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.
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League comments on the deposition by Cardinal Timothy Dolan that was released today regarding his tenure as Archbishop of Milwaukee; the deposition was taken in February.
Here’s coverage from the daily paper.
From Pro-Life Wisconsin (contains latest Live Action undercover video) and Wisconsin Right To Life.
Pro-Abortion Activists Tied to Planned Parenthood Being Paid to Protest
What did Wendy Davis really stand for?
If only Kermit Gosnell had worn pink sneakers like Wendy Davis
Winning the pro-life generation one meme at a time
Life or death in 30 seconds
For many, a four-day weekend approaches. You’ll be busy with plenty to do.
We’ll continue posting at This Just In…with all of our regular weekend features. I hope you’ll find a little time to check in.
Thanks, and have a great Independence Day weekend.
The Catholic League writes:
“Bill Donohue comments on the reaction by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to the public disclosure of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s deposition regarding his tenure as the Milwaukee Archbishop...today’s Journal Sentinel features the pictures of 45 priests who at one time or another had substantiated allegations made against them. This is pure hype: it was Archbishop Dolan who posted the names of these priests 9 years ago. Where are the pictures of alleged sex offenders in non-Catholic communities? Where is the same level of scrutiny?"
In Franklin, we have a school administration and several school board members who adore the notion of raising taxes. They wouldn’t think twice about it, searching for ways and reasons to stick it to local taxpayers.
One of their perennial favorites is to anxiously await word from the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) about how much state aid the local school district will receive this coming school year. If there’s a decrease, administrators and school board members put on their game faces. They proclaim that even though they’d rather not raise taxes, the reduction in state aid leaves them no choice. Blame is squarely placed on evil Scott Walker and his diabolical cohorts, legislative Republicans while secretly smiling inside.
Kiss that argument goodbye.
DPI has released state aid figures for every school district in Wisconsin. Franklin is one of 193 districts that will see an increase in state aid.
In 2012-13, Franklin received $13,938,751 in state aid. For 2013-14, Franklin will receive $14,491,441, an increase of $552,690 from the previous year or 3.97%.
The folks that run the schools in Franklin probably had to work hard to hide their tears in the hallways. They cannot justify a huge property tax increase by playing the poverty game and portraying the state as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Could they turn around and still propose and approve a big tax increase? Could they maintain a nearly 4% increase in state aid still isn’t enough? You better believe it.
Such action, beyond what was foolishly approved in referenda last November, would be inappropriate and unnecessary.
Please take a few minutes to read these articles. It’s all good. Trust me. You’ll be talking about some of this during your 4th cookout.
Family matters in America
What's great about America
July 4th by the numbers
100 great things about America (Congrats...many of you reading made the list!)
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of typos
Today, July 4th, and over the next few days of the Independence Day weekend, you’re bound to hear fireworks exploding from back yards in your neighborhood (The blasts officially started during the daytime yesterday, July 3rd). The sources are folks who only wish to partake in a centuries old tradition of celebrating the birthday of the greatest country on Earth. Without getting into the provocative topic of how America’s liberties are being eroded slowly and surely, there is a faction that even wants to steal away any joy we have of commemorating our nation’s leap into freedom. That’s why there is a critical need to clarify what we can and should do to party on July 4 and days thereafter, especially given the conflicting and rather misleading information floating around. Thank goodness there’s me and This Just In as a primary source of specific, clear guidelines to follow this important holiday. Though geared at Franklin residents, I encourage readers from other locales to follow along because they apply to you as well. Let’s begin.
1) Here’s the deal. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that when it comes to fireworks, and I quote, “Wisconsinites can look to state law for guidance on personal fireworks and how to avoid stiff fines. They'll also want to check with local officials because those rules can be even stricter.”
You’d think that a newspaper that brags about how many Pulitzer Prizes they’ve racked up could explain directly and pointedly what goes when it comes to fireworks. They can’t.
In their defense, it’s really complicated in Wisconsin. No, complicated isn’t the word. It’s goofy, crazy, almost impossible to understand in Wisconsin. So what is a true-blue, red-blooded America-loving Franklinite to do? That’s why I’m here.
2) OK. Here’s the deal…again. Wisconsin is the only state in America where ignorance of the law is allowed, only when it comes to fireworks. Let’s simplify.
Not far from Franklin, in the Town of Raymond, known for…in the Town of Raymond, if you send off fireworks from your property on the 4th of July or any 3 days preceding or after the 4th, odds are at least 50 townsfolk will immediately descend upon your acreage, screaming and hollering hoots of support and joy, bringing preserves, jarred pickles, and possibly cases of beer to thank you for the entertaining salute to America. In Franklin, similar outbursts are punishable by the surrender of whatever limb is the most useless to the offender or a fine of 297.23. The penalty is doubled if the offender was in the process of shooting at a coyote at the time the fireworks were lit and fired.
May I repeat? That’s why I’m here.
3) Remember everything you’re about to read here should also take into consideration that here are fuddy-duddies that are killjoys. In franklin, that means they turn up the sidewalks, if they have sidewalks, at about 4 or 5:00. You know the crowd. On Trick or Treat, their shades are drawn and lights turned off. That’s only for a few hours. Imagine how they detest the Independence Day multi-day celebration.
4) What about sparklers?
The so-called “experts” say these are “dangerous,” causing severe damage because they can reach temperatures of 1,500 degrees. Well, of course they get hot and of course they can send people to the ER, only if the morons using them touch the part on fire. Therefore, use as many sparklers as you wish. Just don’t touch the part that’s sparkling. Do not throw it in the air. And wave it in circles, but only in your private space. Trust me, no one will get hurt, despite what the alarmists yell and scream. I grew up on sparklers. None of my friends ever earned the nickname, “Lefty.”
5) Fireworks will cause fires and homes to go up in flames.
Really? When was the last time that happened in Franklin? BOMBS AWAY!
5) Should we have buckets of water handy if we send off fireworks?
What is this? Some training film? Keep ice water handy for keeping guests hydrated, not for houses going up in flames.
6) Should I tell my neighbors I’m shooting bottle rockets?
Absolutely not. Let them be excited and surprised. If they’re not weird fuddy duddies, they’ll be better neighbors for it and will probably invite you to their next outdoor barbecue, if you’re willing to bring the sauce.
7) I plan to shoot off fireworks, no matter what. Any other advice you can give me?
Yes, of course. Have a tape of the Boston Pops playing in your boom box in the background, or a DVD of John Wayne. Either one should work, though the visual of Wayne might be more convincing, just in case the authorities do show up.
8) I don’t have a Boston Pops CD or John Wayne DVD.
Simple. Arm every kid in your backyard with a flag, RWB T-shirt, and pacifier.
9) When should I shoot off my fireworks?
While I'm still awake.
10) But I don’t like homemade fireworks. My neighbor’s a jerk. He does this every year, lighting up the subdivision and making all kinds of racket. I want to call the police. Why shouldn’t I?
A couple of things.
Get a hold of yourself.
It’s the 4th of July, by God!
The password is “temporary.”
This will pass.
Remember that during the time our patriots fought for independence so that you could enjoy being the nitwit you are today, they endured loud fireworks-type noise…and then some.
11) Not good enough. I’m calling the cops.
Fine. What’s your beef? You can’t hear Channel 10? Put another Mantovani album on the turntable and turn up the volume.
12) C’mon, seriously. I’m calling the cops.
My goodness, you are serious. Please, don’t do it. The Franklin police are far too busy than to deal with local fireworks ordinances. I would insert donut jokes here but it’s true. Please don’t bother and distract them with stupid and frivolous complaints like some rotating pinwheel in Uncle Bob’s backyard. They're working on your day off. For Pete's sake, leave 'em alone.
13) Good Lord, Fischer, the law is the law.
On the night of July 3, that would be just yesterday, neighbors in my sub-division shot off fireworks in total violation of Franklin ordinances. My lovely daughter, Kyla and I watched from our windows in sheer delight. Our local alderman, Johnny-on-the spot Kristen Wilhelm, was nowhere on the scene to take in possible law-breaking leading me to believe my neighbor’s hijinks were not only deemed not dangerous but fit for viewing pleasure by my 4-year old.
14) So I shoot off some fireworks and the cops pull up. Then what?
Mention this blog. Mention this author has a good relationship with Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva and FPD.
If that doesn’t work, offer the officers a non-alcoholic drink.
If that doesn’t work, pull out a rosary.
If that doesn’t work, pull out your checkbook
15) So, are you saying shoot off whatever you want?
I’m saying given what I know and the (appropriate) reluctance of Franklin police to respond to a call about sparklers or any other such harmless fireworks, I’m saying yes, shoot off whatever you want.
I think our terrific police department would understand.
There you have it. It’s America’s birthday. Knock yourself out!
Ask my mama for fifty cents
To see the elephant jump the fence
It jumped so high it hit the sky
Never got back 'til the fourth of July
Walkin' the dog
Walkin' the dog
Lord, if you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk the dog
"Walkin' the Dog" by Johnny Rivers
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: Sunny to mostly sunny with high humidity levels dropping from early morning throughout the day. High of 81. "A"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and muggy with a chance of isolated thunderstorms late in the afternoon. High of 82. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
As we continue to celebrate Independence Day throughout this weekend, there are many reasons to be grateful we live in the greatest country in the world. Our freedoms abound – there is nothing holding us back but ourselves. Determination and hard work can most certainly lead to prosperity and achievement: this is especially true for small business owners. Without small businesses, America’s economy would not be what it is: more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
My admiration for entrepreneurs and my passion for dogs combine beautifully in one success story. Imagine five generations caring about dogs so much that they continue to create nutritious foods to fuel your best friend. (Incidentally they also produce cat food. When someone starts to write a feline equivalent of The Barking Lot, they can feel free to mention more about this.) Yes, that’s fantastic. What is even more fantastic is that they are a Wisconsin company!
The Fromm family began its dedication to dogs over 100 years ago. Obviously that was l-o-n-g before it was “cool” to be a pet parent… it was decades before most owners thought about the specific nutritional needs of their dog. Yet the Fromms continued their quest to feed your dog the best way possible: For more than four generations, the Fromm family has brought together veterinarians, biochemists, research specialists and food production engineers to formulate [their] pet foods.
Recently, all this commitment to quality pet food led to a prestigious award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Tom Nieman from Fromm Family Foods was recognized as Wisconsin’s 2013 State Small Business Person of the Year. I can only imagine how proud the family & company was to accept such an honor.
The company that wants to bring high-quality food to your four-legged friend has seen such success that they needed to expand their facilities. Last year they unveiled a warehouse expansion, and there is no end in sight to their accomplishments.
I’m sure that the combination of daily hard work and the realization that they are powering your pup ensures that the owners of Fromm Family Foods sleep very well at night.
P.S. Why not take a moment to “like” them on Facebook as well?
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
It’s the dog story of the week. Video gone viral apparently shows police fatally shooting dog in California.
"Here's the way it is, America: annoy a cop, even doing something perfectly legal, and he might cuff you. And if your dog sees it and gets upset, he might kill your dog."
Man says dog killed by police 'died for me.' LA Times suggests better training for officers. The newspaper also suggests sympathy for the officer involved. Meanwhile the police are receiving threats.
Major change coming to Denver's airport and others. More later.
Champion dog neutered, kidnapped.
"I only asked them to give him a wash."
Cary couldn't yell, so...
Dog rescued from car engine.
Nano snuffs out nuts.
Dog suits up for a day in the hives.
The top dog-friendly cars.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
And we close as we always do with our closing video.
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, discusses the dogs now being used by the Transportation Security Administration and what they can do, as well as the record number of passengers showing up to the airport with a gun in their carry-on bags.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
7 aircrew members
Grocery store clerk
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Nursing home workers in WI
Oklahoma City judge
Missouri water park
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“This budget is a sharp contrast from where we were two years ago. Our structural reforms, coupled with tough, but prudent, decisions, have led to a great investment in the people of Wisconsin. This budget benefits hardworking Wisconsin families by providing them with nearly $1 billion in tax relief, $322 million more for our public schools, and $100 million for workforce development. We focused on making life better for the residents of our state, and this budget builds upon a solid foundation for the future. We’re heading in the right direction and moving Wisconsin forward.”
WI Governor Scott Walker as he signed the 2013-15 state budget into law last Sunday. The budget provides nearly $1 billion in tax relief for Wisconsin families, $322 million in additional state aid for public schools, and a $100 million investment in workforce development.
“The assessment doesn’t account for the extraordinary growth that I think we will have because of the tax relief we put in particularly for small business. “We’ve hunkered down on jobs with taxes, money for venture capital, and incentives to hire veterans… We’ve laid the groundwork to change the business climate throughout the state.”
WI Governor Scott Walker during a stop at Appleton Post-Crescent Media. Walker said a structural deficit assessment from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau assumes zero growth and that even modest estimates put Wisconsin on track to pump millions in a surplus.
“This (state of WI) budget grows government spending $2 billion. It includes DNA collection at arrest — a policy item that shouldn’t even be in the budget. It exempts a balanced budget requirement, which Republicans implemented two years ago. It adds government employees. If you could explain to me how it’s a conservative budget, I’d be all ears."
Todd Welch, state coordinator for the political action committee Campaign for Liberty and a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, criticizing the Republican-crafted state budget.
"The Obama Administration announced on Tuesday, July 2 that implementation of the highly contentious employer mandate provision of ObamaCare will be delayed until 2015. You can bet that the timing of this announcement is not at all coincidental - while Congress is out of town for the 4th of July holiday and it is a particularly slow news week. The delay undoubtedly is a political decision, as most everything out of the Obama White House is. With the 2014 elections already in clear sight, the last thing the Democrats are looking forward to is defending their vote for the massive piece of legislation that growing numbers of voters hate."
Bob Beauprez, a former Member of Congress and currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource.
"As a political matter, this is not good. It sort of contributes to the feeling that the Affordable Care Act is a jalopy they’re trying to roll out of the driveway here at barely operational for the president. So that’s not good. The White House made the decision, though, take the pain now before the July 4th weekend rather than have all of these stories over the next year of companies that were laying off workers or having such a hard time implementing this. … The problem for Democrats running is that they’re already weighed down by the feelings people have about this, about this bill and about the opposition from small business and from businesses of all kinds. And though this delay, again, takes this story from being a chronic ailment as it gets implemented, it doesn’t really reduce the fact that in a lot of these states where Democrats are running, red states, this law is unpopular."
CBS' John Dickerson on the decision to delay the implementation of ObamaCare.
"Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me. In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”
NSA leaker Edward Snowden from a statement posted on WikiLeaks, his first public comments since leaving Hong Kong for Moscow.
Wives of presidents "have probably the best job in the world, because while our husbands ... have to react and respond to crises on a minute-to-minute basis, we got to work on what we're passionate about. ... I have just found it a very freeing and liberating opportunity ... There are prison-like elements, but it's a really nice prison. You can't complain. There are confining elements ... While people are sorting through our shoes and our hair ... whether we cut it or not ... We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see. And eventually people stop looking at the bangs, and start looking at the things we're standing in front of. That's the power of our role."
Michelle Obama speaking in Tanzania.
"Democrats openly describe their surprise at seeing such consensus around a candidate so early. The hope of retaining the White House in an open-seat election is very real — and the letdown that will set in among Democratic activists and operatives will be very deep if (Hillary) Clinton takes a pass on a campaign, as she may well do. She has said she has yet to make up her mind, but few in the party believe that. The Clintons’ ambition and the chance to make history as the first female president, they figure, will overpower any reticence about another grueling campaign or spending her golden years carrying the burdens of the world’s weightiest job. But if they’re wrong, there is no obvious replacement. And the party would be looking at a mad scramble to fill the Clinton void."
Maggie Haberman, Politico
Democrats “believe in illegal immigration” and this is why they “don’t really believe in border enforcement.”
MSNBC's Chris Matthews
"In or out of power, Republicans seem always to be on the defensive, effectively apologizing for a) their insistence on securing the nation's borders -- assuring everyone they're not racist -- b) their opposition to Obamacare, pleading with people not to believe they don't care about those falling through the cracks, c) the so-called pro-life extremists instead of properly asserting the moral high ground as defenders of the innocent unborn, and d) those in the party who refuse to cower to liberals who deify junk science about man-made global warming instead of taking it to Obama for trampling conventional energy sources and the economy in allegiance to their superstitions.
"Democrats are the ones who should be on the defensive today, having destroyed the economy, bankrupted the nation, undermined our national defenses, made an incoherent mess of our foreign policy, sabotaged our health care system, polarized the nation and assaulted our religious liberty, the Constitution and the rule of law. But you never see them even considering apologizing for who they are and what they stand for."
“I hope you’re raped...I hope your daughter’s raped. Lots of language — You’re an effin’ blank, You are a traitor to women — those kind of things. I wouldn’t say anything’s necessarily a direct threat, but they’re the kind of e-mails that make you a little nervous, especially when you start talking about family members: I hope your family members are raped.”
Jon Oliver, spokesman for Texas state senator Donna Campbell, who issued the third point of order against Wendy Davis’s filibuster (which ended it), says Campbell has been the target of extensive verbal abuse from pro-choice protesters.
“…the reason that the debate over abortion tends to be so frustratingly polarized: the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These decisions imposed a regime of extreme permissiveness, making compromise unnecessary for abortion advocates and impossible for opponents.”
James Taranto, the Wall Street Journal
“Don't give in if your man, boyfriend, husband, toyboy is not voting for your best interests, your reproductive health -- do not sleep with that man! I don't care how cute or charming he is! I don't care if he is your husband of many years. Resist! Go swimming! Meditate!”
Vivian Norris of the Huffington Post suggesting a sex strike in Texas to pressure male voters. Upset that Texas might pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, Norris urged Texas women to force men to vote for pro-choice agendas in the future by refusing to have intercourse with them this summer.
"Never ceases to amaze me how liberals, having elevated the killing of unborn children to the realm of sacrament, go out of their way to avoid actually saying the word 'abortion'."
Jack Coleman of NewsBusters.
"After testimony in the George Zimmerman trial by star witness Rachel Jeantel some of my white devil, honky, gringo, pasty skin, mackerel snatchin’, Caucasian buddies got all up in arms about Rachel Jeantel stating that 'creepy ass cracker' is not a racial slur. Rachel, and I hate to break it to you, sister -- and I use that word 'sister' in the strictest biblical sense of the word -- but 'creepy ass cracker' does, historically, denote derision towards the pigmentally challenged of this world. By pointing this out to you, I do not mean to demean or berate you. It’s just a friendly FYI I’m putting out there for you to consider, for future reference, because it does offend some of my tribe’s more genteel members."
Conservative columnist Doug Giles
"Can there be any doubt that the grandparents and great grandparents of the five Supreme Court Justices who just voted to delegitimize the sanctity of traditional marriage in America would be appalled by the decisions of their offspring?
"Can there be any doubt that if the ancestors of these same Supreme Court justices had the values that their offspring are selling today that that these judges would most likely not be who they are and sitting where they sit?
"America is a free country. You can do what you want in private.
"But when values of meaninglessness become sanctioned as part of our public and official culture we should know that this is the ‘pride’ that ‘goes before destruction.’
"Let there be no doubt that same-sex marriage is about much more than marriage. It is a deliberate and conscious assault on religion and all traditional values.
"We have only two options. Turn back to where we belong or watch the continuing collapse of our country."
Star Parker, founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.
"By the reaction of the gay political activists, one would have thought that gay Americans weren't allowed in schools, restaurants, or voting booths until the Supreme Court decision (on DOMA). Strangely, I don't feel like the world changed and I certainly don't feel more or less of an American after the ruling.
"So what is next after this arduous fight over the word 'marriage' for the gay progressives? Morally, the next step for the gay political movement should be to recognize the threat to unborn gays and lesbians from abortion resulting from the advancement in genetic testing. Or maybe demand that America stop giving aid to or loaning money to Islamic-led governments that hang gays in public on street lamps as official punishment.
"But that won't happen. The gay political movement is bound and gagged to the progressive left. So instead, we will see demands for public accommodations for gays and infringement upon the religious liberty of many faiths. I am confident that this attorney general, or the next one, and the Obama IRS, will put pressure on churches and synagogues to marry gay and lesbians. After all, there is a track record of such behavior over the past four years.
"So for those of my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who needed the federal government's emotional approval of their relationship: Congratulations. I just hope all gay and lesbian Americans take a moment to stop and thank Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush for nominating Justices Kennedy and Roberts so the Clinton era of discrimination could come to an end."
Bruce Carroll is the blogger-in-chief at GayPatriot.
"NPR just built a luxurious new headquarters that includes a cafe with chefs, a gym with a trainer, a staffed wellness center, plug-ins for electric cars and other perks. Does an organization that well-heeled still need taxpayer money?
"NPR says it needed the new headquarters because it ran out of room in its old building. That’s because it is growing. It is a vibrant enterprise that can afford to do without taxpayer largesse. How much better for NPR’s independence as a news organization if it refused the King’s shilling. The construct that the organization has two piles of money, one to buy its dream home and another with federal dollars that fund operations, is so twisted it would get a small-business owner in big trouble with the IRS.
"At a time when newspapers and other news organizations are practicing austerity, and all federal agencies are pinching pennies because of sequestration, it is fair to question the support our competitor, NPR, gets from the federal government."
Jim Farley, vice president of news and programming at WTOP.
"We’re living in an age where we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility in terms of our suffering in terms of the intensity of our exclusion, especially our poor black youth, especially with the new Jim Crow and so on. And we have to be honest about that. Again this has something to do of course with what history books will say. The irony of the age of Obama in which black folks found themselves pushed to the back our gay brothers and lesbian sisters more and more pushed to the center."
Liberal professor Cornel West
"When teenage thugs are called 'troubled youth' by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums. Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.
"Why has evil been such a hard concept for many on the left to accept?"
"My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it's been left to me to smooth things over, I don't know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it's the black guy's [that would be President Obama] job. But I'll tell you this: If I don't finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something's seriously wrong."
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Paperwork for veterans.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Threats made against pro-life Texas state Senator.
More spending does not make for better students.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Wendy Davis' pink sneakers.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Found in a hot car...
She was banned from the school football team.
That's it for Week-ends.
We close with the latest from NewsBusted.
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).
Paula Deen and the Food Network’s hypocrisy
“But there’s more to this story than meets the eye. The Food Network, Target, Walmart and Random House all have one giant-sized double-standard when it comes to the use of the ’N-word’.”
Paula Deen: A modern-day lynching
“Today, the celebrity chef that Forbes said earned $18 million in 2012 is being hung out to dry financially. To add insult to injury, the woman behind the lawsuit, Lisa T. Jackson, admitted that she never heard Deen make a racist remark. Or, do anything discriminatory. But when you’ve threatened to inflict ‘permanent’ harm on someone, facts don’t matter. It’s about whipping a mob into a frenzy.”
I don't stand with Wendy Davis
“It’s amazing what is considered heroism these days. A Texas legislator and her pink sneakers have been lionized for an eleventh-hour filibuster against a bill that would have made it illegal for mothers to abort babies past 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of severe fetal abnormalities or to protect the life or health of the mother. People actually cheered this.”
A nation of dummies
“I’ve seen the future of America — and it’s going to be dumber.
You ever notice something about restaurants and their websites?
I chose a restaurant at random, one I’ve never been to, one I’ve never heard of.
Canlis is not only considered the best restaurant in all of Seattle, it’s also regarded as one of the best restaurants in America.
This is only a test.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
1) Journal Sentinel bias makes for national commentary
2) The Official July 4, 2013 Franklin Fireworks Guidelines
3) Franklin, there is NO reason for a big school property tax increase this year
4) UPDATE: Franklin, there is NO reason for a big school property tax increase this year
5) Governor Walker Signs Sonya's Law
6) Culinary no-no #335
7) The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (07/06/13)
8) FLASHBACK: This Just in...April 15, 2008
9) The latest pro-life news (07/01/13)
10) Catholic League commends Dolan as media hunts for scapegoats