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.
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.
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100% chance of snow today. High of 26. "F"
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
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Natisha Hillard and Christopher Bour
Madison County (Illinois) Health Department
Utah elementary school
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by -- let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all. Our job is to reverse these trends."
President Obama in his State of the Union address
"Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement -- and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams -- to study, invent, and contribute to our culture -- they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let's get immigration reform done this year."
President Obama in his State of the Union address
"Tonight the President made more promises that sound good, but won’t solve the problems actually facing Americans. We want you to have a better life. The President wants that too. But we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen. So tonight I’d like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision… One that empowers you, not the government… It’s one that champions free markets – and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. It helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable. And it’s one where Washington plays by the same rules that you do. It’s a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American."
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) in the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union
"Our mission – not only as Republicans, but as Americans, is to once again to ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. It’s the gap we all face: between where you are and where you want to be. The President talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality… And with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide. We see this gap growing every single day.
"We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs… A husband who’s now working just part-time… A child who drops out of college because she can’t afford tuition… Or parents who are outliving their life’s savings. Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap… Plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and red tape…"
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) in the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union
“There wasn’t a lot in the speech, of course he’s playing a weak hand. I was impressed by the fact that he delivered it with conviction because, again, there wasn’t a lot in it. I would call it the chestnut speech. There were so many old chestnuts that were shown, it was almost embarrassing.”
Conservative columnist, author Charles Krauthammer
“The bulk of those fantasy policy prescriptions at the State of the Union seemed to be focused on – how to put this – making poverty comfortable. Face it, that’s what raising the minimum wage is about. It’s not about benefitting working families. Minimum wage jobs are entry-level jobs no one should aspire to as a lifelong commitment, and no one generally stays at an entry-level job for long in the real world. Extending unemployment benefits for all those not working is in the same vein, and equally ineffective at job creation or economic stimulation. When you pay people not to work, they generally don’t work. (It’s especially ironic that Mr. Obama would tout falling unemployment in the same speech as demanding more unemployment benefits. Of course, as we know, the only reason the unemployment rate is falling is because people are giving up looking for work and dropping out of the workforce entirely.)”
Trey Garrison is the Senior Financial Editor for Housing Wire Magazine and housingwire.com
"Though President Obama keeps insisting that income inequality is the ‘defining challenge of our time,’ most Americans beg to differ.
"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" asked Gallup in a nationwide survey this month. Dissatisfaction with the federal government — its incompetence, abuse, dysfunction, venality — topped the list, with 21 percent of respondents saying it was their key concern. The overall state of the economy was second, at 18 percent. Unemployment and health care were tied for third, with each cited by 16 percent as the nation's most pressing problem.
“How many shared Obama's view that the gap between rich and poor is the issue that should concern us most? Four percent.”
Columnist Jeff Jacoby
"Is she (Hillary) going to run? Fish have got to swim. Birds have got to fly, and Clintons have to run for office. It's what they do. It's a metabolic urge. That's all they've done their entire life is borrow money from rich people to seek public office. The problem is, a problem, nothing is more annoying to voters and infuriating to activists than a candidate that comes cloaked in an aura of inevitability. Because it says, in effect, here they are and you don't matter, and this is a foregone conclusion, and their inclination is to say well, we'll just see about that.”
"If you look today, the typical CEO makes 354 times more than the typical worker in his or her company, mostly his because there are so few women running companies. If you look back to 1980, that difference was just 42 times. So it's been that kind of income inequality that has started a lot of backlash and chatter..."
CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George Lucas is worth $7.3 billion.
"I want Mike Huckabee to wake up tomorrow having suddenly grown a vagina. Then I wanna deny his vagina proper medical care and birth control while making crazy statements about his libido. And see how he likes it."
ABC producer Shonda Rhimes – creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” – reacting to reports of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s remarks on women before the Republican National Committee.
“…the Democrats, one of their big issues is they've concocted and said Republicans are committing a War on Women. One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office. And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that. And that is predatory behavior, and it should be, it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office. Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a War on Women?"
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
“CNN’s got problems. I don’t know what they’re going to do. Put Spongebob on CNN — 24 hours — until a big story breaks. Then we break into Spongebob, and go to the hurricane, and then back to Spongebob.”
Legendary CNN host Larry King referring to the hit cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. January has been the network’s third-lowest month in ratings history. This month, the news network has fallen far behind Fox News and MSNBC and is even trailing its sister-network HLN.
“…if the (Denver) Broncos lose (this Sunday’s Super Bowl), (Denver QB Peyton) Manning could pay as much as 101.83 percent of this weekend’s paycheck to the Garden State. But even if the Broncos win, he’ll still owe a tax of 51.08 percent. For the sake of liberty and property rights, maybe we should pull for the Broncos.
“I’m no apologist for millionaires, or jocks. But this trivial example does highlight the appetite states have for confiscating the private property of the affluent. As if the sales-tax , hotel-tax , and in-state-income-tax was not enough, New Jersey (along with the rest of the states that have decided to levy an extra tax on out-of-state ‘jocks’) has decided to cherry pick professions from which they intend to raise revenue.”
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance
'Beyoncé can twerk and dance dirty on stage by oh if Miley does it she's such a horrible person'
A fan tweeting about Beyonce’s opening dance routine on the Grammy Awards
“Is it just me or are some of the Grammy performances so far seem to be really demonic?? Looks like there is a lot of evil in the world...”
Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is preparing for the NFL Draft, tweeted during the Grammy Awards. At the Grammys, Katy Perry dressed up as a witch and was "burned at the stake" in her act while gay couples were married to the song "same love."
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MSNBC's offensive, unacceptable attack
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
What Obama didn't say
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Justin Bieber, please just go away.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Who is that guy?
Man risks his life for...
The Stoner Bowl
Futuristic bra won't open, unless...
Would you get the flu for $3,000?
You can name our baby, but it will cost you
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read:
Effete New York Times asks: 'Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl?'
"Writer Steve Almond, best known previously for resigning an adjunct professorship at Boston College because Condoleezza Rice was picked for commencement speaker, argued that sending men to the NFL was like sending our underclass soldiers off to war in Afghanistan."
Is watching the Super Bowl worth your life?
"There's no denying it, the Super Bowl can be quite hazardous to your health. Alcohol, excitement, stress, prolonged sitting, and fatty foods combine to create an unwholesome atmosphere like no other."
New Jersey taxes winners, especially if your name is Peyton Manning
"So, let’s put this in perspective. After all, we’re talking about people that earn tens of millions of dollars to play a Sunday afternoon game. Get out your slide rule: This is where math class comes in handy."
In the 65 minutes Obama spoke during the State of the Union address...
"This happened in America."
Re-state of the Union
"President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday wasn't what I wanted to hear. This is what the president should have said:
"I cannot imagine what I was thinking when I pushed Obamacare. I now see it is folly to entrust government, which cannot balance its books and routinely loses track of billions of dollars, with even greater power over health care."
GOP crafts plan to wreck the country, lose voters
"Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent.
"How are Republicans going to square that circle? It's not their position on amnesty that immigrants don't like; it's Republicans' support for small government, gun rights, patriotism, the Constitution and capitalism.
"Reading these statistics, does anyone wonder why Democrats think vastly increasing immigration should be the nation's No. 1 priority?"
Dear America, I saw you naked
"And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent."
What are they smoking?
"The national debate over marijuana legalization has caught many liberals in a confounding paradox. These liberals, who have fought vociferously for bans on cigarettes, super-sized sodas, trans fats and other unhealthy substances, now either advocate for the legalization of marijuana or stand unopposed to it. This is notable because, whatever else it is, marijuana is not healthy."
'Jay Z' is a poor excuse for a husband
"What do you call a man who stands there smiling and singing as his scantily clad wife straddles a chair and shakes her rear end for other men’s titillation?"
What Super Bowl week is all about
"This is a rah-rah event in a hard town that does not easily rah-rah. New Yorkers are blasé about everything besides open houses for two-bedroom apartments and meals served on very, very tiny plates. The Rolling Stones could play a free show in Washington Square Park and a lot of residents would be like, 'Pass. Too crowded. The subway is going to be insane.' But can you be blasé about a Super Bowl? It seems blasphemous. It's the Super Bowl, buddy! Don't be a cynic. Come on.
'But as a local—and this column is for locals—you may be still be wondering what Super Bowl XLVIII all about. Here's what it's all about:
"1. Per order of the NFL, any visiting Super Bowl fan may knock on your door at any time, day or night, and you must provide the fan with one (1) complimentary bed and one (1) hot meal. They may help themselves to any sweater in your closet. Yes, even the warm chunky sweater you love, the one with the big buttons."
1) The Olympic torch is tested before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Olympic Park, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
2) The buildings and stadium are lit up as the sun sets over the Olympic Park prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 1, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
3) Fireworks are seen as spectators arrive for the rehearsal of the opening ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
4) Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of General Electric Distributed Power, and Jim Fleming, global supply chain leader and plant manager for General Electric Power and Water, walk Thursday with President Barack Obama during a tour of the company’s gas engine facility in Waukesha. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
5) President Barack Obama shakes hands with Reggie Troop after his introduction before his speech in Waukesha. Troop is a graduate of the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership’s Big Step job training program. The workers standing behind the president include other graduates of the program. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti
6) President Barack Obama prepares to sign a document after speaking at General Electric's Waukesha, Wis. gas engine plant, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The trip is part of a four-stop tour President Barack Obama is making to expand themes from his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
7) Traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of the metro area after a winter snow storm on Jan. 29 in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. (David Tulis/Associated Press)
8) Traffic sits at a standstill on the downtown Interstate 75-85 as dawn breaks in the aftermath of a winter storm in unprepared Atlanta, Ga., on January 29. Thousands of commuters and students were unable to reach their homes in the aftermath of the storm. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution via EPA)
9) A series of snowmen is seen on the back of a car as cold weather descends on Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the southern Unitied States on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport. At least five deaths in Alabama were blamed on the icy storm that slammed the region from Texas through Georgia and the Carolinas. (Lyle Ratliff/Reuters)
10) Sue Morrison watches as Chris McAdams scrapes ice from her car in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm brought snow and ice to the Florida Panhandle. (Andrew Wardlow/The News Herald via Associated Press
11) People rest at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Ga, on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the US South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)
12) John Fitzgerald, a lineman for Dominion Power, uses cross-country skis on Hanbury Road in Chesapeake, Va. to get to work on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The National Weather Service says the Norfolk area averages fewer than three days of snow each winter that result in at least an inch of accumulation. Wednesday marks the fourth day in less than two weeks that at least an inch of snow has fallen. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
13) Ice floats in the frozen Chicago River as seen from the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago, Monday morning. Jan. 27, 2014. Below-zero high temperatures expecting to last 2 1/2 days have returned to many parts of the Midwest bringing with it wind chills ranging from the negative teens to temperatures colder than 40 below zero. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Michael R. Schmidt)
14) This Jan. 24, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities shows multiple avalanches that crossed the Richardson Highway in the Thompson Pass region of Valdez, Alaska on Friday Jan. 24, 2014. Alaska highway officials say the only highway into the city of 4,100 people will be closed until further notice, for at least a week, if not much longer. (AP Photo/Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities)
15) Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate's 75 and 85 as snow blanketed Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)
16) Raindrops appear on a windshield following the first rain of the year, early Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Novato, Calif. Northern California is finally getting rain after some areas have gone without measurable moisture for weeks. But the precipitation won't help much to ease the drought that has plagued the region. (AP Photo/Marin Independent Journal, Robert Tong)
17) A villager runs as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Feb. 1. The eruptions came just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes. Photo: S. Aditya / Reuters
18) Lesya Orobets, a deputy of the opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, wears a bulletproof vest during an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian parliament on Jan. 28, 2014. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images
19) Broken glass is seen in front of a niche where a vial of Pope John Paul II's blood was kept, next to a painting of the late Pope, in the church of San Pietro della Ienca. The glass was smashed and one of the church's windows was also broken in Saturday's raid, which police said might have been commissioned in order to use the blood for satanic rites. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs have scoured the remote area for clues, Reuters reported. Photo: Max Rossi / Reuters
20) An Israeli member of the "Taiji Dolphin Action Group", with a red body painting to evoke blood, is curled up on a sheet depicting the Japanese flag, during a protest against the killing of dolphins, notably in the Japanese city of Taiji on January 30, 2014 outside the building housing the Japanese Embassy, in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv. Similar rallies outside Japanese consulates and embassies were expected to take place worldwide. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
21) Anti-government protesters scatter while under fire in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Gunfire rang out across a busy intersection in Thailand’s capital for more than an hour Saturday as clashes between protesters and government supporters erupted on the eve of tense nationwide elections. At least seven people were wounded, including an American photojournalist. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
22) A riot police officer uses his baton against a demonstrator during clashes following an eviction of a chronically ill 54-year old neighbour from his home in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Harsh repossession laws have led to hundreds of thousands of evictions during the country's deep recession as more than 350,000 people in Spain have received eviction orders since 2008 because they were unable to make mortgage payments. Most of those evicted remain liable to repay the sum originally borrowed, even as the value of their homes plunges, rendering them hard to sell. Unemployment is at a staggering 26%, with young people the worst hit as Spain descends into a double-dip recession. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)
23) As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square last Sunday, a seagull and a crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. Earlier, while speaking at the window, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protests have turned deadly. Photos: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters and Gregorio Borgia / AP
24) In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservancy, park ambassador Rick Schwartz introduces Rady Children's Hospital patients Ashley Rendon and Jorge Baron to Baba, a pangolin from the zoo in San Diego. The meeting was part of a news conference to launch San Diego Zoo Kids, a television network that will carry webcam footage of zoo animals, information about the animals and up-close introductions to the animals, hosted by Schwartz. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Global, Ken Bohn)
25) A polar bear sleeps in the snow at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 28. Photo: Daniel Naupold / EPA
26) A 6-month-old baby koala sits on its mother's head at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany on Jan. 22. Photo: Roland Weihrauch / EPA
27) A rainbow appears Friday as a pedestrian crosses the Hungerford Bridge in London. Photo: SUZANNE PLUNKETT
28) Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo)
29) A couple walks beneath a display of lanterns for the Lunar New Year as China prepares for the Year of the Horse in Beijing on January 28, 2014. China is preparing to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Horse which falls on January 31 and will see about 3.62 billion trips made by Chinese travelers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
30) Beyoncé and Jay Z perform on the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Photo: Photo: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage
31) Katy Perry performs on the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Photo: Photo: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage
32) Taylor Swift performs on the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage
33) Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr onstage on the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage
34) This image released by NBC shows Seth Meyers, left, receiving a giant plastic pickle prop by host Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in New York. The pickle was presented to Fallon back in 2009 by Conan O'Brien, who was the previous host of the late night talk show. O'Brien received the pickle after inheriting the show from David Letterman in 1993. Meyers will host the new late night show on February 24, and Fallon will become host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," premiering February 17. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)
35) A man performs as a "Naked Indian" as people walk by in freezing temperatures on Times Square in New York on January 31, 2014. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
36) Ludmila (L) and Tofig Akhundov perform with their hippos in a circus in the Belarus capital Minsk, on January 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEVVIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
37) A model presents a creation by Dutch designer Winde Rienstra during Amsterdam Fashion Week in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on January 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / BAS CZERWINSKI --NETHERLANDS OUT--BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
38) A model walks the runway during Gianni Molaro S/S 2014 Art Couture colletion fashion show as part of AltaRoma AltaModa Fashion Week at Santo Spirito In Sassia on January 26, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
39) Fashion blogger Riccardo Onorato wears Jessica Buurman shoes, H&M by Versace shirt on day 3 Rome Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, on January 23, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
40) This may be one of the strangest. A model presents a creation by Txell Miras during the 080 Barcelona Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 fashion week in Barcelona on January 29, 2014. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
41) With a bacon bouquet in hand, April Davila weds the bacon-loving man of her dreams, Craig Roush, who sports a bacon boutonnière, at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Steve Pope / AP Images for Farmland Foods
42) The body of Bill Standley secured to his 1967 Harley Davidson rests inside a plexiglass box during his funeral service in Mechanicsburg, Ohio on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Standley's family said he'd been talking about it for years and liked to take people to the garage to show off the unusual casket his two sons had built for him. He told people he didn't just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in the big see-through box. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Jonathan Quilter)
The Puppy Bowl is today.
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UPDATE: This blog originally contained snapshots of the front pages of the Seattle and Denver newspapers the morning after the Super Bowl won easily by Seattle. Obviously, those images have since disappeared.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday:
1) Photos of the Week (01/26/14)
2) Steve Olson's leadership experience makes him the best candidate for Franklin mayor
3) Dazzling developments occurring in Franklin's neighbor to the east
4) Franklin, let's not mess this up
5) UPDATE: Immigration? Gap between rich and poor? Poverty?
6) When conservatives are on school boards
7) Week-ends (02/01/14)
8) Culinary no-no #363
9) The latest pro-life news (01/27/14)
10) MUST SEE: When workers find out for the first time how Obamacare will affect them
February 3, 2014
Today, the Guttmacher Institute released their findings from the Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011 study. There is good news, abortion rates and ratios are continuing to drop. However, Guttmacher argues the continued decline has nothing to do with pro-life legislation, but other factors.
Guttmacher’s downplay of pro-life legislation having an impact on abortions is not surprising. They were originally a research arm of Planned Parenthhood. They do note two exceptions that have an impact on a woman receiving an abortion. Those exceptions are “24-hour waiting periods that require two in-person visits and the elimination of state Medicaid funding for abortion services.”
An estimated 1.1 million abortions were performed in 2011, down from 1.21 million in 2008. Information collected in Guttmacher’s study comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who compiles and publishes data on abortions. The CDC information is not complete, as California does not report their information.
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias stated, “That abortion rates and numbers continue to decline is heartening because it shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy. This latest report from Guttmacher shows the long-term efforts of the right-to-life movement to educate the country about the humanity of the unborn child and to enact laws that help children and their mothers are having a tremendous impact.”
Beyond legislation, it is clear educating women about the alternatives to abortion are having an impact. As noted by the Guttmacher’s study, between 2001 and 2008, unintended pregnancies increased, but the number of unintended pregnancies ended through abortion decreased. This must be in part due to the education of the women to carry her pregnancy to term, the availability of care at pregnancy centers, and a change in attitude towards abortion. Guttmacher argues “these patterns could represent increased difficulty in accessing abortion services.”
Wisconsin Right to Life is pleased that the national rates are at an all-time low. However, from the numbers reported, there are still one-in-five babies who are lost to abortion in the U.S. Wisconsin’s abortion rate, the number of abortions performed per 1,000 women of childbearing age, is 6. Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work to educate, inform, and pass legislation to protect every unborn child.
UPDATE: Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where the music is fine and the lights are always low
You all know that unmistakable face. It belongs to the scholarly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Always accommodating with an outrageous quote, Pelosi in September of 2013 said Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending were futile because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.