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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.

One of the greatest plays in college football history


The ending of Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game. You have to see it to believe it.

 

Photos of the Week (12/01/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Egyptian police fire water cannons to disperse a protest by secular anti-government activists in Cairo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, the security forces' first implementation of a controversial new law forbidding protests held without a permit from authorities. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)


2) John McGarrigle junior, son of 60-year-old John McGarrigle senior, shows a camera phone picture of himself and his father, as he fears for his father's well-being, who is missing after the Glasgow helicopter Clutha pub crash in Stockwell Street on the banks of the River Clyde November 30, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Police Scotland have confirmed the crash at The Clutha bar which happened at 22:25 on Friday night, in which they have confirmed one death as a result so far. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)


3) In this Nov. 4, 2013 photo, a South Korean leprosy patient drinks water at Sorokdo National Hospital on Sorok Island, South Korea. The island, once known as a place where hospital workers beat the leprosy patients exiled here and forced them into harsh labor, sterilizations and abortions, has become a peaceful refuge for many after years of discrimination and hardship and the only place they feel at home. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


4) A man stands amid the smoke from tear gas fired by Egyptian riot police in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators defying a new protest law that has drawn widespread criticism from the international community and democracy advocates.(AP Photo/Sabry Khaled, El Shorouk Newspaper)


5) Jeff Peters crosses a frozen cornfield at sunrise on the way join his son in their deer stand on the opening day of the 2013 deer hunting season Nov. 23, 2013 near Shiocton, Wis. (AP Photo/Post-Crescent Media, Wm.Glasheen)


6) A U.S. soldier wears a hat in the shape of a turkey as he has his Thanksgiving dinner at his base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. It's the 12th Thanksgiving in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


7) A U.S. soldier waits to get a piece of the Thanksgiving cake served during a lunch at his base at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. It's the 12th Thanksgiving in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


8) A shopper takes a selfie as crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


9) Best Buy bargain hunters swarm manager Ramon Estevez, right, as he hands out scarves and hats that will identify those eligible for specially priced door-buster sale items late in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Dunwoody, Ga. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving this year. (AP Photo/David Tulis)


10) Balloon handlers wait before the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


11) Santa Claus waves as he rides on his float down Central Park West during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters


12)
Snoopy flies by as spectators look on during the parade. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. Photo: Julio Cortez / AP


13) The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West. Photo: Gary Hershorn / Reuters


14) William Witters, of Valparaiso, Ind., waits for a ride in a wheelchair after passing through security at Chicago Midway International Airport on Tuesday, Nov., 26, 2013. Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year(AP Photo/Vyto Starinskas)


15) A section of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree's trunk is trimmed before it is put into the ground on the west side of the Capitol building November 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The second tallest tree ever used at the Capitol, the 88-foot Engelmann spruce is from the Colville National Forest in Washington state. The tree will be decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year's theme, "Sharing Washington's Good Nature," and be lit from dusk until 11p.m. starting December 3. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


16) At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown broad breasted white domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys was pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


17) A traditional Bavarian brass band from the town Bad Kohlgrub dressed in typical Bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndl plays during the opening ceremony of the annual Christmas market at Marienplatz and the Town Hall on its opening day on November 25, 0213 in Munich, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition, open across the country this week. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)


18) Kathy Kuzma says goodbye to Dolly the llama as Lisa Davenport arrives to take her to her farm in Holly Township on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The llama, who has been spotted wandering for nearly six months in Michigan, was found Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Oakland County's Holly Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. Lisa Davenport plans to take the llama back to her own farm, where she has three llamas of her own along with other animals. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Zack Wittman)


19) Jellyfish swim in an aquarium at the Scientific Center of Kuwait on Nov. 24 in Kuwait City. Photo:
Yasser Al-zayyat / AFP - Getty Images


20) A pair of harbor seals wear satellite linked transmitters on their heads after being released into the waters of the Howe Sound in Porteau Cove, British Columbia, on Nov. 20. The seals had received months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center after being rescued from the wild. Wearing the transmitters will help track their movements after their release. Photo: Andy Clark, Reuters


21) A koala bear climbs a tree in its enclosure at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany, on Nov. 22.
Photo: Sebastian Kahnert / AFP - Getty Images


22) Penn State safety Ryan Keiser intercepts a pass intended for wide receiver Robert Wheelwright in the end zone in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Penn State pounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset No. 14 Wisconsin 31-24 on Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman


23)
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for a safety during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


24) Cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


25) A bit of a difference in this next photo. Oakland Raiders cheerleaders walk onto the field during a Salute to Service day at O.co Coliseum before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


26) Lady Gaga wearing sunglasses smiles as she is greeted by fans upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Gaga is in Japan to promote her new album ARTPOP. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)


AND FINALLY…


OUCH!


The Media: Crying during the national anthem is "strange"



Note how a Denver Bronco's tears are being perceived by a sports reporter and his readers.

Crying during the national anthem should be viewed as patriotic, touching, genuine, and sincere, not as "strange."

Culinary no-no #355

Culinary no-no's


THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
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My Most Popular Blogs (12/02/13)

Most popular


Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday. You may have missed some during the holiday week.


1) The Franklin School Board selected either/or when the correct choice was both


2) Photos of the Week (11/24/13) 


3) Culinary no­-no #354


4) What if, Franklin? 


5) The Barking Lot­-America's Finest Dog Blog (11/30/13) 


6) JFK, the NFL and old Milwaukee County Stadium


7) $52.95 for Thanksgiving brunch? 


8) UPDATE: Don't want to cook on Thursday?


9) Recommended Reading: The 2013 Thanksgiving edition


10) The latest pro-life news (11/25/13)

The latest pro-life news (12/02/13)

Pro-Life news


From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life:



November 26, 2013

Baldwin-Sponsored Radical Bill Would Invalidate Law that Convicted Kermit Gosnell

This month, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was proud to announce her sponsorship for legislation that would nullify and negate hundreds of state and federal limitations on abortion - including legislation in Pennsylvania that was used to convict infamous murderer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Baldwin said in a press statement on November 13:

“I’m proud to introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act because every American woman deserves the freedom to exercise her constitutional rights by making personal health decisions for herself and her family with a trusted doctor, and without political interference.

Our bill makes it clear that states can no longer enact laws that unduly limit access to reproductive health services and do nothing to further women’s health or safety.

But as the Weekly Standard noted, this legislation is quite radical in it’s scope and breadth to undermine and overturn state limitations on abortion - many which came in direct response to the grisly Gosnell trial.

The Weekly Standard reports:

In fact, the Democrats’ new abortion bill is so radical it would lead to the invalidation of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act–a law, which has been on the books since 1989, that was used to convict Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell earlier this year. In addition to being convicted on three counts of murder for killing infants after they had been born, Gosnell was convicted under the Abortion Control Act for successfully killing 21 infants in utero past Pennsylvania’s gestational limit on abortion (a limit that’s just two weeks later in pregnancy than the limit established recently by Texas).

Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email that Blumenthal’s bill “would invalidate nearly every provision of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, including the prohibition on performing abortion after 24 weeks except in acute medical circumstances, which was used to prosecute Gosnell.  Abortion until birth would be explicitly protected, as long as a single physician asserts that it would protect ‘health,’ including emotional health.”

According to National Right to Life, this legislation would also nullify many state laws that ban abortions after 20 weeks, choosing a nebulous standard of “viability” instead.

The bill explicitly prohibits any ban on abortion before “viability” (the point at which the child can survive independently of the mother), and dictates that only “the treating health care professional” (the abortionist) may determine whether “viability” exists in any given case. This provision, among others, would invalidate the laws enacted by 10 states since 2010, which declare that unborn children are capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks fetal age, and that generally prohibit abortion after that point.

The bill would also require every state to allow abortion even after viability if “the treating physician” (the abortionist) asserts that it will avoid “risk” to the “health” of the pregnant woman. At a November 13 press conference, in response to a question from a reporter for The Weekly Standard, Blumenthal acknowledged that “health” includes a doctor’s personal assessment of psychological health.

A June 2013 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that 44% would support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in their state. And just 28% say abortion should be legal under any and all circumstances.

 

November 26, 2013

New Federal Bill Would Wipe Out Every State’s Abortion Restrictions

Call it the “daughter” of FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, which was a major priority of abortion proponents during the Clinton years and endorsed by Barack Obama during his 2008 run for President.  FOCA was designed to nullify all existing state abortion restrictions.

The new bill, the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” was introduced on February 13 in the Senate (S. 1696) and House (H.R. 3471) with numbers of co-sponsors, all of them Democrats, including our own Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.), the bill’s main sponsor stated upon introduction:  “In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services. These laws are largely unconstitutional, and some measure of certainty and clarity is required to preempt these regulations and laws so women are not deterred in their very personal decisions based on their own values on how they want to use their constitutional rights.” He adds that the Women’s Health Protection Act is “a clear and certain response to” a “cascading wave of restrictions” on abortion enacted by the states.

Obviously, pro-abortion groups are stunned by the vast number of laws enacted in the states, including Wisconsin, which are common sense measures designed to provide women knowledge and safety for women.

According to Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Federal Legislative Director, “The new bill is labeled the ‘Women’s Health Protection Act,’ but it would more accurately be titled the ‘Abortion on Demand Until Birth Protection Act.’  Under this bill, the unborn child has no more rights, from conception until birth, than a malignant tumor.  This is an extreme pro-abortion ideology far removed from the views of the majority of Americans.”

Mary Spaulding Balch,  NRLC Director of State Legislation states that: “The bill, if enacted and upheld by the federal courts, would generally prohibit any level of government — federal, state, or local — from applying any regulations that ’single out abortion and that do not apply to ‘medically comparable procedures.’”  Blumenthal says it would be “for doctors to decide” what “medically comparable” means.

The bill is backed by all major pro-abortion groups, including the Planned Parenthood  Federation of America and NARAL.  President Obama has not yet taken a position and it is unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on the measure.  Blumenthal told the newspaper Roll Call that, “As the election approaches, I think the voters are going to want to know where legislators stand on these issues.”   Indeed, Senator Blumenthal, and we know they do not stand for abortion on demand until birth.

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*BREAKING FRANKLIN NEWS*


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*BREAKING NEWS ABOUT FRANKLIN MAYORAL RACE*

This Just In has learned that former Franklin alderman Steve Olson has sent an e-mail out to supporters about his bid to become Franklin’s next mayor. Current mayor Tom Taylor is retiring. Olson’s e-mail reads in part:

“As a business person and civic leader I set goals not promises.  My largest goal is to return Franklin to the city businesses and families put at the top of their list as THE place to live and grow their business.  It’s a big job given the economy and our internal issues but with your help and a supportive Common Council I know we can get the job done!  My second goal is to provide predictability and responsiveness in dealing with me AND the city hall bureaucracy. “

A special announcement from former Franklin alderman Steve Olson

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Today I declare my candidacy to become the City of Franklin’s next Mayor.  After thoughtful consideration of the requirements of the office as well as personal commitments I know that I can provide excellent leadership as Mayor of the great city of Franklin.

My more than two decades of service to you in various civic capacities gives me a unique perspective and level of expertise that is unmatched by other potential candidates.  Because I am not a career politician, I’ll be able to provide focus to the issues that we face without the color of the next possible political office.

As a business person and civic leader I set goals, I do not make promises.

My largest goal is to return Franklin to the city that businesses and families want to live and grow.  It’s a big job given the economy and our internal issues but with your help and a supportive Common Council I know we can get the job done!  My second goal is to provide predictability and responsiveness in dealing with the city hall bureaucracy and myself.  I’ll strive to continue to communicate with you as I have in the past.  There is a lot of work to do to re-involve the community in the affairs of the City.  Our citizens have always been our strength and citizen involvement has provided un-paralleled expertise and ideas that have made Franklin what it is today.  Our potential is limitless and my goal is to tap the spirit and talents of the community to bring us back to the days of “100 best places to live” and “fastest growing community” status.

With your help and support we together can take Franklin to new heights as a community.

And last but not least, the campaign will be expensive.  Please consider a donation (non-tax deductible) to help me get my message out.  Checks should be made out to “Friends of Steve Olson.”  And if you’ll display a yard sign please let me know.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Steve


Olsonformayor


Steve Olson

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E-mails, I get e-mails: Survival tips for men: How to ask a question to a woman

See the proposed Super Bowl ad the NFL shot down


Gun seller Daniel Defense wanted to broadcast this ad during the Super Bowl, but the NFL said no.

 




 

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Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Fantastic Forest

Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Sponsored by North Shore Bank and FOX 6

December 7, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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The latest from Rehorst: December Distillery Newsletter- Prohibition repealed

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Happy St. Nick's!







Tonight, the kids hang up stockings before going to bed. That’s the custom on St. Nicholas Day Eve. Good boys and girls will wake up on December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas, to find goodies in their Christmas stockings.

It's true. Of all things, prostitution helped to inspire the legend of St. Nicholas. From Christianity Today:

"According to tradition, a poor family in Myra had three daughters who were being courted for marriage but who had no dowries. This doomed the girls to a life of shame and possible prostitution. The good bishop took it upon himself to supply their dowries, anonymously slipping bags of gold into their home—some say into stockings that were hanging up to dry. In securing their dowries—and so their right to marry—he rescued them from an otherwise degrading destiny. When Nicholas's identity as the benefactor came to light, so began the adulation of this gift-bearing saint. As a result, he also became the patron saint of children.”

Read how St. Nicholas is celebrated around the world, including Austria where St. Nicholas doesn’t work alone. He’s aided by a gruesome monster.

Christmas comes this time each year....



 

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Smoochy Dog Earns a Badge

A note from my friend at Milwaukee Public Television whom I worked with at WTMJ Radio, Mark Siegrist:

I’ve added a new line to my media resume – children’s book author. Mirror Publishing has just released Smoochy Dog Earns a Badge. It’s a fiction about an Australian Shepherd who dreams of becoming a member of the Milwaukee Police Department. But first he has to prove his worth. He finally gets his opportunity with a dramatic rescue on the shores of Lake Michigan. The illustrator for the project is my longtime friend and MPTV colleague, Thay Yang. I think our young readers (ages 6 thru 12) will really appreciate Thay’s creative art. We’ve been working on our Smoochy project for about a year.

Congratulations to Mark and best wishes for success on his new book!


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America could learn a lot from Madison Root



 

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #308

Culinary no-no's

Previously on This Just In...


The scary update.

I'd want answers, too



From FranklinNOW.com:

To alert residents to the tornado warning Nov. 17, Franklin's weather sirens wailed. Smart phones warned their owners. And the city's $9,600 emergency notification system did nothing.

T
he system, designed to alert registered individuals to all emergency situations, had been deactivated.

Inspiron Logistics, the system's operator, is used by corporations, college campuses and government entities throughout the country.

The automated system is meant to alert individuals to public safety and health concerns through phone calls, text messages, emails and social media networks.

But Nov. 17, Franklin residents who registered for the alerts did not receive them.



FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME: GET A WEATHER RADIO!

Goodnight everyone, and have a Jingle Jazz weekend!

 

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The best cartoons of the week (12/07/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week




Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler







Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley






 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel






Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


 

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The Barking Lot - America's Finest Dog Blog (12/07/13)

The Barking Lot

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


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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. Today's high: Only 18. "F"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers. A 70% chance of snow. High of 27 "F"


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

It just boggles my mind that every year the same sorts of “warnings” and “advice” must be shared with the public.  You know what I mean:  on days when it is 108 degrees in the shade you have some Barbie Doll bubble head news reporter telling you to make sure you drink enough water and try to stay out of the sun.  At Thanksgiving time there are always articles telling you to be incredibly cautious if you are going to attempt to deep-fry your turkey.  Then inevitably you hear about some yahoo who torched his house because he thought it would be a good idea to cook the bird that way in his garage and used way too much oil.


Here’s another bit of advice that comes out this time of year:  Don’t buy a dog for your kids for Christmas.  Seems logical, right?  But trust me, by the middle of January shelters all over the country will see a spike in surrenders because said puppy didn’t fit with the family’s lifestyle.  

Think about how hectic your Christmas week is… families to visit with, gifts to exchange, meals to make, baking to do, last-minute shopping, etc.  Do you really think that adding a rambunctious fur ball to the mix is a GOOD idea?  Everyone knows how puppies love to, and need to, chew.  So in addition to all the regular goodies that your new addition can ruin, there are all sorts of holiday-related items that can cause damage to your house and even worse, your pup.  Think ornaments and ornament hooks; toxic plants; wires from lights; and of course plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe.

If your kids’ attention span is limited to the amount of time it takes to open the next present, how will they handle a 24/7 commitment like a dog?  Are you perhaps just trying to recreate some Rockwell-inspired “moment” when Billy and Susie discover a beribboned bundle of fur under their tree?  If your family is truly ready to make a commitment to a puppy there might be a better time of the year to do so. Think about these points before you decide.

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Week-ends (12/07/13)

Week-ends


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


HEROES OF THE WEEK


Nelson Mandela


Jane Sijan


Dwayne Johnson


Stuart English


Generous shopper


Nursing home staffers


Quilters


Milwaukee's Hope Christian High School



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Private security guard in Portland


These fast food workers


The co-op board of David Shea's apartment


Anthony Nason Borell



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Not a saint, but a truly great man: Jailed by a regime built on hatred, he was willing to forgive and gave the world a lesson in dignity it will never forget.”
A headline in the Daily Mail on the death of Nelson Mandela


“I need you to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, about its protections, about how folks can sign up. Tell your friends. Tell your family.”
President Barack Obama, asking supporters to help stoke enthusiasm for the Affordable Care Act

“Another campaign-style event won’t solve the myriad problems facing consumers under Obamacare.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky


“You can’t take this generation for granted as coming through for Obama.”
Pew Research Center Director Michael Dimock, on poll numbers showing most 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of Obamacare and believe it will raise their costs


"Because a lot of those people, they did have policies that didn't meet the minimum standards. That's just not a theoretical discussion. There's a reason you have minimum standards. There are people out there who have insurance that's really an illusion of coverage. They have immense deductibles, they have annual and lifetime caps. There's so many people out there with what I call phony insurance policies and the fact that they're going to lose those policies sooner or later I think is a good thing, because what we're up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country."
Rep. Matt Cartwright, Democrat of Pennsylvania on people losing their insurance plans under ObamaCare


“How much is that per minute?”
Emer Duffy, billed $1,696 after her daughter’s cut forehead was treated with a bit of skin glue at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco


“I’d say the Pope is a Democrat. [Laughter] He ought to run, he ought to run for the presidency. I mean, look, this is a traditional position of the church. There are arguments inside of the Church, there are Catholic intellectuals who write in defense of capitalism. But he’s from that tradition of the social gospel. And it is the original message to clothe the naked and to feed the hungry.

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Snow is on the way

Winter Weather Advisory for Milwaukee, WI

From 12:00 PM CST, Sun., Dec 08, 2013 until 6:00 AM CST, Mon., Dec 09, 2013

Other affected areas: 

Marquette, WI;  Green Lake, WI;  Fond Du Lac, WI;  Sauk, WI;  Columbia, WI;  Dodge, WI;  Washington, WI;  Iowa, WI;  Dane, WI;  Jefferson, WI;  Waukesha, WI;  Milwaukee, WI;  Lafayette, WI;  Green, WI;  Rock, WI;  Walworth, WI;  Racine, WI;  Kenosha, WI

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 1:44 PM CST

Updated Dec 7, 2013, 7:50pm CST

... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY.

* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SUNDAY MORNING AND BECOME WIDESPREAD BY AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOW WILL THEN OCCUR AT TIMES INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 5 INCHES OF LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW.

* IMPACTS... THE SNOWFALL ALONG WITH COLD TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN ROADS QUICKLY BECOMING SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. AFTER THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY... BRISK AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE SOME ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

 

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... SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...

.SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD SOUTHERN WISCONSIN BY LATE SUNDAY MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. SEVERAL INCHES OF LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGH AMOUNTS IN SHEBOYGAN AND OZAUKEE COUNTIES DUE TO LAKE ENHANCED SNOW. LOW PRESSURE AND RELATIVELY WARMER AND MOIST AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION WILL GENERATE THE LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW. AFTER THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY... BRISK AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE SOME ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

 

Recommended Reading (12/07/13)

Recommended Reading


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


Liberal columnist: New and improved healthcare.gov has same old problems


"After a glowing news conference yesterday citing “night and day” progress on HealthCare.gov, I decided to log in this morning and take the Web site for a test drive, as I’m sure many others are doing. What I found was hardly encouraging — long delays loading pages, an endless circle of tasks (some already completed) and ultimately an error message."


Hard sell: Going door-to-door for ObamaCare

"At what looks like a hoarder’s house—detritus tumbling out of the living room, unopened FedExes sitting on broken porch furniture—a graying woman named Joyce Lipman answers the knock. Katie makes her sunny pitch, saying where she’s from and how her 'grassroots organization' wants to 'educate folks about what their new health insurance options are.'

“You mean Obamacare?” Joyce says, a contemptuous edge in her voice.

"Joyce is then off to the races with a 15-minute harangue on all her health problems, and how the insurance at the hospital where she works now sucks because of Obamacare. She tells of her diabetes, and the testing strips she can no longer afford. She shows us the hole in her gum, left by recurring mouth tumors. It’s getting uncomfortable."


As hospital prices soar, a stitch tops $500

“With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table.

“On a quiet Saturday in May, nurses in blue scrubs quickly ushered the two patients into treatment rooms. The wounds were cleaned, numbed and mended in under an hour. ‘It was great — they had good DVDs, the staff couldn’t have been nicer,’ said Emer Duffy, Orla’s mother.

“Then the bills arrived. Ms. Singh’s three stitches cost $2,229.11. Orla’s forehead was sealed with a dab of skin glue for $1,696…In a medical system notorious for opaque finances and inflated bills, nothing is more convoluted than hospital pricing, economists say.”


Knock Out Avoidance: How to Dodge Being a Victim of Violent Thugs

"If you’re not dialed in on the sadistic phenomenon known as the 'knock out game' then Google it yourself because I’m not going to provide a link to that chum-slick and give it any traffic. But I will do this for you: I will assist you and yours in avoiding being a potential victim of these vicious sub-human scoundrels. Here’s seven tips to eschew being a stat of such a heinous, violent crime."


The exploited laborers of the liberal media

"Paying people little to nothing because you can—a practice aided by the awfulness of the job market and the desperation of people trying to make it in “glamour” industries like journalism—is both exploitive and discriminatory, but many good liberals do not appear to recognize it as such, even as they decry that behavior elsewhere."


Pearl Harbor survivor, 100, shares story of that fateful day

"No one asked Navy Lt. James Downing to hurriedly memorize the names on the dog tags of the dead and injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"But Downing, then 28, did it because he could not bear the thought of families not knowing the fate of their loved ones. He wrote to as many families as he could."


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Why an outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey...

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The Snow Lay on the Ground

 

A beautiful choir from a beautiful church, my parish, St. Anthony’s of Milwaukee.


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