Today’s highly interesting read (02/23/17): Hijacking Ash Wednesday

Next week is Ash Wednesday, observed by Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches. It’s the first day of Lent, falling on the Wednesday seven weeks before Easter.

According to Twitter here are the top ten most-mentioned Lenten sacrifices in 2016:

Rank Word Count
1 chocolate 2,235
2 social networking 2,115
3 alcohol 1,902
4 twitter 1,873
5 school 1,564
6 swearing 1,413
7 soda 1,109
8 sweets 1,002
9 coffee 880
10 fast food 870


If retweets are included:

Rank Category Number of Tweets
1 food 15,459
2 technology 5,021
3 habits 4,299
4 smoking/drugs/alcohol 3,513
5 school/work 3,235
6 relationship 1,974
7 irony 1,812
8 health/hygiene 908
9 sex 902
10 religion 738

Seriously, Ash Wednesday is, well, serious. At least it’s supposed to be.

Observers have ashes imposed on their foreheads as a reminder of their mortality, as referenced in Genesis, “you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Ash Wednesday has been modified.

What does that mean ?

Today’s read.

Wisconsin, and others, need to follow North Carolina’s lead

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures:

From 2013 to 2016, at least 24 states considered “bathroom bills,” or legislation that would restrict access to multiuser restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities on the basis of a definition of sex or gender consistent with sex assigned at birth or “biological sex.” North Carolina is the only state to enact this type of legislation.

Arizona introduced a bathroom bill that failed to pass in 2013.

At least nine states considered bathroom bills in 2015, including: Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin. None of these bills were enacted.

At least nineteen states considered this type of legislation in 2016. One state – North Carolina – enacted this type of legislation. South Dakota’s bill passed in both chambers, but was vetoed by the governor. Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin also considered similar legislation in 2016.

Bravo TRUMP!

This is definitely a decision best for the states to handle.

Let’s see what happens in the legislative session now underway in Wisconsin.

You know what Kayla’s Playground could use?

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This past Sunday afternoon our family spent two hours at Franklin’s magnificent Kayla’s Playground.

There were lots of happy people with bright smiling faces, and very well-behaved I might add.

My wife made an observation, one that I made in one of my blogs last December in the TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2016 series. It was about the tables.

“Could there be room for more?” I asked on my blog.

We now have 12.

I’m not trying to instigate another table controversy. But it was clear Kayla’s Playground could easily use and handle more tables, especially with spring and summer on the way, and the playground’s popularity growing and growing.

I know of no such plans. But even if there were, this is Franklin, folks. Request for more tables? You’d open Pandora’s Box.

A reminder: Visit Franklin restaurant Thursday to help fund K9 unit for Franklin Police Dept.

My wife wrote in this past Saturday’s “The Barking Lot” blog:

Here in Franklin we are fortunate to have a well-run, highly effective police department. Kevin and I lament our ungodly taxes. They’re way out of line. However we strongly support our financial backing of the men and women who serve and protect daily.

Now the FPD needs even more help.

Like many other local police forces Franklin is dependent on canine (K-9) resources that prove to be invaluable.

“The K-9 program is a very important part of police operations,” Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva told us.

“Police dogs provide a variety of services. In addition to locating illegal drugs, searching for people, and assisting in arrests of uncooperative suspects, they provide safety and support to their police officer partners.”

In Franklin the need is especially great.

“Since we need to replace all three of our dogs this year, community support has and will be an important component in funding K-9 operations,” said Chief Oliva.

One of Franklin’s dogs had to be euthanized and the other two are very close to retirement age.

“Most law enforcement agencies do not have a budget for the purchase, training or protection of police K-9s. They heavily rely on generous public and/or corporate donations.”
The National Police Dog Foundation

Next Thursday, February 23, one of our favorite restaurants in Franklin is holding a special fundraiser to support the Franklin Police Department’s K-9 Patrol Unit.

From 11am to 8pm on Thursday  10% of the restaurant’s sales will go to the purchase of a K9 dog for the FPD. The fund raiser is being hosted by the Franklin Police Citizen Academy Alumni.

This article is dated 2003, but it gives you some idea of the costs associated with a police K-9 unit.

So consider dining at the Point After Pub & Grille on Thursday, whether you live in Franklin or not. Ask for owner Dave Bartels, a very good guy, and tell him you heard about it here.

BTW, I highly recommend the Pot Roast Sandwich!
—Jennifer Fischer

Supervisor Steve F. Taylor February 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Please click here to view the February 2017 edition of “Privileged to Serve”, the monthly e-newsletter issued by my office.

This edition includes:

-South Suburban Chamber of Commerce

-Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Directors

-2017 Travelling Beer Garden Dates Announced

-Legislative Roundup

-Free days at the Milwaukee County Parks, museums, and the County Zoo.

-Upcoming events in our community.

I encourage you to forward this newsletter to anyone who may find it informative. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can be of assistance concerning any matter involving Milwaukee County.

All My Best,

Steve F. Taylor 

Milwaukee County Board, 2nd Vice Chairman

Economic & Community Development Committee Chairman

Milwaukee County Supervisor, 9th District

(414) 278-4267

(414) 223-1380 fax

UPDATE: Culinary no-no #170: No- peanut zones at the ballpark

Previously on This Just In…

Culinary no-no #170

Posted by Kevin Fischer on June 13, 2010

Peanuts are dangerous.

This is Culinary no-no.

So you’re expecting a joke.

A punch line.

None is forthcoming.

Peanut allergies have become a concern. But possibly, too much of a concern.

In late July 2008, while filling in for Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN, I devoted a segment to what could be a baseball promotion first. Busch Stadium in St. Louis that particular week designated an entire section a peanut-free zone. Only fans with peanut allergies and their families were allowed in Section 328 in the outfield the first base line, just behind the foul pole. Comments ran the gamut.

Some viewed the promotion as a wonderful, thoughtful idea. Others wondered where you draw the line on special accommodations for fans.

Several callers made the valid argument that parents are taking a serious risk bringing their peanut allergy suffering kids to the stadium because in order to get to their seats, they have to pass many areas where peanuts are still being sold, consumed, and dropped on the ground.
My view: Nice PR, I guess, but overall, a bad idea. What about the row in the peanut-free zone that is right next to a row that is not peanut-free? How do you propose to get your allergic child to his/her seat without passing all kinds of areas where peanuts are served and eaten? What if a fan in the peanut gallery tosses a shell in the area of the no-peanut zone?

And here we go again.

I swear the Obama administration sits around, attempting to invent ways to intrude upon our lives. Witness the latest exhibition of brilliance from the Obamessiah, as reported by the Wall Street Journal:

“The DOT may effectively ban peanuts from flights to protect travelers with peanut allergies. The agency said it would solicit comments on three options: banning peanuts from flights, requiring airlines to offer a ‘peanut free’’ flight if passengers on a particular flight request, or creating ‘peanut-free zones’’ on flights for passengers with allergies. (Peanut-loving Southwest Airlines says it already offers alternative snacks and can halt all peanut service if requested by a passenger who has an allergy. Southwest also recommends that passengers with peanut allergies travel earlier in the day before peanut dust builds.) “

Dr. Anthony Jennings is director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis. At the time the St. Louis Cardinals decided to set aside peanut-free zones, Jennings wrote in the St. Louis Post –Dispatch:

“I suppose I could be considered middle-aged, yet I don’t recall such measures ever being an issue during my childhood. Kids at school freely ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and I don’t remember a single classmate going into anaphylactic shock. So is this a new phenomenon? And, if so, why?”

Chad Smith, DO, a family physician with SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group in Warrenton and on staff at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis provided an answer:

“There’s been some investigation into the apparent increase in severe peanut and other food allergies in recent years, but very little scientific evidence to point to what’s causing it. Shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, milk and eggs are among the most common food allergens. For some people, even a minute amount of the allergen can cause a reaction. In many cases, that reaction is no more serious than a rash, runny nose and itchy eyes. But some individuals have dangerous allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis, which causes tissue swelling and problems breathing. Some apparent food allergies are really just food intolerance. They may upset your stomach, but they don’t cause the immune reaction that’s the hallmark of a true allergy. Only about 6 percent of American children are thought to have food allergies.”

So when and where does it stop? Airlines excel in horrendous customer service. You better be choking pretty good to get some H20. Now the ubiquitous peanuts might be gone?

Get rid of free peanuts because you have proven you can’t run your business effectively and costs are killing you, but not because some folks have allergies.
—This Just In, June 13, 2010

The update.