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The Barking Lot (05/01/10)

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: Sunny and windy. high of 69  "A"

SUNDAY:  Morning showers, High of 64.  "B"

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

Ever since I was a young dog owner, I liked to imagine what was going on inside our pet’s minds.  Did they think the room was too hot like we did?  Did they want a belly rub or an ear scratch?  Did they want a drink of water or a treat?  Did they think my outfit looked OK?  Did they wish I’d just leave them alone to have a nice puppy dream?


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Week-ends (05/01/10)


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...


Miroslav "Steve" Zilberman

Rupert Thornloe

Meredith Iler

Friends of a hero

Harry McCullough

Amy Palmiero-Winters

Teddy Atlas

Hugh Hefner

Will Allen



Illegal aliens.....and their sympathizers.

Anitra Hunter

Bored Idaho teen

Dr. Brett Mills


Boy, that Timberwolf was one sh**tty deal...How much of that sh**ty deal did you sell to your clients? ...You knew it was a sh**y deal!”
U.S. Senator Carl Levin at a Congressional hearing.

Arizona seeks only to enforce the nominal immigration policy of the United States. Perhaps the federal government should try it sometime.”
Conservative columnist Rich Lowry

America is the only developed nation that has a 2,000-mile border with a developing nation, and the government's refusal to control that border is why there are an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona and why the nation, sensibly insisting on first things first, resists ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform. Arizona's law makes what is already a federal offense -- being in the country illegally -- a state offense. Some critics seem not to understand Arizona's right to assert concurrent jurisdiction."
Columnist George Will

"I was really supporting strongly to have more change in the governance of the schools. I think this is a good bill. I think it moves us forward."
Governor Doyle on the bill he signed into law giving the state superintendent more power to intervene in failing schools and districts.

"There's a section in there that gives the teacher a million excuses for not performing .I don't think this would be in the bill if these were white kids."
MPS superintendent William Andrekopoulos reacting to the bill Doyle signed into law.

“Eighteen years ago, I was going door to door, store to store and town to town in Wisconsin trying to grow my family’s business. Eighteen years ago, Russ Feingold was given a great opportunity to help Wisconsin. I did my part; Russ has not done his. Not even close.”
Former Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel attacking his Dem opponent for U.S. Senate.

You're a vulture, that's what I think.”
State Rep. Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls), blasting a TV reporter on his way to report to his 45-day jail sentence for a December 2008 OWI arrest.


Baby boy
survives nearly two days after abortion.


Buddy was all the rage and rightfully so. But the media missed a chance to perform an important public service.


Sandra Bullock is getting a divorce.


to replace a toilet????!!!!

Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.  

Recommended Reading (05/01/10)

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). 

Why Arizona drew a line

The arguments we’ve heard against it either misrepresent its text or are otherwise inaccurate. As someone who helped draft the statute, I will rebut the major criticisms individually….”

Standing up for Arizona

“For where Arizona has made it a misdemeanor to be in the country illegally, in Calderon’s country it is a felony that can get you years in prison. Where illegal aliens in America regularly protest under Mexican flags, no foreign resident of Mexico may demonstrate against the regime.”

Illegal immigrants really are abused ------ in Mexico

“While moonbats shriek about the atrocity of expecting Mexican criminals to prove they're in the country legally, here's how illegal aliens are treated south of the border…..”

Tell establishment media a dog died on the border

Arizona state Sen. Frank Antenori spoke on CNN of the grisly crimes committed by illegal aliens in the counties he represents.

In response to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux's concern that the Arizona immigration-enforcement law, SB 1070, has made ‘a lot of people very angry, very upset’ (a life-threatening condition, apparently), the upstanding Antenori demanded: ‘What about my constituents whose homes are ransacked? What about the ranchers who're shot at while patrolling their fence lines; whose cattle are being slaughtered – there are millions of dollars of economic damages – what about them? What about their civil right?’

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Franklin votes to kick in $$$$ for Drexel Interchange

At a special meeting of the Franklin Common Council this afternoon, a vote to spend $500,000 toward the construction of a Drexel Avenue Interchange was approved. Here is an e-mail the  City Attorney sent to the state Department of Transportation (DOT):

Mr. Christopher Klein

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Drexel Interchange policy, process flawed

How Not to Govern 101

There are just so many things about today’s tie vote by the Franklin Common Council, broken by Mayor Tom Taylor to approve funding for a Drexel Avenue Interchange.

Let’s start with the policy.

Is the interchange even necessary? Proponents in my view have not made a solid case it’s needed.

Job creation? Supporters have claimed thousands of jobs will be generated from the project. Sounds like Doyle-ese to me. Our governor made fast and free forecasts about thousands and thousands of jobs that would be created from the high speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. The real # is 55 permanent jobs.

Where is the fact-based data, where is the cost-benefit analysis that shows economic impact including jobs specifically for Franklin?

The entire project would be located in Oak Creek.

I honestly believe that some aldermen fell for the, HEY, IT’S TAX INCREMENTAL FINANCING (TIF) money. HEY, IT WON’T KICK IN UNTIL 2013.


Pushing our spending out into future years is the kind of foolish budgeting trick that has gotten my employer, the state of Wisconsin, in deep, deep fiscal trouble.

And I’m sorry but I just don’t see the groundswell of support for this project. Have people been knocking down the doors at City Hall screaming, “BUILD THE INTERCHANGE!! BUILD THE INTERCHANGE!! LET’S BAIL OUT OAK CREEK!!

The process

Most often the average citizen doesn’t care. He/she just wants results. I think that’s changing, however.

Remember, Franklin officials had months to figure this out and take a stand prior to today’s DOT-imposed deadline. So what did they do?

They noticed today’s meeting on a gorgeous, sunny, 80-degree late-April afternoon. Who was paying attention? Who cared?

They met on a beautiful 70-degree SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Again, who was paying attention? Who cared?

I’m told a little over a dozen private citizens attended today’s special meeting. The rest were highly concerned Oak Creek officials.

Hmmmm. Ramming through key legislation at the last minute. Haven’t we read that headline a lot the past couple of weeks?

It’s interesting that today I spoke with real estate agent who said it’s common knowledge in the market and industry that Franklin is over-taxed. You know why? Because we can’t say no when it comes to spending.

Hopefully I am wrong about the Interchange and Franklin will benefit greatly. At the moment, call me skeptical.

Despite my disappointment, having said all that, city officials are still light years ahead of the deer in headlights bunch at the Franklin School Board.

The Growing Spill

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Visit Arizona-Part 5

Baseball's All-Star Game WILL be played in Phoenix next year.

Tickets, of course, will be difficult to get your hands on, but,  as reports:

"The All-Star Game isn't just about one baseball game. There are several days of events associated with this celebration of bat and ball. Even if you don't end up with a ticket for the All-Star game itself, you'll be able to participate in another event, like the FanFest, the Home Run Derby, the Future's Game, featuring the game's top prospects, and a celebrity softball game."

Photos of the Week (05/02/10)

Photos of the Week

President Barack Obama, second from left, and vice president Joe Biden, left, watch as West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III walks with a relative of a miner as they place a helmet on a cross during a memorial service for the miners killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Beckley, W.Va., Sunday, April 25, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Henry and Wanda Sandoz spend a moment at the cross off Cilma Road in Cilma, California. The cross has been in Cilma since 1934 and is a tribute to veterans. In a significant shift away from church-state separation, the Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a Christian cross on government land to honor the war dead, saying the Constitution does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

An April 25, 2010 satellite photo provided Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by NASA shows the oil slick from the 42,000 gallon-a-day oil leak from a well in the Gulf of Mexico following and explosion at the the Deepwater Horizon platform on April 20. The Mississippi Delta is at image center, and the oil slick is a silvery swirl to the right. (AP Photo/via NASA)

A boat makes its way through crude oil that has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico on April 28, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dr. Erica Miller, right, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work to help a Northern Gannet bird, covered in oil, normally white when full grown, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La., Friday, April 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Amaria Lopez, of Phoenix, protests at the Arizona Capitol on Sunday, April, 25, 2010. Activists called on President Barack Obama to fight a tough new Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants, promising Sunday to march in the streets and invite arrest by refusing to comply if the measure goes into effect. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told about 3,500 protesters gathered at the state Capitol that the Obama administration can help defeat the law by refusing to cooperate. The law requires Arizona police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion they're in the country illegally, saying it would undoubtedly lead to racial profiling. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A couple holds up a sign in support of illegal immigrants on April 27, 2010 outside of Federal Plaza in New York City. Following the state of Arizona's passage of a new immigration law which requires individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to show proof of legal residence when asked by law enforcement, immigration supporters have been protesting across the country. The law has become increasingly divisive with Mexico's president issuing a travel warning to Mexican citizens in Arizona. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A woman waits with others to be processed by Mexican authorities after being deported from the US in Nogales, Mexico, Wednesday, April 28, 2010. The Mexican government warned its citizens Tuesday to use extreme caution if visiting Arizona because of a tough new law that requires all immigrants and visitors to carry U.S.-issued documents or risk arrest. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Eduardo Pina holds a crucifix during a rally outside Wrigley Field before the start of the Cubs' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks April 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Dozens of people demonstrated outside the park calling for a boycott of the series to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

From left, Arturo Olivas, Terri Koob, Barb Heller and Edwina Olivas stand outside the Maricopa County Sheriff's office in support of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona's new immigration law Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

While the new Arizona immigration law drew protests, news conferences and court lawsuits, a drop house was raided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety along with other law enforcement jurisdictions including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, yielding nine suspected illegal immigrants, shown here, and three suspected human smugglers Thursday, April 29, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In this April 29, 2010 photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to protesters after a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio launched his latest crime and immigration sweep on Thursday, this time in west Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)

Nick Meza, of Phoenix, protests Arizona's controversial new immigration law at the Arizona Capitol Saturday, May 1, 2010 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Anti-immigration demonstrators hold signs at an immigration rally in Dallas on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Large crowds were expected in Dallas after a new Arizona law passed requiring authorities to question people about their immigration status if they are suspected of being in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

A riot policeman jumps over metal railings after being set on fire by protesters throwing petrol bombs in Athens on Saturday May 1, 2010. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Athens and other Greek cities Saturday for May Day rallies fueled by anger at expected harsh austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for near-bankrupt Greece. (AP Photo/Evi Zoupanou)

University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau shrugs her shoulders as Elaine Graham holds a blanket to prevent Simoneau from showing her breasts during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine. The demonstration called attention to the double-standard that it's acceptable for men, but not women, to go bare chested. When it comes to state law, though, there's no discrimination. It's perfectly legal for women to go topless in public. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A Jewish settler argues with a Palestinian holding a flag, as as they stand next to a tent built by the settlers near the West Bank village of Tubas near Jenin, Wesnesday, April, 28, 2010. Jewish settlers and Palestinians scuffled over land ownership in the West Bank Wednesday, after settlers set up a tent next to a Bedouin tent. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

A woman prays beside the tomb of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his home village of Ouja, near Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Supporters visited the tomb Wednesday to mark Saddam's birthday. (AP Photo/Bassem Daham)

Unemployed construction worker Jesus Torres, 41, asks for money with a sign that reads "I'm hungry" in Pamplona, Spain, on Friday, April 30, 2010 as a person walk past carrying a bread. Torres has been unemployed since Feb. 2009 and has two children. Spain's jobless rate has surpassed 20 percent for the first time since 1997, the government said Friday as it offered more dismal news for a recession-plagued economy that is being dragged into Europe's debt crisis.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Oak Creek police get ready to search a building where a suspect crashed his car in Caledonia, near Racine, Wis., Monday April 26, 2010. A man who led officers on a highway chase was fatally shot by police in Racine County. (AP Photo/ Rcaine Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

Dave Dupuis wears a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he barbecues at a gun-rights rally Sunday, April 25, 2010 at a park in Portland, Maine. Portland used to put limits on carrying guns openly in public, but the state Legislature later prohibited communities from regulating firearms. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

A man lies dead next to a gun In the street after a gunfight broke out with municipal police in Guadalajara, Mexico, early Sunday April 25, 2010. According to the police, two men opened fire after being stopped by two police officers to inspect their car. One police officer was shot dead, one gunman was killed and three other was injured. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

An Israeli border police officer sprays colored pepper spray in the eyes of a handcuffed a Palestinian protester as Israeli security forces scuffle with Palestinians during a demonstration against the construction of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Walajeh, outside Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A Bangkok resident hands a soldier a rose in appreciation as he stands guard on Convent Road in Bangkok on April 30, 2010 in Thailand. Soldiers and police are deployed throughout the city. The anti-government protest that has closed much of central Bangkok's commercial district is now in its seventh week. (Photo by Andy Nelson/Getty Images)

Vera Toptunova, the mother of Leonid Toptunov, who was a senior reactor control engineer at the Reactor No.4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant when it exploded on April 26, 1986, mourns over his grave at Mitino cemetery in Moscow, Monday, April 26, 2010. Hundreds of people came to Mitino cemetery, where those who died in the Chernobyl catastrophe are buried, to pay tribute to loved ones who perished in the world's worst nuclear accident 24 years ago. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

A boy poses in front of a sand sculpture depicting a famous 1945 photo of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, not seen, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, partially seen and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, which was taken during the Yalta Conference, displayed the VVts, All Russian Exhibition Center, formerly known as VDNKh, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 1, 2010, to mark the upcoming 65th anniversary of the victory of WWII. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A boat works uses a protective boom to collect oil that has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico on April 28, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. An estimated leak of 1,000 barrels of oil a day are still leaking into the gulf. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


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Obama's Welcome Wagon

Political Cartoon by Gary McCoy


"Authorities searching for drug smugglers who shot and wounded an Arizona sheriff's deputy in the desert south of Phoenix said they captured 17 suspected illegal immigrants Saturday, including three who may have been involved in the incident.

The violence 'should show the rest of the country what we Arizonans have known for too long -- the unsecured border poses a very real and very immediate danger,' said U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose district includes part of Pinal County."


A perfect day in the sun!

I had the pleasure of taking part in the "Home Run + Walk for Foster Care," a 3K walk with my husband, Erica, Kobi, our friend Melissa and her son Elijah this past Saturday. It was to bring awareness to foster care and adopting foster care children.

There were many tables set up with all different venues to discuss how they could help you with a foster child. It was great to know so many organizations are out there.

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You have to score to win

Not a good weekend for Milwaukee sports fans.

First, the Bucks.

From about 7:15 Friday night to 2:25 this afternoon, the Bucks went dead, being outscored by the Atlanta Hawks, 147-109. You’re not going to win a playoff series scoring 18 points per quarter.

The Brewers.

In their four game series against the Padres in San Diego, they were outscored 21-2. So much for the vaunted Brewer offense.

Now Milwaukee heads to Los Angeles that has very good pitching, and then to Arizona that has been tearing the cover off the ball.

Milwaukee is 5 games under 500, 7 games out of first place in the Central Division, tied for fourth place with lowly Pittsburgh. At the end of the current West Coast road trip, the numbers could be even worse.

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Culinary no-no #164

Culinary no-no's

We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again.

Most of the loopy, dippy, weird, bizarre, wacko, loony ideas in this country originate in….



The sad state of liberalism has sunk to even more ridiculous depths as brain-dead supervisors in Santa Clara County, poster children for the nanny state, have voted to ban happy meals.

Yep. Those no-gooders masquerading as do-gooders are going after your kid’s toy.

Forbidden: Happy Meal toys, like above, have been banned in California

Photo: London Mail

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If we sue them....

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Visit Arizona-Part 6 has issued its list of the top 10 American cozy places to stay.

At # 8…..the Canyon Wren Cabins of Sedona, Arizona

"What Arizona Must Live With"

Mark Steyn has an excellent column about the fear Arizonans deal with so close to a porous border and illegal immigrants:

“To the coastal commentariat, ‘undocumented immigrants’ are the people who mow your lawn while you’re at work and clean your office while you’re at home. (That, for the benefit of Linda Greenhouse, is the real apartheid: the acceptance of a permanent ‘undocumented’ servant class by far too many ‘documented’ Americans who assuage their guilt by pathetic sentimentalization of immigration.) But in border states, illegal immigration is life and death. I spoke this week to a lady who has a camp of illegals on the edge of her land: She lies awake at night, fearful for her children and alert to strange noises in the yard. President Obama, shooting from his lip, attacked the new law as an offense against ‘fairness.’ Where’s the fairness for this woman’s family? Because her home is in Arizona rather than Hyde Park, Chicago, she’s just supposed to get used to living under siege?

Read the entire piece.

Top 10 dumbest things said about the Arizona immigration law

1. “The statute requires police officers to stop and question anyone who looks like an illegal immigrant.”

There are nine more from the Washington Examiner.

Those lovable illegal immigrants....

Riots break out on May Day.


May I see some ID?

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel


Saturday, May 22nd Consignment Rummage Sale

Full price sale:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Half price sale:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Franklin Public Library and Franklin City Hall Community Room
Both located at the corner of Loomis Road (Highway 36) and Drexel.

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