk 1130 WISN…

The update:  Apparently the Appleton Post Crescent listens to WISN. Note the immediate embrace of a local official at the prospect of having even greater local taxing power.

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Tax and Spend

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"Hauntingly beautiful"



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ND vs. Alabama, and the numbers say...


ND should win.

I am ...


Proud To Be Irish


An Irish Catholic.






And a big Notre Dame fan.






After Notre Dame started winning a few football games this year, I stopped blogging about them so as not to jinx them.

But I must post this gem, an uncanny compilation that says despite the Irish being 10-point underdogs, a whole bunch of other numbers suggest otherwise.




  

 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a gift-giving weekend!


"Epiphany, also known as 'Three Kings Day' and 'Twelfth Day,' is a Christian holiday commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season.
From about.com.

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.

At our home, our Christmas trees (yes, we have more than one) are still up and still lit.

A wreath is on our front door.

Throughout our neighborhood, Christmas lights, trees and decorations have yet to be put away.

As it should be. The Christmas season is still alive despite what the AM music radio stations, retailers, or municipal garbage collectors might have to say.

In the Christian faith, this Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany.

Tonight, we continue with sounds of the season. I’ll bet some of you have resisted the temptation to put the holiday music away. Good for you!

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.





 




It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.



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The best cartoons of the week (01/05/13)


  

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler





Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 
 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (01/05/13)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Early risers wake up to 19 degrees under clear skies. Mostly sunny, becoming cloudy by 2:00. High of 31.  "D" Tonight, light snow with no accumulation. Damp, wet conditions. "F"

SUNDAY:  Flurries throughout the morning. Then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 30. "D"


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

A new year brings a feeling of fresh starts and the possibility of change & improvement in our lives. I have my own resolutions to work on for 2013.

I don’t feel that it is my place to suggest resolutions for others.  (Unless *a-hem* dear hubby of mine, you want to work on hanging up your jacket when you walk in the door!)  But if you are a dog owner and want to improve the health and happiness of your four-legged friend(s) there are plenty of ideas out there.


Just like for their human counterparts, topping the list of suggestions for pooch perfection are nutrition, weight loss, and preventative medical care.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?  But consider some of the other ideas such as “Make it easy for your dog to succeed,” “Vow not to get mad at your dog for your management failures,” and my favorite:  “Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year.”  You’ll find these and other ideas here.   

Fine, fine, you say.  I will work on being a better pet parent and make 2013 the best year ever for my already-spoiled canine companion.  But hey, my dog isn’t perfect either!  So how can HE make MY life a little easier?

Oh, we at The Barking Lot have that covered too.  The next time Rover wants to help himself to “kitty truffles” just show him #4 on this list.  


Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a healthy and dog-loving 2013!
---Thanks Jennifer!

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


This news is sad.


Dognapping cases up 70%.


"Dusty's Law" would make this a crime.


WI judge allows wolf hunting with dogs.


Navy family's dog stranded.


Strangers pitch in to find missing dog in Milwaukee.


Zeus survives.


Alaskan dog recovering after lockjaw surgery.


Future service dogs head to prison.


Here at The Barking Lot, we love happy endings!


A blind dog story.



A plumber and his dog win social media attention.


If you missed it January 1...


Let's go to Argentina for some pet therapy.


"What's a dog for?"


The guy was naked, and he started choking a dog, and, well, here...


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:






Therapy dog Chilly Pasternak from Richmond, Virginia gets a pat from his owner Jake Pasternak in Newtown, Connecticut. Therapy dogs have been brought in from around the country to provide comfort to Newtown residents following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images. Read more.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by. Please tell a fellow dog lover or two about us.

 

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Week-ends (01/05/13)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Joshua Boston


Jason Gibson



Congressman John Barrow (D-GA)


Woman hiding in attic


Stewart McGuinness



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Hollywood hypocrites



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


"Today, I joined my colleagues in the House to protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase. We also provided certainty by making the lower tax rates permanent. The House has already passed legislation to prevent tax increases for every American family, and it is unfortunate that President Obama insisted on taking more from hardworking taxpayers. Despite my concerns with other provisions in the bill, I commend my colleagues for limiting the damage as much as possible. The American people chose divided government. As elected officials, we have a duty to apply our principles to the realities of governing. And we must exercise prudence. We must weigh the benefits and the costs of action - and of inaction. In (the fiscal cliff bill), there are clearly provisions that I oppose. But the question remains: Will the American people be better off if this law passes relative to the alternative? In the final analysis, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I came to Congress to make tough decisions - not to run away from them.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville)


"I am particularly pleased that this deal included provisions that will extend unemployment insurance and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share both on their annual as well as investment-related incomes. Unfortunately, the deal won't solve all of our problems. In two months we will once again have to debate raising the debt ceiling and address the automatic spending cuts included in the sequestration. It is my sincere hope that the GOP does not try to take a hatchet to the much needed social programs that will be necessary in keeping our economy moving forward."
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee)


"Going over the fiscal cliff would mean tax increases on everyone and that is not what our fragile economy needs right now. I have said time and again that we should keep tax rates where they are until comprehensive tax reform can be achieved, and this bill does that for nearly 99% of all Americans. I hope that the President and Senator Harry Reid will work on closing the gap and coming up with a solution that will address 100 percent of the problem. I have been outspoken that in order to get our economy back on track, revenue must go up and spending must go down. There is no other way to put it, so until there is significant spending cuts, our country will wind up back in the same upside down situation: spending more than we take in."
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Appleton)


"The so-called deal doesn't promote economic growth or job creation, it discourages it. Rather than address the drivers of our debt problem, it completely avoids any serious spending reform, only prolongs a debt crisis that will surely hand the taxpayers a bigger bill in the long term and threaten our economic growth. The 'fiscal cliff' may be over, but our fiscal crisis is not. The upcoming 113th Congress must focus on cutting spending and reforming the structural causes of our debt, including entitlements."
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)


Voting for the fiscal cliff deal was like "eating a you-know-what sandwich. When you are trying to save our great nation, when you're trying to deal with these massive deficits we have, you have to use your head and not your heart.”
Republican Sen. Bob Corker


“Spread your legs, you're going to be frisked.”
After the swearing in of freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (R-ND), Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about 'frisking' during a photo with her family. Biden made the comment after everyone was instructed by the photographer to drop their arms to get a better picture. “If you say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it's a frisking,” Biden joked to the photographer."


"As a general premise, I believe debate moderators are not there as fact-checkers...They are there to facilitate the exchange between the candidates. You have to put a different cloak on, over your mind and your mouth and everything else. When you moderate something, you are a moderator, you are not functioning in a journalistic capacity."
PBS journalist Jim Lehrer chastised CNN's Candy Crowley for the assistance she provided Barack Obama during his presidential debate with Mitt Romney. During her October 16 debate, Crowley famously– and incorrectly– backed up Obama's claim that he had referred to the attack in Libya as a terrorist act.


"Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa? Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa — the supposed African-American holiday celebration between Christmas and New Year’s? Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa — just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans. Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison ... try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians."
State Senator Glen Grothmann (R-West Bend)



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Obama in Hawaii


Delhi gang rape



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK



Hammers and clubs.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Kim Kardashian is pregnant.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Utah street name deemed too naughty.


That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 



Recommended Reading (01/05/13)

Recommended Reading

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


Two months of arguing over $10 in savings

"The political class has just spent two months on a down-to-the-wire nail-biting white-knuckle thrill-ride negotiation the result of which is more business as usual. At the end, as always, Dr. Obama and Dr. Boehner emerge in white coats, surgical masks around their necks, bloody scalpels in hand, and announce that it was touch-and-go for awhile but the operation was a complete success – and all they've done is applied another temporary Band-Aid that's peeling off even as they speak. They're already prepping the OR for the next life-or-death surgery on the debt ceiling, tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday or a week on Thursday or the third Sunday after Epiphany."


Will the press ever be tough on Obama?

"...overall, what’s distinctive about the press coverage of Obama is the absence of fault-finding, criticism, and dogged questioning. And when Obama makes excuses, as he often does, the media tend to echo them.

No president in my lifetime has been covered so favorably and so gingerly. Never has the press corps been so unwilling to pursue stories that might cast the president in an unflattering light. As a group, the media pride themselves on taking an adversarial approach to politicians and government officials. But in Obama’s case, the press acts like a helpmate.


The AR-15: The gun liberals love to hate

“In the last week dozens of commentators, reporters and politicians have said they support the 2nd Amendment, but would support an ‘assault weapons’ ban because such weapons aren’t used for hunting and have no purpose other than to kill people. While such suggestions reflect a simple minded and narrow understanding of why the founders included the Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights, they also suggest that those making them neither understand the nature of the firearms they would ban, their popularity or legitimate uses.”


The exoneration of Ed Flynn

"The report also delivers a stinging blow to the journalistic jihad waged against the chief by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which has devoted thousands of words and slain whole forests in their attempt to suggest that Flynn has been fudging the crime numbers. In that sense, it becomes a case study in the flaws of prize-hunting, agenda-driven vendetta journalism."


Meet the bosses of the NEA

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Photos of the Week (01/06/13)

Photos of the Week


1) "It's sad but I'm actually a Packers stock holder," said Ben Beadling, from Rochester, Minn., a Vikings fan. Apparently his mother-in-law bought him a stock as a sick joke. His wife Laura Manydeeds, originally from Eau Claire, is a Packers fan who now lives with her husband in Green Bay. "My dad has Packer tickets and we don't have kids yet," she joked, as they kissed before Saturday night's playoff at Lambeau Field between the Packers and Vikings. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


2) John Kuhn scores a touchdown in the 3rd quarter Saturday night at Lambeau Field in a playoff game against Minnesota, won by the Packers, 24-10. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.


3) Aaron Rodgers shares a light moment with Viking Adrian Peterson after Saturday night's playoff game. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.


4) A school bus stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside as it travels from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14 shooting. Chalk Hill School in Monroe was overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. Photo: Jessica Hill / AP


5) A worker inspects armored vests designed for children at the Miguel Caballero factory on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Miguel Caballero, president of Miguel Caballero Company, uses a .38-caliber revolver to demonstrate the bulletproof quality of a leather jacket made at his factory. Caballero, who has made armored vests for adults for more than 20 years, said he had never thought about making bulletproof goods for children. That changed after the Dec. 14 slaying of 20 small children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Photos by William Fernando Martinez / AP


6) Piles of debris line portions of Route 35, the main highway through the shore in Toms River N.J. Friday, Jan. 4, 2012. Congress voted to approve aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy, but many shore residents were angry it took lawmakers so long to act following the Oct. 29 storm. Photo: Wayne Parry / AP


7) Members of Congress applaud as Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois walks up the east steps of the Senate on Jan. 3 with assistance from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, left, and Vice President Joe Biden. In the year since he had a major stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk has taken his recovery one step at a time. On Thursday, the Illinois Republican took 45 more – climbing the stairs to the Senate’s front door while colleagues cheered him on. Photo: Michael Reynolds / EPA


8) Women hold placards as they join others in a march past a metro station undergoing construction during a rally organized by Delhi's chief minister protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi on Jan. 2. The ashes of the Indian student who died after being gang-raped were scattered in the Ganges river on Tuesday as reports of more attacks stoked a growing national debate on violence against women. The death of the 23-year-old woman, who has not been named, prompted street protests across India, international outrage and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders. Photo: Adnan Abidi / Reuters


9) Kiyomura Co's employees push a cart carrying a 222 kg (489 lbs) bluefin tuna outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Kiyomura Co's President Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a chain of sushi restaurants, won the bid for the tuna with a record of 155.4 million yen ($1.76 million) at the fish market's first tuna auction this year. Photo: Toru Hanai / Reuters


10) Zoo keeper Zuzana Matyasova poses with penguins during the annual cataloguing of animals at the London Zoo. Photo:Luke Macgregor / Reuters


11) Stanford's Kevin Danser celebrates after winning this year's Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. Stanford beat Wisconsin, 20-14. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images


12) Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl soars through the air during his competition jump of the third stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament during foggy weather in Innsbruck, Austria, on Jan. 4. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP


13) Dressed in 19th century Japanese fire fighting uniform, a member of the Edo (Tokyo) Firemanship Commemoration Association performs on a bamboo ladder for a New Year's celebration event outside a Tokyo department store on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The popular traditional firefighters' stunt attracts New Year shoppers to the department store every year. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP - Getty Images


14) Sydney Festival's giant Rubber Duck installation, Darling Harbour, Australia on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013. This is the latest incarnation of artist Florentijn Hofman's famous oversized toy which measures 15m high and 18m wide and has been commissioned especially for this year's Sydney Festival. Photo: Damian Shaw / EPA


15) The parents, at right, of a newly married man wear costumes and make-up in accordance with a local custom as they sit next to the parents of the bride at a wedding in Xianyang city in China's Shaanxi province on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The "Nao Gong Po" custom teases the groom's parents by having them wear ugly costumes and make-up in the belief it helps them improve their affinity with others, according to Reuters. The Chinese characters on the placards read "I want to have a grandson" (left) and "I want to wash diapers" (right). The bride is seen in the background. Photo: Rooney Chen / Reuters


16) Participants carrying burning barrels of tar on their heads parade through Allendale, northern England on Monday, December 31, 2012. Dating back to 1858, 45 barrel carriers called Guisers parade through the town balancing whiskey barrels weighing 35 pounds filled with burning tar on their heads. The barrels are used to light a bonfire at midnight in the town center while spectators and participants shout "Be damned to he who throws last". Photo: Nigel Roddis / Reuters


17) A man competes in the 'Knut Christmas Tree Throwing Championship' on Jan. 5, in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Joerg Carstensen / AFP - Getty Images


18) Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York January 1, 2013. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters


19) A worker clears confetti from a sidewalk in Times Square after midnight on New Years Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013, in New York. With fireworks, concerts and celebrations from Hong Kong to New York, revelers welcome 2013 with hope for a better future after a year that thudded to a close with a disastrous storm, gun violence, and talk of economic turmoil from a looming fiscal cliff. This will be the first Times Square countdown in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April, and was honored with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti. Photo: John Minchillo / AP


20) Trash after the New Year's eve night is seen on Jan. 1, 2013 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo: Martin Gerten / AFP - Getty Images


21) Revelers hold glasses of champagne while swimming in the chilly water during the annual swim in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, on New Year's day on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo: Jean-christophe Bott / EPA


22) With temperatures around 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit), a man plays in the surf, with some thousands celebrating the New Year by jumping into the North Sea during the traditional New Year's Dive in Ostend, Belgium, Saturday Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)


23) A sand sculpture entitled "Atlantis" carved by Sandis Kondis and Sue McGrew is seen at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition at the Frankston waterfront on January 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Sand sculptures created by a team of Australian and international artists will be on display until April 28, 2013. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)


24) Macy Essick, 3, watches as her paper snowflake is unfolded by Susan Holland as her sister, Dylan, 6, works on a creation of her own during an event on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Alamance County Arts Counsel in Graham, N.C. to create the snowflakes in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. (AP Photo/Burlington Times-News, Scott Muthersbaugh)

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Culinary no-no #310

Culinary no-no's

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
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The world's tallest leprechaun


He's Bryce Burton.





How fortunate he is along with the entire ND student body.

GO IRISH!

 





 

I love a great Notre Dame football story


Like this one.



GO IRISH!

Alabama beats ND, 42-14


I'll have more to say later.

God bless ND and the Irish!

The Legislature is Back to Work and Your Help is Needed!

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We still love Notre Dame


The Birmingham News calls it a “Title Wave.” The South Bend Tribune referred to it as a “heartbreak.”

Alabama’s convincing 42-14 win in the BCS Championship showed, as Irish coach Brian Kelly noted, Notre Dame’s need to get stronger and faster.

Losing to the Crimson Tide after finishing the regular season undefeated is not a disgrace. Alabama has an NFL offensive line blocking for two NFL running backs. The team has experience that has translated into such success the word “dynasty’ is now being applied.

Notre Dame did not play anywhere near the type of game they did the previous 12 games. They are back among the elite in their sport, and that’s good news for college football. Still, the crushing defeat is tough to take.

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"If Elvis had kept a scrapbook of his visits to Hawaii, this is what it might have looked like"

ELVIS

Elvis Presley posed with one of his cars outside Graceland in this photograph published March 7, 1965, in the first issue of Mid-South, the now-defunct Sunday magazine of The Commercial Appeal. Elvis complained of the long sessions with photographers making movie publicity stills: 'I try to cut the time down to three or four hours, but sometimes you have to pose for six or eight. A man only has so many different smiles, and I don't have many.'



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Should January 8 be Elvis Presley Day in America?

ELVIS

Elvis Army



It was proposed.

 

The latest pro-life news (01/08/13)


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BREAKING NEWS: THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL GAME

President Obama has stepped in and decided that Alabama got too many points Monday night and has redistributed some of those points to Notre Dame resulting in a tie in the game and a tie for the national championship. When asked for a comment, Obama said, "Alabama obviously got more than their fair share. They didn't win that all by themselves! What does one team need all those points for"?

HT: Being conservative

Sign the Petition Obama Fears

 

Dear Concerned American:

"I owe these unions."

President Barack Obama couldn't have stated it any more clearly.

And after spending an estimated BILLION dollars to re-elect Barack Obama and maintain control of the U.S. Senate, the union bosses couldn't agree more.

They're wasting no time demanding PAYBACK.

Top AFL-CIO union boss Richard Trumka has already made clear that he expects Big Labor's Card Check Forced Unionism Bill to be a top priority in Obama's second term.

Not only that, Trumka threatened to use his forced-dues political warchest to oust any member of Congress in 2014 who stands in his way.

That's why it's vital you sign the petiton below putting yourself squarely on record OPPOSED to the union bosses' Card Check Forced Unionism Bill -- and the rest of Big Labor's agenda -- IMMEDIATELY.

Since Barack Obama doesn't have to face the voters again for re-election, the union bosses understand this may be their last -- and best -- opportunity to make Card Check Forced Unionism the law of the land.

That's why it's vital you act today!


As you know, if "Card Check" passes, workers would no longer be able to vote for or against union boss "representation" in a secret ballot election.

Instead, the union bosses would intimidate workers one-on-one -- or three-on-one -- into signing so-called "union authorization cards."

And, of course, Big Labor has yet another ticking time bomb hidden in the "Card Check" legislation.

If the union bosses can drag out negotiations with an employer past 90 days by making outrageous demands, Obama Administration bureaucrats will have the power to use this so-called "problem" as an excuse to write a new labor contract and force its terms and conditions of employment upon those workers.

So you see, not only does Big Labor want to strip workers of the right to a secret ballot but also of the right to vote on their own contracts as well!

Can you imagine the kind of damage that would do to our already-fragile economy?

I know I can.

In fact, some folks ask me from time to time, "Senator, how could the President and Congress even consider a bill like 'Card Check' with the economy the way it is?"

What I tell them may be hard to stomach, but it's the truth.

If "Card Check" passes, it would mean billions more dollars for the union bosses' coffers.

Billions more that will be spent on politics.

We're talking permanent political power.

I hate to say it, but that's why the union bosses, Barack Obama and Harry Reid aren't going to let up one bit.

And with too many Republicans scared that standing on any principle will bring another attack in the media, I'm very concerned that what may happen.

That's why it's important you sign the petition to oppose Card Check Forced Unionism IMMEDIATELY.


Should "Card Check" pass, this dangerous power grab would:

*** Force millions of additional working Americans to pay union dues under the threat of losing their jobs, filling Big Labor coffers with hundreds of millions of forced-dues dollars;

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UPDATE: THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012: #3

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012


Previously on This Just In…



In a related story, on April 3, 2012, Franklin voters went to the polls to decide referenda concerning support for, or opposition to, reduction in the size and compensation of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Here are the questions and the Franklin results.

Question 1: Do you support compensating the position of Milwaukee County Supervisor at a level that reflects the position being considered part-time in nature?

Yes:     5,542
No:       1,089

Question 2: Shall the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors be reduced from the current number of eighteen (18) supervisors to nine (9) supervisors?

Yes:     5,830
No:        856


The update.

And in this Channel 12 news report, watch as my supervisor, Mark Borkowski offers what is so far the sound bite of the year.

And where is Supervisor Steve Taylor on this issue? Will he tell us in his next newsletter, if not before?

The latest from Rehorst: January 2013

Rehorst

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Distill America!
Order Online
Tours
Custom Mini Bottles
Thursday Night Live Music
Drink of the Month
Social Media
Hold an Event at the Distillery

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Colonoscopy, gonorrhea, or Congress?

 

Survey says…

Ben Shapiro takes on CNN's bully, Piers Morgan


Goodnight everyone, and have a with it weekend!


“On pop music today: It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.”

Bono

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, since we’ve been nostalgic for the past several weeks, we dip into some contemporary selections that fit the theme of our weekly Friday night installment. I would consider running out and buying any of these recordings. Then play them on as great background music.

Let’s begin with classically trained guitarist Chris Standring and “Oliver's Twist," that combines a bossa nova beat DJ-type scratching and an acoustic guitar solo.


 

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The best cartoons of the week (01/12/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


 

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell





Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson



 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (01/12/13)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Early risers wake up to cloudy skies and 47 degrees. That will be the warmest part of the day. Skies becoming partly cloudy by 8:00. Temperatures will drop throughout the day until they hit the freezing point at 6 pm. Snow showers will develop by 11:00 pm and continue overnight until 10:00 Sunday morning.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy.  A daytime high of 23.  "F"

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

Recently, South Carolina representative Deborah Long proposed a bill that would require animal abusers to register like sex offenders.  They are the latest state to work on legislation that would target these monsters; Suffolk County in New York was the first to pass a law in 2010 requiring registration.

Essentially if a person is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony animal abuse crime, they must register and remain in the database for 10 years.  The registered abusers must pay the $50 per year fee associated with the site.  Their information including a photo and home address is made available to the public.

I would imagine that other states looking to pass similar laws will look to New York’s model as well as their own sex offender registry sites.  As long as the cost is offset by the criminal’s own payment, I don’t see a downside.  Quite frankly I’d want to know if I’m next door to an animal abuser just like I want to be informed if there is a child molester close by.  For the safety and security of your entire family, knowing what lives near you is essential.

Considering that every week Kevin could post dozens of dog abuse stories in this Dogs In The News section it’s obvious that these sickos aren’t going anywhere and that abuse cases aren’t diminishing.  It’s a sad commentary on our society when the most fragile and vulnerable creatures (kids and animals) are the targets of the most horrific crimes.  Truthfully I think that anything that can be done to protect them is a step in the right direction.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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


Tami comes to the aid of Buck.


UPDATE: Kabang.


Abused kids speak freely around dogs.


Charles causes a scare.


Dog owner tries to give back.


Dog sharing group has tails wagging in SF.


How much is a pet worth?


A new food for athletic dogs.



From Kansas to San Diego.


From Pennsylvania to Houston.


Is Scottie in trouble?


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

NEXT, OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.





Three puppies walk through a snow-covered field in Athens, Greece on January 8.  Photo: Petros Giannakouris / AP

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by, and please tell a friend or three about our blog. Spread the love about our pets.

We close as we always do with our closing video, and this week, we have more than one because we know you like when we do that.

Speaking of missing dogs...



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"You can't play guitar worth a damn"

ELVIS




John Wilkinson dies.



 

Week-ends (01/12/13)

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Ernestine Aldan


Once again, Victoria Soto


Georgia mother



Kelby Smith


Amir Yazdan


Tony Tolbert



Charles



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Ed Rendell


James Tracy


Scott Compton


Lauren Lannotti



Michael Bloomberg




QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“We don’t have a spending problem.”
President Obama to House Speaker Boehner.


This is war. Congress is going to learn that the tea party has not lost its bite.”
Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.Net, in a news release criticizing the fiscal cliff deal and vowing to wage primary battles against Republicans who supported the legislation.



“Our family members will never be on this earth with us again, and a movie ticket and some token words from people who didn’t care enough to reach out to us, nor respond when we reached out to them to talk, is appalling.”
Relatives of victims of the July mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., theater, in a letter rejecting an invitation from Plano-based Cinemark to attend the theater’s reopening.


“I think you need to put everything on the table, but what I hear from the administration -- and if the Washington Post is to be believed -- that's way -- way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it's not going to pass.”
Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp described President Obama's gun control proposals as “extreme.”



“Would it be a deterrent if, you know, say perpetrators know that there's guns in the schools? How do we know they wouldn't view that as a challenge? I mean, we got a goofy world out there. I'm just not convinced that packing a small firearm is the best defense or certainly not the best defense. You know, you want to make the best defense? Make the school a damn fortress. I mean, you could do that, I mean but, is that reasonable? Is that the right thing to do? Is it necessary? And so I'm just, is it nec-, haven't we had enough school shootings where this is necessary? We've never had a civilian stop a shooting.”
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz


“There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.”
Ted Nugent, rock legend and long-time defender of the Second Amendment, when asked what he would do should the government decide to go forward with any of the many firearms-confiscation plans now being developed. Nugent also said, “If it comes to the actual implementation of an actual confiscatory directive from our president, then I do believe that the heroes of the law enforcement will defy this order. I do believe that there are enough soulless sheep within our government who would act on such an illegal order, but I believe the powers that be at the local, state and regional law enforcement would halt such an illegal, anti-American order. You are talking to a guy who talks to more gun owners in more heated and concerned conversations than anyone who lives. These are top notch heroes of law enforcement and military who understand this experiment in self-government and we will not let [gun confiscation] happen; we will do it peaceful…there is a subculture, dare I say subhuman culture, infesting our government and society that would zone in on hardware and inanimate objects instead of people’s conduct and the justice system’s failure.”


“Wow...if this goes to a binding referendum, we’re toast.”
Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Mark Borkowski on a bill being introduced in the state Legislature that would place a referendum on Milwaukee County ballots asking if the salaries of Milwaukee County Board members should be cut and if the board should become part-time.



“I'm telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop.”
Brent Musburger, referring to Katherine Webb, who is dating Alabama's quarterback A.J. McCarron. Webb became an internet hit after cameras panned to her in the stands during the first quarter of the BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame on Monday. “Wow!' former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit added. “AJ's doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.”



“If he had said something along the lines of we were hot or sexy or any derogatory statements like that, that would have been a bit different. The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous - I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that.”
Speaking on the Today show, Katherine Webb, 23, said that there was 'no need' for ESPN’s apology on Tuesday after enthusiastic remarks made by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger.



“It’s not like I’m obsessed.”
Flower Mound, Texas resident Don Hobbs, who owns more than 11,000 volumes of foreign-language editions about fictitious British detective Sherlock Holmes in languages he can’t read.




OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


A joyful Planned Parenthood.




MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


DOJ study



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Gun control.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Al Roker did WHAT?


Cops called to school over WHAT?


Columnist argues the Washington Redskins have bad karma because of WHAT?


That’s it for this week.
 

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ND still #1?


At least in one instance, and yes, it's crazy.

Recommended Reading (01/12/13)

Recommended Reading


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


Precedent teaches us the left really wants all of our guns

"I submit to you that what is going on here is the first assault on private gun ownership. They will take what ever they can get now and continue to chip away until all you can legally own to protect your family with is a baseball bat."


PRAVDA: Americans, never give up your guns

"For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases."


Massacre solution

"...as the Left gears up to bear down on law-abiding people because some demoniac’s murder spree has left us all reeling, I would like to put forth a proposal that doesn’t mitigate our constitutional right to keep and bear arms but rather makes it more difficult for people to hook up and breed. It’s an expanded version of what Dennis Miller alluded to back in the mid ‘90s—namely the Brady Bunch Bill: a waiting period before people get married and start a family."


25 people, places and things liberals love to hate

"20) People who believe they should be allowed to choose what light bulbs they want to use in their own house."


You can't call a pretty girl pretty; What kind of country are we becoming?


"I do not argue that today’s essay is our most pressing problem. But as scores of fine writers address the various angles of our republic’s dangle from a precarious thread, I thought I’d venture to the periphery to lament another type of change which accrues to our societal detriment. We are becoming a nation that caves to humorless, scolding bullies on matters of little or no consequence. Not exactly a fiscal cliff or an Islamist-friendly CIA director, but a problem nonetheless."


We are sick

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Photos of the Week (01/13/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Sam Shields scores a TD on the opening possesion of Green Bay's playoff game Saturday night against the 49ers in San Francisco. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.


2) Colin Kaepernick scores one of his two TDs as the 49ers beat the Packers, 45-31. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


3) Aaron Rodgers shakes hands with Isaac Sopoaga after Green Bay's loss. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


4) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos shakes hands during the opening of the 101st legislative session in Madison. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


5) A commuter ferry packed with more than 300 people crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan early Wednesday, injuring 57 people, at least two critically, officials said. Nine people were also in serious condition. Victims of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident are aided by rescue personnel, on Jan. 9 in New York. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP


6) Tens of thousands of vehicles damaged by super storm Sandy are being temporarily stored on runways and taxiways at Calverton Executive Airpark in Calverton, N.Y., on Jan. 9. Photos: Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images


7) A penitentiary agent holds a cat with a package of tools and a mobile phone taped to its body at Luiz de Oliveira Souza prison in Arapiraca, Alagoas, Brazil. Brazilian authorities captured the cat, which was entering the prison with a saw, bits for hand drills, a mobile phone, batteries and a charger. The cat belonged to the prisoners and was frequently taken by relatives to their homes, returning to the prison on its own. Photo: Penitentiary System Of Alagoas / AFP - Getty Images


8) A man attempts to retrieve some belongings by breaking through a window of the burning Lome's Grand Marche late on Jan. 11, in Lome, Togo. Crowds of people filled the streets surrounding the multi-story structure, as a few vendors entered the burning building to save their goods. Photo: Daniel Hayduk / AFP - Getty Images


9) The prime minister of East Timor turned traffic cop on Monday after his car got stuck in a traffic jam outside the presidential office in the capital Dili. Xanana Gusmao, who led the armed resistance that resulted in East Timor's independence from Indonesian rule in 2002, immediately got out of his car and began directing drivers after finding that there was no police officer on the street, the European PressPhoto Agency reports. Photo: Antonio Dasiparu / EPA


10) A woman begs for money amid passersby in downtown Milan, Italy, on Jan. 8, Unemployment in the 17 EU countries  that use the euro  rose to 11.8 percent in November as the number of jobless people in the region rose to 18.8 million, the highest figure since the single currency was founded in 1999. Photo: Antonio Calanni / AP


11) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley comforts her son, Nalin, 10, and her daughter, Rena, 14, as her husband, Capt. Michael Haley, right, gets ready for a deployment ceremony for the South Carolina Army National Guard at Ft. Jackson on Jan. 10.  Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt / AP


12) A cloud formation tinged with red dust travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast, on Jan. 9.  Tug boat worker Brett Martin, who captured the fearsome pictures 25 nautical miles from the town of Onslow, reported conditions were glassy and flat before the storm hit late on January 9. But when the wild weather arrived, the swell lifted to 6 feet, winds increased to 40 knots and visibility was reduced to 328 feet. Photos: Brett Martin / fishwrecked.com via Reuters


13) People watch as a killer whale surfaces through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak in Northern Quebec on Jan. 8, 2013. Photo: Marina Lacasse / The Canadian Press via AP. Here, two killer whales surface through a breathing hole in the ice of Hudson Bay on Jan. 9, 2013. The whales are part of a pod that is trapped in the sea ice. Photo: Maggie Okituk / Reuters


14) A Belarussian military instructor trains her dog in a frontier guards' cynology center near the town of Smorgon, 87 miles northwest of Minsk on Jan. 11. The center prepares instructors with trained dogs for guarding Belarus's border and sells other puppies and dogs unfit for service to civilians in the country. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters


15) Zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park stand on scales as they weigh a 21-foot-long python named Atomic Betty, on Jan 9. Reports state that the 14-year-old python weighed in at over 304 pounds. Photo: Australian Reptile Park via EPA


16) A seagull stands on Galata Tower on Jan. 9. Heavy snowfall blanketed Turkey's commercial hub Istanbul, a city of 15 millions, paralyzing daily life, disrupting air traffic and land transport. Photo: Bulent Kilic / AFP - Getty Images


17) Silvery marmosets eat at The Whipsnade Zoo on Jan. 8. Photo: Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images


18) Three puppies walk through a snow-covered field in Athens, Greece on Jan, 8. Photo: Petros Giannakouris / AP


19) A giraffe looks at visitors at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany on Jan. 7. Photo: Roland Weihrauch / AFP - Getty Images


20) A pair of wild barn owls perch high in the peak of an old barn on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Jan. 6. Photo: Robin Loznak


21) The shadow of Western Europe's tallest building is cast across London's financial district as seen from The View from The Shard on Tuesday. Adult tickets to the gallery range from $40 to $160. Photo: Luke Macgregor / Reuters


22) A robot that specializes in delivering food holds an empty tray after serving meals to customers at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China, Jan. 12. Opened in June 2012, the restaurant has gained fame for using a total of 20 robots, which range in height from 1.3 to 1.6 meters (4.2 feet to 5.2 feet), to cook meals and deliver dishes. The robots can work continuously for five hours after a two-hour charge, and are able to display more than 10 expressions on their faces and say basic welcoming sentences to customers. Photo: Sheng Li / Reuters


23) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III twists his knee as he reaches for the loose ball after a low snap during the second half of the NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Jan. 6. Photo: Matt Slocum / AP


24) Alabama's AJ McCarron holds The Coaches' Trophy after the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. Alabama won 42-14. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP


25) Organizers trucked in 162,000 pounds of snow from mountain passes to Seattle Center and broke the record for most participants in a snowball fight – attracting 5,834 participants to supplant the mark set by the Republic of Korea with 5,387. Another look. Photos: Jordan Stead / Reuters


26) A model wears an outfit by designer Hentsch Man for the Autumn/Winter show during Men's London Collections in central London, on Monday. Photo: Joel Ryan / Invision via AP

Culinary no-no #311

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!


In the Disney foodie movie “Ratatoullie,” the only female chef in Gusteau's restaurant is Colette.


Ratatouille - COLETTE (Voiced by Janeane Garofalo)

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Panic in the UK

OMG!

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UPDATE: Week-ends (01/12/13)

Week-ends

Previously on This Just In…

One of the QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

“There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.”

Ted Nugent, rock legend and long-time defender of the Second Amendment, when asked what he would do should the government decide to go forward with any of the many firearms-confiscation plans now being developed. Nugent also said, “If it comes to the actual implementation of an actual confiscatory directive from our president, then I do believe that the heroes of the law enforcement will defy this order. I do believe that there are enough soulless sheep within our government who would act on such an illegal order, but I believe the powers that be at the local, state and regional law enforcement would halt such an illegal, anti-American order. You are talking to a guy who talks to more gun owners in more heated and concerned conversations than anyone who lives. These are top notch heroes of law enforcement and military who understand this experiment in self-government and we will not let [gun confiscation] happen; we will do it peaceful…there is a subculture, dare I say subhuman culture, infesting our government and society that would zone in on hardware and inanimate objects instead of people’s conduct and the justice system’s failure.”

How does the intelligent left respond? With a column laced with insults and profanities but zero facts.

The latest pro-life news (01/14/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin  and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Also:


Roe vs. Wade, 40 years after



Stand for Life



And ...


The 3D scan of a disabled baby's smile that convinced his mother not to abort him.

UPDATE: Nutraloaf revisited

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Exploitation with a capital "E"


 

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The latest from Franklin alderman/ Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor

January 2013 e-newsletter

News from Franklin's neighbor

Meijer planning huge development in Oak Creek.

Meanwhile, here in Franklin…


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

But golly gee, have we got a great brochure!

2ND UPDATE: Outrageous recommendations to screw WI motorists

Topics talked about on WISN


Previously on This Just In...


The update...I told you so!

Franklin's sex predator ordinance has worked to keep Franklin safe


January 16, 2013

 

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Act 10 Upheld


By MacIver News Service, 1/18/13


act10.jpg
[Madison, Wisc...] On Friday, the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold Act 10, which had partly been overturned by a US District Judge in March.

A lawsuit filed by seven labor unions in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans claimed the law violated workers constitutional rights by requiring annual recertification votes and not allowing the state to withhold union dues from workers' paychecks.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a dreamy weekend!

Nostalgia


If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
Marcel Proust

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, if you haven’t guessed, dreamy music.

When you think of our first selection, my guess is you’ll automatically think of the Mamas and the Papas and Cass Elliott on the lead vocal. There’s no doubt the group had a major hit with the song in the 1960’s. But they were not the originators.

Ozzie Nelson, Ricky’s father, did it way back in 1931 with his orchestra. Only a few days later, Wayne King, the “Waltz King” who influenced people like Lawrence Welk also made a recording.

In 1995, Chicago released an all-big band album, “Night and Day” that featured their twist on a song now dating back over 80 years. They're accompanied here on vocals by the group Jade.




 



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Just about every singer is performing the old standards. But few in recent years have sung the following 1944 gem by Johnny Mercer,
one of the most popular lyricists of the American Songbook.

The Captain and Tennille, featuring the “dreamy” voice of Toni Tennille and the great keyboard work of Darryl Dragon released their version on an album in 1978. Pay close attention to Dragon's contribution when Tennille sings about "smoke rings."

 

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The best cartoons of the week (01/19/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week



Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez



 

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy



 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (01/19/13)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 42. "C"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 15. "F"


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

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about New Year’s Resolutions for dog owners as well as for dogs themselves.  Paying attention to your pet’s weight was indeed mentioned in the resolutions suggested by Dogster.com.

 

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Week-ends (01/19/13)

Week-ends

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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Once again, Victoria Soto.


Ryan Heber


Will Privette


Dave Watson


Rob Lowe



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Lance Armstrong


Heather Jensen


Bob Schieffer



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying that this is too late. It's too late for probably most people, and that's my fault. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times, and as you said, it wasn't as if I just said no and I moved off it."
Lance Armstrong when asked by Oprah Winfrey why admit now that he lied about doping.


"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life. I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was. Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo


"This week, I delivered my third State of the State address to the people of Wisconsin.  I’m happy to say we are moving Wisconsin forward with bold vision and bright hope for the future. 

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Recommended Reading (01/19/13)

Recommended Reading


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


When I Want a Progressive's Opinion on What Guns I Should Have/Hunt with, I'll Give it to Them

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Photos of the Week (01/20/13)

Photos of the Week


1) Two British hostages Peter, left, and Alan, right, (no family name available), are seen after being released, in a street of Ain Amenas, near the gas plant where they have been kidnapped by Islamic militants, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Algeria's special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they in turn killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported.(AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)


2) Nelba Marquez Greene (L) and Nicole Hockley (R) both mothers of Sandy Hook Elementary massacre victims, console each other during a press conference on the one month anniversary of the Newtown elementary school massacre on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. Eleven families of Sandy Hook massacre victims came to the event one month after the shooting to give their support to Sandy Hook Promise, a new non-profit with the goal of preventing such tragedies in the future. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


3) U.S. President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as (L-R) Vice President Joe Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on in the Eisenhower Executive Office building January 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. One month after a massacre that left 20 school children and 6 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut, the president unveiled a package of gun control proposals that include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


4) A man who refused to be identified holds an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a rally in support for gun rights at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The rally, dubbed, "Guns Across America", at Connecticut's state Capitol and state capitol buildings across the country to raise concerns about possible new gun legislation that could affect gun owners' rights in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


5) Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Texas officials opposed to new federal gun control proposals plan to speak on the steps of the state Capitol during a pro-Second Amendment rally. The event was one of many rallies planned across the country Saturday. They came four days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


6) WI Governor Scott Walker is joined by miners at his State of the State address in Madison. Mining legislation is a top priority in the current legislative session. Photo: Andy Manis, AP


7) In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this." (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones)


8) This Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo provided by Harpo Studios Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviewing cyclist Lance Armstrong during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. The two-part episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" aired nationally Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns)


9) Mickey Merrell, right, hugs her sister Ronnie Loesch after watching their childhood home, which was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy, demolished in Staten Island, New York, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Several Staten Island homes damaged beyond repair by Superstorm Sandy are being demolished. Some homeowners called in bulldozers on their own to remove shattered homes in the 11 weeks since the storm. But the first city-facilitated demolitions started Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


10) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sits at the desk that Churchill gave four wartime speeches from, including the one to the U.S. after the WWII attack at Pearl Harbor, during a tour of the Churchill War Rooms in London on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, on the final day of the Secretary's last overseas trip. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


11) In this Jan. 15, 2013 photo, Jeff Jerome walks in a cemetery that is home to Edgar Allan Poe's grave in Baltimore. For years, Jerome watched as a mysterious man known as the Poe Toaster left three roses and an unfinished bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave every year on the legendary writer’s birthday on Jan. 19. His identity is a great modern mystery, and just as mysteriously, the tradition ended four years ago. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


12) Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon chat aboard a bus on the way to visit fracking sites in Pennsylvania Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. They are touring natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania and visiting with residents who say they've been harmed by the controversial extraction process known as fracking. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


13) First lady Michelle Obama, center, and daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, react during the Kids' Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future." event in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as part of the 57th Inauguration weekend of events. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


14) Jay Desai, of Washington, front and Ariel Timar, of Cherry Hill, N.J., center, paint a mural as they participate in the National Day of Service on the Mall as part of the 57th Presidential Inaugural festivities, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington, . The two were working on the Greater DC care project that will place the murals in schools and fire stations to help promote volunteerism. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


15) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, center, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), is flanked by actors portraying President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, as they arrive to review troops during a dress rehearsal for the inaugural parade at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan.13. The official inauguration and swearing-in will take place Jan. 21.  Photo: Mike Theiler / Reuters


16) What a difference four years makes! President Obama's quite a bit grayer and his smile, much wider. The new official portrait, right, was taken on December 6, 2012. The previous one (left) is from 2009.  Photo: Pete Souza / White House


17) Japanese women in kimonos walk during heavy snowfall at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, as they attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day, Jan. 14, 2013. Youths across Japan are honoured with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20. Photo: Yuya Shino / Reuters


18) Icicles are formed on an orange tree in an orange grove in Redlands, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. A cold snap that has California farmers struggling to protect a $1.5 billion citrus crop has slowly started to ease, though frigid temperatures were still the norm Tuesday morning throughout the state and across other parts of the West. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


19) A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa some 30 km outside Minsk, on Jan. 18. Thousands of believers jump into holes cut in ice, braving freezing temperatures, to mark Epiphany, when they take part in a baptism ceremony. Photo: Viktor Drachev / AFP - Getty Images


20) The northern lights glow over a snowy Finnish landscape in a photo taken on the night of Jan. 16-17.


21) A hunter gestures his dog away as he waits in the Colorado River for rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 in Mesa County, Colo. The man fell in while retrieving a goose he shot. Grand Junction Fire Department and Lower Valley Fire Department responded to the scene to rescue the man, who reportedly had been in the water for nearly 30 minutes. (AP Photo/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Dean Humphrey)


22) A priest distributes bibles to people before taking take part in a mass at San Anton Church in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of Spain and people bring their pets to churches to be blessed.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)


23) A kangaroo crossing a road in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, as it escapes from a bushfire. Several homes have been lost in a 25,000-hectare fire in Victoria's southeast.  Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation via EPA


24) Wildlife photographer Katherine Feng captured this cute photo of a panda cub on a trip to China. In this picture,  Feng captures a baby panda as it lies on its back in an incubator.


25) The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is presented at a Pre-North American International Auto Show introduction in Detroit on Jan. 13. The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could put a much-needed halo around a company whose critics still tend to dismiss it as " Government Motors." Photo: Tannen Maury.  


26) A giant sculpture of a baby titled "Planet" is unveiled Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Singapore at the Gardens By The Bay. "Planet" was created by British artist Marc Quinn in 2008 and represents a 7-month-old child made out of painted bronze and steel, with the illusion of being weightless and suspended in mid-air. This sculpture is the newest addition at the Gardens By The Bay, one of the city-state's newer attractions. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


27) Fredrik Hjelmquist shows the CataCoffin in Stockholm Jan. 18. Music and video equipment store owner Hjelmquist said his hi-fi coffin would entertain the dead and provide solace for grieving friends and relatives by making it possible for them to alter the deceased's playlist online. Photo: Ints Kalnins / Reuters


28) Model train enthusiasts view a replica of the Abbey Road Tube station which also depicts the Beatles' famous album cover, at The London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace on Jan. 18, in London.  Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images


29) People take part in a No Trousers Day 2013 flashmob on the London Underground, in London, England, Jan. 13. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA


30) Bigger is usually better when it comes to Hollywood productions, but for the Golden Globes, one photographer took a tinier approach. New York City-based artist Tricia Messeroux turned the best red carpet looks of the night into an alternate universe dubbed "ToddleWood," by transforming a selection of children into mini-mes to mimic the event's A-listers. In the adorable photos, the kids perfectly ape celebrities' style and poses, eerily echoing Anne Hathaway, George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and Lucy Liu. Photos: Toddlewood, Getty Images


31) A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for autumn winter 2013 in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


AND FINALLY...


Rhino attacks 5 seconds after photo is taken.

Culinary no-no #312

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

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Obama Inauguration: Rhetoric vs. Reality


The latest pro-life news (01/21/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin. 


Also...


Gov. Walker Issues Proclamation Declaring January 22 "Protect Life Day"


Today we remember those lost and hurt by abortion

”We remember also those scarred by abortion.  Too many women wounded emotionally and physically, anguishing over decisions made to kill their children.   Women forced to have abortions. Inconsolable fathers who have no rights to stop the abortions of their children.  Stunned grandparents deprived of cherished grandchildren.  Children lamenting the loss of siblings who will not grow up with them.  Doctors who performed thousands of abortions, and then live with shameful remorse for what they have done.”


One third of a generation gone in 40 years

"America’s callous attitude toward the unborn is due in part to the overwhelming quantity of tiny corpses, now in the neighborhood of 50 million. For the last 40 years, they have been poked, poisoned and pulverized to death in the name of 'choice.' As Soviet butcher Joseph Stalin is reputed to have said, 'The death of a hundred people is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.' This is so because, as human beings, we cannot wrap our minds around the enormity of the evil involved in such numbers."


Abortion strips a woman's free choice

"An unplanned pregnancy can be hard to face. For the woman, it can appear as though she should have the right to choose to end her baby’s life so that she does not need to deal with the expected inconvenience. But how can we compare inconvenience to life?"


And from the This Just In vault...

Frozen pen ink and glasses stuck to your face


Suddenly today's chill doesn’t feel so bad.


WHO hates guns?


This comprehensive list from last March is quite revealing.


 

Another classic example why some people shouldn't vote





HT: Charlie Sykes

Related Reading.

Also...

Yet another example why we need FEWER voters

Our head-scratching criminal justice system


Timothy D. Russell is taken into custody Tuesday immediately after he was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization.


This week, former aide to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Tim Russell was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization, Operation Freedom, and taken into custody. Walker had appointed Russell to run the organization.

Russell deserved being punished. What he did was reprehensible.

The prosecution recommended the judge sentence Russell to two years. Russell got two years.

The judge in the case…



 


Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Michael Hansher (Above photos: jsonline.com)

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Tell Your Legislators: Bring Mining Jobs to WI!

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We have a chance to bring thousands of jobs and billions in private investment to Wisconsin, we just need the legislature to create certainty in our mining permitting process.

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Will you pack the gym, Franklin? And make lots of noise?



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The above took place last December. Oak Creek's Jenna Santi shoots between Franklin's Casidy Mihalko, left, and Jenny Eickhorst. Photo: Peter Zuzga

Oak Creek rolled over the Sabers that night, 52-38.

Friday night, the two rivals play at Franklin. The very talented Oak Creek team at 13-1 is ranked #1 in our area. Franklin at 10-3 is ranked #9.

A Franklin win could build momentum for the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs.

GO SABERS!





THE UPDATE.

Channel 58 weatherman fumbles on Teasing 101


When I worked in radio news, and even today when I fill in at Newstalk1130 WISN, the art of teasing was/is crucial. In order to hold the audience and keep them from leaving, you tease an upcoming news story or talk topic coming up later or after the commercial break.

This isn’t rocket science. C’mon. How long does it take to write a 5-second TV news promo?

A HIGH-SPEED POLICE CHASE ENDS IN A FIERY CRASH. THE DETAILS TONIGHT AT 10.

BOOM!

DONE!


Easy. Or, at least, it should be.

This past Sunday I was watching the AFC Championship game on Channel 58. During the broadcast, one of those 5-second promos appeared, and having written thousands of teases, I was stunned at how amateurish the tease was, even if it was the predominantly amateurish Channel 58.

The author of the tease was a Channel 58 weatherman. Don’t ask me his name. I, like hundreds of thousands in our area, don’t watch Channel 58 news and I didn’t use any of my free time to determine who he was.

I should interject here that years ago I laser beamed on WTMJ meteorologist Craig Koplein. Poor Craig. He’d come on TV and say stuff like the next day’s high temperature would be between 30 and 45. Hell, I could go on the air and spout that crap.

Koplein and WTMJ eventually parted ways. Join the club, Craig.

Back to last Sunday’s Channel 58 promo during a big game.

There the weatherman stood and looked straight into the camera and proudly proclaimed:

”HOW COLD WILL IT BE WHEN YOU WAKE UP MONDAY?”


And then came the promise to have the satisfying truth during the 10:00 news.

If this was meant to elicit a Pavlov’s Dog reaction, give that man an “F.”

”HOW COLD WILL IT BE WHEN YOU WAKE UP MONDAY?”

How dumb did he expect the audience to be.

In this digital age of constant news, weather, and the Internet, I didn’t need this amateur to tell me 4 hours later what I wanted to know and could find out...NOW.

So what was he supposed to do/say? How about this.

SUB-ZERO TEMPS WHEN YOU WAKE UP MONDAY. THE FULL FORECAST TONIGHT AT TEN.”

Keep in mind the average guy on the couch (like me) probably heard and knew the day before that Monday morning would be frigid.

So for those of you reading my blog as I post at about 7:48 Thursday night, this information pertains to Franklin:

Occasional snow will begin at about 8:45 tonight with snow showers kicking in at 2:00 am. Snow showers and light snow will continue through 2:00 Friday afternoon.

And I'm not even a meteorologist.

What Franklin's Steve Taylor didn't discuss in his latest e-newsletter


Every month I’m happy to blog Franklin Alderman/Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor’s e-newsletter and I appreciate that he and his office makes that information available. In Taylor’s latest effort, he neglects to write about the hottest issue pertaining to the Milwaukee County Board: a much-talked about bill that, if approved by the state Legislature would ask Milwaukee County voters in a binding referendum if the board should become part-time and if their pay should be cut dramatically.

Steve Taylor hasn’t written about the planned referendum on his e-newsletter or on his blog. He has, however, talked about the referendum to The Daily Reporter, a trade paper based in Milwaukee. An article published last week is not available on-line, but it is where I found it, a local library.

Supervisor Pat Jursik is the primary source for the story. Jursik chairs the board’s economic development committee. Taylor is a committee member. Their spin, I reckon, will not help their cause.

The Daily Reporter writes it’s feared that reducing the size of the board “would increase the waiting period for developers seeking project approvals” and that Jursik “suspects reduced hours could lead to delays in approvals because supervisors need time to research proposals before voting.”

Yeh, right. The board really worked feverishly on research to avoid a pension scandal.

County Executive Chris Abele, I believe correctly, emphasizes not all research is necessary and the board could simply cut down on unnecessary work, fitting their responsibilities into a part-time schedule.

How does Steve Taylor weigh in? The paper states, “Taylor said he wasn’t well-versed on what the potential effects of the change would be,” but board reductions would have supervisors having to find other jobs that would allow time for county responsibilities.

“That possibly, he (Taylor) said might pose a hurdle for development,” wrote the paper.

“I would think it probably would, But I can’t predict the future," said Taylor.

Following his discussion with The Daily Reporter, Taylor headed to Madison to meet with state Representative Joe Sanfelippo who’s the main supporter of the referendum. Was Taylor there just to chit-chat for background? Or was he lobbying against the referendum legislation? Remember, Taylor actively backed the idea of making the mayor of Franklin a full-time position.

If Taylor is opposed to the referendum, he’d be out of touch with the voters of Franklin.

On April 3, 2012, Franklin voters went to the polls to decide referenda concerning support for, or opposition to, reduction in the size and compensation of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Here are the questions and the Franklin results.

Question 1: Do you support compensating the position of Milwaukee County Supervisor at a level that reflects the position being considered part-time in nature?

Yes: 5,542
No: 1,089

Question 2: Shall the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors be reduced from the current number of eighteen (18) supervisors to nine (9) supervisors?

Yes: 5,830
No: 856


UPDATE: Did Taylor and others get to Sanfelippo?

Goodnight everyone, and have an Aloha weekend!


"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace."
Paul Theroux

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.

Football fanatics have to wait another weekend for the big one, the Super Bowl. This weekend, it’s the Pro Bowl, a game that became a colossal joke with behemoths handling each other like ballet dancers.

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The best cartoons of the week (01/26/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week


 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez



 

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The Barking Lot (01/26/13)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Sunny. High of 24. "D"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers begin around 11 am followed by a wintry mix between 2:00 and 5:00. High of 32. "F"


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

 

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Week-ends (01/26/13)

Week-ends

 

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Recommended Reading (01/26/13)

Recommended Reading

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

Caution: These politicians might not be human

“On one and the same day that we had to endure Hillary choking up over the dead she helped kill in Libya, we then watched her probable successor, presidential wanna-be, Senator John Kerry, cry about the sacrifice that public servants (cough, hack) like…I dunno?…Senator John Kerry anyone?... make in their blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

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Photos of the Week (01/27/13)

Photos of the Week


1) Beyonce sings (or does she?) the National Anthem as President Barack Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer, left, listen during swearing-in ceremonies in front of the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Jim Bourg / Reuters


2) President Barack Obama takes the oath of office as his wife Michelle holds two Bibles during the 57th presidential inauguration. Photo: Getty Images


3) President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball in Washington, D.C. following his second inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo Justin Sullivan, via pool/EPA


4)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


5) Gun rights advocates demonstrate at the Pennsylvania Capital building Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Harrisburg, Pa. The rally comes amid calls for a boycott of the nine-day Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg next month, and a growing list of vendors pulling out of the show. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


6)
Santa Ana school police Sgt. Kevin Philips locks his rifle in a gun rack  mounted in a police vehicle in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013. The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP


7) An  anti-abortion activist is seen during the annual "March for Life" in front of the US Supreme Court on Jan. 25. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images


8) Ironworkers James Brady, left, and Billy Geoghan release the cables from a steel beam after connecting it on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center in New York on Aug. 2, 2012. The beam was signed by President Barack Obama with the words: "We remember," ''We rebuild" and "We come back stronger!" during a ceremony at the construction site June 14. Also adorned with the autographs of workers and police officers at the site, the beam will be sealed into the structure of the tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP, file


9)
This photo taken with a fisheye lens shows a sign placed near the site where a bronze statue of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno once stood outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on the first anniversary of the death of her husband former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


10)
International Space Station expedition 40/41 crew members, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman (right) of the United States, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center) and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (left) of Germany, practice in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 23, 2013. They took part in a training exercise to practice survival techniques in case of a crash landing.  The team of three is preparing for a mission to the International Space Station in May 2014.  Photo: Yuri Kochetkov / EPA


11) A soldier with the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment bench-presses an Afghan National Army soldier  before a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a nearby village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: Andrew Burton / Reuters


12) A truck is covered in ice as firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on Jan. 23 in Chicago, Ill. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images


13) Sled dogs Poncho, left, and his blind brother Gonzo are hooked up for a run  at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, N.H., on Jan. 17, 2013. Poncho has taken to helping his blind brother on regular runs. Photo: Jim Cole/AP


14) Jockey Peter Buchanan and Bold Sir Brian fly over a hedge during The Murphy Group Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse, Jan. 26, in Cheltenham, England. Photo: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images


15) A fly
lands between the eyes of U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: Larry Downing, Reuters


16) Wang Xianxiang  carries two buckets of water with his eyelids during a provincial festival for migrant workers in Shaodong County, Hunan province. Photo: China Daily via Reuters


17)
Mary Jose Cristerna known as The Vampire Woman poses for a photo at the 3rd annual Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. As many as 300 tattoo artists from a variety of countries are expected to attend the 4-day event, sharing their skills including under the skin implants and body piercings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)


18) US Matt Gone gestures as he poses before the opening of the Expotattoo Venezuela 2013 in Caracas, on January 24, 2013. The event will be held in Caracas five more days. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images


19)
A bat flies over the court during the second half of the Marquette-Providence game Saturday at the Bradley Center. Photo: AP

Just give the snow plows and shovels a break!


It's
one thing to watch the weather and be taken in by an inaccurate forecast. It's another not to pay attention at all.

In my neighbohood, people are out shoveling in full speed motion, obviously believing that whatever is falling will freeze. So they want their driveways clean before the wintry mix falls.

WRONG!

The wintry mix was predicted to stop around 5:00. It did.

Temperatures are expected to rise. They are.

Whatever crap fell and whatever is out there on your sidewalk/driveway will melt, especially with temps in the 40’s Monday and 50’s Tuesday.

And yet, clueless Franklinites are out there shoveling to heart attack levels.

Go figure.

Culinary no-no #313

Culinary no-no's






Super Bowl party-goers last year chowed down on 4.4 million pizzas ordered from national chains. A National Restaurant Association survey puts pizza as the third most popular must-have food item at a Super Bowl Party behind salsa/dips spread and chicken wings.







When it comes to pizza, this pie eater is not picky. With the exception of most anything green (peppers, arugula, avocado, but lettuce is okay on a taco variety), I’ll devour any type that’s tasty: thick or thin crust, deep dish, Chicago, New York, Sicilian-style, round, square, you name it. The whiny guy that insists it’s gotta be this and can’t be that…that ain’t me.

However, I noticed a trend in the last few pizzas I’ve had from both restaurants and the freezer section that my taste buds aren’t all that thrilled about. It has to do with…


My beef, a la that elderly woman in the classic Wendy’s commercial is, what the heck happened? Where is it?

Seems folks have gotten skimpier and skimpier.

Is it just me, I wondered, or is disappearing sauce a pattern in the business?

It isn’t just me according to
Pasquale “Pat” Bruno, Jr who wrote a column in a recent issue of Pizza Today:

“…if the trend in pizza is toward a thinner, lighter crust (and it is headed that way), then the sauce going on that pizza needs to be lighter as well.

“When it comes to pizza sauce these days, Less is better. That’s what I see as a big trend in pizza sauces. Far too long we have been drowning that pizza crust with too much sauce. Here’s the deal: use better tomatoes and you don’t have to use as much.

“My approach is to use only as much sauce as it takes to get the flavor balance needed for that perfect pizza.”

Bruno, Jr even advocates pizzas with no sauce or just a light brushing of oil.

To repeat, I am not finicky, and I’m just as cosmopolitan and adventurous as the next guy, probably more so. But in the desire to be creative and “different,” I submit we go too far and mess up a good thing, including banning or restricting sauce. Here are other examples from pizza.com:

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I told you so


FranklinNOW reports “Meijer pulls plans for Franklin store.”

Apparently Franklin cares more about wetlands, traffic congestion and driveways than it does about jobs and the economic well-being of individuals. The city will try to deflect blame elsewhere, but Franklin is complicit in this latest economic development failure.

Here are excerpts from some blogs I wrote on this subject last year:

Franklin has a bizarre, unexplainable approach to economic development. Most communities welcome the concept. Franklin desperately tries to find roadblocks, reasons to block progress.

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It's just the way things happen around here in Franklin



1) “I’ve never failed” at anything I’ve been involved with.
Developer David Hintzman said that to me in October of 2007 at the grand opening of the Sendiks at 51st and Rawson.  Hintzman was planning to develop the Fountains of Franklin at 56th and Rawson.



PAD/LOT FOR SALE

ZONED FOR: 


MEDICAL
RETAIL
RESTAURANT
OFFICE


186 foot frontage

1 or 2 story


Approved plan

56 parking spaces

Fully improved


Call (414) 423-9453


A sign reading the above was placed at the proposed Fountains of Franklin site in June 2009. The area remains barren.


2)  The Milwaukee Business Journal
is reporting that Northwestern Mutual Life will build a $300 million office tower in downtown Milwaukee and not Franklin.

Given NML’s long history, stature, and presence downtown, that’s not a shocker, though I’d love to know more about why Franklin lost out.

Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor still thinks there’s hope that it’s not soup yet. I’m afraid Don Meredith is singing, “Turn out the lights…”

If I’m not mistaken, I believe some in Franklin awhile ago actually thought we had a shot at relocating Kohl’s HQ here.
My blog, December 5, 2012


3)   3) Franklin Meijer proposal still alive, officials say

FranklinNOW headline of article written by ace reporter Rick (I’ll print anything you tell me and I won’t ask any hard questions either) Romano, January 23, 2013

Meijer pulls plans for Franklin store

FranklinNOW headline of article written by ace reporter Rick (I’ll print anything you tell me and I won’t ask any hard questions either) Romano just 5 days later, January 28, 2013


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The latest pro-life news (01/28/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin.


MSNBC Host: Thank God and Country Abortion Was There to Save Me

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HE MADE IT! (Look for the Franklin angle)

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #232

Previously on This Just In… 

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UPDATE: What Franklin's Steve Taylor didn't discuss in his latest e-newsletter


Previously on This Just In...


The update.

I’ve been blogging for years that Steve Taylor is not a true conservative. He’s worse than a RINO. He’s willing to change parties if after holding his breath and stomping his feet Republicans go through with a plan to reduce the County Board’s numbers and salary?

Taylor is extremely lucky Sanfelippo folded like a card table.

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (01/27/13)

Photos of the Week


In case you missed it over the weekend, here was one of my Photos of the Week last Sunday:





Santa Ana school police Sgt. Kevin Philips locks his rifle in a gun rack mounted in a police vehicle in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013. The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Here's a related photo:





Santa Ana school police Sgt. Kevin Philips checks out a rifle from the police armory in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 24. The officers split their time between 44 schools in the district and keep the rifles in a safe at their assigned school or secured in their patrol car each day before checking the weapon back in to the school police headquarters each night.  Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

There's a great deal more information associated with these photos. Read how school officials believe high-powered rifles could prevent a massacre.

"I was thinking, 'That's my child. It's that simple. I'm not going to take the life of my child.'"


A MUST READ…the incredible story of a couple with tremendous faith, my friends Mark and Mary Gundrum and their courageous baby boy, Dominic Pio.

Their ordeal, chronicled by Bella English of the Boston Globe is the most powerful argument for the pro-life movement.

Part One.

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