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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.

My Most Popular Blogs (11/01/09)

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) Ohh, so you won't talk, hey???? CRANK UP THE AC/DC!!!


2) Franklin, I do admit that I had no idea...

3) "Fairly Conservative?" Try lefty nutjob

4) Is Franklin too..... YAWWWNNNNNNNNN

5) Culinary no-no #135

Photos of the Week (11/01/09)

Photos of the Week





Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (left), appearing Monday in downtown Milwaukee with Gov. Jim Doyle, says the decision on whether he will run for governor will be made at the "family table." Barbara Lawton’s decision to pull out of the race leaves the Democratic party scrambling. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter





Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., holds a gavel used when Medicare legislation was passed, as he speaks about health care on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


 



People stand in line at the Utah County Health Department to get H1N1 vaccine shots October 27, 2009 in Provo, Utah. After health department got a shipment of 4000 vaccines overnight, a large line formed with a wait of four to five hours. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)






President Barack Obama greets officers and sailors after speaking at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)






U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division watch ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series as they eat their early morning breakfast in the cafeteria of their base in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)






An American Army soldier lays down his M4 rifle and helmet as he listens in on a meeting among Afghan Pashtun tribal elders to discuss American and Canadian military actions on their lands October 26, 2009 in the village of Hazi Madad in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. American and Canadian troops in the area have been trading blows with Taliban militant fighters in recent battles, but local tribal chiefs complain that civilians have been caught in the crossfire. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)






Private security personnel search hotel guests as they arrive at the bunker in the basement of the Serena Hotel after two explosions in the reception area in Kabul in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. It is believed that two Rocket Propelled Grenades, aimed at the French Ambassador who had left the hotel moments before, landed in the main foyer of the hotel causing considerable damage. Nobody was injured in the attack. (AP Photo)






A Palestinian boy wearing a military uniform and holding a toy gun walks in an alley of Al-Amari refugee camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



 

Jeremiah Felton sits with his defense attorneys, Tayyibah Sethi, left, and Jacqueline Rogers, after closing arguments and jury instructions Monday in his first-degree intentional homicide trial at the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay. Felton, 21, of Green Bay, is accused of killing his 4-month old son, Jeremiah "J.J." Felton Jr., in June 2008. M.P. King/Press-Gazette


 

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The 10 Internet personalities discussing Brett Favre


From the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

So, Ted.....


How’s that “next level” working out for ya?



GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 1:   Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 38-26.

 

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The MJS Scorecard (11/01/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

John Gurda: Careening down the road to civic suicide  

Great guy, writer, and historian.

But today he went down a political path, and took a sharp left turn.


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

NONE


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Susan Conwell: Too little disclosure and review  

Matthew W. Johnson, Brett A. Laven and Peter F. Leonovicz: A flawed study on prostatectomies  

Sue Klang: Bullying can lead to tragedy  

John B. Mattingly: There are easy 'fixes' and then what matters  

Steve Rommelfanger: Continued: Families grappling with death  

Dan Soiney: Taking away democratic rights won't fix MPS  


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-1, Conservative-0

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-101, Conservative-76


Note: There have been four (4) conservative pieces in Crossroads the past six (6) weeks.

Culinary no-no #137


Did I ever mention that my wife, Jennifer likes candles?

She likes them a lot.

No, she actually loves candles.

That’s really not all that strange. Candles, a female thing, right?

As I wax poetic, burning in the Fischer household are Pumpkin Spice and Mulled Cider.


“HEY, ETHEL! COME QUICK!

THAT FISCHER HAS GONE LOONEY AGAIN!

YOU KNOW WHAT HE’ S UP TO, ETHEL?

HE’S TALKIN’ ABOUT CANDLES ON HIS FOOD WHATCHAMACALLIT!”

“Culinary no-no, Sam.”

“WHATEVER!”


I’ve written in the past that I’m not all that fussy about what I eat. The same goes for the scented candles Jennifer lights. The exception is French Vanilla. No way. Just can’t stand that one.

Otherwise, I’m cool with almost any candle aroma. The rare occasions I accompany Jennifer to a Yankee Candle store, it reminds me of walking wide-eyed as a child into Baskin-Robbins and seeing all those different colors, all those different flavors.

My crack when inside the store is that I only wish the manufacturer would be even more creative: filet mignon, corn on the cob, banana split, western omelet, margarita, double martini, inside of a new car, etc, etc. Is that too much to ask?

Now think about this. The most unusual, most fascinating, most talked about food item of 2009 has been bacon: chocolate-covered bacon, bacon ice cream, bacon beer, and more.

Admit it guys. You too, gals.

Wouldn’t a bacon candle be the bomb?


ETHEL, FISCHER STILL IS YAPPIN’ ABOUT CANDLES!

WHAT A MAROON!

BUT HEY!

HEYYYYYYYY!

I THINK THE YAHOO MIGHT BE ON TO SOMETHIN’ ETHEL!

A BACON CANDLE!


Of course it would be the bomb.

You know what.

You can actually buy these candles….


ETHELLLLLLL!


HE STILL HASN’T GOTTEN AROUND  TO THE FOOD DEAL!


I’m gettin’ to it!

I’m gettin’ to it!


You can actually buy these candles at……








David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago.

The restaurant has an in-house butcher shop that sells bacon fat candles.

Bacon fat.

In a candle.


That you light.

And then the smell of BACON BACON BACON is all over the place.

Oh, Jennifer. Could you set up a few dozen of those, pronto?

So where’s the culinary aspect of Culinary no-no # 137, other than I’ve mentioned a restaurant?

Rick Gresh, the executive chef at David Burke’s Primehouse isn’t content to let those votives sit on the restaurant tables.  Gresh likes to take the melting candle and drizzle it on steaks and scallops to create a smoky taste.

That’s right.

An edible bacon fat candle.

Seems Gresh might be a conservative. He claims the restaurant tosses out a lot of bacon fat. Why waste so much? Why not put those drippings to use?

Burke recently spent some time at one of his NY restaurants to see how his creation was received. Of course, if those highly sophisticated  NY palates love it, then it must be marvelous.

If you care to sample this innovation, a two-inch high candle in a glass holder goes for $5 in the butcher shop at David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel in Chicago, or call (312) 660-6000.

As for me, Mrs. Fischer raised her son to sniff candles, not eat them.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

The Wall Street Journal
can't be serious.

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You pick the bigger Whopper


Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

"I hope Jesus thinks Larry David is funny"


He was one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK in Week-ends on Saturday.






Columnist Doug Giles blasts Larry David in his own inimitable style in his latest column:

"FYI to ludicrous Larry: We 'goofy' religious folks who number in the millions in the flyovers take our God seriously and don’t take a shinin’ to tools like you urinating on that which reps our Savior. Heck, we don’t even take kindly to people like Ozzy Osbourne peeing on the Alamo."

Read the entire piece...

DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN!


The 2009 version...

The legend of Favre grows


Whether you like that thought or not,
it’s true.

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (07/05//09)

Photos of the Week


If you scroll down to the final picture in my Photos of the Week (07/05/09), you’ll see this:






Michael Goldsmith, right, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, and his son Austin, left, take part in Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day before a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees Saturday, July 4, 2009, in New York. Goldsmith recently petitioned Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to begin a 4ALS initiative to raise awareness and funds for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



Michael Goldsmith died Sunday. Tonight’s Game 5 of the World Series has been dedicated to the advocate for ALS.

Franklin Common Council needs to budget responsibly


The Franklin School Board, following the same script it uses every year, has approved the school budget and property tax levy for next year.

After stacking the audience at budget meetings with the establishment intelligentsia who, when asked what the school tax levy should be responds, how much do you want, the board approved a 3.9% property tax increase.

School Board member Janet Evans made the only appropriate, common sense vote of NO.

Franklin residents, raise your hands if you got a 3.9% salary increase this year?

Raise your hands if you expect to receive a 3.9% salary increase next year?

I didn’t think so.

Franklin School Board=clueless=heads in sand.



Political Cartoon by Chip Bok


Now the focus shifts to Franklin City Hall as the Common Council this week begins its final work on the city of Franklin budget. We have already seen the Council’s penchant for spending money that the city doesn’t have, using 2010 budget funds (from a budget that doesn’t even exist) to pay for improvements near Franklin High School, $307,000 worth.

If you at home are spending money you haven’t even earned yet in 2010, methinks you might be in some financial trouble.


We are still in a recession, and here in the Midwest, even when the recession ends, it always takes us longer to recover than the rest of the nation as a whole.

By state law, the city of Franklin budget can’t exceed a 3% property tax levy increase. For sure, the city will get there. However, a terrific question is, how is the city doing it? What rabbits are coming out of which hats?


Are accounting tricks being used to balance the 2009 city budget? That would be an outstanding question to pose to your alderman.

Are Common Council members being too rosy in their expectations about incoming revenue over the next year, two, or three, and is that contributing to bad budget decisions?

My, oh my, that would be another outstanding question to drop on your alderman.

The housing market remains lower than a gopher’s basement. Want to ask your alderman yet another great question? Ask him, or in my case, her, if the Common Council is budgeting based on an expected increase in assessed home values. Doing that in a craptacular housing market is pretty foolish.

Last year, Mayor Taylor, as he promised, submitted a budget with a 3% levy increase (The levy is what counts, not the tax rate). The city’s Finance Committee, comprised of aldermen Steve Taylor and Kristen Wilhelm, could have worked to make the budget even better. Instead, they more or less ho-hummed and rubber-stamped the mayor’s document after adding some pocket change.


I would love to see what Taylor and Wilhelm, especially Taylor who spoke this past Saturday at a Tea Party in Franklin, are proposing in addition to the mayor’s proposed budget to help beleaguered taxpayers even more. Taylor’s constituents should be contacting him and asking him directly about his budget amendments to reduce taxing and spending in Franklin. I think we already know his response: Well, what do you think we should do?  Absolutely brilliant.

Even though, by nature of city of Franklin politics, few are paying attention, my fear is that our city is budgeting, UGGGHHHH, just like the state of Wisconsin, my employer: Tax and spend now, pay later. Using gimmicks, including budgeting on the city’s credit card, is extremely dangerous.

Oh, it might feel fine and dandy right because you got your road or sidewalk or whatever. But eventually, the bill collector comes knocking. And you have to pay, whether you can afford it or not. And right now, Franklin can’t afford much. But we keep spending. 


That’s the same kind of flawed philosophy that has Madison and Washington so screwed up. Franklin, do you really want that to happen here?

Speaking of baseball...


Political Cartoon by Scott Stantis

"I can't wait for it to end"-The wrong attitude about pro sports


I really like the Philadelphia Phillies.

That’s been quite a team over the past 30 years: Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Bake McBride, Garry Maddox, Larry Bowa, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton, John Kruk, and the current bunch of defending World Series champions.

Not a jerk on the 2009 squad and that includes Pedro Martinez, brought in very much like the Packers signed the troubled Andre Rison late in their Super Bowl Title year.

I do not hate the New York Yankees. Sorry, but I don’t climb on the bandwagon that despises a team simply because it has a history of winning. No jerks on this extremely talented Yankee team.

I could care less about the Yankee’s astronomical payroll. A National Leaguer since my dad as an usher snuck me into Milwaukee Braves games, I’m rooting for the Phillies.

 

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WRTL Urges Assembly to Reject AB 458

 
Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release


Wisconsin Right to Life Urges

Assembly to Reject AB 458

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bizarro Convention at Milwaukee County Board budget hearing


Jim Wigderson
provides the unusual details.

That crowd with its collective grubby hand extended last night does not represent the overwhelming sentiment of Milwaukee County voters that strongly supports the common sense budgeting approach taken by their clear choice for county leadership, Scott Walker.

The Real Fight Against Government-Run Health Care Starts Now

 

Mandates, Taxes and More Government Control?
Help Us Stop the House Health Care Bill Today!



We need your immediate help to stop the health care bill introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You play a vital role in whether Congress approves government-run health care that jeopardize jobs, businesses and coverage or the American people demand common sense health reforms.

Congress needs to hear from you now. With the House of Representatives voting as soon as this week, the time to speak up has come.

With stifling regulations, costly mandates, and a government-run "public option" -- this bill will threaten jobs, cost Americans more, and raise taxes on many taxpayers and small businesses.

We believe we can stop this bill -- but we need your help.

Please click here right now to send an email to Congress.

Let Congress know that you oppose this bill and will fight against any attempt at government-run health care.

Sincerely,


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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The USS New York...


Nice....




The USS New York passes the Statue of Liberty while fireboats spray water in New York, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, has arrived in its namesake city with a 21-gun salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)



However....

Political Cartoon by Scott Stantis

When you mess up, you lose money...


When the government screws up, IT MAKES MONEY!

The Grand Old Party


By guest blogger Conservative Casanova, a member of Kevin Fischer's Whippersnaper Hall of Fame


Last night was a colossal victory for conservatism in America; a mere twelve months after the Democrats and the media declared it lifeless.

 

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Hey Franklin, how about a property tax freeze?


I think that’s a marvelous idea. A 0% tax increase for the city of Franklin.

Before some of you start hooting and howling that there is NO WAY the city of Franklin could POSSIBLY FUNCTION without more money coming in, let me suggest that the overwhelming majority of Franklin families that were not fortunate enough to get any salary increase this year or next year managed to and will survive. The government they pay the bills to should be expected to do the same.

Can it be done? Of course it can be done. Do the city powers have the will to do it? That’s the key question.

Mayor Tom Taylor got the budget process off to a very good start with a highly commendable budget with a 2.9% property tax levy. That’s a fiscally responsible document. Could it be better? Could it be improved? You bet.

Follow along as I’m about to toss around a lot of numbers.

Mayor Taylor’s hold the line budget increased the levy by $584,000. Could the city find a way to trim $584,000 to get us to a property tax freeze?  In no particular order, the city could make the following cuts:

Large area mower: $47,000

4 x 4 pickup w/snow plow: $32,000

Replace truck #737: $148,000

Replace truck #735: $138,000

Replace ambulance 219: $145,000

Replace car 220: $51,000

My personal favorite: Severe WX alert system, a totally unnecessary expenditure: $150,000

These cuts from the proposed 2010 budget add up to: $711,000. That gets you to the $584,000 needed for a property tax freeze and then some. You now have $127,000 to play with.

That money could be used to fund the non-funded positions of two police officers and one firefighter that would cost $118, 600 and you still have money saved.

If only it were that simple. The mayor’s budget was proposed before the Common Council approved spending $307,000 for improvements, now referred to as “sidewalks” at Franklin High School.

One could certainly make an argument that restoring the unfunded positions of the two police officers and the firefighter would go much further to enhance public safety than the Franklin High School improvements, especially when you consider the information Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva recently shared with me. From a blog I wrote October 28, 2009:


“I asked Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva for the most recent accident statistics for the area near Franklin High School. Chief Oliva informs me there were 8 injury accidents within the past 5 years on S. 51st Street in the high school area:


2005: 2

2006: 1

2007: 2

2008: 1

2009: 2


None of the accidents, thank goodness were fatal.

With the thousands of kids and adults that pass by that area in any given week, those numbers, when put into the proper perspective are amazing.”


I don’t think anyone is opposed to the “sidewalks” per se. The cost at this particular time….that’s the problem.

Mayor Taylor also took $700,000 from the city's rainy day fund to help balance the budget. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to use that money in other areas?

The point is the city has options. A property tax freeze, when proposed by state lawmakers years ago was extremely popular with just about everyone except the governor, legislative Democrats, and those local officials who love to tax and spend. The hard-working folks that pay the bills loved it.

A property tax freeze is within our power to attain. Is there the willpower at City Hall?


Here’s the likely scenario. Just like last year, the Finance Committee is rubber-stamping the Mayor’s budget. The Common Council, with the exception of a vote or two will do the same.

But I bet a ton of taxpayers in our city would be thrilled with a freeze.

Six Election Day Lessons


Michael Medved
has them, after big GOP wins Tuesday night

Would Larry David pee on a picture of Obama?


Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Could it happen in Franklin?


Sesame Street and Big Bird turn 40 next week.

Greendale’s Big Blue Bird hasn’t been around anywhere near as long. But the big fellow still makes news, from the day CNN came to town to talk to neighbors about its perch on the roof of a residential home to its disappearance.

For the past several weeks, the bird has sat in the lobby of the Associated Bank in Greendale. Not any more.

I don’t know who picked it up, when, and how, but my friend April, a teller at the bank says she saw the bird in some bushes on Southway in Greendale.

You better believe someone is going to raise Cain again about the bird being an eyesore.

Walking into the bank and seeing the bird had flown the coop reminded me of a picture in my Photos of the Week Sunday….




Joel Waul, 28, stands on top of his rubber band ball on the driveway of his home in Lauderhill, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Waul who works nights restocking a Gap clothing store, has spent the last six years carefully wrapping and linking and stretching rubber bands of various sizes into the ball shape. The Guinness Book of World Records declared it the world's largest rubber band ball in 2008. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


Big Blue Bird.

Big rubber band ball.

What if some free spirit decided to engage in a similar endeavor in Franklin?

Section 178-2A in Franklin statutes defines a nuisance as that which can:

“Substantially annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, health, repose or safety of the public.”

I’m thinking a Big Blue Bird or a larger than life rubber band ball would be annoying enough and certainly be at repose to be considered a nuisance.

Don’t try it, Franklin.

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #8

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame


It is James O’Keefe.

I would be remiss if I included Hannah Giles and not her co-ACORN cracking colleague.


THE KEVIN FISCHER "WHIPPERSNAPPER HALL OF FAME"

1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

Friday night on InterCHANGE....


Here are the topics the panelists discuss on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:


1 – Obama in Madison.  

Obama comes to Madison to make a big push for major reforms in public K-12 education.  Is the star power of Obama enough to persuade lawmakers to go against the teachers unions and give more control to the Milwaukee mayor?  Were you surprised that more wasn’t made of Obama pushing Barrett to run for governor?  How would you judge Obama’s performance in the year since he was elected?  What kind of a grade would you give him and why?  Would you say most of his supporters have been pleased, or disappointed in the past ten months?


2 – Partner Benefits.

Milwaukee County has taken a big step towards offering health benefits to domestic partners of county employees.  If it passes, it could cost millions of dollars a year.  With the county facing a huge budget deficit, is now the time to be offering anyone any additional benefits which carry such a big price tag?  Is this just an excuse being used by homophobic opponents of gay rights?  If the city and state already offer such benefits, is Milwaukee County just getting ready to join the modern world?


3 – Wisconsin Avenue
.

What would you do to improve Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee?  What can be done to give Wisconsin Avenue more of a “Big City” flavor?  Why is Wisconsin Avenue, east of Marquette, so dead every night and all weekend?  There was a movie theater. It failed.  Lots of money was put into Grand Avenue.  It failed.  The bars and the nightlife have moved to Water Street.  With all the new apartments and condos built on the east side and in the Third Ward, you’d think there would be an appetite to improve the Milwaukee’s main drag.  Why not?  What will it take? 

Pelosi's pigs at the trough


“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pledged that if Democrats succeed next year in rolling back President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the money would be used to reduce the federal deficit -- not for new spending.

Breaking with many Democrats, Ms. Pelosi also spoke out against earmarking billions of dollars for home-state projects, a practice she calls a ‘monster’ that hurts Congress.

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"Mind if I read it first?"


The parallels between today and this 1948 cartoon are uncanny.....and scary, including the smooth-talking snake-oil salesman.


 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Let me be the first to wish you Merry Christmas!

I am not afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed to use the “C” word. I’m quite proud, actually.

The other day I was in Boston Store doing more looking than actual purchasing. The store’s slogan for the season is inescapable:

GIVE JOY

Harmless and innocuous, for sure. Nothing offensive, though it is just one of what certainly will be a host of cowardly merchants' way of avoiding that word.

What would be wrong with:

GIVE JOY THIS CHRISTMAS

I guess you’d have to put that question to the Boston Store attorneys. But GIVE JOY is nothing.

The pumpkins are barely out of the Halloween patch and the all-out arsenal against Christmas has started.


And it’s only the beginning.

We still have 50 days until CHRISTMAS.

Activists Make a Congressional House Call


 

Large crowds visited members of Congress Thursday to voice opposition to break the bank government health care.




Thousands of people from across the country attend a news conference and rally to protest the health care bill on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol November 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Most Republican members of the House of Representatives led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attended the rally to voice their opposition to the House version of the health care reform legislation moving through Congress. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas throws the Health Care bill to the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, during a health care reform rally. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)


AND MORE.


Check out the coverage:


Thousands Rally to Protest Government Spending, Health Care Bill


Democrats Turn Aggressive on Capitol Hill Against Protestors

As one reader commented to the above, “Now you know how you will be treated when you dispute a health insurance claim under a Government run Health Insurance Plan.

If Nancy Pelosi had managed Custer's Little Big Horn campaign...


Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

The first real test comes Saturday

Americans for Prosperity

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Frankin police make arrest in case of recent burglaries


 

 I received this e-mail earlier today from Franklin Police Chief Ricard Oliva:


   On Monday, November 2nd a house was broken into in the 4100 block of W. Carmel between the times of noon and 1:30PM while the owner went out to the store.  Through investigation, we arrested a suspect who lives directly across the street from the house that was broken into.  We believe that the suspect is responsible for many of the recent burglaries  in  that general area.  He is denying involvement at this time.  We are continuing our investigation attempting to connect him to these other burglaries.  There is physical evidence that is being analyzed at the Crime Lab and we recovered numerous items of jewelry and coins  from his home that we are attempting to have previous crime victims identify as being taken from their homes. 

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Finally, the weekend!


Lots coming up on This Just In, starting later tonight with our Friday night Goodnight musically-themed feature. Don't be sad. It's going to be quite entertaining.

Wake up Saturday to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with lots of dog information, including this dog's incredible story....

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Janet Torren of Rochester with Shai, who was given away by the Stoughton animal control officer.



Then It's Week-ends, the weekly week in review.

What did he do......




Lynn police officer Tom Hazard stands...



To get a mention.

Also, Recommended Reading.

On Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. This picture, I'm afraid to say, did NOT make the final cut.....







No, it's not the holiday party at Franklin City Hall. Men dressed in Father Christmas outfits from the London Santa school pose by telephone boxes as they walk about in central London, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Lots of photos did make our final cut and you can see them Sunday morning.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

 

Get the latest on tonight's big Franklin football playoff game...


Right here on FranklinNOW during a special live blog from the Franklin/Lake Geneva Badger game.

GO SABERS!

WHEW! FRANKLIN 27, LAKE GENEVA BADGER, 26!


That's a final score!

SABERS MOVE ON IN THE WIAA DIVISION 2 PLAYOFFS!

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend filled with companionship!

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They weren't sleeping on that NW flight, but close...


One year later....

Political Cartoon by Scott Stantis

The Barking Lot (11/07/09)

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:  Morning clouds, afternoon sun. High of 67.   "A"

SUNDAY:  UPDATED. Mostly sunny. High of 65.  "A"


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

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Ladies, ladies, ladies!!!!!


Over the past 30 years, I’ve been to hundreds of soccer games. I’ve never seen anything like this…..

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Franklin beats Lake Geneva Badger: The Highlights


 

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Week-ends (11/07/09)

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


Amber Bahr.......more....and more in the following video:



 


Kimberly Munley.........more.


Heroes at every turn at Fort Hood


Louis Coulbert


Olaf Schmid


The US Navy



Rick Scott



Tom Hazard


Howard Heins


Doc Hendley


Yankee manager Joe Girardi


Barefoot man



Passersby


Abby Johnson


Thomas Hodgson



Teanne Harris


Levon Myers of Franklin High School



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Nidal Malik Hasan


Anthony Sowell


Rose Prescott


Milwaukee firefighter


LaVon Tebelekian


US Senate


Brian Schroeder



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


She opened her eyes and said, 'Did anybody die?' That's what she said, 'Did anybody die?'"
Dr. Kelly Matlock on the first words Kimberly Munley said following surgery for herr wounds suffered when she stopped the Fort Hood massacre by shooting Major Nidal Malik Hasan several times.


"Kill the bill.”
Shouts by demonstrators in Washington D.C. protesting proposed government health plan.


"They're going to listen. The biggest voice in the United States is your voice." 
Congressman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) who originally called for this week’s rally in D.C.


“Republicans are in the minority, but a minority in Congress plus the American people equals the majority."
Congressman Mike Pence (R—Ind.) in an interview with Fox News.

 "You know, I'm busy (and) Nancy (Pelosi) is busy with our mops cleaning up somebody else's (health-care) mess. We don't want somebody sitting back saying, 'You're not holding the mop the right way.'...You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop.' Grab a mop. Let's get to work."
Barack Obama at a fund-raiser in San Francisco.


"Clearly, the mass murder of nearly 3,000 lives on 9/11 is a substantial debt. After eight years in Afghanistan, with the ranks of al Qaeda depleted but metastasizing elsewhere, the Taliban resurgent, and bin Laden still at large, does anyone believe this debt has been repaid? There are actually two ground zeros: one in lower Manhattan, and the other symbolically located in Afghanistan, where the demonic aspirations of al Qaeda were bred and where bin Laden may still be. Whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or some other dark and murderous corner of the world, America simply cannot abandon the obligation of evening this score. Justice demands no less."
Fordham University law professor Thane Rosenbaum


"Let's simplify, we're pro children.

"Let's talk about change we can believe in. "Friends, a majority of Americans identify as pro life, and thank God for that.

"Don't let anyone ever tell you to sit down and shut up."
Sarah Palin at an appearance at State Fair Park Friday night


"I said to them -- and I'll say it over and over and over again -- I am going to serve out my term."
Governor  Jim Doyle  answering a question on whether he spoke with Obama Administration officials about his future during a stop in D.C. this week.


“I think the mere fact that he's here in Wisconsin he knows, the secretary of Education knows, that this debate is going on. He wouldn't be here if he wanted to stay away from that debate.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett saying that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan back a plan for mayoral control of Milwaukee Public Schools,  even if they didn't specifically address it while in Wisconsin.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Fort Hood

Did you know that it was the lack of health funding that motivated Hasan?



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Another sweet deal for Congress



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Oprah leaving her show



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Worst. Wedding night. Ever.


What? The guy couldn't just call in sick??


Man turns up at own funeral


It took her 950 times...


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Recommended Reading (11/07/09)

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 Fort Hood Massacre

"The poor guy suffered from lack of love. Others were mean to him. He was mentally confused. He snapped -- yes, maybe that was it. He snapped, as with various school and post office massacres. None of which speaks to the terrifying possibility that particular killers particularly hate and scorn and despise the victims.”


The Worst Bill Ever

“Epic new spending and taxes, pricier insurance, rationed care, dishonest accounting: The Pelosi health bill has it all.”


Speaker Pelosi's government-run health plan will require a monthly abortion premium

"Health care reform should not be used as an opportunity to use federal funds to pay for elective abortions. Health reform should be an opportunity to protect human life - not end it."


The coming shortage of doctors

"If the doctor shortage is not addressed and health-care reform is signed into law, millions of Americans will likely find themselves able to obtain insurance for the first time—but may be unable to find a doctor without a long delay. Why?"


A Society that Venerates Lawyers More than Doctors

"If the 1,990-page House Health Care Bill becomes law, the average American will receive worse health care, American physicians will decline in status and income, American medical innovation  will dramatically slow down and pharmaceutical discoveries will decline in number and quality. And, of course, the economy of the United States will deteriorate, perhaps permanently. However, we are also certain that there is one American group that will thrive — trial lawyers."


Obama’s message of hope fading in Wisconsin

“With challenges for Wisconsin still looming large, have hopes for change with this new president faded?

‘You can't sell hope forever,’ said Arnold Shober, an assistant professor of political science at Lawrence University. ‘You have to sell results eventually. That will be the litmus test, if you will, of his presidency’."



What a difference a year makes

One year ago Barack Obama turned the political establishment upside down with a resounding national election that, according to so-called experts, spelled the end of influence and legitimacy for the GOP for years, perhaps decades to come. However, a mere 12 months later, Republicans have dramatically turned around their fortunes with two high-profile gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey -- both by comfortable margins.”


Newsweek trashes sexual abstinence

An Oct. 28 Newsweek article made another attempt to discredit sex ed that teaches teens to wait for sexual activity until marriage. The abstinence movement already faces dire straights since President Obama cut its federal funding from the 2010 budget. Newsweek must be hoping to bury it.”


A plague of atheists has descended

In an average week of atheistic bigotry in the Melbourne media, we can expect to learn that Catholics endorse child molestation, hate all other religions, would re-introduce the crusades and the auto de fe at the slightest opportunity, despise women, wish to persecute homosexuals, greedily divert public moneys for their own religious purposes, subvert public health care, brainwash children, and are masterminding the spread of the cane toad across northern Australia.”


Pay-by-the mile auto insurance advances in California

Car insurance by the tankful?”


In Defense of Jaywalking

These accounts—which are typically combined with grim statistics on pedestrian deaths and injuries, but no deeper analysis—could well leave casual readers with the impression that jaywalking is the single greatest risk to the urban pedestrian, that pedestrians wantonly solicit injuries and death with their depraved behavior, and that properly corralling pedestrians could solve all our traffic safety problems. All of which is wrong.”


Why ‘Falling Back’ Is Better Than ‘Springing Forward’
(KF Note: I much prefer Daylight Savings Time)

“The switch to daylight saving time during the spring leads to both higher numbers of workplace injuries and more severe workplace injuries.”


Washington's other interns

“Jaye, 18, was at that particular protest in September, one of three arrested as she belly-crawled across a crosswalk. She was also at a Times Square demo, which was another naked one. ‘There were 50 demonstrators in a big naked pile, with arrows sticking out everywhere’ to protest bullfighting, she says. ‘It was totally empowering. It's great to be able to use your body as a tool’.”


The right to remain naked?

Hasn't a man the right to walk around his own home (or in this case, rented accommodations) dressed according to his fancy? Answer, obvious to anyone familiar with relevant case law, absolutely not.”


After Mickey’s Makeover, Less Mr. Nice Guy

Concerned that Mickey (Mouse) has become more of a corporate symbol than a beloved character for recent generations of young people, Disney is taking the risky step of re-imagining him for the future.”

 

Franklin's next opponent in the playoffs...


Waunakee.

The Warriors beat Monona Grove this afternoon, 35-20.

The semifinals will be at a site TBA.

 

"I'll bet you a hundred bucks it was a Muslim"


Columnist Doug Giles writes it’s time to make changes in our military given what went down at Fort Hood. In vintage Giles style, he writes:

“Obvious now is the fact that political correctness has run so amok that a jackass jihadist in our armed forces can spew his anti-American babble, blog about killing us, set red flags off all over the psychological place, and no one holds him down and scrapes his frontal lobe with a cement trowel. Once again, going PC gets people killed. To heck with being PC with people who want us dead; our playing the nice guy with this goon’s right to be a murderous idiot got our beloved soldiers butchered.”

Giles also offers this:

“I will now gaze into my crystal ball and tell you how things will unfold in the days to come if Hasan the Pathetic lives.”

God,
I love
Doug Giles.

My Most Popular Blogs (11/08/09)

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)
 The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #8

2) So, Ted.....

3) WRTL Urges Assembly to Reject AB 458

4) Franklin beats Lake Geneva Badger: The Highlights

5) TIE 

    Recommneded Reading (11/07/09)

    Hey Franklin, how about a property tax freeze?

Photos of the Week (11/08/09)

Photos of the Week




Ambulance passes the main gate at Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 5. 2009, following a shooting on the base. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)






Sgt. Anthony Sills, right, comforts his wife as they wait outside the Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. The Sills' 3-year old son is still in daycare on the base, which is in lock-down following a mass shooting earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)


 



Diana Levenson left, and Sandy Rivera, both cousins of Francheska Velez, 21, react to her death in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. Velez, of Chicago, is one of the victims of a shooting rampage by an Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/David Banks)






U.S. Army 1st Sergeant William Ellis (front) bows his head along with other soldiers during a moment of silence for the soldiers killed and wounded at Fort Hood on November 6, 2009 in Killeen, Texas. U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 30 in a shooting rampage at the Soldier Readiness Center on the grounds of the military base Fort Hood yesterday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)






A man sits in the Muslim Community Center mosque before the start of Friday prayers at the center in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. The suspected gunman at Fort Hood, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, attended the mosque when he lived in the area. (AP Photo/The Washington Times,Katie Falkenberg)


 

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"There will be no singing or dancing..."



 

But Lombardi is coming to Broadway.

"This is a game the Packers can and should win"




Wayne Larrivee, Green Bay Packer radio announcer on the Packer pre-game show today prior to the Tampa Bay game.


Aaron Rodgers looked like T.J. Rubley when the game was on the line.

Mike, just keep staring at your chart.

So, Ted…..how’s that “next level” working out for ya?

Green Bay loses to 0-7 Tampa Bay.


1108buth11
Photo: Tampa Tribune, taken before today's game

Bucs 38, Pack 28

It's the 70's and 80's all over again. Mediocrity has returned to Packerland.


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Shocking submission in today's MJS editorial pages


Yes, shocking.

A staffer for a locally-elected official has written a piece for today’s Crossroads section in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Doesn’t he realize that as a government employee, he gives up his First Amendment rights?

He must abandon all his ability to think independently.

Absolutely appalling.

Why, the next thing you know, he’ll want a blog of his own!

Coming soon, today's MJS Scorecard.

The MJS Scorecard (11/08/09)

MJS Scorecard

EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Another View | Spencer Coggs: Too costly and too dangerous  

Susan A. Brewer: Thinking through the sales pitch  

Richard L. Birch: A void paved over with concrete  

Cars, bad. Concrete, bad. Roads, bad. People driving, bad. Column, liberal.

Alex Runner: Butler critics don't know him  

A staffer to a politician, expressing opinion. Outrageous.


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

HEY. WE FOUND ONE!

Bill Malkasian: Supreme Court got it right  


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Elizabeth Brenner, Keith Nosbusch And Steve Roell: Why not be part of the solution?  


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-4, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-105, Conservative-77


Note: There have been five (5) conservative pieces in Crossroads the past seven (7) weeks.

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Congratulations, and thank you, Franklin Police!


In case you missed the news over the weekend, I was the first to report this good news from an e-mail I received Friday from Franklin Police Chief Ricard Oliva about the rash of recent burglaries:


   On Monday, November 2nd a house was broken into in the 4100 block of W. Carmel between the times of noon and 1:30PM while the owner went out to the store.  Through investigation, we arrested a suspect who lives directly across the street from the house that was broken into.  We believe that the suspect is responsible for many of the recent burglaries  in  that general area.  He is denying involvement at this time.  We are continuing our investigation attempting to connect him to these other burglaries.  There is physical evidence that is being analyzed at the Crime Lab and we recovered numerous items of jewelry and coins  from his home that we are attempting to have previous crime victims identify as being taken from their homes. 

     In addition to the burglary, he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a switchblade knife, resisting an officer and violation of probation.    This morning the District Attorney's Office issued the burglary charge on Shawn V. Winters age 32, of 4126 W. Carmel Drive.  We feel confident that the burglaries in the neighborhood will be significantly reduced because of this arrest. 

Culinary no-no #138

Culinary no-no's

 

I was filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN because he was having throat/laryngitis problems.  Pretty tough to handle a three-hour radio talk show when you are unable to speak.

Shortly after the familiar DUM DUM DUM……DUM Belling show open, I mentioned why I had been summoned to take over. And before getting into my first substantive topic, completely adlibbing, I began to talk about remedies for such ailments and some childhood memories.


When older brother Greg or I would start to have sore throats or even flu-like symptoms when we were kids, Mom (who by the way is the best Mom in the world and by no means was embarrassed when I mentioned her on the most listened to radio program during afternoon drive in the state of Wisconsin or now about the true story I’m about to tell) would scoff, laugh, and say, “No problem.” Actually, I think there might have been a mischievous chuckle.

Mom would rustle up a cereal bowl, yes, the same kind of bowl I’d eat my Frosted THEY’RE GREAT Flakes out of, and start peeling.

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A nation grieves

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler
 

The Truth About ACORN


Watch this FOX News Special for more damaging revelations about ACORN.

 

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More extensive highlights of Franklin's win over Lake Geneva Badger


You can see them in the Journal Sentinel's weekly program, Preps Plus.

The highlights begin 16:00 into the program.

Berlin remembers fall of the Wall


WATCH


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National Right To Life responds to Obama statement on Stupak-Pitts amendment

 
NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE RESPONDS TO OBAMA STATEMENT ON STUPAK-PITTS AMENDMENT

Monday, November 9, 2009

For further information:
National Right to Life Committee

Federal Legislation Department
202-626-8820
http://www.nrlc.org/ahc


WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2009, 7 PM EST) -- ABC News reports the following comments by President Obama today regarding the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was added to the health care bill by the House of Representatives on November 7:

"I laid out a very simple principle, which is this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill," President Obama said. "And we're not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions." Saying the bill cannot change the status quo regarding the ban on federally funding abortions, the President said "there are strong feelings on both sides" about an amendment passed on Saturday and added to the legislation, "and what that tells me is that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we're not changing the status quo." 

Regarding the president's remarks, the following comment may be attributed to Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC):  "The only thing that will prevent the health care bill from being 'an abortion bill' is precisely the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, as the House of  Representatives recognized by a 46-vote margin.  The phoniness of Obama's claim that he has been trying to preserve the 'status quo' on abortion policy should be evident to any observer by now.  In reality, the White House and top Democratic congressional leaders have been working hard to create a national federal government health plan that would fund abortion on demand, just as Obama promised Planned Parenthood."

In an alert distributed on Sunday, November 8, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan."  The alert urged Planned Parenthood supporters to send Obama emails saying, "Now it's time for you to make good on that commitment." 

To see a short video clip of Obama making that promise, before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, click here.  On that occasion, Obama said:  

"Well, look, in my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care.  And so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose. . . . Essentially, what we're doing is to say that we're going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don't have health insurance.  It'll be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services."

To view a September 11, 2009 examination by PolitiFact.com on the meaning of Obama's 2007 statement, click here.  Today, PolitiFact.com reviewed a November 7 claim by U.S. House pro-abortion leader Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money," and concluded that Lowey's claim is "FALSE."  Read it here.

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the health care legislation are posted here.

Saturday Night Live with Paul Ryan

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Aldermen Olson, Sohns the voices of reason on Franklin budget


The city budget is the most important piece of business the Franklin Common Council tackles every year. Reduced state aid and less revenue necessitate holding the line on spending and taxing, especially given the taxpayer’s ability to pay during a time of pink slips and salary cuts.

After listening to the audio of last week’s joint meeting of the Franklin Common Council and the city’s Finance Committee posted on Fred Keller’s blog, it is clear Franklin aldermen Steve Olson and Lyle Sohns have a clear understanding of the budget process, budget priorities, and the plight of the taxpayers.

The current budget proposed by Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor fails to fill two police and one firefighter positions.  Only Olson and Sohns are talking specifically and directly about how critical those positions are and how to get them filled.

I’ve listened to the tape of last week’s meeting twice. Olson and Sohns are clear and precise about their budget intentions.

Olson told his colleagues there are two people on the Council who are ready and willing to address what needs to be done to improve the mayor’s proposed budget. “What about the other four?”

That’s a good question that we’ll get into.

Olson said he wasn’t tied to the notion of a 2.9% property tax levy increase that is contained in the mayor’s budget. What about a 0% increase?

What about it? I proposed the idea in a blog last week. I daresay 75% of Franklin taxpayers would support a property tax freeze in an instant.

Olson was rather blunt and correct when he stated there is no need for 5.6 full time employees in the planning department. There is no need for 8 building inspectors when no one’s building. Olson said the city doesn’t need as many light equipment operators as it now has, that some snow plowing can wait just a bit longer.

Sohns said he would support a budget with a 2.9% increase if it restored the police and fire positions. He made a great analogy that when a parent has a heart attack, he doesn’t want a planner or building inspector to show up, he wants paramedics there 6 minutes later.

Alderman Tim Solomon also expressed support for police and fire protection, but his mind is clearly made up. He says cuts can’t be made in the capital budget, i.e. snow plows and a lawn mower to fund the operating budget. I’ll give Solomon the benefit of the doubt that he has, indeed, heard of the word”transfer” when it comes to budgets. But it’s clear his mind is made up and isn’t willing to budge on any changes or cuts to the mayor’s proposal. I don’t agree with him, but at least he tells you where he’s coming from.

Alderman Kristin Wilhelm spoke ever so briefly saying she wants the police and fire positions restored, but as a Finance Committee member offered no ideas on how to achieve her goal.

Then there was Alderman Steve Taylor who sounded whiney, argumentative, indecisive, and quite frankly, uninformed.

Like Wilhelm, he offered no ideas on actions needed to fill police and fire positions, using the excuse that motions could not be made at this particular meeting. He’s been on the Finance Committee all year. When the mayor’s budget came out, if he truly was opposed to the absence of these positions, where’s his solution? Taylor keeps saying “I’m willing to listen.” In other words, everyone else needs to do the heavy lifting. He’s not fresh out of ideas because he never had any.

When Olson used the word, “coppers" a few times to describe the police positions, Taylor objected, saying the word to him is “offensive.” He was quickly corrected by Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva who can be heard on the tape saying, “The coppers call themselves coppers.”

Oliva then tried to make a lighter moment by noticing that Taylor was wearing a firefighter T-shirt. True, Taylor pandered to the 20 or more firefighter in the audience by purchasing a shirt to wear during the meeting. But unlike Olson and Sohns who specifically and directly said they want the police and fire positions filled, Taylor would only say he’s willing to listen to suggestions. Taylor never said he fully supports the restoration of the positions, nor did he, like Olson point out areas where cuts could be made to make it happen. Instead, he talked about keeping items in the budget like purchasing new trucks and a mower.

Taylor said one of the trucks earmarked for replacement was broke. Someone on the committee immediately fired back, “No it’s not.”

Not one of Taylor’s best nights at City Hall. So if Taylor won’t cut anything, how does that get the city to be able to afford those public safety positions? Where does he think the money is coming from?

Alderman Olson and Sohns are correct when they submit there needs to be a new way of thinking about the budget process. Why is a Comprehensive Master Plan position needed when the Plan is finished?

Mayor Taylor specifically asked the Finance Committee if members had a higher priority on staffing public safety. If they do, then something has to go. I’m not convinced anyone on the Council other than Olson and Sohns can come up with cuts, or wants to.

Prediction: The mayor’s budget will pass 4-2 with Olson and Sohns dissenting. Olson and Sohns will suggest budget alterations to get the police and fire positions restored and still keep the property tax levy at or below 3%. Their proposals will be voted down by the Council.

Franklin will be without two police officers and one firefighter. But we’ll a few new plows and a lawn mower. Sleep comfortably, Franklin.

10% unemployment


Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

The Video of the Year?


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Charlie Sykes kicks the rather large posterior of a hateful lefty blogger


WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes knocks a well-known hateful lefty blogger into the middle of next week. As Charlie writes on his blog today, “One of the most prolific local liberal bloggers is named Chris Liebenthal, who is also one of the most rabid critics of County Executive Scott Walker. He is the chairman the anti-Walker group, Milwaukee County First. He publishes on several lefty websites under the name 'capper’."

Charlie then tears into Liebenthal, and rightfully so, for Liebenthal’s incredibly cold and callous statements about Sarah Palin and her special needs child.

Liebenthal writes an attack blog with the sole intent of smearing. He is not at all interested in intellectual debate or the truth. The main targets of his muckraking and often sophomoric attacks have been Scott Walker, Sykes, Mark Belling, Patrick McIlheran, and me.

What goes around comes around.

Sykes’ blog contains a not very flattering or professional looking photo of Liebenthal protesting at the Milwaukee County Board budget meeting that was in today’s paper.




The comments on Charlie's blog are quite interesting. As the target of this imbecile’s hateful trash in the past, I must admit it’s good to see him get pummeled.

FYI, Liebenthal is idolized by Franklin blogger and fellow lefty, Greg Kowalski, and is quite chummy with phony conservative blogger, Cindy Kilkenny. Liebenthal's blogs are included in Franklin School Board member Janet Evans’ blogroll on her blog on another website. Evans once blasted WTMJ because one of its syndicated hosts, Michael Savage made disparaging comments on his show about autistic children. I wonder if Evans will publicly condemn the offensive remarks about Sarah Palin and her son made by a writer she recommends and endorses.

STOP THE PRESSES-----ALDERMAN TAYLOR HAS A BUDGET IDEA!


On a previous blog or two, I’ve written that, honest to God, I would love to praise Franklin alderman Steve Taylor once, just one time for doing something noteworthy. The problem is that he just keeps stepping in it.

If he were on the council in New York, David Letterman would have material every night.

I chided Taylor last night in my blog for not offering any ideas, not any about how to improve Mayor Tom Taylor’s proposed budget (that’s not all that bad to begin with) or any ideas about where to cut so that two police and one firefighter positions could be filled. I wrote the following after listening to the tapes of last week’s joint meeting of the Common Council and the Finance Committee that Franklin blogger Fred Keller put on his blog:

He (Alderman Taylor) offered no ideas on actions needed to fill police and fire positions, using the excuse that motions could not be made at this particular meeting. He’s been on the Finance Committee all year. When the mayor’s budget came out, if he truly was opposed to the absence of these positions, where’s his solution? Taylor keeps saying ‘I’m willing to listen.’ In other words, everyone else needs to do the heavy lifting. He’s not fresh out of ideas because he never had any.”

That was last night.

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Amber Bahr, the genuine article


On last Friday night’s InterCHANGE program during our discussion on the Fort Hood murders, I mentioned that we would be hearing a lot more about Wisconsin’s Amber Bahr, a bona fide hero.

She is the real deal, a source of great pride who epitomizes the valor and courage of our military.


WTMJ’s Charles Benson interviews Bahr

Bahr tells the Sheboygan Press she’s not a hero (she is)

Send best wishes to Kimberly Munley


Sgt. Kimberly Munley


Here's how...

Carrie Prejean takes on her critics


Imagine if Meredith Viera was interviewing a liberal beauty queen-author....but she wasn't.
 

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"The profile"


Political Cartoon by Glenn McCoy

Thank you, Veterans, one and all

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Untapped talent


That of returning Veterans

Remember me

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Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (11/11/09)

Kyla's Korner


By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

Since becoming a mom over seven months ago, I must admit my focus and observations when I am out in public have changed.  Now, I notice infant carriers (do they have the same Chico as I do?) clothing (that is ADORABLE, what a precious outfit!) and pacifiers (hmmm… she’s not using a clip and it’s going to get lost!).  I notice behaviors (could you please stop reading the magazine in the check out lane and realize your baby is hungry?) and parenting skills, or lack thereof (asking your child “Do you want a spanking?” rarely if ever yields a “Yes” response.)  In general, I notice children more everywhere I go.  I can compare it to when you get a new car.  Suddenly, the road is filled with the same make and model you recently purchased and you feel some sort of “owners bond.”   Of course, there is the unmistakable pride when a total stranger comes up to me and tells me what an adorable baby I have.  Really, can you look at that face and think otherwise?






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Harley-Davidson shows its appreciation to the military

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Walker to pull out (thank God!) his veto pen


The MacIver Institute has a nice review of the Milwaukee County Board meeting to raise taxes.
 

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Jim Ott issues Global Warming Warning


In late July of 2008, I blogged that recommendations  made by Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming “
constitute government intervention at its worst with the purpose of controlling many facets of your day to day lives.”

After listing some of the policy changes endorsed by the Task Force, I continued:

“Policies endorsed by the Task Force would regulate your car, lawnmower, boat, tractor, and 4-wheeler, dictate how many miles you can drive, lower speed limits, encourage you to walk, regulate the trucking industry, and impose an ethanol mandate. Making matters worse, and fueling my skepticism is the fact the report fails to specify the cost of these initiatives to Wisconsin residents and their effect on our fragile state economy that grew by a paltry one percent last year. If Wisconsin were to implement the Task Force recommendations, it is a safe bet heating bills, electric bills and gas prices would all increase and our economy would continue to suffer.”

You can read the entire blog here.

That was well over a year ago.

The MacIver Institute reports that state Representative Jim Ott is forecasting legislation to implement some of the outrageous Task Force policy recommendations are right around the corner.

Franklin playoff football just got personal: PART I


FRANKLIN
HIGH SCHOOL
TAKES ON WAUNAKEE THIS SATURDAY AT

1:00 AT KETTLE MORAINE IN A WIAA DIVISION 2 SEMI-FINAL FOOTBALL

PLAYOFF GAME. THE WINNER ADVANCES TO THE STATE

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT CAMP RANDALL STADIUM.



I am blessed to work with some sharp, insightful, talented, and very nice people at the state Capitol. A few are even Democrats.

One of my dear colleagues and friends in Madison (oh, no Kevin, please don’t pick me, please, please, please, don’t mention me) is bright, intelligent, vivacious, effervescent, attractive, and incredibly sweet.

She loves Sinatra, the Big Apple, Gucci, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Prada, champagne, and 80’s tunes.

 

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Fort Hood murderer had an enabler

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Suicidal Political Correctness

"Even as more and more realize oppressive political correctness is damaging our nation and killing our people, we still hold ourselves hostage to it. We can't criticize Obama on his policy agenda without absurd accusations of racism, and now our authorities' first instinct after the mass murder at Fort Hood is to victimize the identified shooter -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- rather than to protect our soldiers."

Nidal Hasan deserves and should get the death penalty....


BUT...

Hey, Kev, whatcha talkin' about Friday night on Channel 10?


Here are the topics the panel discusses on Milwaukee Public Television's INterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 with a repeat brodcast at 11:00 Sunday morning..

NOTE: I don't pick the topics. If I did, we wouldn't be talking about Tom (Oh my goodness, please help me, what should I do?) Barrett for the 80th time in the past month.



1 – Barrett.  


Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is expected to announce Friday or Saturday whether he’ll run for governor.  If he runs, is he the favorite?  Would voters embrace the possibility that he would work at least part of the week from Milwaukee?  That he wouldn’t move his family to Madison?  Does this mean that family is more important to him than being governor?  Is that a good thing?  If he doesn’t run, who will the Democrats turn to?

 

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Franklin playoff football just got personal: PART II


FRANKLIN
HIGH SCHOOL TAKES ON WAUNAKEE THIS SATURDAY AT

1:00 AT KETTLE MORAINE IN A WIAA DIVISION 2 SEMI-FINAL FOOTBALL

PLAYOFF GAME. THE WINNER ADVANCES TO THE STATE

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT CAMP RANDALL STADIUM.


My colleague in the state Senate, Jen Esser (Jen-Jen the Engine), a proud Waunakee High School graduate and I have been discussing a bet on this weekend’s big Franklin-Waunakee playoff football game.

Mentioned so far: wearing outlandish costumes, singing the opposing team’s school song during the noon hour in the state Capitol rotunda, and the usual wine and dine opportunities. I’d have to eat some gourmet salad without meat. Is this a friendly wager or torture?

No agreement has been reached yet, but I am sure stipulations will be agreed upon by kickoff.

She actually wanted me to stand in the middle of the hallowed rotunda and sing loyalty to Waunakee High?

NEVER!

Stay tuned.

"Someone at the RNC needs to be fired over this"


I would agree.

Fix this, and fast.

Military intelligence

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok

Since none of the liberal TV talk show hosts want to talk to Carrie Prejean about her new book....


I offer this.


 

Rally to support Scott Walker and his 0% increase budget


It happens Saturday.

The Right View Wisconsin has details

At last, the weekend


And it starts tonight here on This Just In with our regular Friday night Goodnight music post featuring, among others, this classy bunch....






Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife, Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS including a story involving this well-known athlete:






And this dog .....



Australian sniffer dog Sabi


.......is the subject of an amazing tale.

Then it's Week-ends, our weekly week in review.

They.....










,,,,,get a mention, but in which category? 

Also Saturday, Recommended Reading....... always outstanding material.

It's also the big Franklin-Waunakee playoff game and I have a personal  wager with a Waunakee grad/colleague. I'll lay out the details.

Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, the MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here is a photo that DID NOT make the final cut for Sunday:





Members of a syndicate of office workers celebrate winning 45.5 million pounds (US$76 million euro50.6 million) after winning a share of the UK's largest ever lottery prize in the Euromillions lottery at the village of Thornton Hough near Liverpool, England, Tuesday Nov. 10, 2009. The winners who work for Hewlett Packard are from the right, John Walsh, Donna Rhodes, James Bennett, Alex Parry, Sean Connor, Ceri Scullion and Emma Cartwright. (AP Photo/Jon Super).


Have a super weekend, thanks for stopping by, and GO SABERS!!!

Barrett will run for governor


A reliable source informed me late this afternoon that Tom Barrett is running for governor with the official announcement coming Sunday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also is reporting a Barrett run.

Let the analysis begin.


What will Barrett’s platform be? His less than rousing success as mayor of Milwaukee? His dubious record as a liberal tax and spender?

Scott Walker will run as a candidate that will put a stop to runaway taxing and spending and put an emphasis in state government on job creation and improving our insidious business climate.

I can’t see Barrett beating Walker in Milwaukee suburbs, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Walworth, Dodge, Jefferson counties. Walker has numerous campaign stops in other parts of the state the past few years up on Barrett.

Somehow, Barrett has to convince voters how his administration will be different than the outgoing Doyle administration that is suffering from bad unfavorable numbers, especially after signing the worst budget in Wisconsin history.

Dane County must be having a collective aneurism. The frontrunners for governor in each party are from the Milwaukee area.

Goodnight everyone, and have a spy-tacular weekend


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight……..suspense……intrigue.

Being the nostalgic gent that I am, it’s cool to see more TV channels popping up replaying great detective TV shows like I Spy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a Thief, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, and Peter Gunn.

Keep them coming. I’d love to see Hawaiian Eye, Burke’s Law, etc.

Like the characters and plots, the theme music from some of these old programs is just as enduring. Tonight’s music is stepped up a notch from the usual smooth and relaxing mode, but still, I believe, satisfies.

We begin with noted composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin. You may have seen his name in numerous TV closing credits. From his bio on his website:

“Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.

As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music, and also studied law. He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon.

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Government health care in action


Political Cartoon by Larry Wright

The Barking Lot (11/14/09)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Cloudy skies with a few showers late in the day. High of 57.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 52. "B"

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


I can honestly say that I have never purchased anything as a result of an infomercial.  I know that I am in the minority on this…  In fact, I don’t think I have ever watched an infomercial in its entirety.  Rest his soul, Billy Mays’ loud-mouth pitching of mops, picture hangers etc. have always been enough to make me scramble for the MUTE button faster than you can say “Have your credit card ready and call ‘eight hundred…’”

As the holidays are upon us, I am blessed with never having to resort to Billy or any other TV “hawker” to purchase a gift for a friend or family member (As far as I am concerned, love means never having to buy a gift from an infomercial).

But the latest “cult” product to hit the market since this item could, possibly, make me change my mind.

Growing up, Sugar and Skippy both had “doggy sweaters” in their old age.  Sugar, the Basenji, had very short hair.  For many years she was overweight but in her final days she was quite thin and her little sweater kept her cozy every time she had to go outside.  Some days she would not let us take it off of her, even when she was in the house!  Yes, I know Mother Nature gave dogs their own fur coats.  But being the over-indulgent owners that we were, we didn’t think twice about putting on an extra layer for our girls when the wind and snow whipped around.

My dog-in-law Leia is now in HER golden years.  I don’t think my in-laws have thought about any kind of outerwear for her.  Would I consider purchasing a sweater or coat for her this year?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps I would finally succumb to the omnipresent television mantra “But wait!  Order now and we will send you TWO (insert useless item name here) for the price of ONE.  Just pay additional shipping and handling.”

Perhaps this year, I will finally give in and purchase this.  I must admit, I had no idea how this little fleece (not FLEAS!) number is taking the pet world by storm.  But a simple Google search yields hundreds of links to blogs and You Tube postings.  This one is just the latest.

I KNOW that ten years from now we will look back at this craze and wonder just what we were thinking.  In the mean time, our labs, poodles, and Yorkies are cuddled on the couch, snoring contently, wearing their Snuggies.  Merry Christmas, Fido!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

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


This is the amazing dog story of the week.


Police officer shoots police dog.


Man who dragged dog behind a truck is now "sorry."


Despite pleas, Oreo is put down. MORE.


He thought it was a dog. It wasn't.


Joe Namath's dog deemed dangerous.


Daisy was left to die in the woods, but is rescued.


More than 30 dogs left to die on Concord roadside.


More drug-sniffing dogs coming to Janesville schools?


My, my, my Delilah...


Judge rules autistic boy can have dog helper in class..........the background.


Happy tales for former fighting dogs.


Hundreds come to meet famous dog.


ASPCA names this year's top dog.


Ooooopps. Police sic dog on wrong man.


The federal government has but one dog mushing job, only one. And it's open.


Training rescued dogs to be the rescuers.


Unable to own a pet? Become a foster parent.


Middleton man makes shoe-shaped beds for pets.


The surgical mute button for dogs that won't stop......WOOF!  WOOF!


Swine flu and your dog.


How dog poop led to love for Paula Deen.

That's it for this week's Barking Lot. Thanks so much for stopping by!

We close like we always close.....with our closing video.

Enjoy!



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Week-ends (11/14/09)

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


Amber Bahr


Kimberly Munley..........
or was it Mark Todd?


Amy Krueger


The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight from Wisconsin


The governor of California and Vietnam Vets


Henry Ullmer


Despite a new book, Chesley Sullenberger


Cheryl Roberts


Zach Pruner


Thomas Conkling


Cesar Munoz


Clarice Lewis


Katrina Hodge


An old friend, Melodie Wilson. God bless her.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Anwar Al-Awlaki


9/11 plotters


Ruth Epstein


ABCNews.com


Trista Joy Lathern


Hateful lefty blogger Chris Liebenthal (NOTE: Not a single compassionate lefty blogger has expressed outrage or condemned the despicable comments made by Liebenthal, thus demonstrating the sheer hatred of the left. BTW, Liebenthal is on Janet Evans' blogroll on her blog on another website).


The Kenosha County Board


The Green Bay Packer official(s) responsible for this.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“In a country of 300 million people, uh, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable, even within the extraordinary m-military that we have.  Uh, and, uh, I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress.  There are going to instances, uh, in which, uh, an individual cracks.”
President Obama discussing the Fort Hood shooter.


“This guy didn't ‘crack.’ This guy has a history of being seen on the path to blowing up!  I mean, they ignored everything.  It is just...  He (Obama) just will not say it. He will not say it's terrorism. Who knows why? I think the political correctness... There maybe other things going.  Now, I'm also hearing that Obama is going to personalize this and pay tribute to each of the fallen personally.  And if he does that, that means he's stinging from the criticism of his speech to the tribal leaders, where he gave a "shout-out" to this incident while praising the tribal leaders at that scheduled conference.  It was terrible. It was horrible. It was out-of-touch, disconnected from reality. It was insensitive. It was all the things that people thought Obama was not when they elected him.

Yeah, just imagine this, folks.  Imagine if the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, was shouting, ‘Jesus Christ!’ as he unloaded fire.  Do you think there would be any of these calls, ‘Hey, hey, hey! Let's not rush to judgment here. Let's not.’ Imagine if some idiot walked into a Planned Parenthood place and opened fire. Can you imagine? There wouldn't be any call for calm and, ‘Let's not rush to judgment in any way.’ No, no, no, no, no!
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh


“It was fascinating to see Barack Obama warning us not to leap to conclusions about the killings at Fort Hood, Texas — after the way he leaped to conclusions over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, when he knew less about the facts than we already know about the massacre at Fort Hood.

I doubt whether the man responsible for the massacre at Fort Hood will pay with his life for the lives that he took. He may well be free again someday. We can only hope that he does not get a hero's welcome when he arrives in some terror-sponsoring country, the way the Lockerbie bomber did. “
Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell


“Who do you want, the guy who's been innovative and creative and aggressive in trying to hold the line on taxes while still providing for core services ... or the person who continuously raises taxes, increases spending and still can't get it done when it comes to public safety?”
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on a matchup against Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett for governor. The indecisive Barrett will finally make an announcement Sunday that he is running.


“The recession has hit Wisconsin harder than it has hit most state governments, especially when it comes to lost tax revenues and the size of the hole that made in its budget. And unemployment is climbing as the state’s largest sector—manufacturing—sputters.”
From The Pew Center for the States report, “Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril” that outlines 10 states, including Wisconsin that are experiencing the same kinds of budget problems as California.


“I don't expect we'll work our way through this by the end of the year.”
State Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) on a bill to allow Milwaukee mayoral oversight of MPS.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Wisconsin budget rated in the worst 10.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The impact of recommendations made by Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force.


State proposes changes in who assesses your property.


GOP edges ahead of Dems in 2010 vote.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The new Michael Jackson movie



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Bird watching while driving. It ought to be banned!


I figure this would be Gone With The Wind  X 40.


CATFIGHT!


Graffiti artist runs out of paint


REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Franklin playoff football just got personal: PART III

 

My friend and colleague, Jen (Jen-Jen the engine) Esser and I have worked out the details of our wager on today’s Franklin-Waunakee playoff football game.

IF FRANKLIN WINS:

Jen must take me to out to a Franklin establishment and thus add to our local economy.  Jen must listen to Elvis music exclusively for a week, in her car, at home, for a minimum of one hour per day. She must also wear a Nancy Pelosi T-shirt for a week.

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*RIGHT NOW: LIVE BLOGGING OF FRANKLIN VS. WAUNAKEE*

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OUCH! Franklin ousted!


After scoring on their opening drive, Franklin gave up the next 42 points, losing to Waunakee, 42-14.

Congratulations, Sabers on an outstanding season.

Our new Archbishop apparently isn't shy


Milwaukee
’s new Archbishop, Jerome Listecki took Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the woodshed about her statements on abortion.

Listecki wrote:

“Let me be clear.  To say that there is ambiguity about when human life begins is utterly and completely false, and any Catholic (which Speaker Pelosi professes to be) who tries to interpret Church teaching in such a manner gives scandal and misleads the faithful.”

I like the sound of that.

The governor makes the right call on DNR bill


Yes, you read correctly.

Duly elected governors, no matter the party, should be allowed to select their own cabinet secretaries. The electorate put their trust in the winning candidate to make these decisions with appropriate nominees.

Jim Doyle was right.

Recommended Reading (11/14/09)

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).


Dr. Phil and the Fort Hood killer

"It can by now come as no surprise that the Fort Hood massacre yielded an instant flow of exculpatory media meditations on the stresses that must have weighed on the killer who mowed down 13 Americans and wounded 29 others......The tide of pronouncements and ruminations pointing to every cause for this event other than the one obvious to everyone in the rational world continues apace."


Enemies within

"Have we become so tolerant and politically correct that we can't see or confront a rotten apple when it's right in front of our eyes? When our fear of discrimination enables our enemies, can't we see something is grimly amiss?"


Liberal idiocy on Fort Hood

"Why is it that when a so-called liberal opens his mouth about the Ft. Hood massacre by a Muslim jihadist I know that I’m going to feel less safe? The corrupt mayor of Chicago (and presidential patron) blames the shooting of 41 soldiers — at the deployment center for the wars against Muslim jihadists in Afghanistan and Iraq — on the alleged fact that 'America loves guns'."


16 percent unemployment, or worse on its way

These stats mask the new, relatively unique reality of the Obama Recession: the huge number of those on the employed side of the ledger, but at incomes a fraction of previous years’ earnings; in lesser, lower paying jobs; working short hours. The $100,000-a-year real estate agent is now a sales clerk at Kohl’s. Four of her are the same as one more unemployed. That’s why next year’s income tax receipts will drop far below last year’s shocking low, guaranteeing further acceleration of deficits and desperate new tax and money-grab schemes."


4 reasons the American Dream will be over unless we act

“History is full of great nations that have fallen from their lofty perches back into the ranks and the United States is likely to be among them unless we change our attitude about the following issues.”


The Lethal Injection College Fund

"Check out the recent study from the Death Penalty Information Center, which states that after all court costs, fees and various social machinations are factored in, the average death sentence costs each state that supports it about $30 million per inmate, running well into hundreds of millions in wasted taxpayer dollars every year. I say ‘wasted’ because the study proves that, even from a simple economic perspective, the death penalty is ridiculous and culturally debilitating, and the various states in question could save hundreds of millions a year simply by locking the prisoner up for life.”
(KF NOTE: I love how liberal opponents of the death penalty suddenly turn into fiscal conservatives).


Weighing life in prison for youth who don't kill

“The Supreme Court will hear appeals from two juvenile offenders: Joe Sullivan, who raped a woman when he was 13, and Terrance Graham, who committed armed burglary at 16. They claim that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment forbids sentencing them to die in prison for crimes other than homicide.”


'Allowed' to carry for self-defense

In terms of its usefulness to defend yourself and others when the next Colin Ferguson decides to step aboard and open fire (Long Island Railroad, Dec. 7, 1993 -- and a lot of good ‘gun control’ did his victims), how on earth is it a step toward ‘broader gun rights’ for the good senators to install a new system which requires us to unload our firearms, lock them in a box, and hand them to some railroad employee to seal them up in the baggage car for the duration of our trip?”


Hunting big game with your teenage daughter

"The first time a child actually carries their own weapon on their own hunt is a sight to behold.  Truly, they walk taller, faster and quieter.  They are alert and engaged.  There are no parental threats about staking children to anthills.  They begin to feel the thrill of pursuit.  You can literally hear them breathe faster when they spot an animal.  All of this is nothing in comparison to watching them look down the barrel of a rifle, firing and taking their first animal."


Following Recovery Funds

“The National Park Service is offering somewhere between $5,000 and $25,000 to a contractor who can install a ‘bat compatible gate’ in Great National Park, Nevada. Similar to a dozen that already exist in the park, resource manager Ben Roberts says the gate will keep humans out of an old mine while preserving access for the six species of bats that roost there.”


Cheesehead saga inspires


How tacky is that? President Barack Obama autographs a Cheesehead hat worn by a parent at Wednesday's presidential visit to Wright Middle School in Madison, and the guy tells reporters he might sell it on eBay.


Why Puppy Love Matters for Parents

"Among all my endeavors as a parent of teenagers, understanding their affairs of the heart has been the most baffling. Mostly, my approach has been, 'Hands off.' New research suggests I might do better by meddling a bit."

Why I do declare, Miss, may I have the divine pleasure of escortin' you to this Saturday's game?


College football in the south is becoming more genteel if you please.

I say what, I say what in tar nation are you talkin’ bout boy?

Well, it goes somethin’ like this.

Members of fraternities in southern schools for as long as there’s been a Grand Ole Opry have had the privilege of access to seats, good seats at home football games. The historic tradition could be coming to an end, though, because frat boy isn’t using the tickets, or when frat boy shows up, frat boy turns into brat boy, and I’m not talking the pork sausage.

How to rectify and clean up this slovenly path?

Simple.

It really is.

Don’t need to be a university chan-suh- lorr to figure it out.

Threaten the little devils.

After all, you don’t want a, what was that phrase in that famous movie again?

Oh, yes, of course. What you don’t want under any circumstances is, “failure to communicate.”

So you tell Buster Brown this is the way it’s going to be. It’s going to be the way it was when your daddy went to school here and his daddy and his daddy before that.

You will come to the game. You will dress up. You will dress nicely. And there’s more, sonny.

You will bring a date.

Now apparently that seems to cause some consternation on the part of some of those Beauregard’s down yonder.

A date?

At a football game?

And I’ve gotta put on a tie?

Now is it just me or is there something mighty wrong with this picture. Oh, the schools are right to lay down the law, and suggest a dress code, oh yesiree.

Over 45 years ago, my idol, Elvis sang in one of his movies, “I’m just a red-blooded boy and I can’t stop thinking about girls, girls, girls.”

When I was college age, the last thing anyone had to tell Kevin Fischer was to go out and find a girl. Half the time, the girl’s parents were there to meet me at the door with a bucket of ice water.

This suddenly poses a challenge for those non-Yankees, they have to get themselves hooked up for a Saturday, just to see a football game that a lot of Southerners would give up a month of jack Daniels to see?

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, my how times have changed.

Listen, Bubba, shut your yap, put on a nice pair of slacks, jacket and tie, have some guts, pick up the phone, call Susabelle, woo her with pork rinds, flatter her even if you have to lie and take her to the doggone ballgame.

Some day when she’s chasing you around the begonias with a frying pan yelling and screaming, you’ll be glad you did. Well, ok, bad analogy. Just do it!

It beats missing the game.

Under government health care, you better have insurance

Political Cartoon by Chip Bok

My Most Popular Blogs (11/15/09)

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) Nidal Hasan deserves and should get the death penalty....


2) Aldermen Olson, Sohns the voices of reason on Franklin budget


3) Be the very first on your block to own one

4) Charlie Sykes kicks the rather large posterior of a hateful lefty blogger

5) TIE

   Franklin playoff football just got personal: PART I 

   The Truth About ACORN 

   Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (11/11/09)

Quote of the Year?


From today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Walker takes tax fight public.”


“Many in the group said they have had it with higher taxes, among them Steve Butler of Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood.

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MJS questions Aaron Rodgers' maturity


Caught this in Bob McGinn’s column in today’s Milwaukee Journal sentinel (the article is not online):


“As the quarterback, Aaron Rodgers has borne the brunt of the (offensive) line breakdowns. He has been sacked 37 times, an NFL leading figure that leaves these Packers in uncharted territory as far as the club record book.

Whiffs and blown assignments have helped contribute to 25 of the sacks occurring in fewer than 4 seconds, including 14 in fewer than 3. A full 28 of the 37 sacks, or 75.7%, occurred on three- or four-man rushes. In other words, the protection package has been so bad that defenses haven’t even had to blitz.

Rodgers, however, hasn’t helped the line, the coaches, or himself by knowingly holding the ball too long. In the last month, he has shown a stubborn side, telling interviewers several times that he might be somewhat to blame for the avalanche of sacks but had no plans to change how he plays."

Included in the article is a picture of Rodgers being tossed around by the Vikings with this caption:

“Aaron Rodgers has borne the brunt of the offensive line’s breakdowns, but it’s time for him to show some maturity.”

Photos of the Week (11/15/09)

Photos of the Week





A large VETO sign rests against a wall at the Italian Community Center during a rally Saturday in support of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and his proposed 0% increase budget. The Milwaukee County Board approved a budget with a 3.8% increase. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter






Taylor Stagg, 17, of Colington Harbour walks past a house in south Nags Head, N.C. that fell in to the ocean Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. More than 155,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina were without power early Friday as crews tried to restore service. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)






A family member hugs the picture and touches the boots of a fallen soldier, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, during a memorial honoring the 13 victims of a mass shooting at Fort Hood held at U.S. Army's III Corps headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Rodolfo Gonzalez, Pool)






A soldier cries during a memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas, for the victims of the Fort Hood shootings on Tuesday Nov. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Jay Janner, Pool)






An American flag is reflected in the granite Memorial Wall that bears the names of fallen and deceased veterans at the Ceremonial and Commemorative Site in Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Exeter, R.I., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. Josh Arnold, 17, of Warwick, R.I, at right, points to a name on the wall while visiting the site on a school trip. Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)






Kimberly Richardson, of Genesee, Mich. rests on the headstone of her husband U.S. Army Sgt. Gregory T. Richardson while visiting his grave site following a Veteran's Day observance on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Ryan Garza)


 



Eagle Scout Alexander Kruse, right, whispers into the ear of Medal of Honor award recipient Wilburn Ross before a Veteran's Day ceremony at the University of Washington Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Seattle. The school dedicated a new memorial to recognize all Medal of Honor recipients and specifically the eight Washington alumni who hold the award. Washington has more Medal of Honor recipients among its alumni than any other public school in the country except service academies. The award is the nation's highest award for military valor. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)






Iraq War Veteran, United States Army Specialist Michael Marx recites the Pledge of Allegiance with kindergarden students in Saint Martin of Tours School Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Franklin. Marx, the son-in-law of kindergarden teacher Mary Graves spoke to students about his experiances in the U.A. Army at the school on Veterans Day. Photo: Peter Zuzga






Milwaukee Postmaster Charles Miller unveils an enlarged image of the U.S. Postal Service’s latest Purple Heart stamp Wednesday for Veterans Day at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Wisconsin National Guard Col. Ken Lee (behind Miller) helped honor veterans with Purple Hearts. The veterans are (from left): Carl Oehlke of New Berlin, Greg Jacobs of Milwaukee, Ralph Beck of Oshkosh, Lupe Renteria of Milwaukee and Gene Pogorzelski of Milwaukee. Also at the ceremony was Jim Weltzien (not pictured) of Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears






In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 photo, U.S. Marine Cpl. Cyrus Curley, left, and Sgt. Harold Joe drink a toast to the Corps during the Marine Corps birthday celebration at Knights of Columbus hall, in Gallup, N.M. (AP Photo/Gallup Independent, Cable Hoover)






Berliners celebrate on top of the wall as East Germans flood through the Berlin Wall into West Berlin on Nov. 12, 1989. In four days, 3 million East Germans crossed over, and sections of the nearly 100 miles of wall were pulled down.





Visitors arrive to place roses into cracks in a still-existing section of the Berlin Wall at the Bernauer Strasse memorial on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on November 9, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, which led to the end of communist rule in East Germany and later on the reunification of East and West Germany, with a spectacular event at the Brandenburg Gate and the participation of international leaders. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)


 

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The MJS Scorecard (11/15/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

John Pawasarat: The brutal facts: Too few jobs for too many  

So the solution is more government jobs?

Isabel Sawhill And Ron Haskins: Those myths on U.S. upward mobility


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Jenny Rae Armstrong: Think pot's harmless? Think again  


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Bruce Barrett and Eric Uram: Limit antibiotic use and reduce health care costs  

Rich Meeusen and Paul Jones: How to water down a water initiative  


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-107, Conservative-78


Note: There have been six (6) conservative pieces in Crossroads the past eight (8) weeks.

Culinary no-no #139

Culinary no-no's


Within the past few weeks, there has been an explosion of Culinary no-no’s in the media and blogosphere. The New York Times has written a two-part series of the “100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do.”

The writer, Bruce Buschel is opening up a seafood restaurant. His list will serve as a guideline of do’s and don’t for his employees.

Can’t say I agree with all 100. For example:

Do not compliment a guest’s attire or hairdo or makeup. You are insulting someone else.

Go ahead. Tell me you like my suit and tie. Just be genuine.

There are, however, plenty of legit no-no’s and do- do’s in that list. Here are a few that jumped out at me:


If a table is not ready within a reasonable length of time, offer a free drink and/or amuse-bouche. The guests may be tired and hungry and thirsty, and they did everything right.

Tables should be level without anyone asking. Fix it before guests are seated.

Do not hustle the lobsters. That is, do not say, “We only have two lobsters left.” Even if there are only two lobsters left.

N
ever serve anything that looks creepy or runny or wrong.

Do not have a personal conversation with another server within earshot of customers.

Do not curse, no matter how young or hip the guests.

Do not turn on the charm when it’s tip time. Be consistent throughout.

Do not ignore a table because it is not your table. Stop, look, listen, lend a hand. (Whether tips are pooled or not.)

Never blame the chef or the busboy or the hostess or the weather for anything that goes wrong. Just make it right.

Do not disappear.

Do not ask if a guest needs change. Just bring the change.


Not to be outdone, blogger Waiter Rant offered his own hilarious, blunt, sometimes raw responses to each of the first 50 no-no’s on the New York Times list. The NY Times entry is first, followed by Waiter Rant’s reaction in italics.


Do not make a singleton feel bad. Do not say, “Are you waiting for someone?” Ask for a reservation. Ask if he or she would like to sit at the bar. Yeah, but we waiters know you’re on a blind date and are already laying bets if you’re gonna bolt when you discover your internet love is 300 pounds of unwashed manic-depressive goodness.


When you ask, “How’s everything?” or “How was the meal?” listen to the answer and fix whatever is not right. Wrong. A good waiter should never ask “How’s everything?” That entertains the possibility that the kitchen produced crap. Perish the thought! Customers need to grow a set and tell the waiter they don’t like their food. We’re not mind readers.


The New York Times was deluged with comments to both parts of their series. So the author essentially provided a third segment filled with what were to be considered the best submissions by readers. Here are a few:


Brilliant — I’m amazed when I go to what is considered an outstanding restaurant only to have a waiter/waitress remove my meal before I’m finished eating. … It’s good to know people still know how to run a business. — Tony

One question, Bruce, who in their right mind would ever want to work for you? You’re essentially Adolf Hitler in an apron … your list is despicable, embarrassing & confusing … — David S

My goodness — what a stuffy prig. Were you toilet trained at gunpoint? — Steve Ehrman

Mr. Buschel obviously wants to provide gracious, civilized service, something I haven’t run into since I was in France. To all you people who go to restaurants to interact with the staff: Denny’s is open all night. — SleepsWithCats


You have a lot to read:

The New York Times' "100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do"

Waiter Rant’s rants

The best comments

Gitmo detainees 170 miles from Franklin?


Could happen....

Franklin alderman Olson asks residents to support 0% property tax levy increase


Franklin
alderman Steve Olson sent an e-mail to residents in his district calling for support for his proposed 0% property tax levy budget. Some time ago, I asked Alderman Olson to include me on his mailing list. (I am also on Aldermna Wilhelm's e-mail list).

I wholeheartedly support Olson and the idea of a property tax freeze that will restore unfilled police and firefighter public safety positions in the 2010 city of Franklin budget.

Here is Olson’s e-mail with a message that while sent to his district is intended and meant for all Franklin resdients:


Dear friends and neighbors:


I need your help.

The Franklin Common Council is set to pass the budget for next fiscal year on TUESDAY EVENING, 6:30PM IN THE COMMON COUNCIL CHAMBERS after a public hearingWe need citizen involvement.  You can have an impact on your tax bill by spending an hour or two expressing your views at this meeting.

In the years I’ve served you (and the 2nd district before you), there are typically one or two people who speak up at the public hearing and they typically have a line item somewhere in the spending portion of the document.  The budget hearing is usually short and the Mayor’s proposed budget sails through without much opposition.  Over the past two budgets and now this one, I’ve spoken out against the budget, the revenue projections and the amount of spending.  This year the situation is, in my opinion, much worse.

You may recall last April and May articles in the local papers about a “budget shortfall” in Franklin.  Some estimates had it as high as $2.4 million and a couple of politicians said “it’s not a problem, it will be $0.”  As it turns out, about a month ago, the Common Council balanced the 2009 budget by taking more than $700,000 out of the reserve (savings) account to cover the lack of revenue and the minimal reduction in spending.  You may know that along with Alderman Sohns, I spoke out loudly and often about the failings in our budget.  I specifically pointed out the very rosy projections for Building Inspection revenue (inspecting new homes and businesses) and Planning revenue (reviewing plans for residential and commercial developments).  

Let me give you some of my red flags:

Planning:

Revenue         2007:  $114,000

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The MSM re: Hasan

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Three years ago today, Nancy Pelosi said the following...


“This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history."

I don't know about you, but I'm still waiiting.

Twitter is useless


"As a blogging, Facebooking, texting American who values the explosion of democratic user-generated Internet content and its contribution to intellectual debate, political activism, government transparency, entertainment, access to data and community, I can safely say I still see no reason to tweet."

Why?

Because it's useless, according to columnist David Harsanyi who makes a good case.

That is one happy dog!


In September of 2005, Andrew Schmidt returned home from his deployment in Afghanistan. As he proceeded to the front door of his home, his wife, Jen was capturing the moment on video.




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Walker & Barrett on fiscal responsibility: Not even close


The MacIver Institute has examined the budgets from Tom Barrett and Scott Walker and writes, “We can see stark differences that reflect the vision, perspective and philosophy of the two leaders.”

Personally, I prefer voting for a person based on their ideology, philosophy, and practices. Likability is a factor, but I’m sorry, it’s not as high on my list.

And BTW, Scott Walker is a very nice guy.

Read the budget comparison analysis prepared by the
MacIver Institute.

The Palin Predicament


By Guest Blogger, The Conservative Casanova, a member of "Kevin Fischer's Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"



This photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 and released Friday, ...

This photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 and released Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 by Harpo Productions, Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, second from right, with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her daughters, Willow, right, and Piper, left, during the taping of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in Chicago. The show aired today, Monday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc., George Burns)




 

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The most important vote the Franklin Common Council will take all year


It’s the 2010 budget. Aldermen will vote Tuesday night at City Hall following a public hearing.

It’s your budget, Franklin taxpayers. It’s your tax dollar at stake. What are you going to do about it? Take a stand? Or sit home?

The way I see it, the Franklin Common Council has three options:

1) Adopt Mayor Tom Taylor’s proposed budget.

It’s a fiscally responsible document. State law requires that Franklin not exceed a 3% property tax levy increase. The mayor’s budget increases the levy 2.9%.

Problem.

The mayor is a victim of bad timing. He submitted his budget that doesn’t fill one firefighter and two police officer positions in order to meet levy requirements in a tough budget year long before well-publicized reports of a rash of burglaries in Franklin’s 3rd Aldermanic District  (The burglar has since been apprehended, thanks to the excellent work of our Franklin Police Department).

There has since been pressure to restore those positions. In order to make that happen, something else has to go.

Keep in mind, and this is important, Mayor Taylor DID NOT CUT police or fire. This isn’t Doyle-anomics. He did not fill vacant positions. There’s a big difference. Cutting public safety is close to political suicide, and I can’t imagine Mayor Taylor doing that under any circumstances.

Taylor has two solid votes in his corner to pass the budget as is: Alderman Ken Skowronski and Alderman Tim Solomon. Neither has suggested changes with Solomon going so far as to say that cutting from the capital budget to fund the operating budget (A means of filling the public safety positions) is impossible (It is not).

Aldermen Steve Olson and Alderman Lyle Sohns, I believe will not support the budget in its current form. Alderman Steve Taylor and Alderman Kristen Wilhelm (My alderman and you better believe I'm paying close attention to how she votes) are the wild cards. Neither has played their hand. Neither has suggested significant, if any changes to the mayor’s budget, and they sit on the Finance Committee.


2) Adopt a budget with a 2.9% property tax levy increase that restores the police and firefighter positions

To do that, at least 3 and possibly 4 aldermen better have ideas on how to do it, and then support it.

3) Adopt a Scott Walker-like budget that prioritizes police and fire protection but also protects the taxpayer by a 0% property tax levy increase.

If anyone doesn’t think that’s a great idea, they haven’t paid attention to the past two rallies that brought out a couple thousand supporters of Walker at the Italian Community Center.

I submit this would be extremely popular and doable, if only the Franklin Common Council had the political will to pull it off (Sadly, it doesn’t).

That’s where you come in.

It’s your budget.

How many of you got a 2.9% pay raise this year? How many will get that kind of raise next year?

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Happy Birthday to a very young but loyal fan of This Just In....


That would be Emma!





Are you ready, everybody?




Uh one.....




Uh two.....




Uh three.....



 

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Lieberman's X-ray

Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

The non-stimulating stimulus or, Obama's latest lies

 Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

 

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The Barack Bow

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

 

Political Cartoon by Glenn McCoy
 

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley
 

Hero or not?


She skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan in order to take care of her infant son.
Now she faces criminal charges.

Is this single mom a hero?

I know people who’ve been deployed who have left behind as many as six children. However, they kept their obligation and commitment to their country.

Franklin 2010 budget approved....barely


The Franklin Common Council deadlocked on its vote on the 2010 city budget Tuesday night, so Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor broke the 3-3 tie, approving the document.

The budget contains a 2.9% property tax levy increase and fills one vacant firefighter and one vacant police officer position that had been left unfilled in the mayor’s proposed budget. Another unfilled police officer position could be filled next July under the condition of budget savings.

Voting in favor of the budget were Aldermen Tim Solomon, Ken Skowronski, and Kristen Wilhelm. Voting against the budget were Aldermen Steve Olson, Steve Taylor, and Lyle Sohns. Mayor Taylor then cast the deciding vote.

The decision to budget the second police officer position is disappointing in that it comes based on a hope and a prayer that the city saves money and can find money from other sources. It had the opportunity Tuesday night to fill the position using other funding areas and either wouldn’t or couldn’t.

In most years, this budget would have been quite reasonable and acceptable. However, we are in the grips of a recession. People have lost their jobs, their benefits, and even their homes. The Common Council, though commendable for reinserting two public safety positions, should have worked harder to lower the tax levy increase to at or very close to 0% to coincide with the salary raises most Franklinites received this year.

Had one of the “YES” votes been a “NO” vote, it conceivably could have forced the Council and the Mayor to work to attain an even more responsible budget.

How bad does the economy have to get before a tax and spending increase budget is out of the question?

I applaud Aldermen Olson, Taylor and Sohns for their votes that said more than just NO. They said we can do better. Unfortunately, we did not.

UPDATE

From FranklinNOW's Mark Schaaf:

"Some residents who spoke during a public hearing said they wanted no tax increase at all.

'I oppose any tax increase at this time with all the economic things going on right now,' one resident said. 'It's killing us little guys. If (Milwaukee County Executive) Scott Walker can have a zero-percent tax increase, why can't the city of Franklin'?"

Very, very good question.

The Franklin budget vote begs for discussion


There needs to be a fundamental organizational change in city of Franklin government.

Franklin’s Common Council needs to have an odd number of members. That would avoid tie votes broken by the mayor. To do that, Franklin would have to add or subtract a member from the current body of six.

Tie votes occur more often than you think during Common Council meetings. The latest came during the crucial vote on the 2010 budget.

Most municipal bodies have an odd number of representatives to avoid this very scenario. The mayor already has veto power in Franklin. He represents the executive branch. The Common Council is the legislative branch, and as such, should set the policy for the city. The mayor maintains the ability to accept or reject policy decisions made by aldermen.

The near future would be the ideal opportunity to make the change, with a Census and re-districting taking place.

Currently, each Franklin alderman represents about 5,500 citizens. If the Common Council was comprised of seven aldermen, each would represent about 4,700 citizens.  A Council of five aldermen would have each member representing about 6,600 citizens.

I am of the view that the job could be done with five aldermen.

Nothing against Mayor Taylor, believe me. However, the current system, besides being somewhat silly gives the mayor, whoever the individual, too much authority.

The idea is worthy of some discussion.

Who is more fiscally responsible? MPS or your local school district?


Strictly from a property tax levy perspective.....figures from DPI listed in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:




 

Shining the light on the WIAA


Given my heavy involvement in high school athletics that actually began when I was juts a youngster, I am intrigued by a proposal by state Representative Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis). Staskunas wants to make
the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) more open and transparent.

Staskunas describes the WIAA this way:

“This organization was formed in 1895 to unite people interested in promoting athletic competition between Wisconsin
high schools. Through the years it has become more and more involved. The WIAA now sets nearly all policies relating to Wisconsin's high school athletics. From conference alignment and athletic eligibility requirements to the types of sports equipment that must be worn by participants, the WIAA makes the final decisions, with limited options for appeals.”

That’s accurate, but extremely diplomatic. I view the WIAA as a heavy-handed, biased bureaucracy. So I react with interest when I read about Staskunas’ legislation:

I have introduced a bill that would prohibit a school district from being a member of an interscholastic athletic association unless that organization agrees to be governed by Wisconsin's openness laws. This bill, which has bipartisan support, would bring public oversight to a group whose decisions affect nearly all school districts and hundreds of thousands of students and their families.”

I’m not exactly sure what Staskunas means by public oversight. I’ve not read his bill yet. However, if the bill means the WIAA must open up its meetings to the general public and news media, I’d love to see that happen.

I’d relish the thought of an audience along with TV cameras, microphones, and reporters watching every move by WIAA officials as they set pairings for athletic tournaments and decide and explain who plays who, where and why.

I would have liked to have seen an open meeting when the WIAA this fall, in determining the Division 1 bracket for boy’s soccer made Milwaukee Bradley Tech, a #6 seed play Greenfield at Greenfield, a # 11 seed in an opening round contest.Tech deserved the home game.

Maybe if the doors were opened to those smoke-filled WIAA meeting rooms, the power-hungry organization wouldn’t be as or demonstrate as much anti-Milwaukee bias, as is its reputation.

Read Staskunas’ column in the Wisconsin State Journal that, while intriguing, lacks specifics.

The hoax

Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler

"Liberalism is an extraordinarily deceptive, ruinous and cruel ideology"


Conservative columnist John Hawkins has another of his creative lists to review, this time, the Five Terrible Cruelties of Liberalism.

Good stuff…

The problem with Christmas music 28 weeks before it's actually Christmas...


Christmas Time is here.

That’s how the song goes, and it’s true, even though Snoopy has yet to fly over Macy’s.

Decorations are up. Sales are underway. And the music…

The halls have been decked 14, 697 times already.

Christmas music has made its annual onslaught onto FM radio weeks and weeks before the birth of Christ. Is that OK?

Of course it’s OK!

Why?

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Reid Abortion Funding Language Unacceptable

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Reid Abortion Funding Language is

Unacceptable


Must Be Replaced with Stupak-Pitts

Language

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thank you to Milwaukee County Supervisors that backed Scott Walker


When the Milwaukee County Board adopted the county budget, nine supervisors voted against the document. But when hit with close to three dozen vetoes by County Executive
Scott Walker, some of those supervisors changed their minds.

HEROES: The supervisors who voted to sustain most, if not all of Walker’s cost-saving vetoes including Supervisor Paul Cesarz and Supervisor Mark Borkowski.

VILLAINS: Supervisor Chris Larson and Supervisor John Weishan. They voted against the budget, but then flip-flopped by voting to override all of the vetoes. Weishan went so far as to accuse Walker of racism.

The MacIver Institute has more.

 

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CRG analyzes Milwaukee County Board budget vetoes


CRG Network   
                                                                                                        

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Milwaukee, WI 53237
      
414-801-0800       
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"We're taking back America in 2010"

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OMG THEY OUGHTA BE BANNED!


Can you imagine the carnage this could cause?

Who will be the first nanny state lawmaker to draft  a bill to outlaw them?

The latest from Rehorst

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery      -Number 28-
 
     
             
 
In This Issue
Tasting Room Open
Cocktail Database
Blog / Facebook
Be a Holiday Genius
Repeal Day
Another Great Review
Recipe of the Month
 
American Distilling Institute

Something Special from Wisconsin
Great Lakes Distillery is the only distillery member of  the Wisconsin State Agriculture Departments "Something Special from Wisconsin" created to promote Wisconsin produced products.
 
The Tasting Room is Open!
 
OPEN NORMAL HOURS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
 
After 86 years of state ban, Wisconsin's first distillery tasting room is now open!
 
For the first time you can visit the distillery and try our products in our very own tasting room!
 
Currently open Wednesday thru Friday from Noon to 7PM, and Saturday Noon to 6PM. Tours are offered Friday at 4:30 and 6PM and Saturdays at 3:30.
 
Photo- Distillery Sales Manager Ryan Rappis is ready to pour!
 
 
Tours typically last 1 hour and are free, a flight of our products is $3. While tour times are limited, our tasting room is located right inside the distillery so you can see the distillery even if you can't make it to the regular tour.
 
Groups of eight or more and service industry member tours can be scheduled for any day of the week. Call to reserve a private tour 414-431-8683. 
 
Cocktail Database Now Online
 
Ever been thirsty but didn't quite know what you wanted? Got a bottle of our Pumpkin Spirit and looking for a unique recipe to enjoy it? Planning a party but can't come up with a drink to impress your guests? We've got the answer.

Great Lakes Distillery has gone live with our very own cocktail database!

Visit our cocktail database and we'll do our best to guide you. Anyone can view recipes in the database- no registration needed, but a simple registration will allow you to submit recipes as well.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a casual imbiber, you should check out the Cocktail Database.
 
New! Twitter, Blog and Facebook
 

We're pleased to announce we have gone social!

Follow us on Twitter at;

www.twitter.com/rehorstvodkagin

 If you're on Facebook check out the new official distillery page at;
Facebook.com/GreatLakesDistillery

We've also begun "Distilled!" a blog where we spew about alcohol related topics a bit more frequently than the newsletter allows. Keep an eye on the blog for the latest products we may be working on, as well as cocktail recipe's and events.
 
     


The holidays are right around the corner, we've got some ideas that will make you most popular with your guests or hosts. Also, It's not too early to make plans for Repeal Day! We'll be celebrating all day long.  Details below...


 
How to be a Holiday Genius
The cold winds are blowing as we descend into Holiday season. There's a bunch of them; Thanksgiving, Repeal day, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Years, etc... But the first holiday of the season is near! Think of how popular you'll be when you show up to Thanksgiving dinner with a bottle of Rehorst Vodka, Gin, Amerique 1912 Absinthe or seasonally appropriate Pumpkin Spirit! 
 
So, stop at your favorite retailer and grab a few bottles so you'll be prepared!
 
In the next week or two you'll find our gift boxes on store shelves, they make gift giving really easy;
 
1. Drive to store.
2. Buy bottle in box.
3. Pop a bow on the top.
 
DONE! What could be easier?
 
Celebrate Repeal Day at the Distillery
 
On the anniversary of the 21st Amendment we'll be celebrating Repeal Day!
 
This year is the 76th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. In celebration we're having an open house at the distillery on Saturday December 5th. It all starts at 9AM with Bloody Mary's from Milwaukee's own Jimmy Luv! Includes the distilling and barreling of our "Repeal Day Rye", a live remote from 102.9 the Hog including an appearance from Emily the Rock Girl. This will be followed by an after party featuring prohibition era cocktails at our neighbors "Branded" in the Iron Horse Hotel.
 
More details will appear in the next newsletter!
 
In the meantime, if you plan to attend please RSVP to- rsvp@greatlakesdistillery.com Just let us know how many will be joining you and be sure to mark your calendar!
 
Spirit Reviews
World renowned spirits expert Anthony Dias Blue rated our Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka a 91 in the November issue of Tasting Panel Magazine!
 
 
 
Mr. Blue wrote 91 points. "Silky, bright and showing vanilla and lovely, long finish; lively, clean and dry".
 
We couldn't have said it better!
 
 
 
(Photo shot in Russia by Rehorst Vodka fan Mark Groh- Thanks Mark!)
 
Holiday Recipe- Pumpkin Maple Old Fashioned
 
This month we're featuring a really good cocktail devised by our own Mixologist Jason Neu. Jason created this twist on the classic old fashioned for the release of our Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit. (Supplies are getting low so you may want to grab a bottle soon!) 
 
2 oz Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit
1/2 oz pure maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 small disc of orange zest
 
Over a mixing glass squeeze orange zest through a flame to expel burnt oils into the glass. Drop in burnt orange zest and add the Pumpkin Spirit, maple syrup, and bitters. Fill glass with ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into a small chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a orange zest spiral.
 
Try it- it's REALLY delicious!
 
More great cocktail recipes available in our Cocktail Database
 
We'll be open on Friday and Saturday after thanksgiving, so stop by and pick up a shirt or sweatshirt for the Rehorst fan in your life. We have some great new Absinthe Hoodies!
 
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the December 5th Repeal Day celebration. We'll look forward to seeing you! All of us at Great Lakes Distillery hope you and your family have a great holiday season this year!
 

Sincerely,
 
Guy Rehorst
Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
 
             
     
 
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka is 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof).
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Gin is 44% Alcohol By Volume (88 Proof).
Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Citrus & Honey Flavored Vodka is 40% Alcohol By Volume (80 Proof). 
Artisan Series Pear Brandy Eau-de-Vie, Grappa and Kirschwasser are 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof).
 
Drink Responsibly.
Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee WI
Great Lakes Distillery, LLC | 616 W. Virginia St. | Milwaukee | WI | 53204 
 

The Official Franklin Taxpayer Scorecard


Understanding that it’s the property tax levy that’s important as opposed to the tax rate, here is a scorecard for Franklin taxpayers to compare how bodies with taxing authority treated you in their budgets during the current recession:


Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) : 0% levy increase

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) : 1.77% levy increase

Milwaukee County: 2.18% levy increase

City of Franklin:  2.9% levy increase

Franklin School District: 3.9% levy increase



Our local officials in Franklin were outdone by, as hard as it is to believe, the more fiscally responsible MMSD, MATC, and Milwaukee County Board.

Embarrassing.

What, pray tell, are the topics on InterCHANGE Friday night?


I'm so glad you asked.

Here are the topics the panel discusses on Milwaukee Public Television's INterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast at 11:00 Sunday morning..

 

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MSNBC Goes After 13-Year-Old Girl for Supporting Palin



Townhall
has the details. MSNBC has no shame.

'Evolve or die"


In his recap of this week’s Franklin Common Council meeting on the 2010 city of Franklin budget, FranklinNOW’s Mark Schaaf included this nugget:

Some residents who spoke during a public hearing said they wanted no tax increase at all.

'I 
oppose any tax increase at this time with all the economic things going on right now,’ one resident said. ‘It's killing us little guys. If (Milwaukee County Executive) Scott Walker can have a zero-percent tax increase, why can't the city of
Franklin’?"

Schaaf never identified that Franklin taxpayer, but this much is clear. The person:

A) Doesn’t read a blog written by Franklin’s John Michlig, or if he/she does….

B) He/she doesn’t pay it much mind.


I rarely write about John Michlig. Unlike other bloggers, he doesn’t haphazardly every five minutes or so attack me at the drop of a hat, and I appreciate that.

But quite frankly, he writes about stuff that doesn’t really excite me all that much:

Cars bad.

Roads bad.

People who drive cars…bad.

Not enough bike paths…..bad.

Not enough pedestrians….bad.

Pedestrians are dying…...bad. Film at 10:00.

And my favorite: His selfish desire to have a pedestrian walkway built at taxpayer expense from his house in Franklin (urban sprawl hasn’t sent him packing for the city now, has it?) to a coffee shop where the few that patronize will bring their laptops, take up space for hours, buy nothing, and commend each other how they’re saving the world.

Michlig's a hyper-enviro lefty. I’m a conservative.  I write about him about as often as Franklin blogger Greg Kowalski writes a post free of spelling errors.

But Michlig this week took a few jabs at me (So turnabout is fair play) because……




GASP!!




HORRORS!!!




I had the audacity to suggest a property tax freeze for city of Franklin residents.

Even worse.

When a Franklin alderman also jumped at the idea, and I said again that I liked it because it also restored our police and firefighter positions, that just didn’t sit right with old latte-drinking, tree-hugging John Michlig.

Here’s the best part.

In a blog within the past week, he wrote the following. Oh, this is priceless:

Property tax freeze? Good luck with that absurd notion. Evolve or die.”

To borrow a phrase that Michlig has used in his own blogs many times, "YES, HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT!”

That (and it’s not a misquote) is simply beautiful!

It’s so good it should be on a bumper sticker.

It epitomizes the mentality of Michlig and liberalism in general.

IF YOU DON’T RAISE TAXES, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE!

IF WE REFUSE TO SUCK MORE AND MORE MONEY OUT OF THE POCKETS OF HARD WORKING FAMILIES, PEOPLE WILL SUFFER! PEOPLE WILL DIE!

WE AS A SOCIETY CAN’T FUNCTION IF WE DON’ T RAISE TAXES!


EVOLVE YOU TAXPAYERS WHO  HAVEN’T PAID ENOUGH ALREADY...…..OR DIE!

That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals believe the only way you can build a better life for yourself is if government does it for you by sticking its hands in your wallet as much as possible.

EVOLVE OR DIE!

Hey, John? I got news for ya! I’d be just fine if the Franklin Common Council had the guts and courage to vote for a freeze. Believe me! As shocking as it may sound, I would survive! And so would you after you got over your wailing and crying and hand wringing and gnashing of teeth!

See, Michlig subscribes to the same theory as this letter writer to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a few weeks ago:


Thank you, John Gurda! It's about time we heard some truth about budgets and taxes (Crossroads, Nov. 1).

I've been saying for years that local taxes - of course I don't like paying them - are a bargain. Local government performs valuable and worthwhile services. That costs money, and it's worth paying for.

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Land of Lincoln?

The world would be a much better place if....


We just didn't complain so darn much!

Utterly ridiculous.

We love weekends!


We’re not hunting so all the regular weekend material begins tonight on This Just In with our regular Friday night Goodnight music post, and this week, it’s a special two part series wit some real heavy hitters.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife, Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS including a story involving….

 

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Good evening everyone, and have a quintessential weekend - Part One


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,
a special two-part series.

Like many bloggers, I occasionally post about music, and have been doing so since I began This Just In….

Earlier this year, I began doing the weekly Friday night Goodnight feature with the thought in mind that the weekend is finaly here. It’s a time to unwind. Fish fries. A night out. A relaxing period. I might want to hear some soothing music after a hectic, eventful week. And I might want to share that music as well.

But I didn’t want to just throw up music on the website and say, hey, here’s Frank!  I envision this blog as a throwback to my days at public radio when I did more than a few pieces with heavy production and a goal of creativity to hold the listeners’ attention.

My very first blog I wrote that I would treat This Just In as a talk show. That means I write about subjects, issues, and lighter material that I am interested in because if I’m not into it, you won’t be, either.

I’m gratified at the response the Friday night blog has received, including inquiries and news from record labels and recording artists across the country.  Even if it just inspired  a reader to run out and buy a CD, that's nice.

Tonight, our feature is a two-part special series as I bring you what I feel are the ten pieces of music that truly fit the theme of what I’m trying to present every Friday night. These are not necessarily the best of any genre, like the best love songs. But I believe they stand out for what I’m trying to accomplish every week.

The bottom five are here with the top five coming your way at 9:00 tonight. I hope you’ll tune in because the real and best way to soak in this particular blog is when it comes out, at night, on a Friday as the weekend begins.

This is, of course, highly subjective, but imagine yourself out on a Friday night at a place with live music. My feeling is that if any of these pieces popped up, you’d not be disappointed.

We begin with #10.

Crawdaddy magazine writes about the famous 50’s TV series, Peter Gunn:


Peter Gunn was the first TV show to make music, real music, an integral part of the show. The program’s noir look, sculpted by producer Blake Edwards, was perfect for the late ’50s, when people were finally fighting off the Cold War jitters and looking for alternatives to the deadening conformity that was the hallmark of the decade. The cool jazz and unflappable James Bond-like charm of PI Peter Gunn, masterfully underplayed by Craig Stevens, gave us a new hero. Gunn was a playboy crime solver with a hip girlfriend and a cooler hangout, the smoke-filled jazz den Mother’s, where the house band included drummer Shelly Manne, sax man Plas Johnson, trumpeters Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, and Pete Candoli, British vibes player Victor Feldman, bass man Rolly Bundock, pianist John Williams, who went on to compose the music for Star Wars and other blockbusters, and guitarists Barney Kessel and Bob Bain.

In truth, Mancini didn’t teach the band to play, but he did hire West Coast musicians who were in the process of inventing the California cool jazz sound and gave them a bit of prime time exposure. Although jazz purists still carp about the music’s pop and rock foundation, Mancini left his players some blowing room, and exposed mainstream America to some groovy tunes.”

Henry Mancini wrote it. Here he is conducting the orchestra as Sue Rainey sings from Peter Gunn, "Dreamsville."



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Senate Vote on Health Care Tomorrow


 
           
 
Senate Health Care Vote This Saturday



This week, Sen. Harry Reid introduced the Senate's 'health care reform' bill and scheduled voting for this weekend.

While their bill includes several improvements over the fatally flawed House version, the Senate's efforts to protect American jobs and revive the economy fall flat.

With the first major vote beginning tomorrow, now is the time to tell the Senate that there's a better way to fix America's health care.

Despite opposition from constituents and legislators on both sides of the aisle, the Senate forged ahead with a public-option that will cost American families higher premiums, taxes, and jobs -- not to mention their coverage.

Even with the "state opt-out" provision, this bill will create government-run health care and forces state tax payers to fund it.

In addition, the bill contains:
  • not one, but two, new taxes guaranteed to eventually explode and cost the middle class $500 billion,
  • an employer mandate -- kicking America's job makers while they're down, and
  • still no medical liability reform.

And despite these flaws -- 24 million Americans will still go without insurance.

Write Congress now. Let your Senators know there's a better way to achieve health care reform when debate begins tomorrow.

We'll continue to work for meaningful health reform, but we need Congress to meet us half-way.

Write your Senators now.

Our work for sensible health reform isn't done -- and neither is theirs.

Sincerely,


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Goodnight everyone, and have a quintessential weekend - Part Two


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, a special two-part series with the best in smooth and mellow on a Friday night. In Part One earlier tonight, I listed the #6-#10 selections on my top ten list of tunes that seem to fit our regular Friday night feature.

Now it’s time for the top five.

We start at #5 with a true classic from a classic group.

In 1961, four musicians from Houston relocated in LA and added blues to their soul sound. They were trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper. They called themselves, The Jazz Crusaders. Somehow, during the decline of jazz in the 60’s, the group survived, and then some. Even so, by 1971, the group dropped “jazz” from their name.

The name change brought in a huge influx of new crossover fans. A big hit came in 1979, “Street Life.” But this composition with its familiar theme made my Top Ten....



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The government and breast cancer



 Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
 



The Barking Lot (11/21/09)

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 53. The normal high is 44.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 52.   "B"


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

As I have mentioned many times in The Barking Lot, my childhood dogs Sugar and Skippy were spoiled rotten.  They never wanted for anything.  We considered the holidays special for them just like we did for ourselves.  Like most Americans who put on an average of seven to twelve pounds during this festive time, I’m sure they packed on a pound or two as well.  Of course your pet can only overeat if YOU over-feed it so naturally we were to blame.  Still, I don’t recall any signals of disappointment from either dog when they were given nibbles of turkey on Thanksgiving, roast beef on Christmas or ham on Easter.

I have also mentioned many times that Kevin has always had a soft spot for our dog-in-law Leia and that he sneaks her bits and pieces every time there is a gathering of Fischers.  I have gently reprimanded him a couple of times when I think he’s starting to over-do it, but I will admit to “accidently” dropping a chip or scrap of meat in her direction at times.

Next week is the kick off for Stuff Your Face and Over-Indulge Season.  Chances are most of us with pets will likely relax the “no table scraps” rule for Fido.  I personally believe in the mantra “All things in moderation” and that goes for our four-legged companions as well.  Truthfully I don’t see the harm in my (future) dog getting a taste of turkey or mashed potatoes.  However I am aware that it is easy to overindulge your pooch, so following some simple advice here and here might be a good idea.

I chuckle at the Food Network and other culinary resources who try to top themselves every year with a list of what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Who are they kidding???!!!  With the possible exception of turkey soup, the only thing I want done to my leftovers is one minute in the microwave.  But if you are so inclined, and actually don’t know what to do with that last bit of turkey, etc. you can easily make treats for your tail-waggin’ friend.

Of course if you are feeling particularly generous, you could always special-order a custom doggy dinner that coordinates perfectly with what is being served on the people-only table.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, including the canine members!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

It’s time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.


Police shoot dog, owner wants apology.


Are dogs not man's best friends in Port Washington?


LA
sets up 24 hour dog fighting tip hotline.


Dog attack survivor searches for rescuer.


Public outcry follows decision to euthanize Oreo, the miracle dog.


Dog survives 65 foot plunge into sea.


Police raid frees boy's long lost dog.


Sculptor salutes war dogs.


Dog fight ensures over world's tallest dog.


Pfizer 
wants you to take your dog home for Thanksgiving.


Fences for Fido frees dog from chains.


Homeless man finds comfort in canine pal.


A kid's idea, for dogs to savor.


Here's a preview of the National Dog Show.......MORE.


Rin Tin Tin
the subject of a lawsuit.


Warner Brothers to do movie about Nubs.


Too many songs, not enough dogs.


And finally, "Would you sign my dog?"


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

We close with our closing video. John O' Hurley shares some secrets from last year's National Dog Show.


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A bit of a dilemma for Franklin football fans


You might be waking up to news that Waunakee Friday won the state Division 2 football championship. Like they did against Franklin in the semi-finals last week, Waunakee won convincingly, beating two-time defending champion Kimberly.

So, Franklin football fans are you….

1) Pleased that Waunakee won. After all, you can now claim that Franklin lost to the eventual champion, or are you…

2) Still stinging after last week’s very tough, disappointing loss and as such were rooting for Kimberly?



Photo: jsonline

Week-ends (11/21/09)

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


James Gorden Atkins


Matt Bordoni


Derrick Tabb


Sandy Snarski


Two-year old Jeremiha Taylor



The huge number of Milwaukee County residents who called their county supervisors asking that cost-saving budget vetoes made by County Executive Scottt Walker be sustained.


The Franklin residents that filled City Hall this week, many of whom asked for a reduction in the proposed city property tax levy increase. There were also requests for a property tax freeze.



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Washington D.C. thief.......MORE


Peruvian gang


The Milwaukee County Supervisors who voted to override most, if not all of County Executive Scott Walker's budget vetoes, especially John Weishan and Chris Larson who voted for Walker's budget, then flip-flopped and voted to override his vetoes. Weishan went so far as to make the ridiculous charge that Walker is racist.


From VILLIAN to HERO.....The USPS.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“If she (Sarah Palin) is as bad as her detractors say, why are they wasting so much time dumping on her? One might think they would be cheering the prospect of her becoming the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, thus guaranteeing in their mind a second term for President Obama…...Palin's optimism is refreshing. If she can sharpen her intellect, in three years she won't be mocked; she will be feared.”
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas


"Conservatives agree that as point person, you failed. Liberals are growing in that consensus as well. For the sake of our jobs, will you step down from your post?"
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) speaking to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner at a session of the Joint Economic Committee.


 "I don't think that you should be fired. I thought you should have never been hired."
Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Tex.) speaking to Geithner at the Joint Economic Committee hearing.


"The inaccuracies on recovery.gov that have come to light are outrageous, and the administration owes itself, the Congress and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”
Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) in an angry statement fueled by reports of mistakes in the administration's log of how stimulus money is being spent. On Monday, ABC News reported it had found numerous errors on the Web site recovery.gov, which the administration established to allow the public to track stimulus spending.


“President Obama has his chin out on just about every hot issue out there....He’s exposed and vulnerable. His poll numbers are dropping. Is he just too darned intellectual? Too much the egg head?”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews


“Dr. Timothy Wilt, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, stuck by its recommendation that most women don't need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50. The American Cancer Society's long-standing position has been that women should get cancer-screening mammograms starting at age 40. Appearing Thursday on ABC's ‘Good Morning America,’ Wilt said the report was based on ‘up-to-date, accurate information about the evidence about the harms and benefits of treatment’."
From a WHAS.com report


I would be curious to know what advice this socialist task force is giving their wives and daughters.”
A comment left following the above-mentioned WHAS.com report.


“Your contact with members of the County made a big difference. On November 9, your voices helped us avoid a wheel tax. Yesterday, your voices helped us reduce the tax levy increase proposed by a majority of the County. While my vetoes would have resulted in a no tax levy increase budget, the final outcome after all of the votes on my vetoes was a tax levy increase of 2.18%. That is less than the 2.8% tax levy increase passed by the County Board in Waukesha County and much less than the 7.9% tax levy increase in Dane. It is also less than the 4.1% tax levy increase currently in front of the City of Milwaukee Common Council after the Mayor's veto. Your involvement in this process made a difference and I want to thank you.”
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s message to local taxpayers after passage of the Milwaukee County budget. Many residents called supervisors requesting they sustain Walker’s budget vetoes.


“Some residents who spoke during a public hearing said they wanted no tax increase at all.
'I oppose any tax increase at this time with all the economic things going on right now,’ one resident said. ‘It's killing us little guys. If (Milwaukee County Executive) Scott Walker can have a zero-percent tax increase, why can't the city of Franklin’?"
From a FranklinNOW article about this week’s Franklin Common Council meeting to adopt the 2010 city budget.


Property tax freeze? Good luck with that absurd notion. Evolve or die.”
Franklin blogger and tax lover John Michlig.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
that recommended most women don't need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The tuition tax



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The attention, and most of it critcial, of Sarah Palin's new book.


The hatred of Palin has been abundant.


Palinophobes hate first, ask questions later


Palin hating 101



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


They banned what?


BWWD...That's Bird Watching While Driving


Yet another top priority of Democrats in Congress


Ann Howe was denied credit. Read why...


Robber warmed up bottle for crying baby.



REMEMBER:
Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Phooey on Milwaukee Magazine!


The December issue is out with the cover story, “Sacred Churches.”  Adorning the cover is a magnificent photo of the dome atop St. Josaphat's Basilica.

The magazine mentions the 25 most beautiful and influential churches in Milwaukee. In an obvious sacrilege, it unconscionably fails to mention my beloved St. Anthony’s at 9th and Mitchell.

I invite the writer along with any magazine editor to pay a visit any Sunday to St. Anthony’s for 10:00 Mass to see how “beautiful” a place it truly is and then, in the interest of truthful journalism, make an addendum in the next issue to correct this egregious omission.

Meanwhile, I will continue to pray for the magazine.

Senate Health Care Vote Begins Tonight

           
 
Senate Health Care Vote Tonight



The Senate will begin voting today on Sen. Harry Reid's 'health care reform' bill.

While the bill includes several improvements over the fatally flawed House version, the Senate's efforts to protect American jobs and revive the economy fall flat.

With the first major vote beginning tonight at 8:00 pm, the time to tell the Senate that there's a better way to fix America's health care is now.

Despite opposition from constituents and legislators on both sides of the aisle, the Senate forged ahead with a public-option that will cost American families higher premiums, taxes, and jobs -- not to mention their coverage.

Even with the "state opt-out" provision, this bill will create government-run health care and forces state tax payers to fund it.

In addition, the bill contains:
  • not one, but two, new taxes guaranteed to eventually explode and cost the middle class $500 billion,
  • an employer mandate - kicking America's job makers while they're down, and
  • still no medical liability reform.
     

And despite these flaws -- 24 million Americans will still go without insurance.

Write Congress now. With the debate beginning now, it's urgent to let your Senators know now that there's a better way to achieve health care reform.

We'll continue to work for meaningful health reform, but we need Congress to meet us half-way.

Write your Senators now.

Our work for sensible health reform isn't done - and neither is theirs.

Sincerely,


Bill Miller
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Recommended Reading (11/21/09)

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).


Hammering Sarah

"It is worth noting that the left has not been able to knock Governor Palin out, despite trying very hard. A study by the Culture and Media Institute looked at a two-week period during last year's campaign. During that time, the network nightly newscasts ran 18 negative stories about candidate Palin for every positive one. Fair and balanced? Give me a break.Somehow, Sarah Palin has gotten under the skin of the far left."


Why the healthcare bill will contain taxpayer-funded abortions

"Democrats will face a revealing choice: between achieving their most sought after legislative goal and appeasing their pro-abortion fringe. Put simply, the life and death of the healthcare bill may rest, literally, on life and death."


The Illinois Way

"
The ‘Illinois way?’ The way that has Illinois head over heels in debt, our politicians dripping with corruption, salivating with greed and graft, some committing suicide, others spending their retirement years in prison? The ‘way’ that has inspired the Chicago Machine and produced Rod Blagojevich, Governor George Ryan, Tony Rezko, Todd Stroger, Roland Burris, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and Rahm Emmanuel …that way?”


Call evil by its rightful name

"This column is not for the politically correct moral relativist. So if you can't stand the thought of clearly naming (and confronting) the evil of terrorism among us, I'd ask you to move along now."


Visiting Hasan’s hospital

"Then came a moment that would have been completely surreal if it had not been a staggering reality. As we were visiting the burn unit, we discovered that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter at Fort Hood who murdered 13 and wounded another 30, was being treated in the same facility.

To be honest, it made me sick to my stomach and sent shivers of disgust down my spine.

If ever I have experienced a polar opposite, it was in the moment when I was thinking about how Hasan is the sheer antithesis to the character, commitment and service of all the other men and women we met at West Point and Fort Sam Houston." 


What stops mass murderers? A gun

"There are two reasons no innocent parties died at Mr. D's that night. One, beyond any question, was the selfless courage of Dennis Devitte.
The second reason? One of Emilio Rodriguez's intended victims had a gun."


Barbecue the Taliban

"Let's crank up the American war machine and achieve victory so that the young people who gave all and the loved ones they leave behind will know that their sons, fathers and brothers did not die in vain. Tell the Taliban and world this:  We are coming and bringing hell with us."


Dumbo University

"
Just as there are many kids who do not have the athletic ability to play high school sports, or the musical ability to play in a high school band, or the verbal ability to recite poetry well or star in debate, not every kid has the academic ability to do high school work.

By the end of the first two months in first grade, an alert kid can tell you who are the smart ones and who are the athletes.

This campaign to equalize test scores among unequal students is utopian and unattainable, and amounts to a scam by the education industry."

Words for Potent Jerks

"It is amazing how a phrase can emerge seemingly out of nowhere to become the statement du jour – used, overused, and ultimately abused. Last year there was ‘low hanging fruit’ everywhere. Today everyone’s being ‘thrown under the bus.'
Sometimes, it’s just one word."


High-tech baby sitters get drivers off phone

"
One group of companies assume that some people know they can’t help themselves, and therefore want a service to automatically disable their cellphone when it is in a moving car. But other companies say the habit can be made safer with hands-free technology."


Which campus is more hateful---Ohio State or Michigan?

"In anticipation of Saturday's game between Michigan and Ohio State, the Count set out to determine which school's fans take the football rivalry more seriously—and which campus brims with more hatred for the other guys."

NRLC to Obama and Reid: Bring on the abortion debate


For immediate release:                                    

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A cartoon in the Ottawa Citizen


 

My Most Popular Blogs (11/22/09)

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) The most important vote the Franklin Common Council will take all year

2) That is one happy dog!

3) The Palin Predicament

4) Photos of the Week (11/15/09)

5) Franklin alderman Olson asks residents to support 0% property tax levy increase

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Photos of the Week (11/22/09)

Photos of the Week





President Obama bowed practically to Japanese Emperor Akihoto's waist during his visit to the country last weekend. (AP photo)






U.S. President Barack Obama walks alone atop the Great Wall in Badaling, China, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)





Newsweek Cover, issue dated November 23, 2009

"The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this 'news' magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant," Palin wrote on her Facebook page, adding, "The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now." She also told ABC's Barbara Walters that she found the cover "a wee bit degrading." Others, like CBN's David Brody, said our cover was a new low: "biased and sexist at the same time." 

Newsweek's Editor Jon Meacham responded, "We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do. We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard."






Crowds waiting in line to have Sarah Palin sign her book "Going Rogue", hold up copies of the book for television crews at a book signing at the Sam's Club warehouse store in Washington, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)






US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to senators who will appear on the Sunday morning talk shows in his Senate office in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2009. President Barack Obama's signature drive to remake US health care is on track to clear a key Senate hurdle, as the last wavering Democrats agreed to vote to formally open debate on the bill. But those lawmakers, Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, warned they wanted changes to core provisions in the 2,074-page plan and might side with Republicans in the future to defeat the measure. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images






HRH Queen Elizabeth II arrives at The Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament on November 18, 2009 in London where she will unveil the Government's legislative programme in a speech delivered from the throne in The House of Lords. This new session of Parliament will only last until the general election which has to be called by June 3, 2010. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)






Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk through the Royal Gallery in the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday Nov. 18, 2009, during the annual State Opening of Parliament. In her speech, the Queen set out her government's legislative plans for the coming parliamentary year. (AP Photo/Carl de Souza, pool)






A military caisson carries the casket of Army Sgt. Nickolas A. Mueller of Little Chute, Wis. during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Mueller died on Oct. 26, 2009, of wounds suffered when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)






Sgt. Marquel Mendiola has trouble kneeling while paying his respects, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in North Fort Chapel at Fort Lewis, Wash., to two fallen soldiers, Spc. Gary L. Gooch and Spc. Aaron S. Aamot, who died in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Mendiola was also in that Stryker and suffered injuries. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Drew Perine)






U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Rivers, 20, of Sylvester, Ga., holds his neck while waiting to take psychological tests at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The U.S. government is testing hundreds of Marines and soldiers before they ship out, in search of clues that might help predict who is most susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)






An Italian soldier stands near weapons surrendered by around 80 former Taliban fighters just two days after President Hamid Karzai asked his fellow countrymen to embrace the government and lay down their arms in western Herat , Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Karzai on Thursday in his inaugural speech said he would welcome and help anyone who agreed to stop fighting and return to their homes. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)






Thousands gather during a candlelight memorial service Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 in College Station, TX in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 1999 Bonfire collapse. The 1999 collapse killed 12 Aggies. The service was held at the exact time the Bonfire stack collapsed in 1999 on the former site of the Bonfire, where a memorial now stands. (AP Photo/College Station Eagle - Stuart Villanueva)






Rescue personnel do a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth on November 20, 2009 in Keswick, United Kingdom. A major rescue operation is underway after severe weather conditions caused floods cutting off villages and towns in England's lake District. Cumbria Police have also reported that one of their officers is missing after a bridge collapse in Workington. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)






This undated file image made from surveillance video shows Mario Andrette McNeill carrying a girl identified by police as 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC. Davis, whose mother was accused of offering her for sex, was found dead off a heavily wooded road in a rural area Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, ending a weeklong search, police said. Authorities charged McNeill with kidnapping, and said he admitted taking the girl, though his attorney said he will plead not guilty. (AP Photo/Fayetville, NC Police Dept.)






Space shuttle Atlantis astronaut Leland Melvin, second from left, waves as the crew of 6 head to climb aboard shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Monday, November 16, 2009. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)







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The MJS Scorecard (11/21/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

Teri Huyck: What sex ed bill really does  

Where's the opposing view? Are you kidding? This is the MJS we're talking about.

Constance Hackbarth: In Shares, forget the broad brush  

"Finding and throwing out the 'rotten apples' has its place. Unfortunately, many honest, hardworking day care providers are scrambling to meet new regulations within a system not recognized for its past attention to detail."

Too bad.


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

Sarah Granofsky: State, let charter schools be charters  


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

Rob Henken: History that sparks hope for a clean campaign   

Sherrie Tussler: Hungry in Milwaukee

Frank Wilson: Get that mammogram  

Charles Pruitt And Michael J. Spector: Support for UWM water leadership remains strong  

Another View:  Location near UWM is the better option


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-109, Conservative-79

No Communion for you




A Providence bishop has informed Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) that he is not to receive Holy Communion because of his stance on abortion.

“The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy said in a telephone interview with the Providence Journal.

It’s always good to see a bishop with some backbone.

Culinary no-no #140

Culinary no-no's


Holiday feasting officially begins Thursday, and Thanksgiving is a cornucopia filled with culinary no-no’s. We will explore, but first….

Mention Thanksgiving and what immediately comes to mind?

Well, of course….




Image



That's just for starters.

Don't we need some.....







Looks good but for heaven's sake, would someone please toss some whipped cream on there!







Oh, yeh!

Much better!

And how about family getting together sharing quality time, a priceless, timeless image.


 




Hey, what's on TV?




In this file photo of  Nov. 22, 2007, the Dora the Explorer balloon moves down Broadway through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. Broadway becomes a pedestrian-only zone around Times Square and Herald Square this spring and officals are trying to figure out where to put those big balloons and floats come November.They are considering moving portions of the parade onto avenues just east or west of Broadway.


Dontcha just love a parade?







And then there's football in  Detroit....




Detroit Lions fans watch as the Lions are defeated by the Tennessee Titans during the second half of their Thanksgiving Day NFL football game in Detroit, Michigan, November 27, 2008.


Obviously a shot from last year's Turkey Day game.

OK. Thanksgiving automatically conjures up warm thoughts of:


Turkey with all the trimmings




Family huddled around the dinner table




Parades




Football




Combing through the paper for sale ads




Sex


SEX???


Yes, Sex.

The rather provocative website Yourtango.com swears Thanksgiving is a sexy holiday and Thanksgiving dinner is a sexy meal.


ETHEL!!!!!!!!!!

YOU     GET      IN      HERE      RIGHT     NOW!!

THAT FISCHER IS AT IT AGAIN!!

HE’S LIKE, TEARING THE ENVELOPE!!

That’s pushing the envelope, dear.

WHATEVER!!

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW!

TALKIN’ FILTH ABOUT THANKSGIVING!


Dear, your blood pressure!
 
Now I’m sure what he wrote can’t be worth getting all hot and bothered over.

Besides, you e-mailed Mr. Maley, didn’t you?  

AND I’M GOING TO DO IT AGAIN! OF ALL THE NERVE!

Let’s see what Mr. Fischer has to say…..


Here are some of the website’s claims:

Pumpkin pie is an aphrodisiac. The scent alone is enough to get you in the mood. Toss in some lavender and look out.

Oysters, how can I put this nicely, translate into stamina.

Figs boost Vitamin A that’s good for leading to, you know.

Sweet potatoes build up the sex drive in women, but you have to eat a lot. Chocolate will also do the trick. So ladies, if you want to feel amorous, skip the pumpkin and go right for the chocolate silk.

Eating celery, again, how can I put this nicely, makes men more interested in women. The same is true for women who eat fennel.

And red wine acts as a stimulant for women.

I’m not buyin’ it.

I tend to side with the person who left this comment on the Yourtango blog:

"Oh man, I don't know. Nothing makes me feel less sexy than slapping on my fat pants to eat extra stuffing."

If Thanksgiving was such a turn-on, wouldn’t we be ravenous for turkey and stuffing more than once a year?

And I know there are all kinds of ads on legitimate news websites promoting stores that sell sexy holiday costumes, but Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem to fit in.





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Deep inside a MSM newsroom...

"Pray for President Obama. Psalm 109:8."


Columnist David Stokes is correct. This new bumper sticker that has popped up isn’t funny.

Stokes writes:

“At first glance it appears innocuous, even pious. But when time is taken to look up the reference, well, then it’s chortle, chortle time for buffoons.”

Stokes continues:

“It needs to be said that a president can be opposed and criticized – even in an animated way – without resorting to the kind of meanness that crosses the line of civility. I have no problem with partisanship – even a little fiery rhetoric here and there. America is better when our politics are feisty. But, come on – using the Bible to make a joke about the man dying before his term is up?”


It’s a great column, and right on the money.

They come, they wait, for 24 hours just to see her


WATCH

UPDATE: Shining the light on the WIAA


State Representative Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis) is introducing legislation that would make the
make the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) subject to the state’s open meetings laws. The WIAA governs high school athletics in Wisconsin. It is a private organization that accepts public money.

Surprise, surprise! The WIAA opposes Staskunas’ bill.

Makes me wonder what the WIAA is hiding and why it doesn’t want its matters viewed by the public and the news media. Just what is the WIAA afraid of?

A rare case of high school sportsmanship


During the just completed high school football season, I published a weekly POO AWARDS entry highlighting teams that ran up the score on their opponents unnecessarily.


I never handed out a final year-end overall winner, but it would have to go to Milwaukee Riverside. With all POO AWARD recipients, they must be forever mindful that their opponents won’t forget, and if given the chance to administer a pummeling in payback, they’ll take it.

Basketball season is up next, and yes, piling on happens in that sport, too.

I am on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Scorers and Timers Association (WISTA), a group that assigns the scoring table personnel for boys and girls basketball games, JV and varsity for MPS schools. WISTA was involved in a rare moment of athletic sportsmanship last season that I want to share with you.

Here is a letter WISTA President Mike Wenzel sent late this past summer to the head boys basketball coach at De Kalb High School:


August 31, 2009

 

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Who are Emily Aiello, Jana Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Rouse?


They are three lucky young girls.

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #9

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame


She is 17-year old Jackie Seal. The young girl was wearing a T-shirt that said: "The US government handed out $700 billion in Wall Street bailouts and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

Watch as MSNBC tries to sandbag her.

 

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I'm on WISN


I fill in this Friday morning  from 10 a.m. to 12 NOON for Vicki McKenna on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

The effect of "Going Rogue" on the left

One glaring play a major reason soccer is a stupid sport


One of the most basic rules in soccer is that while the ball is in play, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands. Exceptions are throw-ins from the sidelines and, of course, the goalies.

I have personally witness about 500 high school soccer games. How incredibly boring. That’s 40,000 minutes or over 660 hours of my life I’ll never get back.

One of those games was a year ago, though I can’t remember the teams involved. It was a boy’s game.

Team A was trailing Team B with less than 10 seconds to go in the game. Team A was threatening just in front of the opposition’s goal. A player from Team A inexplicably touched the ball with his hand. Everyone on the field froze, including Team B’s goalie, expecting a whistle for a hand ball.

No whistle was heard.

The player from Team A who had touched the ball illegally now kicks the ball with just seconds on the clock right past the Team B goalie who was standing as still as a statue in disbelief.

Score the goal.

The referee would not budge.

Game tied.

Game goes into overtime.

You can imagine what happened.

Team A that got the gift goal thanks to a non-call scored in overtime for the victory.

But that was a high school soccer game. Such an egregious error couldn’t possibly occur during say, a World Cup qualifying contest, could it?

By now you’ve probably heard about the controversial and tarnished French game against Ireland. The Wall Street Journal described it this way:

“It was no ordinary match. France's victory propelled Les Bleus to next year's World Cup in South Africa and sent Ireland home. But the French victory has created a firestorm around the world, thanks to the manner in which it was decided.

As France moved in to score the winning goal, tens of millions of viewers watched French captain Thierry Henry illegally guide the ball with his hand before kicking it to another player, who headed it in. The referee missed the infraction. The victory stood.”


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A TV grab showed France's captain Thierry Henry touching the ball as Paul McShane defended. Photo: Getty Images


The entire soccer-watching world saw the hand ball, but the officials blew the simplest call in the game.
 

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You saw it first...Watch the New AFP TV Ad

 
Americans for Prosperity

Over the last year, Americans for Prosperity has criss-crossed the nation holding rallies featuring AFP's 7-story high hot air balloon emblazoned with our message --- "Cap-and-Trade means higher taxes, lost jobs and less freedom."  

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YES! YES! YES!

Eagle Scouts 1, Union thugs 0


Those of you who read state Senator Mary Lazich’s blog know how fond she is of attending Eagle Scout ceremonies and presenting state plaques. I am honored to fill in for the Senator when she is unavailable.

I’m always amazed at the folks who attend Eagle Scout ceremonies and concede how they touched and impressed they are at these young men. I wish everyone could attend Eagle Scout festivities to hear and see the profession of love of God, country, neighbor and community.

God bless these young men, their mentors, family members, and the Scouts who guide teach them.

And I was extremely happy to hear the results of a recent case involving an Eagle Scout and a band of union thugs.

Union goons went after a 17-year old Eagle Scout because he dared for over 200 hours of volunteer service to try to clear a bike path in a park.

The local Service Employees International Union, instead of applauding the effort, screamed foul, not understanding how foolish the union would look.  The fools were roundly criticized. As a result, the president of the union,  Nick Balzano stepped down.  Six other high-ranking members of the union also resigned.

Unions only care about themselves.

Case in point:


'It’s like sitting here watching your own funeral," Chris Liebenthal of Milwaukee said while watching the Milwaukee County Board act on the 2010 budget. Liebenthal is a human service worker with Milwaukee County Department of Human Services. Jsonline photo

But every once in awhile, good does triumph over evil.

Don’tcha love it!

Peter Ferrara has more.

While Obama dithers....

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoon by Scott Stantis

What was Obama thinking?

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy

Message to bleeding hearts: Sex offenders do re-offend


I have zero sympathy for sex offenders. If there was a way to have less than zero sympathy for these vermin, I would be in that category.

That separates me from well-known sex offender apologist and on-the –moon liberal Joel McNally who defends these scum and places medals on them simply because they’ll sit down and tell their story.

Last year, whenever I blogged about this topic, I was inundated by a well-orchestrated campaign of sex offender hand wringers who took me to task for daring to speak out against this group of  low-life’s..


And that was quite a campaign,  landing me a Shitake Award over such notables as a Fox News correspondent.

My reaction: I am more than happy to accept an award from a bunch of lunatic idiots who stand up for sex offenders because I’ve been outspoken against these leeches and dregs upon society.

I’ve read and studied a lot on this issue leading me to believe there’s a  mountain of evidence that sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated. They need to be incarcerated or monitored for life.

The South Bend Tribune relates, as evidence, the  case of Mike Lindsey. It writes:

“Despite a disturbing criminal past, friends and family believed Michael Lindsey had made significant strides in the decades he spent behind bars.

For more than 20 years, the man was a model prisoner, espousing deep religious beliefs, completing law courses and assisting other inmates with criminal cases.

Upon his initial release, officials say the man complied with all parole regulations, fulfilled treatment requirements and was holding down a full-time job and adjusting well to married life.”

You know where this is going. The newspaper reports:

“Just months after being allowed back into society, Lindsey did more than just violate his parole. He led authorities on a frenzied chase across county lines after three attempted abductions and one kidnapping.”


Lindsey, the  supposedly ideal inmate, had fooled his prison psychologist, prison minister, and naïve  wife he married while serving his initial term  in prison.

After being released after serving 25 years of a 50 year sentence (so much for truth in sentencing), Lindsey was released, but the poor devil had troubles. As quoted by the South Bend Tribune:

“It really started to overwhelm me,’ he said during sentencing. ‘I didn't know how to get gas, how to order food. I started wondering if I should even be out’.”

Lindsey’s clueless brain dad wife said, “Life is so fast out here. It's so slow for them in there. How do you prepare someone for something like that?"

So, are we supposed to believethat life is that much better on the inside?

Yeh, it’s really tough pumping that gas. I’m so messed up I’ll think I’ll try and kidnap a little girl.


Again, quoting from the South Bend Tribune:

“Because of the risk to the community, corrections officials generally want sex offenders to serve their entire sentences before being around civilians.”

Really?


I guess Lindsey was an exception, being such a swell guy after all, enabling him to walk 25 years after his 50 year sentence.

Do I  even need to tell where this is going?

“Lindsey had been out of prison just eight months.”

And guess what?

Any idea?

Read more from the South Bend Tribune.

"I will chew on razor blades when Congress cuts Medicare to keep the deficit from growing"


“I happily suspend disbelief when a magician says he'll saw a woman in half. That's entertainment. But when Harry Reid says he'll give 30 million additional people health coverage while cutting the deficit, improving health care and reducing its cost, it's not entertaining. It's incredible.”


Great piece by John Stossel... includes reference to Paul Ryan.

Culinary no-no #141

Culinary no-no's


PIE FIGHT!

There are just some things you shouldn’t do to a turkey.

What do gravy and whipped cream have in common?

And if you somehow missed it (for shame),
Culinary no-no #140.

Recommended Reading- The Thanksgiving Edition


Turkeys of the Year


“As we gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table, bow our heads in prayer, and feast on the holiday bird, it is only fitting to take a moment to fete the unforgettable turkeys of 2009.”


A Troubled Thanksgiving 2009

"It is with a heavy heart that I write that my mood on this Thanksgiving will not be the same as on any other I have ever experienced. My gratitude will be marred by a dark cloud."


A Thanksgiving Revival

“This Thanksgiving holiday provides America with an opportunity to reflect on our Thanksgiving history and tradition while giving thanks to God for seeing us through another year. In spite of our current strife, we should thank our Lord for his grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) and mercy (not giving us what we do deserve).”


I'm Thankful I Knew America When There was Such A Thing As A 'Busy Signal'

“What I'm most thankful for is that I grew up in a time when there were no cell phones or emails. Until I was a teen, there were hardly any cable TV channels, either. And yes, airing these thoughts conjures up similar talk from my own father, back when he talked about listening to radio programs when he was a kid. I often wondered why that made his youth better than mine. Now I know.”


Thanksgiving: The best American holiday

“No robber baron or swindler has figured out a way to commercialize Thanksgiving. No expensive gift purchases required, no credit-card debt incurred, no fancy costumes to be paid for, no semi-mandatory and painful hangover the next morning.”


Heaping plates nullify Thanksgiving calorie cuts

"Good news this Thanksgiving: Compared to 50 years ago, some staples of the Turkey Day table have fewer calories.
The bad news? It probably won't matter because most Americans will eat too much anyway."

Happy Thanksgiving!






















Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



 

Thanksgiving 2009 is really special


The gentleman who consistently delivers my morning paper.

Pat, who’s been waiting on me Sunday mornings for *** years.

My church, the most beautiful in Milwaukee, that hasn’t changed other than a coat of paint here and there in decades.

A wonderful community in which to live.

Police officers and firefighters that protect.

Our brave men and women in the military.

The workers that plow our streets.

The list of who and what we are grateful for is endless.

I am significantly blessed.

My beautiful wife, Jennifer does for me what Sinatra sang about. She makes me feel so young. And she’s simply the best.

In a few hours I’ll be celebrating with the Fischer Family. Warm, loving, and not a bad one in the bunch.

State Senator Mary Lazich is not just a boss. She is a dear friend and colleague. I wish more could see, as I do, her tireless dedication.

The folks at Milwaukee Public Television and WISN keep asking me back to dabble in a career I started over 30 years ago.

But this year is especially gratifying thanks to the wonderful addition to our family eight months ago yesterday. The joy precious little Kyla has brought is indescribable.

Our beautiful baby girl is an incredible blessing that we thank dear God for every single day.

Jennifer, our little angel, Kyla, and I wish you and yours many pleasant memories and bundles of reasons to be thankful today!





Happy shopping!
















 

The worst decade......ever?

Topics talked about on WISN


TIME Magazine in its cover story this week claims the 2000’s, the decade about to end, is the worst decade in world history.

Here is the article I discussed today filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

I disagree. While this decade was tough in many ways, it doesn’t compare with times like the 1930’s and 1940’s: World Wars, real Depression, unmatched poverty. Many in today’s society would never have survived without the amenities they enjoy, even though they fall under the
government’s dubious definition of “poor.”

The issue all of America should be talking about

Topics talked about on WISN




After the murders of 9/11, Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner authored the Real ID bill. Sensenbrenner wrote the following in an editorial published in the USA TODAY on May 9, 2005: 

“On Sept. 11, 2001, 18 of the 19 hijackers deliberately used valid driver's licenses and state IDs — as opposed to their passports — as their document of choice to board the airplanes. Why? Because state IDs allowed the hijackers to avoid suspicion. A driver's license allows freedom of movement and conveys credibility.”

In describing the Real ID legislation, Congressman Sensenbrenner wrote:

“Real ID would require all states to confirm the identities of applicants, confirm that visas are valid for foreign visitors, keep accurate records, and make driver's licenses and ID cards extremely difficult to counterfeit. This legislation would prevent the next Mohammed Atta from using his six-month visa to obtain a six-year driver's license by requiring that a foreign visitor's license term ends when the visa expires. Furthermore, once these reforms are in place with more complete state records, license renewals should be faster and lines shorter.”

During November 2008, Congressman Sensenbrenner told CNS News that if Real ID had been in place before 9/11/01, terrorists would have been unable to board the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

States need to comply with Real ID that was approved by Congress and signed into law so that their residents can board airplanes and gain entry to federal courthouses. The state of Wisconsin for more than a year had been collecting $10 per driver’s license fee in order to comply with Real ID. However, Governor Doyle’s 2009-11 budget proposal refrained from putting any funding toward compliance. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported over $12.5 million was collected from motorists that was supposed to go toward compliance with the federal law.

Here’s the update that I talked about today on WISN:

States have until the end of the year, a little over 30 days to comply with Real ID. If they don’t, their residents will not be allowed to use their state-issued ID’s to board commercial aircraft or enter federal buildings.

States are fighting real ID en masse because they claim it’s too costly (suddenly high tax and spending states are fiscally conservative), it’s an invasion of privacy and will create too many headaches. Personally, I'd prefer the airport hassles than an Islamic terrorist aboard my flight.

Governors have drawn a line in the sand on this critical national security item:  Screw you, D.C.!

It’s an issue all of America should be discussing, but isn’t.

Socializing our health care system is much more important.

The weekend continues on This Just In..


We’re about midway through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Hope you’re having a great time..

It’s a weekend of regular features on This Just In, and because we have many new readers, let me go through what we do here every weekend.

Throughout the week, my blog can get rather rambunctious. So on Friday night, we unwind with a themed selection of smooth music, stories, and videos.  It’s a hoot to put together and I think you’ll find it enjoyable.(Tune in about 7:00).

Early Saturday morning, my wife, Jennifer and I present our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot. Jennifer’s love of dogs (and my rumored lack of desire to get her one) was the inspiration for the blog. It starts with our weekend dog-walking forecast, a legitimate prognostication with details from the weather experts. Then Jennifer provides the main blog followed by a series of DOGS IN THE NEWS articles about canines that made headlines the past week.

This guy made the news.








So did he.......










Also on Saturday, Week-ends, our weekly week in review complete with the HEROES, VILLAINS, and QUOTES from the past week. We'll have their story...





Elizabeth and David Seibert hold their 6-week-old son, Ryan. Ryan has had two heart surgeries.



Saturday we also have Recommended Reading. I see a lot of great pieces during the week but simply don't have the time to comment about. So we put them in a nice compilation, and no they're not all political or conservative. But a great many are.

Sunday, I tell you My Most Popular Blogs of the week. 

Also, PHOTOS OF THE WEEK. This blog became a regular feature after I posted a mega-popular blog of photos from the June 2008 Midwest floods. Not every neat picture I see during the course of a week can be selected for Sunday's round-up. Here's a picture that did not make the final cut:






Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) gives his son Cooper, 1, a kiss during warmups before the start of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders,, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)


Also Sunday, The MJS Scorecard. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel scoffs that it's not a lefty paper. We've been keeping track of their most coveted editorial pages, the Sunday Crossroads section the past year to find out.

And Culinary no-no.  There are literally thousands of food blogs that discuss what's great about eating. This blog grew out of a friendly disagreement I had with my wife about eating brats. She puts (NO-NO) ketchup on hers.  That was the first Culinary no-no and we're up to Culinary no-no #142, a series that has had topics ranging from pizza to world hunger. Here's a sneak look at one of the areas we'll touch on:



A Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks


 I know you're busy this and every weekend. I appreciate you stopping by and your continued interest in my blog.

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend to remember


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 shortened work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
.

Tonight, sounds of the season.

Hope your Thanksgiving was nice. And we now have less than 30 days until the biggest holiday of the year. Since it's beginning to look like Christmas, what are we waiting for!

Call me corny but I like this medley by the entire Osmond Family.


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The Barking Lot (11/28/09)

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:  Sunny. A high of 50. (Normal high is about 42).   "B"

SUNDAY:  A chance of showers. A high of 42.  "D"


Jennifer has the day off. She’ll be back with another blog next week.

Meanwhile, it's shopping time!

Just about everyone surveyed in America says they'll spend less this Christmas. That is,unless we're talking about the family pet.

Over half of pet owners say they're buying their pets Christmas gifts. That's up from 43% last year

Recession? What recession?

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

Kangaroo on a rampage goes after farmer and his dog.


Man who tried to rescue dog needed rescuing himself.


In Vegas, dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered.


Newt Gingrich, pit bulls, and strippers. I kid you not.


Judge goes on the attack with dog poo.


Here's an idea: Foster a dog over the holidays.



It's one of the first gyms in the nation to provide dog day care.


The PETA wackos are at it again.


The dog swallowed
WHAT?


O
K, you've got to see this to believe it.


Busted! Idaho dog steals Thanksgiving turkey.



That's it for this week.

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Week-ends (11/28/09)

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



Alvin Shell


John Gaffaney



Ryan Seibert and his helpers


Mike Scalia


Robert Skaggs and Lonnie Hood


Orianne Green



Chloe McCourt



The birth mom, a Safe Haven law, and new parents


Debbie France


Charles Woodson


Jason O'Neill


Kids sending holiday mail


Jackie Seal



Efren Penaflorida




VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Michael Monahan


Senator Kent Conrad


Adam Lambert


Jerry Brown



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"Holy (expletive)!!  What's going on?"
An e-mail sent by Ed Huck, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities, to  Barbara Lawton's chief of staff Ben Nuckels on the day of her decision not to run for governor. E-mails to and from Lawton on her decision were made public.


"What stunning news we heard here today. I can only imagine what a difficult choice (you) had to make and, without knowing what you might be dealing with, I hope that everything is all right with you."
Wisconsin National Guard Lt. Col. Tim Donovan to Lawton.


Leaving the race "was a very difficult decision, but I firmly believe the right and responsible one. It is a pleasure to have just one full-time job again."
Lawton in a response to Donovan.


“I want this to be a positive campaign about where I see the future of the state of Wisconsin.”
Milwaukee Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett on Sunday's “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”


“I think it's interesting because Scott (Walker) had an opportunity four years ago to run against Governor Doyle and mid-campaign he quit. If he was unhappy with Governor Doyle four years ago he should have continued that.”
Barrett on the same Gousha program.


"There ain't going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan. If they ask for an increased troop commitment in Afghanistan, I am going to ask them to pay for it.”
House Appropriations Chairman David Obey in an exclusive interview with ABC News.Obey, a Democrat from Wisconsin, is opposed to sending any more U.S. troops to Afghanistan and says if Obama decides to do that, he'll demand a new tax -- what he calls a "war surtax" -- to pay for it. 


“He doesn’t know I’m gonna say this, but I had joked the other day that … the hero sex really helps a 20-year-old marriage.”
Laurie Sullenberger talking about her husband, pilot Chesley Sullenberger who safely ditched a US Airways plane in New York’s Hudson River after geese hit the engines.


“Rock star sex.”
Chesley Sullenberger chiming in during an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Climategate



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


What climate scandal?




Political Cartoons by Eric Allie




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


OMG! That dress. Brian Williams can barely contain himself.









STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


PETA strikes again


Mariah Carey's bizarre behavior.


Paula Deen
hit in the face.


Shoe thief caught after stealing only left foot shoes.



REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

Recommended Reading (11/28/09)

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).



One father’s lesson on freedom, free enterprise, and fair taxes

"Son: 'Who cares about executives when there are over 10 million people out of work. The gap between the rich and poor just keeps growing! The rich keep making millions; most workers are lucky if they just have a job! I’m glad Obama is going to tax the rich.’

Dad: 'It may sound good to take more from the rich to help the poor, but economies don’t work hat way'."


Would Obama be president if he made these five campaign promises?

"Even amongst politicians, Barack Obama is such a liar that he makes Bill Clinton look like honest Abe Lincoln by comparison. During the campaign, Barack Obama promised everything to everybody and when people inquired too closely, his supporters screamed that you had to be a racist for doubting him."



Four tactical steps that will defeat Obamacare

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If Republican compromisers continue to pursue 'the politics of dumb,' as they have until now, we will lose -- and America will be transformed in a really nasty way for the rest of our lifetimes."


If you don’t think the FortHood masacre was a terrorist attack you’re an idiot

"No matter what the bubble-headed brunette on CNN reported, no matter how the thought police explain this Muslim mook’s motives for mowing down our troops, no matter what some tweed jacket wearing, pipe smoking shrink says was rattlin’ around in Nidal’s noggin that caused him to snap like a weathered bungee cord with Rosie O’Donnell carabinered to the end, Hasan, for what it’s worth, said what he did was jihad.

Yes, one Nidal Malik Hasan was very loud and proud about the fact that he was cool with lighting up us infidels (I hope when he dies the 72 virgins awaiting him are all males who look like him, are hairier than Chewbacca, and sport violent, chronic halitosis)."


Family seeks honors for soldiers who committed suicide

"When 25-year-old Army specialist Chancellor Keesling killed himself in Baghdad this summer, his family was flown to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base to receive his casket. He then received a full military burial, complete with a 21-gun salute.

But Spec. Keesling's grieving family has not received a condolence letter from President Barack Obama. The White House said a longstanding policy prevents him from sending such a letter to families of troops who have committed suicide.


The Keesling family is mounting a lobbying effort to get that policy overturned."


The 2000s proved the folly of making predictions

"What just happened?

The first decade of the 2000s — a decade that nobody can agree what to call, but 'uh-ohs' has been suggested — is nearing its close. Expectations of 10 years ago have been blown apart, more than once, and re-assembled.

The irony of arguments over where the nation goes from here, after doubling a century’s worth of collective debt in one decade, is this: America entered the millennium with a certain sense of control, believing it had finally figured some things out."



Is the church militant back?

"Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York sent an op-ed to The New York Times charging the paper with anti-Catholic bigotry and using a moral double standard when judging the Church.

During the 'horrible' scandal of priest abuse of children, wrote the archbishop, the Times demanded the 'release of names of abusers, rollback of the statute of limitations, external investigations, release of all records and total transparency.'

But when the Times 'exposed the sad extent of child sexual abuses in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish Community ... 40 cases of such abuses in this tiny community last year alone,' wrote the archbishop, the district attorney swept the scandal under the rug, and the Times held up the carpet."

My Most Popular Blogs (11/29/09)

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) Photos of the Week (11/22/09)

2) Culinary no-no #140

3) I'm on WISN

4) "Pray for President Obama. Psalm 109:8."

5) Phooey on Milwaukee Magazine!

Photos of the Week (11/29/09)

Photos of the Week





In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama greets Michaele Salahi and Tareq Salahi at a State Dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House November 24, 2009 in Washington DC. It was later determined the two had gained access to the event without having been invited, much to the embarrassment of the Secret Service. (Photo by Samantha Appleton/White House via Getty Images)






View of the tent on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on November 24, 2009 where US President Barack Obama hosted his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh for the first official State Dinner of Obama's administration. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images






Guests sit at tables during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. President Barack Obama welcomed India's role as a rising and responsible global power, saying the U.S. will follow through on a civilian nuclear agreement and work to expand trade and investment ties with the world's largest democracy. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg






The food and wines on the menu for Tuesday night's White House state dinner in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: Potato and eggplant salad. White House arugula with onion seed vinaigrette. 2008 sauvignon blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, Calif. Red lentil soup with fresh cheese. 2006 Riesling, Brooks "Ara," Willamette Valley, Ore. Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra or green curry prawns, caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut-aged basmati rice. 2007 grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, Calif. Pumpkin pie tart, pear tatin, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Sparkling chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Va. Petits fours and coffee Cashew brittle Pecan pralines Passion fruit and vanilla gelees Chocolate-dipped fruit All served in a large tent on the East Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2009. India's visit marks the first official state visit during Obama's presidency. (Olivier Douliery /Abaca Press/MCT) 






In this handout image provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama is seen chairing a meeting on Afghanistan in the Situation Room of the White House, November 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama is expected to announce his decision on U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)


 

WHEAT RIDGE, CO - NOVEMBER 21:  A detail of a billboard lampooning President Barack Obama as a Mulsim stands over a used car lot on November 21, 2009 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Dealership owner Phil Wolf paid $2,500 to have the sign painted, and it has sparked controversy since it was put up the day before. Wolf, 57, said the dealership received more than a thousand calls from throughout the U.S. and Canada in a single day, both in support and against the sign.'We've had death threats. We had people call and say they were going to firebomb the place last night,' he said, adding that local police provided overnight security outside the dealership because of the threats. Wolf, a supporter of the 'birther' movement, questions President Obama's citizenship.'We've got to recall our country, the election,' he said. This guy (Obama), is illegal.' He also blamed the President for the massacre at Ft. Hood.'The cavalier attitude taken by Mr. Obama towards the enemy within us is absolutely horrible. If I had a snake in the house, I would kill it,' Wolf said. Several left-leaning advocacy groups have called on the public to boycott the auto dealership.

A detail of a billboard lampooning President Barack Obama as a Mulsim stands over a used car lot on November 21, 2009 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Dealership owner Phil Wolf paid $2,500 to have the sign painted, and it has sparked controversy since it was put up the day before. Wolf, 57, said the dealership received more than a thousand calls from throughout the U.S. and Canada in a single day, both in support and against the sign.'We've had death threats. We had people call and say they were going to firebomb the place last night,' he said, adding that local police provided overnight security outside the dealership because of the threats. Wolf, a supporter of the 'birther' movement, questions President Obama's citizenship.'We've got to recall our country, the election,' he said. This guy (Obama), is illegal.' He also blamed the President for the massacre at Ft. Hood.'The cavalier attitude taken by Mr. Obama towards the enemy within us is absolutely horrible. If I had a snake in the house, I would kill it,' Wolf said. Several left-leaning advocacy groups have called on the public to boycott the auto dealership. Photo: Getty Images


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The MJS Scorecard (11/29/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.


TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES

A Matter of Faith | Joseph Farkas: Bill would protect children, liberties  

Gregory Stanford: Jury duty sacred, deserves better pay  

A pretty good behind the scenes piece about jury duty, but former MJS columnist Stanfoed calls for a near tripling of jury duty fee (i.e., more government spending), yet fails to make a strong case in support.

Lon Newman: Consent requires accurate information  

As I have asked so many times this year, where oh where, Ricardo is the opposing view?


TODAY'S CONSERVATIVE PIECES

A Matter of Faith | Shawn Francis Peters: Don't protect reckless behavior  

Ironically, this piece supports a liberal Democrat's proposed legislation. But it's far mor reasonable than the oppoisng view that pushes a bad bill by Lena Taylor.

Credit card transaction fees hurt businesses  

James A. Buchen: Low carbon fuel tax is lose-lose  


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

None.


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-3

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-112, Conservative-82

Four more weeks left. Think the difference can be made, at the very least, a bit more respectable?

The 12 scams of Christmas


What to get Grandma?

I know.

I’ll have a star named after her!

Culinary no-no #142

Culinary no-no's

 

This week, how appropriate that our entry is a host, a hodgepodge of Culinary no-no leftovers, some that have been darkening our This Just In files for awhile. We start with the more timely taboos.

Take a look at the eggnog latte at Strabucks, described as, "Rich espresso beverage with subtle holiday spices. Finished with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg. A Starbucks classic since 1986."


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Thanksgiving Day, then Black Friday, then....

STUNNING news from one of the nation's top liberal blogs


"Two in five Democratic voters either consider themselves unlikely to vote at this point in time, or have already made the firm decision to remove themselves from the 2010 electorate pool. Indeed, Democrats were three times more likely to say that they will 'definitely not vote' in 2010 than are Republicans.”

Democrats can spin until they’re the Tazmanian Devil. This is bad news for the party of blue.

In case you missed it last Thursday....


And it’s entirely possible because you were watching the Packers struggle in their first quarter against the Detroit Lions last Thursday….

At the end of NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Matt (Big Lib) Lauer said, and I’m paraphrasing, that it’s always great to see Santa Claus on this Thanksgiving holiday, and of course, that means  it‘s the start of the “bigger
holiday season.”

Come on, Matt.

It won’t kill you.

Just say it.


IT’S THE START OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!


But Lauer can’t help himself. He’s just another in a huge parade of politically correct media lefties.








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MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!


"Have a holly jolly Christmas

And when you walk down the street

Say hello to friends you know

And everyone you meet”


That is a stanza from one of the best Christmas songs of all-time, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives.







Say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet,

Hello?

Hell no!

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of adults prefer 'Merry Christmas,'  while 22% like 'Happy Holidays' instead."

You got that, PC numskulls??!!

And for all you Christians, don't be afraid or shy.

Go back and check the words to Joy to the World!

And just say it.

Over and over and over again.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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