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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.

Isn't it about time Franklin provide a lifestyle befitting its wealthy constituency?

After a great deal of serious thought, I have come to a conclusion about how our community works and ticks. Franklin is incredibly fortunate, and it’s about time someone as well-read and influential as yours truly points this out.

Franklin has the incredible distinction as being quite affluent.

Our city oozes wealth. We have wealth dripping from every street and court.

Check out those newspaper boxes.  You won’t see The Shepherd Express or the New York Times. That’s the Wall Street Journal stuffed in there.

We have services manicuring our lawns once or twice a month.

We drive behemoth gas-guzzling SUVs.

We would never think of wearing jeans to a fish fry. Out comes our bling.

We don’t play Powerball, we play the stock market. 

Hired folks clean our homes once a week.

When kids come to our door selling cookies, pizzas, or whatever, we send them away.  Deal with it. We can’t be bothered helping others. Let them work themselves up the way we did.

Ours is a country club crowd, upper crust, symphony/ballet opera glasses loving bunch.

News about foreclosures and layoffs and unemployment rates really doesn't seem to upset us. It’s all rather foreign to our parts.

That’s why it’s so important that as we head into yet another election that we, the better off  and proud of it speak up for ourselves and demand what we deserve. That would be the best that taxpayers can buy.

We desperately need one of those community centers I hear being bandied about. Wouldn’t that be great! Hundreds of great seats for wonderful performances. Oh, and none of this high school play or band concert nonsense. No, no, no. Nice symphonies. Ballets. Opera. Avant garde and jazz concerts. Teenagers attempting Broadway? Please. How goush.

A nice aquatics center would be nice. But only if certain groups could reserve quality time to swim with, you know, people of their own kind. Families with kids splashing around all out of control? How goush, indeed.

I suppose if we must have ball diamonds and soccer fields, by all means bring it on. Those other people need something to do as well.

I say build everything we can possibly dream of. We can pay for it all, and we must and we should. Why? Because we are filthy rich in Franklin.

We can pay any and all property taxes, no matter how high they go because we’re Franklin and we’re ultra-wealthy.

And we don’t have unemployment.

And we don’t have foreclosures.

And we haven’t been laid off.

And we haven’t had our 401k plans ruined.

And we’re just rolling in the dough.

We are Fort Knox. And we deserve Fort Knox facilities.

My Most Popular Blogs (04/01/13)

Most popular

From last week Sunday - Saturday:

1) To my neighbors in Cudahy, I urge you to vote for Randy Hollenbeck 

2) Quiz time: Which Franklin candidate for alderman are we talking about

3) Thank you, Steve Olson 

4) $tate goe$ all out to find hou$ing for $ex offender$

5) Way to go, cousin Doug!

6) This could be the most popular bill ever introduced in the WI Legislature

7) Culinary no­-no  #321 

8) The latest pro-­life news (03/25/13) 

9) The Barking Lot-­America's Finest Dog Blog (03/30/13)

10) Photos of the Week (03/24/13) 

In case you missed them over the Easter weekend

Culinary no-no #322

Photos of the Week (03/31/13)

Recommended Reading (03/30/13)

Elvis fans, help restore the USS Arizona Memorial

Week-ends (03/30/13)

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/30/13)

The best cartoons of the week (03/30/13)

Franklin aldermanic candidates in their own words

The better selection in one of Franklin’s aldermanic races Tuesday in my view is crystal clear. Just examine comments made by the candidates to FranklinNOW.

In Franklin’s District 1, the candidates to replace retiring Steve Olson are Mark Dandrea and Greg Kowalski.  Both shared their views with FranklinNOW. Let’s begin with Dandrea, the vice president of Tri City National Bank, the candidate I believe to be the far superior choice.

"I will use my experience as a business executive to develop a marketing plan that I think the city needs to attract new business to expand the tax base.”

Olson has endorsed Dandrea.

"Mark Dandrea has the professional experience as a bank officer to control spending, understand the budget, attract business to the community and assist in the financial management of your tax dollars," Olson said.

FranklinNOW also reports:

The candidates differ when it comes to their stances on consolidating fire services with Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek. A report conducted last year by the Public Policy Forum stated that the communities could save millions of dollars over the next five years if they shared services.

Kowalski believes consolidation isn't necessary now. "Public safety will not be cut under my watch," he said. "I think that just starts a whole new trend of consolidation and we start seeing Franklin tax dollars helping neighboring communities and not our own."

But Dandrea said the city has an obligation to look at any and all opportunities to cut costs. "I would look at combined services," he said. "I think everything should be looked at very seriously because we are responsible for how we spend the tax revenue."

As I stated, it’s crystal clear.

Dandrea has fiscal and business experience and will bring the same common sense approach to the Council as Steve Olson. His opponent is a big-time tax and spend liberal, out of touch with the vast majority of Franklin citizens.

As for District 2, I’m not all that familiar with the candidates, but I’d like to focus on some of their quotes from FranklinNOW.

Curt Bolton said, "You can cut cost to the point where you don't have something of value. I'm not going to say taxes should never be raised. We're going to have to do what's best for the community. But there are other ways the community can raise revenue."

That, to me, raises red flags.

Daniel Mayer is the other candidate. Mayer says, “I am running to provide a ‘voice with a vision for our future based on values of our past.’ I want to ensure that decisions impacting the future of Franklin are made intelligently, with a balance between cost, benefit, service requirements and sustainable tax revenue/relief, while still maintaining the quality of life we share in Franklin.”

Mayer adds, “I will promote efforts that make Franklin a desirable place, without sacrificing the quality of life that brought us or keeps us here. That quality comes from a delicate balance between open spaces and parks, residential areas, the development of commercial and business sectors, the quality of our public services and meeting the needs of our citizens.”

Too many safe, glittering generalities and not enough specifics. Maybe he’s been more specific at the doors or in campaign literature. I don’t know. Because neither candidate jumps out at me, that’s problematic. If anyone has solid info about which id the more fiscally conservative, please let us know.

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Steve Olson supports Mark Dandrea for Franklin alderman

Here's what Steve said in February:

February, 2013  

Dear Neighbors:  

Since announcing that I would not be seeking re-election as your alderman, I’ve been asked who I am supporting to replace me on the Franklin Common Council.  

I know three of the four candidates who are running for the seat.  Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I must use my experience and knowledge to select the candidate who brings a strong personality, broad life experience and extensive professional skills to represent the district.  My preferred candidate has the ability to work through complex issues and come to an informed decision with commitment.    

Looking at the needs of the office and the capabilities and qualifications of the candidates I am supporting MARK DANDREA for alderman.  

MARK DANDREA has the professional experience as a bank officer to control spending, understand the budget, attract business to the community and assist in the financial management of your tax dollars.    

MARK DANDREA is rooted in our community and has been involved since building his own home here in 1998.  He’s a Franklin High School parent with two successful grown children.
You will come to know more about Mark in the coming weeks but I ask you to VOTE FOR MARK DANDREA ON FEBRUARY 19th AT CITY HALL. 

Just make your MARK for Dandrea.
Thanks for your consideration and friendship.  

Steve Olson
Alderman, 1st District  


Authorized and paid for by Friends of Mark Dandrea, Steve Hribar, Treasurer 



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Vote Roggensack Tuesday April 2nd!


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The latest pro-life news (04/01/13) including important election news

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

April 1, 2013

Planned Parenthood Official Testifies in Favor of Infanticide

Last week, a Florida Planned Parenthood lobbyist publicly endorsed infanticide.  It is the logical outcome of abortion on demand for the full nine months of pregnancy — the ability to decide whether the baby who survives an abortion attempt should live or die.

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How dumb is Franklin City Hall?

The Franklin Common Council is meeting tonight to conduct the people's business when the people are voting.


Say what you will about the state. The Legislature never conducts Senate or Assembly business on an Election Day.

Franklin aldermanic election results

Franklin Alderperson Dist. 1

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Mark Dandrea




Greg Kowalski



Franklin Alderperson Dist. 2

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Daniel M. Mayer




Curt Bolton




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Sports people need to quit using the "A" word

I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a long, long time and never got around to it. Can’t take it anymore.  Had enough.

Early Easter Sunday afternoon, I watched TV in disgust as yet another of my Final Four picks in the NCAA Tournament went down in flames, this time Florida.  Michigan made it look too easy in disposing of the Gators.

After the game, Michigan star guard Trey Burke was interviewed. Burke made a reference that far too many coaches, players, broadcasters and analysts have claimed on far too many occasions in the past. He pulled out the “A” word.

Burke’s Wolverines were now headed to the coveted Final Four and he was asked the always insightful inquiry by the microphone-wielding reporter. I’m paraphrasing but I’m deadly accurate. The interrogator wanted to know how Burke felt.

Without hesitation Burke mentioned the obvious, that winning this game felt great.

Burke continued.

You know, he told the sideline reporter, his team (here it comes) had to “overcome adversity.”

The ubiquitous “A” word, especially in the world of sports.

And what exactly was the adversity Burke and his teammates had to “overcome”?

Burke told a nationwide audience that no one thought Michigan would get this far this season.

OK. I’m listening, watching, expecting and thinking there will be more. A true example of real honest to goodness adversity.


I understand some student athletes aren’t the brightest. Certainly Burke has watched enough TV to hear the “A” word tossed around like dough in a pizzeria, so he naturally felt comfortable using it to describe his experience. But can we please stop using the word erroneously and start using it correctly?

A few hours later I was at my brother’s house, glued to the set, watching Louisville take on Duke. Anyone who follows college basketball knows what happened.

In the first half, Louisville’s Kevin Ware jumped in an attempt to block an opponent’s shot.  Landing awkwardly on his right leg, Ware initially thought he sprained his ankle.  He looked up at his coach, Rick Pitino whose eyes looked horrified. Then he looked at his right leg. A piece of bone was poking through the skin. Ware went into shock. In New York, Ware’s father, watching the game on TV, thought he was going to have a heart attack. The injury was so gruesome that CBS that was broadcasting the game correctly refused to show replays.

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Dr. Ben Carson: White liberals are the most racist people out there

Carson talks with national talk show host Mark Levin.

Again, why the fight to protect us from sex offenders never ends

The state of Wisconsin tracks over 600 sex offenders with GPS. Plans are in the works to expand GPS to people who have violated domestic violence restraining orders.

There have been technical glitches sending offenders to cry foul, that they’ve done nothing wrong in the wake of misfires.

Republican lawmakers question the reliability of GPS to the point they have doubts about GPS expenditures.

Keep in mind the state Department of Corrections and state Democrats in the Legislature never wanted to implement GPS. The DOC was simply lazy and inflated the true cost of using GPS in hopes it would never be adopted. The Democrats didn’t want it because they essentially sympathize with sex offenders. Debate the past several years on any issue to clamp down on sex offenders found legislative Democrats AWOL, incredibly silent, and unwilling to wage any fight against these particular criminals.

Now some Republicans are raising eyebrows.

Fine. Voice your concerns. But as the state is poised to increase the use of this necessary tool, don’t toss it out. Identify the problems and fix them.

The Legislature's GIMME GIMME GIMME tour opened in Greendale today

That would be the series of public hearings the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding on the proposed 2013-15 state budget. The first hearing was held at Greendale High School today and Greendale Village President John Hermes, a good guy, got the ball rolling by welcoming the committee.

“2013 celebrates Greendale’s 75th Birthday. Our original village center and our original 572 homes townhouses were built entirely by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal economic stimulus which helped return our nation from economic Depression to economic prosperity. Resultant from its role, Greendale has recently been designated as a National Historic Landmark.”

By the way, that truly is wonderful. Greendale is a great community. However, the truth is, almost all the legislators on the committee and 99% of the audience don’t really care. Just get to the point.

Hermes did, asking lawmakers not to take away residency requirements for municipalities. Wait a minute. We just heard how terrific Greendale is. If Greendale is indeed so terrific, why worry? Won’t employees be dying to live in or in this case nearby Greendale?  (Greendale makes its employees within a 15 mile radius). Sounds like Hermes has developed Barrett –itis, in other words, an inferiority complex.

Let the I Want, I Want, I Want Parade begin!

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asked legislators to restore the 10% cut in transit funding and to restore money for statewide Child Support Services.

Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court Judge Mary Kuhnmuench and Waukesha Co. Clerk of Courts Kathleen Madden each asked that the Joint Finance Committee take $10.3 million out of a $17 million lapse to the court system's budget.

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The latest from the Bartolottas: Charles Woodson & Curtis Stone in Milwaukee


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The latest from Rehorst - April 2013


The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
In This Issue
The Drunken Botanist
Order Online
Custom Mini Bottles
Taste & Learn Artisan Food Event
Thursday Night Live Music
Article Headline
Drink of the Month
Hold an Event at the Distillery

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where the music is fine and the lights are always low


"One of the top reasons Americans love England is the music…England has produced some of the most popular music of our time. It all started back in the 1960's with the British Invasion. The youth of America fell in love with British music.”

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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, and feel free to sing along...


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The best cartoons of the week (04/06/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (04/06/13)

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:  UPDATED: Cloudy and windy, a chance of a few showers. High of 61.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy to sunny. High of 50. "C"

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

Two weeks ago, I was running around like a crazy lady getting Kyla’s birthday party in place.  The journalist of the Barking Lot duo took over.  He decided to answer a roundup of questions that our readers have presented over the years.  This week I’m taking the opportunity to put in my own two cents’ worth.  (Actually what I’m doing is what ALL wives have to do for their husbands:  clarify what the husband said and set the record straight.)  My follow-up answers are in purple below his:

Q. Your blog is dominated by serious issues. What prompted The Barking Lot?
A. Jennifer loves dogs. How do I know this? She constantly talks about dogs and about getting one. Her face literally lights up when she sees one walking by. Several years ago I suggested that if she couldn’t have a dog just yet that she put her passion about dogs into a guest blog. It’s the same advice I’ve given to other bloggers: Write about what you’re interested in.

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From the "What the Journal Sentinel neglected to tell you" file

Take a look.

Week-ends (04/06/13)


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...


Kevin Ware ... MORE.

Teenage girl

Justin Rogers

Ben Carson

Scott Walker


Steven Smith

Mike Rice


Lisa Marie Antonucci and Leonard Patrick Baker



“We believe that every firefighter in Wisconsin should have the freedom to live where they wish. That change will have a positive impact on Wisconsin’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality firefighters to serve and protect the communities of our state."
Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin who ran unsuccessfully against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in last June’s recall, says he’s backing Gov. Scott Walker in his effort to end residency rules statewide.

“I'm not ashamed of anything . I've spent 9 years here promoting Summerfest , NOT ME. I'm very proud of what our entire company has achieved. There's no way, I could have accomplished everything we've done on my own. I have a great team.

“I've stayed out of and not pursued personal media attention.

“A compensation offer was made to me and I accepted. I'm not on the Board and I don't get a vote. We receive -0- tax dollars and I'm not an elected politician. So......who cares what the Board decides to pay me or anyone else ?

“This is all so foolish to me. It's embarrassing for our city that my compensation was on the front page above the fold and then again below the fold. Are they kidding? Is that all they got?

Anyway, it's stuff like this that wears people out on the topic of "Milwaukee" and the branding of same. We, as a city, are forever trying to recruit talent to move to Milwaukee. This kind of parochial "news" surely is anti productive. Young, talented people aspire to be successful . Period.”
Summerfest’s Don Smiley in an e-mail to WMTJ’s Gene Mueller that the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice linked to in a column this week.

"We're not necessarily on a list of favorite occupations.  I think clowns are ahead of us."
Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski

“This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent. No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent unemployment in this nation, but we’ve had that double unemployment for over 50 years.”
Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson said the challenge was to figure out why the unemployment rate for blacks has been so high, "and if that doesn't change, somebody's going to have to pay- 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave this country, millions of African-Americans who don't have jobs."

“A 12-year-old girl in a New York City school cannot be given an aspirin by her teacher, even if she has a fever. The same girl cannot buy a large soda during lunch time because Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed that it is not good for her. But she can be given a pill, unbeknownst to her parents, that could arguably abort her baby. Neither Judge Korman nor Mayor Bloomberg has said what the aspirin-denying teacher should do if he sees a girl reaching for a large Coke to down her abortion-inducing pill.  This is what we’ve come to in our culturally schizophrenic society. Our moral code is patently incoherent, and the contempt shown for parental rights is astonishing. Hopefully, this imperial decision will be overturned.”
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League on the decision by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordering the Food and Drug Administration to make the “morning-after” emergency contraception pill available without a prescription to girls of any age.

"We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven't been too good at that. We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody. We're trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people. Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me."
Archbishop Timothy Dolan

"When I hear Janet Napolitano say the border is secure, I just laugh because she has no idea what we go through on daily basis. Now with Washington coming back and saying we're going to have you use less equipment and more furloughs and on top of that we're going to stretch your shifts, there's no way we can ever secure the border.

"I don't want to throw my supervisors under the bus but they're pressured to skew the recorded apprehension numbers.... Our apprehension numbers are up 33% from the previous year. Assaults on agents are also on the highest rate ever witnessed and are climbing. Washington isn't making it easier for us that's for sure.

"I believe we can [secure the border] and we've done a hell of a job with what we have...with just a little bit extra, we can do a lot better. The technology is great but there's no substitution for agents on the ground. Simply put, camera sensors can hit and we'll know groups are there but nothing can get done without agents and Washington just doesn't understand that."
A Border Patrol agent stationed near Laredo, Texas in an interview with Townhall.

“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be OK. You guys go win this thing.”
Louisville player Kevin Ware after breaking his leg last Sunday against Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Louisville won to advance to the Final Four.

"Anytime we get beat I say we get beat. I think that's part of the problem with the world and in our industry. If you get beat, say you get beat and don't come up with a litany of excuses on why it didn't work. They beat us from start to finish. We were prepared. We did all the preparation we should have done for this game. There were pockets of time when we were OK, but you don't shoot 53 shots and make 12 and say, 'Well, we just didn't make shots or we weren't feeling good.' No, they beat us."
Marquette coach Buzz Williams after losing to Syracuse last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

"By far, the best looking attorney general.”
President Obama to California’s attorney general Kamala Harris.

"How did it become so difficult to call a woman good looking in public?"
Dylan Byers of Politico.

"You’d swear the president was guilty of luridly cat-calling a woman he doesn’t know.”
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post who demanded that people "lighten up."

"The other case is Anthony Weiner, right? Anthony Weiner, as far as we know, never actually committed the sin of adultery, and yet, the reaction to him was massive. The amount of condemnation, the amount of press. He couldn't walk down the street, right? What is that about that Anthony Weiner got that amount of attention and David Vitter did not?"
Chris Hayes, MSNBC host

"Anthony Weiner got a bum rap I think. As we were talking about before, maybe part of the lesson is just you just have to stick around. If Anthony Weiner hadn't resigned, if he hadn't let himself be pushed out, maybe eventually people would just get over it."
Michelle Goldberg of Newsweek responding to Hayes.

"I don't like it. You know, I think it gives liberals a bad name. I really do. It makes liberals look like bullies who want to tell people what to do. And they never met a regulation they didn't like. I mean, obviously we do have a problem with child obesity. I don't want our children to be 99 percent Mountain Dew. But this is not the way to go about it.

"We don't want to be a nanny state like this. I mean, you know, I don't know what Mayor Bloomberg has in mind, but there's something wrong about the seventh richest man in the world sitting in bed at night thinking, 'You know what people shouldn't do? Drink too much Sprite. Let's make that a law.' That makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter."
HBO's Bill Maher

“Nothing though compares to the ignorance I heard on Easter. After the horrific injury to Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware, a gruesome break of the leg that makes even Joe Theismann feel fortunate, my ears had to suffer their own pain. One woman gave a patronizing ‘awww’ when she saw the Cardinals players cry, as if she were watching her favorite YouTube video of kittens frolicking. She then gave her prognosis of Ware saying ‘he'll be on crutches for awhile.’ Ya think??? The man's career may be done. He just suffered one of the worst, graphic, televised injuries in sports history and she acted as if he got a boo-boo.

“Now for the world champion of ignoramuses. After the Ware injury was discussed further and looked at again and again online, a group talked about how bad they felt for the Louisville guard. The normal reaction. Then one woman chimed in with ‘he should try giving birth.’ Nothing like compassion on Easter Sunday.”

Blogger Kevin Scholla of Breitbart Sports

“And in a groundbreaking move, the Associated Press, the largest news gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ That is out. No longer ‘illegal immigrant.’ They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat.’ That is the newest – ‘undocumented Democrat.’”
Jay Leno


Cancer clinics turning away thousands of patients.

Stimulus program on correct use of condoms yields zero jobs.


What Easter?

Two abortion stories.


Will Hillary run in 2016?


The bunny had to be stopped.

Stadium installs "Pee to Play" video games

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Recommended Reading (04/06/13)

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).

To (all) the colleges that rejected me

“Like me, millions of high-school seniors with sour grapes are asking themselves this week how they failed to get into the colleges of their dreams. It's simple: For years, they—we—were lied to.

“Colleges tell you, ‘Just be yourself.’ That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.

“What could I have done differently over the past years?”

Find a man today, graduate tomorrow

Susan Patton told young women to look for a mate in college. Liberals went crazy. My mom said the same thing.”

The open borders "journalists" who banned "illegal immigrant"

“File this in the overflowing cabinet labeled: No Wonder the Mainstream Media Is Dying. On Tuesday, the Associated Press announced that it is from its famous stylebook. The world’s largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that ‘illegal’ will ‘only refer to an action, not a person.’

“AP directs writers not to use the terms ‘illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented’ anymore, except ‘in direct quotations.’ It won’t be long before illegal border crossers, illegal visa overstayers, illegal deportation evaders, document fraudsters and illegal alien traffickers are all referred to as ‘our fellow Americans.’ Without the quotations. Mark my words.”

The great gun control fizzle

“The president’s push for new gun laws looks, at this juncture, like a complete fizzle. He has failed to sway red-state Democrats and failed to maintain the heightened public support for new gun control laws. The most concrete effect of his advocacy has been, if the anecdotal evidence is to be believed, to stoke increased gun purchases on fears that the government wants to ban guns. He set out to lead a great crusade for gun control and ended up the best friend the gun industry ever had.”

Why I support the Second Amendment -- and Democrats should, too

“Current gun control proposals being discussed by Washington Democrats – by the admission of their own authors – would not have stopped the tragedies in Newtown or Aurora. The perpetrators of these actions were mentally disturbed monsters with a complete lack of interest in laws or ethics. For this reason, any effective plan to deal with future violence must focus on addressing mental illness and identifying those Americans who should be forbidden to own guns.”

The president gives Hollywood a pass on violence

“The president has been more than willing to challenge the National Rifle Association, but that is like a Republican president standing up to labor unions—not a move that risks anything with his core supporters. Mr. Obama could show some real bravery by taking on Hollywood.”

Guns save lives

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The Beatles, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan together



NBC's Brian Williams explains.


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Photos of the Week (04/07/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Manhattan is seen from One World Observatory on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center at the Ground Zero site on April 2, 2013, in New York City. One World Observatory, which is situated more than 1,250 feet over lower Manhattan, will open to the public in 2015 and will include a pre-show theater, multiple spaces that allow for panoramas of the New York City region and numerous dining options. When completed, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

2) A marker sits below the balcony on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed at the former Lorraine Motel, now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks where King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

3) A member of the Free Syrian Army holds his weapon as he sits on a sofa in the middle of a street in Deir al-Zor on April 2. Photo: Reuters

4) A man visits the "Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico" during its opening in Mexico City on April 5. The massive 149,000-square foot monument serves as a tribute to the victims of Mexico's bloody drug war. The first of its kind in Mexico, it is divided into several iron panels featuring poems and quotes. An estimated 70,000 people have been killed by drug-related violence in Mexico in the past seven years, and many thousands of others remain unaccounted for. Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

5) A Bowling Green, Ky., firefighter careens through the rapids of the Barren River on April 1, after trying to assist in the rescue of two teenage fishermen. He was rescued by a fellow firefighter. Photos: Joe Imel / Daily News via AP

6) A soldier evacuates an elderly woman in a flooded street in La Plata, 39 miles southeast of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 3. Photo: Daniel Garcia / AFP - Getty Images

7) Jeanne Malone, left, walks past Christine Hubbard as she holds a bowl full of hail stones she collected following a hail storm Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Hitchcock, Texas. Thousands of people in the Houston and Galveston areas have lost electricity in overnight storms that dropped hail the size of baseballs and broke windows. Emergency officials say no injuries were reported. Photo: Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle via AP

8) An aircraft sits on its nose after making an emergency landing next to a power distribution box and a house in Haselau, Germany, on April 2. Technical problems are believed to be responsible for forcing the plane to make the emergency landing. Both of the people in the aircraft were only slightly injured. Photo: Angelika Warmuth / EPA

9) The Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy is lit up in blue to mark World Autism Day on April 2. Photo: Franco Silvi / EPA

10) Pope Francis kisses a child as he tours St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in his popemobile prior to his weekly general audience, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

11) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose for photos with children during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House tennis court April 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people are expected to attend the 134-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

12) People wearing their Easter hats pose for photos at the Easter Bonnet Parade in New York in this combination photo March 31, 2013. Photo: Carlo Allegri, Reuters

13) In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Spencer Slate, costumed as a scuba diving Easter bunny, hides eggs amid eel grass Sunday, March 31, 2013, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. About 80 adults and children participated in an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, seeking real hard-boiled eggs painted with non-toxic food coloring to avoid adverse effects on the marine ecosystem. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

14) A fishmonger tosses a halibut onto a table at the Fulton Fish Market, on March 29, 2013, in New York. The Fulton Fish Market, located in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, is the world's largest after Tokyo. In this football-field size refrigerated building, time and money are measured in thousand-dollar pieces of salmon whose price-for-quality is negotiated on the spot. The product goes to the buyer instantly and is trucked to restaurants or retail vendors. Here, a fishmonger peels the spine from a tuna at the Fulton Fish Market, on March 29, 2013, in New York. Photos: John Minchillo / AP

15) A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

16) A striped beakfish swims in a water-filled well or bait box, March 22, aboard a 20-foot-long Japanese boat that washed ashore recently at Long Beach, Wash. Biologists say five of the fish, plus other Japanese species of sea creatures, arrived alive, apparently hitching a ride across the Pacific Ocean on debris believed to have come from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. Photo: Allen Pleus / Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP

17) A leopard got a nasty surprise when it became trapped in a well at a temple in India on Thursday. The animal fell into the well while scouring for food on the premises of the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, local people said. Forest officers tranquilized the leopard before rescuing it from the well. Photo: Anupam Nath / AP

18) After emerging from winter hibernation, hundreds of ladybird beetles, often called ladybugs, cluster on a shrub in Spokane, Wash., on March 31, 2013. The ladybird beetle is a gardener’s best friend, eating perhaps its weight in aphids daily. Strict carnivores, they eat no leafy vegetation. Photo: Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review via AP

19) Pig-nosed turtles, confiscated from a cargo package that was shipped from the Papua province of Indonesia, are put inside a bucket during a press conference at the quarantine facility of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta on April 1. Photo: Tatan Syuflana / AP

20) A male koala joey sits next to a toy koala, meant to make weighing him easier, at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany, on March 27. Photo: Frank Augstein / AP

21) Brazilian anti-riot police take the field holding pellet shotguns to confront players of Argentina's Arsenal at the end of the Copa Libertadores soccer match against Brazil's Atletico Mineiro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

22) Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino calls to the referees to stop the game as Cardinals guard Kevin Ware lays on the court with a broken leg in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 31, 2013. Photo: Jeff Haynes / Reuters

23) Louisville players talk to guard Kevin Ware after Ware's injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional Final against Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament March 31 in Indianapolis, Ind. Photo: Darron Cummings / AP

24) Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware answers questions during a press conference, Wednesday April 3, 2013, at the KFC Yum! Center practice facility in Louisville, Ky. Ware was released from an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot during an NCAA college basketball regional championship game against Duke. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

25) Brandon Triche (20) of the Syracuse Orange is called for charging after running into Jordan Morgan (52) of the Michigan Wolverines late in the game in an NCAA Final Four semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, April 6, 2013. This play killed any chance for Syracuse. Michigan advanced to the finals, 61-56. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

26) Luke Hancock (11) of Louisville, right, ties up the ball with Ron Baker (31) of Wichita State, giving possession to Louisville, and helping seal a 72-68 Louisville victory in a semi-final matchup in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, April 6, 2013. (Jaime Green/Wichita Eagle/MCT)

27) Love this photo. Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel,  center,  confronts Baylor's Brittney Griner, left, after Schimmel scored in the second half, with Sheronne Vails behind her last Sunday. Louisville upset the #1 women's basketball team in the nation and the defending champions. Photo: Alonzo Adams, AP

28) Rutgers President Robert Barchi describes Friday, April 5, 2013, in New Brunswick, N.J., the shoving he saw on a video that showed men's head basketball coach Mike Rice's abusive behavior. Barchi also announced the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, who had decided to "rehabilitate" rather than fire Rice, whose abusive behavior was captured on a video. Barchi's job appeared to be safe. Pernetti dismissed Rice on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

29) Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy gets a pie in the face from teammate Carlos Gomez during a post-game interview after an opening day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, on April 1, 2013, in Milwaukee. Lucroy hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the eleventh inning. The Brewers won 5-4. Photo: Jeffrey Phelps / AP

30) Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez  takes a home run away from Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

31) Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford reacts as Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer rounds the bases after his two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

32) A fan falls onto the field as Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera chases down a foul ball from the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of an opening day baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

33) A baseball fan catches a foul ball with his ball cap during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

34) South African Matt Silver-Vallance floats through the mist across the Atlantic ocean in False Bay between Robben Island and the mainland during his crossing flying beneath a cluster of helium filled party balloons in Cape Town, South Africa, April 6. This is the first Helium Balloon cluster flight in Africa crossing the distance between the former prison Island and the mainland approximately eight kilometers suspended beneath a cluster of 157 party balloons. Matt Silver-Vallance reacts after he flew across the sea from Nelson Mandela's apartheid island prison using helium-filled giant party balloons. The goal of the 3.7-mile crossing was to raise $1 million to help build a children's hospital named after 94-year-old Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in democratic elections in 1994 after negotiating an end to white racist rule. Photos: Nic Bothma / EPA and Rodger Bosch / AFP - Getty Images

35) Catherine, Countess of Strathearn is shown a doll of herself by Dayna Miller which she got as a Christmas present as she stops to talk to some school children during a visit to Dumfries House on April 05, 2013 in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved the bitter cold to attend the opening of an outdoor centre in Scotland today. The couple joined the Prince of Wales at Dumfries House in Ayrshire where Charles has led a regeneration project since 2007. Hundreds of locals and 600 members of youth groups including the Girl Guides and Scouts turned out for the official opening of the Tamar Manoukin Outdoor Centre. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

36) Young ballet dancers Chloe Rotonda, left, Natacha Ross and Isabella Riordan inspect their slippers while waiting for their turn for an audition of 6 year olds at the School of American Ballet in New York on Friday, April 5. About 100 6-year-olds auditioned at Lincoln Center during part of the spring recruiting season for new students. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

37) I missed it. How about you? Revelers take part in a giant pillow fight in Trafalgar Square on 'International Pillow Fight Day' on April 6, in London, England. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

38) Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash pose for pictures after getting married at Ridglea Baptist Church in Forth Worth, Texas, March 30, 2013. Wiens was the first American to receive a full face transplant after accidentally touching a high voltage wire while on a construction job and met Nash at a burn victim support group at Parkland Memorial Hospital after Nash had been in a bad car accident that left her with severe burns throughout her body. Photo: Ian C. Bates / The Dallas Morning News via Reuters

39) A model prepares backstage at the Goga Sabekia show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia Fall/Winter 2013/2014 at Manege on April 1, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for MBFW Russia)

It was 20 years ago today: Don't drink the water

One of the awards I received while News Director at WTMJ-AM that I am very proud of was for our news department's ongoing team coverage of the Cryptosporidium outbreak.

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Vindication for Milw. Co. Sheriff David Clarke

When Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke made the following public service announcement not too long ago, his supporters understood the message's plain and simple truth and common sense.


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Culinary no-no #323

Culinary no-no's



"According to research, skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger. Several studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals."

Sounds reasonable. Gotta eat breakfast.

So, let’s have some…

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My Most Popular Blogs (04/08/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

1) Franklin aldermanic election results

2) Isn't it about time Franklin provide a lifestyle befitting its wealthy constituency?

3) Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where the music is fine and the lights are always low

4) Sports people need to quit using the "A" word 

5) How dumb is Franklin City Hall? 

6) Franklin aldermanic candidates in their own words

7) The latest pro­life news (04/01/13) including important election news

8) Dr. Ben Carson: White liberals are the most racist people out there

9) When local candidates knock on your door these last few days...

10) Photos of the Week (03/31/13) 

Franklin, you mean our fancy economic development brochure...

Wasn't good enough?

I'm shocked!

The latest pro-life news (04/08/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

Wisconsin Right To Life

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ND basketball fans, join me today...

In a little consolation.

February 9, 2013.

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Jennifer, did you know Kyla doesn't belong to us?

Complete left-wing nutjob.

Rich Lowry weighs in.

UPDATE: Vindication for Milw. Co. Sheriff David Clarke

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Somewhere in America...

And then there's...

Geese swim by a park bench immersed in flood waters at the Village Park in the Village of Thiensville on Wednesday. The area is under a flood watch throughout today, with several more inches of rain expected.

Nature Frozen in time...Photo courtesy of SadieLee Dawiedczyk<br>Do you have a weather-related photo you want to share? Send it to

John Thom stands on a pile of ice and takes a photo after high winds caused ice shoves on Lake Winnebago's west shore. The shoves destroyed boat launches and threatened homes along Hunters Point Rd. April 9, 2013 in Town of Neenah, Wis. Wm. Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

High winds caused ice shoves on Lake Winnebago's west shore that destroyed boat launches and threatened homes along Hunters Point Rd. April 9, 2013 in Town of Neenah, Wis. Wm. Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media


Pictures 1-4:

Picture 5:

Pictures 6-8: Appleton Post Crescent website


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Senate aims for bipartisan gun grab

Senate aims for bipartisan gun grab

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What about gun control? Let's ask police officers

From today’s Wall Street Journal: has some speculation from a source some would regard as especially authoritative: police officers: "More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility."

Among the findings:

• Asked if a federal ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime, only 2.7% said yes, to 95.7% no.

• Only 7.6% thought a ban on so-called assault weapons would reduce violent crime; 71% thought it wouldn't help, and 20.5% thought it would aggravate the problem.

• On the more general question of what effect the White House's suite of gun restrictions would have on the safety of police officers, only 11.6% said it would help; 60.6% thought it would have no effect, and 24.6% thought it would make cops less safe.

• Asked what the likely outcome would have been at Aurora and Newtown had a legally armed civilian been on the scene, 80% said it would have meant fewer casualties and 6.2% said it would have prevented casualties altogether. Only 5.5% said it would have led to greater loss of life.

• Asked which measure would help most in preventing large-scale public shootings, a plurality (28.8%) said more-permissive concealed-carry policies for civilians. The second and third choices were also not on the Obama agenda: more-aggressive institutionalization of the mentally ill (19.6%) and more armed guards (15.8%). Only then do we get improved background screening for gun purchasers, (14%), followed by longer prison terms for gun-related violent crimes (7.9%). Bringing up the rear were tighter limits on weapons sales (1.5%) and legislative restrictions on "assault weapons" and magazines (0.9%).

Annette Funicello put a face on Multiple Sclerosis


As a youngster, I watched on television every weekday afternoon, The Mickey Mouse Club.  I knew all the players (Zorro was my favorite), including Annette. Yes, you could say that even at that young age I loved Annette and all the others because I felt as though I knew them. They were my friends.

Much later, for many, many years, I knew she was very ill. Still, the news of her death this week was unbelievably hard and sad.

W5 takes an exclusive, in-depth look at the effects Multiple Sclerosis has had on "America's Sweetheart", Annette Funicello, since being forced to retire from public life. Also, hear how her husband and caretaker, Glen Holt came to embrace CCSVI treatment for his wife and support its research through the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.

This report from last October, though I encourage you to view, is heartbreaking and very difficult to see. At the same time, her husband’s devoted love is heart-warming.


InterCHANGE is back

After two weeks off for the Easter break, the panel returns tonight along with guest host Mark Siegrist.

The show is on next Friday, then takes two weeks off for the annual Public Television Auction.

2ND UPDATE: Culinary no-no #321

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In…

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Liberals will hate this news, and they shouldn't

In this sour world of political discourse poisoned by high-powered rhetoric, there is an issue that undoubtedly should truly be bipartisan: job creation.

Unfortunately, here in Badger Land, it’s not.

Liberals proclaim that we should wish President Obama and his economic policies well so the country can rebound. So far those policies have set America back, not forward.

Using the same logic, liberals should hope that Governor Walker’s agenda succeeds for the betterment of the entire state. They don’t.

Governor Walker stated before his election the first time that he wanted to help create 250,000 new private sector jobs. Regardless of political affiliation, Wisconsinites should hope we reach that goal. It doesn’t matter if a job recipient has an “R” or “D” after his/her name. Connecting that person with a job is all that matters.

This week the conservative MacIver Institute is reporting that new figures indicate Wisconsin is more than halfway to Walker’s goal.

If the MacIver Institute's conclusion is correct, we should all be happy, right? Instead, the left attacks the numbers and the media source. Why? Politics is far more important than the greater good. No way will they give in and concede a potential Walker victory.

Beyond sad. It’s reprehensible when a certain faction roots for the state to fail.

2ND UPDATE: This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend inspired by beautiful voices!

“The Irish songbirds with the angelic voices and killer hair.”

From a 2012 review about Celtic Woman in the Anniston Star (FL).

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

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

We are not as fortunate as Katy who works in the bakery department at Sendik’s in Franklin. Katy has tickets to see Celtic Woman this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Milwaukee Theatre. Celtic Woman is in the midst of a North American Tour.

Whether you can’t see the show or can’t wait to get there, tonight’s musical selections filmed at terrific locations will be very entertaining.

The group has enjoyed several best-selling albums and PBS specials/DVDs, singing for three U.S. presidents, sold-out concerts around the globe, and has won Billboard Magazine’s World Music Artist of the Year award on seven occasions.

Celtic Woman recently performed in Buffalo. Buffalo News critic Ben Siegel wrote:

"(Máiréad) Nesbitt, who might appear as being less technically a 'Celtic Woman,' simply because she plays fiddle and doesn’t sing, is an odd force in this ensemble. Nesbitt exudes the most potent sex appeal of the group (though they all turn theirs out, in appropriate and adequate doses), and does it while dancing up and down, and side to side – with a fiddle under her neck, no less. Her moves during  'Granuaile’s Dance' are the kind that would stop a dance floor of even stringless dancers, kicking and head-banging, twirling and leaping, flustered and yet seamless. It’s a bit much, but I guess as there’s not much to compare it to, it’s pretty wonderful."


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The best cartoons of the week (04/13/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (04/13/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 42. Some sun, yes. Temps way below normal. "D"

SUNDAYUPDATED: Chance of showers, windy. High of 56. "D"

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

I’m not a proponent of medical marijuana.  That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to the readers of Ms. Elaine Kneeous, who know I’m a pretty conservative gal.  I won’t debate the entire issue here on The Barking Lot.  But I will bring up a sub-argument:  giving the stuff to dogs in the name of helping them feel better.

It’s not exactly surprising that some fruit loop “veterinarian” would think that getting your dog stoned is a good idea.  I’m sure many will be jumping on the bandwagon soon.  Well why not?  If we can get high because of a “medical condition” why shouldn’t our pets be able to as well?

And it’s not just if your dog is suffering from terminal cancer like the aforementioned vet’s was.  Heck now!  If your cat happens to have a diminished appetite than by all means replace the cat nip with another weed to give it the “munchies.”  No, I’m not kidding. 

Besides the general stupidity of giving your canine cannabis, here’s another thought…  What if the vets out there who are proponents aren’t on the upper end of the ethics scale?  What if they’d be more than willing to prescribe a “two-fer” to medicate both pooch and owner?  For just a small, under-the-table fee of course.

If I happened to find out that our (future) dog’s vet was all about getting our dog stoned in the name of medical science like this nitwit, I can tell you one thing.  We’d have a new provider faster than you can say “Snoopy.”

A sensible counterpoint comes from, of all places, a DENVER, CO site.

And check out this CBS News video.

Really, if you wanna smoke your brains out go ahead.  But how ‘bout giving Fido another option?
---Jennifer Fischer

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

Killings of dogs mount in Idaho.

Disabled vet and service dog told to leave gun shop.

What to do if a dog is drowning at sea? The experts say...

University of Waterloo tries dog patrol to solve goose problem.

Smuggling dogs into forbidden areas
is on the rise.

The San Diego Zoo pairs cheetahs with dogs. Read why.

Lucy knew.

Banjo is very lucky.  MORE.

Dauz is found, 8 months and 900 miles later.

Is your dog a DINOS?

Yes, this woman could use a dog.


Sandy Dog Nannies to the rescue.

Column: Lessons from my dog



And we close as we always do with our closing video.

Remember to tell a fellow dog-lover about us.

Now, more pit bulls are put down than any other canine breed. Is the demonization of this breed legitimate or is it time we change the way we view the pit bull? The Huffington Post published this, sometimes spirited debate.

See ya, BARK, next week!


Week-ends (04/13/13)


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...


Rich Fisher and the University of Nebraska football team

Austin Smith

Cole Steffens

Margaret Thatcher

Jackie Robinson

Joe Bartolotta's brother-in-law


Whoever did this

Darry Sragow

David Gregory


This letter from state Senator Mike Ellis
is, and I’m not surprised, is loaded with one great quote after another.

"If we lose a franchise, the chances of ever getting one back would be very slim.”
Cory Nettles, Department of Commerce secretary under former Gov. Jim Doyle and now managing director of an investment firm, said "it would be a great tragedy for us to lose the scarce commodity of an NBA franchise,” referring to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"AB 85 would make drastic changes to the Board without listening to the voices of Milwaukee County residents…A recent poll by Marquette University’s Charles Franklin indicates a 48-48 split between those who want a full-time and those who want a part-time County Board. That is not a call for state imposition of a state mandate. That is a call for more local decision-making. How can the state impose its own “reform” work when the community is not asking for it and all stakeholders are not working on it together?"
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic testifying before the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing in Madison.

"Milwaukee County residents have already signaled their support for these reforms. In spring of 2012, residents of 12 Milwaukee County municipalities indicated their desire for change when more than 80 percent of voters supported a nonbinding referendum calling for a part-time county board. The legislation would once again give voters the opportunity to choose how they would be represented, through a binding referendum on the April 2014 ballot. It will let the voters, not the politicians themselves, decide what is most important – critical quality-of-life services or preserving the full-time jobs of career politicians."
From a blog co-signed by State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) and State Reps. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Dave Craig (R-Waterford), Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee) and Jim Ott (R-Mequon).

“We’re in deep doo doo.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney discussed tensions on the Korean peninsula with Republican leaders in Congress in a closed-door meeting Tuesday, warning them that the United States was in danger.

"This is about these families and families all across the country who are saying let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down."
President Obama

"'Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down'? What a bizarre thing to imagine anyone saying. No doubt lots of parents, upon hearing of school shootings, react with fright at the thought that the victims could have been anyone's children, including their own. Surely for most rational adults that feeling quickly passes, given that the odds of such a thing happening are minuscule. But who would say, with that creepy detachment, 'Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down'? Only an exceedingly cynical politician."
James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal

"There is a lot of rhetoric. The Administration is, I think, really playing on emotions. What it is not focused on are actual policies that will stop violent crime ... You’ve got the horrific tragedy in Newtown which the administration is, I think, trying to take advantage of."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

"And as I visited with the Pendleton family at Hadiya’s funeral, I couldn’t get over how familiar they felt to me. Because what I realized was Hadiya’s family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her. But I got to grow up, and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School, and have a career and a family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine.

"And Hadiya? Oh, we know that story. Just a week after she performed at my husband’s inauguration, she went to a park with some friends and got shot in the back because some kid thought she was in a gang. Hadiya’s family did everything right, but she still didn’t have a chance. And that story -– the story of Hadiya’s life and death –- we read that story day after day, month after month, year after year in this city and around this country."
The First Lady in a speech in Chicago about guns where she compared herself to Hadiya Pendleton who was shot just a week after performing at the inauguration.

"No, no, she's obviously running. But what I was hoping is that she would have taken more time to become what she called herself “untired.” "Untired,” that was her term. You know, she wanted to sleep in, to be able to recharge herself. She hasn't given herself that time, and I think that's sending a bad message to women that the only way to succeed, the only way to run is to drive yourself into the ground. After all, she collapsed. She had a concussion. And right now, you see a greater debate among corporations, among individuals, how can we define success? How we can actually reduce stress and burnout which is having a terrible impact on our health care system? 75 percent of health care costs are because of chronic, preventable diseases many of them brought about by stress. She could be an incredible leader in helping us do our life and our success differently not just for women but for men."
Liberal blogger Arianna Huffington on Hillary Clinton.

“We are sick and tired of the NAACP coming into our communities and actually ‘pimping.' Fifty percent of the African American babies that are being born today are aborted—we’re concerned about that—yet the NAACP supports Planned Parenthood, so it’s time that we tell the NAACP no more.”
Rev. Edward Pinkney, President of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization and former President of the Benton Harbor chapter of the NAACP.

"Has the welfare state killed the work ethic for a rising share of the American people? If you can live a comfortable life with your food, shelter, health care, education and income paid for or subsidized, why work when you don’t have to?

"Today, the top 1 percent of Americans in income pays 37 percent of all income taxes. The top half of wage earners pays 98 percent of all income taxes. How long can one-half of America carry the other?

"With the Baby Boomers going on Social Security and Medicare at a rate of 300,000 a month, and scores or hundreds of thousands going on disability rolls and quitting the labor force every month, what kind of future are we looking at?"
Pat Buchanan

"The typical answer given for many black problems is racial discrimination. No one argues that every vestige of racial discrimination has been eliminated. But the relevant question is: How much of what we see can be explained by discrimination? I doubt whether anyone would argue that the reason for lower unemployment, higher labor force participation and shorter duration of unemployment among blacks in the first half of the 20th century was that there was less racial discrimination. I also doubt whether anyone would argue that during earlier periods, blacks had higher education and greater skills attainment than whites. Answers must be sought elsewhere."
Columnist Walter Williams who serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.'

"Margaret Thatcher had more impact on the world than any woman ruler since Catherine the Great of Russia. Not only did she turn around—decisively—the British economy in the 1980s, she also saw her methods copied in more than 50 countries. 'Thatcherism' was the most popular and successful way of running a country in the last quarter of the 20th century and into the 21st."
Historian Paul Johnson

"According to Bill O’Reilly, pundits cannot appeal to the Bible any longer for public policy regarding homosexuals that want to get married. At least I think it’s just in regards to homosexual marriages. Hell, I don’t know when and where we can use the Scripture any longer. Can we still use it in church? Does anyone know?

"Yep, as of March 26th 2013, if you believe Bill, then going forward we cannot cite the colossal lawgiver Moses, the erudite Apostle Paul, the sage Solomon or even that know-it-all Jesus lest we be deemed a 'Bible thumper'.

"So, let me get this straight, even though Jesus Christ said marriage is solely a union between a man and a woman (Mat.19:4-6), according to Mr. O’Reilly, we can’t inject that stuff into the mix or we’ll be discounted as a Bible thumper?"
Conservative columnist, author, and talk show host Doug Giles

"It's interesting that in 2013, with attitudes towards homosexuality changing so dramatically in this country, there isn't a single major athlete in a major professional sport playing right now who has come out and said, 'I'm gay.' Why is that?...What is it going to take to change that and have someone come out and say it?"
NBC's Matt Lauer


Putting Obama's tax increases in perspective.


Against advice from their own attorneys, is the Milwaukee County Board secretly negotiating with a decertified union?

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror.


Will Tiger Woods win the Masters?


Yes, the dog did eat it.

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The Packing House: Delicious New Sunday Brunch Menu


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Following in Elvis' footsteps


Elvis' home...

Located in...

Elvis' home away from home...

The Wall Street Journal found that The King left his mark on Palm Springs.


Recommended Reading (04/13/13)

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).

Badger Brat Pack charting GOP's path

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Photos of the Week (04/14/13)

Photos of the Week

1) These are the seats reserved for the media at the Kermit Gosnell trial. Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor, is on trial for a lurid series of lurid crimes at his clinic. Since the murder trial of Gosnell began March 18, there has been little coverage of the case. Photo: JD Mullane/

2) Investigators and emergency workers swarm Friday over the scene of a burned-out home in West Allis where the bodies of three young children were discovered the day before. The children’s mother has been taken into custody. Journal Sentinel photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff

3) Firefighters work at the scene of an explosion Thursday in Fond du Lac, WI. According to firefighters, one neighbor was taken to a hospital with minor injuries when a duplex near the Highway 151 bypass and Fourth Street Road exploded shortly before 5 a.m. Firefighters and police responded to 340 Twilight Trail about 4:55 a.m., according to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s dispatch log. The duplex is new construction and was unoccupied, according to the log. Journal Sentinel photo Mark Hoffman

4) British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel in 1986. Thatcher died last week. Photo: Jockel Fink, AP

5) Anti-Thatcher revelers spray champagne in George Square, Glasgow, on April 8, 2013. Photo: David Moir / Reuters

6) North Koreans dance beneath a painting of late leader Kim Il Sung during a mass folk dancing gathering in Pyongyang on April 11. The gathering marked the anniversary of the first of many titles of power given to leader Kim Jong Un after the death of his father Kim Jong Il. Photo: David Guttenfelder / AP

7) An eye-opening experience for Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) as he is confronted by a topless demonstrator during a tour of the Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 8, 2013. He was accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center right) and Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn (extreme right). Security staff stop another topless demonstrator at the Volkswagen stand at the Hanover Fair. "Regarding this performance, I liked it," grinned Putin at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding that it had helped to promote the trade fair though he suggested that the security men could have been "gentler". "I did not catch what they were shouting, I did not even see if they were blondes, brunettes or chestnut-haired ... I don't see anything terrible in (the protest), though I think ... it is better to be dressed if one wants to discuss political matters." Photos: Jochen Luebke / EPA

8) A U.S. Border Patrol canine team works with an U.S. Air and Marine agent to detain an undocumented immigrant after chasing him down near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours before they were caught. The Rio Grande Valley sector of has seen more than a 50 percent increase in illegal immigrant crossings from last year, according to the Border Patrol. Agents say they have also seen an additional surge in immigrant traffic since immigration reform negotiations began this year in Washington D.C. Proposed refoms could provide a path to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers living in the United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

9) House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, holds a copy of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal book as he questions Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2013, as Sebelius testified before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the HHS fiscal 2014 budget request. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

10) A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he stands on the balcony of St. John's in Lateran basilica after celebrating a solemn mass in Rome, Italy, April 7. The pontiff officially took possession of the basilica which is his cathedral in his capacity as bishop of Rome last Sunday. Photo: Tony Gentile, Reuters

11) A 46-foot-high statue of Pope John Paul II was installed at the Miniature Park in Czestochowa, Poland, on Sunday. The monument, which is reputed to be the world's largest statue of the former pope, was set to be formally unveiled on April 13.  Photo: Waldemar Deska / EPA.

12) The sculpture of the late Pope John Paul II during the unveiling ceremony in Czestochowa, Poland, on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Archbishop Waclaw Depo unveiled the 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure that was funded by a businessman, Leszek Lyson, in gratitude for what he believes was an intervention by the late pontiff in saving his drowning son. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

13) The Washington Monument is reflected as a couple walks hand-in-hand beneath cherry trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington on April 8, 2013. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, with peak bloom occurring early last week. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

14) The sun and atmospheric conditions combine to create a rainbow colored ring around the sun, known as a solar halo, in the skies above Havana, Cuba on Friday. Photo: Franklin Reyes / AP

15) The Kremlin released a series of photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin gamboling in the snow with his dogs Yume, left, and Buffy at his countryside residence outside Moscow. Photo: Alexsey Druginyn / Kremlin Pool - RIA Novosti via EPA

16) Penn State law student Ben Premack sits on his custom recumbent bicycle as his dogs pull him along the jogging path next to West Park Ave., in State College, Pa., on April 9. Premack customized his bicycle to help exercise his Tamaskan dogs which are bred to pull. Photo: Nabil K. Mark / Centre Daily Times via AP

17) Guilford County Animal Control officer E. Afari carries a pig to his truck after catching it in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Citizens in the area called police after seeing the animal roaming around Thursday afternoon. Both animal control and a Greensboro Police officer who responded to the scene said they did not know where the pig came from. Photo: Nelson Kepley, AP

18) A herd of deer runs through a snowy field in a village near Czestochowa, southern Poland, at sunset on April 7. Photo: Janek Skarzynski / AFP - Getty Images

19) An 8-inch-long banana slug slowly crosses a country road on a rainy morning near Elkton, Oregon, on April 7.  Photo: Robin Loznak

20) A blue-crowned pigeon sits in its exhibit at Toni's Zoo in Rothenburg, Switzerland, on April 6. Photo: Sigi Tischler / EPA

21) Injured Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware cuts down the net after the Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines at Monday's NCAA title game in Atlanta. Photo: Chris Keane / Reuters

22) United States goalie Jessie Vetter celebrates as Canada's Jennifer Wakefield looks on at the end of the gold-medal game at the women's world hockey championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The United States won 3-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

23) Honorary starter Arnold Palmer celebrates his drive from the first tee to begin the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Palmer was an honorary starter along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

24) Philadelphia Flyers left winger Jay Rosehill (37) gets a stick shoved into his mouth by Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) as linesman Steve Miller tries to break up during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

25) Eddie “Flathead Ed” Wilcoxson was asleep on the fold-out cot of his 24-foot pontoon boat on Friday, April 12, when what would become a state record flathead catfish began taking drag at Bartlett Lake. About 35 minutes later, at 2:37 a.m., Wilcoxson, 56, boated what Arizona Game and Fish Department officials verified is a 76.52-pound flathead catfish. It measured 53.5 inches in total length with a 34.75-inch girth. It also became the heaviest recorded fish of any species in state history. Photo: AZGFD

26) A student ponders while drawing routes on a map of London in a test center in north London. All London black cab drivers are required to pass the Knowledge in order to be issued with a Hackney Carriage Licence. On average, between three and four years are needed to acquire this knowledge. A recent scientific study has shown that the area of the brain responsible for spatial memory, the hippocampus was significantly larger in taxi drivers. Aboard London taxis, drivers do not use GPS, they know the city by heart, preferring to rely on their memory rather than on modern technologies. Photo: Carl Court, Getty Images

27) Members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters visit a Civil War mural on their way to the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. They were going there to hear a Lincoln speech in the House chamber given by fellow presenter Jerry Payn. About three dozen Abraham Lincoln impersonators from around the U.S. are convening in Columbus for their 19th annual convention to compare notes and costumes and tour some Abe-related historical sites. Photo: Mike Munden, AP

28) A model prepares backstage ahead of the Romance Was Born show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on April 8, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

29) Models show their nails to jury members behind the wall during the 6th German Nailart-Trophy 'Circus, Magic - Manege' at the BEAUTY FORUM and trade fair in Leipzig, Germany, April 13. BEAUTY FORUM 2013 is one of the most important cosmetic trade fairs in Germany. Photos: Jens Meyer,

Seen this morning in God's Country...that would be Franklin, WI, USA

This should not be what my yard looks like mid April!

No, it didn't last long, but still...

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Culinary no-no #324

Culinary no-no's

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America, I know how you feel

130254 600 Claiming Dependents cartoons

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Welcoming Mila Hager to the world!

My Most Popular Blogs (04/15/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

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The latest pro-life news (04/15/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Right To Life Wisconsin (WRTL):

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UPDATE: The latest pro-life news (04/15/13)

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Presidential Politics, and GOP has questions to answer

By Guest bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers/Editors

Wisconsin  Conservative Digest

Is the present GOP dead?  Can it be redone with new ideas and regain power or do we need a radical re-alignment of ideas and emphasis.  Can the present proposed candidates stand up against Hillary Clinton?  What do you think?  Hillary is a formidable candidate, and very well liked, at the present time.  We need new ideas and a new direction. We cannot just warm over a few leftwing programs but real, new ideas.  At present only Rand Paul has that potential. Maybe some more candidates will come along with some earthshaking insights.  Serving up the same old oatmeal will not do it.

That is why we are forming a study group to discuss Rand Paul and his ideas. Steve Welcenbach, Jean and I will co-chair it.  Steve is the editor of Reality News.  Contact us if you are interested??

Republicans Must Answer Ten Questions

1.  What issues should the party emphasize?  Are we going to serve up the same old hash, re-warmed slightly?

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Home Defense and Sheriff Clarke

By Guest bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers/Editors

Wisconsin Conservative Digest

Homeland security tells us that if you are attacked, call 911 and look for a sharp scissors.

Colleges are telling coeds to vomit or pee on potential attackers.  Good trick if you can do it. Maybe some large belches or blow your nose too??

How about Joe Biden. Run out on your porch with your shotgun and shoot two shots up into the air.  Hope you can reload fast and have more than two rounds. 

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says to get some training, education, practice, get a gun, then call 911. Who do you trust?

Sheriff Clarke is at odds with Gentleman Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn who wants to disarm Milwaukee emulating Chicago.  Police time getting to crime scenes is quite long.  I suppose that you could ask the perps to play cards with you while you are waiting. In 12 years only 43 people were prosecuted for straw purchases of guns, 20 convicted. The DA spends more time on John Doe, political cases.

In Milwaukee the Left that controls city hall, the failing schools, MMSD etc. practice "Get out of Jail Free cards, second chances, community corrections" and other failed social engineering that leads criminals to laugh at the system.  When they do get convicted judges let them off with short sentences.  No wonder Milwaukee is a shooting gallery.

If we spent all the money on putting people away, to protect the people, that they want to use to penalize the people, things would be better off.

Sheriff Clarke and other law enforcement officers warn people, because of the increase in home invasions, do not let strange people into your house.  Keep them outside.  Home invasions, car jackings are way up.

Who needs advice for that serial adulterer, Ed Flynn, failed police chief from Milwaukee, where all problems go to die unsolved.  Flynn says that none of us, all 2 million or so gun owners in this state, need semi autos.  The fact that we have been using these for almost 100 years with little problems, few crimes are committed with rifles.  Flynn and Barrett are unable to solve crime in Milwaukee so they naturally blame the 2 million or so people in this state that have deer rifles instead of the bad guys that the Left continually lets out of jail early with only "Get out of Jail free" monopoly cards. 

Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers/Editors
Wisconsin Conservative Digest

"What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?"

A recent Gallup poll asked that very question. I think you can guess what ranked near the top.

But where did some other issues turn up? For example, with President Obama, liberals and the mainstream media screaming for gun control, what percentage of poll respondents thought this was the most important problem in America?



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E-mails, I get e-mails: CFLs are dangerous

From the Alliance for Natural Health:

“The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs by 2014. But CFL bulbs contain mercury and emit levels of ultraviolet radiation so high that they can actually burn skin and skin cells and could cause skin cancer in its deadliest form—melanoma.

“Broken bulbs also pose a significant danger, releasing mercury vapor in concentrations 8,000 times the amount that a child should receive. The bulbs also contain other cancer-causing chemicals.

“EISA will effectively eliminate 40-, 60-, 75-, and 100-watt incandescent bulbs. Please contact your legislators immediately and call for a repeal of the ban on incandescent lights.”

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UPDATE: "What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?" --The Franklin version

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

What if a similar question was posed just to the residents of Franklin?

"What do you think is the most important problem facing Franklin today?

Here are some possible responses. Which do you think would rank near the top?

We need at least two or three new high schools otherwise we won’t be able to keep up with, like, ya know, South Milwaukee.

Forget improved academics. Our schools need swimming pools, badminton courts, a football field with a retractable roof, separate facilities for hip hop and Avant-garde dance practice and plasma TVs in the cafeterias.

Noxious weeds.


Dogs impersonating as coyotes.

The lack of a full-time mayor.

Not enough banks.

Blinding LEDs that the city can use but small businesses should not.

No martini lounge.

FranklinNOW keeps switching reporters. Could they for once just please come up with a good one?

Emerald Ash Borer, or whatever the hell it’s called.

Too many unlicensed lemonade stands.

Not enough outdoor cafes with access to pedestrians that would be wonderful attractions this April.

How come we can’t schedule a groundbreaking for new school improvements when it’s not flooding all over the place?

Too many guys cheating on their wives are using Franklin motels to do so.

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What happened to Dan Jones?

Regular viewers of Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE noted that a week ago Mark Siegrist sat in for Dan and tonight Joanne Williams was the guest host.

I know wherever I go people will ask questions. So here’s the deal.

No, Dan is not sick.

No, Dan did not get fired.

Dan is fine.

InterCHANGE is off for the next two weeks due to the Milwaukee Public Television annual auction.

Dan returns the following week.

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that's twice as nice!

"I've always believed that if you don't stay moving, they will throw dirt on you."
Paul Anka 

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.



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The best cartoons of the week (04/20/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (04/20/13)

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 43.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Chance of afternoon showers. High of 55. "C" if the rain holds off.

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

According to the National Weather Service as of April 18, 2013 Milwaukee has had 6.89 inches of precipitation since April 1.  “Normal” precipitation for that time period in April is 2.18 inches.  While complaining does NOTHING to change the forecast I will tell you this:  If I don’t get some sun – SOON – I’m going to turn into a mushroom.

If you’re a dog owner, especially one who walks their pup daily, you are particularly not happy about our recent deluge.  Not only do YOU have to tolerate the rain as you’re out for your “duty run” you also have to put up with wet dog smell.  Seriously, I can think of few scents more noxious than soggy doggy.  Have you ever looked down at your four-legged friend, gazed into their adoring eyes and said, “How on earth can you smell so bad?”

If he had thumbs, he might hop on the computer and direct you here for some possible answers.  “Great,” you think to yourself.  “But what else can I do about it?”  If you want some simple home remedies, consider these tips.

Since there seems to be no rainbow in our forecast any time soon, you might want to consider another option for keeping Rex rain-free.  Yes, it’s an obvious one…  You shouldn’t be the only one on your walking team sporting rain gear.  

Here’s to future sunny days.  Perhaps by Independence Day we’ll have all dried out!
---Jennifer Fischer


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Week-ends (04/20/13)


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...


Bill Iffrig

Carlos Arredondo ... MORE.

Joe Andruzzi ... MORE.

David Henneberry


Kids in Boston.

Officer Kohr from Oxnard.


The Boston Bombers

Senator Elizabeth Warren


“I talked to my sons yesterday, both of them. We talked about the bombing. I was worried about them, they said they were okay. I feel terrible! Why they kill my son? Something wrong! My sons never do bombing. They hated guns – how they do bombs? 'They never could have done this. Never, ever, ever!”
Anzor Tsamaev, the father of the suspects in the Boston bombing, screaming and yelling during an interview with People magazine.

“I've been watching it and reading it. The people who did this, they don't deserve to even exist on this Earth, that is what I think.” I just wish they never existed. I'm wordless. I'm shocked.”
The uncle of the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings has said he wishes his nephews 'never existed' and called them both 'losers'. Ruslan Tsarni held a press conference outside of his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland where he said that they had brought 'shame' on both their family and their country. He described the older brother as a 'loser' and said the pair were 'barbarians.'

"Tragic events have taken place in Boston. A terrorist attack killed people. We have already expressed our condolences to the people of the city and to the American people. Today, the media reports, one Tsarnaev was killed as [police] tried to arrest him. It would be appropriate if he was detained and investigated, and the circumstances and the extent of his guilt determined. Apparently, the security services needed to calm down the society by any means necessary.

"Any attempt to draw a connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevs — if they are guilty — is futile. They were raised in the United States, and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America. The whole world must struggle against terrorism — that we know better than anyone else. We hope for the recovery of all the victims, and we mourn with the Americans."
Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov

“It’s exclusive because it’s completely f—-ing wrong.”
"The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart slamming CNN's reporting of the bombing.

“I am very concerned that not enough is being done so far—very concerned. When I’m home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect, they don’t know what affordability rules are, they don’t know what penalties may apply…A lot of people have no idea about all of this.… I just see a huge train wreck coming down, and you and I have discussed this many times and I don’t see any results yet.”
Author and supporter of Obamacare, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D–MT), revealed his unease about the law’s confusing implementation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is in charge of implementation.

“Today’s day and age has gotten so crazy. Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. You got all this stuff going on; it’s just a little bit insane for me, man. I’m not sure how to take it. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad.
We walked through the crowd here on opening day and in Boston. We came down through the bleachers on opening day. I don’t feel comfortable doing that.”

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon.

“For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights. Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.”
Marc LaMont Hill on the Huffington Post.

"Some people are surprised I can even read.”
Former President George W. Bush laughing off critics.

"We've got better things to do."
President Barack Obama denying any involvement with Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba trip.


The Boston bombings.


Choice schools boost college enrollment for black students.


The Boston bombings, and rightfully so, especially when the media got it right.


She wasn't going to stand by her man. So she picked up the phone...

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (04/20/13)

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).

A cop's eye-view of terrorism
(Written before Boston suspects were identified)

“Public-safety officials recognized that any public site, especially those with civic or economic symbolism, could be targeted for a spectacular act of terrorism. As far as we've come since 9/11, however, it is an impossible dream to think we can prevent every act of terror. That is a goal worth striving for, but some plots won't be deterred or foiled. So it was in Boston this week.”

A pox on both sides' rush to politics

“When did we all become so bitterly political? When did vicious killings, blind terrorism, the slaughter of innocent children and cruel rampages by mad men become so divisive and partisan in America?”

Where was God during the Boston Marathon?

“It is a fair question. I’ve asked it myself a time or two; especially after losing my husband some years back. There is something about death that shocks the rest of us into reality. We want answers…we need answers. We need to know that somehow in some way the pain we are feeling in that moment is of some significance to someone, somewhere in the universe.”

To the parents of Newtown:

“As this week’s gun control vote settles in, and as the President urges you toward angst and distress that compounds your already profound pain, I want to give you a different perspective that offers love, empathy and clarity.

“But before I get to one syllable of the differences I--and millions of Americans-- have with your chosen reaction to the tragedy in your town and in your families, there is something that needs to be said.”

Wasteful programs that make you want to pull your hair out

“This week we finally reached Tax Freedom Day – the day after which American workers begin to make money for themselves and their families instead of the government. While no one begrudges making a reasonable contribution for necessary services, how many of us are confident that our wages earned over the past 108 days are being spent carefully and wisely by the federal government in Washington, D.C?

“So while we all listen to politicians and government employee unions still bemoaning the modest cuts imposed by the Sequester, let’s scroll through the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) annual report highlighting just some of the waste and redundant programs still funded by our tax dollars.”

20 questions liberals can't answer

“Liberalism doesn't convince with logic. It can't, because the policies liberals advocate don't work. So instead, liberals have to use emotion-based ploys and attack the motives of people they disagree with while attempting to keep conservative arguments from being heard at all. Why? Because they have no good answers to questions like these.”

The higher our tech, the ruder we get

“People are much more likely to say things over the phone that they would never try to get away with saying while looking you in the eyes. Technology continued to evolve, and so did our opportunities for rudeness.”


Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


Photos of the Week (04/21/13)

Photos of the Week

1) The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is seen here putting a backpack down right next to 8-yr-old victim Martin Richard. Photo: Weasel Zippers blog

2) With thousands of runners still on the course at the Boston Marathon, two explosions rocked Boylston Street just yards from the finish line. The blasts ripped through crowded spectator viewing stands.The death toll was three with over 140 injured. The scene at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon when one of the two bombs exploded Monday, April 15, 2013. Photo: David L. Ryan/ Boston Globe Staff.

3) A second explosion goes off (rear) as Bill Iffrig was blown to the ground by the first explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

4) Victims of the explosion lay on the ground in shock at the scene of the explosion. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

5) Police officers run with their guns drawn as they hear the second explosion down the street. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

6) An injured person is wheeled across the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

7) People leave the bleachers at the finish line after the explosion. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff )

8) Runners who had not finished the race were stopped before the Massachusetts Avenue overpass on Commonwealth Avenue. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) 

9) A man comforts a victim on the sidewalk at the scene of the first explosion. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

10) A victim is moved out of the scene in a wheelchair. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

11) A child is comforted after explosions went off at the Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

12) Justine Franco of Montpelier, Vt., holds up a sign near Copley Square in Boston looking for her missing friend, April, who was running in her first Boston Marathon. (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)

13) A woman prays at the scene of the explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

14) It’s an iconic image that captures a moment when one Boston Marathon bystander became much more.  With blood-soaked hands and wearing a cowboy hat, Carlos Arredondo helps rush a young man in a wheelchair to safety after explosions turned Monday’s race into a disaster scene. He appears to be pinching closed a severed artery protruding from the victim’s thigh, stanching the flow of blood from a torn and shattered leg. "I kept talking to him. I kept saying, 'Stay with me, stay with me,'" Arredondo told the Portland, Maine, Press Herald. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP

15) The unfinished meals of fleeing customers left on tables at an outdoor restaurant near the scene of the bombings, April 16, in Boston. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

16) The remnants of a pressure cooker the FBI says was part of one of the bombs used during the Boston Marathon is seen at left, and the remains of a black backpack that the FBI says contained one of the bombs is seen at right. Photo:

17) People light candles for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosion at Olympic Forest Park on April 16, in Beijing, China. One of those killed in the bombing was a Chinese national who was attending Boston University.  Photo: Chinafotopress / Getty Images

18) The Boston area is under lockdown as a manhunt is underway for a suspect in the terrorist bombing of the 117th Boston Marathon. The Mass. Avenue bridge has only a few pedestrians crossing. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe via Getty Images

The FBI released video and photos of two "armed and dangerous" suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and appealed for the public's help in identifying them. The images showed two men in baseball caps. One of them was seen putting down a black backpack at the site of the second blast in Monday's attack. Both were seen walking together through the crowd. Photo: FBI

Police and SWAT teams search neighborhoods yard by yard after a police chase and shootout with two heavily armed men shortly following the shooting of an MIT police officer just three days after the dual bombings at the Boston Marathon in Watertown, Mass., April 19. Photo: Matt Campbell / EPA

21) Infrared images released by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing appear to show Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday, April 19, hiding in a Watertown, Mass., resident's boat in the resident's backyard. A police vehicle uses a boom to inspect the boat.  Photos: Massachusetts State Police

22) An ATF agent leans over Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass., on April 19, 2013. Photo: ATF

23) Cheers filled the streets after a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was captured alive but wounded Friday night — following a daylong manhunt that shut down the city. Photo:

24) A police officer and a woman react to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Mass. The 19-year-old college student wanted in the bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

25) Police officers and SWAT team members celebrate after the successful operation to capture 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19 in Watertown, Mass. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

26) A fan cheers during a tribute to first-responders to the Boston Marathon bombing before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20. Right: David Ortiz of the Red Sox speaks during a pre-game ceremony in memory of the victims of the bombings. Photos: AP, Getty Images

27) Bridal couple Sarah and Neil Sands, of Dublin, Ireland kiss as they pose for pictures outside an empty Fenway Park in Boston Friday, April 19, 2013. The Boston Red Sox baseball game against the Kansas City Royals was postponed because of the city-wide lockdown due to the police manhunt for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist who is a suspect in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

28) The Boston Red Sox line up during a tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, as an image of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier is displayed on the scoreboard, before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

29) Runners observe a moment of silence before the start of the London Marathon in Greenwich, southeast London, on April 21. Photo: Luke Macgregor / Reuters

30) A police officer is posted outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is being hospitalized, in Boston, April 20, 2013. The suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody late Friday night in Watertown, Mass., after a search that left his brother dead and the Boston area virtually shut down. (Evan McGlinn/The New York Times)

31) In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas on April 17, 2013. An earth-rattling explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 5 to 15 people, wounded more than 160 and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses, including a nursing home, officials said. Photo: Andy Bartee via AP

32) A pedestrian crosses flooded Illinois state route 161 in Belleville, Ill., April 18, 2013, after a quarter mile stretch of the road was quickly covered in water from heavy rains that were too much for the storm drains to handle. Photo: Derik Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat via AP

33) Mark and Jackie Barden, who lost their son Daniel in the Newtown school shooting, and their children Natalie and James stand with Nicole Hockley, center, whose son Dylan was slain, and Jeremy Richman, rear, father of Avielle, as President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 17, 2013, about measures to reduce gun violence and a bill to expand background checks during gun purchases that was defeated in the Senate. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

34) Bhawana Thami, then aged 8, cries while her father describes to a journalist her daughter's isolation from other children in their village, before Bhawana underwent surgery in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Feb. 28, 2012. Bhawana Thami was born with a rare condition that left half of her face covered with hair. Without treatment, the moles that caused the hair to grow could have become cancerous. Photo by David R Arnott, NBC News

35) The Horsehead Nebula shines in a Hubble Space Telescope image that marks this month's 23rd anniversary of the orbiting observatory's launch. Photo: NASA / ESA / AURA / STScI

36) Chinese residents look on as Gov. Scott Walker rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a dealership opening in Tianjin. Walker shakes hands with Harley-Davidosn fans during his Chinese trade mission. Photos: Milwaukee Business Journal.

37) Thank God for the Miller Park roof. New York Mets' Jonathon Niese throws in the snow before the start of a baseball doubleheader between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies on April 16 in Denver. Photo: Jack Dempsey / AP

38) Coors Field grounds crew and stadium employees shovel snow before the start of a baseball doubleheader between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies on April 16 in Denver. Photo: Jack Dempsey / AP

39) Bradley Johnson, of United States, performs with his dough during the freestyle event, part of the Pizza World Championships, in Parma, northern Italy on Wednesday. The 22th edition of the championships run from April 15 to April 17. Photo: Marco Vasini / AP

40) Former President George H.W. Bush poses for a group photo with the newly-announced Houston Texans cheerleaders. Here, he presents a rose to a cheerleader. Photos: Smiley N. Pool / AP

41) Tattoo artist Robert Duran touches up performer Ashley Lucero with a marijuana-themed body paint design, as Vanessa Pacheco looks on at right, at the Denver 4/20 pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Even before the passage in November 2012 of Colorado Amendment 64 promised the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, April 20th has for years been a celebration of marijuana counterculture, with the 2013 Denver rally expected to draw larger crowds than previous years. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

42) Penguins from SeaWorld are escorted by their handlers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the company's IPO, Friday, April 19, 2013, in New York. The broad Standard & Poor's 500 index opened higher early Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A duckling tries to climb out of a basket at a duck farm in Zhangzhou, China, on April 14. Photo: AFP - Getty Images

44) A kangaroo stands with its baby in its pouch at the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, on April 15. Photo: Tomasz Gzell / EPA

45) Canines attend a dog show in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 14. Photo: Luong Thai Linh
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"Just two days after the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon, hockey fans gathered at the city’s TD Garden to cheer for their team.

"Attendees accepted and dealt with heightened security as they entered the building and made way to their seats, and the crowd cheered as the color guard brought the flag onto the ice.

"Then, thousands of voices joined together for one of the most powerful renditions of the national anthem you’ll ever hear."


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Culinary no-no #325

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My Most Popular Blogs (04/22/13)

Most popular

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

1) Photos of the Week (04/14/13)

2) UPDATE: "What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?" ­­The Franklin version 

3) “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?" 

4) Home Defense and Sheriff Clarke

5) Seen this morning in God's Country...that would be Franklin, WI, USA

6) The latest pro­-life news (04/15/13) 

7) America, I know how you feel 

8) Culinary no­-no #324 

9) The Barking Lot ­- America's Finest Dog Blog (04/20/13) 

10) 2ND UPDATE: This is the kind of ridiculous junk we worry about in Franklin

A quote I missed for Week-ends

Often I miss good bits I could have included in Week-ends. That was the case last week as I didn’t see a statement by state Senator Glenn Grothman about the $650 million UW surplus (Remember the UW always plays the poverty card) that would have been a great contribution to QUOTES OF THE WEEK. Rather than chop it down into a small sound bite, I’m posting the entire statement. It’s terrific.

Time To Undo 2011-13 Tuition Increases
Governor’s 8.6% Taxpayer Funded Increase In First Year of Budget  Must Be Removed 

Madison:  Today Senator Glenn Grothman reacted to new numbers released by the UW System by calling on the Legislature to undo the 11.3% tuition increase that was unleashed on students over the past two years.    

“New figures released today confirm what all keen observers of the UW System have known all along, that even with an inefficiently run system full of diversity programs, new buildings and thousands of employees who never see a classroom, the University was unable spend the massive 5.5% tuition increase they received in each  of the last two years.  The combination of these two increases gives them an additional $76 million per year.  The balance of unused tuition dollars has increased over $200 million over the last three years therefore it should not be difficult to lower tuition for students.  

“We must undo the damage for students who overpaid as freshmen and sophomores and make it up to them in their junior and senior years by lowering tuition.   You would expect, with an ever-growing number of students taking online classes and the UW offering no discount for these courses, that the System would be flush with extra cash. 

“I will one more time emphasize that the 8.6 % increase in tax payer funding in the first year of the Governor’s Budget is also unnecessary and should remain at current levels. By doing this, we can put some heft into what is currently a very modest income tax cut.  

“It is important to remember the unanimous vote for Rebecca Blank as UW-Madison Chancellor shows we cannot trust the Regents on business and tuition issues.   Blank had previously stated that we need to raise tuition on students whose parents are members of the working class in order to redistribute wealth.  She also wanted to raise tuition on business majors.  Her academic writings seem to focus on raising cash welfare benefits which is a clear sign from the university that there will be no effort made to put some semblance of ideological balance in the ivory tower.   

 “I would like to apologize to the students who have been graduating with an average student debt of over $25,000 per year in the past two years for the UW overcharging them.   Hopefully these tuition cuts can be implemented for students beginning with summer school classes that start after July 1st.  The huge student debt run up by naive young people is a scandal that, while discussed, has still not been talk about enough.  These graduates will not be able to start a family themselves until they’re fifty.  When are these graduates supposed to have children themselves – when they’re fifty? The legislature must act because the UW Regents have shown they cannot be trusted. 

“Kevin Reilly’s response to raise tuition 2% per year over the next two years is further evidence of the calloused disregard the current administration has for their students’ future.”


Post Boston: One of my favorite columnists LAYS THE SMACK DOWN!

Columnist Doug Giles:

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Food for thought for your neighborhood following the Boston bombings

Last week in Boston...

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The latest pro-life news (04/22/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Right To Life Wisconsin (WRTL):


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3RD UPDATE: Outrageous recommendations to screw WI motorists

Topics talked about on WISN

Last December I broke the news while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN of the preposterous recommendations being made by a commission appointed by the Governor that would have raped Wisconsin motorists. I predicted at the time given Governor Walker and a GOP-controlled  legislature that the crazy ideas would go nowhere.

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Surely this is a major heartbreak for the 1.3% of WI residents, some who live right here in Franklin, who crave toll roads and higher taxes.

WISN's Mark Belling calls Milw. Co. Supervisor Steve Taylor "slithery" and a "sleazeball"

I was first years ago on my blog to expose Franklin alderman Steve Taylor as a phony conservative. That hasn’t changed even today as Taylor now is also a member of the arrogant, lying Milwaukee County Board. Taylor is about as conservative as George McGovern.

Other political watchdogs in Franklin have written about Taylor’s personality and behavior. I’ve focused instead on his statements, political actions, and voting record.

David Duke once tried to run on the WI presidential ballot. Working for WTMJ at the time, I said to my good friend state Senator Mike Ellis with my tape recorder rolling, “He (Duke) says he’s a Republican.” In vintage Ellis-style the senator barked, “SO WHAT!”

Steve Taylor may say he’s a conservative. I say, so what.

If you’ve been following the news, and I bet you have, the Milwaukee County Board is on the verge of having its salary dramatically cut and its membership dramatically cut. Pending action by the state Legislature would allow Milwaukee County voters to decide in a referendum if the axe should fall.

In a last ditch effort to save their posteriors, some members of the Board are claiming they really, truly, honest to God want to reform their own body. They, and this includes Taylor, think we don’t see through this charade.

In textbook doublespeak, the Board says it has not been negotiating with a decertified union, that it has only been talking.
It's all transpired despite warnings by their own legal counsel not to do so. The Board’s leader has lied to the state Legislature about those discussions, in effect creating even greater public support to lower the boom on the Board. Today, the Journal Sentinel revealed e-mails showing contract offers were indeed made to the decertified union.

Also today, after the Journal Sentinel article hit the streets, Steve Taylor launched his own Hail Mary, not because he wants reform, but he wants to selfishly preserve his full-time salary of $50,000 for a part-time job. He issued
not one but two press releases.

Suddenly, after all the blogs and news articles, Taylor’s light bulb goes on and he’s aghast at what’s happening.  Does he think we’re stupid?  Sadly, he does, because too many of you reading fell for his phoniness and voted him in to two offices.

The Milwaukee County Board cancer has spread to envelop Taylor who, if he really was a true conservative, would criticize the County Board chair, ask to have her step down, slam any last minute phony efforts to reform, and call for a John Doe investigation into the county negotiations with a decertified union. He won’t. Because he’s not a conservative. He's out for himself, not for the taxpayers or the common good.

Today, Taylor got skewered by Mark Belling during his Newstalk 1130 WISN afternoon talk show.

Belling called Taylor out for issuing a news release saying he was appalled at what’s going on just one day after he voted for a too little-too late phony county reform measure pushed by controversial County Board chair Marina Dimitrijevic.

You can hear the podcast of Belling’s program below. I encourage you to listen to the entire podcast. The segment destroying phony conservative Steve Taylor begins at 15:18.

WRTL: The shocking abortion story -- you won't find in the media!

Media Blackout of Kermit Gosnell Trial

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UPDATE: Food for thought for your neighborhood following the Boston bombings

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Also: "So despite months of spending political capital and employing every demagogic trick in the book, Obama couldn't even muster a 'disappointed/angry' majority when the bill fell through."

Steve Taylor hopes you'll fall for his flip-flop

On Monday, Milwaukee County Supervisor (and Franklin alderman) Steve Taylor voted in committee in support of a half-baked, phony, too-little too-late County Board resolution-lite to reform the board. 

On Tuesday Taylor was destroyed by WISN’s Mark Belling.

Today, at a meeting of the full board, Taylor voted against the measure he supported on Monday.

Maybe he thinks he’s saving face and that people won’t notice. I’m not buying it.

Taylor explains his sudden turnaround and dose of religion in his latest newsletter issued today. The guy is unreal. If this was Hollywood, he might be nominated for an Academy Award.

Read Taylor's newsletter.

And my supervisor whom I’ve always liked, respected, and supported, Mark Borkowski voted today in favor of the worthless resolution. Very disappointing.

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We take you now to Dallas and Laura Bush

Govs. Huckabee and Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and Others Inspire Crowd at WI Right to Life Gala

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Scott Walker. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Others Inspire Crowd at Last Night's Wisconsin Right to Life Gala

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Goodnight everyone, and have the jazziest of weekends!


"Man, if you have to ask what it [jazz] is, you'll never know."

Louis Armstrong

 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, we celebrate April, Jazz Appreciation Month.

“What is jazz?

“Jazz is subtle, emotional and accommodating. It is intellectual and sometimes even scientific. Most genres of music are not nearly as multidimensional, which in part is why the art form has such a small audience. In stark comparison to pop music, contemporary jazz seems too circuitous for most listeners to enjoy casually. The challenge for the contemporary jazz musician, as I see it, is making this subtle and complex art palatable to the greater public.”
Jonathan Batiste founded the Stay Human Band and is the associate artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

“Jazz was born in the United States.

“Jazz is really the best music to represent America because:

“It is partly planned and partly spontaneous; that is, as the musicians perform a pre-determined tune, they have the opportunity to create their own interpretations within that tune in response to the other musicians' performances and whatever else may occur 'in the moment' -- this is called improvisation and is the defining element of jazz.

“In everything from regular conversation, to basketball, to everyday life, Americans are constantly improvising.

“Improvisation is the key element of jazz.

“There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom but with responsibilty to the group. In other words, individual musicians have the freedom to express themselves on their instrument as long as they maintain their responsibility to the other musicians by adhering to the overall framework and structure of the tune.”

Jazz is America's only true art form. We'll feature some true jazz classics redone by other artists.

Let's begin with two legends. At a concert in Nice, France in 1979, Milwaukee's own Woody Herman and his Young Thundering Herd perform two of Duke Ellington's great tunes.

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The best cartoons of the week (04/27/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (04/27/13)

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Week-ends (04/27/13)


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...


Tyler Dodd and others

Again, Carlos Arredondo.

Bagram Batman

Jeff Bauman

Marisa Martinez

Sherrie Gavan

Joseph Welch

Ink to the People

Joe Scarborough

Delta Airlines

Rachel Castillo


Richard Cobb

Janis Cottril

Fake nurse

Jack McMahon


"We are one. We are strong. We are Boston. We are Boston strong."
The PA announcer at Boston’s Fenway Park last Saturday. A packed crowd cheered survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three. They cheered the police who captured suspect Dzhokhak Tsarnaev and killed his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a wild shootout.

“On CNN's ‘State of the Union’ last weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham's response to the Boston Marathon bombers being worthless immigrants who hate America -- one of whom the FBI cleared even after being tipped off by Russia -- was to announce: ‘The fact that we could not track him has to be fixed.’

“Track him? How about not admitting him as an immigrant?”

Ann Coulter

It’s “comical and certainly embarrassing” that President Barack Obama will not use words such as jihadist and Islamist in reference to the Boston Marathon bombings.“The lengths to which he will go to avoid telling us the truth about the enemy is becoming comical and certainly embarrassing. For example, forget about the use the word jihadist — he will never use that, but he refuses to use the word Islamist, which is used throughout the Muslim world. It’s used by journalists, by authors, on the street, in Parliament, in Egypt. It’s used in Lebanon. It’s used everywhere by Muslims.”
Columnist Charles Krauthammer

“Killed, truly killed. I wanted to scream, to scream to the whole world: ‘What did you do? What have you done with my son? He was alive. Why did they need to kill him? Why not send him to Guantánamo or whatever. Why did they kill him? Why did they have to kill him? They got him alive. He was in their hands’.”
At a news conference in Russia, the mother of the accused Boston Marathon bombers suggested a conspiracy in which American police captured her older son alive and murdered him. Zubeidat Tsarnaev and the boys' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told reporters in Dagestan that their children were innocent in the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

“Why, whether it’s al-Qaeda central out of the FATAs or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis here in Boston. Why do they do what they do? The only way they can gain ground is to instill fear that causes us to jettison our values, way of life, for us to change. The moment we change, the moment we look inward, the moment we get into a crouch in a defensive, that’s the moment when they win.”
VP Joe Biden

“A Muslim-directed terror war goes on, and we are the targets. Boston was only in part the follow-up to 9/11; it was the follow-up to the birth, following World War II, of seething, boiling hatreds among much of the world's Muslim population. The hatred surely has less to do with religious scruples than with antagonism toward winners (us) by losers (members of stagnant Arab and Muslim cultures). ‘Losers’ was in fact the word used by the Tsarnaev brothers' uncle to characterize his nephews.

“The roots of anti-Americanism are hard to get at. We don't hate the people who hate us. We just know they do hate us and that measures -- defensive and aggressive when occasion demands it -- are part of modern life.”

Author, columnist William Murchison

"Libertarians want less interventionism around the world, and perhaps that will reduce hostility against the United States, but some of these nutjobs hate us because of our freedoms. So even a perfect foreign policy (whatever that even is) provides no guarantee we won’t get attacked."
Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute

“According to Dana Priest and William M. Arkin of The Washington Post, ‘Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. ... An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. ... In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings -- about 17 million square feet of space.’

“All of that failed to prevent the Boston bombings…How much confidence should Americans have in their government for keeping us safe when two young men can wreak havoc, shutting down a major city?”

Cal Thomas

“How ironic would it be if the bombers used an Obama Phone to detonate the two bombs at the marathon?”
Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review Journal

"What has gone on in New York after 9/11 is a national disgrace. I speak with a voice of authority and authenticity. May I remind you that I was leading a group visiting Washington D.C. and standing in the center of the Capitol when the plane hit the Pentagon? If it were not for Todd Beamer and many other proud Americans on Flight 93, we might not be here today because that plane was coming at us.

"My wife and I toured the 9/11 site in New York last year. I felt a tremendous sense of unease. Why were these buildings not finished? What kind of statement was that to the animals that had done this that 11 years later we were still rebuilding? That is just unacceptable. We have to show these maniacs that if they hit us not only are we going to hit them back we are going to rebuild. We are going to rebuild faster and better and more beautiful than before. You cannot and you will not affect us or defeat us."

Bruce Bialosky, founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee.

“It’s gonna get worse and worse and worse and worse and at some point, Americans are gonna be down on their knees saying please get rid of this sequester. It’s gotta happen; you cannot do these across-the-board mindless cuts without having impacts like we started to see yesterday. And you know what, I hope they continue. I mean, I’ve got a flight coming up to Las Vegas and a few other places, one out to the West coast. I don’t want to have two or three hour delays, but I hope it becomes un-freaking bearable in every way and then let them cry uncle.”
Liberal talk show host Bill Press who wants the sequester to hurt Americans in order to prove a political point.

“There are times when I’d really like to see a liberal brain next to a conservative brain to see if there really is a physiological difference. Consider Salon’s Joan Walsh who on MSNBC’s The Cycle Wednesday actually said the reason former President George Bush’s poll numbers are up is because President Obama is doing such a good job.”
Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters

“Food stamps can be used to purchase just about any edible item other than alcohol, hot food, restaurant meals, and live animals. The USDA specifically notes that ‘soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream’ are allowed. Many health experts would like to ban junk food purchases in the food stamp program because they want Americans to eat more nutritious food. I’m a libertarian, so I don’t want the government telling people what to eat. But I think banning junk food in SNAP would be a good step for a different reason: it would greatly reduce demand for the program and thus cut taxpayer costs. If we told the 48 million users of food stamps that they could only use their electronic subsidy cards to buy items like spinach and broccoli, a lot fewer people would use the program and they would buy less stuff.”
Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, and editor of

"After a series of political blunders and incredible embarrassment to the entire Milwaukee County Board we ask that you join us to ask for the resignation of Marina Dimitrijevic as chair. If that doesn't take place we ask you to join us in the process of that removal. Please let us know of your commitment by noon on Monday, April 29, 2013."
From a memo to other Milwaukee County Board members written by Supervisors Mark Borkowski, Steve Taylor, Deanna Alexander and John Weishan.

“Once again, bureaucrats are being dishonest with Wisconsin taxpayers and stashing away their hard earned dollars for special projects. The legislators who discovered this fraud deserve a big thank you from taxpayers and UW tuition payers across the state. This is what happens when folks with real world experience bring their knowledge to the Legislature. We commend these citizen legislators for their dedication to truly serving the people of Wisconsin and putting the interests of taxpayers first. It is mind boggling that the UW would continue to raise tuition in these difficult economic times to pad their slush fund.”
Luke Hilgemann, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin State Director. A massive $1 billion ($650 million in unrestricted funds) surplus had been discovered at the University of Wisconsin System. The surplus was uncovered by the Assembly CPA Caucus, Reps. Kooyenga, Kapenga, Klenke and Marklein. It was then confirmed by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau after reviewing the legislator’s findings.

“I had all the fame and power I needed for eight years and Laura and I knew when our time was up... It was time to go home.”
Standing in an exact replica of the Oval Office in the museum honoring him this week, former President George W. Bush uttered a quick and definitive 'No' to a question from Matt Lauer of whether he missed his old job.

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you're going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo. And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that's a good way to rebel.”
President Obama


Lawmakers, aides may get ObamaCare exemption.

Boston bomber got welfare.

Food stamp recruiting.

Disfigured veteran deals with disrespect at home.


Women and rifles.


Once again this week’s entry is a case of mega-coverage that was totally
warranted: The deterioration of the relevance and credibility of the Milwaukee County Board. And they brought it all on themselves.


The 'master' bedroom falls out of style.

Talk about a Culinary no-no...

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Recommended Reading (04/27/13)

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).

So very THOUGHTFUL of the Patrick administration, huh?

“Just so we’re all clear here – a dead Muslim terrorist who’s killed and maimed helpless Americans has a RIGHT TO PRIVACY, y’all. So does his piece of crap animal brother who’s lying in a hospital bed, getting better because of taxpayer dollars that are paying for HIS medical bills. In Beth Israel Hospital, no less.”

Flying the government skies

“Ponder this logic, if that's the right word: The sequester cuts about $637 million from the FAA, which is less than 4% of its $15.9 billion 2012 budget, and it limits the agency to what it spent in 2010. The White House decided to translate this 4% cut that it has the legal discretion to avoid into a 10% cut for air traffic controllers. Though controllers will be furloughed for one of every 10 working days, four of every 10 flights won't arrive on time.”

Time for public employees to pick up the tab

“It's time for public employee unions to wake up and take a look around. Government services are shrinking, cities are crumbling, and they're enjoying pay and benefit packages that many in the private sector would kill for. They need to give a little back. Yeah, I know, some of them already have. But it's time for a little more.

“On healthcare contributions. On raises. On pensions. On retirement ages.


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Steve Taylor to be recalled?

For years and years I’ve written that Franklin alderman who is now a Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor is a phony. He claims to be a conservative but isn’t anything close.

For the longest time, it was basically me. Now the word is out. Taylor is not a conservative.

Blogger and columnist Aaron Rodriguez who broke the story about the Board’s negotiations with a decertified union is on to Taylor. Add Rodriguez to the list of whistle blowers that includes yours truly, some other Franklin bloggers and WISN’s Mark Belling that see through the phoniness. Rodriguez writes in his latest column in the Journal Sentinel:

“I think (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan) Bice was charitable when he said Steve Taylor was a conservative. Radio talk host Mark Belling has been spot on calling Taylor a phony and a fraud. The nickname Belling gave Taylor, ‘Slippery Steve’ just may stick to him in a likely recall election.

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