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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.

There were many great Olympic moments....

Inspirational stories

But this one was tough to beat:

A Daughter's Story

"Convinced by her mother she would win a medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, Canada's Joannie Rochette weeks earlier selected Madonna's "Die Another Day' for her program in the Olympic Gala on Saturday night, an exhibition of the Games' top figure skaters.

The musical choice would add to the sense of surreal in a week of extreme and heartbreaking contrasting emotions for Rochette."

Spring has officially arrived in Franklin

I don't care what the TV weather folks or groundhog say.

Spring is here.

These critters....


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The "good" husband or, what happens to guys when they get older

Over the weekend, I saw a friend of mine, an older gentleman who I knew had been to the Milwaukee Auto Show earlier in the week.

As we got into a conversation about the show, I asked if he saw any “hot models?”

Of course, I was referring to…..

Without hesitation, my friend replied, “You mean those older cars?”

He is definitely a devoted husband who will live a heckuva lot longer.

On a more serious note, he told me no one was stopping (no pun intended) to check out the Toyota section at the show. Imagine that.

Say No to More and Bigger Government


Say No to More and Bigger Government

Senator Chuck Schumer strikes again...

Washington D.C. just doesn't get it. First it was Card Check, then more spending with the boondoggle budgets, next cap and trade, CFPA and of course health care.

You'd think they would get the message that the American people don't think more government is the solution to get our economy back on track.

Of course, Washington isn't exactly known for its common sense. So now, the Senate is going to continue to negotiate on a yet another new bill to regulate America's financial industry -- and of course they are trying to ram it through before elections are any closer.

The latest proposal threatens to harm businesses and jobs, decrease consumer choice, and create more bureaucratic red tape. Shocker.

Unfortunately, it's just more of the same.

Click here to email your Senators to urge them to oppose the misnamed "Shareholder Bill of Rights".

Originally introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer, this proposal would federalize state corporate law, creating a one-size-fits-all approach that takes power away from investors and gives it to Washington bureaucrats.

This bad idea will likely create unintended consequences that will harm economic growth and job creation and force American businesses overseas.

Please email your Senators today to oppose this flawed proposal.

We encourage the Senate Banking Committee to go back to the drawing board and draft solutions that actually allow American businesses to be competitive job creators without adding more bureaucracy and increased costs on taxpayers, consumers and businesses. Basically, just use common sense.

Contact your Senators today and let them know you don't support turning back the clock on our free enterprise system by federalizing our businesses.


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

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Showdown Vote in House on Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill Likely This Month!

Kyla's Korner- Musings of a Mother (03/01/10)

Kyla's Korner

By Jennifer Fischer
Mother of beautiful angel, Kyla

I can’t begin to guess how many times in one day I tell Kyla that she is beautiful.  She IS beautiful… every baby is.  Everyone in our family tells her she is pretty, as do complete strangers.  I’m not sure what it is, exactly, with our society:  we feel perfectly comfortable telling a baby or very young girl that she is pretty.  But then there comes a certain age in a girl’s life when it becomes inappropriate, or at least very uncommon, to tell her that she is gorgeous.  It seems to me that it is about the time in the young lady’s life when she needs to hear it the most. 


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Thou shalt not stand

Take a good look at this evil, threatening, harmful monument.

2004 file photo: Tulsa World

The 8-foot tall Ten Commandments marker on the lawn of the Haskell County Courthouse in Stigler, Oklahoma is probably coming down.

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a case surrounding the monument. So a lower court ruling that the marker must go will stand.

Atheists are dancing in the street.

The World's First Online Video Bible

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three pupils accuses the school district of Willis, Texas of refusing to allow children to carry or read the Bible.

"My daughters called me, were hysterical, and said, 'Mama, they took our Bibles and called them garbage and threw them in the garbage and then threatened to call Child Protective Services,' " Deborah Bedenbender, a Willis homemaker told the Houston Chronicle back in 2000.

Those school administrators and teachers can’t stop this.

Beginning today, anyone in the world will be able to take part in a first of its kind: an online video Bible. They simply read their chosen passages from Scriptures on camera and then upload the videos to a web site.

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Sure Obama wanted to listen to Republicans....really he did!

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Obamacare prospects on thin ice

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Why Obama's Great Bet Will Fail

"In a sense, he's sort of backed into a corner. He hasn't improved the economy, the unemployment situation has not stabilized--much less improved, Gitmo is still open, four terror attacks against the U.S. have happened on his watch, and people are tired of all of his speeches--while seeing no results. The American people are telling CNN, not Fox News, that they do not like the President's priorities, nor his policies."

Ricardo Pimentel, do you actually read the Journal Sentinel?

Great column by Ken Blackwell, a
senior fellow at the Family Research Council and American Civil Rights Union. It’s titled, “Do Liberal Editors Read Their Newspapers?"  Here are excerpts:

“In recent Philadelphia Inquirer comes a horrific story of a dirty, dangerous, and deadly abortion center. The abortionist, Kermit Baron Gosnell, has been killing unborn children for almost forty years. The long trail of women killed and disastrous abortion practices he approved makes for depressing -- but necessary – reading.

Contrast this with a beautiful story this week from the New York Times by Benedict Carey: "Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much." This article describes touching as ‘the first language we learn.’ The piece reviews the work of Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner. The touch of the human hand remains ‘our richest means of emotional expression" throughout life.’

I hope the editors of the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer will actually read their own papers and seriously reflect on their meaning before they editorialize in such antiseptic terms about abstractions like ‘a woman's freedom to choose’.”

Here’s Blackwell’s piece.

Doctors inflicting death on children

If this is true, then it’s an abomination.

A study just published in the March edition of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine analyzed interviews with parents of 141 children who had died of cancer and were treated at three hospitals in Boston and Minnesota.  In the following excerpt from the study, HD stands for “hastening death,” or administering drugs to the children to end life:

Nineteen of 141 parents (13%; 95% CI, 8%-19%) reported that they had considered asking about HD, and 13 parents (9%; 95% CI, 4%-14%) reported having discussed intentionally ending their child's life. Five parents (4%; 95% CI, 0.5%-7%) reported having explicitly asked a clinician for medications to end the child's life, and 3 parents (2%; 95% CI, 0%-3%) reported that their child's life was intentionally ended with medication. In all 3 cases, the medication used was morphine.”

I guess the hell with that oath they take.

And shame on those parents.  If it was my little child, I’d want medical staff to do everything they could to help and not give up.

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The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #14

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

She is Keli Carender who gets credit for founding the massive Tea Party movement that has swept the country.

The New York Times recently published a profile of Carender:

“I basically thought to myself: ‘I have two courses. I can give up, go home, crawl into bed and be really depressed and let it happen. Or I can do something different, and I can find a new avenue to have my voice get out.’

The daughter of Democrats who became disaffected in the Clinton years, Ms. Carender, 30, began paying attention to politics during the 2008 campaign, but none of the candidates appealed to her. She had studied math at Western Washington University before earning a teaching certificate at Oxford — she teaches basic math to adult learners — and began reading more on economics, particularly the writings of Thomas Sowell, the libertarian economist, and National Review.

Reading about the stimulus, she said, ‘it didn’t make any sense to me to be spending all this money when we don’t have it. It seems more logical to me that we create an atmosphere where private industry can start to grow again and create jobs,’ she said.

Her fiancé, Conor McNassar, urged her to channel her complaints into a blog, which she called Liberty Belle.

It was not enough.”

So she organized a porkulus protest, and the fever spread into a nationwide phenomenon.

At her blog, Carender writes she has received, guess what? You got it.....many angry comments from the warm, fuzzy, compassionate left:

“Most of the attacks consisted of the usual hyperbole and empty, hateful rhetoric of people who presume themselves to be intellectually and morally superior to anyone who does not share a liberal, progressive or left-wing ideology. They demonstrate a proclivity for ad hominem attacks, appealing to prejudice, emotion and irrationality, rather than intellect or reason.

This inability to discuss principles without personal insults is on full display in the comment wishing that I ‘or somebody very close to [me] gets a serious long-term illness and [I] get to see real close what happens to them in our crappy disjointed medical system.’ During the heat and drama of the left’s protests against the Iraq war, I do not recall ever reading a comment by a conservative wishing a terrorist attack on a progressive or their family so that they would better comprehend the need to fight terrorism. This propensity to engage in personal attacks is also seen in the liberals’ efforts to denigrate the Tea Party movement with juvenile name-calling. However, at the end of the day, ad hominem attacks can be ignored.”

Stay strong, passionate, and committed, Ms. Carender!


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Ron Fournier

12) Jake Shafer

13) Bree McMahon

14) Keli Carender

Will people pay to get their newspaper online?

“I think it’s a very short term strategy and it will die with its readers.”

Jeff Jarvis, CUNY journalism professor

Jarvis appeared today with former newspaper editor Alan Mutter on NPR’s Radio Times, a one-hour discussion program produced by WHYY in Philadelphia.

It’s a fascinating and yes, quite grim discussion about the current status and its future. Here are, and I’m paraphrasing, some of the comments made by Jarvis and Mutter:

Hoping consumers will pay for online news and expecting it to work is a pretty tough call after the product has been free for years.

Despite the fact that the Internet and web browsers aren’t new, newspapers continue to struggle trying to adapt.

The change is too great, the cost is too great and the pain is too great. The future of news is more entrepreneurial as opposed to institutional. Newspapers are too high-bound by an old cost structure of doing things the old way.

The newspaper industry got too fat and too happy for too long in a monopoly-type scenario.

They don’t know how to innovate.

Newspaper revenues have just collapsed, losing almost half of their total revenue since 2005. That’s a major crisis that takes their eye off the ball of doing anything innovative. They are not capable of thinking differently because they’re in a state of abject panic.

Reality is harsh. One editor of a highly respected paper told one of the guests she thought it would be best if the institutions just died so they could be replaced and get on with doing journalism again.

This edition of Radio Times is very enlightening.

And by the way, that idea of charging to see news online has been a disaster in one example.

And we should release registered sex offenders....


Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Franklin blasts Muskego in boy's basketball regional

Final score:



For their efforts, Franklin advances to the regional final against Milwaukee Hamilton at Hamilton this Saturday at 7:00. Hamilton is considered one of the favorites to win the state title.

Yours truly will be the official timer for this Saturday's big game.

Is a municipal bus driver worth $100,000?

In Madison, the answer is yes.

No wonder taxes are so awful in Tax Hell, USA.

When the going gets tough, Obama lights up

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

President Obama is a smoking hypocrite

“Technically, being a hypocrite is saying that something is bad (i.e. smoking), but not really believing it's bad, and doing it anyway--just precluding it for others. But technicalities don't matter to the left, so let's just say President Obama is a hypocrite……..Currently, he's trying to get health care legislation passed that would require me to pay more so that a guy like him doesn't have to pay extra because of his upped chances of all forms of cancer.”



A stunner from conservative writer of lists, John Hawkins:

In the next decade or two, we're likely to face a financial crisis more dire than any this nation has ever seen. What is that going to mean in real terms? It means that barring an unforeseen miracle, our out-of-control spending is going to lead to some very painful decisions that will make a lot of people, including conservatives, very unhappy. What you're about to read are the ugly truths about what our behavior today means for our country's future.”

5 Ugly Truths Americans Will Have to Face

Those poor, poor teachers: Average MPS teacher compensation tops $100,000

Hard to sympathize when the teachers union cries the blues and the School Board raises property taxes by double digits.

From the MacIver Institute.

The Obama reconciliation flip-flop

Obamacare to have uneasy reconciliation

"The reconciliation rules, which are primarily used to deal with budget and deficit-cutting proposals, were not meant for complicated policy-making that can wreak havoc on America's private health care system. There are time limits, but senators can also offer an unlimited number of amendments, too, that many Democrats may not want on their voting record in a tough election year. It is a process that can drag on for weeks, while opposition to Obamacare grows along with demands that Congress turn its attention to the economy and jobs."

No more Saturday mail?

Dave Granlund/

Not so fast

"Postmaster General John E. Potter is again pushing this week to eliminate Saturday delivery as a cost-cutting measure at the beleaguered United States Postal Service, which is projected to lose $7 billion this year. But his effort faces a big roadblock…"


Sounds so nice, gonna tax you twice

From today’s paper about a new RTA proposal in Madison:

"Milwaukee-area taxpayers could wind up paying a second time for buses that already have been purchased with their tax dollars - a price tag that could come to some $20 million - under new regional transit authority legislation unveiled Wednesday.

Milwaukee-area taxpayers could wind up paying a second time for buses that already have been purchased with their tax dollars - a price tag that could come to some $20 million - under new regional transit authority legislation unveiled Wednesday.

If the RTA uses its borrowing authority to buy the bus systems, and then repays the bonds with sales tax revenue, many of the same residents whose property taxes bought the buses for Milwaukee County also would be paying the sales tax to buy the same buses for the RTA."

And now, my favorite part of the article:

"(State Rep.Tamara) Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) said the authors never intended for taxpayers to pay twice....."

Yeh, right.

Friday night on InterCHANGE


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

1 – Racine Mayor.

The former Racine mayor gets three years in prison after being set up and then arrested for meeting a cop who was posing on-line as a fourteen year old girl.  The defense attorney had asked for probation, the prosecutor had asked for ten years, and the maximum possible sentence was twenty-seven years.  Surprisingly, the judge said he hadn’t planned to give him any prison time, until he hear that Gary Becker had gone to Boston Store a few weeks ago and purchased a bunch of pairs of girls undergarments.  Is three-years enough?  Did he really do anything wrong?  Did anybody get hurt?  Was it fair that he was set up?  Is this a case that cries out for treatment and rehabilitation?  Or, is this guy one sick dude who deserved a lot more of a prison sentence than he was given?

2 – No School Money.

Even though Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle are good friends and supporters of President Obama, Wisconsin is not a finalist for any of the Race to the Top federal funds which are intended for use in improving public schools.  Doyle blasts the legislature for not going along with his proposals to improve schools.  Is this yet another sign that the MPS Board is lost in space, or is it to be admired for fighting to maintain local control?

3 – Train Factory.

A Spanish train-builder says it will use a building at the old Tower Automotive site here in Milwaukee to build at least two 14-car-trains for the Milwaukee-to-Chicago Amtrak Hiawatha line.  They might also build trains for the proposed Milwaukee to Madison route, and for other states as well.  It’s expected the plant will employ about 125 workers.  Again, does this signal a rebirth of Milwaukee as a manufacturing center?  Is this yet another big win for Mayor Tom Barrett, who can brag that he’s the “job creating” candidate for governor?  Or, will it not turn out to be that big of a deal?  

4 – Saturday Mail.

Is it time to allow the post office to do away with Saturday delivery?  In the age of the internet, will the post office even survive?  How will the model have to change?  Should the post office be allowed to continually raise rates as well?  Is 44-cents still a bargain to get a letter delivered across country in three days?

5 – Fr. Robert Wild.

Fr. Robert Wild will be retiring as president of Marquette University, a post he has held for the past fourteen years.  The university has seen incredible growth under his leadership.  There’s been a new Dental School, a new athletic facility, an expanded library, a new Law School, a new administration building, and ground has been broken for a new School of Engineering.  He’s an incredible fundraiser.  Some would argue his only mistake was in the way he handled the change of the team name from Warriors to Golden Eagles.  What is left for the next president to accomplish at what is surely one of Milwaukee’s most respected resources?

Obamacare Equals Massive Taxpayer Abortion Funding and Rationing of Senior Care

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Obamacare = Massive Taxpayer

Funding of Abortions and Health

Care Rationing for Seniors

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Putting MPS basketball in perspective

When fans of the Franklin boy’s basketball team travel to Milwaukee Hamilton this Saturday night to watch the Sabers take on the Wildcats in a WIAA regional final, they will be confronted inside the doors with what for many will be a brand new experience at a high school game: metal detectors.  The procedure, though far less of a hassle than airport security, is totally necessary.

During the early 1980’s, somehow a gun made its way into the Milwaukee Custer High School gym. It went off, causing chaos. Fortunately, no one was injured, but new safety measures and intensified security were implemented at Milwaukee Public School basketball and football games.

Fans who are accustomed to the most pleasant of atmospheres at an athletic event can find it a bit unnerving to walk into a high school gym only to be frisked.

Since the gun incident at Custer, several high profile incidents have given the impression that attending an MPS basketball game is like wandering into a war zone.

Last week, Milwaukee Washington star players Quevyn Winters were suspended for the tournament following an episode at Bradley Tech. After Tech beat Washington, a Washington player went after an official. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, “The referee filed a report on the matter with the WIAA. In it Deb Hauser, the WIAA’s associate director, said the official wrote that a punch was thrown at him and that an individual ‘launched at me again and struck me in the chest’.”

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Where's Charlie Rangel?

Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler

Eventual return to powerful post is unlikely

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How about helping a poor kid from California out


He called us, "awesome!"

Paul Ryan continues to impress

The Weekly Standard calls it, “Paul Ryan’s moment.”

Matthew Continetti writes, “
If national security or social policy were at the center of debate, the Wisconsin congressman wouldn't be nearly as prominent as he is today. But President Obama wants to reshape the American economy and welfare state so that it looks more like a Western European social democracy. And since fiscal policy is Ryan's specialty, he's become the GOP point man when it comes to entitlements and health care.”

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Some Obama Changes Give Me Hope

Making its way around the Internet:

That is right - I will say it. THANK GOD FOR THE PRESIDENT!


1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine - Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary's

Presidential aspirations - something no Republican was ever able to do.  Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you!

2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty.

3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!

Chris Dodd, had never lost a race-- quit 

Dennis Moore had never lost a race - quit

Evan Bayh had never lost a race - quit

Byron Dorgan - had never lost a race - quit

Harry Reid - Soon to be GONE

These are just a handful of the prominent Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be! We may not be able to take over every vacated seat in blue-state areas, but a great start has been made in Massachusetts of all places. 

In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise.  In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats.  The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House, if not the Senate, back to the Republicans.

4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are--bright children who think they know everything. Every generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Even extremely bright children aren't allowed to play with matches. He is bringing home the lesson very well!

Liberals tax, borrow and spend - check

Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America - check

Liberals want to take over the economy - check

Liberals think they know what is best for everyone - check

Liberals aren't happy till they are running YOUR life -check

5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year he rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America ! The old "Silent Majority" is back and isn't silent any more.

6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore!

7. In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I had ever been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about.  My neighbors, friends, strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat out wrong.

8. When the American People wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Look at the Tea Party rallies and town meetings. Those are grass roots Americans saying we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more. Barack Obama woke up these Great Americans!  Americans can--and will-- dig ourselves of whatever mess his obsolete liberal Congressional majorities have the temerity to enact in the face of majority opposition from the People.  

Again I want say, thank you Barack Obama!

UPDATE: The Barking Lot (10/03/09)

The October 3, 2009 edition of The Barking Lot featured my take on whether pit bulls should be banned:

Are there good pit bulls maintained by conscientious owners? Probably.

But not as many as pit bulls that would tear your throat out or chew your child into shreds in seconds if given the chance.

So how do we approach those breeds like pit bulls that pose a serious threat? The answer is breed specific laws that target "vicious" and "dangerous" animals like pit bulls. Owners of such dogs, like pit bulls, face stiffer fines and education requirements.

Don’t like it? Tough. I’m tired of hearing about pit bulls attacking innocent children.”

Recently while driving home from Madison (Thank God for Sirius Satellite Radio), I listened to a debate on this very subject on NPR's Radio Times that was spurred by three attacks by pit bulls on humans in Philadelphia a few weekends ago.

Lengthy, long form radio, but quite interesting (See if you can pick out which side the public broadcasting moderator leans toward).

OF COURSE it's the safest neighborhood

Back in the 90’s when I was working at WTMJ Radio, a manager on the TV side kept one of those maps of the city of Milwaukee and inserted a pin at a location of every Milwaukee murder.

Some were on Milwaukee’s near south side, and some more were committed on the east side. The rest were all concentrated in one area that made a big blob on the map. This area was roughly North Avenue on the South, Capitol Drive on the north, about 37th Street on the west and 20th Street on the east.

That’s just a fact and that’s why news that the southwest side of Milwaukee is the safest part of the city is, arguably, not news. One of your neighbors is probably a policeman. And let’s face it. Folks in those neighborhoods just aren’t running around shooting people because they didn’t look at them just right.

Read the details.

Think the Journal Sentinel will now publish where the worst neighborhoods are? They’ve done it in the past. Or would that violate their love affair with being PC?

Dontcha just love the weekend?

Looks like our gradual warm-up continues.

Sports galore this weekend.

And they hand out these little beauties....

Our regular weekend lineup begins tonight with our goodnight music piece. If you like movies, you'll like this week's theme.

Then Saturday morning, wake up to the Barking Lot, complete with DOGS IN THE NEWS. How valuable would you say a dog like this is?

Also Saturday, Week-ends, our weekly week in review.

Oh, oh.

Will this.....


Be a good or bad story?

Saturday also brings you Recommended Reading.

Then on Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week. This picture did NOT make the final cut.....

A demonstrator dances in front of Oakland police officers in riot gear as they monitor demonstrators during a national day of action against school funding cuts and tuition increases March 4, 2010 in Oakland, California. Students across the country are walking out of classes and holding demonstrations against massive tuition increases and funding cuts to college universities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The future of America? Tuition dollars well spent, Mom and Dad?

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by This Just In...

Goodnight everyone, and have one of your "Best" weekends


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, movie music.

The Academy Awards will be presented Sunday night.

There have been close to 80 years worth of memorable Oscar-winning best songs. Let’s enjoy a few of them beginning with a trip all the way back to the 1936 winner.

The film was Swing Time.

The song is a timeless standard.

The re-invented Rod Stewart sings.

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UPDATE: Uhhhh, say Kev......why are you congratulating Mark Maley?

Back in October, I wrote this.

The update is

The Barking Lot (03/06/10)

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 sunny.  High of 42.  "C"

SUNDAY:  A few showers. High of 42. "C"

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

Often frustrated at the lack of common sense and basic skills of many “parents,” I have commented that you need to pass a test and get a license to drive but anyone can become a parent.  I know I am not the only person who feels this way.

I have also heard many stories about incompetent pet owners.  The Barking Lot’s Dogs In The News feature has shared many of these nerve-wracking situations with our readers.  Some of these stories just make you scratch your head in disbelief; others can make you downright sick to your stomach.

So what can be done about the occasional idiot?  (Sorry, there is really no other word to describe cruel, irresponsible pet owners). One of my favorite suggestions for the geniuses who leave their dogs in the car with the windows rolled up in the summer is that they need to sit in the same car for the same amount of time.  Whatever happens to them, well, too bad (I’m all for “an eye for an eye” in many situations).

Why don’t we actually make potential owners take a competency test similar to what we have to do when we are given our driver’s licenses?  There should be a written test (we can even offer it in multiple languages just like the DMV!), and a practical test where you prove you know how to

  • connect a lead to a collar

  • pour water and kibble in a bowl

  • use a pooper scooper

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Week-ends (03/06/10)


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...


Ian Fortune

Aki Ra


Georgios Kontsas

Cody Book


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Recommended Reading (03/06/10)

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).

Not One Major Poll Favors Obama's Health Proposal

In my entire career, I have never been as confounded as I am over President Obama and the Democratic leadership's obsession with a piece of legislation that not one major national poll has shown to be popular. A quick glance at this week's surveys shows about a 10 percent spread between those who favor the latest health care legislation and those who oppose it.

"In the world of politics, that's a blowout. So I have to ask, why are the president and the leaders of Congress willing to see their entire party and a multitude of other policy proposals go down in flames over something that the public can't stand?”

Dangerous Negotiations Over Abortion

America’s Catholic bishops are being used in a negotiating ploy that could lead to enactment of Obamacare and to federal funding of abortion.

Does the GOP have enough balls?

“And no, I’m not talking about basketballs or baseballs or golf balls. You know what I’m talking about — excuse the language, but we need to be blunt. And you know that it’s the question that will hang over the Republican Party from now until November as it tries to persuade the base — let alone the American electorate — that it can provide a real alternative to the current crop of big government corruptocrats in power in Washington.

Does the GOP have enough balls to fight the Left or doesn’t it?”

Living Legends

“Stay with me, because you are not going to believe this column. This month in Chicago, an event will honor three men as "living legends." The men are…”

Tea Party heroes deserve our thanks---not abuse

“Like a hero rescuing a damsel tied up and lying on the railroad tracks as a train approaches, the Tea Party movement has been trying to save America from runaway leftism. But this hero, instead of being applauded, is taking it on the chin from critics who will invent any calumny and revise any truth to make their case.”

5 Ugly Truths Americans Will Have to face

“Our out-of-control spending is going to lead to some very painful decisions that will make a lot of people, including conservatives, very unhappy. What you're about to read are the ugly truths about what our behavior today means for our country's future.”

Baby Claire Hits the Jackpot!

Not many people in Las Vegas beat the odds. Last November, one yet-to-be-born baby with the highest odds stacked against her did, thanks to a couple of never-give-up pro-life people and her courageous mom.”

The not-so-fast track for high speed rail

“The $8 billion in federal stimulus money billed as ‘high-speed rail’ funding that will pay for the Wisconsin improvements is going to 31 states to improve service on trains of all speeds. But as even the straightforward case of Wisconsin shows, the path for states to actually build high-speed rail promises to be long, costly and, in some cases, politically contentious.”

Alberta works quietly to improve image of Oil Sands

Wisconsin is one of nearly 20 states trying to reduce the amount of carbon that's released from family sedans and delivery trucks. For Canada, it's a personal blow. The United States is a massive market, both nearby and with lenient access. Now, that might be changing. In the Midwest, that's especially important. The heartland uses more Canadian crude than any other region in the nation.

"But the benefits flow both ways. And Canadian officials are making sure that local leaders around the country know that if they slap the cheek of Canadian crude, they might feel the pain themselves.”

The Flu Season that Fizzled

Normally at this time of year, influenza is rampant in the U.S., prompting hundreds of thousands of people to stay home in the dead of winter with fever, aches and pains.  Now, after raging through college campuses and communities last summer and fall, cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus have dwindled to a trickle, and run-of-the-mill seasonal flu has barely made an appearance.”

*SPECIAL FRANKLIN COMMON COUNCIL MEETING TODAY re: Franklin sex offender ordinances*



Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.





I.          Call to Order and Roll Call

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The generous Milwaukee County pension system

Take a look.

No wonder Milwaukee County government is in a hole.

MJS letter to the editor: High speed rail a "boondoggle"

This guy gets it.

From today’s Your Opinion section in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


A boondoggle

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Big Brother stinks


Mama don't let your babies grow up anywhere near Hilary Mantel

The British novelist believes 14 is an ideal age for little Susie to have a baby:


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After losing its star player, Hamilton defeats Franklin

Despite having its best player ejected just before halftime, Milwaukee Hamilton was able to beat Franklin in a regional final tonight at Hamilton, 68-56.

With 59.3 seconds left in the first half, after slamming a dunk, Hamilton’s Elgin Cook was given a technical foul for taunting a Franklin player. He also slammed the ball on the court after the dunk. An official went up to Cook to talk to the player and after a few seconds, Cook shoved the official away with an elbow.  Another official saw the contact and whistled Cook for another technical and ejected Cook from the game.

Franklin trailed Hamilton at the half, 34-28 and had some momentum. But they could get no closer than five at 43-38. Most of the second half saw Hamilton enjoying a 10-13 point lead.

When Cook was tossed, he already had scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. There was a lot of talk around the gym of what happens now to Cook. Will he be suspended for the rest of the tournament?  That will depend on the WIAA.

Remember, two of Milwaukee Washington’s star players were ousted from the tournament for going after an official following a recent game. If the same punishment is imposed against Cook, it will be a severe blow to the team’s state title chances.

Why Olympic hockey is 500 kazillion times better than the NHL

No goonish  thuggery.

Dallas Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka (44) fights with Los Angeles Kings right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

A new UWM arena? Are you kidding me?

Take a good, I mean, a really good look at this picture.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Riley Walker, left, is fouled by Illinois-Chicago's Zavion Neely, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Horizon League men's tournament Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)


Notice all those empty seats?

Take another look.

See 'em?

The report is students are willing to help fund a new arena.

Sorry, UWM fans.


My friend, Dave Begel is far more blunt than I am on this matter.

My Most Popular Blogs (03/07/10)

Most popular

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

1) Doctors inflicting death on children


3) Sounds so nice, gonna tax you twice

4) Culinary no-no #154

5) TIE  

    Ricardo Pimentel, do you actually read the Journal Sentinel? 

    The Obama reconciliation flip-flop

Photos of the Week (03/07/10)

Photos of the Week

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about healthcare reform, surrounded by health care personnel, from the East Room of the White House in Washington March 3, 2010. President Obama on Wednesday said it is time to pass his healthcare overhaul using only a slim Democratic majority in Congress if necessary.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about healthcare reform, surrounded by health care personnel, from the East Room of the White House in Washington March 3, 2010. President Obama on Wednesday said it is time to pass his healthcare overhaul using only a slim Democratic majority in Congress if necessary. Photo: Reuters

Former members of the military, from left, Anthony Woods of Arlington, Va., Stacy Vasquez of Denton, Texas, David Hall of Washington, and Todd Belok of Ridgefield, Conn., are seen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 3, 2010, to discuss an effort to repeal the military's ban on openly gay service members. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Phillip Dunham, left, of Washington, and his partner Allen Pittinger, who have been together for nine years, embrace after arriving at Superior Court to obtain their marriage license after the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage in Washington, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. "Exciting, overjoyed, I think phenomenal is the word," says Pittinger. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. makes his statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Rangel said he has decided to temporarily step down from his post as committee chairman. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama makes a comment to reporters about his cholesterol level as he passes a plate while siting down with other customers as he visits Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, March 2, 2010. At right is Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Protestors lay face down on Interstate 880 after they were arrested by Oakland police officers for attempting to block the freeway following a rally for the national day of action against school funding cuts and tuition increases March 4, 2010 in Oakland, California. Dozens of protestors were arrested after they stormed the 880 freeway as students across the country are walking out of classes and holding demonstrations against massive tuition increases and funding cuts to college universities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An Iraqi patient shows his inked finger after voting in the country's parliamentary elections at a special polling station on March 4, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. Special voting for about 790,000 Iraqi prisoners, hospital patients, doctors and security force members were held in Iraq ahead of the parliamentary elections. At least 17 people were killed in a string of attacks targeting special voting polling station. (Photo by Muhannad Fala'ah /Getty Images )

Amidst high security, Iraqi army soldiers are searched by Iraqi police as they arrive to cast their votes at a polling center in central Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 4, 2010. Early voting in Iraq for detainees, hospital patients and military and security personnel is taking place Thursday, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Hostesses prepare tea for delegates before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, in China, Wednesday, March 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

A girl carries a baby at a camp set up for homeless earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Monday, March 1, 2010. A magnitude-7 earthquake struck Haiti last Jan. 12. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)


Friends, relatives, sellers and buyers set up their sales tables on the very same spot they did before a 7.0 earthquake destroyed this marketplace along the Grand Rue March 1, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Commerce and marketplaces are beginning to show life again after the January 12 earthquake killed more than 200,000 and left more than 1.2 million dead (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A pepper ball fired by riot police officer pops as it hits a protester, center, in the forehead during an-anti government protest outside the parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Protesters hurled rocks at police who returned fire with tear gas canisters and water cannons outside the building where a parliamentary comimittee investigating irregularities in the government's $715 million bailout of Century Bank in 2008 is holding a meeting. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)


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Oscar's "Best" isn't

Tonight that nauseating mutual admiration society of leftist, America-hating Hollywood elitists will pat themselves on the back and overestimate their worth and importance.

Oh for the days when Bob Hope was the emcee and real talent walked up to the podium to accept their awards.

I’m a firm believer in that age old phrase that “they just don’t make 'em like they used to.” We did this last year. Let’s take a look, in increments of five years, at the previous Academy Award winners for Best Picture:

1928-1929 - The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody Poster

1934 - It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night Poster

1939 - Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind Poster

1944 - Going My Way
Going My Way Poster

1949 - All the King’s Men
All the King

1954 - On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Poster

1959 - Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur Poster

1964 - My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady Poster

1969 - Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy Poster

1974 - The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part II Poster

1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer Poster

1984 - Amadeus
Amadeus Poster

1989 - Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy Poster

1994 - Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump Poster

1999 - American Beauty
American Beauty Poster

2004 - Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby Poster

2009- ???

The nominees......there are ten this year as opposed to the five that have been an Academy tradition for many years. Ten nominees? For "Best" Picture? There aren't 10 good films released in a year.


The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


A Serious Man


Up in the Air

Again, would someone tell me that movies of today are that much better than movies of the past?

(Source of movie posters:

The Best Actor

The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role tonight are:

Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

George Clooney (Up in the Air)

Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Morgan Freeman (Invictus)

Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

And the Oscar goes to:


Political Cartoon by Steve Breen

: I see ultra-liberal Alec Baldwin on tonight's Oscar telecast. 

But that couldn’t possibly be Baldwin. Didn't he swear he'd move out of the country if George Bush ever became president? 

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Culinary no-no #155

Culinary no-no's

Cigarette advertising has been all but dead for decades.

And just a few years ago, Hollywood decided it might be best to snuff out scenes of actors and actresses puffing away.

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Two identical bills in the state Legislature would pre-empt local ordinances that restrict where sex offenders can congregate and live. That  means landmark ordinances like the two in effect  in Franklin that have served as models for similar laws around the state would be killed.

One of the bills gets a public hearing this Thursday at the state Capitol in Madison in the state Assembly. It is imperative a strong showing be made in opposition to Assembly Bill 759 before the Assembly Committee on Corrections and the Courts. The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. in Room NW 415.

If you cannot attend, it is important you telephone and/or e-mail your state Senator and state Representative and respectfully request that they oppose Assembly Bill 759 and its companion in the state Senate, Senate Bill 548.

These ordinances have been adopted because communities wanted them and believe them to be effective in protecting their children. The laws have been ruled to be constitutional.

Here is the important history of how Franklin adopted its ordinances.

The following municipalities have approved restrictive sex offender ordinances and would be affected by Assembly Bill 759 and Senate Bill 548:


City of Brookfield

Brown Deer




Village of Crivitz


Elm Grove



Town of Gillett







Village of Hortonville



Village of Kohler

Town of Lac Du Flambeau

Little Chute


Menomenee Falls


New Holstein

North Prairie

Oak Creek


Town of Paris


Village of Pewaukee

Village of Random Lake


Town of Salem

Town of Sheboygan

Silver Lake


South Milwaukee

St. Francis


Town of Vernon



West Allis

Village of Wrightstown

USPS gets innovative

Sex predator info from Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor

Sexual Predator Information

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Hey, call that blogging?

I mean, you're always posting newsletters from people like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

You just post.

Never a comment.

Why, Kev? Why?

Because it works.


"Friends of the U. S. Chamber" Gains


Your Efforts Make Front Page of the LA Times

We are starting to make a difference....and it's getting noticed.

Today's LA Times highlights your efforts to push back against bad ideas in Washington and positions "Friends" as one of the most effective grassroots movements in our country today.

Take a look:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is building a large-scale grass-roots political operation that has begun to rival those of the major political parties...

The network, called Friends of the U.S. Chamber, has been used to generate more than a million letters and e-mails to members of Congress, 700,000 of them in opposition to the Democratic healthcare plan. That is an increase from 40,000 congressional contacts generated in 2008.

This success didn't happen overnight -- and it wasn't on accident.

It's only because you took the time to add your voice and make a difference. You've taken the time to fight for policies that will re-start America's economic engine -- and fight tooth-and-nail against wrongheaded policies that won't.

Now, we're preparing for November and we need your help. Please consider sending us a few bucks today for the resources we need to hold these politicians accountable for their bad ideas and bad votes and also thank our friends who have held the line.

Click here now to make an online contribution to help us fight for the issues that matter this fall.

We've got their attention. Now is not the time to let up.

Help ensure our grassroots force remains stronger than ever.

Our adversaries aren't letting up or slowing down -- and neither should we.


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

P.S. A small donation from FRANKLIN could be the difference in 2010. Help us keep the momentum by donating now.

Here you go, sweetheart, have a condom

This story that broke over last weekend, though quite important, doesn’t seem to have picked up any traction.

The Washington Post reports:

“The District (Washington D.C.) will become the first city in the United States to distribute female condoms free, part of a project that will make 500,000 of them available in beauty salons, convenience stores and high schools in parts of the city with high HIV rates. City officials said the distribution could begin within the next three weeks in parts of wards 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, where a study showed that large numbers of African American heterosexuals engage in risky sexual behavior that could easily lead to infection.”

Free condoms tossed around like candy from a float at a parade. Now what in tar nation do you think those condom recipients are going to do?


Just one guess.

Any guess at all.

It’s like giving a gang member with an empty gun some bullets. .

To me, here is the fascinating excerpt from the Washington Post story. Read carefully:

“The move is an official acknowledgment of the futility of relying solely on the use of male condoms, which have been distributed citywide for nearly a decade, to stem the District's epidemic of HIV and AIDS.”

Did you catch that?



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Tommy has Russ sweating bullets

In politics, a candidate goes negative when the candidate is really worried.

When the candidate is an entrenched incumbent and the candidate goes after a potential opponent that hasn’t even announced yet, then the incumbent is running scared, very, very scared.

Psycho 2010

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Do shower run-ins happen a lot in Washington?

Honk Against the Health Care Takeover

Next Tuesday, March 16, Americans For Prosperity AFP) is encouraging the "Honk Against the Health Care Takeover" event. At 12 Noon on March 16, AFP is asking you to drive to your member of Congress's district office and join a car caravan there, circling your representative’s office while honking against the health care takeover.

Here are more details.

Obamacare unraveling

think government health care will wreck the economy.

Isn't he at the wrong rally?

Supporters of national health care legislation demonstrate outside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators protested outside the hotel as America's Health Insurance Plans annual policy conference took place inside. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

I thought raving lunatic angry old white men only attended Tea Party rallies.

If you’re going to the Assembly Corrections and the Courts Committee meeting Thursday….

To oppose the bill that would repeal over 100 local ordinances that restrict where sex offenders can congregate and live, there‘s been a change in the room location.

And that’s a good thing. It signals that a large crowd is expected.

Originally scheduled in a very tiny room, the public hearing has been moved to the 2nd Floor North Hearing Room of the state Capitol.

The answer to Miller Park taxes is NOT more taxes and fees

The most important element of the Journal Sentinel’s story today about the Miller Park tax taking longer to pay off (sales tax revenues are waaayyyyyyyyyy down due to the sluggish economy) is this morsel buried in paragraph 10 of a 12-paragraph article:

Mike Duckett, the (Miller Park stadium) district's executive director, and members of the board said Tuesday that the district will not need to collect more taxpayer money. It will simply take longer to collect the revenue they need.”

This non-controversial news item re-opened some old wounds. You’ve heard the arguments before: Miller Park is a playpen for millionaires. Let them pay more out of their own pockets.

WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner, in an effort to be provocative (which I truly understand) raised the question on his talk show today of whether a user fee and parking fee should be imposed on Milwaukee Brewer patrons to make up for this slack.

Of course, it’s a horrible idea (Wagner opposes it, for the record) and it will never happen, thank goodness. By the way, it’s no surprise that a tax and spend liberal is making that suggestion.

Slap another tax on those who buy tickets? They’re already paying a fortune to go to games. Why must the answer to every dilemma in Wisconsin be higher taxes?

Keeping you abreast of what's happening in Madison

I have blogged about this issue and talked about it on while filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN.  A bill allowing breastfeeding anyplace, anytime, anywhere is a bad idea. And I’m 100% pro-child, 100% pro-breastfeeding. There just have to be reasonable limits.

The bill, signed into law today by Governor Doyle, states:

A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to another location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding.”

In other words, in some terms used by many women who called my show on WISN to voice opposition, a breastfeeding mom can just whip those babies out whenever and wherever she chooses whether you like it or not.

So, using a scenario I’ve outlined in the past, when I usher at church on Sundays, and a woman in the front pews surrounded by children decides it’s time to breastfeed, I cannot politely approach her and kindly request that she come to the back of church where I will make sure she’s comfortable.

No, I can’t do that because “a person who interferes with that right is subject to a forfeiture not to exceed $200 under the general penalty provision under current law.”

Our legislative priorities (remember, liberal Democrats run everything, for now, in Wisconsin)  are totally out of whack.

The spoiled American voter

Political Cartoon by Dana Summers

U.S. military reassesses Iraq election violence

"Amid a series of deadly bombings that killed at least 38 people across the country, according to Iraqi police, nearly 20 million Iraqis were eligible to vote in Sunday's elections. At about 10,000 polling stations, Iraqis were able to choose from more than 6,200 candidates vying for 325 seats. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis turned out for early voting that started on Thursday."

About those shovel-ready jobs...

Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, crunched the stimulus data to find out where the money went.

Rejuvenating the private sector?

Hell no.

Construction, road projects?

Are you crazy?

It’s not even close where most of the funding was applied. The stash of cash propped up a significant faction of the Democrat base.

A Marquette-Notre Dame Big East Conference Final?

Probably not gonna happen.

But oh would that be nice!

Franklin Aldermanic debates scheduled

Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert  the Constitution."Abraham Lincoln


For Immediate Release!
Phone:  414-465-8683 

Franklin Aldermanic Debates

Monday, 3/22/2010

6pm to 8pm

Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin


Strong opposition demonstrated in Madison against repeal of local sex offender ordinances

The state Assembly’s Committee on Corrections and the Courts got an earful and an eyeful at today’s public hearing on the poorly advised and designed bill to eradicate the 100-plus local ordinances now in place around the state to restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate.

If committee members have any sense whatsoever, they have to realize that they have opened a Pandora’s Box.

Our area was well-represented at today’s hearing and all of these people deserve our deep appreciation and thanks. Some testified. Others were there to join in the opposition to the bills that would repeal our laws that protect our kids. Their appearance was significant.

State Senator Mary Lazich

State Representative Jeff Stone

Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor

Franklin Alderman Steve Olson

Franklin Alderman Ken Skowronski

Franklin Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva

Former Franklin Alderman Basil Ryan

Franklin Inspector Gaylord Hahn

Franklin Police Captain Clark Groen

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke

Greenfield  Police Chief Francis Springob

Greenfield Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky

Cudahy Alderman Joe Mikolajczak

Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier

Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan and his Common Council President

Police officers from South Milwaukee and Denmark

If you see these wonderful folks, please extend to them your appreciation and gratitude.

You can see Senator Lazich’s testimony on her blog.

Franklin Mayor Taylor challenged the committee, suggesting that if an Open Records request was done, he wondered how many, if any correspondences the sponsors of the legislation had received imploring them to pursue this legislation.

Dear Mayor Taylor, if you have nay money left over from the resolution that was adopted last Saturday, please consider spending it to do that very open records request.

Great testimony from Franklin Police Chief Oliva who shot a gigantic hole in the argument made against sex offender ordinances that the offenders will just go underground. Chief Oliva with his many, many years of law enforcement experience reminded the predominantly-Democrat committee, i.e. soft on crime, that refusing to comply with the sex offender registry is a major felony. Would we passively enforce laws because some people will choose not to abide by those laws? No, said the chief. The proper approach is to enforce current laws, and if an offender fails to comply with the sex offender registry requirements, the offender should be arrested.

Not a peep from the committee.

Overall, there was a tremendous showing today in opposition to the repeal of ordinances that communities approved because they believe in them, and they are satisfied such laws work.

That’s not to mention the avalanche of calls Senator Lazich and Representative Stone received. Both officials strongly object to these efforts to pull the rug out from local communities and always have been. Now we need to work on others. Stay tuned, and be proud of your communities and those who represent you.

No vote was taken today. The meeting was a public hearing. An executive session, where committee members actually vote on legislation, could be scheduled soon.  An identical bill in the state Senate has yet to be scheduled for a public hearing.

I have two words for clueless Milwaukee County Supervisors Mayo, Johnson, and Thomas



Why are the courts wasting time on issues like....


Friday night, it's InterCHANGE

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

1 – Suburban Sex Offenders.

A hearing will be held in Madison today on a proposed state law which would prohibit municipalities from passing local ordinances restricting where convicted sex offenders can live.  Some lawmakers feel that there should be a state law, so that all the offenders aren’t dumped into the few communities that don’t have these restrictions.  Should local communities be able to decide for themselves if they want these guys?  Is it fair to dump them all back into Milwaukee, even though that’s where so many of them came from?  Should we even care about whether these convicts are being treated fairly?

2 – Voter Fraud.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel releases communications between the District Attorney’s office and city elections officials claiming that the Milwaukee Police Department is not actively investigating credible claims of widespread voter fraud in Milwaukee.  Is the MPD sitting on this because it’s not important?  Because the mayor tells them to concentrate on violent crime instead?  Because the police department feels it has better things to do?  Meantime, the Attorney General charges five people statewide with criminal voter fraud.  Is this an important issue, or simply a political campaign issue?

3 – Raw MIlk.

There’s a move to change state law so that people can buy and sell unpasteurized “raw” milk?  Supporters say it tastes better, and is healthier for you.  Opponents say all milk should be pasteurized because the intense heat kills most of the bacteria.  Is it in the public interest to force people to buy only pasteurized milk?  If a farmer or grocery store sells raw milk, should they be immune from liability lawsuits if someone gets very sick?  We allow the sale of raw fish, eggs, and meat.  Should we allow the sale of raw milk? 

4 – Government Sponsored Journalism.

A Madison newspaperman is getting quite a bit of attention for an argument that he’s making that journalism enterprises should get government funding.  He thinks that the government should subsidize journalism (not just public and community TV stations) to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.  As newspapers across the country continue to downsize or go out of business, and as TV news becomes little more than entertainment, does this guy have a point?  He argues that good journalism is as important to the country as public education is.  Or, should we just let the market dictate what types of information we receive?

The president has already filled out his bracket

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

Last chance to stop the health care takeover

Americans for Prosperity