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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.

"Plunge Right Through That Line!"

One of the greatest college football fight songs, "On Wisconsin" celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The UW Marching Band website says:

The melody of this famous song was composed in 1909 by W.T. Purdy, a corporation clerk who prior to that time had never set foot in Wisconsin. The words were supplied by Carl Beck, a former University of Wisconsin student. In the parlor of a Chicago boarding house, it took them only several evenings to compose. The pair (who worked for $10 per day each) couldn't scare up the $50 it took to publish the tune. They got a $10 credit from a firm of music plate engravers, used the credit for reference at the printers, and had 500 copies hastily printed.

Written accounts of the earliest performances of On Wisconsin reveal that the first performance occurred on November 10, 1909, when it was sung by the ‘Glee Club’."


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Cowards on the Internet

First, some background on a recent court battle that should be of great interest to bloggers.


began writing a blog
in August 2008 about...

That's model Liskula Cohen.


wrote a blog called, "Skanks in NYC." The sole purpose of the anonymous blog was to trash Cohen with unflattering pictures and a litany of name-calling, including, "a psychotic, lying, whoring . . . skank."

Cohen sued


and Google, the host of the anonymously written blog. Cohen sought to learn the identity of the individual sliming her. 

A Manhattan judge ruled in Cohen's favor, and the trash-talking blogger was unmasked as.....

 Google revealed identity of blogger Rosemary Port, who now plans to sue Web site.

29-year old Michelle Port.

Port claimed she went after Cohen because Cohen said nasty things about Port to her boyfriend.

There's more to the story that you can read here.

A larger issue is at play: the danger of anonymity on the Internet.

Not everyone who writes or comments anonymously on blogs or chat sites is irresponsible. However, given the opportunity to hide behind a fake name, a writer feels the incentive to engage in outrageous, negative, hostile, even false or libelous commentary. As columnist Dennis Prager once wrote:

“It is the very rare individual who sends a hate-filled, obscenity-laced e-mail that includes his name. As the recipient of such e-mails, I know firsthand how rarely people identify themselves when sending hate-filled mail. It is so rare, in fact, that I usually respond to hate mail that includes the writer's name just to commend him for attaching his name to something so embarrassing.

The Internet practice of giving everyone the ability to express himself anonymously for millions to read has debased public discourse. Cursing, ad hominem attacks and/or the utter absence of logic characterize a large percentage of many websites' ‘comments’ sections. And because people tend to do what society says it is OK to do, many people, especially younger people, are coming to view such primitive forms of self-expression as acceptable.

Some might argue that anonymity enables people to more freely express their thoughts. But this is not true. Anonymity only enables people to more freely express their feelings. Anonymity values feelings over thought, and immediate expression over thoughtful reflection.”

I call these people cowards. Ironically, liberal columnist Maureen Dowd used the same term in writing about the Cohen/Port case.

Reckless blogging is like a cancer, permeating the Internet. Sometimes, in the never-ending quest to make waves, the blogger can go too far.

One local writer cavalierly told me last year that he can write anything he wants to because he’s a blogger. When I raised the issues of credibility and reputation, I was told again that it didn’t matter because he’s a blogger, not a journalist. Still another local blogger’s body of work is marked, or should I say, marred by entries based on assumptions, rumors, unfounded accusations, and wild conspiracy theories. Not only that, his grammar and spelling would make his high school English teacher jump off the Hoan Bridge.

On these very blog pages, individuals have written using false names and stories, pretending to be people they’re not. Some in our community are well aware of the despicable specifics.

There are local bloggers who, like Michelle Port, have no intention of providing important information or discourse. Their sole purpose is to smear. Knowing they couldn’t face their targets or engage them in meaningful debate, fearing the very thought, they cowardly hide behind phony names or titles.

In a perfect world, everyone who writes a blog would have to divulge his/her identity and affiliation. Ditto for people who “comment.” Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen, and the irresponsibility will continue.


Is lying on the Internet now a crime?

Internet anonymity is as bad as Internet porn

Anonymity kills

Congratulations, Sendik's Food Markets!

And might I say to my good friend Brandon Scholz at the Wisconsin Grocers Association, you made a very worthy choice.

On Monday, August 31st, 2009 Brandon Scholz, president of the Wisconsin Grocers Association presented owners Ted, Nick & Patrick Balistreri & Margaret Harris with the 2009 Grocers of the Year Award.

"Thomas Paine" to appear at Wisconsin Tea Party

AFP Wisconsin
For Immediate Release Contact: Bob Delaporte 608-698-9294




(Sheboygan) - The man who convinced colonial America to fight one revolution in 1776 is back in modern America to urge a Second American Revolution at the Sheboygan Tea Party Rally at Fountain Park on the corner of Erie and 8th Street from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on September 5, 2009.

Historian, author and award-winning actor/director, Dr. Bob Basso, portrays the man whose pamphlet, Common Sense, outlined the simple and powerful arguments that stunned the world and propelled the greatest burst of freedom in history, the birth of America. Like so many Americans angry and fed up with a government that has allowed the corrosion of our values and traditions while being strangled by political correctness, Basso looked for a way to contribute to taking back his country.

Having portrayed Paine over a thousand times during the 1976 Bi-centennial celebration, he asked, "What would the man who first called us The United States of America say if he looked around America today?" He gave those blunt and direct answers in a series of passionate presentations that kicked off an immediate fire storm of controversy that brought a record-setting eight million hits on YouTube. Paine, who is non-political, calls for a Second American Revolution to bring back common sense and respect for our founding principles.

One New York blogger wrote, "Thomas Paine hit a red hot nerve in modern America and has aroused a new grass roots movement spreading from coast to coast and beyond including Bagdad and Afghanistan where the military stand and cheer his admonitions to fight the enemy within."

Foxnews host, Glenn Beck saw the videos and said, ‘This man has hit the nail on the head for a majority of Americans' and featured him several times on his show. The "Forgotten Founding Father" had been overwhelmed with requests assisting a whole new birth of grass roots movements exhorting the silent majority be silent no more lest we lose our country. His latest set of YouTube fire and brimstone has him addressing President Obama directly in a no holds barred in-your-face encounter.

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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit

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Brett Favre & Sears: Admit it, this is funny

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This Just In Truth Squad: Franklin voters approve school levy

Mark Schaaf of FranklinNOW recently covered the Franklin School Board’s annual meeting, and you’ve got to feel sorry for Schaaf. He can’t report what a sham of a process this meeting truly is.

Someone should film this annual affair and post it for all the world to see to show how not to run a local government meeting. This is clearly democracy NOT in action.

Let’s begin with the headline that tops Schaaf’s story on this very website:

Voters approve 3.9 hike in school levy

Now, reporters will often argue, and they’re absolutely right that they have zero input on how the headline is written for their stories. Headline writers will, on the other hand, counter that they’re limited by space and the fact that they weren’t at the event in question and don’t know all the details.

Schaaf writes that, and I quote, that, “Franklin School District voters at the annual meeting approved the 2009-10 budget that includes a property tax levy increase of an estimated 3.9 percent. About 25 district residents approved the $30.6 million levy. Because some factors have not yet been determined, the budget could change between now and when it becomes official later this fall.”

That is Schaaf’s reporting. Let’s just say that I have a different perspective on what actually is the truth here, based on over 30 years of covering local government and having attended this farce of an annual meeting in Franklin in the past.

Again, here is the dubious headline:

Voters approve 3.9 hike in school levy

Sorry, folks. Voters didn’t approve crapola.

A small band of merrily frolicking members of the School District machine (all 25 of them) raised their hands like blind sheep, like lemmings at the annual meeting and basically told the Jesse James Gang, i.e. the Franklin School Board, please ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, we’re bending over quite a bit. Please tax us some more.

Voters? Are you kidding me?

The voters were home after working hard all day to pay the ridiculous Franklin taxes, spending time with their loved ones. Attend the annual meeting in the middle of August? Most, if not all, had no idea it was happening! And even if they did, why bother showing up and trying to talk common sense to this tax/spend happy bunch? Their minds are made up. They will tax you to death because, as I’ve mentioned so many time, they don’t care.

Recession? Who the hell cares?

Voters? How in the hell do we know if the 25 people who attended that meeting and nodded their heads like mindless robots when the question was asked about a levy increase were actual voters?

 Did they check ID’s at the door?

Did they cross check against actual voter lists and Franklin addresses?


You want voters?

How about the turnout (actual registered voters) during the spring April 2007 election in Franklin that voted on two school referenda, including a tax increase of over $78-million?

In case anyone forgot, let me remind you of what the taxpaying voters of Franklin decided with a loud and clear message in April of 2007 on TWO referenda.

(Are you paying attention, Franklin School Board members?):

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When the victim of a hate crime is white....

Investigative reporter John Conroy’s life changed dramatically last year when he attempted to bicycle his way through Chicago’s West Side following a meeting.

Conroy was the victim of an ambush he never saw coming. He regained consciousness after being beaten, aided by two Good Samaritans and has been wrestling with his views on race ever since. Conroy writes in the new edition of Chicago Magazine:

I think of myself as a tolerant man, but that tolerance has been taxed by the pain and the consequence to my body and my life. At a moment when millions of Americans set race aside to vote for an African American presidential candidate, I’ve been forced by juveniles to look it square in the face. Last February, Attorney General Eric Holder said that we are a nation of cowards when it comes to addressing race. I plead guilty. There is no joy in writing this.”

Shortly after the beating, as Conroy recovered at a local hospital, he got word that a teenager had been arrested and would face charges. Conroy desperately wanted to know why a group of six teens would attack him and then not rob him.

Blacks and whites told him the beating was clearly a hate crime.

Three days after the incident, Conroy writes that he stopped by the police station to thank the officers who gave him assistance at the scene.

“Looking for help in finding them, I asked for an acquaintance, T. C. McCoy, an African American officer who lives in the district and has worked there for 24 years. When he heard my story, he said, ‘It’s a hate crime.’

I wasn’t taking notes at the time, so I asked him recently to recall his reasoning. ‘When I looked at your face, I could see there was some serious thought behind doing this,’ he said."

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August is not the end of the road, fellow freedom fighters!

Americans for Prosperity

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Big announcement about MPTV's InterCHANGE

I'll have the details Thursday.

Daughters in danger

As the proud father of a beautiful five-month baby girl, I’ve taken a greater interest in issues surrounding the growth of young girls, and the cultural surroundings that can have a negative impact on their development.

I’m concerned about an attitude that permeates our school system that sex is okay, as long as so-called “protection” is involved. At one time, a parent only had to fear Madonna pushing the wrong buttons. Now, educators are also proliferating the harmful message of no limits, no boundaries. Sheer innocence is lost when using sexuality to advance is deemed acceptable behavior.

I will refuse to send my little girl to any school that pushes sexual power as a virtue to ascribe to. And those schools are out there.

A new book by Dr. Miriam Grossman entitled, "You're Teaching My Child What?" how schools today support and forward a free sex mentality. You’d think it was 1967 all over again, but this is worse.


The inside flap of the book reads:

"If you think sex education is still about the birds and the bees, you're wrong. And it's not about science either. If you're a parent with children in the public school system, you need to know what's really going on.

In You're Teaching My Child What? Dr. Miriam Grossman rips back the curtain on sex education today, exposing a sordid truth. Instead of teaching our children the facts of life, sex educators are lying to them, ignoring medical fact in favor of politicized, and dangerous, propaganda that could ruin your child's life forever.

In You're Teaching My Child What? you'll learn what sex educators don't want you to know:

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What do President Obama and the Franklin School District have in common?


There are two elements to this particular story. Let’s start with the Obamessiah.

On September 8th (the first day of classes for many school kids) President Obama will speak to students all across America about the importance of education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a direct order to school administrators that dictated the following:

“This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.”

There’s more.

That same DOE (Department of Education) is instructing (ordering) teachers in Grades 7 to 12 to ask their students: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?

Once the Great Obama has spoken, teachers of younger students, KG to Grade 6 are supposed to have them write letters to themselves about what they can do to help his Holiness (That would be the Obamessiah).  

From the DOE website:

Fact sheet, Activities for Grades PreK-6, and Activities for Grades 7-12 

Can you imagine if George W. Bush had sent a similar directive ordering all schools to listen to his message?  There would have been shouts of indoctrination, propaganda, and brainwashing!!

And those outcries would have been correct!

Why is Obama reaching out to school kids? To indoctrinate and brainwash, for sure. But he also is using the kids to get to their parents.

To be Barack Hussein Obama is to be cool.

To be Barack Hussein Obama is to be worshipped and adored.

Not lately.

So, the Egomaniac-in -Chief has to get his groove back. To do so, he will use persuasive force, a teleprompter (so he doesn't **** up), and kids. And chew up valuable teaching time as well.

Now for the second element of our story, the Franklin School District.

Here is a sizeable excerpt from my blog of December  28, 2007: The Top Ten Franklin Stories of 2007, #4:

"On April 2, 2007, the day before Franklin voters went to the polls to decide on two school referenda totaling $78-million, my blog had the following headline:

Franklin school officials sink to sleazy new low to get votes

The Friday before Election Day, during school time, hundreds of Franklin High School seniors of voting age were taken to an Assembly and then drilled by school personnel about why they should vote for the referenda.

Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.

I wrote the following:

The impropriety of this action by Franklin school officials is clear. The surprise Assembly on the Friday before the election should never have taken place. I’m not sure if the Assembly was illegal, but it certainly was extremely unethical.

It smacks of a desperate, underhanded, sleazy maneuver by folks who must be very worried about the outcome of the election. On principle alone, these referenda need to be resoundingly rejected.

Shame on the Franklin School District for this disgusting and despicable tactic!

Later on April 2, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:

Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):

1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting---how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?

I have more questions to add but the most important one is:

When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?

The referenda failed miserably.

Not long after the election, the District Attorney’s office began to investigate and wanted answers from outgoing Superintendent Bill Szakacs.

No charges were filed, but the DA’s office is still reviewing other options.

Again, the “Assembly” was extremely unethical. Supposedly learned officials should have known better. They thought they could get away with it, and that’s why they did it.

School officials who objected at the time weren’t loud, persistent, aggressive, or effective enough.

The Franklin school district is the victim of inept management.

Students, their parents, and taxpayers deserve much better."
-----December 28, 2007 (This Just In,

There you have the two elements of this story.

Have you figured it out?

What do President Obama and the Franklin School District have in common?

That's easy.

They both love captive audiences.

Utah prinicipal apologizes for showing leftist propaganda video to students

The details...

What will they learn?

Students are back in class on the heels of a devastating analysis of the curricula at America’s best colleges and universities. In a nutshell, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) prepared a comprehensive report to determine the answer to a simple question: What will they learn?

“Specifically, will they gain the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global marketplace, lead our nation thoughtfully, and be lifelong learners? Many college guides and ranking systems measure institutions’ prestige and reputation, but no guide has looked at what students are actually required to learn,” ACTA writes in its report.

ACTA examined the top 20 National Universities and the top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges as reported in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges rankings. The report also looked at major public universities from all 50 states.

Even before ACTA embarked on this endeavor, the climate surrounding higher education was grim. ACTA reports, “According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics, only 31 percent of college graduates can read and understand a complex book. Employers are increasingly complaining that graduates of four-year colleges lack the writing and analytical skills necessary to succeed in the workplace: In a 2006 survey, for example, only 24 percent thought graduates of four-year colleges were ‘excellently prepared’ for entry-level positions. College seniors perennially fail tests of their civic and historical knowledge. And rates of leisure reading have taken a nosedive.”

ACTA’s findings are alarming, and should be, especially to parents who are dishing out exorbitant amounts of money to schools that are failing to meet those bold promises splashed all over their fancy brochures.

Of the schools ACTA studied, “almost half do not require a genuine, college-level math course;

almost 90 percent do not require students to take a survey course in American government or history; and only two require students to take a basic course in economics.”

The report focused on the core curriculum, seven courses of general education needed by students to prepare them for life after college: Composition, Literature, Foreign Language,

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A new face on InterCHANGE

Joining the InterCHANGE panel as a regular this week will be good friend, former WTMJ-TV anchor/reporter Denise Callaway. Callaway has guest-hosted the program in the past.

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

1 – MPS.


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Whoever was responsible for this should have been included in last Saturday’s Week-ends.

A poster inside a local bank claims there’s now a $2,000 reward for information about the crime.

Can poor spelling derail a career?

The Wall Street Journal
provides the answer.

Kevin Fischer's "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

I am always on the lookout for sharp, young, talented writers. As I have blogged recently, these young folk must meet certain standards.

They must have a strong ability to write well.

Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.

They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.

Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check. Doing so would demonstrate a lack of pride and self-respect, not to mention a clear ineptness.

And there must be a consistency of excellence to their product. They wouldn’t dream of posting anything slightly embarrassing that would ruin their credibility in a heartbeat.

I am announcing special young writers of recognition who will be members of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” By the strictest definition, “whippersnapper” may not be the most positive term. However, I can assure you that in this context, “whippersnapper” should be considered in the most complimentary, respectful sense. These young individuals are refreshing.

Any young person with a computer can spit out foolish, naïve, fact-devoid, wild, unsubstantiated junk and call it a blog or creative writing. It takes intelligence, insight, and skill to compose a quality product that is noteworthy. My goal is to showcase these young writers who, by their true ability give us superb confidence that the future of our great country is in very capable hands.

I am announcing the first four inductees of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” I have written about the first three previously. The fourth inductee is someone new.

1) The Conservative Casanova. This young man from Greenfield is attending the University of Minnesota, and interned with the Republican National Committee at the Republican national convention in 2008.

2) American Sweetheart. Her bio reads, "I am a 26 year old mother of one. I currently work in the banking industry while pursuing a carrer in professional writing and US history. After school, I plan to pursue a career in well as write children's history books. My main goal after school is to start a non-profit organization that will aid our troops."

3) Eva Lorraine Molina is a junior at Amherst and a summer intern for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

4) Matt Kallerud of Milwaukee, currently attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering and interning at NASA.

These young stars are the real deal, bona fide talents. In reality, they are in a category far beyond "whippersnapper." I salute and congratulate them for putting their talents to such constructive use.

I will be updating the Hall of Fame when new talent comes to my attention. Readers are invited to nominate inductees by e-mailing me their suggestions.
The following types of young individuals are ineligible:



General losers

Anyone ashamed of publicly disclosing what they do for a living

Anyone who can’t spell at an 8th grade level, and/or with grammatical skills to match

Anyone who adores dramatic tax increases but pays no taxes because he/she sponges off at home

Anyone who doesn’t understand that nothing in life comes easy and that hard work is the key to a fulfilling life, not the government


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

Tell Obama to allow offshore drilling in America

Americans for Prosperity

Activists won an amazing policy victory last year when public outrage forced Congress to finally end its ban on offshore drilling, after 26 long years of keeping America’s vast energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) locked up and off the market.

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Franklin Common Council makes right call on block grant funding

The Franklin Common Council found itself in a somewhat unusual situation at its meeting Tuesday night as it decided what local projects would receive the city’s allotted Community Development Block Grant funding.

In the running for funding was the group, Franklin Senior Citizens, headed by 2007 Franklin Person of Year and a 2007 inductee in the Milwaukee County Senior Hall of Fame, Casper Green, and the Interfaith program.

Discussion about how to administer the funding included plans by Green’s group to hold caterd parties for senior citizens complete with fancy decorations at Brenwood Park. Certainly nothing wrong with throwing a blowout for seniors, except that the Interfaith program helps needy seniors by mowing their lawns, shoveling snow, providing rides to the doctor and home visits. Spreading the grant money out over a longer period of time where it would do the most good seemed to make sense.

I was told by Alderman Kristin Wilhelm the feeling was that rather than spend the money on wants, it should go for needs. There was debate about splitting part of the grant money between the two senior efforts, but in the end, a motion was made to give less money to the Franklin Senior Citizens and more to fund the Interfaith program. It carried on a vote of 5-1.

Care to guess which Franklin alderman voted against giving block grant money to the Interfaith program? That would be the alderman who always seems to find a way to fumble, bumble, and stumble: Steve Taylor.

Taylor’s vote was calculated. The worst kept secret in town is that he wants to be mayor. So he votes against Interfaith so he can cozy up to the highly influential Casper Green later to try to secure senior votes. Taylor was thinking of himself and put his political ambitions ahead of senior citizens who can’t shovel their walks or get to the doctor by themselves.

No one denies the wonderful job Casper Green does on behalf of senior citizens. In this case, most of the Franklin Common Council got it right. Steve Taylor, once again, managed to step in it.

CCP Steve Taylor at Work?

Steve Taylor photo: WAG THE DOG

Wisconsin is going to the Alamo Bowl on January 2

And they will lose to Nebraska, 28-27.

That’s the prediction of that has projections on every single college football bowl game.

To you, from This Just In...


We'll be here, starting tonight with our Friday night Goodnight musical feature. Yes, there's a theme to it this week. Hope it works.

Saturday morning, wake up early for The Barking Lot followed by our week in review, Week-ends. This guy gets a mention....

He sells shells

Also Saturday, we'll post Culinary no-no one day early, and Recommended Reading.

Sunday, our most popular blogs for the week, The MJS Scorecard, and Photos of the Week. Here's a picture that made the cut....

Wow, that is some weird stuff.

We know it's busy and a holiday and all, so we appreciate you visiting This Just In this weekend.

Goodnight everyone, and have a work-free 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….and this week, Monday.

Tonight, some work-related music to segue into the holiday weekend.

Let’s jump right into it with an old instrumental classic by a very popular artist. The theme is familiar and catchy. You might be old enough to remember that Channel 12 used it as their intro to Packer Preview on Sunday afternoons before every Packer game.

It’s “The Work Song.”

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The Barking Lot (9/05/09)

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:  Sunny. High of 72.  "A"

SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 76. "A"

  Partly cloudy. High of 76.   "A"

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

A few years ago I had an extra part-time job in a retail store.  One Sunday afternoon a lady walked in our store with a parrot on her shoulder.  “Hey, lady… you know you got a bird on your shoulder?”  No, this is not the beginning of a bad joke.  I am serious!  She walked in with her avian friend like it was the most NORMAL thing in the entire world. 

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Yeh, yeh, yeh!

This news is cool!

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Week-ends (09/05/09)


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...


Donald Hogan

Tim James

Chris Fitzmaurice

Local school districts say Nobama

Over 9,000 activists

The San Diego Chargers and their special guests

Roger Owens


Latasha Jackson

Wisconsin Shares program

Michael Wey

Mother at Lake Michigan

15 young people in rural south-central Wisconsin

Health care reform activist

Roger Stephens

Utah prinicipal

Van Jones

LeGarrette Blount

Arkansas police


Solitaire-playing legislators



"I think it's going to help us."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), answering the question, "How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy's death affect things?" The warm, compassionate, left.

"Today there's a growing consensus: The Recovery Act is, in fact, working."
Vice-President Joe Biden, one day before the Labor Department reported that nearly 15 million Americans are unemployed, the unemployment rate climbed to 9.7 percent in August, and the nation's payrolls shed 216,000 jobs.

"We should not be using health care reform to provide government access to abortion. ... I would hope that people from whatever party don't try to go down that road."
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) agreeing to work with an abortion opponent at a Marquette Law School forum. Kohl said he didn’t want such a controversial issue snuck into the bill at the last minute.

"I think the odds are they'll probably have the chance to pass this. This majority is very good at exercising discipline within its ranks and passing controversial legislation."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) predicting passage of the health care bill.

"Hundreds of employees expressed a desire to voice their true feelings, and that's something we can't ignore."
Mercury Marine President Mark Schwabero explaining why the company extended the deadline for approving a concession package to keep jobs in Fond du Lac. Union members accepted concessions in a third vote taken Friday.

"The company (Mercury Marine) will accept the outcome of the vote. It is a real vote."
Mike King of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

"My treatments will have a minimal effect on my duties of serving the people of the Fifth Congressional District. I intend on maintaining my active schedule, both in Washington and in the District, and will still hold the numerous town-hall meetings that have been scheduled."
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) announcing he'll start treatment for early state prostate cancer. 


"Since Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden took office, the economy has shed 3 million jobs."


Conservatives outnumber liberals in all 50 states


Brett Favre's block. Maybe Eugene Wilson should put on a dress. 


Now I lay me down to have sex...

Madison's flamingos made in Illinois.

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.

AP photo of mortally wounded Marine criticized

Here is one of the photos I included in last Sunday's
Photos of the Week:

U.S. Marine Cpl. Russell pays his respects to Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard during a memorial service at a forward operating base with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd MEB, 3rd MEF, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Now Zad in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was mortally wounded during a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

This candid, touching photo is now causing controversy over whether it should have been taken or published at all.

Culinary no-no #128

Culinary no-no's

In honor of the Labor Day holiday and for many what could be the final grilling weekend of the season, Culinary no-no appears one day earlier this week.

I can’t quite understand the problems people have grilling, but they do. Bon Appétit has compiled a list of
10 Most Common Grilling Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them).

I concur with Bon Appétit except for their suggestion that the lid be open during direct grilling. That defeats the whole purpose of the cover that provides even cooking when closed.  Put that baby down when preparing items directly over the coals.


This will probably make an appearance at the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair.




Hubby Hubby

Recommended reading (09/05/09)

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).

What I learned from “The Mob”

I spoke with thousands of voters at town-hall meetings this summer. What I gathered from them is that it's not just the proposed overhaul of health care that has them upset. Many also expressed a sense of betrayal. In spite of their hope for change, it still appears that the government in Washington is run for its own benefit and the benefit of special interests—not for the benefit of the American people. The folks I met with also don't trust politicians in Washington to address mounting long-term challenges to our economy.”

Abusing school kids with pro-Obama propaganda

For those who consider this an appropriate use of classroom time at the very beginning of the school year, ask yourself the question: how would you respond had President Bush ordered teachers to get students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president?”

The Obama slide

Obama’s challenge was to push his agenda through a Democratic-controlled government while retaining the affection of the 39 percent of Americans in the middle. The administration hasn’t been able to pull it off.”

Trouble in liberal land

Despite their control of all three branches of government, this has not been a good summer for liberal Democrats.”

Senator High and Mighty

“There had always been a tradition of noblesse oblige among America's blue-blood liberals. But Ted Kennedy redefined the notion of the aristocracy simply helping the poor, and took it to cynical ends in the manner of a Roman tribune. He assumed that almost none of his own humanitarian rhetoric applied to himself, almost as if godly intentions gave him a sort of exemption from moral behavior.”

The Reagans and the Kennedys

“And this is what Ronald Reagan said of John F. Kennedy, on a warm dark night in the floodlit garden of Ted Kennedy's home in McLean, Va:……”

Brett Favre: The John Kerry of the NFL

Non-aficionados of football may not fully appreciate the significance of Favre's act of betrayal, and the drama it has produced. To put it in political terms, Favre's going to the Vikings is worse than, say, Arlen Specter becoming a Democrat.”

Why your coach votes Republican

“There's no evidence that coaches with a conservative bent are better coaches or more likely to get jobs. Football coaches aren't the most diverse group, which may help explain their political similarities. Still, could it be that football coaches, just by the nature of the job, are more comfortable on the right end of the political spectrum?”

Gay Ice Cream?

It’s hard to make a pint of Ben & Jerry’s unappetizing, but even I can resist peanut butter and chocolate when the carton sports two men on top of a wedding cake.”

Blue chip, white cotton

For one answer to the nation's most pressing economic question -- when will the recession end? -- just take a peek inside the American man's underwear drawer.”

I D(amn) N(ear) R(elinquished) my life today

Yes, I took a substantial risk just by leaving the house today. How incredibly stupid to venture outdoors on a late summer day with such abundant sunshine and barely a cloud in the sky and such crisp, clear, fresh air.

What in the world was I thinking, scoffing at and ignoring the all-knowing, omnipotent Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Rather than seek refuge behind the locked doors of the confines of my humble Franklin abode, I foolishly risked life and limb by GASP heading outside in my shorts, sandals, and Reyn Spooner Elvis shirt.

6:30 this morning: This shouldn’t hurt. I’ll be as quick as possible. After all, there’s all that soot and microscopic dust and liquid droplets and smoke particles everywhere. Far more dangerous than those nasty yellow jackets swarming all over my garden. That rising sun? Probably just a UFO.

And so I made a mad dash for it. I held my breath so as not to take in any hazardous junk. I grabbed my thin as hell Saturday Journal Sentinel and managed to get back into the house before collapsing.

I watched outside my window this morning as joggers ran down my street, as usual, sans water bottles. Elderly men and women walked hand in hand. Others walked their dogs. And I said to myself, hmmmmmmmm. Look at those daredevils. They’re not huffing or puffing or in any discomfort.

I can do this, I told myself. Yes I can, can, can. There is….

HOPE for me on this sunny 70-plus degree day.

Dear God, I’m going to make it!

First I went to the bank. Not the best idea because the seniors who had all week to do their banking always do it on a Saturday morning.

Not today, I thought. They heard the warning. No doubt they’re home hiding under the mattress.


How the hell did they manage to get here! Why aren’t they gasping for air???!!

After waiting 10 minutes in line so I could make my 30-second transaction, I left the bank to go to a high school football game.

Kevin Fischer, are you mad????? A football game??? Outside???  Are you not cognizant of the great powerful DNR’s warning???

Young kids played football, in broad daylight without water breaks. Cheerleaders danced and exerted themselves during strenuous routines. Bell Ambulance had to be summoned, but not because of soot or droplets or particles. A player sustained a neck injury (He’s going to be fine, BTW).

The game ended and foolish me, I went home and lit up the outdoor grill, charcoal briquette smoke and all.  What’s the harm, I figured. On the drive home, I passed people of all ages, playing ball, sitting on their porches, out for walks. It was almost as if there was this loud, strong, collective voice:


And I turned on the TV and watched as over 70,000 people jammed into Camp Randall Stadium to rub the DNR’s face in it. What could possibly have been going through their minds? Do they want to die???

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning, I fully intend to be a rebel once more. I will chance scooting out to grab my morning paper. Gotta check how liberal the Crossroads section is. Then beautiful wife, baby and I will go to church. Yes, I am a God-awful rotten human being, subjecting my family to the danger the DNR tried so desperately to warn me about.

I just may grill outside again. Sunday is supposed to bring ugly, unhealthy weather again: Over 70 and sunshine galore. It’ll be rough, but I think I’ll chance it again.

Even though the DNR’s warning extends until Tuesday night, I’m picking up my 80-plus year-old mother and taking her to may brother’s place for a Labor Day cookout. Boy, I am an absolute, cruel SOB.

Dear Lord, I wasn’t very bright today. I dodged a bullet.

Thank you for seeing me through this terrible ordeal.

My Most Popular Blogs (09/06/09)

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) This Just In Truth Squad: Franklin voters approve school levy

2) Cowards on the Internet

3) What do President Obama and the FranklinSchool District have in common?

4) Kevin Fischer's "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"

5) Daughters in danger

The MJS Scorecard (09/06/09)


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.


William G. Andrekopoulos: MPS has challenges, but they're not about accounting  

"We know what the financial problems are."


Jon Geenen: Debate not exactly Rockwellian  

"Contrast Rockwell's optimistic America with the sad state of civil and political discourse today, when intentional saboteurs - fueled by the agendas of political zealots - make it next to impossible to have a meaningful discussion about a pressing American problem."

"Opponents of meaningful health care reform have cleverly adopted the tactics and vocabulary of McCarthyism...."

Now if you oppose Obama's socialistic takeover of health care, you are McCarthy-like. Where's the balance with an opposing view, Ricardo? I know. Are you nuts, Kevin?


Tom Petri: Health care reform must be done right, not rushed through


John Gurda: Labor Day is about rights hard fought and won  

Ralph Gundrum: Disclosure is an obstacle to foster care  

Jennifer L.W. Fink: Co-sleeping: It's beneficial when done safely  


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-82, Conservative-69

It's starting to get lopsided after 8 months of relative fairness. Surprised?

Photos of the Week (09/06/09)

Photos of the Week

File - Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs,"  is seen at the National Summit in Detroit, in this June 16, 2009 file photo. The White House issued a statement early Sunday Sept. 6, 2009 saying Jones had quit the administration.

Van Jones, a controversial administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs," is seen at the National Summit in Detroit, in this June 16, 2009 file photo. The White House issued a statement early Sunday Sept. 6, 2009 saying Jones had quit the administration. AP photo

Union business representative Russell Krings announces Friday that union members ratified a contract to ensure Mercury Marine stays in Fond du Lac. Members had voted down the same contract Aug. 23. AP photo

An unidentified Contra Costa County worker closes off a new fence in front of a home in Antioch, Calif., Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, where authorities say kidnapped victim Jaycee Lee Dugard lived. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Lal Mohammad, 40, whose nose and ears were cut off by the Taliban on the Afghan presidential and provincial council election day, is seen in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Taliban cut off Lal Mohammad's nose and ears after finding a voting card with him on his way to a polling station. Lal Mohammad is from Shiran village of Daykundi a province in central Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy)



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She's dying and wants mercy

Consider the plight of this woman.

She’s 61 years old.

She has brain cancer.

She is paralyzed over 85% of her body.

She had one of her legs amputated.

She is dying.

The woman has spent the last 40 years in prison for a life sentence and wants to be issued a “compassionate release” so that she can live out her remaining time with family instead of behind bars.

Terminally ill Susan Atkins slept through most of her four-hour parole hearing yesterday. Photo / AP

What would be the harm? Why not just let her go?

The woman is 61-year old Susan Atkins.

Susan Atkins, Mass Murderer by René

Atkins was a member of Charles Manson's "family" that committed savage, brutal mass murders.

You may have missed the story last week that once again, Atkins’ request for release was denied by the California Parole Board, just as it was a dozen times before. Atkins slept on a gurney for almost four hours during the hearing.


During a two-night killing spree that Manson called, “Helter Skelter,” his disciples at his command committed seven grisly murders.

On August 9, 1969, Manson’s most devout follower, Atkins, broke into the home of 26-year old actress Sharon Tate.

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An event not far from here most of the media ignored: Sheboygan Tea Party

AFP Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Newsletter
September 6 - 2009  Events and Updates

Defending the American Dream Summit
October 2nd and 3rd, 2009
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Register here

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"Hey A**holes! Obama Wants to Talk to Your Kids"


In February of this year, former White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones (who resigned abruptly early this morning) was asked by a woman at an energy lecture in Fruits and Nutsville (Berkeley, California) why President Obama and congressional Democrats were having trouble moving legislation -- even though Republicans, with a smaller majority, didn't have as much trouble earlier in the Bush administration. 

Jones’ response:

"Well, the answer to that is, they're assholes. That's a technical, political science term.
 And Barack Obama's not an asshole. I will say this, I can be an asshole. And some of us who are not Barack Hussein Obama are gonna have to start getting a little bit uppity.”

Yet another classy comment by the Democrats in power.

One of my favorite columnists, Doug Giles pounced on the Jones controversy before Jones’ sudden resignation with a piece written Saturday. Here’s an excerpt:

What has happened to all of the post-partisanship, ‘I love you, you love me’ rose petals O-Town and his boys were going to spread in DC and beyond? This adversarial administration has parted this nation more severely than Willard Scott’s bald patch has the hair on his liver spot bespeckled head. Heck, Barry is losing the ones he formally won in droves.”

As usual, Giles in his hilarious, irreverent style, is right on the money. Check out the rest of his column, especially the final sentence. It’s QUOTE OF THE YEAR material.

Union$ just love ObamaCare, for lot$ of rea$on$

It’s a big day today for union members. They are using the holiday to continue their push for the very unpopular government takeover of the health care industry.

Columnist James Sherk makes the case that this isn’t because union members have developed a sudden sense of altruism. It’s a matter of self-interest. Unions stand to gain billions if ObamaCare is approved.

Sherk has written two fine articles on this issue:

Labor unions on health care: Their true motives

Why Organized Labor Supports Government Health Care

Labor Day: Like being an atheist on Christmas

Jerry Agar
of the Illinois Policy Institute asks, "what are we celebrating?"


This can't wait for this Saturday's Barking Lot

A Labor Day edition of  DOGS IN THE NEWS.


Franklin assists in capture of suspected serial killer

Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva issued the following about the arrest of a Milwaukee serial killer:

As some, if not all of you, know by now a serial murder suspect was arrested at the Park Motel on South 27th Street in Franklin on Saturday morning.  The suspect’s car was found by Franklin Police Officer Jason Fincel.  The Franklin SWAT team, along with the Milwaukee Police SWAT team arrested the suspect in his motel room after a significant struggle.  Attached are communications from the Milwaukee Police Department’s Public Information Office regarding this case.

Chief Oliva


Edward A. Flynn, Chief of Police


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Does it matter if the president gives a good speech to American students?

Not really.

The majority of the American public caught on to this charade some time ago. They fully comprehend this was a massive orchestrated attempt to curry favor with voters by using their children after the president’s poll numbers dropped like a tennis ball off a poker table.

Parents aren’t dunces. Their reaction to news that the president was going to invade classrooms to speak didn’t sit well, no matter how laudable the exercise. Schools are not bully pulpits or political platforms. Moms and Dads were correct to be concerned about this particular ploy by this particular president. He seems less concerned about the imparting of information in school, unless, of course, it’s about the kind of school his own children attend, than he is about his top priority, the complete transformation of American society.

Can you blame these parents? Not after the Department of Education issues suggested post-Obama indoctrination guidelines to teachers: Have Johnny and Susie write letters to President Obama about what they can do to assist him. Not after a Utah principal apologizes, admitting she was wrong to show a video to students showing Hollywood celebrities saying, among other questionable pledges, that they promise to serve President Obama…so what’s your pledge?

Help and serve the president? The president is supposed to serve us, American citizens. The sheer verbiage, not to mention the mere idea of serving the president is enough to stir outrage.

The value of edcuation can and should be preached, not by the Commander-in-Chief, not by any level of government, but first and foremost by a youngster's parents or guardians.

To suggest that evil, right wing extremists, like those 1st Amendment-wielding free speech non-Socialist talkers on radio stations across the country influenced the wave of protest is absurd. Moms and Dads have minds of their own. The folks they complained to who have had second thoughts about this entire speechmaking scheme during school time, i.e. school administrators and school board members are hardly right-wingers. And if conservative talk show hosts had that much power and influence, John McCain would be holding White House press conferences, the First Lady would actually dress the part, and Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t be House Loudmouth.

Since the flurry of opposition, the Department of Education has scaled back on its proposed homework assignments calling for students to worship the president. We’ll never know if President Obama altered his speech in any form or fashion due to the parental uprising.

We do know that in the past, presidents have asked to speak to students without a peep of unrest. This teleprompting president shook America’s nerves, making parents from Maine to California uneasy. What does it say about this president when American parents are not confident enough to let him talk to their sons and daughters for 15 lousy minutes?

Obama may have pasteurized his originally planned delivery. We’ll never know. It doesn’t matter. America is wise to his egotistical shenanigans. Ironic that education is supposed to be so critical. Why, then, is he interrupting valuable school time? Have test scores gone through the ceiling? Are dropout rates not as serious? Are the vast majority of students skillfully proficient at reading, math and American history?

The president will speak, and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, and every major newspaper in America will gush. It doesn’t matter. The people that matter the most, the American public, have seen through and called the president on this phoniness.

UPDATE on 9/08/09: Planet Moron obtained the original Obama speech. HT: Dad29

The 10 Most Outrageous Political Terrorists of the Right Wing Mob

This is good stuff, from All American Blogger:

“With the overwhelming amount of chatter coming from the Democrats about the uproar Americans are causing at town hall meetings, I thought it would be important to take a look at the people who were behind this attitude, this belief that the people should come before those in government and demand they listen.”


Best wishes to a good friend, Phil Cianciola

Last Friday, I heard from a reliable source that my good friend, Phil Cianciola had been let go by WTMJ-AM.  I didn’t have any details so I refrained from blogging.

Phil has confirmed that he is no longer employed at WTMJ. I am extremely sorry to hear this news and quite frankly, don’t understand this decision.

I’ve known Phil for 31 years since we started working together at WUWM.  I was part of the decision to hire Phil at WTMJ when management (myself included at the time) was putting together the current afternoon drive format. We chose Phil Cianciola to do the news and Len Kasper, now the Chicago Cubs TV play-by-play announcer, to provide sports.

Phil is very talented and a super guy. Like many other former WTMJ on-air personalities who were informed loyalty and hard work meant nothing, Phil will find there is, indeed, life after E. Capitol Drive.

I wish my friend, Phil, the very best and a quick return to the airwaves.

Meeting TODAY focuses on re-doing S.51st Street

A reminder from Alderman Kristen Wilhelm:


"The City of Franklin has planned an information gathering session for September 8, 2009 at the Franklin High School Library from 4 to 6 p.m. for the planned S. 51st Street Reconstruction project."

Lame duck Doyle still quacking and quacking taxes

Our outgoing (but not fast enough) tax and spend liberal governor today announced details of his plan for the KRM commuter service and bus and rail service in Milwaukee, Kenosha and RacineDoyle’s plan includes a 0.05% sales tax for Milwaukee County.

He never, ever stops.

Legislative Democrats are serious: If we raise taxes, we'll create jobs

They really mean it.

This headline is priceless.

According to analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau:

"Under current law, there are five income tax brackets for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, heads of households, and married persons. The brackets are indexed for inflation. The rate of taxation under current law for the lowest bracket for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, heads of households, and married persons is 4.6 percent of taxable income; the rate for the second bracket is 6.15 percent; the rate for the third bracket is 6.5 percent; the rate for the fourth bracket is 6.75 percent; and the rate for the highest bracket, which was created in the budget bill, 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, is 7.75 percent.

Currently, the highest bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $225,000 for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, and heads of households. For married persons, the highest current bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $300,000 for joint filers and $150,000 for separate filers.

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Outrageous piece by Newsweek: Babies discriminate

It might just be the most ridiculous news article of the year.

Newsweek goes to great lengths to suggest that babies can be and are racist. In fact, the magazine claims babies as young as 6 months old discriminate. As the father of a 5 ½ month old, I find such an assertion preposterous.

Just read this garbage:

Within the past decade or so, developmental psychologists have begun a handful of longitudinal studies to determine exactly when children develop bias. Phyllis Katz, then a professor at the University of Colorado, led one such study—following 100 black children and 100 white children for their first six years. She tested these children and their parents nine times during those six years, with the first test at 6 months old.

How do researchers test a 6-month-old? They show babies photographs of faces. Katz found that babies will stare significantly longer at photographs of faces that are a different race from their parents, indicating they find the face out of the ordinary. Race itself has no ethnic meaning per se—but children's brains are noticing skin-color differences and trying to understand their meaning.”

And that constitutes discrimination?

Newsweek cites
for evidence that children develop stereotypes at a very young age just about everything save ink blots. One study referenced interviewed only Caucasians. Yeh, that seems fair. Children ages 5-7 are asked how many “white” and how many “black” people are “curious” and “snobby.”  I’m wondering how many 5-year olds today actually know the meaning of those words.

Yes, I'm sure millions of little white children can't stand this television star:

Roscoe Orman as Gordon on Sesame Street (1974-present).

And how many little white children will be turned off by this movie:


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Teaching moments lost at high school football games

I hate when sports teams pour it on, especially at the high school level.  There is no excuse for it

For the past 32 years, I have been the public address announcer at historic South Stadium. I have witnessed, in person over the past 44 years, well over 500 high school football games. Nothing makes me more angry then when a superior team rubs the faces of their opponents in it by attempting to make the scoreboard TILT.

This season, I’ve worked three ballgames, and already in two of them, I’ve seen questionable sportsmanship.

Remember fans, this is HIGH SCHOOL we’re talking about. It’s not college where you’re trying score to impress pollsters so you can play in a bowl game AFTER January 1. This isn’t pro football where a tiebreaker for a playoff spot might come down to total points scored. This is amateur ball with a capital “A.”


This contest was over before Park even got off their bus. Everyone knew it.

When the halftime whistles on the field blew, Park led South 35-0. Under a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) rule, when the point differential in the 2nd half between the two teams reaches 35 points or greater, there’s a running clock that can only stop if there’s a score, a charged timeout, a severe injury, or the end of the 3rd quarter. This is a bad rule, but I’ll get into that later.

The running clock in the 2nd half of this game served its purpose. In all those 500-plus high school games I’ve seen over 44 years, I can tell you how many times I’ve seen a team that was down 35 points in the 2nd half come back to win: ZERO. This isn’t ESPN Sportscenter stuff, folks.

Park did score again making it 42-0 and had the ball near the South 10-yard line with just under two minutes to play. It was 4th down and South took a timeout to talk to the defense so they’d be prepared to make a stop and prevent further damage.

On the other sideline, I know what Park should have been discussing with its offense, plain and simple. We’re up 42-0. There’s less than 2 minutes to play. No need for another score. When the ball is snapped, the quarterback should……and here is a phrase I swear there isn’t a single high school football coach in southeastern Wisconsin knows, understands, or ever cares to call:


What do you think happened?

Did the Park QB take a knee?

Are you nuts?

There was a handoff up the middle.  Granted, that’s almost like taking a knee, but not quite.
There’s every chance the running back squirts into the end zone and now it's 48-0.

Why? Where are you going with that? A 42-0 victory isn’t good enough for you?

South did stop the Park runner after a short gain; however, the wrong call was made by Park during the timeout. The proper call:


Not the most blatant example of pouring it on by any stretch of the imagination. But read the title of this blog again.


Shame on the schedulers. This one should have never been booked.

Tech has a pretty decent team, as long as they don’t play anyone outside the City Conference. North is lucky to have a team.

When the North bus pulled up to historic South Stadium, out came the Blue Devil squad………all 15 of them.

Tech scored first to make it 7-0. But a highly over-matched North team came right back to make it 7-6.

And then, as expected, came the avalanche.

With two minutes to go in the first quarter, North’s QB Jabari Hill who was now playing defense got hit backwards by three Tech linemen during a simple run up the middle. Hill went down, landed flat on his back, and didn’t move. The call was made to 9-1-1, and Hill’s day was over. He suffered a neck injury, and will be fine. But now North was down to 14 players without Hill who was their everything. He could throw, he could run, he could kick, he could play defense. Suddenly, just 10 minutes into the game, he was on his way to the hospital.

Not that Tech was ever in any danger, but they went on a scoring spree. Hill’s replacement at QB for North couldn’t even take a snap properly and North was in reverse the rest of the afternoon.Tech led at halftime 51-6. Cue the running clock.

If common sense ruled high school football instead of the WIAA and macho high school coaches who have watched too much Sunday football on TV, the game would have been over. Good afternoon, everyone. Sayonara. Buenos Dias.

But the game continues with a deflated North team that has given up and a Tech team with its starters still playing, trying to score more.

We're now in the 3rd quarter, and Tech coaches with headsets sitting next to me and the official timer (and believe me, despite what I’m about to say, the coaches are not bad guys) are absolutely giddy as the scoreboard reads 64-6.

One of them looks over at us and says, grinning from ear to ear, “Do you think we could score 100?”

I was not smiling. He asked. I answered with my own question.

“You can't be serious, are you?”

The coach was incredulous.

“Well what are we supposed to do? Take a bunch of knees?"

Before I could say,




My partner in the press box, the official timer, Bob Wanek who has worked as the official timer for the Milwaukee Bucks for decades said, ”Well, now that you mention it, sounds like a great idea.”

Of course, this sensible idea is apparently foreign to any high school football coach in our area.

At the start of the 4th quarter, at the request of the North coach, the clock was not to stop FOR ANY REASON.

Had I been the North coach, here’s what I would have done at the halftime whistle. I would have run across the field and encountered the Tech coach and challenged him right there on the spot.

“Look Coach. At the start of the 2nd half, if I see so much as one of your starters in the game on offense, I am pulling my team off the field and we are out of here and we are not coming back."

I would have told the referees the same thing. What is MPS going to do? Fine the guy. There was no need on a sunny, hot afternoon to call 9-1-1 again.

This confrontation, of course, didn’t take place. Tech won 70-6 (hope they were proud of themselves). In 44 years of watching football at historic South Stadium, including phenomenal Tech teams in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I never saw a team score 70 points until this past Saturday.

Thankfully, there were no more calls to Bell Ambulance and no fisticuffs on the gridiron.

Now, in spite of all of this, why do I say the running clock rule is a bad one? Because it’s shortsighted.

The running clock doesn’t come into play until the 2nd half. It should be enforced no matter when the point spread becomes 35 points or more, whether it be the first or second quarter. Why wait till the 2nd half. Believe me, that ballgame is history.

Unfortunately, the WIAA in its lack of wisdom will take years to figure this one out.

Sensenbrenner: Obama (on health care) "has already lost the debate with the American People"

From the MacIver Institute:

For Immediate Release              For further information, contact: Brian Fraley
September 9, 2008                    414-339-4368

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Smelling salts for the White House correspondent, please!


Ann Compton has covered the White House for ABC News for many, many years.

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American parents were wise to worry about Obama in their children's classrooms

Here's why.

AFP Weekly Reader: Obama is a liar

September 9, 2009 • Vol. VI, No. 37

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

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

In the days following Kyla’s birth, Kevin and I relived and retold her story countless times.  Fortunately for us, we had many people who wanted to hear everything that happened from the moment we entered the hospital.  We never tired of talking about those special hours.

I really did have an incredibly easy pregnancy…  No cravings.  No aversions.  No morning sickness.  No preeclampsia.  No gestational diabetes.  No edema.  Just nine sweet months of anticipation and a growing belly.  I just couldn’t wait to meet this precious face:



As incredibly easy as my pregnancy was, that’s how easy my delivery was.  (Yes, I was induced so that took a lot of the worry and guesswork out of things for a first-time mom.)  I will admit there was constant discomfort with the automated blood pressure cuff.  Actually I think that thing hurt as much as the labor pains.  They blew out my vein on my left arm when they started my IV, needed to remove it and replace it in my right arm.  Eventually, I knew I would have an epidural.  So while the labor pains did get intense for a short time, there was blessed light at the end of the tunnel as soon as the OB anesthesiologist entered the room.  Honestly in the blink of an eye I was holding our precious daughter, kissing my husband, and having him call our family to share the good news.

In every recount of that blessed March 25th, I would always say that if I could guarantee that each subsequent pregnancy and delivery would match the perfection of having Kyla, I would gladly have twelve more children.  (If Kevin was in earshot that would be the time he would either gasp or make some crazy comment.)

The first month of adjusting to parenthood is almost a complete sleepless blur.  I remember the utter exhaustion.  I remember thinking to myself, “Kevin and I will never EVER have another uninterrupted meal together.”  I remember many days when my morning shower was taken around 3:00 pm.  I also remember my foolish desire to have twins.  

Quite often I would wonder how do parents of many children “survive?”  The only side effect, if you will, of my pregnancy was extreme exhaustion during my first and third trimesters.  I would come home from work, take a nap, eat dinner and go to bed.  I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do if I had a toddler and school-ager to take care of at the same time.  I had the pure luxury of just being able to go to bed whenever I wanted. 

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Obama perpetuates myth on abortion funding


From the National Right to Life Committee:

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South Carolina Congressman heckles the president

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
was absolutely right Wednesday night...

But he was still out of line.

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Come to Wisconsin's largest Tea Party!

For Immediate Release Contact: Bob Delaporte 608-698-9294


Be Part of History!

Americans For Prosperity - Wisconsin Chapter

& The Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty


A Taxpayer Tea Party/Milwaukee Constitution Day


WHAT: Wisconsin's Largest Tea Party
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
WHERE: Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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OK class, let's discuss the president's speech....

The spin from the left regarding this week’s mega-photo op by the president as he interrupted classrooms of valuable school time to tell students school time is important is that the speech was harmless. What could possibly go wrong with our trusted educators in charge, overseeing the event and subsequent discussion?

A This Just In reader who has a child in one of the Brookfield high schools informs me that proceedings weren’t quite so smooth Tuesday, giving credence to the pre-speech jitters many parents felt all across the country.

In the case of the Brookfield school that did not air the president’s speech, my reader’s child had discussions about the president’s message in two classes.

During one of the classes, a teacher got upset and tore into a student who said that “Obama over-promises” in his speeches. Never mind that he student’s observation happened to be true, one shared by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard. The teacher went off on the poor young man, making the class rather uncomfortable for everyone.

In the second class, my reader’s child gave the view that the speech was appropriately excluded from the day’s calendar because the Elmbrook School District’s schedule of learning did not allow for such class-time interruption.

Another student, who happens to be black, immediately objected to that opinion. He pulled out the quick and easy debate card, calling his fellow student a racist. “White folks,” he asserted simply can’t stand having a black man as president.

No teacher intervention or outrage here. No attempt to reprimand the student’s name-calling, no call for an apology.

Your public schools in action.

Worry about the president speaking to our kids? Nonsense. What could possibly go wrong?

Liberals hyperventilate....and forget

Republican Joe Wilson heckled President Obama last night.

He was wrong.

He knows it.

He apologized.

That's not enough for the warm, fuzzy, compassionate lefties. They probably won't be happy until Wilson gives up his first-born.

Hot Air points out apoplectic Democrats have nothing to get bent out of shape about.

And when it comes to lack of decorum, I could elaborate about the antics of Tim Carpenter and Gwen Moore on the floor of the Wisconsin Senate. But I won't.

John Stossel moving from ABC...

To Fox.

He will have a weekly program on business, consumer, and libertarian issues and will appear regularly on Fox News.

The award-winning Stossel spent 28 years at ABC. Here is one of my favorite Stossel pieces.

Obama "saved" our economy? This crowd's not buying it

From Americans For Prosperity:

Last night from our Americans for Prosperity "Hands Off My Health Care" town hall meeting at the Raleigh fairgrounds, I watched along with 1,100 activists as the President declared he has basically saved our economy since coming into office in January.

By "saved," the President means passing the $1-trillion "stimulus" bill in the spring that drove our debt through the roof while wasting money on boondoggles across the nation.

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Friday night, It's InterCHANGE

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



In his speech to congress, did Obama gain any ground in his effort to come up with some sort of a universal health plan?  Was he able to persuade lawmakers?  The public?  Or, was it just one big hour long public relations effort?  Did he help his image and his presidency?  How about the outburst by the South Carolina congressman who shouted “You lie” during the speech?  Was it an honest outburst by an emotional individual, or an incredibly juvenile reaction from someone showing a complete lack of respect for protocol and the office of the presidency? 


Does it seem like eight years have passed since the attack on America?  Has it changed this country?  Has it changed you?  For the better or for the worse? 

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We must never forget 9/11

Some people actually want us to. We can never allow that to happen.

Here’s my blog on the subject from 2007, still timely today.

A 9/11 Tower of Courage

Inspirational stories, Kevin's favorites

It’s a shame John Wayne isn’t alive today to portray Rick Rescorla, one of the remarkable heroes of 9/11.

On September 11, 2007, I filled in for Vicki McKenna on WISN and read portions of an outstanding column about Rescorla.

This site has the column in its entirety. It is a lengthy, but incredible piece, and highly recommended reading.


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Can't cry hard enough

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Ronald Reagan warned us

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Not the best day for a fire alarm

Someone at the state Capitol thought it was a great idea to test the government building’s fire alarms. Today, of course, is the 8th anniversary of 9/11.

The tests were conducted on and off between 6:30 and 7:00 this morning when most, but not all employees had still not arrived for work. I’m told one agency female worker was on the Capitol lawn in tears, fearful of an impending disaster.

Whoever made this call will, no doubt, get a promotion.

A state microbe?

From the, “I kid you not” file…

State Representatives Gary Hebl and Amy Sue Vruwink, both Democrats, have sent the following out to all legislators asking for support of legislation they intend to introduce:

“This bill honors Wisconsin’s tradition of dairy production while promoting Wisconsin as a biotechnology hub by establishing Lactococcus lactis as the State Microbe of Wisconsin.  It will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to adopt a state microbe and will bring needed attention and publicity to two important Wisconsin industries: dairy production and biotechnology.  This bill will help define Wisconsin as a center for biotechnology, will focus attention on the extensive research conducted in our state to improve our economic future in agriculture, biological sciences, and manufacturing, and best of all, it will do so with no cost to taxpayers.  This bill offers a creative way to promote Wisconsin at a time when all budgets, both private and public, are tight. 


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Is it the weekend already?

The shortened work week made the rest fly by, didn't it?

Beautiful weather. Footballs are flying. Baseball races are getting very interesting. And This Just in is about to luanch another series of weekend features.

t all starts tonight as we present our musical Goodnight segment.With days getting shorter, we'll get into our smooth stuff a little earlier. Tonight, it's an absolute festival.

Wake up to The Barking Lot Saturday. Our DOGS IN THE NEWS portion will feature these beauties:

And these beauties, too...

Original image

The story involving the young ladies just might be my favorite in DOGS IN THE NEWS, and honestly, it has nothing to do with what they are or aren't wearing.



Uhh, Jennifer, I think you dropped your flower pot.

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

This gentleman will get a mention....

Health Care Heckling

But in which category?

And what's this woman's story?

Don't forget Recommended Reading on Saturday, great op-ed's and articles from the past week.

Sunday, it's the MJS Scorecard. The Crossroads page at the MJS has gotten out of hand, trending far to the left (Shocker, I know). Let's see if the pattern continues.

Also Sunday, My most popular blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. Here's a shot that did NOT hit the editing floor:

I will refrain from further comment and just say thanks for stopping by this weekend!

Goodnight everyone, and have a festival of a 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….and this week, Monday.

Tonight, it's festival time.

One of the best annual musical events in our area is taking place right now in West Bend.

Back in 1998, some West Bend Rotarians were sitting around a fireplace and came up with the idea of holding an outdoor, high quality jazz festival with nationally known artists somewhere in West Bend's park system. Later that year, on September 11 and 12, the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival debuted and has returned every year, including this weekend at Riverside Park.

Proceeds go to charity. The festival has generated nearly $335,000 to charitable groups in southeastern Wisconsin.

If you're not fortunate enough to have tickets, not to worry. We'll highlight some of the festival headliners. Our first artist appeared at the very first Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival and is a fascinating story.

As a young boy, Craig Chaquico’s dream was to be an entertainer: a singing cowboy. When he was 10, he started playing acoustic guitar.  That instrument would shape his life and career.

At the age of 12, while out on a drive with his family, the car was struck by a drunk driver. Chaquico and his parents survived but Craig incurred two broken wrists, a broken thumb, a triple fracture of one leg, and a cerebral hemorrhage that left the young boy unconscious for three days.

Because he couldn’t return to school for three months, Chaquico, having to deal with wheelchairs, crutches and corrective shoes, turned to the guitar to get through his rough days. His doctor welcomed the strumming as a form of therapy.

With his arms in casts, Chaquico wrote his first composition at the age of 12, “"E-lizabeth's Song," named after a helpful doctor. When he fully recovered, Chaquico’s father gave him a gift of an electric guitar.

Incredibly, after completing high school, Chaquico, who played professionally in a San Francisco band at age 14, and joined in a professional studio session at age 16, would join a super band.

Chaquico stayed with the group through its name change to Starship all the way to 1990 when the band dissolved, 13 gold and platinum albums later.

A solo career was next. Chaquico is still recording and touring, and is heavily involved with the National Association of Music Therapy.

Listen to his popular,"Cafe Carnival."


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The Barking Lot (09/12/09)

The Barking Lot



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Murdered pro-lifer was NOT holding graphic poster

"Defendant was offended by the manner of Mr. Pouillon's message," said Shiawasee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry. "It seemed to bother him he was outside with his signs in front of the children."

The story...

I received more details in an e-mail from the Missionaries to the Preborn:

Missionaries to the Preborn


September 11th, 2009

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Week-ends (09/12/09)


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...


Franklin Police Officer Jason Fincel

9/11 volunteers

Phil Kelly

Ron Stout

Pamela Burnett

Tammy Duckworth

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Media coverage of murder of pro-lifer questioned


Matt Trewhella of the Missionaries of the Preborn points out the difference between the media coverage of the murder of abortionist George Tiller and the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon:

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By far, the dumbest bill this legislative session

Worse than that state microbe nonsense?

Oh, yes, believe me.

State Representatives Phil Garthwaite and Amy Sue Vruwink, both Democrats have sent the following notice out to their colleagues, seeking support for their legislation:

“As we enter this year’s annual flu season we face a pandemic threat from the novel H1N1 flu virus.  This virus has commonly been referred to as ‘Swine Flu’.  This label wrongly links a potentially deadly illness with pork products.  The National Centers for Disease Control, as well as several other national and international organizations have acknowledged that transmission of the H1N1 virus is unrelated to pork production, the preparation pf pork products, or consumption of pork.  The continued use of this misleading term represents a danger to a key component of Wisconsin’s agricultural base.  Wisconsin’s pork industry is already under severe strain from recent upheavals in agricultural markets first sparked by rapidly rising fuel costs, then compounded by the current economic downturn.   The industry can ill afford a fall in consumer demand for pork based upon a misleading label.

This Assembly Joint Resolution calls on state agencies, their representatives, and all private media outlets to cease using the term ‘Swine Flu’ and further urges them to use the term ‘2009 H1N1 Influenza’ in its place.  The language used in this resolution mirrors public statements issued by several governmental and non-governmental organizations including the CDC and the World Health Organization. I hope that by passing this AJR we can raise awareness as to the real dangers of this year’s seasonal flu, and at the same time protect our state’s agricultural base.

I would ask all Representatives and Senators to please consider co-sponsoring this resolution. I anticipate that it will be before the entire Assembly for a vote on passage as soon as Thursday September 17, 2009.  Please call my office at 608-266-1170 if you wish to support this effort. 

Thank you in advance for your help in protecting a vital Wisconsin industry.”

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Recommended reading (09/12/09)

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).

In defense of Joe Wilson

“The notion that dissent, temperately voiced, was in principle out of place seems to me odd. This wasn’t a church service. It wasn’t a ceremonial occasion to celebrate some event inspiring or requiring national unity. It was a highly political address about a passionately contentious topic.”

New York Times Is Wrong, Wilson Right on Illegal Immigrants

“The national media omits two important details:  1) that a non-partisan study earlier this year backed up Wilson’s conclusion hat the Obama health care measure (H.R. 3200) does, in fact, cover  illegal immigrants, and 2) that Wilson was correct when he told HUMAN EVENTS a day after his outburst that Republican attempts to amend the measure to deny benefits for illegal immigrants were thwarted in two key House committees.”

An unnecessary operation

“More than 270 million Americans (I'm including kids) are reasonably happy with the system of medical care in this country. One reason is the availability of first-rate care almost everywhere, day or night. But there's a more important reason: If you have a serious ailment, your chances of survival are better when treated in America than anywhere else in the world.”

Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care

“Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy. And common sense tells us to be skeptical when President Obama promises that the Democrats' proposals ‘will provide more stability and security to every American’."

Liberals Drunken Joy Ride and America’s Moment of Clarity

“Good government is like a good boyfriend/girlfriend, good acting, good management, even good clowning - it’s easy to take for granted… unless you’ve had the bad version.  If your head is full of goo- goo fantasies, reality has trouble competing. Sometimes trial and error is necessary. The sexy James Dean type who sits in front of you in history class might prove a distraction until you actually go out with him and find out his biggest ambition is to go to Amsterdam for the Hemp fest, or he’s a flake, or generally just not as interesting as he seemed…”

Is America coming apart?

Obama’s actual speech proved about as controversial as a Nancy Reagan appeal to eighth-graders to ‘Just say no!’ to drugs. Yet, the episode reveals the poisoned character of our politics.

When Should "a Thousand Words" Give Way to Silence?

“Incidents such as this, where the media puts its own agenda (be it personal, professional or political) ahead of the respectful treatment each of us would expect if this was a member of our family, are why so many of us are skeptical of what is reported in newspapers, online and on television.”

Higher taxes are coming. Are you prepared?

Taxes are going up. The only questions are when, how much, and for whom?”

Demasculation of America’s boys

“Last week I heard from a dad, Bill, who echoes the sentiments of many: ‘The boys are getting emasculated and wimpy/passive as they're now intimidated by girls due to fear of sex harassment charges and pro-female/anti male societal/educational tilts.’

Sadly, he's right.”

Many odd things have happened in sports the past 18 years

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It's time for Final Jeopardy, YEH, YEH , YEH!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....

Time once again for the This Just In version of …



Let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

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

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


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.

Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:





The correct question is:

What is...................



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Happy Grandparent's Day!

To: Grandma Fischer



Kyla Audrey

With much love!

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Taking back Washington D.C.

Americans for Prosperity

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My Most Popular Blogs (09/13/09)

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.

 Best wishes to a good friend, Phil Cianciola

2) Teaching moments lost at high school football games

3) Franklin assists in capture of suspected serial killer

4) Does it matter if the if the presdient gives a good speech to American students?

5) The Barking Lot (09/12/09)

Photos of the Week (09/13/09)

Photos of the Week


A rain-soaked American flag flies at half-staff on Sept. 11, 2009, at the Pentagon Memorial to honor the 125 people who were killed in the 2001 terror attacks when the highjacked American Airlines flight 125 was flown into the headquarters of America's military, in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath marking the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon near Washington, September 11, 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath marking the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon near Washington, September 11, 2009. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with White House staff members during the playing of Taps after they participated in a moment of silence marking the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, on South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with White House staff members during the playing of Taps after they participated in a moment of silence marking the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, on South Lawn of the White House in Washington.Photo: AP

Family members of victims carry a flag and walk to the reflecting pool as people gather at Ground Zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony on September 11, 2009 in New York City. Family of the victims, government officials and others gathered at the annual ceremony to remember the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people with the destruction of the World Trade Center, the crash at the Pentagon and United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. (Photo by John Angelillo-Pool/Getty Images)

Firefighters and police officers gather at the reflecting pool as they pay their respects at Ground Zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony on September 11, 2009 in New York City. Family of the victims, government officials and others gathered at the annual ceremony to remember the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people with the destruction of the World Trade Center, the crash at the Pentagon and United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. (Photo by David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images)

Diane Massaroli of Staten Island, New York holds up a picture of her late husband, Michael Massaroli, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center, as his name is read as they pay their respects at Ground Zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony on September 11, 2009 in New York City. Family of the victims, government officials and others gathered at the annual ceremony to remember the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people with the destruction of the World Trade Center, the crash at the Pentagon and United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. soldier salute during a ceremony during a ceremony marking the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, at the main U.S. base, September 11, 2009 in Bagram, Afghanistan. The soldiers marked the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people with the destruction of the World Trade Center, the crash at the Pentagon and United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Musadeq Sadeq-Pool/Getty Images)

The Coast Guard was conducting a training exercise in the Potomac River moments before President Obama crossed a nearby bridge for a Sept. 11 commemoration. AP photo

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Franklin mayor to hold public listening session on city budget

I received the following from Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, a message he sent  to Franklin City Clerk Sandi Wesolowski and City Finance Director Cal Patetrson:

Please post a public notice that I will be holding a listening session on the upcoming 2010 Budget for the public on September 22, 2009 in the Common Council Chambers at Franklin City Hall starting at 4:00 P.M. and ending at approximately 6:00 P.M. This session and other future sessions will allow for a three minute comment period per speaker with additional time for more comment after all parties have had an opportunity to speak. This format is following the same format that was recently used by the members of the County Board's Finance Committee this past week when they traveled to Franklin.

The public, the elected officials, department heads and their staff as well as the press are all invited to attend this session. I may hold additional listening sessions if there appears to be an interest to do so? It is my understanding that this will be the first time that a mayor from Franklin has held these types of listening sessions prior to the recommendation of his/her budget to the City's Finance Committee and therefore I will have to see how this format works in order to determine how future listening or town hall meetings should be conducted in the future.

Please notify all employees and union representatives as well of this listening session so that they may participate if they should choose to do so. The members of the Finance Committee  are invited to attend these listening sessions prior to their meeting scheduled for the same day at 6:00 P.M.

If you or Mr. Patterson should have any questions or comments please contact me as soon as possible.


Thomas M. Taylor

Thank you, Mayor Taylor for sharing this important information and for holding this public meeting.

The MJS Scorecard (09/13/09)

MJS Scorecard


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.


Susan Giaimo: Look to Germany for reform model  

Ron Kind: No U.S. retreat in Afghanistan  

Here we go, folks. It's the oldest trick in the Democrat politician's playbook. If you're a liberal, like Kind, you move to the center, around election time. Kind has been rumored to be a gubernatorial candidates in 2010. I'm not buying this, Congressman.

Pedro Colón: Mexico isn't all that far away  

I like Pedro, but he, like Kind, is a dyed in the wool lib.

Richard E. Rieselbach, Patrick L. Remington And Cyril M. Hetsko: Physicians: Reform is needed  

Jim Moeser: Crime and youth: They're not adults  

Bleeding heart, soft on crime piece.


RTA proposal shows Doyle out of touch with reality

Congratulations, State Representative Robin Vos. You get to contribute the token conservative column this week. But hey, the MJS is NOT a liberal paper, right?


Russ Feingold and David Dreier: Direct election protects democratic principles  

A legitimate, bipartisan piece.


TODAY: Liberal-5, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-87, Conservative-70

OTE: Now THIS is the Crossroads section we've come to know and shake our heads at.

Culinary no-no #129

Culinary no-no's

I could easily sub-title this entry, “Send me in coach,’ or “Where do I sign up?” for reasons that will become obvious.

Once a month on a Monday night, a group of seven or eight guys parades one-by-one into a New York restaurant. Whether it be sit-down or counter service, they robotically order, rhythmically one after another, a burger.



Cheddar cheese.

Then they eat, and take notes, and then rank the burger and post the results on a website.

Like nothing around these parts, the Burger of the Month club, or BOTM , or “bottom” as the members call it have been doing their culinary research monthly for the past four years.

Initially, rankings were based on 13 criteria, including the décor and management of the dining establishment. That system was tossed (Who cares about the wallpaper?) for a simpler A-F report card style ranking which was then rejected for a how does this burger stack up against all the others we’ve tested breakdown.

One member had to quit (I chuckle but I shouldn’t) because his cholesterol started giving him problems.

Another club member wanna-be (who, like any other, must submit a resume) might have delivered the quote of the millennium in making his case to review bacon cheddar half pounders:

“Burgers to me are an art. Vegetables are to be eaten by rabbits and liberals, and the only form they should take is the fourth ingredient in a condiment.”

Give that man a cigar.

So how cool is this. A men’s club. And I’m not talking a club like my dear cousin Claire’s all-female gathering she calls the “Stitch and Bitch Club” (Think men get raked over the coals at those meetings?). Or one of those get together’s where the crowd gushes over the latest book recommended by Oprah.

(Oh my goodness, was that sexist, bombastic, or vitriolic? I guess we’ll know in a few days when some of my slower readers think they finally have it figured out).

Just a bunch of guys hanging out enjoying a big honkin’ burger dripping with pork fat and cheese.

And there’s something to be said about this group as opposed to most critics (with all due respect) who write for newspapers, blogs, or websites. Those reviewers are universally a singular voice who can make horrendous calls. Try the bozo at the Food Network who honestly believed the Great Dane in Madison makes the best burger in Wisconsin.

If this blog were like the million other blogs out there that focus on the wonderment of food (and trust me, there’s nothing wrong about the wonderment of food), I would just end right here.


This is the only foodie blog in the universe that concentrates on the taboo. Need to know what to put in a sauce for pork tenderloin? Then go try the Food Network’s website.

Even Emeril’s handlers read Culinary no-no, baby.

But those of you who are really astute are now talking to your computers:

Hey, Kev! Whoa! Where’s the no-no? This sounds just really 23-skidoo. What’s the problem, dude?

Here we go.

I’m gettin’ to it.

I’m gettin’ to it!

And I’ll tell ya’ what…

I got more than one no-no, Whad’ ya think about them apples?

In fact, I’m throwing out equal opportunity no-no’s on each side of the culinary transaction.

Let’s start with the NY eateries.

OK. This band of merry meat eaters has been barging into burger joints for over four years. Their demand (yes, singular, demand) isn’t that difficult for any greasy spoon chef to oblige: Burger, bacon, cheddar.

If these gentlemen, or any customers for that matter, want bacon, give them bacon, unlike the morons at one place that had bacon but refused to place it on their burgers.

Get the orders right. Some places still do that old fashioned deal trying to look fancy so that if you ordered medium rare you get a red little stick in your slab of meat. Make sure the stick is correct. Better yet, make sure the order is cooked to order.

Here’s another no-no, as reported by the New York Times. Don’t be a snooty server:

“Then there was Peter Luger. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn
, steakhouse does not serve burgers at dinner, so the club met on Saturday for lunch. ‘The first guy ordered a burger, the second guy ordered a burger, the third guy is in the middle of ordering a burger, and he says, ‘Are you guys all ordering burgers? I don’t do burgers,’ ” Mr. Weiss recalled of the salty old waiter, who sent over a replacement in his stead. “We ordered steak as an appetizer, we all ordered dessert, left the guy like a $50 tip’.”

The biggest no-no: The BOTM club is not a secret. The word is out. New York restaurants should be prepared on Monday nights. If the table of 8  comprised of guys in business suits right after work orders 8 bacon and cheddar burgers, HELLO!!!!!!, the kitchen, even if the best guy back there has a rat hiding under his chef’s hat, needs to crank out the 8 best burgers James Beard has ever had in his life.

Now, let’s turn to the BOTM club.

Guys, guys, guys.

We had a restaurant critic here in Milwaukee, God rest his soul, named Dennis Getto. He did everything possible to hide his identity when going out. Print ads showed him with a bag over his head. While he didn’t go that route, I’m told by sources he actually wore disguises.

NY BOTM, your credibility is questionable because everybody in New York either knows about you, should know about you, or if they don’t know about you, will soon learn about you.

You need to change your
modus operandi (M.O.). My slower readers (probably the hateful lefties) are scratching their heads mumbling, WTF (sorry, Mom).

You can’t just waltz into a red meat proprietor, one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one, and order the same damn thing on the same damn night that you’ve done 70-some times.

This is culinary warfare. You’ve gotta fight, fight, fight.

Like Brett Favre at the line of scrimmage, you need to change your cadence.

Split up the troops. Head out on different nights. Hit different places on the same night or same week. Consider modifying the order. The restaurants (if they’re smart) are wise to and waiting for you. Keep the burger flippers honest.

In short, do your damndest to prevent the places you’re reviewing from knowing they’re being critiqued.

Meanwhile, if there are 7 guys out there who like to form their own BOTM, would you mind e-mailing me, please?

More from the New York Times, including pictures of the burgers ranked the best.


Even more from the NY Times. When they try to get too cute with beer, then hell, it's a no-no.

The Packers' MVP vs. Da Bears?

Dat's obvious.

Jay Cutler.

Did he not look like a 2nd string high school QB all night?


Jay Cutler argues with a referee after he threw an interception in the first quarter. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / September 13, 2009)

Jay Cutler stands on the bench after he threw the third interceptipon in the second quarter.

Jay Cutler stands on the bench after he threw the third interceptipon in the second quarter.(Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / September 13, 2009)

A dejected Jay Cutler walks off the field after throwing a career-high 4 interceptions.


Jay Cutler leaves the field.

Jay Cutler leaves the field after throwing four interceptions ina 21-15 loss. (Chicago Tribune photo/ Scott Strazzante)

Even so, Green Bay needs to work on their entire offense.

I would start with a phone call to Mark Tauscher.

The Mother of all Taxpayer Tea Parties

AFP Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Newsletter
September 13 - 2009  Events and Updates
Confirmed Speakers

Vicki McKenna
Rock Star of Radio,
WISN Radio Milwaukee, WIBA Radio Madison
Rachel Campos-Duffy
Blogger at AOL Parent Dish & Author:Stay Home, Stay Happy
Pat Snyder
WSAU Radio, Wausau
James T. Harris
WTMJ Radio, Milwaukee
Willie Soon, Ph.D
Astrophysicist Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Marc Marano
Former Spokesman for Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma
Web site:
David Clarke
Milwaukee County Sheriff
Mark Block
Wisconsin State Director, Americans for Prosperity
Pastor David King
Founder, Milwaukee God Squad
Rebecca Kleefisch
Conservative Correspondent at Midday With Charlie Sykes
Linda Hansen
Wisconsin Prosperity Network
JNA Staffing & Rep. Nat'l. Hispanic Assembly
Chad Kent
Chad Kent Speaks
Tim Dake
Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty

Defending the American Dream Summit
October 2nd and 3rd, 2009
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Register here

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A new inductee into the Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

She is 20 -year old journalism student Hannah Giles. 
Giles is a contributor and the journalist behind the ACORN prostitution/tax evasion sting. She is the oldest daughter of columnist Doug Giles, one of my personal favorites.

Take a look.


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

Black columnist: Some blacks doubting Obama

Star Parker has always been an insightful writer. From her latest piece:

"According to the Pew Research Center, the president's approval rating nationwide is now 10 points lower than last April. Included in this is a three-point drop in his approval among blacks."

OK. So, only 92 % of blacks now unconditionally adore Obama as opposed to 95%.

Read why Parker contends that's a big deal.

Obama's worst nightmare: Meet the "Mobster, nutjob, un-Americans"

Hosted by Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine:


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The Immaculate Reception II

December 23, 1972

AFC Playoffs

Pittsburgh vs. Oakland

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In Oregon, Wisconsin, the show is off, but now it's on

At Oregon, Wisconsin, the high school principal and school superintendent probably have more than one degree each. Still, as a certain high ranking official in Washington D.C. would say, they acted stupidly.

Seems the high school has been preparing to put on its version of the Broadway smash, “Chicago” in November.

Hold the curtain, Oregon!

One busybody called the superintendent.


The caller said the musical contained questionable ideas unfit for high school thespians.

One complaint.

That was enough for Superintendent Brian Busler who announced the cancellation of the production.

High school principal Chris Ligocki claimed, get this, as long as there was one person who raised an objection, it had to be taken and considered seriously

Oh, really?

Would they consider their compensation packages if one person raised a stink?

The idiotic decision created a huge backlash and Oregon flip -flopped, allowing the show to go on.

How can such supposedly smart people be so dumb?

It’s called a lack of common sense that is quite prevalent in our public schools these days.

The caller who complained need not buy a ticket and just stay home.

The story…

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If Sheboygan can do it...

The Sheboygan Common Council is considering imposing a property tax rate freeze and cutting employee costs to deal with a $1.7 million deficit.

Can you imagine if such an idea was proposed in Franklin, or any other municipality in southeastern Wisconsin?

People would be jumping out of buildings, screaming bloody murder, yelling that the Apocalypse was at hand.

When a 3% cap was suggested for Franklin’s property tax levy increase last year, I was told and will never forget how it just couldn’t be done, that Franklin would suffer tremendously.

Guess what? The 3% cap was realized. We’re still here, folks. The problem in our little corner of heaven is that the people in power have for years only known two ways to operate: Tax and spend.
Consider other alternatives? Are you crazy?

Three percent was going to be Armageddon. I was told by Franklin Alderman Lyle Sohns bluntly, arrogantly that 3% couldn’t be accomplished, that I had no idea what I was talking about, that he knew budgets and I didn’t know squat.

Here's my account of that 2008 issue.

I wonder what he’d say if I dare mention Sheboygan

60% say news media is politically biased

That's according to a new poll.

Ejected for not standing during "God Bless America," teens find lawyers

During the 1980’s, while timing a basketball game at Custer High School, I couldn’t help but notice a well-known state Representative from Milwaukee in the stands across from me who refused to stand for the National Anthem.

Last Friday, in my role as public address announcer at Milwaukee’s South Stadium prior to the South-Hamilton football game, I respectfully asked those in attendance to stand for a moment of silence to commemorate the 8th anniversary of 9/11. Several fans remained sitting. Then they refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem.

Three New Jersey teenagers are suing the minor league Newark Bears because they were ejected from the ballpark for refusing to stand during the playing of “God Bless America.”

As disgusting as I find all of these examples, I am fully aware that one cannot be forced to stand for the Star Spangled Banner, a moment of silence, or “God Bless America.”

If they hate it here so much, yes, I will say it. These hooligans need to get off their lazy behinds and leave the country they hate to show respect for and try to find better conditions somewhere else.

Only in the good ol’ US of A can you not only sue for not having to get up off your dead, fat posterior during “God Bless America,” but possibly win.

The New Jersey teenagers better not win their case but if they do, they deserve no cash settlement. Give them each a ticket to a future Newark Bears game where I hope they will have the decency and common sense to stand when “God Bless America” comes blaring  through the loudspeakers.

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Michelle Malkin to highlight Wisconsin's largest Tea Party

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The latest from Rehorst


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First Craft Distillery      -Number 26-
In This Issue
Tasting Room Open
NEW! Absinthe
Release Party
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!
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!
Open Wednesday thru Friday 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. Keep us in mind for your next group outing!
Bartenders Guild

The Brew City Bartenders Guild is open to new members pro and amateur. They're a great group of men and women that seeks to share cocktail knowledge and frequently performs charitable work.

For more info, contact Nate at
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.

Check out 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;

 If you're on Facebook check out the Rehorst Vodka (and gin) fan page created by Rehorst Vodka fan Ric Larson! Also check out the new official distillery page at;

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.

Big news today... After 2 years of development we are
finally releasing our Absinthe! But wait, it gets better.
We're not just releasing one, we are releasing two
absinthes! We also have a great classic recipe to try
(made with absinthe of course), and we're also having
an absinthe kickoff party, and you're invited!        
Details below...

Introducing... Amerique 1912 Absinthe Rouge and Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte.
Absinthe Released!

We know, you've been hearing about our Absinthe for over a year and your patience (like ours) is wearing a bit thin. Well, the wait is over! To reward you for your patience we're not just releasing one absinthe, we're releasing two!

First, a little about the products...

Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte and Amerique 1912 Absinthe Rouge are produced in very small batches. Based on 19th century recipes, they are distilled with Anise, Grande Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium) and Fennel as well as our own blend of proprietary botanicals.

After distilling, our Amerique 1912 Verte is infused with additional botanicals which give it subtle flavors and a wonderful green color. Amerique 1912 Rouge is infused with hibiscus which gives it pleasant floral notes and an intense red color.

Both absinthes are bottled at 126 proof and packaged in 375ml bottles which are then placed in a tube along with cocktail ideas. Don't throw away the tube! The tube will keep the bottle out of the light and help preserve it's natural color longer. (This inevitable change of color does not affect the taste in any way).

So, just what is absinthe? Absinthe is primarily an anise based spirit. True absinthe is made with Grande Wormwood which was banned as an ingredient in 1912. This ban was lifted in 2007 which is when we began developing our absinthe. A lot of people compare it's flavor to black licorice but it has a bit more complexity.

The product currently available at the distillery will start arriving at stores, bars and restaurants around September 15th, so look for it and ask for it!

More info on Absinthe? Visit the webpage.
Absinthe Release Party!
Mark your calendar- this Saturday September 19th from 6-9PM we will be having an absinthe kickoff party at the distillery where you can...
  • Enjoy free Absinthe samples!
  • Complimentary hors d'oeuvres
  • Learn more about the history of Absinthe
  • Purchase cocktails made with absinthe
  • Purchase your very own bottle
Helping us at the party will be members of the Milwaukee Bartenders Guild. Guild members will be creating classic cocktails using our absinthe.

Space is limited! If you are planning on coming, please send an RSVP with the number of people in your party to

Need directions to the distillery? Map Here.

Hope to see you there!
Cocktail of the Month
Monkey Gland- the cocktailWith a name like the "Monkey Gland" you just know it's gotta have a great story. The name of this classic cocktail (first created in the 1920's) was inspired by surgical experiments which transplanted tissue from monkey testicles into the testicles of men whom, er, have trouble getting their own little monkey to stand upright (sorry). It's actually much more palatable than surgery, and uses our gin and our new absinthe. Give it a try!

Monkey Gland
2 oz Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Gin
3/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte (or Rouge)
2 dashes of grenadine

Place ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Learn more about the surgery and the drink here!

Find additional absinthe cocktails in our cocktail database.
We're looking forward to the Absinthe kickoff party this Saturday September 19th and hope you can join us!


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 rain in Spain falls...AWWW SHUT UP WILL YA!

I just checked. This book...


Is not on the NY Times Best Seller List.

That’s too bad. America sure could use a couple million copies.

South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson’s finger-pointing and two-worded verbal assault on President Obama last week started a wave of bad behavior making its way into the news.

A tennis player threatens to kill a poor defenseless official. A rap star interrupts an award recipient’s acceptance speech.

I can’t help but ponder as to what pray tell could possibly be causing such questionable and embarrassing activity on the part of contemporary role models. In other words, what the hell is going on?

I’m no sociologist. But it seems common courtesy gave way to crude and boorish behavior decades ago, right about the time the family nucleus started taking a beating. The advent of feminism didn’t help. Hold a door for a lady? Are you kidding? Besides, she doesn’t want you to.

A front page piece in today’s USA TODAY centers on the big name outbursts that are being replayed every other minute. Analysis suggests celebrities go off the handle because they want notoriety and feel invulnerable. Of course they’ll survive.

But what explains why the rest of us walk on our knuckles, talk like longshoremen and erupt like Mount Vesuvius? P.M. Forni, author of The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude tells USA TODAY, "American society is among the most informal in the world, and often that informality crosses over into incivility. Now, you add the informality of the Internet to this culture, and all bets are off. It's an age of total disclosure and total expression, with very little concern for the feelings of others."

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Oooooooooooooo! The House says Joe Wilson, baaaaadddd!

The Democrats had their hissy fit.

They (and a few turncoat Republicans) voted to scold Joe Wilson (sure showed him, didn’t they?).

With this critical matter out of the way, I'm totally confident that Democrats in charge will get back to work on those promises they made to win the November 2006 and November 2008 elections, like get the economy going again and returning our soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yeh, right.

Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore voted against the resolution to slap Wilson on the wrist, though I’m sure it wasn’t for the right reasons.

Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri voted for the resolution, proving his critics who call him a RINO right once again.

This business of taking a high ranking official to task for suggesting someone lied about health care could, when you think about it, be played out again and again and again if there was any justice in D.C.

Conservative columnist John Hawkins, he of the lists, has come up with
10 More “You Lie” Moments on Health Care.

Another school district, another moronic educrat in charge

Take a look at the following picture.

Do you what these are?

Apparently they were hip in the not so hip decade of the 80’s and are enjoying a comeback.

Take another glance. Anything look odd, strange, weird, disgusting, offensive to you?

Forgive me for not being the coolest kid in class, but I have learned they're called jelly bracelets.

Really big with young teenage girls.

Sorry, but I'm not seein' a problem or a hidden disease.

Not even black helicopters (which on the Franklin blogosphere are more often than not a premise or motivation for writing an entry in the first place).

Enter brainiac Mike Medina, principal of the Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado. Medina has bought into the panic that these are actually sex bracelets worn by promiscuous young girls who are sending a clear cut sleaze-o-gram: come get me! I’m available!

Each color of the bracelet stands for a sexual act the young girl is more than willing to engage in. All a young boy has to do to score is yank one of the accessories off his prize’s arm, and the two then become better acquainted.

According to the urban legend, yellow is for hugging, purple for kissing, red for a lap dance, blue for oral sex, and black for intercourse (I'm not sure about orange and green and maybe that's best).

Medina in his infinite wisdom has banned girls from wearing the bracelets in school.

Never mind that boys are not rushing up to middle school girls in the hallway and grabbing their bracelets. And even if they did, girls are not giving in and jumping into the sack with horny Billy and Bobby. Medina thinks there a distraction and a subject of naughty conversation.

I’ve got news for Medina. When I was back in middle school grades, girls like Debbie Huck and Gail Glisch were big time distractions. And I wasn’t exactly looking at the junk on their wrists. And you're never going to prevent youngsters at that age from discussing, ya know, makin' out and stuff.

Seriously, Medina has essentially characterized the girls who wear these multi-colored bracelets as sluts. If I was the father of one of these young girls, I’d join with the other parents and string this idiot up right there in the school gymnasium.

Schools today allow girls to attend school dressed like Madonna with skirts up their navels, cleavage-a-rama, and thongs hanging out. Condoms are distributed like candy. It’s anything goes in sex ed classes.  But little Susie better not show up to class wearing a pink bracelet, the shameless hussy.

Here’s more on the story a
nd an ABC News video.

I still love you, sweetheart!

One of the cutest stories of the year...

45% of doctors would quit under ObamaCare

That’s one of the amazing findings of a new poll by Investor’s Business Daily.

If that’s the case, then government health care is not only the folly many believe it to be, it's simply not feasible.

Tea Party-goers also left a message AFTER Saturday's D.C. rally


The crowd estimates for last weekend’s rally in Washington D.C. of people fed up with our transformation into the USSR are all over the map.  Numbers are based on political ideology. Liberals saw a few busloads. Conservatives saw enough to buy Elvis’ next CD.

Columnist William Cempanni used some actual science to come up with his best guesstimate.

My favorite excerpt from his piece, though, is this beauty:

The Obama Inauguration left in its wake 100 tons of trash on the Mall that required herculean efforts by the District and the Park Service to clean up.  And it devastated the grass surfaces of the Mall that necessitated budgeting millions of dollars to repair.  Saturday’s Teapartyers left behind a west lawn and Mall that could be used for the U.S.Open.   The sparse trash that was left was neatly stashed in and closely around the too few receptacles provided.  And police reported zero arrests.

Conservatives and conservatism are in diminishing presence now in Washington, and in truth, in the last few years of the Bush Administration.  Hopefully and changefully, Saturday’s brief reprise will be a preview of a world to come, where conservatives -- true conservatives -- come back to clean up the mess and leave a spotless trail of good constitutional government.  And who don’t make someone else pay for it.”


The media honeymoon with Obama..

Is it over?

Let's be real. That lovefest will never die.

But there could be some strains in the relationship according to these numbers.

Ok everybody, sing along with me.....Who can take your moneeee?

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UPDATE: Another inspirational friend

Inspirational stories

“Over the past year to year-and-a-half, I have known about a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that have passed away. Most of them knew their time was coming to an end. Given the hand they were dealt, they could have spent their final days, weeks, or months feeling bitter, angry, confused, and frustrated. Instead, each and every one chose, with dignity, grace, and even style to use their last days productively.”

This Just In, July 17, 2009

You know that often-used phrase, “one of the nicest people in the world?” Wayne Wankowski fits the category.

A wonderful guy with a perpetual smile, Wayne was a go-getter, constantly working or playing hard with every fiber in his body.

About three months after retiring, he was jolted with the bad news. You have Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Wayne died this morning. I’m sure that his intentions today were not to sit and mope about his lot in life and waste the day the Lord had given him, but to plan what he could do to help others with the same affliction.

To Wayne’s entire family, Jennifer and I extend our deepest sympathies. We are happy to have known Wayne, and proud to call him our friend.

God bless you, Wayne.

UPDATE: The following was e-mailed to me at 11:10  this evening.....

Dear Kevin,  I saw this article several week ago and forward it to Wayne Wankowski to pick up his spirits.  Wayne passed away this morning.  I thought you would want to know.  Wayne hand no idea of the article you wrote and he smiled when he read it.  Thanks.

Sincerely Dale Etchells

Thank you, Dale. Your e-mail is greatly appreciated and means a great deal.

The power of the Internet, for good purposes. How wonderful to see.

Franklin continues to be a very safe place to live

Arrests in Wisconsin 2008
, a report prepared by the state Office of Justice Assistance’s Statistical Analysis Center shows crime is up only slightly in Franklin, certainly not enough to warrant concern.

The report contains detailed data on arrest volume, rates, and trends for law enforcement

agencies throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Major findings include a 2% decrease in overall arrests statewide, with a 1% increase in violent and property arrests. Arrests for drug offenses decreased by 2%, society offenses decreased by 3%, and other uncategorized offenses decreased by 2%.

Here are the Franklin stats:

Violent crime (Murder, Forcible Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault)

26 arrests in 2008, up from 21 in 2007 (24% increase)

Property crimes (Burglary, Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson, Forgery, Fraud,

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Cell phone ban? Let's go to the Democrat playbook

Have you seen the liberal Democrat playbook?

It’s a whopping three pages long.


ax like hell, anything and everything, whether it moves, breathes, walks, talks or not.


Spend like hell, even if we don’t have the money.


Work incrementally. It is not important to work for 100% of our intended goal. Chip away and work for what we can get, get it, then come back, and start working for the rest.

Perfect example: The statewide smoking ban. It started out in cities, villages, towns. Now it’s statewide. Do you honestly think the anti-smoking zealots will stop at restaurants and taverns, etc?  They won’t rest until it’s illegal to smoke on your couch in your underwear in your house that you pay a huge mortgage on while watching the Packers on Sunday afternoons.

Then chip away and chip away and chip away and chip away take away liberties and freedoms liberal Democrats (with help from some misguided Republicans) eventually won.


Driving with cell phones.

There have been all kinds of proposals in previous legislative sessions to ban cell phones while driving in Wisconsin. They’ve gone nowhere. Why? Because cell phone bans are unnecessary.

We already have an inattentive driving law on the books to enforce.

And guess what? These bans don’t work!

Enter relatively new state Representative Sandy Pasch (D-Milwaukee).  Pausch, I’m sure, like any other do-gooder, “IF IT CAN SAVE JUST ONE LIFE”  liberal Democrat has nothing but the best intentions at hand.

Pausch has introduced legislation that would ban brand new drivers from texting and talking on phones, even if the driver uses a handsfree headset.

According to the Wisconsin Associated Press, “Pasch says the Legislature should discuss banning everyone from using a cell phone while driving. But she says starting with younger drivers is a good first step.”

Working in increments. Page Three. Democrat playbook.

Follow the ridiculous….okay…stupid logic here.




Driving while talking on a cell phone….






Driving while texting…..






Obviously something must be done about talking and texting while driving. Let’s ban…..

NEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW drivers from talking and texting.

Excuse me?

What about other drivers? Drivers who’ve been behind the wheel for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 years?

If they talk and text while driving….I’m sorry, TWD, isn’t that just as dangerous? Isn’t that just as horrible?

Rewind the blog!


Work incrementally. It is not important to work for 100% of our intended goal. Chip away and work for what we can get, get it, then come back, and start working for the rest.

In the minds of Pasch and other libs, talking and texting while driving if you’re a 45-year old woman in a van with 5 kids is just peaches and cream!.

If you are 16, 17, or 18, and just got your license, you are a menace, right up there with Osama Bin Laden,  and YOU MUST BE STOPPED because ……….


1) It’s for the children.......

2) But (SOB), if we (ANOTHER SOB) can save (UNCONTROLLABLE SOBBING) just one life…. (Sorry. Liberal spokesperson is physically and emotionally unable to continue)

Not that they’d ever ask me. But since moonbat Democrats control the Senate, the Assembly, and FOR NOW MY CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS, the governor’s mansion, my advice to Sandy Pasch, given the Democrat playbook (see above) is to introduce legislation that would prohibit talking on a cell phone while driving when:

1) There is an “R” in the month.

2) Rain requires windshield wipers to be engaged.

3) The driver has been to a Miley Cyrus concert within the last 12 months.

4) The driver owns more than 5 pair of thong underwear.

5) According to witnesses, the driver has used the word, “awesome” more than a dozen times in the last week.

6) McDonald’s wrappers are found anyplace within the young driver’s vehicle.

7) The driver’s parents have been known to watch FOX News.

Ahhh, the Democrat priorities, folks. You voted them into power. How’s that economy working for ya? Are all our troops back?

Great photos from the D.C. Tea Party

Take a  look...

UPDATE: I still love you, sweetheart!

Philadelphia earlier this week...

And you knew it wouldn't take long before that little girl made it to early morning network TV...

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Friday night on InterCHANGE

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

1 – State Government.

A number of stories in the news this week make you wonder what’s wrong with state government.  A planned consolidation of state computer servers is now approaching a cost of more than ninety million dollars, a whopping seven times the original estimate!  An investigation by the Journal Sentinel shows that more than twelve-thousand D-N-A samples from convicted felons, which are supposed to be on file with the state, apparently aren’t there.  Also, the state agrees to spend millions to acquire the giant Exposition Center out at State Fair Park, even though the building hasn’t been able to generate anywhere near the income developers promised it would.  On top of this, it appears the Milwaukee Mile won’t have any big name racing next season because of the failed operations of one of the most historic race tracks in America.  Why does the state seem to screw up almost anything it gets involved in?  Do we blame this governor?  Do we elect idiots?  Are long time bureaucrats simply not accountable to anyone?  Do people in Wisconsin just not care?  Is the only watchdog left the one shrinking Milwaukee newspaper?  Are things just going to get worse?

2 – Wilson/Carter.

If just a few crazy left wing fanatics believed that Rep. Joe Wilson was racist when he called Obama a liar, that would be one thing.  But, when former president Jimmy Carter says he believes that’s the case, and that many Americans simply don’t like the idea of a black president, it kind of changes the discussion.  Is Jimmy Carter mistaken to believe these things?  Even when the Obama White House says it doesn’t believe the comments by Wilson had anything to do with race?  Will anybody that ever questions anything done or said by Obama be accused of being a racist?

3 – Brewers.

So the owner (Attanasio) likes the general manager (Melvin), and the general manager seems to like the manager (Macha), so can we expect any big shakeups or changes in the Brewer organization?  Should Melvin and Macha both get one more year?  Will people buy tickets for next year if they see the same team taking the field?  Can this disappointing season all be blamed on the poor health and poor performance of a few pitchers?  Will they trade Prince Fielder for a big name pitcher?  Or, do we just cross our fingers and hope that all the players stay healthy next year and hope for the best?

Advice for conservative bloggers

It comes from Mark Rhoads who blogs at Illinois Review.

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The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #6

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

She is Jillian Bandes, the National Political Reporter for Bandes, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina, also worked at the Weekly Standard and Roll Call newspaper and was a freelance writer for the St. Petersburg Times, Human Events, the American Spectator and the North Carolina Conservative.

Not only can she write, but she can go in front of the camera, too.


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

State Assembly overwhelmingly approves dumbest bill this session

Last week I told you about the dumbest bill to be introduced in the current legislative session in Madison.

Today, 83 members of the state Assembly voted in favor,  including 31 Republcans.

Congratulations to the 13 Assembly Representatives, 12 of them Republican, who had the smarts to say NO to this foolishness:

Scott Gunderson

Samantha  Kerkman

Joel Kleefisch

Dan Knodl

Bill Kramer

Dan Lemahieu

Steve Nass

Scott Newcomer

Jim Ott

John Townsend

Robin Vos

Leah Vukmir

Jeff Wood (Independent)

More great pictures from last weekend's Washington Tea Party

From the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Some angry, un-American mobsters.

And some more.

White folks. Obviously,  they're racist.

More Astro-turf.

The marchers paraded by the Newseum. Read carefully.


Un-American Nazi's have gotten to nervous Nancy Pelosi

Melodramatic Pelosi cracks...

Notice anything about this statement from a high-ranking Wisconsin official?


What's missing, in addition to 12,000 DNA samples from Wisconsin felons?

How about:

"We regret...."

"We apologize..."

"We are sorry..."

"This concerns us...."

"There is no excuse..."

"This is unacceptable..."

What is that?

Do we treat our parents the way we should?

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12,000 DNA samples from felons are missing, BUT LET'S NOT GO OFF BLAMING ANYBODY!

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorializes today that given 12,000 missing DNA samples from felons, the state needs to get new samples ASAP.

Great point.

However, buried in the editorial is this:

Please, no grandstanding or finger-pointing. On whose watch this occurred is less important than fixing the problem.”

Gee, the MJS Editorial Board couldn’t possibly be of that opinion because this is happening on JIM DOYLE’S WATCH, could it?

If, suppose, Scott Walker was governor, would Ricardo and his gang at 4th and State be wanting to hush who’s responsible under the rug?

Oh, wait. I keep forgetting. The MJS is not a liberal newspaper.

Sorry, but who’s responsible and therefore, accountable to the public is extremely important.

The POO Awards

I'm not a big fan of high school football teams running up the score.

This season, I’m going to hand out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

We’re already a few games into the season, so here are POO Awards for previous high school football weeks.

Week 1

Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2

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I'm sensing a weekend real soon...

I smell beer battered cod.

Clam chowder.

And cole slaw.

The oily, not the creamy kind.

I hear high school bands playing fight songs..

What's that sound?

I think it's Chopper 4. They're covering our game.

Yes, indeed, the fastest two days of the week. the weekend, are almost upon us.

At This Just In, that means some of our most popular blogs are on tap, starting tonight around sundown that is sneaking up on us earlier and earlier all the time. We present our Goodnight musical feature to  smooth out the week. The theme? Here's a clue:

So, does that mean the O'Jay's, Billy Preston, Chaka Khan, and the Ohio Players?

Check back when it gets dark. 

Wake up Saturday morning for The Barking Lot, blog written by my lovely wife and I where the focus is all about dogs. We'll tell you this good looking dog's story:

During the Iraq war, Maj. Steven Hutchison adopted this dog, Laia. After Hutchison, 60, became the oldest U.S. Army soldier killed in the war, Jerry Deaven brought the puppy home to Brighton. (KIRTHMON F. DOZIER/Detroit Free Press)

And this dog....

Is at the heart of a controversy of sorts.

Then it's our week in review, Week-ends. This woman gets a mention:

Slide Show

Also Saturday, Recommended Reading.  Lots of good stuff. Just print it all out and read at your leisure.

Sunday, it's  My Most Popular Blogs, The MJS Scorecard, Culinary no-no (Everybody's talking about it) and Photos of the Week. Here is just one of the photos that made the final cut:

So make it a point to stop by this weekend.

We'll be here.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Philly Phamily weekend

The hit TV music show, “Soul Train” had a very popular theme song. The title was TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia). The recording artists were MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother).

MFSB was a huge ensemble of over 30 studio musicians that backed various R & B and soul acts of the 70’s including the O'Jays , Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Stylistics and the Spinners, all of whom were produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The orchestra also recorded their own instrumental albums.

Some of the key members including guitarists Norman Harris and Bobby Eli, bassist Ronnie Baker, and drummer Earl Young  were part of recording of Cliff Nobles’ late 60’s hit, “The Horse.”

In 1973, Don Cornelius asked Gamble to write a theme for his new dance show. Gamble took MFSB into a studio to record TSOP and then persuaded Cornelius to release it as a single. It went to the top of the charts and won a Grammy. writes this about MFSB:

"Quality craftsmen were allowed to explore, expand a song's inner meaning while galloping from a smokin' jazz quintet to a 30-piece orchestra in a heartbeat. The group was velvet with a spine, a Love Unlimited Orchestra with grit. They consistently surprised with a theatrical flair."

MFSB’s fourth album, "Universal Love" steered them further into disco, but the talented group was so diverse and did so much more, including lots of material perfect for our Friday night feature. No fancy videos tonight. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy.

We begin with a track from that fourth album, “My Mood.

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The Barking Lot (09/19/09)

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:  Some clouds, but generally sunny. High of 70.  "B"

SUNDAY:  A morning mix of clouds and sun, becoming cloudier in the afternoon. High of 74. "B"

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

Our neighbor up the block, George, walks Mickey at least twice a day but usually more.  He is an extremely responsible owner and ALWAYS has a plastic bag with him, and I’ve seen him use it.


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Poo Awards- Week 4

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week-ends (09/19/09)


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...


Bank customer

Scott Burkhardt

John and Joel Rechlitz

Jean Gibson

Diyana Johnson

Sarah Palin and one of her fans

Jaime Villa

Cammie Colin

Ruth Day

Area libraries


Andrea Zalewski

Latasha Jackson


Indiana Court of Appeals

College football fans



"I think it’s based on racism. There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”
Former President Jimmy Carter, saying Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during Presdient Obama's speech last week was due to racism.

“I’m just simply saying that I don’t think the president agrees with him.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, on Carter's comments.

"Are there people out there who don't like me because of race? I'm sure there are. That's not the overriding issue here.""
President Obama in an interview with CNN.

"If Barack Obama was white and had proposed the things that he has proposed, with their very liberal implications, there would be an equal amount of anger at the white president."
Veteran political pollster Whit Ayres

"Making false generalizations is a dangerous game. The perpetrators take a few ugly examples and apply them to a larger constituency that is blameless. It is the last refuge of people in the arena who are incapable of building a case based on facts and well-honed arguments -- or they have other devious motivations. Opposition to Obama's government-run healthcare proposals and the rest of his agenda is for the most part based on a disagreement over policy, political philosophy and honest differences of opinion."
Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.

If all you read was the bloggers on the Internet, or listened to the talking heads on cable TV, or only saw the angry mobs at town hall meetings, you could think that all was already lost, that the naysayers and the cynics and the keepers of the status quo had already prevailed. But you’d be wrong."Twelve thousand doesn't shock me. We know there were submissions not made."
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), on the chances of passing health care reform by the end of the year.

Twelve thousand doesn't shock me. We know there were submissions not made."
Attorney General J.B Van Hollen on the number of felons left off the state’s DNA registry. The number was reported this week after the state’s DNA sample for alleged serial killer Walter Ellis actually came from another inmate.

“It should not be left to the discretion of felons as to when to submit a DNA sample. My proposal would simply say: ‘No DNA sample -- no release from custody’.”

State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), requesting quick passage of legislation to fix the DNA registry.

The clock is ticking here. There are serious offenders who have not had their day in court.”
Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, who says some have likely escaped charges because of the hole in the DNA database. Chisholm needs to know immediately whose DNA isn’t there to see if he still has time to file charges.


Lots of DNA samples missing.


The press swoons over Jimmy Carter, who's all upset that people are criticizing President Obama. Didn't Carter once say that President George Bush was guilty of treason?


President Obama calling Kanye West a jackass. He is a jackass.


Couple robbed while getting it on in.......a dumpster.

22 husbands, and willing to tie the knot again.

Snake in toilet is pretty big.

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 (09/19/09)

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).

Race and stupidity

Six months ago, Obama’s approval rating was 70 percent.

Does (Jimmy) Carter think that number has sunk to 50 percent because tens of millions of Americans suddenly discovered Obama was black?

Does it not seem more reasonable to conclude the number cratered because millions who wished Obama well on Jan. 20 have come to conclude this crowd is no more competent than the last one, that Obamacare, up close, seems even worse than the present system?”

“Racist” claims defuse once powerful word

“Everybody's racist, it seems….But if everybody's racist, is anyone?”

FOX News Poll: Are Obama’s opponents racist?

Is it racism or an honest disagreement?”

Mitch McConnell smiled? The president is CPR for the GOP

On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.”

Why they won’t cover the ACORN story

“The Statesman is a liberal newspaper in the only liberal big city in Texas, but still… Nothing about ACORN?  And it’s not just one paper in Texas that’s ignoring this story; it’s most of the mainstream media, known on our radio show as the ‘Jurassic Press’ for obvious reasons."

Joe Wilson’s victory on illegal immigrants

Whether or not he breached House decorum, Joe’s actions were both true and effective. Obama admitted as much by proposing changes to the bill to limit illegal aliens’ access to Obamacare.”

Driving while texting: Is it the new DWI?

“Here's one issue in these contentious times that almost everyone appears to agree on: Driving while typing out text messages on a mobile phone is dumb, potentially deadly and should be banned. So let's just ban driving while texting, right? Not so fast. Nothing's ever that easy…”

Making suburbia more livable

The nation's sprawling suburbs may have been a good place to grow up, but they're a tough place to grow old. Here's how towns are beginning to 'retrofit' their neighborhoods—and what your community might look like in the future.”

How high taxes broke up The Beatles

“Now we have one more thing to blame high taxes on...”

The trouble with Tim Tebow

Southpaws have excelled in the college game, winning Heisman trophies and national championships. But when it comes to the NFL….”

And finally........

Wolf Blitzer Loses on Jeopardy to a Comedian and an Actress


If TWD is so doggone dangerous…

Why are some states doing this?

NPR blogger says that whole ACORN mess....

it's your fault.

So, how many people attended today's Tea Party at the lakefront?


Just take any liberal blogger's estimate of the crowd size, and then multiply that by about 50.

UPDATE-This is part of an e-mail I received from someone who attended today's rally:

"A pitiful little group of paid union employees stood on the road and tried to make an impact. Most people just laughed at them. If I were a liberal I would look for some of those old bomb shelters from the 50's and hide in one. Hold their meetings down there so they won't have to deal with an enraged public.

If one thousand people for every person down there agree with what is being said there is going to be a Tsunami next year.

Will GOP leaders hear this and respond or will they continue the ways that threw them out of office?"


You mean to tell me my wife was NOT consulted for this endeavor?

"This is the 9-1-1 operator. What is your emergency?"........"Yes, I'm calling to report a headache"

The following incident took place at a local high school football game Friday night. The details wee given to me by a very reliable source who was directly involved in this situation. I am not naming the game location or the schools involved for various reasons.

The football game was over. School busses had arrived to pick up the teams. Fans were exiting to head home, etc.

A cheerleader from one of the schools was complaining that she needed assistance. She was suffering from a migraine. The young girl’s mother was also on the scene and seeing her daughter in pain demanded that 9-1-1 be called.

A sports medicine official from one of the schools (not a doctor) calmly, politely, respectfully reminded the mother that a migraine didn’t warrant a 9-1-1 call. “This is not a life or death situation,” the mother was told.

That made no difference as she emphatically insisted that the call be placed. The school district in question, from a liability standpoint, had no choice but to make the call because a parent specifically requested.

And so, on a busy late summer Friday night, emergency help was summoned, not to a shooting or serious auto accident.  They raced their way to check out a headache.

Talk to the paramedics and firefighters and they will tell you they’re used to such nonsense. They’re frustrated and don’t appreciate it, but they have become accustomed to these frivolous distress calls.

While Little Miss Suzy Pom Pom had a migraine, who knows what real emergency was put on hold or delayed attention.

Makes you wonder how such a case would be handled under ObamaCare.

My Most Popular Blogs (09/20/09)

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) Best wishes to a good friend, Phil Cianciola

2) Michelle Malkin to highlight Wisconsin's largest Tea Party

3) Another school district, another moronic educrat in charge

4) Franklin mayor to hold public listening session on city budget

5) The Mother of all Taxpayer Tea Parties

Photos of the Week (09/20/09)

Photos of the Week

Amy Peterson makes a sign with her daughters, Lily (left), 9, and Elli, 15, at Milwaukee's Tea Party at the lakefront Saturday afternoon. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.

Sue Maher of Waukesha is concerned about how proposed government health programs would affect the elderly. Benny Sieu photo, Journal Sentinel

Lita Pacia (left) and Gina Graeltz attend with homemade signs.Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu

Earl Hardrick (center) attended the rally and said he did not vote for Obama. Journal Sentinel photo: Benny Sieu

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker appears on a large screen at Milwaukee's Tea Party. Later Walker said the tea party movement has been galvanized by one big issue: “Health care is the thing that blew the lid off.” Benny Sieu photo, Journal Sentinel.

“I’ve never been so proud in my lifetime to be part of this angry mob,” conservative author, columnist and blogger  Michelle Malkin told the Tea Party crowd. Journal sentinel photo: Benny Sieu.

Fox News Channel's competitors fired back Friday at Fox over the above ad placed in three major newspapers claiming Fox alone covered last weekend's protest in Washington, D.C. Fox's taunt drew immediate reaction from the other networks, all of whom quickly offered up descriptions, transcripts of news reports and video proof of their rally coverage. Fox took out the ad in The Washington Post and in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, two papers owned by Fox's parent company. Fox defended its ads in an e-mailed statement from a marketing executive that called other networks on the carpet again for their coverage of the rally and events preceding it.

"Generally speaking, it's fair to say that from the tea party movement ... to Acorn ... to the march on 9/12, the networks either ignored the story, marginalized it or misrepresented the significance of it altogether," said Michael Tammero, vice president of marketing for Fox News.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009. Obama, speaking a year after Lehman Brothers Inc. collapse, outlined his plan for unwinding government involvement in the financial sector. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton outside a restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York, Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, after Obama spoke about the financial crisis, on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, at Federal Hall on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, left, joins Libyan diplomat and General Assembly President Ali Abdessalam Treki, center, as he opens the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 15:  Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (C) delivers remarks about legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act during a news conference with other members of Congress and married same-sex couples at the U.S. Captiol September 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Signed into law 13 years ago, the Defense of Marriage Act allows the federal government to deny more than 1,100 federal protections and responsibilities ??? including Social Security and immigration benefits -- to legally married same-sex couples.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (C) delivers remarks about legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act during a news conference with other members of Congress and married same-sex couples at the U.S. Capitol September 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Signed into law 13 years ago, the Defense of Marriage Act allows the federal government to deny more than 1,100 federal protections and responsibilities including Social Security and immigration benefits -- to legally married same-sex couples.Photo: Getty Images

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled  in rejecting the state's strict voter ID law that it  wasn't applied equally to all voters. Some absentee voters and some in care facilities did not have to show identification. Thursday's ruling was based on a League of Women Voters' challenge that the statute violated the Indiana Constitution. File photo: Indianapolis Star


The commanding officer of the United States Army honor guard, right, presents a flag to the son of Sgt. Randy Haney during funeral services at Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua, Ohio, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. Haney, a soldier from Orlando, Fla., died Sunday in Afghanistan from wounds suffered after his unit was attacked by enemy forces. (AP Photo/Piqua Daily Call, Mike Ullery)

United States Marines Sgt. Byron Houston, left, and Cpl. Jason Kwoka wait in line to get autographs in a book dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients at the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Medal of Honor convention at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. More than 50 recipients of the the nation's most prestigious award for combat veterans are gathered for the annual convention. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Paul Monti carries the Medal of Honor that was posthumously awarded to his son, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, after a ceremony in the East Room of the White House September 17, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sgt. Monti was killed June 21, 2006 in Afghanistan while attempting to rescue one of his fellow soldiers and fighting off an attack from insurgents. The Medal of Honor is given to a soldier "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A German ISAF soldier shows Afghan children pictures on his camera during a long term patrol with his unit in the mountainous region of Feyzabad, east of Kunduz, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

An Italian soldier with the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, plays with Afghan children, during a visit to their school, in Herat, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Italian soldiers promised to build a new building for the school. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

David “DJ” Harper is discharged from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Tuesday. The 5-year-old was burned when the SUV his mother was driving overturned and caught fire. His father, Chris Harper, and mother, Angela Baldessari, tow him out to the car. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

Afghanistan war widows hold their CARE International ration cards for collecting monthly ration from the relief agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept .14, 2009. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Farmers spray milk on a field in Ciney, Belgium, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Farmers in Belgium dumped 3 million liters (790,000 gallons) of fresh milk on a field to underscore that European producers can't make a living from current rock-bottom milk prices. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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The MJS Scorecard (09/20/09)

MJS Scorecard


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.


Nathaniel Holton: Ending the abuse of Milwaukee  

An MJS favorite. There's a problem. Our solution? Increase taxes or create a new one. Young college student is the author. Hopefully his opinion will change after his first property tax bill.

J. Val Klump: A cost at both ends of the pipe  

The author says we just have to pay yet another tax.

Alyssa Katz: A government role needed in home foreclosures  

Because the govvernment can fix anything.


Matthew Glans: Too much government in housing spells taxpayer risk  


Dianne Kiehl: Washington should heed Wisconsin's innovations  

That's one alternative to ObamaCare.


Another View: Changing governance will not solve problems

State Representative Tamara Grisby's response to MJS' ridiculous editorial in support of state Milwaukee mayoral takeover and control of MPS.

No one likes the idea, except Jim Doyle, Tom Barrett, and the MJS Editorial Board. Scary.


TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-2

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-90, Conservative-72

OTE: And the margin keeps getting wider and wider.

My daughter, dressed up like a hooker? Wasn't my idea...

Doug Giles lays the smack down on ACORN and the MSM.

Culinary no-no #130

Culinary no-no's

The deal sounded like one of those that was just too good to be true.

Except that that it was too good. And it was true.

Earlier this month, the dining discount program that I subscribe to offered an incredible bargain. Coinciding with 09/09/09, many participating restaurants made available certificates that were 90% off.

I quickly grabbed several, including two for Wegner’s St. Martin’s Inn of Franklin. Too good to be true? No sir! I was printing out $25 gift certificates at a buck apiece (I gave them to my brother who goes to Wegner’s a lot. He was also trying to secure certificates but couldn’t because someone managed to get the last pair. Hmmmm..)

New certificates are issued at the beginning of the month since some restaurants sell out. The discounts get bigger and bigger as the month progresses and get up to as much as 80%. The 90% gimmick was probably a one-time offer.

Cost to subscribe to Nothing. It’s free. E-mail alerts about discounts are sent every week or so.

Ditto for (that I also subscribe to), another restaurant site that allows you to make online reservations at some of the best restaurants in cities across America. Every reservation brings points. Collect enough points and you receive a large discount to any participating OpenTable dining spot.

Do you know how convenient it is before going on your honeymoon to make a ressie for a popular place in Waikiki from the warm confines of your own den?

With the economic downturn and the need for restaurants to fill empty seats, online offers are a trend in the dining business that has become quite popular.

Christopher Borrelli of the Orlando Sentinel reports, “According to Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant analyst with the market-research firm NPD Group, for the quarter that ended in June, restaurant visits that involved some form of discount coupon were up 11 percent. Of those visits, 18 percent used an Internet-based certificate.”

I was very surprised at the premise of Borelli’s column that consumers need to “distinguish the deals from the duds on discount dining sites.”  Borelli concedes that he hasn’t quite figured these sites out.

Yes, there are, as Borelli submits, strings attached to these discount offers.

True, you receive a $25 gift certificate for a few bucks. But it only applies if you spend anywhere from $35-$50. Some time ago, Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners stipulated you had to spend a minimum of $60. As nice a place as it is, who do they think they are? Sanford’s? Where’s the deal in that?

There are often other caveats. The tax, tip and/or alcohol may not count towards the final total.

Fish fry Friday nights included? I haven’t found too many, if any.

Can I use the certificates Saturday nights? Don’t be so sure.

What about before 8 p.m.? Better read up on that.

You mean to tell me I can get $25 certificates to Bacchus for $2? Ummmmm, no.

Some of your favorites may not be participating. And certificates at some of the best establishments at, like Karl Ratzsch’s and the Milwaukee Chophouse get snarfed up so fast, they’re never available for a 60, 70, or 80% discount.

It is rare that you will find a certificate that is only good on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s when there’s an “R” in the month after 9:00 that does not include tax, tip or alcohol that will automatically charge a 20% tip.  Still, Mr. Borelli, you need to take the 3.68 seconds to read the handful of stipulations.

Most of the time, the deals are quite good and it doesn’t take rocket science to determine if the deal is right for you. As far as no-no’s go, the few minor hoops you might, emphasize might have to jump through are well worth it.

The odds are that you are probably going to spend $35-$50 anyway if it’s just the two of you; no sweat if it’s a bigger group.

Take my word for it. Unlike the Orlando Sentinel's Christopher Borelli, you will be able to figure it out. And you’ll be happy you did.

Keep those discounts coming!!!


Jennifer and I had a green wedding cake.

It looked a little like this as far as the shape and color were concerned.

Why did we have a green wedding cake?

People still talk to us about how great that cake was, green and all.

But some green cakes just don't cut it.


Newspapers are struggling for increased circulation. Yet a reporter at a major newspaper as well as an editor thought this was worthy of publication.

Unlike Franklin, Greenfield taxpayers stand up and protest

reports a group of about 80 taxpayers turned up at last week’s school board meeting to voice strong opposition to a proposed 11.4 % school property tax levy increase.

Compare that to Franklin’s recent school board meeting where a small crowd not at all representative of the sentiment of the majority of Franklin residents basically sat silent, nodded their heads and said yes, our taxes aren’t high enough, please tax us some more.

Maybe the mood in Franklin two years ago would have been more like Greenfield last week if Franklin’s business school district business manager, Jim Milzer had been honest with the school board and taxpayers and told the board it was voting for a nearly 12% tax increase and not the 5 percent increase board members were informed they were deciding on.

Good for those Greenfield residents who said they’ve been taxed enough already. I wish some of that spirit would permeate into Franklin.

When you attend Mayor Tom Taylor's budget listening session....

Here are a few suggestions for Tuesday’s meeting:

1) Be polite and respectful.

2) Get to your best stuff right away. There is a time limit.

3) Congratulate the mayor and the Common Council for holding the line on the city’s tax levy last year.

4) Encourage the mayor and the Common Council to hold the line again this year.

5) Stress that a needs vs. wants philosophy and an ability to pay should be top priorities when budgeting.

6) The mayor says it's a listening session, but don't be afraid to ask questions. For example, "You signed a pledge to not support a budget that increases the tax levy more than 3%. How do you plan on keeping that pledge?" Also, "You're not planning on cutting any vital city services like police or fire, are you?"

September 22, 2009

Common Council Chambers

Franklin City Hall

4-6 p.m.

The Obama Countdown


Newspapers are in trouble.

That’s not exactly a news bulletin.

The president told the Toledo Blade that he’s deeply concerned, so concerned that he’s willing to consider legislation that could eventually lead to a full-fledged federal bailout of the newspaper industry.

How comfy, cozy would that be? What kind of coverage do you think the Obamessiah would receive from a doting press that had its collective butt yanked out of the fire?

Redstate nails it:

Conservatives have long known that the Democrats would love an excuse to subsidize the collapsing left-partisan newspaper industry. Readership has been dropping steadily for years, thanks to a relentlessly bitter left-wing news slant and the growing availability of alternate news sources. I realize the ‘falling ad revenue due to everything moving to the web’ argument gets used a lot, but I tell you, I don’t see the Washington Examiner, New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal yipping about declining revenues.”

It’s a time like this that I love to pull this one out of my archive.

The utter idiocy of high school soccer

After two overtime periods tonight, the final score in boy’s soccer:



Q. In what other sport can you play 100 minutes, not have a score, and not have a winner?

A. None.

Kyla's Korner - Musings of a Mother (09/21/09)

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer, mother of little angel, Kyla

There have been many times even before I became a parent that I would watch kids and think to myself, “They could be snatched up in an instant because their mom/dad isn’t paying a bit of attention to them.”  It makes me absolutely crazy.  I am fortunate right now that Kyla is in a carrier or stroller with us at all times when we are out.  There is no “out of sight” with her as she is just shy of six months old as I write this.  She will always be in our line of vision because we know what can happen in just the blink of an eye.  Still, things can happen despite a parent’s diligence. 


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Idiots on campus

Watch and howl as Steve Crowder visits what is supposedly the best public university in America.

Hey, man, it’s la la liberal land, UC-Berkeley, dude.

The segment on Ted Kennedy is priceless.

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AFP- "You did it Wisconsin"

AFP Wisconsin
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Newsletter
September 22 - 2009  Events and Updates

Thousands rally at Milwaukee Tea Party
Crowd Estimated At Over 15,000

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Thousands Attend Lakefront Tea Party By Michael George

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Tea Party Protest Draws ThousandsCounty Executive, Sheriff Speak At Event

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Thousands gather for Tea Party Rally
Demonstrators oppose government expansion in their lives

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Thousands Rally for Taxpayer Tea Party

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Thousands Rally at TEA Party on Milwaukee's Lakefront

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Thousands of conservatives rally on Milwaukee lakefront against too much government

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Thousands rally against government spending

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Vicki McKenna,the Rock Star of Radio, said it would be "The Mother of All Tea Parties," and I said we would make history. Both of our
predictions came true as over 15,000 people gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee for our Taxpayer Tea Party this past Saturday.

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Signs, signs, everywhere are signs


During last weekend’s broadcast of InterCHANGE, I argued that the massive Tea Party in Washington and others like it around the country are not racist. Disagreements with President Obama and radical lefties in Congress are being made for two reasons:

1) Ideology

2) Partisanship

Average, hard-working, taxpaying families have major policy differences with the dramatic transformation of our federal government. And yes, there are partisan elements at play.

But racism?

Playing that card is oh so easy. It’s also lowdown and dirty, sinking to a despicable level.

I did concede that unfortunately, in this day and age, there will be some knuckleheads who, if I might quote my president, “act stupidly.” However, it is unfair and inaccurate to suggest that a few knuckleheads are representative of the thousands and thousands and thousands of dissenting citizens including the elderly, elderly in wheelchairs, moms and dads, moms and dads with mortgages, moms and dads pushing young kids in strollers.

My co-panelists, ultra-liberal Joel McNally and Denise Callaway insulted those folks. They countered by pointing to one or two disgusting signs they saw at the D.C. Tea Party as evidence that the un-American mob was racist.

Frankly, I was surprised to hear the two disagree with President Obama who said last week that racism was not instigating his opposition.

But, Kevin, the signs, the signs. What about those ugly signs?

The Marquette Warrior writes about some of those signs, and yes, they’re ugly and unacceptable. But as I pointed out on InterCHANGE when Callaway pulled out her Kumbayah speech that we all need to stand up against these horrible displays, I didn’t hear any such outrage from the left when President Bush was crucified for eight years.

And the Marquette Warrior has those ugly signs, too.

The dumbest vote so far this year by a Common Council in Wisconsin


I wonder which Common Council he’s talking about?

It's gotta be Franklin, right?



South Milwaukee?

Oak Creek?


We’ll get to it.

But first….

A question.

Where will you be.......
the evening of…

October 5, 2009?

Some of you have to think about it for a few moments.

Others know what their whereabouts that night will be instantly.

Cue the music….

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Please put blame where blame belongs

It might be of interest to some in Franklin, especially the anti-City Hall faction of the blogosphere, that I occasionally get into a mild dispute with my good friend (and yes he is, whatcha gonna do about it??!!) Franklin Alderman Steve Olson.

Steve will occasionally, as locally elected officials throughout Wisconsin are prone to do, take issue with what happens in Madison and will state rather generically in public or in an e-mail that, “The state blah blah blah blah.”  In other words, the state did something to get under Steve’s collar.

I must tell you that 100% of the time, Steve is specifically upset with an action/ statement made by Governor Doyle, the governor’s administration, or the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

Now you might suspect that being as close to the operations of the Legislature as I am and working for a conservative, fiscally responsible state Senator, that I might bristle juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit when something our inept governor does results in a statement that indicts all of state government, i.e., “the state.”


When Governor Doyle suggests huge tax increases, it’s not “the state.”

When the Democrat-controlled state Senate proposes huge tax increases, it’s not “the state.”

When the Democrat-controlled state Assembly proposes huge tax increases, it’s not “the state.”

Let’s point the finger where it belongs. Employing the phrase, “the state” assumes that everyone in Madison is behind or responsible for some nonsense.

Sorry, but I take umbrage with such an insinuation.

Ditto when I read The Underground Conservative’s blog:

“It seems that our state legislators in the People’s Republic of Madison may just have a little too much time on their hands, having solved all of the pressing state problems such as the exploding state budget deficits, the confiscatory level of taxation, the depressed level of the state economy, the loss of jobs … you know, real problems. Seems our legislators are more concerned with tackling imaginary problems. Secret successors. No kidding.”

Yes, my boss has written about that silly bill.

So, is the Underground Conservative wrong?  Nope. But the Underground Conservative could be more accurate.

Take that lead sentence:

“It seems that our state legislators in the People’s Republic of Madison may just have a little too much time on their hands…”

Hey, it’s the Underground Conservative’s blog. But in my view, it should read;

“It seems that the Democrats that control both houses in the state Legislature in the People’s Republic of Madison may just have a little too much time on their hands…”

Republicans aren’t sitting around coming up with this junk that if a bomb drops on the Capitol and a state Senator dies, we just go the Senator’s submitted sealed envelope that’s been kept inside a special jar under his/her porch to see what secret names of cronies he/she has selected to replace him/her if he/she, God forbid (I make no apology, liberal Democrats for using the word, God) dies in a terrorist bombing.

So don’t use the wide brush. Tell it like it is, conservatives. If the liberals in Madison who control everything are putting forth ideas so dumb a fifth grader would say so, don’t use some generic phrase like, “The state needs to make better use of its time. The state has too much time on its hands.”

No, damn it.

Democrats who are running the damn Capitol need to make better use of their time.

Democrats who are running the damn Capitol have too much time on their hands.

Because the public just might want to blame everyone when not everyone is to blame.


Another gem from Democrats in Madison: Mandated 5-year old KG

It is astounding the ideas Democrats who control the state Legislature have set as priorities.

Today, the state Senate along party lines approved mandating that Wisconsin students pass 5-year kindergarten before they are allowed to enter first grade. Current state law requires school attendance beginning at the age of 6.

Democrats in favor of this mandate stood up and trotted out the typical argument that kindergarten will get kids off to a good start at becoming productive citizens. The usual fell-good liberal tripe.

Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), and let me stop right there....

You think Obama needs a teleprompter? Hansen could have three of those babies staring him in the face and he still couldn’t read his own or staff's writing……

Hansen was downright giddy in defense of this mandate because oh, golly, gee, Wisconsin was the very first state to have kindergarten.

Yeh, so.

Hansen said there was testimony before the state Senate Education Committee that in Milwaukee one kindergarten student missed 40 days and two others missed 20 days each.

“”This is an attempt to make students take kindergarten seriously,” said Hansen.

It took Senate Republicans to bring common sense into the debate.

Orator extraordinaire Michael Ellis (R-Neenah) was his usual incomparable self.

Ellis made the following arguments while Democrats sat with their usual deer in headlights expression when Ellis speaks the honest to God truth:

  • We have 860,000 students in the public school system. The bulk of this problem seems to be in MPS.
  • On any given day in MPS, 25-35% of kids are absent.
  • You’re trying to fix a problem in MPS by imposing a statewide mandate on the other 400=plus school districts where if students sign up for kindergarten, they do show up.
  • The problem isn’t that 5-year old kids who aren’t showing up aren’t taking kindergarten seriously. It’s the breakdown of the family with parents not taking kindergarten seriously. (KF comment: BAMMM!!!)
  • Do you think that by merely imposing this mandate that it will change the behavior of these parents and their kids? (KF Comment: Yet another BAMMM!!)
  • What happens to the 5-year old that violates state law because parents don’t take school or child rearing seriously. (KF comment: A triple BAMMM!!! by the Senator from the 19th district).
  • Now the kid is 6 years old. What do you do because the parents dropped the ball? What do you do when the kid is 7? When he’s 6 does he go back to kindergarten? 95% of kids enrolled in 5-year or higher kindergarten are showing up. To solve a niche problem, you’re going to super-impose a mandate. Failure means they can’t enter first grade. I resent that children in my district and parents that are making sure they make the right decisions will now be subject to the will of the state of Wisconsin.

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2010 Rock Hall of Fame nominees announced

reports, “KISS, the Red Hot Chili Peppers,  Genesis, the Hollies, LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff are first-time nominees among a dozen finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to a list released this morning by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. They join returning candidates ABBA, the Chantels, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, the Stooges and Donna Summer. Five of the 12 nominees will be chosen for induction from ballots cast by more than 500 music industry voters.”

How can these guys continue to be snubbed?


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EARTH to WI cities, counties, towns, villages, school boards, technical colleges, and sewerage districts...



Newspaper editorialists want to take your voting rights away

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Beloit Daily News.

And they wonder why their circulation is down.

State Senator wants Doyle administrator to resign

In the wake of the latest contrtoversy surrounding Wisconsin Shares, my friend and colleague, state Senator Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) is calling for the immediate resignation of Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha.

Lasee says, “How many additional childcare providers will be uncovered that are defrauding taxpayers—many of whom are criminals supposedly caring for our children? In addition, while it is believed that no children were harmed by the sex offenders, LAB could not confirm whether these offenders were present while care was provided. As a parent and a grandparent, this is unacceptable, and it violates the public trust. It’s time for Secretary Bicha to step up to the plate, accept responsibility for these problems, apologize, and resign.”

Here’s more.

Want to stop kids from TWD?

Reasonable people can come to a consensus that texting while driving (TWD) is dangerous. Driver’s education instructors teach to keep both hands on the steering wheel. TWD means there are zero hands on the wheel.

A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that TWD increases your risk of an accident by more than 23 times.

Not to make light of this issue or the study results, but I also think it’s reasonable to ask if EWD (Eating While Driving) is just as dangerous.

The Virginia Tech study calls for an all-out ban on TWD by all drivers in all vehicles. In Wisconsin, legislation has been introduced by state Senator Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) that would ban TWD. Those who violate this prohibition would be required to forfeit not more than $400 on first offense and not more than $800 for a second offense.  People text messaging while driving who cause bodily harm to another person could be fined up to $2,000 and sentenced to jail for not more than 30 days.

Is a ban necessary given that we already have an inattentive driving law in statutes?

How would such a ban be enforced? We already (supposedly) have our patrol people looking out for booster seat violators. Now we would add to the list a directive to be on the lookout for sinister looking cell phones and texting fingers?

After TWD, what then? What next? The above-mentioned EWD?

There’s no denying the danger associated with not having both hands firmly on the wheel, not to mention taking your eyes off the road. It’s also annoying to other drivers who, I believe, correctly look with scorn at normally young (sometimes gum-chewing) drivers who are oblivious to their road surroundings because they’re texting a friend about a non-earth shattering topic.

While I’m not sold on a law banning TWD, I am in support of greater education. What could pack more wallop and impact with today’s young texters than a crucial message packaged in a powerful video.

Far more important than Barack Obama’s egotistical classroom photo op interruption a few weeks ago is the following four-minute British public service announcement. 

In my view, it should be mandatory viewing in every high school in America. Parents, care to show your kids?

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How many people have you slept with?

Say what?

Did Kevin Fischer just ask what I think I read he asked?

The same Kevin Fischer who called another Franklin blogger, "cheesecake breath" because of his love of the Cheesecake Factory but Milwaukee Magazine and other bloggers were just too stupid to figure it out?

Depending on who you are and what goes through your cerebellum, you had one of the following reactions to this blog's title:

1) How utterly disgusting!!!  I'll read something less bombastic, less vitrioloic, far less interesting. What's that Janet woman's blog again?

2) Enough's enough. What if my sister was reading this blog??!!  I'll show that dastardly Kevin Fischer. Why I, I, I, I, I'll  complain to Mark Maley, that's what I'll do. He'll put that sleazeball Fischer in his place.

3) Oh my God. I hope my wife doesn't walk into the room.

4) Let' s see, there was Pam, then there was Roxanne, and I can't forget Suzanne...

For those of you who've stuck around and have not hit the delete button to e-mail Mark Maley, take a look at this man:

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UPDATE: What will they learn?

Earlier this month, I blogged about a new report that shows high ranking colleges and universities aren’t delivering as advertised.
I wrote:

“Of the schools ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) studied, ‘almost half do not require a genuine, college-level math course; almost 90 percent do not require students to take a survey course in American government or history; and only two require students to take a basic course in economics’.”

The University of Wisconsin received a bad grade in ACTA’s findings.

What’s a parent of a young future college student to do?

I’d start by reading this piece by Thomas Sowell.

The InterCHANGE lineup Friday night

Here are the topics for discussion on InterCHANGE, Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 and Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – City & County Budgets.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker both introduce tough budgets for tough times.  Barrett wants a wage freeze for city workers, but they’d get job security in exchange.  Walker wants an across the board 3 % wage cut for county employees, and some county employees would lose their jobs.  Barrett wants higher fees for garbage pick up and sewers.  Walker wants to raise bus fares.  Walker wants to privatize the Zoo, but calls for nearly $40 million to improve local parks.  Barrett calls for a property tax increase, Walker again calls for a property tax levy freeze.  Are both executives being realistic?  Do these budgets look “politically acceptable” statewide should Barrett and Walker both run for governor? 

2 – Zip Codes and Car Insurance.

Some Milwaukee area lawmakers are again trying to get a bill passed that would prohibit auto insurance companies from using Zip Codes as a factor in deciding how much to charge a customer for auto insurance.  The companies argue that areas with a dense population should face higher charges because there’s a higher chance your car will be smashed, stolen, etc.  Opponents say that’s unfair, and that it makes insurance too expensive for poor folks, especially at a time when they are being required by law to carry insurance.  They argue that other factors are fairer, such as driving record, credit record, type of car, etc.  Should a farmer in Bonduel, pay as much for auto insurance as a guy who lives on 12th and Vliet, all other factors being equal?

3 – Packers.

The Packers have been hot and cold.  This Sunday the Packers (1-1) play St. Louis (0-2).  Do you like the team that McCarthy and Thompson have assembled?  Is Rogers the quarterback that the Packers need?  Are they Super Bowl bound, or a .500 team at best?

The Liberal Media Hypocrisy Test

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Here we go again: Doing it in public



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Whad'ya know! High school sportsmanship isn't dead after all

I hate when high school football teams run up the score.

This season, I’m calling them out.

Thanks to a loyal This Just In reader, I want to share an incredible story of true, and sadly, rare sportsmanship. Every high school football coach and athlete should read this.

Protect My Vote

Governor Doyle won’t do it.

Democrats who control the state Senate won’t do it.

Democrats who control the state Assembly won’t do it.

So maybe it’s up to voters themselves to do it.

State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) are circulating legislation among their colleagues seeking co-sponsors that they call the Protect My Vote Act. The Legislative Reference Bureau provides this analysis of the bill:

With certain limited exceptions, this bill permits any elector, at the time of registration, to elect to be required to provide identification in order to vote in an election. The bill also permits a registered elector to elect to be required to provide identification in order to vote by appearing in person at the office of the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of the municipality where the elector resides. The elector must sign a statement making the election and present identification.”

This is a voluntary request by voters to be required to show photo ID. Kanavas and Kramer say in a news release, “The names of electors who have chosen to protect their vote will be marked on the polling list so poll workers will be able to identify which electors are to be asked for photo identification.”

The key word is “protect.” No one could enter a polling place and steal the vote of an elector that has asked for protected status by alerting poll workers photo ID must be shown.

Great bill.

Can’t wait to hear the moans and groans from those liberals that are pro-voter fraud (Not all liberals are; many do support photo ID).

Warning to visitors of Franklin: KEEP YOUR CAMERAS AT HOME!

A reliable source told me the following that she heard on Jeff Wagner’s program today on WTMJ-AM.

Last Saturday, WTMJ meteorologist Brian Gotter was driving through Franklin with his wife and 4-year old. Gotter makes it a habit of carrying a camera when out on such drives to take photos of local sites for use on his weathercasts.

After picking apples, Gotter stopped on Highway 36 to take a picture of the Franklin Police Department. He also stopped and took a picture of the Franklin Library.

Understandable. They’re pretty nice looking buildings that look great on TV.

Soon after, Gotter noticed a Franklin police squad car in his rear view mirror and proceeded to move over. So did the police.

The officer informed a surprised Gotter that a citizen had called to complain that someone with Gotter’s license plate number was taking pictures of public buildings.

Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva went on the air with Wagner to answer questions about probable cause and Gotter being “detained.” Oliva defended his officer saying the department needs to respond to citizen complaints.

So it has to come to this.

Life sure has changed since 9/11, but this seems like a complete over-reaction.

What about personal rights and liberties?

Shouldn’t complaints to the local police be legitimate? Some busybody needs to get a life.

Taking photographs outdoors in Franklin is now considered dangerous? Apparently if one busybody got all bent out of shape

I don’t play the “what if” game when all kinds of hypotheses are dished out to rationalize an action.

I know Chief Oliva, like and respect him very much. I commend him for backing his officer. However, this situation begs for that often used phrase about the police apparently having nothing better to do.

What a wonderful example of goodwill ambassadorship, told on the state’s largest, most listened to radio station.

You think Gotter has fond memories of Franklin?

You think he’ll ever drive here again?

Shop here?

Say nice things about Franklin to his friends?

The chief spoke at this week’s listening session held by the mayor on the city budget and warned that if he loses officers, fewer traffic stops would be made. If that means fewer stops like the one of Brian Gotter, that would be fine with me.

Here is the audio from Wagner's show.

I do believe it's the weekend at This Just In...

Don’t forget our regular weekend features begin with tonight’s Goodnight music entry, one that is personal and very special.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog.

Then it’s Weekends, our weekly week in review.

PHOTO Irene Villar's new book ?Impossible Motherhood,? which will be released by Random House on Oct. 6, chronicles her 16 abortions in 15 years

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Goodnight everyone, and have a memorable weekend

Nostalgia, Kevin's favorites



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The Barking Lot (09/26/09)

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:  Mostly cloudy. Chance of afternoon showers. High of 70.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny and very windy. High of 74.  "A"

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

I have a personal rule for the special people in my life:  They know they are special to me.  They know I love them.  I tell them I love them, often, if not daily.  Life changes much too quickly for me not to let my friends and family know just how much they mean to me.  Having a child makes you uber-aware of your own mortality.  So, now more than ever, I make my feelings known.  

I even stretch this practice to the special pets in my life.  The most special of them all is Leia, my dog-in-law.  (I have blogged about her several times.)  As she is “getting on” in dog years, I recognize my time with her is limited.  She is full of lumps and bumps and limps when she climes the one step on the porch to her front door.  She can’t jump up to reach the treats Uncle Kevin tosses at her; instead he places them gently in front of her nose.  So every time I see her I take a few moments to stroke her head gently and whisper in her ear, “I love you, Leia.  You are a very special dog and I love you very, very much.”

But Leia still has a lot of Doggy Life left in her when family comes to visit.  She greets Kyla as if she is her very own puppy.  She is extremely watchful of Kyla and if anyone other than Kevin or I come near her, she guards her with a careful, concerned eye.   I have a philosophy minor with my business management degree…  Nietzsche would turn over in his grave if he heard me say that I truly believe Leia loves me.  And Jon Katz would be right there to affirm his thoughts.

According to Katz, and I am paraphrasing as well as interjecting my own opinions and snide comments, dogs are creatures that don’t really give a “cat’s a**” about you or love you.  They just can’t and they just don’t.  And anyone who thinks otherwise is a simpleton out for a wave of disappointment when their Disney-esque idea of doggy love is shot down.  Really, what can you expect from someone who, although they are a dog owner, has a last name that sounds like “CATS???”

I have said on many occasions that I would never equate a dog’s life with a human’s.  (Well, in most circumstances.)  However when Leia looks in to my eyes (yes, she does look in to my eyes) I feel there is a bond between us that can’t be explained by any other word than love.  I think this falls in to the category of faith more than personification.  Because I am a person of faith, I am able to feel and believe things I can not prove or measure.  To me, dog love falls in the category of things that exist that I can not substantiate.  But it does not make it any less real.

I’m sorry, Mr. Katz.  While I may not ever be able to convince you that Leia (or my future dogs for that matter) love me, you will likewise never be able to convince me of the opposite.
---Jennifer Fischer

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

Wisconsin Legislature weighs puppy mill bill. The video.

Are dogfighting videos protected under the First Amendment?

Day care facility also hosts dogfighting.

Dogs assisting in Dugard case.

Judge rules couple must share dog.

Explain to me how a police officer can leave a police dog to die?

The Navy is reviewing the case of an abused gay dog handler.

Killer dog warning went unheeded.

urgeons remove 21-pound tumor from dog.

Did Nebraska man deserve ticket for his dead dog?

It's gone-zo for Gizmo.

Dog bite stats from cities with and without breed bans.

Two men and a pit bull flee armed robbers.

arge dogs in public housing are now an endangered species.

Heidi Fleiss forced to close Vegas grooming shop.

The blind ask, where are our guide dogs?

My dog has a prison record.

Bosco touches a community.

Restaurant owner by night trains dogs by day.

These dogs sniff sewage.

Walking the dog to draw attention to a cause.

Should we compost dog poop?

Take your dog to your yoga classes.

The Dog Whisperer adds a magazine to its empire.

This dog is defnitely politically incorrect.

Salma Hayek is sleeping better these days. Read why...

AKC names top five dogs of the year.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Our closing video:

Last Saturday was Puppy Mill Awareness Day.



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POO Awards- Week 5

This season, I’m handing out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that commits the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

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

Week 1
Milwaukee Bay View 62, Milwaukee Marshall  

Week 2
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 70, Milwaukee North 6

Week 3
Waunakee 72, Baraboo 7
(My apologies to a dear friend, Jen-Jen the Engine, my favorite Waunakee graduate)

Week 4
Milwaukee Riverside 75,
Milwaukee Pulaski 0

Week 5
Shell Lake 60,
Siren 0
It was homecoming at Shell Lake, so I guess that makes this drubbing okay.

Matt Ziesel's inspiring touchdown

I've been blogging lately about high school football sportsmanship, with an emphasis on the lack thereof.

There are occasional instances of heartwarming play.

Here's another, with must see video.

Here's raw footage of Matt's touchdown:

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Week-ends (09/26/09)


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...


Susan Jacobs

Heinz Kruse and Bernerd Harding

Dylan Mask

6-year old boy

Biago Sciscione

Robert Thompson

Matt Ziesel

Heroic dogs


The mayor of Sheboygan

Timothy White

Carolyn Savage's doctor/ UPDATE on 9/26/09

Sylvia Tagle.........the video.


"What's your take on President Obama thus far?
Weak. Waffling, wavering, ambiguous and overwhelmingly concessionary."
Ralph Nader in an interview with Time magazine.

"The fact that I'm in the middle of these intense negotiations that are taking place right now tells me I've got a primary responsibility to do this job well.”
Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) announcing he will not run for governor.

It's impossible to articulate the frustration and disgust generated by this issue time and time again. People are angry. … I'm angry over the endangerment of our children and the theft of taxpayer dollars, which is why we must fix the system.”
State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) on an audit that matched four addresses from the state's sex offender registry to a list of child care providers in the Wisconsin Shares program.

“We've done more in the past 14 months to address fraud in this program … than has been achieved since the program was created.”
Reggie Bicha, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, that  oversees Wisconsin Shares.

“How many additional childcare providers will be uncovered that are defrauding taxpayers—many of whom are criminals supposedly caring for our children? In addition, while it is believed that no children were harmed by the sex offenders, LAB could not confirm whether these offenders were present while care was provided. As a parent and a grandparent, this is unacceptable, and it violates the public trust. It’s time for Secretary Bicha to step up to the plate, accept responsibility for these problems, apologize, and resign.”
State Senator Alan Lasee (R-De Pere), calling for Bicha to resign.

“What's troublesome to me is the fact that I had to learn about these 12,000 names by a press release that came out of the Department of Justice.”
Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch on news  that DNA samples from thousands of felons were not entered into the state databank.

“To solve a niche problem in a few areas, you're going to mandate that all the parents in the state of Wisconsin cannot make an intelligent decision.”
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah), arguing that a bill requiring students to pass kindergarten before entering first grade is aimed primarily at problems with students in the Milwaukee Public Schools.


finds matching addresses of sex offenders to child care providers.

15 abortions in 16 years.


Stimulus fails to find summer jobs for many teens.


The president talks to anybody and almost everybody about health care.


Mackenzie Phillips confesses to 10-year consensual relationship with her father.

How many people have you slept with?

Giant baby 
draws spectators.

Man draws 50 states in 90 seconds.

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.

Milwaukee business makes a very ugly, and very public claim against MPD

A sign outside Badger Guns on S. 43rd Street calls the Milwaukee Police Department, "racist."

The owner is accusing officers of staking out his place, waiting to pull over blacks when they leave the store.

This is part of an e-mail about the disturbing sign that was forwarded to me:

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Getting tough with phony and anonymous commenters

The police chief in Austin, Texas is threatening to go after them.

Good for him!

Recommended reading (09/26/09)

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. Barack and Mr. Obama

"No one imagined that Barack Obama, during his first nine months in office, would be falling in the polls even faster than George W. Bush did prior to 9/11. We all knew what Obama’s weaknesses were as he came into office — a lack of experience in foreign affairs, little knowledge of how private business works, and poor judgment concerning the extremist company he had kept in the past Now nearly half the country is not merely distrustful of him, but increasingly viscerally angry at him as well. Actually, “him” is a construct: At times there seems to be no “him.” Instead, the people don’t know whether the kindly Dr. Barack is their president, or his unpredictable double, Mr. Obama."

Obama speeches: The  ‘I’s’ have it

“In mythology, Narcissus was the guy who fell in love with his own reflection. In 2009, he’s the president of the United States. Instead of adoring his own image, Obama loves to hear himself talk – about himself. In just 41 speeches this year, Obama has talked about himself nearly 1,200 times – 1,198 to be exact.”

GOP return to power could be swift

“No Republican has a prayer of capturing the White House without running the table of some large Southern states. Florida, Virginia and North Carolina all went for George W. Bush in 2004 and then for Barack Obama four years later. Recapture these states, and a Republican nominee is halfway to winning in 2012. So dismissing the importance of Southern support for the GOP is misguided analysis. The region is their base, and no party wins without first holding its base.”

Should the ACORN sting videos be discounted?

Critics have three main complaints over the recent undercover videos exposing ACORN’s criminal activity. They say that amateur filmmakers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles were filming with an agenda, so their conclusions can’t be trusted. They say that their taping may breach legal codes that specify individuals must be notified when they are being taped. And they complain about the video’s editing, saying the full tape is needed to make a decision.”

Flout the mandate penalty? Pay the IRS

“Americans who fail to pay the penalty for not buying insurance would face legal action from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.”

Friends don’t let friends bring up health care

ow the ruckus is spilling over into our private lives. Alarmingly, people who know and even love one another are taking off the gloves and duking it out around dinner tables and water coolers, through phones calls and emails and even on the Web.”

What Obama Isn't Saying About Breast Cancer Successes in America

While hundreds of thousands of Americans marched against the government’s hijacking of health-care in Washington, President Obama was in Minnesota promoting his own myopic version of health-care reform. ….Focusing on a false horror story to scare people, the President completely ignored overwhelming data from published international studies that objectively quantifies the strengths of America’s health-care system—especially when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among women.”

White Guilt Awareness Day

“If you are straight, white, and male, please stand up. Congratulations, you are more privileged than you probably ever realized. Because of your blessed birth, you are responsible for the victimization of thousands of your underprivileged peers. You may not be aware, but implicitly you hate, resent, and distrust everyone who does not look like you. How does this make you feel? No, do not answer. Instead, allow us to tell you how you should be feeling.”

Taking the right seriously

“The unfortunate fact is that American academics have until recently shown little curiosity about conservative ideas, even though those ideas have utterly transformed American (and British) politics over the past 30 years. A look at the online catalogs of our major universities confirms this: plenty of courses on identity politics and postcolonialism, nary a one on conservative political thought.”

The dog ate global warming

“The data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared.”

Pimp my bed: the male sleep lair

Bed makers are manning up. After years of catering to women, manufacturers are setting their sights on men. The new macho mattresses they're introducing have "muscle-recovery properties" and cooling technology, on the theory that men are more likely to feel too hot in bed. The bed frames feature built-in TVs, iPod docking stations, wine coolers, safes and other guy-friendly gadgetry.”

It’s time to man up on fourth down

“Every time an NFL coach chooses to punt instead of going for it on fourth and one, it's almost a guarantee that the decision will be met by a chorus of boos. This may be one of the rare moments in sports when the guy nursing a beer in the last row is smarter than the coach on the sidelines calling the plays.”

My Most Popular Blogs (09/27/09)

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.

 Best wishes to a good friend, Phil Cianciola

2) Warning to visitors of Franklin: KEEP YOUR CAMERAS AT HOME!

3) The Barking Lot (07/04/09)

4) How many people have you slept with?

5) TIE 

    Another gem from Democrats in Madison: Mandated 5-year old KG
Culinary no-no #130

Photos of the Week (09/27/09)

Photos of the Week

A policeman in riot gear is positioned on a steet during protests in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as world leaders attend the G20 Summit on September 25, 2009. Police in Pittsburgh have arrested 66 people after a night of battles with protesters who tried to march on a summit of the world's top leaders, the FBI said in a statement Septeber 25. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Masked protesters shout slogans during a march through Pittsburgh, Friday Sept. 25, 2009. World leaders are in Pittsburgh for the G20 summit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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If you're a Notre Dame fan...

As I am, you could use some good news.

Especially when your #1 running back is out, your top receiver and one of the best in college football is lost for the regular season, and your record-setting quarterback is hobbled by a foot injury.

Last night, ND beat Purdue at Purdue, 24-21.

From the South Bend Tribune:

“Of the 63 meetings since World War II, 41 Irish squads have passed the Purdue test and gone on to win at an .824 clip for the season. The 22 ND teams that lost to Purdue averaged a modest winning percentage of .536.”

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen reacts to the crowd after Notre Dame defeated Purdue 24-21 in an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. , Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen reacts to the crowd after Notre Dame defeated Purdue 24-21 iin West Lafayette, Ind. , Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. AP Photo

The MJS Scorecard (09/27/09)

MJS Scorecard


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.


Robert Ricigliano: The large force needed: The Afghan people  

Don't send more troops to Afghanistan? Check the record who's been taking that stance in Washington.

Another view, Ricardo?

No, I guess not.

Gwen Moore: Let's have a real MPS debate  

She starts out with the proper take about elected boards. But then, Gwen just has to be Gwen.



I'm not sure, but that could be a first this year.

Wow. How could any reasonable person suggest this is not a liberal paper.


Janet Fitch and Carmen Pitre: Changing the gun conversation  

Tough call. Usually, those who take the view that gun violence should be regarded as a public health issue are liberals.

This piece.... not blatant enough.

Christa Westerberg: Open records law is about democracy  

Next week, Ricardo and his gang bring you, "How a bill becomes a law."

Marshall Matz: U.S. farmers feed the planet  


TODAY: Liberal-2, Conservative-0

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-92, Conservative-72

MJS Editorial Board: Looks about right to us!

So, how did #4 do today?

Oh, yeh, wait a minute.

He can't play anymore because he's washed up.


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It is time once again to play FINAL JEOPARDY!

Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.........

Time once again for the This Just In version of …



Let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


You know how this works.

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

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


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.


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Culinary no-no #131

Culinary no-no's


We begin our weekly analysis of yet another food taboo in the normally quiet city of Everett, Washington, just 26 miles from Seattle, boasting a population of about 100,000.

From the land that launched Starbucks comes the enterpreneurial but more than likely illegal venture called Grab-n-Go Coffee Hut.

It's a tiny drive-up shack where you can buy coffee, a latte, espresso, etc.

Working the hut are young baristas wearing bikinis.

That's not the problem, at least from a legal standpoint.

There's a community uproar because the business takes its name quite literally.  It really does provide Grab-n-Go service.

omplaints have been percolating for some time that there’s more brewing at Grab-n-Go than just coffee sales. At one location in the Grab-n-Go chain, the baristas reportedly have been engaging in all kinds of lewd behavior to make extra cash.

Local police investigated for two months (I bet they did) making numerous undercover purchases. According to the Everett Herald, here is what their operation, AHEM, uncovered:

"Investigators saw the women expose their crotches, lick whipped cream off their co-workers' private parts and pose naked for pictures inside the Grab-n-Go Espresso stand at 8015 Broadway, according to police reports obtained by The Herald. 

Detectives also witnessed some of the women charging customers to touch their bare breasts and naked buttocks. Touching of that kind, for pay, falls under the city's definition of prostitution.

An Everett detective took a city prosecutor to the stand to witness firsthand the activities of the baristas. During that visit, two women allegedly engaged in a 'whipped cream show' in which they sprayed whipped cream on each other and licked it off.

On a second visit, a detective was told he couldn't have a mocha because the stand was out of chocolate. He also was told he couldn't order a small drink because they only served 20-ounce beverages.

The barista told him that for $20, she and the other barista would give him a show. He paid and they bared their breasts and pulled down their undergarments, police reports said.

The detective noted that the stand is about 30 yards off the roadway and about 10 feet lower than the level of the road, making it easy to see into the business from the street. During the undercover operation, traffic was regularly stopped in front of the stand because of nearby construction, according to investigators.

Detectives say the women also charged customers to play 'basketball' — a game in which customers were allowed to throw waded up money at the women, who caught the money in their underpants.

Investigators also witnessed women strip down and perch on the drive-thru window ledge in full view of passing cars. The five women also allowed customers, who paid extra, to grab their breasts and buttocks, police allege."

All the exposure, and by that I mean news coverage resulted in the following, again, from the Everett Herald:

Several men in trucks waited in line just after lunch for espresso and an eyeful of the baristas wearing bikinis — not the thongs and pasties they sported last week.”

Men in trucks in line, waiting to buy espresso? Before this story broke, show me a truck driver who can spell espresso or who has ever bought one in his life and I’ll vote Democrat in the next 3 presidential elections.

Now I suppose I could have written this week about whether or not it’s proper to pair a pinot grigio with rigatoni Bolognese or if you should ever order cheese on top of seafood in Italy. But holy curdled crème freche, Batman! If this isn’t a culinary no-no, I don’t what is!

As you might expect, the owner of Grab-n-Go says nothing is going on (or coming off). They’re not selling sex, they’re selling coffee.

Besides, don’t you understand? The women who work for him signed an agreement that they would behave properly while on the job.

Anyone caught in violation would be…….well, what do you think. What would any responsible business owner do if his female employees were engaged in a game of
“basketball” where customers were allowed to throw wadded up money at the women, who caught the money in their underwear?

You fire them, right?

Not if you’re Grab-n-Go owner Bill Wheeler. You put those naughty gals on “administrative leave.”

There are many elements to this story, including what happens next. In this case, the issue goes this week to the local pols in Everett who must decide if, and yes it has come to this, coffee stands and baristas fall under the local ordinances regarding lewd behavior.

If they are the typical local government types that can’t shoot straight, they’ll hem and haw and worry and worry and worry until they’re sick about whether they’re taking the appropriate action from a legal standpoint rather than applying the common sense standard for the benefit of the community.

My prediction? Because it’s already been reported that the baristas, even under any changes being considered by the local intelligentsia would still be able to wear as little as possible as long as certain body parts are covered, the coffee shops will stay open, the baristas accused of prostitution will pay their fines and be removed from “administrative leave” if they’re even on it, and a whole new brand of customers will have been exposed (sorry) to the wonders of vanilla latte’s, and that would be those culture-conscious truck drivers.

Isn’t America great?

And by the way, it's stories like this one that make me laugh. I automatically think of all the Victorian-thinking prudes (They generally resemble the Sea Hag in the old Popeye cartoons)  who get their noses all bent out of shape about, oh my dear God, an establishment either operating or possibly opening up in their locale where the workers look like this:

Tabitha - Hooters of Chattanooga, TN


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UPDATE: She's dying and wants mercy

Less than a month after her bid for compassionate release from prison was denied, Susan Atkins, one of Charlie Manson’s followers, died at the age of 61.

Atkins had brain cancer. She also had a leg amputated.

The parole board showed Atkins no mercy and for good reason. 

Atkins spent decades in prison before succumbing to cancer. 
She still had 40 more years than these innocent victims:

Sharon Tate Picture Gallery

Sharon Tate (and her unborn child)

Hairdresser Jay Seibring


Coffee heiress Abigail Folger

Filmmaker Voityck Frykowski

Steven Parent, a friend of Tate's caretaker

Grocery owners Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

Slimy ACORN sinks to even lower depths

Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe are heroes in my book.

These two young individuals, more than the liberal news media, the FBI, or any other supposed government watchdog may have single-handedly brought down the incredibly corrupt ACORN with their undercover hidden camera.

Of course, ACORN now has the audacity to sue the young whistle blowers.

One of my favorite columnists, Hannah’s father, Doug Giles isn’t remaining silent, defending his daughter to the hilt.


Yes, the woman gets intense...

But she's dead on...

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Nobama No Sale

First, it was a mall in Concord, North Carolina.

And it’s happened again at a mall in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Clearly, there is a double standard. These were items geared toward conservatives that angered mall officials more concerned about politics than business profits.

You think a pro-Obama kiosk would have been given the boot?

Life........who decides? Certainly not Newsweek

Note the headline on a recent Newsweek magazine cover:

Newsweek is not, by any means, a conservative publication.

Going back to the Reagan years, liberals have attempted to make political hay by portraying conservative Repubican policies as Grandma killers.

So it's a bit odd to read those liberal moonbats at Newsweek making  a "case for killing Granny."

Apparently knocking off Granny is justified when it's all part of ObamaCare.

In a nationally televised event in June of this year at the White House, President Obama said families need better information so they don't unthinkingly approve "additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care." He then added this infamous and revealing quote:

"Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."

In other words, just quietly crawl off into a corner and die.

Yeh, that's my kind of health care.

So because the great all-knowing Obamessiah says it's ok to just get rid of Granny, that's the cue for the MSM to jump on the euthanasia crusade.


is perfectly acceptable.

Newsweek Editor John Meacham admitted the cover was ridiculous, but so what!

"The issues surrounding end-of-life care are so uncomfortable that if our over-statement can prompt some conversations about this touchiest of subjects, then we will have done our job.”

Using the usually flawed logic of the nutjobs on the left, then it was more than appropriate for Sarah Palin to raise the issue of death panels. Got people talking, didn't it?

Yet  ANOTHER hypocrisy from the left is pointed out by
Ron Miller at Regular Folks United.

Today's front page- Pioneer Press in Minnesota

Kinda hurts all you Favre haters, doesn't it?


As I blog this, 8 of the 10 most viewed articles on the Pioneer Press website are about Sunday's come from behind win by Favre and the Vikings.

Here's the front page article by Tom Powers that has some interesting quotes.

Care to send a message to Congress about health care?

The NTU (National Taxpayers Union)  will help you do it.

The most powerful column you will read all week

It’s only Monday, but the following column by University of North Carolina criminology professor Mike Adams will be tough to top. This is just the opening:

"Hello Barry. I’ve decided to write you a few questions in response to the unsolicited emails I keep getting from Since most of your form emails concern health care I’ll confine most of my questions to one health-related subject: Abortion.

1. Did you know that about 150 young black people were admitted to Howard University School of Law this year? But, unfortunately, about 1370 black babies were aborted today. How can we effect “social justice” if the health profession kills far more blacks than the legal profession is currently accepting into its ranks?"

And that's just the beginning of a great piece.

This is a must-read.

So tell me again, the Olympics should come to Chicago...


Arrested, handcuffed, and jailed for.....buying cold medicine

In Wisconsin, as ridiculous as it sounds, you need to show a photo ID to purchase certain cold medicines, and you are limited to how much you can buy.

In Indiana, you also are only allowed to purchase a certain amount of cold medicine. Sally Harpold, who’s a grandmother found that out the hard way. According to the Trib Star of Terre Haute, Indiana:

“Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her husband at a Rockville pharmacy. Less than seven days later, she bought a box of Mucinex-D cold medicine for her adult daughter at a Clinton pharmacy, thereby purchasing 3.6 grams total of pseudoephedrine in a week’s time. Those two purchases put her in violation of Indiana law 35-48-4-14.7, which restricts the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, or PSE, products to no more than 3.0 grams within any seven-day period. When the police came knocking at the door of Harpold’s Parke County residence on July 30, she was arrested on a Vermillion County warrant for a class-C misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.”

The key is common sense, none of which is evident in this story.

Vermillion County Prosecutor Nina Alexander is quoted saying, “I’m simply enforcing the law as it was written.”

Good thing Alexander’s not out on there on Highway patrol. She’d been dragging in people going 56 in 55.

There’s more craziness.

Vermillion County Sheriff Bob Spence said he wants to extend a helping hand to, again, I mention, Harpold the grandmother.

“If there’s any way we can help her, we will,” Spence said.


Sounds like Barney Fife is in charge in good ol’ golly gee, Vermillion County. Alexander and Spence just might be the law enforcement boobs of the year.

Finally, read the story from the Trib Star. There is a key element to the story that is missing that quite frankly even a news intern would have caught, but somehow it got by the reporter and, in this case, her editor.

It’s Harpold’s age.

We know she’s a grandmother. My guess is that if we knew how old she was, it would make the Keystone Kops involved here look even more foolish.

Would this have happened in Franklin?

Last night, they turned out by the hundreds in West Bend to protest a 12% school tax increase.

Had that been Franklin, the School Board President's call for the vote would have been met by:

"Well, I guess so."

"I mean, there's no other way, really."

"The card they gave me when I walked in told me to vote yes."

"Is there any possibility that we could pay a bit more?"

"It's for the children and not the superintendent or administrators. The School Board would never think of giving them big fat raises."

CRG urges support for Scott Walker's 0% tax increase budget

CRG Network 


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No respect for human life

Topics talked about on WISN

A disgusting societal trend plagues America: a blatant disregard for human life. This evil ugliness found its way recently into quiet downtown Greendale.

I’ve not patronized the brand new National Baking in the village of Greendale on Broad Street yet, but I am told it has some tables and chairs that customers can sit at to have a schneck and some coffee.

About a week or so ago, a woman was sitting alone at a table when an elderly man plopped himself down in a chair across from her. He was gasping, and struggled to ask for help before he fell forward face down on the table.

The woman’s reaction? Without a word or hesitation, she stood up and left the bakery.

The man was having a heart attack. Someone eventually called for assistance.

You might be able to figure out why the not so Good Samaritan exited so quickly. She actually had the gall to confess to someone about what happened who then informed me that she “didn’t want to get involved.”

How incredibly appalling.

It takes a split second to yell for help.

It takes a few seconds to pull out a cell phone and dial 9-1-1. 

If you don’t have a cell phone, it takes only a few seconds to cry out and ask if anyone else can place an emergency call.

This woman up and left. That could have been your father, grandfather, uncle, friend or neighbor sprawled out on the table, possibly dying.

There is no excuse for this despicable non-action. The woman says she didn’t want to get involved. However, we’re not talking about an armed robbery in progress. An elderly man begged for help an instant before collapsing.

To be clear, National Baking has had a long history of excellent product and service. I place sole blame on the woman who turned her back on a fellow human being in need and do not discourage anyone from patronizing what I’m sure is another great National Baking store.

This example is not as horrific as another I blogged about and talked about extensively while subbing on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

During June of 2007, 27-year old LaShanda Callaway was stabbed to death inside a Wichita surveillance store. You can video of her attacker, 19-year old Cherish McCullough brandishing a knife after the stabbing, here.

As Callaway lay on the floor bleeding, other shoppers ignored her. One took a cell phone out and snapped a picture of her on the floor. Others stepped over her as they moved forward in the checkout line.

No one, not a customer or store employee bothered to call for help.  One female customer eventually pulled out a cell phone, not to call for help, but to take pictures of Callaway. Some reportedly found their way onto the Internet.

Callaway bled to death on the floor

McCullough was later found guilty of first degree murder.

Wichita Eagle columnist Mark McCormick wrote two outstanding pieces about the LaShanda Callaway murder and what it says about society that I highly recommend taking the time to read.

Recently on my blog, I posed the question, how rude is America? Seems the stronger, more important inquiry is, how heartless is America?

National Town Hall Meeting To Tell Congress: Hands Off My Health Care

Americans for Prosperity

Public Option Defeated in Senate Finance Committee

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Your home is no longer your castle

For some time, I have been blogging and commenting on radio and TV that anti-smoking zealots won’t be happy and won’t stop their crusade to trample on rights until they go after smokers in their homes.

That’s no joke. It’s now happening in Dallas.

This lawsuit needs to be tossed on its ear.

Making its way around the Internet, a new antiseptic


Would you be upset if your church...

Ordained a sex offender?

Plenty of people aren't happy.

Democrats keep abortion in health care

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Congratulations, and thank you, Mayor Taylor!

For the second year in a row, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has proposed, as he promised, a city budget with a property tax levy increase that is not greater than 3%. Taylor’s proposal calls for a levy increase of 2.9%.

No city employee is facing a layoff.

Not filling vacancies (two police and one firefighter) is not cutting. No police officers or firefighters are losing their jobs.

Franklin will survive cuts to the St. Martin’s Fair and the 4th of July celebration. Business donors, hopefully, will step forward to sponsor the events.

Just a week ago, Taylor announced at his listening session that if all the spending that was requested by city departments was approved, the tax levy increase would be 5.6%. His budget gets it down to 2.9%.

Overall, this is a fiscally responsible document that taxpayers should be happy about.

Somewhere, Alderman Lyle Sohns who knows more about budgets than anyone (or so he insinuated to me) is still shaking his head saying, “Three percent, it just can’t be done.”

Could aldermen like Sohns work to make the budget even better? I think they’re certainly capable.

As for the Franklin School Board.....

That's a hopeless case.

Remember when liberals kept calling President Bush an idiot?

For eight years they had a field day poking fun at the IQ of W. One of those travelling e-mails asks some interesting questions now that W is gone and the most intelligent person God ever put on this planet is now in the White House:

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?  

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?   

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?   

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky? 

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip? 

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as  to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it  was the fourth of May (Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he  tried again, would you have winced in  embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word advice would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and   potato e as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?     

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? 

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved? 

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? 

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 8 months -- so you'll have three years and four months to come up with an answer.

No one (that means blacks, too) should use the "N" word

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s race baiting columnist Eugene Kane writes out of both sides of his computer when it comes to the “N” word. Witness this portion of a November 2006 column:

“Why is it so wrong for a white guy to use the N-word when so many black
comedians and rappers throw it around with impunity?

It's a topic I've addressed for years, including regular conversations with teachers in Milwaukee and elsewhere who express their dismay at hearing the N-word used so frequently by African-American students in the hallways and on the fields and playgrounds.

My standard answer is to acknowledge the word's awesome power to demean and dehumanize when uttered by white folks but also to attempt to explain that for many blacks of my generation and younger, it's never been considered an insult when a black person uses it in greeting or even with affection.”

That’s sheer, unadulterated hypocrisy right there.

Eugene Kane needs to pay more attention to 11-year old Jonathan McCoy…..

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