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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.

The best cartoons of the week (09/01/12)

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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2012 POO Awards - Week 2

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/01/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 76.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Morning showers. High of 78. "B"

LABOR DAY MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 81. "A"

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

I am amazed how researchers continue to study canine behaviors.  It seems we just can’t get enough of results that tell us, “Dogs get us.”  We love trying to figure out what’s going on between those floppy or perky and often-scratched-behind ears of our four-legged friends.  We can’t help ourselves.  We consider them members of our family so why wouldn’t we want to know what they want and how they feel about us?  We can’t ask them directly so we turn to science, studies, and experiments.

140 years ago, Charles Darwin published “The Expression of Emotion in Men and Animals.”  (That’s way back in 1872 for you non-math majors.)  Since then we’ve continued to observe behaviors and “emotions” of animals and relate the findings to our own lives and interactions with our pets.

Even if NO research and evidence were available, most pet owners will surely tell you, “Of course my dog thinks I’m the greatest!”  No other creature loves us as purely and unconditionally as a dog does; not our spouses, friends, or children. 

From  “The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman's) best friend if a person is in distress. That distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.”


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Week-ends (09/01/12)


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


Michael Romano

Father-son team

Elio Villegas

Craig Schum

State trooper

Herman Cain

Dr. Ludwig Guttmann

Neil Armstrong


Ellen Barkin

Samuel Jackson


David Chalian

Chris Matthews

Ernest Addo


“President Obama’s never run a company. He hasn’t even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand”
Republican Party chairman Reince Preibus.

“Fifty-five years ago, when my dad was a penniless teenager, thank God some well-meaning bureaucrat didn’t put his arm around him and say ‘let me take care of you’”
Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz.

“And that is where this boy I met at a high school dance comes in. His name is Mitt Romney and you really should get to know him”
Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney.

“Tonight, we’re gonna do what my mother taught me. Tonight, we’re gonna choose respect over love”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“This is a moment – an election – of consequence. Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful” Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice.

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life”
Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

“My brother, well, I love my brother. He is a man of integrity, courage, and honour, and during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe. So, Mr President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies”
Florida Governor Jeb Bush, speaking about his brother, former President George W. Bush.

“I remember three and a half years ago when Mr Obama won the election, everyone was crying ... Oprah was crying. I was even crying. I haven’t cried that hard since I found out there’s 23 million unemployed people in this country”
Actor and director Clint Eastwood.

“Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband and a good father and, thanks to lots of practice, a good golfer ... Our problem is that he’s a bad president”
Senator Marco Rubio.

“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something”
Mitt Romney.

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family”
Mitt Romney.


GAB approves cell phone residency against staff advice


Better results for choice schools.


You'd think Clint Eastwood was running for Prez.


The PC Police strike again.


Inflation causes man to call police.

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

NewsBusted returns next week. So we'll close with this goodie from Andrew Klavan.

"The Poster"

Remember one of Paul Ryan's great lines at the RNC...

It has spawned an outstanding ad...

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Recommended Reading (09/01/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Republican convention will be tough act to follow

“Republicans in their national convention in Tampa set a pretty high bar for the Democrats for their gathering in Charlotte next week. The GOP program kept to the great issues of jobs, taxes, spending and entitlements at the core of the nation’s economic malaise and stayed away from the character assassination tactics at the heart of Democratic strategy so far in this presidential race.”

Desperate Democrats

"A sea of signs proclaiming ‘We Built It’ revealed the battle cry of last week’s Republican National Convention. We don’t need to wait for Los Angeles mayor and convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa to bring his gavel down in Charlotte on Tuesday to know the Democratic theme. It’s been clear for months: Republicans are waging a ‘war on women’ and only Democrats can end it.”

Ryan’s fact-challenged fact checkers

“Paul Ryan must have hit a home run last night – otherwise liberals wouldn’t be going bonkers right now. No sooner did he move his tingle-inducing chassis off the stage than the liberal blogosphere erupted in outrage, accusing him of being a maligner and a liar.”

Eastwood rightly mocks an empty chair presidency

"As performance shtick, it may not have come off perfectly. But judging from the reaction from those 'left of Lenin,' as 82-year-old Hollywood legend described it during a sort of surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention Thursday, it skewered our absentee president perfectly."

Paul Ryan’s college sweetheart speaks out

“Ryan has not shied away from issues of race. He told Milwaukee Magazine in 2005 that his political mentor the late Jack Kemp, who ran as the Republican vice-presidential candidate with Bob Dole against Bill Clinton and Al Gore in 1996 but was defeated, had ‘taught me a lot, too’ about broadening the Republican Party’s appeal to blacks.”

5 reasons "Negro Spotting" at the RNC is stupid

“Have you heard of "Negro Spotting?" It's a liberal game on Twitter. Libs see a black person at the Republican National Convention and they laugh and laugh at the hilarity! Why, there aren't a lot of black people there! That must mean Republicans are racist! Ha, ha, ha! This actually tells you a lot about how liberals think -- or more accurately, don't think.”


Obama's chair

Photos of the Week (09/02/12)

Photos of the Week

1) A local business owner takes down a sign in the French Quarter in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac in New Orleans, La., Aug. 27, 2012. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

2) Matthew Pettus holds a sheet open in the wind on the levee near Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches in New Orleans, Aug. 28, 2012. Photo: Chris Graythen / Getty Images

3) Andrew Sessoms sits on a park bench at a flooded beach as Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast in Waveland, Miss., Aug. 28. Photo: Dan Anderson / EPA

4) A man walks by a boarded-up business in the French Quarter as business owners prepare for tropical storm Isaac in New Orleans, La., Aug. 27, 2012. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

5) Research students from the University of Alabama measure wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac whips through New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 29 -- seven years to the day that Katrina struck. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

6) Dislodged homes and debris appear on the levee in the community of Braithwaite, La., along the Mississippi River, at left, after Hurricane Isaac, Aug. 30. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP

7) Houses are partially submerged in flood waters Aug. 31 after a Hurricane Isaac levee breach in Braithwaite, La. The breach occurred as Hurricane Isaac came on land Aug. 28. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac trudged north on Thursday and Gulf Coast residents started to mop up and assess damage, even as much of Louisiana was still flooded and without power. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

8) A tree lies atop a cemetery tomb in Plaquemines Parish, La., on Aug. 29. The parish, south of New Orleans, was the most heavily damaged by Isaac. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

9) Frank Story walks a boat into a flooded community to help a friend recover items from his home Aug. 31 in Reserve, La. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac crawled into the central U.S., leaving behind a soggy mess in Louisiana. It will be a few days before the water recedes and people in flooded areas can return home. New Orleans itself was spared, thanks in large part to a levee system fortified after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

10) Policeman Jeff Theriot carries 21-month-old Nicholas Parker as Lanedra Parker, the infant's mom, follows during an evacuation in Slidell, La., on Aug. 30. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters

11) Residents wait to buy groceries and supplies in Chalmette, La., on Aug. 30. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP

12) A cow is stuck in mud Aug. 31 as water pushes in from the Gulf of Mexico along highway Route 23 in Hurricane Isaac-hit Plaquemines Parish, La. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

13) Sherry Henson and Charmin Cosse try to save a cow along Highway 23 in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish on Aug. 30. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters

14) Nutria rodents pile up along the shore after Hurricane Isaac went through Waveland, Miss., Aug. 31. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters

15) Rhonda Hill and Scott Vanlin with his cat look at an old ship uncovered as the beach eroded during Hurricane Isaac in Fort Morgan, Alabama on Friday, August 31, 2012. The mystery vessel, which has been uncovered several times after hurricanes, is thought to be either a civil war blockade runner or a schooner used to run liquor during prohibition, according local news reports. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters

16) An activist carries a sign during a protest march in a downpour at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012. Photo: Adrees Latif / Reuters

17) A police officer orders a protester from the movement "99%ers" to not write slogans on the sidewalk during a rally in downtown Tampa before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on Sunday. Photo: Mladen Antonov / AFP - Getty Images

18) Darrell Young, left, a supporter of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul debates with Tonya Wieman, a supporter of President Barack Obama, as they protest outside the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida.  Photo; Joe Raedle / Getty Images

19) People bow their heads during the benediction at the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

20) Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gavels the 2012 Republican National Convention into session during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on Monday. The convention was then quickly put into recess and no further events were held. Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

21) The oldest delegate, former Montana Gov. Tim Bobcock, 93, and the youngest delegate 17-year-old Evan Robert Drain from Alexandria, Va., at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

22) A supporter of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul holds a poster in front of a sign that reads "We Can Do Better" during the start of the Republican National Convention Aug. 27, in Tampa, Florida.  Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

23) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin delegates react as Mitt Romney is nominated for the Office of the President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday. Photo: David Goldman / AP

24) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

25) Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images.

26) Sen. Marco Rubio is surrounded by reporters during a tour of the convention floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

27) Charlie Ryan, the son of Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, stands on the edge of the stage during a walk through ahead of his father's speech at the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 29. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

28) Liza Ryan, daughter of Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin checks out the podium microphone during a tour of the main stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

29) Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. Photo:  Win Mcnamee / Getty Images

30) Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan's wife Janna, left, sits next to his mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, during the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

31) Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, talks to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, while one of her grandsons goofs around with funny glasses during the Republican National Convention on Thursday. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

32) Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it were President Barack Obama as he endorses Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the Republican National Convention on Thursday in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

33) Mitt Romney greets supporters as he enters the auditorium to deliver his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of the Republican National Convention. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

34) Mitt Romney waves from the stage where he accepted the Republican presidential nomination during the final session of the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. Photo: Rick Wilking / Reuters

35) Mitt Romney, left, and Paul Ryan wave from center stage after accepting the GOP presidential and vice presidential nominations during the final day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday night. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Image

36) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, center, is greeted by his wife, Ann Romney and family as Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, right, is greeted by his wife, Janna Ryan and their family after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

37) Bradley Thompson, production manager for the Republican National Convention, left, proposes to his girlfriend Laura Bowman, a production coordinator, on the stage of the convention hall on Wednesday. Photo: David Goldman / AP

38) Texas delegate Patrick O'Daniel from Austin fashions a fighting doll of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on his hand during the Republican National Convention in on Wednesday. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

39) A convention-goer wears Stars and Stripes heels at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Aug. 28. Photo: Rick Wilking / Reuters

40) North Carolina delegate Ann Sullivan fashions buttons on her vest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

41) Dona Poelman from Racine, Wis. fashions accessories on her shirt at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday. Photo: David Goldman / AP

42) Texas Governor Rick Perry signs a delegate's cowboy hat during the Republican National Convention on Thursday. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

43) Parents and students try to find each other after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School, Aug. 27, in Perry Hall, Md.  Photo: Steve Ruark / AP

44) Fuel storage tanks are seen on fire at Amuay oil refinery in Punto Fijo in the Peninsula of Paraguana in Venezuela on Aug. 27. A fire burned for a third day in two fuel storage tanks at Venezuela's biggest refinery on Monday, putting in doubt plans to quickly restart the facility following an explosion that killed nearly 50 people. Photo: Marife Cuauro / Reuters

45) A handout picture by the Fire Department of Munich made available on August 29, 2012 shows firefighters walking past a burning protective wall after the controlled blasting of an unexploded WWII-era bomb in Munich, Germany, early on August 29. Photo: Feuerwehr Muenchen via EPA

46) Some of the more than 200 pieces of World War I ammunition which emerged from a melting glacier on a Trentino mountain peak are seen, Aug. 31. Each piece weighs between 7-10 kilos, and the 85-100 mm caliber explosive devices were found at an altitude of 3,200 meters, when a once-perennial glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak partially melted due to a recent heat wave that reached into Italy's highest peaks. Photo: Maffei Glauco / Trentino Italian / EPA

47) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Andrew Thomasson spreads his grandfather's ashes on Iwo Jima's Invasion Beach, Aug. 28, 2012. During the Battle for Iwo Jima, Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Oscar Thomasson's landing craft was destroyed while making its way to the island during the U.S. forces' initial assault. Thomasson ultimately survived the battle and went on to raise a family near Wichita, Kansas. He passed away December 22, 2006 at the age of 80. Photo: Reuters

48) Chinese paramilitary policemen jump up above their fellow officers' outstretched arms as they take part in a psychological training exercise in Tongling, Anhui province on August 28, 2012. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

49) President Barack Obama speaks to troops, service members and military families at the 1st Aviation Support Battalion Hangar at Fort Bliss Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

50) Apollo 11 Astronauts Michael Collins, left, and Buzz Aldrin talk at a private memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong, at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, Friday. Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA Handout via EPA

51) Tourists at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum look at the Apollo 11 Command Module on display in Washington, D.C., USA, on Friday. Photo: Pete Marovich / EPA

52) Saturn and its rings provide a backdrop for the planet's largest moon, Titan, in a true-color picture captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter on May 6. The photo was released last week. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

53) Greeks and tourists gather at the Roman Agora in Athens, which is open all night as part of a full-moon celebration on Aug. 31. A number of archaeological sites and museums around Greece opened at night, with events and concerts celebrating the second full moon of August, known as a "blue moon." Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP - Getty Images

54) Mauyak, a beluga whale at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, swims with her newly born calf at the aquarium's Abbott Oceanarium on August 27.  Photo: Brenna Hernandez / AP

55) A Greater Double-collared sunbird lands on an Aloe Arborescens flower in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 23. Photo: Nic Bothma / EPA

56) A rare albino hummingbird recently visited a Lake Waukomis home and it may still be in the Kansas City area, the Missouri Department of Conservation said. Nancy and Michael Morrison said they spotted the white hummingbird at the feeder at their home on Aug. 8 and it stuck around for several weeks. "I was pleased as punch to have her around," Nancy Morrison said. "She sure put some excitement in my days." Ruby-throated hummingbirds are typically metallic green with a bright red patch on their throats. They usually have black bills, eyes and legs. Morrison said this bird was white with a pink beak, pink legs and pink eyes. Hummingbird expert Bill Hilton Jr. analyzed photos of the bird and said it appears to be a true albino. He said they're extremely rare, with less than a handful of confirmed sightings every year. Photo: Linda Williams

Visitors look at giant panda Huan Huan at the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan, France on August 23. He is one of two pandas who arrived at the zoo last winter from China. Photo: Alain Jocard / AFP - Getty Images

Rain falls on center court after play was suspended on the first day of the 2012 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Photo: Larry W. Smith / EPA

59) United State's Jessica Long reacts after wining the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

60) Four new brides slide down a water slide in Poland for charity on Aug. 26. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help purchase a special wheelchair for an eight-year-old armless child. Photo: Marek Zakrzewski / EPA

61) Thailand has long been known as the massage capital of the world. Now it has a Guinness World Record to prove it after some 641 massage therapists mass-massaged 641 people simultaneously for 12 minutes to win the honor Thursday at an indoor arena in Bangkok. The event was organized by the Health Ministry to promote the Southeast Asian nation's massage and spa industry. Photo: Apichart Weerawong / AP

62) An 8-year-old boy in England could be up to $63,000 richer, thanks to a piece of solidified whale vomit he picked up on the beach. The chunk may look like a yellow-brownish rock, but it's actually a primo piece of ambergris, an expensive perfume ingredient that is, um, spewed out by whales. Charlie Naysmith stumbled upon the loaf-sized lump at Hengistbury Head, on the southern coast of England.  As far as Charlie was concerned, it was just a seaside curiosity. But after doing some research, he and his family determined that the curious lump could be worth somewhere between £10,000 and £40,000 ($15,850 to $63,350). Charlie is reportedly thinking about using the money to build a house for animals. Photo: Daily Echo via

63) People take part in the Tomatina feast or 'tomato fight' in Bunol, Valencia, Spain. Reports state that about 40,000 people from all over the world took part in the event in which participants throw tomatoes and engage in a 'tomato fight'. About 120 tons of tomatoes were thrown this year.  Photo: Manuel Bruque / EPA

64) A model presents a creation from designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's Spring/Summer 2013 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain on Friday, Aug. 31. Photo: Javier Lizon / EPA


65) Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker speaks to a crowd gathered to dedicate a statue of his likeness that will stand outside of Miller Park alongside those of Henry Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig. The ceremony was held Friday. Baseball legend Hank Aaron was there. Doc Severinsen, who played with the "Tonight Show" band when Bob Uecker would appear on the show with Johnny Carson, was part of the house band for the dedication. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photos: Gary Porter

Franklin Common Council to FINALLY vote on Meijer's


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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #201

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…this veal chop-lover wrestled with what to order at seafood specializing Harbor House.

The update: Thank you, Joe Bartolotta!

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Culinary no-no #294

Culinary no-no's



Oh, yeh, baby.

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, hot dog season ends on labor day having begun on Memorial Day. During that time,  Americans gobble up 7 billion hot dogs or 818 hot dogs every second.

If you want a great hot dog, you've got to go to a Major League Baseball park. Good gracious, I don't know what it is, maybe the atmosphere, but they always seem to taste notches better at a ballgame, like Arlington Stadium where the Texas Rangers play.


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I love the Navy, except for one day out of the year

March 17, 2012.

Dublin, Ireland.

The annual parade.

5 1/2 months before the Notre Dame-Navy game at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


The University of Notre Dame's O'Connell House in Dublin, Ireland, prepares for visitors ahead of the Sept. 1 Notre Dame-Navy football game in Aviva Stadium.


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How about Corporation Day?

Great opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal:

"Labor unions have had their day—for 130 years. It's high time we honored corporations with a national holiday. After all, unions aren't the engine of job creation in this country. Companies are."

Obama 2008 = Obama 2012

Seems to me I've heard that song before...

Obama at the bat

The latest from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm


Dear Residents,

Happy Labor day! 

After a warm Labor Day weekend, we now begin a new school year, and the start of NFL. For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer but it also historically celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. I send you this E-news with hopes and best wishes that you are gainfully employed, healthy and happy living in our community of Franklin.

Please see the attached E-News file in Pdf format and as always, feel free to pass it along, contact me about questions, addresses additions, changes or removal requests. I will do my best to respond as promptly as possible.


Kristen Wilhelm for Franklin's 3rd District
Authorized by Kristen Wilhelm

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E-mails, I get e-mails: 2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule

2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule
Charlotte , N.C.

**4:00 PM - Opening Flag Burning Ceremony - sponsored by CNN**
**4:05 PM - Singing of "God Damn America " led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright**
**4:10 PM - Pledge of Allegiance to Obama**

**4:15 PM - Ceremonial 'I hate America ' led by Michelle Obama**
**4:30 PM - Tips on "How to keep your man trustworthy and true to you while you travel the world" - Hillary Clinton**
**4:45 PM -Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar "How to have a successful career extorting money from white folks." **

**5:00 PM - "Great Vacations I've Taken on the Taxpayer's Dime Travel Log" - Michelle Obama **
**5:30 PM - Eliot Spitzer Speaks on "Family Values" via Satellite**
**5:45 PM - Tribute to All 57 States**

**6:00 PM - Sen. Harry Reid - 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat's appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for sparing no expense,  for all that they have accomplished to unify the country, improve employment and to boost the economy.*
*8:30 PM - Airing of Grievances by the Clintons
9:00 PM - "Bias in Media - How we can make it work for you" Tutorial - sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, and the Washington Post and the New York Times

9:15 PM - Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO - Michael Moore
9:45 PM - Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangel
10:00 PM - Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers

10:30 PM - Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ & Afghanistan
11:00 PM - Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
11:15 PM - "Free Gov. Blagojevich" rally

11:30 PM - Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM - Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish - Obama Presiding
12:00 AM - Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris "He sends a thrill up my leg" Matthews

12:01 AM - Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior
12:05 AM - Celestial Choirs Sing
3:00 AM - Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech

Here is the actual list of leftist speakers.

And some big names won't be there.

Meijer debate brings out the worst

Tonight the Franklin Common Council meets to consider several resolutions that would allow for the construction of a new Meijer’s store at Highway 100 and Loomis Road. I wholeheartedly support this addition to Franklin, the new consumer option and all the jobs it would bring, and I would feel the same way if it were across the street from my house.

The Facebook page for Franklin Today has posted a flier left in Franklin mailboxes over the weekend near the proposed Meijer’s site.

Photo: Just got this flier on my mailbox today. I'm somewhat concerned about the assertions and assumptions being made about this project. Fun Fact: When Target was proposed back in 2008 (I believe), the wealthier residents living directly across from Target had similar concerns to those presented in this flier. Did those living near the proposed Meijer today really care about them back then? I wouldn't say so - people wanted to shop at Target closer to their homes. In addition to this, what we learned about Target, and what we should learn about Meijer if they get the opportunity to build in Franklin, is that a lot of the concerns simply never materialize.

As you can see, all the usual (phony) arguments are mentioned among the scare tactics in the flier, none of them substantiated or based in fact.

Whoever is responsible for this creation of fiction is petty, small-minded, not at all visionary, and quite ignorant. This kind of action and mentality is preventing Franklin from progressing as a community and is highly embarrassing to the entire city and all of its residents.

The latest pro-life news (09/04/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Democrats X out God

From the Catholic League.

On his radio program today, Rush Limbaugh said the DNC would resemble...



He wasn't kidding.

Are you better off? Democrats wrestle with a simple question

The year is 1980...


32 years later, Democrats still struggle with the simple yes or no question.

Then (2008) vs. now (2012)


his is before the $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January 2013.

16 trillion deficit - government spending has rocketed to more than 25% of GDP from 21.4%, the largest peacetime expansion of government spending in U.S. history

Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has more than tripled

Net 316,000 jobs lost – truly a jobless recovery

8.3% jobless rate - 42 months of 8%-plus unemployment versus 6.1% in August 2008, and unemployment below 5% in 2007

Proportion of the labor force employed now at a 30-year low

39% drop in median net worth to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 (latest data available from the Federal Reserve)

8% drop in average annual income

Nearly one-third of mortgages are underwater

1.5 million homes in or nearing foreclosure

US multinational companies increased employment overseas by 2.4 million from 2000 to 2009, even as they cut US workforce by 2.9 million.


  • Unemployment: 7.8% then, 8.3% now
  • Median income: $54,983 then, $50,964 now
  • Gas prices: $1.85 per gallon then, $3.78 now
  • National debt: $10.6 trillion then, $15.9 trillion now

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What they won't talk about at the DNC.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Let's discuss and explain teacher unions


School is back in session, so...

An update:

Unions Force Milwaukee Public Schools to Return Grant Money

 By Josiah Cantrall
Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute

If you consistently outperform your co-workers, isn't it fair to expect some form of compensation or acknowledgement? When your employer recognizes your work ethic and success, it means something - even if it's just an "employee of the month" award or a twenty-five cent raise.

Performance based bonuses are not something new, they are actually the norm in nearly every industry excluding one-- public education. Recently the Milwaukee Public School system was awarded a $10 million federal grant to be used over a five year period. It would have allowed the district to experiment with a performance based compensation model free of charge. Because of opposition from the teachers union, however, the district was forced to return the money and cancel the program. Under the grant's terms, the money could not be used without their approval. When is the last time any teacher or school district actually turned down free money??

In the aftermath of Act 10, it would seem logical for teachers to support any attempts to increase their pay. After all, just this summer Governor Walker was accused of declaring war on teachers because of reductions in their salaries and benefits. Now that their take home pay has been reduced, teachers, especially the good ones, deserve hard earned bonuses. Right?

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Wednesday night summer rerun: Are you ready for some football??!!


The NFL season begins TONIGHT!

Here’s one of the highlights from the 2011 season.

The goons continue to harass at the state Capitol

During last weekend’s broadcast of InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television, one of the topics was about the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who promised to aggressively go after protesters in the Capitol building, a marked departure from his predecessor who let anything go the past 20 months when angry mobs and hooligans took over and damaged that beautiful structure. In so doing, they obstructed average citizens who wanted to conduct legitimate business.

As we discussed this item on television, I noted it was about time we had a police chief who actually enforced the law, that during the chaos in the Capitol, my colleagues were hit with death and sexual assault threats. The liberals on the other side of the studio, Joel McNally and Denise Callaway, the supposedly warm and caring folks, shrugged it off. Denise scoffed and Joel literally laughed, laughed at me. I immediately scolded them that threats to kill and rape are nothing to laugh about.

One assumes because they don’t see the video every night on the 10:00 news of protesters that everything has quieted down in Madison. That’s not the case. Scumballs continue to harass people working in the building.

Last week, new Capitol Police Chief David Erwin wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller that read in part:

“One issue that has been brought to my attention by a number of legislative staff, but has not been openly discussed, is the harassment by several regular protestors. Legislative staff have pulled me aside to share their personal stories of having individuals go behind the desk of female employees in a threatening manner, screaming in the face of those who work in the Capitol, and following women out of the building as they try to leave while screaming profanities. My officers have heard the same complaints, yet people are hesitant to come forward because they don't want to be perceived as anti-freedom of speech.

“This type of harassment has also been directed at members of the Capitol press corps, as many recently confirmed when I met with them for ‘get to know the chief’ interviews on August 27. We have received information that a regular protester has walked past the office of the Capitol press corps yelling such things as ‘yellow journalism’ and ‘Wisconsin State urinal.’

“The taunting reached a low point when a protestor began to sing songs about the passing of a reporter's loved one outside the office. The song focused on being glad that their father had passed, and was heard by members of the press corps. The harassment has risen to the level that this individual has left the State Capitol Building. This news organization (the Wheeler Report) has been part of the press corps for 40 years, and it seems unfortunate that the harassment has risen to a level where they can no longer conduct routine business in the Capitol. This incident will be moving through the legal system in the near future, and I expect you will hear more about the case once it has been filed.

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My oh my, do those Democrats love big, fat government!

DNC video:

It's true!

It's true!

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Pro-life group to broadcast abortion survivor ad during last night of DNC


Every Monday I post a pro-life news update. Part of the update back on September 12, 2011 included this piece from Wisconsin Right To Life: 

A double dose of the great Rick Santelli from CNBC

Former President Bill Clinton nominates Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on 09.05.12. Photo: David T. Foster III- Charlotte Observer

Of course the mainstream media and various pundits went orgasmic, not to mention a former intern.

Let's bring in CNBC's Rick Santelli with the first of two videos.


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MUST-SEE VIDEO: The warm, fuzzy, open, all-inclusive Democrat Party

And there's this...


Goodnight everyone and have a love, sweet love weekend!


Official Hal David Website


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The best cartoons of the week (09/08/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail


Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/08/12)

The Barking Lot


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

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

TODAY:  Early risers will wake up to temperatures around 52 degrees. Today will be sunny, but we'll only hit 69 for a high. The normal high is 73.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 69.  "C"

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

Clearly taking after her mommy, Kyla loves dogs.  She loves animated dogs on TV, she loves her stuffed dogs, and she loves every single dog taking its morning or evening constitutional in our subdivision.  Last summer she wanted to pet the pups as they walked past our house, but she just wasn’t brave enough once she got within arm’s length of them.  I didn’t push the issue; I knew eventually her desire would overcome her fear. 

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2012 POO Awards - Week 3

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

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Badger football fans, you have to go back to 2005

From the Wall Street Journal:


The last time Wisconsin played a road game against a major-conference team outside the Big Ten (excluding bowls). The 13th-ranked Badgers are at Oregon State today.

Week-ends (09/08/12)


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


Kyle Klapperich

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Brad Snyder

Earl Jones

Hero teacher


William Larry Swilling

Moriah Wilson


Leaders and some delegates at the DNC


Sorry PETA!

Marisol Simoes

Nathan Portnoy


"You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.”
President Obama at the DNC referring to the British taking offense to Republican challenger Mitt Romney's assessment of the Summer Olympics.

"All they have to offer is the same prescription they've had for the last thirty years: Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!"
President Obama at the DNC

"I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now. Yes, our path is harder - but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer - but we travel it together. We don't turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth."
President Obama at the DNC

"You want to know whether we're better off? I've got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."
VP Biden to a crowd in Detroit

"Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago."
Senator John Kerry at the DNC

"In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president's re-election was pretty simple: 'We left him a total mess, he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.' "
Bill Clinton at the DNC

"President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No president - not me or any of my predecessors could have fully repaired all the damage he found in just four years. But conditions are improving and if you'll renew the President's contract you will feel it. ... I believe that with all my heart."
Bill Clinton at the DNC

"If you're a donor to President Obama's campaign, you were promised exclusive access to Joe Biden – and for an extra $10,000 absolutely no access to Joe Biden."
Conan O'Brien

"What a difference four years makes. At the last Democratic Convention the theme was 'hope and change' this time it’s 'hope you don’t make a change.'"
Jay Leno

"There are reports that nine of the hotels being used for politicians at the Democratic National Convention have bedbugs. When asked what it’s like to have to deal with thousands of ruthless bloodsuckers, the bedbugs were like, 'Eh, it's OK.'"
Jimmy Fallon

"The Democratic Convention is $27 million in debt. They had to cancel the kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A speedway is the perfect place for the Democratic Convention. You go around in circles, turn left every few seconds, and you end up right where you started."
Jay Leno

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”
Clint Eastwood in an interview with the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper


Over 80 million NOT IN LABOR FORCE.


Goons continue to harass at the state Capitol.


Michelle's dress.



Not the typical marriage proposal.

That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 

Recommended Reading (09/08/12)

Recommended Reading

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

Eastwood says his convention appearance was 'mission accomplished'

“Back at his hotel, Eastwood had a room service dinner and went to bed. The next morning, he got up early and went straight to the airport, still unaware that his appearance was the No. 1 political topic in the nation.

‘I read the Tampa newspaper, and every article said something negative about the convention, but there wasn’t much about me,’ Eastwood said.

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Photos of the Week (09/09/12)

Photos of the Week

1) People pray during the 'Charlotte 714' prayer service at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Sept. 2, in Charlotte, N.C. The group gathered to celebrate and reinforce Christian values during the week of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

2) People walk past a sand sculpture of Barack Obama on a street in Charlotte ahead of the Democratic National Convention on Monday. Photo: treeter Lecka / Getty Images

3) Protesters face off with law enforcement officers and block the road during a march outside the Charlotte Convention Center on Sept. 4, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters marched through the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

4) Occupy Demonstrators move through downtown Charlotte in an unscheduled protest march on Tuesday. Photo: Chuck Burton / AP

5) An Occupy Demonstrator takes a photo with his mask during an unscheduled protest march, on Sept. 4, in Charlotte, N.C. Photo: Chuck Burton / AP

6) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi waves to delegates with women from the House of Representatives on the stage behind her at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

7) Attendees hold signs that say "1.1 Million Auto Jobs Saved" during a speech by Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers (UAW), at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

8) People hold signs that read "OUR: Healthcare. Choice. Vote." as Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening. Photo: Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

9) Adrianna Howard argues with protestors during an abortion protest outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Wednesday. Photo: Ben Earp / AP

10) Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas waves to the delegates as she arrives to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

11) First Lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

12) Former president  Bill Clinton speaks at the DNC. Photo: Brian Van Der Brug, LA Times

13) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday. Photo: Brian Van Der Brug, LA Times

14) U.S. President Barack Obama
kisses first lady Michelle Obama after giving his acceptance speech on Thursday. Photo: CNN

Confetti fills the hall after President Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Brian Van Der Brug LA Times.

16) Kelly Jacobs from Mississippi wears a shirt depicting President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 4. Photo: Michael Reynolds / EPA

17) Texas delegate Trista Allen from Fort Worth wears a little cowboy hat at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. Photo: David Goldman / AP

18) Jennifer Minich of Kent, WA wears a homemade hat of the state of Washington during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

19) Massachusetts delegate Stephen Driscoll attends the second session of the Democratic National Convention wearing an Obama tie on Sept. 5.  Photo: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

20) Clayton County (Ga.) Sheriff's Deputy John Strutko dances as he directs traffic Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C., during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Mike Stewart / AP.  Another sheriff's deputy puts a bit of creativity into directing traffic as people arrive for the second day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

21) In the foreground is a sign marking the waterline from Hurricane Katrina in Don Duplantier's home in Braithwaite, La., on Sept. 2., but floodwaters from Isaac went all the way up to the second floor. Duplantier retrieved his cat and collected his daughter's bridesmaid dress for the upcoming wedding of his son. Photos: Gerald Herbert / AP

22) Vice Prime Minister of Israel Silvan Schalom, right, and President of the National Olympic Commitee Zvi Varshaviak take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the commemoration plate for the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, Sept. 5. The ceremony took place in front of the house where the Israeli team stayed during the Olympic Games, in Munich, southern Germany. Photos: Peter Kneffel / AFP - Getty Images and Joerg Koch / AP

23) Firefighters find themselves in a life-threatening situation as they use hoses to fight a forest fire in Quinta da Sobreira, central Portugal, on Sept. 4. Photo: Nuno Andre Ferreira / EPA

24) The 7th annual Brides Walk Against Domestic Violence began at 8th and Mitchell streets in Milwaukee Saturday. Several victims spoke before the march about their experiences. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears

25) A man covers an art piece by Beijing-based artist Chi Peng with paper after government officials from the cultural bureau deemed it unfit for display before the inauguration of the SH Contemporary Art Fair at the Shanghai Exhibition Center on September 6, 2012.  Censorship of political content has long been a feature of the Chinese art world under Communist Party rule, but gallery owners and artists at SH Contemporary were told on Thursday that city officials were being extra careful ahead of a once-a-decade leadership transition set to take place in Beijing next month. Photo: Reuters

26) The Tribute of Light is seen from The 9/11 Memorial on Sept. 6 in New York as technicians test the lights for the upcoming anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Photos: John Makely, NBC News

27) NASA's Sunita Williams appears to reach out toward the sun in a picture taken by Japan's Aki Hoshide during a Sept. 5 spacewalk at the International Space Station. Photo: NASA / JAXA

28) Swirls of green and red appear in an aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon on Sept. 3, 2012 in this NASA handout image. The aurora was due to the interaction of a coronal mass ejection from the sun with earth's magnetosphere. The CME left the sun on Aug. 31 and arrived on Sept. 3. Photo: Reuters

29) An African penguin is washed with a toothbrush by staff at the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) after it was found covered in oil on Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 5. Photo: Schalk Van Zuydam / AP

30) Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large, an exhibition of 34 striking images of moths, opens Sept. 29 at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition displays the arresting beauty and surprising diversity of moths from Ottawa-based photographer Jim des Rivières. Here's an An Io Moth (Automeris io) with a wingspread of 64 millimeters.

31) Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion celebrates his team's upset win over Wisconsin Saturday, 10-7. Photo: AP

32) France's David Labarre, center, vies for the ball against Spain's Youssef El Haddaoui Rabii, left, and Marcelo Rosado Carrasco during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 6. France won 2-0. Photo: Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images

33) Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil runs as her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana lies on the track after he fell in the Women's 400m - T12 Final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Sept. 4, in London, England. Photo: Julian Finney / Getty Images

34) Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana lie on the track after falling in the Women's 400m - T12 Final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Sept. 4, in London, England. Photo: Christopher Lee / Getty Images

35) Blind Brazilian runner Terezinha Guilhermina and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana react after crossing the finish line to win the Women's 100m T11 final at the Paralympic Games in London on Wednesday night. 24 hours earlier Guilhermina's bid for 400m glory was derailed when Soares de Santana tripped on the home straight (See previous two photos). Blind or partially-sighted athletes are permitted to use a guide runner in Paralympic races, but the guide is never permitted to cross the finish line before the blind runner. At the 2012 Games, guides became eligible for medals for the first time.  Photo: Kerim Okten / EPA

36) Venezuala's Jesus Aguilar holds up his wheelchair after crashing just before the finish line of the men's 800m T53 round 1 heat 2 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 4. Photo: Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images

37) USA's Nicholas Taylor (R) and David Wagner (L) on their way to winning gold in the Wheelchair Tennis Mens Doubles final on centre Court at Eton Manor in the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photo: Gerry Penny / EPA

38) Britain's Jonnie Peacock, second from left, wins the men's 100m T-44 final ahead of South Africa's Amu Fourie, left, Richard Browne of the U.S. and South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, right, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 6. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

39) German Chancellor Angela Merkel drinks beer in a beer tent during a fair in Abensberg, southern Germany, on Sept. 3, 2012. Merkel and her government have insisted that the key to resolving the eurozone's debt crisis is for struggling countries to cut their budget deficits and pursue structural reforms such as liberalizing labor markets. Photo: Lennart Preiss / dapd via AP

40) Every year on Sept. 6 a villager from Guadix dresses as an oddball character called 'Cascamorras' and travels 1.8 miles to the village of Baza, accompanied by a team of representatives, to stage an attempt to recapture the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. The people of Baza dirty their faces and wait with colored water and eggs to pelt the intruders, thus staining the clothes of Cascamorras and ensuring his failure. People covered in black grease celebrate the traditional festivities of Cascamorras in Baza, Spain, Sept. 6. Photo: Jorge Guerrero / AFP - Getty Images

41) We routinely run a photo of a model. This next photo isn't one of those typical pictures. Model Maja Salamon works on her geometry homework backstage at the Jill Stuart Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week September 8, 2012. Maja is in her final year of high school in her native Poland. Photo: Andrew Kelly / Reuters

42) Six-year-old quadruplets from Shenzhen in southern China had their hair shaved into various numbers before they went to school for the first time, Agence France Presse reports. Their parents decided to mark them with 1, 2, 3, 4 on their heads — in the order that they were born — to make it easier for teachers and classmates to tell them apart. Photo by AFP - Getty Images made available September 6.

43) My nephew, Aaron Fischer (R) competed in Saturday's Tough Mudder event. Aaron said, "Yeah it was pretty brutal, especially when you have the flu. I'm all torn up and cut up and I'm sure I'll be sore for days. The shocks hurt pretty bad, my legs would buckle and I'd fall. I was surprised." Photo: Facebook.


Photographer Giles Duley is back.

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Are you ready for some (a little) football?

Here’s something to think about as you watch the NFL today. A typical contest runs a little over three hours. However, game action, when the ball is actually in play, doesn’t amount to all that much.

So, in the time it takes to listen to these NFL Films classics, you will have seen an entire NFL game.

Packer loss today to SF is not surprising

In addition to San Francisco's tough defense, here's why.

Culinary no-no #295

Culinary no-no's



This week on Culinary no-no:

Jeanette MacDonald - True Confessions Magazine [United States] (May 1932)

Now don’t get all hot and bothered. This isn’t going to be some steamy tell-all. I will, however, make a bona-fide concession that involves food.

“Hey, Kev, you’ve blogged about how your wife inspired Culinary no-no with her preference of ketchup on brats. Recently you mentioned how you will sprinkle A-1 on your scrambled eggs and how some people may consider that a no-no. So, are there any other quirks in your diet that might fall under this Category? Inquiring minds want to know. Come clean, Kev!”

Fair enough. Now stay with me, Culinary no-no lovers.

About 15-20 years ago, I met a woman who was an authentic sweetheart, nicer than nice. As is so often the case, especially in this day and age, when a woman is the real deal, the significant other tends to be a real schmoe leading to the obvious observation: What’d she ever see in him ( I’m reading some of your minds and believe me, I begged Jennifer not to marry me, but would she listen?).

In this particular case, the woman’s husband wasn’t mean, cruel, or a bum. He was just a putz, a knuckle-dragger, a bit uncouth.

I recall the guy relating to me in front of his extremely deferential and saintly wife that there was a  rule in their house.  Ok, listen up, you wives reading and see how long you’d put up with this guy’s demand.

Upon his arrival at home from work on Friday, there were to be at his recliner in front of the TV two of these...

Two of these...

And one of these...

When he walked in, when he sat down. She always cheerfully obliged.

Ever go out on a Friday night for dinner?


No fish fries?


She ever get to pick, the menu?


For all I know this is still going on.


What kind of hubby are ya?

Pick up your own fish sandwiches on the way home!

Can you believe that guy?

And way-too-nice-wife, when do you  put your foot down and say, no more?

Fast forward to not too many weeks ago.

Alright, I know I’m overweight. My doctor has informed me I need to lose 20 pounds. But I’m quite the specimen for my age if I do say so myself.

My cholesterol has never been in question. It’s been registered as low as 57, with 200 the worry point. When it started to creep upward, I made a conscious decision to cut back on a favorite of mine: Egg McMuffins, Sausage Egg McMuffins, Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuits, any equivalents from Hardees, or a Croissantwich from Burger King.

No more indulging 3 times a week on McGreasies.

Then, as the Sandpipers sang decades ago, come Saturday morning.

Here’s a guess that I’m like most humans that while diet-conscious to a certain degree feel they deserve a reward (cheating) if they’ve behaved themselves for an extended period. Early Saturday at the Fischer household, we’re putting the finishing touches on blogs like “The Barking Lot” and “Week-ends.”

While those blogs are in final production, lovely Jennifer now offers to make a weekly run, where else, but to the biggest culinary target on the planet…

The #1 priority is our Kyla who usually gets...

But Daddy never seems to say no.

So darling Jennifer, love of my life drives to 76th and Rawson to pick up my order at the Golden Arches, like clockwork, consistently, week after week.

Uh oh.

Rewind the tape.


What kind of hubby are ya?

Pick up your own fish sandwiches on the way home!

Can you believe that guy?

And way-too-nice-wife, when do you put your foot down and say, no more?

I would submit the Fischer weekly ritual is not the same as the filet-o-fish fiasco.

Even so, my mind wanders to an old M*A*S*H episode. It's from the 11th and final season of the popular series. In "Strange Bedfellows," Hawkeye and B.J. deal with Winchester's allergy-induced bout of snoring. Later...

Winchester is having a conversation with...

Father Francis Mulcahy.

Charles: I'm afraid there is the possibility—slim though it be—that I...snore.

Mulcahy:  Snore. Oh. Good heavens, Major. What...courage it took to admit that.

Charles: Well, Father, I'm afraid you don't understand. See, all my life I've harbored a secret dread that I may not be worthy of my name, that I may not be good enough to be a Winchester. What if all this malarkey is true, that I do...snore like a common factory worker. What if that's just the tip of the iceberg? What if there are even more vulgar traits lurking just underneath the surface? Today...snoring. Tomorrow, sitting in front of a TV with a cold brew watching roller derby. What if—perish the thought—I am actually the same as everybody else? I couldn't live with that.

Mulcahy: Speaking as one whose ancestors were factory workers and who like roller derby and a good brew, do I understand you to say that if you can't be better that me, then there's no point in living?

Charles: Well, don't take it personally, Father.

Mulcahy: Why should I take it personally? By the way, did I ever tell you about the time I was thrown out of the seminary dorm for snoring?

Charles: Uh...

Mulcahy: The truth of the matter is you're not superior to any of us whether you snore or not.

Charles: Shh!

Mulcahy: And at times like this, I'm not even sure you're equal.

Indeed, what if there are even more vulgar traits lurking just underneath the surface? Perish the thought.



Organic not so good after all.

Eat them before they eat everything.

Restaurant automatically tacks on tip. Normally I have no complaint. But in this case...

Why do we waste food?

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A better future for Wisconsin

The latest pro-life news (09/10/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life.

And Bravo, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois).

"It's for the children"

Yeh, right.

Parents and children walk past picketing teachers outside Ray Elementary School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Ray is one of the open schools for the displaced students.

Parents and children walk past picketing teachers outside Ray Elementary School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Ray is one of the open schools for the displaced students. Photo: Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 10, 2012


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Killing America's most wanted man

In case you missed it Sunday night, and just in time for the anniversary of 9/11…

A 9/11 tradition on This Just In...

A giant of a man, Rick Rescorla.

Please, please take the time to read about this gentleman who deserves to be immortalized by Hollywood.


What will you do this September 11th?

Join the movement.

Who could possibly vote against a tribute to the 9/11 victims?

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FLASHBACK: Tammy Baldwin Voted Against 9/11 Tribute in 2006

By Collin Roth

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #291

Culinary no-no's


Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Crime update from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

by Franklin Police Department on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:58pm

Recently, the city of Franklin and other municipalities have seen an increase in residential Burglaries.  In some cases, a Burglary is being committed by suspect(s) because the opportunity presented itself, because a homeowner left their garage door open, residence unlocked, etc.  Franklin neighborhoods have also experienced forced entry Burglaries where an exterior door is defeated, window is pried open, or a patio door is smashed in order to gain entry. The time frame in which these incidents are occurring are during the day and evening hours.

 Please remember to lock your vehicles at night, close your garage door, and make sure all entry ways that lead into your residence are locked.  Additionally, leave your exterior lights on as this illuminates your residence and makes it harder for a thief to conceal themselves.  Lastly, report suspicious people, vehicles, or noises while it is occurring.  The non-emergency number for the Franklin Police Department is (414) 425-2522.

by Franklin Police Department on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 3:33pm

On Monday, 09/10/12, the Franklin Police Department arrested a 19 year old for Burglary to a residence.  A citizen witness called the police department after they observed a suspect leaving a residence in the 3300 Block W Minnesota Ave.  The suspect taken into custody had warrants for his arrest involving previous Burglary investigations with other jurisdictions. Property was recovered and the suspect was taken into custody by dayshift officers at Franklin PD.  Thank you to the citizen who called in the information.

See more post like these by following the Franklin Police Department on their Facebook page.

Kristen Wilhelm

E-mails, I get e-mails: The empty chair

Initially Democrats had a field day ridiculing Eastwood's routine
with the empty chair. It appears Eastwood may have been somewhat more clever than they anticipated.

Look at what his routine spawned:National Empty Chair Day!


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UPDATE: "It's for the children"

Previously on This Just In...

The update...the real losers.

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Yes, by all means, let's talk about "tax fairness"

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Citizen Action Launches Tax “Fairness” Effort, Employs Tax Delinquent

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Wednesday night summer rerun: We love our pets


Regular This Just In readers know my wife and I collaborate on a weekly dog blog every Saturday morning, The Barking Lot. One of the features is a video of the week (sometimes more than one) that’s newsworthy, informational, evokes emotions, or some combo of the previously mentioned.

One of my favorites was posted on The Barking Lot (08/06/11) examined the incredible bond we have with animals as pets. Pay close attention for the surprise ending.
Scroll down for the video.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Phony fact-checkers


The credibility of so-called “fact-checkers” has come into question, especially after their quick accusation that Paul Ryan was a liar when he was not. The fact that fact-checkers are not always factual is nothing new.

Wednesday night summer rerun: Listeners, please fill in the blank

Topics talked about on WISN


When doing a radio talk show, I try to get the audience to think. While filling in at Newstalk 1130 WISN last December, I posed a rather serious open-ended question to listeners.

Obama sounds a lot like Jimmy Carter

Can Game 2 of an NFL season be a must-win situation?

You better believe it.

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

Henry David Thoreau

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.

For the past 89 weeks or so we’ve been nostalgic. On occasion we get very contemporary with new music. Such is the case tonight. So sit back, relax, enjoy.

We begin with bassist-extraordinaire Brian Bromberg. The website writes:

“Few are the bass players who the average music fan can name. There are simply not that many who stand out as more than a member of the rhythm section, however tight. Paul McCartney. Sting. Bootsy Collins. Tony Levin. Gene Simmons. These may be the greater part of a list that, for most, is no larger than one hand long. Shorter still is the list of bassists who can take their playing one step further.Brian Bromberg is one such bass player. Having originally begun his musical career on drums, Bromberg soon switched to classical upright bass. Though this switch was more or less his choice, Bromberg's next musical move was more demanded than decided: in order to get a gig with Stan Getz's band, Bromberg dropped the upright, picked up an electric four-string and, leaving home on his 19th birthday, started down his own musical road less taken. Since then, Bromberg has played with a long list of musical giants, from Stan Getz to James Moody, from Diane Schurr to Nancy Wilson. He has also been heard (and seen) in many popular films and programs, from The Fabulous Baker Boys to Melrose Place.”

One of three Bromberg albums released this summer is “Compared To That.” Of the title track, Bromberg says, “I
t sounds like ‘60s-‘70s nightclub jazz. It absolutely has that vibe.”


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The best cartoons of the week (09/15/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne


The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/15/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  As we post, here in God's country (Franklin) as the sun rises, it's about 50 degrees. A bit nippy for early risers, but we're headed for a sunny high of 74.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. Some reports have a high of 80. We'll call it 77.  "A"  Get out and enjoy this wonderful weekend!

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

Growing up, my family did not own Ninja-style stealth dogs.  We could hear them easily before we saw them thanks to the “tinkle tinkle” sound of the tags on their collars but mostly because of the “clickety clack” of their paws on our floors.  Their toe nails gave them away Every.  Single.  Time.  They didn’t stand a chance trying to sneak up on us even if they wanted to.

My Basenji was particularly NOT fond of having her nails cut.  She was a pristine little lady in many respects but was never up for a “pawdicure.”  (Sure, she let me POLISH her nails but only because she knew the clipper was nowhere in sight.)  Her not-terribly-large-or-muscular body could put up QUITE a struggle (think greased pig!) when it was time to trim.  We used to have to literally wait for her to fall into a deep sleep and then snip a couple before she awoke.  Fortunately for her, this did not exist when she was with us.  I can guarantee you that would NOT have been the answer to our dilemma!

If you’ve ever owned a dog with NailTrimAPhobia you can completely relate.  Still, it’s a very important aspect of your pet’s overall heath.  While it might be easier to let your groomer handle the task, you can certainly try to accomplish this at home.  Perhaps some of these tips (no, a bad pun was NOT intended) will make it easier and less stressful for everyone involved.  GOOD LUCK!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, plus dog news you can use.

UPDATE: WI dog attack case.

A town considers banning dogs,

Read where
dog-walking has been banned.

Airline refuses to fly military dog hero.

Mourning Brenna.

Capitan...incredibly loyal.

A dog's hero on the radio.

Ellie is 9 years old. Read what Ellie can do.

Stem-cell therapy
 helps dogs get years back.

Expected temperament in dogs:  What works and what doesn't.

 is one big dog.  So is this.

Reasons to love a mutt.

That’s it for DOGS IN THE NEWS.


Of course...

Kevin Doorlag stands with his dog Zeus in Otsego, Mich. The Great Dane is now officially the world's tallest canine according to the record book. The 3-year-old measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder. Standing on his hind legs, Zeus measures 7-foot-4. (AP Photo/Guinness World Records 2013 Book, Kevin Scott Ramos, HO)

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by. If you know a fellow dog lover, and you know you do, please tell 'em about us.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Six-year-old Leo suffers from multiple brain aneurysms, having collapsed at the age of 3. That’s when doctors found a large bulge in one of the cranial blood vessels.

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2012 POO Awards - Week 4

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

Week 2

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Week-ends (09/15/12)


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


Chris Stevens

Glen Doherty

Ronald and Robert Fazio

William Ruth

Amanda Connors

Patrick Canney

Andiry Kostash

Julian Connerton


The Obama administration

The news media

Armin and Jeremy Wand

Judge Juan Colas

Kevin Kennedy


The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
Full Embassy statement on 9/11.

"The Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
Mitt Romney

“This is not a response to the administration, to the American people. The cause of the unrest was a video. The reason there is unrest is because of the film. “We have no evidence to suggest a pre-planned attack.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

The Obama/Biden record is truly indefensible. Today, 23 million Americans are out of a job or underemployed, 47 million Americans are on food stamps, and the poverty rate is headed toward its highest point in 50 years. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the leaders who know we can do better – for the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must do better.”
Gov. Scott Walker in a statement as Vice President Joe Biden visited Eau Claire to speak on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“The teachers average $76,000 a year in the salary. That is the highest of any big city in the country. The average person who pays taxes in Chicago, their average salary is $47,000. Teachers are making 50 percent more than those supporting them, on average They have been offered a 16 percent hike in wages at a time of high unemployment, desperation. And they turn it down. Why? They don't want tampering with the health benefits, and they don't want any system of the teacher evaluation so you can get some idea of who is not a good teacher.”
Charles Krauthammer

And this could be the quote of the year…

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Angry Catholics about to get violent


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Recommended Reading (09/15/12)

Recommended Reading

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

We open unconventionally with recommended viewing and a panel discussion on the media's handling of the Mideast crisis, Mitt Romney, and President Obama.


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Photos of the Week (09/16/12)

Photos of the Week

1) A man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

2) Libyan civilians help an unconscious man, identified by eyewitnesses as US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, at the US consulate compound in Benghazi in the early hours of September 12, 2012, following an overnight attack on the building. Stevens and three of his colleagues were killed in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city by Islamists less than six months after being appointed to his post. Photo: AFP-Getty Images

3) Protesters tear down the U.S. flag at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11. Photo: AFP-Getty Images

4) Protesters climb a fence at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on Sept. 13. Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators protested against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, and security guards tried to hold them off by firing into the air. Photo: Mohamed al-Sayaghi / Reuters

5) Yemeni protesters storm the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept.13. Photo: Yahya Arhab / EPA

6) A Libyan man walks in the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate, in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 13. The American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it. Photo: Mohammad Hannon / AP

7) The inside of the burned out U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three embassy staff were killed Sept 11 as they rushed away from the building, which was stormed by gunmen. Photo: Esam Omran Al-fetori / Reuters

8) A demonstrator holds a placard during a rally to condemn the killers of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and the attack on the U.S. consulate, in Benghazi on Sept. 12. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three embassy staff were killed in the attack on the Benghazi consulate and a safe house refuge. Photo: Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

9) Lebanese protesters attack American fast food restaurants after Friday prayers in the northeastern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Sept. 14.  Another look.  Photos: AP, Reuters

10) A protester throws a rock toward riot police during clashes near the U.S. Embassy and Tahrir Square on September 14, 2012 in Cairo. Photo: Ed Giles / Getty Images Contributor

11) Demonstrators protest in front of the U.S. embassy in Casablanca on Friday, Sept. 14. Photo: Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

12) Palestinian Hamas supporters burn a U.S. flag during a protest in Gaza City, Sept. 14, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Photo: Hatem Moussa / AP

13) Indian police stop Kashmiri Muslim protesters as they shout anti-U.S. and anti- Israel slogans to protest against a controversial anti-Islam film outside the Grand Mosque in Srinagar, Sept. 14. Photo: Farooq Khan / EPA

14) Henry Jardine, right, Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy in Tirana, thanks a group of youths holding a candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, on Sept. 14, to commemorate ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed on Sept. 11 when armed men stormed the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Photo: Armando Babani / EPA

15) President Barack Obama and State Secretary Hillary Clinton bow during the transfer of remains ceremony for the four Americans killed in an attack this week in Benghazi, Libya, at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Sept. 14.  Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images

16) Jillian and Eloy Suarez embrace following a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, Sept. 11. Eloy Suarez was a first responder during the 9/11 attacks. New York City and the nation are commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pa. Photo: John Moore / Pool via EPA

17) Carrie Bergonia remembers her fiancee firefighter Joseph Ogren after reading his name during observances held on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 in New York City on Sept. 11. Photo: Todd Maisel / Pool via EPA

18) A runner glides his hand at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., along the wall of 'Empty Sky,' New Jersey's memorial to the 749 people from the state lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, on Sept. 11. The construction of One World Trade Center, now up to 104 floors, is visible in the background. Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremonies, but also with a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. Photo: Mel Evans / AP

19) President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look at headstones during their visit to Arlington National Cemetery on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks near Washington, D.C., Sept. 11. Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

20) Scott Willens, who joined the U.S. Army three days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, pauses by the South Pool during memorial ceremonies for the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site, on Sept. 11 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pa. Photo: Justin Lane / Pool via Getty Images

21) A woman breaks down in tears after reading the name of her father during ceremonies marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York City, Sept. 11.  Photo: Eric Thayer / Reuters

22) Port Authority Police Officers carry the American flag that flew over the World Trade Center towers during ceremonies at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. Photo: Justin Lane / Pool via EPA

23) A flower and an American flag are placed next to the names inscribed on the edge of the memorial pool during the observances held on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, on Sept. 11 in New York. Photo: Mary Altaffer / Pool via EPA

24) The "Tribute in Light" shines as One World Trade Center (R) rises under construction on the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

25) U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Nagy and Carol Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong, commit the cremated remains of the Apollo 11 astronaut to sea during a service held onboard the USS Philippine Sea today in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

26) This 1862 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows soldiers next to a lone grave after the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md. When dawn broke along Antietam Creek on September 17, 1862, cannon volleys launched a Civil War battle that would leave 23,000 casualties on the single bloodiest day in U.S. history and mark a crucial pivot point in the war. And yet it might never have occurred - if not for what a historian calls a "freakish" twist of fate. Days earlier, a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee's detailed invasion orders, wrapped around a few cigars, accidentally fell in a farm field and were discovered by Union infantrymen who passed their stunning find up the chain of command, spurring action. Here, President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan sit in the general's tent after the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md, in 1862. McClellan's skill in organizing and preparing troops was what made Lincoln elevate him to command, even though the president had long been frustrated by another defining trait of "Little Mac" - his paralyzing deliberateness and tendency to grossly exaggerate the forces he faced. As a general, he was the temperamental opposite of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Photos: Library of Congress via AP

27) Teachers picket outside the public school headquarters in Chicago on Sept. 13, the fourth day of their strike. Photo: John Gress / Reuters

28) President Barack Obama is picked up and lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, Sept. 9, in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

29) Kinda icky? Check out the look on the guys' faces. Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner, Sept. 9, in Seaman, Ohio. This photo was taken after the rest of the press pool was escorted out of the room. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

30) Citizens of the village of Marle cast their ballot in the living room of the Westhoff family in the Netherlands, Sept. 12. The Westhoffs' house has been home to the smallest polling station for Dutch general elections since 1948. Photo: Vincent Jannink / EPA

31) Photographers take pictures of an orchid named in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales at Singapore Botanical Gardens ahead of a visit by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on September 11, 2012 in Singapore. The royal couple are on a Diamond Jubilee tour taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and the tiny Pacific Island of Tuvalu. Photo: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

32) Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012. Photo: Julian Finney / Getty Images

33) A baby enjoys a crawl on the street as thousands of Londoners turn out to cheer Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Photo: Andy Rain / EPA

34) President Barack Obama greets US Olympians on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 14, during ceremony to honor the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. The U.S. team brought home 104 medals, 46 of them gold medals, from the games in London. Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images

35) As you can see, the Philadelphia Phillies were leading 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh at the time of this photo last week. The Houston Astros, the team with the worst record in baseball, scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-4 lead and eventually won by that same score. Photo:

36) Kenzel Doe of Wisconsin runs for the end zone on his 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against Utah State Saturday as Beau Allen provides an escort. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

37) Utah State's kicker Josh Thompson watches his potential game-winning kick sail wide right as Wisconsin won Saturday night, 16-14 in Madison. Journal sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

38) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sacks Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during the first quarter of their game Thursday night in Green Bay. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman.

39) Tight end Tom Crabtree is mobbed by fans after a scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal to put Green Bay ahead of the Bears Thursday, 10-0. The Packers won, 23-10. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

40) T-shirts for a promotional give-away were laid out on seats at Lambeau Field to dry in the sun after being rain-soaked the day before the Packers-49ers game last Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

41) Randy Moss reacts after his touchdown catch against the Packers to give San Francisco a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

42) B.J. Raji is unable to block David Akers' 63-yard field goal that tied the NFL record. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

43) Randall Cobb evades a finger tip tackle by San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee while on the way to a 75-yard touchdown return. The Packers lost, 30-22. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

44) Participants in the annual Al's Run and Walk Saturday  pass by the Milwaukee Art Museum on their way to the Summerfest grounds for the finish line. Photo: Angela Peterson

45) A woman watches a model present a creation from the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 11. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

46) An employee makes plastic Christmas trees at the Zhongsheng Christmas Crafts factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province on Sept. 13. Christmas comes but once a year, but for Christmas decoration factories and retailers in China, it starts as early as July and ends in late September, when massive orders from around the world arrive in Yiwu, located 185 miles south of Shanghai in the prosperous Zhejiang province. Yiwu is considered a bellwether for China's low-cost exports, especially exports destined for emerging markets. Orders come from places as far away as Europe, the United States and South America. This year, European demand for Christmas goods has dropped sharply, local vendors said. One estimated European orders were down 20 percent from last year, while another said his European orders had fallen by 40 percent. Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters

47) Women gather and take pictures in front of boxes where men stand like toys on Sept. 11 in Paris. It's the opening day of a store of the online dating site, ""  (, where women can choose and also date men according to their profiles and taste. This traveling store will open ten days in Paris, before going to Brussels, Lausanne, Toulouse and Lyon and then going back to Paris. A single woman pushes a bachelor riding in a shopping trolley at the "adopt-a-guy" (adopte-un-mec) store in Paris Sept. 12. Photos: Fred Dufour / AFP - Getty Images and Jacky Naegelen / Reuters

The most important presentation in Wisconsin this year

Really, Kevin?


David Walker appears Monday afternoon at the Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee.

Who’s David Walker, you ask?

David Walker is the former US comptroller general and he’s bring his “$10 Million a Minute” tour to Pewaukee. What’s the meaning of $10 million a minute? Walker wrote a piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Crossroads section today. Here’s an excerpt from the column:

If there was ever a time when we needed leadership, not partisanship, from our candidates and elected officials, it is now. The fiscal hole we have dug for ourselves is far worse than the $16 trillion in national debt that we often hear about. The truer measure of our debt obligations includes the unfunded promises and liabilities from social insurance programs such as Social Security and Medicare and various retirement programs - and that figure is a whopping $70 trillion. And it is increasing by $10 million a minute.”

Walker categorizes that scenario as a “moral travesty.”

I blogged about Walker four years ago when he began his crusade to inform and warn the taxpaying public that a fiscal disaster was at hand. If you can’t attend Walker’s appearance, I strongly urge that you take the 11 minutes to watch what Walker had to say on “60 Minutes.” The video is on my 2008 blog.

11 minutes. That’s another $110 million.

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #270

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #291

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…

The update.


Culinary no-no #296

Culinary no-no's



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The latest pro-life news (09/17/12)

Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Take Action: Protect our Defenders

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Deadline for Ballots to be Mailed is September 22, 2012
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The right to vote in America is protected by the brave members of our armed forces. Unfortunately, many of the same people who preserve this right for the rest of us are unable to participate in the voting process.
In 2008 and 2010, several county clerk offices failed to get the absentee ballots out to active duty military personnel by the deadline, which resulted in a low voter turnout for military personnel. We don’t have to tell you this is an outrage.
This is why we need you to call your County Clerk today to make certain all active duty service members are able to participate in the voting process. Please call yours as soon as you are able.
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2ND UPDATE: Culinary no-no #291

Culinary no-no's


Previously on This Just In…

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A final decision on a Franklin Meijer's tonight? LOL

The process of approving the construction of a Meijer’s store in Franklin, as is typical here, continues to drag.

At its last meeting on September 4, the Franklin Common Council set tonight’s meeting as a deadline for Meijer to work with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to meet certain requirements. That’s not happening.

Brian Randall, a representative for Meijer wrote the city of Franklin informing that Meijer consultants have been working to clarify their local mitigation plan, but the work is ongoing. The DNR also wants to meet with Meijer to go over the DNR permit application.

As a result, Meijer is asking the Franklin Common Council to delay this issue until the October 2, 2012 meeting. Meijer wants the extra time to be able to have a more thorough presentation for the Common Council next month.

Funny, these tacks in the road don’t seem to be surfacing in other places where Meijer wants to go like Wauwatosa and Grafton.

OK, let's hear it, Mayor Taylor

The most important item on tonight’s Franklin Common Council agenda: Mayor Tom Taylor will present his proposed budget. I have not seen it.

Note to the mayor, city staff, aldermen, Franklin taxpayers, and FranklinNOW reporters:

The city tax RATE is meaningless. It’s the property tax LEVY that’s crucial. The LEVY is what we all need to focus on.

Determination: A message from the Tea Party Patriots


Over the last several weeks, I have received emails from some of our supporters who say they think the system is so broken it cannot be fixed and our efforts are futile. They are angry at the Republican nominee who does not fight hard enough for our core values.  They are angry at the Republican “leadership” in the House who are spineless and unable to make any real spending cuts. 
At the same time, I have also had emails and conversations with Patriots who say they simply cannot sleep at night because they fret as they lay down that they may not have done everything within their power each day to make the most difference and impact they possibly can leading to Election Day. One Local Coordinator in the Orlando, Florida area mentally checks off all he has done each day to spread the word on our core values and if he fell short one day he knows what he must do different the next day. Another Local Coordinator in Virginia wakes up at 2 am each night and starts thinking about what he needs to do the next day to insure he is teaching everyone he meets what is at stake in November. These men are angry with Republicans as much as the emails from the people who are discouraged. They see our choice in 50 days as a stark contrast and are motivated to fight. 
This week as I watched breaking news as our embassies were stormed in the Middle East and then around the world, bomb threats, university evacuations, Congress passing a Continuing Resolution to continue spending and to fund Obamacare for 6 months, the announcement of another quantitative easing that will be indefinite rather than fixed. The problems we face as a country seem overwhelming and often times impossible. 
Two weeks ago on our webinar with Local Coordinators, one coordinator said that since the Supreme Court ruling on the President’s health care law she feels “grim determination.”Determination. defines determination as the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose; the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.  Synonyms for determination are bravery, backbone, dedication, drive, persistence, and resolution. 
As I read the breaking news this week, I am once again reminded of Winston Churchill’s quote, which I have quoted countless times to our Tea Party Patriots supporters, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up.” I am also reminded of our Support Team member Keli Carender’s favorite quote, again by Sir Winston Churchill,
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival.  There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
The election this November is going to determine 2 different futures for our country. President Obama had it right at the DNC Convention when he said this election is, “a choice between 2 different paths for America, a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.” President Obama has all but declared he will be a dictator if re-elected and Congress stands in his way.  Those of us in Tea Party Patriots will have seen that and said he is doing it already throughout his first term in presidency. Now he is being so bold that he says it outright in the
Time magazine interview

"So my expectation is that there will be some popping of the blister after this election, because it will have been such a stark choice. Where Republicans refuse to cooperate on things that I know are good for the American people, I will continue to look for ways to do it administratively and work around Congress. And a good example of that is, for example, making sure that homeowners around the country can take advantage of these historically low rates and refinance.
There’s no reason Congress can’t move forward and at almost no cost to the federal government really boost the housing market and our economy. But if Congress won’t do it, we’ll keep on looking for ways to get that done without legislation."


If we as citizens allow a man who is very clearly saying there are two different choices for America and his way is to implement his agenda with or without Congressional approval, we are giving permission to this behavior. 
Ours is a “choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future:” one where we adhere to the Constitution, the checks and balances, and maintain the rights of the citizens as ordained by our Creator not by our government or one where we allow a statist government, allow breaches in the rule of law to occur without checks or balances, where freedom will slip away at the cost of security and whatever the government decides we are entitled to have. Simply put the choice is freedom or serfdom.
You are reading this and involved in Tea Party Patriots because you choose freedom.
As soon as the elections are over, our work must continue and continue at full force no matter the outcome and especially if the Republicans win the Senate and the White House.  The lack of true leadership in the Republican Party is startling.  The fact that the Republicans just passed a deal with the Democrats to fund Obamacare for 6 months, a law that the vast majority of Americans want repealed. The fact that both parties and mostly the Republicans are backing off the forced sequestration cuts forged by the debt deal of last summer – just 14 months ago.  Since Congress cannot even be trusted to keep the promises and laws in tact that they passed less than 18 months ago, we know we must watch every single thing they do to insure we return to a fiscally responsible, constitutionally limited government once more.  We have and will continue to hold both parties accountable because we know politicians and parties are fallible.  We will continue to defend, support, and endorse our core values because they will not fail us.
The challenge is daunting especially when looking at what has happened in America in just the past week.  But, compared to other challenges America has faced in her history, is this challenge truly impossible for us?  Our country started against all odds when a ragtag army stood up to the greatest empire in the world and demanded their freedom.  Many said it could not be done.  Most governments are designed to restrict the governed but we are a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Our country grew from a small nation to one capable of saving the world from Nazism.  We defeated communism in the Cold War. Our free market system invented the modern world:  light bulbs, telephones, airplanes, personal computers, ipods, iphones, and Google. Americans have consistently taken the more difficult road, beat the odds, and created a better future than most thought possible.

Our job is to remind our fellow citizens that our Constitution and the rights guaranteed therein are what made America’s accomplishments possible. We must remind these citizens what is a stake and what the two choices for America’s future are. We must remind them that our choice for freedom is what they want for America as well. It will not be easy. Like the coordinators who have grim determination and cannot rest without thinking about all they are capable of doing to preserve our freedom, we too must evaluate our actions through Election Day and immediately following so our country’s voters choose the future of freedom on November 6. Join us to make the call, walk the neighborhoods, send the postcards, and do all the work it takes to insure there are more of us who cherish freedom than those who are willing to slide into serfdom on November 6. Then be prepared to keep fighting as soon as elections are over because the work of accountability will be just as urgent and perhaps even more difficult.
We can still beat the odds!  We can prevent America’s bankruptcy and create a more prosperous America than ever.  If, today, right now, we make the right choice for the vision of our future and fight “when our victory will be sure and not too costly.”   
Let us have the determination, the boldness, the persistence, the courage, the perseverance, against all odds to create a more productive, prolific, prosperous, and plentiful America than ever before!
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Takers v. Makers: What's the big deal about the 47% comment?

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in May 2012

A month before Mother Jones made a big deal about Mitt Romney's "47%" comment, Paul Ryan sat down with the MacIver Institute and explained that very tipping point that is at hand. In an interview conducted two weeks before he was selected for the ticket, Ryan explains the choice we face.

Pro-school referenda propaganda machine begins at FranklinNOW

FranklinNOW’s ace reporter Rick (I’ll print whatever somebody tells me but I refuse to ask a tough question) Romano is officially responsible for launching the pro-Franklin multi-school referenda propaganda on this website. It began at 5:20 this afternoon.

In an incredibly weak opening to his article, Romano told us the painfully obvious: there are three referendum questions asking for massive property tax increases on the November ballot.

DUH, Rick. Old news in the lead? Shame on you and your editor for not catching and demanding a far better lead.

Read Romano’s piece and you learn immediately his and FranklinNOW’s MO: Talk and build up these referenda (tax increases).

Romano first ran to the #1 Jesse James, Franklin superintendent Steve Patz for this ingenious quote:

"We wanted to make sure that people really understand that these are three separate questions, three separate votes."

Thus, Romano's freshman journalism class student lead in his less than breath-taking article (We'll link later).

Patz's quote is from a man who has more than one degree and earns more than the Governor. Thank you, Steve, for stating the incredibly obvious. Even worse, when the quote was uttered, Romano no doubt scribbled it down with extreme glee.

Here’s the key line from Romano’s short article:

"NOW will present detailed breakdowns of each question in the coming weeks."

Oh, I bet they will, with every spin and every sob story with little if anything published from the opposition to counter.

Thankfully, there are bloggers to fill in the huge spaces left by the media and the likes of Romano.

So, Rick, and anyone else at FranklinNOW, try to sell this craziness. Automatically publish whatever you're fed. Go ahead. Make my day.

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Mayor Taylor's "responsible" budget really is

Franklin mayor Tom Taylor has submitted his 2013 city budget to the Franklin Common Council that calls for a .3% property tax levy increase. Taylor attributed the slight increase to new construction growth in Franklin saying Franklin is one of the few municipalities in the state experiencing such growth.

In making his presentation to the Common Council Tuesday night, Taylor called his budget “responsible.” The mayor kept the budget increase to a fraction even though budget requests by departments came in at $879,000 above available revenues.

Franklin’s Director of Administration Mark Luberda said the budget “preserves city services.” 

Both Taylor and Luberda touted that the proposed budget does not increase the tax rate. For the umpteenth time, the tax rate is meaningless. The levy is the key budget piece and a .3% property tax levy increase is, indeed, a responsible budget during these rocky economic times. It certainly is possible for the Common Council to knock the very small increase down to zero.

If only the Franklin Public School administration and school board would follow suit.

Congratulations to Mayor Taylor and his staff.

47% - "We have a dependency society"

Right on Rick Santelli!

Wednesday night summer rerun: Can't we all just coexist?


Charlie Sykes recently posted a blog entitled, “Coexist.”

The notion of coexisting was the subject of a blog I posted two years ago.

Wednesday night summer rerun: I'm invited? No thanks


Who comes up with a nutty idea like this? Liberals.

Wednesday night summer rerun:'re not listening


The above title will make sense at the very end of this blog. 

Some of you might pick up on it even earlier

With Baldwin outspending Thompson, of course she's ahead

A new poll shows Tammy Baldwin with a big lead over Tommy Thompson in the race for the US Senate. Is it because Wisconsin voters think Baldwin is by far the better choice? No.

Baldwin had the luxury of sitting back during a bitterly contested GOP primary and rake in national money that she is now using to inundate the airwaves. Tommy Thompson following the primary was tapped out and has been unable to match the airwaves war that Baldwin is waging. Note that Baldwin in her TV ads doesn't talk about her extreme leftist record.

This can change, but it will take dollars.
----Kevin Fischer

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The U.S. Senate race here in Wisconsin is shaping up to be closer than we expected. 

Coming out of the primary, we knew Madison Liberal Tammy Baldwin would be a tough opponent, but we never thought it would be this close. Her smear campaign has made a dent, and there is no doubt she'll continue to lie and distort Tommy's record through November. 

But let me tell you something ironic; while Baldwin's been falsely painting Tommy's connections with Special Interests in her campaign advertisements, her campaign has received 3X more backing from these outside groups...

Three to one

Yes, THREE TIMES! The Liberal Special Interests have dumped almost $4.5 million into Wisconsin to distort Tommy's record -- you've seen it on TV. And we need your help to fight back.

On top of the $4.5 million in Special Interest funds backing Baldwin, a report today indicated another $600k is on the way from Harry Reid's Majority PAC and others.

We need your help, and we need it now. Donate today to help us defend Tommy from the Special Interests -- we can't let the outside groups win this one for Baldwin. 

Let's get the momentum back,

Keith Gilkes
Campaign Manager

P.S. We're going up on TV to combat Baldwin's Special Interests friends. Can you give $100 towards the effort? 

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The latest from Rehorst (September 2012)

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Tammy Baldwin's Healthcare Tax Will Hit Nearly 6 Million Americans

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Tammy Baldwin's Healthcare Tax Will Hit Nearly 6 Million Americans

Madison, WI - After ramming through her $1.76 trillion job-killing healthcare law through Washington, Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin's legislation will hit nearly 6 million hard-working Americans with a tax penalty.

Congressional budget analysts now predict the healthcare law will hit millions of middle class Americans with a tax that is expected to cost $1,200. Notably, Baldwin actually supported a more liberal version of government-run healthcare. 

"The effect of Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin's costly government-run healthcare is quite simple, 6 million Americans are facing higher taxes because of her," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "Not only did she support her party's disastrous healthcare law, but she has advocated for a complete and total takeover of the system. Now, because of her support, families in Wisconsin and across America could be hit with a $1,200 penalty. As Election Day approaches, Wisconsin voters should ask themselves: Can we afford Tammy Baldwin's extreme agenda in the United States Senate?"


Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people
Associated Press
September 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans - most of them in the middle class - will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.

That's 2 million more than a previous estimate found, or a 50 percent increase. The average penalty will be nearly $1,200.

Starting in 2014, the new health care law requires virtually every legal resident of the U.S. to carry health insurance, or face a tax penalty. The Supreme Court upheld Obama's law as constitutional after finding that the penalty fell within the power of Congress to impose taxes.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday the penalty will raise $6.9 billion when fully in effect in 2016.

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Wisconsin Bankers Association 
Announces Support for Tommy Thompson 

Madison, WI - The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA), the state's largest financial industry trade association which represents 300 commercial banks and savings institutions, announced its support for Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate today.

"The Wisconsin Bankers Association is proud to endorse Tommy Thompson in his bid for the United States Senate," said Rose Oswald-Poels, WBA President and CEO. "Governor Thompson has a proven record of creating jobs and maintaining a regulatory environment that fosters economic growth. We are confident that he will bring the same pro-growth agenda that defined his career as governor to Washington, D.C. We strongly urge all 30,000 of our members to vote for Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate this November."

As governor, Tommy Thompson helped create more than 740,000 jobs in the state of Wisconsin and cut taxes 91 times. His pro-growth, tax-cut agenda saved taxpayers $16 billion and allowed the economy to flourish.

"I am honored to have the endorsement of the Wisconsin Bankers Association," said Tommy Thompson. "WBA members stimulate our economy and help protect and grow valuable assets for businesses and individuals. In order to get our economy moving again, it is imperative that we create an environment that allows businesses to grow and expand. In the Senate I will work hard to get federal spending and debt under control so that the private capital markets can function and prosper. The WBA recognizes my proven record of job creation in Wisconsin, and they know that I will do it again in Washington, D.C." 

Thompson has earned the support of several trade groups, including the Community Bankers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin REALTORS Association and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, who recognize his proven record of success as Governor of Wisconsin and as Health and Human Services Secretary.


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Franklin school referenda propaganda operation has begun...but we're watching

Franklin property taxpayers, keep this critical point in mind between now and Election Day, November 6:

The Franklin Public School administration, staff, employees, and some members of the Franklin School Board will do and say anything, anything in order to get three school facilities referenda approved.

The spin machine is already in motion.

I’m sure you received a card (that you paid for) in the mail informing about all the places you can find information about the three huge property tax increases on the ballot November 6.

Talk about your kitchen sink. There’s a website, future mailings, information fairs, planned tours, group presentations. As expected, folks, they’re pulling out all the stops.

This is a good time to repeat a blog I wrote back in January. If you missed it, don’t miss it this time. If you read it once before, read it again and please pass along to your fellow Franklin friends and neighbors:

Franklin, if we're going to have a referendum, no shenanigans

Goodnight everyone and have a goodbye to summer weekend

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

Stephen King, “Salem’s Lot

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted.

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

Tonight...a reluctant farewell to summer that ends tomorrow, Saturday, with the first day of autumn.

In the upper Midwest, summer is cherished, cradled, fondled, elevated to a gigantic, almost constant ongoing party, until suddenly, it's gone, blown away by frosty winds.

Three months of summer are instantly replaced by a week or two of fall, followed by what seems to be an interminable winter.

Summer this year officially began on June 21, 2012. That wasn't that long ago. Remember what was going on at the time? Here are some headlines:

Pizza chains denounce calorie labeling in stores

Closing arguments to be made in Sandusky trial

Video of Karen Klein, elderly school bus monitor, being verbally abused goes viral, sparks charity

LeBron James Wins First NBA Title as Miami Ousts Oklahoma City

Healthcare Awaits Imminent Supreme Court Verdict

Referees Accuse NFL of Bypassing Union in Contract Talks

Seizure Leads to U.S. Commerce Secretary's Resignation

Greenspan: U.S. Economy Looks `Very Sluggish'
Another Florida ‘zombie’ attack? Naked man storms girlfriend’s house, bites chunk out of man’s arm

Woman super-glued to Walmart toilet seat

Woman crashes car, gets naked, stops for dessert

Why low-fat salad dressing may NOT be healthiest

Alec Baldwin says punching photographers is funny

Woman drives Buick into sand trap, blames it on GPS

Ahh, summertime was just beginning, and the livin’ was easy.


Our next performer hails from London though she's originally from Poland. Her full name is Basia Trzetrzelewska, but the music world knows her as Basia.

Basia loved American music, especially jazz. After failing to catch on as a singer in the Chicago area, she moved to London in 1981 and joined the group, Matt Bianco. The band's first album was a big success, and Basia and keyboardist Danny White left to perform under the name, Basia and immediately hit it big with popular-selling albums until 1995. About that time, Basia cut back on her recording, saying her mother's death and wars throughout the world made it difficult for her to sing upbeat material.

Danny White persuaded her to return with him to the Matt Bianco band that got back together again. A world tour emerged, and then Basia and White left Matt Bianco again.

Last year, Basia released, "It's That Girl Again" that features, "Blame it on the Summer."


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The best cartoons of the week (09/22/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/22/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Showers through noon, then windy conditions and a high of 58 around 3:00.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 58. "D"

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

If you were a contestant on Family Feud and the question was “Name a famous cartoon dog” I’m sure Snoopy would pop into the #1 spot.  But if you’re the parent of a preschooler who loves watching PBS, your immediate answer would more likely be that Big Red Dog.  You know, Clifford?

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2012 POO Awards - Week 5

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

Week 2

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Week-ends (09/22/12)


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


Brian Murphy

Carnegie Medal awardees

Letter carriers

Mukwonago students

"And there he is...the hero pig”


Annette Morales-Rodriguez

Dennis Eskew

Sharon Sweet

Jessica Alba


Greg Schiano


“Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Mitt Romney during a taped private conversation.

"The trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution. Because I actually believe in redistribution at least at a certain level to make to make sure everybody’s got a shot."
Barack Obama from a 1998 video that surfaced this week.

The Obama campaign wants the Romney tape to be a big issue, and the liberal media obey, covering it for nearly an hour and a half. Romney counters with a damaging tape of Obama, and it’s gets less than seven minutes of total coverage. The double standard is absolutely staggering. The liberal media are nothing more than the press office of the Obama campaign.”
Media Research Center boss Brent Bozell

“You can’t change Washington from the inside.”
President Obama

“President Obama’s excuse is, well, you can’t change Washington from the inside. Well, you actually can change Washington from the inside -- it takes courage, it takes determination and it takes sincerity. And it’s called leadership.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

“I want you first of all to acknowledge that you did not keep your promise.”
A Univision town hall moderator during an interview with President Obama.

“I did not make a promise that I would get everything done 100 percent when I was elected.”
President Obama refusing to admit that he broke his 2008 promise to get an immigration bill passed in his first year in office.

Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now, and it’s an important election, and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
Ann Romney to Republican critics of her husband.

“As Mitt Romney said, 47 percent of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.”
House Republican Daryl Metcalfe on the issue of photo ID.

"You don't do that in this league. You jeopardize not only them, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback.”
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, upset with Tampa coach Greg Schiano because Bucs linemen bulldozed the middle of the Giants offensive line and knocked over quarterback Eli Manning after the Giants had sealed their 41-34 victory with an interception. The code between players is that's usually not a full-contact play. Bay

"I don't know if that's not something that's done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us the game is over. There's nothing dirty about it. There's nothing illegal about it. You crowd the ball. It's like a (quarterback) sneak defense. We try to knock it loose. But there's nothing illegal about it."
Greg Schiano’s explanation of the final play.

“Barack Obama, I don’t know. I already got one wife telling me to eat healthy. And, plus, he promised me death panels and Grampa is still alive. Mitt Romney? I hear he wears magic underpants. I expect the leader of the free world to go commando.”
Homer Simpson, deciding which candidate will get his vote.

“I’ve always been a hit with the ladies. Over the years I’ve had my fair share of beautiful women. I couldn’t possibly say how many I’ve been out with because I’m a gentleman. But more importantly I just haven’t kept count. I’ve had more women than James Bond. I think a lot of the women who threw themselves at me thought they were with James Bond…”
84-year old actor Roger Moore


CBS report: Witnesses contradict White House explanation on Libya



President Obama's 1998 redistribution remarks.


Kate Middleton


USPS has a message for Florida drivers.

Look straight ahead and DO NOT SMILE!

That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 

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Tammy Baldwin's Healthcare Law Robs $9 Billion From Seniors In Wisconsin

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Tammy Baldwin's Healthcare Law Robs $9 Billion From Seniors In Wisconsin
ObamaCare Cuts Deep, $716 Billion Nationwide From Medicare

Madison, WI - A newly released study from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management delivered some bad news to Wisconsin seniors. Because of Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin and the disastrous healthcare law she rammed through Congress, seniors in Wisconsin will see $9.4 billion cut from their Medicare. You can see the study here.

"The harsh reality of Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin's healthcare law is setting in," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "In Wisconsin alone, her healthcare law will cut $9.6 billion from the seniors who depend on Medicare. Not only was she a reliable vote for President Obama, but she has openly advocated for a complete and total takeover of healthcare. Her partisan vote wasn't just costly for the families who have seen their premiums go up, but Wisconsin seniors have been hit hard by the disastrous law. Governor Thompson has been a strong voice on the need to repeal the law.  If elected, he will fight to restore those funds, and will work to preserve Medicare for current seniors and protect it for future generations."

As a reminder, President Obama's campaign recently bragged that the healthcare law cut $716 billion from Medicare, which includes $200 billion from Medicare Advantage and $150 billion from hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.

Obama Deputy Campaign Manager

To watch the video, click here.


ObamaCare Cut $716 Billion From Medicare, Which Includes Cuts To Medicare Advantage, Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Hospices:

  • A Top Obama Campaign Adviser Lauded "The $700 Billion Cuts In Medicare That The President Achieved" Through Obamacare. CUTTER: "You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform." (CBS's "Face The Nation," 8/12/12)
    • Over $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage: "Medicare Advantage Payments... -131.9 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III-Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C-Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments... 2010-2019... -131.9 [Billion Dollars]... Medicare Advantage Interactions... -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." "Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions... 2010-2019... -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)
    • Over $150 Billion In Cuts To Hospitals, Nursing Homes, And Hospice: "Ensuring Medicare Sustainability... -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III-Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E-Ensuring Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)... 2010-2019... -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)
    • Nearly $40 Million To Home Health Care "Home Health Care... -39.7 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III-Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle B-Improving Medicare For Patients And Providers; Part III - Improving Payment Accuracy; 3131 Payment Adjustments For Home Health Care (Includes Effect Of Section 3401)... 2010-2019... -39.7 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, 3/18/10, P.13)
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Recommended Reading (09/22/12)

Recommended Reading

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

The video did it

"Ms. Rice's the-video-did-it explanation is no doubt intended to shield Obama Administration policies from any domestic political blame for the attacks. But far worse is the message it sends to adversaries and even friendly governments abroad: Overrun sovereign U.S. territory, even kill U.S. diplomats, and the first reaction of the American government will be to blame Americans for somehow provoking the violence."

Left-wing site unearths video of Romney talking like a conservative

So, just as the media did last week with Romney's perfectly valid criticism of Obama and the Cairo Embassy apology, it looks as though we're in for another week-long stink of media-manufactured outrage.

“But over what, exactly ?

“Over a conservative talking like a conservative and laying out facts.”

Obama's protective press cordon

“Protecting and defending President Obama through his failures and blunders and gaffes is a full-time job for America’s mainstream press corps — and they’re getting worried. So, they attacked the GOP nominee for his reaction to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt’s statement condemning ‘the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.’

“Was that ‘appropriate’? ‘Mixed signal’? ‘Jumped the gun’? Seven of eight questions were on his statement. It was an another embarrassing day for the national media, and the slap-down was short-lived; within 48 hours, the Middle East and North Africa were in full-blown crisis, and details began to pour out about all the administration had done wrong leading up to the first killing of a U.S. ambassador since the one term of
Jimmy Carter.”

The 25 most obnoxious quotes from Barack Obama

25) "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."

The biggest lie of Campaign 2012

"Fact-checking of political speeches, interviews and campaign ads is all the rage in journalism.

"Squads of reporters are dissecting the details of this year's election, day by day, policy by policy. In the presidential race, especially, every attack and counterattack goes through some kind of lie detector test. It's a great, albeit imperfect, trend that helps hold candidates accountable - assuming voters actually pay attention.

"It's too bad those fact checkers can't see the forest for the trees."

Looking, very closely, for voter fraud

True the Vote is now using proprietary software to accelerate the process of challenging voter registrations. It says its databases will ultimately contain all voter rolls in the country. Using computers, volunteers can check those rolls against driver’s license records, property records and other databases, turning the process into an assembly line production.”

In plain view: How child molesters get away with it

When monsters roam free, we assume that people in positions of authority ought to be able to catch them if only they did their jobs. But that might be wishful thinking. A pedophile is someone adept not just at preying on children but at confusing, deceiving, and charming the adults responsible for those children—which is something to keep in mind in the case of the scandal at Penn State and the conviction, earlier this year, of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child-molestation charges.”

Waiting till the wedding night

“…my wife (I have to get used to saying that) and I not only waited sexually in every way (no, we didn’t pull the Bill Clinton and technically avoid ‘sex’ sex,) but we didn’t shack up as live-ins and most importantly, we courted each other in a way that was consistent with our publicly professed values. We did it right.”


Don't look now, but here come the 4-0 Irish!


Notre Dame is now 4-0 after beating Michigan, 13-6.


Hey Mom, we're undefeated!

Photos of the Week (09/23/12)

Photos of the Week

1) A Libyan government militia guarding the main entrance of the US consulate that was attacked  fixes a note written by Libyans against the attack in Benghazi city on Sept. 18. An amateur video appears to show Libyans trying to rescue U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens from a room filled with smoke at the U.S. mission where he was found unconscious after last week's attack by a mob protesting against a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. The poster on left reads, "No to extremism, no to terrorism in free Libya". Photo: Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

2) Love this one. Occupy Wall Street protestor Chris Philips screams as he is arrested near Zuccotti Park, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in New York. Multiple Occupy Wall Street protestors have been arrested during a march toward the New York Stock Exchange on the anniversary of the grass-roots movement.  Poor baby. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

3) Police arrest protesters near Wall Street during a demonstration on the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Sept. 17. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

4) Israelis light candles in the shape of a clock during a protest against the government decision to return to winter clock more than a month ahead of Europe and the U.S. in Tel Aviv, Saturday, Sept 22, 2012. Israel was set to move its clocks back by an hour overnight on Sunday, putting the country on its winter clock more than a month ahead of Europe and the U.S. and adding to the rising anger that many mainstream Israelis feel toward an ultra-Orthodox minority. Yom Kippur, which begins on Tuesday evening, is marked by a sundown-to-sundown fast. Orthodox religious parties, which have always held key swing votes in Israel's political system, are behind the time change, wanting to decrease the number of waking hours for those fasting. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

5) Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets students as they arrive for school at Frazier International Magnet School on Sept. 19 in Chicago, Ill. A teachers strike ended in Chicago last week.  Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

6) 215 petitioners, including El Salvador native Enrique Torres Manzano, center, raise their right hands and swear an oath to the United States and become new citizens during a ceremony at the National Archives on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was held on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in the Rotunda of the archives which holds the "Charters of Freedom": The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

7) A journalist stands in front of the panorama print "The Wall" by artist Yadegar Asisi during a preview in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 21. The huge 15 meters high and 60 meters wide panorama of the Berlin Wall will be on display for the public from Sept. 23, 2012 for about a year near the former Checkpoint Charlie. Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP

8) Visitors take in the view during a media preview of "Discovering Columbus," by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, on Sept. 19 in New York's Columbus Circle. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

9) Sarey Amadou, 14, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger, July 20. Even though the boy she had a crush on offered a dowry for her, her father insisted that she marry her first cousin, who lives several hours away in the larger village of Guidan Roumdji. Even during the best of times, one out of every three girls in Niger marries before her 15th birthday, a rate of child marriage among the highest in the world, according to a UNICEF survey. Now this custom is being layered on top of a crisis. At times of severe drought, parents pushed to the wall by poverty and hunger are marrying their daughters at even younger ages. A girl married off is one less mouth to feed, and the dowry money she brings in goes to feed others. Photo: Jerome Delay / AP

10) Sergio Mendoza works on securing a strap around a statue of Jesus Christ on the roof of the St. John's School building after it toppled during a high wind storm, Sept. 19, in Orange, N.J. Photo: Julio Cortez / AP

11) A  truck hangs from the Chavantes bridge as a couple rides on a personal watercraft underneath it near Fartura, southern Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The truck driver survived the accident uninjured. Photo: Helio Inumaru / AP

12) Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with traditional weavers during a visit to a cultural village in Honiara on Sept. 17, 2012. She kept her top on. Photo: William West / AFP - Getty Images

13) President Barack Obama bites into a bratwurst outside Usinger's Sausage given to him by Andy Fronek from Milwaukee Brat House nearby, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

14) US President Barack Obama impersonator Louis Ortiz, center, and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney impersonator Mike Cote, center left, pose for pictures with tourists in Times Square on Sept. 11 in New York. As the U.S. Presidential election draws nearer the two political impersonators keep a full schedule. Photo: Don Emmert / AFP - Getty Images

15) Richard Barnes uses wet plate photography from the Civil War era to record battle reenactments. “You might see a car in the background of my photographs because I am not interested in replicating the past,” Barnes said. “I'm not interested in nostalgia. I'm approaching this from an artistic point of view. I'm interested in what I refer to as the ‘slippage of time.’”

16) The space shuttle Endeavour, on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA, makes a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge before making its final landing in Los Angeles on Friday. Photos: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images and Matt Hedges / NASA

17) Apple Store employees applaud a customer after he bought a new iPhone 5 on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on Sept. 21. Photo: Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images

18) The aurora season is off to a glorious start, as evidenced by this picture from Sweden's Abisko National Park, taken by photographer/guide Chad Blakley.

19) Captain Brett McBride streams seawater over the gills of a nearly 15-foot, 2,292-pound great white shark on the research vessel Ocearch in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Chatham, Mass. A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an unorthodox way. The Ocearch team baits the fish and leads them onto a lift, tagging and taking blood, tissue and semen samples up close from the world's most feared predator. The real-time satellite tag tracks the shark each time its dorsal fin breaks the surface, plotting its location on a map. Photos: Stephan Savoia / AP

20) Filipino workers remove the ropes and straps tied around the carcass of a sperm whale on the flatbed of a 16 wheeler trailer truck during its burial. The whale was buried at the fish cemetery of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines, Sept. 19. The dead giant sea mammal was spotted, already dead, floating near an island off the coast of Zamboanga City. Photo: Laurenz Castillo / EPA

21) A keeper holds a Bornean river turtle on September 18 at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany. Photo: Arno Burgi / AFP - Getty Images

22) A picture taken on September 15, in Godewaersvelde, northern France, shows a mole burrowing through dirt. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP - Getty Images

23) A peacock pansy butterfly perches on a plant after a brief spell of rain at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi, India, on Sept. 17.  Photo: Harish Tyagi / EPA

24) This photo was provided by the San Diego Zoo showing the panda cub at the San Diego Zoo during his fifth veterinary exam on Friday Sept.20,2012. The male panda, born on July 29, 2012, weighed 4.9 pounds (2.26 kilograms), nearly a pound more than he weighed during the last exam. Veterinarians recorded that the cub’s eyes are almost open now and believe the cub can see but is likely limited to viewing light and shadows. The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo/Tammy Spratt)

25) Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis scares a pigeon that was feeding on the field during the third quarter of the team's game against the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia on September 16. Photo: Tim Shaffer/Reuters

26) Melvin Gordon runs for a 26-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter as Wisconsin beat UTEP in Madison, 37-26. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

27) MASN reporter Kristina Akra tries to avoid being dunked by gatorade meant for Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals after a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on September 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Gonzalez won his 20th game of the season as the Washington Nationals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-4. Photo: Patrick Mcdermott / Getty Images

28) New Zealand's Kate Chilcott, bottom, screams in pain as Alena Amialiusik of Belarus, left, gets ups after a crash of the pack during the women's road race of the World Championship Cycling over 129 kilometers (80.6 miles) in Valkenburg, southern Netherlands, Saturday Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

29) A judge watches the leather ring held by two competitors with their middle fingers at the German Finger Wrestling championships in Warngau, Germany, Sept. 16. Competitors battled for the title in this traditional rural sport where the winner has to pull his opponent over the marked line on the table. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

30) A man walks through the Hacker Pschorr beer tent during preparations for the 179th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 and will be attended by millions of visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

31) Revellers reach out for the first beer in the traditional one-liner "Masskrug" beer mugs at the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Sept. 22. The world's biggest beer festival runs until October 7. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

32) In this Sept. 12, 2012 photo, Mike Wasurick poses with his license plate collection at his home in Manitowoc, Wis. Mike is an avid collector of license plates from Wisconsin, all over the country and the world. (AP Photo/Herald Times Reporter, Sue Pischke)

33) We've posted  some outrageous model photos. This is the worst. British designer Vivienne Westwood receives applause during London Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short).

34) A model presents a creation as part of what is claimed to be the world's biggest fashion show, by Paris’ Galeries Lafayette store, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

35) After those last photos, we need to restore some artistic beauty. Seattle cheerleaders perform before the NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey). The Packers play at Seattle tomorrow night.

Culinary no-no #297

Culinary no-no's



On occasion, Culinary no-no can be quite provocative. This week is one of those occasions.


Those would be members of the Tea Party. The Tea Party Patriots officially describe themselves this way:

“The Tea Party movement spontaneously formed in 2009 from the reaction of the American people to fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided “stimulus” spending, bailouts and takeovers of private industry. Within the first few weeks of the movement, Tea Party Patriots formed to support the millions of Americans seeking to improve our great nation through renewed support for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economic policies.

“The Tea Party Patriots’ mission is to restore America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.”

The movement’s core principles: Fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economics.

As such, the movement is often at odds with…

Thus, Tea Party members, like those pictured above have been labeled by the left as:


The race card is played all too often in this highly politically-charged environment, predominantly and most of the time when the player is bankrupt on facts, substantiations, winning arguments.

BOOM! Out it comes.


It takes a nanosecond to scream


Refuting the usually absurd, false accusation requires a bit more time and the players fully understand this stealth strategy.

Holy cheeseburger, Kev! I thought I was going to read something like how you're not supposed to put strawberries on a pizza. What's with all this heavy political lingo?

Read on, my friend, read on.

We'll, as you know, get to it.

It never ceases to amaze that supposedly highly-educated folks in positions of running our schools and teaching our children can be so void of simple common sense. It’s kind of scary that they can lack some basic smarts.

Let’s move out west, shall we and thank you for your patience. It’ll be worth it.

The motto for Portland has been, "The City that Works." But if you drive around this Oregon city, you'll see plenty of bumper stickers and signs that say:

What I’m about to share with you demonstrates that Portland is weird, and then some.

Seems the Portland school district is taking great effort to eradicate what it considers any emphasis that promotes “white culture” and “white privilege.”

Why, you ask?

No, silly. That’s not racist. No way. You’re obviously not nearly as smart as a public school employee.

Don’t you understand? When there’s promotion of “white culture” or “white privilege,” then a performance gap between white and non-white students is inevitable.

How does the Portland School district know that? Because it has spent over half a million dollars to find out, that’s why.

I know. I know. Some of you are still scratching your heads. Can’t we just talk about pizza?

That's Harvey Scott School Principal Dr. Verenice Gutierrez leading  a discussion about race with her staff just before the beginning of the school year. I don't care how many degrees Gutierrez has, she's an idiot.

Last school year, a teacher talked about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during a lesson. Gutierrez pounced.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez. "Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.” 

Translation: The classic PB & J conveys "white culture" and "whtie privilege." The mere mention of the sandwich contributes to a decline in student performance.

As absurd and ridiculous as it sounds, the Portland school district considers...



Ironically and not surprisingly, Verenice (Darn that white culture) Gutierrez is principal of a failing school. It’s gotta be that damn sandwich.

Of course that means that...

Mother sending children off with lunch surprise

Every mother in America is probably...

You guessed it.


So what about this guy?

He’s always disagreeing with President Obama.

This photo was taken on Friday.


What's that he's eating?

Reports indicate it's a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

Peanut butter and honey?

Not the evil, dreaded pb & j?


Peanut butter and honey.


We didn't spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to study that one.

As they say in the NFL, peanut butter and honey...that's inconclusive evidence.

Peanut butter and honey sandwich? "White culture," "white dominance," "white privilege"? For lefties, it's probably just a matter of time and another million bucks from some wacko study before...BOOM...out comes that card.

And how would they explain this photo from last week?


Hot dog-onomics

Not a no-no per se, but isn't it refreshing to hear a woman be so blunt about her love of beef?

Tell Washington to keep their Hands Off My Health Care!



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The latest pro-life news (09/24/12)

Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life.  

And ...

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When does 5,000 = 18,000?

When the "In the tank for Obama" media is doing the math.

I read the news today, oh no!




Seen on an office door inside the state Capitol today


3RD UPDATE: Culinary no-no #291

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Federal Website Had Military Ballot Deadline Error for WI Voters


Federal Website Had Military Ballot Deadline Error for Wisconsin Voters

MacIver News Service | September 25, 2012 U

[Madison, Wisc...] The Federal Voting Assistance Program website published an incorrect deadline for the return of military ballots in Wisconsin. Had this error not been corrected, thousands of Wisconsin servicemen and women could have been disenfranchised in this key swing state this November.

The FVAB website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by local and state election officials.

MacIver News Service contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the error on Tuesday and requested comment.

"All Wisconsin absentee ballots are due by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. The FVAP site was incorrect," said Reid Magney, GAB spokesman in an emailed response to the inquiry.

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The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor


September 2012 e-newsletter

Franklin mayor Tom Taylor discusses Meijer's

You can read what the mayor had to say in a profile piece on Franklin in the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Earth to Rick Romano at FranklinNOW or your wife (I can't keep track who's on the Franklin beat), you couldn't ask these questions? You couldn't cover this story?

Complete joke.

Franklin taxpayers, you pay a LOT for your public schools

The Milwaukee Business Journal reports the  Public Policy Forum took data from every school district in SE Wisconsin and boiled it down to show operating costs and ACT scores  for the 2011-2012 academic year. The report was issued Tuesday. It’s an eye-opener.

We’re not cheap in Wisconsin when it comes to edcuation and that definitely includes Franklin.

Out of 50 school districts studied, Franklin ranks 22nd in total operations spending. Franklin spends $11,758 per student.


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Eventually all the goofy proposals find their way to Wisconsin, and we respond...hmmm, interesting

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Wisconsin Lawmaker, Decorated Veteran, Angered by Ballot Deadline Error

Wisconsin Lawmaker, Decorated Veteran, Angered by Ballot Deadline Error

However, State Elections Official Says Bogus FVAP Posting Not a Big Problem

MacIver News Service | September 27, 2012

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We now take you LIVE to a protest rally outside a Romney event in Ohio

Sad, but very true


Senator Ron Johnson on tonight's debate

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Fourteen years ago Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin was elected to Congress. Since then, she has worked hard to earn the ranking of "Most Liberal Member of the House" and was rated Wisconsin's "Most Liberal" member of Congress in 40 years.  You and I already know that Congresswoman Baldwin is too extreme for Wisconsin, but tonight the rest of the state will realize that, too.

With more than 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed and the future of America at stake, the Wisconsin Senate race has grabbed national headlines.  Tonight, Governor Tommy Thompson and Congresswoman Baldwin will engage in an hour-long debate, and in that time viewers will see two very different paths for America.

Tommy Thompson is a leader with a proven record; as governor, he helped create over 740,000 jobs, cut taxes 91 times and introduced bold, responsible reforms.  And now he has a bold plan to get America back on track. Tonight, Tommy will stand on his record and Wisconsin families will rally behind him.

By contrast, Tammy Baldwin will do everything she can to run from the failed record of the super-liberal policies she supported that have nearly brought our nation to its knees.

Questions that need to be answered in tonight's debate:
  • Tammy claims to work for the middle class, so why did she champion the FY 2012 Progressive Budget, which would raise taxes by $3.9 trillion?
  • How does she justify supporting one of the largest tax increases in history, ObamaCare, during the deepest recession since the Great Depression?
  • She has been a reliable rubber-stamp for budget-busting policies, voting for the $825 Billion Stimulus bill and the $1.76 trillion health care law (which she doesn't believe went far enough.)
Also, look out for Tammy to try to dodge her job-killing record:
  • Because of policies and spending she supports, 6.6 million Americans have lost their jobs and $10 trillion has been added to the nation's debt. In Wisconsin, 129,455 people have lost their jobs.
  • Tammy voted for cap-and-trade, which would kill 26,000 Wisconsin non-farm jobs as a result of increased energy costs.
  • Tammy Baldwin has repeatedly voted for onerous regulations that tie the hands of our small business owners, making it impossible for them to grow and expand.
Since the beginning, Tammy Baldwin has been running a negative campaign to divert voters' attention from the failed record of policies she supports and will continue to promote.  Tonight we will see the old Tommy from Elroy that we all know. We will be reminded of his success as a four-term governor and his plans to put America back on a path to prosperity.

Let me leave you with this: The liberal policies of deficit spending, weakening our national defense, taking over our healthcare system, over regulating our economy, failing to fully use our domestic energy resources, and punishing success have brought America to a tipping point.  Tammy Baldwin will continue to promote each and every one of these failed policies.  It's clear: America cannot afford to send Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate.

Senator Ron Johnson

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Tommy and Tammy: The first debate

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With just 39 days until we head to the polls, Wisconsin has a simple choice to make in one of the most important elections in recent history. Tonight's debate will show that the differences between Tommy and Congresswoman Baldwin couldn't be greater.

We can select the proven Wisconsin Reformer Tommy Thompson or choose the extreme, failed policies of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and her Big-Government Special Interest Allies. 

While Tommy created over 740,000 jobs in Wisconsin, cut taxes 91 times, and reformed a broken welfare system, Congresswoman Baldwin has been forcing her extreme liberal agenda onto hardworking, middle-class Wisconsin families. During her time in Washington Congresswoman Baldwin has:
  • Voted for Obamacare but has repeatedly said it does not go far enough. She has openly advocated for a single-payer system and a complete government takeover of our nation's healthcare system.
  • Supported another failed stimulus proposal that will cost the Taxpayers $1.4 trillion and add to our already out-of-control debt that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will spend a lifetime paying back.
  • Turned her back on the middle-class, by voting to increase taxes on middle-class families.
The debate tonight is at 8pm and you can watch it on our website. If you'd like to join fellow Tommy supporters for a debate watching party, we'll be hosting them all around state from 6pm to 9pm.

Tonight is the night we expose Congresswoman Baldwin's extreme record. Tonight is the night we begin to restore America's future. We need your support now more than ever.


John Martin
Thompson for Senate

P.S. The out-of-state special interests and Congresswoman Baldwin will stop at nothing to distort Tommy and his record of positive achievement. A contribution of $25, $50, $100 or anything you can afford will help us in these final days make sure that the truth is heard.

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Tommy Thompson wins first debate

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Goodnight everyone and may the Lord always watch over you this weekend


“He had perhaps the most beautiful male voice ever. Perfect pitch.”

Kathie Lee Gifford

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

I was saddened this week to learn of the death of Andy Williams. With the exception of but a handful, the singers from Williams’ era and genre are all gone.

Williams’ career spanned nine decades earning him
18 gold and three platinum records and three Emmy Awards.

Columnist Tam Cowan wrote, “H
e's so much more than Mr. Moon River.” Tonight, we’ll remember some other Williams greats.

Williams’ TV variety show was a must-see in our home. The crooner made it cool to wear turtleneck sweaters.

"His television shows were great. He made you feel very at ease with him, and he made you smile and made you connect to the music and the songs he was singing."
Songwriter Burt Bacharach


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The best cartoons of the week (09/29/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/29/12)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 71.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 63. "B"

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

Around mid-September, you start to see it in stores:  Pink is everywhere.  Retailers across the board get set to sell items for October, the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  From tongue-in-cheek “Save the Tata’s” to “I’m a SURVIVOR,” logos and slogans are abundant.  It’s great that an entire month is dedicated to a critical women’s health issue.

But please, dear readers of The Barking Lot, don’t forget that October is ALSO Adopt-A-Dog month  If you feel your family is ready to bring a four-legged friend into your lives please consider a shelter dog.  (Not sure if you’re up to the commitment?  Take this quiz.)  

I’m all about the mutts of the world.  I always have been.  Probably because the two dogs that meant the most to me (my own) were “mixed breeds.”  However if your dog-loving heart is set on one particular breed, consider this:  You can own a pedigree dog and save a dog from the shelter at the same time.  Just contact the good folks at one of the breed rescue organizations.

If you’re feeling generous and are financially able, you could make a donation to a worthy organization even if you’re not in the market for a pup.  Homeless dogs will certainly benefit from your kindness that would truly give deeper meaning to “a warm, fuzzy feeling.”

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

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Neglected dog found alive in garbage bag.

Dog thought to be lost in Katrina turns up.

What happens when a dog bites a cop?

Wars end, service dogs return.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: The fight for service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

A calming influence in the courtroom.

Explaining a pet's death to kids.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Seat belts on dogs?

Dogs In the workplace? Cool. But business owners need to know a few things.

Yellow ribbons on dogs?

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Photo goes viral and money pours in.

How to save $$$ on dog ownership.

Tagg tells you if your dog is doggin' it.

Only cop in New Mexico town with a clean record has four legs.

What does a dog have to do to be considered for a HamBone?

Halloween is going to the dogs.



Geovany Gonzalez with cerebral palsy, interacts with Fiona, a therapeutically trained dog, as it tries to lick his face during a therapy session at the Colitas Foundation in Panama City September 22, 2012. The Colitas Foundation, run by Mario Chang, sponsors a programme using trained dogs for therapeutic practice and to help improve the quality of life of children and teenagers with mental and physical disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and autism. Photo: Carlos Jasso, Reuters

Thanks for stopping by.

Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

We close with our closing video.

CBS recently re-posted a "60 Minutes" classic:

And speaking of the nose…

2012 POO Awards - Week 6

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

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

Week 1

We have a tie.

Frederic 64, Washburn 0

Shiocton 64, Marion/Tigerton 0

For new readers, this is why we do the POO.

Week 2

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Week-ends (09/29/12)


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


Returning refs

Timothy Sanders and his father

Unidentified SWAT officer

Roberto Sandoval

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Lance Easley

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"It was the correct call.  I didn't do anything wrong. You have to not only have the ball but have either two feet or a body part on the ground, and that never happened. Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call. I don't appreciate the negative stuff.  We did a damn good job . . . for the most part."
NFL replacement ref Lance Easley who made the touchdown call that robbed the Green Bay Packers of a win over the Seattle Seahawks doesn't think he made a mistake.

“That’s the beauty of sports and the beauty of officiating, is that there are controversial calls and people see them differently.”
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell

“I want to see fire in the belly, lit up and ready to go.”
Governor Walker referring to Mitt Romney and his campaign.

“I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance,” Obama said. “But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam.”
President Obama during  an interview on “60 Minutes” that was part of a larger discussion of whether recent events had given him any pause in his support for governments that had arisen following the Arab Spring.

“The president characterized as ‘bumps in the road’ the developments of the Middle East — we just had an ambassador assassinated. Egypt has elected a Muslim Brotherhood or person as president. Iran is on the cusp of having nuclear capability. We have tumult in Syria and also Pakistan, and I don’t consider these bumps in the road — I think this is a time for American leadership domestically. The president’s policies are a continuation of the past four years.”
Mitt Romney blasting Obama’s ”bumps in the road”  remarks as both insensitive and inaccurate.

“…a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
President Obama speaking to the United Nations.

"I told folks I'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys.”
President Obama to the women on “The View.”

"He gave us a phone. He's going to do more."
Woman at a rally protesting Mitt Romney in Ohio.

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Countdown to Victory Luncheon with Gov. Chris Christie

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Governor Chris Christie is coming to Wisconsin for an event, and you're invited!

If you can make it, join us for a "Countdown to Victory Luncheon" in Green Bay on October 17th. 

Victory Luncheon

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Hope to see you there,

Alden Wood
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What They're Saying About Thompson's Debate Win...

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What They're Saying About Thompson's 
Debate Win...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "In My Opinion, It Is Not In Baldwin's Best Interest To Have More Debates With Thompson..." First, Thompson is clearly more experienced and skilled at public speaking. His remarks were fluid, leaving now awkward finishes. Baldwin appeared anxious, stammered through of her deliveries, and didn't leave the perception of a confident and strong leader. (Aaron Rodriguez, Tommy Thompson corners the debate on leadership and reform, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Purple Wisconsin, 9/28/12) 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "'We built Wisconsin,'" Thompson returned to his record as governor for nearly a decade and a half and dismissed Baldwin as far to the left of the state's voters. "We cut taxes. We changed welfare, giving people hope and opportunity. We built Wisconsin," Thompson said. " . . . Even her party doesn't pass her legislation because she's so far out of the mainstream." (Lee Bergquist, Baldwin, Thompson spar on their records, nation's future, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 9/29/12)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Thompson pointed to the more than 740,000 jobs created during his time as governor..." Thompson pointed to the more than 740,000 jobs created during his time as governor between January 1987 to January 2001 - a period of tremendous national economic growth - and his record of cutting taxes scores of times and overhauling the state's welfare program. (Lee Bergquist, Baldwin, Thompson spar on their records, nation's future, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 9/29/12)

Associated Press: "'When you don't have a record, you attack the other person...'" "I get things done. I don't criticize the other side. I make sure things happen." (Todd Richmond, Thompson goes after Baldwin in Wis. Senate debate, Associated Press, 9/28/12)

Associated Press: "He ripped her for allowing the nation's debt to grow to $16 trillion..."  Thompson opened up by declaring he'd cut taxes dozens of times and created more than a half million jobs during his 14 years as governor. He labeled Baldwin the top spender in the U.S. House. He ripped her for allowing the nation's debt to grow to $16 trillion. 'My opponent is a taxer and a spender,' Thompson said. (Todd Richmond, Thompson goes after Baldwin in Wis. Senate debate, Associated Press, 9/28/12)

WisPolitics: "TommyThompson portrayed Senate opponent Tammy Baldwin Friday night as a "taxer and a spender" who is outside the mainstream..." "My opponent is so far to the extreme even her party doesn't pass any of her legislation," Thompson said. (Thompson and Baldwin go on attack in first U.S. Senate debate, WisPolitics, 9/28/12)

Roll Call: "The Democrats' signature health care law helped cost three-term Wisconsin incumbent Russ Feingold his seat in 2010." Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) made clear tonight that she thinks her support of the law will help her secure victory over former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R). ... My opponent is so far to the extreme even her party doesn't pass any of her legislation," Thompson said. (Meredith Shiner, Health Care Takes Center Stage in Wisconsin Senate Debate, Roll Call, 9/29/12) 

Politico: "Quick #WISEN take: Tommy was strong, more energy" (Dave Catanese, Twitter, 9/28/12)

Wisconsin Public Radio: "My opponent is ranked as a number one liberal in the United States House of Representatives." "We were able to create 742,000 jobs while I was governor. I was a reformer. My opponent is ranked as a number one liberal in the United States House of Representatives. That's a pretty hard ranking to get to, when you know that she is the number one spender in the House of Representatives." (Debate: Baldwin and Thompson Court Voters in Statewide Broadcast, Wisconsin Public Radio, 9/29/12)

WISN-TV in Milwaukee: "'Thompson opened the debate at WMVS-TV's Milwaukee studios by labeling the Democratic congresswoman 'a taxer and a spender.'" He accused her of being out of the mainstream and failing to produce any changes in Washington. "Baldwin doesn't have a record to run on, so all she can do is try to get people not to like me," Thompson said. (Baldwin, Thompson square off in first debate, WISN-TV, 9/28/12)

Oak Creek Patch: "Former Gov. Tommy Thompson went on the attack Friday night against U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in their first debate for the U.S. Senate race." Republican Thompson portrayed his Democratic opponent as a "taxer and a spender" who is outside the mainstream, according to (Mark Maley, Down in the Polls, Thompson Blasts Baldwin in First Debate, Oak Creek Patch, 9/29/12)

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Herman Cain and Univ. of Michigan students destroy heckler

A Heckler Ignites "USA" Chants at University of Michigan

The Job Creators Solutions Truth Tour rolled through Michigan and Ohio this week. At the University of Michigan a crowd of at least 500 came out to hear Herman Cain bring the Truth. While Herman Cain was talking about America being the greatest country in the world, a heckler decides to speak up. Watch the video below to see how a room of 500 students made this heckler quiet for the rest of the night.  Click here to watch this great video. 

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Recommended Reading (09/29/12)

Recommended Reading

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

The Election Isn't Over

"Only fools and partisans think Obama has it locked up."

The sound of no one watching

“If a debate airs on a fall Friday in Wisconsin, and no one’s there to watch it, does it really matter?

“The answer is, not really, according to a Wisconsin politico.

“John McAdams, political science professor at Marquette University, says much more important to the outcome of Wisconsin’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race will be…”

Something is Wrong

“Don't look now, but Islam is becoming the MSM's official religion of America.”

Mugged: Ann Coulter's Home Run

“…the idea of liberals as civil rights heroes is not only a tragedy and a myth but a seriously bad joke. As we often note, any group on record with enthusiastic support for slavery, segregation, lynching, the Ku Klux Klan and, in today's world, everything from racial quotas to illegal immigration is decidedly no kind of American hero. As we have also frequently noted, racism and the Left go together like ham and eggs or peanut butter and jelly. Without playing the race card the Left would die of political oxygen deprivation.

“Ann Coulter gets it. Mugged is not just a book -- it's a public service.”

40 Headlines You'd See If Romney was a Democrat and Obama was a Republican

“1) Mr. Fixit vs. Mr. Broke-It: The Successful CEO vs. the President Who Never Had a Real Job

“2) Black Leaders on Obama: We're Still Waiting for the First Real Black President”

In This Presidential Race, the Fans Are Crying Foul

“At every Washington Nationals home game, four sprinters wearing supersize heads of Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson take a fourth-inning dash around the warning track at Nationals Park. And for seven straight seasons, the bespectacled mascot known as Teddy has tripped, has been hurled into walls, has run the wrong way. He has stopped to tweet, he has been felled by a leprechaun, a pierogi, and generally found 523 preposterous ways to never cross the finish line first.”


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Photos of the Week (09/30/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Officials try to sort out the final play of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks as players and coaches swarm the field on Monday night. The Seattle Seahawks completed an improbable — and controversial — Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game to top the Packers 14-12. Seattle's Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings both appeared to have the ball thrown by Russell Wilson as they crashed to the turf. Most fans thought it was an interception. The officials called the 24-yard strike a touchdown, and the play stood after video review. Photos: Ted S. Warren / AP and Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images

2) Digital billboards greeted President Obama on his trip to Milwaukee last weekend. Photo:

3) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, on Sept. 27. Netanyahu showed a diagram in the shape of a bomb that he said shows the progress of Iran's nuclear enrichment progress. Photo: Jason Szenes / EPA

4) A Syrian man cries near the body of his brother, killed by a Syrian Army sniper, near Dar El Shifa Hospital in Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 27. Photo: Manu Brabo / AP

5) A demonstrator struggles with Spanish National Police riot officers outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25, 2012. Photo: Sergio Perez / Reuters

6) Media and onlookers watch police drill through a concrete driveway to obtain a soil sample that will be tested for signs of human decomposition at a site where a tipster reported that the body of former Teamster's union boss Jimmy Hoffa may be buried September 28, 2012 in Roseville, Michigan. Ground-penetrating radar indicated there is an anomaly under the concrete. The former Teamster's president disappeared from a restaurant parking lot in Bloomfield Township, Michigan in 1975. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

7) Children look at ducks in the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial that is full of algae after recently being filled with water, on Sept. 26, in Washington, DC. National Park Service officials have hired a contractor to remove the algae that has appeared after a two year, $34 million renovation of the pool. Photos : Mark Wilson / Getty Images

8) A museum employee displays some of the shoes of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, next to her portrait at the shoe museum in Manila on Wednesday. The shoes, which were part of a display at the Marikina Shoe Museum, were repaired by the city government of Marikina, shoe capital of the Philippines, after they were damaged by floods brought by southwest monsoon rains last month. Photos: Ted Aljibe / AFP - Getty Images and Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

9) Cold? Cold?? People walk along the coast on a cold day at Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 26. According to local media, temperatures have fallen down to about 16 degrees Celcius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) and winds could reach speeds of almost 76 km (47 miles) per hour. Photos: Pilar Olivares / Reuters and Antonio Scorza / AFP - Getty Images

10) A male okapi, Nkosi, who was born at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium, stands in his enclosure on Sept. 20. Okapis live in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo and are on the list of endangered species. Photo: Johan Verhulst / AFP - Getty Images

11) More than 1,000 buffalo thunder across prairie land during the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup in western South Dakota's Custer State Park, Sept. 24, 2012. Event organizers estimate that more than 14,000 people attended the event. Photo: Kristi Eaton / AP

12) Dolphins leap in the waters of Bondi Beach in Sydney on Sept. 25. Photo: Daniel Munoz / Reuters

13) 10-year-old panda Xin Yue lounges at the Taihu Lake National Wetland Park in China on Sept. 24. Photo: Chinafotopress / Zuma Press

14) Penguins walk to the ocean with Table Mountain, as backdrop right, during their release by workers from the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, SANCCOB, on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Sept 25. Photo: Schalk Van Zuydam / AP

15) Sofia Vergara channels a mermaid at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

16) "Project Runway" host and model Heidi Klum rocks the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Alexandre Vauthier. Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

17) What do women do in the ladies room when they march in there by two? Debutante Ella Venables is taught to waltz by a guest in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London, Sept. 14. Ella is anxious because she must waltz with her father but does not know how. Photo: Olivia Harris / Reuters

18) Children watch as a young model takes to the catwalk during the 'Fashion Kids for Children in Crisis Onlus' show in Milan, Italy, Sept. 25. All proceeds from the fashion show, will benefit projects for the education of disadvantaged children around the world. The charity event ended the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013, which took place from 19 to 25 September.  Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro / EPA

19) They never fail us. A model presents a creation by Gareth Pugh during the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection show on Sept. 26, in Paris. Photo: Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images

20) The Oktoberfest festival tent at the Theresienwiese festival grounds in Munich on Sept. 23. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP - Getty Images

21) Millions of beer drinkers from around the world come to the Bavarian capital for the 179th Oktoberfest, which began Sept. 22 and runs until Oct. 7. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

22) Men sit in flood waters outside a bar as water levels continue to rise on the River Ouse in York, northern England on Sept. 26. Britain was bracing for more torrential rain as hundreds of people spent the night away from their flooded homes following two days of heavy downpours. Photo: Paul Ellis / AFP - Getty Images

23) David Gilbert knocks the ball away from Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez in  a game Saturday night in Lincoln. Here, Chase Hammond reaches up to make a reception. Montee Ball fumbles the ball on Wisconsin's final offensive play of the game. The Badgers blew a 17-point lead and lost, 30-27. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood

E-mails, I get e-mails: Tommy's campaign could use donations


I hope this email finds you well. 

I'm on the way to the Packers game and thought I'd reach out to give you a brief update. 

After Friday's debate, I have a great feeling about our chances in November. Congresswoman Baldwin is just too extreme for Wisconsin middle-class families. The only problem we face is that Congresswoman Baldwin and her Big Government Special Interest allies are attempting to buy this election by tearing me down and distorting my record, which is why I need your help to raise the funds to get out our message of reform. 

Our campaign would really appreciate a donation before tonight's deadline. We can win this, but we'll be that much better off with your help:

Have a great Sunday, and Go Pack!


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Culinary no-no #298

Culinary no-no's


This week, what does a Franklin restaurant have in common with a restaurant at one of the nation’s top tourist destinations?

Here in God’s country, aka Franklin, WI, USA, we do have some nice restaurants. The common lament is that there just aren’t enough of them.

One of the good spots is ...

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