On that phony “dark store” loophole, the local taxers hope you don’t read the Racine paper


They only want their side of the story out there.

A fair discussion of the issue? They’d prefer not.

Truth be told. They have a winning debate. The talking points are all in their favor.  So it’s in their best interest not to let people know what’s really going on. That is they’re hiding behind attacks on retailers to use as a shield for their property tax increases.

For the longest time they’ve gotten away with it, and quite frankly might continue to do so. But at least one media publication refuses to be a propaganda cheerleader for those local officials who, as they blast big retailers who provide tons of jobs in their communities, are privately planning property tax increases in their upcoming budgets (Yes, some of us are wise to them).

Here’s the latest from the Racine Journal Times. Ah, journalism the way it’s supposed to be. The side of the municipalities who are losing in court because they over tax businesses, and that pesky, dastardly other side.

Please read.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/18/18): Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram

Before today’s read, let’s go to the video:

New Yorker Magazine has published an extensive profile of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Being a liberal publication the magazine takes more than a few shots at President Trump’s loyalist.

Even so there are some interesting quotes and anecdotes. Here’s an excerpt:

The contentiousness that Sanders projects in public is not on display in private. The reporters and the White House officials who consistently work with her outside the briefing room like her personally, and find her to be helpful and reliable. If a reporter has uncovered a fact, she’ll confirm it. If a reporter is on the right track, she may say, “I can’t wave you off of that.” She’ll give reporters a heads-up on a development in a story they’ve been covering. If she feels that she has been too rough on a reporter during a briefing, she sometimes calls the person afterward and, without quite apologizing, smooths things over. One reporter told me that Sanders had “saved our bacon” by catching inaccuracies. Another said, “She has said things that aren’t true from the podium, and she, at times, has deflected my questions in a way that was misleading. But I’ve never caught her in a lie, one on one, where she told me that X didn’t happen and I found out later that it did.”

Read the entire article here.


The latest pro-life news (09/17/18)


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Today’s highly interesting read (09/17/18): The Dems “Anita” Brett Kavanaugh

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From the Washington Post Sunday:

Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California.

Kavanaugh denies the 11th hour allegations.

Today’s read is from Myron Magnet, City Journal’s editor-at-large and a National Humanities Medal recipient. His next book, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution, will appear in the spring. Magnet asks a legitimate question.

Do the Democrats really think that a single teenage indiscretion should have a place in confirmation hearings?

You can read Magnet’s entire column here.

My Most Popular Blogs (09/17/18)

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

1) Best Cartoons of the Week (09/15/18)

2) The Aaron Rodgers comeback vs. the Bears is being compared to this NBA game

3) Unlike Franklin Mayor Steve Olson, WI newspaper recognizes more than one side to “dark store” issue

4) Today’s highly interesting read (09/14/18): Hurricane Florence: Here’s why I’m NOT evacuating

5) 2018 POO Awards – Week 5

6) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: She’s got legs

7) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/15/18)

8) Today’s highly interesting read (09/14/18): A crazed gunman nearly killed me — Leaders must do more to keep violence out of politics

9) 3RD UPDATE: Why do you want to be a police officer?

10) Goodnight everyone, and have a tall and tan and young and lovely weekend!


The running began 55 years ago today

That’s when “The Fugitive”  first aired on ABC. David Janssen starred as Dr. Richard Kimble, wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder and sentenced to receive the death penalty.

Kimble broke loose and went after the real killer, the one-armed man.

“The Fugitive” appeared on the 2002 TV Guide list of The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. It also was named as one of the top 100 TV shows by “Rolling Stone” magazine in 2016.

I don’t think our family missed too many programs. Every week a different town, a different job, a different identity, a different near capture by the authorities. From the pilot episode.

Culinary no-no #580


On this final weekend of the summer we blog about the unofficial state of Wisconsin sandwich.

We’ve featured the brat in the past. For example, here’s a portion of Culinary no-no #422 that dealt with parboiling:

Let’s head to…


In 2002, the NY Times wrote:

This is the capital of the kingdom of bratwurst. A brat — the name rhymes with pot, not with pat — is a pork or pork-and-beef sausage, spicier and stubbier than a hot dog. In Sheboygan, at least, it is also an object of veneration, taken as seriously as a lock of some medieval saint’s hair.

No self-respecting restaurant here, whether humble hole in the wall or soigné supper club, can make do without a proper charcoal grill, because the bratwurst catechism specifies that the stout little sausage must be grilled over charcoal, not boiled or fried or sizzled on a stove top griddle.

Once cooked, a Sheboygan brat must be served on a split hard roll called a semmel, which is rugged enough to hang together under attack from the torrents of savory juice released when you bite into it.

Since this is Wisconsin, the dairy state par excellence, the cut sides of the rolls are slathered with plenty of butter before the sausage is inserted. And since the German-Americans who dominate the local population are big eaters, two bratwursts are usually squeezed into one roll, side by side.

So it looks like this.


Those babies are genuine Sheboygan Johnsonville brats.

And another point from the NY Times:

True sons of Sheboygan view parboiling as foolishness. They acknowledge the danger of exploding brats, certainly, but they insist that the way to guard against it is to cook the sausages slowly, for 20 minutes or more, a respectful distance from coals that have subsided from red to gray-white.

Remember, brats are serious business in Sheboygan.

Alright, let’s return to…



Usinger's Sausage, Old World Third St., on the northern edge of Milwaukee's Downtown area. Wonderful sausage! Milwaukee, WI.

Sausage-maker Fritz Usinger says drink the beer, don't cook with it

That’s Fritz Usinger, a fourth-generation sausage-maker pictured today in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Photo: Michael Sears)

You saw Guy Fieri in the opening video dunk his brats in a beer bath and then move them to a grill. A gazillion grillers cook brats that way. But here’s what Usinger told the newspaper:

I never precook sausages. Some people swear by parboiling, nah. When parboiling, you’re cooking them twice, in the pan, then grill. I don’t parboil them.

I’m a lager kind of guy. And I never cook my sausage in beer. The sausage-maker creates a spice recipe and flavor he wants to give his customer. He’s creating it and he likes that flavor. He wants you to like it, and if you like it and buy it, then you’re on the same page. When you cook it in beer, it tastes like beer.

That’s consistent with what Usinger told OnMilwaukee.com in 2013:

If you’re going to grill your sausage, if you parboil it, you’re cooking it twice. You’re overcooking it and losing flavors. I never do it. Parboiling makes the sausages rubbery.

Beer is for drinking. I don’t want my brat tasting like a beer. I like to keep my beer and my brats separate. Usinger’s does not make a beer brat.

I rarely simmer my brats in beer, but not for the reasons Usinger states. I simply prefer less time and hassle.

But I do believe Usinger has me convinced. Nothing wrong at all with a brat getting as TV chef Emeril would put it, “all happy” from swimming in a Pilsner. My #1 choice would be package to grill to bun.
—-April 26, 2015

We also ripped Burger King that dared to sell brats for a short time…with yellow mustard.

So lets’s talk toppings.

Great potential here. That naked brat is in desperate need of jazzing up.

Have you heard what they’re doing at…


To commemorate the 100th season of the Green Bay Packers, Delaware North, which runs the food operations for the Packers, came up with some new concessions.

One of them is the Brat-in-a-Blanket, topped with melted cheese curds and served with a beer mustard.

The result…

It goes for $12.

That wouldn’t deter me.

As we’ve done so many times in the past, we defer to that great philosopher Arthur Fonzarelli. In an episode of his classic TV series “Happy Days” the Fonz conveys some valuable advice using ketchup and ice cream to illustrate his point.

Separate they’re two thumbs up. But put them together? Disaster-amundo.

The above creation might not be all that bad. But I’ve been on this planet a long time, all of my years right here in God’s country, the Badger State. I have never known anyone to slather melted cheese on their brat.

Here’s the deal. Brat perfection doesn’t look like this.

Here ya go.


The Best Photos of the Week (09/16/18)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) In Washington, a flag is unfurled at sunrise on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

2) Bianca Burton (center left) and Erin Schultheis walk around Pepperdine University’s annual display of flags honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 10, 2018, in Malibu, California.  Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

3) Members of the New York City Fire Department stand outside Engine 10 and Ladder 10 firehouse for a moment of silence during observances at the annual ceremony at the Ground Zero memorial site in New York. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP – Getty Images

4) A man wipes a tear while pausing by the south pool of the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies in New York. Photo:  Justin Lane / EPA

5) Guests visit National 9/11 Memorial in front of the stage as they are listening to the readings of victims’ names, during ceremonies marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

6) U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Edwin Morales kneels as he honors his cousin Ruben Correa during ceremonies marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

7) In Wrightsville Beach, residents look out at the ocean before the predicted arrival of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

8) A family enjoys the surf ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Oak Island, North Carolina. Photo: REUTERS/Randall Hill

9) Flamingos are sheltered as part of Hurricane Florence preparations at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina on September 13, 2018. Photo: Riverbanks Zoo And Garden / Reuters

10) Supplies no longer available in a store as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast in Nichols, South Carolina, on Thursday.  Photograph: David Goldman/AP

11) Clouds are seen over a deserted Ocean Blvd as the force of Hurricane Florence is felt in Myrtle Beach. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

12) Marge Brown, 65, says goodbye to her father, George Brown, 90, before he is evacuated from a healthcare home in Morehead City, North Carolina. “I’d like to stay and see what happens. I’m 90 plus,” said Brown, a WWII veteran who says he’s survived a plane crash and severe burns from a laboratory fire where he once worked. Photo: David Goldman / AP

13) The volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue the 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home on September 14, 2018, in James City, Virginia. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty

14) Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home on Friday in James City, North Carolina. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

15) Sam Parks walks through flooded Water Street as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington, North Carolina. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

16) Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach on Sept. 14.  Photo: David Goldman / AP

17) A  tree crashed into a home in Wilmington, North Carolina, killing a woman and her baby. Wilmington was hit with wind gusts of over 100 mph on Friday morning. Photo: Chuck Burton / AP

18) Firefighters battle a house fire on Herrick Road in North Andover, Massachusetts, one of multiple emergency crews responding to a series of gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston, on September 13, 2018. Photo: Mary Schwalm / AP

19) Women embrace through the border fence during the Interfaith Service for Justice and Mercy at the Border to demand that the U.S. government end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on September 7, 2018. Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

20) Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro reacts after being stabbed during a rally in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Photo: REUTERS/Raysa Campos Leite

21) A visitor looks at an artwork titled The Massacre of the Innocents by the Russian contemporary artists Igor and Ekaterina Pestov during their retrospective exhibition at the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg on September 13, 2018. Olga Maltseva / AFP / Getty

22) In Bangkok, Thailand, a visitor with a 3D painting at the Art in Paradise museum. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

23) The finalists have been announced  for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation and designed to raise awareness of the natural world. We have a few.  An owl peeks up from the ground in one of the 2018 finalists. Photograph: Shane Keena/Barcroft Images

24) ‘Not tonight darling, I’ve got a headache.’ Photograph: Maureen Toft/Barcroft Images

25) It takes two komodo dragons to tango. Photograph: Sergey Savvi/Barcroft Images

26) A ninja squirrel rehearses some moves. Photograph: Mary McGowan/Barcroft Images

27) A rhinoceros in a tutu? Photograph: Kallol Mukherjee/Barcroft Images

28) ‘Stop me if I’m boring you’ – an owl yawns.  Photograph: Danielle D’Ermo/Barcroft Images

29) Serena Williams yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women’s final against Naomi Osaka of Japan at the U.S. Open in New York. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS.

30) Naomi Osaka of Japan (left) cries as Serena Williams of the USA comforts her after the crowd booed during the trophy ceremony following the women s final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

31) In Vatry, France, Olympic medalist sprinter extraordinaire Usain Bolt, center, attempts to run during a zero-gravity flight over France, courtesy of a champagne producer. Photograph: Laurent Theillet/AP

32) Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone (27) reacts to a missed field goal late in the fourth quarter of the BYU Cougars’ 24-21 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The kick would have tied the game at 24-24. Photo:

33) Badgers coach Paul Chryst watches on the sidelines after kicker Rafael Gaglianone, left, missed a 42-yard field goal that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter of Wisconsin’s 24-21 loss to BYU on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Photo:

34) A Green Bay Packers fan watches during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis.  Photo: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi

35) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hurt as he is sacked by Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris in the second quarter last Sunday.  Photo: Jose M. Osorio / Chicago
Tribune. Another look. Photo: Dan Powers, USA TODAY. And another. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Journal Sentinel. One more. Photo: USA TODAY Network

36) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (81) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) dance after a 39-yard touchdown by Allison against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. Another view of Allison’s catch. Photos: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi

37) Green Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb scores the go ahead touchdown on a catch and run reception in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears in the season opener on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers defeated the Bears 24 to 23. Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis

38) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) scores a 75-yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. Again. Photos: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi.

39) Packers linebacker Nick Perry sacks Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with only a short time left on the game clock late in the fourth quarter last Sunday. The Packers beat Chicago, 24-23. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune