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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 latest pro-life news (10/01/12)

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


In case you missed it last Friday night...

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ICYMI: Tommy Thompson's Debate Highlights

Madison, WI - Last Friday night, families across the state tuned in to see former Governor Tommy Thompson's clear and decisive victory in the first debate between the two candidates running for Wisconsin's United States Senate seat. 

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AFP to Meet Obama in Madison this Thursday




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The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #24

For new readers:

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

They must have a strong ability to write well.

Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



General losers

Anyone ashamed of publicly disclosing what they do for a living

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

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

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

I am expanding my Hall of Fame beyond young writers to include young folks who have performed exceptional public service or who have accomplished outstanding feats.

The newest inductee is Carlos Turner.

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Paul Ryan Will Host Reception with Tommy Thompson in Milwaukee

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"Keep Obama in president, you know? He gave us a phone. He's going to do more."

If you saw my Week-ends post this past Saturday, you saw this video I would classify as priceless under QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

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New Survey Shows Baldwin At Odds With 90 Percent of Seniors Who Rely on Medicare Part D

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New Survey Shows Baldwin At Odds With 90 Percent of Seniors Who Rely on Medicare Part D
Baldwin Has Voted Against, Criticized and Wants to Dismantle the Popular Prescription Drug Program

Madison, WI - A newly released survey from KRC Research and Medicare Today proves that Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin is wrong on Medicare Part D. In an article about the survey, USA Today even stated, "Here's one program candidates aren't likely to mess with: The Medicare prescription drug plan." Unfortunately for Baldwin, she has made the popular prescription drug program that 90 percent of seniors support the centerpiece of her salacious campaign.

Not only has Baldwin voted against and openly attacked Medicare Part D, but she wants to dismantle it and put the government in charge of prescription drug negotiations. Her opposition for the popular program that enrolls 31.5 million people and that has come in 43 percent under its projected budget flies in the face of the seniors who rely on it to live.

"Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin is at odds with 90 percent of the 31.5 million seniors who rely on Medicare Part D," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "Unfortunately for the millions of seniors who need the program to live, Tammy Baldwin wants to dismantle it and put the government in charge of negotiating their prescription drug prices. Fortunately for Wisconsin seniors, Tommy Thompson stood up for them as HHS secretary and created a program that not only came in 43 percent under its projected budget, but one that 90 percent of seniors support and have come to rely on. Not only has Baldwin voted to gut seniors' Medicare by $716 billion and put a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of rationing their care, but now she wants to dismantle their Medicare Part D. Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin is just too extreme for Wisconsin's seniors."

Paid for by Tommy Thompson for Senate, Inc.

Also, today Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced a $1 million TV ad airing in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, La Crosse, Wausau, Minneapolis-St Paul and Duluth-Superior markets.

Ryan: Holder must resign



It's time for Attorney General Holder to step aside.

He's misled Congress, and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle -- yet he still leads our nation's Justice Department.

It's just another example of the Obama Administration's transparent hypocrisy that despite the tragic and very human toll of this scandal, Attorney General Holder refuses to resign -- and President Obama refuses to remove him.

It's up to the American people to replace both of them on November 6. Let's restore justice to the Justice Department.

Donate now to vote Barack Obama and his liberal allies out of office on Election Day -- and help secure a victory for Romney-Ryan and the Republican team.

Thank you,

Paul Ryan






What America has become

How obvious is it Mitt Romney won Debate #1?

Even liberal pundits readily admit their guy didn’t perform very well.

Kirsten Powers made what I thought was the first observation that President Obama refused to make eye contact with his opponent, often looking down at the podium. The president looked as though “he didn’t want to be there.”

Ed Schulz, using the word “unfortunately,” also credited Mitt Romney with victory. Obama was described as “listless” and “off his game.”

Romney came out swinging, looking presidential and enthused, rattling off a list of concrete solutions while the president engaged in glittering generalities. With every answer, Obama offered big government as his remedy.

Romney stung Obama after the president stated companies that build overseas get a tax break. The longtime Republican businessman responded by saying based on his experience, he didn’t know what the president was talking about.

Without his trusty teleprompter, Obama appeared unprepared. Maybe he should dump John Kerry as his debate sparring partner.

Some other points:

Total talking time: Obama 42:50, Romney 38:30.

CBS News insta-poll: 46% said Romney won. 22% said Obama won. 32% said tie.

CNN's insta-poll of registered voters: 67 percent said Romney won, 25 percent said Obama.

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Stop the liberal lies


In the first presidential debate of the 2012 general election, President Obama once again demonstrated to the nation that he is committed to the same failed liberal policies that have marked his first term. In a particularly revealing moment, President Obama said we should raise taxes so “we can…make the investments that are necessary.” Everyone knows when a liberal talks about “investments" it means taking your hard earned money and spending it on more government. 

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The latest from Rehorst (October 2012)


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Superintendent Patz, you want an answer...go get it!

Franklin School Superintendent Steve Patz thinks his school district is getting the shaft. Patz claims the methodology used by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to gauge high school graduation rates is misleading.

When tabulating Franklin’s rate, DPI includes the high schoolers spending time at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections, located right here in God’s country, Franklin.

Patz doesn’t think that’s fair, arguing those inmates are not from Franklin. The district educates those inmates who then scatter. In the process, they lower Franklin’s excellent graduation rate. Upon further review, the Franklin stats don’t look as exemplary as they should to anyone who investigates the numbers.

Franklin gets $450,000 to take on educating the House of Correction students. I’m sure the district spent all of a heartbeat accepting the cash. So it must play by the DPI rules.

Why would Patz cry foul? Obviously he wants the best face possible on the district he runs. But he also can use the loftiest student performance numbers possible to sell those three multi-million dollar facility referenda between now and Election Day.

Even so, Patz raises a legitimate issue and has asked the DPI to separate the inmate figures from the total Franklin graduation data. My guess is DPI won’t do it.

So here’s a friendly suggestion to the superintendent. Have your staff crunch the numbers. Shouldn’t be too difficult or time-consuming. Determine what the graduation rate is both sets of students, inmates and non-inmates.

Then send me the results. I’d be glad to post them here for all to see. Or issue a news release. Or hold a open house or information fair. 

If the graduation rate is 99% as you believe, then let’s find out. You don’t need to complain about DPI whose money you snarf up so happily.

God bless you, Jack Fallucca

I was saddened to hear about the death of Jack Fallucca, the founder of Palermo Pizza.

I first met Jack, his lovely wife and  family when they started attending St. Anthony’s Church where I usher every Sunday. What a terrific group of people.

Fallucca’s life story is one of great ambition, dedication, and success. Someone in the White House should read it because yes, Jack Fallucca did build that.


Victory in sight



Twenty-three million Americans are struggling for work, and nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. And still, President Obama and his liberal allies are asking for another chance to get it right. Our country can't afford to give it to them.

Paul Ryan and I, along with Republicans across the country, are doing everything we can to protect America's future and undo the damage of the last four years.

And so are our supporters. They've joined our cause and transformed this campaign into a nationwide movement. They've knocked on over 5 million doors and made over 30 million volunteer voter contacts.

That's 15 times more doors and 5 times more phone calls than at this same time in 2008 -- and that's incredible.

And even in these bleak economic times, our supporters are contributing out of their own pockets. In fact, 93% of all the donations received have been $250 or less.

We couldn't have gotten this far without that kind of commitment and support -- and because of it, we're on our way to winning this thing.

With just 32 days left until November 6, sustained nationwide support for our cause is critical. We need to win, we want to win -- and with your help we will.

Whether we’re talking about jobs, health care, debt, taxes, or foreign policy, the choice this election is clear. Barack Obama and his liberal allies don’t have a record to run on, or a plan for the future. Paul Ryan and I do, and with the help of Republicans up and down the ballot, America will have the real recovery it deserves.

Victory is in sight for Romney-Ryan and the Republican team. Donate now to help us get there.


Mitt Romney




Goodnight everyone and be good to the ladies this weekend!


"It's amazing to hear, as a voice matures and then starts to decline, what kind of emotion is still conveyed by a really good vocalist.
Tom Wopat

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.

We haven’t done this in awhile. Tonight our focus is on female vocalists, veteran singers who’ve been entertaining for many years.

Eva Boyd was only 16 years old when she babysat for the daughter of songwriting team Carole King and Gerry Goffin. She earned $35/week.

One day King concocted a melody that Boyd and King’s daughter danced to. King thought it sounded like a locomotive.

King and Goffin wrote a song and took Boyd to a studio to sing for a demo, hoping Dee Dee Sharp would eventually record the song about a new dance. But producer Don Kirshner was happy with Boyd’s rendition.

Boyd became Little Eva, the Loco-Motion hit #1, and King and Goffin lost their babysitter.

A remake would later become a hit in the 70’s for Grand Funk Railroad and the late 80’s for Kylie Minogue.

Wisconsin law specifically states that you are not legally married if this is not played at your wedding.

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The best cartoons of the week (10/06/12)

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/06/12)

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:  Early risers wake up to freezing temperatures. Partly cloudy skies, a high of only 46.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Early risers wake up to below freezing temps. Sunny skies. High of 50. "F"

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

We’re about three weeks out from Halloween.  Is your costume ready?  Are you hosting a party?  Have you purchased Trick or Treat candy?  Is Fido’s costume ready?  WHAT???!!!  You haven’t decided on your dog’s costume yet?  Still trying to find the one that reflects his personality or perhaps is the trendiest reflection of pop culture?  Trying to find something that ties in to your own costume?


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2012 POO Awards - Week 7

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

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

Week 1

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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Remember how they ridiculed Clint Eastwood?


Week-ends (10/06/12)


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...


Travis Mills

Nicholas Ivie

Whitney Kropp

Matt Birk


Philadelphia teacher

Another teacher, Melissa Dean

State of Virginia employees

Professor John McCarthy


“There are a lot of points I want to make tonight, but the most important one is that 20 years ago I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me. And so I just want to wish, Sweetie, you, happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people."
President Obama at the first presidential debate.

"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually, [I] like you (moderator Jim Lehrer), too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”
Mitt Romney during the debate.

"I'm sorry, he sucked. He looked tired. He had trouble getting his answers out. Looks like he took my million and spent it all on weed!"
Bill Maher, a major donor to Barack Obama's super PAC, blasted the president's debate performance on his HBO show. Maher has given a million dollars to support President Obama's super PAC.

Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you have only a few hours to adjust, uh, I don’t know . . . maybe . . .”
Al Gore,
attributing President Obama’s poor debate performance to Denver’s altitude.

"How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried in the last four years.”
VP Joe Biden, addressing supporters in North Carolina, in reference to the period he and Obama have been leading the nation.

“Should Christians vote for a Jewish Democratic candidate for president? Should they be made to feel guilty if they even gave it a second thought? How would the media react if Catholics for Republicans called prospective voters asking, ‘How can you support a Jew who does not believe in Jesus Christ?’ The question needs to be raised in light of what Catholics for Obama is now doing: In a scripted phone message, Catholics are being asked, ‘How can you support a Mormon who does not believe in Jesus Christ?’ The question is obscene. The beneficiary, President Obama, should demand an end to this Mormon-baiting strategy immediately.”
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League

“Red line, white line, black line and the like is for children. This is the level of this guy’s character. It was a primitive drawing to insult the audience… It was very ugly behavior.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
on the drawing of a bomb that Benjamin Netanyahu displayed at the U.N.

“You’d be amazed what gets flushed down the toilet of a ship. Anything that can fall out of a pocket or off a person, like sunglasses.”
Tom Obermann, EVAC engineer, on the clogs in the sewage system aboard the USS George H. W. Bush.

“We do observe a no-clown policy because they can be scary for some kids.”
The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles administrator, on a billboard visible from the facility that has been disturbing patients.

 “We can’t easily identify the syrup, it’s not like buying a car or buying a house.”
The spokesperson for a Canadian supplier that unwittingly purchased a hundred and nineteen thousand litres of stolen maple syrup.

“If he makes a nice move, you kind of catch yourself. Like, ‘OK, I’m going to steal the ball from him.’ Then all the sudden, I start peaking around looking for the CIA. I say, ‘You know, I should just let him go.’”
Kobe Bryant,
on playing basketball with the President.

"He called me at my house last week because he had heard I was having a rough week with all the calls and everything. Wanted (me) to know that he thought what I did -- controversial and maybe he didn't agree with it -- (but he thought) I handled it with class."
Replacement referee Wayne Elliott, during an interview with replacement refs aired Wednesday night on Showtime's Inside the NFL, talked about his experience after making the controversial call at the end of the infamous Seahawks-Packers Monday Night Football match-up. Elliott, who admits now that he should have called an interception, claims that for 72 hours his home phone didn't stop ringing, as people from Wisconsin called his number. Elliott went on to say that he was in shock that one of those calls was a voicemail message from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who showed great restraint.


The TSA has been stealing your stuff.


Military ballots in Wisconsin.


La Crosse anchorwoman complains about an e-mail from a viewer that criticized her for being overweight.


Strip clubs can be dangerous.

I triple dog dare you.

That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 

National Rifle Association Announces Support for Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate

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National Rifle Association Announces Support for
Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate
Tammy Baldwin Has a Long History of Opposing Second Amendment Rights
Madison, WI - Today, the National Rifle Association announced its support for former governor Tommy Thompson for United States Senate over Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin, citing his unwavering record upholding the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsinites.
"The National Rifle Association is proud to endorse Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate," said NRA President, David Keene. "Tommy has a lifetime 'A' rating because he supports the rights of gun owners in Wisconsin, and across America.  By helping to enshrine the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the State Constitution and his continued commitment to protecting gun owners from the overreaching arm of government, Tommy has proven he is a true fighter for our freedom.
"Congresswoman Baldwin has made a career out of infringing on our constitutional freedoms and liberty," continued Keene. "From voting against a constitutional amendment to guarantee Wisconsinites' right to Keep and Bear Arms in the State Legislature to voting against legal gun ownership in the House, Baldwin has made it clear, she does not support or understand our proud heritage."
"I am proud to have the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, Wisconsin chapter of the NRA and sportsmen across the state," said Thompson. "I am an avid outdoorsman and dedicated protector of our Second Amendment, Constitutional rights. As governor, I signed a law to wipe out 35 undermining ordinances, helped enshrine the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Wisconsin and support and exercise conceal carry. Tammy just doesn't understand the proud heritage of hunting and fishing in Wisconsin and has rightfully earned her 'F' rating from Gun Owners of American and the NRA. As Senator, I will continue to support national reciprocity for Wisconsin permit holders, oppose Baldwin's proposed gun grabs and support a national Sportsmen's Heritage Act."
The NRA charted association, Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Rangers, Clubs and Educators as well as the has also come out in support of Thompson, knowing Congresswoman Baldwin's overreaching and anti-sportsman agenda.
"Time and time again, Congresswoman Baldwin has proven she flat-out opposes Wisconsinites' Constitutional Rights," said Jeff Nass, President of Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators (Wisconsin FORCE) the NRA's chartered state association. "She voted against legal ownership of firearms and against the private sale of firearms at gun shows. Tommy Thompson is a true protector of our sporting traditions and is the only choice for Wisconsin gun owners."
Thompson is a life-long NRA member. He earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in all four of his gubernatorial elections and holds a lifetime "A+" rating from the state chapter, and has an "A" rating from the national-the highest grade possible. 
Paid for by Tommy Thompson for Senate, Inc.

NRA Endorsement

Recommended Reading (10/06/12)

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).

Romney, by two touchdowns

"Obama just isn't that good. Not without a teleprompter. He's not even that good at news conferences – a venue in which he's still in charge, choosing among questioners and controlling the timing of his own answers."

Sesame Nation

"If this supposed ‘public’ broadcasting brand is capable of standing on its own, then so should it. As for the rest of PBS’s output — the eternal replays of the Peter, Paul & Mary reunion concert, twee Brit sitcoms, Lawrence Welk reruns and therapeutic infomercials — whatever their charms, it is difficult to see why the Brokest Nation in History should be borrowing money from the Chinese Politburo to pay for it.”

Big Bird will be big fine

“It never fails that whenever the subject of pulling the plug on the $445 million annual federal subsidy for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting is debated — as it was when Republican candidate Mitt Romney mentioned it during Wednesday’s first presidential debate — you can predict with 100 percent certainty that ‘Big Bird,’ ‘Elmo,’ ‘Bert and Ernie,’ andMr. Snuffleupaguswill get dragged into it. They are some of the most well-known and beloved characters on PBS, and defenders of the status quo know they have a potent emotional argument in telling a 4-year-old that ‘someone’ wants to kill Big Bird. It is also an example of one of the oldest ploys in budgetary politics.”

The ugly truth about that 'great' jobs report

“If bringing the unemployment rate back to the 7.8 percent (with fewer people working at lousier jobs) is what a stimulus plan, three rounds of quantitative easing and endless spending gets us, this presidency can be safely categorized as one of the worst investments in history.”

What if Obama were white?

“At the beginning of the Obama administration, 12.7 percent of black adults seeking work were unemployed. Black unemployment is now 14.1 percent. Black teenage unemployment at the beginning of the Obama administration was 35.2 percent. Black teenage unemployment is now 37.9 percent.”

Time for blacks to leave the Democratic Party

"Listening to the rants of a black Ohio woman over the weekend singing the praises of a party and president she hasn't a clue is taking advantage of her disadvantages reminded me that bigotry has a new face that looks nothing like an elephant and an awful lot like a donkey.

"Martin Luther King (MLK) would roll over in his grave to see the state of his people today, who, for an Obamaphone, have sold their souls to a devilish lie that entitlements are free.”

Let’s protect marriage -- and speech

“Marriage is in trouble right now -- admittedly, for many reasons that have little to do with same-sex unions. In the last few years, political forces and a culture of relativism have replaced ‘I am my brother's keeper’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ with ‘live and let live’ and ‘if it feels good, go ahead and do it.’

“The effects of no-fault divorce, adultery, and the nonchalant attitude toward marriage by some have done great harm to this sacred institution. How much longer do we put the desires of adults before the needs of kids? Why are we not doing more to lift up and strengthen the institution of marriage?”


Photos of the Week (10/07/12)

Photos of the Week

1) People at the
Lavanderia coin laundry watch as U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are seen during their televised debate on Oct. 3, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The telecast is the first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

2) Demonstrators costumed as Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama bring attention to campaign finance reform prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

3) Reporters watch the final minutes of the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

4) Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) wave to the audience during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer and focuses on domestic issues: the economy, health care, and the role of government. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

5) President Obama greets a large crowd during a campaign visit to the University of Wisconsin Madison's Bascom Mall Thursday, on the day after the first of three presidential debates. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

6) Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann insist on paying for their order during an unscheduled stop at La Teresita, a Cuban restaurant, in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

7) A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 3. Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area in the embattled city of Aleppo, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble. Photo: Manu Brabo / AP

8) A riot policeman kicks protesters trying to escape arrest during a demonstration in the courtyard of the Defence Ministry in Athens on October 4, 2012. Photo: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

9) A police officer reacts as flames and smoke emerge from a truck after it was set alight by striking truck drivers, on a slipway off a main highway leading out of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 3. South African truck workers have been on strike for the past two week with sporadic violence reported. Photo: Schalk van Zuydam / AP

10) Zulkifli, 43, stands on stage to be whipped by the shariah police executioner in Jantho, Aceh Besar, in Indonesia's Aceh province on October 5, 2012. He was one of three men to be punished after being caught gambling in a coffee shop. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that has implemented shariah law. Photo: Hotli Simanjuntak / EPA

11) Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio stands above his banner as he protests on St. Peter's dome at the Vatican on Oct. 3, 2012. The businessman from Trieste in northern Italy managed to slip past security guards at the Vatican on Tuesday evening. Photo: Andrew Medichini / AP

12) Members of the newly formed 104th Security Force Advise and Assist Team took part in a send-off ceremony for them last Monday in Madison. They are heading to Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steve Wichtman says goodbye to his son Sawyer, 3. Photos:  Andy Manis

13) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker looks at the American flag as the national anthem is played at the send-off ceremony. Photo: Andy Manis

14) Lt. Col. Steve Larson holds the Wisconsin flag presented to him by Gov. Scott Walker. Photo: Andy Manis

15) Travis Mills rides in the back of a Jeep during the homecoming parade on Thursday, Oct. 4. Mills, his wife, Kelsey, and their 1-year-old daughter, Chloe, were the grand marshals of Vassar High School's homecoming parade. He finally returned to his Michigan hometown last week — six months after the explosion that cost him his arms and legs — to serve as the grand marshal of his old high school's homecoming parade. Mills plays with his daughter Chloe. Photos: Carlos Osorio / AP

16) A school bus leaving a Catholic elementary school crashed into a house on Long Island Wednesday afternoon. Syosset Fire Chief Peter Silver said the driver "had a medical emergency of some kind." He was airlifted to a hospital in East Meadow, where he was admitted in a serious but stable condition. The five children on the bus ranged in age from 5 to 8, but none was injured. Photo: NBC 4 New York

17) A woman parks her bicycle outside a railway station in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Thousands of people ride bicycles in the city when traveling short distances. Photo: Yves Herman / Reuters

18) Layers of gas and dust show up clearly in this color-coded composite picture of the Helix Nebula. Ultraviolet wavelengths, as seen by the GALEX probe, are shown in blue. Infrared wavelengths, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, are presented in red, yellow and green. The nebula appears magenta in the center, where the two sets of data overlap. A portion of the extended field beyond the nebula is from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSC

19) The moon rises behind the skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as people stand along the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J. on Oct. 1, 2012. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters

20) Visitors gathered on the Great Wall of China outside Beijing on October 3, 2012. Hundreds of millions of tourists crowded into scenic spots, resorts and other tourism destinations scattered across the country while millions of visitors arrived in the capital city for China's National Day "Golden Week" holidays. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

21) An Indian man and children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi wait for the start of a rally against violence to mark 143 years since the birth of Gandhi in Ahmadabad, India on Oct. 2. Photo: Ajit Solanki / AP

22) Corey Michael Dalton sits behind a wall of books at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis Sunday Sept. 30, 2012. He spent the entire week living in the window, sleeping on a cot at the library, behind a wall of books that have been banned at one time or another, to call attention to Banned Books Week. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger)

23) The Tower of London is illuminated pink for Breast Cancer Campaign's 'Turn London Landmarks Pink' for breast cancer awareness month on Oct. 1, 2012. Photo: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

24) Visitors at the red beach scenic area in Panjin, in northeast China's Liaoning province, on September 30, 2012. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of seaweed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil.  Photo: AFP - Getty Images

25) A veterinarian uses a light to check on the eye of an American Flamingo at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, during an annual exam. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

26) Robert Irwin, the 8-year-old son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, feeds fresh water crocodiles for the first time publicly at the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, on Oct. 2. Photo: Dave Hunt / EPA

27) A young hedgehog curls up into a ball in Berlin on Oct. 1. If attacked, hedgehogs curl into prickly and unappetizing balls that deter most predators. Photo: Wolfgang Kumm / AFP - Getty Images

28) A dewdrop covered grasshopper clings to a thistle in a pasture of a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 30.  Photo: Robin Loznak

29) Jeff Gordon meets with the press after spending the morning with children battling cancer who have benefited from his foundation through Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter on October 4, 2012 at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

30) Jarred Abbrederis outraces the Illinois defense for a 59-yard touchdown reception as Wisconsin beat Illinois Saturday in Madison, 31-14. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

31) Officials respond to cheers from the crowd as they arrive to work the NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. NFL officials ended their labor dispute with the league by approving a new eight-year contract with a 112-5 vote Saturday, then hustled off to the airport to get to work. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

32) James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after catching a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

33) Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is doused as he is interviewed by a television reporter, right, during the Nationals' celebration after clutching the National League East division title following their baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington on Oct. 1, 2012. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

34) Pete Kozma and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals run into the dugout  as fans throw debris on the field after an infield fly was called in the eighth inning against a ball hit by Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photos: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images and Todd Kirkland / AP

35) US Magician David Blaine stands under lighting bolts at the start of his latest performance, "Electrified", in New York, October 05, 2012.  Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images

36) How does she do that? A waitress carries beer at the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

37) Models wear creations by fashion designer Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton's ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

38) Stephen Gough makes his way south through Peebles in the Scottish Borders, on Oct. 6, following his release the day before from Saughton Prison. The rambler has 18 convictions and has been in and out of prison since 2006 for offenses ranging from not wearing clothes in front of the sheriff, breach of the peace and contempt of court. Photos: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (10/07/12)...or, ooooops, I forgot one


Gasoline prices higher than $5 per gallon are posted at a Menlo Park, Calif., Chevron station on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. In California, gasoline prices jumped overnight by as much as 20 cents a gallon ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Culinary no-no #299

Culinary no-no's

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"The worst thing that ever happened anywhere"

The latest pro-life news (10/08/12)

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


Pro-life voters have no reason to vote for pro-abortion Obama.

Tommy Thompson Releases Latest Television Ad, "Lying"

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Franklin, it's playoff time

With all the attention on high school football, we tend to forget that boy’s soccer has also been underway. The WIAA playoffs begin today.

Franklin plays New Berlin West at West at 4:30. Should the Sabers win, they will more than likely play Marquette on Thursday. Marquette, the #1 seed in Division 1, Sectional #8 plays #16 seed Milwaukee Pulaski today.

If you're going, make sure you take two things:

1) Your wallet. The WIAA charges admission for WIAA soccer playoff games.

2) An umbrella.

UPDATE: Organ donation: Crossing the line

Topics talked about on WISN

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Also: What you lose when you sign that donor card.

Congratulations Senator Lazich and Representative Stone!

Franklin and beyond are very fortunate to have leaders like state Senator Mary Lazich and state Representative Jeff Stone as their representatives in the state Legislature.

Don’t forget to vote for Senator Lazich and Representative Stone this November.

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #253 or, OMG, NUDITY ON FRANKLINNOW!

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Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Franklin soccer, playoff time is over

New Berlin
West 6, Franklin 1


Now we turn our attention to football.

Victory in November may come down to the troops



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I knew she was too good to be true

Previously on This Just In…Mila Kunis impressed.

In the end, Kunis is just another gorgeous Hollywood star who talks too much.

Christian Toto at Big Government writes, “
No one blames a pretty Hollywood actress for being a Democrat. What's insulting is treating those with whom she disagrees with such distaste. It's the very opposite of what being ‘liberal’ actually means.”

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Of course he loved the Big Bird ad

I find this comical.

David Haynes was on Twitter the other day.

David D. Haynes@DavidDHaynes

Without a doubt, my favorite ad of the year.

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Steve Wynn is scared of anti-business Obama

Steve Wynn is the CEO of Wynn Resorts.

Wynn is also a liberal Democrat.

During a sit down interview on A nightly Nevada political program "Ralston Reports," Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts told liberal host Jon Ralston "I'll Be Damned If I Want To Have Him (Obama) lecture me about small business and jobs."

Imagine how many other business owners across America, big and small, share that view and how that's impacting our economy.

49,609 Reasons Wisconsin Voters Should Reject Tammy Baldwin

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Wanna hear a classic Obama voter? GIMME!

Absolutely everything you need to know about tonight's VP debate

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

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Previously on This Just In…

The update.

The Bible and the VP debate

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Ryan: We must fight



America is at a crossroads. We have a clear choice: four more years of the same hardship and decline -- or a new path. That choice was on full display at last night’s debate.

The American people want jobs. They want leadership they can believe in. They want our great nation to prosper again.

And they want leaders who'll fight for them -- and alongside them.

Mitt Romney and I, along with the Republican team, are fighting for America's comeback. And we’re willing to fight for it because we believe our nation is at its best when individuals are allowed to pursue their dreams.

We believe that on November 6th, America will rise to the occasion. Americans will fix what needs fixing. They will end four years of false steps, and choose a new path leading to more jobs and a stronger middle class.

Help us secure a Republican victory and defeat President Obama and his liberal allies -- donate $25 now.

Thank you,

Paul Ryan




Goodnight everyone and have an entertaining weekend!


“Follow me and please watch your step!”

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.

In high school and college, I worked about three dozen jobs. One of them was as a part-time janitor at an elementary school cleaning restrooms, toilets, kids’ vomit, mopping and sweeping floors, emptying trash, burning it in an incinerator, etc, etc. It made me appreciate working as a student at WUWM Radio.

My really cool job if you want to call it that because it involved little if any work was ushering at the old Performing Arts Center, now the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. I didn’t have to clean up anybody else’s mess. I wore a coat and tie. I saw great shows. And this college boy was surrounded by many pretty college girls.


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The best cartoons of the week (10/13/12)

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/13/12)

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 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:  Wake up to rain that will continue all day and all night. High of 61 around 10:00 this evening. "F"

SUNDAY:  Rain continues through 5:00 pm. Partly cloudy. High of 60. "F"

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

Let’s state the obvious:  The Barking Lot is a blog about all things canine.  While we’re not the only dog blog out there, we are America's Finest Dog Blog.  Regular readers know this, of course.  Written as a husband-and-wife team, The Barking Lot has covered topics ranging from adoption  to zodiac signs.  Kevin & I really enjoy doing this blog and know that others love reading it.  But could we soon be replaced?  Could a dog blog written by humans be traded in for a dog blog written by… a dog?  Perish the thought!  On the other paw, it could offer an extremely unique perspective.  Hmmm…

A new Disney channel series premiered last night named, what else?  Dog With a Blog.  Obviously we’ll have to wait awhile to see if this program, part of the new fall line up, will catch on.  While not aimed at someone as young as our daughter, clearly it’s a show for the under-12 set.  Probably the most I’ll see of the program is the commercials for it during Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Doc McStuffins.  And quite frankly that’s OK with me.

While I love just about anything dog-related I’m not sure how entertaining I’d find it.  But you, and your family, can judge for yourselves. 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. We always start with the bad news.

Officer stomps, beats injured dog. Charges?

Dogs do suffer from PTSD.

There's tension about the role of service dogs for vets.  Then there's this.

Author wonders what a "humane" death for a pet should look like.

2011 Hero Dog Award winner passes away suddenly.

Military dog can't fly home. Why not?

Filipino half-faced dog to get US surgery.

Yes, Michael Vick is once again a dog owner.

This is Dog Adoption month, right? Well...

The honeymoon is off!

It's like a game of was the dog, with a phone, in the garden.

BARKING LOT update:  Dog found in engine up for adoption.

You bet your dog can really, really, really think..

And is your dog a  righty or a lefty?

Halloween is time for pooch parties.

Lots of common sayings involve pets.

What did your dog mean to your life?

That’s it for DOGS IN THE NEWS.


A dog soars through the air on Oct. 6, during the DockDogs national competition in Houston, Texas. AP photo.

We close as we always do with our closing video.


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2012 POO Awards - Week 8

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

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

Week 1

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 (10/13/12)


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...



UC Davis and Kabang

Breast cancer heroes

Lee Jong-rak

Jeremiah Swisher

Molli Serrano

Jessica Thom

Texas cheerleaders


Elizabeth Escalona

Lance Armstrong

Dave Mahoney


"I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way."
Paul Ryan during the VP debate

"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."
Joe Biden during the VP debate

"Mr. Vice President, I know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other."
Paul Ryan during the VP debate

The September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi only became a "political topic" because it was exploited by Mitt Romney.
President Obama’s top aide Stephanie Cutter

"No, President Obama, it's an issue because this is the first time in thirty-three years that a United States Ambassador has been assassinated. Mr President, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. President Obama, this is an issue because Americans wonder why it was it took so long for you and your administration to admit that this was a terrorist attack.”

Mitt Romney

"I've created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada's measurement. If the number is 250,000, that's exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I'll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I'm a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.

“The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money 'billionaires and millionaires who don't pay their share.' I gave 120% of my salary and bonus away last year to charities, as I do most years. I can't stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn't even understand how the economy works.”
Steve Wynn

“To the millions of Americans unable to find work, to college graduates who can't get a job and are living with their parents, to the underemployed who are working at jobs far below their skill set and experience, and to those who have given up looking for work altogether, a 7.8 percent unemployment rate is meaningless. The economy stinks.”
Cal Thomas

"In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."
Jerry Sandusky in remarks to the court during his sentencing hearing. Sandusky was sentenced 30-60 years for child sexual abuse.

"I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory. Jerry has harmed children, of which I am one of them."
Victim No. 5 in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.

"While it is true that Jerry Sandusky will not be hurting any more children, there will be others to take his place. That is why we must redouble our efforts to stop predators and protect victims. That is the lesson we must take away from the Sandusky case, if we want some good to come of it. Whoever you are, whatever your station in life — please have the courage and the decency to do the right thing if you suspect that a child is being abused."
Attorney General Linda Kelly

"In my 40 years in this business, I've never been prouder of a team and how they battled back.
I've been in a lot of winning locker rooms, Super Bowl locker rooms, but I've never had an experience like this. People talk about money, what the team is worth, those kinds of things, but this was priceless. Absolutely priceless.

"We walked in, he (Pagano) got up, we all embraced and shed some tears and Chuck said, `You know, I don't feel so sick right now.'

"You know, you see things in the movie, but oftentimes, life isn't as beautiful as they make it out to be. But this went way past that. This was the stuff of movies. This was beautiful."

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after he and general Ryan Grigson presented Colts coach Chuck Pagano with the game ball last Sunday night at the IU Simon Cancer Center following their come-from-behind 30-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The week before the game, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.


Grief-stricken mother of Benghazi victim rips White House over 'outright lies.'


Biden's lies overshadowed by his carnival act, disrespectful antics.


Joe Biden's buffoonery. While it deserved attention, it distracted from what was said.




That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 


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Franklin football, it's playoff time

plays Racine Horlick at Franklin this Friday at 7:00.


Recommended Reading (10/13/12)

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).

Biden Bombed

“You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious.  You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard.  You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.”

Ryan’s Benghazi Surprise

“This terrorist attack is going to be a huge presidential-race issue. Americans are furious at the Obama-Biden-Clinton stupidity and mismanagement surrounding the tragic Benghazi deaths. They are enraged at the Benghazi cover-up. Ryan accused Biden of malfeasance in every aspect of this tragedy. It was a tremendous body slam right from the start.”

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Biden

"I was going to title this column, 'How Not to Be a Smarmy, Bellicose, Horse-Toothed Dork Like Biden.' However, upon deeper contemplation I thought I’d direct it toward parents as an attempt to save the next generation from the insufferable effects of the boorish Biden bug. To call Biden an ass-clown after last Thursday’s debate with Rep. Paul Ryan is to insult bottoms, donkeys and Bozos far and wide."

The Top 10 People, Places, & Phrases Liberals Have Called Racist During The 2012 Campaign

“Sadly, liberals have made convincing black Americans that everyone hates them except the Democrats a central part of their political strategy. Although racism has always existed and will always exist, it's worth noting that the party of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and segregation is the Democrats, not the Republicans.”

Mitt Romney, PBS, and you

"Romney didn't say he wanted to end PBS; he said he wanted to end federal funding for PBS, which is not the same thing."


Biden's Celebrity Twin

Photos of the Week (10/14/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Vice President Joe Biden was all smiles as he debated Paul Ryan during the VP debate Thursday night. Photo: NBC News

2) Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, right, watches as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

3) Senator Dean Heller, R-Nev., left, and Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., wait with moderator Mitch Fox for the lights to come back up after a power failure in the middle of their televised senate debate, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Las Vegas. Photo: Julie Jacobson / AP

4) Cadets at Virginia Military Institute pray before a major foreign policy speech delivered by Mitt Romney on Oct. 8, which was intended to distinguish Romney from President Obama on questions of foreign policy. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

5) Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife Janna wash pots at St. Vincent DePaul dinning hall, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

6) President Barack Obama high-fives with a child as he arrives at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Va. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

7) A nun wears a hat made with newspaper pages as she waits for Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate a mass marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Benedict, after celebrating mass, will greet churchmen, including a dozen original Vatican II participants, re-enacting the great procession into St. Peter's that launched the council in 1962. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

8) Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Carlson / AP

9) U.S. Army soldier SSG Norma Gonzales of 426 Civil Affairs Battalion reads a magazine next to fellow soldiers while waiting to be ferried by a helicopter to different U.S. military bases in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan on Thursday. Photo: Erik de Castro / Reuters

10) Army Pfc. Derek Southard, center, is hugged by his mother Shawn Southard, left, and his sister Jaylee Hepner, right, during a welcome home ceremony for soldiers from the Army's 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, on Oct. 10, at Fort Stewart, Ga. Overall about 2,200 soldiers from Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division have deployed to Afghanistan this year. Photo: Stephen Morton / AP

11) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (C) stand among family members of officers who died in the line of duty during an unveiling ceremony at the New York City Police Memorial Wall on October 11, 2012 in New York City. The city unveiled the names of fiften officers who died last year.Thirteen succumbed to illnesses as a result of September 11 and two died from violence in Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

12) Pakistanis across the country continued vigils Thursday to pray for a 14-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman after daring to advocate education for girls and criticize the militant group. Malala Yousufzai, 14, was unconscious Thursday in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck as she left school on Tuesday, but doctors said she had moved her arms and legs slightly the night before. Photo: Shakil Adil / AP

13) Melanie Minnie, a teacher at the Rietfontein nursery school, stands beside her car after being fined by the Tshwane Metro Police for transporting 19 children in the vehicle on October 11, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: Nico van Heerden / Gallo Images via Getty Images

14) A baby abandoned in a "baby box" at Joosarang church waits for a medical examination at a children's hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 19. Pastor Lee Jong-rak of the church, who runs a "baby box" where mothers can leave unwanted infants, has seen a sharp increase in the number of newborns being left there because, the pastor says, of a new law aimed protecting the rights of children. South Korea is trying to shed a reputation of being a source of babies for adoption by people abroad. It is encouraging domestic adoption and tightening up the process of a child's transfer from birth mother to adoptive parents. Here, South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak carries a baby, abandoned a day earlier at a "baby box" at his Joosarang church, to hand it over to ward officials as portraits of other abandoned children raised and adopted by him are seen on a wall of the church in Seoul on Sept. 20. Photos: Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

15) School children use inflated tire tubes to cross a river to go to a public school in Rizal province east of Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 12, 2012. Photos: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA

16) Malnourished children eat a meal at the Apanalaya center, an organization working for the betterment of slum children, in Mumbai, India on Oct. 9, 2012. The United Nations now says its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

17) A 21-year-old heroin addict looks for food among garbage in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11, 2012. Camden, New Jersey is now the most impoverished city in the U.S. with nearly 32,000 of Camden's residents living below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images

18) In Hong Kong, affordable apartments are so scarce that people are living in spaces much like an enclosed bunk bed. These so called "coffin homes" fit a single bed and aren't high enough to stand in. Residents share a common space with a toilet and sink and pay about $155-180 per month for the space. Nearby is some of the most expensive real estate and luxury stores among the city's gleaming skyscrapers.  In New York City, a similar disparity is taking place, with new towers going up and multi-million dollar apartments in high demand while a similar building boom is happening for tiny, 200-square foot apartments. Photo: Damir Sagolj / Reuters

19) Northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminate the sky over Potter Marsh, foreground, and in the distance, Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 shortly after midnight. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

20) Garden birds fight for a spot at a feeder in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 7. Photo: Denis Farrell, AP

21) Montee Ball leaps past a Purdue defender into the end zone for a first-half touchdown for Wisconsin. Ball ran for 247 yards and 3 TDs in a 38-14 victory. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

22) Packers fans were out in force last Sunday, including Mackenzie Lewis, 12, from Effingham, Ill., who takes a cell phone photo with her mother Stacey at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

23) Packers receiver James Jones stretches for a 6-yard touchdown against the Colts to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead last Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

24) Green Bay's defense can't stop Colts receiver Reggie Wayne from scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed Indianapolis' 30-27 victory Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

25) Derek Jeter  of the New York Yankees reacts after he injured his leg in the top of the 12th inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 13 . Jeter is out for the rest of the season. The Tigers won, 6-4. Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

26) Baylor's Brittney Griner leaps over teammate Mariah Chandler as she competes in the slam dunk contest during moonlight madness to open the NCAA college basketball season, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)

27) A photo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. The eyeball will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Photo: Carli Segelson / Fla. FWCC via AP

28) Bar owner Salvatore Calabrese pours out the mixed ingredients into a glass as he attempts to create the world's most expensive cocktail at his bar in London on Oct. 11. Calabrese blended 1770 Kummel Liqueur, circa 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao, 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac and circa 1900 Angostura Bitters to create "Salvatore's Legacy," at a cost of $8,800 a glass. The event was attended by officials from the Guiness Book of World Records and was an attempt to break the previous record set by "The Skyview Bar" in Dubai whose cocktail cost around $6,000 a glass. Photo: Andrew Winning / Reuters

29) Danika Starr, 9, sits with her father's winning pumpkin at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Weigh-off contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. The pumpkin weighed 1,775 pounds, making it a new California record. Starr wins six dollars for each pound, which equals $10,650. Photo: Tony Avelar / AP

30) Zack Lemann, animal and visitor programs manager of the Audubon Butterfly Garden, holds a dragonfly in his mouth while collecting them for their exhibits, in Des Allemands, La. on Sept. 24. Lemann cooks and serves the dragonflies at the insectarium. "They taste like soft-shelled crab," he says. Photo: Kerry Maloney / AP

31) Bavarian riflemen fire a gun salute on the steps of the Bavaria monument at the Theresienwiese fair grounds of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Oct. 7, the last day of the world famous beer festival. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP - Getty Images

32) Members of the Colla 'Vella de Valls' climb up as they construct a human tower during the 24th Tarragona Castells Comptetion on Oct. 7, in Tarragona, Spain.  Photo: David Ramos / Getty Images

33) Visitors to the Shocktober Fest dressed as zombies pose at Tulleys Farm on Oct. 6, in Turners Hill, England. People dressed as zombies from around the United Kingdom have converged on Tulleys Farm in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most zombies together in one place. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

34) A model displays a creation by Japanese designer Hiromichi Ochiai during the 2013 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

35) A model avoids droppings as she parades with sheep as it relieves itself in Oxford Street on October 11, 2012 in London, England. Four models escorted by four sheep posed for photographs in support of The Campaign for Wool's 'Wool Week' (15 - 21 October) to encourage people to donate unwanted woollen items to be reused, recycled or resold through Marks and Spencer and Oxfam shops. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Culinary no-no #300

Culinary no-no's



If my dear, sweet mother was alive today, she’d laugh. Actually, she’d howl.

She’d say she could have predicted what’s happening.

And she’d also say, “What were they thinking?”

In the “government must control every aspect of your life” that is Obamaland, the traditional, typical school lunch menu has been re-vamped.


Hot dog on bun (3 oz) with ketchup (4 T)
Canned Pears (1/4 cup)
Raw Celery and Carrots (1/8 cup each) with ranch dressing (1.75 T)
Low-fat (1%) Chocolate Milk (8 oz)


Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (1/2 cup) and Whole Wheat Roll 
Green Beans, cooked (1/2 cup)
Broccoli (1/2 cup)
Cauliflower (1/2 cup)
Kiwi Halves, raw (1/2 cup)
Low-fat (1%) Milk (8 oz)
Low Fat Ranch Dip (1 oz)
Soft Margarine (5 g)

In the 1970’s my mother worked with two other women in the cafeteria of a Catholic grade school. They worked very, very hard and made very, very good lunches. The problem is their clientele was a mighty tough bunch: unappreciative little monsters who knew darn well what they liked and didn’t like.

What didn’t end up on the tables or on the floor was unceremoniously dumped in the wastebaskets. I know this to be true because of the innumerable times mom would come home shaking her head in frustration at what she witnessed after putting in sweat shop-like hours.

That was 40 years ago. Forty years later, could anyone believe the situation would be any different?

Again, if my mother was alive today, she’d ask the First lady, “What were you thinking?”

The York Dispatch newspaper sent a camera crew to see what happens when government lectures kids about what they will eat.

The York Dispatch investigated, asking bureaucrats for their take which was predictable. The kids like it, they proclaimed (baloney). The ones that don’t, well, it takes time.

Let’s go to the opinion that really counts: the kids forced to eat this stuff.

From the York Dispatch:

"Nobody really eats it.”

"I have to go home and eat a whole sandwich.”

“Classmates Brittne Francis and McKayla Cooley added they think some food is being wasted, and they don't like having to pay extra for additional salad dressing now.”

The York Dispatch editorialized “If what's happening in schools around York County is any indication of what's happening around the country, then an unintended side effect of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is a disgraceful waste of food on a mind-blowing scale…Such waste is no solution.”

Where did the nationwide revolution inside school cafeterias begin?


Students at Mukwonago High School eat from brown-bag lunches as they boycott the school lunch line following new federal guidelines limiting calorie intake. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears.

Try SE Wisconsin.

And when it comes to this waste business, it’s not just kids.

You, yes, you, reading this Culinary no-no, every day you toss in the garbage what amounts to…


Two McDonald's Quarter Pounders with Cheese.

Here's another perspective. American journalist and blogger Jonathan Bloom writes that Americans daily waste enough food to fill this place...

Unfortunately, waste leads to more waste.

At the same time, I'd love to see the predictable results of a trash-cam. What happens when we discover the obvious, that the mandated favorites of Michelle Obama are disdained by a majority of hungry kids?

Have you seen the Taco Bell commercial featuring chef Lorena Garcia discussion the Cantina Bowl?  Garcia says her goal was to come with an item where people eat everything. That’s obviously not happening with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act mandate.

Is your mom smarter than the First Lady? Mine certainly was.


America is obese, right? So why do we replace personal responsibility with one excuse after another?

You're too fat because of your refrigerator.

You're too fat because of  your shoes.

The latest pro-life news (10/15/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and  Wisconsin Right To Life.

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Franklin taxpayers, you got very bad news today


FRANKLIN SUPERINTENDENT STEVE PATZ TO HIS SECRETARY: Get me Business Manager Jim Milzer in here right away!

SECRETARY: Yes sir, right away!


PATZ: Yes I did. I have urgent news for you.

MILZER: Yes, Superintendent.

PATZ: This is big, really big.


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Does Paul Ryan have a "puppy dog" look?

This couldn't wait for Saturday's Barking Lot.

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The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor

October 2012 e-newsletter

Baldwin Endorsed by Group Defending Terror Attacks on U.S. Soldiers

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MILWAUKEE – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin has earned the endorsement of a group that defends terrorist attacks on U.S. soldiers. Baldwin has been endorsed by the innocuously named Council for a Livable World, a left-wing think-tank and advocacy partnership group that defends Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on U.S. soldiers in Iraq. According to the Council’s research center, the United States should not “threaten and insult Iran” by, among other things, “arresting Iranian representatives in Iraq.”

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BREAKING: Green Energy Company Subsidized by Tammy Baldwin Goes Bankrupt

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BREAKING: Green Energy Company Subsidized by Tammy Baldwin Goes Bankrupt
Further Reiterates That Baldwin's $825 Stimulus Was a Complete Boondoggle, Failed to Create Jobs

Madison, WI - When Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin rammed her $825 billion stimulus through Congress she promised it would create jobs, but today's news proves otherwise. An electric car battery manufacturer who received stimulus money has filed for bankruptcy, further reiterating that Baldwin's stimulus was a complete boondoggle.   

Her failed stimulus wasn't the first investment she made in a faulty company. She also authored an amendment in 2007 to give tax credits to companies that purchased fleets of battery powered cars. According to a Bloomberg report today, A123 Systems Inc, which received nearly $250 million from the stimulus, has filed for bankruptcy. In 2010, President Obama called the company a success story. Notably, this follows the news that Solyndra - another failed green energy company - had to close its doors after taking federal stimulus money. 

"It is sobering to hear that another green energy company that received money from Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin's stimulus has gone bankrupt," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "Let this serve as a reminder that no matter how much taxpayer money Baldwin wants to throw at a problem, government does not create jobs. Instead of wasting money on failed projects like Baldwin, former Governor Tommy Thompson has worked with the private sector to create over 740,000 jobs.  As a United States Senator, Thompson would implement proven pro-growth policies that will get Americans working again."    


Baldwin Previously Authored Legislation To Prop Up Companies Making Electric Car Batteries. "In House Energy and Commerce Committee deliberations, Rep. Tammy Baldwin was responsible for several powerful enhancements to the proposed energy independence bill adopted and expected to go to the floor for a vote after the July 4th recess... A Baldwin amendment to the bill encourages fleet operators to acquire electric vehicles to help reduce both emissions of greenhouse gases and our dependence on foreign fuels. Baldwin's amendment authorizes the Secretary of Energy to allocate fleet credits to hybrid electric vehicles; plug-in hybrids; fuel cell electric vehicles; neighborhood electric vehicles; and medium or heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles. This amendment was supported by the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Coalition and the Electric Drive Transportation Association." (Rep. Tammy Baldwin, "Rep. Baldwin Adds Power To Energy Bill," Press Release, 7/2/07)

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Mitt Romney won tonight's debate 56 minutes in

He did so by delivering in his two-minute answer a devastating specific litany of Obama’s failed policies and broken promises.

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Voices Without a Vote

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Tommy Thompson gets an important endorsement and releases a new ad

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During last night’s debate, President Obama claimed, “the commitments I’ve made, I’ve kept.” Perhaps the President forgot that he promised to cut the deficit in half. He must have also forgotten his commitment to reducing home foreclosures. And what about his promise to create 2.5 million jobs in two years?

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Death, taxes, and those damn Yellow Pages

Driving home from work the other day as I turned into my subdivision of God’s Country/ Tax Hell USA, my mouth dropped to my knees.


It can’t be!


Oh, yes.

One by one.

Up and down every household.

There they were, tossed with total disregard for what was to happen over the next 2, 4, 6, 10 months.

Big, fat, thick, yellow plastic-enclosed bricks.

What the hell good are these?

Who the hell even uses these anymore?

SOB, the Yellow Pages fairy made its annual drop.

The city of Franklin is soon making changes to its recycle cart program, changes that were made rapidly this past summer. The city of Franklin never does anything quickly, until now. They did it while you weren’t paying attention, while you were on vacation. Too bad. They have spoken. Pick the size of your cart and be done with it.

Their reasoning is spelled out in the latest city newsletter:

"What’s driving this change? The City is switching to the carts to increase the amount of recycled material, thus reducing material going to the landfill; to make it easier to get recyclables to the curb; and to reduce litter and …."

Here’s my favorite part…

"Increase the aesthetics of the streets on collection day. "

God forbid we could have any street in God’s Country look the least bit unkempt, on trash collection day especially. So our local government know-hows will mandate new carts because Franklin adults are incapable of putting out their trash in a manner that it won’t blow all over the neighborhood making us look like an inner city Milwaukee ghetto.

It’s only been a few days since the worthless Yellow Pages have been delivered. At our residence, we have taken ours inside. My next door neighbor whom I’ve seen hundreds of times walk to his mailbox on a daily basis has decided he will not bend down and pick up the yellow depository. The same holds true up and down my subdivision.

Who’d have thunk it. Franklinites…a bunch of pigs. These are the same folks who hold their noses up at the local grocery store, pretending they’re better than everybody else.

It’s happened before, it’ll happen again. Lazy suburban dolts will let those phone books sit till next April when the thaw will show the books are still in the same spot where they were dumped the past October.

Franklin, WI = Sanford and Son

Duh, gee, I'd like to vote, but duh....

Back in 2008, I blogged that 20-somethings thought the entire process of casting a ballot was just too tough.

I’ve also blogged that some people are simply too stupid to vote.

Newspaper editorial writers constantly clamor for high voter turnout. Get up. Get outta here. GO to the polls!

I say if you’re so disinterested, lazy, or dumb, that’s fine. Stay home. We’re better off without your perfunctory attitude towards your civil duty.

With critical voting decisions less than a month away, it’s hard for news/political junkies to imagine that so many are taking an Eeyore approach to Election Day.

Between July 30 and August 8, USA Today and
Suffolk University polled unregistered and unlikely voters . The results were astounding and shameful.

More than 25% said they don’t vote because they’re too busy or don’t have time. Most did say registering is easy, but 16% said it’s too time-consuming or difficult.

Here are some of the questions  and answers. The age breakdown of the respondents: 18-24 yrs (13%), 25-34 yrs (18%), 35-49 yrs (27%), 50-64 yrs (25%), and over 65 (16%).

How likely are you to vote in the general election for President—very likely, somewhat likely, 50-50 or not likely?

Very likely .................................... 0%

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SHOCK: Baldwin Wanted to Block Funding for Body Armor For Troops in Combat

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SHOCK: Baldwin Wanted to Block Funding for Body Armor For Troops in Combat

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Tommy Thompson's successful Medicare Part D

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Tammy Baldwin Has Consistently Voted In Favor Of Higher Taxes

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Tommy Thompson Two-for-Two in Wisconsin

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Thompson Stands on His Proven Record as Baldwin Runs From Her Extreme Record

Madison, WI - Former Governor Tommy Thompson released the following statement tonight after winning his second consecutive Senate debate. 

"After two debates between Congresswoman Baldwin and myself, it is clear I am best suited to represent Wisconsin families in the U.S. Senate," said Thompson. "America has sunk into a $16 trillion debt and more than 23 million Americans are looking for work.  The only solution my opponent has is add to the debt, add to the unemployment and increase taxes. 

"Under Congresswoman Baldwin's watch, the economy bled 6.6 million jobs, the deficit ballooned, and the debt skyrocketed by $10 trillion.  While Wisconsin families suffered, Baldwin voted for job-killing measures like cap-and-trade, which would cost 26,000 Wisconsin jobs, and the EPA's Boiler MACT regulations, which would cost another 7,500.  Even worse, she voted in favor of higher taxes 159 times, including a measure that would increase taxes by $3,000 on the average middle-class family.

"I am a proven reformer with a record of creating more than 740,000 jobs, saving taxpayers $16 billion and dropping unemployment to less than 3 percent.  Now, I have a plan to RESTORE America by creating a competitive business environment, expanding energy opportunities and lowering taxes.  I will fight every single day for the people of Wisconsin because too much is at stake to do anything less."

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UPDATE: Duh, gee, I'd like to vote, but duh....

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Clinton's Visit Will Remind Wisconsin Voters of Baldwin Opposition to Welfare-to-Work



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Goodnight everyone and have the sweetest of weekends!

The best cartoons of the week (10/20/12)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/20/12)

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, becoming sunny mid-afternoon. High of 53.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny High of 62. "B"

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

If I ever want a lifestyle and career change, I’ve got it all planned.  I want be a dog walker in New York.  Who’s gonna mug me when I’m surrounded by all those fangs?  Besides, I’d be in Manhattan, not walking down dark creepy alleys in questionable neighborhoods.  The salary potential is mind boggling.

Leave it to those ritzy, dog-loving New Yorkers to pamper their pooches with concierge services.  Walks, grooming, and even spa packages are only a pawstep away.  (I personally can’t imagine indulging any of our future dogs to the point where they get massages more than I do, but I’m all for business opportunities.)

The market may be competitive but it seems there are plenty of pawsibilities if you want to start a doting doggie service of your own.  Real estate executives realize that catering to canines is one way to increase the apartment appeal.  Combine that with savvy entrepreneurs and city dwellers have endless ways to spoil their fur babies.

Oh, to be a pooch in the City that Never Sleeps
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Is there an obesity epidemic among dogs?

Dog was buried alive, but...

Marine wants to adopt Yona.

Dog saves baby's life.

Hero dog saves buddies from stranded canoe.

Kabang steals our hearts.

This is amazing. The Barkling Lot takes you to the Emerald Isle.

Author ponders pet euthansia.

Rachael Ray goes to food trucks for dogs.

Want to keep your dog safe this Halloween?

We love happy endings on Barking Lot.

Here's another.

Cesar Millan: If dogs could vote.

Dogs are the  new kids.

Dog strollers
: A do or don't?

Strangest story EVER on Barking Lot (contains a graphic photo).

Photographer combines dogs and owners in amazing images.



Rachel Barker, right, releases Bella and Kylee Westerman releases Copper for a Dachshund dog race on Oct. 13 at the 36th annual Arkansas Rice Festival in Weiner, Arkansas.  Photo: Saundra Sovick, AP. 

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

Canine castaway...rescued!

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2012 POO Awards - Week 9

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

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

Week 1

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 (10/20/12)


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...


James Des Jardins

Texas mom

3D printing

Katy Perry

8 dogs


Boy Scout leaders

Arizona National Guard members

Raemon Matthews

PURE Insurance

Petiola Manu



“When do you graduate? 2014. When you come out in 2014, I presume I’m going to be president. I’m going to make sure you get a job.”
Mitt Romney during this week’s debate.

“We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our Cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks.’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Mitt Romney during this week’s debate.

“You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get into this country legally.”
Mitt Romney during this week’s debate.

“Gov. Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan; he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules.”
President Obama during this week’s debate.

“We haven’t heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that.”
President Obama during this week’s debate.

“I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take as long.”
President Obama during this week’s debate.

“This was a boxing match. This was heavyweight. This was Frazier-Ali. Even the stage was sort of like an arena, a ring where they circled each other. At one point, I thought they were going to use their mics as weapons and it was going to turn into the Taiwanese parliament.”
Conservative Charles Krauthammer commenting after the Obama-Romney debate.

“I had to turn it off. I got an hour into it and I couldn’t watch it anymore. They were getting a little bit brutal with each other.”
Undecided voter Angela Boozhoo on the Obama-Romney debate.

“You want to interrupt me, Joe Biden, let me finish.”
Tommy Thompson to Tammy Baldwin during their US Senate debate.

"I can't stand whining. I can't stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they're not happy with the choices they've made. You live in a time when there are endless choices. Money certainly helps, and having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way. But you don't even have to have money for it. But you have to work on yourself ... do something!"
Hillary Clinton in a magazine interview referring to women who complain about the difficulty of balancing family and work commitments.

“We have a joke around here. Pretty soon we’re going to have such long commercial breaks that people are going to tune in and all they’ll hear is: ‘Hello, welcome to News 3. And goodbye.’ ”
The general manager of KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, on the high volume of political advertising in Nevada.

“That brother has slugged me a couple times. I assure you President Obama has nothing to worry about.”
Josh Romney, after his brother Tagg said he wanted to “take a swing at” Obama during the last Presidential debate.

President Obama and Mitt Romney exchange jokes at the Alfred Smith dinner...


Candy Crowley disgraces herself at debate.


Tammy Baldwin and body armor.


Tommy Thompson's son made a birther joke.


The woman does WHAT?

That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 


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Recommended Reading (10/20/12)

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 Year the Debates Mattered

"They've been historic, shifting the mood and trajectory of the race. They've been revealing of the personalities and approaches of the candidates. And they've produced a new way in which winners and losers are judged. It's a two-part wave now, the debate and the postdebate, and you have to win both."

Bindergate: Evidence Obama is losing?

"If Mitt Romney had said 'binders full of women's resumes,' this whole thing would be less than nothing (I'm not willing to concede that it's actually something).  Every single non-lunatic person watching that exchange understood precisely what Romney was saying, even as it evoked the weird mental image of a giant three-ring binder filled with human beings.  A meaningless 'oops' at worst.  The phrase is not even offensive on its face.  Even out of context, who hears 'binders full of women,' and is authentically offended or shocked?  Nobody."

Actress Stacey Dash pulled over by the black "thought police"

"Samuel L. Jackson, a black actor who has a penchant for gutter-hardened profanity, unabashedly told Ebony magazine: 'I voted for Barack because he was black. Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them. That’s American politics, pure and simple. (Obama’s) message didn’t mean (bleep) to me.' Imagine if actor Leonardo DiCaprio, in a didactic tone, said he was voting for Romney because he’s white."

Impact of States' Voter Laws Can Be Hard to Identify

“Voters in more than two dozen states next month will be asked to provide some form of identification before casting a ballot. How many Americans who would otherwise vote will be turned away or won't turn up at all remains a hotly contested number.”

Absentee ballots: Easy to cast, open to fraud

“Absentee ballots seem to be prone to manipulation,” said Joe Centorino, director of Miami-Dade’s Ethics Commission and a former assistant state attorney who prosecuted several vote-fraud cases stemming from Miami’s tainted 1997 mayoral election. “Once those ballots go out, there’s no more control.” But despite the recurring fraud problems, state lawmakers have repeatedly loosened the state’s absentee voting rules, making it easier to vote from home — while also making vote fraud harder to detect, critics say."

Minnesota Schools Close for Two Days So Teachers Can Play with Dolls, Learn About Teaching Islam

"Who’s betting they won’t hear anything about the September 11, 2001 hijackers’ jihad or suicide bombers blowing up American soldiers or Israeli children? And why the focus on only one religion?"

The insidious rise of rudeness

"In a new Enquirer Poll, more than one in seven Greater Cincinnatians say they had experiences so bad over the past year that they actually ended a friendship. Two-thirds say they consider incivility to be 'actually dangerous for our country'.”

Any Parent Who Lets Their Kids Trick or Treat By Themselves is a Monster

"Call me ridiculous. Say I'm over-protective. Honestly, I don't care."


Obama's One Man War on Women

Photos of the Week (10/21/12)

Photos of the Week

1) President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney confront each other during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Pool-Win McNamee)

2) President Obama and Mitt Romney share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York on October 18, 2012. Photo: Jason Reed, Reuters

3) Saving Private Ryan: US Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team protect a wounded comrade, Private Ryan Thomas, from dust and smoke flares after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, Afghanistan on October 13, 2012. Photo: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP - Getty Images

4) U.S. Army soldier Spc. Katie Luna of 572nd Military Intelligence Company, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, cries while paying respects during a memorial service for platoon member, late Spc. Brittany Gordon at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2012. Gordon was killed last Saturday along with a U.S. civilian and two others, after an Afghan police officer detonated a suicide vest he was wearing, a military officer said. Photo: Erik De Castro / Reuters

5) Lebanese rescue workers and civilians carry an injured girl from the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 19. Photo: Hussein Malla / AP

6) The plane carrying 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for campaigning for the right to an education, sits on the tarmac after landing at Birmingham Airport in Birmingham, central England on Oct. 15. Yousufzai will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a highly specialized facility where British soldiers seriously wounded in Afghanistan are treated, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said. Photo: Andrew Yates / AFP - Getty Images

7) In this undated photo provided by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 15-year old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai recovers in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, after being shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for advocating education for girls. Malala was shot and critically wounded on Oct. 9 as she headed home from school in the northwest Swat Valley, Pakistan, and was evacuated to Birmingham for ongoing treatment, where she is reported to be improving. (AP Photo/University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)

8) Dr. David Mathis, center, accompanied by physician's assistant Rob Johnson, left, examines a sore on the foot of an inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Sept. 12.  Mathis, a board certified physician,  was the highest paid prison doctor last year, earning a base salary of $239,572 and an additional $169,548 for working overnight shifts, weekends and holidays.  Prison doctors say they are worth higher pay because they face constant threat of assault from inmates. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

9) Fire engulfs the iconic Big Tex cowboy statue at the State Fair of Texas. Photo: John McKibben / AP

10) That eyeball that caused a sensation was cut from a swordfish's head, apparently by a fisherman, scientists say. Photo: Florida Fish and Wildife via Flickr.

11) A seahorse swims in an aquarium at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany on Oct. 16. Photo: Michael Probst / AP

12) A 1-month-old white lion cub plays at the zoo in Leon, Mexico, on Oct. 15. The rare, snow-white lion cub met the media, making its first official appearance since it was born on Sept. 14.  Photo: Stringer/mexico / Reuters

13) A Scottish fold cat wears a hat during a cat exhibition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 14. Photo: Igor Kovalenko / EPA

14) Three year-old Annie Wood rides her scooter in front of changing autumn leaves in Sheffield Park Gardens near Haywards Heath in southern England on Oct. 17. Photo: Luke Macgregor / Reuters

15) A man walks along a snow-covered street in Churwalden, Switzerland, on Oct. 15. The snow line in this area of Switzerland fell to 2300 feet (700 meters) above sea level last Monday. Photo: Arno Balzarini / EPA

16) After Wisconsin beat Minnesota Saturday in Madison, 38-13, senior Mike Taylor (53) carries Paul Bunyan's Axe. Photo: Andy Enis

17) Jordy Nelson hauls in a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers as Green Bay blasted previously undefeated Houston last Sunday, 42-24. Rodgers threw 6 TDs on the night. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood

18) A man pauses to look at the empty space where Henri Matisse' painting "La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" was hanging, right, next to a painting by Maurice Denis, left, at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012. Seven paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet were stolen from a museum in Rotterdam in an early-hours heist, Dutch police said Tuesday. The theft at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding Kunsthal's 20th anniversary. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

19) Dressed as Spider-Man, a window washer with American National Skyline greets Le Bonheur Children's Hospital patient Orlando Farmer, 3, as he rappels down the outside of the building, in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday October 17, 2012, while cleaning the hospital's windows. Photo: Brandon Dill / AP

20) Igor Vovkovinskiy of Rochester, Minn, the tallest person living in America, speaks with WCCO reporter Holly Wagner about his new custom made size 24 Reebok Shoes Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, Minn. Vovkovinskiy, who is 7 feet 8.33 inches tall, was given three pairs of shoes from Reebok, each sporting IGOR logos. (AP Photo/Rochester Post-Bulletin, Michele Jokinen)

21) While surrounded by hundreds of pumpkins, a group stops to look at the illuminated jack o' lanterns at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., Oct. 8. Some 5,000 carved pumpkins are on display for this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, one of the nation’s largest jack-o’-lantern shows. The event ends Nov. 3. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP

22) A model displays a creation by Russian designer Sergey Chernov during Aurora Fashion Week in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Cue the ridiculous, predictable calls for...

Gun control.

I remember George McGovern

It was circa 1984. Somewhere north of Milwaukee, exactly where I don’t recall, a conference was held on issues related to the Vietnam War. One of the presenters was George McGovern, the extremely liberal US Senator from South Dakota who was annihilated by Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, carrying only Massachusetts.

“Since I was a young man, I wanted to run for the presidency in the worst possible way -- and I did," McGovern would say a year later.

Staunchly anti-Vietnam War, McGovern’s slogan in 1972 was “Come Home, America.” I covered his appearance at that early-80’s conference for WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.

McGovern’s speech wasn’t all that riveting or inspiring. That was not his style.  

When he finished, I made my way towards him to see if I could ask him some questions.  Just ahead me was this woman who got to McGovern first.

Diane Carlson Evans made the trip to the conference from Minnesota. I heard Evans politely and respectfully correct the Democrat icon. During McGovern’s speech, at least once and maybe more, McGovern had referred to the “men” who served in Vietnam.

Turns out Evans was there, too, along with many other women nurses. In his quiet, soft-spoken manner, McGovern acknowledged his totally unintended slight.

After I interviewed McGovern, I found Evans and got to speak on tape about another story I never realized I’d get at the conference. Evans was working tirelessly to create a memorial for women who represented their country in Vietnam. I would seek her out for more interviews in the years ahead.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1993.

Vietnam Women's Memorial

Evans wrote comprehensively about the effort behind the memorial.

McGovern died this weekend. I rarely, if ever agreed with his far left ideologies. However he was a bona fide hero. In WWII, McGovern fkew 35 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Assigned to the 741st Squadron, 455th Bomb Group at San Giovanni Field in Italy in September 1944, McGovern’s orders were to bomb oil refineries and other strategic locations throughout Europe. The plane he flew was named the Dakota Queen after his wife, and his first daughter, Ann, was born while he was serving in the war. McGovern was discharged in July 1945 with the rank of First Lieutenant.

McGovern served the United States with tremendous dignity. He was 90.

Culinary no-no #301

Culinary no-no's

She was one of Hollywood's first sex symbols...


Mae West once said, "Too much of a good thing...can be wonderful."

The operative word is can.

Unlike my wife, I’m not all that crazy about fall. There are 4 things on my list that I love about autumn:

1) Football

2) The World Series

3) Pumpkin

4) Football.

Let’s talk pumpkin. Here’s what I wrote five years ago in Culinary no-no #20:

When October and fall roll around, I do love what you can do with pumpkin.

There’s pumpkin pie.

And pumpkin cheesecake.

Pumpkin crème brulee.

Pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin muffins.

Pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin ice cream.

Pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin soup.

Sometime this month, I’ll venture over to Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant at Mayfair and have one of their seasonal pumpkin martinis.

The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper website says:

Maggiano's is part of a nationwide chain of Italian restaurants, and the Pumpkin Martini was created by David Pennachetti, director of beverages.

The drink is a simple affair that calls for pumpkin liqueur, spiced rum and half-and-half. It's a great cocktail for this time of year. There are so many liqueur flavors on the market that it's possible to make drinks that taste of almost any fruit, nut and herb. To find the best liqueurs, look for the percentage of alcohol in the bottle. You'll pay more for a higher alcohol content, but the alcohol boosts the flavors in the liqueur and adds a sophisticated dryness to the product. Bols and Marie Brizard are very good brand-name liqueurs with extensive ranges of flavors, and both the Mathilde and Edmond Briottet lines, while not hugely wide-ranging, are superb products.

The Pumpkin Martini Recipe adapted from Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant.


3 ounces Bols Pumpkin Smash liqueur

1 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1 dash half-and-half Ground cinnamon, for garnish


Shake the ingredients over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.

Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top.


375 calories, 0 protein, 38 g carbohydrate, 0 fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 0 fiber.

Ok, so I love pumpkin. When do we get to the no-no?

Right now.

Our own Milwaukee-based Lakefront Brewery and others make a seasonal pumpkin beer.

I’m sure people drink it, otherwise breweries wouldn’t make it. This weekend while dining out, I saw a woman putting a pumpkin beer down. Seems to me that’s just not right.  Imagine pouring a Miller Lite into a glass, and then opening a can of pumpkin paste and spooning out a dollop to drop in the glass.

This whole notion of fruity beers has me scratching my head. Lakefront also makes a cherry lager. Now I can understand lemon or lime flavoring for beer since ales are bitter in the first place. But cherries and strawberries and chocolate and…pumpkin?

Rick Steves of Rick Steves’ Europe program on PBS visited Scotland this week. Steves was in a Scottish pub, talking to the proprietor behind the bar while sampling some Scotch whiskey. Ever so accommodating, the bartender said, of course, they’d serve the Scotch any way the customer wanted, but straight up was the best way to go. As he told Steves, if someone wanted pineapple juice in their Scotch whiskey, that’s what they’d get, but they’d be “ruining” or “wasting” good quality alcohol.

That’s my point.

In my book, pumpkins should be on your plate, not in your beer.

Fast forward to the present.

Pumpkin is always in season this time of year. Here’s a new flavor that’s all the rage this fall: candy corn.

Open the bag.

I’d eat those.

Sold only at Target.

So, whatcha gonna do, WalMart?

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Reaction: Clear Channel to remove voter fraud billboards

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

PRESS RELEASE ~~~~~~~~~~ For Immediate Release!
Phone:  414-465-8683


Franklin – Tim Dake, co-founder of Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, released the following statement upon hearing the news that Clear Channel Outdoor would be removing the educational, voter fraud billboards. 
“We were able map out most of the 85 billboards in Wisconsin and noted that billboards appeared in many areas besides the “communities of color” as the extreme group One Wisconsin Now claimed. The decision by Clear Channel to remove factually correct and contractually agreed to advertising flies in opposition to citizens 1st Amendment Rights.  It appears Clear Channel has decided to be a censor and yield to special interest groups calls for limiting free speech.”
Regarding the educational value of the billboards, Dake said; “If anyone could be coerced into committing voter fraud, those people are the only ones who could possibly be offended by the message contained on those billboards.”  In fact, Mayor Barrett recently ran a billboard campaign that targeted inner city areas in an effort to educate new parents to the dangers of sleeping with infants after a rash of what were called co-sleeping deaths.  Dake also commented, “the billboards are just as informative and non-threatening as the “construction zone” signs you see on I-94 currently.”


Mike Wilder, director of the African-American Round Table, denounces billboards in the central city that warn about voter fraud. Jsonline photo.

Tonight's 3rd debate won't look anything like this



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The latest pro-life news (10/22/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute
In This Issue:
October 22, 2012
Important Right To Life Links
Concert for Life to Feature Two World Class Acts.  Tickets Now Available. .
Tickets are now available for the Wisconsin Right to Life Concert for Life. The event is being held to commemorate the 40 years since the tragic Roe v. Wade decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. The January 11, 2013 concert will be held at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  Tickets for this event will sell out quickly so we recommend you (or your group) purchase early to avoid disappointment.  All seats are unreserved and must be purchased in advance through our website.

We will join together in reflection and prayer to remember the 53+ million lives lost under Roe v. Wade and those left deeply injured. We will lift our spirits in song as we recognize the progress made by Wisconsin's right-to-life community to reverse the effects of this tragedy.

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THUGS ATTACK: Young Romney Supporter Beaten, Hospitalized

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THUGS ATTACK: Young Romney Supporter Beaten, Hospitalized

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Fellow Franklin fiscal conservatives, will you join me in standing up against those who would rob you and your families of your hard-earned dollars through excessive taxing and spending?

For years and years and years, those with Franklin taxing authority, whether it be at City Hall or the School Board, systematically, consistently, with no shame whatsoever have over and over again raped Franklin property owners with obscene, above the rate of inflation property tax increases. They’ve done so for two reasons: they could, and no one complained. 


Thanks in part to a keen blogosphere and some changes in Franklin’s political landscape, more people are watching and demanding fiscal discipline.

You can say NO to Franklin property tax bullying.

It’s simple.

Do not support elected officeholders who have a tax and spending voting record. Vote them out of office.

Do not support elected officeholders who refuse to hold the line on tax and spending.

Do not support elected officeholders who make no effort to curb taxing and spending.

Do not support candidates who will vote in favor of tax and spending increases.

Do not support elected officeholders or candidates who fail to understand or openly admit they do not understand the concept of fiscal responsibility.

Do not support elected officeholders or candidates who refuse to practice or support fiscal responsibility who instead rip their critics for bringing up their positions and/or record.

If we do this collectively as a community, we can send a strong message and reform how we tax and spend in Franklin.

Are you with me, fellow freedom fighters? Will you help stop property tax bullying in Franklin, whether it be from our mayor, aldermen, or school board members, or candidates for those offices?

Please pass this along to your Franklin friends and neighbors.


There's one more presidential debate TONIGHT at 8:00

Here are the details.

A message from Mitt Romney: Thank you



I’m glad I had the opportunity to debate President Obama last night, and I hope you were able to watch. I wouldn’t have been there if it weren’t for supporters like you, and I appreciate you standing with me.
If elected, Paul Ryan and I, and the Republican team, will work to restore strength to America. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, and the peace and freedom of the world require it.
Thank you for believing America can do better, and that together, we can restore the country we love. Thanks to supporters like you, we have built one of the strongest grassroots organizations in history.
Over 119,000 volunteers have made nearly 45 million volunteer voter contacts since Victory launched this year, including over 9 million door-to-door voter contacts -- and that’s incredible.
We are fired up and ready to turn out the vote during Early Voting and on Election Day. But we need resources to compete with the Obama spin machine.
President Obama and the liberal Democrats are planning to blanket key battleground states with a surge of negative attack ads -- and we have to ensure that our message is heard.

Please donate $15 today to make sure the Republican team has the resources we need in these last few weeks to counter the Obama spin machine and Democrats across the country.
Thank you for all you do,

Mitt Romney



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City of Milwaukee Did Not Use Ineligible Voter List on First Day of Early Voting

From the MacIver Institute: 

City of Milwaukee Did Not Use The Ineligible Voter List on First Day of Early Voting

State Election Watchdogs at the GAB Yet to Comment

[MILWAUKEE...] During early voting on Monday, Milwaukee election officials did not check newly registered voters against a Department of Corrections list of felons who are ineligible to vote, the MacIver News Service has learned. 

Moreover, the problem may be more widespread than just polling locations in Milwaukee.

According to Wisconsin Statutes:

The board shall provide to each municipal clerk a list prepared for use at each municipal clerk's office showing the name and address of each person whose name appears on the list provided by the department of corrections under s. 301.03 (20m) as ineligible to vote on the date of the election, whose address is located in the municipality, and whose name does not appear on the registration list for that municipality.

"I alerted officials at the Ziedler building that they were not in compliance with state law at 9:40am on Monday," an Milwaukee-based election observer told MNS. "They told me they never received a list from the GAB and appeared to make no effort to find one." 

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed an open records request to provide the names of all individuals who have cast absentee ballots in the City of Milwaukee for the November 6th general election.?????? 

"Outside City Hall yesterday, Mayor Barrett was posing for pictures with actress Ashley Judd. But inside, the City of Milwaukee was failing to use the state's ineligible voter list for individuals registering and casting absentee ballots," Nathan Conrad Communications Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin said. ??????"Mayor Barrett and his hand-picked director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Neil Albrecht, have clearly dropped the ball. It is incumbent upon both Mr. Albrecht and Mayor Barrett to begin following standard procedures and protecting the integrity of the election process."

The GOP wants details from Barrett's poll workers.

 "Today, we're asking the City of Milwaukee to provide the Republican Party with not only the names of the absentee ballot voters, but to immediately begin the process to verify that no ineligible voter casts a ballot," said Conrad. 
The election observer who spoke to thee MacIver News Service said that Milwaukee election officials claim they are now checking new registrants against a list they have access to via on-site computers. However she cannot confirm this. 

"There is no way from where I am positioned that I can check to confirm that," she said, alluding to designated area for election observers at the Milwaukee polling location. 

Meanwhile, yesterday the MacIver News Service reported that as early voting began across Wisconsin, the state's election watchdogs may have made it harder for election observers to ensure poll workers use proper procedures. 
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, through their executive director Rick Esenberg, sent a letter to Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, asking the GAB to issue clarifications on where election observers stand and what documents they have the right to see. 
Under state law, election observers must be positioned so that they can observe "all public aspects of the voting process." However, Esenberg says recent GAB guidance to election observer organizations has undermined that requirement by stating that observers should be kept at least six feet away from registration tables. 

Esenberg believes that distance may prevent observers from seeing whether registration forms are filled out completely with properly-documented proofs of residence and even hearing voters stating their names and addresses. 
"Just as it is important to avoid unnecessary interference with balloting, it is crucial that the public have confidence in the process," Esenberg's letter stated. "This is particularly so in light of reports that election officials have registered voters with improper identifying documents." 

These problems are exacerbated, according to WILL, by the GAB's recent decision to allow voters to present electronic proofs of residence. Observers are likely to have an extremely difficult time viewing documents on devices as small as smartphones with three- or four-inch screens from six feet away. 

Last night, the GAB executive Director Kevin Kennedy sent a letter to Esenberg, dismissing his concerns. In part, the letter reads:

"In short, our application of the law does not permit observing the public aspects of the voting process in an up-close manner, or looking over the shoulder of the poll workers, or interfering or distracting the voters. The voting process is readily observable even if the detailed documentation cannot be reviewed until after Election Day by an inspection of the public documents. 
"In your correspondence you specifically raise questions about the application of the "six-foot" rule and assert that it compromises the rights of observers. As background, the "six-foot" rule was established as part of a set of emergency administrative rules adopted by the former State Elections Board and the Government Accountability Board. Specifically, the Government Accountability Board published the observer rules first in 2008 and then again in 2010, with many opportunities for public comment, which resulted in some revisions to the observer policies. 
"The six- to twelve-foot distance contained in the rules was developed over the past four years in consultation with organizations, including the two major political parties, which regularly train and deploy observers to polling places and with the input of local election officials. The language of the rule recognizes that this distance may need to be adjusted depending on unique circumstances related to any given polling location, such as unusual noise levels or blocked sight lines for example. For all practical purposes the "six-foot" rule operates as a guideline for designating observation areas; it is not absolute. This process has worked well in all elections since it was first implemented."
In the last two days, the GAB has not responded to repeated requests for comment regarding the ineligible felon voter list debacle in Milwaukee and whether the list was ignored in other locations during early voting as well. 

 We'll have more on this story as it develops.

The communities that are doing Trick or Treat right!

During evening hours, on Halloween, that would be October 31:

Milwaukee County

South Milwaukee: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Germantown (Town and Village): 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31

Waukesha County
Big Bend:
6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Brookfield (City): 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Brookfield (Town): 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Delafield (Town): 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Dousman: 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31Hartland: 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 31
Muskego: 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Ottawa: 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Summit: 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Vernon: 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Waukesha (City): 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31
Waukesha (Town): 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31

You better believe early voting is important

People line up Monday at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee for early voting for the Nov. 6 election.

People line up Monday at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee for early voting for the Nov. 6 election. Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears.

How important is early voting? Ask my dear friend Oscar. It was back in the first few days of June that Oscar received word from Puerto Rico that his mother was dying. He made arrangements to fly to Puerto Rico with his wife immediately.

Both are staunch Scott Walker supporters. They were prepared to walk through fire on June 5 to vote for the Governor in his recall, but couldn’t. They had no time.

My friend tells me an amazing story. Wherever he went in Puerto Rico, crowds in front of television sets tuned to American election coverage cheered wildly with every election return showing Walker ahead.

It was bittersweet for Oscar. His mother had died, and he never got to vote for a man he believes in so much.




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Let's put a Franklin referenda argument to rest

On Election Day, November 6, 2012, the Franklin Public Schools administration will ask voters to cast ballots on not one, not two, but THREE tax and spend increase school facilities referenda. They are as follows: 


"Shall the Franklin Public School District, Milwaukee County,

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Meanwhile, out west...

In Rock Springs, Wyoming...

Worth another look

Recent cartoons by the talented Michael Ramirez...

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CBS News reported Tuesday night:

“It was six weeks ago on Tuesday that terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Abele blasts vote by County Board Committee on parks patrol

For Immediate Release                                                                                               
DATE: October 24, 2012
Contact: Brendan Conway, Communications Director
414.278.5281 Office
Twitter: @MkeCoExecPress 

County Board Votes Against Taxpayers and For the Status Quo 

MILWAUKEE –The Milwaukee County Board’s Budget Committee voted 9 - 0 today to raise taxes on Milwaukee County citizens.

The Board voted down the Parks Patrol Plan that would have saved millions of dollars and increased public safety. The plan is supported by County Executive Chris Abele, Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee Police Department and a majority of the City of Milwaukee Common Council.

“The vote today by the Board sends a disappointing message to taxpayers and hurts future cooperation efforts between municipalities and the County,” Abele said. “This proposal would have saved County taxpayers $5.2 million over three years.”



KF NOTE: I disagree with Abele that this plan would increase public safety. The MPD has enough problems on their hands. Now you add patrolling of the parks. Will they be as vigilant as Clarke and his department were? I have my doubts.

On the other hand, the fact that the Milwaukee County Board voted against property tax savings is not a news bulletin.

They're idiots, and they vote...let's go to the video

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Franklin Public Schools jabs with a left and upper cuts with a right!

Imagine a boxing match.

In one corner stands...

Across the ring...

The Franklin Public Schools administration is Mike Tyson. You Franklin property taxpayers who pay their salaries, benefits, operations, and crazy school taxes, well, sadly, you’re poor, puny, pint-size Pee Wee Herman.

You basically have about as much chance in this matchup as the proverbial snowball in Hell.

If I may use another comparison, pro wrestling fans will recall that Hulk Hogan would do in his opponents with a double finish.

First, the boot in the head after tossing his opponent off the ropes.

Then the flying leg drop as his victim was sprawled out on the mat.

Match over.
The same is true in Franklin this November when the folks running our schools want to hit you with a flurry of punches or wrestling moves in the form of tax and spend increases they hope you will actually inflict upon yourselves.

First comes the annual budget that will impose a property tax levy increase. The school board initially agreed to a 3.5% increase, but met Wednesday night to finalize the levy. They could have adjusted it, but odds are there will be some Increase.

Jab with a left!

They're also banking on you going to the polls in November and choosing to increase your taxes, not once, but three times to the tune of $48.8 million. Who does that during a lengthy recession marked by unemployment and foreclosures?

Upper cut with a right!

In essence, Franklin could get hit with FOUR separate property tax increases.

You can swing back on November 6. Vote NO on all three refererenda.



Petition sought on voter fraud billboards

Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty forwarding the following message:

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Franklin referenda: Get a grip

Yeh, that would be your Whopper.

When not referring to fast food, a whopper is defined as “a gross untruth,”  “a big lie.”

I thought I had heard it all during the debate over the 2007 $78 million Franklin referenda.

If we don't pass these referenda, Franklin voters were told, kids would be forced to be taught in trailers.

he referenda failed miserably. No trailers were ever set up. The Whopper was a triple.

Interesting, those who made the ridiculous trailer claim are no longer involved here in Franklin.

All three of the referenda on the Franklin ballot call for “parking lot expansion.”

A comment has been made on my blog fearful of a potential fatality if we don’t pony up millions of dollars for…


A few years ago, I requested information from the Franklin Police Department about accidents near Franklin High School. Yes, there was a tragic fatality caused by a reckless driver. It had nothing to do with parking spaces. The number of accidents near Franklin High was, as I recall, less than two handfuls during a very lengthy period of time.

And yet, there seems to be some mentality that if we don’t pass these referenda next month, someone, maybe more than one person will die.

I thought I had heard it all five years ago. I was wrong.

Deep breath everybody.
I'm all for debate on this issue. But please. No one is going to die if these referenda are rejected.

And sorry, the rather lame argument that Joey wants a parking space close to the front door is not reason to spend close to $50 million.


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Goodnight everyone and have an organ-ic weekend!


"What's baseball without organ music?"
"What's baseball without organ music?"
A parking lot attendant at Edison Field, the home of major league baseball's Anaheim Angels.

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'd know the best symphony orchestra in the world anywhere!

Thanks Milwaukee Symphony for a great intro for this week’s entry.

The World Series began Wednesday night between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

AP photo

Behind three home runs blasted by the above Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco easily won Game 1, 8-3. The Giants took Game 2 Thursday night, and now a 2-0 lead in the Series.

The surprise in Game 1 was the total collapse of Detroit pitching ace Justin Verlander who finished the 2012 campaign with a record of 17-8.

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers, ALCS Game 4, 10/18/2012

Detroit will need some help from others on the team to lift them after their ace was shelled in the opener.

When the Tigers played in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a similar scenario unfolded. Detroit featured Denny McLain who posted 31 victories that year, the first pitcher in 34 years to win 30 games in a season. McLain went 1-2 in the Fall Classic, but the Tigers beat St. Louis in seven games for the title.

During his rise to the top, McLain showcased another talent: playing the organ. We’re talking major league ballpark organ playing quality. Immediately following the ’68 Series, McLain took a job playing the organ at a Las Vegas hotel. McLain was so good, he released two albums on Capitol Records, a major record label (Can you say, Beatles?).

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The best cartoons of the week (10/27/12)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/27/12)

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. 

TODAYSunny. High of 46.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 45. "D"

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

If you’re a hyper-organized, Type A, plan-ahead individual (guilty as charged!) then it comes as absolutely no shock to you that we’re about 3.5 weeks away from Thanksgiving.  If you have children and/or pets you realize even more the importance of staying ahead of the game.  Waiting until the last minute for the Christmas season’s “it” toy will end in disaster; thinking you can book a kennel two days before your vacation will end with your pooch joining you.

In just a couple weeks (if you haven’t already) you will be making any necessary holiday flight arrangements or consulting MapQuest for the quickest way to make that 18-hour drive over the river and through the woods.  If taking your pet isn’t an option (or for that matter a desire) then you’d better figure out FAST who’s caring Fluffy & Fido in your absence.

This time of year can get stressful for ALL your family members, so take extra care to make things easy on your four-legged ones.  Check out this detailed article  about holiday travel with pets to learn some tips.  Obviously there are MANY online sources for pet travel accessories.  This  is just one of them.  If you’d rather let someone else handle all the details, consider a pet relocation service for help.

Whatever you decide, please take care to ensure that everyone in your family has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday travel season!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

WI story marks national outrage.

Arizona officer that stomped dog to euthanize it  resigns from force.

Supreme Court
goes to the dogs.

Are police dogs invading our privacy?

America is too fat. That includes our dogs.

Bone tired.

Thank Dog! Sounds nice, but...

Dog poop analysis...Romney wins!

We've posted stories like this before...always worth repeating.

Rock jock fights black dog syndrome.

Benny gets a second life.

Haatchi and Owen...both make a great story.

Theo was a hero.

When you're this big, you draw crowds.

I think Franklin (or somebody around here) should do this.

Barking Lot update: What about that dog that was trapped in a pickup engine?

Yet ANOTHER opinion on dog smooches.

Speaking of inquiries about dogs?

Are you "wackadoodle?"

Nate and Maggie  bond.

Karate chop!

How will you degrade your dog this Halloween?

You've gotta have a dog.



We've got 23, all taken underwater.

Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

We close with our closing video.

Pet bling, and how...

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2012 POO Awards - Week 10

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

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

Week 1

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 (10/27/12)


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...


Zina Haughton

Ivan Marcano

Samantha Kelley

Justin Bieber

George McGovern


Radcliffe Haughton and the Brown Deer Police

Ugly liberals

Lance Armstrong

Chris Matthews

These doctors


"I told him, 'Whatever you do, don't do anything stupid.' "
The elder Radcliffe Haughton, talking to his son with the same name. After his wife obtained a four-year restraining order against him, he called his father in Florida and said he needed to leave the state. His father said he could come to Florida and stay with him. Last Sunday morning, the 45-year-old from Brown Deer went on a shooting rampage at an Azana Spa in Brookfield where his estranged wife worked, killing three people and injuring four others before killing himself.

"I could see under my one arm. . . . I held my breath and thought, 'If this guy thinks I'm dead, he'll leave me alone.' My husband always told me, 'When you're on the ground, it isn't the time for tears or whimpering. You don't have time for that.' "
Betty Brunner who was in the spa during the shooting.

"We are devastated by this tragedy and remain in shock over how this could have happened.”
Spa owner Tammi Gemmell

“I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al Qaeda, but we can’t kill our way out of this mess.”
Mitt Romney during his final debate with President Obama.

Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you agreed that we have been successful in going after Al Qaeda, but I have to tell you that your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East.”
President Obama at the debate.

“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.”
Mitt Romney at the debate.

“When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel would be unbreakable.”
President Obama at the debate.

“President Obama doesn't have a clue how to lead. Wisconsin turned this blue state into red because President Obama scared us. He has been totally unable to lead this nation." 
US Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin at a GOP rally in Waukesha.

Workers "should understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase dramatically if President Obama is re-elected, forcing taxpayers to fund President Obama's future deficits and social programs (including Obamacare), which require bigger government…The tax rate we pay is not 17%, as Warren Buffett would have you believe; with state taxes it is roughly 45%. President Obama has announced that our planned tax rate would increase to roughly 65%, reducing our after tax income by 36% and dramatically reducing, if not eliminating, your and my RSP contributions. The money (profits) will be sent into the abyss that is Washington, D.C. So, on top of the burden of having your personal taxes increase dramatically, which they will, your RSP contributions and healthy retirement are also at risk, all for the sake of maintaining an oversized government that borrows 42% of every dollar it spends."
Rite-Hite owner Mike White in an e-mail to his employees.

"We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. … [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullsh---er, I can tell.”’”
The Rolling Stone’s Douglas Brinkley who interviewed President Obama.

“Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”
Sarah Palin

“I’ve been known to use the phrase most often when chastising my daughter Piper to stop procrastinating and do her homework. As she is part Yup’ik Eskimo, I’m not sure if this term would be deemed offensive when it’s directed at her or if it would be considered benign as in the case of Chris Matthews’ use of it in reference to Rachel Maddow. Just to be careful, from now on I’ll avoid using it with Piper, and I would appreciate it if the media refrained from using words and phrases like igloo, Eskimo Pie, and “when hell freezes over,” as they might be considered offensive by my extended Alaska Native family.”
Sarah Palin defending her use of the phrase, “shuck and jive.”

“You know, this is that issue that every candidate for federal or even state office faces. And I have to certainly stand for life. I know that there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have on abortion is in that case—of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. He would later apologize saying, "I think that God can see beauty in every life. Certainly, I did not intend to suggest that God wants rape, that God pushes people to rape, that God wants to support or condone evil in any way."

"She broke up with me, but right now I'm not really worried about it. I was heart broken at first, but now I'm getting over it.”
Sandeep "Sunny" Singh isn't too concerned about his girlfriend breaking up with him. The Massachusetts Mega Millions lottery winner matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers in the October 17 drawing. The Massachusetts man is splitting the $61,000,000 jackpot with another California lottery winner who also matched the same Mega Millions numbers. The twenty-two year old Mega Millions winner says he was heart broken at first, but $30,000,000 is helping him move on.


The e-mails.


The Journal Sentinel buried this story in Regional News Briefs, with all of four sentences.


October surprises from Gloria Allred and Donald Trump.


Mom cures her ailing how.

Gilberto, is that you?

Woman sells her virginity.

SLAP! That'll be $350, please.

Look, up in the sky!

That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 

Recommended Reading (10/27/12)

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).

Obama Did Not Inherit a Mess

“President Barack Obama has often lamented that he ‘inherited’ a mess from George. W. Bush. His opponents acknowledge that, but argue that Obama made the situation worse. ‘Did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely. But we’re going in the wrong direction!’ Ryan said during the Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 11.  The truth, however, is otherwise: Obama inherited a fantastic set of political circumstances.”

The Unreality of the Past Four Years

“The Benghazi fiasco is a brutally illuminating portrait of the Obama White House in crisis mode.”

First, aid the living

“A U.S. ambassador is missing and his diplomatic team is desperately fighting off terrorist attacks. Our commander-in-chief and his national-security team in Washington are listening to the phone calls from the Americans under attack and watching real-time video from a drone circling overhead. Yet the U.S. military sends no aid. Why?”

Actually, U.S. Military Still Uses Lots of Horses and Bayonets

"Last night during the final presidential debate of 2012, President Obama said we have 'fewer horses and bayonets' during an exchange with Governor Mitt Romney. The comments were condescending, belittling and Obama implied the use of bayonets and horses was obsolete. This is not the case."

Sounds good, but does little

"Call this yet another in the long series of political feel-good laws. That’s a law passed by politicians in response to public frustration with some maddening behavior, even though everyone knows the law is unlikely to accomplish much."

Why Parenting is More Important Than Schools

"Given all the roiling debates about how America’s children should be taught, it may come as a surprise to learn that students spend less than 15% of their time in school. While there’s no doubt that school is important, a clutch of recent studies reminds us that parents are even more so."

Calling All Germs

"When you combine a cellphone's proximity to your ears, nose and mouth with its bacteria-loving warmth, the result can be harmful to your health."

Flu Season Health Precautions

"Cover your mouth when you cough. Sneeze into your shoulder. If you sneeze again, sneeze into your opposite shoulder. If you’re one of those people who always sneezes three times in a row, you’re really annoying."


Photos of the Week (10/28/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Area tactical officers enter the north side of Azana Spa & Salon at 12:42 pm. last Sunday in Brookfield. The spa was the site of a mass shooting in which spa employees Maelyn Lind, Cary Robuck and Zina Haughton were killed before the gunman, Radcliffe F. Haughton, fatally shot himself. Haughton was the estranged husband of Zina Haughton. Photo: C. T. Kruger

2) Italian Nativity scenes designer Genny Di Virgilio puts the final touches on two statuettes depicting President Barack Obama, right, and Republican rival Mitt Romney in his shop in Naples, Italy, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, hours ahead of their third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

3) Tim and Jo Ann Griffith struggle to hold on to their umbrella as they walk the pier at Myrtle Beach State Park during Hurricane Sandy in South Carolina, Oct. 27. Photo: Randall Hill, Reuters

4) A UN Peacekeeper stands watch near a bridge washed away by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 25 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Thony Belizaire / AFP - Getty Images

5) Will Mead holds a tri-folded flag as he watches with family members the casket of his great grandfather, former Democratic U.S. Senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, being carried into the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the funeral service, on Oct. 26. McGovern died last Sunday in his native South Dakota at age 90. Photo: Nati Harnik / AP

6) Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro walks in a garden on Oct. 19, in an image provided by Cubadebate. Castro dismissed reports that he was dead or near death in an article published on Monday in Cuba's state-run press.

7) This heartbreaking picture shows an innocent baby left behind after its mother and two siblings were brutally murdered. An officer holds the child with care after it was found unharmed but crying in the same house as its murdered mother and two siblings. The six-month-old boy is completely unaware of the horror unfolding around him as officers carry him away from a scene of violence that shocked even the police. The children's father sat dazed in front of the house near Sacramento, California, still reeling after making the gruesome discovery while the baby boy was cradled by police officers. Photo: The Daily Mail

8) Workers will use about 380 gallons of paint and primer to provide the Hollywood sign with a makeover before the famous landmark's 90th birthday next year. The iconic sign will be stripped down to sheet metal, primed and given a new coat of white paint. This will be the sign’s most extensive makeover in nearly 35 years. Photos: Joe Klamar / AFP - Getty Images

9) A person takes a photo of a monument to polar bear Knut after its unveiling at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Knut, who was born in December 2006 at the zoo, quickly rose to celebrity status as an irresistibly cute, fluffy cub. Knut was rejected by his mother at birth — along with his twin brother, who only survived a couple of days. He attracted attention when his main caregiver, Thomas Doerflein, camped out at the zoo to give the button-eyed cub his bottle every two hours. Knut died March 19, 2011 in front of hundreds of visitors at Berlin zoo, turning around several times and then falling into the water in his enclosure. A necropsy of the four-year-old bear showed he was suffering from encephalitis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

10) Jane Duffy, mother of British Army Lance Corporal Liam Tasker who was killed during the conflict in Afghanistan, wears her son's medals as she holds Grace, a search dog with the British army, wearing a Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals – that was posthumously awarded to Theo, a bomb-sniffing army dog, following a special ceremony held at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Theo, a Springer Spaniel, worked alongside Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching out roadside bombs in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province. Tasker was killed in a firefight with insurgents in March 2011, and Theo suffered a fatal seizure hours later. It is the highest award any animal can receive while serving in military conflict. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

11) Tourists Alexandre Casias, center back, and Emilie Vachon, not in photo, from Montreal in Canada, have their car raided by baboons, at Millers Point on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Oct 24. Photo: Schalk Van Zuydam / AP

12) A camel that was purchased by a customer is lifted to be placed in a vehicle at a camel market near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 23, 2012. Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha (the feast of sacrifice), marking the end of the Hajj, by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. Photo: Fahad Shadeed / Reuters

13) A veterinarian from the Zoological Foundation of El Salvador, FUNZEL, uses a stethoscope on a female dolphin in San Diego on October 25, 2012. A female and a male dolphin were rescued by local fishermen after they were found beached in two different spots along the coastline. Both animals have scratches and lacerations on their bodies and have been refusing food, according to vets. Photo: Ulises Rodriguez / Reuters

14) A jaguar swims towards his food that was dropped in the water during feeding time at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, Indonesia, on October 23. Photo: Beawiharta / Reuters

15) A red panda cub sits on a tree branch in its enclosure at the zoo in Dresden, Germany, on October 22. Photo: Arno Burgi / EPA

16) A kangaroo bounces towards Alejandro Canizares of Spain as he walks down the 16th hole during day four of the Perth International golf tournament at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on October 21 in Perth, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour / Getty Images

17) This 5x photomicrograph, which uses reflected light and image stacking, shows an ant carrying its larva. The image, submitted by Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, won ninth place in the Nikon Small World contest. Photo: Geir Drange. Top honors in the 2012 Nikon Small World contest go to this confocal 20x view of the blood-brain barrier in a zebrafish embryo. The picture was captured by Jennifer Peters and Michael Taylor of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and it's thought to be the first image showing formation of the blood-brain barrier in a live animal.

18) Devin Smith (10) watches in frustration as Michigan State's Bennie Fowler catches the winning touchdown pass in overtime against Wisconsin Saturday in Madison. Spartsans 16, Badgers 13. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

19) Jordy Nelson hauls in a touchdown pass over St. Louis' Bradley Fletcher in the first quarter last Sunday. Green Bay beat the Rams, 30-20. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

20) San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts at home after hitting his third home run of the game during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in San Francisco. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP 

21) Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder is tagged out at home plate by San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

22) Hungary's Attila Banyai reacts when a four-wheel-drive vehicle drives over him as he tries to break a Guinness record during the Impossibility Challenger. Photo: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

23) Unidentified school children from the Beth Hillel Day School embrace a wax figure of E.T., the alien character from the 1982 film, "E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial" at Madam Tussauds, in the Hollywood selection of Los Angeles, Monday, Oct 22, 2012. The Steven Spielberg film is marking its 30th anniversary with wax likenesses at Madam Tussauds in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

24) A model is styled by Charlie Le Mindu during his show at the hairdressing trend show 'Vision 2013' in Berlin, Germany, on October 22, 2012. AFP /Getty Images

25) Justin Bieber poses for a photo with 4-year-old Hailey Roser at the BMO Harris Bradley Center ahead of the pop star's concert on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Hailey was diagnosed in August with a brain tumor. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Roser

26) Best photobomb ever?

27) And one of my favorite photos of the year is in this article.

Hey, Kev...where were you? What happened?

Trick or Treat has come and gone another year in Franklin.

My congratulations to the Franklin Common Council. This year it didn’t take them two meetings to figure out when we should schedule Trick or Treat. My, they’re getting dangerously smart.

Unlike previous years, I didn’t do live blogging during Trick or Treat. Jennifer and Kyla were out in the neighborhood, and I stayed home to watch football and answer the doorbell in that order. Next year, live blogging may return.

I did have several kids who, after I tossed candy in their bags return to my front door again claiming that they didn’t get what they wanted.  I asked these children if their moms and dads by chance had signed the Recall Walker petitions. They all nodded yes.

Happy Halloween!

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Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Culinary no-no #302

Culinary no-no

As I’ve written in the past, there’s a lot to ponder when venturing out to eat.

ATTITUDE: I just don’t feel like cooking.

NECESSITY: Maybe the frig isn’t as well stocked as you’d like.

WHAT: What am I hungry for?

STYLE: Do I go fancy or casual?

LOCATION: Do I head across town or stay close to home? Is getting there easy, and can I park with ease?

REPUTATION: A familiar spot or new place?

SPECIAL OCCASION: Does it call for a celebration?

Articles that outline the favorite eating spots and menu items of local chefs, to me are always of interest.
Here’s an example

The Huffington Post (yes, shocking but true, I peruse the Post) recently queried “four top restaurateurs and industry professionals” for “signs that they are in a good restaurant.”

Of course the views are all subjective, but some that fell into the no-no category were surprising.



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The Jacksonville Jaguars may not be a very good football team...



jsonline photos

But WOW!

What a locker room!




The latest pro-life news (10/29/12)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Alert

Here are the Election Tools You need

to Ask2!

Have you Asked2 yet? Asked two voters to vote with you for Romney/Ryan?   For Tommy Thompson? 

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Big economic news for Franklin

In August, Governor Walker helped announce the groundbreaking for the Global Water Center at 2nd and Pittsburgh in Milwaukee.

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Act 10 Taxpayer Savings Now Exceed $2 Billion

MacIver Institute

MacIver News Service | October 29, 2012

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America's public schools hire too many, and not the right people

For decades America’s K-12 public schools have never had to worry about unemployment. A new report shows a trend in our schools of overstaffing. Hiring of non-teaching positions has grown much faster than student enrollment.

Here are some key finds of the Friedman Foundation report:

·         America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent. Public schools grew staffing at a rate four times faster than the increase in students over that time period. Of those personnel, teachers’ numbers increased 252 percent while administrators and other staff experienced growth of 702 percent, more than seven times the increase in students.

·         Between FY 1992 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students nationwide grew 17 percent while the number of full-time equivalent school employees increased 39 percent, 2.3 times greater than the increase in students over that 18-year period. Among school personnel, teachers’ staffing numbers rose 32 percent while administrators and other staff experienced growth of 46 percent; the growth in the number of administrators and other staff was 2.7 times that of students.

·         Compared to other nations’ schools, U.S. public schools devote significantly higher fractions of their operating budgets to non-teaching personnel—and lower portions to teachers. Meanwhile, the U.S. is one of the highest spending nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) when it comes to K-12 education.

·         Even when student populations were dropping, public school systems were increasing staffing between 1992 and 2009.

·         There is no evidence in the aggregate that the increase in public school staffing caused student achievement to improve.

·         After the sizeable increase in the teaching force and the dramatic upsurge in the hiring of non-teaching personnel, student achievement in American public schools has been roughly flat or modestly in decline.

·         If non-teaching personnel had grown at the same rate as the growth in students and if the teaching force had grown “only” 1.5 times as fast as the growth in students, American public schools would have an additional $37.2 billion to spend per year.

Using data from the US Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Digest of Education Statistics from both 1994 and 2010, the report also analyzed growth in each state.

In Wisconsin from Fiscal Year 1992 to Fiscal Year 2009, the growth in students was 7%, the growth in total school personnel was 21%, the growth in teachers was 14%, and the growth in administrators and other staff was 30%.

The issue is not whether there is a lack of funding for K-12 schools. Rather, the issue is that they spend too much.

Myths about Franklin referenda NO voters

On November 6, I plan to walk into the Polish Community Center and vote…




On all three Franklin property tax increases (school building referenda).

My wife will do the same.

Many of our neighbors and thousands other Franklin residents will follow suit.




You no good scoundrels!

You want to take away my child’s dance class practice room.

You want to take away… GASP… a practice field.

You would deny my Freddie…SOB…a parking space!

To the greedy “I WANT I WANT I WANT”  crowd, yours truly and those who will vote with me appear to be:

Snidely Whiplash.

The dastardly villain sought by Dudley Do-Right.

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I should be happy with a 1.1% school tax levy increase, right?

Thanks to Franklin School Board President Janet Evans for posting important news about the upcoming school district budget. Evans writes:

“On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 a revised 2012-13 FPS Budget and Levy were adopted by the Franklin Board of Education by a vote of 5-2 (Yes/Larson, Traylor, Klein, Witkowski, Nielson; No/Evans, Schlueter).

“The total tax levy increase is 1.1% or $351,324. You may recall the proposed increase on Draft #1 of the Budget had been 3.5%.”

So the board lowered its preliminary levy increase to 1.1% which is below the rate of inflation. Apparently Franklin got more state aid than expected.

Still, I find it interesting that two board members, Evans and Aimee Schlueter voted no. Could it be they did not support any property tax levy increase, no matter how small, given the economy? Could it be they have observed area school districts implementing property tax freezes or darn near freezes? Could it be they realize you can’t increase property taxes, even minimally when less than two weeks later you’re asking voters to approve three school building referenda?

The same five board members who voted in support of placing those three questions on the ballot also voted to increase your school taxes.

I’m not surprised at the way anyone on the board voted.


Monica Kelsey is NOT one of those "exceptions"

Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, was debating his opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly last week when the abortion issue surfaced. Both candidates stated that life begins at conception, but Mourdock called for the end of abortion on demand and continued:

“This is that issue that every candidate for federal, or even state, office faces, and I too stand for life. I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view and I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have [for abortion] is in that case [where] the life of the mother [is threatened]. I struggled with it for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Mourdock has been under fire ever since. Check what the group Citizens for a Pro-Life Society said in my blog, The latest pro-life news (10/29/12).

Enter Monica Kelsey, a woman conceived in rape who provides a potential learning moment.



The "Roe" in Roe vs Wade speaks out

Read and watch.

All kinds of reasons to vote NO NO NO in Franklin next Tuesday

Here in Franklin it’s 2007 all over again. Once again the Franklin Public School administration wants to tap into your wallets big time via referendum. They’ve been plotting strategy since the end of 2009, trying to devise a scheme whereby you part with your hard-earned tax dollars in the name of new or upgraded facilities. The strategy includes partnering with what is regarded to be the most expensive architect in the state to produce and then sell an unnecessary proposal during what is the worst of economic times. Will Franklin voters vote to give themselves a huge property tax increase? Let’s examine some of the issues surrounding the school administration’s plot.


To get into your purse strings, they have tugged at your heartstrings. In other words, they hope to play on your emotions by claiming a recent rash of surveys mandates you help finance new construction. In other words, play the oldie but goodie, “It’s for the children.”

This website, FranklinNOW has served as a drum-beating cheerleader for the cause. Reporter Rick Romano blazed the trail with one story after another that rarely contained any quote from anyone who might remotely have an opposing view. That would be too much like journalism. Some of what Romano writes is ludicrously funny.

You could just sense Romano walking alongside Franklin High School Principal Mike Cady like a lapdog, soaking up every unchallenged quote like this one:

“This has been a district that has been well-managed financially.”

If by “well-managed financially” Cady means taxed to the max and then some each and every year, that would be true.

Superintendent Steve Patz told Romano, “We do know that our needs are mostly from the middle school level through the high school."

Scary. Why? I don’t trust most school officials to know the difference between “needs” and “wants.”

Architect Bob Vaigrt has also been quoted, saying, “The way we see it is that interest rates are really low, there may be favorable government financing programs available and a lot of companies in the construction industry are looking for work. With all of those factors, this may not necessarily be a bad time to do these projects."

Translation/spin: Do it now, Franklin, and do it fast before the costs go up.

using that logic, I should run out immediately and buy a $50,000 sports car and humongous plasma TV.

Of course, if you disagree, you are anti-child, anti-education, anti-Franklin, anti- America, anti-God.

It’s bad enough FranklinNOW published an incredibly one-sided puff piece. It then tried to reinforce the issue with pictures.

Check out this photo with the caption used by FranklinNOW:

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What would a liberal Halloween look like?

Let's go to Steven Crowder...

I love this old Halloween blog

Good stuff!

The latest from the Wisconsin Conservative Digest (10/31/12)

Wisconsin Conservative Digest Newsletter
Oct. 31, 2012
By guest bloggers Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers/Editors
Wisconsin Conservative Digest

Tommy Vs Tammy:  This race can help change the world.  If Tommy is the 51st vote and Romney is going to win, we can ashcan Obamacare, Cap and Tax, produce an intelligent foreign policy for the Mideast, have a credible North American Energy policy, which will enrich us all, create millions of jobs and stick the left back in to the swamp where they belong.  It is that big.

Tammy is trying to make everyone believe that Tommy, after he worked for George Bush in the administration, then became a greedy, grubby person whose only interest was to line his own pockets and will not represent us anymore".  That is as incredible, as if she told us that "Tommy is now a Bears fan".

I have known Tommy and his brother Eddy for decades.  Many times people have said to Tommy, who is a nut for campaigning and meeting everyone in this state: "Why didn't you get out of politics, after completing two terms in the governorship, and make some money, have some fun".  

Serving Wisconsin is what Tommy believes to be fun.  He could easily have made millions of dollars per year, back in 1996, instead of going on to two more terms, than going to Washington.

Why is he going back to the Senate?  He can make far more money speaking, by advising companies on how to improve healthcare for the people of this state.

But, as I told one GOP leader:  "What is money now?  ”If Tommy was 28, then millions per year would be great, but instead, he wants to go back to the government, abolish Obamacare, fix Medicare and Medicaid. He is uniquely qualified to do that".  That is fun to him.  I have tried to get him out duck hunting for several years, then campaign along the Mississippi, but he is constantly on the go looking for solutions to our problems.  That is Tommy.

Now, what about Tammy????  What has she ever done for us besides push this cockeyed agenda of hers?  She says that Tommy is not for you anymore, but she has never been for us.

List me her accomplishments??  How many jobs will she bring back to Wisconsin in the next six years?  We know that Tommy will bend everything to get jobs to this state.

Look at her record:  An apologist for Iran, working to block sanctions against them for years.  She has done everything possible to block decent supplies, including body armor for our troops. I really think that she wants to take away their bullets. She really believes, that in this small world, we can retreat, behind the Atlantic and Pacific wall, and carve out a Socialist nirvana for everyone here.

Tammy revels in class warfare believing that if you make the people, who run businesses, create jobs, develop lifesaving drugs, poorer, that somehow that will enrich other groups.  How??  If you want to have jobs, you need job producers and they need CAPITAL to build their businesses.  If you take money from them, who will provide jobs??  Do people think that we can just print money, like the South American countries did for awhile, and have everyone work for the government?

Tammy is making a big deal about Medicare Part D being a giveaway for the drug companies instead of a program for Seniors because of the no compete clause for the drug companies.  They believe that the feds should set the drug prices for the program, but that destroys the beauty of the program.

By having all of the various insurance companies get competitive bids for drugs like ACE inhibitors they can play one company off against another so that they can offer us lower prices on our insurances.  To prove that, this is the only program in history that has come in under estimates.

As a pharmacist, I have never been a real big fan of how the drug companies do business at times, but I am a big fan of the drugs that they have produced.

All of the drugs that I have been taking for the last ten years have been discovered in the last 20 years.  Without drug companies, I would probably have gone to the Happy Hunting Grounds long ago.  I have heart trouble, had a mild stroke and take pills for cholesterol, BP, stroke, and arthritis pain.

When I look at al the things that have changed since I entered the drug business back in 1959, it is just incredible.  We have cured or helped BP, diabetes, strokes, ulcers, infections, polio, pneumonia, flu, shingles and on and on.  Many of us are alive because of that.

It amazes me that someone like Tammy, who purports to be for the "Middle Class", is opposed to us having life saving drugs because the companies might make some money.

I have always said:  "If you take money from productive people and give it to non-producers, you reduce the productivity of everyone".

Obamacare work Disincentives:  

There are simply too many taxes in this, the biggest tax increase in the history of the world, to list here, but I will hit some of the worst ones.

1.  716 billion ripped from Medicare that will cause hospitals and MD's around the country to stop taking Medicare patients.  In the future, under Obamacare, seniors like Jean and I, will probably have to go into a pool of some kind, to see doctors in a mass clinic setting, where people are pushed through, given five minutes of thought and then sent out on their own resources.  This is what happened in the heavily Medicare areas in Fl. and Texas.  This will be disaster for the next generations of seniors.

Their lie is that they are just reducing the overcharges of doctors and hospitals, another demagogic class warfare program.

2.  A big increase on tobacco, 156%.

3.  Individual Mandate Excise tax:  in 2014 anyone not buying qualifying health insurance as determined by the death panels, must pay income surtax.  More class warfare.

4.  Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax.  If one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employers must pay a $2,000 penalty for full time employees.  This is a job killer.  In France, they have 2.4 times as many 49 employee firms as with 50 employees, Business Week has noted. Small businesses will get killed if they go over 49 employees as they grow, taking away needed Capital from their company.

As a small business owner for decades, I can personally tell you that you are always starved for cash to pay for growth, inflation and more government costs, not counting having to fight with the local governments every day to comply with their regulations.

Local governments cry they need more jobs, then place like Milwaukee go out of their way to demagogue the local business owners.

5. Surtax on Investment Income:  A 3.8 percent surtax on all investment income, taking more money from people and sticking it into questionable governmental programs where employees earn lucrative salaries, bennies, and cannot be fired.

5.  Obamacare Excise tax on comprehensive Insurance Plans:  A 40 percent increase on Cadillac healthcare plans. We now are going to tax our own insurance plans.

6.  Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax; yes, a tax on your own income after Obama promising never to raise taxes on the middle class.

7.  Medicine Cabinet Tax:  Your HSAs will now be taxed.

8.  Tax on Medical Devices. A tax on the poor and crippled.  Yes, we are actually going to tax your wooden legs and other equipment.

9.  Obama Haircut for Medical Itemization:  Yes, poor people with low incomes will not be able to deduct more than 7.5% of their income from taxes, it will increase to 10%.  Again, raising taxes on middle class.

David Gamage, in the WSJ, said that:  "Consider a low income family of four deciding whether to take a part-time job that pays $36,000 per year or a full time job that pays $42,000 per year.

According to my research, accepting the higher paying job could result in the family losing over $10,000 per year in healthcare subsidies".

It is a job killer, a family killer and a marriage killer as people that do not get married but just live together with their families come out ahead.

There are 17 more new taxes on your life to contend with and no improvement in medical care. This is worse than Europeans medical programs. It’s closer to Russia.  Canada has slowly moved from a socialist system to a combination of private and government programs cause the quality of care, waiting lines, forbidden expenditures have been ruinous to people.  I have written several comprehensive articles about this as my daughter and son in-law were doctors in Canada.

Just in, an article detailing the costs to Wisconsinites that Obamacare will increase your insurance payments by 30%.  In addition Medicare Advantage will be deeply cut and 27 percent of Doctors and hospital will severely limit service to Medicare patients or go broke.  That is from Forbes by Avrik Roy.

Where are we going to get the medical personnel to handle the new 30 million people tossed into this system?????

Campaign Hints:  Last Ten Days, Make it big.

Thanks to Reince Priebus and Brad Courtney we have seen the largest Grass Roots push in Wisconsin’s history at a time when the morale on the Leftist side is going downhill, as they see that Obama does not have any plans, that we know of, to improve the economy over the next 4 years.

This combination of phone banks, door to door, emails, facebook, dear friend cards, lit drops, and other things surpass the things that we did for Nixon and Reagan, both winning campaigns.  This is huge.

Turnout this year is everything. That is why I am encouraging all the local units, Tea Party groups, Assembly and Senate candidates, plus the courthouse candidates to get together the last weekend and have pizza parties, coffees, lit drops, phone banks, door to door and anything that you can dream up to get people excited.  Get them out to vote.

I have made friends for 50 years from the Goldwater campaign, that I have known all my life and still see regularly.  Politics makes great bedfellows.

If everyone does something, even just sending out Tommy's Dear Friend cards and calling your friends, we will win.

Don't forget Granny, who lives above the store, or Grandpa out on the farm.  Call them, say Hi and ask them to vote.

What is Obama’s plan for our Economic future?  Let's see:  Raise taxes on the wealthy, hire more teachers, No cuts in spending, subsidize more windmill factories, raise prices on oil, coal, electricity and pray to Allah.

NRA backs Tommy.  On account of his strong stands for personal freedoms and rights the NRA is strongly backing Tommy for the US Senate.  Tammy has always earned F's from the NRA on her legislative stands, but she does own a popgun, she proudly says.  She wants a federal gun database on whoever has guns.

Conservative Breakfasts, starting on the second Thursday of every month at Bluemound Gardens in Tosa.  We will be meeting regularly to go over pending legislation with local legislators. This will be a great place to bring new ideas and ask legislators about their programs.

We are considering calling it the "Frederic Douglas Society” after the great leader in the 19th Century.

Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Conference March 16, 2013 in Wauwatosa

Last year we initiated a new part of the program that brought the leaders of all of the Conservative organizations in the state together with the leaders of the Conservative think tanks, political organizations to find out how we can work better together.

About five years ago at one of the Leadership Conferences, Richard Viguerie, one of the great Conservative Leaders of all time, stated that "we need a thousand organizations working on the Conservative programs just as the Liberals have".  

That is coming to pass as we have more than a hundred Tea Party groups, tax payer groups, Family Life groups in the state.  Now we have to all work together, introduce everyone to the Conservative legislators and then work on Conservative legislation to rid ourselves of the Liberal Crap worked up over the years.

Scott Walker has proved that the Conservative way worked, while Jim Doyle showed how the Liberal way is a disaster.  Tom Barrett manages to prove daily how not to run a city, Milwaukee that is on a downhill slide towards the fate of Detroit.


After many years of having only Left wing newspapers in this state we finally have five papers that are growing and producing Conservative thoughts and ideas for our voters.  It has been a great thrill to watch them start and grow.

We have the Wisconsin Conservative Digest, Reality News, Freedom Weekly, Eau Claire Journal and the Wisconsin Christian News.  I urge you to support us.  Help us distribute them, take a subscription, place an ad, write an article.  WE need you.  These papers will not just go to the "Choir", but to people throughout the state that are unfamiliar with Conservative thoughts, plus rally the troops around good ideas.  Most legislators do not have a place to air new ideas and variations of thought.  We need that.

We spend millions on TV ads but little on papers that can provoke debate and discussion.

I helped Bill Buckley start National Review years ago, the first magazine, now we have several.  We need your support, so after the campaign, help us help the Conservative agenda.

Last issue, read by over 100,000 people in state and nationally just flew out of my garage to people around the state.

Thanks and Lets All Get to Work.

Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers/Editors
Wisconsin Conservative Digest

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