Earth to the tax and spenders in Wisconsin (including Franklin)

Wisconsin is making progress in moving away from the list of the highest taxed states in America thanks to measures taken by the Republican-controlled state Legislature and Governor Scott Walker.

More headway would have been achieved if not for local school districts bypassing the tax relief opportunities available by proposing, and persuading enough support for, huge school referendum tax increases.

Not to be dismayed the Walker administration and fellow Republicans have turned a disastrous state economy passed on by Jim Doyle into a $400 million state budget surplus. Rightfully, Governor Walker and the Legislature have decided to send the surplus back to taxpayers.

Tax rebate

Relief will come in the form of a $100 per child tax credit.

Might sound like a paltry sum. But taxpayers, despite Democrat cries that it’s a tiny election gimmick, are loving it.

Requests for Gov. Scott Walker’s $100 child tax rebate have exceeded 200,000 in just three days after registration opened. The state Department of Revenue said 230,424 people had registered to receive the per-child payment by last Friday morning, available to Wisconsin taxpayers with dependent children.

And I’ve yet to hear any state Democrat who’s so upset about the rebate offering to reject their check.

This should serve as a resounding loud and clear message to each and every person with tax and spending authority, including here in Franklin (Tax Hell, Wisconsin) that the beleaguered people who pay the bills are desperately looking for tax relief, no matter the amount.

Once again, it’s the state providing a life saver while the locals keep piling on.

A FOR SALE sign in Franklin can lose any and all interest and appeal POOF just like that

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My next door neighbors here in Franklin put up the FOR SALE sign about two months ago, maybe even more. They’re long gone but the sign is still there. The home is for the taking. Two months later.

This past weekend we had a party at our house, and as a few of the guys talked outside while food was being grilled I mentioned to one of my guests that the house was vacant and up for grabs.

He pulled out his smartphone and with genuine curiosity and interest looked up the details.

As I had informed him, it was confirmed the owners were asking $3999,999.

My guest wasn’t phased.


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He let out a cry of astonishment following an audible gulp.

“$8,000 in taxes!”


Twice what he now pays in a nearby suburb.

Souffle flopped.

Appeal totally vanished.

Smartphone was put away.

Tax Hell.

Today’s highly interesting read (05/22/18):The Decriminalization Delusion

A prison reform summit was held at the White House last Friday, where President Trump told the audience, “America is a nation that believes in the power of redemption.”

The  FIRST STEP Act focuses on improving prison conditions for pregnant inmates, and could provide possible early release for prisoners who earn credits for good behavior.

The House just passed the bill  but it faces tough odds in the Senate. It’s being promoted by President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

To the sanity rescue: The brilliant Heather Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Mac Donald’s newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

From MacDonald:

America doesn’t have an incarceration problem—it has a crime problem.


Here’s the entire column.

The latest pro-life news (05/21/18)


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From Pro-Life Wisconsin

From WI Right To Life


Trump Takes Taxpayers Out of the Abortion Business

Cardinal Dolan says separating abortion from Title X funds ‘greatly needed’

What Planned Parenthood could learn from me: Being a teenage mom was hard, but it sure didn’t ruin my life

No, Danielle Campoamor, Abortion Is Not Pro-Life


Today’s highly interesting read (05/21/18): Why Democrats Should Embrace Foxconn

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Today’s read comes from a liberal blogger who seems to get it, unlike so many of his fellow lefties.  He’s still a liberal so he gets in his jabs. However he’s attempting to convince his side of the aisle that they need to support Foxconn.

The constant scorn and ridicule against Foxconn by the candidates runs counter to what some voters consider to be the only shining example of leadership shown by Governor Scott Walker.  While I understand the need for a candidate to connect with voters and curry favor for the primary, I also sincerely wish that Democrats would carry a message about the greater long-term benefits that this liquid crystal display manufacturing campus would bring to our state. I wish there would be a complete presentation about Foxconn which includes the fact our state got a deal that works to our benefit.

My guess is he won’t get very far with most of his readers. Check it out.

My Most Popular Blogs (05/21/18)

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

1) The Best Cartoons of the Week (05/19/18)

2) Goodnight everyone, and be grateful this weekend

3) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Will you look at me, quivering, like a little girl, shivering”

4) “Ikea puts Oak Creek on map as a regional retail destination”…meanwhile in Franklin

5) Photos of the Week (05/13/18)

6) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/19/18)

7) UPDATE: Seriously Franklin? War Pigs?

8) The latest pro-life news (05/14/18)

9) Today’s highly interesting read (05/17/18): Why Do Liberals Think We Are Morally Obligated To Die To Make Them Happy?

10) Hoping for peace in Oak Creek on Wednesday

Photos of the Week (05/20/18)

1) When Prince Harry married actresss Meghan Markle she became the first American to marry into the royal family since 1937.  Windsor Castle Guards from 1st Battalion Irish Guards play for the crowd ahead of the wedding. The imposing fortress and longest-occupied European palace some 25 miles west of London has been the home of British sovereigns for over 900 years. Photo: Nigel Roddis / EPA

2) Meghan Markle arrives wearing a dress by the French fashion house Givenchy. Photo: Andrew Matthews / AP

3) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand at the altar in St. George’s Chapel. Photo: Pool via Reuters

4) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they leave the chapel. Photo: Danny Lawson / AFP – Getty Images

5) People watch as ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Photo: REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

6) A view of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano from the International Space Station. Photo: Andrew J. Feustel/NASA/via REUTERS

7) Golfers play on as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

8) Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

9) Adrianna Valoy, the mother of slain New York City police Detective Miosotis Familia, hugs President Donald Trump as he speaks at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

10) A mother holds the body of her daughter, Leyla al-Ghandour, at the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on May 15. The 8-month-old inhaled tear gas during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. “Let her stay with me. It is too early for her to go,” her mother cried, pressing the baby’s body to her chest. Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP – Getty Images

11) Police officers and members of the public watch as military personnel rehearse their part in the procession for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

12) A lion and its cub appear like the famous scene from the Disney classic The Lion King as they sit on a rock and gaze into the evening sunset in Serengeti, Tanzania. Photograph: Marc Mol/Solent News

13) Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, poses with cast member Chewbacca at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2018. Photo: Regis Duvignau / Reuters

14) A dancer warms up backstage before the finals of the 2018 world pole dance championships in Tianjin, China. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images


Kent State graduate celebrates by strolling campus with her AR-10

Week-ends (05/19/18)

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…


Adopt-A-Soldier program

Kaitlyn Bennett


Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Lenora Williams


“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country.  You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”
President Trump at a roundtable meeting on Wednesday about U.S. immigration policies. His remarks sparked intense backlash from the media.

 “Any fair-minded person who doesn’t assume everything Trump says is a ‘dog whistle’ meant to send neo-Nazis into a furor knows Trump was referring specifically to MS-13, a ruthless, murderous gang that has a tremendous amount of power in California and has been the subject of conversation for Trump on numerous occasions. Trump was clearly not referring to all ‘undocumented immigrants’ as animals, as (a NY) Times’ tweet suggested.

“The news media knows this, of course, but it would rather spend its time and resources trying to destroy the president than report what’s happening in the world or discuss real issues—like, you know, out-of-control gangs that rape and murder people.”
Justin Haskins, the editor-in-chief of the New Revere Daily Press and

“John McCain needs to retire from the Senate…far too many career politicians, as they approach their sunset years, stay in office longer than they are able to do the job….he should resign because he physically cannot do the job anymore. When our representatives find themselves no longer able to perform their duties, it is time for them to step down…even if they are a hero.”
Columnist Derek Hunter

It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too. So, I don’t know. I wasn’t surprised, I was just scared.”
A 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student identified as Paige, hours after a terrorist killed 10 people at her school

“We have elections. Go vote if it’s a policy thing and a behavior thing. I don’t know if you can get impeached for being a jerk, but if we did, this guy would be long gone. But that’s not unifying.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, rejecting calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached at this time

“You know what, he doesn’t (miss Milwaukee). Because the thing is, you don’t know this about the Fonz, he’s actually a wimp in the snow. He’s cool until he sees the first snowflake. And then he goes right to his condo in Palm Beach.”
Henry Winkler about his character Fonzie in an interview with GQ


Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient


What week is it?


Yanni or Laurel?


These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. And then…



Gang members, liberals, and teachers

In case you missed them, here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (05/18/18): Donald Trump is right. MS-13 members are ‘animals.’

Today’s highly interesting read (05/17/18): Why Do Liberals Think We Are Morally Obligated To Die To Make Them Happy?

Today’s highly interesting read (05/16/18): Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

Today’s highly interesting read (05/15/18): Teachers Aren’t Victims

Today’s highly interesting read (05/14/18): Explaining Why Liberals Are So Desperate To Find Things to Be Offended About