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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.

3 Franklin school referenda will accomplish 0 where it counts


On the city of Franklin ballot next Tuesday:



$50 Million for three referenda

A secure main entrance at Franklin High School

Expansion of science facilities at Franklin High School


$50 million for three referenda

Parking lot expansion

An auditorium addition for school and community use and music instruction

Expanding art instruction space

Relocating athletic practice fields


$50 million for three referenda


Constructing a gym at Forest Park Middle School

Expansion of the cafeteria and music instruction space at Forest Park Middle School

Parking lot expansion at the middle school


The primary function of our public schools is simply to educate. The stated referenda will do absolutely nothing to:

1) Increase grade point averages

2) Increase student achievement in general

3) Increase scores in important subjects like reading and math

4) Increase attendance

5) Increase graduation rates

6) Decrease dropout rates

7) Increase the number of students that go onto a college or university

8) Improve ACT scores

9) Improve SAT scores

10) Turn an “F” student into a “D” student

11) Turn a “D” student into a “C” student”

12) Turn a “C” student into a “B” student”

13) Turn a “B” student into an “A” student”


All the referenda supporters want are glitzy new facilities that we all have to pay for. Sometimes when the hand is extended, the answer has to be NO.

A note to This Just In readers...


We are five days away from a highly critical Election Day. I am being deluged with material from various sources. I have and will continue to post what I consider the best and most relevant information.

Regular readers know my blog is also a clearinghouse for conservative news. I have an agenda. That’s clear. I come right out and tell you.


Tonight, and probably for the next several days, I will post a lot and often, so check in frequently. Before this night is over, I’ll also post the very popular latest news from my good friends at Rehorst.

Tomorrow morning I’ll have more to say about the Franklin referenda. You’ll only read these perspectives here. My fellow Franklin bloggers have for some reason or another decided to go silent on this issue (their prerogative, of course), and FranklinNOW reporter Rick Romano is so firmly planted in the pockets of the Franklin Public Schools administration he might as well put on a Saber cheerleader skirt and pom-poms.


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5 days away from fundamentally restoring our Constitution

5 Days Away from Fundamentally... Restoring Our Constitution

Patriots,

We are just 5 days away from fundamentally restoring our Constitution, but only if you are willing to choose the path of more freedom instead of the path of more intrustive government.

We know that everyone is busy working to Get Out The Vote and you are concentrating so hard on November 6th, but we are also asking you to do one more thing today. As you are well aware on September 11th of this year a tragedy struck our embassy in Benghazi, Libya and 4 Americans were killed. What became very clear to everyone as a terrorist attack took weeks for the administration to come to the same conclusion. Report after report has come out that State Department officials and White House personnel knew more than they were willing to disclose days and weeks after the attack. More and more evidence points to the fact that we aren't getting the truth about what happened. And only a few media outlets are even willing to talk about it.

As most of you are aware, we have a network of Local Coordinators around the country and we convene each week on a conference call to discuss the direction that we should go as an organization. The coordinators vote on issues and lead us in the direction that we should go. This week our coordinators overwhelmingly told us that we deserved to know the truth about Benghazi, so today we are asking anyone and everyone to #Tweet4Truth and tweet the media to tell them to do their jobs and investigate the Benghazi situation. Click the image below to get started.




The future of our country may be decided by "undecided voters."



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Lt. Governor Kleefisch to Join Failing Agenda Bus Tour in Waukesha

 

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Tommy Thompson to Kick-off Restore America Tour Tomorrow


 

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CONTACT: Heather Swift (608) 661-6363 or Heather@TommyForWisconsin.com
 
Tommy Thompson to Kick-off Restore America Tour Tomorrow
 
Madison, WI – Former Governor Tommy Thompson will kickoff his three day, 10-city Restore America Tour tomorrow.  Thompson will barnstorm the state to rally supporters and share his plan with Wisconsin voters to help employers create jobs, bring bipartisanship back to Washington, D.C. and restore fiscal sanity to Congress.
 
WHO:           Tommy Thompson, former governor and U.S. Senate Candidate
 
WHAT:         Governor Thompson’s Victory Tour
 
WHEN:         Friday, Nov. 2 — Sunday, Nov. 4

Friday, November 2, 2012

1:00 PM Madison
Wingra Stone
2975 Kapec Road
Madison, WI 53719

4:30 PM La Crosse                        
Empire Screen Printing
N5206 Marco Road
Onalaska, WI 54650

Saturday, November 3

8:00 AM Wausau
Wausau Victory Center
540 S 3rd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

10:40 AM  Eau Claire
Eau Claire Victory Center
2316 Hillcrest Parkway
Altoona, Wisconsin 54720

2:00 PM Superior
Superior Victory Center
3215 Tower Avenue Suite 106
Superior, WI 54880

5:15 PM Hudson
Hudson Victory Center
213 S. 2nd Street
Hudson, WI 54016

Sunday, November 4


9:00 AM Green Bay
Allouez Café
2020 South Webster Ave
Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00 AM Green Bay
Kroll’s West Sideline Sports Bar
1990 South Ridge Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54304

2:30 PM Sheboygan
Sheboygan Victory Center
2125 S. Memorial Place Drive
Sheboygan WI, 53081

4:00 PM Fond du Lac  
Fond du Lac Victory Center
55 N Macy Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
           
5:45 PM Milwaukee
Serb Hall
5101 West Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53219

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A New Campaign for Concerned Wisconsin Citizens-Same Day Registrations


For Immediate Release: - November 1, 2012
Contact:  Dan Hunt

Telephone:  224 717 0469

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The latest from Rehorst - November Get Ready for the Holidays!

 
     
 

The Monthly Newsletter of Wisconsin's First & Finest Craft Distillery
 
     
             
 
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Milwaukee's Biggest Bloody Mary
Thursday Night Live Music
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Drink of the Month
Hold an Event at the Distillery

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There is no voter fraud...hmmm

 
MacIver Institute


MacIver News Service | October 30, 2012

[New Berlin, Wisc...] The New Berlin City Clerk is confident in her office's ability to ensure election integrity after catching a duplicate absentee ballot request for a nursing home patient. However, that patient's daughter says if she wasn't proactive, the extra ballot could have slipped through the cracks.

Patti Logsdon told the MacIver News Service that her mother is a resident of a memory care unit in New Berlin. Patti told the nursing home she had already taken care of her mother's voting needs. Minutes later in the hallway, she said a worker told her the facility had made an absentee ballot request on behalf of her mother.

Patti said she went to city hall to ensure they did not send out a second ballot. She found out the request from the nursing home misspelled her mother's name. However, Kari Morgan, the City Clerk, said the second application was flagged and no second ballot had been mailed out.

Morgan told MNS the Special Registration Deputy (SRD) from the the care unit called to ask if "three or four residents at the facility were registered to vote." According to Morgan, her office checked each name to see if they had been registered. The name the SRD gave to the City Clerk's office, "Benz," was not registered to vote.

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Terrible timing for three costly Franklin school referenda


Franklin is a wonderful city. 


When she was but a teenager, the great philosopher Lesley Gore in the 1960’s sang …

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel
When we're together.
Brighter than a lucky penny.
When you're near the raindrops disappear
Dear and I feel so fine.

Unfortunately, Franklin is not always sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, though some wish it were so.

Ideally, heading to the polls and voting to improve our schools would be a no-brainer.

More classrooms?

More parking spaces?

More security at the front door of the high school?

A new auditorium?

Why stop there.

Artificial turf on the football field.

A brand new press box.

A scoreboard with instant replay capability.

A retractable roof over the football and baseball fields.

A new swimming pool that would make the Olympics drool.

Heated sidewalks.

Escalators from Drexel Avenue to the high school for students forced to park off property.

Paid escorts for students unskilled at walking on sidewalks.

And we could go on and on.

I would be all for it!

If…

If…

If I didn’t believe I had some economic common sense.

Now is simply not the time to be spending nearly $50 million in property taxes on big wants that aren’t needs.

If you haven’t read the papers, there’s been a recession. To suggest there’s been a recovery is absurd.

Franklin has not been immune to the bad economy.

We have unemployed.

We have underemployed.

We have workers who’ve not gotten raises.
 
We have workers who've gotten pay cuts.

We have folks who’ve been laid off.

We have people who’ve moved out.

We’ve had foreclosures.

I know this is difficult for far too many to comprehend, but Franklin doesn’t possess some magical force field protecting it from the rotten economy. 

You have an increasing number in poverty.

You have more people on food stamps.


You have the “near poor,” those living just above the poverty line.

There are recent news reports that huge tax increases are coming in January 2013.

Here in Franklin, we have a school administration that is uncaring when it comes to economic and fiscal reality. They have already passed one school tax increase and are now asking voters to pass three more in the interest of the children. In other words, if you fail to vote yes on the three referenda on Tuesday's ballot, you’re really evil.

CUE THE FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS TAX AND SPEND SPIN MACHINE!

But Franklin property taxpayer:

Question 1 would only cost an additional $32 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Question 2 would only cost an additional $20 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Question 3 would only cost an additional $24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Oh really!

Forgive me. I don’t live in a mansion, but my home is assessed at a bit more than $100,000.

PLUS, the added property tax increase from these three referenda IS ON TOP OF:

1) The approved school property tax levy increase in the school budget for next year

2) The city tax levy increase (albeit very small this year)

3) Milwaukee County taxes

4) State taxes

5) MMSD taxes

 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a winning weekend!


Tonight we repeat a Goodnight feature from March of this year.

Still timely.

Enjoy!

The best cartoons of the week (11/03/12)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez





Political Cartoons by Chip Bok





Political Cartoons by Eric Allie





Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley





Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/03/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy, cold and damp. High of 42.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy, cold and damp. High of 44. "D"


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

As even the most casual reader of The Barking Lot and Ms. Elaine Kneeous knows, I am a strong supporter of our military.  I have the highest regard for our active duty service men and women as well as our veterans.  Truly, words can not express my gratitude for all these brave soldiers do to ensure my freedoms.

I don’t think there are enough stories done to highlight our veterans.  Clearly they faced battles every day they were on duty.  Once home their fight doesn’t end; it just changes.  PTSD destroys soldiers’ lives and drastically affects friends and family members as well.  

We could easily highlight an amazing story every week about the bond of a soldier and his or her dog.  Whether overseas in combat or a conflict at home struggling to readjust to daily life, these canines literally save lives.

Given the incredible relationships between soldiers and their service dogs (like Ray Galmiche and Dazzle) I am saddened at the lack of support from the VA.  

Halting programs that match service members with dogs seems to be a slap in the face to veterans.  Looking for “scientific data”  (that could take years!) to support thousands of current success stories doesn’t make sense.  

The best interests of the soldiers should be at heart.  You don’t want unscrupulous “organizations” to benefit from monetary donations and/or fees for dogs that don’t live up to the needs of the veteran.  It seems to be just one more instance, though, of government sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong.  If there are groups that want to help get soldier’s lives back on track they should be supported, not penalized.  

I wish the very best to all the veterans who are working with, or hoping to soon receive, a therapy dog to ease their symptoms.  God bless you all!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and no, the news isn't always good.


Dog found with coffee can around neckMORE.


12-year old hung dog to see it die.


Appleton man charged in puppy's death.


Hundreds show support
for poisoned dog.


Why a sensitive dog is an evidence-impaired cop's best friend. Here's more on the case. And speaking of sniffer dogs...


Troops' best friends...


Max
survives Sandy's wrath.


Vote fraud hits Canada...what does this have to do with a dog?


It's a dog trainer's life.


It's The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument.


The story of a real dog named Bolt.


BARKING LOT update: Fiona is ASPCA Dog of the Year.


Gabe is also a hero.


Barkitecture.


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.

These pets are ready for Election Day.

And we close with our closing video, and we have a few this week.

Watch the videos in this two-part report, Dog Mischief.

And finally...


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Week-ends (11/03/12)

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


Joe Adinolfi


Joe Candelaria


NYU Hospital Staff


Artur Kasprzak


Nick Kimmel


NPR reporter Marianne McCune


Cynthia Dick


Candace Neal


Gabe


Here's one I missed a few weeks ago...Matthew Morgan



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Sandy


State dinners


Kareem Dale


Texas polling place



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


“It’s so bad here, a lot worse than how its being portrayed by the media. They are finding bodies left and right, elderly people who don’t even watch the news or who knew the storm was coming. I was just with one of my best friends from high school and college, and his house is completely gone. One story I heard was about this one guy who evacuated his house during Hurricane Irene but then it got looted. So when they told him to evacuate for Sandy, he said, ‘I’m not leaving.’ Now they can’t find him, his 13-year-old daughter is dead, and his wife is in critical condition at the hospital. These are the stories. My stepfather and my mother, I love them to death. But when they heard the storm was coming, they said, ‘It’s not going to be that bad. Irene didn’t do anything.’ They had two flashlights and a couple of scented candles. Little did they know. It’s just not worth it. If you’re told to evacuate, you need to get out.”
Sons of Anarchy – and Staten Island native — Theo Rossi (Juice Ortiz), who was home visiting family and friends when Sandy hit.


“Please don’t leave us. I live alone down here.”
A weeping Donna Solli, pleading to Senator Chuck Schumer in front of her home in Staten Island, the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued. Hundreds of homes — from multimillion-dollar mansions to modest bungalows — have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.


“We having nothing. We can’t exist. We can’t buy milk. We can’t buy cereal. We can’t buy nothing.”
Ann Manning of the Rockaways. She brought her four grandchildren along to a playground where a state Senator had arranged to have lunch boxes from a company that supplies airports delivered to residents.


“It’s cold in the house, no lights on. Everything’s closed because people were stealing from stores. There’s no food. People are cooking on top of garbage cans.”
Shaheem Bush of the Rockaways.


"We're coming down to the 11th hour. We're facing a violent storm. It's nothing compared to the storm we'll face if you don't make the right decision in this election."
Bill Clinton


“It’s better to die a hero than live a coward.”
Charles Woods, the father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods, sending a message to President Barack Obama.


“To have known what he had available, to have known that Americans were under fire, and to have done nothing, is dereliction of duty that I have never seen in a Commander in Chief from a president of any party. Outrageous.”
Former National Security Adviser Bud McFarlane on Obama’s non-response to the Benghazi 9-11 terrorist attack.


“For literally days and days, they told the American people something that had no basis in fact whatsoever. And that is the president of the United States. And so, also, by the way, he said he immediately ordered action to be taken. Well, no action was taken over seven hours. Now we find out the secretary of Defense decided not to take any action.


“You know, somebody the other day said to me this is as bad as Watergate. Well, nobody died in Watergate. But this is either a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable service to the American people.”

John McCain on Benghazi


The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow.”
Mitt Romney


"Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote 'for revenge'--'for revenge.' Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”
Mitt Romney at a rally of 30,000 in West Chester, Ohio.


“What they're counting on is that you'll be so sick of dysfunction you'll reward the obstruction.”
President Obama at a rally in Green Bay.


“Let’s just keep telling ourselves: ‘Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.’”
NPR’s Mark Memmott, on the last week of the Presidential campaign.


“There are very few people in positions of power who are mustached Americans, so for [David Axelrod] to even jest about removing his lip sweater is somewhat offensive to the entire American mustached community.”
American Mustache Institute chairman Aaron Perlut, on the wager Axelrod, a top adviser to President Obama’s campaign, made with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, under which Axelrod will shave his mustache if Obama loses in Minnesota, Michigan, or Pennsylvania.


“Can they be good at bombs, but not good at meth?”
Chief Justice John Roberts, during oral arguments in a Supreme Court case about drug-sniffing dogs.


“I think once a dog kind of chooses a major, that’s what they stick with.”
Justice Department lawyer Joseph Palmore’s answer


“For sale, racing bike, no longer required.”
Sign held by an effigy of Lance Armstrong, which will be burned on Bonfire Night in Edenbridge, England.


He’s a lefty, he goes the same way every time. I’m sorry. And I’m a loyal Democrat, a passionate Democrat and he’s not as good as he thinks he is.”
Outgoing commissioner of the National Basketball Association David Stern on President Obama’s basketball skills.


“I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues. Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me.”
Jian Feng, who won a lawsuit against his wife because their baby was ugly.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Food stamp growth 75X greater than job creation.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


"Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?"



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Hurricane Sandy, one of the occasional instances where the hype is justified.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

About to be recalled? Resign, and then...


That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 



Boycott the election? Pass up the boycott!!!!

 

By guest bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers and Editors

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Recommended Reading (11/03/12)

Recommended Reading


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


Why Obama will lose Wisconsin

"One of the miscalculations of the Left's recall efforts was what it would do to conservatives. They came out of the woodwork to help re-elect Gov. Scott Walker and the recall re-invigorated the Tea Party. But it also gave conservatives an important test run of their ground game."


Rove: Sifting the numbers

"It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney...But doesn't it all come down to the all-important Buckeye State? Here, too, the early voting news isn't encouraging for the president."


4 reasons to believe Mitt will win the election next week

"So, the question becomes: Which polls do you believe? Although there's no way to be sure yet, I believe Gallup and Rasmussen. Not only do I think Mitt is going to win Ohio, I think he's going to win by a large enough margin that Ohio doesn't matter. Here's why I say that..."


'You have the blood of an American hero on your hands'

"What did President Barack Obama know and when did he know it? Why has the Obama administration kept changing its story about how Ambassador Chris Stevens, security officials Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach and Glen Doherty of Encinitas, and information officer Sean Smith, who grew up in San Diego, died on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya? Why won’t the mainstream media treat the incontrovertible evidence of the White House’s dishonesty and incompetence like the ugly scandal it obviously is? These are all questions that demand to be answered..."


If a tree falls on Romney, what sound would liberal pundits hear?

"How do you know if a pundit or columnist is a liberal?  If he or she claims Romney said he wanted to abolish FEMA."


Voting is a right, not a duty

"If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: It’s your civic duty to vote. Between now and Election Day — unless you’re planning an extended session in a sensory-deprivation tank — you’ll no doubt hear it again. And again.

"Don’t believe it. It’s not your duty to vote."


The despicable "God intends rape" comments

"The accusations that Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock believes 'God intends pregnancies resulting from rape' reveal a despicable attitude toward justice and truth. But even worse, the commentary and debate taking place about rape pregnancies is profoundly hurtful to both women who became pregnant through rape and their children."


The Mourdock Moment

"A closer look at Mourdock’s comments reveals that the candidate was not in any true sense calling rape 'something that God intended to happen.' Everything Mourdock said in that answer flowed from his stated presupposition that life begins at conception, and that every human life is a gift from God. Nevertheless, the liberal media went into full apoplexy, painting Richard Mourdock as a woman-hating extremist with reprehensible views on an issue as serious as rape."


Suicide by choice? Not so fast

"Next week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to adopt an assisted-suicide law. As a good pro-choice liberal, I ought to support the effort. But as a lifelong disabled person, I cannot."


AND FINALLY...

Did Joe Biden really say that?


Yep.

ICYMI...

 

Photos of the Week (11/04/12)

Photos of the Week


1)
President Barack Obama makes a campaign appearance at the Delta Center in Milwaukee Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


2) Pop singer Katy Perry entertains the crowd at the Obama rally in Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hofffman.


3) With tears streaming down her face, a woman records U.S. President Barack Obama as he addresses a campaign rally on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada November 1, 2012 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


4) Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney carries Levi Vandenberg, five months, of Dover, N.H., after he picked him up from his mother and continued to walk down a ropeline of supporters as he campaigns at Portsmouth International Airport, in Newington, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. He later returned the baby to his mother. Ann Romney is seen at left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


5) Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., son Sam gestures on stage as Ryan's wife greets supporters during a campaign event, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Marietta, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


6) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (C) has his photo taken with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (L) and his family before a campaign rally at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park on November 2, 2012 in West Allis, Wisconsin. With less than one week to go before Election Day, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Wisconsin and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


7) A house on Atlantic Avenue bears a message reflecting the owner's sentiments about the previous hurricane and the approaching Hurricane Sandy in Margate, N.J., Oct. 28. Photo: Tom Mihalek / Reuters


8) The back entrance to the New York Stock Exchange is surrounded by sand bags in New York on Oct. 28 ahead of Hurricane Sandy's arrival. The NYSE said Sunday it will close trading floor operations, but will trade electronically. Photo: Carlo Allegri / Reuters


9) President Barack Obama asks a question during a briefing about Hurricane Sandy, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, Oct. 28. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters


10) People brave high winds and blowing sand as they watch the rising surf at Coney Island Beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York as Hurricane Sandy arrives on Monday, Oct. 29. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP


11) The inlet section of Atlantic City, N.J., as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday. Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, which was already mostly under water. Photo: Dann Cuellar / ABC Action News via AP


12) A police officer questions two surfers as they climb under a fence after surfing in Coney Island in New York on Monday. Hurricane Sandy began battering the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and sent thousands scrambling for higher ground hours before the worst was due to strike.  Photo: Keith Bedford / Reuters


13) A woman walks her dog by sandbags in Battery Park in lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy made its approach toward New York City on Monday. Photo: Andrew Kelly / Reuters


14) Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard),keeping guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Monday, Oct. 29. Photo: Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr. / US Army via AP


15) A news crew wades through sea foam blown onto Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Oct. 28, as wind and rain from Sandy move into the area. Photo: Gerry Broome / AP


16) New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Oct. 28, in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Allison Joyce / Getty Images


17) Customers and staff ride out the storm by candlelight at the Greenwich Village restaurant French Roast in New York in the early hours of Tuesday. New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc. said that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Sandy passes. Photo: Brendan McDermid / Reuters


18) Power was out Monday night in Manhattan. Photo: Allison Joyce / Getty Images


19) A street is flooded in the Financial District of Manhattan by Hurricane Sandy Monday night. Photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images


20) People look out on a flooded pier as the effects of Hurricane Sandy are felt in Rockaway Beach, New York, on Monday October 29. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA


21) People look up at a crane that hangs precariously from the side of 157 W. 57th Street after wind damaged it before the expected landfall of Hurricane Sandy in New York City on Monday, October 29. Photo: Andrew Gombert / EPA


22) Deputy Cliff Tice of the Dare County Sheriff's Department walks down damaged and impassable NC 12 leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday. People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse. North Carolina Transportation Department spokeswoman Greer Beaty said the highway was closed Tuesday until crews inspect the road. Photo: Steve Earley / The Virginian-Pilot via AP


23) Cars traveling the Grafton road, south of Morgantown, W.Va., turn through fallen trees and tree limbs resulting from a heavy snowfall Tuesday morning. The storm that hit late Monday and into Tuesday dumped up to 19 inches of snow in West Virginia, cutting electricity to about 268,000 customers at its peak and closing dozens of roads. Photo: Ron Rittenhouse / The Dominion Post via AP


24) Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents that burned to the ground in the Breezy Point section of New York, Tuesday. More than 80 homes were destroyed by the fire that swept through the oceanfront community during superstorm Sandy. At right is their son, Kyle. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP


25) President Barack Obama hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant, as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., on Wednesday. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Larry Downing / Reuters


26) Two secret service members scan the area as US President Barack Obama visits a neighborhood on Wednesday in Brigantine, New Jersey. Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday as millions remained without power. The storm carved a trail of devastation across New York City and New Jersey, killing dozens of people in several states, swamping miles of coastline, and throwing the tied-up White House race into disarray just days before the vote. Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images


27) Joe and Linda Bays shovel snow in front of their home in Beckley, W.Va. on Oct. 30. Photo: Jon C. Hancock / AP


28) Shopping carts full of food damaged by Superstorm Sandy await disposal at the Fairway supermarket in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday. The food was contaminated by flood waters that rose to approximately four feet in the store during the storm. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP


29) Homes sit in ruin at the end of a bridge wrecked by flooding from Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking, N.J., on Wednesday. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images


30) Rob Kohler, an electrical line worker from Kokomo, Ind., clears snow-laden power lines in Terra Alta, W.Va., on Wednesday. Hurricane Sandy mixed with colder temperatures in higher elevations and resulted in three feet of snow in some places. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty Images


31) Boats are strewn among buildings amid wreckage from Superstorm Sandy in Sea Bright, N.J., on Wednesday. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images


32) Commuters wait in a line to board buses into Manhattan in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday. The line stretched twice around the arena and commuters reported wait times of one to three hours to get on a bus. Limited subway service returned to the city, but commuting was hampered by tunnels still flooded with water and limited train service. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP


33) Chris Zaturoski uses a garden hose to attempt to siphon gasoline from his car to use in a generator at his house which is without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, in Little Ferry, N.J. The hose was too big to fit into the gas tank of the car. Photo: Mike Groll / AP


34) Women stand on a piece of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk that was blown onto Beach 91st street by Hurricane Sandy, in the Queens borough of New York, on Thursday. Photo: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters


35) The site where George Dresch's house stood before it was slammed by Hurricane Sandy. Dresch and his daughter Angela, 13, died when their home was flattened from Hurricane Sandy's storm surge, which sent over eight feet of water into the neighborhood. George's wife, Patricia, is reported to be in critical condition. George had been reluctant to leave his home because when they evacuated for Hurricane Irene, their home was looted while they were gone. Photo: John Makely / NBC News


36) Jane Caravello pauses for a moment after wading a couple hundred yards from her house on Kissam Avenue in Staten Island, on Thursday. "Half of if is down there and the other half is on Beach Ave," she says. The roof blew off during the storm so her belongings are spread over a couple of blocks. Her son Vincent Caravello helped her find the important papers but not the photo album. Photo: John Makely / NBC News


37) A New York City fire fighter walks amid destroyed boats washed ashore into houses by Hurricane Sandy on Tennyson Drive, on the south side of the Staten Island section of New York City, on Thursday. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters


38) Belmar volunteer firefighter Mike McCormick pauses at a stop sign while paddling a canoe down streets heavily flooded by Hurricane Sandy in Belmar, NJ on November 1. Superstorm Sandy has paralyzed much of the US East Coast, causing an estimated billions in damages and killing dozens of people. Photo: Michael Reynolds / EPA


39) Joe Gallagher carries his aunt Kathleen Fitzsimmons on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Breezy Point, N.Y. Fitzsimmons collapsed after viewing the burned-out remains of the home that had been in her family since 1928. Residents returned to their devastated homes after Superstorm Sandy and a fire there that destroyed over 100 homes. Photo: David Friedman / NBC News


40) Bridget De La Torre holds her daughter Neve, 3, as daughter Paz sits by while they rest and charge devices at a shelter for those affected by Hurricane Sandy at Saints Peter and Paul Church on Thursday in Hoboken, New Jersey. Bridget's family has no electricity or hot water and their car was destroyed by the flooding. They come to the shelter to charge devices and get news. Although flooding has subsided in Hoboken, many remain without power. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images


41) Representatives of the Indiana Task Force 1 from FEMA went door to door to check on the safety of residents on Thursday, in Point Lookout, N.Y. Photo: Kathy Kmonicek / AP


42) A woman covers her face in frustration while waiting for hours in line to get fuel outside at a gas station in the New York City borough of Queens on Thursday. Photo: Adrees Latif / Reuters


43) A gasoline station without gas in Brooklyn, New York City on Friday. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA


44) Steve Santo stands in what used to be the kitchen of his house, destroyed by storm surge flooding in Staten Island, on Friday. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters


45) A worker shovels sand out of homeowner Sandy Forino's living room in Longport, N.J., on Friday. Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP


46) Members of the Traina family sort through photographs and other personal items that they were salvaging from their home on Friday. The home was completely destroyed by flood water storm surge from Hurricane Sandy, on the south side of hard-hit Staten Island in New York City. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters


47) A sign outside a home in Long Beach, N.Y., warns looters that they will be shot. Photo: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters


48) Ben Fishner and Rachel Finkelstein deliver water and ready-to-eat meals to needy residents of the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday. The residents currently have no water or electricity due to Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images


49) Pedestrians and cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday night. The first half of the bridge leading from Manhattan is dark just like lower Manhattan which has been suffering from a power outage since Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Matt Nighswander / NBC News


50) People look for salvageable food amongst discarded items outside a flooded deli in Coney Island on Friday. Large areas of the city are still without power or functioning stores to buy food and water. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA


51) Eddie Liu uses a broom to clean up mud and water from extensive flooding in a laundromat due to superstorm Sandy in the Coney Island neighborhood of New York Nov. 2. Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters


52) Jeff Kulikowski, left, sits on a bench on the boardwalk that was pushed off of its pilings by storm surge as the city tries to recover from the after effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Nov. 3. Large areas of the city are still without power or functioning stores to buy food and water. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA


53) New York City residents light jack-o'-lanterns made from cut out pumpkins on Hudson Street in lower Manhattan, October 31, 2012. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to much of lower Manhattan and has forced many residents to seek shelter in other parts of the city.  Photo: Peter Foley / EPA


54) A crowd of runners stands near the barricaded Central Park finish line for the now-canceled New York Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the race after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race, as the city continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)


55) An American flag is raised among the wreckage of  homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Oct. 31, 2012. The U.S. Northeast began an arduous journey back to normal after historic storm Sandy crippled transportation, and knocked out power for millions with a massive storm surge that caused epic flooding. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)


56) Karen Nelson and her house guest Gregory Downer, holding his dachshund Ziggy, prepare dinner in her apartment, on New York's Upper West Side, Nov. 1, 2012. Nelson, like many others, took in "refugees," friends or neighbors who fled their cold, dark homes in search of a roof, food, hot shower and power for their cellphones, iPads and laptops. (Richard Drew/AP Photo)


57) President Barack Obama, center, and Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate, left, watch as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with a woman at Brigantine Beach Community Center, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, N.J. Obama flew to New Jersey to see the relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy damaged the Atlantic Coast. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)


58) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds bags of food as he participates in a campaign event collecting supplies from residents for local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012, at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, Ohio. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)


59) In this Thursday November 1, 2012 citizen journalism image, provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian child who fled with her family from the violence in their village, looks inside a cardboard box at a refugee camp, in the Syrian village of Qatma, near the Turkish border with Syria. Syrian rebels killed more than 75 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Idlib News Network ENN)


60) Fireworks burst in the air over space shuttle Atlantis after it arrived at its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,  Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Accompanied by a fleet of astronauts spanning NASA's entire existence, Atlantis made a slow, solemn journey to retirement Friday, the last space shuttle to orbit the world and the last to leave NASA's nest. Photo: Terry Renna / AP


61) On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the MAHLI camera to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait. The mosaic shows the rover at "Rocknest," the spot in Gale Crater where the mission's first scoop sampling took place. Four scoop scars can be seen in the regolith in front of the rover. The base of Gale Crater's 3-mile-high (5-kilometer) mountain, Mount Sharp, rises on the right side of the frame. Mountains in the background to the left are the northern wall of Gale Crater. The Martian landscape appears inverted within the round, reflective ChemCam instrument at the top of the rover's mast. Self-portraits like this one document the state of the rover and allow mission engineers to track changes over time, such as dust accumulation and wheel wear. Due to its location on the end of the robotic arm, only MAHLI is able to image some parts of the craft, including the port-side wheels. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS


62) This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a one-pound female lobster, known as a "split," that was caught by a Massachusetts fisherman last week and arrived at the aquarium in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Officials say such rare Halloween coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters Photo: Emily Bauernseind / New England Aquarium via AP


63) A baby sable antelope (in German: Rappenantilope) mistakes the nose of zookeeper Martin Damboldt for a source of milk during feeding at the Berlin Zoo on November 2, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. After the mother of the one-month old antelope stopped feeding it zookeepers intervened and now feed the antelope milk from a bottle. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


64) A giant panda is seen on a tree at the new base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan province, on October 30, 2012. Photo: China Daily via Reuters


65) Summit, an Australian shepherd, makes a leaping catch of a frisbee thrown by dog trainer Juergen Bartz at the pet trade fair (Heimtiermesse) at Velodrom on November 2, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Exhibitors are showing the latest trends in collars, snacks and other accessories for cats, dogs and other household pets. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


66) Zac Vawter, who is fitted with an experimental "bionic" leg, is silhouetted on the Ledge at the Willis Tower in Chicago. Vawter, who is in training to climb to the top of the tower using the new prosthesis, recently took the elevator to the 103rd floor to see the view after an afternoon of work in the lab.  Photo: Brian Kersey / AP


67) Randall Cobb catches a touchdown pass while covered by Jacksonville's Chris Prosinski last Sunday in Green Bay. The Packers won, 24-15. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


68) Devin Smith (10) watches in frustration as Michigan State's Bennie Fowler catches the winning touchdown pass in overtime last Saturday against Wisconsin. UW lost 16-13. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


69) Thousands of fans resplendent in orange and black choked gathered on downtown San Francisco's largest thoroughfare on Wednesday, noisily celebrating the Giants' second World Series baseball title in three years. Photo: Robert Galbraith / Reuters


70) A woman in zombie make-up looks at the camera as she takes part in the Zombie Walk in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. According to the organization Zombie Walk Mexico, they are trying to set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest Zombie Walk. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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I actually don't mind those robocalls


Now let’s be clear here. I don’t love the calls and I’m not thrilled by them But as I told my wife the other who mentioned she’ll be glad when they’re over (a majority opinion for sure), I don’t share the same visceral disdain.

When I hear the likes of Mitt, Ann, Paul, Reince, Senator Johnson, Governor Walker, Rebecca, Clint Eastwood, or even some behind the scenes political operative, it tells me my side is constantly working to get out the vote.

I’m also quite curious as to their message. For example, Casper Green, the Pied Piper of senior citizens in Franklin called on behalf of a Democrat candidate. Green has never called me before. He’s sent me a nasty e-mail, but he’s never called. Green's phone message was filled with typical scare Grandma, liberal lies. Sorry, Casper. I’m voting for Paul Ryan twice, and I’m betting most Franklin voters will join me.

Those robocalls aren’t all that long. Turn down the volume, listen back whenever you want.

You’re probably guffawing all over your computer. I understand.

Hang on, folks. We’re almost done.

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The November 2012 Official Voter's Guide


Regular readers know that unlike the sanctimonious newspaper editorial writers around the state that beg and clamor for the utmost voter turnout, I personally don’t want a whole bunch of people voting, especially those who are just too stupid.

Here is my traditional, official voter’s guide for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012:


If January 20, 2009 was the first time you felt proud to be an American, please don't vote.

The unemployment rate four years ago was 7.8%. It is now 7.9%. If you either a) think that’s an improvement or b) blame George Bush, please don’t vote.

If you think America has 57 states, please don’t vote.

If you have never heard of Benghazi, please don’t vote.

If you have heard of Benghazi and wonder what all the fuss is about, please don’t vote.

If you’re asked “Who got Osama bin Laden?” and your immediate response is not our military, please don’t vote.

If the first word that comes to mind when you hear “ObamaCare” is “free,” please don’t vote.

If you feel you need to vote like your “lady parts depend on it,” please do not vote.

If you believe Big Bird is an endangered species, please don’t vote.

If you possess an Obama phone, please don’t vote.

If you actually understand Joe Biden, please don’t vote.

Ann Romney rides a horse. Bug you? Please don’t vote.

If you are green with envy because there are rich people who have more money than you do, please don’t vote.

If capitalism upsets you, please don’t vote.

If you think the minimum wage isn’t high enough, please don’t vote.

If you consider April 15th to be a payday instead of a time to pay out, please don’t vote.


If you think single young women should get free birth control from the federal government allowing them to sleep around as much as they want, please don’t vote.

If you plan to head to your polling place and walk in, still not knowing who the hell you’re going to vote for, please don’t vote.

If you think more folks on food stamps are good for the economy, please don’t vote.

If you think Wisconsin is not a tax hell, please don’t vote.

If you believe there hasn’t been enough attention paid this campaign to global warming, please don’t vote.


If you have met and spoken with any member of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board for 5 minutes or longer, please don’t vote.

If you camped out in the state Capitol in Madison during 2011 or 2012 and didn’t bathe the next day, or the day after, please don’t vote.

If you are vegetarian, please don’t vote.

If Chris Matthews gives you a tingle up your leg, please don’t vote.

If you really liked a yard sign, please don’t vote.

If you plan to vote based on a: 30 second radio or TV ad, please don’t vote.

If you think Mrs. Obama dresses really cool, please don’t vote.

If you watch The View, please don’t vote.

If Oprah makes you cry, please don’t vote.

If you think America is headed in the right direction, please don’t vote.

If you think the stimulus created thousands of jobs, please don’t vote.

If you have ever been interviewed on the street by Jay Leno, please don’t vote.

If you’ve ever considered eating dog (YUM), please don’t vote.

If you cling to guns, please vote.

If you cling to Christianity, please vote.

If you built your own business, please vote.

The latest pro-life news (11/05/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

DUMBEST ROBOCALL OF THIS ELECTION


From Congressional candidate Rob Zerban:

“This is Rob Zerban.  I’m reaching out to you seniors in the community….”

My teenage bride found Zerban’s robocall deeply offensive and a clear indication of Zerban’s war on women.

And I’m not exactly in a wheelchair just yet.

Not everyone in Franklin is as ancient or ultra-liberal as Zerban puppet Casper Green.

Remember, vote for Paul Ryan, not once, but twice on Tuesday...once for VP and ALSO for his Congressional seat. It's OK and appropriate to do that.

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Citizens are encouraged to submit information to the hotline by phone (1-855-444-6100), by email (freeandfair@truethevote.org) and by video. The hastag #watchthevote is also being used on Twitter to document cases of suspected voter fraud.

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About those Franklin referenda yard signs...


I’ve been told that some pro-Franklin referenda yard signs have popped up, and I did manage to see my first one in the last few days. To be honest, I don't think there are all that many out there.

The signs reportedly do not have the proper disclaimer (Illegal) and some have been placed on public right of ways (Illegal).

This shouldn’t surprise anyone that supporters of the near $50-million referenda would stopp to anything to win, including breaking the law.

But no need to get too upset.

What value are political yard signs? Not much.

The hard truth is they don’t automatically or necessarily translate into votes. And thank God for that. If you vote for someone or something solely because you saw a yard sign, well then, you’re basically a simpleton.

Yard signs are of some worth and voters should display them.

They make the candidate or supporters of a cause feel good.

And they make the candidate’s supporters feel good, thus supplying some energy and confidence to the campaign.

But that’s it.

Yard signs do not equal votes.

So please, don’t make any foolish judgments about signage you may see in the next closing hours.

It's Franklin school referenda trivia time!


Do you remember who said the following back in 2007 when asked about opposition to the two Franklin school referenda at the time totaling over $78 million:

”As far as criticisms go, not much.”

It was Franklin School Superintendent Bill Szakacs who apparently wasn’t paying attention. Each of the two referenda failed 60-40.

Szakacs would be run out of town on a rail by the school administration that used him as a scapegoat for the embarrassing referenda outcome.

More from the Way Back Machine. After the 2007 massive property tax increases went down in flames, I blogged the following as one of my top Franklin stories of the year that turned out to be quite prophetic. We pick up that blog on Election Night:


Congratulations, Franklin voters!

Today, you sent a strong and powerful message to the taxing authorities that while you support quality education, you also favor the return of fiscal sanity to your community.

It is extremely encouraging that the Franklin community today stood tall and strong, declaring in a loud and clear voice that you will not tolerate exorbitant taxes and spending.

Thank you, Franklin voters for standing up and proclaiming that you refuse to increase your already excessive tax burden.

Days after the stinging defeat, I continued to get e-mails on the issue. One writer commented on remarks made by School Board member Sue Huhn on this web site and in the Community Newspaper in an article written by John Neville:

Huhn predicted the next school district referendum will not feature a new high school. She said it's more likely the next will propose a second middle school with extensive revamping of the high school. The latter, she said, will include some expansion - a new gym and auditorium with more fine arts department space.

An e-mailer wrote:

Tone deaf? “We don’t want to pay for an auditorium or a new gym when our kids kant spel!”

Where’s the improvement in the EDUCATIONAL facilities? They shouldn’t be in athletics if they can’t make change at McDonalds or write a coherent paragraph!

Still another e-mailer tied in the failed referenda to criticisms being made by, what the e-mailer called “eco-bloggers,” about one of the major development projects in Franklin.

That e-mailer wrote:

Some of the eco-bloggers here in town are all in a tizzy about the “sea of asphalt” on preliminary plans for the Shops at Wyndham Ridge… I’ve heard that the proposal will be for something like 900 (parking) spots in the entire development…. Where was the eco-outrage at the 1000 spots for STUDENTS? I’m certain that the school district would not have added a good deal of eco-amenities such as covered walkways, extra wide grassy areas and salt resistant landscaping to their sea of asphalt… Fair is fair and being consistent is important.


Where's this growth Franklin referenda supporters are talking about?


Franklin voters are being told to go to the polls and approve three costly school property tax increases (referenda) because Franklin’s student population is going to explode.

The folks pushing that line wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

According to figures from the city of Franklin, here are the number of permits issued for single family housing units since 1970. Note the most recent figures:

1970: 37

1971: 80

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President's Visit Big on Preparation, Small on Crowds


From the MacIver Institute:

President Obama's visit to Madison on Monday brought with it a number of large-scale preparations around the Capitol Square. The hype well exceeded the crowds.



Still thinking about voting for Obama?






Also,

40 Reasons Not To Re-Elect Barack Obama

Whether Obama or Romney wins...


Whoever wins today faces an economic crisis



5 reasons to worry no matter who wins

$30.33: A significant election number


Read why.

Regardless the outcome, WI conservatives can smile


Why?

My friend Charlie Sykes has the answer.

I'm going to copy and save this article and read it on November 7, 2028...


When my darling little Kyla votes in her first presidential election.

Franklin, get ready to hand over your wallets


REFERENDA


#1-FHS academic addition

YES: 7528 (53.04%)

NO: 6665 (46.96%)

 

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So Kev, what happened with those Franklin referenda?


In 2007, yours truly single-handedly waged a PR war against Franklin’s $78-million school referenda. They were soundly rejected by a 60-40 margin.

The controversial $78.17 million two-question Franklin School District referendum sank at the polls April 3, 2007.

The referendum was set up so that to pass both questions required a majority of school district voters to say "yes." By a wide margin, voters said "no" to both questions.


Question 1:

No

3,811

Yes

2,495


Question 2:


No

3,851


Yes

2,365 

This year I also tried to persuade voters to turn thumbs down to three referenda, for lack of merit assuredly, but primarily because of poor timing for the expense. Tuesday’s Franklin ballot contained three whopping property tax increases (school referenda) totaling nearly $50 million.

Two of the three passed with a total price tag of $33 million. That’s a lot of tax money during a non-recovery recession.

Here are Tuesday’s results.

So what happened? What happened between the 2007 ballot bomb and this year’s 2/3 success?

In an issue of Wisconsin School News put out by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards around the time of the 2007 election, Tom Joynt of the Administrative Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wrote about successful referendum strategies. The basis of his article is a 20-question survey that was mailed to the superintendents in all 70 school districts that had a successful referendum in 2005 or 2006. Forty-four completed surveys were returned, a response rate of 63 percent.

The survey was split into two sections: “Deciding to Hold a Referendum,” and “Strategies Used after a Decision Was Made to Hold a Referendum.”

In the “Deciding” section, the lowest-rated item was asking for student input on needs that were finally included in the final referendum. More weight was given to community input and opinions from staff.

After the decision was made to hold a referendum, there was a strong consensus to provide special information to parents and the media. I’m sure the Franklin got the word out to parents in 2007, but I can’t speak about their efforts to feed the news media. While the referenda garnered the obvious attention on this web site and in the community newspaper, it barely got a whimper in the Journal/Sentinel. To be fair, the larger Elmbrook referenda may have overshadowed our slightly smaller ballot questions. But it appeared the Franklin school district needed to make major improvements in the media relations department.

The Wisconsin School News survey also generated strong support for providing district residents with estimates of the tax impact of a referendum. Here, I believe the Franklin dropped the ball back in 2007. It chose to concentrate on the owner of a $250-thousand home. The less expensive homeowner, according to supporters would only pay what they considered a small tax increase. In embracing that approach, the supporters never told the whole story that included Wisconsin’s outrageous tax climate. The argument that if you had a three-car garage and a huge front lawn that you surely could plunk down even more in taxes didn’t draw guilt…it made voters upset.

Another survey idea that received a high endorsement if you wanted to have a successful referendum was to send a brochure to all community residents explaining all accurate details. Maybe Franklin officials thought they could save money by holding meetings, producing a video, and using the Internet. I never received one piece of propaganda in 2007. Many people I spoke with also got nothing in their mailbox. Again, a possible strategy that never made it into the Franklin playbook, and we all know what happened. The referenda failed overwhelmingly.

The survey respondents also highly recommended holding public forums. Now this, the Franklin school district conducted dozens of times. I can only surmise that whatever message that was disseminated at those public forums failed to resonate with those in attendance.

The personal comments on the survey were very, very interesting.

The superintendent in Oakfield, Joe Heinzelman warned, “Make sure you follow through on what you say will happen if a referendum fails.” The author of the article Tom Joynt writes, “Empty hyperbole and overstated claims before a referendum will haunt public officials for many years.” In Racine back then, it was the threat of eliminating all high school athletics. (It never happened). In Franklin, the threat was that trailers would have to be installed. Did they mean it?

According to Joynt’s article, Sue Alexander, superintendent of Markesan “felt unity of the school board in supporting a referendum is significant.” Interesting. In Franklin, right before the 2007 election campaign, two incumbent school board members chose not to run. Three school board seats were filled on April 3 with all three candidates running unopposed, two of them opposed to the referenda.

Jamie Benson, superintendent in River said the community-driven “yes” group was the “number one key to passing.” The NO vote had absolutely no organization. The YES vote did have an organized group, albeit it got in the game late and its effectiveness is highly questionable. Why wasn’t there a stronger organized COMMUNITY voice? That’s clear. The community never got behind this effort.

Superintendent David Wessel of Spencer offered this advice: “make sure you ask for enough,” but he also added, “don’t go overboard.”

And finally, Joynt writes, and this is where Franklin school officials needed to listen up, that there were “cautions to school leaders not to take the outcome of a referendum personally, but to view the results as the voice of the people participating in democracy. One respondent observed, ‘It is really the responsibility of the community to decide what type of schools they want in their community’.”

And so we have in Sheboygan a similar controversy that has played out in Franklin and many, many other school districts around the state: teachers engaging in politics and propaganda on school time.

In 2007, the Franklin school district was cavalier and arrogant.
The Friday before Election Day, April 2007, during school time, hundreds of Franklin seniors of voting age were taken to an Assembly and then drilled by school personnel about why they should vote for the referenda.

Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.

I wrote the following at the time:

The impropriety of this action by Franklin school officials is clear. The surprise Assembly on the Friday before the election should never have taken place. I’m not sure if the Assembly was illegal, but it certainly was extremely unethical.

It smacks of a desperate, underhanded, sleazy maneuver by folks who must be very worried about the outcome of the election. On principle alone, these referenda need to be resoundingly rejected.

Shame on the Franklin School District for this disgusting and despicable tactic!”

Later on April 2, 2007, just prior to the final vote, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:

“Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):

1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting---how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?

I have more questions to add but the most important one is:

When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?”


So what happened? Why did the referenda fail so miserably? There were many factors that contributed to the referenda defeat in 2007 that tie in with Tuesday’s results where two out of three referenda were approved.

1) Sticker shock. The $78-million price tag was simply too high in 2007. This time, the cost was much lower, and divvied up into three separate questions.

2) No guarantees. In 2007, the school district could not convince voters that spending $78-million would automatically result in dramatic improvement in student achievement. This time around the district as it did in 2007 never argued academics. It argued needs for the kids. And More voters than not bought in.

3) Empty promises. At their own informational meetings in 2007, school officials admitted that even if the referenda were approved, class sizes might not get smaller. This time, referenda supporters made no promises of any kind, again stressing needs.

4) Blank check. The school district had no plans, no drawings of what the new high school would look like, and no site for the new school. This time, there were viewable drawings.

5) Timing. Property owners in 2007 had just paid their bills a few months ago. Wisconsin taxes are among the highest in the nation. This was not the time to ask for a massive property tax increase. In 2012 it still wasn’t the time, but many voters sided that now was better than later.

6) Needs vs. wants. The school district needed a Buick, but asked for a Rolls Royce in 2007. This time they asked for a Buick.

7) Attitude. It’s never good to insult the voters. They saw right through the arrogant, “But you just don’t understand, let me try to explain it to you” approach in 2007. Less condescension in 2012.

8) Bad omen I. Two School Board members chose not to seek re-election in 2007. In 2012, most school board members voted to put the three referenda on the ballot.

9) Bad omen II. The main cheerleader for the referenda, the school superintendent, came out of a closed door meeting with the School Board and said he was resigning. In 2012, the main architect of the referenda, Superintendent Steve Patz was a cheerleader bent on getting the votes.

10) The public trust. Add #’s 8 and 9, and your credibility with the public was eroding in 2007. That obviously wasn’t the case in 2012.

11) Bad PR. Someone put fliers promoting the referenda in City Hall in 2007. It came to our attention, the fliers were removed immediately for obvious reasons. In 2012, the shenanigans were almost non-existent.

12) More bad PR. The Friday before the 2007 election, Franklin High School seniors of voting age are sent to an Assembly on school time, and are drilled about the importance of voting, “yes.” WTMJ-AM reported it, and just days before the election, supporters look disorganized and desperate. No such controversy in 2012.

13) Major miscalculation. 2007 supporters thought they could go to the voters, play the guilt card, proclaim “it’s for the children,” and ask for the moon. Thinking the tax revolt was dead, they underestimated the anger of the taxpayers, who sent a loud and clear message at the polls. The same should have happened this time, but enough voters bought into the “these needs are for the children” spin.

Now we have future projects that will include ongoing operation and maintenance costs. Don’t blame me and the other NO voters every December when the bill comes due in your mailbox.

Dealing with the reality we face



November 7, 2012


America chooses a dangerous, possibly irreversable, course

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If you thought the Tea Party was dead...



If the election results prove anything, it is this:
 
We are on our own. 
 
If Barack Obama and his ruinous agenda are going to be stopped, it’s going to have to be done by Tea Party Americans who aren’t afraid to fight for true limited government
 
So, Tea Party Patriots is about to launch a massive grassroots counterattack and take the political fight directly to Barack Obama and the liberals.
 
Please make a generous contribution of $30, $50, $100, $200 or whatever you can afford to help us beat back Obama’s drive to raise taxes this winter.
 
We have to stand up right now and make sure that every single Republican understands that we expect them to FIGHT Barack Obama—not “compromise” with him!
 
Stopping the liberals scheme to destroy even more jobs and economic opportunity by hiking taxes is our number one priority.  We need to be prepared to bombard Congress with calls, faxes and emails.
 
And we need to educate every new conservative member of Congress on exactly what the grassroots expects of him or her when they get to Capitol Hill.
 
So, next week we are hosting a historic conference between these new members of Congress and hundreds of local tea party coordinators.  It will be a chance for these newly-elected leaders to listen to “We the People.”
 
And “We the People” are going to give them an earful!
 
Please make the best contribution you can to help Tea Party Patriots fund this political counterattack.  We really need your help.  We depleted our treasury this fall fighting the Obama agenda in the swing states, and this new grassroots offensive will be very costly.
 
You see, we have no intention of taking Obama’s reelection lying down. We have no plans to allow the Republican political establishment to sell out the American people in the interest of bogus “bipartisanship.”
 
Instead we are going to counterattack!
 
Please make the most generous contribution you can to Tea Party Patriots today.
 
On Tuesday America took a big step backwards.  Barack Obama now believes he has a mandate to continue spending and taxing at will.
 
However he is wrong.  Dead wrong.
 
Poll after poll shows the American people hate big government, they despise higher taxes on anyone, and they demand federal spending be CUT not increased!
 
That is why we must fight.  And fight now.
 
Please help fund our Tea Party counterattack.
 
Barack Obama may have won an important battle, but the American people will win this political war.
 
Please make the most generous online donation you can.

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Much lies ahead

 

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Time for a vacation


This Just in… has been a blogging whirling dervish this year and I could use a break.

The Fischer family is heading out of town this Saturday. I’ll post cartoons, The Barking Lot, and Week-ends, then it’s goodbye for a week.

Filling in on my blog while I’m gone will be the equally edgy Donna Cole of Oak Creek. I’ll be back on Monday, November 19th.

Franklin, the school district isn't done with you


The tax and spenders at the Franklin Public Schools were popping champagne corks Wednesday morning. Once again, they successfully took you taxpayers to the cleaners, getting approval on two of three referenda.

Starting immediately, the district will begin a design phase of the approved projects (Questions 1 and 2) that is expected to last for 8-10 months. There will be site work and other preparation work starting in the summer 2013. The proposed additions are expected to finish about one year after completion of design or the summer of 2014.  The remodeling may last up to another year, for a total construction time of two years, with a final completion in late 2015.

 

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Franklin school board member flunks civics and the law


I don’t think I’m overreacting when I say comments made by a Franklin School Board member about the referenda results were ridiculous and highly disappointing.  They were made in yet another profoundly one-sided journalistic embarrassment from FranklinNOW’s Rick Romano, lapdog for the Franklin school administration.

Romano sought out the usual suspects to gush about the election results. One was Debbie Larson, a top cheerleader for tax and spending increases who’s been on the school board for far too long. Romano writes:

“Debbie Larson, a School Board member since 2003, said the results left her emotional.

‘I am so excited and grateful to the community,’ she said. ‘This was successful because we listened to our community and we followed what they indicate were needs.’

"She also pointed to help from an anonymous sign maker who posted black and gold signs along major roads stating ‘Franklin Public Schools - Vote Yes Times Three’

‘No one knows where they came from, but I think they helped,’ Larson said.”

No one knows where the signs came from. That’s due in large part because the signs didn’t have any disclaimer written on them as to who paid for them. That’s ILLEGAL.

They also were placed on public property. That’s ILLEGAL.

Larson, an elected official who should be familiar with election laws is trumpeting these ILLEGAL signs as aiding the victory?  And she’s in charge of overseeing the administration of our schools? Thank goodness this lightweight isn’t in our classrooms actually teaching.

Ms. Larson, control your emotion for one moment to answer a fundamental question: What part of ILLEGAL don’t you understand?

Larson is up for re-election in April 2013. She needs to go.


 

A dear friend produces a labor of love


November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

Head to the website of the Alzheimer's Association of southeastern Wisconsin and you’ll find the story of Fred and Irene Ruekert of Waukesha:

“Seven years ago, the roof caved in on the couple’s happy life.  Irene could tell there was something seriously wrong with Fred.   ‘He’d put in hours and hours at work, and come home not knowing what he did all day,’ said Irene.  ‘He developed crutches at work.  He set reminders on his computer to tell him what to do and he’d have tons of Post-It notes he’d written himself fall out of his pockets.’

“The jig was up.  Fred, who had tried in vain to mask his memory loss, was unable to continue in his job and took early retirement.  Irene was heartbroken as her worst suspicions were confirmed – a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.   Fred is now 60 years old, and isn’t able to speak anymore. 

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Goodnight everyone and have a whoopee weekend!


"Picture a little love nest

down where the roses cling
picture the same sweet love nest
Think what a year can bring"
The words to a very old, very famous song

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
.

Tonight, well, let's get right into it with the Boston Pops.












OK, Kev, so what's the theme tonight?

Classical?

Patriotic?

What?

I’ll tell you.

Tonight, we get a little frisky.

Naughty.

A notch above PG-13.

A recent survey asked respondents what their favorite muiscal selections were to play while having sex. We'll have more details later, but first, some suggestions that would, ahem, fit the mood.





 




Didn’t make the survey.

Neither did this one. Saxophonist Ed Calle does a steamy re-make of  Billy Paul’s 1972 hit, “Me and Mrs. Jones.”




 

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The best cartoons of the week (11/10/12)



Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez





Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay




Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden


 



Political Cartoons by Henry Payne





Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail






Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


 

 

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/10/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Cloudy skies this morning. Partly to mostly sunny skies this afternoon.  High of 60. "B"

SUNDAY:  Wake up to mostly cloudy, windy conditions, then a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 60. "D"


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

Can you believe that in two weeks, we start the kick off for Stuff Your Face and Over-Indulge Season?  Oh, I mean The Holidays.  We’ll be deluged with tips from “the experts” on “How To Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season.”  I always love those articles.  You know, the ones that tell us to “have a nutritious snack before you go to a party so that you’re not tempted to over-eat,” “stay away from the buffet table and mingle instead,” and my favorite “have a glass of water for every other beverage you drink.”  It’s the same old tired advice that clearly no one listens to anyway.

Well if YOU are eating your weight in turkey, ham, potatoes and cookies for two months, chances are you will likely relax the “no table scraps” rule for Fido.  I personally believe in the mantra “all things in moderation” and that goes for our four-legged companions as well.  Truthfully I don’t see the harm in my (future) dog getting a taste of turkey or mashed potatoes.  But even though you are well-meaning there are some things that your pup SHOULDN’T SAMPLE.

I chuckle at the Food Network and other culinary resources who try to top themselves every year with a list of what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Who are they kidding???!!!  With the possible exception of turkey soup, the only thing I want done to my leftovers is one minute in the microwave.  But if you are so inclined, and actually don’t know what to do with that last bit of turkey, etc. you can easily make treats for your tail-waggin’ friend.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, including the canine members!

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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


Wild dogs kill boy at zoo exhibit.


Woman with service dog could be barred from apartment.


Loyal dog found alive under fallen tree that killed owner during Sandy.


Saviors to the rescue.


A dog is lost, hope is found.


Dog is fine after his trap tussle.


Want to stalk your dog?


Dallas dog poo may fetch big profits.


Dudley gets ready for a day like a human.


Dog owners re-create photos with their pets years later.


Want your dog to eat less?


What about dogs that chase their tails?


Why dogs find some toys boring.


Good dog, Holly!


Story of stray dog and Marine inspires.


What are dogs for?


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Week-ends (11/10/12)

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


Marine veterans


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Chris Matthews... 
of course, he later apologized.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.

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Getting rich from Obamanomics

   By guest blogger Donna Cole

 No doubt that times have been tough in recent years, and it has left corporate management teams scrambling to make a few dollars in the world of Obamanomics. But for those crafty enough to see opportunity in the president's failed economic leadership, there are big bucks to be made. Let's take a look at a few who have made out like bandits in Obama's ever expanding welfare state. Look at the following stock charts and note what they all have in common.

 

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Holiday Parade?

Christmas

  By guest blogger Donna Cole

 I heard a news report this morning that reminded me it is getting to be that time of year again. Yes, this Saturday is the annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade, and the reporter said that Santa Claus will be there (Of course). I can hear 'ole Nick now, "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Holiday!" This got me to thinking about how we are supposed to be all inclusive, and the Holiday Parade is certainly missing the boat, or sleigh, on political correctness. What's up with the discrimination? Shouldn't all the holidays be included? It is a Holiday Parade after all.

 

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Hold on, we're going over!

Doom and Gloom

   By guest blogger Donna Cole

 Since the election, the media has turned it's focus to the fiscal cliff debate and what, if any, kind of deal can be made to avoid it. I think most folks understand the basics of what is going on with this situation, if you are reading this blog you certainly do. So, MediaPolitical wants to use this post not to talk about the nuts and bolts of some deal, but to make the case why I fully believe we will go over the cliff and why President Obama is going to allow it to happen.

 

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This stuff drives me crazy

Libertarians

   By guest blogger Donna Cole

 I usually read the quack liberal blog Daily Kos for simple comic relief understanding substance and accuracy are foreign concepts to their bloggers. As an example, during the Wisconsin recall elections it read more like a UFO government conspiracy site than a political blog, and Kos gave me daily belly laughs through the whole affair.

 

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My thanks to Donna Cole!


I appreciate her guest blogging contributions while I was gone. Love her stuff!

It’s going to take me awhile to get caught up, so you may see a lot of the clearinghouse material I often post.

Let me guess. Democrats, being such a classy bunch are still gloating. And Republicans are out there on the ledge, beating each other up about what happened.

Vacations are nice, but eventually they end and reality sets in.

Losing Elections has Consequences


By guest bloggers Bob and Jean Dohnal
Publisher/Editors
Wisconsin Conservative Digest


Losing elections has consequences and we are about to have that magnified.  Thank God that we still have the House, but that is shaky.  We have lost a battle, but the war always goes on.

We were out smarted, out worked and out organized.  Despite the fact that Wisconsin did the finest job ever on Grass Roots politics, we were smacked good. WE are Boy Scouts and they are running Junk Yard Dogs.  No wonder we lost.

Despite the fact that we spent millions of dollars on ads, most of it of little value, and probably, in many cases, costing us votes.  These outside groups, biggest headed by Karl Rove, enrich the TV stations with their bare knuckled attacks, but the needle doesn't move.  Rove, incidentally is getting a lot of heat from his donors.  He wasted millions of their money on useless attacks. Many donors are now asking if that money should have been spent on GOTV and precinct organization and got better results??  They are right.

Let's go back to last year in October when the recall petitions went out.  I toured the state and talked to all of my old buddies, on the liberal side, to find out what they were doing.  And it is simple.  They follow the AFL-CIO COPE book, the rules from Tammany Hall and the Chicago Mafia that rules Cook County. Simple: "Find every Democrat and get them to the polls.”  They had 160 or more Victory Centers, last fall that canvassed every block in the state.  They went into the inner city and by canvassing, going to churches, meetings etc., they located everyone of voting age that would back them.  They then put them into their handy, dandy little computers and then rolled them out at election time.

In Urban Milwaukee Bruce Murphy said it best:  "The explanations for Obama's victory are many, but arguably begin with his superior ground game.  I was actually contacted many more times by Mitt Romney's campaign. As my Democratic-leaning zip code includes many wealthy Republicans. But it was old-school stuff:  I was showered with Romney mailers and literature and robo-calls, but received almost none of this from Obama.  Romney's old fashioned top-down style of campaigning seemed to echo his proposed economic policies. Recent research has found that blanketing a neighborhood with campaign literature has no impact and that robo-calls generate one vote per 900 calls.  By contrast, one study found Obama's network of small inexpensive field offices made a one percentage point difference in his national vote in 2008.  In key states like Ohio, Obama had a huge advantage over Romney in field offices.”

We have lost 8 statewide presidential elections.  You think that at sometime, people would find out that something isn't working and do something else???  Not us, we keep doing it and more of it:  Ads, robo-calls, mailings, everything except hard work.

After all, it is much easier to sit on your butts in a nice office and order TV ads, radio, flyers, robo-calls then get out into the trenches and work.  Course you also pocket nice commissions at the same time.  Makes those of us that work for free for years a little peed off!!!!

Why, then did we win in 2010 and also the Walker recall??  Because a lot of their people agreed with what Walker was doing and were unhappy about the way state government was being run under Jim Doyle and company.

Now we come to Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney.  The Democrats succeeded in making Tommy and Mitt out to be greedy Capitalists that were only out for the rich.  Many of them feel that they are victims and as O'Reilly says, they want "stuff.” We did not answer those attacks on Romney and Tommy, so they were thought to be true, by many.

The stage was set.  They zeroed in on young women, like Sandra Fluke, who were made into heroes, to that group, by Rush and Hannity.  The youth vote and minorities were the top of their list to organize.  Our efforts, at the grassroots level, were miniscule compared to theirs, despite the fact that we can have a good message to those groups if we try.  They flooded the area with organizers, buses from Illinois and thousands of volunteers.

When the election rolled around the paid organizers, thousands from around the country, descended into our state the last few months, many of them voted, but we did not lose on account of that. They were ready to get out the vote.  We used phones and some door to door, while they used every method that they could dream up, to accomplish their goal of getting people out.  

I was at my polling place when an organizer came in, with a kid, obviously not even slightly interested in politics, as I watched them explain the ballot to him. Then I watched him spend 10 minutes figuring out how to vote for Prez and Senate.  This has been done for years, very successfully.

They, the organizers, zeroed in on two lines on the ballot, vote for Prez and Senate. They taught their people how to vote that way.  Skip all of the rest, took too much work too get them to do that. There were 647,000 votes or so, cast for Obama, over the votes for the legislature and 338,000 votes cast for Obama, that were not cast for Democrats in Congress.  Yes, they just went out and rooted out more than half a million people just to get them to vote for Obama and Tammy. Luckily the legislature had eliminated straight ticket voting or the legislature and Congress would have been a disaster.

After a losing election, the argument is always about what the candidate and the campaign should have done to win, never about the mechanics. Our guys feel that our people always come out, and that is not so.  Since the Liberals brought out almost all of their votes, where were our guys?  

Supposedly, 70% of the people voted, not true, as it was actually somewhat lower.  They measure the vote percent based on the people registered before the election and then compare that to the total vote.  Since we allow on site registration the totals ballooned giving us the belief that we got our votes out.  We did not, our votes were left on the table in the 30% plus that did not come out for various reasons.  Most likely lots of them were conservative but not fans of Mitt.

We lost this election on the streets; simply, they got their vote out and we did not.  If we had followed the same methods that they followed, we would have gotten out the other 5% that we needed to win.  In Milwaukee 89% of the registered voters were out.  Liberals won 69% of the vote, highest that I have ever seen.  WE did not cover every precinct over 35% GOP, on foot. They did and they followed up till everyone was out.

How do they do it?  They have a built in organizational advantage because they have the unions with headquarters and lists.  They have well paid and well trained organizers that know how to do this job.  For some reason, the GOP spends little on training and lots on TV.

They, the Libs, follow the old AFL-CIO COPE book, plus Saul Alinsky's rules for Radicals. We sleep in too much.

I have outlined on how to organize a precinct on many occasions.  I have taught it at many campaign schools, but locals say that they just cannot get people to do precinct organization or door to door.  I say that if you can't get people to do that work, then find someone else that can. We need leadership, not excuses. We count on phones way too much.  In the 60's, when everyone actually answered their phones, had land lines, Campaign Central's were much more successful. We still walked the wards to get people out.  We must do everything possible to use their methods to beat them or no one will ever come to Wisconsin again to campaign.

Many of us have screamed about this for years.  We followed the old Kasten plan, developed by Fritz Rench, who went on to found the Heritage Foundation with Paul Weyrich.  The Kasten plan was used by Paul Ryan, Dan Quayle and others to get elected.  It is simple precinct organization. It works.  You can actually wage a very strong campaign for Assembly, without much money, by recruiting 20 or so volunteers and following the plan.

The rules in campaigns have changed.  Wisconsin used to be a capitol of ticket splitters, but in the last two elections they vote almost the same, down the line.  In 2010 Walker and Johnson got almost identical votes, same with Tommy and Mitt.  

They, the Libs, zeroed in on 4 counties:  Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Dane.  We cannot do much in Dane but we can, in all of those counties, get our vote out plus work the GOP counties harder.  We must do what Waukesha does every year.

They concentrated on the youth vote, minorities and young unmarried women.  These groups are shown politically to be the most vulnerable.  We played right into their hands on young women by demagoguing Sandra Fluke when she testified in favor of insurance companies providing birth control pills on their insurance. Contrary to what Hannity, Rush and others said there are many BC products that cost more than a hundred dollars per month.  As a practicing pharmacist up until May, I dispensed them daily.  One talk show host, when confronted with facts, told me I was wrong.  Every time we zapped Fluke, the young women ran over to their side.  You might not like it, but those are facts.  We can present young women with a program, just like we can get to Latinos and other minorities with a message of jobs and the future, not just "stuff.”

While there is some fraud, we did not lose the election on that.  We are losing because the organization of the GOP is letting our candidates and our futures down.  This cannot go on.  The GOP needs to wake up and get to work.  I will go into that in the future.  Right now, if I were running in 2016, I would not have Wisconsin on my list as a swing state.  I would have plans to reach out to the Latinos, young women and the youth.  We can have a message for them that can win their votes.

The issues are war, economy, jobs, deficit, debt, Medicaid, Medicare, SS.  Immigration is far down the list and surely not enough of a problem. To solve that, we want to hand over the reins of the government to the Liberals for the next 50 years.

But mostly, we have to decide if we want to go all out in organization, work, and dedication or just raise money and run ads.  Unless we do that, we are doomed. It is time to turn over the leadership of the GOP to a new generation that recognizes the problems and wants to solve them.  

We have to take a strong look at the "Ruling Class" that Rush and others talk about.  In the last 50 years, we have seen groups in Madison, composed of big donors, political operatives, lawyers, lobbyists and some GOP leaders,  forge a policy that tell us that Conservatives cannot win. They say that if we put Conservatives up they will drag the whole ticket down.  Guess what, they got their candidates: Romney, McCain, Dole, Bush and they not only dragged the ticket down but the country as well.

Conservatives have to step out, work with the local legislators who do listen to us, and forge policies that will run the state and the country. We will win.

We have to confront these big money guys, who raise and spend millions on ads, then stuff millions into their pockets while doing it, and knock them down.  They are screwing up the whole system.  This is the bankrupt "Ruling Class", headed up by Karl Rove and company that are doing that.


Tommy and Tammy

What a disaster.  I worked with Tommy on numerous occasions and I have never seen a candidate work so hard.  I saw his schedule and it was nuts.  I could not keep up and I am in good shape.  The worst part is that what ever he did, by himself or the campaign, was pretty much meaningless as the people voted the ticket.  They were not enamored with Romney and we did not get out our vote.  Lots of people stayed home.

The rush of millions of dollars of TV ads drowned out Tommy's message, whatever the campaign did get out.  Tommy could not get a strategy going because his efforts were drowned by the 527's.

After the primary, he was broke and no one came in to give him some effort to get out his message.  Then Tammy, flush with money, made Tommy, one of the most solid Wisconsinite backers in history, out to be some greedy capitalist out to line his pockets with their money.  He could not counter that and that set the stage.

Why we let the Libs do that to us time after time is beyond me.  WE have a group of operatives in Mad City that just cannot "get it.”  You cannot sit at your desks, order ads, robo-calls and literature and win consistently in this state.  You need to get in the trenches, find your vote and organize it. The NRA identified 1.4 million people in this state that were prime Tommy backers.  If they did nothing but concentrate on that group and got them out to vote, Tommy would have walked to victory, dragging Romney along.

KF NOTE: While I am happy to post the writings of a long-time dedicated conservative soul like Bob Dohnal, I take issue with a few of his points.

1) Please don’t question the effort of the GOP on the ground. They worked their butts off. To suggest otherwise is insulting. 

2) My God, national talk show hosts were absolutely correct and appropriate to shish-kabob Sandra Fluke. Why handle her with kid gloves? Those of her ilk would never vote with us, ever, no matter what the message. We must stick to our principles. Rush and Hannity did and should be commended, not blamed for GOP losses.

3) Rip Karl Rove and the boatload of $$$ he brings? Please.

E-mails, I get e-mails: Slogan


From a highly respected colleague:

“After reading a dozen articles on the recent election disaster, here is my slogan for future GOP campaigns: ‘It's the welfare state, stupid’."

Amen.

AFP Applauds Governor Walker for Rejecting a Health Insurance Exchange

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 16, 2012
CONTACT: Luke Hilgemann at (608) 609-6663 or lhilgemann@afphq.org

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The latest pro-life news (11/19/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin
 
and Wisconsin Right To Life.


Also, How I can oppose abortion and support the death penalty.

UPDATE: Previvors: Courageous, heroic women

Topics talked about on WISN


Previously on This Just In
...a blog about a topic I discussed while filling in for Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN.

The update from today's Good Morning America on ABC...

 

UPDATE/REMINDER: A dear friend produces a labor of love


Previously on This Just in…



Here’s a reminder to catch this documentary on MPTV Channel 10 tonight at 11:00.

The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor


The November 2012 e-newsletter.

Priceless: Lefties scream media bias


The Media Action Centerhas filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission – on behalf of citizens of the greater Milwaukee area – to deny radio licenses to Clear Channel's WISN-AM and Journal Communications' WTMJ-AM. MAC said it conducted a comprehensive study in May/June of 2012 – during the Scott Walker recall campaign – which clearly showed the two stations each gave supporters of Gov. Walker and the GOP about 80 minutes of free airtime daily on their local talk radio shows, while refusing any access to supporters of Mayor Tom Barrett and Democrats whatsoever. In total, the two stations subsidized the Walker campaign with an estimated $1 million dollars in airtime.  The study documents that WISN and WTMJ hosts and guests not only exclusively promoted GOP candidates, but actively recruited volunteers for GOP campaigns over the publicly-owned airwaves, while refusing to provide any free airtime for the other side."

G
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I don’t recall conservatives filing petitions against any of these ... or these. Or local TV stations. Or local public radio. Or WMCS.

Media bias.

Damn.

Dontcha just hate it!

Franklin could lose Meijer? Not exactly a news bulletin


Franklin’s quest to attract Meijer’s to build one of their successful stores here has been a complete debacle. I’m not surprised.

When it comes to luring businesses and economic development, Franklin has a dreary obstructionist history of being the tortoise rather than the hare. Without exception, city of Franklin officials have been in complete and utter denial about this dismal track record, making all kinds of excuses for our sorry inability to attract job creators on a consistent and reasonably timed basis.

That’s why it was very interesting to read the angry comments of Franklin alderman Steve Taylor about the problems associated with dotting all the I’s and crossing all T’s in getting Meijer’s to build here.

During the process over the past several weeks, I have bemoaned on my blog Franklin’s past that I fear will prevent Meijer’s from setting up shop here, eventually sending them to play ball elsewhere.

One week ago this past Friday, I learned that Taylor had expressed his dismay in an interview with The Daily Reporter, a Milwaukee-based construction industry daily newspaper. I knew Taylor was upset, but I didn’t know why, so I reached out to Taylor and asked him if he’d issue a statement that I could post on my blog. However, I flew to Florida the next day on a family vacation, and we never were able to make final arrangements.

While I was gone, the print edition of this story appeared in The Daily Reporter on Monday, November 12 with the headline;



"Meijer puts brakes on store”


To this cynic, the immediate reaction was not one of surprise.

The article opened stating that Taylor “blames the city” for “dragging its feet” on approving a Meijer store at Highway 100 and Loomis Road.

Taylor told the paper the city goofed when, during the project’s FIRST city public hearing, witnesses were not sworn in. Now that sounds like a minor, trivial matter. Nevertheless, it necessitated a SECOND public hearing.

Good grief, a technicality throws a monkey wrench into the operation, a technicality that maybe someone with years of municipal experience should have picked up on?  So we as a city drop the ball on an innocuous procedure.

If you’re keeping score, give this one to Taylor.

Taylor also told the paper “the city should have given approval a long time ago.”

I certainly would agree. While trying to kiss Franklin’s ring, Meijer has also been negotiating to, if I may use an over-used phrase, move forward to build stores in other WI communities.

Oh, if only the story ended here. But there’s more.

The city’s response to Taylor is that from their perspective, the city has okayed just about every approval it needed in order to, my goodness I’m going to write it again, move the project forward.

Who asked for a delay in the entire approval process? Not the city of Franklin, but ironically, Meijer.

Meijer hasn’t specified why. A Franklin official told The Daily Reporter he believes the self-imposed delay is due to Meijer's requirements with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the US Army Corps of Engineers. In essence there are still city, state, and federal hurdles.

Once again, hyper-enviro concerns are standing in the way of much-needed progress and business/job creation in Franklin. The Meijer project…




Could threaten some wetlands.


OH NO! NOT THAT! PLEASE NOT THAT!

So Meijer has three keisters to smooch…the DNR, the feds, and the city. At the city level, Meijer has to, according to The Daily Reporter, meet Franklin’s environmental standards (you know, the kind that keeps our city in reverse) at the SECOND public hearing that is necessary because city officials didn’t swear in witnesses at the FIRST public hearing.

CARAMBA!


Dealing with the DNR isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s less difficult than in the past under Jim Doyle’s Gestapo-like DNR. State Senator Frank Lasee just wrote in an e-newsletter:

"Because of the leadership of DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been improving greatly. Reforming the 2300 employee DNR is a huge undertaking, and will take more time. I've been hearing from people that the DNR is now working for the environment and for you, not against you (there is still room for improvement).

"The new Office of Business Support and Sustainability (OBSS) has been created to help businesses navigate the DNR's bureaucracy by helping them comply with DNR rules and the permitting process. 

"The OBSS is a special help line for getting permits to increase job growth in Wisconsin by cutting red tape while protecting the environment. We can probably poach some businesses from our neighbors to the south. Since Illinois has declared 'open season' on job creators with more taxes, out of control spending, and tons of red tape, it’s not 'poaching'.”

With sharks in the water, the Milwaukee Business Journal under the very capable reporting hands of Sean Ryan weighs in.


Again, the headline is gloomy:

Meijer store in Franklin hits hurdles


Accurate. Why? Because the store does hit hurdles.

The paper reports in its lead paragraph that city officials are worried that Meijer’s may “abandon its plans” for a megastore in Franklin.


Enter another city voice: Alderman Steve Olson whose district includes the Meijer site.

While Taylor blames a slow city view, Olson says road accommodations at the site are a problem. The state even pushed a roundabout at the site, adding to the mess.


But the Business Journal notes Meijer is working through similar issues in Grafton where they want to build, and guess what? No problemo there.

And some in Franklin don't want Mejer's open 24/7.

So here we go.

This is a full-blown fiasco with finger-pointing and no one, I mean no one at the city of Franklin level accepting blame or responsibility. That's not to be expected. It's everyone else's fault. Meanwhile bye bye economic development. Bye bye jobs.

BOTTOM LINE

The conventional wisdom seems that the threat to wetlands (Yes, are you kidding me?) is a major hang-up.

Meijer’s lawyers outsmarted our lawyers and insisted on a second public hearing addressing primarily those wetland issues where witnesses are sworn in. Now, Meijer's wants no part of a second public hearing on wetlands issues. They won’t say why. That doesn't look good. Oh, no.  Bye bye economic development, bye bye jobs? Thanks, Franklin.

Alderman Taylor was right, but only to a certain degree. While the city is open to criticism, there are other roadblocks, along with Meijer walking away from the table. I think Taylor picked the wrong case to blame the city for a failure to seal the deal.

What is Meijer doing rather than working to get this done expeditiously? Taylor has doubts Meijer will return to talk turkey with Franklin. I submit he may be right on that count. My guess is that Meijer is back home discussing what’s in their best interests. Jumping through all these hoops ain’t it. I said it before and it could happen. Meijer will take their ball out of Franklin and play somewhere else, more easily and quickly. That's a real possibility.

If that happens, you can forget all the finger pointing. Enough blame to go around, and everyone loses. And again, given the way we do things in Franklin, no surprise.

I'm on WISN


I fill in for Mark Belling this Friday on Newstalk 1130 WISN from 3-6pm

Black Thanksgiving?


Yes, Black Friday has morphed into Thanksgiving leading a very wise man to say the following. Do you know who it is?

The stores, we hear, will open on Thanksgiving. Isn’t that a sign of progress and liberation? Sorry, but no — it’s a sign of a further descent into a highly privatized, impersonal, keep-people-at-a-distance culture, one that values having stuff and doing things over just being with people whom we love, cherish and appreciate.”

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Timothy Dolan

NOOOOOOOO!

Your Thanksgiving dinner could kill you


Here's hoping you survive...seriously.

Say, Kev, could you pass that dish around one more time?


I’d be happy to.

Goodnight everyone, and have a firefly dreams weekend!


“People who are already stressed out about the holidays -- worrying about money, traveling, or seeing relatives -- may find the musical reminder of the cause of their stress very unwelcome, she (Victoria Williamson, Ph.D, Goldsmiths, University of London) says. But those who approach the holidays in a receptive, relaxed state are more likely to get a boost from the happy associations -- childhood memories, family gatherings, or the holiday's religious meaning -- triggered by holiday music.”

NBCnews.com

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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight and through the end of the year, our Friday night feature will focus on sounds of the season. We start with new Christmas recordings this year.

From the Trans-Siberian Orchestra website:

“When Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious. ‘The whole idea,’ he explains, ‘was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.’

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The best cartoons of the week (11/24/12)


Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell






Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert




Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy





Political Cartoons by Steve Breen




Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson




Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel





Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy




Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson




Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell





Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez





Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley




Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy




Political Cartoons by Steve Breen



Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez





Political Cartoons by Henry Payne




Political Cartoons by Steve Breen




Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/24/12)

The Barking Lot


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


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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 32.   "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 41. "D"


Jennifer has the week off, so in place of her blog, here's a wonderful tale about Mr. Bailey and Phelps with a Wisconsin tie.


Next, it's DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.


Paralyzed dogs walk again...read how.


Loving and losing a dog...more about Fiona Apple.


Dogs hear differently than you.


Serve dinner to your dog from your phone.


Why do dogs chew everything when you're gone?


What's the latest on Kabang?


True is a hero.


Chico is reunited.


The 2012 Dog Show award winners announced.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS. HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK. IT'S IN THIS ARTICLE.


And we close as we always do with our closing video.
 



 

Week-ends (11/24/12)

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


America's givers


Pete Vadola


Hero vets


Joe DiBernardo


Nico Castro


Andrzej Sekowski


Sia Ta Kian


Tim Allen


Jack Taylor


And don't miss this one...Dr. Russell Dohner



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Hamas


Audrey Collins


Sarah Hamilton-Parker


Ken Qualls



QUOTES OF THE WEEK 


We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after one hundred per cent of the votes, not fifty-three per cent.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal


“The president was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney.”
Grover Norquist


"You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I'm with small businesses. And I'm not hearing that.”
Obama’s Small Business Administration Chief Karen Mills on MSNBC saying she has not heard one case of Obamacare hurting small business.


You’ve never heard that? You need to talk to your staff and tell them to get you out of the bubble, because we are hearing that all the time.”
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough responding to Mills


The stores, we hear, will open on Thanksgiving. Isn’t that a sign of progress and liberation? Sorry, but no — it’s a sign of a further descent into a highly privatized, impersonal, keep-people-at-a-distance culture, one that values having stuff and doing things over just being with people whom we love, cherish and appreciate.
Timothy Dolan


“This film… takes you back to a younger, perhaps gentler, America. An America where only IBM and the military had computers. Where there [were] no smart phones… no emails. And a simpler America, where we didn’t read other people’s emails, so we didn’t know four-star generals were having affairs.”
Mick Jagger, introducing the new HBO documentary “The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane.”


“A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”
The definition of “omnishambles,” the Oxford University Press word of the year
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“Has anyone ever told you that you look like John McCain?”
An Arizona man to John McCain.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Black Friday.

Headlines from the Drudge Report:

'Gang fight' at Black Friday sale...
Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper...
Shots fired outside WALMART...
Shoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS...
Customers run over in parking lot...
Woman busted after throwing merchandise...
Thousands storm VICTORIA'S SECRET...
VIDEO: Insane battle over phones...
Mayhem at Nebraska mall where 9 murdered in 2007...
Shoplifter tries to mace security guards...

Men Steal Boy's Shopping Bag Outside BED, BATH & BEYOND...
Heckler calls them zombies...



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Stimulus reporting errors



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Take your pick: Twinkies or Black Friday.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


WHAT kind of surgery?


That's it for Week-ends. 

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. NewsBusted is off this week, so here's last week's installment that we couldn't show you because we were off.
 

Recommended Reading (11/24/12)

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).


No jobs are good jobs?

"There are companies that want to invest millions of dollars in rural Wisconsin communities and create thousands of jobs in the process, but certain residents, their local governments and special interest groups are doing everything they can to stop it."


What now, conservatives? Relax, we're winning the war

“To hear the tale, the Republican Party has lost everyone in the country except old, white men. Minorities, women, the young, environmentalists, urban liberals – this is the alliance of victory and of the future.

“I beg to differ. The election results notwithstanding, this analysis is deeply blinkered. Indeed, a close look at the returns indicates big trouble looming for the Democratic Party, not for the GOP."


Years of GOP domination coming for Wisconsin

"While Republicans have argued that the contradiction between the presidential/congressional races and the legislative races demonstrates voters’ support of the GOP’s state agenda, the true reason Republicans won represents an even more daunting reality for Democrats: The GOP-led redistricting last year created a legislative map that likely ensures a Republican majority for years to come."


Local tax hikes? No. Nope. No way. A thousand times no

(KF NOTE: This is from the Las Vegas paper, but it certainly could apply to most municipalities in Wisconsin. I read a portion of this editorial on the air Friday filling in at WISN)

“Mineral County Commissioner Cliff Cichowlaz, meanwhile, called for the creation of a state income tax, sales tax increases and perhaps even a tattoo tax.

“Tattoo this: No way.

“Local governments have no shortage of money. They just spend too much of it on personnel, and because of the state's collective bargaining laws, local elected officials are happily powerless to do anything about it. They just let unionized workers' salaries grow and grow without demanding cost-containing reforms from the Legislature. The result is the best-paid local government workforce in America.”


Obama set to discover inheriting your own mess is hard

"For four years, President Obama and his team never failed to remind Americans of the state of the country he inherited from his Oval Office predecessor. The mess left at the end of Obama’s first term, however, makes the George W. Bush years look gift-wrapped. From the debt to entitlements to health care and education, the next four years promise a gauntlet of challenges the White House must address sooner rather than later."


If God doesn't judge us, He'll have to apologize to Sodom

“…giddy I was not that Obama secured a second term via Fieldworks, entitlement mooks and the sponge-brained propaganda swillers of the ludicrous Left … but he did. And for that I must concede that if there is a God and this God is defined by the contents of the sacred Scripture, then this God must be really ticked off at the U.S. because He allowed, in His sovereignty, for us to be saddled with four more years of an administration that blows worse than Hurricane Sandy.

“So, what can we do? Here are five musts that’ll get us on a decent footing with our compass pointing true north again.

“1. As people of faith, we can quit sucking our thumb in the fetal position and wetting our big Christian diaper. God never promised us a rose garden…”


The election in retrospect

“In the wake of the recent hurricane, a sibilant television commentator said, ‘I’m so glad we had that storm.’ Apologies aside, his words betrayed a view: people are expendable for the sake of promoting a political program. In this instance the program was a form of socialism that has brought so much sorrow to other nations.

“When free people vote against their own freedoms, they knock down the columns of a free society on themselves, the way Samson brought down the temple on his own head.”


AND FINALLY...


ONE MORE.

I read the news today, GO IRISH!

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Photos of the Week (11/25/12)

Photos of the Week


1) Anthony Trujillo pickets outside a Walmart store as holiday sales commence in San Leandro, California on November 22, 2012. Calling on Walmart to treat workers with more respect, a group of about 30 demonstrators spent several hours standing outside the store, Reuters reported.  Photo: Noah Berger / Reuters


2) Target Manager Jay Fitzgerald welcomes shoppers as they flood his store in Harbison, S.C. Fitzgerald, who recently retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service, took over the Harbison Target just three and a half weeks ago. Photo: C. Michael Bergen / Zuma Press


3) A crowd gathers as security guards break up a fight between shoppers waiting in line just as the doors open for Black Friday shopping Nov. 22 at Target in Bowling Green, Ky. Photo: Alex Slitz / Daily News via AP


4) Shoppers rush to grab electric griddles and slow cookers on sale for $8 shortly after the doors opened at a J.C. Penney store Nov. 23 in Las Vegas. Black Friday got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner. Stores are experimenting with ways to compete with online rivals like Amazon.com that can offer holiday shopping deals at any time and on any day. Photo: Julie Jacobson / AP


5) Chris Dispenza of Vicksburg, Miss., tries to keep his daughter Jayde Dispenza, 8, awake as they wait to enter a Best Buy store Friday morning in Jackson, Miss. The Dispenzas waited in line for a couple of hours before entering the store after midnight. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP


6) John Hardy, left, and his son, Liam, 13, visit the charred remains of his wife's parents home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed more than 100 homes in the oceanfront community during Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


7) Thanksgiving on Breezy Point: Terri Dodge and her fiancee Steve Peterson drove from Portland, Maine to Breezy Point, NY on Wednesday to cook Thanksgiving dinner for up to 30 people. Teri Dodge shows off the company patch she was given from Firefighter Sebastian Danese as she receives a round of applause for cooking Thanksgiving dinner at the Point Breeze Fire Department, Breezy Point, New York, Nov. 22. Photos: John Makely / NBC News


8) Actor Kirk Douglas serves Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of homeless individuals Wednesday Nov. 21, 2012, in Los Angeles. Thousands of Skid Row residents and homeless people from downtown and beyond were served Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings today during the Los Angeles Mission's annual holiday feast. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


9) Oliver Horne, 5, says goodbye to his father Josh Horne, before leaving with his mom and Josh's wife Angelina, right, for Minnesota for the Thanksgiving holiday at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Atlanta. Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


10) Rockets launched from the northern Gaza Strip head toward Israel on Nov. 20, 2012. Photo: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters


11) Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, on Nov. 21. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP


12) Jihad al-Masharawi, a Palestinian employee of BBC Arabic in Gaza, weeps as he holds the body of his 11-month-old son Omar, who according to hospital officials was killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Nov. 14, 2012. Photo: Majed Hamdan / AP


13) In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, a young girl reaches out to greet a Pakistani policeman securing the road outside Kainat Riaz's home in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. Security stepped up after Kainat was wounded by the same Taliban gunman who shot Malala Yousufzai and 13-year-old Shazia Ramazan on Oct. 8 on their way home from school. Malala was shot for her outspoken insistence on girls' education. Shazia and Kainat are to return to school this week for the first time since the shooting. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


14) A French riot gendarme reacts after being covered with lime during clashes with demonstrators during an evacuation operation on land that will become the new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, western France, on November 23, 2012. Photo: Stephane Mahe / Reuters


15) Afghan National Army commando, Khairuddin Sultan, 21, is helped up by his friend Ala Mohamed who joined the army with him 18 months ago, as an orthopedic specialist molds a cast for his prosthetic legs on Nov. 19. Khairuddin, a double amputee, lost his legs when an IED exploded during a joint operation against the Taliban with U.S. special forces. The IED exploded while he was using a mine detector, sending shrapnel into his outstretched hand and blowing up his legs. Photo: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images


16) People stand near a house which sits in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The house belongs to an elderly man, who refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished by the authorities, as the compensation offered to him was not enough, according to local media. (AP Photo)


17) President Barack Obama yawns as he sits between Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, right, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the plenary session of the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 20, 2012. In his first meeting with a Chinese leader since his re-election, Obama said on Tuesday Washington and its chief economic rival must work together to "establish clear rules of the road" for trade and investment.  Photo: Samrang Pring / Reuters


18) Linda Restaino poses for a photograph in front of a message written by her son on the boarded up back wall of her property which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island. Restaino, who has lived at the property for 35 years, is now hoping to leave Staten Island.  Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters


19) Not quite as big as Buckingham Palace: Queen Elizabeth II views the interior of a recreational vehicle during a visit to the Bailey caravan factory in Bristol, England as part of her Jubilee tour on November 22, 2012. Photo: Carl Court / WPA Pool via Getty Images


20) A driver crashed into a railing on the Southwest Denny Road overpass in Beaverton, Ore., and was stuck dangling over Highway 217 on Nov. 24. Traffic was stopped in both directions as crews worked to get the driver out of the truck. He did not appear to be hurt. The crash happened around 3:40 p.m. Photo: Beaverton Police Department


21) Pete Ramberg and his dog, Monte, pose at the Florence Bridge fishing access site Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012, in Florence, Mont., at the spot where the dog's paw was caught in a foot-hold trap on Monday. "I can't believe that someone would set a trap in a place that is so popular with dog owners," Ramberg said. State wildlife officials say a trapper has been cited for placing the trap near a Florence fishing access. (AP Photo/Ravalli Republic, Perry Backus)


22) First lady Michelle Obama leans down to smell the official White House Christmas Tree after it was delivered to the White House, as her daughters Malia Obama (R) and Sasha Obama look on, on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)


23) Santa Claus makes his way through Herald Square in the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov 22, 2012, in New York. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)


24) The Sailor Mickey balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.  (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)


25) This combined picture shows Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi's statue of Pope John Paul II before its restoration, left, on Sept. 23, 2011, and at its inauguration after the restoration, in Rome on Nov. 19, 2012. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / AP


26) Students at Cape Town's City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts take part in Bodyspectra, South Africa's premier body painting event. Artists and models prepared for up to fourteen hours before showcasing their creations at a gala show. The event forms the final practical evaluation for motion picture make-up and production design students. The brief is simple: create a human canvas using body paint, prosthetics and props. Photo: Nic Bothma / EPA


27) A naked man stands at the top of a statue in Whitehall as police cordon the area off, on November 23, 2012 in London, England. The area in central London has brought traffic to a standstill as Police attempt to talk the man down from the Duke of Cambridge statue outside the Ministry of Defence building. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


28) Penn State football players huddle on the field during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. The 42 worn on the left side of their normally white helmets is in honor of injured senior linebacker Michael Mautii, who wears No. 42. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


29) Montee Ball scores his 79th career touchdown to set an NCAA FBS record against Penn State. But the Badgers lost in overtime, 24-21. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood.


30) Marcus Cromartie (left) and Montee Ball (right) console kicker Kyle French after French's missed field goal in overtime at Penn State. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


31) Packers kicker Mason Crosby watches his field goal attempt miss during the second quarter last Sunday against Detroit. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


32) Despite double coverage, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb catches the game-winning touchdown pass. Packers 24, Lions 20. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


33)
Washington Redskins cheerleaders wear U.S. flag tops for Military Appreciation during an NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 31-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (11/25/12)

Photos of the Week


After viewing today's Photos of the Week, my wife was surprised that I didn't include a picture from Saturday night's huge ND victory over USC.

OK. I've got 60. I particularly like #57.

Culinary no-no #304

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!









I used to love watching that network.

Informative. Entertaining. Interesting. Intelligent, quality programming.

Not anymore.

Hosts eating insects. Cooking contests harshly focused on chef mistakes. Restaurant owners almost brought to tears from being ridiculed.

Somehow the Food Network has succeeded in gearing shows to an audience lower than the lowest common denominator.

In short, they’ve gone stupid.

Classic example, this guy…





Guy Fieri is the host of Food Network’s
Guy's Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fieri also has written a best-selling cookbook and owns several restaurants.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
has Fieri motoring across America in search of greasy spoons that are popular with the locals that also serve great food and lots of it. I’ll admit that while channel-surfing, I’ve stumbled across dishes in some of those dives that have me drooling, “Yeh, I’d love some of that!” But the program seems to center too much on Fieri who has to have his punk-like mug in every shot, attempting humor but failing miserably with a dumb line for every shake of salt or stirring spoon. Naturally, Fieri must have the camera catching him devouring every fatty morsel being served. More dumb lines. More punk-like shots.

At the risk of sounding like an elitist snob, he needs to realize he’s on television as a celebrity chef. Why the teenage rapper outfits? On one episode that featured his entire family, he went to an elegant restaurant dressed like a proverbial bum.

You’re supposed to be yourself on the air, and for me, I can’t get beyond my view that Fieri is one big goofball. The Food Network actually dumped Emeril and now highlights this clown?



 



Fieri recently opened a restaurant in Times Square. According to Pete Wells of the New York Times, Fieri hasn’t learned much on those drives to dives and doesn’t practice what he preaches.

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I'm more sympathetic than most about the US Postal Service


After all, my father worked for the USPS for 31 years, “including Army time” as he proudly used to say.

But.

 

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The latest pro-life news (11/26/12)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life.

Plus...

Fetuses yawn in the womb.  Oh yes, they do.

More on the 40 Days for Life.

A message for Obama lovers and every Franklin resident that voted YES on any of the recent school referenda


It comes from one of my favorite columnists, true, authentic, bona fide conservative Doug Giles, author and radio talk show host.

His latest column is entitled, “Psalm 666: The State Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want.”

And again, remember, this, when you change the words to Franklin school district, Franklin school board, and Franklin property taxpayers, is also directed to the Franklin voters that chose to have themselves and others pay for their wants.

This Just In: This Just In...missed it!


Here at This Just in…, we like to be compelling, provocative, interesting, TIMELY.

I read a lot and like to pass on articles that I find noteworthy and worth your attention.

But I can’t see everything, or see it when first posted.

I realize Thanksgiving is over. But a Thanksgiving piece I just stumbled upon today is worth a look, even if it is a bit tardy.

Talented WSJ columnist (and UW grad) Jason Gay has a terrific piece about a Thanksgiving ritual for many folks.


Elvis Presley Touch Football - Dave Wells Community Center December 27, 1956


Yes, it’s that good and can and should be read even if it is almost a week old.

Enjoy!

No matter how much the lefties hate you, God bless you, WI hunters!


I love the Wisconsin deer hunting season. It’s a wonderful annual rite of passage.

Besides, it drives the lefties nuts.

The gun control crowd can only manage a stunned silent face when confronted with the fact that hundreds of thousands of rifle-totin’ guys and gals  all gathered in a  concentrated area during a short period of time DO NOT create mass carnage.

Anti-hunters mouth off during the sanctioned annual hunt. The guilty white liberals suddenly go silent when a tribe wants to violate the law and dangerously hunt deer at night. Oh, we can’t possibly criticize the Indians. No way, no how.

But a white hunter? He’s open season, especially if he’s a white conservative Republican like Paul Ryan who...




GASP!




took his 10-year old daughter hunter and in the process she...


GASP!




shot a deer!

Oh my goodness, it’s the end of the world as we know it.

The Washington Post blogged about this family get-together and the online comments were worse than losing the Chicago Bears three times in the same season.They're in the blue, combatted by those in the red.


I like to get my meat the way God intended - from the supermarket.


This is so horrible! How can he be proud? A little girl, killing an innocent deer? I am so so very glad that Romney and Ryan didn't get elected! 


When i was 10 yrs old I played with dolls and was even afraid of cap guns. 


I'd be impressed if the deer had guns... make it an even fight.  


Why suppress their chances of living another day?


Unless Paul Ryan is planning on using the meat from these deer to fill his freezer because it will be their main source of protein for the season unlikely), I don't think he should be hunting. What a terrible lesson for his daughter, a waste of a beautiful creature.


hunting is a despicable atrocity and it's destroying entire ecosystems. The MAJORITY of hunters hunt because they derive sick pleasure in murdering animals. Hunting is nothing but legalized animal cruelty.


Of course, not everyone that commented was a moonbat.


Awesome! Yes, you haters, most of the deer are processed into venison and given to local food pantries all across the state. Even the out-of-state and out-of-country hunters turn it into the local deer processing centers. They keep the rack if it is a buck. What is interesting is that you totally do not understand the teaching of respect for the land and the deer that gets passed down through generations. Killing a deer is not done willy-nilly or to simply have a rack to put on the wall. It is taken seriously and that is why there are specific rules to be followed about how and when and how many. It is one of the most "regulated" seasons that exist for hunting. Teaching children to respect the land and the animals that inhabit it is one of the main functions of the hunting legacy here in WI. I hope when all the lights go out, I am in the company of a lifelong hunter who will be able to get dinner.


OH MY GOD! SOMEONE KILLED A DEER AND ...(GASP) THEY ATE IT!!! Now I think I will go vote for the other side...they only KILL BABIES. Do you see the utter and complete hypocracy of the whole Democratic party?


My friend Charlie Sykes took calls on WTMJ about this topic today. One of them was quite bizarre, Mike from Richfield. They’re out there, folks. Of course, you can listen to the entire podcast, but the bizarre call is from 22:47- 26:23. Good stuff!

Related Reading from Doug Giles.





STAND BACK, FRANKLIN! IT'S A STAMPEDE!


THAT'S RIGHT. A STAMPEDE!

 

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Joel McNally downplays strange guy slapping women on the butt


Think I'm joking?

If you missed tonight's installment of interCHANGE, check the re-broadcast Sunday morning at 11:00.

Cartoon of the Year?


You be the judge Saturday morning on This Just In...

Goodnight everyone, and have the most wonderful Christmas weekend!

Nostalgia


“I never tried to sing like anybody else, fortunately I didn't sound like anybody else. It just happened."


"I'll keep going until I get to the point where I can't get out on stage."
Andy Williams


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

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Growing up, there weren’t 150 channels on cable television because there wasn’t cable television. Entertainment-wise in prime time you had three choices: ABC, NBC, and CBS. Public TV was purely educational and instructional. And UHF, in Milwaukee’s case, Channel 18, was a hodgepodge, if the signal even came through.

Christmastime brought great variety specials. You never missed Bob Hope or Perry Como. Andy Williams was on that list, too. His annual Christmas show was always the highest rated of his weekly TV programs. It simply wasn’t Christmas without him.

For the first time in over 50 years, we celebrate Christmas without Williams who died on September 25 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84.


Williams performs at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2002.

Thankfully we have memories that live on via video and recordings.

Tonight, the sounds of the season, Andy Williams style.






 




Of course, an Andy Williams Christmas special had to have brothers, lots and lots of brothers.

 

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