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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.

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WW II vet: "We didn't come this far not to get in"







A veteran tours the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Despite the U.S. government shutdown, WWII vets managed to get inside what was supposed to be a closed memorial. Some reports said a barricade was removed to give veterans access. Other reports said veterans and supporters "stormed" the memorial and broke down barricades.

I prefer and like the latter explanation, and if true, I say...

GOOD FOR THEM!



 

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News You Can Use: The Federal Gov't Shutdown


The Federal Government partially shut down today.


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3RD UPDATE: Previvors: Courageous, heroic women

Inspirational stories

Previously on This Just In…


The update.

 

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It would actually "produce incalculable amounts of suffering and loss"


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At times, the American public can be very insightful



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Finally, some promising property tax news from Tax Hell, WI (Franklin)



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I repeat, finally.

If we are to believe the latest report from FranklinNOW’s Rick Romano, city of Franklin property taxpayers will get a much-needed break this December. Romano is reporting that outgoing mayor Tom Taylor has introduced a city budget that calls for no increase in the city property tax levy. Forget the city tax rate, it’s meaningless. The levy is what counts. The levy is what must be raised to account for city spending.

Of course, members of the Common Council have questions. They should. After all, one of the oldest cliché’s in government budgeting or policy is that the devil is in the details.

FranklinNOW reports:

“Though not in the budget, the council asked Director of Administration Mark Luberda to provide information regarding what it would take to hire an economic development director on a half-time or full-time basis. Council members said the position also should be cost-neutral with funds drawn from other budget sources. Luberda said he would confirm the details. He estimated that a full-time director annual salary range could be $70,000 to more than $100,000 depending on whether the individual has a skill set of marketing and public relations or direct sales.”


I agree with Luberda’s assessment. The right economic development director with the right skills could bring in millions, and thus, should be compensated accordingly.

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UPDATE: You say you don't like this September heat wave?


Previously on This Just In...



The update.

A local business takes an innovative approach to pet sitting


As the authors of the weekly feature, "The Barking Lot," Jennifer and I are happy to share this news release about a local business:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

A LEG UP: MILWAUKEE PET SERVICES TAKES INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO PET SITTING    

Local Company’s New Unique Services Provide Pet Owners with an Even Greater Peace of Mind   

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And these people vote





 

Chicago-area veterans return from trip to WWII Memorial


The government shutdown almost prevented them from entering the memorial built in their honor.



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Are you ready for some football? Not if you're waging war against the sport


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Baseball is no longer America’s pastime. It’s football, with incredible popularity.

Football is like a religion, entrenched in the fabric of American society, from Pee Wee level all the way up the professional ranks.

And yet there are those who want to kill the sport. Daniel Flynn writes about the attack on the beloved game in
The War on Football: Saving America’s Game .



The War on Football: Saving America's Game



Flynn spoke to Tom Hawkins who runs the blog, Right Wing News. Here are excerpts from the interview:

There was a widespread belief in the popular press in reading columns by people like George Will that football players die decades before the average American men. Because of the suspicion the NFL Players Association petitioned the federal government to do a mortality study on NFL players. So the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health did a study on every player who played between 1959 and 1988, every player who played five or more seasons, pension vested players.

“What they found was really shocking to some of the folks at the Players Association. They expected to find an 18 percent death rate and instead they found a 10 percent death rate. So the players are living longer than their peers in society. Their rates of heart disease, their rates of cancer and respiratory illness are dramatically reduced and I think what shocked people the most is that the rate of suicide is 2 1/2 times greater amongst the players’ peers in society than it is amongst the players themselves.

“Last year one academic article claimed that there were 300,000 sports related concussions every year. Another one that I read said that there were up to 3.8 million sports related concussions a year. So, if the doctors can’t get concussion counts right within a factor of 12, if their counts are all over the place, it gives you an indication of how little we know about not only concussions, but chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerate brain condition that just within the last decade has been found within some football players.

“Football hasn’t grown especially hard, society has grown really, really soft and football clashes with our culture that is obese and passive/aggressive. It’s an indoor, antiseptic culture and football goes against all of that. Football is a muddy, rough game where the primary activity is physical violence and because it’s so different from our culture, that’s why we love football. But it’s a double-edged sword. It’s also the reason why there are so many people that have it in for football.

“We constantly hear that the players are bigger and they’re faster and they’re stronger and intuitively we think, ‘Well, that means the game is deadlier,’ but the reality is the game isn’t deadlier. It’s much safer. You know more kids died last year on American football fields getting struck by lightning than getting struck by other players. I think that puts things really into perspective for people that are fans of the game.

“There’s a crisis among American boys now where they’re placed in front of screens and they play video games, they do Facebook, but you rarely see them outdoors playing stickball, touch football, hide-n-go seek, any of the type of games that we would play with neighborhood kids when we were young. That’s something that has gone missing in American culture.”

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Goodnight everyone, and have a saintly weekend!


 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
Anatole France
 

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The best cartoons of the week (10/05/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week




Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail




 

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/05/13)

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:  UPDATE: After the dense fog advisory expires at 9:00, cloudy with thunderstroms developing around 3:00. Some could be severe. High of 72.  "C" throughout the day, "F" when the rain comes.

SUNDAY:  Sunny. Don't let it fool you. Temps below normal. High of 59. "D"


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

 

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2013 POO Awards - Week 7


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1

We have a tie.

Glenwood City 72, Ladysmith 0

Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 70, Madison Abundant Life 6


Week 2

Siren 78, Sevastopol 24

NOTE: Gibraltar scored 80 against Luck, but actually trailed early in the game. The contest was close near the end of the second half, but Gibraltar won it, 80-44.

What's next? 90 points?


Week 3

Prairie Farm 86, Northwood 12

Gibraltar 80, Sevastopol 14

Getting closer to 90.


Week 4

Cedar Grove-Belgium 78, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Sheboygan Christian 22

Freedom 76, Clintonville 0


Week 5

Bruce 76, Birchwood 8

Prairie Farm 72, New Auburn 8

 

Week 6

Darlington 71, Boscobel 0

And the extremely rare case where piling on isn’t piling on.

 

Week 7

Auburndale 67, Phillips 0

Texas, here come the Irish!



Photo: All the ways you can tune into the Shamrock Series game today at 6:30 pm CT.Go Irish! Beat Sun Devils.



 

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Week-ends (10/05/13)

Week-ends

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Sure, the rain's a drag






 

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Recommended Reading (10/05/13)

Recommended Reading

Here are interesting articles from the past week I’d like to share.

We are shutting down 13% of the government (at most)

"I would not count reducing federal government spending by 13 percent a 'shutdown.' A more appropriate term would be a 'reduction in non-essential discretionary spending,' or 'government slim down' for short. I invite the Republican members of Congress to use this term instead of 'shutdown.' In politics, he who controls the rhetoric of political discourse wins. 'Shut down' is a loser. 'Slim down' is a winner, and it captures the reality of what is going on right now in Washington."


Gov love was fading long before the shutdown

"In the gray dawn of shutdown, Americans don't need fancy research to confirm faith is waning in the government. By how much? A study, released Tuesday, finds historic slippage in the trust many U.S. citizens hold in their elected leaders to fix the biggest problems."


10 things ObamaCare won't tell you

"The health exchanges, central to the law, are also its biggest mystery."


Needed blue-collar horse sense

"One 29-year-old fellow in Washington, D.C. — he has a degree from Notre Dame — considered going to law school, like many others in the lawyer-saturated town.

"After watching his friends work long hours as paralegals — and watching his lawyer pals sign their lives over to their firms — he did something sensible.

"He became an electrician’s apprentice."


Too many casinos

“Even as more casinos open around the country, there are indications that gambling revenues are leveling off—that we're reaching a saturation point, with too many casinos for everybody to win.”


Help Wanted: Successful candidate must be nice

"Most companies don't explicitly say they're looking to hire people who aren't that nice, but let's face it: In today's tight job market, many companies seem to favor aggressive workers, a win-at-all-costs attitude and a cutthroat mentality. A handful of companies are bucking that trend by specifically recruiting workers that aren't, well, jerks."


10 rules for digital happiness

"I'm the Luddite professor: My students are not allowed to use cell phones or laptops in my classes. During the break, they can power up and engage in a text and email frenzy for ten minutes -- then it's time to unplug again. Not all professors are this stringent with technology in the classroom.

"And certainly an argument can be made for the value of typing one's notes or looking up discussion-related topics in realtime. But whatever value those things hold, I believe that being tech-free during that brief period of time is even more precious."


Greeting card tycoon tries hand at newspapers

“Kushner believes in newspapers. Physical newspapers. The kind made with ink and news print. And apparently, he's making his beliefs work. ‘A physical newspaper can do things a digital paper cannot,’ he told CNBC. ‘It conveys and builds a sense of community that you don't get online.’ He admits this is his own observation, not the result of research. Still, ‘You're never going to tape your iPad to the refrigerator’."


It's true: You talk too much

"Because it's more fun to talk than to listen. Talking is like drinking a great Cabernet. Listening is like doing squats."


AND FINALLY,





Available this Friday




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Photos of the Week (10/06/13)

Photos of the Week


1) Louis Peters fills out papers at the Henry J. Austin Health Center, in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, to sign-up for new plans through a health insurance exchange. The exchanges were launched in every state Tuesday as a key part of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


2) Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) tweeted out a photo at 12:09 AM EST on October 1 showing the Obamcare exchanges website was down, nine minutes after various federal government offices shut down and the Affordable Care Act exchanges went into effect.


3) Government workers protest the possibility of a federal shutdown Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Chicago. Nearly 100 employees from federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development rallied in a downtown plaza on Monday. Thousands of workers could be furloughed if the shutdown materializes. Protesters held signs reading "Jobs Not Furloughs." (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)


4) A US Park Police officer watches at left as a National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


5) A National Park Service park ranger stands behind the barricades at the World War II Memorial on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images


6) World War II veteran Russell Tucker (C) of Meridian, Mississippi, stands outside the barricade as he visits the World War II Memorial during a government shutdown October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The memorial was temporary opened to veteran groups arrived on Honor Flights on a day trip to visit the nation's capital. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


7) A veteran tours the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. Veterans, their family and supporters  knocked down barricades in order to see the memorial. Photo: Kevin Lemarque, Reuters.


8) A U.S. Park Police Officer and National Park Service employees close the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.  Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images


9) Tourist Tomoko Ida, right, of Tokyo, covers her mouth when she hears that the Statue of Liberty is closed, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in New York. Traveling with her are Jin Onuki, left, and Tomoya Osada. The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks across the nation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


10) "We're really pissed off," says Narelle Ledwell, shown here taking a picture of her children, Brittany, 15, Jordan, 11, and her husband Jeff on Oct 1. "We came halfway around the world to see this." The Ledwells were on holiday from Sydney, Australia and had tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty but it was closed due to the government shutdown. So the Ledwells instead boarded the privately-run M/V Countess for a one hour harbor tour. "It's really dumb that they can do this, it would never happen in Australia. It's a joke," Narelle said. Photo: Jim Seida/ NBC News


11) A US Park Police officer ties police tape to a hand rail closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


12) Visitors to Independence National Historical Park are reflected in the window of the closed building housing the Liberty Bell, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


13) A tourist takes a picture of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from outside the park on October 1, 2013 in Keystone, South Dakota. Mount Rushmore and all other national parks were closed today after congress failed to pass a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job. A bulletin issued by the Department of Interior states, "Effective immediately upon a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service will take all necessary steps to close and secure national park facilities and grounds in order to suspend all activities ...Day use visitors will be instructed to leave the park immediately..." (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


14) Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., leads a tour in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Congressional staffers and interns usually lead constituent tours, but due to the federal government shutdown members of Congress have begun to lead tour groups from their home states. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)


15) A U.S. Capitol Police Officer walks past a statue of Gerald Ford, who was president during the 1976 shutdown of the federal government, in the Rotunda of the Capitol while the building was closed to tours, Oct. 1, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images


16) OAM supervisor Chris Riccardi (2nd left) explains to fellow pilots how the federal shutdown affects them at the beginning of their shift. Photo: John Moore/ Getty Images


17) Maj. Ryan Burke scans the nearly empty shelves in the meat section at the Fort Carson Commissary in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 1. The commissary was busier than normal with news that it will close until further notice because of the government shutdown.  Photo: Mark Reis / The Colorado Springs Gazette via AP


18) Furloughed federal workers protest outside the U.S. Capitol to demand an end to the lockout of federal workers caused by the government shutdown on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images


19) Beech Grove, Indiana resident Joseph Lohman, 25, who served as a corporal in the U.S. Marines from 2008-2012, shows his concern over the government shutdown by holding an American flag upside down, a signal of distress, just north of I-465, where he has been since midnight. Lohman is totally disabled from a fall in training and is concerned about veterans not getting their disability checks. "I'm not protesting," says Lohman, "I'm just standing for what is right." (AP Photo/The Star,Charlie Nye)


20) Police close in on the U.S. Capitol as people run for cover after reports of a shooting October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an "active shooter" situation was reported. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


21) Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Forest Park, Ill. The crash happened when a westbound train stopped at the CTA Blue Line Harlem station, and was struck by an eastbound train on the same track. The CTA is investigating the cause of the crash, including why the trains were on the same track. A CTA official said 33 people suffered non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)


22) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, listens to U.S. Army Col. James Minnich, center, as North Korean soldiers photograph them through a window at a UN truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the military border separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on Sept. 30, 2013. Photo:Jacquelyn Martin / Pool via AP


23) Injured men lay on the ground waiting for help moments after a car bomb attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. A deadly car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan Sunday, in the third blast to hit the troubled city of Peshawar in a week, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)


24) In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 photo, a displaced Syrian girl makes her bed after waking up near Kafer Rouma, in ancient ruins used as temporary shelter by those families who have fled from the heavy fighting and shelling in the Idlib province countryside of Syria.(AP Photo)


25) Pope Francis blesses a child during his visit at the Serafico Institute Friday in Assisi. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / AFP - Getty Images


26) Brenda Nolting rolls her cart through heavy slush and snow after stocking up on necessities Friday at a supermarket in Rapid City, S.D. Winter Storm Atlas dumped up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow on parts of South Dakota. Photo: Steve McEnroe / AP


27) As the mating season for deer begins, a stag roars in its enclosure at Wildpark Eekholt in Grossenaspe, Germany, on Sept. 27. Photo: AFP/Getty Images


28) A baby red panda looks around at the Cerza Zoo in France on Sept. 30. Photo: Charly Triballeau / AFP - Getty Images


29) A butterfly sits on a red spider lily in full bloom at the Kinchakuda park in Japan on Sept. 27.  Photo: Franck Robichon / EPA


30) A pigeon sits on a girl's head as she poses for a picture in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, on Sept. 26. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP-Getty Images


31) Two dogs wait for their owners at the American Kennel Club's Sept. 26 preview of the "Meet the Breeds" showcase at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images


32) Louie, an olde English bulldogge, rides a wave at the Fifth Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sept. 29. Photo: Michael Nelson/EPA


33) Finnish photographer Thomas Kast took this picture of the aurora on Oct. 2.


34) Australian photographer Mark Gee won top honors in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year context with this picture, which shows off the Milky Way and two of its satellite galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Can you spot them?


35) A Minnesota Vikings fan cheers on his team during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


36) An Oakland Raiders fan poses for photographs before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


37) A Houston Texans fan watches warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


38)
New York Jets fans Ana Hall and Rick Martin kiss as they watch players warm up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski


39) BASE jumpers from around the world leaped from the 300-meter (984 feet) high deck of Malaysia's landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower on Friday, Sept. 27. Some 103 professional BASE jumpers from 20 countries are taking part in the annual event, including Kristian Moxnes of Norway. Photo: Vincent Thian / AP


40) Jung Ha-yoon, 2, appears to be stuck inside a ceramic container while playing with other children at the traditional sports square during the "Taste Korea! Korean Royal Cuisine Festival" held at Unhyeon Palace, also known as Unhyeongung Royal Residence, in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)


41) A model presents a creation as part of Chanel's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Culinary no-no #349

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
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Notre Dame is ranked #1

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Honest!

 

My Most Popular Blogs (10/07/13)

Most popular


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


1) Finally, some promising property tax news from  Franklin


2) Photos of the Week (09/29/13) 


3) A local business takes an innovative approach to pet sitting


4) Culinary no-­no #348


5) Yep, that would be my wife


6) Are you ready for some football? Not if you're waging war against the sport


7) UPDATE: You say you don't like this September heat wave? 


8) 3RD UPDATE: Previvors: Courageous, heroic women


9) The Barking Lot­-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/05/13) 


10) Week-­ends (10/05/13)

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Well done TV spot


Saw it Sunday during football.

The latest pro-life news (10/07/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:

October 3, 2013

Another Giant Step Forward for Ethical Stem Cell Research

Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) is a Wisconsin company at the epicenter of stem cell research.  CDI’s founder and chief scientific officer, James Thomson, is well-known internationally for isolating the first embryonic stem cell and for co-discovering ethical iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells).  CDI was recently awarded a patent for its new method of creating ethical iPS cells.

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Congratulations Mark Maley!


And good luck!

More good things to say about the proposed 2014 City of Franklin budget

I’ve blogged about the city’s plans to enact a budget that won’t increase property taxes. The latest city newsletter re-emphasizes the good news:

“The highlight of the budget is that property taxes remain frozen at the 2013 level. State law would allow total property tax collections to increase nearly $300,000, but the Mayor has proposed no additional property taxes for 2014.”


What’s it mean?

“The average homeowner should see a reduction in the City’s share of their total property tax bill by nearly 2.5 percent.”


Again, what does that mean?

“A home assessed last year at $250,000 with a reassessment this year to $227,500 would see a

reduction in their property tax bill of approximately $36.11 for municipal purposes.”

That’s significant because in recent years, many WI municipalities saw the explainable but unacceptable trend of property values decreasing while property taxes were increasing.

 

Also of note, Franklin is adding personnel.

“A
ll of this will be done with no new tax levy…”

Interesting. We’re always told that adding positions costs money, meaning an automatic tax increase. Not this year, however.

See. Freezing the levy without affecting services can be done.

This bartender would charge $702 for a beer

Oh, not you or me...

The video America is talking about

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No wonder it might be the first federal benefits program to run out of money


fraud

[frawd]

noun
1.
deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
2.
a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
3.
any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
4.
a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.

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Those who make the laws...



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Rights...

Bartolottas


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Ping pong for charity and some very special guests at Bartolotta's

Bartolottas

In This Issue

Rock Wall Wine Dinner at Bacchus
Stags' Leap Wine Dinner at Joey Gerard's in Mequon
Let's Play Ping Pong for Pathfinders!
Internationally Acclaimed French Chef, Daniel Boulud, at The Grain Exchange
"Pigs, Pickles and Whiskey" Author Chef John Currence at The Rumpus Room
Wauwatosa Native Patricia Wells at Lake Park Bistro
The Return of Dinner with Frank at Joey Gerard's in Greendale
Alex Gambal Wine Dinner at Lake Park Bistro
Founders Brewery Beer Dinner at The Rumpus Room
Masters of the Midwest Dinner at Bacchus
 
Rock Wall Wine Dinner at Bacchus
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UPDATE: Recycling for Dummies

Previously on This Just In, I wrote in regard to the proper method of Franklin garbage and recycling collection:

“I hope the reminder (printed in the city newsletter) from the city helps, but I doubt it.”

Apparently the reminder didn’t help because here comes the same message in the latest newsletter:

“Garbage and recycling containers should be placed within 2 feet of the road, preferably with the garbage on one side of your driveway and the recycling on the other side of your driveway so that there is enough clearance for the truck to pick up the containers. However, please do not cause a safety hazard by placing the containers in the road. Containers must be placed in or on the side of your driveway, not on the roadway.”

C’mon, folks. This isn’t tough stuff.

You don't have to figure out the cost of rail transit


Let the director of the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate do it for you.

Welcome back to class, Franklin students!

Yes, I know, I’m tardy. And for a blog that’s entitled, “This Just In…” that could be embarrassing.

Just bear with me.

Unlike the majority of Franklin residents, I actually enjoy reading the city of Franklin newsletter. I give it a good going over before I, unlike most, toss in the trash. With the two much younger ladies in my household, I need an occasional break, a chance to come up for air. The city newsletter is one such opportunity.

I never miss Franklin Superintendent Steve Patz’s insert. It can never be accused of being scintillating reading. How could it? It’s written for one of two groups:

1) Those at an elementary school reading level (Franklin schools are great. We work to make them great. That’s what you want. Great schools. What you say is important. We have great schools).

2) Oh, please, FPS, please tax us more. We don’t mind. Because it’s for the children. How could you possibly be against the children?

But I always read. I wonder if the super reads my blogs religiously or if he waits till a minion bursts into his office to frantically shout about what I just wrote?

Patz’s latest installment is the typical, obligatory, isn’t it great to have the kids back in school piece. Depends who you ask, the kids or the parents.

There’s nothing terribly wrong with Patz’s welcoming message, and everyone knows how I hate to pick on the Superintendent. Let’s just say I would have written the piece a bit differently. Here are some examples with what Patz wrote followed by my reaction.

“I
want to welcome our staff, students and families as we begin another school year.”

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Why no liberal media scrutiny on this?

The Barking Lot

 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a "Too Good To Be True" weekend!

Nostalgia, Kevin's favorites


Returning to Milwaukee next week…

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The best cartoons of the week (10/12/13)


Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino




 

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert




 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/12/13)

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:  Chance of scattered storms or a few showers throughout the day. High of 66.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 61. "C"


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

It’s been awhile since I’ve highlighted certain breeds on The Barking Lot.  Generally, my favorite time to do this is around Irish Fest since that festival has the best (in my opinion) exhibit of ethnic breeds.  Sadly, summer is over and so are the wonderful ethnic festivals on the lake front.   

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Could Franklin give Indian Trail their first loss?

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2013 POO Awards - Week 8


Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1

We have a tie.

Glenwood City 72, Ladysmith 0

Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 70, Madison Abundant Life 6


Week 2

Siren 78, Sevastopol 24

NOTE: Gibraltar scored 80 against Luck, but actually trailed early in the game. The contest was close near the end of the second half, but Gibraltar won it, 80-44.

What's next? 90 points?


Week 3

Prairie Farm 86, Northwood 12

Gibraltar 80, Sevastopol 14

Getting closer to 90.


Week 4

Cedar Grove-Belgium 78, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Sheboygan Christian 22

Freedom 76, Clintonville 0


Week 5

Bruce 76, Birchwood 8

Prairie Farm 72, New Auburn 8

 

Week 6

Darlington 71, Boscobel 0

And the extremely rare case where piling on isn’t piling on.

 

Week 7

Auburndale 67, Phillips 0


Week 8

Kimberly 76, Appleton West 7

Week-ends (10/12/13)

Week-ends

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


CNN heroes


Superheroes in Minneapolis


Karin Williams


Sergio Consuegra


Oscar



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Heather Koon



Radio host Thom Hartmann


Houston fans


Amnesty activists



QUOTES OF THE WEEK

Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four. . . .

"I was laughing at Boehner--until the mail came today," Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

"I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy." . . .

"Of course, I want people to have health care," Vinson said. "I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."
The San Jose Mercury News


At Munising Falls, park visitors avoided the blocked off parking lot and instead parked along Washington Street in Munising. Many of the vehicles had out-of-state plates. An 800-foot pathway leading up to the falls had two strings of the tape strung across the entryway.

A woman heading for the falls simply stepped over the first tape.

"Well that worked, huh?" she asked rhetorically.

The Mining Journal


“This is our church, Catholics have an expectation and obligation to attend Mass and we were told, ‘No you can’t go to church this week…' My parishioners were upset. They were angry and dismayed. They couldn’t believe that in America they’d be denied access to Mass by the government.”
Father Ray Leonard was denied access to a military chapel last weekend. Leonard serves at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia but because of the government shutdown, he wasn’t allowed to go to celebrate Mass.


"The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category."
PBS' Tavis Smiley


“Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. It is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”
Dr. Ben Carson



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Pentagon withholding death benefits.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Government shuts down, tax collections go up.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


What else? The government shutdown.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


John Malan never did this.


Judge tells man he's still legally dead.

Recommended Reading (10/12/13)

Recommended Reading


Here are interesting articles from the past week I’d like to share.


The Park Police

"The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate‚Äč—‚Äčthis is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go."


Thanks goodness it's only a government shutdown

"Politics isn’t our civic religion. Football is. If Obama wanted Americans to care about the government shutdown, he should have first nationalized the NFL. We prefer wideouts to bailouts, kick returns to tax returns, Andy Reid to Harry Reid."


Obamacare winners and losers

"Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills."


US adults fare poorly in a study of skills

"In the United States, young adults in particular fare poorly compared with their international competitors of the same ages — not just in math and technology, but also in literacy. More surprisingly, even middle-aged Americans — who, on paper, are among the best-educated people of their generation anywhere in the world — are barely better than middle of the pack in skills.”


About that new $100 bill...

"The C-note just got a colorful makeover — and a heftier price tag."


How often do you check your phone?


"We can’t stop obsessively checking our phones and now we have proof."


I quit social media. Here's what I learned

"... that it's profound, mundane, and best in moderation. A lot like a lot of things in real life, actually."


American Graffiti 40 years later

"Saturday night at my house I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them...So the other night I trotted out American Graffiti...About twenty minutes into the movie, which is heavy on dialogue, light on explosions, the urchins pulled out their iPads and began typing away. Dismay enveloped me."

Photos of the Week (10/13/13)

Photos of the Week


1) Rebecca Karcher, a National Parks Service ranger, speaks to visitors at the entrance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where she said closure was not strictly enforced due to its sensitive status for veterans and their families, on the sixth day of a government shutdown in Washington, Oct. 6, 2013. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) insisted on Sunday, that his Republican House majority would not pass measures either to fund and reopen the entire federal government or to increase the nation's borrowing limit without concessions from President Barack Obama. (Drew Angerer/The New York Times)


2) Government shutdown protesters walk to the Grand Canyon National Park entrance, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matt York)


3) This photo of a boy in a monkey costume outside of Washington's National Zoo has gone viral and helped symbolize the impact of the government shutdown. Courtesy of SuperBonnie / Reddit


4) U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-TX, facing camera, gives a tour of the U.S. Capitol to tourists from Texas in Statuary Hall on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. Because the federal government partial shutdown has halted Capitol tours, guests can only see the Capitol while being escorted by their member of Congress. Other members of Congress also gave tours to their constituents. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images


5) Demonstrators participate in an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, calling on the House Republican leadership to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)


6) Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after blocking First Street NW in front of the U.S. Capitol with fellow supporters of immigration reform, on October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Last week, House Democrats introduced their own immigration reform bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


7) Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. With his wife furloughed from her job at the Smithsonian Institution due to the U.S. government shutdown, Giarmo, who has a Ph.D. in social-personality psychology, said he had no choice but to stand on the street to find work. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


8) Family photos and mementos on the gravestone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Quadi Hudgins, who died in Iraq, were later removed by Arlington National Cemetery. Pictures taken March 13 (left) and October 7 (right). Arlington National Cemetery recently began enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains the graves of over 800 servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The removal of personal items has outraged many families of those buried in the cemetery, Reuters reports.  Photos: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters


9) U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Chris Carbone kisses the casket containing the body of Nicholas Oresko, a New Jersey soldier who had been the nation's oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, during funeral services at George Washington Memorial Park, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Oresko died at the age of 96 on Oct. 4. The Army master sergeant was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Carbone was a close friend of Oresko. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


10) A girl reacts to the buzz of stray bullets overhead as she cleans the roof of her family house in Kfar Lata, a town that comes under heavy bombardment due to the fighting between opposition fighters and government forces in Syria's Idlib province. AP photo


11) Hungarian wingsuit flier Viktor Kovats jumps off a mountain at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie in south China's Hunan province. Kovats died during this fatal jump into a gorge in central China. His body was recovered Wednesday from the steep, forested valley floor at the park, state broadcaster CCTV said. The reports said the highly experienced Kovats apparently died from a head injury after crashing into a cliff-side. His 700-meter (2,290-foot) jump Tuesday afternoon was part of preparations for the Second World Wingsuit Championship being held in the park from Oct. 11 to 13. AP Photo-China


12) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, wearing "endek," a traditional Balinese woven fabrics, poses upon arrival for a dinner for leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkarai, Pool)


13) Dogs, a cat and a chicken stay on the roof of a house amidst flooding brought about by Typhoon "Nari" at San Ildefonso township, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines, Saturday Oct. 12, 2013. The typhoon with 150 kilometers (94 miles) per hour winds and gusts of up to 185 kph (116 mph) forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off his trip to the Philippines on Friday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


14) Buckshot the horse finds the rough gravel perfect for scratching a back itch as he rolls in the indoor arena at the Wagon Wheel Ranch in Frederick County, Va. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)


15) A new $100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin is illuminated from behind at the Franklin Institute, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. The new $100 bill, sporting high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, enters circulation Tuesday. It is the first redesign for the $100 bill since March 1996. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


16) Hector Hernandez has his snake Beatriz blessed by a Catholic priest during a mass in honor of Saint Francis of Assis, on Oct. 6 in Venezuela. Photo: Ariana Cubillos / AP


17) Hundreds of elephant seals bask in the sun on the Piedras Blancas beach near San Simeon, Calif., on Oct. 6. Photo: Nick Ult, AP


18) A 4-day-old Chilean flamingo chick is fed by its father named Migi Aka at the Himeji Central Park on Oct. 2 in Himeji, Japan. The baby flamingo was born on Sept. 29 and will take up to two or three years to fully develop the pink feathers of mature adults. Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images


19) Wisconsin Badgers tight end Jacob Pedersen (48) scores a touchdown Saturday on a reception despite the efforts of Northwestern Wildcats safety Jimmy Hall (9). The Badgers won in Madison, 35-6.  Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman


20) Tennessee Titans cheerleaders wear pink for breast cancer awareness before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.


21) Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) slaps hands with breast cancer survivors as he is introduced before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


22) Paul McCartney arrives with his band to give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called "New" on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)


23) Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad (L) swims during "Swim for Relief" at Herald Square in New York, October 9, 2013. "Swim for Relief" is raising funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Fresh from her record breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, Nyad plans to swim 48 hours continuously in a 120-foot long (36-meter) two lane pool installed in Herald Square. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images


24) A Sikh youth performs an act of fire as he displays martial art skills during a religious procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Ram Das was the fourth of the ten gurus of Sikhism. (AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal)


25) 103-year old Chinese artist Wen Huaisha sits in the room where Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh died in 1890, during a visit at the Ravoux Inn, where Van Gogh rented a room, in Auvers sur Oise, west of Paris, Monday Oct. 7, 2013. Wen Huaisha, a former Pekin University teacher and a specialist in Chinese literature is in France for an exhibition of his calligraphy at the Chinese Cultural Center in Paris from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


26) Astrophotographer Chad Blakley captured this image of the northern lights twisting over a fishing village on the archipelago of Lofoten in northern Norway on Oct. 8.


27) Mattresses shaped like laying persons are seen at the booth of Brazil at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 on October 8, 2013 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Brazil is the guest of honor of the 2013 book fair held from October 9 to 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / DPA / BORIS ROESSLER / GERMANY OUTBORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images


28) Oktoberfest waitresses hold sparklers while celebrating the end of the world's biggest beer festival on Oct. 6. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)


29) A man walks through the rubbish laying on the ground of an empty beer tent after the final day of the Oktoberfest beer festival on Oct. 6 in Munich, southern Germany. (Felix Hoerhager/AFP/Getty Images


30) A technician checks on a 3D printer as it constructs a model human figure in the exhibition '3D: printing the future' in the Science Museum on October 8, 2013 in London, England. The exhibition features over 600 3D printed objects ranging from: replacement organs, artworks, aircraft parts and a handgun. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


31) Journalist and presenter Evan Davies poses with a 3D printed model of himself in the exhibition '3D: printing the future' in the Science Museum in London, England. Mr Davies' model features his arm in a sling due to him being scanned in August 2013 whilst recovering from a broken wrist. The exhibition features over 600 3D printed objects ranging from: replacement organs, artworks, aircraft parts and a handgun. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images


32)
Ryan Nurse (center) and Natalie Andrews (left) examine Steve the Simm Man for heartbeat and resparation as the two participated in the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Franklin Hospital Family Health Night on Oct. 3. In Franklin, WI.  Photo: C.T. Kruger


33) Kindergarten teachers Sue Hervey (left) and Bridget Patch lather up as targets for cheeseballs tossed by Brookfield (WI) Christian School students on Oct. 9 as a reward for raising $500 for library books. Photo:  C.T. Kruger


34) Model Stefanie wears tattooed eyes on her legs during a presentation on October 7, 2013 in Nuremberg, southern Germany, to promote the "Haare 2013" event. According to the organiser, more than 120 companies such as scissor manufacturers, suppliers of salon equipment, hairdressing supplies, extensions and hair cosmetics present their products at "Haare 2013", a two-day hairdressing exhibition and championship running from October 13 to 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / DPA / DANIEL KARMANN / GERMANY OUTDANIEL KARMANN/AFP/Getty Images



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Culinary no-no #350

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

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Maybe Joe Flacco never saw Super Bowl XVIII



There were just  :12 left in the first half and Washington was already trailing Oakland when the Redskins had the ball deep in their own territory.

What would Joe Theismann do?

 

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My Most Popular Blogs (10/14/13)

Most popular


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

1) Photos of the Week (10/06/13)


2) Congratulations Mark Maley! 


3) UPDATE: Recycling for Dummies


4) Culinary no­-no #349


5) Welcome back to class, Franklin students!


6) More good things to say about the proposed 2014 City of Franklin budget


7) Recommended Reading (10/05/13)


8) No wonder it might be the first federal benefits program to run out of money


9) The latest pro-­life news (10/07/13)


10) Week­-ends (10/12/13)

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Ten years? Yes it is possible

Kevin's favorites


My wife has already blogged about an important anniversary in our lives. I appreciate my beloved's attention to detail and her solid memory.

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The latest pro-life news (10/14/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:


October 11, 2013

Emotional Celebration of Sonya’s Law

Sonya's Law Celebration Breakfast 10-11-13

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Supervisor Steve F. Taylor To Hold Town Hall Meetings on Milwaukee County 2014 Budget