The powers that be in Franklin need to read this

I’ve not read this book but from what I’ve learned I just might. And I believe it should be REQUIRED READING for the mayor and Common Council members of Franklin, a city that has a poor business climate in desperate need of improvement.

Steven Malanga, the senior editor of City Journal, has written a review of Cowen’s book.

We don’t love the folks who supply us with our goods and paychecks nearly as much as we should… big business is one of the least trusted of American institutions, ranking lower than labor unions, public schools, or even, in perhaps the biggest insult, the media.

But Americans don’t practice what they profess to believe. Consumer tracking surveys tell us that 95 percent of American shoppers spend money at Wal-Mart every year, though the retail giant has been derided as a downtown killer, exploiter of workers, and anti-union powerhouse since the mid-1980s.

Cowen has noticed the contradictions. Much of his book reminds readers just how valuable business (which often means big business) is to our lives, explaining why we patronize some of the biggest corporations even while we cast them as villains.

In one of the more provocative portions of a persistently provocative book, Cowen argues that businesses are on average more trustworthy than individuals—in other words, than many of us. IRS statistics, for instance, show that corporations are less likely to cheat on their taxes than individuals. While we deride big retailers like Wal-Mart, they incur tens of billions of dollars every year in losses from consumers and their own employees.


Mayor Steve Olson, did you catch all of that?

There’s plenty more. A must-read.


That was very nice of you Alderman

We celebrated Kyla’s 10th birthday with a Harry Potter-themed party at our house Sunday.  Kyla’s big day is actually in March, but we always have a get-together in May when the weather should be nicer.

Sure enough, after the skies opened  for about 15 minutes, bright sunlight arrived and we could venture onto the backyard patio.

One of my guests said it was nice in the 3rd Aldermanic District (that would be where I live) but it’s always better in the 4th where he resides.

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The birthday girl, Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor, and yours truly.

I’m glad Steve came and that he enjoyed himself, and why not. Meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, carved ham, etc. How he stays so thin I’ll never know.

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OH, so now it is a BABY

Make no mistake. The mainstream media isn’t exactly filled with a bunch of pro-lifers. Just pay close attention to how supposedly unbiased objective reporters consistently use pro-abortion language.

How many times have they published the term “pro-choice activists.” If the tables are reversed would they print or broadcast “pro-life activists?” You know the answer.  They would be referred to as “anti-abortion activists.”

After the recent abortion bill was signed into law in Alabama the media couldn’t wait to attack.

Alabama’s Abortion Ban Is Tyranny of the Minority

Alabama abortion ban: Republicans’ strategy could backfire

Did Anti-Abortion Activists Overreach in Alabama? – The New York …

The left has gone hideously extreme when it comes to abortion, going so outrageously far as to defend refusing to save the life of a baby born after a botched abortion attempt, essentially killing a baby born alive.

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This combination of booking photos provided by the Chicago Police Department on Thursday, May 16, 2019 shows from left, Pioter Bobak, 40; Clarisa Figueroa, 46; and Desiree Figueroa, 24. Charges against them come three weeks after 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared and a day after her body was discovered in a garbage can in the backyard of Clarissa Figueroa’s home in Chicago’s Southwest Side. Police said the teenager was strangled and her baby cut from her body. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

I am stunned at the news media coverage of this gruesome case. Why? The nine month old has not been called a “fetus.” Most if not all news reports I’ve seen or heard correctly call the baby, a “baby.” How refreshing.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's husband in the hospital with Yadiel.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s husband in the hospital with Yadiel.

The family of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who police say was strangled and then had her baby cut from her womb, on Monday released photos of the baby boy with his father, Yiovanni Lopez. Baby Yadiel is still in critical condition and is reliant on a breathing machine.

No clump of tissue. Yadiel was a baby at conception.

The latest pro-life news (05/20/19)


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From Pro-Life Wisconsin:

From WI Right To Life:


David Clarke: Abortion: The Black Community’s Holocaust

Trump and top Republicans distance themselves from Alabama’s controversial abortion law

I’ve Had 2 Abortions. Here’s Why I Support Alabama’s Pro-Life Law.


Seattle Children’s Hospital gives little girl ‘Princess Surprise’ and it’s pure magic!

Today’s highly interesting read (05/20/19): I’m A Legitimate Asylum-Seeker, And I Support Trump’s Border Wall

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Today’s read is from Mahir Ahmed, an Ethiopian ex-Muslim, currently residing in the United States. He holds a bachelor of science degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Like many people, I used to think President Trump was exaggerating the situation at the southern border. Then I learned my application for asylum was being delayed to preference people deliberately breaking U.S. laws.

Read Ahmed’s column here.



My most popular blogs (05/20/19)

Here are last week’s most popular blogs, Sunday – Saturday:

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

2) The most annoying commercial on the radio these days…

3) KABOOM!!! Ballpark Commons haters’ heads will explode!

4) What’s missing from this City of Franklin news release?

5) The latest pro-life news (05/13/19)

6) Photos of the Week (05/12/19)

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

8) Week-ends (05/18/19)

9) What they’re writing about the Bucks-Raptors series

10) Today’s highly interesting read (05/14/19): How dangerous is it to be a police officer?


Culinary no-no #610

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote 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. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever heard the following:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

The reliable website, WebMD claims to provide credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects, and that it is a source for original and timely health information.

WebMD is  aware you may not have time for the most important meal of day. So…

If you can’t find time for breakfast, consider setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier. Then follow two simple rules. First, make sure breakfast includes at least one, preferably two, servings of fruit. Next, help yourself to high-fiber foods like toasted whole grain bread, high-fiber breakfast cereal, or oatmeal. That’s all you need to be well on your way to a daily helping of good health.

WebMD says breakfast provides better physical health and feeling better both physically and mentally if they had a bowl of cereal flakes daily.

Researchers have also discovered according to WebMD that individuals who reach the age of 100 tend to consume breakfast more regularly than those who skip the first meal of the day.

To repeat, the recommended breakfast servings by the so-called experts include at least one, preferably two, servings of fruit. And high-fiber foods like high-fiber breakfast cereal, or oatmeal.

Let’s make this personal.

Servings of fruit?

Sure, if stuffed in a donut or pie.

High-fiber breakfast cereal?

Could I have Cocoa Krispies or Cap’n Crunch instead?


I’ve hated since I was a kid. I mean just look at that gunk. It’s about as appetizing as poi. I don’t care how many palm trees are swaying in the background.

So let’s say we (I) opt for something different.

Here’s my usual breakfast routine. My wife packs it for me. This is actually quite healthy.

When I get to work, albeit usually 2-3 hours after I wake up, I toast, and then spread butter and some jam or jelly on…

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Of course an occasional drive-thru at the Golden Arches is quick and convenient.

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But if a Hardee’s is nearby…

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A Kwik Trip is very close to our Franklin home. So a stop for gas can lead to…

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A pretty good donut.

What about a restaurant for a sit down affair. For example our usual Sunday morning visit to Meyer’s Restaurant in Greenfield.

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The Smokehouse Benedict, with smoked sausage. They’ll do a cheese sauce or the traditional hollandaise.

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That’s the Grilled Salmon Filet on spinach served with homemade hollandaise sauce, two eggs, and baby red potatoes at Mad Rooster Cafe in Milwaukee near Miller Park.  Whatever you order there, you must also have the red potatoes, the best in our area.

And at the Cheesecake Factory, I recommend…

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Can we agree that those are all popular breakfast options?

Eggs, sausage, bacon, french toast, etc.

The Internet is a beautiful thing. Need to know how to prepare Steak Diane, or Oysters Rockefeller, or Chicken Tetrazzini, whatever. A gazillion ideas are just a few computer clicks away.

Regular readers know a common Culinary no-no routine. Many photos leading up to the main point.

About these photos, did you notice any lettuce, tomatoes, onions? believes it’s on to something.

“Meet the new and improved morning meal; the breakfast salad.”

A deliciously fresh and invigorating avocado citrus salad with honey lime vinaigrette. It's creamy, tart, sweet and refreshing! I #avocado #citrussalad
An avocado citrus salad. Juicy, tart citrus. And then, creamy avocado. Tangy pickled red onion. Finished with a honey lime vinaigrette. Described as “super refreshing.”


kale sweet potato breakfast salad in a mixing bowl

Pan fried sweet potatoes, bacon and chopped hard boiled eggs with toasted pumpkin seeds in a simple garlic vinaigrette.

Bacon Brussels & Cabbage Salad in a serving bowl with tongs

Shredded Brussels sprouts and chopped cabbage salad topped with crispy bits of bacon and chopped pecans.

Those are just a few recipes MSN has posted.

The website goes so far as to claim salad for breakfast is the new…

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I say NEVER!


The Legend of the Vomelet


Photos of the Week (05/19/19)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Workers demolish the former US embassy, 20 years after it was attacked by protesters in 1999. The protests came a day after US forces struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade during a NATO bombing campaign, killing three Chinese journalists. Thousands of Chinese gathered in the streets outside the US embassy for two days, many hurling paving stones and attempting to break into the embassy.  Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

2) Joe McEwen (right), a demolition machine operator with Veit & Company, Inc. and Dan Maher, a demo superintendent stand near the high reach demolition excavator being used to take down the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Photos: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

3) An evacuated passenger records on her phone as firefighters arrive at the scene after Myanmar National Airlines flight UB103 landed without a front wheel at Mandalay International Airport, Myanmar, in this still image taken from social media. Photograph: Reuters

4) A graduate wears a Make America Great Again hat amidst a sea of mortarboards before the start of commencement exercises at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

5) A full scale model of the Statue of Liberty’s foot made in 1896 is displayed in a gallery at the new Statue of Liberty museum. Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

6) British Chelsea Pensioners who are veterans of the World War II Battle of Normandy, code named Operation Overlord and best known today as D-Day, pose for a group photograph during a D-Day 75th anniversary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photo: AP

7) Visitors sit in the cabin of a 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane restored as a cocktail lounge at the newly opened TWA Hotel at JFK airport. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

8) An aerial view shows the Arkup houseboat, a green-energy luxury floating home that can allow owners to adapt as the sea level continues to rise, in Miami Beach, Florida, on May 14, 2019. The Arkup, built by the founders Arnaud Luguet and Nicolas Derouin, is a fully solar-powered and sustainable luxury, livable yacht that has four hydraulic pilings that stabilize the vessel on the seafloor and that can also be used to lift the living quarters above rising ocean waters. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty

9) General manager Genevieve Vermeulen (right) helps Rebecca Yi of Brookfield pay with a credit card at Goddess and the Baker, located in The Corners in The Town of Brookfield. Photos: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

10) A robin protects her young chicks in their nest in Nyack, New York. Photo: Reuters.

11) In Gunjani, Bosnia and Herzegovina, an orphaned baby bear named Aida is seen in its shelter. Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

12) A guest sits inside a garden themed installation inside a pod on the London Eye ahead of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

13) A participant of the World Beard and Moustache Championships taking part in Antwerp, Belgium. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters. Here’s one from 2014 in Portland. Yes, those are Cheetos. Photo: The Guardian

14) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) wait for the game-winning basket by Leonard to drop in during game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs last Sunday. Photo: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

15) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett presents a proclamation honoring Ernie Johnson Jr. who grew up in Milwaukee and followed his father’s career footsteps into broadcasting. Also pictured are former NBA standouts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. Photos: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

16) A person pays tribute to the late actress Doris Day on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, May 13, 2019. Photo: Reuters