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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.

Should illegal immigrants be allowed to vote?


Depends who you ask.
 




 

MINE SHAFT


Read the Column the Journal Sentinel Requested, then Refused to run

From...
 

MacIver Institute


On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel approached the MacIver Institute via email with a request to write an OpEd column for Sunday’s newspaper.

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Darlene Gant will die a hero, but hopefully not for a few more weeks


Every Saturday morning, I post my HEROES OF THE WEEK on Week-ends.

During the course of any week, I do my best to keep track of worthy recipients. One I’ve found already for this week is Darlene Gant.

Gant, suffering from breast cancer, needs a certain drug to live in order to see her son on Mother’s Day. The drug had not been approved by our glorious government’s FDA.

From her bed, Gant produced a 20-minute video explaining in great detail her turmoil. Normally, Week-ends has a host of links. My concern was that Gant’s 20-minute video would be lost, glossed over in all those other stories.

So I post the Darlene Gant story complete with video so you will take the time to read and also watch the video that made such an impact. It’s an amazing testimonial to the powerful impact of the Internet, video, and the human spirit.

God bless you, Darlene Gant.

Obama, Osama, and Mitt


4 days ago...

 




In 2007...

 

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Two Franklin School Board members are big sore losers


Franklin School Board members Debbie Larson and Jeff Traylor recently were kicked out of their leadership positions as Board President and Vice President, respectively. However, the two did not relinquish their posts quietly or graciously.

Franklin’s Bryan Maersch has blogged that both, primarily Traylor have made insulting and derogatory comments on Facebook about Franklin bloggers that have been critical of the school board, including NEW school board president Janet Evans. The bloggers have been referred to as cyber bullies.

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Who actually votes in America?


Interesting...


Get yours



Here's how.

He's tired of what?


I like my county supervisor. I really do.

(Oh, oh. When a blog starts out that way, a shoe is bound to drop.)

 




The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

“Eager to play a larger role on the Milwaukee County Board, Supervisor Mark Borkowski backed Marina Dimitrijevic for chairwoman -- she won the post -- despite their very different views and records.

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UPDATE: Week-ends (02/04/12)

Week-ends


Previously on This Just In…


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Stephanie Decker


The update…


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"What if you knew, even before your child was born, that she wouldn't look like everyone else"


A wonderful couple I know is expecting. They already have several beautiful young children. However, the baby on the way has been diagnosed with some facial abnormalities.

For awhile, medical officials weren’t positive the baby would survive. The good news is the prognosis has improved dramatically. The baby is expected to live.

Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the parents have maintained a remarkably positive attitude with an unwavering willingness to accept another blessing, no matter the conditions. Not having the baby is completely out of the question.

I thought of their situation when I read about young Clara. Clara isn’t like most other kids. Liberals more than likely wonder why the young girl wasn’t aborted.

God bless my friends and their baby to come, and Clara and her family.

A message for the losers of OWS


From AlfonZo Rachel...
 

Goodnight everyone, and have a happy 5th weekend!


"Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and
they're affixed to you."
Carlos Santana



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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday with our music feature we do every Friday night.

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. In America, we join the celebration by eating taco pizza, chips and salsa, and drinking margaritas.

This week, some Latin music to fit the holiday.

We begin with a Milwaukee legend who started playing the saxophone when he was 11. Four years later he was a professional musician. He formed his own band that had a hit in 1939 with “Woodchopper's Ball.” His 1940’s bands, the Thundering Herds, combined a light rhythm-section sound with blaring, explosive arrangements. He led his bands almost continuously for more than 50 years.

Here’s a track from “Mucho Gusto,” one of the albums in the kitschy and cool Ultra-Lounge series. Ultra-Lounge describes its music as traveling back in time.

“Not too far back. Just a few decades or so. Back to a time when ‘revolution’ meant watering down your scotch with ice and taking out the olive and putting in an onion. This is a place clothed in leopard and sharkskin. An ear bathed in gimlets, hi-balls, straight up, on the rocks, shaken, not stirred, hi-octane elixirs dressed in garnish garni. A time viewed through the seductive haze of slow-burning lipstick-kissed cigarettes that end up ashtray dancing with cigar stubs and cherry stems. The atmosphere mambos to the soundtrack of cool. Rumbling saxophones, jazzy vibes, over-heated Hammonds, and the sexy chill of a brush across a cymbal. Bold, exotic rhythms strut to the cough and cacophony of the Atomic-Age.”

The artist is the late, great Woody Herman.

 

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The best cartoons of the week


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley





Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson


 

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler



 

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The Barking Lot (05/05/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  A few showers. High of 60.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 56.  "F"


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


With Mother’s Day about a week away, this is the time we stop to think about all that “Mom” means and all that Mom does.  You’re sure to read lists containing common terms such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator.  How ‘bout one more:  chief pet caretaker.

 

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Week-ends (05/05/12)

Week-ends


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...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


My personal favorite of the week


Hyman Strachman


Darlene Gant


William McRaven


Noah Joel


Jeff Francoeur


From The Avengers...



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Latasha Jackson


Elizabeth Warren


Homeowner's Association


Patricia Krentcil



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


... here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of new day on the horizon.”
President Obama,  on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to sign a strategic partnership agreement that sets the terms for U.S.-Afghan relations after troops officially withdraw in 2014.


Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
Mitt Romney, responding to the Obama camp's question about whether he would have authorized last year's Osama bin Laden raid.


I started screaming something ridiculous like, 'Remedy! Revive me!' And then that's when the lights turned on ... They said, 'Who are you?'
Daniel Chong, the college student left and forgotten in a U.S. holding cell for five days, despite never having been arrested or charged. He's filed a legal claim for damages suffered when he was left handcuffed and without food or water.


I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.
President Obama a
t the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, jokingly referring to the Secret Service's prostitution scandal.


“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious.”
President Obama



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Illegal immigrants getting bigger tax refunds.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


For the second week in a row, Tom Barrett's jobs record as mayor of Milwaukee.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Ann Romney's clothes.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


We have found the Loch Ness Monster.


OUCH!


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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


The Life of Julia/Julian


Unfortunately some in Franklin are hot to trot for this wasteful spending


Recommended Reading (05/06/12)

Recommended Reading


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


Wisconsin Recall Amnesia

"So, let's see. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the front-runner, has focused his campaigns on jobs, education, the environment and 'making communities safer.' One of Mr. Barrett's ads singles out 'Walker's War on Women,' with nary a mention of collective bargaining. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is heavily supported by union groups, but even her issues list makes only passing reference to collective bargaining.

No wonder. Since Mr. Walker's reforms went into effect, the doom and gloom scenarios have failed to materialize."


Voting machine concerns bubble up as recall elections near

"You might be forgiven for thinking John Washburn is paranoid.

Plenty of people do, Washburn admits with some humor.

The Germantown man, who tests computer software for a living, estimates that, when he gets to discussing the perils of electronic voting machines, about 70 percent of people think just that.

Twenty percent think there might be something to his worries, Washburn said.

And about 10 percent — those who do some digging — start to believe.

'Quite frankly, I’m not really concerned by (being called paranoid), because it’s highly correlated with how much people have checked my claims,' he said.

Washburn’s fears — that Wisconsinites and, really, voters nationwide, are putting too much faith in a questionable voting system — may be unfounded.

But he’s not the only one worried."
(KF NOTE: Great investigative journalism, the type you don't see on local TV because they're too busy chasing fire trucks).


Will Wisconsin Rise Again?

"The Badger State keeps rising in the Chief Executive Best States/Worst States list, and that’s got Wisconsin businesses cheering—as well as investing.

The reasons are as simple as they are bold."


The Legendary Paul Ryan

"To find a parallel to the way Ryan has so thoroughly seized control of the Republican agenda and identity, you have to go back at least to Gingrich in his nineties heyday, or possibly to Reagan. Yet Gingrich and Reagan rose to the national scene while cultivating an image as radicals—it was their battle scars, inflicted by the mainstream political Establishment, that lent them the credibility to speak for the conservative base. Ryan, by contrast, has achieved something much stranger: He has ascended to his present position aloft a chorus of acclaim from the corners of the Establishment that once greeted Gingrich and Reagan with loathing. He is the only politician revered as much by the mainstream media as by the tea party. By some measure, he’s the most popular guy in Washington."


Leisure inequality: Who's bumming around more?

"Sure, the wealthy earn more money...but they work a lot harder for it."


Cradle to Grave: The Obama Campaign's Fantasy  for American Life


“The Obama campaign has a cringe-inducing propaganda slideshow called ‘The Life of Julia’ intended to illustrate how the Obama Administration's policies will give government help to a young woman as she is educated, works, starts a family and retires.

If you had to stifle a guffaw, you're not alone.

Yes, the Obama Administration's policies alone can be the savior for American children everywhere - all it takes, apparently, are piles and piles of taxpayer money thrown around recklessly. And by the end, children will still be able to retire and live comfortably on the totally-stable programs of Medicare and Social Security!

The dream that Obama has for Julia's life is scary.”
(KF NOTE: Also watch this).


10 things that would be happening today if Obama's policies were working

"...despite the fact that he has been campaigning almost non-stop since the 2010 election, aside from trying to steal credit from the SEALs for killing Osama Bin Laden, you very seldom hear Obama talk about his record. This is especially noteworthy because like him or hate him, Obama has passed a lot of legislation. So, if Barack Obama has such an extensive record, why is it that Republicans are the ones that are always talking about it while Obama tries to steer the conversation to anything else?"


Five ways to increase movie theater attendance

“If you read the Vulture article, you'll see that their Big Dumb Ideas all revolve around offering more rewards and free stuff for moviegoers; stuff like cheaper tickets, loyalty programs, and babysitters. They also have this idea of allowing Facebook fans to program what's shown in a theatre.

This lack of goodies and gimmicks is not why box office attendance has pretty much flat-lined over the last decade, or why it collapsed last year, or why it's making a major comeback in 2012.”



AND FINALLY

Left-wing Bizarro World

Photos of the Week (05/06/12)

Photos of the Week


1) Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (3rd L) walks off the stage with his granddaughter Maggie Cushman (R), his grandson Robert Cushman and his wife Callista Gingrich after he announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination May 2, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. Gingrich said he decided to leave the race after his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, surged ahead in recent primary elections. Gingrich plans to campaign for his former rival with an official endorsement to come in the next few weeks. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


2) President Barack Obama greets troops during a visit to Afghanistan's Bagram Air Field on May 1. Obama signed a US-Afghanistan strategic partnership agreement during his unannounced visit to the country. Photo: Mandel Nganmandel / AFP - Getty Images


3) In this Thursday, May 3, 2012, photo provided by the Tennessee National Guard, Ashley Edens puts her head against the casket of her late husband, Spc. Jason Edens, in Smyrna, Tenn. Spc. Edens was killed April 15 during combat in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/The Tennessee National Guard, Capt. Darrin Haas)


4) An Army Rapier missile defense battery is deployed at Blackheath in sight of the Canary Wharf financial center on May 2, in London, England. The missiles are being readied as part of Operation Exercise Olympic Guardian which is taking place in London over the next few days to test security for the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images


5) Luisa Seau, mother of former NFL football player Junior Seau, grieves in the driveway of her son's home, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Oceanside, Calif. Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43. Photo: Chris Carlson / AP


6) A child cries in a cave shelter in Tess village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, May 2, 2012. Photo: Reuters


7) A police lieutenant swings his baton at an Occupy Wall Street activists on May 1 in New York. Activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)


8) A police officer uses mace on a protester in front of an American Apparel Inc. store during an Occupy Seattle May Day rally and anti-capitalist march in Seattle on May 1. (Stuart Isett/Bloomberg)


9) An elderly woman waves as she finds herself caught ahead of an Occupy Wall Street May Day march down Fifth Ave. in New York on May 1. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images


10) Traci Jackson (2nd R) and others help clean up in front of a foreclosed home on May 3, 2012 in Miami, Florida. According to the Miami Workers Center, the home is owned by the Bank of America. The residents of the Liberty City neighborhood came together to clean up the abandoned property and later in the day planned on delivering the collected trash to a Bank of America branch. Trenise Bryant, a member of the Miami Workers Center who organized the event said, ''Banks maintain foreclosed properties in white neighborhoods why can't they do the same in black communities?'' ''It's bad enough these big banks put families out of their homes, now they just let the houses sit there bringing down the property value for everyone else in the neighborhood. Photos: Joe Raedle / Getty Images


11) Youngsters smoke marijuana during a march for the legalization of cannabis in Medellin, Colombia on May 5, as part of the 2012 Global Marijuana March which is being held in hundreds of cities worldwide. Photo: Raul Arboleda / AFP - Getty Images


12) Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


13) Police investigate a destroyed van that plunged over the Bronx River Parkway, April 29, in New York. Authorities say the out-of-control van plunged off a roadway near the Bronx Zoo, killing seven people, including three children. Photo: Louis Lanzano / AP


14) In this Feb. 6, 2012 image made from video, Dr. Nancy Young, of the pediatric otolaryngology division at Children's Memorial Hospital, examines 9-year-old Clara Beatty's hearing aids during a visit to the hospital's offices in Glenview, Ill. Clara, who was born with a genetic mutation called Treacher Collins syndrome, uses special hearing aids that attach with magnets placed under her skin because she has very narrow ear canals and only remnants of outer ears. Photo: Martha Irvine / AP


15) Stanhope Elmore High School Junior ROTC Cadet Mike Snyder bows his head in prayer during National Prayer Day ceremonies at the Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala. Congress established the day of prayer in 1952 and in 1988 declared that it would be held every year on the first Thursday in May. Photo: Dave Martin / AP


16) The full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, southeast of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch on May 5. Saturday's event is a "supermoon," the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. Photo: Dimitri Messinis / AP


17) A supermoon rises over neon hotel signs on Highway 80 in Ft. Worth, Texas.Photo: Ralph Lauer / Zuma Press


18) Sea foam floats on the Atlantic Ocean with the cliffs of the Sentinel mountain behind in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, May 5. Sea foam is created following the churning of the seas in the wake of a southern ocean storm. Photo: Nic Bothma / EPA


19) From the Daily Mail: Forced to the ground and with blood pouring from her head, this British holidaymaker had a miraculous escape after being attacked by supposedly tame cheetahs.Violet D’Mello was visiting a wildlife park with her husband Archie during a trip to South Africa for her 60th birthday. But their day out went horrifically wrong when two cheetahs turned on her, knocking her to the ground and biting her legs and head in a horrifying attack. And her husband? He carried on taking photographs, saying he did not quite realize what was happening. The attack took place at a wildlife park where tourists can pay to pet cheetah brothers Mark and Monty, both hand-reared and said to be tame. ‘It started scratching me really badly and then I could feel the other one come up too and one of them got my neck in its mouth. ‘I was just screaming and trying to get my hands up around my neck to protect myself, but I was being bitten all over my legs and down my side near my kidneys. ‘People all around were screaming, and I had no idea how I would escape. Something inside me just said, “Don’t move. Don’t move at all. Don’t react, just play dead”. ‘Eventually someone came and chased them off me and my husband picked me up off the floor.’ The housewife, from Aberdeen, was bleeding heavily from cuts to her legs, head and stomach, and needed stitches in hospital. Photos: The victim’s husband, Archibald D’Mello/AP


20) A 14.5 foot male estuarine (saltwater) crocodile is retrieved from a crocodile trap at Daly River Community some 139 miles south of Darwin, Australia. Photo: Northern Territory Parks And Wildlife via AFP - Getty Images


21) A keeper walks camel Laila with a broken leg at a horse clinic in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 4, 2012. Laila broke her leg on a meadow of the breeding farm of her owner two weeks ago and had to undergo two hours of medical surgery. The animal now has to learn to walk as it will wear the plaster for six weeks. (AP Photo/dapd, Paul Zinken)


22) Carina Stadler, right, holds an alpaca as her father Erwin cuts away its wool coat at Alpaca-Land farm, in Goeming in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Sunday April, 29, 2012. The annual shearing is done in the spring to make the animals more comfortable for the summer months. This will give them plenty of time to grow a thick new coat before winter. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


23) In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a Pacific brant family is shown on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Virtually the entire 150,000 population of Pacific brant stops at Izembek. So do 70 percent of migrating Steller’s eiders, an endangered species that eats tiny invertebrates, clams, shrimp, and copepods clinging to eelgrass leaves. So it’s also no surprise that environmentalists are fighting a proposal by an Aleut village to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge for land access to an all-weather airport. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)


24) A bee works on collecting nectar from a fruit tree in West Bath, Maine on Monday, April 30, 2012. A state bee expert says conditions are perfect for another honeybee die-off, after a mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when an explosion in the mite populations killed off many colonies. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)


25) Animal Control Officer Dave Medici helps "Stripes" the cat from a street light pole on Philo St. where it took refuge from a chasing dog Monday, April 30, 2012, in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Michael J. Mullen


26) A Langford motorcycle dealer is helping to return a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to its owner in Japan after it was washed out to sea by last year's tsunami and ended up on B.C.'s northwest coast. 
With the subsequent news that the owner had been found, the bike is to be taken to the dealer's shop and packed for shipping to Japan in its rusted state. Harley-Davidson has offered to restore the bike at one of its Japanese facilities so the owner can see the motorcycle before and after. Photo: Peter Mark / The Canadian Press via APA


27) A passenger looks out of an Airbus A330-300 aircraft of Taiwan's Eva Airlines, decorated with Hello Kitty motifs, in Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, April 30, 2012. Taiwan's second-largest carrier, Eva Airlines, and Japan's comic company, Sanrio, which owns the Hello Kitty brand, collaborated on the second generation Hello Kitty-themed aircraft. There are currently three Hello Kitty-themed Airbus A330-300 aircrafts flying between cities such as Taipei, Fukuoka, Narita, Sapporo, Incheon, Hong Kong and Guam. A passenger stands next to Eva Airlines' self check-in counters, which are decorated with Hello Kitty motifs, in Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, April 30, 2012. Photos: Pichi Chuang / Reuters


28) From left, Amanda Lear, from Ruby, S.C., Amada Griffo, Wapakoneta, Ohio and Sara Coucher, Frederickstown, Ohio chat in the paddocks before the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


29) Tamara Sorrell, from Austin, Texas, can create her own elbow room with this wide hat. Photo: Mark Humphrey - AP Images


30)
This fan might be a bit confused. Flamingos are most associated with Hialeah Park in Florida, not with Churchill Downs. Photo: Mark Zerof - US Presswire


31) A horse owner named Cecil Peacock had a horse named Brother Derek who finished fourth in the 2006 Kentucky Derby. In honor of him, we're naming this hat Cecil. Photo: Frank Victores - US Presswire


32)
Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another to victory in the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5. Photo: AP, David J. Phillip


33) President Barack Obama laughs as head coach John Calipari, left, speaks during a ceremony welcoming the University of Kentucky men’s college basketball team in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 4, 2012, in Washington. The team won the 2012 NCAA championship last month. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


34) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver, left, cries as he hugs his father Dave as his mother Gail, right, and his wife Kristin, left, look on after pitching a a no-hitter in their baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 9-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


35) Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands participates in a toilet-bowl-throwing contest in Rhenen on April 30, 2012. The royal family celebrates the annual Queen's Day on April 30. Photo: Koen Van Weel / Pool via Reuters


36) Maria Menounos bagged the first perfect score this season on Dancing with the Stars Monday night. A devilish Menounos sported fangs and a spectacularly sexy red lace dress. Photos: ABC


37) Aspiring dancers audition at Radio City Music Hall for a chance to become a world-famous Radio City Rockette in the upcoming 2012 production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year will mark it's 85th season and the show will run from November 9 - December 30. 2012. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images


38) Sun Fengqin (R), 60, participates in a pole-dancing class in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on April 27. In China, where older women are expected to lead a quiet life tending to their grandchildren, retired grandmother Sun Fengqin's hobby is unusual - she pole dances. Swings, spins and sultry moves are all in the repertoire of the long-haired 60-year-old, who took on pole dancing in admiration of what she saw as a sexy sport despite its image in China as something associated with strip clubs. Pole dancing has over the last few years evolved into a popular pastime and a way of staying in shape, with devotees promoting it as a legitimate form of dance and acrobatics.  Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters


39) Joey, from Hong Kong, a fan of the US singer Lady Gaga, takes part in the 'Are U the DIVA' contest ahead of Lady Gaga's show in Hong Kong, China, on May 2. Lady Gaga is in Hong Kong for a series of four sold out shows at the AsiaWorld Arena. The singer's four tour dates in Hong Kong mark her second stop after kicking off in Seoul, Korea, on a 33 city world tour dubbed the 'Born This Way Ball' tour. Photo: Jerome Favre / EPA


40) A man displays his tattoo, depicting Hindu elephant headed god Ganesha during the second International Tattoo Convention in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Tatoo artists from 15 different countries are participating in the three-day event which concludes Sunday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)


41) President Barack Obama presents a birthday cake to Bloomberg White House reporter Julianna Goldman as she blows out the candle aboard Air Force One during the flight to Washington from Afghanistan May 2, 2012. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters


42) Chilean people pose on the work of British artist Julian Beever, specialized in pavement drawings, wall murals and realistic paintings, on May 3 in Santiago. Beever produced a painting with colour chalks showing a fortune wheel, during the Creative Days activities in Chile. Photo: Martin Bernetti / AFP - Getty Images


43) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Mike De Sisti has the full attention of a captivated audience at the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA) event at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Wednesday. The annual program, hosts hundreds of aspiring high school journalists who participate in over 50 sessions and panels led by professionals in the journalism field. De Sisti's session was on how newspapers are using mobile technology to quickly post content to their organization's website. Photo: Taylor Schmidt

Eric Hovde disappointing

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It's disappointing to see Washington, DC hedge fund manager Eric Hovde launch an extremely dishonest and desperate attack against Tommy today.  We didn't expect this level of dishonesty at the very moment Republicans are rallying together on behalf of Governor Scott Walker and our embattled GOP state senators.
 
Perhaps Eric Hovde is using this attack to hide the fact that he was a donor to Democrat Jim Doyle, who used Hovde's money to smear and defeat our Republican nominee Mark Green.
 
As a donor to Jim Doyle, who really knows what Hovde stands for?
 
Or maybe Hovde is feeling the heat for siding with Tammy Baldwin when he called for higher taxes on job creators during a recession like the Buffett Rule.
 
"And then you look over on the tax side. Look, I have no problem with me getting charged higher taxes. I've been blessed in my life."  -Eric Hovde (CNBC March 12, 2009)

Or maybe Hovde is on the attack because he's been living in Washington, DC for the last 25 years.   Back home in Wisconsin, people know that Tommy cut taxes 91 times - eliminated the inheritance tax, abolished the gift tax, cut income taxes three times and delivered the biggest property tax in state history.  Tommy's aggressive tax cuts and reforms jumpstarted Wisconsin's economy and helped create 740,000 new jobs...putting families back to work and letting them keep more their hard-earned money.
 
But there are two things we do know about Eric Hovde; his campaign rhetoric doesn't match what he's been doing the last 25 years as a Washington, DC insider.  And we now know that Hovde intends to run a dishonest campaign.
 
Keep up the fight...and remember to keep making calls and knocking on doors for Governor Walker.
 
Sincerely,
 
Darrin Schmitz
 
 
 
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Culinary no-no #276

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!



Driving on South 76th Street near Southridge just before 1:00 this afternoon, I looked as I always do at the world-renowned restaurant. 





And I had the same gut reaction I always have whenever I pass by.

Why?

Why?

I’ll never forget the old McDonald’s that once sat there.



















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Mine Shaft - How politics foiled efforts to bring jobs to Northern Wisconsin


Please, please take the time to watch.

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy presents this mini documentary about attempts to open an iron mine in Northern Wisconsin and efforts to modernize the state's mine permitting process.

As you likely know, we've been providing coverage of this issue for many months. But this film includes exclusive footage never before seen. The filmmaker spent several days in Hurley, Wisconsin and conducted interviews with several generations of residents to get their take on what went wrong. The good people of Hurley did not hold back..

About the length of a local evening newscast, we believe you'll come away from watching this film with a better understanding of the proposed project and the plight of the people of Northern Wisconsin. The fine men and women of Hurley and the surrounding communities have a proud mining tradition and, as you will see, they did not take too kindly to the political games being played with thousands of jobs that this project would have generated.

Watch it. Pass it on. And, finally, let us know what you think. 



The latest pro-life news (05/07/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Teachers Unions Bullying our Children


 


We are excited to report that the State Government Leadership Foundation has launched a comprehensive ad campaign both online and on TV in 6 states, taking on the powerful teachers unions that use big money and bully tactics to protect their own interests rather than those of America’s students.

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UPDATE: Unfortunately some in Franklin are hot to trot for this wasteful spending

 

Previously on This Just In…

The update: Charlie Sykes talked about it on his program this morning on WTMJ. 

The segment begins at about 17:40 into the podcast.


Another Gov't Subsidized Green Energy Bust


You can help Scott Walker! Do it NOW!

 

Dear Conservative,

As the duly elected Governor of Wisconsin I have been steadfast in my beliefs that limited government and fiscal responsibility should be the cornerstone of putting my state back on the road to prosperity.

I am facing a recall by the big-government public employee unions and their minions who are threatened by the voters actually being in charge of where their tax dollars are being spent.

In November of 2010, the majority of Wisconsin voters resoundingly said enough-is-enough to the status quo and put me in charge of a state that had been beholden to big government special interests with a tax-and-spend mentality that created a $3.6 billion deficit.

In less than a year we were able to eliminate this deficit and provide the freedom of choice for public employees. Our reforms are allowing them to decide if they would like to spend more than a thousand dollars a year in union dues or keep their money. We put a stop to the unions’ railroading of the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.

What we need now is your help in telling the unions we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal at the reins of power in Wisconsin. You can do this by contributing $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford by clicking here.

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So what happened Tuesday?


What happened shouldn't have happened.

Franklin turns out big for Scott Walker


*THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO THE LIBERAL TAX AND SPEND MEMBERS OF FRANKLIN’S COMMON COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD WHO ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE FRANKLIN ELECTORATE*


These are preliminary Franklin results from Tuesday’s primary election:


Governor


Republican

Scott Walker  5,187  (98.95%)

Arthur Kohl-Riggs 53 (1.01%)



Democratic

Kathleen Falk  910 (27.10%)

Tom Barrett   2,323 (69.18 %)

And this gets you votes...


How?

Take one word away from Obama speeches...BAM!


 

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The two sides of Steve Taylor's mouth


The Franklin Common Council on Saturday approved spending $500,000 on traffic lighting, which is expected to clear the way for a new I-94 interchange at Drexel Ave. in Oak Creek.

Council President Ald. Steve Taylor said he voted no because he saw it as spending money in another city and he felt the state should have paid.
FranklinNOW, May 1, 2010


“The Drexel Interchange will be a key component for increasing economic development in both Oak Creek and Franklin,” Supervisor Taylor said. “The future of Milwaukee County’s economy is in the southern suburbs, and this new interchange will help us attract jobs, reduce our tax burden and provide essential services that our residents expect.”
From a May 7, 2012 Steve Taylor news release


"It's going to give additional access to Oak Creek and increase economic development," said Taylor, adding that Franklin, to the west, also will benefit.
FranklinNOW, May 8, 2012

Did Franklin High make the list...


Of the best high schools in America?

Umm...no.

Gee. Maybe if we built a new auditorium, swimming pool, and some tennis courts...


 

A crocheted uterus, or...


What does a Democrat Unity rally look like?

Website Reveals Recallers Owe $17 Million in Back Taxes

MacIver Institute


MacIver News Service | May 10, 2012

[Madison, Wisc...] After refining the dataset created by Verify the Recall, a Wisconsin man began running it against other public records and discovered 571 tax delinquents signed Recall petitions.

His findings? The total in back taxes owed by petitioners is more than $17 million. The list of individuals can be found through the website, www.putwisconsinfirst.com

The creator of the site told the MacIver News Service, his databases should be considered to be tools and not definitive source documents. The source documents are from the State of Wisconsin and the Verify the Recall effort and can be found through links on the site, all he's done is connected the names and addresses together.

That being said, the site's creator said he had to throw a lot of names out, to be sure his tables are as accurate as possible. Misspelled and nicknames signed on the petitions were removed. That means the actual number of tax delinquents could be three times higher than the 571 listed.

Before Put Wisconsin First began releasing its databases, petition signers initially tried to convince the Government Accountability Board not to release copies of the recall petitions to the public at all. Signers then criticized Put Wisconsin First and Verify the Recall for creating searchable databases of the petitioners' names. Now that Put Wisconsin First is running their names against other public records, they really aren't happy. The site has received plenty of hate mail.

"They had every right to do this (sign the petitions), and I have every right to match them up. They have every right to not like it, and I have every right not to care," the site's creator said.

Put Wisconsin First's database was assembled using refined data from Verify the Recall's effort.

"I took that database and ran every address through the GAB's web site here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx What this does is return a corrected address and a ZIP+4 for all addresses the GAB thinks are 'good'," he explained.

Using VTR's datasets, Put Wisconsin First actually beat them in getting a searchable database up by a couple of days. That was possible because VTR had posted the unsearchable datasets to its website after they had initially uploaded a searchable database.

Put Wisconsin First's creator noticed although the names and addresses still needed to be cleaned up after VTR's first pass, the zip codes, which were simpler to enter, seemed to be usable. From that he was able to create a stopgap searchable database, hoping to buy VTR more time.

Once VTR made multiple additional passes to clean up data entry mistakes on names and addresses, Put Wisconsin First was able to create a more extensive and accurate database of its own.

The site's creator plans to continue running the petitioners against other public records, and releasing his findings. He has chosen to remain anonymous so angry petitioners cannot launch red herring attacks against him, and are forced to focus on his site. So far they've only been able to send him angry emails demanding he stop running his analyses.

"Why do I want everyone to know everything about every recaller? I guess, why wouldn't we want to know who they are, what businesses they run, what things they did in their past," he said. "I didn't make the rules The rules are, we get to see who demanded to stand against Walker, they demanded to be heard. They asked to have their names public. I didn't force anyone to sign a public document!"

Help Support Governor Scott Walker!

CainConnections.com

Dear Patriot,

After seeing establishment poster child Dick Lugar lose to conservative Richard Mourdock in Indiana's Senate primary this week, we've seen a rejuvenation of Tea Party momentum all across the country. And there's one race this primary season that will be a bellwether for conservatives in November: the June 5 Wisconsin recall election.

Gov. Scott Walker was saddled with a failing system, soaring deficits, and chronic overspending. Instead of passing blame or whining about his misfortune, he decided to buckle down and make the difficult choices necessary to improve the state of Wisconsin. By curbing the power of corrupt public employee unions, Gov. Walker gave state and local governments in Wisconsin the ability to address their budget crises and restore fiscal sanity to government.

And this is why he's facing a recall. The union thugs who benefited from the broken system have been put in their place. They no longer have the power they once did, and their ability to use taxpayer dollars as personal slush funds has been curbed. And they are angry!

This recall election in Wisconsin is going to set the tone for the November elections. If the corrupt unions are able to throw Walker out of office, they will be empowered to use their dirty tricks across the country to ensure that Barack Obama is re-elected and Harry Reid stays in power. We simply can't let this happen! 

Our team will be on the ground, running ads, and turning out the vote in Wisconsin, and we can only do it because patriots from across the country have united to make contributions of $25, $50, $100, or whatever they can afford. Please join the Army of Davids taking on the Goliath of union corruption by 
making a contribution today!

The recall election is only about a month away! In order get the ads produced and be there to defend Governor Scott Walker, we need to raise $10,000 in the next 24 hours. We've set an important timeline that includes having the ads produced by Saturday, and we can't afford to fall behind schedule! Please make a contribution today so that we have the resources to keep this thing moving. We are running out of time!

Donate Now


Paid for by Cain Connections
 
 

Support Governor Walker at Convention this weekend

TOMMY-SENATOR
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Thank you!  The voter turnout for Governor Scott Walker last Tuesday was truly remarkable thanks in large part to your hard work. Can you imagine how defeated Democrats must feel after Governor Walker nearly out-polled all four Democrat candidates combined? Simply amazing.

But we cannot take our eyes off the ball for one second.  

We must use this weekend's convention to send Governor Walker off to victory on June 5. Above and beyond anything else - the challenge at-hand of returning Scott Walker to the governor's office should be the focus of this weekend's state convention.

So, while some folks are trying to make this convention about them by spinning phony poll numbers or "astro-turfing" the state convention as one candidate explained it - we must all remain focused on Scott Walker's campaign.

It's a fight we must win. The liberal activists who have forced this absurd recall are hoping to undo the positive changes like a balanced budget, job creation incentives and shared public employee benefit costs made by Governor Walker and Republicans.

Wisconsin knows better.  Together, we'll reelect Governor Walker and then get to work on Washington DC.  We will send Harry Reid to a seat in the back of the chamber when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate with a victory right here in Wisconsin.

I am running for US Senate because our country is heading in the wrong direction, and my Restore America Plan is needed to get our country back on track.  We need someone who can win in Wisconsin and I've done that five times.

My conservative reforms became models for the nation and governors all across the country. I'm the best prepared to reform our entitlement programs, repeal and replace Obamacare, balance the budget and create new jobs.

Reform is never easy, but it is always worth fighting for. My Qualified Economic Offer - QEO as it was then called - was a precursor to the reforms implemented by Governor Walker...taking runaway public employee compensation head-on by installing limits on both salary and benefit increases.  

My friend, there are challenges ahead but we can work together to make sure we are victorious at every turn.  We've done it before and together we can do it again.

Yet when we gather together this coming weekend for the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention, I'm asking you to do two things: please remain focused on helping our friend Governor Walker; and, please stop by my hospitality suite on Friday night to discuss with me how we can work together to bring America back.

See you this weekend,
Tommy Thompson
Tommy G. Thompson

P.S.-I know I don't need to remind you to vote on June 5th, but I encourage you to reach out to your family, friends and neighbors to make sure we keep Wisconsin moving in the right direction with Governor Scott Walker.
 
 
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Senseless Recall

 

Dear Friend,
 
This is it. The Wisconsin Recall election is less than four weeks away.
 
The liberal special interests and Washington insiders have sworn to spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat me. I need your help right now to beat back this senseless Recall.
Will you stand with me today?
 
For more than a generation in Wisconsin, the power of special interests and the liberal elite have gone largely unchecked. My Administration finally stood up to them, and we changed the way we do things in government in Wisconsin.

That’s why my opponents are so desperate to defeat me in this Recall. They want to roll back the clock and take us back to the days of skyrocketing taxes, bloated budgets, and unchecked and unaccountable spending. We cannot let that happen.
 
The moment I became Governor, I set about the work that the people of Wisconsin sent me to do. We eliminated the deficit left by my Democrat predecessor. We gave the freedom of choice to public employees. Our reforms have allowed public employees to decide if they would like to spend (in some cases more than a thousand dollars a year in dues) or keep their hard earned money. We finally put the control of state government back where it belongs, in the hands of the people.
 
I kept my promises to the voters here in Wisconsin. I didn’t raise taxes. We have not had massive lay offs of state workers. Our reforms have balanced the budget and lowered the unemployment rate to a level unseen since 2008.
 
Now I need you to help me tell the out-of-state special interests that we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal in charge here in Wisconsin.
 
This Recall is not just about Wisconsin, it is about the cause of reform across this country. It is about deciding what kind of country we are going to be for generations to come. We must send a message that we can and will live within our means. We must not hand power back to a small group of special interests and let them run state governments into the ground across this great nation.
 
When we defeat this baseless Recall, it will send a powerful statement across our country about the kind of government we want to have and the bold reforms that will get us there.
 
We have less than a month to go. I need your help--not tomorrow, not next week, but right now.
 
Today, I ask you to stand with me so I can continue to stand up for hard working taxpayers.
Together, we can defeat this Recall and make history - in Wisconsin and across the country.

Sincerely,


Scott Walker
Governor

 
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Important Franklin meeting about Meijer scheduled


Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is planning a 191,000-square-foot store in Franklin.


Franklin
alderman Steve Olson supplies the following information about an important upcoming meeting:

Meijer stores will be holding a public information meeting next THURSDAY evening in the Community room at Franklin City Hall to present their plans for a proposed grocery/department store at the corner of Hwy. 100 and Loomis road.  We commonly refer to the area as the Crossroads.

 

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It's Mother's Day weekend on This Just In...


Coming up, all our regular weekend features.

Shortly, our Friday night music feature. You’ll really want to sink your teeth into this week’s segment.

Saturday morning, Best Cartoons of the Week, The Barking Lot, and great stuff (trust me) in Week-ends.

Also, Saturday night, watch for Recommended Reading that we normally post on Sunday morning.

Sunday, it’s Photos of the Week and a special Sunday brunch edition of Culinary no-no.

Thanks for checking in and love to all Moms!

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that bites!


Shadows of the night...
Falling silently
Echo of the past...
Calling you to me
Haunting memory...
Veiled in misty glow
Phantom melody...
Playing soft and low



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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight, something very different.

It opened in theaters all across America today...





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Best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

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The Barking Lot (05/12/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Morning showers. Clearing after 9:00. High of 60. "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 65. "B"


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


After a long, hard day you are driving home.  All you can think about is getting in to some comfy clothes, having a nice dinner, and perhaps an adult beverage.  You would like to talk to your spouse about something fun (weekend plans, future vacation, great weather forecast, whatever) play with your kids, and take the dog for a walk.

 

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Week-ends (05/12/12)

Week-ends


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...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Jeremy Cooney...and his son


Claire Lomas


Lilly


Jessica Brown


Fred Ricciutti


Mila Kunis


Moms



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Burglars in Augusta, GA


Minnesota couple


Once again, the TSA


Jamie Grumet


Sam Morris



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


"If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if i can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters."
Cher, who later apologized.


“When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf . . . .”

President Obama


"The only person I know who is better off today than he was four years ago is President Obama. He's making more money, living in a bigger house and playing more golf. And when his wife goes on a shopping spree with her girlfriends, it's to Spain on the taxpayer's dime."
Michael Reagan


“Our reforms have helped lower property taxes on median-priced homes for the first time in 12 years,” he said. “Our reforms have created 15,000 new jobs in the first three months of this year and we’re just getting started putting people back to work. Small business owners’ biggest concern is that things will go backwards on June 5. It’s not about moving backward, but giving young people a chance to move forward. Do we go back to losing 150,000 private sector jobs like we did under Jim Doyle, or do we build on the 15, 000 new jobs and move forward? Do we want to go back to 28 percent unemployment like the City of Milwaukee? Or do we want to go forward with the lowest state unemployment rate since 2008?”
WI Governor Scott Walker after winning the Republican primary Tuesday.


"Do we want a governor who has divided this state like it has never been divided before? Do we want a governor who has caused this state to lose more jobs than any other state in this country? This race is not about the past. It is not about the past. It is about the future of Wisconsin."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after winning the Democrat primary for Governor Tuesday.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The TIME magazine cover.


And here's how PP celebrates Mother's Day.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The people who signed the recalls are deadbeats.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Obama supports gay marriage. He has "evolved" on the issue. Isn't he courageous!



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Recall road rage.


OUCH is right!


They've cancelled WHAT?


Why did the man stab his computer?


The latest victims of stress.


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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:

 

Mother of the Year 2012



 

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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:



FINAL JEOPARDY
!



Are you ready?




Well then, let’s play!




Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




HUMAN BEHAVIOR



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.




Ready.




Here’s your clue.




ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 11:00.





Good luck.












Alright players, time's up.




Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:




HUMAN BEHAVIOR




The Final Jeopardy answer was:




ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 11:00.




The correct question is:





What is the time a woman is most likely to want to have sex?

Guys, in bed before the 10:00 news is over and you might be out of luck.

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Recommended Reading (05/12/12)

Recommended Reading


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


Gov. Walker and the danger of the recall movement


“I'm a lifelong Democrat and a career educator. So I'm predictably appalled by Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has cut spending for schools and stripped teachers — and most of the state's public workers — of collective bargaining rights.

But I'm also appalled by the recall campaign against Walker by Wisconsin Democrats.”


Scott Walker is no more anti-union than FDR

"Those trying to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election are portraying him as a wild-eyed, Koch-brothers-controlled, right-wing ideologue hell-bent on destroying unions. In reality, Walker is more like a panicked accountant trying to fix the Badger State’s out-of-whack books. He’s no more anti-union and right-wing than the libs’ beloved FDR—and that’s his real problem."


Question for Scott Walker recall fans

"How much higher should taxes be in Wisconsin?"


Carville: Wake up Democrats; you could lose

“Democratic fundraisers, activists, supporters, and even politicians alike have somehow collectively lapsed into the sentiment that the president is going to be reelected and that we have a good shot to take the House back while holding the Senate.

I ask: What are you smoking? What are you drinking? What are you snorting or just what in the hell are you thinking?”


Taxing jobs out of existence

"Bill Hewlett and David Packard, tinkering in a California garage, began what became Hewlett-Packard. Steve Jobs and a friend built a computer in the California garage that became Apple's birthplace. Bill Cook had no garage, so he launched Cook Medical in a spare bedroom in an apartment in this university town. Half a century ago, in flight from Chicago's winters, he settled here and began making cardiovascular catheters and other medical instruments. One thing led to another, as things have a way of doing when the government stays out of the way, and although Cook died last year, Cook Medical, with its subsidiaries, is the world's largest family-owned medical devices company.

In 2010, however..."


Are Dads the New Moms?

"Even a casual observer of American family life knows that dads now drive kids to more doctors' appointments, preside over more homework assignments and chaperone more playdates. Research confirms the rise of co-parenting. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report found that 32% of fathers with working wives routinely care for their children under age 15, up from 26% in 2002."


Happy Mother's Day...if you're not locked up

I know it seems odd — and sad — to think about women in prison during the time our nation pauses to honor the matriarchs of our families. But, I think it is important to realize there is an entire generation of children (maybe two generations) that is faced this Mother's Day with the sad fact that Mom is not around.”


Gay marriage will make Mother's Day quite perplexing

"...you, the gay person, have to help me out a little bit. If girls are so icky and men are so mondo-jovial, why do you and a lot of your reps take on feminine mannerisms and dress? I would think that if you were going to be gay you would at least be a man about it."


May Madness and Mothers Gone Mad

"All these frantic year-end activities make me thankful for my mother, who drove me to ballet, band and choir. As mothers do, she still worries about me, asking me to call and check in when I travel, occasionally driving me crazy with reminders and recommendations.

The children's activities seem to multiply as the number of days until the end of school diminish. It's a frantic whirlwind of activity. This past week, several friends have commented that May is even busier than December. It's all a mother can do to hang on and hope that the month ends well. (Was I supposed to take the four dozen cookies in yesterday, today or tomorrow?)"


Moms need to save boys from football

"Mothers, your babies are being systemically funneled toward football, where their heads are being bashed over and over and over. If they’re really lucky, and they reach the dream of the NFL, then there’s a fair chance that by 50, they can end up mangled, limping, confused. Or dead."


Mother's Day packs pews

"Hold the chocolate and flowers. What mom may really want for Mother's Day is for the whole gang to go to church."


Understanding a Mother
(A goodie from 2009)

Only mothers and dogs love you unconditionally. The umbilical cord is not cut at the hospital, regardless of what doctors and medical books say. It can stretch as far as it needs to, even around the world without breaking.

A mother always knows where her children are and what they are up to.  Some people think they are psychic. Others think they have eyes in the back of their head. They also have super hearing and can hear a naughty word from fifty yards away.”


AND FINALLY,

Is Government Mom Enough?

Celebrating the wonderful joy of motherhood


God bless you, Mom


Today, after Sunday Mass, our family will visit the crypt of my late mother, Audrey. Our lovely daughter, Kyla, has been blessed with Audrey as her middle name.

At the cemetery, we’ll be touched by the cards taped to crypts, the flowers left in vases, and the folks using ladders to get to out of reach spots in order to place memorials.

For those of you blessed to have your mothers, express your love today and everyday. 

For a Mother who has died

Dear Lord, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that my mother is with you and that she is enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how she faithfully endured the struggles that she faced. You know the graces you gave her and you know the grace she was for me and for so many. For all the ways she truly loved the way you loved her, please reward her, Lord. May she enjoy the communion of all her family and friends who are with you.

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Mother's Day - 2012 style

Mother's Day Appreciation © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Tiger Mom, Tanning, Child, Children, Mom, Mother, Mothers Day, May, Breast Feeding



Clean Underwear Bomber © Rick McKee,The Augusta Chronicle,Mothers Day, underwear, suicide, bomber, terrorist, radical Islam


 

The Left and Mom © Eric Allie,Caglecartoons.com,liberals,progressives,democrats,mom,women, fake war on women, Obama campaign

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Photos of the Week (05/13/12)

Photos of the Week


1) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
speaks to the media Friday before attending the WI Republican Party convention in Green Bay. Photo: Jim Mathews/Gannett Wisconsin Media.


2) Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, gestures as he speaks to supporters at Oklahoma state Republican Party Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Romney repeated his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


3) Boston.com reports, “Time magazine's latest cover photo has created quite a buzz: A super-trim, blonde 26-year-old mother standing in skinny jeans and a tank top, hand on hip, chest thrust out with an exposed breast -- affixed to which is the mouth of her 3-year-old son, who’s standing on a stool to reach it. The magazine is marking the 20-year anniversary of ‘attachment parenting’, a phrase coined by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife Martha in The Baby Book, a best-seller that came out in 1992. Attachment parenting advocates for keeping your baby as close to your body as possible -- at pretty much all times. Parents are supposed to wear their babies in slings, instead of pushing them in strollers. Mothers breastfeed their toddlers, some through nursery school. And parents co-sleep with their kids in the same room, with babies in attached bassinets and older kids in the bed.”


4) U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Carrie Stewart hugs her daughter Tiara Sanders, 14, after surprising the Bolton High School freshman in class on Friday in Bolton, Tenn.. Stewart just finished a 10 month deployment in Kuwait and was not scheduled to return to the U.S. for three more weeks. Photo: Brandon Dill / The Commercial Appeal via AP


5) Cori Walters, 32, right, hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6, at the California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, Calif., May 5. An annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty percent of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles from their children. Levell Jones, 7, looks out of the bus window as he leaves his mother. Photos: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters


6) Transvestites pose for a picture with heart shaped balloons outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Argentina's Congress is set to approve on Wednesday the Gender Identity Law, which allows citizens to change their gender in public records, including birth certificates and national identity cards. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)


7) A Chinese woman leapt to her death on Thursday in apparent despair over the demolition of her home. Li Jie'e's house in Guangzhou had been knocked down on March 21, according to local media reports cited by Reuters. Xian, center, the husband of Li Jie'e, accompanied by his son Xiyong, right, pushes his wife's body on a transport stretcher as another relative, left, burns incense in Yangji village on May 10, 2012. Photo: Reuters


8) Pakistani Jaafar Sakhawat, 8, who works in a brick factory, takes a break sitting on a pile of damaged bricks, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


9) Fenerbahce soccer fans clash with riot police after their team's Turkish Super League, Super Final match against Galatasaray at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, May 12. Galatasaray won the Turkish league title for the 18th time after a 0-0 draw at arch-rivals Fenerbahce. Photo: Umit Bektas / Reuters


10) Luisa Seau, third from left, mother of former football player Junior Seau who committed suicide last week, is held by her grandson as she reaches for the casket of her deceased son as it is lowered into the ground at his burial on Friday in Oceanside, Calif. Junior's three other children, right, look on. Photo: Lenny Ignelzi / AP


11) Actress Ino Menegaki, in the role of the High Priestess, lights the torch of the Olympic Flame in front of Hera Temple in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on May 10, 2012. The flame will make a 1,800-mile journey through Greece using 490 torchbearers. Photo: Orestis Panagiotou / EPA


12) H&M  issued an apology last week after coming under fire from the Swedish Cancer Society for a series of ads featuring Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana in bright swimsuits and a very, very dark tan. The group blasted H&M for what it characterized as creating a "deadly" standard of beauty that unduly influenced young people to tan. The ad shows the olive-skinned Isabeli Fontana deeply bronzed. Photo: H&M


13) An Indian woman rag picker searches for material as a group of Greater Adjutant Stork is seen in the background at a rubbish dump near Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, on May 10. Photo: EPA


14) A trainer uses an iPad as she works with an orangutan at Jungle Island in Miami. The devices are too fragile to actually hand over to the apes - the trainers must hold them. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP


15) This photo provided by the New England Aquarium in Boston shows a rare calico lobster that could be a 1-in-30 million, according to experts. It was caught off Winterport, Maine, and was discovered by Jasper White’s Summer Shack and is being held at the New England Aquarium for the Biomes Marine Biology Center, a science center in Rhode Island. Photo: Tony Lacasse / New England Aquarium via AP


16) Cat 'Luca' sleeps in his basket as a waitress serves food to customers in Vienna's first cat cafe May 7. After three years of negotiations with city officials over hygiene issues, Austria opened its first cat cafe last Friday. 'Cafe Neko', "Neko" meaning cat in Japanese, was opened by Vienna resident Takako Ishimitsu, 47, from Japan. Customers can stroke and interact with their five feline hosts, named Sonja, Thomas, Moritz, Luca and Momo, who all came from an animal shelter and now freely roam about the cafe and take naps. Photo: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters


17) Ella Metzger, 2, frowns as a butterfly lands on her, Monday, May 7, 2012, during the annual Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati. The exhibit features 16,000 butterflies from all over the world flying freely in a showroom at the conservatory. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


18) Claire Lomas, who is paralyzed and walks with the aid of a "bionic" suit, finishes the London Marathon on May 8, 16 days after the event began. The former chiropractor was in tears as she became the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit. Photo: Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images


19) Members of the Nassau County Police pull a Jet Blue A320 plane 100 feet during the third annual Jet Blue Airbus A320 Plane Tug at JFK Airport on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Members of the London's Metropolitan Police Services went head-to-head with local law enforcement and airport crewmembers to see which team of up to 16 people could pull a 150,000 pound Jet Blue A320 aircraft 100 feet in the fastest time. A team of TSA employees had the fastest time of 32 seconds. The "Brits VS Yanks" competition raises money and awareness for the Joining Against Cancer Kids (JACK) Foundation, a UK based organization that raise money for Neuroblastoma cancer research. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


20)  Edwin Maysonet of the Milwaukee Brewers follows through on his swing which produced a grand slam during the sixth inning Saturday against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Milwaukee won, 8-2. Photo: AP


21)
Minnesota Vikings fan Erin Darsow, right, of Burnsville, Minn., attends a rally at the state Capitol in support of a new stadium for the NFL football team, Monday, May 7, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. Supporters of a new Vikings stadium pleaded for votes in the Minnesota House on Monday, calling it their "one chance" to preserve the team's future in the state. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)


22) Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton watches his two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Texas won 10-3. Hamilton had four home runs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


23) Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, chats with his son LeBron James Jr. after having accepted the NBA MVP trophy, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Miami. Calling the honor "overwhelming" but pointing to a "bigger goal," James on Saturday became the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


24) Johan Jonker from South Africa plays a joke with his game partners by pretending to retrieve the ball from the hole using his amputated arm during the South African Disabled Golf Open in Langebaan, South Africa on Monday. The South African Disabled Golf Open is one of the top disabled golf tournaments in the world with more than 60 competitors competing over the 3 day event. People suffering from any number of physical disabilities including arm and leg amputees, hemiplegics, paraplegics, stroke victims, blind and deaf people that are able to grip the club with at least one hand and hit the ball can compete. Photo: Nic Bothma / EPA


25) “Startrails Over Dolomites” by German astrophotographer Christoph Otawa is the second-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category in the  2012 "Earth & Sky" contest, presented by The World at Night.  Photo: Christoph Otawa


26) US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialist Robin Martin inspects roses imported from Ecuador for Mother's Day for pests and diseases on May 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. On a typical day, the CBP seizes about 4,436 prohibited plant, meat and animal byproducts and finds 570 agricultural pests from abroad that could harm US agriculture. Photo: David Mcnew / Getty Images


27) American pop singer Lady Gaga leaves a hotel in Hong Kong Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Gaga, on her Asian tour, wrapped up concerts in Hong Kong Monday and will leave for Japan. (AP Photo)


28) Japanese fans wait for the arrival of actor Johnny Depp and Director Tim Burton at the premiere of "Dark Shadows" in Tokyo, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Dark Shadows will be released in Japan, May 19. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)


29) A zombie chases a runner on the "Run for Your Lives" 5K obstacle course race in Amesbury, Mass. on May 5. Photo: Brian Snyder / Reuters


30) South Africa's artist Steven Cohen marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 12, 2012. International Day Against Homophobia is celebrated globally on May 17 commemorating the World Health Organization's declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)





Thompson congratulates Fitzgerald

TOMMY-SENATOR
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It was wonderful to spend the weekend in Green Bay amongst our fellow Republicans as we focused our efforts on Governor Scott Walker and the critical importance of his re-election as well as our GOP state senators on June 5th.

While the convention failed to produce an endorsement, we extend our congratulations to Republican Assembly Speaker, Jeff Fitzgerald, for a strong showing.   The grassroots are certainly energized and committed to ensuring Governor Walker's agenda is carried out and fiscal responsibility is restored in Madison.

Tommy fired up the crowd in his usual manner...telling convention goers that Scott Walker's victory would create a ripple of Republican wins from Wisconsin all the way to Washington.

One of those Republican victories must include defeating Tammy Baldwin.  Just yesterday yet another poll was released confirming Tommy is the strongest candidate to face Baldwin of all the GOP US Senate candidates.

Tommy Thompson (R)
50%
Tammy Baldwin (D)
38%

In fact, the next closest Republican candidate is statistically tied with liberal Tammy Baldwin.  No other Republican candidate for the US Senate has shown the strength that Tommy Thompson brings to a general election campaign for the Republican Party.

This election is about securing a Republican victory in Wisconsin and retiring Harry Reid as Majority Leader - especially with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket and Tammy Baldwin's war chest of millions of dollars of liberal special interest money.

You'll be hearing more soon from Tommy with plans to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget and get America's economy on track.

Sincerely,

Ryan Burchfield
Campaign Manager

PS - Tommy wanted to extend a happy Mother's Day to the moms all across Wisconsin, who have the toughest job there is...despite what Democrats say. 
 
 
 
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Culinary no-no #277

Culinary no-no


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

This is a special Mother's Day Sunday brunch edition with a smorgasbord of items to dish out.


You think you've heard everything...


What were they thinking?


Light rail vs. a successful restaurant.


Market price.


Maybe you really don't want to know.


You often see this in the liquor department.


I'll admit I don't get it.


13 things your pizza guy won't tell you.


And finally,

Here's hoping Samantha Pecoraro gets her wish.




 

The latest pro-life news (05/14/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Report: Tom Barrett's Wife Used MPS Email To Lobby, Enlist Campaign Help

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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Barrett’s Wife Used MPS Email To Lobby, Enlist Campaign Help

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What is Tom Barrett's Plan for Wisconsin?

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Why won’t Tom Barrett tell us what his plans are for Wisconsin?

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The latest news from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm


MAY 2012

MAY 15: COMMON COUNCIL MEETING (Tuesday, City Hall, 6:30 PM)

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How can he be on Jeopardy, he doesn't know anything!


Watch Chris Matthews' reaction about 2:55 into this video a few years ago when Howard Fineman of Newsweek suggests Sarah Palin might be a pundit for FOX News.

 

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OUCH! Black Joblessness Skyrockets 150% with Barrett as Mayor


Maybe minority voters should forego the same-old same-old on June 5.

 

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African American Joblessness Skyrockets 150% with Barrett as Mayor

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Liberal-leaning GAB Deflects Criticism by Criticizing Volunteers


The current Government Accountability Board in Madison needs to go. It’s a joke.


That includes its head man, Kevin Kennedy, who has failed miserably at impartiality.

The Board is also arrogant. Here’s more, demonstrating their insults to the long, meticulous hours put in by dedicated work of devoted volunteers. How dare they!

PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION, ESPECIALLY TO THE FINAL FEW SECONDS OF THIS REPORT:






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Union Grove has NOTHING on Franklin


Huh?

Only in Wisconsin.

Today, residents in Union Grove, just one week after a recall and three weeks before another recall went to the polls AGAIN, this time to vote on a school referendum.

Media Trackers reports on the sleazy tactic:

School Sneaks Referendum Vote Between Recalls

By: Brian Sikma

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Word count, words count


Governor Walker’s release of job numbers showing job gains opposed to losses last year is causing quite a buzz. The coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel demonstrates what conservatives know very well about the paper’s approach to this election and this governor.

After the paper’s initial story, it published another with comment from Governor Walker. The headline read, "Walker: New job numbers a sign state economy turning around."

The article includes quotes from Governor Walker. Total words in Walker’s quotes: 91.

The same article quotes a spokesman for Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. Total words in the spokesman’s quotes: 118

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BOOKER!

Eric Holder Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Sheriff Joe Vows to Fight!


Dear Friends:

You've probably heard by now that the Obama Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against me.

This lawsuit is purely political and is a blatant and futile attempt to intimidate me from doing my job to enforce illegal immigration laws.

What this Administration really wants is to take over my office. I will tell you right now, that is never going to happen. I am the duly elected Sheriff of Maricopa County and I only answer to the people who elected me.

I'm happy they're taking me to court. Now we can finally get the facts on the table and have a real discussion about what their motives are.

This Department of Justice has worked hand-in-hand with the ultra-liberal ACLU, radical leftists and the open-borders crowd to weaken my chances for re-election this year.

I have been so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from my constituents and the great, law-abiding people of this country who have called me and offered their support.

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Garbage time in Franklin


The Franklin Common Council rarely dazzles. The Council, that is quickly becoming even more dysfunctional and disappointing than the Franklin School Board, rarely deserves an ATTA BOY because they don’t often get it right.

Do they impress? Grab you by the lapels leaving you proclaiming in amazement, WOW, look what they’ve done?

Sadly, no.

From my perspective, they more often than not leave you aggravated, frustrated, scratching your head.

Why must everything important they do have question marks attached?

That great bastion of quality journalism, FranklinNOW is reporting:

Departing from precedent, the Franklin Common Council voted Tuesday to open negotiations with John's Disposal Service on a new garbage and recycling collection contract covering as much as five years. In past years, the contract has gone out for open bid.

John's, of Whitewater, is the city's current contractor. It has submitted a proposal to continue to collect refuse under the present terms and conditions for the first year of a five-year contract beginning in 2013. Recycling would be collected in carts delivered by John's, and prices for recycling pickup would increase from $2.25 monthly to $2.55.

In the second through fifth years, collection prices would be negotiated by the city and the disposal service, but would be limited to a minimum increase of 2.5 percent, and a maximum increase of 4 percent.”

The sentiment amongst most of the aldermen was this: They’ve done a good job. Aw, hell, just give them a long –term deal.

Alderman, let’s see, what hat is he wearing now? Oh, yes, that’s right. Alderman Steve Taylor who never fails to disappoint argued in defense of abandoning the bidding process, “If we go out for bid, and they don't get it, then the phone calls come in.”

So, the reason he doesn’t want to go to a bidding process is he’s afraid to take the heat?

He wants two political positions but doesn't want angry phone calls?

Lame.


But that’s Steve Taylor.

My good friend, Alderman Steve Olson, sorry Steve, may have uttered the most ridiculous quote in Franklin politics history, and I know he was joking, but still, it wasn’t remotely close to being funny:

"I would say the state recall effort would be minimal (in comparison) if we switch from John's.”

Really, Steve? You think you’ll get death threats, thumb tacks on your driveway, protests outside your house?

Really?

Steve, please re-think your quote after you look up “hyperbole” in the dictionary.

For the record, I, too, am happy with John’s. For the record, I just happen to be a big, big fan of the concept of a free market and competition.

We elect folks like the aldermen to make tough decisions and tough calls, and yes, to do the hard work. If John’s is that good, make them go through the ordeal. By forgoing the open bidding process, the council appears to have taken the lazy approach instead of doing the heavy lifting of the bidding process that could potentially produce another outfit that could do the job cheaper and more efficiently.

Now, we’ll never know.

Finally, allow me a sports analogy. The late Alex Karras, as a Monday Night Football analyst described the previous NFL champions as a bear carrying a big ol’ slab of meat on its shoulders. The bear, Karras submitted, wasn’t as “hungry.” Ditto, possibly, for a firm that suddenly has a big fat extended contract.

Why, why in Franklin must we always turn our backs on opportunities to SAVE?

Talk about garbage.

REMINDER: Important meeting in Franklin TONIGHT


Complete details in Ald. Wilhelm's latest e-newsletter.

If I didn't think it would kill me, I'd like to try this someday


Governor Walker goes "On the Record"




 

Patriot,
 
This is it. The Wisconsin Recall election is less than four weeks away.
 
The liberal special interests and Washington insiders have sworn to spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat me. I need your help right now to beat back this senseless Recall.
Will you stand with me today?
 
For more than a generation in Wisconsin, the power of special interests and the liberal elite have gone largely unchecked. My Administration finally stood up to them, and we changed the way we do things in government in Wisconsin.

That’s why my opponents are so desperate to defeat me in this Recall. They want to roll back the clock and take us back to the days of skyrocketing taxes, bloated budgets, and unchecked and unaccountable spending. We cannot let that happen.
 
The moment I became Governor, I set about the work that the people of Wisconsin sent me to do. We eliminated the deficit left by my Democrat predecessor. We gave the freedom of choice to public employees. Our reforms have allowed public employees to decide if they would like to spend (in some cases more than a thousand dollars a year in dues) or keep their hard earned money. We finally put the control of state government back where it belongs, in the hands of the people.
 
I kept my promises to the voters here in Wisconsin. I didn’t raise taxes. We have not had massive lay offs of state workers. Our reforms have balanced the budget and lowered the unemployment rate to a level unseen since 2008.
 
Now I need you to help me tell the out-of-state special interests that we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal in charge here in Wisconsin.
 
This Recall is not just about Wisconsin, it is about the cause of reform across this country. It is about deciding what kind of country we are going to be for generations to come. We must send a message that we can and will live within our means. We must not hand power back to a small group of special interests and let them run state governments into the ground across this great nation.
 
When we defeat this baseless Recall, it will send a powerful statement across our country about the kind of government we want to have and the bold reforms that will get us there.
 
We have less than a month to go. I need your help – not tomorrow, not next week, but right now.
 
Today, I ask you to stand with me so I can continue to stand up for hard working taxpayers.
Together, we can defeat this Recall and make history – in Wisconsin and across the country.

Sincerely,

Scott Walker
Governor

 

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Chisholm Defenders Signed Recall Petitions, Poured Money into Partisan Races

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Are you absolutely, positively sure, Kev?


Previously on This Just In
…I wrote:

My good friend, Alderman Steve Olson, sorry Steve, may have uttered the most ridiculous quote in Franklin politics history, and I know he was joking, but still, it wasn’t remotely close to being funny:

"I would say the state recall effort would be minimal (in comparison) if we switch from John's.”

I will always believe the comparison was a horrible analogy.

But an astute reader (and I have a bunch) took issue with my assertion.

Most ridiculous in Franklin…ever?

Really?

C’mon, Kev.

Aren’t you forgetting…

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Goodnight everyone, and have a productive weekend!


"Back in 1968, when I won my first Grammy for a song called 'La La Means I Love You,' they didn’t allow any black acts on stage. Most people don’t know that. What they would do is advertise the Grammys, but they would have the 'chocolate version' somewhere in a corner and have the white version on television. They never told you that until you got there and you’re looking to be in the audience. They would tell you later on, 'I’m awfully sorry, but your version will not be on TV, but thank you for coming anyway.' They didn’t want to give me tickets for the show. And I said, 'But I thought I was nominated for a Grammy.' I finally did get one ticket, because at that time–I don’t know if the companies still do it–but the companies sponsored the tables and things. I wormed my way in. They made one special seat by the door in the back. When they announced the Grammy for Song of the Year, which was 'La La Means I Love You,' somebody else went up and got it. It was the president of the company who went and got it.

He had nothing in the world to do with it. I decided never to go to another Grammy show as long as I lived. And I haven’t. Here’s another bit of history for you: Until 1973 or 75, they didn’t even have a producer’s award. It wasn’t until I had gotten so many hit records. I was the first one they created the award for."
Music producer Thom Bell


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

You may not have heard of Thom Bell but you probably have heard his work.

IMDb.com writes:

"Composer-arranger-record producer Thom Bell is known as one of the chief architects of The Sound Of Philadelphia. In the mid-60s, Bell was the house pianist at The Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia and later became musical director for Chubby Checker. In 1966, he partnered up with entrepreneur Stan Watson to produce a local group called The Delfonics. In early 1968, they had their first smash with 'La-La Means I Love You' and for the next two years wrote, produced and arranged hits for The Delfonics such as 'I'm Sorry', 'Break Your Promise', 'Ready Or Not, Here I Come' and 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time'). In late 1970, Bell broke off with the group to work with another Philadelphia group called The Stylistics, whom he wrote and produced for three years. He simultaneously produced The Stylistics and former Motown second-raters The Spinners."

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The best cartoons of the week




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez






Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson





Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley





Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino





Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


 

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The Barking Lot (05/19/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Sunny skies. Zero chance of rain. Enjoy! High of 82. Wow!   "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning giving way to a chance of scattered storms from noon through 5:00 pm.  High of 87.  "B"


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


“I thought I was a dog person. I've lived with dogs all my life and that dog, I thought, seemed to really love my nails and my rubbing, but, you know, you just don't know. It was a freak accident -- I was too close, he was unsettled, we think we know what dogs are saying, but we don't really know.”
 
-Kyle Dyer to Ann Curry in an interview regarding her February 2012 accident

Everyone, dog lovers and not, had an opinion about the tragic incident between the Denver TV news anchor Kyle Dyer and Max the Argentine mastiff.  My immediate reaction was how terrible for her, but how dumb of her as well.  Here the dog had just gone through his own harrowing experience of being rescued from freezing water.  Now he’s on the set of a news program with hot lights, people he doesn’t know in his face, and more unfamiliar surroundings.

Any, and I mean ANY, dog can certainly be provoked to attack (or at least defend its personal space.)  Generally speaking though, I’d be just a bit more wary of an 85-pound mastiff than a tea cup Yorkie.  I don’t think I’d be sticking my face into his the way Dyer did.  Still, she certainly did not deserve to have her lip nearly severed by a dog.

Could certain measures have prevented this awful occurrence?  Hindsight is 20/20 of course but yes, I think it could have been avoided.  May 20 – 26, 2012 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  The American Veterinary Medical Association offers a lot of information including resources to keep you and your family safe.

I wish continued healing (physical and mental) to Kyle.  She seems to be a true animal lover.  Every story and update I’ve read shows her handling the incident with style, compassion, and a healthy dose of “I should have known better.”  Let’s all learn something from this.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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


Nevada judge rules killer dog can be put down.


Pennsylvania struggles with guide dog protection bill.


In city where dogs outnumber children, what about all the coyotes?


He's refusing to Knuckle under.


Yankees honor Rex.


Boone vs. rattlesnake.


These donations
are life-savers.


After two years, a  happy ending.


More senior centers accepting pets.


Pooches on campus ease stress.


Sewer dogs keep things tidy.


What your dog says about you.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.


Check it out. Giant dogs tower over their owners.


We close as we always do, with our closing video. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

Service dogs are amazing.



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Jon Lovitz, you're a racist!






Week-ends (05/19/12)

Week-ends


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...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Austin Anderson


Chloe Dennis


Quick- thinking mom


Barbara Behlmann


LeAnn Rimes



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Jared Polis


Terrance Ralph


Massachusetts bureaucrats


Seattle police officers


William Diederich



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"We have a responsibility to the job creators, the employers and the job-seekers . . . to make sure they have an accurate depiction of the true economic situation in the state of Wisconsin. They need this information to be accurate so they can make informed decisions. That's why we are correcting the record."
Secretary of Workforce Development Reggie Newson discussing new job figures covering the final three months of 2011. They show a gain of 23,321 jobs (public and private) between December 2010 and December 2011, which represents Gov. Scott Walker's first full year in office.


"I think that's good news, not just for me personally, but good news for small-business owners. The idea that the narrative goes from losing jobs to no, we actually gained jobs, is a great foundation for the future."
Gov. Walker on the new job numbers.


"Today's cynical announcement isn't about the best way to calculate job growth in Wisconsin. This is about Scott Walker pulling political stunts to save his own job."
Walker's opponent in next month's recall election, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett on the release of the job numbers.


"He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."
Andrew Sullivan, a journalist giving a statement about his piece in Newsweek, the cover of which features Barack Obama with a rainbow halo, arguing that there are similarities between the president and the homosexual community.


"Sometimes people forget the magnitude of it...sometimes I forget." 
President Obama on the recession.


"President Obama hasn’t run anything before he was elected President of the United States. Never ran a state, never ran a business, and never ran a lemonade stand. This job’s too important for on-the-job training. In contrast, Mitt Romney’s been a successful governor, successful businessman; he’s got the executive experience."
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana)


"What more do we want this man to do for us, honest to God?"
David Letterman referring to President Obama.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


WEAC continues to defend convicted child molester.


New voter registration fraud NOT being tracked in Wisconsin.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Barrett misses law enforcement recognition ceremonies.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Facebook.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Firefighters remove child's head from potty.


The ex-husband yard sale.


This too shall pass.


Please shoot me.


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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:



Recommended Reading (05/19/12)

Recommended Reading


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

High noon in Wisconsin

“So there’s no doubt Wisconsin is divided. The question is why. By virtually every objective measure, Walker has been an extraordinarily successful governor.”


With money and momentum, Scott Walker gains ground


"As the Republicans folded together like Russian nesting dolls, the Democrats have been riven by conflicting interests. Labor unions pumped several million dollars into the losing campaign of Barrett’s primary opponent, and the national party has been tentative about going all in. Meanwhile, Walker’s allies built a state-of-the-art ground game to protect a politician so reviled by his opponents that they have taken to burning his campaign signs. 'They can protest,' Wisconsin GOP communications director Ben Sparks says of the Democrats. 'They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on'.”


Dems in despair on Wisconsin


"On Monday, local party officials began complaining bitterly about the lack of resources national Democratic groups are committing to the recall effort in Wisconsin. 'We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,' a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official told The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.

Back in January, the complaints were coming from the other end: National Democrats were irked that labor unions and others planned to spend tens of millions of dollars to recall Gov. Scott Walker — leaving less for President Obama’s re-election drive and congressional contests."


Sacrificial scams


"Whether it's in Wisconsin, Illinois, California or the nation's capital, today's public sector workers expect to do little or no work (I'm not counting partying in Las Vegas as ‘work’), and then be lavishly compensated. Often, the only heavy lifting they do all week is picking up their paychecks.

When government employees mobbed the state capitol in Wisconsin last year, the upside was: They got to bully people. The downside: Voters finally found out what these public servants were being paid."


What's at stake in the Wisconsin recall

"Recalling Gov. Walker and reinstating collective-bargaining rights would guarantee a tax hike to pay astronomical, pre-Walker-level health and retirement benefits to union members.  Local governments would have to continue fighting in front of arbitrators to exert any semblance of control over their workforce. And big labor would be able to exert more control over politicians and dictate reform on its terms—which is virtually no reform at all."


15 facts that  even Obama's biggest supporters should be able to admit are true

"Conservatives and liberals may disagree on reasons, motivations, and excuses for Barack Obama's performance, but the facts are still facts. There may be many reasons that a pro football coach goes 1-15, but everyone can agree that his record is still 1-15, right? Well, here are some basic facts about how the country is faring with Barack Obama in the White House. Take a look at the numbers, sans commentary, and make your own judgment about whether Barack Obama deserves another term in office."


Caught in the maze: Las Vegas businessman gets no help from pols

"’I don't think any of these politicians really cares,’ says Raj Patel. ‘They talk a good game about wanting to create jobs when they're in front of the cameras, but I haven't seen that sense of urgency from any of them. I have asked and asked for a personal meeting with the senators, but I'm just not big enough.’

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Don't misconstrue the MJS endorsement of Walker as one lefty blogger did


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board is endorsing Scott Walker in the recall election June 5. 

That might come as a shock to conservatives and to liberals (who think they own the paper) as well.

Already one uber-lefty blogger has wrapped himself into contortions making the colossal leap that the endorsement proves the media isn’t liberal.

Two things.

1) What a crock.

2) As usual, this blogger, James Rowen doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

Rowen is now temporarily blogging for the Journal Sentinel where he absurdly writes the paper’s endorsement shoots holes in anything local talk radio hosts have to utter. Are you kidding me?!


Maybe Rowen didn’t read the endorsement. Maybe he did. If so, he needs to go and read it again.

The editorial board isn’t endorsing Walker because they’re in love with the governor or his polices. They’re endorsing him because they believe he should be voted out of office because of his polices…in a regularly scheduled election!

This is a consistent position the editorial board has maintained,
one I’ve mentioned in the past.

Rowen, like most print people, shows his total ignorance of the broadcast media when he writes, “All day Monday, the same Milwaukee talk radio stations that routinely call the newspaper "the dead tree,"  or mock it as the Sentinel-Journal, and gratuitously label it as a liberal publication punishing poor, beaten-down conservatives will do a back-flip and laud the newspaper instead. That's how situational and paper-thin is the faux outrage they throw out in search of ratings.”

Afraid not. I don’t think any conservative talk show host will throw a bouquet of roses at the “dead tree." Not when the “dead tree" publishes a daily hit piece in some form or fashion on the Governor Walker. Check out the editorials. The guest pieces. Does any local MJS columnist ever have anything good to say about the governor? Even the letters to the editor are slanted. Good Lord. The bias is so extremely obvious, unless you’re like Rowen with head firmly implanted in sand (or somewhere else).

My guess is local talk show hosts will make the observation the endorsement is noteworthy. It does not, as Rowen foolishly contends, END the claim that the mainstream media here has a liberal bias.

If Rowen despises talk radio so much, as he does the governor, maybe he should tune his radio dial elsewhere. On Monday when Charlie is on WTMJ, over on taxpayer-supported Wisconsin Public Radio, Kathleen Dunn will be talking with
Anna Quindlen, novelist, journalist, and former columnist for The New York Times and Newsweek. Her new memoir is "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake."

Sounds awfully riveting.

Later in the day, when Mark Belling is talking about real hot topics, once again on Wisconsin Public Radio, from their own website:

“The American Psychological Association has been drafting a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders…and some of the proposed changes have sparked controversy. After four, Rob Ferrett talks with a past president of the APA, who says the proposed changes will lead to the over-diagnosis of mental disorders and lead to a ‘sickening of society.’ Guest: Frank Farley, Psychologist at Temple University and Former President, American Psychological Association.”

No, local AM talk radio is not a game. I speak from experience. Those guys say what they mean and believe.

And unlike lefty bloggers, they actually know what they’re talking about.

Photos of the Week (05/20/12)

Photos of the Week


1) This Feb. 27 photo released by the State Attorney's Office on May 17 shows George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, with blood on the back of his head. Photo: State Attorney's Office via AP


2) Former Colombian Interior Minister Fernando Londono, who is injured, walks as he is guarded by a bodyguard after an explosion in a central avenue in Bogota on Tuesday. A bomb attack in a commercial district of Colombia's capital Bogota killed two people on Tuesday and injured Londono who was the target, President Juan Manuel Santos said. Photo: Fredy Builes / Reuters


3) Former presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, right, and his daughter Cate Edwards are escorted into a federal courthouse by police in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, May 18, 2012. John Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to help hide the Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


4) Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck holds up a rocket launcher taken as part of a cache of weapons received as part of a weekend gun buyback program at Los Angeles Police headquarters in Los Angeles on Monday, May 14, 2012. The haul also included 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns, marking a four-year low. A local supermarket chain donated $200,000 in gift cards to give out in exchange for the guns. Photos: Nick Ut / AP


5) A police helicopter hovers over a school bus as it drops off children outside a subdivision Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Hampton, Ga. Police in an Atlanta suburb are escorting school buses and guarding students at bus stops after a man aimed a rifle at a bus with children on board and dropped a notebook that listed bus numbers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


6) Protestors rip a United States flag on the fence surrounding the Gill Tract at the University of California Agriculture Research Station Monday, May 14, 2012, in Albany, Calif. Anti-development protesters who had planted an urban farm and camped on UC Berkeley-owned land were raided by UC Berkeley police early this morning after a deadline passed for them to vacate the property. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


7) Former Navy Seal, Coleman Ruiz, takes part in a 1,700-mile relay walk, May 14, 2012, near Dandridge, Tenn. Ruiz is the executive director of the Carry the Load program that benefits nonprofit organizations that help veterans, active duty service members and military families. (J. Miles Cary/Knoxville News Sentinel)


8) Holocaust survivors wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) and 'Tefilin' (phylacteries), sit in a synagogue during a Bar Mitzvah ceremony on May 17, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. The six Holocaust survivors were unable as children to celebrate the bar mitzvah. Photo: David Buimovitch / AFP - Getty Images


9) The home on East 125th Street in Cleveland that Sharice Swain crashed into sits damaged on Friday. Swain, 29, was stabbed during an argument while sitting behind the wheel of a car Thursday night, tried to drive away and struck her attacker's 2-year-old daughter before crashing into the house. Swain and the girl both died, and the toddler's mother was found naked several blocks away and arrested. A bizarre, tragic story. Photo: Mark Duncan / AP


10) In this Sunday, May 13, 2012 photo provided by Beatriz Diaz, officials investigate the scene where a man crashed his car through a wall and into a swimming pool in La Puente, Calif. , early Sunday morning, May 13, 2012. The driver, 40-year-old Modesto Cabral, was able to escape from the car through the passenger side window and had only minor injuries. Photo: AP


11) A set of images released by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency show a scale model of the 
compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed. The model was built by the agency and used by military and intelligence leaders to plan the raid. The once-classified model is scaled at 1 inch to 7 feet and each object in the model existed at one time at the original compound. Photo: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency via AP


12)
First lady Michelle Obama hugs Rose Mary Sabo-Brown after President Barack Obama awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor to Sabo-Brown, widow of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., US Army, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Sabo was killed in 1970 in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


13) Volunteers from the South Carolina Aquarium release a rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle on Friday in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The turtle was one of two that were rescued and nursed back to health by the sea turtle hospital at the aquarium. Photo: Richard Ellis / Getty Images


14) Executive chef Pat Donahue, of Anthony's Restaurants, executive chef Wayne Johnson, of Ray's Boathouse, Frankie Ragusa, general manger of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and executive chef Jason Wilson, of Crush, walk with a 55-pound Copper River king salmon on May 18. The first shipment of Alaska's prized Copper River salmon arrived early Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport aboard an Alaska Airlines cargo flight from Cordova, Alaska. Copper River salmon, known for its superiority in the culinary world, is prized for its high oil content and flavor. It typically brings the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets. Photo: Ted S. Warren / AP


15) A Peruvian chef tosses a fish to a pelican at a pier in Chorrillos, Peru, on May 18. A group of local chefs and restaurant owners gathered on the pier to feed pelicans in their efforts to save them from starvation. Scientists studying a mass die-off of thousands of pelicans on northern Peru's beaches say they think hotter than usual ocean temperatures have driven a type of anchovy deeper into the sea, beyond the reach of many young pelicans. Photo: Martin Mejia / AP


16) A woman looks at an elk standing on a lawn at a residential area in eastern Moscow, May 16. An elk family of bull, cow and calf wandered into a residential area in the eastern part of the Russian capital, close to Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island) National Park, Russian media reported. Photo: Andrey Smirnov / AFP - Getty Images


17) A red fox sits in the grass as a magpie dives toward it in a field east of Walla Walla, Wash., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner)


18) A family of geese crosses a road in the evening sunlight in East Rutherford, N.J., May 11, 2012. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)


19) Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Enviroment, drives Wubbo Ockels Superbus in Valkenburg, The Netherlands on 15 May 2012 after the RWD, the institution that provides the registration of motor vehicles, provided the registration for the bus. The Superbus project aims to develop high speed coaches capable of speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph) together with the supporting infrastructure including special highway lanes constructed separately next to the nation's highways. Photo: Frank Van Beek / EPA


20) The 1 km (0.62 mile) cable car line crosses the River Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, linking two important Olympic sites. Up to 34 gondolas, each carrying a maximum of 10 passengers, will transport people across the river. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP


21) Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres, 37, of Spain carries his orthopaedic legs after a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca on May 15. This summer, Torres, who has previously won 16 paralympic medals, will participate in his sixth paralympic games. He currently owns four world swimming records in different categories. Photo: Enrique Calvo / Reuters


22) Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion reaches into the stands to make a catch to out Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photos/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


23) Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, kneeling at right, watches as the training staff tends to Will Rhymes after he collapsed at first base in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rhymes had been hit by a pitch from Boston's Franklin Morales. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


24) Yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch goes through yoga poses in her yoga class in Hartsdale, New York on Monday. At 93 years old, Porchon-Lynch was named the world's oldest yoga teacher by Guinness World Records. Photos: Keith Bedford / Reuters


25) Maura Mayorga, standing right, and Michael Wengenroth embrace after getting engaged during the University of North Carolina's 2012 commencement in Chapel Hill, N.C., May 12. About 5,700 students graduated. Photo: Takaaki Iwabu / The News & Observer via AP


26) Dale Chihuly is seen silhouetted in the entryway to the "Mille Fiori" during a preview of his show at the Seattle Center. Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP


27) Statue of Marilyn Monroe stands at its new home in downtown Palm Springs, California on May 16, 2012. Tourists and local residents snap photos of 'Forever Marilyn," a 26-foot-tall sculpture of the Hollywood legend who was known to visit Palm Springs. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


28) Local radio personalities Fitzy, right, and Wippa, left, lift Chandra Bahadur Dangi, the world shortest person, as water rushes in on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepalese man, whom a doctor and Guinness World Records official measured and confirmed his height is 54.6 centimeters (21.5 inches) February 2012, touches the ocean and sand for the first time in his life. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)


29) Senior Sara Marshall hugs Barbara Behlmann during lunch on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood, Mo. Behlmann is a homecoming queen, a cheerleader and clearly one of the most popular students at Hazelwood West High School in suburban St. Louis. She also has Down syndrome. But she was raised in a home where her parents never put limits on her, and she has taken that message to heart as she prepared to graduate Saturday. Photo: Erik M. Lunsford / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP


30) Second grader Ashley Jackson, from Germanshire Elementary, gets ready to perform at Sherwood Elementary in Memphis, Tenn. during an Art For Life's Sake music and literacy program, May 14, 2012. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)


31) Women stand on a performer who calls himself 'The Human Floor' as he lays on a bed of broken glass at the Watch City Festival celebrating Steampunk in Waltham, Mass., May 13. Steampunk is a movement that explores the notion of what the world might look like had modern technology been available at the turn of the twentieth century.  Photo: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters


32) Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, left, falls off a camel during a photo call for The Dictator at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Cain Connections comes to the aid of Scott Walker


Check out the Walker ads.



Dear Patriot,

From a big victory in Nebraska to new ads aimed to tip the balance in Wisconsin, Cain Connections is as busy as we’ve ever been fighting for limited government and constitutional principles around the country.

Your support
is already making a difference in Wisconsin, where we’ve now produced two crucial ads on behalf of Gov. Scott Walker – which you made possible by stepping up. And we’re not just focused on elections. If you saw Monday's Wall Street Journal, you know that Herman Cain continues to take a leadership role on the crucial issues of our times. Thanks to you for making all of this possible!

Cain Connections Produces Ads in Support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

The June 5 Wisconsin recall vote is drawing near, and Cain Connections is making an impact by helping to fund and produce two recent videos that make the case for Gov. Scott Walker and his reforms. Your support has helped to make these ads possible, and we need to keep the pressure on as the vote draws near!

Click on the images to see the ads:

Cain Endorsement Helps Propel Deb Fischer to Big Nebraska Win

Congratulations to Deb Fischer for her huge win on Tuesday in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary! Herman Cain endorsed Fischer just days before the primary – joining Sarah Palin and other prominent voices in calling for Fischer to become the Republican standard-bearer.

She now takes on former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey, who is seeking to reclaim the seat from which he retired more than a decade ago. Early polls show Fischer with a big lead, but this is not a race we can take for granted! We’ll be keeping you informed on Deb Fischer’s campaign, and on what we can all do to help ensure her victory.

Cain Headlines Rally for Common Sense

 Herman Cain yesterday headlined the Rally for Common Sense,  which was held in Holt’s Landing, Missouri and featured an all-star  lineup of speakers such as Alfonzo Rachel, Dr. Gina Loudon, Alan  Keyes, Mark Block, K. Carl Smith and a host of others.

 Organized by volunteers seeking to promote constitutional  principles in government, the rally has attracted enormous interest  not only in Missouri, but around the country.

 “The Rally for Common Sense was filled with joyful, exuberant patriots who understand what’s at stake and are determined to stand up for the constitutional principles that will restore limited government and return power to We the People,” Cain said. “It was an honor to be part of this event and to meet so many outstanding people.”

Cain Makes Mitt Romney Endorsement Official

 Herman Cain backed up his words with action on Wednesday by  officially endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Reminding supporters  that the top priority is to defeat Barack Obama, Cain implored those  who had supported other candidates – including him – to “get over it”  and get behind the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee.

 What’s more, as a result of a very positive meeting recently between  Romney and Cain, and encouraging action that has followed, Cain  indicated his growing enthusiasm for the Romney candidacy.

“Mitt Romney gets the big things right,” Cain said. “That’s the big difference between him and Barack Obama. The biggest problems our nation faces, Mitt Romney will solve. Barack Obama will not. Whatever other disagreements we may have, nothing is more important than that.”

The endorsement followed Cain’s participation in “The More Perfect Union Panel” – a Washington gathering of leaders of the nation’s most influential TEA party groups, which occurred on Wednesday. Also attending was U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and the leaders of TeaParty.net, Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Patriots, groups that have been instrumental in leading the charge to mobilize Americans to take back power that rightfully belongs to the people, not government.

9-9-9: An Army of Davids Continues Brisk Sales

Herman Cain’s new book, 9-9-9: An Army of Davids, continues to generate strong sales and prompt additional re-orders from Amazon. If you haven’t already bought the book, do so here! It not only explains the 9-9-9 Economic Growth and Job Creation Plan in extensive yet easy-to-read detail, but also offers a game plan for how the American people can take action to demand these changes.
There is also still time to take advantage of a great opportunity to support our efforts and get your book. Every donation of at least $49.99 will receive a copy of the book and every donation of at least $99.99 will receive a copy personally signed by Mr. Cain.

Cain Piece in Wall Street Journal Urges Return to Sound Money
If you didn’t catch Monday’s Wall Street Journal, it featured an op-ed from Herman Cain on the importance of sound money in our economic system, and advocating for a return to the Gold Standard as our method for determining the value of the dollar. To quote from the piece:

“Think of economic growth as the result of two gears operating together—low tax rates and sound money. When both gears are fully engaged, the economy moves forward. When the gears become disengaged, the middle class suffers. That’s why, as convinced as I am in the power of the 9-9-9 concept, we need sound money to go with it.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants power to Congress “to coin Money, [and] regulate the Value thereof.” But for the last 40 years in Washington, regulate has meant manipulate, with the Federal Reserve raising and lowering interest rates and buying and selling assets at its own discretion. All of this manipulates the value of the dollar. We regulate time by making sure an hour is always a fixed quantity of minutes and a foot is always a fixed quantity of inches. The more complex a society, the more it depends on fixed and rigorously reliable standards. A dollar should be defined—as it was prior to 1971 under the postwar Bretton Woods system—as a fixed quantity of gold.”

The online version of the piece is behind the Journal’s pay wall, but you can see a preview as well as the many reader comments here.

Cain in the Media This Week!
Herman Cain completes his current gig filling in for Neal Boortz on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will also make his usual guest appearance on the show on Friday from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

You can also see him on Hannity on Tuesday night, and on Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning.

Also, Cain is taping a Hannity special along with pollster Frank Luntz, talking about the presidential matchup, possible vice-presidential picks and other news of the day. The airdate for this special is still to be determined. We will let you know when it’s airing.

Finally, if you missed it, Cain made a terrific guest appearance with Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night, and we’ve got video for you. Click the image to watch:

Culinary no-no #278

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

The concept sure sounded good to me. Ideas on how to participate immediately began swirling in my head.

I’d start with breakfast at one of the Chancery restaurants that are now serving the morning meals. My order: The Frenchie, a dish I’ve savored before. Don’t have a picture, but I think I can make you drool just the same: French toast, caramelized apples, bananas, candied pecans, rum caramel sauce. All that’s missing is the whipped cream. Maybe some bacon on the side to contrast the sweet taste.

Lunch time!





A KFC dinner.






Or Popeye's, but it's got to have...



Red Beans


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This time, Franklin High does make a list


Twenty-one WI high schools made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge, a ranking of how effectively schools prepare their students. Franklin High School came in at  #15 on the list, and #1478 out of 1868 schools nationally.

Here are the rankings of WI schools. Noteworhy is thta for the second time in a few weeks, MPS schools Reagan and Rufus King score highly,.



The latest pro-life news (05/21/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Atta boy, state employees!







State employees collect 1500 Cell Phones for Soldiers!

STUNNING: Chief Investigator in John Doe Has Recall Walker Sign in Yard, Blue Fist Union Icon in Window


Media Trackers


 

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Tommy Thompson's Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

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Obamacare must be repealed.

It is an underfunded, potentially unconstitutional takeover of one of largest sectors of our economy. But ending Obamacare isn't enough.  We must replace it with a plan that works.

Repealing Obamacare is a common anthem among conservative candidates like me, but I am the only candidate with the health care expertise and full plan to replace Obamacare with market-based reforms.

My plan addresses the three fundamental flaws of our current system:
  1. Complex and confusing regulations that have destroyed the market,
  2. The disconnection of economic realities and consumer choices; and
  3. The lack of true competition among providers and insurers.
     
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There are six key actions guiding this health care initiative, which will replace government-run Obamacare with an efficient market-driven system. These actions include rewarding quality care and cost savings, empowering consumers, controlling litigation, encouraging employer coverage through insurance reform, and addressing Medicaid challenges. Click here to read the full plan.

My first priority as a US Senator will be to repeal Obamacare.  I am repeal-ready today.

But repealing alone isn't enough. Our health care system was in trouble before Obamacare and it will be in trouble still if all we do is repeal.  The repeal of Obamacare must be the catalyst for real market-based reform - not mere inaction.

Please visit my website to learn more: www.tommyforwisconsin.com/issues/healthcare.

Tommy Thompson
Tommy G. Thompson

P.S. Please consider donating $20 or more to help my campaign today.  With your help, I can tackle the tough challenges our healthcare system faces.
 
 
 
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Fight for a Better Wisconsin

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In 2011, Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch and state legislators decided it was time for tough decisions to be made and dove head first into the budget process. Right out of the gate, they passed a budget repair bill that made headlines across the country. Act 10 was the first step to a historic year that saw a $3.6 billion deficit eliminated, property taxes lowered for the first time in 12 years and over $1 billion in real savings.

Take action today and help us continue the fight for budget reform and a better tomorrow by contacting your lawmakers here!

We need to encourage our leaders to make these tough choices and this is exactly why Americans for Prosperity – Wisconsin is heading out across the state on the “A Better Tomorrow Bus Tour.” The silent majority has sat idly by for too long and it is time to make our voices heard. 2011 was just the start, if we don’t speak out we can slide backwards and undo all the changes that were made.

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In case you missed Recommended Reading this past weekend...


Shame on you!

Some good stuff:


High noon in Wisconsin

“So there’s no doubt Wisconsin is divided. The question is why. By virtually every objective measure, Walker has been an extraordinarily successful governor.”


With money and momentum, Scott Walker gains ground


"As the Republicans folded together like Russian nesting dolls, the Democrats have been riven by conflicting interests. Labor unions pumped several million dollars into the losing campaign of Barrett’s primary opponent, and the national party has been tentative about going all in. Meanwhile, Walker’s allies built a state-of-the-art ground game to protect a politician so reviled by his opponents that they have taken to burning his campaign signs. 'They can protest,' Wisconsin GOP communications director Ben Sparks says of the Democrats. 'They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on'.”


Dems in despair on Wisconsin


"On Monday, local party officials began complaining bitterly about the lack of resources national Democratic groups are committing to the recall effort in Wisconsin. 'We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,' a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official told The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.

Back in January, the complaints were coming from the other end: National Democrats were irked that labor unions and others planned to spend tens of millions of dollars to recall Gov. Scott Walker — leaving less for President Obama’s re-election drive and congressional contests."


Sacrificial scams


"Whether it's in Wisconsin, Illinois, California or the nation's capital, today's public sector workers expect to do little or no work (I'm not counting partying in Las Vegas as ‘work’), and then be lavishly compensated. Often, the only heavy lifting they do all week is picking up their paychecks.

When government employees mobbed the state capitol in Wisconsin last year, the upside was: They got to bully people. The downside: Voters finally found out what these public servants were being paid."


What's at stake in the Wisconsin recall

"Recalling Gov. Walker and reinstating collective-bargaining rights would guarantee a tax hike to pay astronomical, pre-Walker-level health and retirement benefits to union members.  Local governments would have to continue fighting in front of arbitrators to exert any semblance of control over their workforce. And big labor would be able to exert more control over politicians and dictate reform on its terms—which is virtually no reform at all."

Cardinal Dolan on CBS: The White House is "strangling" the Catholic Church



 

Taxpayers taken for a ride, a ride that is now ending


The following appears in the latest edition of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and is re-printed here with permission of the publisher.

Taxpayers taken for a ride, a ride that is now ending

By Sen. Alberta Darling (R-8th District)

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So I'm watching DWTS ...


I've never, ever liked...






Len Goodman proved for the 38th time tonight....

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He's a jackass.

It took Donald Driver only 800 chances to finally get a proper score from Goodman.

On another note, I've gotta say, I'd love to be trapped in a phone booth for five minutes with Peta Murgatroyd.

Panic setting in? Dem Party official: "We told them it (the recall) was a bad, bad, bad idea"


Guy Benson of Townhall has details.



 

BRAVO DONALD DRIVER!


Two factors, in my view, helped Donald Driver win the DWTS title:

1) Katherine Jenkins was the favorite from day one. I thought the fix was in. Then she had a back problem on the last move of a recent dance. The mishap, over-hyped, was heavily reported, enough to cost public phone-in votes.

2) Driver refused to let the refusal of old fart Len Goodman to properly score him get him down. Like many champions, he peaked at the end of the season.






But will Driver be back with the Pack?


Don't be so sure. I have four words for you:

Ted Thompson.

Brett Favre.

 

A Bright Future for Wisconsin


The following appears in the latest edition of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and is re-printed here with permission of the publisher.

 

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Let me have a crack at Angelina Jolie


DISCLAIMER: I love my wife. I really, really, really love my wife. But in the words of my deceased father, a great man, “The day I stop looking is the day they bury me.”


I do not follow the liberal Hollywood scene. I consider it a waste of time. Those yahoos are not worth it.

However, I do pay attention to a certain degree just to keep up with keeping up. And in my voracious reading, I chance upon certain items that make me go…HUH?

For Example, I have not been living in a cave for the last 10-15 years. Thus I know a Hollywood hottie when I see one.






What red-blooded American male with his hormones firmly planted in the right place wouldn't want to...






have the opportunity to lock lips with...






Angelina Jolie.

James McAvoy had the chance on Wanted.





His reaction?

"I can tell you what it was like to kiss her on a film set. It was awkward, sweaty, and not very nice."

I'd like to have that same reaction.

 

Memorial Day weekend advice


Fill up your tank ASAP.

It might already be too late.

Tom Barrett's neighborhood

Happy Homecoming x 2

I'll be here this weekend...how about you?


No rest for This Just In this holiday weekend

Our regular weekend features will all be here.

That begins Friday night at sundown with our weekly Friday night music feature to smoothly segue us into the weekend.

Saturday morning, wake up to, in my view, the best political cartoons of the week.

Then it’s our weekly dog blog, The Barking Lot. My co-author, my wife and I think it’s one of the best. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

Also Saturday, our weekly week in review, Week-ends. Lots of good stuff.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with moving Recommended Reading to Saturday night. We’ll do so again this week. It’s better than the Sunday paper, trust me.

Sunday, two mega-popular blogs, Photos of the Week and Culinary no-no.

I know you’re very busy this and every weekend. Thank you very much for checking in here.

Earth to Steve Taylor...HELLO?...are you there?


The Milwaukee County Board took several important votes today.

It would be nice to know if Aldervisor Taylor, with the help of his ex-Gwen Moore aide could inform us through his blog how he voted.


Has the recall made Scott Walker stronger?


Politico asks that question:

Democrats leapt at the chance to use Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to send a message to all the budget-cutting, union-busting conservatives across the land: If you mess with Big Labor, there’s a heavy price to pay.

But if you shoot at the king, you’d better not miss.

And with
Walker suddenly looking as if he might survive the recall, it appears he’s only been grazed.

Now, instead of tacking Walker’s pelt to their door as a warning to any who would follow him, there’s a prospect the whole thing might backfire by elevating Walker into a tested-by-fire, conservative cult-hero and exposing the limits of the Democrats’ ability to exact revenge in the next statehouse where they’re wronged.”


Scott Walker supporters, you can now vote for the Governor


By absentee ballot.

They’re doing it in droves in the city of Milwaukee, more than likely for Tom Barrett.

Walker supporters, if you feel you may not make it to the polls on June 5 or might, for whatever reason, forget, then what are you waiting for?

Vote NOW and get a friend or friends to vote also!






Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - Candidate Information

You Don't Have to Wait Until June 5 to Vote for Right-to-Life Candidates in the Recall Elections 


Goodnight everyone, and have a brotherly love weekend!


“If the heart stops for more than two minutes, you have massive brain death. There are only two minutes between our conscious world and zero. That's how fragile our consciousness is.

Robin Gibb


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

Tonight...


Hairy Chests





From the BBC:

"The quavering voice of Robin Gibb was one of the key ingredients in the sound and success of the Bee Gees.

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


 

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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The Barking Lot (05/26/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAYUPDATE: Scattered thunderstorms ending by noon. High of 73. Early morning hours until noon: "F" and after noon, decreasing cloudiness and warming temperatures: "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 92. Too hot. Have the bowls of water ready. "B"

MONDAY: Scattered thunderstorms. High of 85.  "B"

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


I’ve written many times about my fascination with England. From thatched roofs to Margaret Thatcher, I love it all. I even get irritated with the Spell Check feature that changes my preferred “cosy” to “cozy.” (I will admit that I’d never live in England only because I favor good dental health and don’t particularly care for a 17% sales tax.)

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Week-ends (05/26/12)

Week-ends


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...


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Kris Kobach


Dr. Shakeel Afridi


KISS


Leslie Sabo Jr.


Austin Anderson


Mikey Stolzenberg


Jeff Collins


Bob Delaney


Gary Connery


New Jersey roofer


Damon Boyer Marwood


Donald Driver


Derrick Salberg



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


David Budde


Union County police


Fort Myers Catholic school


Unidentified junior high



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Scott Walker on Friday brought the sharp tone of the last year in Wisconsin politics to the first of two debates in the state's historic recall election."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describing Friday night's Walker-Barrett debate.


“It was respectful and understated, perhaps even a bit dull…and it was anything but passionate. The candidates, both wearing light blue shirts, red ties and dark suits, politely fielded questions from panelists. But they didn’t break any new ground.”
WI Reporter describing the Walker-Barrett debate.


"You decided to use a budget crisis to try to divide and conquer this state. That's what happened. That's what led to all of this."
Tom Barrett during Friday's debate.


"Our reforms are working. That's why our opponents don't talk about them any more.  We're turning things around. We're moving in the right direction."
Scott Walker during Friday's debate.


“We have the truth on our side. We have the most powerful weapon out there.”
Gov. Scott Walker as he toured a La Crosse manufacturing plant Monday. He held a rally to plug figures that show Wisconsin added 35,000 jobs since he took office. The governor downplayed and criticized other numbers from the federal government that say the state lost 33,900 jobs in 2011.


"A disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor. It's time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We've had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in its endorsement of Scott Walker.


"Top Democrats now say that when labor groups first raised the specter of a recall, the party's officials urged their allies in Wisconsin to reconsider. 'We told them it was a bad, bad, bad idea,' one Democratic official said. A union official said both the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign expressed reservations. 'I don't know that anyone was enthusiastic about it over there,’ the union official said. Party leaders also counseled against pouring money into a contested primary ahead of the recall election, the Democratic official said."
The Wall Street Journal



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Dem Party spokesman called out for making outrageously false claim about Scott Walker.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


When did MPD Chief Flynn realize something was wrong and when did he inform Mayor Barrett?



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The Walker-Barrett debate. On a Friday night. On a Friday night in fish fry happy Wisconsin. On a Friday night of a holiday weekend.

ZZZZZZ.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


"We're going to have to let you go. You're too hot."


Say it ain't so!


Auction of Reagan's blood cancelled.


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

We close with the latest from NewsBusted:


Stand with Scott Walker and small businesses

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Barrett is "issue-shopping"


Steve Hayes, Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer discuss...

 

Recommended Reading (05/26/12)

Recommended Reading


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


On, Wisconsin

“The Wisconsin recall is a farce — a childish, union-sponsored tantrum that will cost the state’s taxpayers an estimated $18 million. Perhaps the greatest irony is that Democrats rarely discuss its ostensible cause: collective bargaining. Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee who is seeking to replace Walker, did not use the phrase in the speech he gave celebrating his victory in the Democratic primary earlier this month.”



The Wisconsin turning point

"The recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. That election is now a crucial battleground for the future of America, and even a critical bellwether for how this fall's elections will turn out. Walker is staring down the national political machine of government workers unions, and the entire Obama campaign. This is a Paul Revere moment for all conservatives across America. The future of your country is at stake. Walker needs your support now."


Has the recall made Scott Walker stronger?

"Democrats leapt at the chance to use Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to send a message to all the budget-cutting, union-busting conservatives across the land: If you mess with Big Labor, there’s a heavy price to pay. And with Walker suddenly looking as if he might survive the recall, it appears he’s only been grazed. 

Now, instead of tacking Walker’s pelt to their door as a warning to any who would follow him, there’s a prospect the whole thing might backfire by elevating Walker into a tested-by-fire, conservative cult-hero and exposing the limits of the Democrats’ ability to exact revenge in the next statehouse where they’re wronged."


Unions not happy with lack of support in Wisconsin

"How can you tell that Republicans have the edge in the recall election in Wisconsin, with just ten days to go? Democrats and unions are already trying to lay blame for a failure...union leaders are angry at the DNC and White House for not getting involved in the election, essentially leaving Big Labor twisting in the wind in their biggest political fight in years. They’re warning that unions might repay the abandonment later this year."


Walker's reforms: good policy, good politics

"Take Milwaukee, where Barrett is the mayor. Even he has acknowledged that the reforms in Act 10, Walker’s early 2011 budget-repair bill, enabled his city government to balance its budget. Walker’s cuts in state aid to the city cost it $14 million, but it was able to come up with $30 million in savings, of which two-thirds came from the budget-repair law. The law required employees to pay a larger share of their insurance premiums, and it also made it easier for the city of Milwaukee to switch to more cost-efficient health-insurance plans."


The top 20 reasons to vote for Barack Obama in 2012...

"According to liberals."


Undecided? About what?

"Pundits and pollsters call them 'independents,' 'undecideds,' or 'swing voters.' To the rest of us they are, to put it gently, seriously naive. The vast majority of Americans know very well whom they’re voting for in November. They don’t need $2 billion worth of campaign ads to decide, because they’re aware that when it comes to the presidency we’re electing a political philosophy, not a person."


Why they serve

"While my son's life was relatively short, I spend every day marveling at his courage and wisdom. Before his second and final combat deployment, Travis said he wanted to go back to Iraq in order to spare a less-experienced Marine from going in his place. His words—'If not me, then who . . . '—continue to inspire me."


Every day needs to be Memorial Day

"We shouldn’t need a holiday to thank a vet. We shouldn’t need a designated time throughout the year to remember them. We shouldn’t allow pop culture to replace our history, traditions, and gratitude towards our past and present service members. We should be reminded of their sacrifices, daily."


Remembering 2012 by Charlie Daniels

“I want to remember the families who have had to face up to the fact that the empty place at the dinner table will never be filled and the empty place in their hearts will be there all their lives, and I will marvel at the kind of strength and courage it takes to pull through such a tragedy.”


Kids with cell phones: Record your socialist teachers!

"...I think parents should tell their progeny each day before they send them off to school, “Now, honey, when Ms. Smith starts saying psycho stuff and threatening you with prison if you don't madly love on Obama, it is okay for you to record her and then upload this mess to YouTube. Don’t be afraid of these bullies. Don’t punch ‘em in the nose but instead punch record..."


Mom was right: Go outside

"... American children between the ages of 8 and 18 currently spend more than four hours a day interacting with technology. As a result, there's no longer time for nature: From 2006 to 2010, the percentage of young children regularly engaging in outdoor recreation fell by roughly 15 percentage points."


Stage set for Driver's exit from Green Bay

“It goes without saying that no one wants to see Driver kicked to the NFL curb at age 37. If there is such a thing as a first-ballot candidate for the Packers Hall of Fame, he’s it.

The problem is…”


AND FINALLY,


The Obama Value Meal

 

Photos of the Week (05/27/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election, greets democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett before the start of the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 25, 2012. Photo: Reuters


2)
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Scott Walker, both candidates in a gubernatorial recall election, chat before the start of their debate at WMVS-TV in Milwaukee on Friday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.


3)
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, goes door-to-door canvassing neighborhoods days before a recall election for Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Watertown, Wisconsin, May 25, 2012.  Photo: Reuters


4) Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker listens to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speak as they campaign tougher at the Waukesha Victory Center on May 24, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is campaigning with Gov. Scott Walker ahead of the June 5 election. Recent polls have shown Walker ahead of opponent, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee. Photo: Getty Images


5) Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker along with wife Tonette greet supporters as he campaigns along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the Waukesha Victory Center on May 24, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is campaigning with Gov. Scott Walker ahead of the June 5 election. Recent polls have shown ahead of opponent, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee. Photo: Gety Images


6) Former Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold campaigns in Milwaukee on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the fellow Democrat who will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election next month. Feingold says Barrett is honest, ethical and has the Wisconsin values that Walker lacks. AP photo. 


7) People walk through a portion of the Boston Common covered with American flags, in Boston, May 23. Photo: Steven Senne / AP


8)
Korean War veteran James Brown places a flag on a grave at Wood Thursday. Brown, who served in the Army from 1952-’53, was assisting students from NOVA Middle and High School. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood  


9) Twelve-year-old Martin Given of Springfield, New Jersey, stands with U.S. military veterans, including his father Mark Given who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, as they hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Congressional Cemetery May 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. The ceremony is part of weekend events marking the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a motorcycle rally in the nation's capital. Started in 1988 as a protest to bring more awarness to issues about POW/MIA, Rolling Thunder now has 90 chapters across the United States and expects more than 900,000 veterans and their supporters to participate in the ride. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


10) Volunteer Red Flegal of New London, Pa., helps a visitor with rubbing of a name on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, Friday, May 25, 2012. On Monday, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will begin the national commemoration of the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


11) Mark Meyer waves the Stars and Stripes as the USS Iowa is towed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in San Francisco. The 887-foot long, 58,000-ton battlewagon is being towed to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, where it will be transformed into an interactive naval museum. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn)


12) U.S. Army Captain Michael Kelvington, commander of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, bows next to remains of Gulam Dostager, a member of Afghan Local Police who was killed in the blast of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the joint Tor Janda (Black Flag in Pashtu) operation, in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on May 25. Photo: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters


13) Lawmakers from pro-presidential and oppositional factions in the parliament session hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, May 24, 2012. A violent scuffle erupted in Ukraine's parliament over a bill that would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country. (AP Photo/Maks Levin)An election worker stains a voter's finger with indelible ink after he cast his ballot on May 23, 2012 in Faiyum, Egypt. Some 50 million Egyptians were registered to vote in the first presidential election of the post-Mubarak era. Voting takes place Wednesday and Thursday, but could go to a second round June 16-17 if no candidate wins an outright majority of the vote. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


14) Sarah Mcconnell-Pinjuv prays during a service in front of an iron cross that is all that remains of St. Mary's church after it was destroyed by the tornado one year ago on May 22, 2011 in Joplin, Mo. The EF-5 tornado devastated the leaving behind a path of destruction along with 161 deaths and hundreds of injuries, but one year later there are signs that the town is beginning to recover. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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15) Camryn Dean (7) plays in the newly built tornado shelter behind her mother's rebuilt home on May 19 in the heart of what was once nothing but debris and destroyed homes after a tornado hit the neighborhood almost one year ago in Joplin, Mo. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


16) Niagara Falls emergency officials rescued a man who plunged over the falls in an apparent suicide attempt on May 21, 2012. In a rescue that lasted about 30 minutes, staff from several agencies extricated the man, thought to be about 40 years old. He was flown by an air ambulance to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, for treatment. Photo: Harry Rossetani / AP


17) An annular solar eclipse is seen briefly during a break in clouds over Taipei, Taiwan, May 21. The annular solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent Monday morning. Photo: Wally Santana / AP


18) This composite photo taken in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, shows the sun being affected by a partial solar eclipse. The natural phenomenon lasted in South Korea from 6:23 am to 8:48 am the same day and reached its peak in Seoul at 7:32 am when the moon covered nearly 80 percent of the sun. Photo: Yonhap / EPA


19) NASA's Opportunity rover catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view looking eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. Endeavour measures 14 miles across, encompassing a crater with about as much area as the city of Seattle. The colors in this picture have been tweaked to exaggerate surface differences. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / ASU


20) A 2-inch-long paper model of a 1960s-era Gemini capsule hangs from a string in front of a camera mounted on a balloon-borne platform at an altitude of more than 97,000 feet. Meanwhile, the moon hangs in the far background, sans string. Photo: JP Aerospace


21) Graduates of U.S. Air Force class of 2012 celebrate as they are greeted by President Barack Obama during their graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 23. Photos: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images


22) Boston University manager in Facilities Management and Planning and beekeeper William Murray removes a chair covered in a swarm of bees at the Boston University commencement 2012 in Boston, Mass., May 20.  BZZZZZZZZ. Photos: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters


23) Visitors walk on a new elevated walkway as they pass by a rescued tiger at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on the prairie near Keenesburg, Colo. on May 22. The 720 acre sanctuary is a refuge for large carnivores such as tigers, bears and lions that have been seized from illegal or abusive cases around the world. Photo: Rick Wilking / Reuters

24) The grand-daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth Zara Phillips carries the Olympic Torch at the end of day 5 of the Olympic Torch Relay at Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham England Wednesday May 23, 2012. The Olympic torch relay is on its fifth day as it traverses Britain ahead of the July 27 opening of the London Games. Phillips has represented Britain in the 3-day-event. (AP Photoo/Time Ireland, PA)


25) Crowds lined the streets of a small town in south west England on Monday as a locally-organized torch relay race was run ahead of the official Olympic parade. Several enterprising locals took to the streets of Hatherleigh wielding their own homemade versions of the much-heralded torch. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters


26) Indiana Pacers fan Matt Asen taunts Miami Heat forward LeBron James after he fell to the floor following a missed lay up on a fast break during the first half of Game 6 of their NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Miami won to clinch the series. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


27) Larry Spooner gives Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak a hug, lifting him off the ground after the City Council voted to approve a stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings football team, Friday, May 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)


28) Annaplois Naval Academy freshmen climb the Herndon Monument which is covered with lard on May 22 in Annapolis, Maryland. Each year the freshman class, known as 'Plebes,' climb the monument at the Naval Academy to retrieve the Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer. Photos: Mark Wilson / Getty Images


29) Stuntman Gary Connery is seen in the sky wearing a specially developed wingsuit near Henley-on-Thames, west of London May 23. He jumped from a helicopter at 2,400 feet and successfully landed without the use of a parachute.  Landing on 24,000 cardboard boxes in his home town of Henley upon Thames. Gary was wearing a revolutionary wing suit, which lessens the forces of gravity as he descended, requiring him to land at the optimal angle to the boxes as he approached at speeds in excess of 90mph. Photos: Gary Connery Archive / Getty Images Contributor and Eddie Keough, Reuters


30) To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer, from which his wife is suffering, photographer Bob Carey has spent nine years traveling the country to take portraits of himself wearing only a pink tutu. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Carey/thetutuproject.com


31) Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters and Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officers hold a tarp to catch a falling bear after it was tranquilized in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photos: Matt Stensland / Steamboat Pilot & Today


32) A male baby dolphin, a third generation Miami Seaquarium dolphin, was born on Mothers Day to Rioux, an 8 year old 400 lb. female, who was born at Miami Seaquarium. An average dolphin calf will weigh anywhere between 35-40 lbs. and is 3 1/2 to 4 feet long. According to Miami Seaquarium officials, the calf will be named once they figure what kind of personality it has.


33) Brent Bloom urges on his frog "Jumping Bob" at the Jumping Frog Jubilee on May 20, 2012 in Calaveras County, Calif. Photo: Chris Weeks / AP


34) Amber Manning competes in the 'Bobbing for Pigs Feet' event during the Summer Redneck Games at Buckeye Park in East Dublin, Ga., May 26. The Summer Redneck Games were first held in 1996 as a spoof on the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Photo: Erik S. Lesser / EPA


35) In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 photograph, a young deer and a large cat touch noses in a French village near Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India. (AP Photo)


36) John Fiorenzo catches a brief nap during the address to the graduates at his Boston College Commencement ceremony while a classmate yawns behind him at Alumni Stadium on the university's campus in Boston on May 21. Photo: Stephan Savoia / AP


37) Stars and stripes: Katy Perry went patriotic in an American flag dress to perform at an event kicking off Fleet Week in New York Wednesday night. One lucky audience member even got to take to the stage beside Katy, who tried on his hat. Photos: The Daily Mail.


38) Filipino fans of pop star Lady Gaga hold slogans outside the concert venue before her performance in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines, May 21. Authorities in the conservative, majority Roman Catholic country approved the concerts, set for May 21, and Tuesday, but said they won't allow nudity or lewd acts. A religious group warned they will sue Lady Gaga and concert organizers if she sings "Judas" during her concert. Photo: Aaron Favila / AP. Meanwhile...


39) Conservative Christian groups hold placards to protest against the first day of singer Lady Gaga's concert in Manila, May 21. Protesters urged authorities to cancel the show because of the singer's overly sexual content and the use and abuse of religious symbols in her music. Lady Gaga's two-day concert ends May 22. Photo: Romeo Ranoco / Reuters


40) A contortionist performs on the red carpet in front of photographers ahead of the screening of 'Holy Motors' during the 65th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival, which runs from 16 to 27 May. Photo: Ian Langsdon / EPA


41) A participant of the industrial and gothic music festival Wave-Gotik-Treffen (Wave Gothic Festival) smiles at the festival area in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Saturday, May 26, 2012. The Wave-Gotik-Treffen is one of the world's largest festivals for 'dark culture'. For several days, Leipzig has become a real gothic paradise with white makeup, bold-up eyes, black hair and incredible outfits. Here's another participant. (AP Photos/Jens Meyer)
National Cemetery

AND FINALLY,

42) Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with his partner Peta Murgatroyd after being crowned this season's 'Dancing With the Stars' winners. Photo: ABC. They later performed on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Culinary no-no #279


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
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Liberal media strikes on Memorial Day...MSNBC host "uncomfortable" with calling fallen soldiers heroes

 
Watch MSNBC Sunday morning talk show host Chris Hayes...





He’s terribly wrong. I beleive all soldiers are heroes, especially those who died while in service. We pay tribute to them today and it’s vital we do.

Because it is critical we never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that each and every one of us, along with future generations could be free.

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Dad's speech

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Today, my dad spoke before the Mukwonago Veterans during their Memorial Day celebration.

As a veteran of the United States Army and United States Army Reserve, my dad celebrates this day with a true sense of appreciation.

He made known his deep appreciation for the sacrifices of his fellow veterans which have shaped this great nation, those both with us and along with those that have perished.

I've included a few excerpts from his speech below. I hope you'll take the time to read it.

Join me in taking a moment to thank the selfless veterans that have served our great nation, thank you and God bless.

Kelli Thompson



Tommy G. Thompson Memorial Day Speech
Mukwonago Memorial Day Parade


Monday, May 28, 2012, 10:00am


Today we are here not out of obligation, but something at its very core much stronger...appreciation.  An appreciation for our veterans...which can't be fully expressed with words.

We are here because of those we know and those we don't know--bring us together. Our veterans whom have served as soldiers, sailors, airmen Marines, Coast Guardsmen and merchant marines, giving their life in defense of our great nation. 

Perhaps it is our fallen veterans that serve as our greatest reminder...that peace is fragile and that life is both sacred and fleeting.
While their names gracing the monuments erected in their honor may provide pause...it is the memories weighing heavy on our heart--forcing us to never forget their great sacrifice.

I borrow the simple words of the Commander of American Forces in World War I, General John Pershing:

"Time will not dim the glory of their deeds."

The deeds of three sisters...from New Berlin, just north of here...twin sisters Michelle and Charity, who along with Rachel all served in Operation Iraqi Freedom...Rachel returned, as did Charity....but they left behind their sister, Michelle---the first female National Guardsman killed in active duty.  Michelle was a proud member of the 32nd MP Division...and now rests at Wood National Cemetery. 

The deeds of Waukesha native Daren Hidalgo...the 2009 West Point graduate was the youngest of the family's three boys-all enlisted.  1st Lt. Daren Hidalgo was serving his first deployment in Afghanistan as a platoon commander.  He had been wounded in an IED attack but refused to leave his soldiers to seek treatment for shrapnel wounds to his thigh-telling his father, "Dad, if I have surgery I'll be away from my men. It could be two weeks to six weeks before I am back." Two weeks later...after declining medical treatment...he was killed by an IED.

We owe Daren, Michelle and the countless others something...although the honor of the day seems an improper payment for the debt of their bravery and sacrifice. 

To talk with the family and friends of Michelle and Daren and the others that have perished, the anthem is strikingly consistent...those whom have passed knew of the risks, but responded to a higher a commitment.

As said by the great Winston Churchill, "Each died for a cause they considered more important than their own life." 

We must always be looking ahead to the dangers of tomorrow...but today, we take a moment to express gratitude and remind ourselves that it was the sacrifices made during the battles of yesterday....that provide us with the hope...and...strength to approach tomorrow with optimism.  Optimism in knowing our country has the stuff by which the envy of other nations is defined!

I believe in a country...in which our schools start the day with the pledge of allegiance... and our pride swells that very first time a child-or grandchild--recites the pledge to you, that innocent young voice giving a renewed meaning to, "life, liberty and justice for all."
 

I believe in a country...in which you and I stand a little straighter and extend a nod of appreciation when walking by a man or woman in an armed services uniform.
 

I believe in a country...in which you can't help but fight back a tear when watching that Korean or WW II veteran we saw walk by today, backs bent with the past-burden of our nation's weight...stand just a little taller...as we salute them.
 

I believe in a country...in which a hand over our heart isn't just a sign of respect...but rather a means for containing a bursting pride, "In (our) land of the free and home of the brave."
 

Today we will talk of honor, glory, valor and the selfless commitment of those unable to escape the dark cloud of war...but there's something else that runs through the blood of all of us here today expressing both our gratitude and admiration.   It's humility....as we are humbled to be within the presence of true heroes.

Our heroes...those who have gone before us and those who walk quietly among us. Like the men and woman we'll see leave here today...tucking their well-worn garrison cover into their back pocket--having fought the battles of yesterday.  Heroes...who asked not for the today's accolades...as their ask was much more simple:  please give us a day. A single day...Memorial Day.  It was not a day to celebrate their achievements...but rather a day for our veterans to remember those who had fallen.

By the grace of god, it is their sacrifice which allows us to stand with humility today...and why as parents and grandparents...we must take the opportunity granted to us today to introduce our children and grandchildren to our real heroes-the veterans standing with me on this stage and among the crowd.

Let our children shake the hands of our brave veterans, and perhaps they'll feel that courage for just a second-the courage that'll fuel our next generation's heroes.

We have an obligation...to make it hard to forget America's men and women...and children who have fallen.

We share something with those that we remember...those that stand proudly among us that already have...and will...protect us... we share a love for our great country.

God bless our veterans--our heroes and our heroes of tomorrow.  Thank you.
 
 
 
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At officially 7:19 in Franklin on Memorial Day night...


Skies turned black.

The winds were whipping around.

Because Daddy was out on the backyard patio, Kyla felt it as OK to go down her slide and run on the grass.

Large drops suddenly started to fall. Of course, we all ran inside.

The drops remained drops. A full fledged storm never erupted.

A full rain never materialized. At 7:51, even with dark clouds still surrounding, the piddly rain stopped.  Any threat of severe weather over. TV meteorologists will still get paychecks; some might even be eligible for promotions.

The Memorial Day weekend was a disaster for local weather prognosticators though you’ll never hear a peep out of them about it.

Weather folks consider themselves cool, incredibly important, even life-saving heroes. When they are consistently wrong, they are fortunate to call themselves “employed,” especially when they can’t even put together an accurate forecast informing folks how to celebrate a holiday weekend.

I pay close attention to the weather and I know what I write about. Here’s what the masses were told coming into the Memorial Day weekend, with all their fancy falootin’ state of the art equipment to help them:

SATURDAY: Rain storms in the early morning, then clearing in the morning with warming temperatures into the low 70’s.

What really happened: Oh, yes, it rained in the early morning, but it will stop, we were told by 9:00. It didn’t. By 10:00. It didn’t. By noon. Kinda, but when it did, the temperature will shoot up to 73. Not where I live where the high during a gloomy day barely rose above the mid 60’s.

SUNDAY: We were told temperatures would be scorching, all the way up to 92. Hell, by 1:00. We hadn’t hit 80. The high got up to 82.

MONDAY: Hot. It was. With rain all day, it didn’t.

Storms by 12:45 one online forecast read. At 12:45, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, it was the Mojave Desert. 

Ran in to my ex-wife at Sendik’s in the afternoon. She said she heard a forecast that major storms would arrive by 4:30. At 3:45 it began to sprinkle. One minute later, over.

At 7:10 it looked like something out of the Wizard of Oz. In no time it was drizzling. The heavy stuff never showed up. By 7:51, nada.

Four hours away from the end of the Memorial Day weekend and forecasters had a worse average than Rickie Weeks of the Brewers in April.

I bring this up because I’ve not only observed some great forecasters (Bill Carlsen, Ward Allen, Tom Skilling) but I’ve worked with others (Paul Joseph, Jim Ott).

The current crop of people feeding us forecast couldn’t hold a candle to them. Who will be the first on Tuesday to admit how much they blew it? Don’t hold your breath. But they’ll certainly be fast to accept any promotion. Just try to keep your job with a losing performance.

A post-Memorial Day eye-opener...


And the anti-war crowd that’s always screaming to cut defense spending won’t like
the numbers.

I just love stories like this



 

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It’s probably been around for awhile, but I’ve never seen it.


The latest pro-life news (05/29/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life and

Video: PP employee urges woman to seek a sex-selection abortion.

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Don't forget Rebecca!





This is important.

Great line in Sunday's paper


It came from my friend and former colleague in the state Senate, Christian Schneider who somehow persuaded the liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to allow him to temporarily write columns.

In his latest effort on Sunday that you might have missed because of the holiday, Schneider recalled (no pun intended) a quote from Mary Bell, president of WEAC, the state's largest teachers union in February of 2011:

"This is not about money. We understand the need to sacrifice."

Bell was talking about the entirely reasonable request that public sector union folks pay a little more for their lavish pension and health benefits.

Now comes the great line from Schneider:

"But, of course, saying Walker's public union imbroglio isn't about the money is like calling Nabokov's 'Lolita' a delightful travelogue."

I'll bet 90% of unionistas don't get it.


Brilliant!

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