The state Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing today in
Following state Senator Mary Lazich’s testimony, committee member, state Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) whose district has communities that have such ordinances said several times, “This bill is going nowhere.”
Committee chair, state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and author of the bill replied, “I don’t know if that’s true.”
You can see and hear Sullivan’s comments about 50 minutes into this video of the committee hearing.
Also testifying against were Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva, Franklin Alderman Steve Olson, the
Alderman Olson was quite passionate and even sparred with Senator Taylor. I encourage you to watch them at 2:42:30 into the video.
Alderman Olson did not read from his prepared statement. It was submitted to the committee and follows:
Testimony of Alderman Steve Olson, City of
The Miami Herald says there’s plenty of evidence, and authorities ignored it.
I am a pro wrestling fan. Have been since I was a kid. Dad and I used to go to the Auditorium to watch the matches, the Arena for the really big cards.
In the late 80’s when Vince McMahon brought SummerSlam to then-Milwaukee County Stadium, I got the chance to meet Hulk Hogan and interview him a few days before the event for WUWM.
Public Radio? Pro wrestling?
Why not. I recall the CBC doing almost a half hour mini-documentary on Wrestlemania I.
I recall Hogan dwarfing me and at one point taking both hands and grabbing me by the shoulders (all in good fun) telling me that if he threw me into a nearby chain fence that it would probably hurt (Hogan was to wrestle Andre the Giant in a cage match at
My voice I’m sure went up three octaves.
Hogan was the star of stars at the time, completely on top of his game, and I’ve always liked him.
Twenty-some years later, he, of course, isn’t the same. The Hulkster has difficulty walking, his personal life is in shambles, and now he admits in a new book he almost committed suicide.
This Hulkamaniac hopes he gets things together.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker becomes the first, and thus far, only candidate for governor to publicly take a position on the bills now before the Legislature that would repeal more than 100 local ordinances across Wisconsin that restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2010
For more information, please contact Fran McLaughlin (414) 278-4244, cell: (414) 235-6592
“The state should not override the concerns of the individual municipalities in
Today while filling in for Vicki McKenna on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I read from a column by Matt Towery about allowing Catholic priests to marry (I am open to the idea). Towery writes:
“I am not a rebel within my church. In fact, I enjoy the more conservative interpretation of the scriptures. But we now live in an age when even the purest of heart are barraged by media with sexually charged material, or at least subliminally stimulating images and ideas about sex. This extends from entertainment all the way into everyday conversations.
It has now reached the point that the Church must confront the inevitable. Its demands of celibacy and unmarried church careers for its priests and others no longer constitute a tenable interpretation of the scriptures in the modern world. This may well result in a Church that refuses to face the devastating consequences of sexually frustrated clergy; a clergy that contains some who, try as they might, end up falling prey to temptation by trying to quench their natural passions by exploiting those most conveniently under their control -- children.”
Here is the entire piece.
Bye bye nice weather.
Sunday does look nice, though.
Some would say the best sports event of the year takes place this weekend.....
The Final Four.
Even better than the Super Bowl.
My bracket expired some time ago, so GO BUTLER!
Our weekend features on This Just In begin tonight with our weekly Friday night smooth music segue into Saturday and Sunday.
Here's a hint......
Then Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog.
Also, Weekends, our weekly week in review including...........
Also Saturday, Recommended Reading.
On Sunday, My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no # 8623, and Photos of the Week.
Inquiring minds want to know......Will This Just In reader, Franklin resident Don Dorsan find a picture in this week's selection to get his undies in a bundle like last Sunday's posting?
Gee, I'd hate to get him all upset on Easter morning.
Here's a photo that did NOT make the final cut.....
Remember when the president trotted out all those medicos at a news conference to show he had professional support for socialized medicine?
Not every lab coat has drunk the Kool-Aid.
I admire this guy’s courage, but he’s about to get filleted by the Obamessiah’s hired assassins in the mainstream media.
Anyone outraged by his actions needs to understand this is just the beginning. He's right. Awful ramifications from Obamacare are coming.
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.
We put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, the cute one.
Paul McCartney hits the concert stage once more with no sign of settling down anytime soon.
Sir McCartney’s latest tour began last Sunday in
“With apologies to Ringo Starr, the Beatles' legacy couldn't have hoped to be in better hands at this late date than . Forty years after the breakup, the former Beatle most likely to pack an arena launched his latest solo tour in Glendale on Sunday night with a three-hour set at the Jobing.com Arena that found him more than willing and able to serve as the Beatles' ambassador to the 21st century.”
McCartney played the famed Hollywood Bowl this week and for the next two and half months, he will visit
In keeping with the theme of our Friday night musical get together, the smooth side of Paul McCartney Live.
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: Showers. High of 55. "D"
SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy. High of 67. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Imagine running to your local dog-and-cat-supply store for a bag of kibble. Do you expect that there would be a warning sign posted at the front door that shopping there may be hazardous to your health and that you are shopping at your own risk?
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
Dennis and Jennifer Renz and their twins
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League
14-year old Indianpolis boy
Dr. Jack Cassell
Soldiers that read
A good friend of mine, Dick Koch.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Federal Judge Charles Clevert
Some troopers in some states.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We are beginning to turn the corner. The worst of the storm is over; brighter days are still ahead. We’ve still got a long ways to go … eight million people have lost jobs over the last two years – that’s a staggering sum.”
President Obama, speaking in
“That’s not the federal government’s place. It’s tax dollars, my money, being used to prop up other businesses. They’re taking our money and using it as they see fit. Because it’s not market driven, it’s artificial.”
Steve Sweigart of Charlotte, a Marine Corps veteran who works in information technology, picketing President Obama’s visit to
“Why is he lying to the American public? This law was crammed down the throats of the American public behind closed doors.”
Dr. James McGukin, a cardiologist from High Point clad in blue hospital scrubs, carried a sign with tea bags dangling from it outside President Obama’s
Jews "know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms.”
Pope Benedict’s personal preacher, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa likened accusations against the pontiff and the Catholic church in sex abuse scandals in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.
“Shame on Father Cantalamessa. The
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
"There's no way the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment actually requires that taxpayers fund sex change operations for prisoners.”
State Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), a co-sponsor of the Sex Change Prevention Act, reacting to Federal Judge Charles Clevert’s ruling that the Act prohibiting hormone treatment and therapy and drugs for prison inmates seeking a sex change is unconstitutional. Gundrum said he expects Clevert's ruling will be appealed.
"This ruling puts a higher priority on helping inmate Tommy become Tammy than protecting the pocketbooks of law abiding citizens.”
Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), another sponsor of the law, reacting to Clevert’s ruling.
"I'm not going to take a day and hold a hearing on this because whatever we do in committee, if it passes, fails, we do nothing, it will in the end be a waste of time, simply because it doesn't matter what we do here in this state."
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) who chairs the Senate Health Committee, telling dozens of Wisconsin residents he refuses to hold a public hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit any level of government from requiring
"It's clear he has an agenda, and he has no intention of letting this bill go through."
Oriannah Paul of Sheboygan, reacting to Erpenbach.
"I do not think he understands the issue, and I don't think he understands his responsibility as a senator."
Kirsten Lombard of Madison, also reacting to Erpenbach.
“What you folks are saying is, ‘we didn’t read the ordinances, we don’t know what you’re talking about, but we’re going to ban them anyway.“
Franklin alderman Steve Olson, testifying at a public hearing at the state Capitol in opposition to a bill that would repeal over 100 local ordinances around the state including
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
1) Bill aims to LOOSEN anti-fraud rules for child-care providers.
2) Sweeping election reform moving quickly through Legislature.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Apparently sex abuse only takes place in the Catholic Church and not in other denominations.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The continuing smear cmapaign against the Pope. Where's the proof?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
British media revel in April Fool's Day tradition.
Lucky # 7.
Rabbit costume traffic sting draws criticism.
Linda Fischer vs. John Fischer.
REMEMBER: 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.
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).
The Catholic Quandary
“A number of Catholics have left the church because of the priestly sins, but not me. From the beginning, in Sister Claudia's first-grade class, I understood that the Catholic Church was about Jesus, not Father Flannery. Believe me, I saw so many loons in my Catholic school days that I should be a Buddhist. But it is the theology, not the church leadership, that keeps me in the fold.”
How Easter Ended
“Dear Grandson: I risk writing you this letter in order to pass along some censored history. Today’s
“These quietly angry people gather in their churches while their religions are called divisive and their beliefs are labeled as bigotry, and they pray for a better day. They talk among themselves in their
They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country's complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions, too selfish to share what they have worked for with everyone else who wants it.”
“No one was stabbed this March, no limp bodies dumped into the
It isn't unreasonable to think that amongst the Tea Party protesters one can find the ignorant and hateful. Many of the protesters seem to believe that the president of the
Against Obamacare? You’re a Fascist Racist Hater
“Idiots, wing nuts and haters exist — on both sides of the political spectrum — in a country of 300 million people. Those who threaten and engage in violence should be arrested and prosecuted. Those who use incendiary language should be denounced.
But which "hater" said the following, and where was the condemnation?”
Please don’t call it ‘state socialism’
"We're told that for some reason we're not allowed to call the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda ‘socialism,’ ‘communism,’ ‘Marxism,’ ‘state socialism’ ‘fascism,’ or anything else that might sound unpleasant.
‘Federalizing’ all these programs shifts money and employment from the private to the government-bureaucrat sector. Unionized government bureaucrats tend to belong to outfits like the SEIU, which actively back Democrat/socialists, while dispatching purple-shirted thugs to beat up black freedom-fighters handing out 'Don't tread on me' Gadsden flags outside rigged Democratic ‘town hall’ meetings.
The so-called ‘health reform’ bill authorizes $10 billion to field 16,500 more IRS agents to collect and enforce mandatory ‘premiums,’ which we're assured are not a ‘tax.’ Providing you're a ‘normal’ citizen with a job and house, of course. (Illegal aliens Get Out of Jail Free, as usual.)”
“In the coming watershed election, the nature of this unique and exceptional land is at stake. We will choose one of two different paths. And once we make that choice, there's no going back.
This is not the kind of election I would prefer. But it was forced on us by the leaders of our government.”
Palin Says “Reload” and the Liberals Have a Cow
“My cow comment is clearly figurative because we all know Libs can’t have cows; it takes a cow to have a cow, duh. Which I guess means that Rosie O’Donnell could have a cow, Joy Behar could lay a mess of tsetse fly eggs, and Janeane Garofalo could spawn a ring-tailed lemur. Wouldn’t that be the bomb?
Oops, sorry. I forgot. I said bomb. Shame on me because I forgot that I can’t use any warfare terminology anymore in my prose since the thought police on the Left have put a moratorium on militaristic analogies (as such language will lead, according to ‘them,’ to Tea Party terrorists).”
Big Brother on Your Tail
"Suppose I approached you with a request. I want you to carry a small gadget that will automatically transmit your location to the police, allowing them to track your every movement 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Chances are you would politely decline.
Too late. You already accepted.
That gadget, you see, is called a cell phone."
And why not?
I mean, c'mon....
Just red-blooded American male honesty.
And now, to the point.
There's even more reason to love Raquel Welch....
1st District Alderman — There’s No Comparison!
Promotes economic development that solidifies
the burden on citizens.
Promotes regional economic projects that benefit our city: