Goodbye nice weather

My plans were to make one more batch of sun tea out on the patio. Too late. Should have done it over the beautiful weekend.

Today could be the last 60-degree day for the year, but that’s no good. It’s raining and the winds are ridiculous.

In my part of town here are the HIGH temps for the future:

TUE OCT 22: 48

WED OCT 23: 54

THU OCT 24: 48

FRI OCT 25: 48

SAT OCT 26: 54

SUN OCT 27: 54

MON OCT 28: 50

TUE OCT 29: 49

WED OCT 30: 43

THU OCT 31: 42

FRI NOV 1: 42

SAT NOV 2: 42

SUN NOV 3: 42

MON NOV 4: 44


My Most Popular Blogs (10/21/19)

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

1) The impact of Franklin’s new logo

2) Best Memes of the Week (10/13/19)

3) Patti Logsdon, the Hemp Lady?

4) Goodnight everyone, and have a groovy weekend!

5) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Rocket Man

6) The latest pro-life news (10/14/19)

7) Week-ends (10/19/19)

8) Best Cartoons of the Week (10/19/19)

9) UPDATE: Patti Logsdon, the Hemp Lady?

10) 4TH UPDATE: Canadian scholars wouldn’t be happy with Kayla’s Playground, or my neighbors

Just missing the TOP TEN: The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/19/19)

Culinary no-no #628


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Years ago my wife Jennifer wrote a Culinary yes-yes blog for the old FranklinNOW website. Here’s a segment from August 2013:

Summer schedules tend to be more relaxed, as does our cooking.  Firing up the grill for a meal is second nature to many people.  If you have a garden or frequent farmers’ markets it takes nothing to whip up a salad fit for a meal.  Dining al fresco, no matter what the fare, elevates any cuisine to an event.  Picnics, whether at the park, zoo, or in your own back yard, are magical moments.  Dinner can be an easy, casual almost after-thought that takes second place to swimming, biking, golfing or boating.  But when the school year ramps up again we fill every minute with sports, lessons, PTA meetings, scouts, and a million other activities.  And suddenly our family evening meal TOGETHER comes to a screeching halt.

While it may seem hard to argue with the old adage “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” perhaps we need to reconsider that advice.  True, breakfast fuels our bodies.  It gives us the jump-start we need as we begin our marathon days.  With family members starting their daily grind at all different hours it’s unlikely that mom, dad, and kids all sit down at the same time to steaming bowls of oatmeal or mile-high pancakes and sausage during the week.

Enter The Family Dinner.  You know, that time around 5:30 – 6:30 when everyone sat down at the same time, shared food, talked, laughed, etc.  June, July and August made it pretty simple to do that.  But clearly, a meal shared by all is critical to strong family bonds YEAR-ROUND.

It doesn’t have to be a chore, a major undertaking or something to be feared.  What you managed in the summer can certainly be achieved the other nine months of the year.  Yes…  it can be simple, fun, and beneficial to the entire family.

And if you think your nightly repast needs to look like something Norman Rockwell created, think again.

Sure, as the kids get older and involved in more extracurricular activities it may seem easier just to say “grab something when you can.”  But that is exactly the time in their lives when a family meal can keep those “extracurricular activities” the kind parents want…  Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem according to Anne Fishel, Ph.D.

If you don’t have the routine of a family meal quite yet, perhaps you could use a date just around the corner as a kick-start.  September 23, 2013 marks the nationally recognized “Family Day” initiative.

Gathering your family ‘round the table all through the year?  How could that be anything but a Culinary Yes Yes!
—Culinary yes-yes by Jennifer Fischer, August, 2013

Fast forward to today.

According to The Atlantic:

“People in the United States eat alone more frequently than they ever have before.”

Read more here.


Amazon is shipping expired food, from baby formula to old beef jerky, scaring consumers and putting big brands at risk

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes doubling city’s tax on food and drinks at restaurants

ICYMI, Culinary no-no  #627

Photos of the Week (10/20/19)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) After President Trump tweeted this photo from a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16., 2019, with congressional Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it her cover photo on social media accounts.  The president tweeted, “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!”

2) A man at Trump rally wears a jacket depicting a wall. Construction of a 30ft-high section of the president’s border barrier has begun in the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument in southern Arizona, a federally protected wilderness area and Unesco-recognized international biosphere reserve. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

3) U.S. President Donald Trump holds a purse as Louis Vuitton’s CEO Michael Burke and Chairman and CEO of Luxury goods group LVMH Bernard Arnault look on during a visit to the Louis Vuitton Rochambeau Ranch leather workshop in Keene, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

4) The House Committee on Oversight and Reform room displays a memorial for deceased committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Tom Brenner

5) Teachers and support staff at Steven Tyng Mather School in Chicago, strike with cars honking in support as Chicago Public Schools teachers officially began a strike on Thursday after failing to reach a new contract deal with the city. About 300,000 CPS students and their families are affected by the strike, as well as about 25,000 teachers in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 17, 2019  Rick Wood, USA TODAY NETWORK/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

6) Students affected by the Chicago Public Schools work stoppage sit at tables at the McCormick YMCA of Metro on the first day of strike by the Chicago Teachers Union. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski, AFP via Getty Images

7) An employee clears shattered glass after anti-government protesters vandalized a restaurant during a demonstration at New Town Plaza shopping mall in Hong Kong, China. Photo: Reuters

8) Luceyn Kifretune and her brother Omer were injured after a barrel bomb fired by the Assad regime struck their home in Saraqib district, north-west Syria. Their father, mother, aunt and brother were killed in the attack and the children are now being schooled and cared for in Turkey. Photograph: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

9) NASA astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch inside the Quest airlock, preparing the spacesuits and tools they will use on their first spacewalk to replace a failed power controller. Photograph: NASA/EPA

10) The first all-female spacewalk took place last week. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir planned to venture outside the International Space Station for a 6.5 hour spacewalk for station maintenance. Photo: NASA

11) Astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space,  has spent her career studying dangerous pathogens on Earth and advancing science on the International Space Station.  Photo: NASA

12) The moon rises behind One World Trade Center on a clear night in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York, as seen from Green Brook Township, New Jersey, Oct. 15, 2019. Photo: AP

13) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Charles, the Prince of Wales proceed through the Royal Gallery before the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London. Photo: Reuters

14) Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates with her five gold medals, breaking the World Championships medals record at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

15) Illinois place kicker James McCourt kicks the game-winning field goal during the fourth quarter as time expired Saturday as the Illini beat Wisconsin, 24-23. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

16) Illinois place kicker James McCourt is hoisted by his teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter as time expired. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

17) Illinois  stuns No. 6 Wisconsin with a 24-23 homecoming win on Saturday, October 19,2019 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. After the upset, fans stormed the field. Photo: Scott Richey, the News-Gazette

18) A four-metre long king cobra is pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand. Photograph: Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation/Getty Images

19) Hailing from the Chinese province of Qinghai, Yongqing Bao has won the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year 2019 title for his image The Moment, which frames the standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot. A powerful frame of both humor and horror, it captures the drama and intensity of nature. The images are now on display at the Natural History Museum in London before touring internationally.

20) In Lembang, Indonesia, residents of Cikareumbi village take part in the tomato war event, a tradition of getting rid of rotten tomatoes after low valued yields. All tomatoes thrown as ‘bullets’ are collected again to be used as compost and vegetable fertilizers. Photograph: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/Rex/Shutterstock

21) A woman was removed from a cruise ship and banned for life by the cruise company after she climbed onto her room’s balcony railing to pose for a dangerous photo shoot over the ocean. The incident happened on board the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas as it was approaching Labadee, Haiti last week. The unnamed woman was spotted by a fellow passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew. Blosic later posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with hands over her head on social media.


Week-ends (10/19/19)

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…


NASA women

Gray Forrester



CNN again

So-called Republican John Kasich

North Carolina nursing home


“What has changed is now I’ve got three young daughters and for anybody who has kids, you know that kids take a lot of time and they deserve a lot of time, and I’ve been conscious of the fact that I want to be able to spend more with them.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announcing he is not seeking re-election

“It’s not that I didn’t love the history. I do. It’s not that I didn’t love my wonderful staff. I do! My family just can’t handle how much I’m gone to DC. Like just about every mother in Wisconsin, I sometimes struggle balancing work and family. I try hard not to let it get lopsided, but I now have more clarity on how my time out of state was not awesome for my kids and husband.”
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she is stepping away from directing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to spend more time with her husband and two daughters

“We know that he sailed the ocean blue in 1492. But what they fail to tell us is he didn’t land on an empty island, he landed in a community in a sense that was already populated and unfortunately decided to take over that space and commit genocide.”
Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, the lead sponsor of a resolution to rebrand Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“Christopher Columbus was labeled as a perpetrator of genocide, and while we can certainly disagree on our facts, I challenge that. I feel compelled as a Catholic to stand up for this man’s faith which was an exceedingly important aspect of his life. I am not aware of him ever being personally linked to genocide, linked to slavery either. I have absolutely no problem recognizing the struggles of our indigenous peoples. I am not prepared to do it at the expense of other groups or people like Christopher Columbus.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan

“Goodbye, we’ll see you at the polls.”
President Trump speaking to Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House Majority Leader, as they got up and walked out of a White House meeting

“I don’t just want to push Donald Trump off Twitter. I want to push him out of the White House. That’s our job. So join me — Join me in saying his Twitter account should be shut down.”
At the Democratic debate Sen. Kamala Harris asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren to join her in calling for the president of the United States to be banned from Twitter. Warren responded to the invitation the same way she did earlier this month, with a simple, “no.”

“Vice President Joe Biden bragged that he was ‘the only one on this stage who has taken on the NRA and beat them, and beat them twice. We were able to get assault weapons off the streets …’

“Yes, and in direct response to that assault weapons ban opposed by the NRA, Republicans swept Congress in the very next election, winning control of the House for the first time in nearly half a century.

“Please, Joe, promise to ‘beat’ the NRA again!”
Ann Coulter

“Good Lord, folks, listening to those people talking about life, listening to them talk about the country, all is lost, everything’s hopeless. And it appeared that everybody on that stage looks out across America and sees a bunch of people barely making it, barely hanging on, desperately clinging to every word uttered by anybody from government as the only way they have any chance of having an enjoyable life or any kind of a future. I mean, it was misery on parade.

“There wasn’t one thing optimistic. There wasn’t one thing uplifting. There wasn’t one candidate who looked out into the camera, looking out across America, and encouraged anybody! There wasn’t a single syllable of encouragement in this debate last night. It was simply a bunch of people covering up for Biden.”
Rush Limbaugh on the Democratic debate

“If enough Americans — remember, Trump has 30%, 31% of hardcore. They’ll follow him to hell or wherever he is going. They don’t care about the facts. They don’t know about the facts. Okay. They’re fine people, except they’re ignorant about these things that we’re talking about and they will not budge on that.

“They’re 70% of the rest of us. If enough of those people decide there’s something important here and they think the president ought to be removed he will be. But of course if they think it shouldn’t happen and the poll you cited is not near enough support to sustain conviction in the Senate, it won’t happen.”
Veteran reporter Sam Donaldson

“How about right out of school he [Hunter Biden] gets a high-paying job from MNBA, the biggest bank and the largest employer in Delaware, where daddy is conveniently a senator. He then gets on the board of Amtrak. I believe that was 1996, so he was, what? About 27? I guess dad took the train once in awhile so that made him qualified to do that.

“You know, it never ends. Then you had the China. You have Ukraine. Then you have a problem: he’s never been in energy, doesn’t speak Ukrainian. Minor details, but it’s okay. But more importantly than that, they want to question my family. Imagine being in hiding for months like he’s been while we’ve been talking about this and then you come out and that’s the interview you give? That’s just guilt in of itself because it was a pathetic attempt.”
Donald Trump Jr.

“Facebook is the new cigarettes. We have talked about this before. It’s addictive, not good for you. They’re after your kids. They’re running political ads that aren’t true, they’re giving your data to tens of thousands of organization without your knowledge… I think at that point because they are now doing that they should be broken up.”
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff  telling CNN Big Tech needs to be broken up

“We’re not fighting for paychecks and health care. It’s the kids. It’s ridiculous to say that you can put these kids who are dealing with profound poverty and profound homelessness in classes of 30-40 kids. That’s not manageable and it is not an environment for learning.”
Art teacher John Houlihan as Chicago teachers went out on strike in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students

“I would encourage pastors to start preaching on this issue of climate change and God’s view of climate change. The very covenant was established by God and Noah. And that covenant was that sin was so gross in the world that God had to bring about judgment, and then he had to bring about salvation, and from there came Abraham. God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant and he said very clearly to the entire world, ‘Never again will there be judgment, never again will the world be flooded.’

“You can take it to the bank, that’s God’s word. And what is it these frauds tells us with climate change? That the world’s going to be flooded. Isn’t it interesting they’re saying it’s going to be another catastrophe, it’s flooding, we’re going to be flooded? God says we will never be flooded.”
Former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann

“I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it. It was absolutely the worst time of my life. It affected my relationship with my husband, with friends. It really was rock bottom of my entire career. But somehow, you see light at the end of the tunnel, and I can honestly say I’m having more fun now playing than I ever have in my career. I think I just learned a lot throughout it.”
U.S. Women’s National Team star forward Carli Lloyd, fresh off of winning her second-consecutive World Cup, acknowledged that she was frustrated with a diminished role, despite the team’s historic success

“Going 5-0, that doesn’t mean nothing, it doesn’t count. As we move forward we know it gets harder and harder and harder. Hopefully, in these five games, we built good habits and we can carry it over to the regular season.”
MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Milwaukee Bucks finished the pre-season undefeated


Madison school district’s firing of security guard

Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.

Opioid crisis impact on the economy


Joe and Hunter Biden’s stories contradict


Polls show support for impeachment growing



Trump the media target; Warren a liability; America’s toxic culture; bullying; and CC was awesome

Here are last week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/18/19): Bullying

Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/19): Anti-Trump businesswomen are nervous about Warren

Today’s highly interesting read (10/16/19): Seven reasons American culture has become toxic

2019 POO Awards – Week 9

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 9

Riverdale 75, North Crawford 14

Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau 70, Adams-Friendship 6

Week 8

Pittsville 66, Menomonie Indian 0

Week 7

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 74,  McDonell Central 22

Week 6

Northwood/Solon Springs Co-op 75, Winter/Birchwood Co-op 6

Week 5

Stratford 83, Rib Lake/Prentice Co-op 0

Greendale 70, West Allis Central 0

Week 4

Luck 74, Bruce 0

West De Pere 77, Green Bay East 6

Week 3

Milwaukee Vincent 88, Milwaukee Madison 0

Stratford 81, Tomahawk 0

Week 2

No clear cut offender this week. This marks the first time this has ever happened in the history of this blog.

Week 1

Racine St. Catherine 74, West Allis Central 0