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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.

State Senate tests 'panic' system

Maybe this 'system' wouldn't be necessary had the Capitol Police done their job earlier this year.

Personally, I like #10

On this list.

(Yes, I realize I stole this one from Ms. Elaine Kneeous).

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #238

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In, the final Culinary no-no bonus introduced you to Erin Carr-Jordan who produced a video expose on the lack of cleanliness in those play areas inside fast food restaurants.

Here’s the update.

Fmr ACORN Official Working For League Of Women Voters Against Photo ID

From Media Trackers:

Carolyn Castore, former Wisconsin State Director for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now), is helping lead the charge against the Voter ID law on behalf of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters. On October 11, 2011, the League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court against the recently passed Photo ID bill.

Castore currently serves as a spokeswoman for the League and a member of the League’s State Legislative Committee with an ‘expertise in voter registration and voter laws’  During the August 2011 recall elections, Castore was interviewed by 89.7 WUWM radio in Milwaukee to discuss the League of Women Voter’s use of election monitors to ensure no voters were turned away for not having an ID.

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There's a real need to know what's really going on in Franklin

First things first. My disappointment (not anger) with Janet Evans not blogging at all about the school board’s action last week on the budget has long expired. Though I’m glad I blogged about it Monday because it resulted in a thoughtful and informative response.

The comment left on my blog from Janet Evans is worth repeating. Here’s the pertinent excerpt:

“Upon my arrival to the meeting and finding Draft #3 presented to me minutes before the meeting with the information regarding the TID (basically stated just as you have it in your blog post) I suggested whether this money should be returned to the taxpayers by reducing the levy further. There was no interest in this by the Board. Also, it is my belief that FPS has not used Governor Walker's ‘tools’ effectively. No changes were made in health insurance for the District, as yet(although there are plans regarding insurance for next July - a year too late as far as I am concerned). And, there is the issue of budgeting 2.68% for wage increases.

There was no other discussion on the budget/levy.”

No discussion at all on budget or levy? That means, as I blogged Monday, that school board members with the exception of Evans essentially rubber-stamped the budget put forth by the administration.

God forbid any elected school board member would actually use any brain power to suggest amendments to the budget. Nahhh! It’s much easier to simply show up, do what you’re told, shut up, and vote yes.

The beauty of the NOW community sites is that a NOW reporter might (noticed I didn’t say “will”) pick up on an important community story now that the Journal sentinel has more or less given up on extensive suburban coverage. The NOW reporters, sorry, are woefully inadequate. So there’s hope that aggressive, energetic, go-getter bloggers will (and usually do) pick up on significant information lost to the NOW staff.  This is all enhanced when a NOW blogger happens to be an elected official.

That’s why I was encouraged by Janet Evans’ return to the NOW blogosphere. She admirably, commendably refuses to drink the FPS Kool-Aid. She votes accordingly. I only wish she’d blog more bluntly. I do understand she has to work with her colleagues and she is mired in the minority. However, she shoulders a bigger burden than she may fully realize.

This is not an overstatement. Janet Evans represents another view and perspective that Franklin so desperately needs and requires. Franklin taxpayers must know what’s really going on. We’re not getting it from the FPS administration or the vast majority of the school board. It’s critical we get it from Janet Evans.

She herself stated at a school board meeting that she wasn’t there to make friends. She was there to do a job. BRAVO!

Janet Evans is free to do her blog the way she chooses. She knows that. I know that.

My thought is this: Dear Janet, you have nothing to lose. Fight the good fight through the communication tool you have available.

This taxpayer hopes Janet Evans stops being punched in the face (in one losing vote after another) and comes out swinging in her blog by reporting the truth and what’s really happening. Janet, they can’t beat you there.

The Journal Sentinel doesn't care about jobs

Or Scott Walker.

If it did, it would be giving glowing coverage to what happened today in Green Bay.

Governor Walker held a small business/jobs summit at Lambeau Field that had incredible interest and attendance.

Here’s the agenda.

Here’s what, as Charlie Sykes calls it, “the local dead tree” on its website decided to focus on, via WTMJ TV.

UPDATE: Click here.

It's Christmastime!

Ask Starbucks.

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Franklin, I hate to say I told you so, but...

I told you so.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

With enrollment mounting and old buildings wearing out, the Franklin Public Schools have begun the process of planning a physical expansion.

Steve Patz, superintendent of the 4,300-student district, said the district is relying on a community survey conducted a year ago to start coming up with a facilities plan.”

Here are some excerpts from some of my previous blogs related to this very subject.

January 11, 2010

Does the school district think we are really this stupid, that we can’t see through this entire charade? (The answer is yes, they do).

They’re trying to come across looking as though they really care about what you have to say and about communications between taxpayers and the district. If they really cared about what you felt, they would have had the guts to set up a table in City Hall at tax time and meet face to face with the people they screwed.

Fill out a survey, or three, or 300 and tell these deaf mutes you hate what they did to you and their merry tax and spending ways. Do you really, really, really think they are going to listen?

It’s insulting. It's an absolute joke.

My advice? Deposit this garbage where it belongs, in the trash, because that’s what it is. Phone and/or send these board members correspondences that you’re unhappy with their fiscal irresponsibility and if they don’t stop, you’ll vote for someone else.

Surveys? Polls? Gimme a break! They’re meaningless.

These stick up artists will rob you blind every chance they get no matter what you say on any non-binding questionnaire.

Don’t waste your time on this government waste. Toss the survey in the trash. Instead, give the School Board members a good, well-reasoned, thought out piece of your mind.

And then watch, and pay close attention to what these highway robbers do, and make them shake and shiver come election time.

June 9, 2010

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Stephen Colbert, Justin, and Ketchup

Another story that the MJS didn't cover

When the governor holds an all-day jobs summit during times of high unemployment, that’s news. Unless you’re the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Here are stories that didn’t make our paper today, but did appear elsewhere.

Governor Walker tackles job issues at summit in Green Bay…

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Dear Denise Callaway, please read this

Last Friday night during InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television, the panel discussed firearms in the state Capitol now that conceal-carry is the law in Wisconsin. Friend and colleague Denise Callaway said there was no need for any citizen to bring a gun into the Capitol since we already have the Capitol Police.

Why am I not surprised that an MSNBC host has the exact viewpoint.


In case you missed it during last Saturday's Week-ends....


Random Observations - Part Two

By guest blogger Thomas Reeves

1.  To speak or write of education, at all levels, without mentioning the intelligence of students, is to propagate nonsense.

2. Cats vomit, politicians promise.

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Herman Cain and the media double standard

UPDATE: The MPD lays the smack down on a 68-year old TV cameraman

Previously on This Just In…

Here’s the update: LOOK OUT JOE!  SHE’S GOT A CAMERA!

MPD Chief Ed Flynn, who never, ever makes a mistake, might also want to discuss these matters with his spokeswoman who used to cover the MPD for various news outlets.

Photojournalist arrested in mere seconds. Callers to 9-1-1 put on hold for an hour. Not so priceless.

UPDATE: "We'd be better off if less people voted"


Previously on This Just In…

The update: Lefty Matthew Yglesias has a totally different perspective, and it’s wacko.

No, they're not the Tea Party

Big Government
is doing a great job keeping track of those sweet, innocent, kind, warm, fuzzy, loveable OWS folks.

Goodnight everyone, and make great time this weekend!

"Well I looked at my watch and much to my surprise
I was dancing with a woman that was twice my size."
From Reelin’ and Rockin’ by Chuck Berry


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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler


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Andy Rooney of "60 Minutes" is dead

He was 92.

The Barking Lot (11/05/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 54.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 61. "B"

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

As I have mentioned MANY times on The Barking Lot the main reason Kevin is against becoming a pet parent is because of the all-too-soon, inevitable loss. There is also a practical, though secondary, reason he prefers to remain dogless… our love of travel.  This year will be our first of dozens of trips through the years with our beautiful daughter Kyla.  Yes, we are the parents we vowed we would never be.  We are taking Kyla to Walt Disney World.  (Thoughts and details soon to be provided on Ms. Elaine Kneeous.)  I must admit if we had a fur baby in our family we would have to arrange another set of details entirely, one that would add a nice additional layer of stress to an already crazy season.

The Daily Growl blog offers tips for pet parents, whether vacationing by wings or wheels.  I know there are many families out there who wouldn’t dream of taking a trip sans Fido regardless of the extra hassle.  As the holiday travel season will be in full swing VERY soon, it always helps to have some pointers for your Pointer.

If driving cross-country with pet in tow is not your idea of a rollicking time, consider a trip between selected cities.  For those of us in the Milwaukee area, that would mean a drive to Chicago and then a flight to warm cities such as Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, or Phoenix.  Those are some of the areas that PetAirways serves.  Sounds like a pawfect solution to me!  And if you need to pick up some new travel accessories, check out The Dog’s Holiday.

Please stay safe and sane this season, no matter what your travel plans are.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Army honors fallen soldier and military dog who were cremated and buried ogether.

"Tornado of bees" attacks dogs.

Pets abandoned in the Everglades.

Some people should never be allowed to have pets.

LA's barking law just got bigger teeth.

Dogs walked by men...not good.

The update on Daniel.

The update on Scooter.

Duncan is a hero. (Watch the video). Out of bad comes good.

The dog got the kids' attention.

n plenty of time for the holidays: Can a dog be trained not to jump on guests? YES!

Boarding a pet has really changed.

The dog maxed out my credit card.

He is the dog that saved Hollywood.



Scott Dunn, of Marietta, grieves over his dog's freshly dug grave Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Cobb County, Ga. Dunn's three and a half-year-old boxer Duncan alerted him to a fire Tuesday at Dunn's home but died in the flames. Dunn escaped the fire. Fire officials haven't determined the cause of the blaze. Photo: John Spink / Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP

Before we end, we thank you for stopping by and we ask that you kindly tell a fellow animal lover about us. Hell, just e-mail them this blog.

We close as we always do, with our closing video.


2011 POO Awards - A special note

I’ve been critical of Milwaukee Riverside pouring on the score this season. I’ve also written that they’re a very good football team, so good they don't need to resort to fake punts in the second half when they're up by 50 points.

They proved how good they are Friday night, advancing in the playoffs. This is rare for an MPS school. I’ve attended or worked at MPS football games just about every week with only a few exceptions since 1965. It’s good to see a city team go this deep into the season.

Week-ends (11/05/11)


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...


Francisco Raatz

Family of heroes

Rudy Bernard

Mystery 14-year old

Dave Cummings

Hoohshang Shahbazi

Lindsey Vonn


Eric Hicks

German couple

Boston cops

Oregon apartment complex

American Airlines

Tracy Edwards


"I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”
President Obama

“Well, you know, I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took. I don't think the country is stronger yet than it was when the economy was still booming and we didn't have Wall Street crisis, and we didn't have the housing bubble burst. But, we've made steady progress, we just need to make more."
President Obama

“Are you kidding me?! Why don’t you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they’re better off today than they were four years ago?”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

“It's different here. I find myself getting sleep. Interesting conversation. But I haven't figured out how to do laundry.”
Robert Gaffney, a homeless man who has taken up residence at the Occupy Los Angeles protest outside city hall; many homeless men and women have joined protesters across the country.

"Listen, I like the OWS kids -- I think they're idealist and enthusiastic -- but Colbert's expose, if you will, only solidified what I've seen with my own eyes. I spent an hour or so in Zuccotti just to see what it was really all about and what I saw was kind of, well, gross. And disorganized. And desperate, but for all the wrong reasons. I saw a circle of naked people drumming, for crying out loud. Nothing stood out to me as effective protest. Sure there were people with '99%' signs, but some weren't wearing pants. How is any of that going to inspire real change?" Park
Lindsay Mannering, The Stir

"Liberals are terrified of Herman Cain. He is a strong conservative black man. Look at the way they go after Allen West and Michael Steele and they aren’t even running against Obama. They are terrified of strong conservative black men.. Liberals step on black conservatives early and often because they can’t have black children thinking, 'Hmmm, the Republicans have some good ideas; maybe I’m a Republican.' The basic setup is:

Step 1: Spend 30 years telling blacks that Republicans are racist and viciously attacking all black Republicans.
Step 2: Laugh maliciously at Republicans for not having more blacks in their party.
Anne Coulter  

"I have a pretty good idea how the 21st century works and (pause) there’s not a single successful country on the planet that operates on the theory that the government is the problem (pause) not one. Every successful country has both a strong private economy and a smart, strong government that work together to provide economic opportunity, educational opportunity, provide decent health care and get into the future."
Bill Clinton

“If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?
Ed Chernoff,
defense attorney, during closing statements in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray; the case has gone to jury.

I can't believe she is the world's 7th billion.
Camille Dalura,
mother of Danica, one of the world's symbolic 7 billionth babies, who was born just before midnight on Sunday in the Philippines; India was appointing seven girls born on Monday to symbolize the benchmark.

“I'm ready to do something different.
Tony La Russa, m
anager of the St. Louis Cardinals, announcing that he will retire; his team won the World Series on Oct. 28.


Half of WI sex offenders allowed to be near children.


The recovery has been worse than the recession.


Herman Cain...did he or didn't he?

And Kim Kardashian wants a divorce.


Bride texts while walking down the aisle.

Years later, lawsuit seeks to re-create wedding.

Don't call the cops! It's my birthday!

Cleaning woman damages sculpture.

That's it for this week. We close with the latest from NewsBusted.


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The best osso bucco you'll ever taste

It's back at Casa di Giorgio in Franklin tonight.

UPDATE: I want to be Joe Cahn

Previously on This Just In...

The update: Joe Cahn is featured in this yummy report by ESPN. 


After you've enjoyed your extra hour of sleep...

Wake up for a great installment of Recommended Reading and our ever-popular Photos of the Week.

Sunday night, it's Culinary no-no...uhh...I lost track what number. But it'll be worth it.


Recommended Reading (11/06/11)

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).

Governor Scott Walker, grown-up, spanks Occupy Chicago children

"Governor Scott Walker chastised union-led Occupy Chicago protestors who interrupted his speech yesterday with chants of 'union-busting is disgusting' at Chicago’s Union League Club. The Union League Club is a civic organization in Chicago that came together after the Civil War to promote good citizenship.

Walker, 44, is facing a union-led recall vote in his home state of Wisconsin, after he single-handedly pushed through reforms that brought the state back from the brink of bankruptcy. The state was facing a shortfall in large part because of out-of-control union benefits and perks. Walker gave the lead to other states to enact similar measures curtailing union benefits, earning the lasting enmity of progressives."

Why our blacks are better than their blacks

"The surge in conservative support for Herman Cain confuses the Democrats' story line, which is that Republicans hate Obama because he's black.

Cain is twice as black as Obama. (Possible Obama campaign slogan: 'Too Black!')

This is why the liberal website Politico ran with a story on Cain that had everything -- a powerful black man, a Republican presidential candidate, the hint of sexuality -- except facts."

Public schools pay teachers 50% above market

"Far from being underpaid, the typical public-school teacher makes out very well indeed, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. 'Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers' concludes that, while some may well be underpaid, the typical public school teacher makes about $1.52 for every dollar made by a private-sector employee with similar skills."

Bullet train cost estimates rise

"California's bullet train will cost an estimated $98.5 billion to build over the next 22 years, a price nearly double any previous projection and one likely to trigger political sticker shock, according to a business plan scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday.

In a key change, the state has decided to stretch out the construction schedule by 13 years, completing the Southern California-to-Bay Area high speed rail in 2033 rather than 2020.

The delay allows inflation to drive up the price over the additional years of construction."

Obama administration opposes prayer at WWII Memorial

"This is further evidence that the administration has created an environment that is hostile towards American history – but in particular towards Christianity."

Occupy movement's disturbing reaction to rape

"Not only are reports of rape becoming more and more common at Occupy protests across the country, but the movement’s reaction to sexual assault is becoming less and less serious.  It is a troubling trend that has picked up in the last few days, as shown in interviews with the occupiers themselves, and through local media investigations."

What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim?

"Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday.

I know what would happen. All hell would break loose."

What the NFL won't show you

"Every play during an NFL game is filmed from multiple angles in high definition. There are cameras hovering over the field, cameras lashed to the goalposts and cameras pointed at the coaches, who have to cover their mouths to call plays.

But for all the footage available, and despite the $4 billion or so the NFL makes every year by selling its broadcast rights, there's some footage the league keeps hidden."

My Most Popular Blogs (11/06/11)

Most popular

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

1) Franklin, I hate to say I told you so but

2) MUST SEE VIDEO: Stephen Colbert, Justin, and Ketchup

3) UPDATE: Could it happen in Franklin?

4) Random Observations - Part Two

5) Dear Denise Callaway: please read this

There’s a real need to know what’s really going on in Franklin

No, they’re not the Tea Party

8) Regular Sunday blog features

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Photos of the Week (11/06/11)

Photos of the Week

1) Photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff, her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ID badge clearly visible, is handcuffed Wednesday while covering a protest. Photo: Lita Medinger. 

2) Several officers of the Tulsa Police Department escort an arrested member of the Occupy Tulsa movement who was pepper sprayed at Centennial Green in downtown Tulsa, Okla., early Wednesday morning Nov. 2, 2011. Police warned demonstrators that they were in violation of a city curfew and gave them the choice of leaving before forcibly removing demonstrators sitting in a circle at the park shortly before 2 a.m. (AP Photo/The Tulsa World, Jeff Lautenberger)

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Borrowing a popular phrase from the liberals

Linda Lutzke of Colgate does it in today's Journal Sentinel. The phrase is the over-used, "But if we can save just one life...(sniff)."

The paper printed Lutzke’s response to a column:

They can't all be wrong

In regard to Jim Stingl's column of Nov. 1 and the Bill of Rights (1791), Amendment II, the "right to keep & bear arms" ("We might as well grin and bear it"): Forty-eight other states can't all be wrong. If the concealed-carry law gives one criminal pause to commit a crime, it is worth it.

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Culinary no-no #252

Culinary no-no's



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DCYR's to hold "Recall the Recall" Nov. 15

For Immediate Release – Nov. 7, 2011
Contact: David Summers (608) 305-GOP1

Dane County Young Republicans Announce “Recall the Recall” Event to Take Place Nov. 15 

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The latest pro-life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Right To Life Wisconsin

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute


Governor Walker Target of Online Death Threat

The question is: Will the warm, compassionate, civil left condemn this action? Don't bet on it.

MacIver News Service | November 7, 2011 | UPDATED 3:39 pm

[Madison, Wisc…] A death threat against Governor Walker was removed from Facebook on Monday, almost three full days after it was initially posted.

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It was 20 years ago today


3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
, Memphis, Tennessee

From Elvis Australia:

Elvis Buys Graceland - March 17, 1957

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FOX6 Investigators: Fourth-graders become part of political protest in Capitol Rotunda

Great act of journalism committed recently by Fox 6 News.


Here is an extended excerpt from a blog I wrote in December of 2007:

Here are excerpts from an article entitled, “Use of Public Funds for Political Purposes,” by Michael Julka and Joanne Harmon Curry of Lathrop and Clark LLP, legal counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards that appeared in the August 2003 issue of Wisconsin School News:

“Wisconsin courts have not ruled on the on the issue of whether a school board may appropriate school district funds and use district resources to support or oppose local or statewide referenda or candidate elections to office.

Generally, it is permissible to use public funds for informational activities when certain conditions are met, whereas it is impermissible to use public funds for promotional purposes during election campaigns. To determine whether a governmental unit has impermissibly expended public funds to promote referenda campaigns, courts have looked to state laws to determine whether such expenditures are explicitly or implicitly permitted.

Although several states provide either explicit constitutional or statutory provisions prohibiting or permitting the expenditure of public funds for the advocacy of favored positions, no such specific authority exists in Wisconsin allowing school boards to expend public funds in promotional efforts for the passage of referenda. At least two courts from other states (California and Oregon) have ruled on the issue of public funds to promote a particular position in an election campaign and determined that such use of public funds is prohibited unless there is clear and explicit legislative authorization.

It is permissible for school boards and school board members, as well as other public employees, to use public funds and resources to defeat citizen initiatives or support candidates in election campaigns, including recall elections. However, school boards are uniquely situated to provide voters with full disclosure of all the facts related to the board initiatives they propose, such as bond referenda. This may be done without permissibly violating the laws governing the use of public funds.

Public funds expended in connection with board initiatives however, are best used to inform, not persuade, the citizenry and to explain the initiative in an unbiased, balanced and nonpartisan manner. The reasonable expense for such activities may take a variety of forms, including providing information through documentaries and booklets; discussions at board meetings; public forums or upon individual request; and school newsletters, radio broadcasts and newspaper advertising. Public funds to purchase such items as bumper stickers, posters and other overzealous get-out-the “yes vote” activities are likely to be identified as improper promotional activities

"Scott Walker will be even stronger than he is now"

FOX6's Mike Lowe sits down one-on-one with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

UPDATE: Governor Walker Target of Online Death Threat

Previously on This Just In...

The update from Media Trackers:

Date: 11|8|2011

Walker Death Threat Suspect A Felon

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MLK's niece on Jesse Jackson: "He is a 20th Century Civil Wrong Leader"

What lefties do to guarantee a comfortable bus ride

Lefties have a love affair with mass transit, no matter the boondoggle, exorbitant price tag, or complete waste. A bus or subway ride is nearly orgasmic to them, and for the life of me, I don’t understand.

Securing a seat or some valued extra space among the great unwashed, from what I gather, can amount to a Herculean effort. So what strategy do those clever lefties recommend?

Fake food.

That’s right.

Fake food.

Hard as this might be to believe, the website is not designated on my computer as a “favorite.” But I do check in every now and then for ridiculously comic relief. This recent article is no exception:

"Seat Savers" Are Best (and

Grossest) Idea For Riding Public

So clever.

I’ll just keep my car, thanks.

These are NOT your ordinary dogs

This past Saturday’s Barking Lot neglected to mention a special broadcast scheduled Veterans Day.

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Veterans Day: Free entree for veterans and active duty military

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Rehorst Newsletter-THIS SUNDAY! Milwaukee's Largest Bloody Mary Party!


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
In This Issue
Largest Bloody Mary!
Women's Expo!

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"Occupiers" Attack Defending the American Dream Summit


Want to know what we're up against?  And, why we're going to defeat them? 

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Occupy Wall Street Pop Quiz: Do They Know What They're Protesting?


Hey brother, can you spare the city of Franklin $150,000

City of Franklin leaders, our elected officials, are not exactly renowned for their fiscal prowess. Sorry. That’s just a fact.

Spend now, spend a lot now, pay later.

Cut spending? Are you crazy?

"No" is not in their vocabulary.

If you dare criticize, you are labeled the problem. You obviously aren’t as smart as they are and don’t realize what you are talking about.

You’re too negative.

You’re mean and nasty.

You don't have a degree in accounting.

Or, and this is my personal favorite, the moronic view that you just want people to read your blog.

Yeh, that’s it. It has nothing to do with the money they’re robbing from me and my family. I just want more hits on my volunteer blog.  Clueless.

When was the last time any elected city of Franklin official admitted he/she made a mistake, an error in judgment, especially when it came to budgeting?  Get back to me on that one, ok?

The city of Franklin should be in great budget shape given the budget reform tools supplied by Governor Scott Walker. And it is.

But along comes Milwaukee County. Rick Romano of FranklinNOW who, although he fails to ask the tough questions and merely reports what he’s told, at the very least provides the basics, writes:

"Franklin and Oak Creek are about to receive decidedly smaller EMS subsidies from Milwaukee County, and the fire chiefs of both communities are looking at their options in providing the same level of service.

Both communities, by contract, serve neighboring municipalities who need basic or added coverage, depending on their own emergency service capabilities.

If nothing changes as County Executive Chris Abele prepares to sign off on his budget, Franklin's subsidy will be reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 and Oak Creek's will slide from $275,000 to $100,000."


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OK, Slick Willie he ain't

It’s called damage control.

Following the latest GOP debate, Team Perry sent out an e-mail that reads, in part:

“We’ve all had human moments. President Obama is still trying to find all 57 states. Ronald Reagan got lost somewhere on the Pacific Highway in an answer to a debate question. Gerald Ford ate a tamale without removing the husk. And tonight Rick Perry forgot the third agency he wants to eliminate. Just goes to show there are too damn many federal agencies.

The governor said it best afterwards: ‘I’m glad I had my boots on, because I sure stepped in it tonight’.”

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Michael Moore: Big, fat...


Let the FPS sob stories begin, and FranklinNOW has already bought in

It’s no surprise that Franklin public school officials want to tap into your wallets. 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.

To get into your purse strings, they’ll have to tug 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. Prepare for the crying towels followed by innumerable mentions of, “It’s for the children.”

This website, FranklinNOW has already begun serving as drum-beating cheerleader for the cause. Reporter Rick Romano blazes the trail in his most recent piece that somehow fails to contain 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 can 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 is also 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.

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

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

Check out this photo with the caption used by FranklinNOW:

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Happy Veterans Day

Goodnight everyone, and be very grateful this weekend


“It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.”

Tom Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” a book about the WWII era.

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 smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, music in honor of America's soldiers.

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Your morning coffee



The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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The Barking Lot (11/12/11)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 54.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy and windy. High of  56.  "B"

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

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about those kooky characters from PETA.  (Sorry, can’t resist my standard, bumper sticker-inspired translation: People Eating Tasty Animals.)

These fine folks think Thanksgiving is a great time to put a guilt trip on kids for participating in that barbaric ritual of – gasp – eating turkey.  They figure if they equate eating your pet dog to eating a piece of poultry that was raised to be on your plate, perhaps you’ll think twice about your entrée selection on the fourth Thursday of November.  They never cease to amaze me with their wacko points of view.

One brilliant spokesperson for PETA stated, “There are lots of kids out there who just don't want to see a dead bird as a centerpiece at Thanksgiving dinner…”  Really?  Gee, these youngsters don’t seem to mention that part:


You can read their plan to “educate children on turkey plight” here.

Personally, I think David Gianatasio interprets things perfectly.

Next year, PETA, just try this cartoon:

Close to Home

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. Please pass the drumsticks.

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

Family watches dog get snatched from driveway.

Dog may have been injured in  Milwaukee Satanic sex romp.

9/11 rescue dog undergoes groundbreaking therapy.

Hero is a hero.

Pepper is inspiring.

These dogs sniff and save.

Isiah just wants his dog back.

This shouldn't happen to a dog that was just adopted.

In Chicago, the rush is on to buy  dog licenses.

Occupy Denver elects a canine leader.

Bosco's owner beats the rap.

A dog’s sex and age can affect his or her inclination to threaten another dog.

Removing Molly's leg gives her even better quality of life.

Japanese company develops robot guide dog. MORE.

How dogs became our  "best friends."

Bad dog!




Rebecca and Larry Javorsky walk their dog Gracie  along a street in Flagstaff, Ariz. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Flagstaff received four inches of snow overnight in the first snowstorm of the season.

Rebecca and Larry Javorsky walk their dog Gracie along a street in Flagstaff, Ariz. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Flagstaff received four inches of snow overnight in the first snowstorm of the season. AP photo

We close as we always do with our closing video.

This could be a dog first...

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2011 POO Awards - A final note

The clock struck midnight for Milwaukee Riverside Friday night. Only one team that was a recipient of one of my POO Awards this year is still in the playoffs.

Luck, Coleman, Edgar, Ashwaubenon, Walworth Big Foot, University School, Elkhart Lake, Coleman, and Whitefish Bay have all been eliminated.


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UPDATE: These are NOT your ordinary dogs

Previously on This Just In...

The update: Your winner...

Week-ends (11/12/11)


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...


All of our veterans

Two Maryland Democrats

"Victim 1"

Argentinian father

Andy Fowler

Victor Giesbrecht, Sara Berg, and Lisa Meier

Magic Johnson

Mike Winder


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Herman Cain to visit WI

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Recommended Reading (11/13/11)

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).

Predators use sport as cover for hunt

"At Penn State it's all crisis management and agendas and process and finger-pointing, as administrators' heads are lopped off and fact-finding commissions are formed in the hopes of studying what went wrong.

But that's all a bunch of public relations garbage, as if their writs and commissions and carefully lawyered-up anguish can make up for the young souls who've been torn.

What went wrong, simply is this..."

Cain under fire

“And if 15-year-old allegations of ‘sexual harassment’ rate high on the Democrats’ character scale, please explain the deification of Bill Clinton.”

Perry's brain freeze

“It was the Hoover Dam of mental blocks. Pundits referred to it as a “brain freeze” or a In Internet parlance, it was an ‘epic FAIL.’ But to neuroscientists, what happened to Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday night looked like something very ordinary, exacerbated by stress: a ‘retrieval failure.’ It happens more often as we age.”

The left's many double standards

"Today's liberals would have you believe they occupy the moral high ground on every political and cultural issue. But have you ever taken inventory of their double standards?

The left's inconsistency in applying their principles based on the party affiliation of those they're judging, gives fuller meaning to the concept of moral relativism. The only thing that's consistent is their reliable inconsistency, whether in the area of economic, social or national defense issues.

Let's consider just a few examples..."

Top ten liberal hit jobs

"When liberals are losing a political issue, they won’t hesitate to smear their opponents, even if the attacks are unfounded."

No, TSA, I will not lift my skirt for you

"Here’s the thing. If anyone else had done this to me, I would have decked them and likely filed charges. The fact that the person has on a TSA uniform is supposed to make it okay?"

Free Wi-Fi, VIP Treatment, and a $50 Abortion Discount (Sundays Only)

"Ain’t that great?  Now mothers who want to have their preborn children killed can do so without fear of missing out on the score of the big football game, their latest updates on Facebook, or the most up-to-date news coverage available from"

My Most Popular Bogs (11/13/11)

Most popular

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

1) Photos of the Week (11/06/11)

2) MUST SEE VIDEO: Stephen Colbert, Justin, and Ketchup

3) Hey brother, can you spare the city of Franklin $150,000?

4) “Scott Walker will be even stronger than he is now”

5) Let the FPS sob stories begin, and FranklinNOW has already bought in

6) Culinary no-no #252

7) Michael Moore: Big, fat…

8) These are NOT your ordinary dogs

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Photos of the Week (11/13/11)

Photos of the Week

1) Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, his long career brought down by his failure to do more about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. Paterno said in a statement Wednesday he is "absolutely devastated" by the developments in the case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of molesting eight boys over 15 years. Photo: Charlotte Observer

2) Penn State students flip a television news van during a riot after it was announced that Joe Paterno would no longer be head coach of Penn State Football on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Photo: Charlotte Observer.

3) People view a mural where the image of Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator who was accused of molesting eight boys over 15 years, was painted over and replaced with an empty chair, left, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in State College, Pa. Photo: Charlotte Observer.

4) People gather for a candlelight vigil on the Penn State campus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in State College, Pa. Photo: Matt Rourke / AP

5) A fan holds up a sign before Penn State players make their way into the stadium to play Nebraska in a college football game at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 12, 2011 in State College, Pa. Nebraska beat Penn State, 17-14. Photo: Patrick Smith / Getty Images

6) Baseball player Wilson Ramos kisses his girlfriend after being rescued in Valencia Nov. 12. Venezuelan security forces rescued kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos on Friday, two days after he was abducted in a case that underlined the country's security problems. The 24-year-old Washington Nationals catcher was abducted by armed men Wednesday night while he chatted with friends and relatives at his mother's home in the Venezuelan city of Valencia. Photo: Luis Hernandez / Reuters

7) Clouds are reflected on the Vietnam War Memorial during Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mladen Antonov / AFP - Getty Images

8) U.S. Army Pvt. Sulala Thompson cheers as fellow soldiers arrive for a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

9) Visitors watch in silence as soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, called the "Old Guard," perform the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns before a Veterans Day full honor ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov, 11, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

10) Amos Cortez, who fought in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army in 1966, reacts as he finds the name of one of his five high school friends who were killed in the war, on a travelling version of the Vietnam Memorial at the Welk Resort Theater in Branson, Missouri on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Photo: Dave Kaup / Reuters

11)'s Katie Pavlich writes, "This photo is extremely telling of just how far some in our society have fallen in the past decades. I long for the days of the Greatest Generation and their dedication to real sacrifice and courage. Occupy Wall Street protestors will never know what it is like to storm the beaches of Normandy, instead, they only know how to storm around the streets of our cities demanding more free stuff without lifting a finger to actually earn what they want. It truly is pathetic and sad." Photo:

12) A  U.S. Army soldier stands in the prison cell of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein where he was detained after his capture and prior to his December 30, 2006 hanging, in the US military Camp Victory which incorporates Baghdad's International Airport and former palaces belonging to Saddam Hussein. The US Army will hand over the sprawling military camp to the Iraqi government upon their departure in this coming December. Photo: Ali Al-Saadi / AFP - Getty Images

13) Members of a rescue team help a man trapped by flooded waters under a bridge in Cali, Colombia, November 8. The strong rains that affect the region have left more than 110 people dead, 183 injured, 27 missing and around 1 million affected. Photo: Christian Escobar Mora / EPA

14) A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries. Russian police have arrested a man described by local media as the "cemetery collector" for digging up 29 corpses and dressing the remains in female clothing to display around his flat. Police discovered dolls and corpses dressed as dolls during the search.

15) Utah Division of State History's Arie Leeflang and Debi Graham retrieve remains of a human skeleton in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. A contractor digging a trench for a new water line hit human remains that archaeologists believe are 1,000 years old. The full, uncovered skeleton is believed to be a Fremont Indian. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred)

During a televised GOP debate on CNBC, Rick Perry struggles to remember what three government agencies he had promised to shut down if elected president, as Texas Rep. Ron Paul watches. Eight candidates took part in the 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, on Nov. 9. 2011. Later, Perry admitted he had "stepped in it." Photo: Jeff Kowalsky / EPA

17) Ash discolors the sea after an eruption of an underwater volcano off the coast of El Hierro in the Canary Islands in southwestern Spain on Sunday, Nov. 6. The Spanish Geographical Institute reported on Nov. 7 that it recorded 15 seismic tremors in the last 24 hours. Photo: Spanish Civil Guard via EPA

18) A boy plays under a tree during sunny autumn weather in the town of Winterthur, Switzerland, Nov. 12. Photo: Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

19) Crab apples are weighted down by snow on a tree in Bayside on Thursday. Snow fell across northern Milwaukee and Washington and Ozaukee counties Thursday morning, with less than an inch of accumulation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

20) Curtis "Rebel" Rageur plants a second bullet in the head of a gator that kept moving after being hauled into the boat while hunting for alligators near Shell Island, La. Each gator is then tagged before being piled in the bottom of the boat. Photo: Matt Eich / LUCEO for Once Magazine

21) Britain's Steve Hearn, head trainer at Dolfinarium Harderwijk and caretaker of orca Morgan, kisses her after feeding her in Harderwijk, Netherlands, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2011. Animal rights activists made a last ditch appeal to an Amsterdam court which rules on Nov. 21, whether or not to release a 4-year-old killer whale back into the wild rather than let her be sent to the Spanish marine park Loro Parque on Tenerife island. Morgan was rescued last year from the Wadden Sea off the northern Dutch coast, ailing and emaciated. The Dutch dolphinarium that nursed her back to health now wants to transfer the orca to an amusement park on the Spanish island of Tenerife, arguing she would likely not survive in the wild. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

22) Newly born children are seen at a hospital in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, Nov. 11. Because of the day's numerical conjunction, 11/11/11, people believe it to be an auspicious day with many expectant parents hoping to deliver their child today. Photo: Ajit Solanki / AP

23) Wedding parties rotate in and out of the Graceland Wedding Chapel on 11/11/11. The chapel says that they'll marry about 100 couples on 11/11/11, Photo: Jim Seida /

24) Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics, in Seattle Nov. 8, 2011. Photo: Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on board a Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train and a baby held by a mother touch through the window at Koriyama railway station, northern Japan, Nov. 6, after delivering a speech to Fukushima residents racked with the aftermath of the March 11 tsunami and radiation damage caused by the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Photo: Kimimasa Mayama / EPA

26) US President Barack Obama chats with students as he tours a classroom in the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center November 8, 2011 in Yeadon, Pennsylvania.    AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN

27 Muhammad Ali. right, takes a left from Joe Frazier during the 15th round of their heavyweight title boxing bout in New York on March 8, 1971. Frazier won a unanimous decision. Frazier died last week of liver cancer. He was 67. Photo: AP file

28) Sizing up a possible photograph (and being photographed at the same time) at Madison Square Garden, March 8, 1971, is film star Frank Sinatra, center. The movie star was photographing ringside for Life Magazine at the Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier heavyweight title bout. Frazier died last week of liver cancer. He was 67. Photo: AP file

29) Boxing great Joe Frazier lies in repose at the Wells Fargo Center Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Philadelphia. Photo: Matt Slocum / AP

29) Penn State and Nebraska players gather at midfield for a pre-game prayer before an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

30) Members of the Notre Dame football team walk out of a tunnel to the field before an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

31) The Badgers hold onto to Paul Bunyan's Axe following the 42-13 win over Minnesota. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn

32) Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop deflects a pass intended for Chargers tight end Antonio Gates that was intercepted by safety Charlie Peprah and returned 40 yards for a touchdown last Sunday. Green Bay beat San Diego, 45-38. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

33) A man dressed up as Santa Claus is surrounded by local children giving him their Christmas wish lists as he arrives at the Santa Claus post office in the Eastern German town of Himmelpfort on Thursday, Nov. 10. Photo: John Macdougall / AFP - Getty Images

The Huffington Post reported last Wednesday:  “In 2009, artist and scientist Stephen Von Worley created a data visualization of every McDonald's in the U.S., using data from AggData. The map is once again making waves after a Redditor recently posted the map. Two years later, as more outposts have opened, the map remains a powerful visualization of just how omnipresent the fast food chain is.”

A creation by designer Jean-Paul Goude and used in 1989 for the French Revolution bicentenial is seen at the Arts Decoratifs museum in Paris, Thursday, Nov.10, 2011. Extravagant French photographer and graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude, known for his over-the-top fashion spreads and visually shocking ads, is getting his own retrospective, in a wing of Paris' Louvre Museum. The exhibition opens Friday Nov. 11 and runs until March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/laurent Cipriani)

36) Model Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

37) Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos reacts after being crowned Miss World 2011 at a central London venue, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short

38) Visitors stand in the Ames Forced Perspective Room at the Puzzling World visitor attraction in Wanaka, New Zealand, on November 11. Photo: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

39) "We've got two kids and have been married for 23 years," says Gayle Borawski. She and her husband, Suave, both from Chicago, came to Las Vegas to renew their vows at the drive-thru window of The Little White Wedding Chapel on 11/11/11. "I didn't want to wait until 12/12/12," Borawski says, adding, "That number is too cold." Photo: Jim Seida /

Rick Perry and Rick Horowitz: Behind the scenes at InterCHANGE

I’m often asked if the various panelists on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE get along. The answer that may come as a surprise to some is yes. Joel McNally actually burst that bubble when he wrote a column about the program several years ago.

Joel related an incident about a time he, Gerard Randall and I were talking outside Channel 10 after the taping. We often do that when the weather allows. A car pulled up  in front of us and the driver, noticing us laughing together, yelled out his window something to the effect that he didn’t believe all those theatrics on TV. We jokingly begged him not to tell anybody, but Joel spilled the beans in his next column.

The sometimes heated debate is authentic. But so are the friendships. There are many times I wish some of the banter before and after the show could be viewed.

This past Friday, Rick Horowitz bashed Rick Perry during his segment of the program. Perry was an easy target given his performance at last week’s GOP debate.


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Nice move on today's NFL Sunday


Culinary no-no #253

Culinary no-no's




Hard to believe, but Culinary no-no has been around for 4 ½ years. There have been the not so serious (green peppers on pizza) and the extremely serious (the ethanol craze’s devastating impact on the global food supply).

Two-hundred fifty-two previous no-nos. We have run the epicurean gamut. Or have we?

A quarter of a thousand entries, and have we focused on the most egregious no-no? The absolute worst? The no-noiest?

I don’t think so.

Maybe this week.

Could this possibly be it, eating sushi off naked women at the Hadaki Sushi restaurant in Los Angeles?


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The latest pro-life news

Mark Belling and the Milwaukee Police make this week's rundown, from Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

Monday November 14, 2011
Wisconsin Right to Life's Legislative Agenda Advancing With Two Hearings This Week
Records Destroyed in Kansas City Planned Parenthood Case
Forcing Nurses to Participate in Abortions
Patients in “Persistent Vegetative State” May be Consciously Aware
Fox News Contributor Laura Ingraham to Appear April 19, 2012
Important Right To Life Links
Wisconsin Right to Life's Legislative Agenda Advancing
with Two Hearings This Week

It's time to play...FINAL JEOPARDY!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it's that time.....time once again for another This Just In edition of:


Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

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

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


Here’s your clue.


Good luck.

Alright players, time's up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:


The correct question is:

Who are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and the Green Bay Packers.

So, you won't see any of this during tonight's game at Lambeau Field as you did all around the NFL Sunday:

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, the pre-game

MUST SEE "60 MINUTES" VIDEO - Congress: Trading stock on inside information?


UPDATE: Pelosi aide calls “60 MINUTES” piece that ripped 4 Republicans and 1 Democrat a “right-wing smear.”

Franklin taxpayers, don't fall for the "enrollment" sucker trap

First came the surveys. What building improvements would you like to see in the Franklin Public Schools? The answers will be turned into a referendum, you can bet the farm.

Now comes the hyperbole. If we don’t pass the referendum and make radical, expensive upgrades, students will go hungry, programs will be cut, the sports teams won’t win any games, morale and self-esteem will deteriorate, kids will stumble into each other in the hallways, and my personal favorite, an oldie but a goodie, we’ll have to put up trailers.

The out of control spin machine is already in motion as the Franklin Public School intelligentsia ran to an all-too accepting lap dog, Rick Romano of FranklinNOW who quoted them even as their tears dripped all over his notepad.

HUSHED VOICE: The password is …GROWTH.

"We have seen a growth in enrollment to where we are about at capacity and we have a number of needs.”

This gem comes from Franklin High Principal Michael Cady who was clearly reading out of the spin manual even though it wasn’t visible to ace reporter Romano.

Next, Superintendent Steve Patz.

"We have been experiencing a little bit of growth in Franklin. We know that eventually the growth will increase once the economy continues to improve. We may have to do this in phases.”

Growth. To the point that it warrants a self-imposed tax increase, I’m sorry…referendum. And maybe, according to Patz, more than one.

Really? So much growth Franklin can’t handle it?

Here are enrollment figures from the Franklin Public School district's own website showing the growth in the Franklin Public Schools since 1995. You tell me if the growth is soooooo explosive that it calls for massive tax increases the school administration will undoubtedly seek.

I have some other passwords for the myopic, who cares administration and school board:






I repeat...they're not the Tea Party

How downright filthy were the Occupiers in Portland?

Look and read.

The recall wars begin again

“It’s hard to recall a governor,” David Siemers, chairman and professor of political science at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, told Wisconsin Reporter earlier this month. He said the recall campaign should have no problem getting the requisite signatures but asked, “What happens when they don’t win?”

More from both sides from the Wisconsin Reporter.

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Wisconsin Doctors in Fake Sick Note Scam Face Examining Board Wednesday

MacIver News Service
| November 14, 2011

[Madison, Wisc...] We’ll soon know if  Wisconsin doctors who were caught issuing fake sick notes to seemingly healthy protesters in a MacIver News video report earlier this year will face any discipline from the state.

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Governor Walker’s office issued a news release today that reads, in part:

"Today, the 2011-2012 K-12 school tax levy numbers were released for the state of Wisconsin. The total K-12 tax levy decreased by over $47 million this year. Over the last ten years the tax levy, on average, increased by $162 million each year. Over the last five years the tax levy, on average, increased by $181 million each year.

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Sorry, but co-sleeping kills


Co-sleeping is risky. Co-sleeping is dangerous. Co-sleeping is killing babies in Milwaukee, nine this year.

That’s the deadly reality that apparently is lost on some folks.

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UPDATE: Wisconsin Doctors in Fake Sick Note Scam Face Examining Board Wednesday


Previously on This Just In…

The update.

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The cost of a recall signature

Since the mainstream media won't get around to the issue for awhile, if at all, WI Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch reveals how much a recall signature costs. 

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MUST SEE VIDEO: 'Patriotic millionaires' demand higher taxes, but unwilling to pay up

The Daily Caller interviewed the hypocrites.

They're b-a-c-k

Previously on This Just In…

It’s déjà vu all over again. In mid-October, the phone books were dumped in their yellow bags at the foot of mailboxes all through my neighborhood. Many still lie there, over one month later.

C’mon folks! Just bend over, pick it up, and either toss in a drawer or closet, or the garbage!

I just want the doggone things off people’s lawns. At least I’m not suggesting the books be banned so that you  wouldn't have this great resource for all your government contacts. Who'd want to do that?


I'll be honest: I don't particularly like the Denver Broncos


But I love these Bronco fans. Criticism of them is absurd.

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Kyla's Korner: Musings of a FATHER (11/17/11)

I’m not sure anything in print has made me more angry or outraged as an outrageous, utterly stupid commentary I saw recently on The Stir, a website dominated by ultra-lefty, feminist nut jobs who spout off ridiculous opinions without an ounce of critical thinking or common sense in the interest of womanhood and motherhood. They come off looking in most cases like complete fools.

Before I get into what The Stir wrote, I was very pleased to see the Journal Sentinel publish a piece about a baby’s first year. It opens:

The first year of life is filled with doctor appointments, medical tests, new parenting activities and immunizations that are critical to a child’s health, both now and as he or she gets older.”

No argument there.

What follows is what the paper appropriately calls a ‘resource guide” for that first year.

There’s no question that first year is filled with sleepless nights, constant feedings and changings at all hours of the day and night. Never-ending care and attention to that precious soul. And if you ask the overwhelming majority of proud, loving moms, they will tell with no hesitation it’s all worth it. The Journal Sentinel’s piece ran November 14.

One day earlier, The Stir posted a commentary written by “Aunt Becky” who describes herself this way:

I'm Becky Sherrick Harks, better known as Aunt Becky, and you'll normally find me blathering on my own blog, Mommy Wants Vodka. But I'm here at The Stir to secure Total World Domination, er, discuss how I'm (barely) surviving parenthood.”

I could make all that a lot easier and much shorter:

“I'm Becky Sherrick Harks, better known as Aunt Becky, and I’m a complete blathering buffoon.”

Not that she has any credentials whatsoever about what she spouts off about, but this idiot has written recent columns entitled, Attention: You Don’t Own Your Baby’s Name, The Reasons Your Husband Won't Have Sex With You. Unexpected Ways to Jumpstart Your Sex Drive, and Why Every Woman Should Have a Vibrator (Yes, Even YOU).

On November 13, this ignoramus posted, “Why Having A Baby Is Like Being A POW.”

Listen to this logic:

“I have to say that the first year in a baby's life, while magical and exhilarating, is also the hardest time for me. I often compare those first years to being a prisoner of war.”

She then foolishly tries to make her case.

First of all, the wording is over the top. More importantly, it’s incredibly offensive to moms and women who wish they could be moms, no tot mention an affront to the indescribable joy experienced by moms during those first 12 months.

Our Kyla is now slightly over 2 ½ . That first year that included some zombie-like moments was still magical. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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GAB Admits to Major Privacy Flaw in Recall System

Think twice about signing that recall  petiton:

From Media Trackers:


EXCLUSIVE: GAB Admits to Major Privacy Flaw in Recall System

By: Brian Sikma

With the signature gathering phase of the Recall Walker effort only three days old, a flaw in the security of the system has been discovered. Under Wisconsin law there are no privacy protections for those who sign a recall petition. Those who sign a recall petition must give their name, address, and the date that they signed the document. That information could be given or sold to any political or business entity wanting a list of individuals who are opposed to Governor Scott Walker or are likely opposed to any of the reforms that he has put in place.


UPDATE: Way to go, Mila Kunis

Previously on This Just In…

The update: The ball is tomorrow, Friday, November 18. Despite rumors that she would have to cancel because of movie contracts, Kunis will attend.


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Goodnight everyone, and have a new cool Yule weekend

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

Garrison Keillor


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The best political cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy


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The Barking Lot (11/19/11)

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:  Afternoon showers. High of 48.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 39. "D"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Jennifer. It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

It's called
doggie deception.

Contagious dog disease spreads at Occupy SF camp.

Dog-killer artist in SF loses contract, keeps another.

Barking Lot update:
Miracle dog gets new home.

This is one of the reasons we do The Barking Lot. It's the chance to share stories like this:
Puppy Love.

Should your dog get a flu shot?

Don't want a gun? What are the best dogs for
home protection?

Is there a right and wrong way for dogs to
greet each other?




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E-mails, I get e-mails: The Recalls

The Walker, Kleefisch and four Republican Senators’ Recalls are underway. A few ground rules and some suggestions:

1.  No brainer - DO NOT sign the petition if you disagree with these recalls of the Governor, Lt. Governor and/or the Senator you are being asked to sign for. 

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If you are driving to Sunday's Packer game...

You'll need to read this.

Week-ends (11/19/11)


 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...


Mila Kunis

Justin Timberlake

Billy Luker (Week-ends update)

Vancouver "superheroes"

Nathaniel Cutting

Daniel Mackie

Generous Californians

Wisconsin deer hunters

John Stone, "bravest of the brave"

You go, Jesse!


Anti-Walker picketers at the Governor's home

The DA in Dane County

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board

Occupy Wall Street protesters

Michael Avery (one of the worst villains of the year)

Karen Lewis

The Hollings Cancer Center



"It's one thing to protest at the Capitol or even at the executive residence. It's another thing when you go into other people's neighborhoods."
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

She cannot vote yet, but she supports the recall and said, ‘I'm trying to talk to as many people as I can. What he is doing is not right.’ She said she has seen some of the effects at school. ‘They limit stuff.’ She said, for instance, the school has cut sour cream and Crystal Light.”
The Racine Journal Times, quoting Sierrah Penniex, 16, of Racine, a sophomore at Case High School about a recall of Governor Walker.

"We're not going to fulfill the martyrdom fantasies of people who insist on being arrested while they disrupt the lives of this neighborhood."
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn explaining his decision not to arrest more than 150 protesters who occupied the North Ave. bridge on Thursday night, saying "arrest is not a tool to further political agendas," and that the protesters could stay and "freeze their butts off."

“I shouldn't have showered with those kids.
Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State football coach, in an interview with NBC, saying he's innocent of the sex-abuse charges that have rocked the university but that he "horsed around" and touched children.

“I enjoy young people. I love being around them.”
Jerry Sandusky

“They call themselves child lovers. They nurture these kids, so when someone asks, ‘Did you molest this child?’ they say, ‘I would never molest or hurt a child.’ In their mind, it’s not molesting, it’s love.”
Ken Lanning, a former FBI special agent for 30 years and now a consultant in the area of crimes against children, commenting on the Penn State scandal.

“No more talking. They’ve got guns, we’ve got bottles. They’ve got bricks, we’ve got rocks…in a few days you’re going to see what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy’s.”
An Occupy Wall Street protester who was later arrested.

With a few exceptions, foremost among them the New York Post, the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history. Nothing compares, because nothing else involves this much distortion on both ends of the coverage. It’s not just that most press outlets (like the protesters themselves) look the other way at depravity happening inside Obamaville, it’s that for years they treated the tea-party movement as some sort of feral mob that was forever on the brink of rampaging through the streets — like, say, Occupy Oakland just did. We began the year with tea-party pols being smeared as killers over a shooting they had nothing to do with and we end it with actual rapes being shrugged off by the press because they’re bad PR for a movement they support. Disgrace.

America wasn’t created by people who woke up every morning saying, ‘You owe me,’ I think we ought to confront them head on. The last point I’d make: Every city government has an absolute obligation to enforce the rule of law and to protect private property and, frankly, they ought to be filming these people, and every person who engages in violence ought be given a very long vacation from the streets in order to contemplate why in the future, they’re not going to engage in violence against fellow Americans. But none of them should be tolerated if they engage in violence against persons or property.
Newt Gingrich

“I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.
Gloria Cain, wife of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain saying the claims of sexual harassment against her husband don't ring true.

"Sexual harassment is an amorphous word that can be manipulated to infer guilt onto anyone. At some point society has to say enough is enough, this is overkill. Most men are friendly in the workplace and when their friendliness rises to the level of flirting it is all too frequently welcomed and encouraged. The rare incidents where a clueless man does not realize his flirting is not welcome should not be punished by destroying his career. The punishment is overkill and does not fit the behavior. Feminists want to have it both ways which is impossible. They have made the workplace politically correct, imposing laws against sexual harassment, while at the same time permitting flirting in the workplace to continue, letting office romances flourish."
Rachel Alexander

“There’s an unwritten rule in politics that politicians must not criticize the president when they are overseas. How about adding America’s school kids to the list of untouchables?

Speaking at a high school in Australia, President Obama told a group of Aussie students that their counterparts in his country had ‘fallen behind’ when it comes to math and science, saying he wants to reform the public school system.

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Please Join Tommy Thompson On December 1st

Dear Supporter,

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Shocking budget move by Franklin Common Council

It’s a good bet the overwhelming majority of city of Franklin taxpayers have no idea what transpired at the Franklin Common Council meeting last Tuesday because if they did, they’d be stunned and outraged.

Franklin, your city leaders voted to cut $100,000 from the Police Department.

Franklin, your city leaders voted to cut $100,000 from the Fire Department.

The action came as the Common Council voted 3-2 to approve the city budget. Aldermen Steve Olson and Kristen Wilhelm voted no (Alderman Ken Skowronski, a stickler for attendance, wasn’t at the most important meeting of the year because he was elsewhere presenting an award).

As usual, it was up to Alderman Olson to put the budget issue in the proper perspective.

“We’re in tough times. As the management of this city, we need to make decisions taxpayers hired us to make.

“I don’t know how any of the seven of us can justify taking $100,000 from the police department and $100,000 from the fire department and still maintain a full planning staff, a relatively full inspection department, a full health department, a full library, and we’re cutting police and fire. It makes no sense to me.”

Alderman Wilhelm also expressed dismay that the city was not giving the support the police and fire departments need.

Slashing public safety by $200,000 is absolutely senseless. It’s the kind of move that could spell political suicide for an elected official.

There will also be an increase in the property tax levy of over 2%. How embarrassing. Consider that even the fiscally irresponsible Franklin School Board found a way to cut their levy. The tax rate is meaningless, a fact that’s oblivious to the mayor and most of the council.

But the shocker is, as Olson put it, “whacking” police and fire. Think about that the next time a Franklin alderman pontificates about citizen protection.

The Journal Sentinel had to be orgasmic

Thousands of protesters gathered Saturday at the state Capitol in Madison. Many people signed petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker, and others picked up blank petitions so they can gather signatures later. Protesters carried signs, recall petitions and messages. The recall attempt has been in the works since February, when Walker introduced a bill to repeal most collective bargaining for public employees. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.  It left Journal Sentinel editors drooling and barely able to contain themselves.

By the way, check out the Sunday Journal Sentinel. A MUCH smaller picture is shown of the Walker supporters at the rally.

Recommended Reading (11/20/11)

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).

Will Republicans blow it?

"This economy has been sputtering along through most of the Obama administration, with the unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent. But none of that means that Barack Obama is going to lose the 2012 election."

Don't be a Paterno: When a child is abused, here's what to do

"I don't want to hear any more 'benefit of hindsight' excuses. So let's be clear about what you should do if you learn that a child is being sexually abused. Print this out, post it on your bulletin board, and make sure everyone in your family, company, or organization knows how to respond to child sexual abuse."

Seven reasons life is hard for everyone

"I’ve met rich people, famous people, successful people, extraordinarily beautiful people — and guess what? They have just as many problems as everyone else. It’s just a different set of problems."

Politicians otherwise occupied

”The suddenly inconvenient fact, you see, is that the Occupy movement was a creation of freaks, socialists, and assorted nincompoops. Some of us recognized this fact from the beginning. We’d seen it reflected in the anti-republican rhetoric of ‘occupation’ and the anti-libertarian tactics employed by those who sought not simply to argue their point of view but to shut up those who disagree”

Real monsters didn't disappear after Halloween

"... as winter sets in, America faces real monsters: government regulations that stifle energy production, increase energy prices, kill jobs, squeeze family and business incomes, and threaten living standards and productivity.

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My Most Popular Blogs (11/20/11)

Most popular

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


Photos of the Week (11/13/11)

3) Franklin taxpayers, don't fall for the "enrollment" sucker trap

4) UPDATE: Way to go, Mila Kunis!

5) The cost of a recall signature

6) E-mails, I get e-mails: The Recalls

7) MUST SEE VIDEO: Stephen Colbert,  Justin, and Ketchup

8) Wisconsin Doctors in Fake Sick Note Scam Face Examining Board Wednesday

9) Culinary no-no #253

10) MUST SEE "60 MINUTES" VIDEO -  Congress: Trading stock on inside information?

Photos of the Week (11/20/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Mark Pinczkowski of Milwaukee gathers petitions Saturday in Madison. The petition drive must amass 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election for Gov. Scott Walker. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood

2) A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15. Photo: Don Emmert / AFP - Getty Images

3) An Occupy Wall Street protester yells out at police after being ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, early Tuesday, Nov. 15. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP

4) Sanitation workers use a power washer after the New York City police department cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City on Nov. 15. The small tent city was coming up on its two month anniversary but cities around the United States have been cracking down on the Occupy Wall Street protests in recent weeks. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA

5) New York City Police officers prevent protestors from entering Wall Street from the east on Thursday, Nov. 17. Photo: Richard Drew / AP

6) A police officer shines a light on a member of the Interfaith Coalition at Occupy Oakland during the eviction of the camp on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. In the wake of violent confrontations with police, vandalism and the recent shooting near the encampment, Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city administrators issued eviction notices to protesters at the Occupy Oakland encampment. (Photo by Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)

7) Francisco Gonzalez, who works as a municipal trash collector, removes pieces of broken glass from his back as he demonstrates against proposed lay-offs in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Asuncion's municipal government is proposing cuts in employment to reduce the cost of municipal workers to 60% of the city budget. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

8) Teams from Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) collect unexploded weapons buried underground by the Gaddafi regime at a military base in Tajura, about 30 km (19 miles) east of Tripoli on November 16.  More.  Photos: Mohammed Salem / Reuters

9) Greek Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis runs to avoid an exploding stun granade thrown by riot police during violent clashes following an anti austerity protest in Thessaloniki Sept. 10. Photo: Ken Cedeno / Reuters

10) A Ugandan trader tries to catch fresh air through a hole in a door after police fired teargas into her locked shop during a demonstration by traders and workers against power blackouts in the capital Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. The riot police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who were protesting over what they said was an inability to do their work and business due to prolonged power outages in the East African nation. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

11) A journalist walks through a drug tunnel during a presentation to the media in Tijuana on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. A soldier opens the access door to a tunnel as others stand guard near packages containing marijuana during a presentation to the media in Tijuana on Wednesday. Photos: Reuters

12) Madeleine Perry, left, and her mother Karen Reuter comfort each other as they look over the remains of Karen's mother's burned home in Reno, Nev., Nov. 19. Nevada's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday over a wildfire raging at the edge of a hilly Reno suburb that has damaged 32 structures, forced nearly 10,000 people from their homes, burned 2,000 acres and was blamed for an elderly man's death. Photo: Max Whittaker / Reuters

13) The town of Minamisanriku is seen eight months after it was destroyed by the March 11 tsunami, in northeast Japan on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Photo: Greg Baker, AP

14) Claire Tienor, 11, of Kiel falls into her grandmothers, Gladys, arms as she sees her father, Staff Sgt. Patrick Tienor, walk off the bus at the West Bend Armory on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 in West Bend, Wis. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Aviation Support Battalion returned home from Iraq. After 51 weeks, the last Wisconsin National Guard Unit returned home. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke)

15) Barack Obama addresses the troops as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard looks on. President Obama praised Australian troops as among the toughest in the world as a rapturous send-off from Darwin capped off his whirlwind Australian visit. Photo: Scott Barbour / EPA

16) Members of the public walk past a new Benetton advertising poster campaign displayed on a wall on Nov. 16, 2011 in Milan, Italy. The posters, part of a new campaign by the United Colors of Benetton entitled 'UNHATE,' created by the newly formed UNHATE Foundation, was given a worldwide launch in Paris on Nov. 16, presented by Alessandro Benetton, Executive Deputy Chairman of Benetton Group SpA. The Vatican objected to the use of the pope's image. Benetton quickly withdrew the image of Pope Benedict XVI kissing an Egyptian imam. Photo: Pier Marco Tacca / Getty Images Contributor

17) A man maneuvers his boat inside flooded Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 15. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP - Getty Images

18) Workers set in place a sculpture depicting a Rhode Island cottage, created by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh, at the top of Jacob's Hall at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California, on November 15. Named "Fallen Star", the fully furnished Rhode Island cottage and garden resting atop the seven-story building is expected to be completed in early 2012. Photo: Mike Blake / Reuters

19) Mike and Nancy Rogers pose for wedding photographer Nicholas Augustus as White Point Beach Resort's main lodge burns in the background on Saturday Nov. 12, 2011. The couple were set to be married in the lodge but moved the ceremony to another building at the resort. The Firefighters from several detachments in Nova Scotia spent about six hours battling a roaring blaze at a resort on the province's south coast Saturday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nicholas Augustus

20) Andrea Jorgensen (left) reacts to the surprise reunion with her husband U.S. Army Capt. Joe Jorgensen, who had been deployed to Iraq, on the field prior to the Carolina Panthers - Tenneessee Titans game at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2011. Tennessee won, 30-3. Photos: David T. Foster III-Charlotte Observer

21) In this photo taken Nov. 9, 2011, a Red-tailed hawk flies away with an unlucky squirrel, his catch of the day after nabbing it near a hedge, in front of a home on a street bordering Webb Park Golf Course, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Travis Spradling)

22) Jackass penguins, wearing red and green garments,take a walk at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

23) A nine-month old sea lion named 'Luciano', left, and a two-year one named 'Ralph', play at the headquarters of Peru's Organization for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals, ORCA, in San Bartolo, Peru, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Both sea lions, that were rehabilitated by ORCA after arriving at two different beaches on the Peruvian coast, will be released back to the ocean Saturday. Photo: Martin Mejia / AP

24) Dan Anderson of Prior Lake, Minn. prepares to drag out a 9-point white-tailed deer he shot while hunting in the Washburn County Forest near Minong on the opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin gun deer season. Photo: Paul Smith

25) Kenosha Bradford head coach Jed Kennedy comes forward to accept the WIAA Division I football championship trophy with his players after a 7-0 victory over Wisconsin Rapids. Journal sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

26) Montee Ball jumps over the Illinois defense for a touchdown Saturday as Wisconsin rallied for a 28-17 victory on the road. AP photo.

27) Green Bay Packers' John Kuhn celebrates with fans after catching a touchdown pass during the second half of their game against the Minnesota Vikings Monday night in Green Bay, Wis. Packers 45, Vikings 7. Photo: Morry Gash / AP

Hripsime Khurshudyan from Armenia dislocates her left elbow as she competes in the snatch of the Women's +75kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships, in Paris, Sunday Nov. 13.  Photo: Francois Mori / AP

29) reports, "... guns are still primarily perceived as a male purview. The photographer Lindsay McCrum plays on this preconception in her recently published collection Chicks with Guns, a playful yet perturbing visual essay on the statistic that some 20 million women in America own guns. The subjects of the book, published by The Vendome Press, range from girls to women of a certain age, from hunters to police officers to biathletes to the wheelchair-bound; they are dressed in fatigues, ballgowns, fur, frills, jeans and t-shirts, wielding everything from an antique dueling pistol to Beretta hunting rifles to Glocks to an AR-15 semi-automatic." Here's one of her photos showing Jenevieve of San Antonio, Texas, with an antique single-shot percussion dueling pistol.

30) Dutch curator Erik Kessels has created a gallery installation made up of over a million photo prints. Kessels printed out all the images that were publically posted on Flickr during a 24-hour period and dumped them on the floor of the Foam museum in Amsterdam. Visitors, like the one seen in the upcoming photo, are being encouraged to interact with the mountains of photographs. Photo: Gijs Van Den Berg / Foam

31) Artist Liu Bolin demonstrates an art installation by blending in with vegetables displayed on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing, China, on November 10. Liu, also known as the 'Vanishing Artist', started practising being "invisible" by means of optical illusions more than six years ago.  Photo: China Daily via Reuters

32) A human art installation is displayed at the 2011 MOCA Gala, An Artist's Life Manifesto, Directed by Marina Abramovic at MOCA Grand Avenue on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MOCA)

33) Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich smiles on the sideline during the second half of the Cowboys' NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Reich's boyfriend, Bills' David Nelson, presented her with a football after he scored a touchdown during the first half of the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

34) The Sun-Drop Diamond of South Africa, a giant pear-shaped yellow gem weighing 110.3 carats, has sold for more than $10.9 million at auction Tuesday, beating previous records for a jewel of its type. Photo: Anja Niedringhaus / AP.  In this Nov. 9, 2011 photo a model displays the 110.03 carats Sun-Drop Diamond described as fancy vivid yellow, the highest color grading, by gemstone experts, at a Sotheby's preview show in Geneva, Switzerland.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

35) An Eiffel Tower heel adorns one of the mannequins on the catwalk in the Punk Cancan exhibit room at the the U.S. premiere of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The first exhibition devoted to the French fashion couturier is being held at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 12, 2012. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

36) Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end of the Christmas parade Saturday in downtown Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

Culinary no-no #254

Culinary no-no's



Thirty million Americans will eat out or get carry-out this Thanksgiving according to the National Restaurant Association.

Here’s a sampling of what will be offered Thursday at the Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar, the country club-style dining and entertainment facility serving the award winning Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar

On the Arrowhead menu: Butternut squash soup and salad with peppered walnuts,  the main course of herb-roasted turkey, sage stuffing, whipped potatoes, smashed sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans with wild mushrooms, pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse and holiday cookies at a cost of $29.95. Children 10 and under will cost $19.95.

I’m sure it’ll all be scrumptious. But eat out? On Thanksgiving? Why?

Blair Anthony Robertson of the Sacramento Bee writes:

If you've been clinging to the same old routine for Thanksgiving every year – going over to Grandma's, eating too much turkey, falling asleep by the second quarter of a lopsided football game – you've missed a great alternative way to do this cherished American holiday.

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Franklin alderman flip-flops, backstabs Franklin property taxpayers

It is the worst possible move an elected official can make: Breaking his/her word to the voters.

Put that in Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor's resume.

During the November 15, 2011 Franklin Common Council where the council approved the 2012 city of Franklin budget, a majority of Franklin aldermen abandoned whatever principles they possessed. They voted against an earlier promise
to return the benefit of the business park TIF directly to the taxpayers. Instead, they put it into spending.

Voting against the betrayal of taxpayers were Alderman Steve Olson and Alderman Kristen Wilhelm (who by the way is consistently moving up on my approval-o-meter).

There are a few villains in this news item with Alderman Steve Taylor the biggest. Here’s the background, taken from the official minutes of the March 1, 2011 meeting of the Franklin Common Council, Read carefully:

Alderman Taylor moved to adopt Resolution No. 2011-6696, A RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE INTENT OF THE COMMON COUNCIL TO APPROPRIATE 100% OF THE TAX INCREMENTAL DISTRICT NO. 2 TAX REVENUES UPON THE ANTICIPATED TERMINATION OF THE DISTRICT IN LATE 2011 TO TAX LEVY REDUCTION, as amended. Seconded by Alderman Olson. At 9:14 p.m. Mayor Taylor passed the gavel to Council President Taylor, who then chaired the meeting. At 9:18 p.m. the gavel was returned to Mayor Taylor, who returned to chairing the meeting. At 9:22 p.m. Mayor Taylor passed the gavel to Council President Taylor, who then chaired the meeting. At 9:25 p.m. the gavel was returned to Mayor Taylor, who returned to chairing the meeting. Alderman Taylor moved to call the question. Seconded by Alderman Olson. All voted Aye; motion carried.  On roll call for the main motion, all voted Aye; motion carried.


Yet on November 15, 2011, as the next city budget was being decided,  Alderman Taylor, in his own words that are on the audio recording of the Common Council meeting says only $600,000 of the $1,043,000 will be given back to taxpayers in the form of property tax relief while $443,000 will be spent on additional spending. That is not the 100% return to you, the hard-working taxpayers, Taylor requested back in March. He’s hoping you don’t notice. Don’t let this shyster get away with it.

Complicit in this dereliction of integrity and raping of the taxpayers are Aldermen Steve Taylor, Tim Solomon, and Doug Schmidt who, without a sound or batting an eyelash, voted to approve this blatant deception.

They essentially lied to Franklin taxpayers. This could be the most egregious action ever taken by Franklin aldermen.

If you disapprove, time is of the essence. Contact Mayor Taylor immediately and respectfully ask him to veto this measure but also veto the incredibly irresponsible cut to public safety. Franklin has incomprehensibly cut police and fire while at the same time has increased overall spending.

Also, if you listen to the available audio of the November 15, 2011 Franklin Common Council meeting, listen as phony conservative Steve Taylor argues against proposed cuts in the property tax levy because they’re minimal. Umm, Steve, in this economy, let the taxpayers, the people who pay the bills make the decision as to whether cuts are good enough or not. Sorry, folks. Steve Taylor is about as conservative as George McGovern.

November 15, 2011 might truly have been the saddest day in city of Franklin government history. The majority of Franklin officials voted to stab Franklin taxpayers in the back and retreat on a promise made eight months ago, led primarily by our sleazy Franklin Common Council President who has turned his back at the 11th hour on property taxpayers.

Finally, as always, comments are welcome here. Listen up. Generic and anonymous comments blasting me for being too negative and calling for Franklin to move forward will not be accepted. Comments pertaining to the specifics of this blog will be approved.

Franklin Mayor Taylor pulls out his veto pen

Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has vetoed the budget adopted last Tuesday by the Franklin Common Council that contained a property tax levy increase above what he proposed and huge cuts to the Police and Fire departments. The budget also reneged on an approved resolution to return all TIF District 2 revenues back to taxpayers in the form of tax relief. Here is the mayor's budget veto message submitted to the City Clerk, members of the Common Council, and department heads:

Dear City Clerk Wesolowski,


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Hooray for Hollywood!

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The latest pro-life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life News You Can Use Contribute

I doubt Newt will get the nomination

But he sure blasted a home run here...

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It's Working: Within Means

Report: Lena Taylor, Property Accessory To Voter Fraud

"Media Trackers discovered that over 20 individuals voted, some illegally, from one of Senator Lena Taylor’s (D-Milwaukee) properties during the April 5, 2011 spring election. According to a Media Trackers open records request with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, the property at 1018 N 35th St. in Milwaukee currently has 36 active voter registrations and at least 23 individuals voted using the address."

Read the entire report.


Remember, if you sign a recall petition ...

You want Wisconsin to be more like Illinois.

Could that sign in Franklin be right?

No, not that one.

The one at 76th and Rawson.

It says McDonald's will be open 24 hours on Thanksgiving.


It's true.

That's just wrong.

If you miss the NBA season...

Please raise your hand...



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I'm on WISN

I fill in for Jay Weber this Friday morning from 8-10 a.m. on Newstalk 1130 WISN.

I have more appearances in December. More on that later.

Still to come this week on This Just in...

Many of our regular weekend features and….

A special announcement that will be quite exciting.

The minute I compliment Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, what does he do?

I’m told that at an awards ceremony tonight (Tuesday), Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor specifically singled out Franklin Aldermen Steve Taylor and Ken Skowronski for being supporters of the police department.


Is my friend, and he is, our mayor, asleep at meetings?

As I have blogged, the mayor has vetoed the budget approved by the Franklin Common Council recently. The mayor in his veto message wrote:

“I have concluded that the motion or series of motions made by the City of Franklin's Common Council this last Tuesday may jeopardize public safety due to a reduction in funding for the City of Franklin's Police and Fire departments…”

No kidding. He was right on there. The Common Council, led by Finance Committee Chairman Steve Taylor, voted to chop the Police Department by $100,000 and the Fire Department by $100,000. Support for public safety?

And just a few days after the mayor issued his veto message about public safety, what does he do? He praises Steve Taylor, the very alderman (who by the way is strangely silent on local matters because it’s been announced he’s running for County Supervisor), who wants to chop public safety.

I therefore retract my previous BRAVO for Mayor Taylor and instead voice a SHAME ON YOU!  You can't write one thing and say another. Please take one strong position and stick with it.

Good God Almighty. Local Franklin government is incredibly screwed up.

The latest from Rehorst


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Custom Mini Bottles
New Glassware
Fun Holiday Facts
Upcoming Events
Pumpkin Old Fashioned

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UPDATE: It's time to play...FINAL JEOPARDY!

Previously on This Just In...

The update: Green Bay broke with tradition last Sunday at Lambeau Field as the Packers took on Tampa Bay.

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #254

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In...

The update: Takeout’s Attempted Takeover of Thanksgiving


You remember that vicious TD run by Tampa Bay's LeGarrete Blount against Green Bay this past Sunday.

Watch the video and pay attention to what happens after Blount scores. He attempts to throw the ball into the crowd but it's batted back towards him. 

Here's another look. 


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Thanksgiving in America

Victoia Puerto checks her flight information and tickets while waiting for her flight at the Miami International Airport in Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. She was traveling today to avoid the Thanksgiving holiday rush later in the week.


Travelers make their way to trains in Grand Central Station, New York November 22, 2011. Some 38.2 million Americans are expected to travel some 80 km (50 miles) or more away from home over the November 23 to 27 Thanksgiving holiday period, 4 percent more than a year earlier and the highest since 2007, travel group AAA said on November 17.


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Happy Thanksgiving 2011

black friday © David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star,black friday, shopping, sales, retail, holidays, protest, tent, business

Shopping  Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette,shopping, pat-downs, black friday, groping, thanksgiving day, airport, tsa, touching, my junk, terrorism, business, malls

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Thanksgiving Day Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Why PETA is meat’s best friend

“…on the eve of the biggest dead-animal holiday of the year, the highest-profile animal rights organization in the country, PETA, has failed, yet again, to make anybody feel remotely bad about eating animals.”

Giving thanks for gigantic TVs

“Thanksgiving is the time of the year that true sports fans live for. A time when turkey roasts on every hearth; when most football teams still have a chance for glory; a time when even Mitt Romney and Ron Paul can think they still have a shot.

And most true, red-blooded Americans know of only one thing that can make this special American holiday time of year even more special: a much larger TV.”

A new guest blogger comes to This Just In...

I’m going on vacation so I have asked a fellow blogger to take care of This Just In while I’m gone next week. Donna Cole from neighboring Oak Creek will be guest blogging and I’m very excited she accepted my invitation.

Donna writes with an edge. I like that. Here’s a recent example.

“I have come to believe one of the key differences between liberals and Conservatives is how their minds work.Part of a child's growing/learning process is developing a conscience.A toddler is basically selfish,it's why they throw tantrums,yell,scream and act out.As many children grow older they begin to develop their conscience and the acting out ends.But all children do not fully develop this.These children grow into adult liberals.

A good way to judge how many children miss this important part of childhood development is to compare it to the number of adult liberals.As this Gallop tracking poll shows,from 1992 to 2010 the number of American liberals has remained roughly 20%.One could infer then that roughly 20% of children have this developmental disability.

A conscience brings with it empathy and respect for others.It also brings shame and guilt when one violates this empathy for and respect of others.These are all things a liberal does not possess.”

Watch for these regular weekend features before Donna takes over next week:

Goodnight (Friday night)

The best cartoons of the week

The Barking Lot


Photos of the Week

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More tears from MJS about photo ID

Topics talked about on WISN

Jim Stingl of the daily paper moans and whines how difficult it is to get a photo ID to get to the polls.

I repeat…

Oh, there's more, plenty more.

Tommy Thompson - Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Ladies, a gun is your friend

Topics talked about on WISN


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Goodnight everyone, and have a holiday weekend to remember!

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, sounds of the season.

Hope your Thanksgiving was nice. And we now have 30 days until the biggest holiday of the year. Since it's beginning to look like Christmas, what are we waiting for!

Call me corny but I like this medley by the entire Osmond Family.



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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

  Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

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The Barking Lot (11/26/11)

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:  A good chance of rain throughout the day. High of 51.  Chance of rain: 70%.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of only 36. "F"

My lovely wife, Jennifer has the week off.

At the Chicago Tribune, John Kass has the scoop about the worst Christmas toy of the year, and I’ve have to agree:

Chicago is the birthplace of some truly iconic toys, loved by children across the globe, toys like Operation and Mouse Trap and my personal childhood favorite, Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots.

But I'm embarrassed to report that Chicago is also the birthplace of what may perhaps be the most ridiculous toy in the known universe.

And with a suggested retail price of $29.99, this one makes my Most Stupid Toys in the World List for 2011. What is it?”


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Week-ends (11/26/11)



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...


NY firefighters

Doug Bartels

Operation Wedding Gown

Catherine Lipke, Marsha Holler, and Allison Aschenbach

Brave shopkeeper

Gisele Bundchen


Ndamakong Suh

Tony Rezko

Peter Dutro and Brad Spitzer

US Airways

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson


"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down. As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."
Lion defensive tackle Ndamakong Suh explaining his stomping of Green Bay Packer Evan Dietrick-Smith in Thursday’s game.

“That's (expletive). He clearly had Evan by the face mask pinned to the ground. His explanation is crap. There's no room for that. It's a dumb penalty. He hurt his own team today."
Packer T.J. Lang reacting to Suh.

"He was lucky I wasn't on the field.  Lucky. I'm a New York guy. I don't go for that stuff. It was very unnecessary. I can understand you might get in a scuffle, but you never stomp on a guy. That's like hitting a guy when he's down. You don't do things like that. I was this close to running on the field."
Packer Andrew Quarless

"We're just football players out there playing football. Sometimes things happen. I don't know what drove him to do what he did. I can't say much else."
Packer Dietrick-Smith

"Suh's not dirty. He's filthy."
Mike Pereira, analyst of officiating for Fox Sports.

"Go get a job right after you take a bath."
Newt Gingrich to OWS

“Disgusting… Someone needs a bath, and I don’t think it’s the people from Occupy Wall Street. I’m sickened by that . . . It’s fair to say he’s in the 1%, correct? He’s telling the 99% to take a bath and get a job? Really? Really, I wonder how they do that right now. How, given the state of this country, how anyone’s going to just get a job and take a bath. Who is this man? Who does he think he is? And why is he surging in the polls? I don’t get it. I mean, to hear Newt Gingrich standing on literally his high horse, after taking advantage of the system, cashing in, being the biggest, literally the biggest hypocrite in the Republican field, probably in politics today. The biggest hypocrite. And then to cast aspersions and to speak down to these people as if–plghhh–they should be flipped away? It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s a very angry way to start the show. I’m extremely sorry. But it’s the first time I’d seen that. And it literally made my skin crawl. I can’t believe he resonates.”
Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC

“’Income inequality’ comes by way of free will. No one forced the students protesting to agree to student loans whose terms they could not meet; no one forced homeowners to agree to home loans they could not afford–the only lack of economic free will which has created any disparity is directly due to the economic policies of an administration whose strategy of shrinking the tax base while increasing the burden of revenue sans cutting entitlements is a no-win situation. But no one is ‘occupying’ the space in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Dana Boesch of Big Journalism

“We don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s vacations. The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why when the husband and the wife are going to the same place, the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers-on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747. NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism.”
Rush Limbaugh

"New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone."
A west Georgia business owner, Bill Looman, put signs that read the above on his company's trucks to make a political point. He was deluged with calls and emails and had to disconnect his phones and temporarily shut down the company's website.

“Those who can do. Those who can’t form a supercommittee.”
Mark Steyn

“Some days I've driven 600 miles and didn't even stop. I feel like a marshmallow because I don't get to exercise."
Barb Waugh, o
ne of an estimated 190,000 female truckers in the U.S. Beset by rising insurance costs, trucking companies and industry groups are working hard to persuade road warriors to change their habits.


Triple-dipping at Miwaukee's City Hall


Was the White House shooter an Occupier?


Black Friday


Fake Florida doctor gave women cement injunctions in their butts.

That's it for this week. NewsBusted has the week off.

Week-ends will be off next Saturday and will return on December 10.

Photos of the Week (11/27/11)

Photos of the Week

1) Barbara Riccelli sits outside her tent knitting while camping out outside the Best Buy store waiting to be the first ones in line when the store opened at midnight for Black Friday in Mesquite, Texas, November 23, 2011. Riccelli had been camping out for four days, along with four other tents.  Photo: Larry W. Smith / EPA

2) Shoppers line up at Target in Lisbon, Conn., for Black Friday bargains late on Thursday, Nov. 24. Black Friday began in earnest as Target and other stores opened their doors at midnight. Photo: Sean D. Elliot / The Day via AP

3) Bobby Snodderly, 77, of Jacksboro, Tenn., watches over his family's shopping bags at West Town Mall in Knoxville on Black Friday. Snodderly and his family began their Christmas shopping at midnight at the Wal-Mart in Jacksboro, Tenn., and then continued onto Knoxville. Photo: J. Miles Cary / The News Sentinel via AP

4) U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, retired Capt. Mark Kelly, meet both active and retired airmen after serving a Thanksgiving meal to troops at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 24. Photo: Matt York / AP

5) The official White House Christmas Tree arrives via horse-drawn carriage at the White House on Nov. 25. The tree, a 19-foot-tall balsam fir, was grown on Schroeder's Forevergreens farm near Neshkoro, Wisconsin. Photo: Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

6) Sri Lankan opposition and government legislators exchange blows during a parliament session when president Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered the government's 2012 budget proposals in Colombo on Monday, Nov. 21. Photo: Ishara S.Kodikara / AFP - Getty Images

7) An Occupy Wall Street protester in New York holds a sign that rearranges a famous JFK quote. Photo:

8) Prison officials talk with two residents of the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation as they stand on a rooftop and threaten to hang themselves unless they can talk to a state official about their treatment at the psychiatric facility, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Burkeville, Va. Several residents of the facility identified the two men as William Dewey and Victor Johnson. Photo: Steve Helber / AP

9) Police arrest a man after he drove his vehicle to the top of the steps of the Indiana War Memorial and then set a fire on the steps, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Indianapolis. The standoff lasted about an hour. Photo: Darron Cummings / AP

10) A landslide after last Sunday's heavy rainstorm collapsed a section of a coastal bluff road in San Pedro, seen Monday Nov. 21, 2011. There were no injuries or property damaged. A Los Angeles official says the stretch of road that collapsed is likely irreparable and a new route for the scenic roadway will have to be considered. Photo: Robert Casillas / The Daily Breeze via AP

11) The blood of slaughtered pilot whales turns the sea red near Torshavn on November 22. Photo: Andrija Ilic / Reuters

12) The moon's disk takes a bite out of the sun during Friday's partial solar eclipse, as seen from Invercargill in New Zealand. The last of 2011's four solar eclipses was visible only from an area in southern latitudes taking in New Zealand, Tasmania, South Africa and Antarctica. Photo: Jay Pasachoff / Williams College

13) Johnny Calvin Brewer stands in front of the Texas Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Dallas. Dallas Police Chief David Brown honored the man who led them to Lee Harvey Oswald's hiding place in the movie theater 48 years ago. Brewer was given a Citizen's Certificate of Merit. Police credit him with helping officers arrest Oswald after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Photo: Jeffrey Mcwhorter / AP

14) People photograph an "x" on Elm street where John F. Kennedy was assassinated near the former Texas School Book Depository, now the Dallas County Administration Building on the 48th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The 48th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a Presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza, will be marked on November 22.  Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

15) A man sits next to a statue of former US President Ronald Reagan in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Nov. 23, 2011. The bronze statue, depicting Reagan sitting on a bench, was unveiled by the Georgian president in Rike Park earlier the same day, reports state. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989), is celebrated in former Soviet satellite states for having helped hasten the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze / EPA

Defensive end Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions argues with referee Terry McAulay #77 after Suh is ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Getty Images. Two plays later...

Running back John Kuhn #30 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates his one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

18) A dejected Lions fan hangs his head as the Packers win 27-15 to go 11-0 on the season. Photo: AP

19) A boy scout holds a U.S. flag before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

20) Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed, left, pets a live raven behind the end zone after a play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Baltimore won 31-24. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

21) Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Adam Jones (24) pulls on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith's hair as Smith carries the ball in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

22) Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders wear military costumes as they perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

23) Zack Lemann, visitor programs manager at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans, and Stephanie Smith, an educator at the bug museum, prepare cranberry sauce with wax worms, cricket pumpkin pie, and turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing for visitors to sample Thanksgiving-inspired foods with insects. Photos:Gerald Herbert / AP

24) In this photo released by the San Francisco Zoo, two lemurs enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at the San Francisco Zoo, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in San Francisco. The feast consisted of green beans; a fruit salad of apples, bananas, and grapes; sweet potatoes; a turkey made out of monkey chow and apple juice with grapes in champagne flutes. (AP Photo/San Francisco Zoo, George Nikitin). A group of Ring Tailed Lemurs also get in on the feast. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

25) One of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's four 11-month-old grizzly bear cubs enjoys a pumpkin for a snack at the Zoo in Cleveland on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Besides providing the animals with enrichment, the pumpkins are a preview to the treats many of the animals received on Thanksgiving Day.  (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

26) Polar bear cub Taiga shakes water off her head as she plays in a pool Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Aquarium Park in Quebec City, Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

27) Entomologist Dave Kavanaugh, rear, dressed as Santa Claus, poses for reporters as an unnamed female reindeer, foreground, and Miles, a male reindeer, are shown on the Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. The female will be named through a naming contest. The reindeer will be a part of the Academy's holiday program that will be exhibited until January 16, 2012. The Living Roof Project is an ongoing citizen science program designed to give community members an opportunity to learn about the Academy’s unique roof ecosystem while contributing to important baseline data regarding the many plants, birds, and arthropods that inhabit and utilize the Living Roof’s 2.5 acres of green space. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Jennifer Perricone, who drove from Fort Bragg and camped out to receive her free wedding gown, holds a sign she made supporting her husband reading 'I love you Spc. Michael Perricone. Thank you for risking your life for my dress' at Poffie Girls in Gastonia, N.C., Nov. 20. The bridal boutique donated 43 gowns on Sunday to brides in the military or brides marrying a member of the military, some of whom had a courthouse wedding and plan to have a formal ceremony with family at a later date when their loved ones come home from service overseas. Photo: Ben Goff / The Gaston Gazette via AP

29) A model displays a headpiece made of confectionery by Japanese patissier Koji Tsuchiya during the Tokyo Sweets Collection in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Japan's 12 leading pastry chefs teamed up with dress designer Eri Matsui to demonstrate their sweet creations for Matsui's dresses. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

30) Students embrace after dousing each other with foam at St. Andrews University in Scotland on Monday, Nov. 21. The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins out of gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to do so could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam. Photos: David Moir / Reuters


They're calling it the "Thanksgiving Miracle." Firefighter Andrew Hartshorne carries a baby from the wreckage of Thursday's fire in Brooklyn. Firefighter Neil Malone (rt.) then gave the infant mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Photo: Joe Merino for the NY Daily News


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Barry wants your vote....if....

By Guest Blogger Donna Cole

 Are you at least one or more of the following ?

 A "well-educated socially liberal white", "who has gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment", such as a "professor, artist, designer, editor, human resources manager, lawyer, librarian, social worker, teacher or therapist."

  A minority of any income level.

  Of any race in these categories, low income, a single female, under 30 and/or a college student.

  A secularist. 

  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Barry wants your vote.

  If you don't fit into any of those, then Barry doesn't want your vote.

  That is according to Tom Edsall writing in the NY Times' Campaign Stops blog. In his piece,"The Future of the Obama Coalition", Edsall discusses the Democrats' plan to send Barry and his cohorts back to Washington in 2012, so they can complete the destruction of the nation. I added the destruction part, but if Barry is re-elected in 2012, I see no other outcome.

  Edsall points out that the Democrats' plan is to assemble a coalition of the aforementioned folks. This really is no shock, most of those folks vote Democrat anyway. What is important is who they are not counting on, Edsall writes;

  "For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class. All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition."

 Edsall then goes on to write very long, wonky, piece that only political nerds can enjoy, describing Barry's road to victory. A road I hope is filled with potholes. Edsall does point out what some of those potholes could be.

  Let's leave Edsall's piece behind and discuss those of you who Barry and the Dems have jettisoned, you blue collar working class whites. Especially you union guys and gals.

  For private sector unionized workers, this is for you minority workers too. The next time you listen to "Little Pig" Hoffa Jr. or "Fat Slob" Trumka telling you to vote for Democrats because they support the working man, and all their other nonsense, remember this: They are liars.

  The Democrat party stands for the destruction of private business by excessive taxation and crushing regulation. The businesses that provide your job. A vote for a Democrat is a vote against your paycheck, against your family income and against the prosperity of your community.  

  I will leave out you SEIU members, they are putting LSD in the Koolaid you guys are drinking. You folks are a lost cause. 

  Now, for you public sector blue collar folks. Don't you feel like a clown ? You dopes were suckered to go out to Madison and protest for the teachers and the professors.

 Where were the teachers when liberal county executive Chris Abele stuck it to you ? Where was the "Fat Slob" ? I didn't hear his disgusting big mouth howling anywhere around Milwaukee.

  Everybody knows where Abele lives on Lake Drive, yet you dopes went and protested in front of Gov. Scott Walkers' home. If Walker and the Republicans wouldn't have passed their reforms a whole lot of you guys would be laid off right now. I cannot for the life of me understand why you guys don't get it. 

  You bus and snow plow drivers, you garbage men, you prison guards and all other blue collar public employees, they have never cared about you. You are just a tool they used, a sucker.

  And guess what you suckers, they don't need you anymore. That is the proof that they never cared about you. You just don't fit in with that high minded liberal crowd, you get dirty at work. Euuuu.

  We know that liberals do not believe in true equality. You know, that whole thing about judging a person by the content of his character not the color of his skin. The concept of self determination is a foreign one to liberals.  

  The Democrats' plan for 2012 is to tie the poor and minorities together with middle and upper income educated white liberals by telling them only these white elite liberals can take care of them. The unspoken implication being that Republican candidates and the working class whites who support them are racists.

  This is the definition of class warfare. And Democrats have the audacity to accuse the right wing of engaging in class warfare. To be a liberal, one must be a hypocrite. It's time you blue collar union guys figured this out.

It's a short flight from Athens to L.A.

By Guest Blogger Donna Cole

 Back in the 1990's, when the European Union was being formed, I remember something my mother told me that I have never forgot. She said,"They are trying to build the Tower of Babel again." I admit, this analogy might not exactly fit. But I think it is safe to say, like the Biblical story of Babel, the construction project known as the EU and it's common currency,the Euro, is coming to an end.

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You want a Conservative ? I got your Conservative.

By Guest Blogger Donna Cole. This is also posted on my blog MediaPolitical.

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