Today’s highly interesting read (01/31/17): Heads exploding

The overwhelming majority of the news media hates President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The majority of Americans surveyed support the concept.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57 percent of likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent are opposed, while 10 percent are undecided.

Similarly, 56 percent favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent oppose this temporary ban, and 11 percent are undecided.

The surveys didn’t mention Trump’s specific order.

Protesters clamor that everyone has rights. But as Rich Lowry writes in the New York Post:

“Nowhere is it written that the United States can never tap the brakes on immigration. For much of the political class and for an inflamed left, any new restriction is tantamount to melting down the Statue of Liberty.

Lowry also lists numbers strongly indicating America hasn’t exactly been unfriendly to foreigners.

The United States admits about 1 million immigrants a year.

Despite President Trump’s temporary suspension of the US refugee program and a cap of 50,000 refugees, that number is consistent with refugees admitted here during the past several years, ranging from 50-70,000. In the years 1976, 1977, 1978, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 we took in less than 50,000 refugees.

The press is now out of control, guilty of extreme hyperbole and over-use of the “C” word. Check out these headlines:

Trump’s travel ban is causing chaos

How Trump’s Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants

Today’s read, Leftists’ Heads Explode in Response To Keeping America Safe, is sooooooo good.

All the fit-throwing reminds me this is going to be a long eight years, but then I smile because I know liberals are thinking the same thing.”

ACT 10 a win for teachers, students

This week the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece that you won’t read anything like in any WI newspaper. The piece trumpets the merits of Act 10.

The article is only available online to subscribers, but here are some key excerpts:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms have saved taxpayers money, and now a study finds that by rewarding the best teachers they are also improving student learning.

As Stanford University economic researcher Barbara Biasi explains in a new study (which is awaiting peer review), Act 10 created a marketplace for teachers in which public-school districts can compete for better employees. For instance, a district can pay more to recruit and retain “high-value added” teachers—that is, those who most improve student learning. Districts can also cap salaries of low-performing teachers, which might encourage them to quit or leave for other districts.

Ms. Biasi found that better teachers gravitate to districts where they can negotiate their own pay while lousy teachers tend to migrate toward those where salary scales are regimented. The study found “a 34 percent increase in the quality of teachers moving from salary schedule to individual-salary districts, and a 17 percent decrease in the quality of teachers exiting individual-salary districts.”

Individual-salary negotiations might also encourage incumbent teachers to improve their skills and boost the quality of new teacher applicants. 

The lesson is that incentives matter in education as in the rest of American life. Giving schools the ability to reward the best teachers produces better results for students. The evidence grows that Act 10 may be the most successful public-policy achievement since welfare reform.

Supervisor Steve F. Taylor (Privileged to Serve) January 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

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

This edition includes:

-Barn Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony

-Stefan Dostanic Appointed to Deputy County Clerk

-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

Moving Milwaukee County Forward

KF NOTE: The “barn’ was one of my top Franklin stories of 2017.

The latest pro-life news (01/30/17)

“If the baby in the womb can be sucked out and left dead, with healthcare workers coerced to perform the hideous procedure and all of us forced to pay for it; if the physically challenged and mentally depressed can pay their doctor to put them to death; if the immigrant is caricatured as a criminal and threat; if women are looked upon as chattel whose main purpose is to be groped and satisfy a leering man; if the human person’s first and most cherished freedom — religion — is mocked and reduced to bigotry; if black lives and blue lives are considered enemy targets rather than sacred individuals; if a climate of political correctness keeps us from calling radical fundamentalists the psychopathic murderers they are … well, then, human life is treated as rubbish, which can be eliminated to suit our preferences.

“Am I wrong to wonder especially about the toxic effect that the unlimited abortion license has had on the Republic founded on self-evident truths, and the right to life? When what should be nature’s safest sanctuary, the mother’s womb, becomes the most perilous place for the most innocent and fragile life, should we be shocked when any life deemed ‘in the way’ is in hunting season?”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan

From Pro-Life Wisconsin:

We marched for the babies.

Pro-Life Wisconsin joined with hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from around the U.S. to speak for those who can’t.

Pro-Life Wisconsin was interviewed by Wisconsin media while we were in Washington, D.C. See the coverage here:

Fox 11
Milwaukee Patch

We also had one of our marchers’ hand-drawn signs featured here.

Pro-Life News

EUTHANASIA: A Dutch woman doctor who drugged an elderly woman and then asked her family to hold her down as she fought desperately not to be killed did not break the law, according to medical experts citing the country’s euthanasia legislation. PLW: When we say it’s OK to kill one group of people – the preborn – without their consent, we say it’s OK to kill anyone.

ABORTION BOOK: Brian Fisher paints a comprehensive picture of how the objectification of women – from rape, to trafficking and slavery, pornography, and violence – have all aided in the ultimate ending of unwanted pregnancies through abortions. PLW: Abortion tells women they can’t be strong through a pregnancy and parenting. Life-affirming choices, like parenting or adoption, tell a woman she can do anything.

KENTUCKY: The EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington closed on Friday, now the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville is the only option in the Commonwealth. PLW: There are other options for women – and they don’t include killing children.

FUNDING: The Netherlands has committed $10 million to an initiative to fund abortion services in developing countries, Reuters reported Saturday. PLW: When President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, U.S. funds were cut from international organizations that refer for or do abortions.

RACISM: Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah mentioned a photograph she saw of a young black woman holding a sign that read “I survived Roe v. Wade.” PLW: The crowd at the March for Life represented all races – men and women – who want abortion outlawed.

ABORTION DEFINED: Much of the argumentation about abortion lies in the question of whether the fetus is a person. PLW: They never even get to breathe. That’s the reality of abortion. We give them no chance at all.

To stay up-to-date all week, follow Pro-Life Wisconsin on Twitter

From WI Right To Life.


Mainstream Media Loves “Nasty”Girls, But Not Unborn Girls

The Case of the Pregnant Childless Woman: Remembering Roe v. Wade

Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows Thousands of Pro-Life People Marching for Life

New Jersey to become first state to send new parents home with baby boxes



And one more.

Claire Ryan (she’s 4 years old) and Dave Crosby of the YouTube channel Claire and the Crosbys are taking the internet by storm with their cover of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman from the movie Toy Story. Published earlier this month, the video has already received more than 5.2 million views.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/30/17): Political bias has no place, but exists, in schools

For the past several years at the end of the year I’ve posted my Top Ten Franklin Stories of the year. Here’s a portion of my #4 story in 2007:

On April 2, 2007, the day before Franklin voters went to the polls to decide on two school referenda totaling $78-million, my blog had the following headline:

Franklin school officials sink to sleazy new low to get votes

The Friday before Election Day, during school time, hundreds of Franklin High School seniors of voting age were taken to an Assembly and then drilled by school personnel about why they should vote for the referenda.

Doors to the Assembly reportedly were locked so no one could leave and no one could enter to see and hear what was going on.

I wrote the following:

The impropriety of this action by Franklin school officials is clear. The surprise Assembly on the Friday before the election should never have taken place. I’m not sure if the Assembly was illegal, but it certainly was extremely unethical.

It smacks of a desperate, underhanded, sleazy maneuver by folks who must be very worried about the outcome of the election. On principle alone, these referenda need to be resoundingly rejected.

Shame on the Franklin School District for this disgusting and despicable tactic!

Later on April 2, I blogged an e-mail I received from a Franklin parent:

Now that the school district has given the senior class a civics lesson and is encouraging them to exercise their right and privilege to vote(many for the first time):

1. Will they be excused from school to vote?
2. Will the students get a lesson in how to register to vote; how to determine what district they live in; and where their polling place is located?
3. Will they provide transportation to the polls?
4. Will they earn a grade for voting—how are the students going to be assessed following this civics lesson? Will they have to wear the I Voted sticker as proof of voting?
5. Will they tack on an additional 2 hours to the make up school days since the students missed first/second hour to attend this civic lesson?

I have more questions to add but the most important one is:

When will the investigation into the legality of this action begin? Who will be held accountable?

The referenda failed miserably.
—This Just In…, December 28, 2007

Another Franklin blogger learned from open records requests that e-mails went back and forth between school officials about the “Assembly.”

Not long after the election, the District Attorney’s office began to investigate and wanted answers from outgoing Superintendent Bill Szakacs.

No charges were filed. Nothing was ever done.

To this day schools all across Wisconsin illegally push politics, but again, nothing is ever done.

Today’s highly interesting read is an editorial from Racine.

My Most Popular Blogs (01/30/17)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday, and response was incredible. Thank you for reading!

1) Best Cartoons of the Week (01/28/17)

2) Award-winning Kayla’s Playground nominated for another

3) Steve Taylor blasts Milw. Co. Board’s anti-Trump resolution

4) Goodnight everyone, and have a bright weekend!

5) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: He was a doctor,she was a nun

6) No women’s marches, protests, outrage back then

7) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/28/17)

8) Today’s highly interesting read (01/23/17): Melania

9) Photos of the Week (01/22/17)

10) Week-ends (01/29/17)

Just missing the top ten:

Culinary no-no #504

Today’s highly interesting read (01/25/17): Regulating sex

Culinary no-no #505

For new readers you might be wondering, “What’s a Culinary no-no?”  Here’s the short answer.

Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, I blogged about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting … ketchup on them.

No no!


We had a blog title!

I’ve written a Sunday Culinary no-no ever since, and we’re now over 500 segments.

And you know what that means.

Regular readers of mine over the years are probably thinking at this point that what’s coming next is a litany of crummy, much too healthy, and vegan Super Bowl party appetizers and entrees. That would, indeed, be fun.

This culinary installment, if you buy into the theory, is actually far worse. It’s deadly.

Before we explain, according to the Daily Meal here are the 10 most popular Super Bowl foods, ranked:

  • #10 Potato Skins
  • #9 Jalapeño Poppers
  • #8 Pigs in a Blanket
  • #7 Deviled Eggs
  • #6 Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • #5 Guacamole
  • #4 Nachos
  • #3 Chicken Wings
  • #2 Chili
  • #1 Pizza

Sounds right. In and of themselves, nothing wrong with any of those snacks. I suppose any nutritionist would add the caveat there’s nothing to worry about if eaten in moderation. Fine.

The no-no isn’t digesting too much. The no-no is a real killer.

In February of 2016 Tulane University released a study with the following title:

Success Is Something to Sneeze At: Influenza Mortality in Cities that Participate in the Super Bowl

From the study:

Using county-level Vital Statistics of the United States data from 1974 to 2009, we employ a differences-in-differences framework comparing influenza mortality rates in Bowl-participating counties to nonparticipants. We estimate having a local team in the Super Bowl caused an 18 percent increase in influenza deaths for the population over age 65. Results are most pronounced in years when the dominant influenza strain is more virulent, or when the Super Bowl occurs closer to the peak of influenza season. We find no impacts on influenza mortality in hosting cities. Our findings suggest mitigating transmission at gatherings related to large spectator events could have substantial returns for public health.

Influenza is an infectious disease that spreads by airborne droplets with an approximate travel radius of 6 feet, making close human contact an important infection vector (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012).

In sum, we present evidence influenza mortality increases in cities with NFL teams during successful postseason play.  If a major contributor to increased influenza spread is local gatherings for watching games, a simple policy solution is to increase awareness of influenza transmission vectors during times of sports-related gatherings. Reminding people to wash their hands and avoid sharing drinks or food at parties during the height of influenza season, especially if they have high amounts of contact with vulnerable populations, could have large social returns.

The lead author of the study was Charles Stoecker.

Okay. No the flu is nothing to joke about. People die from it, and yet despite the years and years of data this all sounds a bit crazy.

That said, I can truly see this happening.


Making school lunches great again

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