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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.

The best cartoons of the week (06/01/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy


Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel


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The Barking Lot - America's Finest Dog Blog (06/01/13)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then 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 in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon, isolated thunderstorms possible after 6:00 pm. High of 74. "B"

SUNDAY: Cloudy in the morning, mostly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 58. "D"

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

The sudden realization that shorts & swimsuit season is upon us can be quite a downer for most women.  So we do the Special K cereal thing, the cans of Slim Fast (give us a week, we’ll take off seven days) or some other form of dietary torture.  Clearly if you’ve been sedentary (a nice way of saying you’ve been laying on your derriere for the last six months eating bags of Doritos and Haagen-Dazs right from the carton) you’re most likely out of luck.  That itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot number should probably stay in the drawer.


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Week-ends (06/01/13)


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


Gregory Fulton

Kevin Brennan

Henry Pignataro

Once again, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett

Ann Curtis

Boston diners

Anthony Cardenas

Paul McCartney


NYC Health Dept.

Kyle Dube

Those behind the hoax

Adam Levine

Leonard Burdek

Christopher Swindell

Paul Richmond and the Huffington Post


"Well, let's see. Obama promised to get the economy moving, greatly improve our health care system and reduce its costs, give us the most transparent government, and usher in a new era of bipartisanship and racial harmony. Some 4 1/2 years into Obama's presidency, his economy is still as lethargic as a basset hound, and we're seeing disastrous developments on Obamacare. A smorgasbord of major scandals is unfolding, and we've got record levels of partisan angst and heightened racial tensions stoked by this administration."
David Limbaugh


"I see it as the arrogance of big government.”
WI Congressman Paul Ryan on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. Ryan said Congress is going to do its job on oversight and there's no need to appoint a special prosecutor who will come back "two years later after spending $20 million with some kind of conclusion."

"We have truly entered the world of 'Alice in Wonderland' when the CEO of a company that pays $16 million a day in taxes is hauled up before a Congressional subcommittee to be denounced on nationwide television for not paying more. Apple CEO Tim Cook was denounced for contributing to 'a worrisome federal deficit,' according to Senator Carl Levin -- one of the big-spending liberals in Congress who has had a lot more to do with creating that deficit than any private citizen has."
Thomas Sowell


"You can put your friendship where the sun don't shine.”
Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Mark Borkowski in a private conversation with Board Chair Mirina Dmitrijevic. Dmitrijevic removed Borkowski as chair of a committee this week after Borkowksi and a few other supervisors called for Dmitrijevic to step down or be removed as Board Chair. During their private conversation, the Journal Sentinel reported that Dmitrijevic  suggested “moving on and patching things up.”


"I don't know of a governor anywhere in the country who succeeded in turning his state's economy around by actively facilitating the decline of his biggest city. This isn't like, bad things are happening in Milwaukee and I can't stop it. This is, can I put another stick in the eye of Milwaukee on another issue?

"I would prefer not to think the Legislature hates us because we live in Milwaukee. I would prefer to not think it was a kind of prejudice against urban challenges and issues.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn claiming Governor Walker and Republican legislators are hurting the city of Milwaukee.

"He is a friend to the taxpayers of Milwaukee and is focused on improving the quality of life for the people of the city. The way to encourage people to move to Milwaukee is not by building a fence around it, but helping the city to build itself into the powerhouse it can be."

Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster responding to Chief Flynn.

“Pay attention to Senator Cruz because he is the unsmiling contemptuous face of the wild, nasty hard right fringe of a party that once competed with the Democrats to be the country’s governing party. All Cruz wants to do is prove that self-government is evil or impossible, or whatever else will justify his existence as a hard right political bomb thrower.”
Chris Matthews

"Liberal media just aren't built to be sustainable through any political environment the way conservative media are. Look at Fox News, which continues to lead its competitors in the ratings, and probably always will. The reason is that there is a symbiosis between the network's perspective and its viewers' predilections. If you watch Fox (or listen to conservative talk radio, for that matter) you'll hear each and every day that the grand battle is going on right now, no matter what may actually be happening. You thought the election was the critical moment, my friend? Nay. The crisis has only grown since then. The fate of everything you hold dear is about to be decided. The crisis is at hand. Catastrophe is upon us if we don't stop the liberals. Thus it is today, just as it was yesterday, and just as it will be tomorrow. Every liberal proposal is the End of Freedom, every liberal politician the most terrifying villain America has ever seen."
Paul Waldman, author of "Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success."

"She is totally liberated, and God bless her."
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his mom saying he shouldn’t run for president.

"I've known him for years and always knew something was wrong with him.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulani dissing former Congressman Anthony Weiner who is running for NYC mayor.


Who's tracking your children?

War Memorials fall into disrepair.


Furloughed federal workers can receive unemployment.


Michelle Bachmann isn't running for re-election.


They see Hitler.

Of course, it had to be in Madison.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted.

Congratulations Jim Hughes!

Franklin’s baseball coach Jim Hughes won his 800th game with a 4-0 win over Sussex Hamilton Friday. No one in Wisconsin history has won more high school baseball games than Hughes. What an impressive run.

Great job, Jim!

Recommended Reading (06/01/13)

Recommended Reading

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

DOJ puts a chill on criticism of Islam

"In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights."

Do Not Disturb

“Barack Obama… He’s the Do Not Disturb president, presiding over a Do Not Disturb liberalism. So: Do not disturb the commander in chief when Americans are under attack in Benghazi on the anniversary of September 11. Or when the Iranian regime moves forward to get nuclear weapons, or when civil war in Syria threatens to destabilize the Middle East. Or when detainees released from Gitmo find their way back to the battlefield to rejoin their old comrades in terror.”

They'll always love Obama

“Some conservatives think that the elite media are finally turning on Barack Obama and his administration.  His free ride is over. Don’t believe it.”

Debunk the myths about Kooyenga tax plan

“While it will be argued that this is a huge tax break for the rich, is lowering the top rate from 7.75 percent to 7.60 percent, something that’s going to cause a rich person to say, ‘Hey, I think I’ll relocate to Wisconsin’?”

Breadwinner moms

“Wives who earn more than their husbands, like wives who earn less than their husbands, are part of the healthy elite in America -- married couples.”

Death of the suburb

“Forget the picturesque house surrounded by a white picket fence in the suburbs, real estate agents across the country say the new American dream is a condo in the city. The shift is a result of an altered real estate environment post-housing collapse, and experts say it’s here to stay.”

10 things movie critics won't tell you

"Looking for this weekend's best? Don't listen to the pros."


Gee, he didn't seem to want an umbrella

May 29, 2013:

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican. AP Photo

Photo: Getty Images

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Photo: Washington Post

Photos of the Week (06/02/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Volunteers work to remove rubble from a tornado ravaged home on May 27, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Residents and volunteers observed the Memorial Day holiday by continuing to recover valuables from the destroyed neighborhoods. The tornado of EF5 strength and two miles wide touched down May 20 killing at least 24 people and leaving behind extensive damage to homes and businesses. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2) This photo shows a tornado ravaged neighborhood on May 26 in Moore, Okla. Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images

3) A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. I-40 has been closed after severe weather rolled through the area. (AP Photo/Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

4) A man stands on top of his car as it is flooded on S. May Avenue near SW 25th in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 31, 2013, after severe weather moved through the area. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Sarah Phipps)

5) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on May 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. For Memorial Day President Obama is paying tribute to military veterans past and present who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country. (Photo by Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)

6) Brittany Jacobs kisses her son Chris near the grave of her late husband, Christopher Jacobs, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are buried in Section 60. Photo: AP

7) Eight-year-old Jackson Turman of Woodstock, Ga., gives WWII Navy Veteran and Vietnam Veteran Frank Coleman, 85, a salute during a Memorial Day ceremony in Roswell, Ga. Coleman returns the salute. He also gave the boy a hug. Turman was attending the Memorial Day service with his grandfather Russ Johnson, of Roswell, who is a Marine Vietnam veteran. Photo: AP

8) A boy hands a flag to a woman grieving at the gravesite of a loved one on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

9) Edgar Yepez takes a photo among 7,000 flags on display on Memorial Day outside the Long Center in Austin, Texas. The flags are in honor of the fallen veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display was organized by Operation Honor Our Heroes. "I feel very honored to be part of this celebration," said Yepez, 28, who was born in Mexico to a Mexican mother and Pakistani father. Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American Statesman.

10) Members of the military throw out ceremonial first pitches to both teams before a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 27, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

11) Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, left, is wheeled out by Carlos Arredondo, the man who helped save his life, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to a baseball between the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

12) Runners who participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon run down pit road during the IZOD IndyCar Series 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

13) Two of the approximately 35 runners from the 2013 Boston Marathon unable to finish the race due to the tragic bombings, hug after they complete the distance by crossing finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the start of the 97th Indianapolis 500 auto race. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

14) Edgar Gonzalez captured a picture-perfect view of Wednesday's Manhattanhenge sunset from 34th Street.

15) Ocean City, N.J., real estate agent John Walton holds a U.S. flag as he and others dressed in business suits march into the ocean Friday, May 24, for the 10th annual Business Persons Plunge at the start of the Memorial Day weekend. “We want to emphasize that the community is back in business following Superstorm Sandy and ready to serve its many vacationers," says Walton.  Photo: Akira Suwa / The Philadelphia Inquirer

16) A girl plays with soap bubbles during the Share Drive of Life charity event in a park in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. The event was organized by a Kiev bikers' group for children with autism. The number of children with various forms of autism in Ukraine increased by 2.35 times over the past five years . Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images

17) A girl laughs as she sits among hand fans during a mass performance at a children's martial arts fair in Foshan, Guangdong province on May 31, 2013. Photo: China Stringer Network via Reuters

18) In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, moves around on a special harness, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought the special harness so it can move around. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

19) Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, swims in his new enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on May 29, 2013 in Singapore. Modeled closely after the arctic habitat, the enclosure helps replicate the chilly climate of the arctic by including an ice cave, and a large pool filled with giant ice blocks. These are part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore's efforts in providing visitors greater knowledge of the natural world. Photo: Wong Maye-E / AP

20) A baby albino kangaroo looks out of its mother's pouch at the Duisburg Zoo in Germany on May 29. Photo: Frank Augstein / AP

21) Female giant panda Shin Shin eats bamboo at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, on May 28. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota / EPA

22) Toy poodles Pu (left), Peach (middle) and Poko pose at a dog show event in Tokyo on May 26. Photo:Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

23) Contestants in the men's race chase a replica Double Gloucester Cheese down the steep gradient of Cooper's Hill during the annual Bank Holiday tradition of cheese-rolling on May 27, 2013 in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England. Although no longer a officially organised event since 2009, thousands of spectators still gathered to watch contestants from around the world tumbling down the 200m slope, which has a 1:1 gradient in parts, in a series of races that are said to date back hundreds of years, with the winner of each receiving a cheese. Injuries such as broken arms and legs are commonplace. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

24) Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates with winners milk after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

25) In this photo taken Saturday, May 25, 2013, Carrie Underwood sings "Only Rock'n Roll" with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones at the Air Canada Center, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.)

26) A model shows a creation by "Bertram K & Haute Coiffure Francaise by L'Oreal Professionnel", at the coiffeur show ' Hair Days' in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,/Ennio Leanza)

27) Another model shows another creation by "Bertram K & Haute Coiffure Francaise by L'Oreal Professionnel", at the coiffeur show ' Hair Days' in Zurich, Switzerland , Monday May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,/Ennio Leanza)

28) A model wears a design by Maiko Takeda during the Royal College of Art graduate fashion show at the Royal College of Art, in London Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo / Dominic Lipinski,PA)



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Culinary no-no #331

Culinary no-no


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One of my favorite restaurants gets a superstar review

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Father's Day

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My Most Popular Blogs (06/03/13)

Most popular

My most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

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The latest pro-life news (06/03/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and  Wisconsin Right To Life.


Woman gives birth in front of hospital.

Meet the pro-life movement's newest strategy.

I am a survivor of abortion. Here's my story.

Now we can call him Dad.

Have more sex

Somewhere buried in my basement are tapes of reports I produced during my radio journalism career at WUWM and WTMJ.

Working for public radio, I’d cover speeches by individuals of national prominence at Marquette University’s Varsity Theater. If they were worth it, we’d replay during the next day’s noon hour, a la the national Press Luncheon on NPR.

Late November 1984, the guest speaker one night was touring, promoting his book about what was ailing the Catholic Church.  Catholic priest Andrew Greeley was no stranger to the New York Times best seller list, having written numerous novels, many on the steamy side.

Also sitting in the packed crowd that night was a Milwaukee Sentinel reporter whose take on what was the real story differed from mine. The Sentinel reported that Greeley pointed out two problems with the Catholic Church: bad sermons and the alienation of women.

Yes, Greeley said that. But he said much more that made my WUWM piece, if not the morning paper.

Greeley spent a great deal of time talking about sex.  Even using 1984 standards, this was eye-brow raising stuff coming from a man of the cloth. His message wasn’t filthy. It was meant to be healthy.

It was Greeley’s assertion that Catholic couples needed to engage in more sexual activity to enhance their relationships and grow together. And so, in not so simple terms, Greeley advised Catholics to have more sex. They would be happier, healthier, more fulfilled.


After my piece aired with Greeley's views on sex and other matters that ran in the typical public radio 6-7 minute range, I waited the next morning in the newsroom. And I waited. And waited. And waited.

Surely the phone would ring from a person purporting to be a WUWM donor screaming, “How could you possibly put such garbage on the air! I’m cancelling my sponsorship! And I'll never, ever listen...AGAIN!"

Didn’t happen.  Apparently my public radio listeners were too busy rolling around in the sack.

Andrew Greeley died last week. He was 85.

UPDATE: One of my favorite restaurants gets a superstar review

Previously on This Just In...

The update:

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Walker Around Wisconsin


Recycling for Dummies

Though it doesn’t offer scintillating material, the regular city of Franklin newsletter generally contains a nugget or two that catch my eye. In the latest edition, a blurb about the city’s new recycling carts is buried on the last page.

There’s good news. We’re recycling more. And now for the “You’ve got to be kidding” part.

“There have been a few problems with placement of the carts though. For the cart system to work most efficiently, the carts need to be placed within 2 feet of the street (not in the street) and there should be 6 feet between your recycle cart and your garbage container—possibly putting your recycle cart on one side of your driveway and the garbage on the other side. The lid opening should be on the road side with the arrow on the lid pointing towards the street. The wheels and handle of the cart should be on the house side.”

So, it seems enough Franklin residents are putting their carts in the street, facing the wrong way, or too close to their garbage to warrant a refresher course in the newsletter. It’d be nice if folks would close the lids, too.

I hope the reminder from the city helps, but I doubt it.

A simple question for Steve Patz and (many) others

In his message inserted in the latest city of Franklin newsletter, Superintendent Steve Patz writes all the right things as the school year comes to a close.


Thank you.

Wishing a safe summer.

Wishing a happy summer.

Hopes for success for our graduates.

All good stuff.

Patz also wrote:

Public education will always come with its challenges, but with your support, we continue to grow and move our district forward to the next level.”

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Clearly Patz isn’t the first and won’t be the last to utter the over-used promise of going to that “next level.” Can “out of the box” be used instead? I honestly don’t know because I honestly don’t know what it means to go to the next level.

And yet you hear it over and over and over and over again. Often when it’s mentioned in the private sector a head has just rolled.

In the Franklin school district case is the next level shiner new facilities? Higher attendance? Improved test scores? Doesn’t the suggestion that the district is moving forward to the next level imply that the school system isn’t performing the way it should?

Whenever someone in authority pulls out the “next level” card I believe it’s incumbent upon that individual to spell out specifically what the heck he/she is talking about. At the very least someone should ask for an explanation.  

"I'm telling my government that you have forgotten your place"



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Yes, whether you like it or not, the First Amendment DOES apply to Kevin Fischer

You would have to be a complete fool, a locally elected liberal school board member, a Commie, or even a member of Congress if you could not comprehend that simple fact.

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UPDATE: Tell me again how Scott Walker destroyed MPS

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

The reality about today's suburban school boards

Based on data from FranklinNOW, I’m getting lots of new readers. That’s greatly appreciated. Folks are also searching for old blogs. I want to share info from a May 2011 blog that I’ve updated. The material still rings true today.

During April of 2011, the late
Franklin blogger Fred Keller took a video camera into a meeting of the Franklin School Board. Keller proceeded to tape what amounted to a waste of School Board time and taxpayer money.

On his own blog, Keller posted videos of the discussion on an agenda item where the board members performed self-evaluation. Hey, forget about student performance, test scores, dropout rates, etc. Instead, let’s chat about how we get along.

I saw enough of the lengthy videos to find some rather revealing material.

Not surprising was then-School Board Vice-President Jeff Traylor literally scoffing and chuckling at the very notion of being “fiscally responsible” with a complete "could care less" facial expression and body language.

The best line I heard was from member Janet Evans, who is now the board’s president. As her colleagues wrestled with how to form better “relationships” as a board, Evans chimed in:

“I’m not here to have a relationship (with any of you). I’m here to do my job.”


She said what?

“I’m not here to have a relationship (with any of you). I’m here to do my job.”

The comment made so much common sense and because it did, Evans’ statement was stunning to the rest of the board. You could almost sense the collective reaction from the others as they longed for a roll of TUMS:


When I watched Keller’s video, I must be honest, I did not leap from my seat…but I felt like it.

Which brings me to a segment on Mark Belling’s talk show that occurred a few weeks after that school board meeting. Keep in mind Janet’s comments:

“I’m not here to have a relationship (with any of you). I’m here to do my job.”

The problem is that there should be more school board members with that sentiment, but there aren’t.

I will paraphrase, and quite accurately, from Mark’s program.

He addressed a school board issue in Menomonee Falls (MF). By coincidence, MF has about the same population as Franklin and like Franklin is immensely conservative. In MF, the voting patterns are overwhelmingly Republican. As Mark put it, the last place you’d expect victories by the teacher’s union with public officials thumbing their noses at the will of the people would be MF. I would add you could toss in Franklin, except that the Franklin School Board is beyond out of touch.

Mark mentioned that in some communities, especially smaller ones like MF (and I might add, Franklin) with 30-35,000 population, the teachers are often pals with the school board. They bump into one another and see each other in the community, at church, at youth school sports. They become buddies.

When a school board member’s “friend,” aka teacher asks for help, the school board member, rather than upset a “friend” and stand up for the electorate, instead caves.

Another factor needs to be considered.

Folks run for office with the best intentions. They claim they are going to strive for fiscal responsibility. They will not be beholden to special interests. They will represent the taxpayers.

Then they get elected and rub elbows with the entrenched administration. They go native, welcomed into their new family, going from “one of us” to “one of them.” Prior to the election, they were outsiders. Now they’re insiders.

Mark also made this comment that again reminded me of Janet’s poor imitation of Rodney King. He said that if he was ever to serve on a governmental body, he’d be fine if the others on the body didn’t like him. Why? Because he wasn’t there to win their approval. He was there to work for the people that put him there.

It is 100% total, authentic, bona fide, genuine common sense. Unfortunately, too many on the Franklin and other school boards don’t get it.

Goodnight everyone, and have the World's Greatest weekend!


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The best cartoons of the week (06/08/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/08/13)

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!

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Week-ends (06/08/13)


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


Becky Gerritson

Lynette Hales ... MORE

Patrick Watson

Unidentified Idaho mom

Roy Costner IV

Travon Avery

Matt Birk

Mother swan



Kathleen Sebelius ... UPDATE

The Calgary Board of Education

Maryland school

Disabled tour guides and the people who hire them

Ana Navarro


"It's not a recovery. It's not even normal growth. It's bad."
UCLA economist Edward Leamer

“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy."
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she currently qualifies aren’t available.

“I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies."
Sebelius responding to Barletta.

"I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it."
ABC News Political Analyst Trey Hardin

“Their paid liar, their spokesperson, he’s still making up things about what happened and calling this a local rogue. The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth [amendment] is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati. It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated, in all likelihood, right out of Washington headquarters.”
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a paid liar

"On June 22, 2009, IRS Agent Richards sent us additional written requests, as follows: 'Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3). Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at the prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization. Please explain in detail the signs that are being held up outside of Planned Parenthood and explain how they are considered educational.'"
President of the Coalition for Life of Iowa Susan Martinek described how the IRS essentially tried to censor her group’s peaceful protest of Planned Parenthood.

"I am not here today as a serf or a vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I am a born free, American woman, wife, mother and citizen and I’m telling my government that you have forgotten your place. It is not your responsibility to look out for my well being or monitor my speech. It is not your right to assert an agenda. The posts you occupy exist to preserve American liberty. You have sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered. The abuses I will discuss today occurred on your watch. It is your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Using these agencies as weapons against citizens is scary and it feels like tyranny."
Wetumpka Alabama Tea Party President Becky Gerritson testifying on Capitol Hill about the IRS scandal. She said she nearly gave up her application due to fears the IRS would target her volunteers and their families.

"President Obama says he’s renewing his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay? How about closing the IRS? Why don’t we do that?"
Jay Leno

“Sun, sun, sun, here it comes. Welcome to the Summer of Belated Epiphanies. Media lapdogs are finally, finally arriving at the conclusion that maybe this isn't the most transparent administration in world history, after all.”
Michelle Malkin

"It isn't about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare. But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president. ... It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill."
The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, on why people oppose Obamacare.

“This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry.”
Pope Francis

“Social media is the new kind of Ku Klux Klan white hood; it allows you to be anonymous and say the things you would never say to a person to their face.”
Lawyer, pundit Star Jones

“I cannot understand the people who are against some form of gun control. America’s cowboy days are over."
96-year old actor Kirk Douglas

“One wonders when the Walt Disney Company will …present its first-ever queer character. While there are a number of theories on the queer sexuality of various Disney icons, the animation giant has never featured an openly gay character in any of its multimillion dollar films or cartoons, let alone present a (genuine) same-sex kiss. When Disney movies do allude to queer sexuality, including same-sex romance, this is usually in the context of a joke — a comical accident that leaves all parties disgusted and mortified.”
Renee Davidson of

"I don't know why we would go after any element of a free press, even if we don't like them.”
Republican Senate President Mike Ellis after the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted early Wednesday to force the Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus. The state budget amendment would also prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the news center.

"Imagine how we would have reacted if Jim Doyle and a Democrat legislature had passed legislation targeting conservative talk radio or any of the independent new media watchdog groups that have arisen in recent years.”
WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes on the ouster of the Center for Investigative Journalism.

"We don't make our decisions based on what talk radio may say.”
Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren (R-Marinette) responding to Sykes’ criticism.


US is secretly collecting records of Verizon phone calls.


A year ago, Wisconsin's governor made history.

About that Limbaugh boycott...

Obama and D-Day.


Will MLB suspend Ryan Braun and 19 others?


Cleansing reduction.

Meet your digital doppelganger.

That's it for Week-ends.

We close with the latest from NewsBusted. 


Recommended Reading (06/08/13)

Recommended Reading

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

Looking to 2016, Iowa GOP gets excited about Walker

“Here’s one way to test (Scott) Walker’s appeal. Talk to Iowa politicos who supported Mitt Romney last time around, and then talk to politicos who supported anybody but Romney, and ask what they think about Walker. You’ll hear a lot of positive things from both groups.”

School choice must be expanded

“In his budget, Governor Walker proposed expanding private school choice and independent charter options to nine additional school districts: Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Waukesha, West Allis, Fond du Lac, Beloit, Sheboygan and Superior. In nearly every one of these districts, the attainment gap for earning a high school diploma is larger for African-American or Hispanic students than in Milwaukee.”

The decline of the Obama presidency

“His second term is coming undone not because of scandal but because of decisions made in the previous four years.”

President Obama's dragnet

“The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

4 ways the government is discouraging hiring

“Laws and regulations have made hiring in America more difficult. Government doesn’t create jobs, firms create jobs, so these laws and regulations need to be reversed. Until our government stops doing all it can to prevent employers hiring, our labor markets will continue to stagnate.”

Institutional solutions to school violence are bureaucratic failures

“Kicking children out of school for harmlessly exercising creativity is what passes for education in a world where parents and teachers feel they have no influence on their local schools.”

Sandy Hook photos should not be political fodder

“Our child, Avielle, was beautiful, funny, intelligent and spirited. She was courageous and kind. She was fiercely loyal. We are fiercely loyal to her. No child should be reduced to a picture of her death. We choose to keep our memory of Avielle a healthy one. Releasing the photos and 911 audio of our loved ones killed on Dec. 14 would do just that, reduce who they are to a photo and a scream. These are not healthy images or sounds.”

Boy Scouts: A disheartening betrayal

“Scouts and their families must search their hearts and find the courage of their convictions to decide whether they are going to stay and fight to try to resurrect the BSA — or if it’s time to take a hike from Scouting for good.”

The left's war on Father's Day

“People, of course, need help. A humane society does not ignore those who cannot or even will not fend for themselves. But good faith does not substitute for sound policy. The welfare state is an assault on families.”

Father's Day: Can it survive?

“In another 20 years or so will there even be a Father’s Day? At best, there will be a shortage of old-school, jack-of-all-trades fathers. The current prissy ‘metrosexual’ movement will decimate time-honored fatherly duties, such as grilling out (‘There’s not enough moisturizer in the world to undo that smoke damage, boyfriend’) and the old ‘pull my finger’ gag. (‘No! Don’t pull my finger! You might mess up my manicure!’)”

Imagining Obama's apology to Bush

And now for the purpose of this letter (I know you are rolling your eyes and saying, ‘just get to the point,’ but you know me: I can be a little long-winded at times): I wanted to say I am sorry. I am sorry that…”



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Photos of the Week (06/09/13)

Photos of the Week

1) An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, on Thursday. The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach. Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP

2) The landscape glows immediately after the main fire front swept over in a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far. Photo: David McNew / Getty Images

3) Firefighter Robby Klaus drives a rescue boat in the flooded center on June 3 in Grimma, Germany. Heavy rains pounded southern and eastern Germany, causing wide-spread flooding and ruining crops. Photo: Jens Schlueter / Getty Images

4) An aerial view shows the flooded city centre of Grimma, eastern Germany, on June 3, 2013. Parts of the eastern and southern Germany were flooded due to heavy and ongoing rainfall. AFP PHOTO / JENS WOLF /Getty Images

5) Conni Grulkey (L) and Heather Murray sit with a lost dog as they drive around searching for the owner after a tornado passed through the area on June 2, 2013 in El Reno, Oklahoma. The tornado ripped through the area friday killing at least 9 people injuring many and destroyed homes and buildings. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

6) Wade and Angela Coble pose for a photo for friends on top of their tornado-destroyed home in El Reno, Okla., on June 2. Her wedding veil was found hundreds of yards away in a field. In an effort to help the Cobles get back on their feet, friends and church members plan on throwing another wedding shower for the couple, even though they’ve been married for six years. Photo: Mike Fuentes for NBC News

7) A Humboldt penguin watches flood waters rise from inside its enclosure at the Prague Zoo, as the swollen Vltava river continues to rise. Photo: Katerina Sulova / Zuma Press

8) People are seen gathered at Victoria Park during a candlelight vigil held to mark the 24th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, in Hong Kong on June 4, 2013. More than 100,000 people were expected to attend the candlelight vigil in the former British colony which is the only place in China where the brutal military intervention that ended weeks of nationwide democracy protests in 1989 is openly commemorated. Photo: Philippe Lopez / AFP - Getty Images

9) Rochelle Campbell places bones, crafted by students, artists and activists, in place on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on June 8, during a massive installation called One Million Bones. The installation is meant to symbolize a mass grave and is a visible petition for bold action toward an end to genocide and mass atrocities. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

10) Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and former member of The Chicago Sun Times photo staff John White, right, is interviewed Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Chicago, during a protest in opposition the the Sun Times Media Group laying off 28 full time photographers. About 100 people picketed outside the newspaper's headquarters, chanting and carrying signs that read "Save the photogs" and "The Sun-Times is out of focus."  Photo: M. Spencer Green / AP

11) A missing corner of a stone is seen in the Washington Monument at the 491-foot level.The monument has been closed since a 2011 earthquake. Photo: Alex Brandon, AP

12) Kent Williams, owner of New Fishall Bait Company, looks into the mouth of a 1,323.5-pound Mako shark at the company's headquarters in Gardena, Calif., on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Jason Johnston of Texas caught the potentially record-setting 1,323-pound shark off Huntington Beach on Monday after a 2 1/2-hour battle, the Orange County Register reported. Photos: Richard Vogel / AP

13) More than 650 underwater images were submitted for the 2013 Annual Underwater Photography Contest, hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The "Best Overall Submission" photograph was submitted under the Wide Angle category and was shot near San Diego. The winning photo by Kyle McBurnie shows a harbor seal looking out from a kelp forest at Cortes Bank.

14) Wild geese chicks cross a cycle track in Dortmund, Germany on June 4. Photo: Bernd Thissen / AFP - Getty Images

15) A dog lunges for a flying disc during the Dog Chow Disc Cup in Wroclaw, Poland, June 2. The event, which started in Poland in 2006, is a series of canine competitions held in public parks in bigger cities. Photo: Maciej Kulczynski / EPA

16) Fans react as Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz leaps head-first over the wall trying to catch a homer by Boston Red Sox Mike Carp in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., June 4. Photo: Elise Amendola / AP

17) 'Hombres de Musgo' or 'Moss Men' take part in the Corpus Christi procession on June 2, 2013 in Bejar, Salamanca province, Spain. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images

18) A man representing the devil and called El Colacho jumps over young babies in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain, Sunday, June 2, 2013. The Colacho represents the devil who takes away the evil from the babies as he jumps over them in this medieval religious custom dating back to the 17th century. (AP Photo/Israel L. Murillo)

19) A competitor awaits the judges after he took snuff at the German Snuff Championships in Freihung near Nuremberg, southern Germany, on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The competition's aim is to snuff as much as possible from a five gram snuff package. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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20) Women in bridal gowns participate in the "Runaway Bride" run in Riga June 1, 2013. Photo: Ints Kalnins/ Reuters

21) A kindergarten teacher attends to a crying student on the first day of a new school year at a public elementary school in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, on June 3, 2013. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena / EPA

22) George W. Obama is a creepy picture making the rounds online that skillfully melds faces of the past two presidents. The picture of George W. Obama ran on the front page of The Huffington Post this week, accompanying an article about The National Security Agency announcing a court order asking Verizon to hand over all phone calling records for a three-month period.


Brad Goldpaint captures views of the northern lights over Crater Lake:


Gonna watch the Lakers in the NBA Finals tonight?


Culinary no-no #332

Culinary no-no's


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My Most Popular Blogs (06/10/13)

Most popular

My most popular blogs, from last Sunday - Saturday:

1) Yes, whether you like it or not, the First Amendment DOES apply to Kevin Fischer

2) Photos of the Week (06/02/13) 

3) A simple question for Steve Patz and (many) others

4) "I'm telling my government that you have forgotten your place" 

5) Culinary no­-no  #331 

6) Have more sex

7) The reality about today's suburban school boards 

8) Goodnight everyone, and have the World's Greatest weekend!

9) One of my favorite restaurants gets a superstar review 

10) The latest pro-­life news (06/03/13)


The latest pro-life news (06/10/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and  Wisconsin Right To Life.


Who's afraid of adoption?

House Democrat falsely claims babies born at 20 weeks aren't 'viable.'

“Pro-Choice” Blogger Mocks Father’s Anguish Over Abortion Of His Baby


UPDATE: The latest pro-life news (06/10/13)

Pro-Life news

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

There's still time


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The latest from Rehorst - June 2013



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Gov't Surveillance: Candidate Obama debates President Obama


Why didn't people vote in November 2012? (It's not what the left would have you believe)

“An estimated 700,000 young minority voters could be barred from voting in November because of photo ID laws passed across the country in recent years, according to a new study.

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MUST SEE VIDEO: State Senator Mary Lazich, re: Sonya's Law

Pro-Life news

I’ve known state Senator Mary Lazich a long time. I’ve worked with and for her. She’s not just a colleague, she’s a dear friend.

I don’t believe I’ve ever been more proud of her than I was today when her ultrasound bill passed on the floor of the state Senate.

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release

State Senate Approves Sonya's Law

"We stand with women who want to make a truly informed decision". . . Senator Mary Lazich, Author of Sonya's Law

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The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor: June 2013

click here to view the June 2013 edition of "Privileged To Serve," the monthly e-newsletter issued by Steve Taylor.

Another tornado warning siren fail

Tornado warning sirens are not supposed to confuse.

Sirens, an outdated technology, might be on the way out.

Time to get rid of those annoying, useless sideline reporters

In the world of sports journalism, obtaining that great quote or sound bite isn’t all that easy. You’ve seen and heard them all too often:

“We just have to take it one day at a time.”

“We just have to take it one game at a time.”

“I just tried to help my teammates to the best of my ability.”

“Things just went well for me tonight.”

“I had my confidence.”

“My teammates had confidence in me.”

“We overcame adversity.”

“Oh, this win was very important.”


I covered the 1982 World Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis cardinals for WUWM and National Public Radio. After one of the Brewer victories at Milwaukee County Stadium, I stood with tape recorder and microphone in hand behind a throng of other reporters attempting to get to Brewer Gorman Thomas in front of his locker. As reporters walked away I inched closer and closer. Finally I got to a spot where I could plant my mic in front of his face.  A female reporter was posing a question.

Uncharacteristically, Thomas scolded her, saying, and I’ll never forget because I had it on tape, “Honey, “I’ve answered that question three times already,” and he declined to do it a fourth. Thomas didn’t understand or care that there were waves of reporters who didn’t know what had or had not been asked and they needed their own stories.

Needless to say the relationship between the media and athletes and coaches isn’t always warm.

A few years later, major league umpire Ron Luciano, now deceased, came to WUWM on a book tour. The incredibly funny gentleman told me that Mike Schmidt, home run slugger for the Philadelphia Phillies would answer a question about one of his majestic blasts this way:

“I extended my arms over the plate.”

NO, that’s not what a reporter wants!

But Reggie Jackson, now there’s a guy said Luciano who did it right.

“I hit it out for a sick child in the hospital.”

This is all a prelude to what I consider an annoying and worthless practice by the networks to have “sideline” reporters ask coaches, primarily, useless questions.
Usually, the reporter tries in a matter of seconds to verbalize every X and O that Vince Lombardi drew up in his career to try to sound mega intelligent and impress the interviewee. Too many times the response leaves an omelet on the reporter’s face.

The timing is also a factor. Do we really expect a coach to wax poetic and at the same time go into great detail about why his team stunk up the place at halftime when he’s upset and wants nothing more than to get into the locker room to chew out his team and work up a remedy for the second half?


Bo Ryan of Wisconsin was probably thinking, “Lady, just get away from me.” Here’s another example, this time from the NBA.


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Stars and Stripes Forever!

On this Flag Day, I repeat my blog from two years ago today.

Please, take the time to take it all in.

God bless the USA and protect our glorious flag.

Goodnight everyone, and have a 33 rpm weekend!


"'Dad, what do old records sound like?'

"After a few technical glitches I get it working, then ask the kids – Cathleen and her brothers Sean and Tommy (aged eight and four) to pick a record. They go for Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz – ha ha, no not really, it's The Jungle Book album. The kids are not used to being able to see the technology in action. Although normally quite tech savvy, when faced with a revolving plate, a stick with wire and a needle, they are flummoxed. They watch, fascinated, as the needle comes down, there's that scratchy sound that seems alien yet so comfortingly familiar – and once the cue to for me to enter an altered state of consciousness. Then the room is full of music."
Tim Bradford, the Guardian

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.

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now.”

Columnist Tom Purcell wrote that in a column that’s excerpted from his book, “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood.”

More from Purcell’s column throughout this week’s segment dedicated to Dad. With Father’s Day this weekend, we dive into my Dad’s record collection.

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The best cartoons of the week (06/15/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler


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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/15/13)

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:  Morning showers give way to scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 72. "F" in the morning, "C" in the afternoon.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. "A"

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

Right now I’m fortunate that I can stay at home with Kyla.  Eventually, I plan to get an “outside the home” job.  It will have to be a perfect though.  I will need part-time hours flexible enough to allow me to still participate in her school activities.  It must be close enough to home that there is no major commute.  I’m not seeking a career at this point but the job description should require more than “must be able to spell own first name accurately.”  And I need to be able to bring our (future) dog there.

Well, bring the dog at least once a year that is.

Yep, it’s time for every dog-loving employee’s favorite annual event, Take Your Dog To Work Day.  Friday June 21st has been designated as the day.  In an effort to promote equal time & opportunity for other species, June 17 – 21 is Take Your Pet To Work WEEK.  But seriously, who’s gonna toss a cat in a carrier and expect it to be the life of the office party?

For nearly 15 years this annual event has been asking “pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support.”  If you think THAT’S cool, there are companies all over that allow you to let Fido sit under your desk regularly.  Mother Nature Network’s site lists 10 companies that let you bring your dog to work. boasts another 11 companies with pet-friendly work places.  

If your pooch shows paw-fect manners this could be the ideal time to show your boss that it really is a great idea.  A one-day event could lead to an every-day occurrence.  While I understand that there are some understandable objections, there are so many obvious benefits of pets at work.

how this information to your boss, along with the specifics from the Take Your Dog To Work site.  If he/she objects, they must have felines in their family.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

It’s time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. And as we often point out, the news isn’t always good.

Family targeted with parts of dead dogs.

No, the dog wasn't licking his toes.

CoCo is amazing.

Good for you, Prince!

Hero guide dog saves two trainers.

They are heroes.

Brave dog.

Is Wisconsin a dog state or a cat state?

Your dog is sick? There's an app for that.

File it under Things It Never Occurred to You to Worry About.

What is my dog thinking?

Is your puppy a prodigy?



Flying photobomb: Stacy Keibler shared a recent photobomb by a dog jumping into a pool

 Stacy Keibler, the 33-year-old girlfriend of George Clooney shared an Instagram photo showing her getting outdone by a flying canine leaping into a pool. “I got #photobombed by a belly-flopping dog,” she wrote.

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us. How about e-mailing that friend our blog.

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have two this week. Here's our first, Keeping Dogs from Becoming Dinner:


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Week-ends (06/15/13)


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


Joe and Jan Dean

Lieutenant-General David Morrison

Murray Hambro

Michael Patterson

Bill Hogenson



Edward Snowden

Sherry Wan

York Prep School in New York



Edward Snowden is a "traitor" who has "committed an act of war against the United States.
Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution and it talks about waging war against the United States -- which this is -- and giving aid and comfort to our enemies, and God knows they've gotten a lot of aid and comfort from this release. Let me ask, who died and made him king? Who gave him the authority to endanger 300 million Americans? That's not the way it works, and if he thinks he can get away with that, he's got another think coming. If he gets a jail sentence it ought to be about five life terms running consecutively."

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton about the self-confessed leaker of top-secret documents detailing the National Security Agency's phone- and Internet-surveillance programs.

"You always favor Americans' civil liberties. The point is, is this necessary? Is this legal? Does this comport with the spirit of the law? Those are the kind of questions we have to ask. A blanket data mining project like this not only gets into the creepy phase of your mind, but also leads your mind to think, 'What other civil liberties could be compromised with this kind of a project?' I want to see more containment of this thing and I want to learn a lot more about it.”
WI Congressman Paul Ryan on the NSA scandal.

“These reports are deeply concerning and raise questions about whether our constitutional rights are secure. How could the phone records of so many innocent Americans be relevant to an authorized investigation as required by the Act?"
Fellow Wisconsin Republican and Patriot Act author Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner  in a letter he wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder after issuing a statement that “seizing phone records of millions of innocent people is excessive and un-American.”

I am "glad the NSA is trying to find out what terrorists are up to, overseas and inside the country." Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

“I think we have to understand this issue in the context of what also has been going on. If this was Sept. 12, 2001, we might not be having the argument that we are having today.”
Arizona Senator and former GOP Presidential candidate John McCain said the threat of terrorism in the United States “is getting worse,” and this validates the government’s controversial monitoring of all telephone calls and emails placed in the country.

“We wanted a president that listens to all Americans - now we have one”
Jay Leno

“…just the other day when I called Verizon’s customer service, the automated system said: ‘Thank you for calling Verizon customer service.

For English, press one.

- Para Español oprima dos.

- To speak with a chick from India who barely speaky English, press three

- To talk with Obama, press four.

- And to have one of Holder’s goons rock up to your house, simply praise the Tea Party or our nation’s founding documents.’

“Tapping into all of Verizon customers’ phones? Really? Does that mean the White House now has my cell phone videos of my yodeling in the shower? Geez, that’s embarrassing.

“Look, I get snooping on some folks, translation: Muslims. And it would have been great if the DOJ would’ve bugged the Boston bomber’s phone, or the Ft. Hood Terrorist’s bat crap crazy conferences, or the laptop of the Pakistani cat who attempted to light up Times Square or the underwear bomber’s crotch phone; but alas, those escaped these Keystone cops’ notice.”

Columnist Doug Giles

"A former senior White House official, and a very bright man, said this week he didn't believe it was mischief but incompetence. But why did all the incompetent workers misunderstand their jobs and their mission in exactly the same way? Wouldn't general incompetence suggest both liberal and conservative groups would be abused more or less equally, or in proportion to the number of their applications? Wouldn't a lot of left-wing groups have been caught in the incompetence net? Wouldn't we now be hearing honest and aggrieved statements from indignant progressives who expected better from their government?"
Columnist Peggy Noonan on the IRS scandal.

"How can your chief of staff, your general counsel know and you not know."
House Speaker John Boehner as to why he doesn't believe the President's explanation about the terrorist attack in Benghazi

“The willingness to trust the executive branch is today minimal and should be.”
George Will

"Has there been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama?"
Ralph Nader

“It’s relatively routine to have that ultrasound, and this bill assures that every woman has that standard of care.”
State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), author of a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion is performed.

“The intent is to tell a woman and her doctor they’re not capable of making a decision on their own.”
Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) objecting to Lazich’s bill. The measure was approved by the Legislature and will be signed into law by Governor Walker.

"It will drive her TV critics crazy! They are obsessed with her!”
Greta Van Susteren celebrating Sarah Palin's return to Fox News.

"I hope one flattens your lily white wimpy a#*."
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hitting comedian Bill Maher over comments about her son.

“So the good news, Tim Tebow got a job with the Patriots. The bad news: now that he's associated with the word ‘Patriot’ he's being audited by the IRS.”
Jay Leno


Morning After Pill ruling.

Killing 27-week old baby is like a flu shot.


Study confirms higher graduation rates in choice program.


This story didn't deserve 26 paragraphs.



Superman being used to promote amnesty.


That's it for Week-ends.

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Recommended Reading (06/15/13)

Recommended Reading

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

So Why Didn't NSA Catch The Tsarnaev Brothers?

“It boggles the mind that we didn't listen to the Russians when they warned about the Tsarnaev brothers in part because, well, they're the Russians. But we want to preserve the records of every housewife in Des Moines because data mining that arguably invades the privacy rights of innocent Americans might reveal something.”

If the GOP is this stupid, it deserves to die

Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they'll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote...Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America. It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?”

Fox News Chairman Ailes Awarded Bradley Prize

"Are we losing America to the inevitable onrushing tides of history? No. But we are in a storm, the mast is broken, the compass is barely functioning, and there is a big damned hole in the boat!

"We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated by others, many of whom want to impose their culture and laws under the manufactured utopian idea that all cultures are equal and most are better than America’s.”

How America lost its way

Not everyone is an entrepreneur. Still, everyone should try—if only once—to start a business. After all, it is small and medium enterprises that are the key to job creation. There is also something uniquely educational about sitting at the desk where the buck stops, in a dreary office you've just rented, working day and night with a handful of employees just to break even.”

A Christian minister opposes "God Bless America"

“Think back to any time in American history. It is hard to imagine that a Christian minister would have any reaction to his fellow Americans standing and singing ‘God Bless America’ other than unalloyed delight. But that was when mainline Christian ministers believed in Christianity, sought to bring fellow Americans to God, celebrated America and hoped that God would bestow His blessings on this country.”

Father's Day message

“It’s no news to anyone that I disagree strongly with President Obama on just about any issue or policy position you can name. But I’m not the least bit uncomfortable saying I admire something about the president that transcends politics and makes him a role model for every man in America.”

Why Dads get short shrift on Father's Day, and are ok with it

“When it comes to their respective days of honor, why do dads get funny ties and moms get diamond-heart necklaces? Why do we spend 40% more on Mother’s Day than Father’s Day? Some seemingly ungrateful children (and a few dads) offer explanations.”

Father's Day advice from a stellar dad

“At the risk of sounding arrogant, I’m one kick-ass dad. I happily change the nastiest of diapers. I’ll willingly put The Backyardigans on the TV even when there’s football to be watched. I patiently feed my daughter pears and sweet potatoes and the occasional Slim Jim. Cliff Huxtable ain’t got sh-t on me.”

Happy Father's Day, Patriot: I hope you're raising your kids to be righteously rebellious

"For Dads who want their kids to make a dent on their campus for God and country, not only for their sake but for the following generations, I have seven things your charge must take on if they want to screw with the asinine screwballs at their school. To be an effective agent of rebellion have them do the following..."

Countering government intimidation

“Admit it. You're a dirty rotten conservative!”

“That's false. I eat tofu for breakfast.”

“But we found your name on a donor list of a group that sought 501(c)(4) status to promote the founding principles of the U.S. Constitution!”

“You're mistaking me for someone else with the same name. I listen to Barry Manilow records.”


A day in the life of Big Brother


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My wife has posted a nice Father's Day blog. Check it out.

Photos of the Week (06/16/13)

Photos of the Week

1) Pro-democractic legislator Claudia Mo Man-ching speaks next to a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama and Edward Snowden during a news conference in Hong Kong Friday, June 14, 2013. Two lawmakers in Hong Kong said on Friday that they had written to President Obama to try to persuade him not to bring charges against the former US intelligence contractor Snowden. Snowden revealed last weekend he was the source of a major leak of top-secret information on NSA surveillance, saying he was uncovering wrongdoing. He spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

2) Cecilia Floros, 10, of Newtown attends a remembrance event on the six month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on June 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. A a 26-second moment of silence was observed to honor the 20 children and six adults who were killed at the school on Dec. 14. The event also included the reading of the names of over 6,000 people who have been killed by gun violence since the massacre in Newtown. The reading of names was expected to take 12 hours. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

3) Two demonstrators hug each other tightly as they are surrounded by riot police using tear gas during a student protest in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Thousands of people took to the streets of Brazil's two biggest cities to protest 10-cent hikes in bus and subway fares. Photo: Tasso Marcelo / AFP - Getty Images

4) Colorado Springs resident Yolette Baca takes a photo of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 12, 2013.  Photo: Brennan Linsley / AP

5) A cloud of dust from a nearby imploded building approaches the Statue of Liberty in New York, on June 9. Photos: Zoran Milich / Reuters

6) Lightning strikes the Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, in downtown Chicago on June 12, 2013. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes moved into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest on Wednesday.  Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

7) Kidwell Blanchard, left, 12, of Chandler, Ariz., sits with Andrew Sisk, 17, of Salt Lake City, Utah, as a storm moves through the area with the Washington Monument in the background, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

8) Uwe Peterle moves across an area flooded by the river Mulde with a boat made out of a bathtub in Niesau, eastern Germany, on June 11, 2013. Residents of Niesau are completely surrounded by the floods. Photo: Jan Woitas / dpa via AP

9) Gov. George Wallace blocks the entrance to the University of Alabama as he turned back a federal officer attempting to enroll two black students at the university campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on June 11, 1963. Vivian Malone and James Hood stand in the doorway of Foster Auditorium to hold what they called their "first and final news conference" after the two African-American students registered at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963. Earlier, Gov. George Wallace had barred their way from the same doorway. Photos from 50 years ago: AP file. Darrell Hood, son of James Hood, enters Foster Auditorium for "Through the Doors" an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the stand in the schoolhouse door, on the campus of the University of Alabama on June 11, 2013. Photo: Michelle Lepianka Carter / Tuscaloosa News via AP

10) In an image provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office a Key deer has its head stuck in a snack food bag Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Florida. Monroe County, Fla., Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Gordon encountered the distressed animal in the Keys and removed the bag from the endangered species mammal. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

11) Fisherman Ompong Vargas, 39, who wears a facial mask made of fabric to protect his skin from getting darker, holds a fish in his mouth as he searches a net at Laguna de Bay in Taguig City, Metro Manila. During the dry season, fishermen earn $2 to $7 (70-300 pesos) per day. Photo: Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters

12) 'Bird Man' of Brittany Christian Moullec and his gaggle of geese get a bird's eye view as thousands of animals are led through the port city of Marseille on the last leg of 'TransHumance,' an event based on the migration of livestock and people. The gathering on June 9 was created by equestrian troupe Centaur Theatre as part of this year's European Capital of Culture events.  Photo: Panoramic / Zuma Press

13) Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on as security guards restrain a protester after he lit a flare and ran on court before the start of a game in the Men's Singles final match. Photo: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

14) Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel jumps feet-first from Marina Hemingway in Havana, on June 12. McCardel is attempting to become the first to cross the Florida Straits swimming through the shark-infested sea without a protective cage. Photo: Adalberto Roque / AFP - Getty Images

15) Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce dodges a foul ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. Bruce flew out to center in the at bat. The Brewers beat the Reds, 6-0. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

16) Ryan Hunter-Reay (center) is hit with cream puffs from Helio Castroneves (left) and Will Power (right) after winning the Indy250 Fest Race at State Fair Park Saturday. Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman

17) Mike Kowalski, Mike Witkowski and Ben Witkowski (left to right) occupy a bunker above Trimborn Farm  during the third annual World War II encampment at the Greendale, WI historical site. Photo:  Mark Felix

18) A large pride flag was carried through the street during the Milwaukee Pride Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Thousands lined 2nd Street near National to view floats and colorfully decorated patrons. Milwaukee Wave owner Sue Black is the grand marshal of this year's parade. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood

19) Traditional Polish folk dancers took center stage at the Summerfest grounds at Polish Fest 2012. Polish Fest concludes today at the lakefront. Photo: Journal Sentinel files.

20) Gabrielle Ortiz smokes an electronic cigarette at Vape New York, an electronic cigarette store on June 10, 2013 in New York City. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery powered devices that vaporizes a nicotine laced liquid solution into an aerosol mist which simulates the act of tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes are attracting major investors as their popularity increases and the market for traditional cigarettes continues to shrink. On Monday it was announced that Sean Parker will be investing $75 million in a leading maker of electronic cigarettes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

21) This June 13, 2013 photo shows singer Petula Clark performing "Downtown" at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th annual induction and awards gala in New York. Tony Hatch, writer of the song, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

22) Models present a creation by Belarusian designer Olga Kiselevich during the Festival of vanguard art "Mammoth-2013" in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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My Most Popular Blogs (06/17/13)

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My most popular blogs from last week, Sunday-Saturday:

1) MUST SEE VIDEO: State Senator Mary Lazich, re: Sonya's Law 

2) Culinary no­-no #332 

3) Photos of the Week (06/09/13)

4) The latest pro-­life news (06/10/13) 

5) Why didn't people vote in November 2012? (It's not what the left would have you believe) 

6) The latest from Franklin alderman/Milwaukee County supervisor Steve Taylor: June 2013

7) Time to get rid of those annoying, useless sideline reporters

8) The Barking Lot­-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/15/13) 

9) The latest from Rehorst -  June 2013 

10) Week­-ends (06/15/13)

In case you were asleep like me Friday night and missed it...

At I-94 and Rawson...


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"While We're Young"

The latest pro-life news (06/17/13)

Pro-Life news

From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Right To Life Wisconsin:

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Obamaphones for drugs

Under Obama, here is your welfare culture and mentality on display:

U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Unborn Children Who Are Capable of Feeling Pain

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Unborn Children Who Are Capable of Feeling Pain

Obama White House Threatens to Veto the Measure

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How well-trained is your child's teacher?

The answer is not very reassuring.

According to a new study released Tuesday, America’s teacher-training programs do not adequately prepare would-be educators for the classroom, even as they produce almost triple the number of graduates needed. The survey examined more than 1,000 programs nationwide (WI got a D+).

Authors of The National Council on Teacher Quality review wrote, “ Through an exhaustive and unprecedented examination of how these schools operate, the review finds they have become an industry of mediocrity, churning out first-year teachers with classroom management skills and content knowledge inadequate to thrive in classrooms. A vast majority of teacher preparation programs do not give aspiring teachers adequate return on their investment of time and tuition dollars.”

A troubling reality is that once a teacher is entrenched in a classroom, it becomes extremely difficult to remove him or her involuntarily and wholesale retraining is nearly impossible to find. The National Council on Teacher Quality sees the solution is to make it less easy for students to get into teacher preparation programs. When they do get there, they should be instructed the most effective methods to help students.

These findings about teacher preparation programs were described as “alarming”:

Less than 10 percent of rated programs earn three stars (out of four) or more. 

It is far too easy to get into a teacher preparation program. Just over a quarter of programs restrict admissions to students in the top half of their class, compared with the highest-performing countries, which limit entry to the top third.

Fewer than one in nine elementary programs and just over one-third of high school programs are preparing candidates in content at the level necessary to teach the new Common Core State Standards now being implemented in classrooms in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

The “reading wars” are far from over. Three out of four elementary teacher preparation programs still are not teaching the methods of reading instruction that could substantially lower the number of children who never become proficient readers, from 30 percent to under 10 percent. Instead, the teacher candidate is all too often told to develop his or her “own unique approach” to teaching reading.

Rookie teachers "don't know how to teach reading, don't know how to master a classroom, don't know how to use data," said Kate Walsh, the National Council on Teacher Quality’s president. "The results were dismal."

The Washington Post editorializes:

“Those who believe - as we do - that teachers should be viewed and treated as professionals should welcome a study that might help them get the training demanded by the hard jobs they do."

One would think.

Not surprisingly, many in the education intelligentsia don’t. Again, that’s to be expected from a profession that believes it’s above criticism that is simply bashing. The information in the new study is already being characterized as “flawed.”

As critical as teachers are, they are, from a PR perspective, their own worst enemy. They have the worst jobs, the worst compensation, the worst working conditions, and all people do is bash. Just ask or listen to them.

The whining doesn’t work. According to Gallup, 53% are dissatisfied with the quality of public education.

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This weekend in Franklin...

A great family festival I highly recommend!

The "R" word


UPDATE: U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Unborn Children Who Are Capable of Feeling Pain

Pro-Life news

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You may die, or...Best of luck, Nick

My friend and colleague Nick Monette is in Vermont, getting ready to compete in the grueling “Death Race."

I wish him the best of luck. Here's more on what he's up against.

Always love videos like this


Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend filled with summer smiles!

“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year.  You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past.  Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

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

Today is the first day of summer. That's the good news.

The bad news, as someone reminded me a few days ago, is that the days now start getting shorter. I personally love when it's still light out a few minutes before 9:00 at night.

So tonight, isn't it obvious? Sounds of the season.

Before we start, a very brief prelude to our first selection. Those of you in my age bracket will surely remember.


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The best cartoons of the week (06/22/13)

Best Cartoons of the Week

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The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (06/22/13)

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:  Scattered, isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast all day. A very sticky day. High of 85. "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny, hot, and humid. High of 87. "B"

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

As I’ve mentioned more on my own blog than on The Barking Lot, I’m not a sports fan.  I do enjoy Notre Dame teams (especially football) but that’s because Kevin introduced me to their rich history, tradition, and conservative values.  They also have a campus that will bring tears to your eyes if you have the privilege of visiting.

So, collegiate sports are one thing.  But pro sports?  Forget it.  Zero interest.  I don’t know teams, players, stats, personal histories & stories, etc.  I don’t know salaries except to realize that I will never, EVER see that many zeros in MY bank account. 

What I DO know is that when pro ball players reach a certain level of status, pay, and recognition they feel they are above normal standards of decent behavior.  Womanizing, illegal and performance-enhancing drug use, gambling, dog fighting, and even murder.  Heck, it’s all fine if you are a member of the NBA, NFL or MLB. Whatever you’ve done; hire a top-notch attorney, appeal to the public, and just like MC Hammer once said, “Can’t touch this.”

Where am I going with this sports-themed rant?  Well it’s The Barking Lot, there MUST be a dog angle.

While clearly not as gruesome and horrendous as Michael Vick’s dogfighting involvement, there’s another pro ball player who’s up to no good in the canine community.  Not surprising in the least I’m afraid.  This time it’s Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

He thought it was a good idea to sell his family Bulldog using his Twitter account.  As you can read from the tongue-in-cheek narrative from Yahoo! Sports, I’m not the only one who thinks this was (at the very least) a gross lapse in good judgment.

It boggles the mind, doesn’t it?  From my understanding this man makes over $7 million a year.  Do you really think he needs to SELL the dog?  He must have family & friends.  Isn’t it possible to ask someone he knows to take the dog?  He states that he “just want a good home for him.”  Are there better ways to find a “good home” than Twitter?

Obviously nothing will come of this.  In a world filled with pet tragedies this doesn’t rank with the carnage of Vick’s animals.  But it’s just one more instance of pro ball players being above everything else, including the law.

Oh, and as an aside…  When his NBA career draws to a close, I’m doubt Mr. Perkins would be considered for an alternate career as a grammar teacher.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Vinny is shot by mistake.

Fungus attacking Chicago-area dogs.

Why is a little girl eating dog poop on a billboard?

A dog's worst enemy?

What dog birth control shots could do.

Bear will get some dental work... MORE about Bear.

Titus is a lifesaver.

Rudi isn't like other dogs.

That is some vacation.

And the winner (?) is...