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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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The Barking Lot (10/01/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  If you're reading this as it's posted, it's about 40 degrees outside. Mostly sunny and cool. High of 58.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny.High of 63. "C"


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


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

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

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

If your heart is truly, 100% set on a pedigree consider this:  For nearly every breed of dog there is a rescue group.  Rescue groups help place pedigree dogs in homes that are looking to adopt.  More information is available from the American Kennel Club here.  

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

On behalf of all ready-to-be-adopted pooches, thank you for opening your heart!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

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


Dog adoptions
to resume after distemper scare.


Courtroom dog calms witness.


Dog sneaks into labor room and takes away newborn.


Vet helps dog walk...
read how.


Runaway dog's traffic-stopping chase caught on tape.


Police dogs out to pasture.


Dogs
eat more than homework.


Dogs
donating blood.


Dogs help schools lick bullies.


Campaign to keep dog droppings out of Puget Sound.


Sleeping out with the dogs.


Bad dog no more:
Black lab finds home in Fond du Lac.


Where's Fido?


Six things
every dog should know.


Which canine will be the most amazing
hero dog?


World
dog-walking record could fall today (Saturday).


"Dog with a Blog."


Dog kennels
ramping up the amenities.


The dog swallowed what?


Sit, stay, surf.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

TIME FOR OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK. THIS WEEK, IT'S A NATURAL.

LET'S GO SURFIN' NOW, 

EVERYBODY'S LEARNIN' HOW,

COME ON A SAFARI WITH ME...






Five dogs ride on the same surfboard during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach in California on Sept. 25. Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images


Love this one.



Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


WOW!

Good stuff!

Don't forget the pet blessing in Franklin Sunday.

We close with our closing video...a face transplant recipient will get a guide dog.



 

2011 POO Awards - Week 7


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1

Luck 73,
Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

Week 4
Ashwaubenon 64,
Green Bay West 0

The halftime score: 57-0.

Week 5
Walworth Big Foot 61,
Clinton 12

Last week Big Foot scored 57. They outdid themselves this week.

UPDATE: The POO Award is posted each week on Saturday morning. However, some high school games are played on Saturday afternoon. After Saturday's action, I am adding another POO recipient:

University School 70, Hope School 16

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 67
, Milwaukee Bay View 13

Leading 54-0 in the second half, Riverside threw for two more touchdowns.

Extremely reliable sources tell me that when the score became 47-0 in the 2nd quarter, the commissioner of athletics for MPS instructed the official timer to implement the running clock, even though WIAA rules order a running clock not be used until the second half.

Assistant coaches for Riverside positioned just in front of the press box complained loudly to the press box officials including the timer, inquiring as to why the clock was running. That’s a clear indication they wanted more time on the clock so as to run up the score. The coaches were informed by a stadium official of the commissioner’s decision and were instructed to call him Monday morning if they had issues. They said they would not.

Riverside is the best team in the City Conference. They’ve had a problem with sportsmanship and pouring it on the past several years. Here’s hoping they clean up their act and fast.

Also,

Edgar 63, Phillips 0

Elkhart Lake 67, Stockbridge 0

Week 7
Milwaukee Riverside 70,
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 0

"We try not to run up the score on teams, but sometimes it just happens on accident," Bakari Triggs of Riverside told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

These accidents seem to happen a lot with Riverside.

UPDATE: Week-ends (09/17/11)

Week-ends


Previously on This Just In...
Aviation Institute of Maintenance was one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK.

The update...

Week-ends (10/01/11)

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


Latest Carnegie Award Medal winners


Elizabeth Anne Smith


The volunteers who saved Karla Flores


Members of the WI State Patrol


State Rep. Evan Wynn


Marcia Anderson


Sal DiMiceli


Steve Gleason


Erin Bolster


Hero dogs



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


PETA


Steve Cuckovich


First American Funding Co.


Al Sharpton



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“There’s a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset because they’ve lost jobs. Even though 50 some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant, What’s relevant is, we’re in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough. And in states like Florida it’s even been more stagnant because of the real estate market. I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge, and they’re angry.”
VP Joe Biden in an interview with WLRN.


"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover."
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D)


"The next time they tell you how stupid Sarah Palin is or Michele Bachmann, just think back to this day and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue."
Rush Limbaugh


“Even before the financial crisis hit, one of the reasons that I ran for president was that wages, incomes, had flat-lined at the same time that costs were going up. I think people felt that opportunities were becoming more constricted for the next generation. There are a lot of things we can do. The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track."
President Obama


"Seriously, in 2008 we elected a community organizer, state senator, college instructor first term senator over a guy who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison. And now he’s lecturing us about how America’s gone 'soft'? Really?"
Columnist Jonah Goldberg


"If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. I have no problem with that."
President Obama committing a gaffe as he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus Awards banquet.


"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."
President Obama in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.


"And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community 'stop complaining' about Israel."
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca), who was upset by the President's remarks to the CBC.


“Would you please raise my taxes?”
Doug Edwards, a wealthy former Google executive, speaking to President Obama on Monday during a town-hall meeting hosted by LinkedIn; Edwards supports Obama's belief that higher taxes for the wealthy should fund the President's jobs bill.


“President Obama prepares to divide our nation to achieve reelection. This is not a leadership style, this is a re-election strategy. Telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others.”
NJ Governor Chris Christie


"(The Tea Party's) stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? 'Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here'.”
Actor Morgan Freeman


"I doubt if Morgan Freeman, with all due respect, who’s a great actor, has he ever been to a Tea Party? Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Parties,  about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party."
Herman Cain


(Your administration will) “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions” if it does not “end its campaign against DOMA, the institution of marriage it protects, and religious freedom.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan in a letter to President Obama


"Be prepared for something different. It may take a few seconds longer, so if (fans) arrive a little earlier at the gates that would be helpful.  I don't anticipate there being any lines that are so long that people miss the game or anything like that. … But every officer in every line will have those wands."
Green Bay Packer director of security Doug Collins. The team is implementing heightened security measures for the games at Lambeau Field this season. Starting with Sunday's game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted. The procedure will  be similar to wand inspections at the airport.


"I keep telling my friends and supporters and family and others in Wisconsin, this is the new normal. We’re going to have this stuff (political strife) for the next 14 months. The reason you see so much of Wisconsin and Ohio on your TV is that our electoral votes are up for grabs. Wisconsin is the most closely divided state in the country … a Democrat has not won the presidency in the United States of America without winning Wisconsin since 1960. So this is more, I think, about the presidential election … in these sort of bellwether swing states like Ohio and Wisconsin than it is about anything else.”
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R) during an appearance at the conservative Hoover Institution, based at Stanford University.


“Wisconsin has outperformed the nation this year in job creation, but we aren’t immune to what is happening nationally. That’s why it’s important we do even more to help get Wisconsinites back to work. In traveling the state, I’ve listened to the concerns of job creators and those still looking for work. The one thing that I hear more than anything else is that employers and workers want a sense of certainty. That is the main goal of this special session – to create as much certainty as we can for employers and workers at the state level so that they can create jobs.”
WI Governor Walker calling for a special legislative session on jobs.



“I am not surprised at all by County Executive Abele’s low priority for public safety. He demonstrated his disdain for law and order even before he became county executive. He does not run the office of the sheriff, and I do not take orders or directives from a county executive. Case law is very clear that the sheriff alone decides how to carry out his duty and responsibility. His budget is an obvious attempt to micromanage my office. I am independently elected by the voters of Milwaukee County. He may think that he can eliminate the Discipline Order Training and Structure (DOTS) program, but let me be very clear on this – the DOTS program is staying.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reacting to proposed cuts in his department by County Executive Chris Abele.


“Would I support going after Lucifer? Let me think about that. That's a tough one. Of course we’re gonna' be there.”
AFL-CIO Presdient Richard Trumka when asked if he would support a recall of Governor Scott Walker.


“I want him in front of me so he can look into my eyes and say to my face that I imagined it.”
Tristane Banon, the French writer who accused Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape. She's scheduled to confront Strauss-Kahn as part of a police inquiry before prosecutors decide whether to press charges.


“I think that when I did that backwards thing, there was a seismic shift, but I do not think there was a wardrobe malfunction.”
Nancy Grace, Headline News host, on her recent unintentional chest exposure while competing on "Dancing with the Stars.”



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The media's absurd obsession with NJ Governor Chris Christie's weight.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The unfulfilled promises of ObamaCare.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The Michael Jackson trial and...

Nancy Grace's wardrobe malfunction on DWTS.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Hey, didja hear the one about the topless singer and the Irish farmer?


Couldn't she just eat some pizza or Chicken McNuggets? 


The cat's name is Frank. It's also named Louie. Why?


That’s it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


Recommended Reading (10/02/11)

Recommended reading

 

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


Is Obama finished?

A perspective from Canada:
"As the economy sinks and hope turns into despair, the president’s odds of re-election are fading fast."


Have Wisconsin protests gone too far?

"I guess political protesting has now deteriorated to the level of a middle school gym locker room.

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/02/11)

Most popular


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

1) Does the Franklin Public School Administration really want a referendum?

2) The latest from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm 


3) Photos of the Week (09/25/11)

4) Is a -0.4% Franklin school property tax levy good enough?

5) Franklin city budget good but could be better

6) Culinary no-no  #246

7) Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that sizzles!

8) The Barking Lot (10/01/11)

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Photos of the Week (10/02/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Brewers owner Mark Attanasio had a Los Angeles tailor take two jerseys and sew them into
his jacket. He proudly displayed his new jacket with fans Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


2) Jerry Hairston Jr. signs autographs near home plate before Saturday's playoff game against Arizona. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


3) Bob Uecker acknowledges the Miller Park crowd as he takes the mound to throw out the first pitch. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


4) In a big play, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy tags out Willie Bloomquist at home. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


5) Prince Fielder launces a two-run homer as the Brewers beat Arizona in Game One of their series, 4-1. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood. Here's another angle. AP Photo: David Phillip


6) Wisconsin running back Montee Ball scores one of his four touchdowns against Nebraska Saturday night in Madison as the Badgers won easily, 48-17. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman.


7) Racine County Sheriff's Investigator Shawn Barker hooks a tow chain to Jack Leroy Furrer's car. Furrer, 76, of Dousman, Wis. apparently died of a heart attack and hypothermia Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 after driving into a flooded construction zone on the West Frontage Road of I-94 in the Town of Yorkville, west of Racine, Wis. His body was found about 100 yards south of his car. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)


8) Traders react as they work on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London, U.K., on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The London Metal Exchange, founded 134 years ago above a hat shop in the financial district, may be the latest major mutual exchange to be bought after record trading volumes attracted the interest of multiple bidders. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg


9) Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond struggles with a memory quiz during a private session with "brain trainer" David Whatley on September 26 in Denver, Colorado. Hammond is taking a 6-month course, paid for by the Veterans Administration, to improve his memory and cognitive skills. Seven years after returning home from a year-long deployment in Tal Afar, Iraq, Hammond continues to experience severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the effects of traumatic brain injuries he sustained in combat. He suffers from chronic anxiety, headaches, night terrors, hallucinations and frequent bouts of aggression and cannot hold down a full time job. He helps his wife Dani care for their three children, while also taking a private mentoring classes to help improve his attention and cognitive skills. Hammond was on a team of U.S. soldiers who opened fire on a carload of Iraqi civilians on January 18, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq, killing two, when they did not stop at a checkpoint. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images


10) A survey inspector secures safety lines onto the Washington Monument on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Several inspectors will repell down the 555 ft. monument to inspect each stone, looking for damage caused by a Aug. 23, 5.8-magnitude earthquake which caused several stones to crack. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images. U.S. Park rangers walk on the National Mall near the Washington Monument August 24 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service reported more internal damage to the Washington Monument then originally disclosed. The site was indefinitely closed August 23, 2011 after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images. Here's another view. Dave Megerle of WJE Associates rappels from the top of the Washington Monument during inspections in Washington, in this handout photograph taken and released on September 28, 2011.  Photo: Colin Winterbottom / National Park Service via Reuters.


11) Postal workers participate in a Save America's Postal Service rally September 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C.. The workers called on Congress to pass H.R. 1351, which would allow $6.9 billion in pension overpayments by postal workers to be used to pay this year's pension obligations. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images


12) On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets in New Orleans, looking at several signs depicting President Barack Obama as either a dunce, a puppet or a crying baby in a diaper. "It disrespects the nation -- and President Barack Obama represents our nation," said Skip Alexander, as he looked at one of the signs. "He represents everybody, not some people." Dozens of protesters came by the house in the 1500 block of Calhoun throughout the day, demanding the sign come down. Photos: wwltv.com.


13) Sailboats and a floating dock lie on the dry, cracked dirt in a harbor at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City on Sept. 30, 2011. Drought continues to be a problem across the southeastern U.S. Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP


14) A tactical satellite lifts off from the Alaskan Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex in Kodiak, Alaska on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The rocket is carrying an experimental Navy communications satellite designed for safer combat communications. Photo: Pam Foreman / AP


15) People look at an ultra-light Cheetah S200 airplane stuck in a Ferris wheel after it crashed into the fairground attraction following takeoff from a nearby airstrip in Taree, New South Wales, on October 1, 2011. The plane left dangling from the structure trapped its pilot and passenger inside. Two children, a boy and a girl, who were on the ride at the time of the accident were rescued unharmed, police said. Photos: Rimian Perkins / AFP - Getty Images and Carl Muxlow / AP


16) Medical Center paramedic Don Brod, left, gives oxygen to a cat, Charlie, belonging to Jack VanSlooten, right, at an apartment complex fire Friday, Sept. 30, 20011, in Bowling Green, Ky. Photo: Joe Imel/Daily News via AP


17) Phill Randall of Custer, South Dakota, carries the American Flag during the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Monday, Sept. 26, near Custer, South Dakota that corralled about 1,200 animals. Photo: Ryan Soderlin / AP


18) An aquarium employee swims with a whale shark in an aquarium tank in the city of Yantai, northeastern Shandong province, China. Yantai is expecting a surge in tourist arrivals for the upcoming national day celebrations. Photo:  AFP - Getty Images


19) In this undated handout picture released by Indonesia's Centre for Orangutan Protection on September 17, 2011 Tori, a five-year-old orangutan, smokes a cigarette he got from visitors at Taru Jurug animal park in Solo, Central Java. Tori's not very shy.  Photos:  AFP - Getty Images and Anwar Mustafa / AFP - Getty Images


20) A group of giant panda cubs nap at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on Sept. 26. China has launched its once-a-decade panda census, trying to determine how many of the endangered animals live in the wild amid efforts to boost numbers. The census -- the fourth since it was first launched in the 1970s -- is also expected to ascertain pandas' living conditions, ages and any change in habitat. Photo: AFP - Getty Images


21) A cat with two faces, named Frank and Louie, sits on a mat in his home in Worcester, Mass. The animal is known as a Janus cat, named for the figure in Roman mythology with two faces on one head. The owner calls the face on the left Frank, while the face on the right she identifies as Louie. Photo: Steven Senne / AP


22) A baby is baptized during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi, Sept. 29, 2011. About 450 children were baptized by the Georgian Orthodox church during a mass baptism ceremony at the country's main cathedral Holy Trinity.  Photos: David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters


23) Thousands of runners and walkers lined up last Sunday near the Milwaukee Art Museum at the start of the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure at Milwaukee's lakefront. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


24) Birds entered for the 86th Budgerigar World Championship Event are displayed in cages at the Dome in Doncaster, northern England, on October 1. The two-day annual event has 2,321 entries in 740 classes. Photo: Nigel Roddis / Reuters


25) Packers tight end Jermichael Finley grabs a touchdown pass despite the efforts of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman last Sunday at Soldier Field. Packers 27, bears 17. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


26) Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles sits in the dugout after Boston's 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Baltimore. Boston was eliminated from the playoffs after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees in extra innings minutes after Boston's loss. Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP


27) Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum executive director Michael Gibbons displays a rare 1914 Babe Ruth baseball card at the museum in Baltimore on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP


28) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton #14 is sacked for a loss by Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo:Jamie Sabau/Getty Images


29) Normally, the University of Oregon cheerleaders look like this. But they had a new look on Saturday, September 24, 2011 when Oregan played Arizona in Tucson. The cheerleaders wore hard hats because the last time the teams met in Tucson in 2009, Oregon cheerleader Katelynn Johnson was drilled after the Oregon victory by a fan with a water bottle. Johnson suffered a concussion and was taken to a local hospital for examination. She was released later that night. Johnson now works for FOX Sports.  Photos: Bruce Yeung and linkiest.com.


30) Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad shows one of the welts on her arm to reporters during a news conference in Key West, Fla., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Nyad says she didn't anticipate how seriously Portuguese man o'war and jellyfish could derail her dream to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. Nyad stopped her swim Sunday morning after 40 hours in the water and two serious man o'war stings. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


31) U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III strikes a ball from the 16th floor terrace of Trump Tower, 220 yards to a green built on a barge on the Chicago River just past Michigan Avenue, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Chicago. The 2012 Ryder Cup will be at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast / AP


32) Competitors race in the 12 hour Lawn Mower Endurance Race on September 24 in Billingshurst, England. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images


33) Kariana Snoddy checks out The LEGOLANDAE Florida “edition” Ford Explorer, after it was rolled off the assembly line at the Chicago Assembly Plant, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Chicago. The car made an appearance at the plant before makeing its way to the soon-to-open LEGOLAND Florida theme park just outside Orlando. The Explorer which is made of 382,858 Lego Bricks, was built at Lego North American Headquarters in Enfield, Conn., and took 2500 hours to design and build. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)


34) Visitors walk between the U.S. Capitol, left, and the Cheops pyramid of Giza in Miniwelt (Miniworld) in Germany on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Photo: Jens Meyer / AP


35) UC Irvine students throw balls across the field at the blue team during the school's efforts to break the Guinness world record for the largest dodgeball game at the Bren Center on the University of Irvine campus, in California, September 21, 2011. (Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Register/MCT)


36) Candidates taking part in a World Record TV watching contest in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, The Netherlands, on September 29. According to the organizers, the current record stands at 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds. The winner will get a trip to Los Angeles. Photo: Freek Van Asperen / EPA


37) A worker pulls a boom in a cranberry marsh Tuesday, Sept. 27, near Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Wisconsin's harvest, which produces more than 50 percent of the world's supply of cranberries, is just under way. This year's Wisconsin's crop is expected to yield 4.3 million barrels, according to the USDA. Photo:  Andy Manis/Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association via AP


38) Co-owner Waylynn Lucas tops donuts with bacon at Fonuts bakery, which offers unfried, gluten-free and vegan doughnuts, in Los Angeles, California Sept. 19, 2011. An estimated 18 million people in the United States are sensitive to gluten, a hard-to-digest protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Another 3 million-plus Americans are thought to have celiac disease, a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disorder that is treated by eliminating dietary gluten. Sales of gluten-free products have been booming despite the weak U.S. economy. Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


39) High-wind advisories and long hair don’t mix. Maria Pellerin of Milwaukee tries to get the hair out of her eyes as she crosses the street at E. Kilbourn Ave. and N. Water St. on Thursday. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


40) Haven't done these in awhile. A model waits backstage before the Alternative Hair Show in Moscow's Kremlin, Sept. 28. You want to see another one, don't you. Photos: Denis Sinyakov / Reuters


41) Check this out. A model walks the runway as Les Brigittes perform during the Viktor&Rolf Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on October 1, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


AND FINALLY,

Cooper Stone, 6, tosses the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton before Game 1 of baseball's American League division series playoffs on Friday, Sept. 30, in Arlington, Texas. Photo: LM Otero / AP
 
Cooper is the boy who saw his firefighter father Shannon Stone fall to his death behind an outfield wall while trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Hamilton during a Texas game on July 7. Photo: MLB.com

Culinary no-no #247

Culinary no-no's


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

 

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Andy Rooney offers up a Culinary no-no during his final "60 Minutes" appearance


God love him!

Happy Birthday today to...


A very good friend and a great state Senator.

Photo of Senator Lazich

The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin…

And Wisconsin Right To Life.

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The Obama Presidency...


By the numbers.

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (10/02/11)

Photos of the Week


This photo for some reason didn't make it into Sunday's Photos of the Week:


First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses, pushes a shopping cart as she carries her purchases at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va. , Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, after doing some shopping.

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Are you ready for some media bias?


Critics will say Hank Williams Jr is just a dumb ox hayseed, a redneck racist because of his comments on a FOX news program:

GRETCHEN CARLSON: All right. So, I’ll start with an easy question, who do you like in the GOP race?

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Gotta love Jordy Nelson


Good speed and great hands.



Nelson does a Lambeau Leap after scoring on a 50 yard touchdown last Sunday against Denver. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

And if you missed it over the weekend, Nelson spent some time with the Journal Sentinel’s Tyler Dunne in an informal Q and A:

If you were president for one day what would you do? Lower taxes.”

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UPDATE: Week-ends (10/01/11)

Week-ends


I’m always looking for great human interest stories to include in my HEROES OF THE WEEK section of Week-ends every Saturday. Assisting me is my wife who found a dandy. However, I neglected to post it this past Saturday and I regret that because it is truly amazing and inspiring. Here it is:

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Sloan Churman

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A nominee for Column of the Year


“What if the NFL Played by Teachers' Rules?

Imagine a league where players who make it through three seasons could never be cut from the roster.”

Great stuff.


He's B-a-a-a-c-k...


And it'll be talked about the rest of the week, and then some.

UPDATE: We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness

When we last checked in on Franklin’s largest sandbox, the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, some aldermen were in an absolute snit because their colleague, Steve Olson forgot to get a note from home explaining why he wasn’t at a meeting.

That was late August. Olson has introduced an ordinance to amend the city’s municipal code to address attendance by aldermen at Common Council meetings that will be considered at tonight's meeting. This was brought on by aforementioned tizzy and is on the agenda because aldermen who get in these huffs have totally resolved all of our fair hamlet’s most pressing dilemmas, allowing them to waste time on being nosy busy-bodies.

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They're called "previvors"


OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

The following is my blog of September 16, 2007, “Previvors.” I also discussed this issue while filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

Most people are afraid to take risks.

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

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

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

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

After you read the article, watch this emotional video.

PSC Petitioned for Ruling on Milwaukee Streetcar Costs


MacIver News Service
 | October 5, 2011

[Madison, Wisc…] The president of the MacIver Institute on Wednesday petitioned the State’s Public Service Commission, seeking a definitive answer regarding who will have to pay for the costs of relocating utilities to make way for the construction of a 2-mile streetcar in the City of Milwaukee.

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UPDATE: The Obama Presidency...

By the numbers.

The video.

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$tate$ putting locals in a crunch


The following caught my eye this week on Stateline.org. It’s an excerpt from a series of articles examining the challenging fiscal relationships between states and local units of government.

“(The city of Kokomo, Indiana)
has shed 16 percent of its workforce through attrition, handed off its public daycare center and ambulance service to nonprofits, and explored such cost-saving innovations as having residents on one side of the street carry their trash cans to the other side so that trucks equipped with mechanical arms need only go down a street once, thus cutting their routes in half.”

Stateline offers a very interesting look at how states are attempting to shrink the size and cost of local government. Why? In a nutshell, personnel and benefit costs are wreaking havoc on budgets and taxpayers. And states simply don't have the money. Municipalities must learn to live with a smaller piece of the state pie.

You can read the entire series
here.

John Wayne: "One of the most important Americans in the 20th Century"


John Wayne’s family will auction off some of his personal memorabilia Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles. CBS’s John Blackstone reports.



Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri are Heroes...


Russ Feingold was Unfriendly.

Ron Kind, Steve Kagen, Herb Kohl, Gwen Moore, Tammy Baldwin, and David Obey are listed as Hostile.

I’m talking about this 2010 list:

 CCAGW Annual Ratings



Every member of Congress was rated according to how friendly they were to taxpayers. Because it's a 2010 list, some who are mentioned are no longer in Congress today because they lost in the November 2010 elections, in part, because they were no friends to the people who pay the bills.

The rankings are not surprising. Taxpayers, liberal Democrats are not your allies.

UPDATE: Excess sex


For those of you who follow the world of entertainment and gossip, you might be interested to know that Rachel Uchitel is now happily married.

If you’re wondering who Rachel Uchitel is, she’s one of the, shall I say, many reasons Tiger Woods destroyed his marriage.  She exchanged vows with businessman Matt Hahn this past Sunday
in front of 12 friends at Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, the same spot where Britney Spears married Jason Alexander in 2004. That marriage was annulled just days later.

Ironic, isn't it? Uchitel, now happily married.

The night club hostess/bikini model was the subject of a rather serious blog on This Just In posted April  28, 2010.


Excess sex

By the time you start reading this blog, the Tiger Woods hype will have already erupted once again as the Cheater-in-Chief is in North Carolina to partake in his next golf outing. We all are aware, of course, of Tiger’s 16, or is it 17 extra-marital conquests. How he is still above ground, for more than one reason, still astounds me.

Inside the well-documented and oh-so familiar Tiger Woods Pigathon is a disturbing layer that when peeled away exposes an obscene subculture only a fraction belong to. The overwhelming majority of us can only imagine this world of extravagant lust. Dream about it? No. Even though I am not a prude, I say better to shake our heads in disgust.

Yes we know of Tiger’s escapades. But there’s more that reveals the depths of how far our culture has sank.

Listening to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on a long drive to Madison last week, I heard a segment featuring Tina Brown, the editor of The Daily Beast. Brown is a regular guest suggesting recommended readings. Last week (on NPR of all places) Brown could not contain her enthusiasm for a particular article. Brown told the NPR host:

“It's a very skillful piece done by Lisa Taddeo for New York Magazine - and what's clever about it that, you know, we all read every day in the tabloids about these girls who've surrounded Tiger Woods and so on, but she really takes the lid off this kind of whole teaming club world of the, quote, ‘VIP hostess.’ And she calls them the halfway hookers, because these girls are not call girls, and it's very, very interesting.”

Interesting, indeed given that just a few minutes before Brown’s dissertation, in typical NPR fashion, I was presented a ho-hum, too long piece about the problems the Icelandic volcano ash was causing the floral industry.

The central figure in Taddeo’s article in New York magazine is Rachel Uchitel, rumored to have had a fling with Tiger Woods and the person considered to be the quintessential VIP Host.





Taddeo takes the reader directly into the sleazy atmosphere that helped spawn this coup-de-grace of tabloid accounts.

“Men like to hunt, and there is no need to hunt a prostitute. Men like to cheat without strings, and you can’t stop a civilian from falling in love. But Woods found a way to enjoy the best of both worlds in one type of woman, a Venn diagram of sexual satisfaction. Most of his mistresses lived in a nebulous in-between world. Not prostitutes, no, but just about halfway there. As surely as he has changed the game of golf, so too has Woods exposed the grazing ground of the halfway-hooker, and her natural habitat, the nightclub.

He met at least nine of the fifteen women in or around nightclubs……These are not cases of eyes locking across a crowded dance floor. That’s not the way someone like Tiger Woods goes out. Instead, special introductions are made. Girls are brought into his orbit by nightclub managers and directors of marketing and promoters and waitresses and owners. They are selected and then delivered.”

Woods’ nightclub choice in Las Vegas was the Bank.

“A host would meet him at the door and walk him to his table on the second or third floor. From his perch high above the dance floor and flanked by superstar friends like Michael Jordan, Woods could look over the balcony and say, Oh, that table of pretty girls there, bring them up. The nightclub has become a smorgasbord. All you have to do is point and ask.”

Again, Rachel Uchitel, a former host was considered the best in the trade, making $500,000 a year.

“But she really hates the accusation that she set up sex for any of her clients. She is not a pimp or a madam, she says.

At the door, a host will procure a man’s credit card and his I.D. and quote him what the minimum will be at a certain table. Table minimums are usually around $1,500 at clubs in Manhattan, but a prime spot can go for as much as $30,000.


In their BlackBerrys, VIP hosts lovingly store all of their clients’ birthdays, children’s names, sports teams, preferred vodkas. (Some of them also note which types of girls their clients like: loose brunettes, intelligent blondes, C-cups, real, and so on.) These are the things that make a good host.”

Taddeo also interviewed another former VIP Host, Lynn Freeman.

“’We’re not madams,
continues Freeman, because she’s sensitive about it. The scandal has changed what people think of the position. But they do introduce the men to women they can have. What we do is we bring a bunch of girls and guys together. If we worked at a bank and we brought a bunch of friends together for happy hour, and then two of them went home and had sex, nobody would think anything of it’.”

The “girls” must have certain qualities including, are you ready for this, being trustworthy.

“The VIP hosts know which girls are loose and will place their clients with them. They know which girls will keep quiet.

To be a girl who is trusted, you need a track record of having slept with famous men and not talked about it. It’s an unwritten résumé. Talking about anything that goes on at the clubs is called
burning the athlete or burning the celebrity.’  Privacy is prized invaluably in an age when the National Enquirer performs police-quality stakeouts and the video capabilities of cell phones have turned every banquette kiss into a YouTube trailer. It’s a wonder celebrities think they can get away with cheating, but if they do, it’s because of people like Uchitel.”

Yes, Uchitel is pretty important, so much so that she tells Taddeo she’s “valuable.”

According to a current host at a New York club, Taddeo writes:

“There is a new breed of girls coming to the clubs, he is saying, wanting to hunt the big game like Tiger. But it’s harder now than ever, because the inverse is also true. Men have been warned by what happened to Woods. They are more cautious when they meet a girl. They don’t give last names or occupations.”

Nice, huh?


There’s more, lots more including prostitution and bribery. You can read it all here, “Rachel Uchitel is Not a Madam.”

And yes, Tina Brown is right. It is interesting stuff.

This week, golf fans will drop good-sized dough to see Tiger Woods play, and they will flock to him and surround him and cheer him.

That’s American culture 2010.

I close with this, from Brown in her discussion on NPR. Brown accurately called what Lisa Taddeo of New York magazine found going on at these nightclubs for the rich and filthy a “sobering look of what excess has wrought. It's the complete lack of any kind of moral compass.”

Sad and true.

 

"What do you guys want?"


"I HAD A JOB BUT I QUIT TO COME TO THE PROTEST."


HUH???


Hope & Change Liberals Protest Obama, So Why Aren't They Racists Like the Tea Party?

Pro-life Groups Hail 2010 Wisconsin Abortion Decrease

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Wisconsin Right to Life Hails 2010 Abortion Decrease
717 Fewer Abortions Than 2009

Friday, October 7, 2011

Goodnight everyone, and have a Golightly weekend!

Nostalgia


“The Romeo-and-Juliet type of film writing is not so successful in TV because it is such a small medium You might record in the best studio in the world-but it still has to come out of that little three-inch speaker.”
Henry Mancini


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 smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Last October right around Halloween, my family paid a visit to our favorite Franklin restaurant, Casa di Giorgio.  The staff was bedecked in costumes, including young Elle, a native of Bulgaria who was serving as the maitre’d.

Elle looks and is built like Audrey Hepburn. So it was natural that there she stood behind the welcoming station with dark hair pulled back, pearls, gloves, black dress.

She needs to pull that ensemble out again this year.

Tonight, a famous movie with a famous soundtrack turns 50.

In 1958, Truman Capote, who would later author the non-fiction masterpiece “In Cold Blood” about two mass murderers, wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” It was destined for the big screen and it hit movie theaters in 1961 with a plot surrounding an eccentric society girl.






Henry Mancini did the soundtrack album and wrote most of the tracks. On the others, he had help from Johnny Mercer. What a collaboration.

Tonight we salute music from that great film and begin with “The Big Blowout,” played where our star, Holly Golightly throws a wild party in her small New York apartment. Note the uptempo and bold trumpet solos that portray the festive (drunken) scene.


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


 

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The Barking Lot (10/08/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. Are you kidding me? Our first ever  "A+"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 76. I repeat. Are you kidding me? One more time! "A+"


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


In my Barking Lot for the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, I wrote about a remarkable man, Michael Hingson and his amazing guide dog, Roselle Mr. Hingson has a website and of course, Roselle has her own Facebook page. 

 

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2011 POO Awards - Week 8

 

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1

Luck 73, Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

Week 4
Ashwaubenon 64,
Green Bay West 0

The halftime score: 57-0.

Week 5
Walworth Big Foot 61,
Clinton 12

Last week Big Foot scored 57. They outdid themselves this week.

UPDATE: The POO Award is posted each week on Saturday morning. However, some high school games are played on Saturday afternoon. After Saturday's action, I am adding another POO recipient:

University School 70, Hope School 16

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 67
, Milwaukee Bay View 13

Leading 54-0 in the second half, Riverside threw for two more touchdowns.

Extremely reliable sources tell me that when the score became 47-0 in the 2nd quarter, the commissioner of athletics for MPS instructed the official timer to implement the running clock, even though WIAA rules order a running clock not be used until the second half.

Assistant coaches for Riverside positioned just in front of the press box complained loudly to the press box officials including the timer, inquiring as to why the clock was running. That’s a clear indication they wanted more time on the clock so as to run up the score. The coaches were informed by a stadium official of the commissioner’s decision and were instructed to call him Monday morning if they had issues. They said they would not.

Riverside is the best team in the City Conference. They’ve had a problem with sportsmanship and pouring it on the past several years. Here’s hoping they clean up their act and fast.

Also,

Edgar 63, Phillips 0

Elkhart Lake 67, Stockbridge 0

Week 7
Milwaukee Riverside 70,
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 0

"We try not to run up the score on teams, but sometimes it just happens on accident," Bakari Triggs of Riverside told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

These accidents seem to happen a lot with Riverside.

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Week-ends (10/08/11)

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


Nyjer Morgan


Steve Jobs


Mycal Prince (and a rare look at a military tradition)


Brianna Amat


Cindi Harwood Rose


Jonathan Yan and Zak Kukoff


John Wayne



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The TSA


Bridget Wismer and John Gavaghan


Omaima Nelson


St. Elizabeth's Hospital


Ronald Smith


Lower Township, PA




QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"This era has lost its Edison. Maybe its Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller combined.

As an inventor, Steve Jobs kept coming up with Next Big Things that changed the world before rendering them obsolete by inventing their successors. He began with the personal computer and went on to churn out the iPad, iPhone, iTunes, and all the apps that changed and still change the world -- not just technologically and economically but politically and culturally -- for good, bad and in-between."
Columnist Paul Greenberg


"I'm used to being the underdog. But at the end of the day people are going to ask -- who's got a vision?"
President Obama in an interview with ABC.


"Please, will someone invite the president to sit down and watch Rudy to understand the true meaning of underdog?"
Elisabeth Meinecke, deputy editor of townhall.com


"There's so many people who simply don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. How do you convince them that they are?"
George Stephanopoulos of ABC questioning President Obama.


"Well, I don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. They're not better off than they were before Lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis-- before this extraordinary recession we're going through. I think that-- what we've seen is that we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy."
President Obama's response.


"Attacking me is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy."

I've tried poor and I've tried rich and I like rich better, doesn't mean I'm a bad guy.

I didn't go into business to create a public policy success for either party, republican or democrat. I went into business to create jobs, to create opportunity, to create value for myself and my investors."
Black Entertainment Television Founder Robert Johnson speaking to President Obama’s attacks on the wealthy.

 

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Recommended Reading (10/09/11)

Recommended Reading


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


5 long-term trends working against the Democrat Party

The biggest change in the political landscape over the next few decades is likely to be America's shift to a majority minority population by 2050. This is a change that appears to benefit the Democratic Party since black Americans currently vote for them by a 9-to-1 clip and Hispanic Americans vote for them 2-to-1. The Republican Party will, of course, adjust to the situation and find ways to bring in more minority voters because it will have no other choice. However, there are other coming trends that don't bode as well for the Democratic Party.


Ignorance a root cause of rough economy

"It’s the country’s financial ignorance, though, from the average consumer to the veteran senator, that significantly contributed to the Great Recession and its hangover, experts said Tuesday at an informational hearing of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Small Business

Getting the economy up and running could take some serious smarts.

This is what a mob looks like

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/09/11)

Most popular


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

1) Photos of the Week (10/02/11)

2) UPDATE: We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness


3) Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan, and Tom Petri are Heroes

4) A nominee for Column of the Year

5) UPDATE:  Excess sex

6) He’s B-a-a-a-c-k

7) Hope & Change Liberals Protest Obama, So Why Aren't They Racists Like the Tea Party

8) Goodnight everyone, and have a Golightly weekend!

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Photos of the Week (10/09/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Nyjer Morgan is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning Friday to beat Arizona, 3-2. The Brewers advance to face St. Louis. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn


2) Nyger Morgan gets a champagne shower from teammates including Prince Fielder, left, after Morgan hit a walk-off single to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, in the 10th inning Friday night. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn


3)
CUPERTINO, CA: Chinese exchange students from nearby De Anza College use candles to create the Apple logo and Steve Jobs' last name in Chinese characters. The Apple founder died last week at the age of 56. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images


4) Amanda Knox breaks down in tears as she is taken away after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court, Italy, Oct. 3. A court overturned the 2009 murder conviction of US student Amanda Knox on Monday in Perugia, Italy, for the slaying of Briton Meredith Kercher. The court also overturned the conviction of her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The duo was expected to be freed immediately. Photo: Tiziana Fabi / Pool via EPA


5) Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her appeal verdict from a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. An Italian appeals court has thrown out Knox's murder conviction and ordered the young American free after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate. Elaine Thompson / AP


6) A demonstrator lies on the ground at an entrance to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington after police pepper-sprayed a group of protestors trying to get into the museum on Oct. 8, as part of Occupy DC activities in Washington. Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP


7) Divers pull a woman from the water onto a dock on the East River after the helicopter she was in crashed, Tuesday, Oct. 4 in New York. Photo: WPIX via AP


8) In this image made available by the Ministry Of Defence in London Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, British singer Cheryl Cole takes part in a demonstration by 42 Commando Royal Marines conducting a compound clearance followed by a casualty evacuation via a Chinook helicopter in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, as she paid the British Troops a morale visit. (AP Photo/Ministry of Defence, Dave Hillhouse, HO)


9) This undated photo provided by the Vaughn family shows Aaron Vaughn, right, and his wife Kimberly of Virginia Beach, Va. Aaron Vaughn, a 30-year-old father of two, was among the Navy SEALs killed in August when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission. MSNBC.com reports, "While traveling on Oct. 1, she lost his silver ring with her name inscribed inside, while traveling from Texas to the east coast. She and her friends have started a Facebook campaign in hopes that the ring will be found and returned to her.  For more details on the ring and Kimberly’s itinerary that day, go to the Facebook page." Photo: Vaughn family


10) Tristen Williams 2, holds two American flags as he stands next to his father, Army Sgt. Aaron Williams, during the 82nd Airborne's Combat Aviation Brigade deployment to Afghanistan from Fort Bragg, N.C., Monday, Sept. 12. Photo: Jim R. Bounds / AP


11) Afghan teacher Meher Afroza, right, teaches the Koran at an Islamic school in Kabul on Sept. 4. Women's rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted.Separate reports by Oxfam and ActionAid say women's rights have improved since the October 2001 US-led invasion, particularly access to education, with 2.7 million girls now in school, according to Oxfam. Photo: Adek Berry / AFP - Getty Images


12) A woman whips an alleged thief that is being judged in a 'popular trial' in a shantytown in Lima, Peru, Oct. 6. The man was accused of stealing a house and was detained by neighbors, in Lima's shantytowns several people dispense justice on their own because of the lack of effective system of justice. Photo: Paolo Aguilar / EPA


13) Former President George W. Bush hugs his wife, Laura Bush, during the George W. Bush Presidential Center Topping Out Ceremony on October 3 in Dallas, Texas. The Center is a future complex that will include former President George W. Bush's presidential library and museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. Photos: Tom Pennington / Getty Images


14) President Barack Obama holds up a book with a depiction of him as he speaks with 3 to 5 year old children as he tours the Children’s Laboratory School at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, October 4, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB)


15) Julia Longoria rakes what is left of her yard near downtown Robert Lee, Texas. Longoria, 83, raised a family in town, including two sons who played football for Robert Lee, and has never seen things so dry. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


16) One of two downed trees lies across the popular Trail of 100 Giants at Sequoia National Forest, Calif., temporarily closing the trail. The Forest Service said the downed trees were reported Friday and no one was injured. Officials are still working to determine the ages of the trees and why they fell. Some of the giant trees in that area are 245 feet tall and have diameters of 18 feet. Photo: Sequoia National Forest via AP


17) A person walks through a model of a scanning corridor at the International Air Transport Association Aviation Security (IATA AVSEC) conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. The airline industry has presented its vision for a security 'checkpoint of the future,' which would speed up safety checks by sorting passengers according to the level of risk they pose. (AP Photo/Evert Elzinga)


18) Metrolink passengers ride the new "quiet car" from Anaheim to Los Angeles on its first day of implementation Monday, Oct. 3. The quiet car is exactly what it sounds like: a no cell phone, no music, no talking zone on Metrolink trains. Photo: Joshua Sudock, AP


19) The White House in Washington is bathed in pink light Monday, Oct. 3, in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP


20) Two Russian spacecraft stand out against the background of the southern lights in this picture taken from the International Space Station on Sept. 17. Photo:Mike Fossum / NASA


21) A dog seen near a poster depicting a stadium with dead dogs and writing "We were killed for the Euro 2012" in the main square in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on the World Animal Day Tuesday, Oct.4, 2011. Animal welfare groups accuse Ukrainian authorities of resorting to illegal, inhumane methods of stray dog culling that cause long, agonizing deaths. The activists claim that dogs are poisoned, injected with forbidden substances and subjected to severe pain as officials rush to clean city streets of stray animals in preparation for the Euro 2012 soccer championship next summer.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


22) Bruce Wolf, center, and Sally Stephens, both advocates for dog owners' rights interact with dogs at Fort Funston in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. There are more dogs in this City by the Bay than there are kids. So it stands to reason dog owners carry a lot of clout, so much so they think their endorsement can sway the upcoming mayoral race. They have formed a Political Action Committee to promote the interests of their four-footed friends, namely space to run free, even the country's largest urban national park. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


23) Some of the 20 million bats emerge from Bracken Cave in Bracken, Texas. A depleting insect population has forced millions of bats around drought-stricken Texas to emerge before nightfall for food runs, making them more susceptible to natural predators. Some experts have already noticed fewer bats emerging from caves and have seen evidence that more infant bats are showing up dead, hinting at a looming population decline. Photo: Eric Gay / AP


24) A picture combo made available on October 5 shows a horse-chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in a field in Jacobsdorf, Germany pictured over the course of four seasons in 2011 - winter (top left), spring (top right), summer (lower left) and autumn (lower right). Photo: Patrick Pleul / EPA


25) Peter Nelson shovels snow from the driveway of a home he is helping remodel near Soda Springs, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. An early October storm swept through Northern California bringing rain to the lower levels and up to six inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP


26) Leaves stick to the road on Oct. 5 in London. A combination of late Summer high temperatures and an early fall of leaves onto a sticky non-slip section of road tarmac created a leafy collage. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images


27) A third-order and fourth-order rainbow can be seen at the center of this photograph, taken from the countryside in northern Germany. The tertiary and quaternary rainbows appear on the sunward side of the sky, rather than the opposite side of the sky, as is the case for primary and secondary rainbows. This is the first picture of a quaternary rainbow in nature, and the second picture ever of a tertiary rainbow. Photo: Michael Theusner / Applied Optics


28) A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies' third baseman Placido Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, October 4. Photo: Dave Kaup / Reuters


29) Philadelphia Phillies groundskeeper Soule Sidibe holds a squirrel he caught before baseball's Game 5 of the National League division series with the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 in Philadelphia. Photo: Matt Slocum, AP


30) A security guard walks by a folded up NBA basket stored in the lower level of the TD Garden in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. NBA Commissioner David Stern said he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular basketball season if there is no agreement on a new deal by Monday, Oct. 10, costing both sides money and driving away some basketball fans who might never come back. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


31) The football bounces off the helmet of Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) and eventually into the arms of Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) for a complete pass in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


32) Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, holds a cup and a paper bag while looking into one of the window displays at Tiffany's in a still from the film, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. She wears sunglasses, a little black dress, long gloves and a tiara in her chignon. Wednesday marked the 50th Anniversary of the classic film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that set the standard for the "little black dress." The dress worn by Audrey Hepburn was designed by Givenchy and sold at auction for $923,187 in 2006. Paramount Pictures via Getty Images


33) A young woman drinks beer while wearing a fancy costume during the last day of Oktoberfest beer festival on October 2, 2011 in Munich, Germany. The world's largest beer festival took place this year starting on September 17, running through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)


34)
A  bridal couple and the witnesses to their marriage pose for a wedding picture in the park of Charlottenburg castle in Berlin, Germany, on October 1. Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters


35) A promotional staff of NTT DoCoMo demonstrates a prototype of smart phone case which measures bad breath at CEATEC JAPAN 2011 electronics show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

 

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Culinary no-no #248

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!


Take a look.

What do you see?


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Online polls can be goofy


Jsonline
recently issued the following poll question:

Falcons, Rams and Vikings are on tap before the Packers' bye Oct. 30. What will Green Bay's record be by then?

Over half responded the Packers would be 7-0.

One percent thought the Packers would be 4-3, that they would lose all three of their next three games. That means at least 50 people out there held that opinion.

Had to be Bear fans.

The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin,

And Wisconsin Right To Life:


Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
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Big Time Abortion May Be Coming to Your Town

Monday October 10, 2011
Bravo Wisconsin! Abortion Numbers Reduced in 2010
U.S. House to vote on Protect Life Act this week
Bringing Education of Young People Back Under Local Control
Help Wisconsin "Opt-Out" of Obamacare's Abortion Subsidies
Wisconsin Right to Life's College Students for Life Hold Successful Training Weekend
 
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Bravo Wisconsin! Abortion Numbers Reduced in 2010

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #248


One of the bonuses in this week’s Culinary no-no was a column by the great conservative writer Thomas Sowell entitled, “The Hunger Hoax.” Here’s an excerpt:

“Those who see social problems as requiring high-minded people like themselves to come down from their Olympian heights to impose their superior wisdom on the rest of us, down in the valley, are behind such things as the hunger hoax, which is part of the larger poverty hoax.
       
We have now reached the point where the great majority of the people living below the official poverty level have such things as air-conditioning, microwave ovens, either videocassette recorders or DVD players, and own either a car or a truck.
       
Why are such people called ‘poor’? Because they meet the arbitrary criteria established by Washington bureaucrats.”


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Sunday Crossraods section the past two weeks has featured the thoughts of local leaders about how to combat poverty. I found Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s views quite compelling:

There has been a moral collapse in Milwaukee, as evidenced by flawed lifestyle choices such as failing in school, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, irresponsible behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, parental neglect and welfare dependency. These pathologies increase the likelihood of remaining in poverty.

Politicians have been co-conspirators and made the situation worse by enacting social policies and safety-net entitlements that have enslaved people living in poverty through the "high" of handouts. Big government encourages reward without effort, choices without consequences, and a cradle-to-casket welfare state mentality that enables bad behavior. The message sent is, if you make bad lifestyle choices, we have a program to rescue you.

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Sex, drugs, public defecation


Just another day for Occupy Wall Street.

Here's more from ABC News.

Just write it, Journal Sentinel...it's a baby!

Presidential candidate Herman Cain was blunt this past weekend as he spoke during the annual
Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C.

“I believe life begins at conception period. No exceptions.”

In 2007, ABC’s Charles Gibson used language in a story that assuredly was pleasantly surprising to many conservatives. Newsbusters reported:

“ABC's World News led Tuesday night with an unusual spin, one favorable to conservatives: the survival of a baby born in Florida last October just 21 weeks and six days after conception, the least time ever spent in the womb by an infant who has survived (AP article). Anchor Charles Gibson teased: ‘A tiny miracle that raises big questions in the debate over abortion.’ Setting up his top story, Gibson acknowledged the impact on the abortion debate: ‘The fact that she has survived and grown to more than four pounds, and is about to go home, is a miracle, yes, but a miracle that may have an effect on the debate over abortion. And it may change what people think about life’.”

Gibson led his newscast that night by using the “b” word and not once.

"Good evening. We begin tonight with the birth of a baby -- a tiny baby. Amillia Taylor was born last October after just 21 weeks and 6 days in the womb. That, we believe, is a shorter period of gestation than any other infant that has ever survived.”

Not so easy for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where it appears there was angst over how to handle an outrageous story that involved an unborn baby.  Simple stuff, yet you can sense how conflicted it had folks at 4th and State. The original story this weekend had this headline:

Mother, her fetus dead in abduction

In the body of the story, both Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and reporter Bruce Vielmetti refer to the “baby.” The infant, according to the story, was “full-term.”

One would think that a headline writer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper would have no difficulty comprehending the baby involved in this brutal murder was a baby.
 

Occupy Wall Street? They're No Tea Partiers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Hintze; (262) 844-1683

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Wonder Woman, or crazy?


Earlier this year while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I devoted a segment to Susie Weber of Menasha.  After going into contractions, she rode her bicycle to the hospital. Then she wrote about her experience in Silent Sports Magazine.

Can we top that? I think so. I’m not a doctor but let me play one on my blog. I wouldn’t advise the following, despite the happy ending with zero complications.
 

 

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #195

Culinary no-no's

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My fellow Catholics need to just chill


I have the utmost respect for the Catholic League and its president, William Donohue. Often I’ve blogged their views on various issues.

 

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The cost of recalling Walker


The Wisconsin Reporter
examines that and other angles.

"Forget the recall, Wisconsin"

 

Who said the following?

“Recalls make it tough for state leaders to get work done. They also worsen partisanship and usually fail… targeting a governor for recall just because you disagree with his policies is a terrible idea.”

A conservative talk show host?

A conservative publication?

A Republican lawmaker?

Try the LA Times.

A bit of Franklin irony


Regular readers know I wrote extensively about my opposition to Franklin installing tornado warning sirens.

My many articles, including this one, fell on deaf ears. The tax and spend mentality that permeates Franklin City Hall was just too strong.

I just stumbled across this item the other day. Silly me. I thought the city of Franklin
didn’t like sirens.

Occupy Wall Street...they're not very bright


Robin Vos wants an answer: How much would a recall cost?


State Rep. Vos (R-Burlington) is co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. He sent the following today:



October 12, 2011

Kevin Kennedy

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #245

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In...

THE UPDATE: Olive Garden messes up.  

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OWS: "No one really knows what's going on here"


The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York appear unfocused and disorganized. WSJ's Hilke Schellmann looks at the inner workings of the organization and how it is trying to manage communal living in a public space.



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Ironic


Check this out.

N
ow read this.

2ND UPDATE: Week-ends (10/01/11)


Previously on This Just In...

The update...



2ND UPDATE: We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness

 

Previously on This Just In...

As we reported, Franklin Alderman Steve Olson’s proposed ordinance came up for discussion at the Franklin Common Council meeting on October 4.  It went nowhere fast. For review, here is what Olson offered:

Attendance of any Common Council member at any City board, commission or committee meeting shall be stated and identified within the minutes of such meeting.

When a Council member is not present at a meeting, the member is “absent,” and the term “excused” is only to be considered or used upon circumstances following a “call of the house” to compel attendance of members in the absence of a quorum.

Should the Council determine that it is appropriate to provide that a member may be “excused” as opposed to being stated as “absent,” then the meeting minutes shall reflect the member being “absent” unless the member has requested to be “excused.”

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm then immediately made a motion to have city staff report back what constitutes a member of the Council being “excused.” Within seconds, a vote was called for and the common sense motion failed with only Alderman Olson supporting Wilhelm.

In subsequent discussion, Alderman Wilhelm raised an extremely valid question: What happens in the event of an emergency? She was, unceremoniously, rudely, laughed at.

Is attendance the most important item before the Franklin Common Council? Hardly. However it is important. Every political body in America has rules about how it proceeds, its conduct, its decorum. It is clear the Franklin Common Council has no clear cut procedures on being absent or excused from meetings. This is simple stuff and should be easily remedied by Council action. But for some reason, certain aldermen don’t want any part of this, and they won’t explain why.

What do they have against clarifying procedures so proper action can be taken? My goodness. If there was a dress code, Alderman Tim Solomon (send this kid to camp) would surely fail every meeting. 

Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch has posted the audio of that Council meeting. Listen as Mayor Tom Taylor wants no part of the matter and seems to want to rush votes knowing the ‘No’ votes will win. Listen as most alderman, except Steve Taylor, refuse to argue why they’re opposed to setting simple, common sense policy about how the body conducts itself. Listen as Alderman Wilhelm is laughed at scoffed at because she dares side with Alderman Olson.

Again, this is important. These are your elected representatives who can’t behave like adults in a public meeting on an innocuous matter. How can they get the big stuff done?

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Goodnight everyone, and have the sweetest weekend imaginable!


"The only whipped cream was on my head. The rest was shaving cream on cotton. And the shaving cream kept slipping. I called a girlfriend and took them (copies from the photo shoot) to her house. We hid them behind her refrigerator because I didn't want my husband to see them. I still have them, and now they look tame."

Dolores Erickson, the model on the album cover "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.


Good evening everyone.

I’m off to Hallmark.

So please enjoy
a reprise of a popular Goodnight blog from October of 2009.

The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel




Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy


 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

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The Barking Lot (10/15/11)


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny and windy. High of 59.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Showers. High of 56. "D"


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



October flew in quickly this year, not unlike this classic figure: 

 

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2011 POO Awards - Week 9


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1

Luck 73, Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

Week 4
Ashwaubenon 64,
Green Bay West 0

The halftime score: 57-0.

Week 5
Walworth Big Foot 61,
Clinton 12

Last week Big Foot scored 57. They outdid themselves this week.

UPDATE: The POO Award is posted each week on Saturday morning. However, some high school games are played on Saturday afternoon. After Saturday's action, I am adding another POO recipient:

University School 70, Hope School 16

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 67
, Milwaukee Bay View 13

Leading 54-0 in the second half, Riverside threw for two more touchdowns.

Extremely reliable sources tell me that when the score became 47-0 in the 2nd quarter, the commissioner of athletics for MPS instructed the official timer to implement the running clock, even though WIAA rules order a running clock not be used until the second half.

Assistant coaches for Riverside positioned just in front of the press box complained loudly to the press box officials including the timer, inquiring as to why the clock was running. That’s a clear indication they wanted more time on the clock so as to run up the score. The coaches were informed by a stadium official of the commissioner’s decision and were instructed to call him Monday morning if they had issues. They said they would not.

Riverside is the best team in the City Conference. They’ve had a problem with sportsmanship and pouring it on the past several years. Here’s hoping they clean up their act and fast.

Also,

Edgar 63, Phillips 0

Elkhart Lake 67, Stockbridge 0

Week 7
Milwaukee Riverside 70,
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 0

"We try not to run up the score on teams, but sometimes it just happens on accident," Bakari Triggs of Riverside told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

These accidents seem to happen a lot with Riverside.

 

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Week-ends (10/15/11)

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


Connor Bystrom


Kathy Rhodes


Tyler Southern


These states


Ron Paul



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK



Annette Morales-Rodriguez


Fairfax County, VA


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall


Nancy Pelosi


The Casa Monica Hotel in Augustine, Florida



QUOTES OF THE WEEK



“I think one has to be concerned about the chilling nature of what the Iranian government attempted to do here.”
Eric Holder, 
U.S. Attorney General, on an alleged plot to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies in Washington and kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.


“So far, the only major accomplishment of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters is that they have finally put an end to their previous initiative, ‘Occupy Our Mothers' Basements.’ Oddly enough for such a respectable-looking group -- a mixture of adolescents looking for a cause, public sector union members, drug dealers, criminals, teenage runaways, people who have been at every protest since the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Andrea Dworkin look-alikes, people 95 percent of whose hair is concentrated in their ponytails and other average Democrats -- they can't even explain what they're protesting… This is the flea party, not the tea party.”
Anne Coulter


“…when the Occupy Wall Street protests began on Sept. 17, the liberal media was quickly bombarded with complaints from the left that the media were ignoring this massive ‘news’ story. NPR Executive Editor Dick Meyer said the early protests ‘did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption, or an especially clear objective.’ So the protesters went out and blocked the Brooklyn Bridge and drew 700 arrests -- voila, a national story.


Contemplate this: The Occupy Wall Street folks drew more broadcast network stories in the first nine days of coverage (with 24 stories) than the Tea Party drew in the first nine months (with 19 stories).”
Brent Bozell


"Just half of all post-9/11 veterans say that, given the costs and benefits to the U.S., the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting. A smaller share (44%) says the war in Iraq has been worth it. Only one-third (34%) say both wars have been worth fighting, and a nearly identical share (33%) say neither has been worth the costs."
From a Pew Research Center study that
covered a range of issues with nearly 2,000 veterans, many of whom who joined the armed forces after the September 11, 2001 attacks.


“I hope history proves them wrong. The only way for there to be peace is for free societies to emerge, and history takes awhile to unfold. I happen to think it was worth fighting. Otherwise, I wouldn't have put them into combat."
Former President George Bush in response to the Pew Research center study.


“We are an exceptional nation and I will never apologize for America's greatness.”
Herman Cain


"It is clear that the mainstream media will work as hard to prevent an accomplished black Republican from becoming president as it did to help an inexperienced black Democrat win the White House."

Joel Pollak


In fact, I thought it was the price of a pizza when I first heard about it.”
Jon Huntsman, GOP presidential candidate, quipping about opponent Herman Cain's 9-9-9 economic plan at the Republican debate at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.


“Will I be the flavor of the week? Well, the answer is an emphatic, 'No,' because Häagen-Dazs black walnut tastes good all the time.
Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate, on his current lead in the race for the GOP nomination, based on a new poll.


“Threatening business owners with new lawsuits is not going to help create jobs and will probably have a chilling effect on hiring.
Cynthia Magnuson, spokeswoman for the National Federation of Independent Business, on a provision in President Obama's jobs bill that would ban companies with 15 or more employees from refusing to consider or offer a job to someone who is unemployed.


“If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked.
Ted Lieu, California state senator, after California became the first state to ban the use of sunbeds for anyone under the age of 18.


"Collective bargaining will come back when the people of Wisconsin want it to come back, not because of two Madison legislators proposing a bill. When the Democrats were in charge, their answer was job-killing tax hikes and more government. We're not going to go back to that broken model just so Mark Pocan and Fred Risser can make a political point." 
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, reacting to legislation proposed by Pocan and Risser to repeal collective bargaining changes adopted by state Republicans.


“We just have a gulf that separates us. We are so far apart ... we can't close the gap.
David Stern, NBA commissioner, who canceled the first two weeks of the basketball season after a failed negotiation with the players' union on Monday.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK



Annette Morales-Rodriguez brutally murders a woman and her unborn child.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Remember when the media was all concerned about the cost of the GOP running fake Democrats in recalls? Where's the angst about a recall of Governor Walker?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Brewers-Cardinals, and that's OK.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Plus-size model wins "The Next Big Thing" contest.


Lost in Maize!


That's it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

 

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Recommended Reading (10/16/11)

Recommended Reading


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


The world doesn't owe you a living

"The occupiers leave me with the impression that they want something for nothing. I don't doubt that some of the occupiers have accumulated a considerable debt from student loans and haven't been able to find the means to pay it off. But it's difficult to see how camping out in the city square is going to improve their long-term employment prospects. I realize that finding a job in this current economic state is far from an easy task. Yet I honestly wonder how hard these people have been actually looking for work. How many jobs have they actually applied for? How many job interviews have they received?"


Occupy Wall Street vs. The Tea Party for Idiots

“To be helpful to the people in the ‘fourth estate, ‘I  have created sort of a difference between the Occupy Wall Street Protests, and the Tea Party Movement' for idiots and the Mainstream Media.”


Having a job ain't all it's cracked up to be

“The plight of America’s unemployed is terrible. Yet for the 91 percent of those in the U.S. labor force who do have a job, the numbers also tell a dark story. Take-home pay, adjusted for inflation, fell 0.3 percent in August, the third decrease in five months, the Commerce Dept. just reported. The declines followed news from the Census Bureau that median household income in 2010 fell to $49,445, the lowest in more than a decade, while the poverty rate jumped to 15.1 percent, a 17-year high.”


The Scapegoat Strategy

"What do you do if you can't run on your record -- on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see? How to run when you are asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago and you are compelled to answer no?

Play the outsider. Declare yourself the underdog. Denounce Washington as if the electorate hasn't noticed that you've been in charge of it for nearly three years.

But above all: Find villains.”


Say it: "I will never again be an employer"

“Talk to anyone who's tried to set up a business in this town or any town this size in recent years. Tens of thousands in costs to install sprinklers to meet the new fire code, a hundred grand to bring the restrooms up to ADA compliance. Thousands more to install either more lighting or less lighting. (Yes, "green" energy standards in the new codes can actually lead compliance officers to inform you your premises are too well-lit -- better to let customers stumble in the dark.)

Planning to do some baking? Did you know the EPA now considers that delicious aroma of fresh-baked bread to be a toxic pollutant you may have to spend millions to capture and destroy?”


Why Unhappy People Become Liberals

“Unhappy people become Liberals.   People seek out those that are similar.  Birds of a feather flock together.  An unhappy person looks around and sees two groups:  happy people, and unhappy people.  Rather than take a page out of the former group, enter the herd and ask for (and likely receive) help and guidance on how to become happy, the person is more likely to choose the path of least resistance — of instant acceptance.   ‘Come to Mumsy, darling, you’re one of us’.”


Congress, governors nix Obama’s high speed trains

“High-speed rail can compete with air travel only over limited distances, but the United States is a continental-sized country. Japan and France, as you may have noticed, are a lot smaller.”


In weather forecasting, expect high pressure

"This year has already seen 10 weather disasters each costing more than $1 billion in damage, making it the most costly since the government started keeping records in 1980. And it has been one of the toughest years in memory for meteorologists. The technology used for forecasting has improved, and forecasts are more accurate compared with the past. But the job of the meteorologist is still both an art and a science."


Parents Obsessed with Texting + Ignored Kids = Hell to Pay

“…watching a young mom at Starbucks ignoring her beautiful, little one-year-old girl while said moron giggled and texted for 30 plus minutes.

Yep, with her head buried in the phone, nose two inches off the cancer screen, mommy dearest didn’t have a clue what her kid was doing as she crawled around on a high traffic, grime-laden cement floor between the feet of strangers who held 16- ounce cups of 180 degree liquid above the kid’s tender flesh as they high stepped over her.

Hey, parents, here’s a freebie from Dr. Doug: Why not put the cell phone and gadgets down for awhile when your babies are around and pay attention to them, all right, jackass?”

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/16/11)

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

1) Photos of the Week (10/09/11)

2) 2ND UPDATE: We pause this meeting of the Franklin Common Council for a moment of pettiness

3) Just write it, Journal Sentinel…it’s a baby

4) The cost of recalling Walker

5) Culinary no-no #248

6) A bit of Franklin irony

7) 2ND UPDATE: Weekends (10/01/11)

8) Sex, drugs, public defecation

9) Robin Vos wants an answer: How much would a recall cost

10) Wonder Woman, or crazy

Photos of the Week (10/16/11)

Photos of the Week


1) A member of the Occupy Wall St movement walks over a U.S. flag on that lies on the ground in Zuccotti Park near the financial district of New York October 13, 2011. New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who called for the protesters to leave briefly on Friday so the park could be cleaned, has indicated he expects the area to clear out once the real cold sets in.  Photo: Reuters/ Lucas Jackson


2) San Diego police officers haul off Occupy San Diego protesters as they remove tents and structures from the Civic Center Plaza Friday, Oct. 14, in San Diego. One man was arrested Friday as police officials removed the tents, where protesters have been camping out for days. Photo: Gregory Bull / AP


3) A New York City police officer shoves a demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests as they march through the streets in the Wall St. area, Friday, Oct. 14, in New York. Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP


4) New York City Police Department Inspector Cardona (3-R) hits protester Felix Rivera (green shirt), as people participating in the Occupy Wall Street clash with Police in the financial district, after the city postponed the planned cleaning of the park where the protestors have set up camp in New York,on Oct. 14.The movement, which is protesting a wide variety of issues and started in September, is continuing in New York and is spreading to other cities around the country. Photo: Andrew Gombert / EPA


5) Occupy Wall Street
protestors stage a "Millionaires March" in Manhattan's Upper east Side, one of the city's wealthiest residential neighborhoods, in New York, October 11. Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement took their "Millionaires March" in front of the homes of some of New York City's wealthiest residents in Manhattan's Upper East Side, including News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and oil tycoon David Koch. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images


6) Occupy Wall Street protesters clean Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on October 13. Protesters from the movement spent the night cleaning Zuccotti Park following Mayor Bloomberg's demand that the demonstrartors leave the park for city officials to clean it. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images


7) Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (L) wipes his upper lip, as Seal Beach acting police chief Tim Olson stands with photographs of the dead, as they announce they will seek the death penalty for Scott Dekraai during a news conference at the district attorney's office in Santa Ana, California October 14. Photos: Alex Gallardo / Reuters, AP, and Jae C. Hong, AP


8) Libya's new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Moammar Gadhafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on Oct. 10, in a drive to control Gadhafi's hometown after a month-long siege. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP - Getty Images


9) Libyan rebels rest in the bed of their country's ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi in a palace in Sirte, Libya, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Rebel forces have besieged Sirte since mid September and still facing fierce resistance from loyalists while trying to control Gadhafi's home town. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)


10) A road worker walks along destroyed state Route 14, Oct. 8, a scenic road east of Cedar City in southwestern Utah often used by tourists traveling to Bryce Canyon National Park. Utah transportation officials have closed the state highway east of Cedar City after a massive landslide buried part of the roadway in about 100 feet of dirt and rock.  Photo: Utah Department of Transportation via AP


11)
This Feb. 18, 2011 file photo shows Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones during a patrol of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jones, who has gained fans and a bit of fame as he works the streets of Seattle, was arrested early Sunday after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray. He was booked in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday, police said Monday. Jones says he was only trying to stop a street brawl. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

And then...

12) Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Seattle. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Fodor after he was arrested Sunday after police say he pepper sprayed a group of people downtown as they left a nightclub. Photo:Ted S. Warren / AP


13) Cosmo Power Co.'s President Shoji Tanaka stands next to the company's personal flotation device, "Noah," which is designed to survive both an earthquake and the tsunami that might follow, at a port in Hiratsuka, south of Tokyo, on October 3. Photo: Oh Hyun / Reuters


14) Visitors look at the artwork "Guns", giant replicas of handguns, an installation by Czech artist David Cerny in the courtyard of the Artbanka Museum of Young Art on Oct. 8, in Prague. Photo: Joe Klamar / AFP - Getty Images


15) Wearing a chicken costume with oversize feet, Lieutenant Mike Hallinan of the Irvine Police Department watches his footing as he rappels over 100 feet down the side of the Irvine, Calif., Civic Center clock tower Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Hallinan did the feat twice to generate donations for his longer rappel from the Hyatt Regency Long Beach on October 29th to benefit Special Olympics. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Jebb Harris)


16) A harbor seal pup looks up from the water, after high tide finally brought him off of his rocky shore resting place, back up at a small crowd who had been watching him snooze moments earlier Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2011, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. A bumper crop of the chubby, adorable harbor seal pups have been hauling out on rocks and beaches of West Seattle in recent weeks. The Seal Sitters, a local nonprofit group of trained volunteers, has counted 37 pups in the southwest Seattle neighborhood so far this season, compared with 33 from August to December last year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


17) A rescue worker dries a little blue penguin after it swam in a water pool to wash fuel oil from its body at the wildlife facility in Tauranga, New Zealand, on Oct. 14. The penguin was rescued from waters polluted by oil leaking from the container ship Rena, which ran aground on Oct. 5. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko / AP


18)
Spix's macaws sit on a branch in their aviary at the association for the prrotection of endangered parrots in Schoeneiche, eastern Germany, on Tuesday, Oct. 11. According to the association, the Spix's macaw is the rarest parrot species in the world. The parrots vanished from the wild in 2000 and have been conserved in breeding programs. Photo: Patrick Pleul / AFP - Getty Images


19) An aerial view of a green stain on the sea's surface off the coast of the El Hierro, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, a day after two underwater volcanic eruptions were recorded. Photo: Spanish gov. via AFP – Getty


20) Two swimmers frolic in the waves in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach, California, October 13 as a mini-heat wave hit southern California. Photo: Mike Nelson / EPA


21) Packers receiver Greg Jennings leaps for a touchdown last Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Photo: John Klein. Here's another angle of the 29 yard TD play. Photo: Mark Hoffman. The Packers won, 25-14 to remain undefeated at 5-0.


22) Green Bay's Mason Crosby watches his 57-yard field goal last Sunday against Atlanta. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman. 


23) Milwaukee Brewers' Mark Kotsay is out at second as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto takes a throw on a fly out by Prince Fielder during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in St. Louis.  The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 4-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


24) A view of the Omnilife Stadium at the start of the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara Oct. 14, 2011. The Games run through October 30.  Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


25)
Military veterans US Army Sgt. (Ret.) Dan Nevins, left, and North Carolina National Guard SSgt. (Ret.) Dale Beatty, look on as former President George W. Bush tees off during a practice round in the two-day Warrior Open tournament at Las Colinas Country Club, in Irving, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 9. Twenty wounded military members are competing in the two-day Warrior Open tournament being held in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Photo: Eric Draper / Burson-Marsteller via AP


26) Hungary's Zsuzsanna Krajnyak (L) fights with China's Wu Bai Li during the final of the Wheelchair Women's Epee category A during the 2011 World Fencing Championships in Catania on October 10, 2011. Krajnyak won 15-8 to become the new world champion. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images


27) A boy jumps between roof domes as he plays during the annual Tbilisoba City Day celebration in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 8, with Metekhi Church, built in 13th century, seen in the background. Photo: Shakh Aivazov/AP


28) Sir Paul McCartney and his fiancee Nancy Shevell arrive at Westminster Registry Office in Marylebone for their wedding on Oct. 9, in London, England. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga / AFP - Getty Images


29) Adam Lee, balloon twisting artist, stands beneath his giant balloon sculpture hanging in the Great Wolf Lodge Lobby in Grand Mound, Wash. On Oct. 13. Lee broke the Guinness World Record for "Largest Balloon Sculpture" with nearly 3,000 balloons measuring 45 feet 2 inches wide by 22 feet 2 inches long. Photo: Otto Greule Jr. / AP


30) Filopino fashion designer Herbert Chavez dresses like the "Man of Steel" as he stands among his huge collection of Superman mannequins, dolls and other paraphernalia at his home in Calamba, south of Manila, Oct. 13. The 35-year-old fan underwent extensive cosmetic surgery in an attempt to transform himself into his comic book hero. Photo: Jay Directo / AFP - Getty Images


31) A model displays a creation by Alpana and Neeraj at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)


AND FINALLY,


A sign you won't see at those Occupy rallies. Photo: Michelle Malkin

Kevin, how could you?


How could you not include the pride of Cambridge, Wisconsin in today's Photos of the Week?

Easy. I just goofed. So, I'll try to make up for the oversight with not one, but two photos.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (17) does a burnout across the finish line after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Kenseth won the race with Kyle Busch (18) finishing second and Carl Edwards (99) finishing third. Photo: Jeff Siner, The Charlotte Observer

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Fluidmaster Ford, poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Culinary no-no #249

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

 

Saturday night was sweet for the Fischer family. The occasion: A celebration of Sweetest Day.

Jennifer was bedecked in a strapless sequined dress. Kyla was 30 pounds of angeliccuteness. Daddy was armed with a hefty Restaurant.com certificate. Thus, surf and turf turned out to be the entrée of choice.

Stipulated on the certificate was an automatic 18% gratuity. 18%? Fine with me, I thought. I was getting a super deal, and I normally tip 20% or more anyway.

In the past I’ve blogged that restaurant patrons should not disrespect their servers. They do hard work that all too often goes unappreciated by condescending diners.  If they do a great job, they deserve a corresponding tip. The norm is between 15 and 20%. But they should earn it.

Reports this past week had San Francisco restaurant employees floating the idea that a 25% gratuity should be standard practice in restaurants by the Bay. The very notion sent diners into orbit.

Here are two comments left on the local CBS affiliate website in San Francisco:

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I read the news today, oh no!

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What was that?


Just before the Milwaukee Brewers were about to play, as the daily paper called it, another "stinker" in Game 6 of their series with the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday night, there was the customary tossing of the first ball, usually by a dignitary or someone that can stir or generate emotion.







Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

Brewers clubhouse attendant Alex Sanchez was dressed as Sully from Monsters INC. I know, I know. I get it.



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Occupy Wall Street mob--the "Left's Tea Party"?

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5TH UPDATE: The recall process in Wisconsin needs dramatic change


Previously on This Just In…


The update: State Representative Chad Weininger, a former city clerk, calls for reforms, saying the current recall process has been "hijacked."

 

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #249

Culinary no-no's

 

Previously on This Just In…

So, some in San Francisco are pushing the idea. But in New York, it’s already happening.

The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin

And Wisconsin Right To Life:

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Franklin aldermen poised to deny residents their Constitutional rights


After becoming the second to last state in the country to approve and sign into law conceal-carry legislation, Wisconsin sees its new law finally go into effect on November 1, 2011. Thousands of permit applications are expected. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Dana Brueck told the Appleton Post Crescent there will be an initial influx of 100,000 to 250,000 applications to carry a concealed handgun, knife, or electronic weapon like a Taser.

"Our surveys have shown an experience of other states that range from 1.5 percent to 13 percent of the population. This would put us between the range of 50,000 to more than 700, 000,” said Brueck.

Henry Rahr of the American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors who teaches firearms classes in Wisconsin and Minnesota says there’s initial worry, but it goes way.

"People (in Minnesota) were apprehensive, similar to Wisconsin. People have a fear of the unknown. … But the bill just went into effect, and in time, people just started thinking it wasn't a big deal."

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UPDATE: Franklin aldermen poised to deny residents their Constitutional rights


*IMPORTANT FRANKLIN COMMON COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM*


Previously on This Just In...

The following was sent to all city of Franklin aldermen today:


October 18, 2011

 

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2ND UPDATE: Franklin aldermen poised to deny residents their Constitutional rights



Previously on This Just In...

The vote by the Franklin Common Council tonight  was unanimous to refer to staff to return with an ordinance that brings Franklin ordinance into compliance with state statute relative to forfeitures but NOT include language banning  conceal carry on city property.

For the moment, a victory for law-abiding citizens and the Constitution. Whatever happened between our blogs and the meeting, it worked,

The big question is: Where was Mayor Tom Taylor?

He was not at the meeting to defend his anti-Constitution proposal.

Why not?

And was he excused?

Did he tell anyone in advance?


This isn't over.

The WIAA screws Milwaukee...AGAIN!

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Quite possibly the most alarming sentence ever written by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


“He called 911 and listened to a

voice recording that said he would be

on hold for 15 minutes to one hour.”

A sure sign the Occupaloozers are losing steam

Ask the vendor.

The most entertaining exchange from Tuesday's GOP debate

E-mails, I get e-mails: Why men are never depressed


WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:

 
Men Are Just Happier People --
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this  
one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.
 
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own  jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
 he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is  $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.
Men Are Just Happier People

NICKNAMES
• If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other  
Laura, Kate and Sarah.
• If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each  
other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman .

EATING OUT
• When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20,  
even though it's only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything  
smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
• When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.  

 
MONEY
• A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
• A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

BATHROOMS
• A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste,  
shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
• The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.  
A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
 
ARGUMENTS
• A woman has the last word in any argument.
• Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE
• A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
• A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

SUCCESS
• A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
• A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

MARRIAGE
• A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
• A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

DRESSING UP
• A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the  

trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
• A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL
• Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
• Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
 
OFFSPRING
• Ah, children.  A woman knows all about her children.  She knows about  
dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret  
fears and hopes and dreams.
• A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes.  There's no use in two people  
remembering the same thing!
 

I'm on WISN


I fill in Friday from 8 am to 10 am on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

"Don't Screw Around With Me"





UPDATE: When trivializing rape bothered the media.

Moammar Gadhafi's arrest seen via cellphone


An image captured off a cellular phone camera shows the arrest of Libya's strongman Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011. A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) commander told AFP that Gadhafi was captured as his hometown Sirte was falling, adding that the ousted strongman was badly wounded. Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP - Getty Images

UPDATE: Gadhafi is dead.

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Obama backs radical Occupy Wall Street mob

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WRTL Applauds Senate Action in Favor of the Obamacare Opt-Out

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release


Wisconsin Right to Life Applauds

Senate Action in Favor of the

Obamacare Opt-Out

Taxpayers Protected from Paying for

Abortion Coverage

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Obama is perfect...just ask him


"I guarantee it's going to be a close election because the economy is not where it wants to be and even though I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones, we're still going through difficult circumstances. That means people who may be sympathetic to my point of view still kind of feel like, yeah, but it still hasn't gotten done yet."
President Obama in an interview with ABC's Jake Tapper

What's better than Three Musketeers?

 

The latest in a long line of Three Musketeers movies opens in theaters Friday.


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The latest from Rehorst

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Tours
Peach Brandy
Custom Mini Bottles
Upcoming Events
Barbary Coast

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Grading teachers, grading parents

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Goodnight everyone, and have a totally today weekend!

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


 

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

 

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The Barking Lot (10/22/11)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  You'll wake up to frost on the pumpkin. Then sunny. High of 62.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 63. "B"


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


Bones, or a bowl of milk?  Bark, or meow?  Patch of grass/tree/fire hydrant or litter box?

So which are you…?  A dog person or a cat person?  Or do you consider yourself to be both?  For years I considered myself to be “both” because I grew up owning and loving dogs AND cats.  If it had four legs, a tail, and whiskers, I loved it; I didn’t care if it barked or meowed.  Now I consider myself a TOTAL dog person, no question!

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

In my single days, my apartment allowed cats but not dogs.  While that is common, it never made much sense to me.  I always felt a cat could cause just as much damage as a dog, just in slightly different ways.  Occasionally I would consider getting a cat or two but I never did.  Knowing how I felt about Kevin (more serious about him than cat ownership) and knowing we would get married “some day” I couldn’t imagine growing fond of my cat and then giving it up for adoption.

My best friend Michele has liked only two cats, ever:  my sweet and obese Tommy from my childhood and her grandma’s Beaumont, another portly feline.  She considers cats to be slinky, sneaky, and unfriendly.  She is 100% a dog person.

A team of researchers at the University of Texas would find Michele’s pet preference far more interesting than mine or Kevin’s.  Why?  Michele is a warm-hearted, kind, gentle soul.  But she is quiet, does not like attention drawn to her at any time, and pretty much stays in the background.  She will tell you herself that she does not have a creative bone in her body.  It seems she does not quite fit the entire personality profile of a dog lover.

Part of the study at U of T included a questionnaire to measure personality inclinations, and matched those traits with pet preference.  I think studies like this are interesting but can’t help mutter “duh” at the basic generalization and conclusion that dog people are more outgoing and cat people are more neurotic.

While the above article does not mention it, I’m sure they also researched if dog people socialize with dog people, and cat people with cat people?  I would find those results quite interesting as well.  I can be, and AM, friends with both dog people AND cat people… just like I am friends with both Republicans and Democrats.  But I couldn’t marry a Democrat any more than I could marry a cat person!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer. Now I’ll be getting hate mail from cat lovers.

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


Are packs of wild dogs roaming St. Louis?


SCUM: Disabled woman's dog held for ransom.


Japanese snap up dog raincoats to protect their pooches.


Scottish dog owners blasted for making their pets obese.


Dog severely burned by heating pad during surgery.


Blue is gone, missing. There's more drama.


Just who is that dog?


Dog's stay at pet resort ends in lawsuit.


Many of the dopy ideas begin on the West Coast.


Black dog syndrome: Is it for real?


800 dogs kept off the menu in China.


Salmon for dogs? No.


Dog Training Therapy Act
advances in Congress. MORE.


Meet Sky, a pet that's all ears.


How having a dog prepared me for my baby.


Yet ANOTHER story about how costly it is to own a pet.


Here's a story we never get tired of telling.


My dog-English dictionary.


Halloween dog safety tips...here are 10 of them.  MORE.


What do you do
if your dog doesn't like his/her Halloween costume?


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK…




A police dog called 'Obi' is pictured with his handler, PC Phil Wells, during a photocall in central London, on October 18, 2011. Obi was awarded a special animal bravery award Tuesday from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) after suffering a fracture to his skull from missiles thrown by rioters during the London riots last August. Following treatment Obi has been cleared to return to full duties as a police dog.

A police dog called 'Obi' is pictured with his handler, PC Phil Wells, during a photocall in central London, on October 18, 2011. Obi was awarded a special animal bravery award Tuesday from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) after suffering a fracture to his skull from missiles thrown by rioters during the London riots last August. Following treatment Obi has been cleared to return to full duties as a police dog. Photo: Getty Images


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We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have two this week.

Dogs take class to avoid rattlesnakes...

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"As confident as can be"


GO
FRANKLIN!

2011 POO Awards - Week 10


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1

Luck 73, Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

Week 4
Ashwaubenon 64,
Green Bay West 0

The halftime score: 57-0.

Week 5
Walworth Big Foot 61,
Clinton 12

Last week Big Foot scored 57. They outdid themselves this week.

UPDATE: The POO Award is posted each week on Saturday morning. However, some high school games are played on Saturday afternoon. After Saturday's action, I am adding another POO recipient:

University School 70, Hope School 16

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 67
, Milwaukee Bay View 13

Leading 54-0 in the second half, Riverside threw for two more touchdowns.

Extremely reliable sources tell me that when the score became 47-0 in the 2nd quarter, the commissioner of athletics for MPS instructed the official timer to implement the running clock, even though WIAA rules order a running clock not be used until the second half.

Assistant coaches for Riverside positioned just in front of the press box complained loudly to the press box officials including the timer, inquiring as to why the clock was running. That’s a clear indication they wanted more time on the clock so as to run up the score. The coaches were informed by a stadium official of the commissioner’s decision and were instructed to call him Monday morning if they had issues. They said they would not.

Riverside is the best team in the City Conference. They’ve had a problem with sportsmanship and pouring it on the past several years. Here’s hoping they clean up their act and fast.

Also,

Edgar 63, Phillips 0

Elkhart Lake 67, Stockbridge 0

Week 7
Milwaukee Riverside 70,
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 0

"We try not to run up the score on teams, but sometimes it just happens on accident," Bakari Triggs of Riverside told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

These accidents seem to happen a lot with Riverside.
 

Week 8

Edgar 64,
Tomahawk 0

Cedar Grove-Belgium 63, Maranatha Baptist 0

Milwaukee Riverside 75, Milwaukee South Division 0

Week 9

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Week-ends (10/22/11)

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


Stacie Crimm, a candidate for HERO OF THE YEAR...MORE.


Andre Bamberski


Zurana Horton


The Yeagers


Gilad Shalit


Glenn McGillivary


Ray Souchet


Matt Maciejewski



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Moamer Qaddafi


Stacey Hessler


Xavier Alvarez


Double-dippers


Graeme Zielinski


Phil Mitsch


Greater Niagara General Hospital



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing fine.  It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) defending President Obama’s jobs plan.


“Those who are carrying out what is nothing less than urban guerrilla warfare are hurting the cause of people around the world.
Pierluigi Bersani,
head of Italy's Democratic Party, on the dozens of rioters in Rome who destroyed property and injured more than 100 people after breaking free from a large group of peaceful protesters.


 “I will be happy if all these prisoners are free, so that they can go back to their loved ones, their territory and their families.
Gilad Shalit, the Israeli solider who was imprisoned for five years by Hamas, in his first interview after his release in Gaza as part of an exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.


“The worst thing about Occupy Wall Street is that it’s ruining a good cause: hating Wall Street. Just when opposing Wall Street was gaining momentum, these brain-dead zombies are forcing us to choose between thieving bankers and them.”
Anne Coulter


“No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.”
Thomas Sowell


“There's not enough crime now. But it comes and goes, and there are always going to be knuckleheads stealing phones.”
Robert Weston, a Bronx man who is paid to find "fillers" to accompany the suspect in police lineups, on a slowdown in demand for his work as a recruiter.


“It was like a movie scene which they try to make as gnarly as possible.
Danica Patrick,
racecar driver, on the 15-car pileup at a Las Vegas race that killed racer Dan Wheldon.


“We started winning a little bit and literally played every game like it was the last game of our life.
Tony La Russa,
manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, after his team's 12-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers secured them an improbable spot in the World Series. The Cards were trailing by 10 1/2 games in the wild-card race on Aug. 25.


"St. Louis is hot.  Did they do anything wrong in this series? They outplayed us. They're a good team and they outplayed us."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke after the Cardinals beat Milwaukee 12-6 last Sunday at Miller Park, eliminating Milwaukee from the playoffs.


"I wanted them to win so badly.”
88-year-old Brewers fan Doris White of Milwaukee who’s been going to baseball games since the days of the Braves at old County Stadium.


“The long season finally came to a close. Sure, there will be other sports to watch through the winter. The Green Bay Packers are unbeaten. So is the University of Wisconsin.

But the Brewers were something different, provided something unexpected.

They captured a lot of hearts.

For a lot of fans, the next opening day can't come here soon enough.

April 6, 2012, Miller Park, the first pitch scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

The Cardinals will be back in town.”
Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Police response time
has gotten worse in Milwaukee.


Man living as 'adult baby' cleared of Social Security fraud.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Anti-Semitism from the left.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Lindsay Lohan screws up again and wears bad makeup to court.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Gotcha!


Bad voodoo.


That's it for this week. We close with NewsBusted.



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UPDATE: Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?


Previously on This Just In…

November 8, 2010: “Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?" Note the remarks in the comments section by "Coach Wood."

The update. Today I received the following e-mail shortly after I posted my weekly POO Award blog:


Hello Kevin,

You may recall that last year, I commented in some depth on your blog regarding the playoff game between Franklin and South Milwaukee High Schools. To wit, I believed that Franklin was guilty of running up the score in the game's fourth quarter.

While I still believe in what I saw, I wanted to offer an apology to any Franklin fans and coaches I may have offended, as it seems my own alma mater (South Milwaukee) did the same thing last weekend.

Up 49 - 7 at the half against an overmatched Thomas More team, SMHS left their starting running back in to score a touchdown with the second-half running clock in full force. While I was not at the game in person, the box score made this clear as day.

To me, this is an egregious example of poor sportsmanship and I have, earlier this week, already directed a letter of complaint to the school principal. Her response was, if anything, even more saddening-- citing the need to leave the kid in so he could somehow impress recruiters and build a college resume. (My own brother recruited for D-III and FBS schools himself, and I happen to know that an extra touchdown scored against flimsy competition won't make any college coach's eyes light up.)

I'm extremely disappointed that this attitude of "winning at all costs", putting "us" first and the other guys a distant second, seems to have taken the place of good sportsmanship and building character-- helping boys turn into men of honor and discipline-- throughout high school football.

My own alma mater, where I played and coached, has proven themselves no better than anyone else in this regard. Lest I seem a hypocrite after last year, I would like you and other Franklin backers to know that I am even more disappointed in my Rockets than I am in other schools who engage in this behavior. Kids on both sides deserve better.

Please keep doing what you do. Even in a small way, I hope that your shining a light on poor sportsmanship will help shame some of these "win-first" people into playing the game the way it was meant to be played.

Best,

Rich Wood


South Milwaukee defeated Thomas More last weekend, 68-6.

Rich, thank you very much for your heartfelt e-mail. It's greatly appreciated.

Recommended Reading (10/23/11)

Recommended Reading


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


A letter to the lazy

"But the overwhelming majority of the people on Wall Street get up early, work an incredibly long, hard honest day, mostly trying to make money for your parents and grandparents and for the endowments of your universities -- and for a very few wealthy people who often leave their money to your schools."


Some belated parental advice to the protesters

"Call it an occupational hazard, but I can’t look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, 'Who parented these people?'

There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters’ moms clearly have not passed along.

Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters’ mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn’t, so I will."


Four Habits of an Occupy Wall Street Occupuss

Brought to you by Doug Giles.


Top Ten Bad Signs for Obama

"Bad omens abound for President Obama in his quest to win reelection in 2012.  The President will have an uphill battle in his bid for a second term when faced with these Top 10 Bad Signs."


Did 2008 come true?

"We are now nearing the third year of the Obama administration. Were those worries of 2008 at all justified? Let us briefly review them.”


Thickheadedness gums up conceal carry

"You would think those who long opposed concealed carry would be the final hurdle for this right? Instead Wisconsin Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association are butting heads. Law-abiding people of Wisconsin are caught in the middle."


Sex ed: Let school districts decide for themselves

"There are misconceptions about the human growth and development legislation currently before the state Legislature. Let me be clear: Senate Bill 237 would not repeal the Healthy Youth Act or require abstinence-only education."


Kids' Stuff

“Every generation has a tendency to mock younger folks. It's in the American DNA. My father did it, my grandfather did it, and now, God help me, I'm doing it.

Recently I had occasion to travel to New Hampshire with seven children ranging in age from 3 to 16. Don't even ask how this happened. It was kind of like an earthquake—things began to rumble and soon there was destruction everywhere.

The primary purpose of the trip was to get the urchins away from their electronic gadgets and show them the wonders of nature. The fall foliage in Bretton Woods was magnificent. Upon landing in the shadow of Mount Washington, one of the children looked around and immediately said, ‘I'm cold’."


I let my babies watch TV! And I regret nothing!

 "Yes, many was the time I put on a baby video to buy that most precious parenting asset: a few minutes. Did that help my kids? I am not going to lie to myself. Did it harm them? Not in any way I can ascertain..."


From one holiday season to the next

"Halloween creep has created Halloween backlash as surely as Christmas creep has made some people wish Santa was never invented. The bigger Halloween gets, the more reasons people find to hate it."

I read the news today: Are you kidding me?


On the final play of the game, Michigan State stuns previously unbeaten Wisconsin with a Hail Mary pass, 37-31.

First, the photos from the Journal Sentinel’s Mike De Sisti:

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/23/11)

Most popular


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


1) Franklin aldermen poised to deny residents their Constitutional rights


2) The WIAA screws Milwaukee…AGAIN!


3) 2nd UPDATE: Franklin aldermen poised to deny residents their Constitutional rights


4) Ice Bowl hero: Gale Gillingham


5) Photos of the Week (10/16/11)


6) What's better than Three Musketeers?


7) Moammar Gadhafi's arrest seen via cellphone


8) UPDATE: Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?


9) Culinary no-no #249


10) The Barking Lot (10/22/11)

Photos of the Week (10/23/11)

Photos of the Week

1) An Iraqi man looks at pictures of Libya's late strongman Moamer Gadhafi in Baghdad on October 22, 2011, two days after his capture and murder along with his son Mutassem in his hometown Sirte. Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said that no post-mortem would be carried out on the body of Gadhafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died. Photo: Getty Images


2) The body of Moammar Gaddafi is displayed inside a metal cold storage container in Misrata October 22, 2011. Photo: Reuters


3)
Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry interact during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. Photo: Chris Carlson / AP


4) Protesters throw petrol bombs at riot police as they demonstrate in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on October 19 as a two-day general strike began against a new austerity bill demanded by Greece's international creditors to avert bankruptcy. Over 52,000 people converged on central Syntagma Square, where parliament is located, in separate protests organized by unions but also joined by unaffiliated Greeks fed up with austerity cuts. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP - Getty Images


5) A man transports a coffin across a river using rope and pulley as he travels with others to collect the body of a relative at the flood affected remote community of San Nicolas 95.7 miles north of Managua October 20, 2011. Twelve people died in the floods after heavy rains in the area. Photo: Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters


6) Air Force and Army officers say a prayer beside the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Michael Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Photo: Cliff Owen / AP


7) A girl listens at the closed west door of St Paul's Cathedral on October 21 in London, England. The Dean of St Paul's has closed the cathedral and requested that the Occupy London protestors leave the area where they have set up camp in protest against the global financial system. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images


8) Indian girls hold up their name change certificates during a ceremony in Satara, some 250kms from Mumbai, on Oct. 22. More than 100 Indian girls named "Unwanted" by their parents are to get new names this weekend as part of a campaign to tackle bias against women that has led to the country's huge gender imbalance. The girls named "Nakusa", which means "unwanted" in the local Marathi language of western Maharashtra state, got rid of their first name for good under an initiative in the district of Satara. Photo: AFP - Getty Images


9) Yom-Tov Assidon, left, is comforted by Sunrise, Fla. Mayor Michael Ryan on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, after the two toured Assidon's storm damaged home. Assidon and his wife were in the house when a possible tornado hit. His wife, just out of the hospital after surgery, had her stitches torn open. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP


10) Crews use cranes to lift the Siegrist Mill covered bridge out of Chiques Creek and set it ashore Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Mount Joy, Pa. The bridge, which was left intact but heavily damaged after flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene knocked it from its 50-ton anchors and set it adrift, will be rebuilt on shore before being returned to its original resting place. Lancaster County officials estimate that it will take a year to complete the repairs. Photo: Richard Hertzler / Intelligencer Journal via AP


11) Katie Francis, a member of the Difficult Access Team from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, inspects a gargoyle while rappelling down one of the north tower on the west front of the National Cathedral while looking for damage from August's magnitude 5.8 earthquake and high winds from Hurricane Irene October 17 in Washington, DC. DAT members used cameras, cell phones and iPad computers to record places on the cathedral's west front where damage was apparent. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images


12) Sand from Montrose Beach whips past Vincent Lagrone as he walks along the lakefront Oct. 19, 2011 in Chicago, Ill. A high wind warning was issued for the city as winds between 40 and 45 mph were expected to cause 20- to 25-foot waves along sections of the lakefront. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images


13) This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of one of two macaques  that were captured by authorities Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owned released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed 48 of the animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, a baboon, a wolf and three mountain lions. Six of the released animals - three leopards (here's another) a brown bear and two monkeys - were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo. Photos: Grahm Jones / Columbus Zoo via Reuters


14) Wausau firefighters Jared Thompson, left, and Jamie Giese give artificial respiration to a dog that was rescued from a house fire in Wausau, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Photo: Dan Young / AP


15) The head of the NGO "S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina" Richard Tesore swims with a female baby La Plata dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) near the seaside resort of Piriapolis, 90 km to the east of Montevideo, October 17. The dolphin, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found beached near Montevideo city and was sent to the NGO. You want another one, don't you? The head of the NGO "S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina" Richard Tesore (rear) changes his clothes to swim with a female baby La Plata dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) near the sea side resort of Piriapolis, 90 km to the east of Montevideo, October 17. Photos: Andres Stapff / Reuters


16) A dog jumps through a ring of fire during a multi-nation National Cadet Corps passing out ceremony in the Sri Lankan central town of Kandy on Oct. 21. Cadets from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India passed out following an intensive course at one of the army's military academies. Photo: Ishara S.Kodikara / AFP - Getty Images


17) Michigan State beat Wisconsin on a last second Hail Mary pass of 44 yards, 37-31 in East Lansing Saturday night. It was Wisconsin's first loss of the season. See photos here.



18) Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk apologized for making this obscene gesture, captured on the FOX broadcast, toward the Green Bay bench after he sacked St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford last Sunday. Hawk said the gesture was an "inside joke" and apologized. He was hit with a $10,000 by the NFL.  Screen capture of FOX broadcast


19) St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols hits a solo home run, his third home run of the game, in front of Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba during the ninth Inning of Game 3 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 22. St. Louis won, 16-7, to take a 2-1 lead in the Series. Photo: Tim Sharp / Reuters


20) In a picture taken with an underwater camera U.S. swimmer Sean Mahoney competes in the preliminaries of the men's 200-metre breaststroke swimming event during the 2011 Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 18, 2011.       AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT


21)  The face of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs created in adhesive notes on the window of an apple store in Munich, Germany Oct.17. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer. Photo: Michaela Rehle / Reuters


22) Customer Steven Price sits at a table near a HDTV screen showing the new McDonald's Channel featuring a commercial about McCafe drinks at a McDonald's restaurant, part of the test market for the channel in Norwalk, California October 17. McDonald's Corp will roll out its own family-friendly, all high-definition television channel to nearly 800 restaurants in Southern and Central California by March. The move is part of an expanded test of the service, which the world's biggest hamburger chain one day hopes to take across the United States. Photo: Fred Prouser / Reuters


23) British actor Jamie Bell poses next to Belgian cartoon hero Tintin, depicted on a special high speed Thalys train boarding for Paris, after he and movie director Steven Spielberg attended the world premiere of the Belgian cartoon hero Tintin movie "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn", in Brussels, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


24) Carly Levy, 8, from Perkasie, Pa., tries to pick up the pumpkin she has chosen in the pumpkin patch at Hellerick's Family Farm Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 in Doylestown, Pa. This year's crop of pumpkins was hindered by the summer drought, and the wet fall. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


25) Matt Maciejewski, 14, sits atop a roof overlooking his tall corn stalks. He grew a stalk that measured 15 feet, 11 inches tall, for which he earned a “just for Greendalers” award. Photo By Roy Reiman. The overall winner was Brian North, a Franklin resident whose years of experience as a tallest corn and biggest vegetable contestant at the State Fair served him well in growing the 17- foot, 11-inch winning stalk.


26) Gina Labianca (L) tries on a super woman outfit as Charlie Lucas tries a snow white costume at the Halloween MegaStore Miami Beach on October 21 in Miami Beach, Florida. The megastore is a temporary location for the store which opened for the holiday to sell costumes, masks and other items to people needing to dress up for the evening of October 31 when costumed people around the world observe the day. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images. Pregnant Bella Swans and swaggering Captain Jack Sparrows will haunt the streets in droves this Halloween, as revelers look to movie characters for costume ideas. In a poll from online movie ticket seller Fandango.com, 45 percent of the women voters selected 'Pregnant Bella' from the upcoming "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" as their preferred costumes for the October 31 holiday.  Johnny Depp's film roles have a firm grip on men wearing costumes, as 48 percent selected rum-swigging Captain Jack Sparrow from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise as their choice.


27) Going. Going Gone. French TV presenter Karine Ferri, revealed a little more than she intended to at the opening show of the Salon du Chocolat (Chocolate Fair) in Paris. The 29-year-old, who started her career as a model before becoming a finalist in the French version of The Bachelor and turning to presenting, was ever the professional when her chocolate skirt started to shatter half way down the runway. Photos: The Daily Mail


AND FINALLY,


The Daily Mail reports: “Faced with the knowledge that only chemotherapy would save her from terminal neck cancer, newly-pregnant Stacie Crimm made the ultimate sacrifice. The 41-year-old, who had been told by doctors she would never be able to conceive a child, decided to refuse the treatment so her unborn daughter could live instead. Stacie was able to survive for five months before being forced to deliver Dottie Mae, weighing just 2lbs 1oz, by Caesarean section - and even managed to hold her on one occasion before succumbing to the disease three days later.”  Photo: Daily Mail

Culinary no-no #250

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

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Start making your plans, Franklin!

 

The next playoff game for Franklin football is against Brookfield Central at Franklin this Saturday night at 7:00.

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The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin,

And Wisconsin Right To Life:


Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
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Nice work if you can get it


"Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found.

Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier."

Time once again to play...FINAL JEOPARDY!

Final Jeopardy


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




RESEARCH



Now, you know how this works.



In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.



You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




A RECENT STUDY FOUND 1 OUT OF 6 CELLPHONES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CONTAINED THIS.





Good luck.












Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




RESEARCH




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




A RECENT STUDY FOUND 1 OUT OF 6 CELLPHONES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CONTAINED THIS.






The correct question is:





What is fecal material?

1 out of 6 in the UK...can you imagine what it's like in the United States?




It's about time: Neighbors protest OWS


Quiz time...which cost more?


Obama’s stimulus?

Or the 9-year Iraq war?

Your answer.

A violent terrorist gets a warm, lefty welcome in Milwaukee


Donna Cole
has the details.

Could it happen in Franklin?


Jane Ford-Stewart reports:


"WhitnallSchool District taxpayers will get a bigger break on their school taxes for the 2011-12 school year than was apparent at the Sept. 26 annual meeting.

 

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IT'S TOO LOUD!!!!!!!!


Not exactly the greatest movement in political history. Especially when it could be underminded by drum noise. From The Slate:

Someday the Occupy Wall Street protests will end, and the only question is whether they will go out with a bang or a whimper—or a lot of loud banging followed by whimpers.

It seems a core group of beat-niks in New York’s Zuccotti Park has been holding marathon jam sessions from mid-morning until late at night every day, punishing the eardrums of their fellow protesters and the surrounding neighborhood. Teachers at a school across the street have complained they can’t teach. And the local neighborhood community board is holding a meeting Tuesday night in which it could revoke its support of the protests if it’s not satisfied that the noise will subside.

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Post-Reform Compensation Plan Ushers in New Era, New Savings


It's the sign of the times.

MacIver News Service | October 25, 2011

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Franklin, you're getting it right for a change...don't blow it

 

Previously on This Just In…

The update:


The NOW’s Rick Romano, who by the way will write anything you tell him and not challenge it, weighs in very late (as usual for the crack NOW reporters) on the conceal carry item.

The tone in Romano’s latest effort sounds as though Franklin is erring on this issue:

"With the Nov. 1 start of a new era allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, Franklin apparently is breaking ranks with its neighboring communities by allowing firearms in its municipal buildings.

By contrast, Greendale, Hales Corners and
Oak Creek last week approved local ordinances restricting citizens from carrying concealed weapons into their public buildings."

As if to suggest all the other municipalities must be right and Franklin must be off its rocker.

Wrong!

Franklin is correct, unlike other communities, in obeying the letter of the new law.

Get used to it, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Muskego, and everywhere else. It’s not just your city hall or library. It could be your grocery store, or bank, or the theater, or any number of other places. Get a grip or submit to a future existence of hiding under your mattress.


Random Observations - Part One


By guest blogger Thomas Reeves


1. To pay more respect to politicians than to used car salesmen is merely to honor superior artifice.

2. Fiscal responsibility is to leftists what mercy was to the Aztecs.

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A school tax levy sampler


The Franklin School Board meets tonight to approve the final school property tax levy having tentatively approved a -0.4% levy back in August.  Here’s a sampling of the status of other school district levies as of today that I found from our area and other parts of the state:

 

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Gee, Kev, you haven't called Franklin a Tax Hell in awhile


No I haven’t. That’s too much like a “dog bites man” story. But I consistently come across data that solidifies that designation for Franklin.

Here’s the latest, from the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The WTA has listed the 2010-11 Municipal and Net Levies by Cities and Villages. Those would be the current levies. Municipalities are working on the 2011-12 levies as I write.

There are 594 cities and villages in Wisconsin that were part of this compilation by the WTA with #1 being the best in their rankings, #594 the worst.

The city of Franklin’s Municipal Levy (just under $21 million) ranked at #291.  That puts Franklin in the top 49%. The city’s per capita of $618 (based on the municipal levy) ranked us at #66, or in the top 11% of taxers and spenders among cities and villages statewide.

OK. The above is what Franklin City Hall can actually control. Now you add in all the other taxes ON TOP of what the city imposes. Schools. Sewer. County. And you get the Net Levy. Franklin’s Net 2010-11 Net Levy of $87.1 million ranks #124. Remember, Franklinites still have to pay all that. regardless of the taxing authority. That ranks us at #124, or in the top 21% statewide.

Now, the per capita based on the Net Levy is $2,571. That, to me, is a laugher. I’d give an appendage for an annual tax like that. That ranks us at #46, or in the top 8% statewide.

This year we get a huge break because Scott Walker’s budget, approved by legislative republicans, basically mandates real honest to goodness property tax relief. Your locals had nothing to do with it. If they dare to grab credit, shame on them. Without the state budget, Franklin would have been looking at a 3% property tax levy increase…at least.

Keep tapping your feet together, Franklin City Hall. We are not a tax hell. We are not a tax hell. It’s just those nasty bloggers. Then wipe the egg off your face.

OK, here's another list...did Franklin make this one?


NOPE.

No way.

No how.

How do they shorten it in cyberspace?

LMAO.

Are you kidding me?

Franklin?

But then again, neither did Oak Creek, Greendale, Greenfield, Muskego, Bay View, Elm Grove, Delafield, Hales Corners, Racine, Kenosha, Lake Geneva, and many, many others.

List?

What List?

This list.

Hey, let's play FINAL JEOPARDY!


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




FOOD



Now, you know how this works.



In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.



You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT, IT'S THE MOST STOLEN FOOD IN THE WORLD.





Good luck.












Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




FOOD




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT, IT'S THE MOST STOLEN FOOD IN THE WORLD.





The correct question is:





Right here.

UNCOVERED: Three Out-of-State SEIU Activists Registered To Vote From Hotel


From Media Trackers:

“After discovering that Occupy Milwaukee protester and left-wing activist Austin Lee Thompson used a Glendale hotel to register and vote.  Media Trackers has discovered that at least two more out-of-state activists employed by the SEIU registered to vote from the Glendale Residence Inn hotel for the April 5, 2011 spring election.

SEIU organizer Todd E. Stoner from Freehold, New Jersey, used same-day registration to cast a ballot in the April 5, 2011 spring election in Wisconsin. Stoner, like Thompson, still has an active voter registration in New Jersey. According to Stoner’s Wisconsin voter registration form, he simply listed 'Residence Inn Marriott and N.J. ID' as his proof of residence. Stoner used another state’s ID as part of his proof of residence to vote in Wisconsin.”

Read the entire report.

MORE.

Just remember, there is no voter fraud.

Pro-Life WI video: After botched abortion, staffers laugh, dance as woman is taken in ambulance


Hot Air
has the details.

Abele correctly vetoes Franklin referendum


Earlier this week, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele vetoed a Milwaukee County Board-approved referendum on the Ryan Creek Interceptor project, an effort, by the way, that has the potential for explosive economic development in our city.

Abele used his pen appropriately, rejecting a proposal that has so many flaws it isn’t funny.

A referendum on a Franklin project that would go before all Milwaukee County voters? Sorry, but this Franklin resident would prefer that uninformed, uninterested voters in Cudahy, Brown Deer, west Allis and other parts non-Franklin not be allowed to weigh in on this one. If there was to be a referendum, and I don’t believe there should have been, then it should have been debated inside Franklin City Hall and if passed by the Franklin Common Council, go before city of Franklin voters and city of Franklin voters alone.

The timing alone warranted a veto. Voters would have voted yes or no next spring. Construction on the project begins this fall. Duh!

Here’s another item that screamed, “VETO!” The referendum would have been advisory in nature. It carried zero weight, meaningless, not worth the paper it would have been printed on, not to mention the waste of taxpayer dollars.

Pushing this worthless idea was one of the worst members of the Milwaukee County Board, John Weishan. His motivation had absolutely nothing to do with appropriate public and fiscal policy. Hell no. Weishan wanted to stick it to Franklin mayor Tom Taylor who dressed Weishan down at a public meeting.


I didn’t vote for Abele. I won’t vote for him when he runs again. He got this one right.

It started out as a simple inquiry about the statewide smoking ban


Here’s a very interesting story that has evaded the attention of the statewide mainstream media, and that’s not surprising.

Mike Hanke of Chippewa Falls has offered a suggestion for his city leaders to consider. Take the current state smoking ban and make it a city ordinance in Chippewa Falls.

HUH, you say? Hanke’s reasoning is thus. If the smoking ban is a city ordinance, then the city could issue tickets to violators rather than having the county district attorney’s office prosecute them.

There’s a question as to whether Chippewa Falls or any other city, town, or village could do this legally.

Meanwhile the law is being violated in Chippewa falls, but the violator doesn’t get it under the law, the site where the violation takes place does.

Hanke wants the city to have power to go after violators because it’s his claim the county is ignoring violators.

You mean to tell me the smoking ban has problems? Hmmmm…

Here’s where it get really interesting. The state Department of Justice responded to Hanke’s inquiry about the effect of a city ordinance that mirrored the statewide ban. It informed Hanke that if Chippewa Falls enacted such an ordinance, “t
he local ordinance may ONLY apply to public property under the city’s own jurisdiction.”

Did you follow? If the city put the ordinance into law, the city could only regulate smoking on city-owned and regulated buildings. The city would not be able to go after smoking inside privately-owned bars.

Here’s more from the Chippewa Herald and kudos for committing a flagrant act of journalism thus far ignored by everyone else in the state.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #3

Culinary no-no's

 

Previously, in fact, wayyyyyyy back on This Just In, we dealt with the dirty martini.

More than 4 years later, here’s the update.


 

Pictures you won't see this Sunday in Photos of the Week


But they are good!

Texas is poised to defeat St. Louis tonight in Game 6 of the World Series


It's called justice.


St. Louis beat Philadelphia. The Phillies, the best team in baseball, were a much better team than St. Louis.

The Cardinals beat Milwaukee. Milwaukee was a much better team than St. Louis.

St. Louis is playing Texas in the World Series. Texas is a better team than St. Louis.

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Franklin vs. Brookfield Central: By the Numbers


* UPDATE below

Franklin
meets Brookfield Central this Saturday night at 7:00 at Franklin in the WIAA Division I playoffs.


THE RECORDS

Franklin (8-2)

BC (8-2)


SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

Franklin: 1393

BC: 1329


COMMON OPPONENTS

Franklin defeated Marquette twice, Oak Creek, and Racine Park.

BC defeated Oak Creek and lost to Marquette and Racine Park.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that's just scary enough!

 
“Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday. “
Gwen Stefani


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, beware.Careful. What was that?

It's Halloween weekend.

We've been doing this the past couple of years and stay true to our theme. You have no idea how badly I want to post the unique cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" by Blood Sweat and Tears.

PLEASED TO MEET YOU...HOPE YOU GUESSED MY NAME!

Get a grip, Kevin, Soft. Smooth. Mellow.

Got it.

We begin when I was just a boy. I begged to stay up to watch an ABC comedy that in its early days was broadcast quite late. Dad didn't care if I watched or not as long as it was in another room. Mom did care, but because she was so cool, she worried only about the late broadcast on a school night as opposed to the content.

An Earthling married to a witch?

In this case, the witch did not look like this...







Nope.

She looked like this...

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Brian Farrington

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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The latest newsletter from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm


Dear Residents,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Franklin Fire & Police spaghetti dinner! I also noticed many of you had an opportunity to take in the fall color by visiting our many parks and recreational areas.

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The Barking Lot (10/29/11)

The Barking Lot


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then 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:  A chilly morning gives way to a sunny day. High of 52.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Showers. High of 51. "D"


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


Last week on The Barking Lot, Kevin featured two heart-warming videos about Coda and the brave men (Jared Thompson and Jamie Giese) who helped rescue him.

The firefighter who performed mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation said he had never done that before, and was not specifically trained in animal resuscitation.  But his training and instincts took over and he did what he felt was necessary to save a beloved family pet.

Would you perform mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation to save your pet’s life?  An Associated Press poll found that Fifty-eight percent of pet owners - 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners – would likely perform this task.

Again, that poll cites PET OWNERS.  The firefighter who saved Coda clearly did not know the animal before that critical moment.  To me that makes his actions even more commendable.

know people have different levels of tolerance for doggie kisses.  One end of the spectrum is for people like me, who don’t mind going through the “dog wash” from pets they own (or know well) and love.  Others handle the occasional slurp much like Lucy van Pelt:
 




We’re not talking pooches’ smooches here, folks.  We’re talking about a life-or-death situation for your pet.  Granted there may be the same fear that people have for administering CPR to another human being…  What if I don’t do it right?  What if I break their ribs?  What if I catch a disease from them?  What if they want to sue me...?    What’s that Good Samaritan law again?  

I have been trained in basic CPR more than once.  Would I actually feel competent if I had to perform it right now?  Absolutely not.  I think that even if I received annual training I would still worry about doing it correctly, especially if the person was someone I care about.  That wouldn’t stop me from performing it, though.  The last thing on my mind would be potential litigation.

I think that even if I never receive human-to-animal CPR training I would still give it a try if I thought it would help an injured animal.  My feeling at that point would be, “It certainly can’t hurt.”  (Not to mention the fact I don’t know one single dog that has a lawyer!)

If you are that afraid of your dog’s mouth and germs, why are you a pet parent in the first place?  I’m willing to bet if the roles were reversed your dog would be MORE than willing to help you in a similar situation.
---Jennifer Fischer 

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Just imagine, if there were no New York Yankees...


Fans would hate the St. Louis Cardinals.

2011 POO Awards - Week 11


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1

Luck 73, Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

Week 4
Ashwaubenon 64,
Green Bay West 0

The halftime score: 57-0.

Week 5
Walworth Big Foot 61,
Clinton 12

Last week Big Foot scored 57. They outdid themselves this week.

UPDATE: The POO Award is posted each week on Saturday morning. However, some high school games are played on Saturday afternoon. After Saturday's action, I am adding another POO recipient:

University School 70, Hope School 16

Week 6
Milwaukee Riverside 67
, Milwaukee Bay View 13

Leading 54-0 in the second half, Riverside threw for two more touchdowns.

Extremely reliable sources tell me that when the score became 47-0 in the 2nd quarter, the commissioner of athletics for MPS instructed the official timer to implement the running clock, even though WIAA rules order a running clock not be used until the second half.

Assistant coaches for Riverside positioned just in front of the press box complained loudly to the press box officials including the timer, inquiring as to why the clock was running. That’s a clear indication they wanted more time on the clock so as to run up the score. The coaches were informed by a stadium official of the commissioner’s decision and were instructed to call him Monday morning if they had issues. They said they would not.

Riverside is the best team in the City Conference. They’ve had a problem with sportsmanship and pouring it on the past several years. Here’s hoping they clean up their act and fast.

Also,

Edgar 63, Phillips 0

Elkhart Lake 67, Stockbridge 0

Week 7
Milwaukee Riverside 70,
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 0

"We try not to run up the score on teams, but sometimes it just happens on accident," Bakari Triggs of Riverside told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

These accidents seem to happen a lot with Riverside.
 

Week 8

Edgar 64,
Tomahawk 0

Cedar Grove-Belgium 63, Maranatha Baptist 0

Milwaukee Riverside 75, Milwaukee South Division 0

Week 9

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Coming up on This Just In...


A This Just In tradition.

Watch for LIVE Trick or Treat blogging Sunday from 4-7 pm.

You just never know who will be wearing what.

Week-ends (10/29/11)

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


Wisconsin budget reform


Semiha Karaduman


Steven McDonald


Mark Lindquist


Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Face it, Brewer fans...David Freese



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


ACORN


The US Justice Department


Leftist teachers


Hateful leftist bloggers


Hill Democrats


U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro


Ian Murphy


Houston HOA



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“People are in agony. We can hear their screams for help. We need urgent help.”
Veysel Keser, mayor of Celebibag, a district in Turkey, after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the eastern part of the country, leaving villages in rubble and killing hundreds of people.


“This is the worst thing — knowing that there might be a crocodile or snake there waiting for you when you go back to check your home.
Patchara Promkaew,
Thai woman, on the worries over escaped crocodiles from crocodile farms amid Thailand's massive flooding.


“We had Katrina and we survived it. If the one coming here is a category 1 or 2, we could have a beach party.
Wendy Powers, Louisiana resident currently on vacation in Mexico, on Hurricane Rina approaching the Caribbean coastline. Authorities have begun evacuating communities, including Cancun and Cozumel which are expected to be hit the hardest.


I'm hoping our city government comes to their senses and stops dealing with us like a fascist state.
Samsarah Morgan,
protestor in Oakland, Calif., on the police's use of tear gas and baton rounds during a protestors' march to city hall on Tuesday.


“We took pills and woke up the next day ... It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up.
Ruth Madoff, w
ife of Bernie Madoff, speaking on 60 Minutes about the couple's suicide attempt.


I'm going to wait until everybody's voted off the island.
Barack Obama,
appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, joking that he won't pay attention to the Republican Presidential debates until the candidates are narrowed down to one or two.


“These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates.
Rick Perry,
Republican presidential candidate, saying in an interview that it was a mistake for him to participate in the Republican presidential debates because they distract from policy discussions.


“The whole political class is just getting the memo that Ozzie and Harriet don't live here anymore.”
Edward Hill,  dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, on U.S. Census data that reveals the growth of the poor population in the nation's suburbs.


“Gaddafi will be buried in a secret location that no one can find. Maybe that's where he should have hidden.
Stephen Colbert joking about the announcement by the National Transition Council in Libya that the former dictator, who was captured and killed Oct. 20, was buried in a secret location.


The "dumbest thing I ever heard."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke referring to suggestions that a bike lane be put on the Hoan Bridge. 



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


TSA agent jokes about finding sex toy during luggage inspection.


Occupy Phoenix asks: When should you shoot a cop.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Walker recall losing steam.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Oh, no! Is Kim Kardashian's marriage on the rocks already?



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Little Adolf, your parents are not guilty.


Child may have been saved by diaper.


Bobby wants to be a Girl scout.


That's not my date. It's a burglar.


Live birth performance artist gives birth.


That's it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

 

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From the This Just In vault


Halloween at the Movies



DOUBLE HALLOWEEN FINAL JEOPARDY

How close was the crappy weather to us today?

George Zinich, an usher at Notre Dame Stadium for 27 years, uses a squeegee to clear hail and water from seats after a hail storm covered the field before the start of the Navy-Notre Dame NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


 

OVER-RATED!




And extremely disappointing.

How do you allow these breakdowns to continue?


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Recommended Reading (10/30/11)

Recommended Reading


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

 

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/30/11)

Most popular


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

1) Yet another true life example why conceal carry is a good thing

2) 
Photos of the Week (10/23/11)

3) Franklin vs Brookfield Central: By the Numbers

4) A violent terrorist gets a warm, lefty welcome in Milwaukee

5) Franklin you're getting it right for a change...don't blow it

6) UNCOVERED: Three Out-of-State SEIU Activists Registered To Vote From Hotel

7) Random Observations- Part One

8) Culinary no-no #250

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Photos of the Week (10/30/11)

Photos of the Week

1) A woman walks down a snow-covered street during an early snow storm in New York October 29, 2011. A rare October snowstorm barreled up the heavily populated U.S. East Coast on Saturday, threatening up to a foot (30 cm) of snow, cutting power to nearly a million households and forcing at least 1,000 flight cancellations. Photo: Reuters.


2) A man, center, holds the body of his daughter, killed in an earthquake, before her burial at a cemetery in Ercis, October 24, 2011. Photo: Umit Bektas / Reuters


3) A rescue worker carries a boy to an ambulance after his team found him alive in a collapsed building in Ercis, Turkey, Oct.24, 2011. Photo: Reuters


4) Rescue workers carry a baby from a collapsed building in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van, October 25, 2011. A 14-day-old baby, Azra was rescued alive from the rubble of a collapsed building on Tuesday, 46 hours after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey, a Reuters Television journalist said. Photos: Reuters, EPA. And then...


5) Earthquake survivor Semiha Karaduman holds her two-week old baby girl, Azra, at a hospital in Ankara October 26, 2011. Rescuers pulled Azra alive from a collapsed apartment block on Tuesday, two days after the earthquake in southeast Turkey. Semiha and the baby's grandmother were also brought out alive. Photo: Ali Uzun / Turkish Ministry of Health via Reuters.


6) Residents view cars piled up after heavy floods in Aulla, Massa Carrara, Italy, on October 26. At least five people were killed in overnight rains and flooding in Italy's northwestern and central regions of Liguria and Tuscany, officials said. Photo: Riccardo Dalle Luche / EPA


7) Joe Reyes ducks under a tree that fell on his car follwing a snow storm in Fort Collins, Colo., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Photo: Mark Fox / Summit Daily News via AP


8) A double rainbow is seen over central London on October 26, 2011. Photo: Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images


9) Claudio Barbato, left, a member of the opposition FLI party, fights with Fabio Ranieri. right, from the Northern League in Parliament in Rome October 26, 2011. The Italian deputies exchanged blows in parliament on Wednesday as tensions over a tough economic reform program came to a head. Photo: Giuseppe Lami / Ansa via Reuters


10) Officials and rescue personnel gather around a man who became stuck in a tree Tuesday Oct. 25 in Laguna Hills, Calif. Orange County deputies found the man stuck up to his chest inside a narrow hole in the trunk, which extended about four or five feet underground. Photo: Orange County Fire Authority via AP


11) This undated photo provided by EarthCam, shows the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor from a camera mounted in its torch, in New York. Five torch cams were switched on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, during a ceremony to commemorate the statue’s dedication. The five cameras, which will be on 24 hours, 7 days a week, were donated to the National Park Service by Earthcam Inc., a New Jersey-based company that manages a network of webcams around the world. Then...Fireworks light up New York Harbor for the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty viewed from New Jersey, USA, 28 October 2011. One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was unveiled in New York Harbor. Photo: Peter Foley / EPA


12) Workers examine a B53 nuclear bomb at the B&W Pantex nuclear weapons storage facility outside Amarillo, Texas, in this handout photograph taken and released on October 25, 2011. The United States dismantled the oldest nuclear bomb in its Cold War arsenal -- and one of the most powerful it ever built -- on Tuesday as part of President Barack Obama's nuclear security policy. Built at the height of the Cold War in 1962, the bomb was designed to be dropped onto a target by a massive B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber. Photo: B&W Pantex via Reuters


13) Researchers led by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' Underwater Archaeology Branch recover a 2,000-pound cannon from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's ship, which has been on the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast for nearly 300 years, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 in Beaufort, N.C. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, Chuck Beckley). Photo: Chuck Beckley / The Jacksonville Daily News via AP


14) UCLA computer scientists are pictured in the birthplace of the Internet at the original location of the first ARPANET node, at 3420 Boelter Hall in UCLA in this undated photograph provided by UCLA. UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock and his team used the Interface Message Processor, IMP, the packet-switching node used to interconnect participant networks to the ARPANET to send the first message, the letters LO to Standford Research Institute on October 29, 1969. The UCLA Department of Computer Science and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have collaborated in creating the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (KIHSA) with the center recreating the lab at its original site in 3420 Boelter Hall, moving the IMP back to the room from which that first message was sent.The recreated lab will open October 29 with a reunion of the computer scientists responsible for the first message. That's odd. I don't see Al Gore in that picture. Photo: Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive via Reuters


15) Here's a teletype similar to one used to communicate with the Sigma 7 computer which was connected to UCLA's Interface Message Processor (IMP) in the birthplace of the Internet, at 3420 Boelter Hall, the original location of the first ARPANET node at UCLA in Los Angeles, California May 3, 2011. Photo: Fred Prouser / Reuters


16) Dr. Jack Kevorkian's niece Ava Janus poses with the "Thanatron," often referred to as the "Death Machine" invented by Dr. Kevorkian. It is one of the items on display during a media preview for the sale of the estate of Kevorkian to be held October 28 at the New York Institute of Technology. A portion of the sales will go to the charity Kicking Cancer for Kids. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images


17) Victoria Alvarez grimaces as she gets a flu shot from pharmacist Shadi Doroudgar during a health fair outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. The shots were provided free of charge by the California Pharmacists Association, who sponsored the health fair. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


18) Learning a new computer program was both frustrating and fun for first-grader Kylea Devoy in Robyn Wells' New Harmony School class in New Harmony, Ind. on Oct. 27, 2011. Photo: Denny Simmons / The Evansville Courier & Press via AP


19) Angela Flick, 14, of Fredericksburg, Va. gets a hug from Snoopy at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU where Angela is a patient, in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Snoopy, who came from Kings Dominion, had his visit arranged through VCU's Center for Human Animal Interaction. Snoopy was also recently made an honorary member of the Dogs on Call Program which involves therapy dogs of various breeds--even the comic strip kind--that visit with patients in the hospital. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)


20)
A cavalryman of the British historical re-enactment team of the 17th Lancers reacts as his horse gets too close to spectators during the Fort Rinella Military Festival at Fort Rinella coastal battery in Kalkara Malta, Oct. 23. Fort Rinella was built by the British Royal Engineers in 1878 as part of a set of four equally designed coastal batteries in Gibraltar and Malta. Each fort was armed with a single 100-ton gun, none of which were ever fired in anger. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi / Reuters


21) Grape pickers dance while treading grapes in a traditional stone tank at Quinta do Vesuvio vineyard, Sept. 19, near the village of Foz Coa, northern Portugal. After spending the day picking grapes on the slopes of the Douro Valley, in the evening the workers tread the grapes to be used in the production of Port wine. Port wine sales have been falling steadily since the turn of the century, jeopardizing the livelihoods and way of life of thousands of people along the Douro Valley. Picture received Oct. 23. Armando Franca / AP


22) Enthusiasts watch a cricket fight during a competition in Beijing. Cricket fighting, a Chinese tradition dating back more than a thousand years to imperial times, remains a popular pastime for many men who gather every autumn to watch their insects fight in specially designed glass enclosures. Photo: Liu Jin / AFP - Getty Images


23) Photographer Jeff Berkes' picture of an Orionid meteor streak over Elverson, Pa., also features autumn leaves.


24) In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, workers are shown holding a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The Python had recently consumed a 76-lb. adult female deer. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida. Photo: South Florida Water Management via AP


25) A polar bear pokes its head underwater as a pumpkin floats nearby at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Some of the animals received pumpkins filled with treats to eat during the zoo's annual Smashing Pumpkins event. The enrichment items are hidden through out the animals' habitats or prepared and placed in a manner to stimulate natural behaviors. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


26) St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese is welcomed home by his team after hitting a solo home run to defeat the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis, Missouri, October 27, 2011. Photo: Jim Young / Reuters


27) St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate after the final out of game seven of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo: Larry W. Smith / EPA


28) A dejected Mike Taylor walks off the field as the Buckeyes celebrate the eventual game-winning touchdown agianst Wisconsin on a long pass from Braxton Miller late in the game, Final score: Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29. Journal Sentinel photos: Tom Lynn


29)
Ragnar, mascot for the Minnesota Vikings, shakes hands with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers after the Packers defeated the Vikings on October 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Culinary no-no #251

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

Take a look at this photo:




You see children, in Halloween costumes, each with a bucket or bag to deposit trick or treat candy. 

The kids await…

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Trick or Treat: LIVE FRANKLIN TRICK OR TREAT BLOGGING BEGINS


Franklin
’s trick-or-treating is underway.  

For the record, it took our magnanimous Franklin Common Council not one, but two meetings to figure out what our hours would be before settling on 4-7 pm. the same schedule as in many previous years. They’re slow. On rare occasion, they’re actually worth waiting for.


It should be light outside until 5:48, sunset.

For you first-timers, this annual feature is incredibly popular.

You just never know what will happen or be seen in the next three hours.

Trick or Treat: WX


Mother Nature is dressed like a witch.

Like many a football game, the weather will be a factor today. The light showers from earlier have taken a break in Franklin, but they’re supposed to return between 5:00 and 7:00. A chilly SSW wind at 11 mph will increase to 25 mph and the temperature will drop to 44 degrees.

Still, we in the Midwest are very lucky.


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Trick or Treat: THE MOST POPULAR


Here's what they're wearing this Halloween, though that may not necessarily apply to Franklin. Franklin is part of Wisconsin. In my neighborhood, some people have just turned on to the Twist.
 

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN MAYOR TOM TAYLOR


No surprise. Hizzoner is usually one of the first at my door.

He was dressed as Milwaukee County Supervisor...

 

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Trick or Treat: OUR EARLY VISITORS


Among them: Minnie Mouse, Sponge Bob, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, a hippie, and one brave young girl in shorts.



Trick or Treat: NASTY


The rain is back, and the wind has picked up.

I bet even...

 

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Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN ALDERMAN KEN SKOWRONSKI


The good alderman was not in costume, but he had something on his mind:

“Is Alderman Olson here?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know.”

“Has he been here?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Alderman, I really don’t know.”

“Hmmph.”

Now I'm curious. We’ll keep a close watch out for Alderman Steve Olson between now and 7:00.

Trick or Treat: IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US...


It’s our annual live blogging of Franklin’s Trick or Treat until 7:00 tonight.

Trick or Treat: IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US...


It’s our annual live blogging of Franklin’s Trick or Treat until 7:00 tonight.

Trick or Treat: MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF DAVID CLARKE


Dressed as Milwaukee Co. Exec. Chris Abele

Trick or Treat: HALLOWEEN AND POLITICS

 

You won’t see such this year.

Trick or Treat: HALFWAY DONE AND...


Still no sign of Franklin alderman Steve Olson.

Trick or Treat: LADY GAGA



 

Trick or Treat: THE NUN


Every Halloween, there has to be at least one.

This year...

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He got nothing from me.

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN ALDERMAN KRISTEN WILHELM




 

Dressed as Sweet Polly Purebred.

Trick or Treat: THE WRONG TREAT


Silly.

The Fischers gave out popular candy.

Should have handed the kids hot cocoa mix.

Trick or Treat: LINDSAY LOHAN


Another celebrity at the door, but what a disappointment.

Instead of costume, she had an ensemble she wore at a recent court appearance.

What’s with that make-up?

Trick or Treat: THE VICE PRESIDENT


 

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Trick or Treat: POTUS


I meant no disrespect but I had to send him off empty-handed.

He said Michelle would never allow him to eat what we were dishing out.

Trick or Treat: PAULA DEAN


Costume: Dietician

Trick or Treat: SEEN THE MOST AT OUR DOOR TODAY


1) Umbrellas

2) Gloves

Trick or Treat: I'M SURPRISED


Decent turnout despite the rotten conditions.

Even so,  LEFTOVERS!

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN BLOGGER BRYAN MAERSCH


Dressed as a cameraman from ...

Trick or Treat: FRANKLIN ALDERMAN STEVE OLSON


He was a no-show this year.

First time.

In fact, reliable sources say he wasn’t seen at any Franklin residence trick or treating. He informed no one of his whereabouts.


At the next meeting of the Franklin Common Council, some aldermen plan to ask the City Attorney to launch a special investigation.

Trick or Treat: LIVE FRANKLIN TRICK OR TREAT BLOGGING ENDS


I hope you’ve enjoyed.

For the record, Jennifer and Kyla were Tootsie Rolls.

A word to all you pets about Halloween


From Conor Knighton at CBS:

 

Regular Sunday blog features


Photos of the Week (10/30/11)


Culinary no-no #251


Recommended Reading (10/30/11)

The most expensive Halloween costumes


 

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The latest pro-life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Getting a photo ID to vote is such a hardship


Tell that to these folks.

 

People cross the Tachira river into Colombia to vote in Cucuta, on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Colombians went to the polls Sunday to choose mayors, state governors and local assemblies. (AP Photo/Efrain Patino)


 

UPDATE: Could it happen in Franklin?

 

Previously on This Just In, I wondered, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, if Franklin could follow the rule set by the Whitnall School District and lower their school property tax levy even further.

I think I’m still laughing at myself.

Before we get to the answer, some background provided by a very revealing e-mail exchange I had with Franklin School Board President Debbie Larson. As a prelude to what’s to come, I want to report Larson was kind, courteous, and responsive to my inquiries.

It all started last week. When I, with some disappointment, failed to read anything on school board member Janet Evans’ blog about the school board meeting that dealt with the budget (pretty important stuff), I contacted Larson. My e-mail was short, sweet, to the point:


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