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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

How is this a story?

The mainstream media makes it a story because they're out to crucify the guy.


Stranger Danger is real

That’s why it would be good for parents to watch this program Friday morning at 11:00 Milwaukee time on HLN.


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Franklin is having a senior moment

There’s talk of building a new housing complex specifically for seniors in Franklin.  City officials have made it clear they want no part of it. My advice to them?  Careful.

I’m merely reacting to what FranklinNOW has reported in the last few weeks.

“Officials were less than enthusiastic about plans for a three-story senior housing complex at Brenwood Park Drive and Highland Park Avenue with skepticism, pointing to the high demand such facilities place on emergency services.  Ken Becker of Becker Property Services and architect Bob Schultz of Third Coast Design Concepts floated conceptual plans for 62 independent-living apartment units for moderate-income seniors.”

One of the concerns magnified the architectural elitist snobbery that has been a favorite pastime of Franklin for decades. It oozes from this FranklinNOW sentence. Just get a load of this arrogance standing in the way of housing for MODERATE, not LOW, but MODERATE income seniors:

“Aldermen also were concerned with the architectural integrity of the building, insisting that its exterior feature a mixture of brick and high-end vinyl and demanding quality landscaping that blends in with the surrounding neighborhood.”

What would be the next hurdle to overcome? A minimum amount of Da Vinci paintings in the lobby?

Remember, we’re talking about one of our two most prized commodities: senior citizens (the other would be children).

So, if you’re an elected official in Franklin, and you don’t want more senior housing in Franklin, how do you go about it? In the most recent case, you rather bluntly say you don’t want it. And for your rationale, you argue:

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Rehorst at the WI State Fair


Planning on going to the State Fair?

Be sure to stop in the Expo Center for a cocktail made with Rehorst spirits! You can see them at Hooch's AND also at Roaring Dan's bar, just inside the main entrance!

Photo: Planning on going to the fair this weekend?
Be sure to stop in the Expo Center for a cocktail made with our spirits!  You can find us at Hooch's AND also at Roaring Dan's bar, just inside the main entrance!

WRTL: Let's be the first!

Pro-Life news

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Goodnight everyone, and have a spectacular summer weekend!

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
Author Sarah Dressen from her book, Just Listen.

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

The evening sky has erupted.

We smooth our way musically into Saturday and Sunday.

July is gone. We’ve begun August. Back to school sales are underway. My wife’s mail-order catalogues are pushing fall clothes and end of swim season deals. The days are a bit shorter.  Temperatures of 90 or more might be fewer and less likely.

Summer’s on its way out, but it’s certainly not gone. Tonight, whimsical music to remind us of fun summer days ahead.


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The best cartoons of the week (08/03/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden


Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/03/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Sunny. High of 76.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 73. "A"

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

Earlier this year I blogged about DogTV and how it seems like a great idea.  I even mentioned that  I would consider subscribing for our future dog.

As of August 1st it became available on DirecTV.  We’re not yet dog owners, and are Time Warner Cable customers so right now that’s a mutt – er, mute – point.  But it seems like I may have been duped along with lots of other dog lovers and owners.

Naturally DogTV boasts that it is just what the canine in your life has been missing, especially if you’re gone during the day and no one is around to play with him.  As a pet parent you can feel less guilty as you leave the TV on for Fido while you head to work.  If it helps to alleviate boredom in your absence and prevents chewed furniture or clothing or other destructive behavior then I suppose that’s a good thing.  (Crate training would produce that same end result but I’m sure that’s not for all dogs OR their owners.)

There’s an opposing view (no pun intended this time) to this DogTV hype though.  After reading some differing opinions on the effectiveness of the new channel, I would personally think twice about subscribing.

Do you have a dog AND DirecTV?  Would you consider getting the channel?  Why or why not?
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Dog bite settlement: $1.1 Million

Wauwatosa farmer's market bans dogs.

Understanding dog encounters.

More on dog flipping.

Man's best friend is also man's best finder.

Bullet trains for serious game.

Building a robotic husky.

He will live like a stray dog, in a kennel for 35 why.

Rocky is more than just a pet.

Boy helps his dog get some wheels.

Oso is returned to owner.

Teens follow message in the woods to find lost dog.

Thank you, Bob.

The secret is in the eyebrows.

Dog food goes local.

Here comes the ...pooch?

Why we love dogs in love.

Big dog gets shown up by a 'bedroom slipper.'

A bulldog discovers fireflies.

Dog on a boat.

Size matters.

Doggy Dining in Milwaukee.

Nice blog: For my dog, you have only us.



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Week-ends (08/03/13)


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


Michelle Knight

Logan Stevenson

Abigail Rose and her parents

Zna Gresham

Landon Lataille-Roberts

Terry Jackson

Kelly Thomas

Bay Area wedding vendors


Ariel Castro

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Akeem Monsalvatge, Derrick Dunkley and Edward Byam

Robbers in Washington

Online predator

Michael Shulan


"Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream."
From a grim report by the Asssociated Press.

"Most Americans face significant economic stress sometime in their lives. Stop the presses, shut down the Internet, and cancel Christmas."
Tom Blumer of NewsBusters reacting to the above AP report.

"President Barack Obama went to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., to rearticulate his vision for the American economy and to reassure the American people that, yes, he knows what he is doing… But, perhaps most notable in the president's remarks is what he did not say. A magnificent economic miracle has occurred during this presidency. But the president did not find it worth mentioning because it has nothing to do with government. Breakthroughs in technology have produced a boom in American energy production. American oil production is up 37 percent over the last two years, reversing 20 years of decline. As of last March, the United States has become the largest oil producer in the world. Oil imports have dropped to 36 percent of our total oil consumption, down from 60 percent in 2006 and the lowest level since 1987. No government planner could have ever dreamed of this type of miracle. It was not many years ago we were hearing about the world running out of oil…as the new American oil boom attests, it is freedom and capitalism that releases the human spirit, taps human creativity and produces prosperity that could never come from any government planner.
Star Parker is 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.

"According to MRC (Media Research Center) analysts, during the entire month of July, the IRS scandal – which continues to creep closer and closer to the White House – has only received a minute and a half of coverage on the network morning and evening shows. By comparison, during a three-day period last week, the three network morning news shows gave more coverage (187 minutes) to the birth of Britain’s Prince George than they gave to the entire IRS scandal (157 minutes) over the 10 and a half weeks since it broke. That’s a per day average of 62 and a half minutes for the royal baby and only two minutes and six seconds of coverage for the royal mess inside the IRS; a 34 to 1 ratio.

"During that time, multiple new IRS scandals emerged to feed the news cycle, such as: $70 million in bonuses to IRS agents; hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts granted to a business owner with a friend inside the agency: agents abusing IRS credit cards to pay for such things as diet pills, romance novels and even online pornography; and the shocking revelation that the office of the chief counsel – one of only two Obama appointees in the agency – may have been directly involved."


"I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he's in that time now."
Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal

"These people are trying to paint me as a monster. I'm not a monster. I'm sick. My sexual problem, it's so bad on my mind. God as my witness, I never beat these women like they're trying to say that I did. I never tortured them.”
Kidnapper Ariel Castro

“You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning. I will live on but you will die a little more inside each day as you think of those 11 years and the atrocities you inflicted on us.

“What does God think of you hypocritically going to church each Sunday and then coming home to torture us? The death penalty would be the easy way out; you don’t deserve that! We want you to spend the rest of your life in prison!

“After a long 11 years, I am being heard and it feels liberating.”
Michelle Knight, one of Castro’s victims, speaking directly to Castro in court.

"You can't marginalize these people. If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Pope Francis, when questioned on what his response would be upon learning that a cleric was gay, though not sexually active.

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."
Retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu

“As far as the ordination of women, the Church has already spoken out and the answer is no. The door is closed. But let me tell you something. Our Lady was more important than the apostles, bishops, deacons, and priests. Women play a role that’s more important than that of bishops, or priests.”
Pope Francis

“Francis’s modest style has been evident since his selection earlier this year. When he learned that admirers had installed a life-size statue of him in the cathedral in Buenos Aires, he got on the phone to his hometown with a blunt order: ‘Get that thing down immediately.’ Instead of the luxury vehicles favored by his predecessors — Pope Benedict XVI had a BMW X5 and a custom-built electric Renault van — the new pope has been spotted in a decidedly less glamorous ride: a 2008 Ford Focus hatchback.”
The Boston Globe on the Pope.

"Never even occurred to me to ask. I just assumed it had stopped when he got caught, lost his job and started therapy to save his marriage.”
Jonathan Van Meter, author of an 8,000 word puff piece in the New York Times Magazine in April about Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin. Van Meter said in an interview with the Washington Post he never thought to ask Wiener if he was still sexting. New York Times Magazine Editor in Chief Hugo Lindgren said the question about when Weiner stopped sexting “should have been asked. The assumption that he made was the same assumption I made. It turned out to be a poor assumption.”

“I’ve been watching it closely. I’m new to this, so maybe I ought to take a page from Pope Francis and say I want to be as compassionate and merciful as possible and don’t want to judge anybody.”
New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he is following the mayor’s race and won’t stand in judgment of Anthony Weiner.

"If these two people, [Mayor Bob] Filner in San Diego and [Anthony] Weiner here, were Republicans, this would be a part of a lot of somber sociology in the media about the Republican war on women."
George Will

The George Zimmerman trial was a “publicity stunt,” and probably shouldn’t have been convened in the first place. “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty.”
One of the jurors in the trial who referred to herself as Maddy, during a TV interview.

“We’ll have true equality in this country when someone like Don Lemon or any other person of color can make a statement that doesn't conform with what the so-called majority believes without being called names, without being called an Uncle Tom."
Liberal talk radio host Alan Colmes

"I think they get as big a thrill, just as all Democrats do, of defeating conservatives as they do helping Obama...The media has aligned with Obama to defeat Republicans, to defeat conservatives."
Rush Limbaugh

"By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB (
Independent Payment Advisory Board) will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them."
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean criticizing ObamaCare.

Dear Brewers Fans:

This past week has been an admittedly difficult time for everyone who loves the Milwaukee Brewers, including our fans, our corporate and community partners, and employees. We share your frustration and disappointment with the news of Ryan Braun’s suspension and the mistakes that Ryan has made. We want you to know that we take this matter very seriously.

We recognize that Ryan has many steps ahead of him to regain your trust and respect. This process will take time, and the road to redemption for Ryan will not be easy. Our responsibility as an organization is to help Ryan appreciate the difficult task ahead of him and to assist in the healing process. At the same time, during this frustrating season, we want to reaffirm what the Brewers stand for as an organization. We believe everyone at the Brewers is accountable to each of you every day, and it is a team effort to meet that responsibility. We have an obligation to ensure that our players give maximum effort at all times. We also remain committed to providing you with the best experience at Miller Park. And we appreciate the tremendous loyalty and support you continue to demonstrate to the team. We never take your passion and our strong relationship with you for granted.

Starting this week, we will be introducing a series of initiatives to reaffirm our commitment to you and all of our fans throughout Wisconsin. We know that these initiatives are not a substitute for success on the field, and our primary mission remains to have a perennially competitive team. As we have previously stated, no single player defines the Milwaukee Brewers, and the success or failure of our organization is not tied to the performance or behavior of any single player. Within the clubhouse walls reside many talented players who will be the centerpieces of what we hope are the next great Milwaukee Brewers teams. This abiding belief is reflected on the cover of our 2013 Media Guide where six players are pictured. We have always maintained that any success the team experiences on the field is not possible without our fans, and we ask you to continue to be a part of the success of our organization.

We deeply appreciate your loyalty, patience, and understanding. On behalf of the entire Brewers organization, you have my pledge that we will overcome these current challenges, and we will reward the best fans in baseball with a team that truly represents our community.

Go Brewers!
Mark Attanasio
Chairman and Principal Owner


After whining on Capitol Hill, a deal is struck.

Benghazi survivors spent 20 hours waiting for help.

Disabled admit they could work.


WI economy strengthening.

Work more, get less under ObamaCare.


Fast food worker strikes.


Seeing double with rare triplets.

What can schools sell instead of candy?

That’s it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

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Recommended Reading (08/03/13)

Recommended Reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Me and my Obamaphones

”Confession: You’re paying my phone bill. In the past month, I have received three shiny new cell phones, courtesy of American taxpayers, that should never have fallen into my hands.”

Editorial opens conversation about race

“We did not intend to compare Fox News specifically to the KKK and we should have done a better job clarifying that when we said that the ‘same basic message that the KKK has promoted for 148 years is embraced by the likes of Ted Nugent, Fox News, Ann Coulter, a burgeoning array of fringe conservative media’.”

Black Self-Sabotage

“If we put ourselves into the shoes of racists who seek to sabotage black upward mobility, we couldn’t develop a more effective agenda than that followed by civil rights organizations, black politicians, academics, liberals and the news media. Let’s look at it.”

Liberalism makes it easier to be bad

“The further left one goes, the more one finds that the ideology provides moral cover for a life that is not moral. While many people left of center lead fine personal lives, many do not. And left-wing ideals enable a person to do that much more than conservative ideals do. There is an easy way to demonstrate this.”

How liberals have it wrong about Rush and Sean

“What kind of liberal wants to clamp down on free speech and celebrate shutting someone up? The best antidote to free speech is — free speech.”

Reform the ethanol mandate

“Once heralded as a way to help farmers, reverse climate change and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, the mandate to blend up to 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline every year has hurt more farmers than it has helped, increased greenhouse gas emissions and been rendered irrelevant by new fuel efficiency standards. Plus, the mandate has driven up food and gas prices, worsened air and water pollution and may soon void the warranties of millions of cars.”

'We got through it'

“When the governor rebalanced state operations, his wife and sons felt the angry backlash.”



Photos of the Week (08/04/13)

Photos of the Week

1) The Chardhi Kala 6K memorial run/walk is one of several gatherings organized this weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the deadly shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek last year. The name of the run is a concept in Sikhism that refers to a mental state of optimism and joy. Runners cross the starting line of the Chardhi Kala 6K memorial run/walk at Oak Creek High School on Saturday. Now-retired Lt. Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek Police Department, who was shot 12 times and severely injured when he responded to the shooting, addresses the crowd before the start of the race. “I think what the community of Oak Creek has shown from 10:20 on Aug. 5, 2012, until now ... is relentless optimism and the ability to work together for the common good,” he said. Journal Sentinel photos: Michael Sears

2) Jim Schertz, 62, of Milwaukee, finds the names of four buddies whose helicopter disappeared in Vietnam in 1972 and are still listed as missing in action during a visit Friday to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.  More than 100 Vietnam veterans from Wisconsin traveled to Washington, D.C. Friday for a first ever Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans. Journal Sentinel photo: Meg Jones

3) Matt Gazo, 61, of Pewaukee, who served in the Army in Vietnam in 1970-1971 walks past the sculpture near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Journal Sentinel photo: Meg Jones

4) Civil Air Patrol cadets salute Wisconsin Vietnam veterans as they arrive at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh airport during EAA AirVenture following a day-long Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Photo: Journal Sentinel, Meg Jones

5) The National Governors Association meets in Milwaukee this week. The summer gathering, held for the first time in Milwaukee since 1998, will expose governors and their staffs to a variety of issues, including adapting to the Affordable Care Act, education, jobs, the economy and cyberterrorism. Gov. Scott Walker rides his Harley to the Harley-Davidson Museum with a handful of other governors, including former Gov. Tommy Thompson, as part of the National Governor's Association festivities on Friday. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

6) Gov. Scott Walker poses for photos with war veterans at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

7) Michelle Knight (2L) addresses the court while Ariel Castro (R) listens in the background on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was in court awating his sentence for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

8) New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner responds to press questions, as his chief spokeswoman Barbara Morgan, left, records his remarks, in New York, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Morgan went on an expletive-laced tirade about a former campaign worker in an interview with Talking Points Memo, and later apologized for using vulgar language to describe former intern Olivia Nuzzi.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

9) Chizema Najika, 80, shows her card as she leaves in a cart after voting at a polling station in Harare on July 31 during Zimbabwe's presidential election. Remember, a photo ID requirement to vote in America is just too much of a hassle. Photo: Alexander Joe / AFP - Getty Images

10) Ruling and opposition lawmakers fight with water Friday on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people. Photo: Wally Santana.

11) Syrians refugees try to enter a truck which will transport them back to their homeland at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on July 30. Photo: Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

12) Afraid of sniper fire, women run near the Garage al-Hajz checkpoint -- the only crossing point in the divided city of Aleppo. Every day people in the war-torn city risk the dangerous journey across the front line to get vital supplies of food and other goods, such as soap and toothpaste. Photo: Farouk al-Halabi

13) Inhabitants and holidaymakers evacuate the village of Megalo Livadi on Greece's Aegean island of Serifos as a wildfire rages nearby, on July 27, 2013. Authorities decided to evacuate two villages on the island as the fire had already burned two buildings. Photo: Chloe Kritharas Devienne / AP

14) Soldiers in white biohazard suits take part in a clean-up operation at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet, Thailand, on July 30, 2013. About 50,000 liters of crude oil poured into the Gulf of Thailand from a pipeline, about 12 miles off the coast. Photos: Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

15) A woman poses with her dogs during the annual pet show at the World Trade Center in Taipei, China, on July 26. Photo: Sam Yeh / AFP - Getty Images

16) The feet of a panda cub recently born from giant panda Yuan Yuan are visible in an incubator at the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, China.  Photo: Taipei City Zoo via AFP - Getty Images

17) A keel-billed toucan sits at the Simon Bolivar Zoo in San Jose on July 28. Photo: Hector Retamal / AFP - Getty Images

18) An anole lizard sits in a water lily flower in Everglades National Park on July 26. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP

19) A great crested grebe swims with three chicks on its back in Lake Weissensee in Naggl, Austria, on July 26.  Photo: Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters

20) Great grey owls are perched at the zoo in Berlin on July 26. Photo: Marcel Kusch / AFP - Getty Images

21) An Indian parrot hatchling is fed by hand in Dimapur, India, on July 24, after being caught in a forest by a local hunter and offered for sale in the Indian state of Nagaland. Photo: Strdel / AFP - Getty Images

22) During rainy season, a Florida lubber grasshopper walks along a wooden sidewalk in the Everglades National Park on July 26. Photo: J Pat Carter / AP

23) New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez arrives to workout at the Yankees minor league complex Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick A-Rod out of the game for life unless the New York star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

24) Couples leave the field after taking their wedding vows at Great American Ballpark prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Cincinnati. Twenty-one couples either took their vows or renewed them in the Reds first "I Do's On The Diamond" ceremony. Al Behrman - AP Photo

25) Over 400 hot air balloons prepare to take off in Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on Wednesday in an attempt to set a world record for collective taking-off during the event "Lorraine Mondial air balloons." Photo: Alexandre Marchi / AP

26) As part of the Carrara Mable Weeks in Carrara, Italy, a group of young artists led by Professor Luciano Massari is adding tattoos, covering the replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David completely in the coming days. Tattoos are an increasingly common practice among Italians. Photo: Laura Lezza / Getty Images

27) Participants compete in The Sumo Run in Battersea Park, West London, on July 28. The Sumo Run is an annual 5km charity fun run in which competitors race around the park in inflatable Sumo Suits. The event previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people running in Sumo Suits. Photo: Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images

28) Four volunteers from the crowd launch and encourage four racing ducks, distant cousins of the Famous Racing Pigs, at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug 1. Photo: MyCommunityNOW

29) Bea Leach (left) and Michaela Lonski of Wauwatosa split a cream puff in the dairy building at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 1.Photo: MyCommunityNOW

30) Julie Else (left) and Jodi Jaeger of Catholic Memorial High School volunteer to work at the New Berlin Lions Club Roasted Corn stand at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug 1. Photo: MyCommunityNOW

31) Fairgoers slouch in their chairs after hypnotist Brian Imbus put them to sleep during a hypnosis show at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

32) A 90-year-old heavy metal fan makes the rock hand-sign as she attends the 24th heavy metal Wacken Open Air (WOA) Festival 2013 in Wacken, northern Germany on August 1, 2013. With some 80,000 festival visitors it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal, folk metal and even metalcore, nu metal and hard rock from around the world. AFP PHOTO / DPA / AXEL HEIMKEN GERMANY OUTAXEL HEIMKEN/AFP/Getty Images


Never leave a young man behind.

The best travel photos in the world.

His name is Jesse Bongiovi

Jesse Bongiovi, son of rock star Jon Bon Jovi, is on the roster as a walk-on. Bongiovi is a 5-9 1/4, 183-pound defensive back from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y. - See more at:

Jesse Bongiovi, son of rock star Jon Bon Jovi, is on the roster at Notre Dame as a walk-on. Bongiovi is a 5-9 1/4, 183-pound defensive back from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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More financial follies at Franklin Public Schools

Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch has the latest episode of Franklin school officials recklessly tossing your tax dollars around like Tootsie Rolls at an Independence Day parade.

I think there’s a lot more to that story.

Two obervations in my view are painfully clear:

1) Franklin school administrators need to show more fiscal responsibility, i.e. restraint. That’s unlikely to happen, not with the current regime in place.

2) Since #1 seems out of the question, you need a school board with the proper number of backbones to forcefully stand up to the high-spending administration. Sadly, that’s also not in the cards.

Get ready for another big bill come December in Tax Hell, WI.

Culinary no-no #340

Culinary no-no's



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My Most Popular Blogs (08/05/13)

Most popular

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

1) Photos of the Week (07/28/13)

2) Property taxes matter, or...If you look at these #'s, Milwaukee is like Detroit

3) I'd terminate her, too, but not because she went bra­less

4) Franklin is having a senior moment 

5) Seen at German Fest today...

6) Culinary no-­no #339

7) The Barking Lot-­America's Finest Dog Blog (08/03/13) 

8) The latest pro­-life news (07/29/13)

9) Stranger Danger is real 

10) The Weiner scandal is NOT a romance novel

And the crickets chirp and chirp and chirp...

Care to guess what this is?

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Obamacare Delayed for Everyone but You

Obamacare Delayed for Everyone but You

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The latest pro-life news (08/05/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life


Facebook group claims Virgin Mary should have aborted.

55% want 20-week limit on abortions.

Republicans must push hard on late-term abortion ban.

"Am I killing? Yes I am."

Governor shuts down pro-abortion rally...with cookies.

Recent college graduate says it's OK to be pro-life without exception.

UPDATE: Week-ends (08/03/13)


Previously on This Just In, on Week-ends, one of our heroes was little Logan Stevenson. Here's the latest.


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All roads lead to Wisconsin

The National Governor's Association just wrapped up its gathering in Milwaukee.


This would never fly in Franklin

BrookfieldNOW wrote a feature about a local restaurant called, “Burke’s Irish Castle.”  Located at 53rd and Bluemound near Miler Park at the site of the old Derry Hegarty’s Pub,  Burke’s Irish Castle is a gastropub that’s been open for over a year.

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The latest from the Bartolottas: Pig roast, wine tasting, beer dinner and more



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"Liberalism Has Nearly Destroyed Black America"

I love this. A new Political Action Committee will work to help black conservatives win high national office, and more.


Related reading: Why blacks should give up on the Democratic Party.

That's the spirit!


I’ve written many times how proud I am of my cousin Doug MacKenzie, a master distiller at Great Lakes Distillery that makes all those Rehorst products.


Great Lakes Distillery is the subject of a front page piece in the latest edition of the Milwaukee Biz Times.


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The latest from Rehorst - August 2013: Summertime Events Galore!



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How many Fischers does it take to write a Culinary?

Culinary no-no's

Coming this Sunday, Jennifer and I collaborate on our Culinary blogs. Can a no-no be a yes-yes?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: More financial follies at Franklin Public Schools

Previously on This Just In, I referred to a piece by Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch about a new electronic sign now posted outside Franklin High School. Maersch was stunned to learn the cost of the sign was $53,000.

Maersch investigates

Maersch contacted members of the Franklin School Board to inquire about the cost of the sign.  A School Board member sought answers from Franklin Public Schools Superintendent Steve Patz.

Via e-mail, Patz responded to Maersch that the cost was $53,000 and that the sign had been 100% paid for through fund-raising efforts by the High School Athletic Director, Sara Unertl and were tied to the revenue received from the Athletic Department Golf Outings and related donations.

Maersch responded, “Wouldn’t that type of donation go to support our High School athletes rather than a sign?” Who was the decision maker for the purchase of the sign?” Who gave the orders for it to be built, approved the specifications and finally authorized the spending of the $53,000.00?”

Patz wrote back:

“The sign was the result of a joint discussion between the Athletic Director (Sara Unertl), Principal (Mike Nowak), Business Manager (Jim Milzer) and Myself (Dr. Steve Patz). I approve the final decision as this is an operational matter that does not go before the board, especially when there is a donation of funds that was dedicated to this project.”

That led Maersch to conclude:

So simply put, Dr. Steve Patz has autonomous power for spending, while the Board of Education is clueless about how he spends. One could assume they have no clue about what extra’s Dr. Patz has in store for the High School remodel.”


A few days ago I took a drive over to the high school to observe this $53,000 technological wonder. There’s a series of about seven or eight separate announcements that continuously loop, including two displays of “Go Sabers!”

Another announcement the day I took a look mentioned Forms and Fees for the new school year, but then stated for more information, “check the website.” My, but that’s helpful. When Patz wrote in his e-mail to Maersch that we “believe it adds greatly to our ability to communicate to the public,” I hope that’s not what he had in mind.

The cost

What about the $53,000 price tag? Is that reasonable? Or is it excessive?

I spoke with an industry expert who said the cost depends on size, of course, but also on the pixel rate. There’s great competition for these boards, so the price has come down quite a bit in recent years. Without more specific information about the Franklin board, my source says its sounds like “They didn’t over-pay, they didn’t get hosed.”

That’s not to say there aren’t other issues that raise eyebrows.

Franklin vs. Greenfield

Let’s compare the process used by Franklin to put up its board with that of the city of Greenfield. We already know a few Franklin school officials discussed the matter before the superintendent made the final decision to spend $53,000 from donations to athletics on the sign. The Franklin School Board never had a say in the transaction.

In Greenfield, an electronic reader board is located near the city’s Community Center at 7215 W. Cold Spring Road. Sources at the city of Greenfield confirm the board was put up as an agreement with Clear Channel Outdoor. A lease is in place for 20 years that pays a monthly lease fee of $1,000 per month with an annual 7.5% override depending upon the performance of board.  Let’s be clear about that. Clear Channel pays the city of Greenfield that uses the money to support its community center. No levied dollars are used for the community center so the revenue helps pay the costs to run the building. Nice.

Greenfield also has access to a half panel ad per rotation per side free of charge on an as available basis which the city thought was important. It has been critical in advertising events and programs.

There’s an ongoing revenue source with the Greenfield board; not so with the one in Franklin.

The entire Greenfield project cost and ongoing utilities are the responsibility of Clear Channel. Franklin must finance the maintenance of its board, including the upkeep and energy costs. reports it took upwards of 18 months for the city and Clear Channel to agree on the design and other details at open, public meetings. Franklin’s discussions and ultimate decision occurred behind closed doors. Franklin never contacted Clear Channel to discuss a similar arrangement to Greenfield’s.

“On-premises” vs. “Off-premises”

Greenfield’s board near the Community Center is considered “off-premises.” Therefore, in agreement with Clear Channel, the city of Greenfield gets to promote itself and Clear Channel is allowed to run advertisements. It’s a win-win for the city and a private business.

Franklin’s board could be considered “on-premises,” preventing the school district from contracting to have a combo system of running ads along with its various school announcements. A source in the billboard industry I spoke to said the Franklin school district could conceivably seek a method to run ads on the board, but the city of Franklin might have building codes or statutes that wouldn’t permit them. Requesting the necessary changes could open up a can of worms that would be divisive and create heated opposition. Debate could stretch out over a long period of time and that’s understandable given lengthy deliberations in Greenfield when the consensus was in support of an electronic board.

When I told a city of Greenfield official about the Franklin board sans advertising, that official replied, “That’s stupid!”

How stupid?

Let’s rewind the clock to the June 26, 2013 meeting of the Franklin School Board. This is a meeting where School Board members attend along with the Superintendent, the Business Manager, and other over-paid bureaucrats. An average high school chess club would be a stronger brain trust.

At this meeting, some board members expressed concern about the lack of summer swim programs at Franklin High School. There are no such classes because a majority of Franklin voters were brainwashed into voting for referendum questions that increase property taxes to pay for unnecessary improvements at the high school. Thus, construction equipment prevents Franklin taxpayers from sending their kids to popular swim classes.

When confronted with questions by board members about a potential loss of revenue from the lack of swim classes, Business Manager Jim Milzer, who will never be mistaken for a fiscal conservative, and this is important,  told the board the swim program loses money. Without the swim classes, there’s no need for staffing, so it evens out.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a loooowwww weekend!

“The bass player’s function, along with the drums, is to be the engine that drives the car…everything else is merely colors.”
Suzi Quatro

“None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.”
Paul McCartney


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The best cartoons of the week (08/10/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/10/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Very high humidity levels early in the morning will fall throughout the morning hours giving way to comfortable conditons. Sunny to partly cloudy. High of 74.  "A"

SUNDAY:  UPDATED: Cloudy with scattered showers and a slight chance of afternoon isolated thunderstorms. High of 74. "C"

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

If you’ve been reading Ms. Elaine Kneeous these last few weeks, you already know why I am EXTRA excited to attend Irish Fest this year. 

I’m not Irish by blood, but I sure do act the part.  I am as enthusiastic as any other person attending our wonderful Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Until we set foot as a family in the Emerald Isle, we have to get our Irish on during one great weekend in August.

There are SO MANY outstanding things about Irish Fest that it’s almost impossible to take them all in.  The authentic (and even SEMI-authentic) cuisine & beverages are incredible.  The music will take your breath away.  This might be your only chance to purchase hand-knit Aran sweaters anywhere in Wisconsin.  Looking for a new Claddagh ring to add to your jewelry collection?  This is your place!

For years I’ve enjoyed watching Kevin as he emcees the children’s Red Hair contest and Freckle contest.  Just for fun, we now enter Kyla in the Red Hair contest though clearly she doesn’t stand a chance with her golden locks.  As mentioned above, Kyla took dance lessons so she’ll be performing with the rest of her class the Friday of Irish Fest. 

But in addition to all those great things, Irish Fest is the ONLY Milwaukee ethnic festival to feature nearly 10 Irish breeds of dogs in a special “Celtic Canine” area.  I would pass up a corned beef sandwich from McBob’s before I’d miss a chance to pet the Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers.  Well really, can you blame me?

Bailey the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Pictures 737837

The Celtic Canine area is such a great opportunity to discover these precious pooches.  You can learn about breed temperament, special grooming requirements, and ask any proud owner of an Irish wolfhound just how much his/her dog weighs. 

If you attend Irish Fest this year do not, I repeat DO NOT miss a chance to meet some great Irish dogs.  If you see us there be sure to say “hi.”  Just don’t interrupt me when I’m petting a Wheaton.
---Jennifer Fischer

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Week-ends (08/10/13)


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Recommended Reading (08/10/13)

Recommended Reading


Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

The Wisconsin model

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RIP Eydie Gorme


In my youth we had three major TV networks, that’s it. I had
no idea how fortunate I was to see the endless talent on the variety shows, including vocalists Steve Lawrence and his wife, Eydie Gorme.

Gorme had a powerful delivery. My dad would often say when watching her on TV, “She’s so loud.”

Dad wasn’t fooling anybody. He anxiously waited for and loved all of her performances.

That era of entertainers sadly keeps coming closer to a final curtain.
Gorme has died at the age of 84.


From the movie, "Oliver":

And of course, the classic that will never be forgotten:


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Photos of the Week (08/11/13)

Photos of the Week

1) President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The president said he'll work with Congress to change the oversight of some of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs and name a new panel of outside experts to review technologies. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

2) Michelle Knight, center, wearing glasses, arrives at Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Castro held Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus captive for nearly a decade at this property. The house was torn down on Wednesday as part of a deal that spared Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong)

3) An Indonesian man and his son crouch to pray on dried volcanic mud on Aug. 7 after offering flowers for family members who died during a volcano eruption in Sidoarjo on the island of Java seven years ago. Indonesians are marking Eid al-Fitr with pilgrimages to cemeteries to remember their dead. The disaster in 2006 killed 12 people, displaced nearly 50,000 and buried 13 villages. Photo: M. Andika / AFP - Getty Images

4) A man sitting at an outdoor bar drinks beer as demonstrators march past him shouting slogans against Rio de Janeiro's Governor Sergio Cabral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Protestors are demanding better working conditions and improved public services. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

5) The male polar bear seemed healthy when he was seen in April on the Arctic island of Svalbard. It starved to death by July. Photo: Ashley Cooper / Global Warming Images

6) Female giant panda Tian Tian in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on Friday, Aug. 9 2013. The female giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo is showing encouraging signs she may be pregnant, according to keepers. The zoo says nesting behavior and changes in hormone levels suggest Tian Tian could be expecting a cub — or experiencing a phantom pregnancy, not uncommon in pandas. The zoo artificially inseminated Tian Tian, or Sweetie, after she was reluctant to mate with male companion Yang Guang, or Sunshine. The two animals arrived from China in 2011, and are the only pandas in Britain. (AP Photo / Danny Lawson/PA)

7) This handout photograph, released by Taipei City Zoo on August 4, shows a newborn panda cub in an incubator at the zoo. Photo: Taipei City Zoo / AFP - Getty Images

8) A koala hangs on a tree and sleeps on a hot day at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, on August 1. Photo: Horst Ossinger / AP

9) Paul White, of Ham Lake, Minn., gets a laugh from his girlfriend Kim VanReese, right, as he talks about his plans after he was announced one of the winners of the $448.4 million Powerball Jackpot, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Minneapolis. White's share of the jackpot is $149.4 million. The woman at left is a co-worker friend. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

10) Iulia, 18 month-old plays in a fountain in a park, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Temperatures reached 37 degrees Centigrade (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in western and southern Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

11) Elaia (C), 6, and her sister Lusitta, 4, play among 1,600 styrofoam panda bear sculptures displayed in front of Hauptbahnhof main railway station by the World Wildlife Fund on August 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The WWF is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is drawing attention to the fact that only 1,600 panda bears remain in the wild. The display will soon travel to 25 other cities in Germny. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

12) New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, bottom center, signs autographs at U.S. Cellular Field before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Chicago. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case, the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

13) Escape artist Anthony Martin falls while handcuffed and locked inside a coffin after being dropped from an airplane on Tuesday. Photo: Joe Silva / Skydive Chicago via AP


14) A World War II American plane flies in front of a wall of fire as it takes part in a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during an afternoon air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin August 3. Photo: Darren Hauck / Reuters

15) Alterra co-founders Ward Fowler (top, from left), Paul Miller and Lincoln Fowler cheer as the first sign bearing the coffee chain’s new name is unveiled Tuesday at Colectivo Coffee, 2211 N. Prospect Avenue in Milwaukee, WI. It’s the first of 13 stores to change the signage to reflect the company’s new name. The signs were made by Jay Richardson (lower left) and his brother-in-law Joe Niedzialkowski, (lower right), area metal workers who made the signage for Alterra for the past 20 years. The signs are all handcrafted from sheet metal and will gain a weathered patina. To see a video, go to  Journal Sentinel Photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff

16) A tractor spreads sand Friday over the synthetic turf soccer field atop a new parking garage being built at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The field is expected to be ready later this month. The facility will seat 600 spectators. Photo:

17) In a refrigerated room Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in the Gerken Dairy Center, Sedalia, Mo., where the temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, Janice Hargrave, an art instructor for Sedalia School District 200, left, and her brother, Sedalia artist Scott Linsenbardt, work on their Cowgirl butter cow for the Missouri State Fair which opened Thursday. It is the fourth year in a row that they have created a butter cow for the State Fair. In addition to a cow holding an ice cream cone and a pair of balloons, a backdrop made of butter will show a carnival funhouse and a Ferris wheel with miniature cows. "The Midwest Dairy Association donated 825 pounds of butter and so far we have used about 500 pounds," Linsenbardt said. The theme for this year's State Fair is "Chicks Dig It". (AP Photo/Sedalia Democrat, Sydney Brink)


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Culinary no-no #341

Culinary no-no's


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ICYMI over the week-end...

Recommended Reading
, in my view, was loaded with greater material.

Thumbs up to Eugene Kane

Give credit where credit is due. That was some column Eugene Kane had in Sunday’s paper.

It opens:

“Is Ald. Robert Donovan the only elected official at City Hall concerned about all of the gun violence in Milwaukee?”

Later, Kane writes:

“For that, he (Donovan) deserves some credit because, quite frankly, most Milwaukee aldermen — particularly African-American aldermen who represent residents in bullet-ridden neighborhoods — seem comparatively quiet when it comes to addressing what rapidly is becoming the city's biggest peril.”

Realizing many of you don’t get or read the Journal Sentinel, here’s Kane’s column.

When I’ve made the same arguments on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE, the liberals on the panel always scoff.

My Most Popular Blogs (08/12/13)

Most popular

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

1) His name is Jesse Bongiovi

2) UPDATE: More financial follies at Franklin Public Schools 

3) More financial follies at Franklin Public Schools

4) This would never fly in Franklin 

5) Photos of the Week (08/04/13) 

6) RIP Eydie Gorme 

7) Culinary no-­no #340

8) That's the spirit! 

9) The latest pro-­life news (08/05/13) 

10) The Barking Lot­-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/10/13)

The latest pro-life news (08/12/13)

Pro-Life news

From Wisconsin Right To Life and Pro-Life WI:


In This Issue


Catholic hospitals may be forced to grant admitting privileges to abortionists 

A new law in Wisconsin requires doctors to have admitting privelges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion clinic. But now, Catholic Hospitals that planned to deny admitting privileges to abortion doctors may be forced to grant them anyway. Read more

My birth father was a rapist, but that doesn't define me

People conceived in rape are made in the image of God. Here is a story of a woman who was conceived in a rape.

 "But the biggest emotional roller coaster of my life came when I heard that I was conceived during a despicable act. I never thought I would hear the words “conceived in rape” when I reconnected with my birthmother a few years ago." Read more

Pro-Life News


Affiliate Activities

Join pro-life young adults THIS SATURDAY to pray the rosary for the end of abortion!. Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m. at the abortion clinic at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Emma Scuglik at 262-796-1111.
More Affiliate Activites

Courtesy Announcements

Pro-Life group, SafeTEEN zone is sponsoring a free Concert with Luke Spehar, to be held Tuesday, August 13th at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in West Bend. Concert will be proceeded by Outdoor Mass with Fr. Luke Strand beginning at 7 pm.  All are welcome! 
More Courtesy Announcements


Local leaders differ in abortion views.

Pro-lifers rally outside ABC News.

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the pro-abortion movement.

On abortion, Wendy Davis doesn't know what she's talking about.

I Survived an Abortion, Now I’m Talking to My Mother For the First Time

MUST SEE VIDEO: "Attack the problem, not the messenger"

CNN's Don  Lemon, and a fantastic use of video clips...


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Today was...

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Comedy Central rips Chris Matthews

Today was inspirational in the world of music

Inspirational stories; Nostalgia

That would be today, Tuesday, August 13. Two new releases were issued that are noteworthy.

Here’s the first.

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Urgent message to suburban tax and spenders


TO:  All elected officials with taxing and spending authority in Franklin and all other WI suburbs

FR:  Beleaguered taxpayer Kevin Fischer

RE:  Now will you finally get it?

I have written extensively about the incredible tax burden placed upon hard-working taxpayers in our great state.  We have earned a horrible reputation nationwide because we have developed a decade’s long pattern of tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. It never ends, a consistent and sole philosophy utilized when budgeting. The concept of cutting or even holding the line is foreign and considered absolutely out of the question. Meanwhile studies show Wisconsin has more folks heading out of state than migrating here, due largely to our heavy tax imposition.

Numbers I’ve crunched show high taxes helped kill Detroit, and Milwaukee is not far behind. But this is no longer just an urban dilemma.

NOTE: Read and apprehend very carefully you suburban tax and spenders who are all too often isolated from what’s truly happening in our economy.

ABC News reports on startling research done by the Brookings Institution that the greatest-growing poor populations in America aren’t in the cities. Not at all, suburbanites. They’re right in your back yard. The crummy economy, high unemployment, foreclosures are no longer off-limits in the suburbs.

I blog about this in the hopes it will have some impact on the powerful tax and spenders in Franklin and elsewhere in wonderful ( but still, Tax Hell) Wisconsin as they now engage in their process of cranking out their annual tax and spend budgets. I do so realizing what they’ve done for so long for so many years is in their blood. They’ve always behaved this way. In the vast majority of cases, there’s been little or no debate or local uprising. So you tax and spenders go merrily along your tax and spending ways.

For once can’t you abandon your ill-begotten reckless ways and be totally cognizant of what’s happening in taxpayer America? Times have radically changed. The people in that beautiful house in that beautiful subdivision with that beautiful family and beautiful landscaping and beautiful picket fence are struggling mightily.

I know in the past you wouldn’t give the people paying the bills a second thought. You probably won’t now. You don’t know any other way but then to tax and spend, tax and spend.

But the issue must be raised, even if the odds are you will do what you always do: look down your noses at the property taxpayers and scoff as you shove another property tax increase down their throats.

You won’t, but I’ll urge anyway that you consider the people you work for as you craft your budgets.

Give your suburban taxpayers a break.

UPDATE: Thumbs up to Eugene Kane

Previously on This Just In…

The update: In that same day’s paper, James Causey also had a column about the same issue, writing “The aldermen of this city should be outraged at what is going on in their districts, and they need to be leading the charge for change in their community. Most aren't.”

And there was also this:

“Since Aug. 2, more than 20 people have been shot and eight murdered in the city…Putting more cops on the street, as Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn want to do, may make people feel safer. But the root of the violence problem begins at home. These young men need stronger families — families with fathers — and they need family-supporting jobs. Money alone isn't the answer. Fathers and mentors are.”

Bingo. But you’ll never hear anyone in an elected position support that notion.

When Milwaukee’s mayor and police chief grandstand at a press conference, it’s a broken record. The problem is consistently, predictably...the gun.

Other contributing factors like a breakdown in the family, no fathers? You’ll never get that sound bite out of Barrett or Flynn.

If only they’d read or profess to
Causey’s way of thinking.

And kudos to the MJS for putting Causey’s column on page 1 above the fold.

Why can't ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN do a program like this?

Let’s compare the welfare system of today to that of, let’s say, 1949? In Great Britain, it wasn’t very soft over 50 years ago.

The details...

Nice work (not really) if you can get it


You don't need a photo ID to vote...


Excuse me but was that Tax Hell, WI beginning to freeze over?

Franklin has many wonderful characteristics.  A high degree of political activism is not one of them. In fact, Franklin is quite apathetic when it comes to the behavior of their elected officials.

I can remember on less than one hand the occasions that really got Franklinites riled up:

1) The prospect of a sex predator house being constructed

2) A local smoking ban

3) An aldermanic recall

Otherwise…huge property tax increases? Spending sprees? Wasted spending?

Bring it on, let us have it!

That’s why what happened Tuesday at a Common Council meeting as reported by FranklinNOW is nothing short of shocking. Imagine the faces of our aldermen when they looked out in the audience and saw an actual crowd, a crowd of local residents who were there to protest.

You mean you don’t like a tax hike? No they don’t. And good for them.  Sounds like they’re being screwed and are justified in their anger and outrage.

This kind of demonstration needs to happen more often at Common Council and especially School Board meetings.

Elvis performs a Madison miracle



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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where you can hear God calling

ELVIS, Nostalgia

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The best cartoons of the week (08/17/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/17/13)

The Barking Lot

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

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

TODAY:  Sunny. High of 78.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 79. "A"

My lovely wife, Jennifer, has the week off so it's my turn. Let's get at it.

Has Jennifer ever mentioned how badly she wants a dog? She wants a dog…badly.

We’ll get one, eventually. When we do, folks will have to start conversations with us with something other than, “So, didja get a dog yet”?

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Week-ends (08/17/13)


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...

This week, a new streamlined version.

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Photos of the Week (08/18/13)

Photos of the Week

1) An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14. The operation began shortly after dawn when security forces surrounded the sprawling Rabaa al-Adawiya camp in east Cairo and a similar one at Al-Nahda square, in the centre of the capital, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. Photo: Mohammed Abdel Moneim / AFP - Getty Images

2) An Egyptian security force kicks a supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear the sit-in camp and the other encampment set up by supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)

3) Bus driver Felix Aguero lies with his hands nailed to a wooden cross during a protest in Luque, a town in the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Six drivers of a public transportation company crucified themselves using five-inch nails after they were fired allegedly for being members of a union. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

4) U.S. Postal inspectors in hazardous waste suits scrub down an employee outside the building that houses the Alabama Attorney General after a suspicious letter containing an unknown powder was delivered to the Alabama AG's office in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

5) A portion of a building rests in a sinkhole Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in Clermont, Fla. The sinkhole, 40 to 50 feet in diameter, opened up overnight and damaged three buildings at the Summer Bay Resort. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

6) A multiple exposure picture taken in the early hours of August 11, 2013, shows a Perseids meteor shower in the sky, near the municipality of La Hiruela, on the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

7) The aurora glows in a photo captured by Chad Blakley in Sweden.

8) The aurora's green glow blends with the orange glow of light reflected off clouds to produce a colorful scene for late summer near Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon. Photo: Jonathan Tucker

9) Seehund "Bruno" looks out of his transport box before making his way to the water on the beach of the island of Juist, Germany on August 14, 2013. Four young seals were released after six weeks of recovery at a rescue station in Norden-Norddeich. AFP PHOTO / DPA / CARMEN JASPERSEN +++ GERMANY OUTCARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

10) The Taipei Zoo in Taipei City, Taiwan released adorable photos of the country's first panda cub in August. The little one, born in July and named Yuan Zai, belongs to Yuan Yuan, the female giant panda presented as part of a pair by China four years ago to mark warming ties with Taiwan.

11) Allie, a 26-year-old bottlenose dolphin, swims with her newborn calf at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois in August.  Photo: Jim Schulz, AP

12) A couple sips a latte with their picture printed on top of the milk foam at a Family Mart in Taipei on Aug. 13, 2013. Photo: Pichi Chuang / Reuters

13) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, third from right, plays a volleyball game with handicapped Colombian police officers and Army soldiers who lost their legs in the line of duty during his visit to Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Kerry is on a one-day official visit to Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

14) Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 7-6. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

15) United States' Michelle Wie encourages the crowd along the 15th fairway during a foursome match in the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Parker, Colo. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

16) A Scotland soccer fan wearing a Queen Elizabeth II mask walks down Wembley Way before their international friendly match against England at Wembley Stadium, London, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski)

17) Fans of the late Elvis Presley gather at Graceland, Presley's home, for the annual candlelight vigil on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland to pay their respects to the rock n' roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.

Culinary no-no #342

Culinary no-no's


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My Most Popular Blogs (08/19/13)

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

1) Culinary no-­no #341

2) The Barking Lot­-America's Finest Dog Blog (08/17/13) 

3) The latest from Rehorst (August 2013)

4) Photos of the Week (08/11/13)

5) Today was inspirational in the world of music 

6) The latest pro-life news (08/12/13)

7) Elvis performs a Madison miracle

8) Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend where you can hear God calling

9) Counting down the days 

10) Today was...

The latest pro-life news (08/19/13)

Pro-Life news

From WI Right To Life  and  Pro-Life Wisconsin.


Pro-life movement unifies.

Thanking two pro-life Congressmen.

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