FLASHBACK: Why do you want to be a police officer?

Milwaukee Police say Officer Kou Her was killed after a crash at 60th & Capitol early Tuesday morning. At 1:35 a.m. the officer was hit by a suspect at the intersection while driving home from work. Witnesses tell police the suspect was traveling “at a high rate of speed” and drove through a red light, hitting the officer’s car.

A veteran officer with the Racine Police Department was shot and killed after witnessing an armed robbery in progress at Teezer’s Tavern, 1936 Lathrop Ave., at approximately 9:40 p.m. Monday, Racine Police announced Tuesday morning.

Officer John Hetland was off duty when he witnessed an armed robbery in progress at Teezer’s and took immediate action to stop the felony in progress. During his effort to intervene, Hetland sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

My blog from November 2016.

The latest pro-life news (06/17/19)


Don’t miss our closing heartwarming story every week!

From Pro-Life Wisconsin:


From WI Right To Life:


Fewer women are having abortions. Why?

Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too

Despite Pressure, Many Hispanics Remain Pro-Life

Pro-life groups laud Pampers move to place changing tables in men’s restrooms

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn


Today’s highly interesting read (06/17/19): Here’s a public school teaching kids to love America

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Today’s read is about Andrew Burns who has been teaching eighth-grade social studies at West Middle School (above) in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

“Some of my friends died on 9/11 and I want my kids to know that freedom isn’t free. I just love America. I love the freedom I have here and I know it wasn’t free.”

Read about Burns’ year-round assignment and the entire column here.

My Most Popular Blogs (06/17/19)

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

1) The Best Cartoons of the Week (06/15/19)

2) The more you drive the more you pay?

3) The Best Memes of the Week (06/09/19)

4) Goodnight everyone, and have a Grand Old weekend!

5) Is there a VisitFranklin.com? This is a joke, right?

6) Photos of the Week (06/09/19)

7) Ballpark Commons continues to shape up

8) Culinary no-no #613

9) The latest pro-life news (06/10/19)

10) Do you live in a HOA? Do you like it?


Culinary no-no FLASHBACK: Restaurant warning signs

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.

On this Father’s Day we’re taking off from the no-no in order to celebrate. Here’s a rerun of Culinary no-no #384 from July 13, 2014, that is still timely and worth the read.

My friend, the late Dennis Getto was a very popular, widely-read restaurant critic for many years at the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Getto’s columns were always interesting and highly anticipated.

I met Getto when I worked at WTMJ Radio. He was a regular guest on another friend’s program, Gordon Hinkley.

Getto died in 2007. His Journal Sentinel obituary read in part:

Getto went to great lengths to keep his identity secret, wanting to have the same experience that any other diner would have. He often disguised his appearance, growing assorted beards, wearing awful wigs and even a cowboy hat.

He always made reservations under assumed names and paid in cash. Friends dining with Getto soon realized that he kept a small tape recorder in his shirt pocket, the better to discreetly dictate notes.

And Getto’s face never appeared on the newspaper page. But he did pose with a grocery bag over his head in promotional ads. Yet another classic showed only Getto’s green eyes peering through two Krispy Kreme doughnuts when the franchise hit the Milwaukee area.

Restaurateurs and readers might not have known the face, but they knew the name.

“I think that being anonymous made him really blend in with the people who live here,” Editor in Chief Martin Kaiser said. “It was like anyone else going out. He understood Wisconsin and Milwaukee and the dining experience. He was part of the fabric of the community.

“I’m not sure there was another reporter as beloved by his readers.”

To me and I’m sure many others, Getto’s word was gospel. That’s why I was stunned by a particular review.

Everyone I knew couldn’t say enough about the old Coerper’s Five O’Clock Club, now the Five O’Clock Steakhouse. They drooled and still do over the perfectly exquisite slabs of beef swimming in natural juices, the size of a Brett Favre weapon.

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That’s why I will never forget Getto’s scathing April 2003 review of one of the most popular steakhouses in town. Getto wrote of Coerper’s 5 O’Clock Club:

“I’ve visited and reviewed Coerper’s many times and have always been put off by the place.

I dislike its loud, smoky atmosphere (numbers for orders are called over a loudspeaker; smokers are allowed at the bar and all tables), its ban on walk-ins (exceptions made, but who knows when?) and its cookie-cutter approach to grilled meats (they’re all covered with the same dark crust and set in the same dark meat juice).

Coerper’s sticks with an old-time Wisconsin tradition by making you sit down in the bar and order from there (presumably, while you also have a drink). If you are unlucky enough not to know the system, Jimmy will set you straight, pronto. I saw him bark at one clueless group of men who were milling around the hostess stand.

You are not required to ask permission to use the restrooms. If you do, be prepared to negotiate your way around a bottle of disinfectant bleach, a toilet brush and a plunger.

Most of the customers at Coerper’s come for the red meat, and especially the steaks. With options in town like Mr. B’s, the Chop House, Eddie Martini’s, Mo’s and Butch’s Old Casino Steak House, I won’t be joining them.”

As much as I liked and respected my friend, I thought Getto’s review was very unfair. A plunger in the restroom? Thank goodness it wasn’t in the kitchen.

The mere presence of the plunger seemed to taint Getto’s entire review. Once he saw that cleaning device, Coerper’s had a fork in it. They were done. Didn’t matter their reputation, the gargantuan steaks, the popularity. Getto was turned off.

Whether you agreed or not with Getto, if you were in the restaurant business it had to serve as a waker-upper.  It’s not just what’s placed on a plate in front of the customer.

Recently, folks in the restaurant business offered their views on what should automatically send restaurant patrons scurrying for the exits a la toilet plungers.


Tim Love is chef/owner of Texas restaurants, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack and Queenie’s Steakhouse, as well as the White Elephant Saloon. The warning signs you’re in a bad restaurant?

Number one according to Love: “Bad smell.”

Another Love sign…

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Dirty kitchen or dirty floor. Filth anywhere is an obvious no-no. Head for the hills. And this finally from Love…


No one there to greet you at the door? Not good.

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Pastry chef Waylynn Lucas agrees with Love, and especially on number three.

“If someone greets me at the door with a bad attitude, I don’t care how good the food is, I don’t care who the chef is, I am turning around and walking out the door,” Lucas said.

Restaurateur Joe Bastianich has some additions.

“The first thing, if there’s an aquarium in the dining room, run like hell.”

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“Second rule of the restaurant, if the maitre d’ is wearing a lapel pin, run like hell…The third and most vital sign is when they hand you the menu, if there’s any food stains on the menu, put the menu down and leave.”

All three of the above contributors on what constitutes a bad restaurant appear on Restaurant Startup, CNBC’s brand new reality series.


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The Best Photos of the Week (06/16/19)

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A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel on Saturday, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral. Priests and worshipers wore hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.Photo: AP

2)  Police officers fire tear gas during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

3) People attend a rally in support of demonstrators protesting against proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong. Photo: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

4) A man carries a child while he watches Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials into the air during an eruption, in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on June 9, 2019. Photo: AP

5) Migrants from Brazil cross the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juarez, State of Chihuahua, Mexico, on June 12, 2019, before turning themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to claim asylum. Photo: Herika Martinez / AFP / Getty

6) U.S. President Donald Trump kisses White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after it was announced she will leave her job at the end of the month during a second chance hiring prisoner reentry event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

7) A participant swims in a pool filled with plastic bottles during an awareness campaign to mark World Oceans Day in Bangkok on June 8, 2019. Photo: Romeo Gacad / AFP / Getty

8) Lost golf balls are pictured on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in Stillwater Cove near Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Alex Weber/via REUTERS

9) Richard Browning, right, of Gravity Industries, who designed and built the world’s first patented Jet Suit demonstrates the technology during London Tech Week 2019 over the Royal Victoria Docks waterway. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

10) People rest on a swing made in the form of mammoth tusks, during a hot summer day, by the Kacha River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on June 13, 2019. Photo: Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

11) Erich Adam of Waukesha plays the accordion as passengers get off the Pearl Mist, a Great Lakes cruise ship, after it docked at North Harbor Drive near Discovery World in Milwaukee. Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

12) A lock of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair is seen on display ahead of a Sotheby’s auction, in London, June 10, 2019. Photo: Reuters

13) Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sits on the court after an injury during the second quarter in game five against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

14) Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry celebrate winning the NBA Championship over the Golden State Warriors in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Photo: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

15) Fans are in shock as they celebrate the Toronto Raptors win over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California in Game Six of the best-of-seven NBA Finals, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Reuters

16) A France fan photographed inside the stadium before the Women’s World Cup Group A match between France and the Korea Republic at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, on June 7, 2019. Photo: Christian Hartmann / Reuters

17) A young supporter waves a U.S. flag prior to the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, on June 11, 2019. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino / AP

18) Alex Morgan (L) of the U.S. celebrates scoring their twelfth goal against Thailand with Megan Rapinoe (R) during the Women’s World Cup. Photo: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

19) Actor Tom Hanks poses with his character Woody at the premiere for Toy Story 4 in Los Angeles. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


Napalm Girl: Vietnam veterans embrace Kim Phúc and her message of love during Milwaukee visit

Today’s highly interesting read (06/16/19): The dark side of Father’s Day

During  Barack Obama’s time in elected office I only wrote positively about him on my blog a handful of times. One of them was about a speech he gave on Father’s Day, 2008, at the  Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. He was still a state Senator in the Illinois Legislature. From that speech:

“Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.

“But if we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.”

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Today’s read is from author Andrew Yarrow, a  former NY Times reporter.

Don’t get me wrong: Being a father is the most important role that any man can play, just as being a mother is the most important one a woman can. Most parents of both sexes deserve to be honored. I am proud and eternally grateful to be a dad, as are millions of other men.

Yet, sorry for the downer, but something is rotten in the state of American fatherhood. In fact, there are many, often overlapping problems we need to face honestly, lest they get worse.

You can read Yarrow’s column here.


Where were you when the temperature dropped 20 degrees today?

And it did.

What appeared to be a very nice Saturday quickly turned into a change of seasons. Weather took so many directions today that it changed as often as Imelda Marcos changes her shoes.

Within an hour the temperature plummeted from 75 to 55 degrees. Reminded me of a blog I posted in April.

When I worked at WTMJ the place had some wonderful weather people. I won’t mention the particular meteorologist who told me why a certain forecast had been badly bungled.

“The wind shifted.”

On another occasion when the wind did not shift…

“A front came through.”

And my favorite, when neither of those occurred…

“Kevin, it’s not an exact science.”

About one of his answers: “A front came through.” The Journal Sentinel explains:

“It’s due to a chilly phenomenon weather experts call a ‘back door front’ or a ‘pneumonia front’.”

I submit it’s due to a phenomenon weather experts call CYA.